Looking for a romantic restaurant in Seattle?
They do exist! Even though Seattle has a well-earned reputation for going casual, there are quite a few fantastic restaurants that are so romantic you’ll feel inspired to wear your best dress or shirt (or at least a freshly-ironed one). When putting together this list, we considered a few different metrics that make a meal out memorably romantic: flattering mood lighting and beautiful decor, the ambiance, good service and an overall elevated dining experience, and of course, top-tier food and drink. Every Seattle restaurant on this list checks those boxes, so you can feel confident taking your date there—that is, if you can get a reservation.
Here are the 12 most romantic restaurants in Seattle:
1. Canlis, Upper Queen Anne
When you talk about fine dining in Seattle, Canlis is always the first restaurant that comes up. This upscale restaurant has been convincing Seattleites to dress up for dinner since 1950, and it still has a stunning midcentury-modern design (and the dress code too). As your reward for leaving the sweatpants at home, you and your date will enjoy a multi-course dinner of fresh Pacific Northwest fare, live piano music, and a stunning view.
2. The Pink Door, Downtown
Delicious Italian food, mood lighting galore, and a stunning view of the Seattle waterfront: what more could you want on a romantic date? You’ll find The Pink Door by looking for its namesake in Pike Place Market.
3. Maximilien Restaurant, Downtown
If you want the view of the Seattle waterfront but a different cuisine, check out Maximilien. This French restaurant in Pike Place Market also has a gorgeous patio for outdoor dining. You can even make a reservation for their Le Igloo tasting dinner series and stay cozy while dining outdoors.
4. The Loupe Lounge, Lower Queen Anne
Although this is better for drinks and small bites versus dinner, your date will absolutely be impressed if you take them to The Loupe Lounge. After all, it is perched on top of the Space Needle and has a revolving glass floor. You can enjoy small bites and inventive cocktails while taking in the 360-degree view.
5. Lupo, Fremont
If you’re looking for a more low-key but still romantic vibe, head to Lupo in Fremont. This cozy Italian restaurant serves wood-fired sourdough pizza, wine, and ice cream in its rustic, dimly-lit space.
6. Toulouse Petit, Queen Anne
If you want to feel like you’re on a romantic date in New Orleans, head to Toulouse Petit. This dramatic Cajun-Creole spot is all gleaming dark wood, candle-lined walls, soaring floor-to-ceiling windows, and red-tiled floors. The food is just as good as the ambiance, too.
7. Spinasse, Capitol Hill
It can be difficult to get a reservation at this high-end Italian restaurant in Capitol Hill, which speaks to the excellence of its food. The ambiance and rustic decor are really lovely for a cozy date night as well, with the mismatched wooden chairs and sheer lace curtains at the windows that help block out the rest of the world.
8. Il Nido, West Seattle
Another great Italian restaurant in Seattle for date night, Il Nido is in a rustic log cabin that houses a cozy fireplace and a covered back patio. Hot tip: No reservations are needed for bar seating.
9. San Fermo, Ballard
OK, one more Italian restaurant! San Fermo is in a historical building in Ballard that has a cozy, rustic vibe that is perfect for a romantic date night. Whether you’re seated downstairs, on the patio, or in the intimate upstairs area, you and your date will have a memorable meal of fresh, handmade pasta.
10. The Corson Building, Georgetown
A New American restaurant inside a stunning 1910 home, The Corson Building doubles as a wedding and event venue—and it’s easy to see why. The outdoor dining area is particularly romantic, with lush greenery and string lights everywhere. You can make a reservation for their a la carte and prix fix dinners Thursday through Sunday.
11. Damn the Weather, Pioneer Square
Located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, Damn the Weather continues the romantic vibes inside with its exposed brick walls and chandelier-based mood lighting. The excellent craft cocktails and elevated New American fare will ensure that your date goes well.
12. The George, Downtown
A new addition to Seattle’s historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel, The George is an incredibly glamorous New American restaurant with French influences. Your date will be wowed by the beautiful aesthetic. Afterwards, the two of you can slip into the Fairmont’s speakeasy bar Founder’s Club for some craft cocktails and even more romantic vibes.