Ponti Seafood Grill, Seattle Washington

Seattle Landmark | Seafood Restaurant | Only Wild Fish Served Since 1990 |

Dinner Served 4:00 - 9:00pm

Happy Hour 4:00 - 6:30pm

A Beautiful Mediterranean Villa Sitting Cliff-side Overlooking the Ship Canal and Fremont Bridge. Wild Seafood, Beautiful Views, Private Dining Facilities Available.

5 Fun Activities to Do For Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and hopefully everyone has beat the mall rush and gotten all of their Christmas shopping done in time to enjoy a little holiday fun!

 Here are some festive activities around Seattle that you and the family will enjoy, along with some activities that are great for staying in and staying out of the cold. 

1.    Gingerbread Houses

Whether it comes in a kit or is from a Great-Aunt’s 100-Year-Old home-made recipe, making gingerbread houses is always a fun Christmas tradition to do with the entire family, especially during the cold, wet months in the Pacific Northwest. If gingerbread kits are just not what you had in mind, or if you just like the taste of home-made gingerbread, click the picture to find a great recipe that you and your loved ones can try.

Whether it comes in a kit or is from a Great-Aunt’s 100-Year-Old home-made recipe, making gingerbread houses is always a fun Christmas tradition to do with the entire family, especially during the cold, wet months in the Pacific Northwest.

If gingerbread kits are just not what you had in mind, or if you just like the taste of home-made gingerbread, click the picture to find a great recipe that you and your loved ones can try.

2.    Decorating Sugar Cookies

Like making gingerbread houses, baking and decorating sugar cookies is a great holiday tradition that many people look forward to once the weather outside starts to get truly frightful. There’s nothing like the smell of fresh-baked sugar cookies while you and the family put up all of the holiday gear. And while decorating is fun, eating the cookies afterwards is even better! Click the picture for a delicious sugar-cookie recipe that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Like making gingerbread houses, baking and decorating sugar cookies is a great holiday tradition that many people look forward to once the weather outside starts to get truly frightful. There’s nothing like the smell of fresh-baked sugar cookies while you and the family put up all of the holiday gear. And while decorating is fun, eating the cookies afterwards is even better!

Click the picture for a delicious sugar-cookie recipe that everyone is sure to enjoy.

3.    Holiday Lights

If the cold weather and in-door activities are giving you a bit of cabin fever, jump in your car and head to the nearest Candy Cane Lane. There are several places around the Seattle and Bellevue areas that have whole neighborhoods lit up with fantastic holiday lights, but none like the famous Candy Cane Lane, established in 1949 in the Ravenna neighborhood. If you wanted to stay more local though, chances are that your neighborhood or one nearby have something similar to Candy Cane Lane, but on a much smaller scale. 

If the cold weather and in-door activities are giving you a bit of cabin fever, jump in your car and head to the nearest Candy Cane Lane. There are several places around the Seattle and Bellevue areas that have whole neighborhoods lit up with fantastic holiday lights, but none like the famous Candy Cane Lane, established in 1949 in the Ravenna neighborhood.

If you wanted to stay more local though, chances are that your neighborhood or one nearby have something similar to Candy Cane Lane, but on a much smaller scale. 

4.    Zoo Lights

If you can withstand the cold in order to see a great holiday light display, Zoo Lights are the thing for you. The mix of vibrant light decorations and animals is a sure-fire hit for people of all ages! Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle offers their light display from the day after Thanksgiving up until January 3rd from 5:30 to 8:30, while the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma has their display up during the same dates but is open a half an hour later.

If you can withstand the cold in order to see a great holiday light display, Zoo Lights are the thing for you. The mix of vibrant light decorations and animals is a sure-fire hit for people of all ages! Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle offers their light display from the day after Thanksgiving up until January 3rd from 5:30 to 8:30, while the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma has their display up during the same dates but is open a half an hour later.

5.    Winterfest at the Seattle Center

Finally, there is the Winterfest, held annually at the Seattle Center for the entire month of December. This festival offers several activities that you and yours will enjoy including ice-skating, a winter carousel, inter-active train exhibits and Christmas caroling. Everything is held within the Seattle Center lot, but most events can be found in the newly, re-branded Seattle Center Armory (formerly known as the Center House).

Finally, there is the Winterfest, held annually at the Seattle Center for the entire month of December. This festival offers several activities that you and yours will enjoy including ice-skating, a winter carousel, inter-active train exhibits and Christmas caroling. Everything is held within the Seattle Center lot, but most events can be found in the newly, re-branded Seattle Center Armory (formerly known as the Center House).

5 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts to Keep Your Kids' Table Happy!!!!

Thanksgiving is here and it’s time to give thanks with all of your loved ones around you, all while gobbling up some delicious food.

