The views, booths or overall swankiness make these restaurants worth considering for SRW this season.

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Oct. 21 through Nov. 8 brings the autumn 2018 edition of Seattle Restaurant Week — meaning that from Sundays through Thursdays, more than 150 local places will serve up $33 three-course dinners, with many making $18 two-course lunches as well. (The Seattle Times is a sponsor.) But with so many restaurants in on the action, how do you choose?

Our recommendations can help:

12 best places for ambience (below): Not the newest, haute-est restaurants on the list, but the views, booths, or overall swankiness — plus everyday high prices — make these worth considering.

17 new places to try: All the new restaurants on the list — including critically acclaimed Cortina, Sawyer and Tamari Bar — as well as the ones joining the promotion for the first time.

18 best overall values: These picks strike the food/ambience/pricing balance, so you get the most bang for your SRW bucks.

Pro tips: Preview all the restaurants’ special SRW menus at — if they’re not serving dishes you like, or you’re only saving a few dollars off normal prices, it’s not really such a great deal. Be sure to make reservations — many of these places get mobbed for SRW. And remember to tip well — with restaurants suddenly doing way more volume, it’s likely not your server’s fault if things are slow or go askew.

12 best places for ambience