Altura
Altura

Altura

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alturarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2064026749x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nathan Lockwood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: BROADWAY E & ROY ST
  • Public Transit: Stops for bus lines 9, 49 and 60 within one block.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Three pay lots within one block
A word from Altura
Altura applies the focus of ingredient-driven Italian cooking to the natural bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Our chefs work tirelessly each day to highlight the most exciting seasonal products.

Chef Nathan Lockwood's tasting menu is at the heart of the Altura approach to dining. With a focus on wild foraged products, pristine Puget Sound seafood and locally raised heirloom meats and vegetables, our tasting menu exemplifies who we are. Expect to spend two to three hours enjoying ten to fifteen courses of our most inspired dishes.

For a less structured approach, diners are welcome to design their own experience by choosing three or more courses from our traditional menu. Our Sommelier, Ryan Schroeder, is always on hand to design a unique flight of paired wines or help you find the perfect bottle to highlight your experience.

We invite you to join us on Capitol Hill to celebrate seasonal cuisine, exceptional wine and gracious service.
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Altura reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (109)special occasion (108)romantic (63)notable wine list (61)neighborhood gem (52)hot spot (18)good for groups (7)late-night find (6)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Better want to drink.....a lot
    Semonf
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was good, but the service was very slow, portions were tiny and incredibly overpriced. If you go, make sure you get the "beverage pairings" for an extra $45-95 per person, because these are the only patrons who get timely attention. My one glass of wine was fine, but $18 for a 4oz pour is ridiculous. My husband and I ordered a three course meal and an hour after we got there I had not yet been served my second course......
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Set menu a hit with us.
    FussyFoodie01
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    In the best restaurants the set menus are always a good idea. Take the wine pairing. He knows Italian wines.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef's Tasting Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the first night of Altura's new menu and tasted an extremely varied fare. A first class dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    Soundvu
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The personal and very professional staff was just the beginning of this dining experience. We opted for the Chef's menu along with the suggested wine pairings and every taste, every bite, every dish was amazing. We sat at the counter so that we could watch the magic unfolding. Watching the artists creating all of the dishes added to the enjoyment of our meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SO GOOD!
    ElVee
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have been dying to try this place for over a year and finally got the chance. The service is personal and attentive without being overbearing. I did the three course dinner. It came with some delicious bread and a little amuse bouche from the chef. The plates are small but I was STUFFED at the end. They pace everything out so well and it was leisurely and lovely and they thanked me by name on the way out. CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for special occasions
    dishdeelish
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went here for our wedding anniversary. We had the tasting menu, which is chef's choice of several small plates. Each plate was beautiful as well as tasty. Short rib stuffed octopus, chilled tomato and melon soup, the best rustic bread with truffles and green garlic butter, mmm....Very creative dishes, the freshest ingredients, executed perfectly. Our server was delightful. It's a small place with a romantic atmosphere, but it is a bit noisy (there's an open kitchen). My only regret is that we did not sit at the counter - would have loved to watch the chefs at work. Next time! This is a spendy treat kind of a place, our bill was close to $300 and we only had one drink each, but it was totally worth it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Superb! Great service, excellent food ...the best pasta we've eaten outside of Florence,italy! Absolutely returning, again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left Hungry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was delicious but portions were 50% too small.
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  • Not over the top
    gourmetseeker
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Altura is a good restaurant but not a great one. I do give them credit for trying hard with using a lot of interesting combinations of ingredients for each dish. However, the different tastes lack a harmony. I felt that there were actually too many small additions (e.g. herbs, edible flowers) without enough thought to create an overall good taste. There was no "wow" factor. The ambience was also rather plain-- not very special.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Amazing
    Didierhazard
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food, kind service, awesome products and terrific ideas by Nathan lockdown.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!
    Historycomesalive
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Althea is definitely a place for foodies. The menu is a little difficult to understand at first, but easy to navigate once you understand how it all works. The tasting menu is quite pricey, especially with wine pairings. We opted for the 3 course which was more than enough and still pricey with wine. You absolutely must do the wine pairing because the sommelier has expertly paired outstanding Italian wines with each dish. The whole experience is a delight. The ambiance and service are just fine, but not anything extraordinary. It's all about the food here!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Wow! Again!
