Two of America’s most romantic restaurants are in WA


Seattle has two of the most romantic places to eat in the United States, according to research by OpenTable.


Two Washington restaurants have landed on OpenTable’s list of the 100 best places to eat in the United States.

The restaurant reservations service released its list of “America’s 2022 100 Most Romantic Restaurants” on Jan. 28, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Both Italian restaurants are in Seattle, and guests can choose a candlelit dinner with views of the bay or a cozy restaurant known for its ambiance.

Either way, OpenTable reviewers highly praised both.

OpenTable analyzed more than 12.4 million restaurant reviews across the country to highlight places that offer “world-class cuisine, attentive (but never intrusive) service and a unique ambiance.”

The pink door

Customers are first greeted by a single pink-colored door. There is no sign or indication that the space hidden behind the door is a quaint, intimate restaurant.

The Pink Door has been a beloved spot in Seattle for Italian and American cuisine since 1981, so it came as no surprise to critics when it landed on OpenTable’s Most Romantic Restaurants in 2022.

It’s the ““ultimate nighttime hangout” in the city, one reviewer recently wrote of the restaurant tucked away in Pike Place Market.

As the sun sets, guests who choose to sit on the terrace have a view of Elliot Bay while eating a candlelit meal.

“Pink Door never disappoints. The food is delicious and I love the elegant and romantic ambience of the restaurant. Perfect for a romantic dinner or a special celebration,” another reviewer wrote.

Many customers loved the Lasagna Pink Door served with fresh spinach pasta, bechamel sauce, pesto and topped with marinara sauce.

The Carmine Terrazzo

This classic Italian restaurant in Pioneer Square is known for its warm atmosphere, delicious food and “exceptional” service. And critics agree that it’s a romantic date spot.

“An Italian gem that always meets or exceeds your expectations,” one user wrote of Il Terrazzo Carmine.

The restaurant was opened in 1984 by Carmine Smeraldo, who grew up in Naples, Italy, and is described as “an atmosphere you might want to call home and never leave.”

“This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle, elegant yet cozy,” said another reviewer.

OpenTable reviewers recommend ordering the calamari affogati for an appetizer — squid stewed in garlic, tomatoes, olives, and capers, and the rigatoni bolognese.

Helena Wegner is a McClatchy Live National Reporter covering Washington State and the Western Region. She holds a journalism degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is based in Phoenix.

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