While the autumn season is a time for fun and festivity, we all know how frustrating it can be to host a Thanksgiving dinner, especially when it comes to the little ones that have to be kept occupied. Here are a few Thanksgiving crafts that are great for any pre-dinner turkey-day celebration, guaranteed to keep all of the members at the kids’ table (and probably most of the one’s at the adults table too) happy and preoccupied throughout the day.

1.     Handprint turkey

Put together a little craft table and set up painting stations where kids can make hand-print turkeys. They’ll love getting crafty while also getting their hands a little dirty, while parents will love the reminder of how small their tykes’ hands were a few years down the road.

Put together a little craft table and set up painting stations where kids can make hand-print turkeys. They’ll love getting crafty while also getting their hands a little dirty, while parents will love the reminder of how small their tykes’ hands were a few years down the road.

2.     Paper plate turkey hat

  Make cute turkey hats out of paper plates and decorate them with colorful construction paper and paint! Pretend that your child is a turkey for the rest of the evening for an add-on make-believe game!

 

Make cute turkey hats out of paper plates and decorate them with colorful construction paper and paint! Pretend that your child is a turkey for the rest of the evening for an add-on make-believe game!

3. Pine cone centerpiece turkeys

  Kids sometimes say the darndest things!!! See all of the sweet and funny things that all of the little ones have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season with a turkey centerpiece made out of pinecones, construction paper, small pieces of colorful felt fabric, and googly eyes.

 

Kids sometimes say the darndest things!!! See all of the sweet and funny things that all of the little ones have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season with a turkey centerpiece made out of pinecones, construction paper, small pieces of colorful felt fabric, and googly eyes.

4. " I Am Thankful For..." fall leaves wreath

  Another twist on the “what I am thankful for” craft idea is this adorable wreath made out of fall-colored construction paper. Cut out various sizes of leaves from the construction paper and have each child write down what they are thankful for. You’re sure to love each and every answer! 

 

Another twist on the “what I am thankful for” craft idea is this adorable wreath made out of fall-colored construction paper. Cut out various sizes of leaves from the construction paper and have each child write down what they are thankful for. You’re sure to love each and every answer! 

5. Turkey napkin rings

  Get the youngins crafting while also having them help set the dinner table! Create this adorable and easy napkin holder using colorful pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and construction paper.   Leave us a comment telling us how your projects went, or share a fun story of a different project that you and your kids did to make Thanksgiving that much more special!!!

 

Get the youngins crafting while also having them help set the dinner table! Create this adorable and easy napkin holder using colorful pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and construction paper.

 

Leave us a comment telling us how your projects went, or share a fun story of a different project that you and your kids did to make Thanksgiving that much more special!!!

Our Pick: 5 Clever DIY Father's Day Gifts!

Father's day is a sign of the summer season's start. It is a special day to celebrate the person who has been a solid support in your life. So, get your grill out, hang out in the backyard, and take in the sunny rays. 

We scoured the web to see if we could find some clever, quirky, and different DIY father's day gift ideas, and here are our picks:

1. A Massage. Take one of his old t-shirts and draw a race track on the back. Give your kids a couple of toy cars and viola! Hours of fun, and some muscle relief!

2. Tie Tacks of Yours Truly. Simply purchase shrink printer film at your local craft store. Print small images of your family members and bake away! The perfect tie tack.

3. Show Him How Much He Rocks. A basic photo frame, a trip outdoors, and a sharpie is all you need to create this lovely accent.

4. Stache him! Buy a basic white coffee mug and draw the mustache of your choice.

5. Shadow Fun. Make reverse cutouts of what you would like to say, stand in the sun and get the perfect camera angle. You have yourself a mighty fine photo!

Do you have some clever ideas up your sleeve? Share them with us!

Candid Seattle: Photos of our City

We all know that we live in the most beautiful city in America- biased or not, it's the truth, right? There are no other cities in our country where you can sit outside, take in views of both water and mountains, all while noshing on local fresh seafood. Just to toot our own horn, we thought it was only necessary to share our favorite collection of candid Seattle photos (click on images for photo credits.)

 

Another Day at the Office- Pike Place Market

Skimming the Skyline at Alki Beach

Seahawks Fans in their Most Natural State

Expression Through Art- Post Alley Gum Wall

Mr. Troll Gets a Makeover- Fremont

Summertime Fun at the Fountain- Seattle Center

Walking the Dog- Gasworks Park

Hipsters at their Hippest- Kings Hardware Ballard

Re-Awakenings at the Polar Plunge- West Seattle

Drummers in the Park- Seattle Center

Do you have some great Seattle candid photos? Share them with us!

