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Restaurant weeks are never perfect. Designed to draw diners to restaurants they might not otherwise visit, the event format's become notorious for harried service, questionable

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Seattle Restaurant Week: How to Make Your Reservations Wisely

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Restaurant weeks are never perfect. Designed to draw diners to restaurants they might not otherwise visit, the event format's become notorious for harried service, questionable deals and predictable cooking. If you're not a big fan of pumpkin soup and crème brulee, you might want to consider skipping the three-course circus.

But if you sit out the prix-fixe event, you'll miss out on an impressively affordable way to broaden your local dining horizons. No matter what you're seeking in a restaurant, there's probably an eatery on the Seattle Restaurant Week participant list that fits the bill. Here, a guide to a few of the standouts among the 150 restaurants serving up $28 meals on Oct. 14-18 and Oct. 21-25, with links leading back to their Restaurant Week menus. Make your reservations now, and don't forget to tip your servers generously.

If you're looking for...

Value

When ordering off the regular menu, $28 doesn't get you too far at these upscale restaurants: The cheapest appetizer at Crush and Rover's is $15.

Crush

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Rover's

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Vegetables

Seattle Restaurant Week isn't just for carnivores. If your idea of fancy involves corn and taleggio ravioli or quinoa cakes, head for one of these plant powerhouses.

Cafe Flora

Carmelita

Poppy

Cocktails

Drinks aren't included in Restaurant Week meals, but the money saved on food can be applied toward creative cocktails at restaurants renowned for their bar programs.

Bastille Cafe & Bar

The Coterie Room

Spur Gastropub

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Lunch

It's hard to top the $28 dinner deal, but the $15 lunch program offered by a number of Restaurant Week participants is an extraordinary bargain.

ART Restaurant & Lounge

Mistral Kitchen

The Pink Door

Trouble

Three restaurants which I didn't review favorably are participating in this year's Restaurant Week. For just $28, you can assess whether my pans were justified.

AQUA by El Gaucho

Hunger 2.0

Manhattan

Seafood

You don't need to pick a seafood-dedicated restaurant if you're after clams or trout during Restaurant Week, but these seafood specialists know their underwater stuff.

Anchovies & Olives

Blueacre Seafood

Kisaku

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Ambiance

No matter whether or not you like what's on your plate - and it's a pretty safe bet these tested restaurants will deliver - it never hurts to be sitting in a grand dining room or alongside a window with a stunning waterfront view.

The Georgian

Marche

Ray's Cafe

Foodie Cred

A few of the restaurants on the Restaurant Week list opened in the past year, including these three much talked-about additions to Seattle's dining scene.

Chan

Restaurant Zoe

Rione XIII

Noodles

Fall's flavors never mind bedding down in a bowl of pasta, and these purveyors take special care with their noodles.

Cantinetta

Cuoco

La Spiga

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