Twist Restaurant & Bar Lounge

★★★☆☆
For dinner reservations call 206-44Twist or 206-448-9478 Happy hour starts 4pm and we do have a late night happy hour Dinner nightly. Dessert menu runs all night. Cocktails in our bar and lounge until 2am.
  • 2313 First Ave

    Seattle, WA 98121

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  • 206-448-9478

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There are some hottie's that work and partronize this spot, and I love the happy hour. A little crowded on weekends, but after-work is great

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★★★★★

There are some hottie's that work and partronize this spot, and I love the happy hour. A little crowded on weekends, but after-work is great

Pros: Beautiful Servers, Great Happy Hour

Cons: I might be a pervert

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Worst service ever!!!
My husband and I went into Twist for the first time and at first it looked like it was going to be a nice evening. Wrong! We were the only diners in there and it appeared they were setting up for a party later in the evening. After about five minutes or so our lovely server brought water to the table and said "do you want something to drink?" At this point we were a little put off by her lack of any form of personality. She then went to fold her napkins and finally when she was done with her sidework she came to take our order. No smile or expression on her face. That's fine to hate your job but for crying out loud, your in the SERVICE industry. Both my husband and I are in the industry and I could never imagine acting like that to someone I was waiting on.
Our server took our order and I told her we would like to have the salad and share it and THEN have our entrees. After a while the hostess brought our entrees and said the salad would be right out. I told her not to worry about the salad we wanted it before the entree. As a server your job is to inquire which order they would like there food if your unsure. Meanwhile, the other staff was setting up the party and scraping chairs across the floor and moving tables and not even caring that there were people dining a few feet away. I gave the staff many chances to smile when we made eye contact but nothing came of that. We might as well have been a piece of furniture or something.
After the dinner we got sick of waiting and went to the front desk to pay. The hostess asked us if everything was okay and I told her that the service was the worst ever. our server came to us with the bill and said in a very snotty tone "sorry, I got like five tables in a row!"
Needless to say we will NEVER be back.
It's not that hard to be nice to people even if you did get sat five table's in a row. And for the record she was snotty and unattentive before she got slammed.

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst service ever!!!
My husband and I went into Twist for the first time and at first it looked like it was going to be a nice evening. Wrong! We were the only diners in there and it appeared they were setting up for a party later in the evening. After about five minutes or so our lovely server brought water to the table and said "do you want something to drink?" At this point we were a little put off by her lack of any form of personality. She then went to fold her napkins and finally when she was done with her sidework she came to take our order. No smile or expression on her face. That's fine to hate your job but for crying out loud, your in the SERVICE industry. Both my husband and I are in the industry and I could never imagine acting like that to someone I was waiting on.
Our server took our order and I told her we would like to have the salad and share it and THEN have our entrees. After a while the hostess brought our entrees and said the salad would be right out. I told her not to worry about the salad we wanted it before the entree. As a server your job is to inquire which order they would like there food if your unsure. Meanwhile, the other staff was setting up the party and scraping chairs across the floor and moving tables and not even caring that there were people dining a few feet away. I gave the staff many chances to smile when we made eye contact but nothing came of that. We might as well have been a piece of furniture or something.
After the dinner we got sick of waiting and went to the front desk to pay. The hostess asked us if everything was okay and I told her that the service was the worst ever. our server came to us with the bill and said in a very snotty tone "sorry, I got like five tables in a row!"
Needless to say we will NEVER be back.
It's not that hard to be nice to people even if you did get sat five table's in a row. And for the record she was snotty and unattentive before she got slammed.

Pros: disco pig

Cons: service or lack of

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I recently saw an ad for Twist proclaiming that they had "Belltown's Best Happy Hour" and being the curious sort as well as one who enjoys a good Happy Hour I decided to check it out. I had been to Twist many times before but always late at night on weekends when it is mostly just a bar scene so I decided to go there early on a weeknight to check out the Happy Hour with some work buddies. I went there on Wednesday night around 6pm and sat down in the hallway area with 3 other people. Once we looked at the menu we thought it looked very promising and we ordered several things to share and we were very pleased with what came out to the table. First off let me start with the drinks - they have $5 Belvedere Vodka drinks! That is my favorite Vodka so I was very happy with that and the drinks were regular size and not some special Happy Hour beverages. Beer and Wine are also on there for $2.50, and I think it was Hornitos Tequila for $5 as well. We got our food and everything was very tasty. We had ordered the Jalapeno wontons, the Szechuan green beans (delicious - who knew vegetables could taste so good), a couple of $5 hamburgers (full size with fries), some potstickers, Ahi Tuna, a quesadilla, the steak and chicken skewers, and a few more things that I can't recall. All in all everything was really good, and our server was quite attentive and friendly as well. Damn, I probably sound like an ad for Twist right now, but I would have to say that for once there is truth in advertising, Twist truly does have, "Belltown's Best Happy Hour"!