    Misterwoogy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Altura has quickly become one of our favorites. The chef and staff are focused, fun, and at the top of their game. Go, and get the tasting menu...we can't recommend it highly enough.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable
    Drewski
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Quit possibly the best dining experience for us ever, in Seattle. We ordered the tasting menu and 3.5 hours later left the resto after midnight. Magnificent orchestration, presentation, creativity, food and wine pairings, and flavors. Wait staff very attentive and knowledgeable, yet also unobtrusive. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    k2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    A perfect meal. Inventive and meticulously executed, and absolutely delicious.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Awesome
    Davee
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had the most amazing dinner here! The 5 course meal paired with wins was amazing. I would highly recommend
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Altura - The finest Seattle offers.
    capitan2
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    In a city renowned for outstanding food & dining, Altura stands apart. It promises, and consistently provides an evening memorable & extraordinary in every way --- quality, creativity, presentation, taste & service are without equal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Duke
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food,wine and service.Server provided extensive explanation of menu and suggestions on selections. Sommelier suggestions were excellent. Made anniversary and birthday a special evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seattles finest
    Fishguy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    First time at Altura and we were not disappointed. This is one of Seattle's finest restaurants. We enjoyed the Chefs tasting menu and thoroughly enjoyed every bite. The wine pairings were also very well done. Can't wait to dine here again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent!!!!!
    woodyswoes1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My experience at Altura was fabulous. It started with the warm welcome and a delicate small 2 ounce glass filled with a rhubarb drink that cleansed your palate. From there, we had a spring salad mix with flowers that were delicious. The bread that was drizzled in olive oil and baked with truffles in parchment paper was so good, every bite you ate was better than the previous.Next, we had sliced frozen sorrel and cherries in lime juice that was out of this world The gnocchi was perfect and not over cooked We had salmon for our entre dish It was seasoned and cooked to perfection We had a glass of rose to accompany our meal We had a chocolate drink with a small scoop of gelato in it. The dining experience at Altura was "Magnificent"!
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Altura
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    A must dining experience in the Seattle area. Highly recommended for your list of popular places in the Seattle area to eat at.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flyonthewallVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Second time at Altura and it did not disappoint. Great meal presentation, taste and service. The Melon Soup was especially wonderful and the Chocolate Cremeux was outstanding. Will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Degustation!
    Dennis
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    First time to experience a chef's tasting menu and it was amazing! Kudos to the whole team at Altura!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Incredible Dining Experience
    dfryVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had the Chef's Tasting Menu, and it was incredible. There must have been 12 courses, and each was a fabulous tasting experience with wonderful flavors and textures. Very creative and innovative. Husband and I agreed that Chef Lockwood is a genius. The wine suggested by the Sommelier was spot on as well. Service was excellent.
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  • Absolutely excellent/special night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had a wonderful time w family. Easy, felt special.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We loved it and thank you for making it so special. Our daughter and husband are coming to Seattle in August and we recomended it to them. Thank you again! Harlan & Jane Maita Kelly from Goose & Gander in Napa told us about you
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dinner in a long time
    Awesome
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Came here for special dinner. Indulged in the tasting menu. This was one of the most interesting, complex and well executed dinners we have had in Seattle - and we have been to most restaurants in town. That a place so spectacular is on the end of Broadway is rather amazing. Wait staff was awesome and very knowledgeable without being all puffed up. Every course was beautiful and delicious. If you want to be blown away - right here in town - go here. You will not find better.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 556 reviews are from the Altura reviews archive.
  • Go here!
    mkoelbl
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    It's not very often that I leave a restaurant and hug the staff. Everyone was so great, and the food was fantastic. Awesome spot for a first date!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service has slipped
    mmmfood
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Needed to ask for bread service (and it does not appear that bread service requires separate ordering), utensil service not timely, and we needed to refill our own wine glasses during the course of the dinner. We've been to Altura a few times, and the service this time was noticeably sub-par. Finally, the almond cake desert was a bit dry for an almond cake, and the $15 surcharge (presumably for the drizzle of 25-yr aged Balsamic) was not worth it. On a positive note, the entrees were (like prior visits) very, very good.
