Ponti Seafood Grill | Classic Seafood Dinner in Seattle
There’s nothing better than a good seafood dinner overlooking the water in Seattle. Ponti Seafood Grill has been serving that up since 1990. When the classic Seattle restaurant invited us out for dinner, we excitedly said yes! With a great view, oh-so-fun patio and staple seafood dishes, Tim and I loved our night at Ponti.
The first thing we fell in love with at Ponti Seafood Grill (3014 3rd Ave N) is the patio and view. It’s located right along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, across the water from Fremont. During the spring, the patio is surrounded with flowers and offers the perfect amount of shade from a warm evening. We watched boats sail by and the sun set on the city. It made the setting perfect for a date night out on the town.
While the main indoor dining room was intimate, don’t be fooled by its size. Ponti has several other rooms (and even another patio) that get filled up quickly on busy nights and for private events. There is also a bar area with a little bit more of a casual vibe.
Tim and I love seafood, which is why the menu at Ponti Seafood Grill was right up our alley. We started our meal off with a half order of the Dungeness Crab Spring Rolls with sweet chili sauce and Sriracha Lime White Prawns with crispy rice stick noodles. The presentation was beautiful and both had a small spicy kick. They also paired nicely with our specialty cocktails.
Next, we went on to the main course. We took our time figuring out exactly what to order. Many of the menu items sounded delicious and we’re both a little indecisive. After getting a few recommendations from our server and the manager, we knew we had to get the Grilled Alaskan Halibut. It was on everyone’s favorite list. After a little bit of debate, we also settled on the Thai Curry Penne (which also came highly recommended). We nailed the bullseye with these dishes. They were both lights out!
The penne was packed with crab, scallops, tomato-ginger chutney and lots of fresh basil. I loved it. It was spicy and savory, and it was just what I was in the mood for. Tim’s halibut was also great. It was perfectly cooked and was super moist. Let’s just say, we loved it so much that there were no leftovers to take home.
Other popular menu items at Ponti Seafood Grill include Grilled Alaska Wild King Salmon, Alderwood Smoked Alaska Black Cod, Chef Alvin’s Seafood Stew, and Lemongrass and Star Anise Braised Oregon Lamb Shank. There is also a daily happy hour from 4-6:30 p.m. and after 9 p.m. in the bar and patio areas.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ponti Seafood Grill carries coho and king salmon from our favorite seafood company, Triad Fisheries. There is no better salmon in the world than this wild troll caught salmon from Southeast Alaska. Not only is it seriously delicious, it’s also some of the most sustainable fish you can get. We’ll support any restaurant in Seattle (or anywhere) with fish from Triad Fisheries.
Even though we were full from dinner, Tim and I can never say no to dessert. We shared the Moelleux au Chocolat. Tim lovingly nicknamed it the chocolate volcano. This warm cake oozed out chocolate sauce and hazelnut toffee crunch. Tim and I were in heaven. After dessert, we sat for a little while longer. We took our time finishing our glasses of wine and enjoyed the view.
I’m thankful Ponti Seafood Grill invited us to join them for dinner. It was such a fun experience and I’m looking forward to going back to enjoy their patio even more.
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