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★★★★★

I recently saw an ad for Twist proclaiming that they had "Belltown's Best Happy Hour" and being the curious sort as well as one who enjoys a good Happy Hour I decided to check it out. I had been to Twist many times before but always late at night on weekends when it is mostly just a bar scene so I decided to go there early on a weeknight to check out the Happy Hour with some work buddies. I went there on Wednesday night around 6pm and sat down in the hallway area with 3 other people. Once we looked at the menu we thought it looked very promising and we ordered several things to share and we were very pleased with what came out to the table. First off let me start with the drinks - they have $5 Belvedere Vodka drinks! That is my favorite Vodka so I was very happy with that and the drinks were regular size and not some special Happy Hour beverages. Beer and Wine are also on there for $2.50, and I think it was Hornitos Tequila for $5 as well. We got our food and everything was very tasty. We had ordered the Jalapeno wontons, the Szechuan green beans (delicious - who knew vegetables could taste so good), a couple of $5 hamburgers (full size with fries), some potstickers, Ahi Tuna, a quesadilla, the steak and chicken skewers, and a few more things that I can't recall. All in all everything was really good, and our server was quite attentive and friendly as well. Damn, I probably sound like an ad for Twist right now, but I would have to say that for once there is truth in advertising, Twist truly does have, "Belltown's Best Happy Hour"!

Pros: Great Happy Hour!

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It was our first time going to Twist. We made reservations on Opentable. From the outside, it looks like it could be a cool place. First impression when walking through the door was cheap. The website makes it look like a much nicer place than it is. The hostesses were nice and acknowledged our request for a view table. Walking down the hall towards dining room the water feature along the wall was cool as was disco pig above the bar. There was a great view looking out the windows towards Elliot Bay, until you get to the table at the window and your are right above the freeway, and say "oh, nice view of the freeway". After being seated, again my impression of the place was cheap. The linens, tables and chairs were something you would see in a banquet hall at the local FOE club. Our server was nice when taking our drink order. I wanted to order some infused vodka as mentioned in the Citysearch Editorial review. The server informed us that they haven't had that for over a year. Citysearch needs to update it's editorial review. After a brief discussion with the group we decided to leave. Twist just wasn't what we were looking for. We wanted to have dinner at a nice restaurant and Twist just isn't that nice. It seems like a good place to go for cocktails and appetizers with a group. Just not a place for a nice dinner. Can't comment on the food as we bailed. I would probably go back under different circumstances.

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★★★☆☆

It was our first time going to Twist. We made reservations on Opentable. From the outside, it looks like it could be a cool place. First impression when walking through the door was cheap. The website makes it look like a much nicer place than it is. The hostesses were nice and acknowledged our request for a view table. Walking down the hall towards dining room the water feature along the wall was cool as was disco pig above the bar. There was a great view looking out the windows towards Elliot Bay, until you get to the table at the window and your are right above the freeway, and say "oh, nice view of the freeway". After being seated, again my impression of the place was cheap. The linens, tables and chairs were something you would see in a banquet hall at the local FOE club. Our server was nice when taking our drink order. I wanted to order some infused vodka as mentioned in the Citysearch Editorial review. The server informed us that they haven't had that for over a year. Citysearch needs to update it's editorial review. After a brief discussion with the group we decided to leave. Twist just wasn't what we were looking for. We wanted to have dinner at a nice restaurant and Twist just isn't that nice. It seems like a good place to go for cocktails and appetizers with a group. Just not a place for a nice dinner. Can't comment on the food as we bailed. I would probably go back under different circumstances.

Pros: good for large groups

Cons: "cheap" decor and furnishings

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After reading the mixed reviews here, I was a little nervous to go to Twist. But I really needed a reserved table situation for about 11 friends, many of whom haven't seen each other in a few years, so it was a little reunion. There was a $25 reservation fee, which was fine; the table had a great view of the lake and the disco pig, and it was in the back section away from the more crowded corridor area. We had many drinks and desserts, and everything was great! The Velvet Underground Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream Sundae were fabulous. The doorman, hostess, and waitress were all friendly, professional, and did their job well. The bathrooms were clean. We were there 9:30pm-12:30am on a Sat night, and the ambience was perfect for what we needed. Fun music, cool crowd, good vibes, and not so loud that we couldn't talk and hang out. That's what a "lounge" should be! I'd definitely return.

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★★★★☆

After reading the mixed reviews here, I was a little nervous to go to Twist. But I really needed a reserved table situation for about 11 friends, many of whom haven't seen each other in a few years, so it was a little reunion. There was a $25 reservation fee, which was fine; the table had a great view of the lake and the disco pig, and it was in the back section away from the more crowded corridor area. We had many drinks and desserts, and everything was great! The Velvet Underground Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream Sundae were fabulous. The doorman, hostess, and waitress were all friendly, professional, and did their job well. The bathrooms were clean. We were there 9:30pm-12:30am on a Sat night, and the ambience was perfect for what we needed. Fun music, cool crowd, good vibes, and not so loud that we couldn't talk and hang out. That's what a "lounge" should be! I'd definitely return.

Pros: Reservations not too $$$$; tasty dessert; fun ambience.

Cons: ?

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Friendly wait staff, TERRIBLE service, food was beyond bad, decor on the funky side. So many good places in Seattle what a waste of an evening to end up at Twist.

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★☆☆☆☆

Friendly wait staff, TERRIBLE service, food was beyond bad, decor on the funky side. So many good places in Seattle what a waste of an evening to end up at Twist.

Pros: none

Cons: everything

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My husband made reservations weeks ago for my 30th birthday at Twist. He requested a 'water view' table and even double-checked the table with a view when he called the day prior to confirm our reservation. When we arrived we had ONE extra person but the hostess (a snotty, pretentious gal) tried to sit us directly behind the hostess stand - our view.... her butt. NO THANKS. My husband asked nicely if it was the 'water view' table and she immediately said "no, let me talk to my manager". Next thing you know she's leading us to two booths near the windows but said "someone else has these tables reserved at nine, will you be gone by then?" HOW RUDE! My husband politely voiced his complaints and although they offered us a round of 'birthday shots' I was not impressed. Our waitress did a fantastic job and the food was great but we won't be back. First impressions are everything!

