Hotel Sorrento

★★★☆☆
Experience historic charm, modern services and luxury accommodations at a true Seattle original.
  • 900 Madison St

    Seattle, WA 98104

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  • 206-622-6400

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It's hard to know where to start with my disappointment with the dining experience. It starts with the fact that I had made an online reservation and specifically noted that we were celebrating my parent's 40th anniversary. There was nothing that indicated that they knew that, particularly when they handed my dad the bill at the end of the meal. It took forever to get the bottle of wine we ordered at the start of the evening and when it came it was the wrong bottle...twice. My husband had to ask 4x for the ice tea he had ordered. I sent my soup back because it was lukewarm and then when it came back piping hot I had to season it (I NEVER add salt to my food at a restaurant). My entree was similarly underseasoned. The half chicken my husband ordered looked more like a half sparrow. The potatoes gratin that accompanied my father's steak were delicious but distractingly undercooked--I'm not a fan of crunchy potatoes. The coffee that was served at the end of the meal tasted like it had been sitting on a burner far too long. To make matters worse, our waiter was AWOL for most of the night. At one point we wondered if he had walked off the job. When he was there it was in body only. Neither his head or heart seemed engaged. The list of disappointments and service gaffes just never ended. We kept asking ourselves, "are we too particular?" No. It's not too much to expect that a restaurant that holds itself up as a fine dining establishment provide attentive, prompt service and that the food be memorable for it's quality instead of its blandness. I will not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

It's hard to know where to start with my disappointment with the dining experience. It starts with the fact that I had made an online reservation and specifically noted that we were celebrating my parent's 40th anniversary. There was nothing that indicated that they knew that, particularly when they handed my dad the bill at the end of the meal. It took forever to get the bottle of wine we ordered at the start of the evening and when it came it was the wrong bottle...twice. My husband had to ask 4x for the ice tea he had ordered. I sent my soup back because it was lukewarm and then when it came back piping hot I had to season it (I NEVER add salt to my food at a restaurant). My entree was similarly underseasoned. The half chicken my husband ordered looked more like a half sparrow. The potatoes gratin that accompanied my father's steak were delicious but distractingly undercooked--I'm not a fan of crunchy potatoes. The coffee that was served at the end of the meal tasted like it had been sitting on a burner far too long. To make matters worse, our waiter was AWOL for most of the night. At one point we wondered if he had walked off the job. When he was there it was in body only. Neither his head or heart seemed engaged. The list of disappointments and service gaffes just never ended. We kept asking ourselves, "are we too particular?" No. It's not too much to expect that a restaurant that holds itself up as a fine dining establishment provide attentive, prompt service and that the food be memorable for it's quality instead of its blandness. I will not be back.

Pros: Beautiful setting, lots of ambiance

Cons: Service was apathetic, food was mediocre to poor

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...when it's time for Dine Around Seattle, that is! Otherwise, we flat-out can't afford it except for very special occasions. The Hunt Club is of course the restaurant in the Hotel Sorrento. Both are beautiful - a very well-maintained old building with character and lovely decor. We were there at Christmastime and the Christmas decorations were beautiful. We had lunch today, and my companion took advantage of the Dine Around Seattle promotion and had a green salad (very fresh greens, delicious vinaigrette), the "Hunt Club" (delicious club sandwich on fresh bread from Macrina bakery), and cinnamon panna cotta (absolutely to die for). I went for the crab cakes, which were perfectly prepared and paired with some sauteed greens. The portions are kind of small - a person with a larger appetite would definitely want an appetizer along with their meal. Personally, I really like their style of not automatically bringing bread to the table - it's free, you just have to ask for it!
The one negative was the valet parking. I'm not sure if it's always like this or if they were short staffed or what, but there were no valets! I ended up parking in the parking circle and bringing my keys to the front desk of the hotel. When we were ready to leave, we again had to go to the front desk. When the woman at the desk asked the valet to get our car, he snapped that we were "just gonna have to wait." Given that it hadn't been moved, we grabbed our keys (and paid our $7!) and got outta there.
It lost a star for the overly expensive food and parking and rude valet. However, we will definitely be returning to the Hunt Club in March for Dine Around Seattle!

