Seattle is a major metropolitan city along the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. The Space Needle erected during the 1962 World’s Fair is the city’s most iconic landmark. Another notable attraction is Pike Street Market, where world-famous coffee is brewed, and fish are tossed from ship to seller.
If you are exploring restaurants with private dining in the Seattle area, my extensive list will help you arrive at a final selection. Many venues have private rooms for special occasions, a work dinner, a work party, or a wedding reception. Here are the fifteen best intimate dining venues in Seattle.
264 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105
Djan’s Dining serves traditional Thai cuisine. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. Djan is translated to “moon” in Thai and establishes an exotic and exciting atmosphere. I enjoyed the tofu pad thai and the cashew nut chicken, and I would definitely add the papaya salad to any meal! The restaurant is in a converted house, so the private dining areas feel comfortable and homey. The vibe is casual but classy. The eatery is an excellent place for a birthday celebration or a small group party. The sweet and sour crispy chicken and the green curry with avocado are popular menu items.
RockCreek Seafood & Spirits
4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
RockCreek Seafood & Spirits serves the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle. The restaurant is open daily and serves dinner from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. On the weekend, the eatery serves brunch. The menus place a focus on locally sourced seafood. I enjoyed the Fijian Swordfish with jerk marinade, yuca frita, bacon-onion mojo, and cilantro. You can make reservations for small parties online by visiting the restaurant’s website. The restaurant offers a large family-style table decorated to reflect local scenery and tradition for private dining groups. The space is tucked away at the end of aloft and is perfect for a business dinner or birthday party. With a large sliding door, the dining area is delicately separated from the rest of the place.
114 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Dead Line focuses on serving local, seasonal cuisine. Yesler Way is the cross street where the restaurant is located in the Pioneer Square neighborhood and was once known as ‘the dead line,’ which separated the wealthier area in the north from the impoverished community in the south. The restaurant now celebrates serving all who may enter. I enjoyed both the Arepas and Brisket and the Patacones for dinner. The Gold Room can seat a fourteen-person dinner for up to 14 or a lounge-style party for thirty guests for private dining. With a customizable menu and dedicated server, the experience is quality. Additionally, the Mezzanine offers family-style dinner for up to twenty people, and the restaurant provides full buy-out options.
Via Tribunali opened in 2004 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Using a Naples-style wood-fired pizza oven, the restaurant serves authentic pies. The restaurant is open from Tuesday through Sunday, starting at 4:00 pm. I enjoyed the Dante pizza with smoked mozzarella, Pomodoro sauce, cherry tomatoes, prosciutto di Parma, and arugula. For group dining, reservations are needed for parties of six people or more. For private dining, the room fits parties of up to sixteen people at the Capitol Hill location. Via Tribunali also has a location in Queen Anne, which has a larger space for private dining. The mezzanine can accommodate parties of up to twenty-six guests.
2600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Black Bottle Gastrotavern is Seattle’s first gastropub located in the Belltown community. The restaurant is open at 3:00 pm between Tuesday and Saturday, and the entire glass front window offers a classy vibe while the interior keeps guests comfortable and cozy. I enjoyed the bacon lemon scallops with kale! The private dining space offers a separate room with its own bar and bartender. The area is excellent for a cocktail party with a guest list of twenty to forty people. For a sit-down dinner, the room holds twenty-eight people, and the menu is served family-style. I loved the option to play your own music during the event!
6118 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Ciudad is located in the Oxbow Building in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. The menu focuses on local ingredients prepared over a charcoal grill, and the restaurant is open between Tuesday and Saturday. The tahini marinated chicken and the hanger steak flatbread are delicious menu options. Reservations for parties of six to eight are available in the dining room. Groups smaller than six will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. For private dining, the restaurant has a space that offers chef-tasting menus for up to fourteen people. The menus are great for vegetarians and vegans.
10 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
On March 12, 2018, Sal Y Limon opened in the lower-Queen Anne community. Sal Y Limón is a two-story building with an open bar downstairs and a dining room on the second floor. The restaurant opens daily at 11:00 am. The Tertulia Room offers plenty of areas for your private events or work parties. Tertulia room translates in Spanish to a meeting room and is the perfect place to celebrate birthdays or host a business meeting. I enjoyed both the Camarones Diabla and the Carne Arrachera, but without a doubt, the Sopa De Tortilla is a “must-have” at your event.
