Handmade pastas and communal tables are the heart of Ethan Stowell’s two Tavolàta locations. Each features a long table in the middle of the restaurant, where guests are invited to chat over such decadent fare as gnocchi in a lobster mushroom ragu and black truffle ravioli.
2323 Second Ave (Belltown) and 501 E Pike St (Capitol Hill); ethanstowellrestaurants.com
This high-end Georgetown eatery from one of Seattle’s culinary stars Matt Dillon is best-known for its weekend prix fixe dinners, where guests are seated around communal tables. Seasonal Pacific Northwest plates come out in five rounds, and guests soon find themselves blissed out on delicious food and chatting warmly with their neighbors. *5609 Corson Ave S; thecorsonbuilding.com
Find a seat on the long wooden benches at this Pioneer Square bier hall before ordering from chef Megan Coombes lineup of bratwurst and spätzle. Naturally, German and local brews are on tap. Soon you’ll be shouting “prost!” with tablemates. 209 First Ave S; altstadtseattle.com
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