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★★★★☆

...when it's time for Dine Around Seattle, that is! Otherwise, we flat-out can't afford it except for very special occasions. The Hunt Club is of course the restaurant in the Hotel Sorrento. Both are beautiful - a very well-maintained old building with character and lovely decor. We were there at Christmastime and the Christmas decorations were beautiful. We had lunch today, and my companion took advantage of the Dine Around Seattle promotion and had a green salad (very fresh greens, delicious vinaigrette), the "Hunt Club" (delicious club sandwich on fresh bread from Macrina bakery), and cinnamon panna cotta (absolutely to die for). I went for the crab cakes, which were perfectly prepared and paired with some sauteed greens. The portions are kind of small - a person with a larger appetite would definitely want an appetizer along with their meal. Personally, I really like their style of not automatically bringing bread to the table - it's free, you just have to ask for it!
The one negative was the valet parking. I'm not sure if it's always like this or if they were short staffed or what, but there were no valets! I ended up parking in the parking circle and bringing my keys to the front desk of the hotel. When we were ready to leave, we again had to go to the front desk. When the woman at the desk asked the valet to get our car, he snapped that we were "just gonna have to wait." Given that it hadn't been moved, we grabbed our keys (and paid our $7!) and got outta there.
It lost a star for the overly expensive food and parking and rude valet. However, we will definitely be returning to the Hunt Club in March for Dine Around Seattle!

Pros: great food, excellent service, beautiful atmosphere

Cons: Too expensive all around

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The Sorrento Hotel is such a sweet place. The building has such great history. Everyone was helpful and friendly. The entire place was clean and the room was well done. A great experience I would recommend.

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★★★★☆

The Sorrento Hotel is such a sweet place. The building has such great history. Everyone was helpful and friendly. The entire place was clean and the room was well done. A great experience I would recommend.

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I love the Sorrento Hotel! This is a Seattle establishment! The rooms are nice, beds are comfy! Lobby is a bit dark - but cozy. Service is great. The space for weddings is cool too - cool deck to go out on. I love this historic hotel! Highly recommend!

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★★★★☆

I love the Sorrento Hotel! This is a Seattle establishment! The rooms are nice, beds are comfy! Lobby is a bit dark - but cozy. Service is great. The space for weddings is cool too - cool deck to go out on. I love this historic hotel! Highly recommend!

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We had drinks here, those turned into dinner and I have to say I was impressed with the new menu/chef at the Hunt Club. We had kind of a preconceived notion that the place was snooty, but that couldn't have been farther from the truth. Tasty app's and a casual atmosphere were great.

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★★★★★

We had drinks here, those turned into dinner and I have to say I was impressed with the new menu/chef at the Hunt Club. We had kind of a preconceived notion that the place was snooty, but that couldn't have been farther from the truth. Tasty app's and a casual atmosphere were great.

Pros: Excellent Food, historic setting

Cons: none

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Four of us dined here on 7/10 and were incredibly disappointed with the service and food. As long time Seattleites who have dined at the Hunt Club many times over the years, it's sad to see this restaurant decline. This used to be a "special occasion" place, but that's changed. Specifics: Our waiter was unprofessional and indifferent. He did not greet us or tell us about specials or the menu. He seated us, then showed up and said "are you ready?". There were very few people in the restauarant (now we understand why), so they were not overly busy. Our wine was served in dirty/spotty glasses. We had to ask for bread and water refills. When servers showed up to deliver the courses (salad, mains and desserts) they put the wrong dish in front of the wrong person each time. The pork belly was so salty it was inedible, the venison stew was flavorful but dry, and the lamb chops were like leather. The server never came back to check on us after the food was delivered, so we never had a chance to offer feedback or ask for something else. This is a spendy restaurant - $25 and up for entrees - and there's no way they'll stay in business at this rate. There are many restaurants providing a much better experience, thus we'll take our business elsewhere.