4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Staple & Fancy is the name of the eatery and its apt description. It is a brick-walled Italian restaurant with a warm and comforting vibe. Owned by Chef Ethan Stowell, the restaurant offers a seasonal menu and features a four-course tasting menu. Staple & Fancy is open for dinner between Wednesday and Sunday. For private dining, Staple & Fancy has a private cellar room that accommodates up to eighteen guests for seated dinner at a great wood table. For an appetizer, try the smoked sardines. I enjoyed the Beef Short Ribs with a root vegetable gratin. The wine selection is vast, but I recommend the 2019 Avennia x ESR ‘Frank the Tank’ from Columbia Valley.
425 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Brimmer & Heeltap is named after the first sip and the last dredges of a beverage. From top to bottom, the restaurant offers a unique and fun experience. Be sure to look down when you walk in because the floor is covered in pennies! Dinner is served between Wednesday and Sunday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The restaurant has a semi-secret back studio that offers private dining for meetings or parties any time of the year. The space can accommodate groups from ten people to thirty people. The kitchen works with the host to place a custom, seasonal menu for the event. Try the Hazelnut Brown Butter Cake with wild blackberries and cinnamon ice cream.
2003 Western Ave Suite C, Seattle, WA 98121
Aerlume Seattle is settled strategically to offer beautiful views of Puget Sound. The restaurant has enticing and exciting indoor decor, including an indoor fire table. Aerlume is open between Tuesday and Saturday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. I most enjoyed the Hazelnut Cappelletti with goat cheese, kale, and sage brown butter hollandaise. The private dining rooms offer views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Smaller groups of up to sixteen guests can choose to be seated at the interior fire table. If you plan a large party, Aerlume will accommodate up to 250 guests for a whole restaurant buy-out.
1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
Since 1994, Cafe Campagne has served classic French food to the neighborhood surrounding Pike Place Market. With traditional offerings, the restaurant brings France to the Pacific Northwest. I enjoyed the Cassoulet, a French white bean stew with lamb, pork, duck confit, garlic sausage, and topped with bread crumbs. The private rooms host up to thirty-five guests. The secret back room is called Salle du Marche and offers an upscale dining experience. The downtown restaurant provides menu options for groups and is an excellent choice for a classy event. Consult with the restaurant if any of your guests have dietary restrictions.
Tavolata, in Belltown, is a classic Seattle eatery and is all about pasta. There is a giant communal table, or by reservation, a private dining mezzanine is available. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Thirty people can experience semi-private dining on the mezzanine level. Additionally, the entire restaurant can be bought out for an event and accommodates up to 100 people. My favorite dishes on the menu include the Rigatoni with spicy sausage, tomato, and parmesan, as well as the Berkshire Pork Loin with apple butter.
1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Mamnoon offers indoor and outdoor seating and is sister to multiple other similarly popular Seattle restaurants. The eatery sells bottled and packaged goods like signature sauces so that guests can take a bit of the experience home. The restaurant is in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. I enjoyed the roasted rainbow carrots and the mujadara stuffed peppers. For delicious Middle Eastern cuisine in a private setting, contact Mamnoon. The private dining area seats up to twenty people. The area is dim yet well-lit and perfect for an intimate gathering.
2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
Westward is perfect for waterfront dining, and the restaurant features an outdoor fire pit and beachside seating. The eatery focuses on sustainable seafood using local ingredients harvested from the Pacific Coast. The restaurant is open for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Westward is a clever culinary experience in Seattle. I enjoyed the spicy clam dip and the scallop ceviche. The menu is seasonal and shifts accordingly. The private dining area seats up to twenty-five people and allows guests to take in the gorgeous waterfront views. I would recommend adding the fresh-shucked oysters to the group dining menu!
5609 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Opened in 2008, The Corson Building offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant focuses on regional cuisines, perfected. The restaurant works with local farmers and fishers to cultivate a sustainable menu. The restaurant offers a Saturday night price fixe menu that is extraordinary. Try the Apple Cake with Mascarpone and Walnut Caramel for a real treat! The private dining room is upstairs in the former living quarters. Accommodating up to twelve guests for dinner and twenty for cocktails, the space offers separate restroom facilities and is heated and cooled. The room is available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The menu is served family-style and is customizable for your event.