When we asked the kids if they wanted to eat lunch at 500 feet above from where we stood in Seattle's city central, they had only one thought, "how?" Rather than go through a long explanation, we had them turn around and look up. And there she was -- the City's emerald jewel -- the Space Needle. After the initial "ooohs" and "ahhhs" of excitement surpassed, we bought our tickets and headed up the tower, which was completed for the official opening of the World's Fair on April 21, 1962.
Now, SkyCity Restaurant and a few of the other added features, such as the Spacebase Retail Shop and the expanded O Deck, are relatively new with respect to the Space Needle's history. In other words, these were not of the original design, but rather were added as part of a revitalization project that was completed in 2000.
In spite of this, however, the restaurant quickly became one of the city's premier dining destinations, offering not only spectacular views and a unique "revolving" experience, but also cuisine that is made fresh from local ingredients from both land and sea. Among the choices we sampled: The Seattle clam and corn chowder, the dungeness crab mac and cheese, the ceasar salad with grilled wild salmon, the SkyCity burger, and the space noodle pasta. For dessert, we treated ourselves to the Lunar Orbiter, which brought back the "ooohs" and "ahhs" from before...only this time, it wasn't just coming from the kids.
So, next time you're in Seattle, try something different when visiting the Space Needle. Do keep in mind, that it will cost more than a pretty penny to dine at SkyCity, but we believe its worth it!