Are you looking to sample some Seattle food but aren’t sure where exactly you need to start?
Luckily, you can start by attending Seattle Restaurant Week! It’s held twice a year, and while the springtime Restaurant Week has come and gone, there are plenty of great food deals available in the autumn promotion that starts Oct. 21 and ends Nov. 8.
That’s right; Seattle Restaurant Week is more like two weeks, but you should know that the special pricing is only good from Sunday through Thursday. Read on to find out more details about Restaurant Week 2018.
The Cost of 3 Courses
If you’re not sure what to expect from a three-course meal, that’s understandable: a three-course meal consists of an appetizer like a salad, followed by the main course, and concluding with a decadent dessert. There are some exceptions to this, however, as Seattle restaurants can deviate from the above format if they feel the need to. If you have any questions about what they’re serving up, then contact the specific restaurant and ask.
Charging a set price for a meal with several courses is known as “prix fixe” in French, for “fixed price.” Seattle Restaurant Week offers something similar.
During Seattle Restaurant Week, you can get three courses for $33, at more than 165 Seattle restaurants. $33 is inexpensive. But if you want an even better deal, you can visit Seattle restaurants at lunchtime and get a two-course meal for just $18.
You could actually pay more for parking than you will for food during this multi-week event! It’s definitely one of the best times of the year to visit the city.
Those prices don’t include drinks, so if you want a cocktail with your dinner, get ready to fork over a little more money. Make sure to budget for taxes and a tip as well. Servers are going to be working harder than ever to keep Restaurant Week patrons full and happy.
Participating restaurants must be willing to charge $33 for a dinner that has a value of at least $40. Restaurant patrons can expect to save at least $7, and in many cases, a lot more than that.
Seattleites start planning their lunches and dinners out well in advance, which means reservations are strongly recommended. The day the menus start going up online is the day to start calling restaurants or looking them up on Open Table Seattle.
Where to Go for Seafood
Are you a fan of sushi’s unique flavor? If you’re craving some of that raw fish during Seattle Restaurant Week, you can head to Sushi Kappo Tamura on Eastlake Avenue. They have three options per course for their $33 dinner. For your starter, try the local Shigoku Oysters on a half shell. Follow that up with a chef’s choice sushi combo for your main course, and then finish off the meal with an indulgent Chestnut and Butterscotch Creme Brulee.
If you prefer your seafood a little more cooked than raw, that’s not a problem. Head to the Capitol Hill neighborhood and check out Coastal Kitchen, which offers both a lunch and dinner menu during Restaurant Week. For lunch, try a traditional cup of New England Clam Chowder as your first course. The Smoked Salmon Benedict makes a great follow-up to that, especially when it comes with a side of the restaurant’s spicy hash browns. If you’re going for dinner, you can pair your clam chowder with the chef’s selection of market fresh wild fish, then add a mouth-watering dessert like Key Lime Pie or Peach Crumble.
Seafood aficionados also can’t miss out on Barking Frog. It requires a drive out to Woodinville, but it’s worth the trip. As of this writing, Barking Frog hadn’t posted a Seattle Restaurant Week menu yet, but they’re well known for dishes like Grilled Trout and Sea Scallops. One course can easily go for $30 or $40 here, so diners are really going to get a stellar deal during Seattle Restaurant Week.
Other Great Dining Options
Believe it or not, you don’t have to like seafood to go out for dinner in Seattle. It helps, but it’s by no means a requirement. If you want some flavorful Italian options, Seattle Restaurant Week has got you covered. Head out to the wealthy suburb of Bellevue and visit Firenze.
Begin your $33 Restaurant Week meal with a round of Mozzarella Caprese. Chicken Breast with Gorgonzola will keep your mouth occupied during the second course, and then you can finish the night by digging into some Tiramisu. The word “ladyfingers” doesn’t sound appetizing on its face, but when you add rum, coffee, custard, and whipped cream, then you’ve got an all-time great Italian dessert.
But what if you want your stomach to feel like you’re splurging even as your wallet knows otherwise? In that case, you have to hit up a steak restaurant during Seattle Restaurant Week. Steak is one of the few foods that always feels indulgent. It might be because we know a high-quality steak can cost over $100 if you visit one of the most expensive steakhouses in the country. If you visit Daniel’s Broiler during Seattle Restaurant Week, you’re not going to pay anywhere close to three figures. For your main course, you can pick from Salmon, Filet Medallions, or a Pork Rib Chop, and it will still only cost $33. While you’re there, you might as well start your meal with Artichoke Hearts and end it with an Apple Cobbler and Vanilla Ice Cream.
More To Do During Seattle Restaurant Week
Is your mouth watering yet? If not, it will be when you go to the official Seattle Restaurant Week website and check out the menus for yourself.
It doesn’t matter if you live in Belltown or in Idaho; Seattle Restaurant Week is an event that you can’t miss. While you’re at it, you have to explore what the rest of the city has to offer. Take a look at our list of free activities to do while you let that food digest.