My husband and I don’t go on dates that often (kids, dog, life… you get it), so we are picky about restaurants for a night out for just the two of us. Both of us love seafood; luckily Seattle is a great spot for both locally and globally sourced seafood due to its location in the Puget Sound, its proximity to Alaska (oh, that wild king salmon!) and its major harboring facilities.
Some of the best seafood I’ve had in Seattle has been at RockCreek Seafood and Spirits, a great restaurant and bar located in Seattle’s free-spirited Fremont neighborhood and a favorite date night destination. RockCreek is allegedly named after the body of water in Montana that chef Donnelly has ‘a nostalgic fly-fishing relationship with’, according to its website.
Set in an urban-industrial two-story wood-beamed ‘fishing lodge’ that opens its glass garage doors in the summer, RockCreek greets you with an informal décor of bark-beetle pine tables, metal chairs, and oddly-hung transparent glass lamps.
Start with a cocktail like a ‘Silver Doctor’ or ‘Woolly Bugger’, while you peruse the adventurous and innovative menu. RockCreek offers some great appetizers, a choice of (the best I’ve ever had!) different raw oysters and shooters, 10-12 different small plates meant to be shared family style, and some larger fish entrées. Do leave room for dessert, though, like the S’mores Valrhona chocolate mousse with graham cracker base and smoked meringue – perfect for sharing on a night out with your loved one.