Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out what is going on around the Sound on this fabulous day of LOVE!


Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? Forget to make reservations at your hunny’s favorite spot? Check out one of these restaurant’s to indulge with your significant other!

Bastille– If you’re in the Ballard neighborhood tonight, Bastille is offer his and her punch for $10 a glass (his:Stockade, hers:Sainte Marie), and various Parisian style entrees that are sure to please the pallet; including a platter of a dozen Hama Hama oysters on the half shell with caviar and Washington Ver Jus Mignonette, yum!

Cafe Flora– This vegetarian Madison Park cafe is celebrating it’s 20th Valentine’s Day, and offering a prix-fixe menu themed dishes such as the “savory embrace” (a bok choy and cheese filled pastry) and “layers of love” (a macadamia nut crusted filo stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus and a butternut squash sauce). Dinner runs $45 a person, from 5:00-10:00pm.

Spinasse– This lovely Capitol Hill restaurant is offering two amazing prix fixe menus at one of the “best 7 restaurants that define Seattle Now” according to Seattle Magazine. Dinner specials are sure to make diners feel as if they’re dining at a cafe right in the heart of Rome at this authentic Italian hot spot. Dinner is $70 per person with a $40 wine pairing option.

Restaurant Bea– Cozy Madrona candlelit dinging experience for two, with chef Jim McCarthy serving up a three course meal off of their comfort food menu, and offering three choices for each course. Dinner is $50 per person, with an optional cocktail or wine pairing for $22 per person.

Hunger-Indulge in a 5 course menu including beef tartare, oysters, and a special rose will be delivered for your significant other when you’re bellies are nice and full of love. $150 per couple, with an optional $25 wine pairing.

Bon Appetite!

Congrats to Ballard on Receiving the “Only in Seattle” Grant

Last week the city of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development awarded the Ballard neighborhood a grant that will allow them to create a commercial revitalization, given by the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, through the “Only in Seattle” initiative. The initiative is a partnership between the OED and Impact Capital with the neighborhood business districts. and grants are given to allow the communities small businesses to succeed, and implement proven theories to create successful business districts.

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Ballard is already a successful business district by definition, and the grant will allow the Ballard Chamber to have a group of community stakeholders come together to plan to further develop a plan for success, present and future. The “Only in Seattle” initiative’s goals are not only to further business and retail organization and success, but to ensure safety and cleanliness in the community, utilize marketing to promote the district’s positive reputation, and ensure that the pedestrian environment is inviting and easily accessible for transportation. Congrats Ballardites! Continue to support and appreciate your local community businesses.