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All You Can Eat

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June 5, 2009 at 5:42 AM

Water. View. Seattle. Restaurants. And more.

When asked to wrap my arms around the idea of great rooms with a view — as I did for my June Ticket roundup — the options were unending. Far from comprehensive, I list a dozen classic water view-restaurants, many of which were named when I posed the rooms-with-a-view query to you Eaters a couple weeks back. Thanks for all those great suggestions — including places I’ve never been (the Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor, the Ajax Cafe in Port Hadlock and the Bay Cafe on Lopez Island) and others I regularly frequent (Matt’s in the Market, the Steelhead Diner, Place Pigalle). Pike Place Market alone offers so many rooms with a view (the Pink Door! Chez Shea! Lowell’s! Maximillien!) it’s deserving of its own round-up — not a bad idea for the future. My focus today was on classic restaurants with water view, including these:

Why I love the view from Anthony’s Pier 66 and Bell Street Diner

Italy? Nah. Ship Canal-side at Ponti Seafood Grill.

They’ve got oysters aplenty at Elliott’s Oyster House and plenty waterfront action as well.

One of the many reasons why I love Canlis (Seattle Times/Tom Reese)

Had I more space for the printed page, I’d certainly have added Emory’s on Silver Lake, Chandler’s Crabhouse on Lake Union, the Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls and Christina’s on Orcas Island. Along with my nod to Anthony’s Pier 66 I’d send a shout-out for Anthony’s HomePorts, the Beach Cafe in Edmonds and Chinook’s at Fisherman’s Terminal (reviewed in this oyster bar roundup) among other Anthony’s locations. And add to that the BluWater Bistros, thanks to the panoramas from their various lakeside perches. What about Duke’s Chowder House? some are certain to ask — and rightfully so (the deck at Greenlake was slammed when I drove by this week, and I can only imagine the onslaught at Alki). And how could you leave off the Eastlake Bar & Grill, the Agua Verde Paddle Club, Yarrow Bay Beach Cafe Waterfront Seafood Grill and Thoa’s? Indeed.

So, here’s your opportunity to add to my list: Where do you go to take in the scenery, revel in the beauty of our natural surroundings and eat and drink well too?

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