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★★☆☆☆

My husband made reservations weeks ago for my 30th birthday at Twist. He requested a 'water view' table and even double-checked the table with a view when he called the day prior to confirm our reservation. When we arrived we had ONE extra person but the hostess (a snotty, pretentious gal) tried to sit us directly behind the hostess stand - our view.... her butt. NO THANKS. My husband asked nicely if it was the 'water view' table and she immediately said "no, let me talk to my manager". Next thing you know she's leading us to two booths near the windows but said "someone else has these tables reserved at nine, will you be gone by then?" HOW RUDE! My husband politely voiced his complaints and although they offered us a round of 'birthday shots' I was not impressed. Our waitress did a fantastic job and the food was great but we won't be back. First impressions are everything!

Pros: Food tasted fabulous

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Generally, Twist is an ok bar. It's pretty standard with what you'll find anywhere in Belltown. HOWEVER- I would caution anyone who goes there to head to the ATM before you go. Upon checking my bank statement the other day, I discovered that the bartender decided to give themself an extra $3 tip. Yes, it's only $3. But it's still stealing.
And for the record, when this was charged to my card, I was ordering my first drink of the evening, and I have extremely tidy handwriting. There is no way that my "$12" could have been interpreted as "$15".
I have worked in the restaurant industry for over 10 years now, and I know bartenders and servers who have pulled this trick before. Don't stop going to Twist, but do not use your credit card unless you want the bartenders stealing from you!!!

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★★★☆☆

Generally, Twist is an ok bar. It's pretty standard with what you'll find anywhere in Belltown. HOWEVER- I would caution anyone who goes there to head to the ATM before you go. Upon checking my bank statement the other day, I discovered that the bartender decided to give themself an extra $3 tip. Yes, it's only $3. But it's still stealing.
And for the record, when this was charged to my card, I was ordering my first drink of the evening, and I have extremely tidy handwriting. There is no way that my "$12" could have been interpreted as "$15".
I have worked in the restaurant industry for over 10 years now, and I know bartenders and servers who have pulled this trick before. Don't stop going to Twist, but do not use your credit card unless you want the bartenders stealing from you!!!

Pros: Good bar in Belltown

Cons: Thieving bartenders padding their tips on your credit card

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I went ot Twist about a year and was not impressed, so I was hesitant to go back. My freind insisted that we join them there so we said ok. the steps that they have taken to improve the food and there sevice is evident. They have obviously had a hard time geting themselves established as a respectible establshment but you can tell that they are at least making an effort to get better. I know that we appreciated it. The chef took the time to come to the table and inform us about the specials, and give us recomdations. The service was prompt and the food came out in timley matter. We decided to stay and see if it was a cool place to spend the rest of our night, and it was. THe crowd was you what you expect in Bell Town but you could tell that for the majority the people that were there come ther often. They all seemed to know either a bartender or a cocktailer. And the staff seemed to akknowledge that. I was not a big fan at first, but I say give them annother shot if you have been dissapointed in the past.

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★★★★★

I went ot Twist about a year and was not impressed, so I was hesitant to go back. My freind insisted that we join them there so we said ok. the steps that they have taken to improve the food and there sevice is evident. They have obviously had a hard time geting themselves established as a respectible establshment but you can tell that they are at least making an effort to get better. I know that we appreciated it. The chef took the time to come to the table and inform us about the specials, and give us recomdations. The service was prompt and the food came out in timley matter. We decided to stay and see if it was a cool place to spend the rest of our night, and it was. THe crowd was you what you expect in Bell Town but you could tell that for the majority the people that were there come ther often. They all seemed to know either a bartender or a cocktailer. And the staff seemed to akknowledge that. I was not a big fan at first, but I say give them annother shot if you have been dissapointed in the past.

Pros: Bartenders are some of the best you have seen.

Cons: Still have growing pain. But Making an effort

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Some of these reviews have irritated me so I decided to write one myself. I don?t understand why people have written that they did not like it there? I can?t say enough about how much I love the food and the atmosphere there! The staff has always been polite and courteous as well. I know they changed chefs a few months ago and since then the quality has always been great. Anyway, for what it is worth, Twist is one of my favorite places to go. In fact, last week I went there for a friend?s birthday party and everything was perfect. There were 40 people in the group and we had several appetizer trays and they were all delicious. I would highly recommend this place for group parties! We booked our party through their manager Nikole and she took great care of us and made sure that everything was exactly as we wanted.

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★★★★★

Some of these reviews have irritated me so I decided to write one myself. I don?t understand why people have written that they did not like it there? I can?t say enough about how much I love the food and the atmosphere there! The staff has always been polite and courteous as well. I know they changed chefs a few months ago and since then the quality has always been great. Anyway, for what it is worth, Twist is one of my favorite places to go. In fact, last week I went there for a friend?s birthday party and everything was perfect. There were 40 people in the group and we had several appetizer trays and they were all delicious. I would highly recommend this place for group parties! We booked our party through their manager Nikole and she took great care of us and made sure that everything was exactly as we wanted.

Pros: Great food, social atmosphere

Cons: Can get a little crowded on weekends so get there early.

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This place has got to be on its way out, or it should be. With all the great places in Seattle to eat and drink why would anyone bother wtih Twist. Perhaps it only reason for being open is to catch the overflow of the 20 somethings that can't get into any other place in Belltown.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place has got to be on its way out, or it should be. With all the great places in Seattle to eat and drink why would anyone bother wtih Twist. Perhaps it only reason for being open is to catch the overflow of the 20 somethings that can't get into any other place in Belltown.

