Skipping the rush of Valentine's day, my wife and I like to pick another day to go out and have a nice dinner. This year we went to Daniel's Broiler in Bellevue. We made reservations on Saturday for the same night, and the earliest available was 9:15 PM. Not a big deal since we waited to make reservations. When we got there, I expected it to be pretty quiet. It wasn't though. The bar was hoppin', packed with Bellevuites. A little bit older crowd than your usual Saturday night bar scene.
Our waiter was a bit odd, but overall, it was a pleasant experience. I've never been much of a steak guy, so I went with the Ahi tuna. That may have been a mistake, because I sampled some of my wifes meal, and the steak was some of the best I have tasted. The Ahi was delicious as well though.
My favorite part of the evening was when one of the employees, carrying a tray full of prepared place settings, dropped one, and the steak knife stuck into the ground, through the napkin, straight up and down, only an inch from the guys food. Good show.
Daniel's put on a good show, but El Gaucho still takes first place for me for the special occasion dinner. I'd much rather go out in downtown Seattle than downtown Bellevue.