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★★☆☆☆

Four of us dined here on 7/10 and were incredibly disappointed with the service and food. As long time Seattleites who have dined at the Hunt Club many times over the years, it's sad to see this restaurant decline. This used to be a "special occasion" place, but that's changed. Specifics: Our waiter was unprofessional and indifferent. He did not greet us or tell us about specials or the menu. He seated us, then showed up and said "are you ready?". There were very few people in the restauarant (now we understand why), so they were not overly busy. Our wine was served in dirty/spotty glasses. We had to ask for bread and water refills. When servers showed up to deliver the courses (salad, mains and desserts) they put the wrong dish in front of the wrong person each time. The pork belly was so salty it was inedible, the venison stew was flavorful but dry, and the lamb chops were like leather. The server never came back to check on us after the food was delivered, so we never had a chance to offer feedback or ask for something else. This is a spendy restaurant - $25 and up for entrees - and there's no way they'll stay in business at this rate. There are many restaurants providing a much better experience, thus we'll take our business elsewhere.

Pros: Sadly none

Cons: Terrible service and food

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I went to High Tea with my sisters and mom several months ago. I was disappointed in the tea this last time. The bread on the tea sandwiches had gotten dry, like they'd been sitting out a while without being covered with a damp cloth, as they should be. The service was less than desireable (our lady seemed like she didn't like her job, and showed us a lot). She didn't bring milk and sugar with our tea, and we couldn't find her to ask for it as our tea sat and got cold. In making the reservations for tea, I literally called 3-4 times, and let it ring about 40 times each time. (I'm in retail, so it's a kind of test sometimes to see how bad service can really be.)

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★★☆☆☆

I went to High Tea with my sisters and mom several months ago. I was disappointed in the tea this last time. The bread on the tea sandwiches had gotten dry, like they'd been sitting out a while without being covered with a damp cloth, as they should be. The service was less than desireable (our lady seemed like she didn't like her job, and showed us a lot). She didn't bring milk and sugar with our tea, and we couldn't find her to ask for it as our tea sat and got cold. In making the reservations for tea, I literally called 3-4 times, and let it ring about 40 times each time. (I'm in retail, so it's a kind of test sometimes to see how bad service can really be.)

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I first went to the Hunt Club in college 15 years ago. It was one of my first dates with my husband. We have returned many times for special occasions in our lives as it is the most romantic spot in Seattle. We consider it a special place just for the two of us, so we always go alone. It is our little secret. There isn't a better place to enjoy an after dinner drink than sitting on the plush seats in the bar area. The food is creative and beautifully presented. I always feel happy and pampered when I leave.

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★★★★★

I first went to the Hunt Club in college 15 years ago. It was one of my first dates with my husband. We have returned many times for special occasions in our lives as it is the most romantic spot in Seattle. We consider it a special place just for the two of us, so we always go alone. It is our little secret. There isn't a better place to enjoy an after dinner drink than sitting on the plush seats in the bar area. The food is creative and beautifully presented. I always feel happy and pampered when I leave.

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I think that the Sorrento is a jewel in Seattle - one of the most iconic locations in the city. The staff in the Hunt Club is friendly, unpretentionious, but attentive without being overly so. I have never had a bad experience there.
The food is very good, and I love the chips they serve in the bar - made in-house, and a nice change from your standard "mixed nuts."
I'd recommend the hotel time and again.

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★★★★☆

I think that the Sorrento is a jewel in Seattle - one of the most iconic locations in the city. The staff in the Hunt Club is friendly, unpretentionious, but attentive without being overly so. I have never had a bad experience there.
The food is very good, and I love the chips they serve in the bar - made in-house, and a nice change from your standard "mixed nuts."
I'd recommend the hotel time and again.