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We were so excited to go to Twist based on the editorial review. Perhaps it was an off night, (they were not busy for dinner, though) but we found the food not to be good. One dish, the Italian sausage with risotto was inedible and this is the only time in my life I have sent something back and not allowed a correction to the dish. It just wasn't good. The risotto was highly undercooked and obviously not prepared correctly (it was like rice, not risotto; not creamy at all). The sausage was gamey (I'm not sure how that's possible for Italian sausage). I applaud their creativity but the food was just tasteless to me. Their only saving grace was the flatbread, which was basically a mini-pizza (you can't go wrong with that!) but again the taste was a little off as my husband was sure he tasted blue cheese, which was not listed as an ingredient.
The servers were hot but not that good. (really more cocktail servers than waiters)
The ambience and decor was good and it looks like a good place to go for a drink and lounge about, but do not eat there!

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★☆☆☆☆

We were so excited to go to Twist based on the editorial review. Perhaps it was an off night, (they were not busy for dinner, though) but we found the food not to be good. One dish, the Italian sausage with risotto was inedible and this is the only time in my life I have sent something back and not allowed a correction to the dish. It just wasn't good. The risotto was highly undercooked and obviously not prepared correctly (it was like rice, not risotto; not creamy at all). The sausage was gamey (I'm not sure how that's possible for Italian sausage). I applaud their creativity but the food was just tasteless to me. Their only saving grace was the flatbread, which was basically a mini-pizza (you can't go wrong with that!) but again the taste was a little off as my husband was sure he tasted blue cheese, which was not listed as an ingredient.
The servers were hot but not that good. (really more cocktail servers than waiters)
The ambience and decor was good and it looks like a good place to go for a drink and lounge about, but do not eat there!

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I have gone to Twist several times with various friends for happy hour and just hanging out with friends. I've always had pretty good service (their bartenders are hilarious), with the manager always coming up to us and seeing how we're doing. A couple Thursday's ago, my roommate and I headed to Twist for some happy hour (which by the way, is pretty darn good for $2.50...try the Kamikazi) to pre-funk for the night. Upon arriving, my friend asked our server what time happy hour started, just to double check. She told us 11pm. Umm..NO. After kindly telling her to ask the kitchen, she sheepishly came back and informed us that it had actually started (it was sometime around 10pm).

After a more than a couple plates (three of which by the way, we DIDN'T order and said we wouldn't be charged for...but miraculously showed up on our tab) and four drinks, we asked for our tab. The total roughly came out to about $40.00 not including tip. So we split the bill down the middle, each putting in $22.00 on our card and the rest of the tip in cash.

Fast forward to about a week later...I'm checking my online statements and I see a charge on my card for that very same Thursday night for $39.74. So I call my roommate up and tell her the situation. She logs into HER account, and find that they only charged her $20.00. So I called Twist, informed them of my situation, and asked to speak to the manager. The girl on the phone informed me that the manager would be out of town, and wouldn't be back for a couple days but she would certainly have him call me back and take care of it. A week later, STILL nothing posted on my account and now I have to take it up with my bank...Don't get me wrong, it's not about the $20.00...it's the fact that they kept messing up that night!!! Someone was definitely sleeping on the job...next time...I'm bringing cash :(

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★★★★☆

I have gone to Twist several times with various friends for happy hour and just hanging out with friends. I've always had pretty good service (their bartenders are hilarious), with the manager always coming up to us and seeing how we're doing. A couple Thursday's ago, my roommate and I headed to Twist for some happy hour (which by the way, is pretty darn good for $2.50...try the Kamikazi) to pre-funk for the night. Upon arriving, my friend asked our server what time happy hour started, just to double check. She told us 11pm. Umm..NO. After kindly telling her to ask the kitchen, she sheepishly came back and informed us that it had actually started (it was sometime around 10pm).

After a more than a couple plates (three of which by the way, we DIDN'T order and said we wouldn't be charged for...but miraculously showed up on our tab) and four drinks, we asked for our tab. The total roughly came out to about $40.00 not including tip. So we split the bill down the middle, each putting in $22.00 on our card and the rest of the tip in cash.

Fast forward to about a week later...I'm checking my online statements and I see a charge on my card for that very same Thursday night for $39.74. So I call my roommate up and tell her the situation. She logs into HER account, and find that they only charged her $20.00. So I called Twist, informed them of my situation, and asked to speak to the manager. The girl on the phone informed me that the manager would be out of town, and wouldn't be back for a couple days but she would certainly have him call me back and take care of it. A week later, STILL nothing posted on my account and now I have to take it up with my bank...Don't get me wrong, it's not about the $20.00...it's the fact that they kept messing up that night!!! Someone was definitely sleeping on the job...next time...I'm bringing cash :(

Pros: GREAT happy hour

Cons: Sketchy with credit cards

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TWIST has to be one of the worst places to go out to in Seattle. Besides the tacky decor, and the scummy cheap feeling type ambiance, the staff there is utterly disgusting! They are extremely rude, unprofessional and remind me of the type of staff that would work at your local Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill. Sounds like fun right? Coinciding with the staff, the people and the drinks at this establishment are lacking class and taste.