7 Clever Calamari Recipes

Calamari is one of those universal dishes that can be prepared in many unique ways. The most common preparation in the U.S. is to batter and fry it then serve it up with a ramekin of aioli. We thought it would be interesting to research other, more creative ways in which you can wow your guests at your next summer get-together.

 

1. Spicy Grilled Calamari. If you have the barbecue going, grab some skewers, your favorite seasoning, and grill away! For the recipe, click here.

2. Stuffed Calamari. This recipe has Italian influences, rich in tomato sauce, garlic and cheese. Bon Appetit! Click Here for the recipe.

3. Calamari in Seafood Cocktail. This is a fresh as it gets! Perfect for a hot summer's day- a great way to start your outdoor picnic. Click Here for the recipe.

4. Calamari Scampi. Perfectly fresh, flavorful, and light! For the recipe, click here.

5. Grilled and Sauteed Calamari. One of our most popular dishes, we thought it would only be polite to share Chef Alvin's unique recipe with you! 

Grilled Squid with Olives, Soy Sauce, Ginger, and Basil by Chef Alvin Binuya of Ponti Seafood Grill in Seattle, Washington.

6. Garden Seafood Salad with Calamari. Who said low-carb had to be flavorless? This recipe has the perfect combination of seasoning. Click here for the recipe.

7. Fried Calamari Sandwich. This dish is perfectly fresh, flavorful, and easily portable! Click here for the recipe. 

Have a calamari recipe you would like to share? Comment below- we would love to hear about it!

Seattle Restaurants: Then and Now

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary at Ponti, we thought we should also honor some great restaurants that have also been around for a long time in our beautiful city! And what not a better way to do that than with some past and present comparison photography!

Seattle Restaurants: Then and Now Photos

Ivar's, Downtown Seattle Waterfront

1950

1950

2014

2014

5 Point Cafe, Belltown

1929

1929

2014

2014

Sky City Restaurant, the Space Needle

1962

1962

2014

2014

Ray's Boathouse, Ballard

1975

1975

2014

1987

1987

Dick's Drive In, Capitol Hill

1953

1953

2013

2013

Merchant's Cafe, Pioneer Square (the oldest restaurant in Seattle!)

1890

1890

Deluxe Tavern, Capitol Hill

1934

1934

2014

2014

The Dish: Clever Seafood Cuisine To Try in Our NW City

Seattle is such a foodie city, full of well.. foodies! We think it was only appropriate to give a shout our to our fellow restaurants, and recognize some of our favorite seafood dishes you must try while exploring our beautiful town.

Here are our Top Seven Seafood Dish Picks in Seattle (with authentic "Yelper" photography):

1. Smoked Trout - The Walrus and the Carpenter

2. Oysters Rockfeller- Ballard Annex Oyster House

3.  Jambalaya: Seattle Crawfish King

4. Dungeness Crab and Bay Shrimp Tator Tots- Steelhead Diner

5. Thai Curry Penne with Dungeness Crab and Weathervane Scallops: Ponti Seafood Grill

6. Mackerel on a Bed of Cauliflower Ham Hock: Staple and Fancy Merchantile

7. Grilled Octopus Salad: Branzino

Do you have a favorite Seattle Unique seafood dish you would like to share? Comment and let us all check it out! 

Blast from the Past: Our Favorite Seattle Throwback Photos

We live in such an amazing city with so much history! It is always fascinating to stroll through downtown, gazing up at the old buildings and down at the remnants of old cobblestone roads. We love our city, it's story, and the memories that have taken place here. This is why we decided to compile our favorite old Seattle photos, in candid form- all which tell their own story (in no particular order.)

1. The Elephant Car Wash, 1965.

2. Ye Olde Curiousity Shop, 1899.

3. Luna Park, West Seattle- 1885.

4. The Seattle Kite Contest, 1920.

5. Leschi Park, 1906.

6. Pike Place Market, 1907.

5. Boeing, 1938.

7. (The First) Nordstrom Shoe Store, 1901.

8. Alki Beach Municipal Bathhouse, 1920.

9. University Book Store, 1930.

10. Green Lake, 1922.

11. The Space Needle's Birth, 1961.

12. The Center of the Universe, Fremont. 1923.

Decks, Patios, Balconies, Oh MY! Seattle's Best Outdoor Seating

That's right, folks- it's that time of year again! The time of year when you can soak up that Vitamin D while sipping your favorite cocktail and noshing on your favorite snack. We are all starting to emerge from our dark caves, ready to get our fix of patio season while it lasts!

