RN74: A Beloved S.F. Dining Experience Comes to Seattle

Photo: Courtesy of the Mina Group

Delectable dishes, worldly wines and pristine service in a laid-back atmosphere.

Foodies and wine-lovers, be prepared to have your taste buds rocked by some modernized French cuisine with a Pacific Northwest kick at the brand new (to Seattle) RN74 restaurant and wine bar.

Photo: Courtesy of the Mina Group

Those familiar with the restaurant industry in San Francisco have probably heard of restauranteur Michael Mina. The acclaimed eateries he has founded include Clock Bar, Bourbon Steak, and his signature restaurant, Michael Mina.

RN74, which is named for a major thoroughfare in France’s Burgundy region (Route National 74), opened as the first Mina Group restaurant in Seattle on June 13 for lunch. Three days later, it began serving dinner, as well.

“I think RN74 is a perfect match for the city with its approachable, yet creative menu focused on wine, particularly the great wineries and winemakers of Washington and Oregon,” says Mina.

After a couple of glasses of refreshing rosé, some melt-in-your-mouth duck confit “arancini” with foie gras-stuffed Rainier cherries, and a buttery piece of Columbia river sturgeon with marble potatoes, pearl onions and little paddlefish roe-topped blini, this Seattleite was loving Chef Mina and Chef Michelle Retallack’s Pacific-Northwest-tailored menu!

Photo: Halibut, Courtesy of the Mina Group

The RN74 menu is designed to offer a modern point of view on French classics that is approachable and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Seasonal seafood, poultry, red meats and produce are balanced in each dish to compliment wines from all over the world, including many selections from Burgundy.

Designed by Manhattan firm AvroKO, the restaurant has an open arrangement of tables and booths that surround a massive wine bar. Warm woods and leather inspire a rustic element, while modern steel and glass fixtures create an edgier look.

Photo: Michael Mina, courtesy Mina Group

A large switchboard, inspired by a classic European train station arrival and departure reader, shows the restaurant’s “Last Bottle” list, which showcases eight selections of wine with only one bottle left for purchase.

Wine education and accessibility to sommelier staff is at the forefront of service, and wine director Rajat Parr presides over their extensive and award-winning wine list, which features vintage and new wine blends alongside a seasonal “Market List” of wines from around the world.

Chef Michelle Retallack is the executive chef, and according to Mina, she will be a welcomed addition to the restaurant.

“[Retallack] wants to make Seattle her home and to have the lifestyle that the Pacific Northwest offers,” Mina explained. “She has a passion for the region’s terrific, local products and farmers, and is working with them to ensure they are the focus of our menus.”

The menus will be updated and revised on a daily basis to reflect the availability of products and their accompanying wines.

Since 2002, Michael Mina has opened 19 restaurant concepts and a lounge concept, and has more than 43 years of experience as an accomplished chef.

In addition to the San Francisco dining concepts and RN74 Seattle, the Mina Group is also host to dining hot-spots in San Jose, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Detroit, Miami, Scottsdale, and Washington D.C.

For an introduction to Burgundy wines, RN74 Seattle is offering a three-course menu paired with flights of wine on Monday, June 27 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at $95 per person (excluding service charge and tax). Seating is limited, so RSVP to Faith Eadson at feadson@rn74.com if you’d like to reserve your seats!

RN74 | 1433 4th Avenue, Seattle | (206) 456-7474