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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Upmarket restaurant

Tue–Sat 4:00pm–11:00pm

Features Date-friendly, good wines, veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC
Reservations Accepted


Capitol Hill
1514 E. Olive Way
Seattle, WA
(206) 328-2282
This ambient Euro-influenced space isn’t just cute—it’s getting better with age

Dinette entered the Capitol Hill dining scene on the strength of its gimmicks. It was one of the first restaurants to offer a “supper club” (it still does family-style Sunday dinners bimonthly). And it offered a signature starter: fancy toast topped tapas-style with rich concoctions like salami, fontina, and tapenade, or creamy gorgonzola, walnuts, and balsamic syrup.

The mood is just right: convivial but with enough soft lighting and ineffable ambience for a date night. The dining room has a low-key, modern-rustic feel—one panelist felt like he had wandered into Anthropologie’s home décor section. The tiny adjacent bar, with its peek-a-boo view of the kitchen, is the embodiment of cozy on a drizzly night.

House-made pasta like tender gnocchi stuffed with ricotta and seasonal vegetables, pan-roasted pork chops with French lentils, crispy duck confit—the kitchen draws from myriad European influences with the same satisfying, well-executed results.

While the wine list doesn’t have a lot of depth, it’s a good mix of Old and New World, with most bottles being very affordable. Dinette is more exciting in the drinks department, with house-infused liquors, homemade liqueurs (including an excellent limoncello and, on occasion, a nocino), and an interesting selection of apéritifs and digestifs.

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