My girlfriend and I are spending 4 nights in Seattle followed by 4 nights in Portland Sept 19-27. We're staying at the Pan Pacific while in Seattle and I was curious if anyone had thoughts on the Seastar restaurant on site? We love food and this will be our second trip to Seattle - and we are largely returning for the food! Some options for other meals we are considering from looking through this board include: Palace Kitchen or Etta's, Lark, Cafe Jaunita, Tilth, Sitka + Spruce, and Salumi. We also may hit up Matt's or Chez Shea for a lunch. If anyone has recommendations for Portland I'm definitely interested too! We are staying downtown in the Benson.
I know everyone will have their own likes/dislikes when it comes to restaurants, but that said I will also put in my 2 cents and essentially agree with itwillmakeaturd. I have not been impressed with 2 dinners at The Manor at all, although their patio is beautiful. Also haven't had good luck at Blue Plate, although I haven't been there for brunch. Wildflower Grill's brunch IS excellent. The value for presentation/creativity/taste is top notch. Amazingly good french press coffee also. For less expensive "cool hole in the wall" type places, my votes would be for The Hat (great burgers, cool pub vibe) on Jasper, and if you can get over there, Famoso makes excellent Napoli-style pizza and has decent wine. For a bit more money but a small, intimate vibe, Tzin Wine Bar & Tapas is a great choice, located near The Hat just off Jasper. Enjoy!
4th and Vine isn't bad, so long as you are going for the wine and not expecting a heavenly culinary experience. The vibe is more romantic than lively though.
Another spot I'd definitely recommend is Tzin Wine Bar and Tapas on 104 St. just off Jasper. Cool intimate place with great sharing food and a good selection of wine. Again not really a lounge though, but excellent food and drink!
One place that might fit the bill is Suede Lounge on Jasper (near 118 St.). Haven't been there for wine recently but it does get more lively and probably has the vibe you are looking for. Last option that comes to mind, though I haven't been yet is Accent European Lounge on 104St just off Whyte ave. Its a relative newcomer, and a member of Original Fare...might be worth a look.
We checked it out a couple of weekends ago and had very positive experience. It tries very much to be a "fine dining" brunch, and for the very reasonable prices certainly pulls it off value wise. We each ordered the Eggs Benedict two ways. All the meals seem to come with a starter of quite tasty cornbread. The Eggs Benny were both variations on the classic, both interesting and tasty. It also came with some very fresh fruit and a kind of creamy hash browns. Actually one of the highlights for both myself and my partner were the drinks we ordered. I ordered a straight up coffee and it arrived with its own french press and was quite honestly some of the best coffee I've ever tasted. My girlfriend had a Mimosa (champagne and OJ) and thoroughly enjoyed it. In all we found it was a nice, different and more interesting experience compared to our usual breakfast places, and with prices in the mid to low teens was priced right. We will be back.