September 16

Memory Makers

Celebrate at these five SLU spots.

Whether it’s a banner anniversary, a big birthday, or just because, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate your loved ones (or yourself) in South Lake Union. From seaplane adventures to omakase sushi, dinner cruises, and more, the neighborhood is primed to offer your next special occasion experience. Book your rezzies and make some memories.

Oh my, omakase

Recently opened Sushi by Scratch Restaurants (2331 Sixth Ave.) is ready to wow diners in SLU. The 10-seat sushi restaurant by chefs/owners Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee gives off speakeasy vibes and offers a 17-course omakase-only menu. The chef takes flavors from his own experiences and applies them to the traditional canvas of Japanese sushi. This intimate dining experience puts you right at the chef’s counter. Want a seat at this table? Plan ahead—there’s a lengthy waiting list, and reservations open the first of the month at 10am.

Up close photo of a white fish sushi topped with fish eggs.

Cruise into romance

Looking for dinner with a view? Waterways Cruises has you covered. The local cruise provider has plenty of culinary-themed options, but one of its most popular is the dinner cruise. This two-and-a-half-hour cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington includes a champagne or sparkling cider toast upon boarding, private dining tables, plated dinner, and a captain’s narration of the sights. Enhance your experience with specialty cocktails, appetizer and entree upgrades, chocolate-covered strawberries, personalized cakes, and more.

Take flight

Show your loved one a new perspective our beautiful city. Kenmore Air has daily sightseeing flights out of its South Lake Union terminal. Want to go farther afield? Book a tour of Mount Rainier and Mount Saint Helens or the San Juan Islands or find flights to Vancouver, B.C., Victoria, and more.

Floatplane cruising on a lake readying to take flight.

Want more memory making options in South Lake Union? Browse our directory to find your next fun adventure in the neighborhood.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs by Adahlia Cole, Suzi Pratt, & Ethan Chung.

At The Center

SLU is the geographical center of Seattle