Tiny, Swedish-themed diner offering Scandinavian breakfast lunch and dinner offerings: look for gravlax (among other pickled things), smoked and cured fishes and other meats, abelskiver, eggs, lentils, beets and of course, Swedish meatballs. Occupying the bay of the former Henry's, Broder's minimalist aesthetic and cute accents give one the feeling of spending the morning in Western Europe's third largest country.
This East side wine bar just off Burnside is a great place to go with a small group as you can order a small or large portion of every dish, all a la carte. Pate, mushrooms, delicate flaky savories, rosemary trout... the list goes on and on not to mention the wines. Located on the NE 28th's wine alley, it's easy to catch a movie at the Laurelhurst and make it a date night.
"Upscale food in a downtown atmosphere," reads this restaurant's motto, and I might add "in a beautiful dinning room." Everything about the Gilt Club fits together like a well-designed puzzle. The name, the menu, and the draperies create a modern, cozy, star-like quality. Steak and seafood are the stars of the relatively small menu. Maybe it isn't the best for vegetarians, but they do a good job with their vegetables and Three Cheese Ravioli. The martinis are amazing, often featuring house infused liquors.
This über-shmancy dining room is nestled practically right under the west side of Hawthorne Bridge and has one of the most delightful urban outside patios in town. Besides the charming atmosphere, this place is damn good, and damn expensive. Try it for a highbrow brunch treat, or when dining should be a celebrated special occasion. The menu is in the Northwest vein, featuring local and sustainably-grown foods.