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About 6 years ago I had the most disastrous lunch I have ever experienced here. The events that unfolded were comical, involving the kitchen apparently being nonfunctional but instead of that fact being disclosed by management, myself and two guests were poured continuous glasses of wine for an hour and a half until we were finally served our 2 salads and a burger (which was raw and unedible). They tried to bill us for entire meal (including the "complimentary" wine) and one of my guests, my assistant at the time, was drunk enough that we drove her home so she could pass out in private. This year I gave the Hunt Club another chance, figuring that the previous lunch must have been a convergence of bad circumstances. I met my sister there for lunch in the festive holiday ambiance, which is undeniably elegant. The good news is that this lunch was better than the last lunch! The bad news is as follows. The prices were high so we hoped the food was worthwhile.We were very dissapointed. I had two dry, flavorless crab cakes thrown artlessly onto soggy greens ($23). My sister had approximately three pieces of beef thrown onto the same soggy greens, for $14. It seemed that maybe someone had made a run to Trader Joe's up the street a couple of days prior (the greens were a little aged as well as soggy) and also thawed out some crab cakes which had subsequently dried up. We had to request that bread or rolls be served and I'm thankful that they didn't bill us an extra charge. The waiter was inattentive but in fairness seemed to be assigned too many tables. He did charge us incorrectly and it took quite awhile for him to change our bill because it seemed that he had to run everything through management. I don't know if the lunches here are always exceptionally bad or if I am just an unlucky person. In this town of fabulous food, it is a shame that an historical location such as the Sorrento should allow this to happen.

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★☆☆☆☆

About 6 years ago I had the most disastrous lunch I have ever experienced here. The events that unfolded were comical, involving the kitchen apparently being nonfunctional but instead of that fact being disclosed by management, myself and two guests were poured continuous glasses of wine for an hour and a half until we were finally served our 2 salads and a burger (which was raw and unedible). They tried to bill us for entire meal (including the "complimentary" wine) and one of my guests, my assistant at the time, was drunk enough that we drove her home so she could pass out in private. This year I gave the Hunt Club another chance, figuring that the previous lunch must have been a convergence of bad circumstances. I met my sister there for lunch in the festive holiday ambiance, which is undeniably elegant. The good news is that this lunch was better than the last lunch! The bad news is as follows. The prices were high so we hoped the food was worthwhile.We were very dissapointed. I had two dry, flavorless crab cakes thrown artlessly onto soggy greens ($23). My sister had approximately three pieces of beef thrown onto the same soggy greens, for $14. It seemed that maybe someone had made a run to Trader Joe's up the street a couple of days prior (the greens were a little aged as well as soggy) and also thawed out some crab cakes which had subsequently dried up. We had to request that bread or rolls be served and I'm thankful that they didn't bill us an extra charge. The waiter was inattentive but in fairness seemed to be assigned too many tables. He did charge us incorrectly and it took quite awhile for him to change our bill because it seemed that he had to run everything through management. I don't know if the lunches here are always exceptionally bad or if I am just an unlucky person. In this town of fabulous food, it is a shame that an historical location such as the Sorrento should allow this to happen.

Pros: Ambiance is great.

Cons: Valet parking is $12 and there's little parking to be found nearby. Inattentive service. Overpriced.

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Nothing bad on the menu and can even customize as you go. Actually a quiet dinner place, which is often hard to find. Large selection of wines. Pricey but good for client dinner.

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★★★★☆

Nothing bad on the menu and can even customize as you go. Actually a quiet dinner place, which is often hard to find. Large selection of wines. Pricey but good for client dinner.

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The Hunt Club at the Sorrento should be visited if only for the reason that it is an absolutely beautiful place. The bar in the lounge is my favorite spot to sit: a rich, mahogany counter is perfect for leaning up against when indulging in a well-balanced glass of Syrah while checking out the bar's other patrons. Food here may be a bit overpriced, but well worth it--the heirloom tomato salad straight from the chef's garden can't be missed.

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★★★★★

The Hunt Club at the Sorrento should be visited if only for the reason that it is an absolutely beautiful place. The bar in the lounge is my favorite spot to sit: a rich, mahogany counter is perfect for leaning up against when indulging in a well-balanced glass of Syrah while checking out the bar's other patrons. Food here may be a bit overpriced, but well worth it--the heirloom tomato salad straight from the chef's garden can't be missed.

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My wife and I came to Seattle for the Weekend. Are stay at the Sorrento was pleasant, the Staff was friendly and courteous. We dined in the Hunt club On a relaxed Friday evening, again the staff was professional and attentive, however, The Chef paced the hallway talking on his cell phone throughout our entire dinner. Strange, considering the price of an entree and the mediocrity of the presentation.

