March 16, 2013

Outdoor Dining, Rain or Shine

Enjoy dining al fresco, but can’t seem to escape the rain? No need to ditch your outdoor dinner plans, Seattle offers several spectacular restaurants that keep you warm and dry even when the weather throws you a curveball.

Book Bindery

Who can resist the ambiance of dining under the stars? Book Bindery is a fine dining restaurant on the Queen Anne side of the Ship Canal. Their elegant glassed-in dining area gleams with candlelight and looks over the canal. Arrive at dusk and guests can view the sunset as they indulge in their romantic cuisine. Chef Shaun McCrain prepares a Modern American Cuisine with technique, attention to detail, and seasonality that will please even the toughest critics. The “Flavor Curve”, this restaurants steak specialty, is the best piece of meat you’ll eat all year. Book Bindery also offers wine tasting, all created with local grapes. Make sure to call this gorgeous greenhouse in advance for reservations, the eight outdoor tables fill up fast!


Bastille considers themselves to be “a Ballard cafe that transports you to the City of Light”. By this they mean a soulful restaurant that specializes in preparing French dishes and an inviting experience. Although Bastille offers two bar areas, indoor, and outdoor dining, this restaurant is always packed with Seattlites seeking a French al fresco meal. It’s spacious outdoor patio has a permanent roof to keep guests dry and seasonal see-through walls to keep the heat in or let the summer breeze in. This experience includes two fireplaces to dine around. Make sure to arrive either early or late; these attractions draw quite the crowd.


Owned by the same people as Bastille, Poquitos similarly offers outdoor dining for all seasons.This Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant serves outstanding dishes prepared with local meats and produce while still offering the spicy traditional taste of Mexico. The patio at this restaurant is fully enclosed with retractable windows to adjust with the Seattle weather. Amber string lighting and authentic tiles inspired by Mexico City present an intimate environment that will make you feel as though you are basking in the Mexican starlight. Two tabletop fire pits offer prime seating for customers and the indoor patio even has its own bar! Poquitos handmade tortillas and fire roasted salsa is a must-have.


El Camino

For those who want a more casual spanish atmosphere, join the fiesta at Fremont’s El Camino. This casual dining spot prides itself on their authentic recipes from southern Mexico. El Camino serves generous dishes all the way from traditional tacos to more unique meals such as their popular Bistec Estilo Capitalino (marinated skirt steak). Chinese lanterns and string lights make the experience alluring, accommodating both couples and large parties alike. Thanks to a gas fireplace and fully enclosed deck, you can enjoy your nachos and margaritas in a cozy and comfortable environment. In all, El Camino is a true gem with its’ unique and flavorful authentic dishes and outdoor experience.


Last but definitely not least, Serafina is one of the most intimate restaurants in Seattle. This restaurant opened in 1991 and continues to offer a fantastic Italian experience with authentic food and Tuscan decor. Serafina’s menu recreates dishes straight from Italy, including their signature Melanzane alla Serafina which is eggplant rolled with ricotta cheese and served over cappellini. The elegant outdoor patio is filled with lush greenery, ample lighting, heat lamps, and table umbrellas, ensuring a pleasant dining experience year round. Sarafina’s inviting ambiance and mouthwatering food makes their restaurant more of an Italian getaway than a Seattle restaurant.


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