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11 January 2009 @ 12:53 pm
Seattlites: A research question!  

Seattle people:

Is it possible to go to the SkyCity restaurant in the Space Needle without buying the touristy elevator ride ticket to get up there? I have no idea if there’s a restaurant-only elevator…

I thank you in advance for your wisdom, O Internet. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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Lady Doomlithera on January 11th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
When I get back I can go chicky-check it out for yah.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on January 11th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Restaurant dining includes the elevator ride and observation deck access. You have to hit the "minimum dining charge" of $35/person for dinner or $25/person for lunch.
kitmizkit on January 11th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Huh. So do they actually make you buy a ticket for the elevator or do they just stab you for the whole price in the restaurant? Can one, in other words, say, "I'm going to the restaurant," and not pay anything before getting on the elevator?
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on January 11th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I think so, if you have a reservation. If my memory is correct, you also avoid the long lines of tourists. Will verify.
kitmizkit on January 11th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, how very useful. I await verification with bated breath! Thank you!
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11pullthestars on January 11th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
He is correct -- if you have a reservation, you go for free. And believe me, it's SUPER easy to hit that $35/$25 limit, as it is a pricey restaurant.

And as I've never gone to the restaurant when there are huge lines of tourists, I can't say whether they let you skip ahead. But it wouldn't surprise me. they do bill it as a swanky place.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on January 11th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've found the statement "Your elevator ride and Observation Deck visit are complimentary with your reservation at SkyCity" on their reservation page.

I've also verified that the restaurant has their own dedicated elevator, so that people with reservations don't have to wait in the tourist line.
Gen Jordangenkitty on January 13th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Aye. We did this while on our honeymoon. :) I advise checking the almanac for sunset times for when you will be there (Nautical sunset), and set your reservation to be 30-45 minutes before that.

Sky City is Expensive. Easily able to go $50-60/head. But it is WORTH EVERY PENNY. Take your time, enjoy the scenery, enjoy the food. Enjoy dressing up and having a very special dinner out.
kitmizkit on January 13th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
*laughs* It's for a book, and they're not going at sunset, but thank you! :)