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Old 08-01-2009, 08:13 PM
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My wife and I are new to Washington and looking for some places to eat at in Seattle. We classify restaurants from the following:

Level 1 is a fast food restaurant; (McDonalds, Burger King, Jack in the box, ect...)

Level 2 is slightly fast food, but with a more relaxed atmosphere, no drive through, will usually serve alcohol; (Fuddruckers, Spins, etc...)

Sizzler and alike restaurants are a 2.5

Level 3 is a more sit down, family, waiter service restaurant; (Applebee's, Chili's, TGIFriday, there is plethora of level 3 out there)

Olive Garden and most steak houses are closer to a 3.5, little nicer but doesn't get you to want to dress nice to go to.

Level 4 is a restaurant that gets you to want to dress nice, maybe a step higher than casual but lower than formal. You’re not afraid to spend a few extra dollars for quality and some good service. You can have reservations but are not usually required. Places that when you hear the name, you know you’re going to enjoy yourself.

Level 5 you will have reservations. You'll want to be in a formal outfit. You expect nothing but the best. Almost to a point to where you sneeze, someone is there to wipe your nose (not literally) but you get my point. A restaurant to where one may have to save up a few dollars to go to it. Special occasions, or just want fancy works as well. Somewhere when someone drops the fork, a waiter picks it up and replaces it, the costumer just doesn't push it under the table with the foot and ask for another one.
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Old 08-01-2009, 11:34 PM
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Default Great Levelers...

People word their ideas differently, so here's a terrific thread many of us contributed to fairly recently on the subject of high-quality restaurants in the Seattle area.

Have fun!

P.S. I just read through that thread. Great info, but not enough. Here are others that are really worth trying.

Shucker's in downtown Seattle, and Mistral in Belltown should definitely be mentioned.

Tom Douglas is a local chef who is world-famous. He has several restaurants here which are truly loved by the locals. He loves local foods, and his menus show it. http://www.tomdouglas.com/

One of the best Japanese restaurants is Nishino, the child of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. http://www.nishinorestaurant.com/

A good collection of Japanese restaurants is here:

This is a useful resource: all restaurants in the Seattle area. As you can see on the first page, you can search by location, cuisine, price and so on. In their "Dine Around Seattle" section, they have a listing of restaurants with fixed-price menus, just about all of which I've eaten at and would definitely recommend to friends who want yummy, enjoyable, better-quality meals.

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Old 08-02-2009, 11:17 AM
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We'll start looking into these. Thank You. If you come up with some more ideas. Let me know.
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:39 AM
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Seattle is a far less formal city than most, so even restaurants that are acclaimed and expensive don't require or even inspire dressing up.
With that...Lakeside Bistro is newly opened in south Seattle on Rainier Avenue south of Rainier Beach. Elegant, artfully presented, upscale Vietnamese food featuring a wide variety of seafood, and quite delicious, with home made desserts.
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:59 AM
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Lola's, Schuckers @ the Fairmont Hotel and 6/7 @ The Edgewater Hotel.
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