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Union, Seattle

1400 1st Ave.
Seattle , WA , United States http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/union/
(206) 838-8000

Union isn’t a seafood house per se, but chef Ethan Stowell is so adept with all things finned and shelled that it would almost be a shame to order anything else here. Striped bass, coho salmon, ahi tuna, octopus, and Dungeness crabs—bought daily from local purveyors—are prepared lightly here, in a way that lets the fresh flavor shine through: perhaps pan-roasted or accompanied by an artichoke purée or basil-infused oil. The airy dining room is modern without feeling cold: high ceilings, red walls, and mural-size paintings are tempered by simple dark-wood tables topped with candles and regal stemware. The place fills nightly with Pioneer Square art dealers, foodies, and wine enthusiasts (the excellent 175-label wine list draws heavily on Europe as well as California and the Pacific Northwest). Though the place is fine for a romantic evening, it’s most popular with groups—the more people in your party, the more delicious appetizers you can share.

Tip: If you don’t have time for a meal, at least stop by the bar for some of that great wine, plus appetizers like seared scallops simmered in a light vegetable-based broth.

Last updated 2012-02-22 02:30:51 UTC
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