Our Picks: Seattle's Best Patios (in no certain order)

1. Little Water Cantina. 

2865 Eastlake Ave East Seattle, WA 98102

(206) 397-4940

2. The Pink Door.

1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 443-3241

3. The Fisherman.

1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-350

4. Chandler's Crabhouse.

901 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 223-272

5. Frolik.

1415 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 971-8010

6. Ponti Seafood Grill (of course!).

3014 3rd Avenue N, Seattle, WA

 (206) 284-3000

7. Westward.

2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 552-8215

8. Aqua by El Gaucho. 

2801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 956-9171

NW Digs: Seattle's Most Interesting Parks

Since the weather is starting to show some consistent Vitamin D, we thought it only made sense to explore some of the unique parks throughout our beautiful city! 

 

Here Are Our Top 7 Picks: Seattle's Most Interesting Parks

1. Olympic Sculpture Park. Located right in the heart of downtown, this park has over 22 sculptures, some with a sense of humor! 

2. Fremont Canal Park. Located on the North end of the Ship Canal near the Fremont Bridge, this gem is the perfect place to watch the marine traffic, take in some sun, and ponder what you will be ordering across the bridge at Ponti Seafood Grill for dinner. ;)

3. Gasworks Park. We wouldn't dare forget this amazing eye candy! This park, registered as a National Historic Monument, sits grand with remnants of an old coal gasification plant from the early 1900's. 

4. Volunteer Park Conservatory. Once called,"City Park," Volunteer Park was developed in 1878 by the famous Olmsted Brothers architects. Beautiful greenhouses, gardens, architecture and scenery make this park truly memorable!

5. Kubota Park. This Seattle gem is a Japanese Garden, located in the heart of the Lake Washington arboretum. Walk through trails of beautiful flowers, a Koi pond, and the perfect Feng Shui vibe.  

6. Golden Gardens State Park. If you love extraordinary views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, and bonfires, then this is your perfect match!

7. Bhy Khracke Park. This unique park is the perfect example of maximizing space. Located in Queen Anne, it winds up the hill, with beautiful rhododendrons lining it, benches for gazing, and a play area for the kiddos. The gorgeous views of our city are an added bonus!

 

Eight Reasons Why You Should Eat More Salmon

Unless you've been living under a rock, we are sure you have heard that there are about a million health benefits associated with a diet rich in seafood (well, almost a million.)

Salmon, which is native to our region is one of the healthiest fish of all!

Ponti's Alaskan Salmon is served with a soy-cilantro ginger glaze, turmeric basmati rice, and grilled veggies. 

Ponti's Alaskan Salmon is served with a soy-cilantro ginger glaze, turmeric basmati rice, and grilled veggies. 

Here are Eight Reasons Why You Should Eat more Salmon:

1. It is delicious! This is a no-brainer! Salmon is one of the most flavorful fish out there! Rich and hearty, it is also one of the most popular.

2. Maintains Brain Health. Salmon is extremely rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to support brain function and increase memory! As an added bonus, they have a calming affect on your brain which can reduce your risk of Alzheimer's. 

3. Reduces High Blood Pressure. People with diets rich in fish oil have lower risks of heart attack and stroke. 

4. Protects the Skin You're In! The rich oils in salmon are known for having anti-inflammatory properties which can protect your skin from sunburn and even skin cancer. 

5. Depression Cure!  The rich Omega 3's in salmon are known for keeping the brain chemicals balanced- therefore leaving you feeling happy. 

6. Works to Balance Your Metabolism: The Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin-D and Selenium in this tasty fish all work together to manage insulin levels throughout your body, thereby helping  the absorption of sugars. It is good for your waistline, too!

7. Seeing is Believing! Your Eyesight. The Omega-3 fatty acids and Amino acids in this flavorful fish work towards the prevention of  macular degeneration, retinal problems, loss of vision and tired eyes. It is an actual proven fact that people who eat fish often have better sight than people who don't!

8. Beautiful Hair and Nails. The Vitamins in wild salmon are so rich, that you will see a new suppleness to your skin, your hair will feel fuller, and your nails will be less brittle when you start a diet rich in fish oil.

The list really does go on and on. Be sure to be selective about your salmon choices- farm raised salmon often is depleted of these essential nutrients, so wild is truly the way to go! We are now serving Copper River Salmon- get it while it's hot! 

 

Since 1990 Ponti has delighted the palates of our guests with a menu* that offers an array of eclectic flavors ranging from pan-Asian, Mediterranean, classic European and Pacific Northwest fusion, under the creative guidance of proprietors, Richard and Sharon Malia. Our dedication to providing fine service and exquisite cuisine ensures that your visit will be well remembered.

In the summer, join us on our beautiful patio, overlooking the Ship Canal and Fremont Bridges of Seattle. Sip a perfectly selected glass of wine chosen by our wine steward, enjoy our signature grilled calamari, and relax. You are always home at our restaurant.

*menus are subject to change according to availability