El Gaucho | Umi Sake House | Serious Pie | Bathtub Gin and Company | List

El Gaucho: Upscale Cuisine in a Swanky Atmosphere Near AVA Belltown

Seattle’s El Gaucho prides itself on its high standards for service and food, and regulars agree that this fine-dining restaurant not far from AVA Belltown is one of the best in the city. Although most people don't splurge on a meal at El Gaucho too regularly, this steakhouse is a great choice if you’re looking for excellent food, service, and entertainment to celebrate a special occasion. Regulars say the portion sizes here are more generous than they are at most fancy restaurants, and they enjoy the refined atmosphere and live piano music.

Popular dishes here include the filet mignon, the gaucho mac and coastal cheddar cheese, the ahi tuna tartare, and the baseball cut tenderloin. Though El Gaucho is a steakhouse, vegetarians can enjoy entrees such as the truffle linguini or the curried chickpeas. Although El Gaucho is a popular date night restaurant, locals also recommend stopping by for happy hour at the bar, where you can enjoy tasty small plates.

El Gaucho
2505 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-1337

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Grab a Badboy Sushi Roll at Umi Sake House Near AVA Belltown

Barbecue eel, avocado, cream cheese, and a blend of crab and mayo get deep-fried and dished out with spicy mayo and teriyaki sauce. These are the steps chefs take to craft the popular Badboy sushi roll at Umi Sake House, just one of the creative specialties available at the beloved Seattle sushi restaurant.

Another popular roll is the 009, which contains spicy tuna with cool avocado and cucumber, white king salmon, lime, cilantro, and jalapeno and shishito pepper. However, patrons also seem to agree that kitchen entrees like the short ribs or ahi tuna poke are also worth a try. Just make sure you don't overlook the sake list in favor of the food. According to regulars, Umi Sake House's collection of sake is impressive, and you can get it by the bottle, glass, or flight (with three to five tastings). Make the short trip from AVA Belltown to Umi Sake House for some innovative Japanese food and drink.

Umi Sake House
2230 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 374-8717

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Serious Pie Serves Pizza With a Twist Not Far From AVA Belltown

To add a twist to your typical pizza night at AVA Belltown, order dinner from Serious Pie or dine in at the Seattle establishment. Instead of opting for the same supreme or pepperoni pizza, venture to Serious Pie and enjoy some of the more unusual pizzas on the market. The menu here isn't extensive, but you're sure to find something that will satisfy your appetite.

Some of the popular choices include the sweet fennel sausage pizza, the roasted seasonal mushrooms pizza, the Penn Cove clams pizza, and the Yukon Gold potato pizza. The pizza with soft-cooked free-range eggs, smoked prosciutto, pecorino sardo, and arugula probably classifies as one of the most interesting choices on the menu. Pair your pizza with an appetizer such as the wood oven heirloom carrots with toasted coriander yogurt or the marinated lacinato kale with pine nuts and calabrian chilies. Make sure to save room for dessert, though, so you can enjoy the three-cheese cannoli or the tiramisu gelato.

Serious Pie
316 Virginia Street
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 838-7388

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The Speakeasy Lives On at Bathtub Gin and Company Near AVA Belltown in Seattle

In staying true to its speakeasy inspiration, Bathtub Gin and Company has a couple of quirks. First of all, it resides in a basement spot that used to be a boiler room. Although most customers agree that this makes for a cozy space, it can also feel a bit crowded on a busy night. Second of all, its entrance sits between 1st and 2nd Avenue in a nondescript alley—so you might have to search a bit for the door.

Many patrons appreciate the Prohibition-inspired charm of this cocktail bar, though. That's probably because the bartenders are so skilled at whipping up craft cocktails. Options include the Scandinavian sangria, the Dealer's Choice, the Heart of Glass, and the Belltown Rose. No matter what you choose, it will be crafted with high quality libations (which you can also order straight). Bathtub Gin and Company also offers craft beers and wines, so it's well worth the short trip from AVA Belltown if you're interested in a drink.

Bathtub Gin and Company
2505 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-6069

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List: Share Tasty Small Plates Near AVA Belltown

Locals love List for its happy hour specials, which cover nearly everything on the menu, they say. This intimate restaurant not far from AVA Belltown is best suited to groups of four or fewer – its trendy ambiance and mood lighting make it a good place to take a date, but it’s also a popular spot for a girls’ night out. Regulars recommend the gnocchi with black truffle cream, the organic tomato salad with gorgonzola cheese, the local fresh mussels with wine broth and crostini, the flatbread with feta cheese, cranberries and pine nuts, and the seasonal mushrooms with roasted onion chicken.

List serves a number of imported and domestic wines of the red, white and sparkling varieties, and most regulars find the bottles here reasonably priced. From the cocktail list, try the X-Rated Tini, the Belltown Orange, the Plum Blossom or the Italian Lemondrop. Waits for tables can get long at this popular tapas bar, especially on weekend nights, but you can find open seating at the bar.

2226 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-1000

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