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  • foodlovers
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The foods were fresh, well prepared, good presentation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steve
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Outstanding all the way around. Some of the best food in Seattle. James, the waitperson, and Forrest, the sommelier, were polished and knowledgeable without being at all stiff.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great seating at the counter watching the chefs create their dishes and plating magic. Every course was well-conceived both in artistic presentation and great depth of flavors. Service was very attentive and the dining pace was pleasantly leisurely. Altura made for a memorable 38th wedding anniversary meal for us.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Simply the best
    kcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Altura has quickly become one of the very best dining experiences around. The food is always exciting and demands attention. Cheff Nathan is a creative soul, making magic with fresh ingredients.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite choices
    KJSinSeattleVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This was my fifth visit to Altura, and each meal each time has been truly remarkable. The quality, inventive and delicious flavor compositions, freshness, presentation and sheer delight of the taste of the dishes that come out of the open, well-orchestrated Altura kitchen makes this one of the very top restaurants in my extensive dining experience in Seattle. Everyone I bring here says, "This is amazing! How come I didn't know this was here?" Warm wishes for continuing success to Altura and its well-integrated staff: I'll be back again and again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Another tremendous meal!
    Seattlefoodie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Altura is one of the BEST if not the best restaurant in Seattle. We have enjoyed several delicious meals here and will continue returning. It is consistently excellent, innovative and a restaurant to go to just because you want to enjoy a fabulous dinner or have a special occasion to celebrate. Altura is in our neighborhood which is very convenient but it is definitely worth the drive to experience a delicious and memorable meal. We love to sit at the counter and watch the chef and staff prepare each course. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary at Altura. A delightful evening and a delicious meal! Thank you, Altura.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We went to Altura for my husband's birthday and it was one of the best dining experiences we ever had. The foos was excellent and the service was excellent too. We engaged in a really interesting conversation with the somelier and he ended up giving us recommendations for Washington wines. Overall an amazing experience.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Special Occasion Dinner
    AmyK
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My husband and I dined here on our anniversary as we know it's pricey but the food and service is excellent. With so many great dining choices in Seattle, it takes an exceptional level of attention to details to rise above the rest. Altura was amazing in both food and service. Chef Nathan's gnocchi with lamb, beef and iberico ragu was so delicious, I could have eaten just that and been happy. The spot prawn crudo pleased the eye as well as the tastebuds, being exquisitely presented as if in a food magazine. There was not a single misstep in our dining experience. The food and service feels like fine dining but this restaurant is casual enough that Seattleites who deem "dressing up" a distateful chore, will feel welcome.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • My last supper
    datenightfoodie
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I had such a memorable experience the first time I had the pleasure of eating at Altura I chose it as my last supper in Seattle before we move to the bay area. At my first visit I was so in love with the fish dish I had I asked the server about the recipe. Chef Nathan came over himself and gave me a very detailed description of how to prepare the dish. It is always risky returning to a restaurant that you have previously idealized, but I was just as impressed and satisfied as the first time. Everything from the opening complimentary drink and amuse with large shavings of black truffle on top to the incredible range of menu items that you can customize to your taste. Service is excellent and the open kitchen concept is eye candy.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • xofoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great setting, authentic feel, impeccable service, amazingly fresh and imaginative menu. XXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOXXXXXXOOOOOOOO
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food for special occasion
    gkim00
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I've been hearing a lot of good things about Altura from my friends so we decided to try for our anniversary dinner. I requested to have a table for 2 although that isn't always guaranteed as small partys are seated at the kitchen bar. They had tables available so we were able to sit at a table. The food was delicious and the wine pairings were perfect. We did the 3 course dinner as we had a late lunch. We were very full with the 3 course menu. We would have loved to have tried the 12 course chef's tasting menu though. Overall experience and service was great.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    GSree
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is a must-visit restaurant in Seattle if you're into food. We went with the 5 course menu and the flavors were creative and delicious. My one gripe is that one of my pasta dishes had a tiny portion (3 very small raviolis) but the other pasta dish I ordered was substantive.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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