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[Seattle] Dinner Places?

Okay. So, as some of the local Seattle folks know, I often organize informal little dinners after, or coffee-breaks during, the signings that the U Bookstore runs. With only 3-4 people at one usually, this is no problem.

Somehow, my informal dinner after the signing on the 21st has turned into a bit bigger deal than usual. There are at least 7 confirmed attendees (and about 5 more tentative attendees). And one of the confirmed attendees is the author himself, as book tour organizers are notoriously bad about feeding their authors and he's keen on the idea of not passing out due to malnutrition. This is understandable, but adds the caveat that we can't leave until the signing is done. This means about 10pm, maybe a little earlier.

(Plus, I think UBS may be a wee bit optimistic in assuming that this signing will end at 9 and it will only take an hour to sign stock for the store.)

So I'm trying to find a place that is open late on Mondays, will take a party of up to 15 people at 10pm, isn't too loud (sports bars are right out), and isn't an overly long drive from the U District. So far, everywhere I've looked into fails one of those criteria. Stella's, not open on Monday. Jai Thai, maybe too loud. Blue Star (the usual Vanguard hangout), closes at 11 and the kitchen closes at 10. Etc.

Any other Seattlites have some thoughts before I continue to look?

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There's an Italian place down the hill across from U-Village (on the road that Montlake turns into - always forget the number -- 20th, maybe? 25th?) Can't remember the name, but I've heard it's good. There's also an Azteca down there, which is boring (I know) but could probably seat you all in a semi-separate area and wouldn't likely close until 11 or so. Maybe.

And though you said sports bars are out, the Ram usually has private rooms you can reserve, which are a great deal quieter than the restaurant itself. It's in U-Village so it's walkable from the store, even, though that hill is a beast to go back up again.

Anna-the-Piper might have some ideas, since she lived in the U-District for years. :) Even longer than you! :)