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★☆☆☆☆

TWIST has to be one of the worst places to go out to in Seattle. Besides the tacky decor, and the scummy cheap feeling type ambiance, the staff there is utterly disgusting! They are extremely rude, unprofessional and remind me of the type of staff that would work at your local Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill. Sounds like fun right? Coinciding with the staff, the people and the drinks at this establishment are lacking class and taste.

Pros: Good Location

Cons: Horrible Staff, Drinks, Atmosphere, Crowd

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I have been going to twist since they opened, late on Fiday and Saturday nights. I never realized they serve such GREAT food! I was there last Friday for happy hour. They have a new menu "20 for $2.50". Twenty items for just $2.50. This includes glasses of wine, margartitas, lemondrops, house infuse vodkas as well as food!

We ordered all of our items from the happy hour menu!! The pork lettuce cups were the best ever!! We also had calamari, jalepeno wontons, ceasar salad and chicken satay. The pineapple kamakazis are so yummy! It's a scrtatch kazi with pineapple infused vodka- not too sweet, perfect!!

It has the best atmosphere. They have a huge disco ball in the shape of a pig in the back! You have to go just to see that. They play a good variety of music, not to over powering, as you can still have a conversation. We had such a good time we ended up staying until the late crowd came in! They even got us a taxi... a good end to a good night!

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★★★★★

I have been going to twist since they opened, late on Fiday and Saturday nights. I never realized they serve such GREAT food! I was there last Friday for happy hour. They have a new menu "20 for $2.50". Twenty items for just $2.50. This includes glasses of wine, margartitas, lemondrops, house infuse vodkas as well as food!

We ordered all of our items from the happy hour menu!! The pork lettuce cups were the best ever!! We also had calamari, jalepeno wontons, ceasar salad and chicken satay. The pineapple kamakazis are so yummy! It's a scrtatch kazi with pineapple infused vodka- not too sweet, perfect!!

It has the best atmosphere. They have a huge disco ball in the shape of a pig in the back! You have to go just to see that. They play a good variety of music, not to over powering, as you can still have a conversation. We had such a good time we ended up staying until the late crowd came in! They even got us a taxi... a good end to a good night!

Pros: drinks, food, atmosphere

Cons: none!

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I went to Twist on a Friday late afternoon/early evening for Happy Hour with co-workers. They had the primary section reserved for a larger party and so we sat at the bar, which ended up being a fine decision. Nate, the bartender, was very helpful in the drink and food selection. We had an extra person join us and they were super helpful in finding us another stool (and even offered before we asked). The drinks were great and the food was AWESOME and you certainly can't beat the price, $2.50 for each item!! Once they got busy, the service was so-so, but we had most our food and drinks by then, so it wasn't too big of a deal. And Nate was really the only one serving then entire bar area, so he was a little stretched. I would certainly go back for Happy Hour again.

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★★★★☆

I went to Twist on a Friday late afternoon/early evening for Happy Hour with co-workers. They had the primary section reserved for a larger party and so we sat at the bar, which ended up being a fine decision. Nate, the bartender, was very helpful in the drink and food selection. We had an extra person join us and they were super helpful in finding us another stool (and even offered before we asked). The drinks were great and the food was AWESOME and you certainly can't beat the price, $2.50 for each item!! Once they got busy, the service was so-so, but we had most our food and drinks by then, so it wasn't too big of a deal. And Nate was really the only one serving then entire bar area, so he was a little stretched. I would certainly go back for Happy Hour again.

Pros: HH price and food!

Cons: Staffing once they got busy.

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I went with a group of four on Saturday night. We had no problem getting reservations around 6:45, but that's where the benefits of Twist came to an abrupt halt. We ordered two appetizers, then 10 minutes later our waitress returned to ask us if we would like to order any appetizers (calamari and short ribs - which were good). When we told her we had already ordered them (from her), it didn't seem to faze her. Our entrees had to be the biggest disaster of the night, with service coming in at a close second. My husband and I received our food about 15 minutes before our friends. We left it untouched, waiting for any of the waitstaff to realize this mistake, and finally a waitress (not ours) went to see where the other two dishes were at. I ordered the halibut, which says on the menu "Oven roasted halibut venoise over basil pesto rice with white truffle tomato tapanade." What a joke. I got a dry halibut, with plain white rice and 4 half slices of grape tomato on top. I would expcet this kind of food from Denny's. Three of us who had fish or meat dishes had this plain, dry white rice. One person had the pasta and it had the most flavor of any dish. We asked for our check, and about 20 minutes later it arrived at our table. When we paid, it took another 30 minutes for us to receive the bill to sign. I really wish I would have read some of the reviews before going to Twist - it's obvious this place doesn't have it together and I'm not sure it ever will. There are far too many great restaurants in Seattle to waste your time and money here.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went with a group of four on Saturday night. We had no problem getting reservations around 6:45, but that's where the benefits of Twist came to an abrupt halt. We ordered two appetizers, then 10 minutes later our waitress returned to ask us if we would like to order any appetizers (calamari and short ribs - which were good). When we told her we had already ordered them (from her), it didn't seem to faze her. Our entrees had to be the biggest disaster of the night, with service coming in at a close second. My husband and I received our food about 15 minutes before our friends. We left it untouched, waiting for any of the waitstaff to realize this mistake, and finally a waitress (not ours) went to see where the other two dishes were at. I ordered the halibut, which says on the menu "Oven roasted halibut venoise over basil pesto rice with white truffle tomato tapanade." What a joke. I got a dry halibut, with plain white rice and 4 half slices of grape tomato on top. I would expcet this kind of food from Denny's. Three of us who had fish or meat dishes had this plain, dry white rice. One person had the pasta and it had the most flavor of any dish. We asked for our check, and about 20 minutes later it arrived at our table. When we paid, it took another 30 minutes for us to receive the bill to sign. I really wish I would have read some of the reviews before going to Twist - it's obvious this place doesn't have it together and I'm not sure it ever will. There are far too many great restaurants in Seattle to waste your time and money here.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Food, service

