It’s not too often that Seattle graces us with weather that’s nice enough to spend some serious time outdoors. It’s probably even more scarce that you’ve gotten to enjoy an evening of fantastic weather without the kids. Well it’s about time you reclaimed your night off, and what better way to celebrate than with a quiet dinner with a view. Our friends at Seattle magazine have rounded up some romantic hidden restaurant patios with seating for two, so call the babysitter and plan a night out with a special someone.
The thoughtful cheese plate is an especially good choice when you’ve got a tawny port in hand and a starry sky to gaze up at. >> Madrona, 1416 34th Ave.; 206.708.7164; bottlehouseseattle.com
Hard Rock Cafe
Pass right on through the touristy main space and head directly up to the rooftop, where the panoramic views of the city and the Sound are truly stunning. We recommend coming here to drink in the vista and a cold brew on the low-slung couches warmed by gas fireplaces, then hit one of the countless excellent restaurants nearby (Matt’s in the Market, Le Pichet, Place Pigalle, Etta’s), where dinner is a better bet. >> Downtown, 116 Pike St.; 206.204.2233; hardrock.com
We won’t tell if, once you’re sitting at one of the six tables on the secret back patio (some regulars still don’t know it exists!), you slip your shoes off. Why wouldn’t you? Glass-topped metal tables are set up as if for an impromptu dinner party. Strings of white lights sweep from fence to fence, and the “locals only” vibe keeps things warm and sweet. You’ll probably want to sip that rosé and nibble those smoked ribs a little slower than usual so that you can stay awhile. >> Madrona, 1131 34th Ave.; 206.726.1522; stclouds.com
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