Impress your sweetheart and secure a table upstairs at Place Pigalle (81 Pike St., 206/624-1756, www.placepigalle-seattle.com , 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat. and 5:30–9:30 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 5:30–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., closed Sun., $26), a cozy bistro with a certain je ne sais quoi. Its entrance is hidden in a market nook just between the flying fish and the movie memorabilia shop. Come during happy hour, when the menu is really affordable and tasty and you can watch the sun sink down behind the Olympics from the bank of windows looking out over the Sound.
Campagne (86 Pine St., 206/728-2800, www.campagnerestaurant.com , 5–10 p.m. daily, $24–30) is an elegant bistro with a French-inspired Northwest menu. The food is priced to match the quality. The restaurant sits in the heart of Pike Place Market .
Another classic Pike Place restaurant with French inspirations is Maximilien in the Market (206/682-7270, www.maximilienrestaurant.com , 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. daily, $30) with stunning views across Elliott Bay and lamb, fish, veal, and beef entrées.