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The red awning is bordered with twinkling lights and Dinette on Capitol Hill in Seattle is written in white cursive. That’s the precursor for the enchanting ambience inside the restaurant, when diners find a snug bar, where you can sip rosemary cocktails by candlelight. The adjoining dining room holds 16 beechwood tables, mostly two tops, some four, equipped for friends’ night out. Some tables have their own mini chalkboards reading, “Ribeye steak for two,” or another special that evening. At around 5 p.m., when Dinette opens, the smell of bread pudding spills into the bar and dining room.
Decor includes an upright piano and an array of gold-plated, Florentine serving trays collected over 21 years.