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I've visited Twist on several occasions now, and been rather indifferent to the place. Yes the scenery is nice, both human and landscape. My first visit was not long after the opening, and I had a good time in spite of the 30+ minute wait to get in. The line outside appeared reasonable, but snaked around the lobby once inside. Deceptive. The lines were also very long at the bar, 5 or 6 people deep in front of every well. The other visits, have been entirely uneventful. I have found most of the other patrons to be more pleasant then most other places I visit.

Last night however was ridiculous. The place was taking a $20 cover to get in, no big deal, as it was to include a Champagne toast at midnight, and well within the average for New Years Eve. That is where the fun ends. The bars were understaffed, at one point I waited over 30 minutes for a drink. More than 15 of that standing directly in front of the bartender without so much as an acknowledgement of my presence. Sure, they were busy, but seriously, show some sense of urgency. The big bar in the back was staffed with 2 bartenders for the 3 wells, and they had the barback filling the third. They were out of glassware and pouring drinks in whatever they could find. Prices were high too. My drinks, averaging $12.50 at similar venues were $15 at Twist.

I happened to look at my watch at 11:58 and went looking for some champagne. There was none to be found. Others looked surprised too. There was no announcement that I heard, before a faint 3...2...1... from the front of the bar. We asked multiple members of the staff where we could get champagne, and received nothing more useful than a shrug. The highlight was a woman being told by security "Not my problem, check with the bar" at 12:02. I didn't see anyone not having a reserved table that had champagne in their hands.

Twist has lost my business for good. I will never set foot in there again, and neither should you.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've visited Twist on several occasions now, and been rather indifferent to the place. Yes the scenery is nice, both human and landscape. My first visit was not long after the opening, and I had a good time in spite of the 30+ minute wait to get in. The line outside appeared reasonable, but snaked around the lobby once inside. Deceptive. The lines were also very long at the bar, 5 or 6 people deep in front of every well. The other visits, have been entirely uneventful. I have found most of the other patrons to be more pleasant then most other places I visit.

Last night however was ridiculous. The place was taking a $20 cover to get in, no big deal, as it was to include a Champagne toast at midnight, and well within the average for New Years Eve. That is where the fun ends. The bars were understaffed, at one point I waited over 30 minutes for a drink. More than 15 of that standing directly in front of the bartender without so much as an acknowledgement of my presence. Sure, they were busy, but seriously, show some sense of urgency. The big bar in the back was staffed with 2 bartenders for the 3 wells, and they had the barback filling the third. They were out of glassware and pouring drinks in whatever they could find. Prices were high too. My drinks, averaging $12.50 at similar venues were $15 at Twist.

I happened to look at my watch at 11:58 and went looking for some champagne. There was none to be found. Others looked surprised too. There was no announcement that I heard, before a faint 3...2...1... from the front of the bar. We asked multiple members of the staff where we could get champagne, and received nothing more useful than a shrug. The highlight was a woman being told by security "Not my problem, check with the bar" at 12:02. I didn't see anyone not having a reserved table that had champagne in their hands.

Twist has lost my business for good. I will never set foot in there again, and neither should you.

Pros: Slow service, and they don't care. Nice view though.

Cons: Slower service, and they couldn't case less

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I visited .twist. on a Tuesday night and the place was quite dead. They closed off the entire back portion of the restaurant because "business was slow". The jasmine rice was half-cooked but the calamari was delicious. If you want to go, don't go on a Tuesday night.

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★★★☆☆

I visited .twist. on a Tuesday night and the place was quite dead. They closed off the entire back portion of the restaurant because "business was slow". The jasmine rice was half-cooked but the calamari was delicious. If you want to go, don't go on a Tuesday night.

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Don't be decieved by the small front bar, but walk down the hallway to the back bar and notice the views. There aren't many places in town where you can sit back and enjoy a cocktail while watching a beautiful Autumn sunset over Elliot Bay. Great happy hour too.

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★★★★★

Don't be decieved by the small front bar, but walk down the hallway to the back bar and notice the views. There aren't many places in town where you can sit back and enjoy a cocktail while watching a beautiful Autumn sunset over Elliot Bay. Great happy hour too.

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I love this place, my girlfriends and I meet up once a month for dinner and drinks. The setting at Twist is unique in a way that if you are with a group of people, you don't have the need to shout over each other to get your point across to your friends. If you are flying solo, its a great place to meet other singles. One of my girlfriends met her current boyfriend at Twist, no lie! Good people, great food (try the wontons), fabulous times. If anything, go to check out the bathrooms, sounds strange but the art is amazing.

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★★★★★

I love this place, my girlfriends and I meet up once a month for dinner and drinks. The setting at Twist is unique in a way that if you are with a group of people, you don't have the need to shout over each other to get your point across to your friends. If you are flying solo, its a great place to meet other singles. One of my girlfriends met her current boyfriend at Twist, no lie! Good people, great food (try the wontons), fabulous times. If anything, go to check out the bathrooms, sounds strange but the art is amazing.