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★★★★☆

My wife and I came to Seattle for the Weekend. Are stay at the Sorrento was pleasant, the Staff was friendly and courteous. We dined in the Hunt club On a relaxed Friday evening, again the staff was professional and attentive, however, The Chef paced the hallway talking on his cell phone throughout our entire dinner. Strange, considering the price of an entree and the mediocrity of the presentation.

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We went here for Thanksgiving dinner and were disappointed by the service from the beginning. After waiting too long for a server he arrived with an officious attitude. We asked him to take a photo of the table and he declined saying he would do it later - later never came. The first course soup was cold. The entre food was pre-cooked and tough. Both the turkey and rack of pork dinners were tough and chewey. Service continued to be slow throughout the meal. We had to ask several times to get water! The ambience is terrific - clubby and romantic - but the service and food quality are totally lacking. We won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went here for Thanksgiving dinner and were disappointed by the service from the beginning. After waiting too long for a server he arrived with an officious attitude. We asked him to take a photo of the table and he declined saying he would do it later - later never came. The first course soup was cold. The entre food was pre-cooked and tough. Both the turkey and rack of pork dinners were tough and chewey. Service continued to be slow throughout the meal. We had to ask several times to get water! The ambience is terrific - clubby and romantic - but the service and food quality are totally lacking. We won't be back.

Pros: ambience

Cons: food, service

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My college roommate was in town and I wanted to treat him to a great dining experience. We chose the Hunt Club from a friend's referral. IT WAS AMAZING. I'd recommend the following (exactly what we did): grab a few cocktails in the Fireside Room and enjoy the ambiance on one of the big, comfy couches. When you're ready to eat, head for the dining room and ask for Paul to be your server. Start with the Grazer's Plate, a make-your-own-creation appetizer plate including grilled tiger prawns, and cured salmon. If you're hungry, go for the crab salad before enjoying either the Filet or the King Salmon for your dinner. Our plates were so clean by the time they were done, they could've gone back on the shelf! You've gotta check it out. Perfect for a date or a special night. Easily one of Seattle's BEST.

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★★★★★

My college roommate was in town and I wanted to treat him to a great dining experience. We chose the Hunt Club from a friend's referral. IT WAS AMAZING. I'd recommend the following (exactly what we did): grab a few cocktails in the Fireside Room and enjoy the ambiance on one of the big, comfy couches. When you're ready to eat, head for the dining room and ask for Paul to be your server. Start with the Grazer's Plate, a make-your-own-creation appetizer plate including grilled tiger prawns, and cured salmon. If you're hungry, go for the crab salad before enjoying either the Filet or the King Salmon for your dinner. Our plates were so clean by the time they were done, they could've gone back on the shelf! You've gotta check it out. Perfect for a date or a special night. Easily one of Seattle's BEST.

Pros: Great service, Unbelievable food, Imtimate & cozy

Cons: A bit pricey..., but worth it!

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A group of friends and I went to the Hunt Club for dinner last night and were sorely disappointed. After we were seated, it took the waiter over 10 minutes to come over to take our drink orders (in a half-empty restaurant and no apologies for the wait). We were all interested in the "Dine Around Seattle" menu and he seemed disinterested in engaging us (that included menu recommendations, bringing us bread or refills on drinks and coffee). There were long waits between courses and no interest in asking how we liked our meals. This was an overglorified food-runner with a bad attitude and we felt cheated when the restaurant tacked on a built-in gratuity. After this experience, I would never recommend The Hunt Club. With all the excellent restaurant choices in Seattle (who don't give an attitude when you opt for the pre-fixe menu), you should skip this one!

