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May 29th, 2006, 03:45 PM
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silver cloud inn lake union--nearby restaurants??

We are staying at the Silver Cloud Inn Lake Union, Seattle, over the 4th Of July. Could anyone recommend some nice restaurants that are close by--even within walking distance?Thanks.
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May 29th, 2006, 03:56 PM
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I don't think there are many choices. I stayed at the Residence Inn at LU a few months ago and I think the Silver Cloud is further from the retail activity. There's supposedly a place called Bluwater Bistro (didn't see it while I was in the area). There's also a Hooter's not too far away but that may not be what you're looking for.

If you don't mind walking a little further, there is an Outback Steakhouse SW of Lake Union and just west of that a Buca di Beppo italian restaurant at 9th and Valley. I love to walk so for me, no problem - not sure what your definition of "walkable" is.

Are you sure the Silver Cloud doesn't offer a free shuttle to points downtown?

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May 29th, 2006, 03:57 PM
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There are several options. The best are Daniel's Broiler (steak) and Chandler's Crabhouse. Others include BlueWater Bistro (pub-style fare), I Love Sushi, and Hooters. A little father on (but still within walking distance) are Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill (Florida style fish), and Bucca de Beppo (Family style chain Italian).

I think now would be a good time to book a table for the 4th of July.
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May 29th, 2006, 06:55 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions....a few more questions. What about Ivar's Salmon House? Also, what is your opinion of that Silver Cloud property in general and it's location? Yes, there is a shuttle going to downtown.
Are there suggestions out there of where my family of 5--almost adult children and my mother would have a nice meal. I have some picky eaters in this bunch, too--but still would like a nice restaurant and setting. Any suggestions. I should probably make reservations quickly.
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May 29th, 2006, 07:14 PM
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Silver Cloud is perfect for the 4th of July fireworks on Lake Union; it is one of a Washington State chain of hotels that is popular with travelers and business people.

Ivar's Salmon House is a Seattle staple that has been popular with some locals for years. If you are planning dinner on the 4th, I think you would be much better off walking to a restaurant rather than trying to drive that evening.

For a "nice" meal I would pick Daniel's Broiler or Chandler's Crabhouse. See http://www.schwartzbros.com for menus.
The Schwartz Brothers have been serving picky diners for several decades.

There is also an Ivars restaurant within walking distance of your hotel--right next to Chandler's Crabhouse.

Menus for all restaurants mentioned here are available on line.

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May 29th, 2006, 09:56 PM
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The Harborside which is a McCormick and Schmick's restaurant is on Lake Union and has very good seafood at reasonable prices (and a decandent chocolate torte they won't give the recipe for). We sometimes go there on the 4th of July for dinner and the fireworks. I'm not sure if it's walking distance, but it would be fairly close.
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May 29th, 2006, 11:24 PM
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I wouldn't walk to McCormick's. Take a cab? Daniel's is good--and will have a great view. Bluwater's patio is very popular on weekend evenings to a fault. It's so crowded, it's not enjoyable and food is marginal.

Serafina is north of the Silver Cloud, and doesn't have a view, but is a really nice little restaurant. You could go back to your hotel to watch the fireworks from there.
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May 30th, 2006, 06:54 AM
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Good-I was so hoping we could see the fireworks from the hotel--this will make it so much easier with my 80 year old Mom. I'll check into these restaurants for our 5 day stay there.
If there are any other good tips-I'd love to hear them.
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May 30th, 2006, 06:58 AM
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How far would Ivar's Salmon House be from the Silver Cloud Inn??
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May 30th, 2006, 07:31 AM
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Ivar's Salmon House is 2.5 miles from the Silver Cloud on Lake Union--if you don't get lost trying to find it.

You seem determined to dine there, so why not do so and forget about the places you have asked us to recommend.
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May 30th, 2006, 07:42 AM
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Sure make reservations at Ivars and plan to travel by taxi. Because of the fireworks in that area, traffic gets *really* snarled up.

Daniel's Broiler is exellent but expensive. Serefina is a hidden gem but might be more 'unique' then what you are seeking for your group.

Honestly I'd probably head away from the lake and the confusion and eat downtown... somewhere like Cutter's or Anthony's on the waterfront. Then zip back to your hotel by taxi before the fireworks start (not until after 10pm).
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May 30th, 2006, 07:55 AM
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Gee, I didn't mean at all to sound determined to dine at Ivar's--a friend I know had mentioned it so I was just asking. I'm looking in to all the recommendations people have given me and am just considering my options. I'm trying to please my whole family and we are staying in that area for several nights so I'm not just looking for ONE place either. Wow.
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May 30th, 2006, 08:47 AM
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In that area, I also like Pasta Freska. It's a little mom and pop (perhaps just pop) Italian place. www.pastafreska.com.

If you're in the area for 5 nights, I wouldn't try to eat/visit only that area for your stay. Downtown Seattle is a 5-10 minute ride, depending on where you are headed. You'll have many more options on restaurants if you don't mind heading out.

I've lived in Seattle for 25 years, and honestly have never been to Ivar's Salmon House.
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May 30th, 2006, 09:23 AM
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Ivar's Salmon House has been around for many years--it has a loyal clientle.

However, as far as I know, it isn't on anybody's list of the best seafood restaurants in Seattle. That list includes Elliots, Flying Fish, Ray's Boathouse, The Waterfront, Etta's, Salty's, McCormick & Schmick's Harborside, Oceanaire, Fish Club, and, perhaps, a couple others that don't come to mind.

Considering everything (price, quality, setting), I recommend you include on your list McCormick & Schmick's Harborside (which isn't far from your hotel).
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May 30th, 2006, 10:42 AM
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For a more informal Ivar's option, you could hit Ivar's Acres of Clams down on Pier 54 at some point. It's fun and casual, outdoor seating available, right on the waterfront. I believe even at the Salmon House location there's still a side window with patio tables for dining.

For the night of the 4th would be one time I'd probably recommending dining away from the waterfront or the lake just because parking and traffic gets so crazy with the two different fireworks shows.
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May 30th, 2006, 09:53 PM
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The restaurants across from the Silver Cloud all do take out if needed.
Also having lunch at Chandlers is fun to watch the seaplanes take off right in front of the restraunat...
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OK, it's not fine dining but after moving to the other coast, I could sure go for a halibut and chips from Daly's with a chocolate-banana malt ...
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Look quick - new real estate project is nuking Daly's soon.
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May 31st, 2006, 08:11 AM
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No, the horrors . . .

Thanks for the bad news, GL, next you'll probably tell me that Mama O's in Spenard has been razed for condos ...
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repete - AFAIK, no. Who would buy condos on that site? amp;
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