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This place is a joke. Wait in line for what? The waitstaff to be rude and stoned out of their minds? The food was served cold and tasted worse than Applebee's. Even the guys working the front door were rude. I wouldn't reccomend this place to any of my friends, honestly.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is a joke. Wait in line for what? The waitstaff to be rude and stoned out of their minds? The food was served cold and tasted worse than Applebee's. Even the guys working the front door were rude. I wouldn't reccomend this place to any of my friends, honestly.

Pros: None

Cons: Everything

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It was pretty empty when we arrived at 9:30 on a Saturday night, most patrons at the back bar. Hardly anyone was eating.

Beware: There was a lot of high-pitched squealing associated with the female patrons and groups of very animated girls with a constant bathroom migration pattern which included lots of "oh miii gawhds" and vocal + tactile comparisons of recent breast implant surgeries along the way. If I were a guy who likes that, I'd probably come here every night after midnight to troll the drunken market. The crowd was mostly 22-28, lifestylers - Very similar to the Sunset Strip crowd in Hollywood.

There is supposedly a dress code enforced, but if you are eating an early dinner you're ok (read reviews below from the Fashion Police).
What to wear: ladies - sleeveless shirt/camisole that is tight and ties just under the bustline with tight designer jeans, strappy high-heeled sandals, acrylic nails and highlights. Guys were generically dressed in jeans, designer t-shirts and button down shirts with basic leather loafer-type shoes and bedhead-buzzcuts of early 90's geek chic.

The food was good - very large portions for small plates - the only entrees (changing seasonally and served with sides) are listed on a separate menu starting at $20. We had planned on sharing a spread taster plus an entree, but after filling up on the spread platter (worth it if you want to try more than 1 type of spread) opted for the mac and cheese which was cheesy, not creamy, and delicious.

This is definitely a place to drink vodka / specialty cocktails, eat "bar food" and people watch. The decor is loungey with Juxtapoz-type artwork on the walls. Gauzey curtains separate the tables, lending some privacy to the tables.

The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and the surrounding area. While this wasn't our scene, they were able to point us in the right post-dinner direction.

2
★★★★☆

It was pretty empty when we arrived at 9:30 on a Saturday night, most patrons at the back bar. Hardly anyone was eating.

Beware: There was a lot of high-pitched squealing associated with the female patrons and groups of very animated girls with a constant bathroom migration pattern which included lots of "oh miii gawhds" and vocal + tactile comparisons of recent breast implant surgeries along the way. If I were a guy who likes that, I'd probably come here every night after midnight to troll the drunken market. The crowd was mostly 22-28, lifestylers - Very similar to the Sunset Strip crowd in Hollywood.

There is supposedly a dress code enforced, but if you are eating an early dinner you're ok (read reviews below from the Fashion Police).
What to wear: ladies - sleeveless shirt/camisole that is tight and ties just under the bustline with tight designer jeans, strappy high-heeled sandals, acrylic nails and highlights. Guys were generically dressed in jeans, designer t-shirts and button down shirts with basic leather loafer-type shoes and bedhead-buzzcuts of early 90's geek chic.

The food was good - very large portions for small plates - the only entrees (changing seasonally and served with sides) are listed on a separate menu starting at $20. We had planned on sharing a spread taster plus an entree, but after filling up on the spread platter (worth it if you want to try more than 1 type of spread) opted for the mac and cheese which was cheesy, not creamy, and delicious.

This is definitely a place to drink vodka / specialty cocktails, eat "bar food" and people watch. The decor is loungey with Juxtapoz-type artwork on the walls. Gauzey curtains separate the tables, lending some privacy to the tables.

The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the menu and the surrounding area. While this wasn't our scene, they were able to point us in the right post-dinner direction.

Pros: Reasonable prices for portions

Cons: Wine list is small in the whites, basic varietals covered, no options within; parking

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Finally checked it last Friday night, after hearing my co-workers rave about the place... It was a fantastic atmosphere. The back room is huge with an outstanding view of Puget Sound! My date and I ordered food at the bar (not too crazy about the stools - they look good, but aren't the most comfortable). I had the Chopped Salad and he ordered the Flank Steak, which was wonderful! We watched the sun set and chatted it up a bit with the bartender who was charming and personable. By 11pm the bar was full with a more sophistacted crowd, and we loved hanging out watching the bartender sling drinks! She was super busy, yet had one of the best demeanors I've ever experienced, always smiling. I'm so sick of rude bartenders with attitude as soon as they get busy! She was great, the food was great, we never dealt with the door people so I don't know about them, but overall we really had a positive experience. I'll be back! Pinapple Kamakazi.... yum.

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★★★★★

Finally checked it last Friday night, after hearing my co-workers rave about the place... It was a fantastic atmosphere. The back room is huge with an outstanding view of Puget Sound! My date and I ordered food at the bar (not too crazy about the stools - they look good, but aren't the most comfortable). I had the Chopped Salad and he ordered the Flank Steak, which was wonderful! We watched the sun set and chatted it up a bit with the bartender who was charming and personable. By 11pm the bar was full with a more sophistacted crowd, and we loved hanging out watching the bartender sling drinks! She was super busy, yet had one of the best demeanors I've ever experienced, always smiling. I'm so sick of rude bartenders with attitude as soon as they get busy! She was great, the food was great, we never dealt with the door people so I don't know about them, but overall we really had a positive experience. I'll be back! Pinapple Kamakazi.... yum.

Pros: Food, Drinks

Cons: A bit crowded, but it was Friday night afterall!!

