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Best Fine Dining: The Table

Readers' pick: Best of Tacoma 2018

The Table, where community gathers. Photo courtesy of the table

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With a name like The Table and a vision that states "We believe life happens around the table. Our passion for gathering -- whether to create or partake is in honest community," it's no wonder that the space's vibe resonates with diners and was voted as Tacoma's Best Fine Dining. It also just so happens to reside in what was voted Tacoma's Best Neighborhood Vibe. Coincidence? I think not.

As you cross the establishment's threshold, you get the immediate impression that chef and owner Derek Bray has a passion for giving diners a reason to gather in this space. The Table manages a minimalistic but warm vibe that pairs perfectly with the unpretentious, knowledgeable, efficient and friendly service one can expect when visiting. The name itself also plays a homage to the communal seating you'll find within, encouraging diners to connect over food and drink, as people have done for generations.

The menu features Pacific Northwest focused fare with flair featuring farm-fresh produce, freshly prepared pasta (handmade gnocchi mac and cheese!) and delectably braised, baked and roasted meats. The selection of protein-based dishes prepared with compelling technique and a skillful hand often include rare treats like foie gras, braised elk and duckwurst. With that, Bray's dishes manage a comfort food feel without an excess of fried foods or starches. Plus, plates are artfully plated and finished in full view of guests with seating at the rail, which really brings their passion focused dedication to the culinary arts center stage. As the saying goes, "we eat with our eyes," and The Table sets the bar high with a little show with your dinner as they garnish with pops of color, texture and pizzazz. Each course highlights a special care to composition and color while managing never to let that take away from the balance and flavor of each plate.

True to form, one of the things that makes The Table Tacoma's favorite fine dining is how welcoming and accessible the vibe is. There's no need to dress to the nines before hitting the town. Come as you are, or if the occasion calls for it, get dapper. The Table is set for all.

THE TABLE, 5-10 p.m., Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday, 2716 6th Ave., Tacoma, 253.327.1862,

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