My husband and I had gone to Lampreia a few years ago after reading a review in a ""Seattle's Best"" book, and we loved it. Decided to go back again for our anniversary this year. We invited some friends, but after they read all of the negative reviews on this site they decided not to go. Too bad, because it's the most amazing dining experience! Yes, we did spend $500 on just the two of us- but we CHOSE to go all out. We had drinks before dinner, the 8-course Chef's Tasting Menu, a good bottle of wine, the extra cheese plate, the madeira to go with it, the $12 bottle of oil for the bread! I can't imagine the types of behaviors talked about by some of the reviewers on this site. Making the reservation was easy as pie, we were a few minutes late, but didn't get an angry cell phone call! The waiters were friendly, knowledgeable, ever present, but not hovering. When I got up to use the ladies room, a waiter quickly stopped what he was about to do and escorted me to the door to the hallway. The 8 course tasting menu was absolutely amazing. Yes, each course looks small on the plate- the presentation is part of the experience for heaven's sake! By the time we got to the end, I was actually uncomfortably stuffed- I think I'll go for the 5-courses next time!! The taste sensations are like nothing you have ever encountered, and the descriptions given by the waiters are brief, factual, and necessary. I wish I had a written description of everything we had to eat last night! If you're looking for a big ol juicy steak, or a traditional seafood dinner with baked potato and side of vegies, then you really should just go to one of the many fine restaurants in Seattle as mentioned by others on this site. Lampreia is most assuredly not that type of restaurant. If you have a sense of adventure when it comes to dining, and can afford to drop some coin once in a while for an out of this world feast, then you must go to Lampreia. We will definitely be back again!
Pros: Outstanding food and service.
Cons: Can be very expensive.