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This place certainly had it's work cut out upon opening... early reviews are now misleading. The food really is pretty good now, despite a menu that is still all over the map. The service is great! They really aim to please. The drinks are strong, bartenders polite and chatty when not swamped. Door staff still has attitude, and the wannabe's have discovered it, so it's not even in my top 5 choices for a night when I'm in the mood for the bar scene. Bottom line: Great for dinner any night of the week, but be wary on Friday/Saturday nights.

2
★★★★☆

This place certainly had it's work cut out upon opening... early reviews are now misleading. The food really is pretty good now, despite a menu that is still all over the map. The service is great! They really aim to please. The drinks are strong, bartenders polite and chatty when not swamped. Door staff still has attitude, and the wannabe's have discovered it, so it's not even in my top 5 choices for a night when I'm in the mood for the bar scene. Bottom line: Great for dinner any night of the week, but be wary on Friday/Saturday nights.

Pros: low music volume allows for conversation, service, atmosphere pre 9pm

Cons: meat market on weekends after 9, door staff has way too much attitude

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I have never waited in line for 30 min for such an average lounge. I would guess that about 80% of guests have a reservation. If you don't have one don't bother. It is extremely frustrating to see woefully underdress people parade in because they have a reservation. This leads to a subpar crowd. Additionally I was told that this wait was to be expected because Twist is a "dinner club" not a lounge. You call it a "dinner club", I call it unimpressive.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have never waited in line for 30 min for such an average lounge. I would guess that about 80% of guests have a reservation. If you don't have one don't bother. It is extremely frustrating to see woefully underdress people parade in because they have a reservation. This leads to a subpar crowd. Additionally I was told that this wait was to be expected because Twist is a "dinner club" not a lounge. You call it a "dinner club", I call it unimpressive.

Pros: good drink

Cons: long wait, subpar crowd

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I went to Twist again for the first time in a while and it was even better than I remember! They have a new chef now and a new menu and the food was fabulous. I strongly recommend that if you have not been there for dinner, that you should give it a try. They had a nice Happy Hour Menu as well. It still gets pretty busy on weekends, especially after 9, so I would recommend a reservation if you want to be sure to get a table.

2
★★★★★

I went to Twist again for the first time in a while and it was even better than I remember! They have a new chef now and a new menu and the food was fabulous. I strongly recommend that if you have not been there for dinner, that you should give it a try. They had a nice Happy Hour Menu as well. It still gets pretty busy on weekends, especially after 9, so I would recommend a reservation if you want to be sure to get a table.

Pros: Food, Service, Drinks

Cons: None

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Just visiting town and as I didn't personally know the doormen I had to queue for 30 mins. Then got in to find it wasn't full at all and nothing special - better bars than this not worth the wait if you have to queue.

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★★★☆☆

Just visiting town and as I didn't personally know the doormen I had to queue for 30 mins. Then got in to find it wasn't full at all and nothing special - better bars than this not worth the wait if you have to queue.

Cons: door staff

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Went to twist for the first time since it opened last night. Although the service was ok, my boyfriend and I thought the food was comparable to a chain restaurant. What was shocking is that our waitress actually told us while we were eating that she didn't like the food she was serving! The menu to us seemed scattered, from jalepeno poppers to Greek dips. We ordered the mac and cheese and it came with what looked like toasted wonderbread. The steak was good though and cooked to temperature. The decor however looked like everything was bought at Ikea, and as the night progressed it turned into a meat market. What was weird is that there is no ambiance or music, just the sound of peoples voices. STRANGE.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went to twist for the first time since it opened last night. Although the service was ok, my boyfriend and I thought the food was comparable to a chain restaurant. What was shocking is that our waitress actually told us while we were eating that she didn't like the food she was serving! The menu to us seemed scattered, from jalepeno poppers to Greek dips. We ordered the mac and cheese and it came with what looked like toasted wonderbread. The steak was good though and cooked to temperature. The decor however looked like everything was bought at Ikea, and as the night progressed it turned into a meat market. What was weird is that there is no ambiance or music, just the sound of peoples voices. STRANGE.

Pros: View

Cons: Food, Ambiance

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Disappointing food, drink, and service. Menu confused -- mix of fried food, Asia fusion, nouveau Mexican, and comfort -- food bland, drinks warm and dilluted, and despite loads of staff nobody around to serve. Only reason to go is crowd watching but be prepared for expensive tab and subpar drinks.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Disappointing food, drink, and service. Menu confused -- mix of fried food, Asia fusion, nouveau Mexican, and comfort -- food bland, drinks warm and dilluted, and despite loads of staff nobody around to serve. Only reason to go is crowd watching but be prepared for expensive tab and subpar drinks.

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I had the greatest night there..... man so many good looking girls..... great food had a awesome time would go back anytime.

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★★★★★

I had the greatest night there..... man so many good looking girls..... great food had a awesome time would go back anytime.

Message from Twist Restaurant & Bar Lounge

Twist Restaurant Bar and Lounge, great for private parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, going away parties, corporate events, and other private events and parties. We concentrate on small plates and great desserts. We also have two bars, one in front and back that provide an extensive wine list, cocktail menu and two happy hours.



Visit our website at www.twistbelltown.com to see our menus, happy hour, specialty cocktails, private parties, gallery, contact and special events.



Doors open 4 pm nightly ? 2313 1st Ave Seattle, WA 9812



For Dinner Reservations call 206-44twist

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Restaurant, lounge, two bars, happy hour, private parties and private events. Great spot for parties and special events. Small plates, specialty cocktails, wine, beer and good times until 4am daily.

 

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