Summertime has finally arrived in Seattle, and the restaurants have activated their outside dining. That’s good news for us and for Chloe, because we don’t have air conditioning and there are days when I’d sooner stick forks in my eyes than cook — and when we go out to dinner, Chloe gets another walk. In the past, I’ve told you about a number of dog-friendly restaurants in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, including Monsoon, Olympic Pizza, Samui Thai and Volunteer Park Café. Here are two more you should know about: Chutneys Grille on the Hill (which I desperately want to spell “Hille”) and Vios Café and Marketplace.
Chutneys is officially one of a small, local chain of Indian restaurants, but the locations seem to be pretty autonomous. The Capitol Hill location (on 15th Ave. E., across from The Canterbury) is a little down at the heels but essentially attractive, and serves reliably good Northern Indian food. The service is friendly and welcoming, and there is — drumroll, please — a parking lot. We go there often, in part because we find Palak Paneer and Kasturi Chicken comforting (the Tandoori Halibut is also a winner), and in part because it’s never crowded or noisy. Now that it’s summertime, we can go there with Chloe, because she’s welcome on the big patio in front.
Vios is a Greek restaurant at the corner of Aloha and 19th, just down the street from Monsoon. The food is delicious — last night, for example, we had their outstanding Greek Salad (no stinting on the feta here) for starters, the Copper River salmon special (English pea puree, green beans, cherry tomatoes, roasted potatoes), and the walnut olive oil cake with roasted apricots for dessert. It’s family friendly (make that Family Friendly, since the rear portion of the restaurant is a play area for children), and dogs may sit with their owners outside, as long as they stay outside the fence that surrounds the sidewalk seating area. Choose one of the three tables that are lined up against the fence, and secure your dog to you, your table, or the fence. Alternatively, consider getting takeout from Vios and walking it up the hill to Volunteer Park for a picnic. And don’t forget the gelato, conveniently located in a case next to the door….
Chutneys Grille on the Hill
605 15th Avenue E.
Seattle, WA 98112
903 19th Avenue E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Open for lunch and dinner Tues. to Sat.