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★★☆☆☆

A group of friends and I went to the Hunt Club for dinner last night and were sorely disappointed. After we were seated, it took the waiter over 10 minutes to come over to take our drink orders (in a half-empty restaurant and no apologies for the wait). We were all interested in the "Dine Around Seattle" menu and he seemed disinterested in engaging us (that included menu recommendations, bringing us bread or refills on drinks and coffee). There were long waits between courses and no interest in asking how we liked our meals. This was an overglorified food-runner with a bad attitude and we felt cheated when the restaurant tacked on a built-in gratuity. After this experience, I would never recommend The Hunt Club. With all the excellent restaurant choices in Seattle (who don't give an attitude when you opt for the pre-fixe menu), you should skip this one!

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Service, Service, Service

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I tried this restaurant through the Dine Around Seattle, 25 for $25 promotion. I was sorely disappointed. The initial service was excellent, but the waitress's service was below average compared to what I would expect for a high-end restaurant. The tomato soup was mediocre and the salmon was dry and overcooked.

Being that the first impression is the most lasting, I would not dine here again. Neither would I recommend it, even with the discounted price from the promotion.

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★★☆☆☆

I tried this restaurant through the Dine Around Seattle, 25 for $25 promotion. I was sorely disappointed. The initial service was excellent, but the waitress's service was below average compared to what I would expect for a high-end restaurant. The tomato soup was mediocre and the salmon was dry and overcooked.

Being that the first impression is the most lasting, I would not dine here again. Neither would I recommend it, even with the discounted price from the promotion.

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Yes, the ambience was romantic and dramatic on Oct 30th but the price paid and the food left much to be desired. For $300 dollars (including 20% tip), the ala carte food is mediocre - I make better at home! A $50 steak should be accompanied with more than just a bit of cheese and the collared greens were raw. Don't waste your money!

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★☆☆☆☆

Yes, the ambience was romantic and dramatic on Oct 30th but the price paid and the food left much to be desired. For $300 dollars (including 20% tip), the ala carte food is mediocre - I make better at home! A $50 steak should be accompanied with more than just a bit of cheese and the collared greens were raw. Don't waste your money!

Pros: intimate, elegant ambience

Cons: , better pricing, accompany side dishes

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The worst lunch service I've had. Sat in the bar for 15 minutes before I was greeted. The food was tasty and the hotel is lovely, but not enough to compinsate for the lousy service. I will return for dinnerand for the holidays. But a weekday lunch, never again.

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★☆☆☆☆

The worst lunch service I've had. Sat in the bar for 15 minutes before I was greeted. The food was tasty and the hotel is lovely, but not enough to compinsate for the lousy service. I will return for dinnerand for the holidays. But a weekday lunch, never again.

Pros: good food, non-smoking

Cons: , cocktails

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I have dined at the Hunt Club about a 1/2 dozen times and have always had a wonderful experience.

This place knows the meaning of service!!!

Thank you Hunt Club staff!! :)

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★★★★★

I have dined at the Hunt Club about a 1/2 dozen times and have always had a wonderful experience.

This place knows the meaning of service!!!

Thank you Hunt Club staff!! :)

Pros: Service, Food, Value

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I am consistantly impressed with the food and the service at The Hunt Club. Their attention to detail is always impeccable. They decantered my wine, refolded my napkin and made my wife feel like a queen. I will always return for the salmon alone it is by far the very best in Seattle. My wife and I go every year for our anniversary and whenever we feel like being spoilt. Keep up the great work and we will be customers for life.

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★★★★★

I am consistantly impressed with the food and the service at The Hunt Club. Their attention to detail is always impeccable. They decantered my wine, refolded my napkin and made my wife feel like a queen. I will always return for the salmon alone it is by far the very best in Seattle. My wife and I go every year for our anniversary and whenever we feel like being spoilt. Keep up the great work and we will be customers for life.

Pros: Pure class, Salmon and the duck, Great wine list

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Amazing! The food, service, ambience were all impeccable! Move to the lobby for a drink or dessert after. It is unlike any hotel!

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★★★★★

Amazing! The food, service, ambience were all impeccable! Move to the lobby for a drink or dessert after. It is unlike any hotel!

Pros: ambience, service, food

Cons: pricey

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This is Seattle's oldest, continuously operating luxury hotel. The beautiful, six-story Italian Renaissance building has a European look on the outside, and it evokes the quiet atmosphere of a traditional men's club the moment you step in.…

 

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