Spitfire

★★★★☆
A hipster sports bar in Belltown offers Mexican food and potent margaritas.
  • 2219 4th Ave 1

    Seattle, WA 98121

    Cross street: Blanchard Street

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  • 206-441-7966

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Off day (1/2/12), few customers. After seating ourselves and sitting a while, had to ask the bartender if they were serving food since we weren't getting service. Server showed up 10 minutes later (did I mention there was almost no one

3
★★★★★

Off day (1/2/12), few customers. After seating ourselves and sitting a while, had to ask the bartender if they were serving food since we weren't getting service. Server showed up 10 minutes later (did I mention there was almost no one

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People waited to be seated for almost 20 minutes before leaving.

Have to hunt down waitresses

Management is by far the worst I've seen after living in 6 different cities.

Food is decent, but this is common to just about every place to eat in this area.

If you're looking for a sports bar DO NOT GO HERE!

0
★☆☆☆☆

People waited to be seated for almost 20 minutes before leaving.

Have to hunt down waitresses

Management is by far the worst I've seen after living in 6 different cities.

Food is decent, but this is common to just about every place to eat in this area.

If you're looking for a sports bar DO NOT GO HERE!

Pros: great location

Cons: management, food, time, not a real sports bar.

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This is one of my favorite spots to time travel after a fab dinner. Now that they've added fresh fish to the special you don't have to go for the usual fare.

2
★★★★★

This is one of my favorite spots to time travel after a fab dinner. Now that they've added fresh fish to the special you don't have to go for the usual fare.

Pros: happy hour and late night industry drinks

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Great Happy hour and fin place to watch the game. Decent beer selection, and service is pretty good for being so busy.

2
★★★★★

Great Happy hour and fin place to watch the game. Decent beer selection, and service is pretty good for being so busy.

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This is the best sports bar in downtown Seattle! There are plasma screens throughout the entire bar, tons of tables, bar space, and lounge areas, and the atmosphere is full of energy. When I visited Spitfire for the first time I only intended to stay for a few ours but ended up spending my entire night here. Its hard to find a sports bar in Seattle that is large enough to hold a large party but Spitfire is best suited for any gathering! I was also surprised at how decent our bartender the entire night even through all our rowdiness.

5
★★★★★

This is the best sports bar in downtown Seattle! There are plasma screens throughout the entire bar, tons of tables, bar space, and lounge areas, and the atmosphere is full of energy. When I visited Spitfire for the first time I only intended to stay for a few ours but ended up spending my entire night here. Its hard to find a sports bar in Seattle that is large enough to hold a large party but Spitfire is best suited for any gathering! I was also surprised at how decent our bartender the entire night even through all our rowdiness.

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Great drinks, attentive service, welcoming staff, community atmosphere. These are just a few of the reasons that I am a regular at Spitfire. I live in the belltown area and frequent many bars and Spitfire is at the top of my list. Whether I am the bar or sitting at a table I get great service. The staff is cool and chill. The lamb skewers and the BLT are amazing!!! I am ready for some football!! Go Hawks!!!

2
★★★★★

Great drinks, attentive service, welcoming staff, community atmosphere. These are just a few of the reasons that I am a regular at Spitfire. I live in the belltown area and frequent many bars and Spitfire is at the top of my list. Whether I am the bar or sitting at a table I get great service. The staff is cool and chill. The lamb skewers and the BLT are amazing!!! I am ready for some football!! Go Hawks!!!

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I went to spitfire recently for a birthday party my friend was having in their private backroom, and have been back almost every day since. They have a killer happy hour, discounts on both food and drinks! and the food specials are all under $5!! I spend $10 on dinner and 2 drinks and always end up leaving the girls who work there a ten spot for their great personalitys...They get every game I could ever ask for and also have been showing election returns, very cool. I like this place because I can go in anytime, dressed for work, a night out or just rolling out of bed and I feel at home. The place is not pretenious, if you *think* you are really cool, this is probably not the place for you, but if you like good inexpensive food, strong drinks and great conversation, come in, I will be sitting at the bar-

2
★★★★★

I went to spitfire recently for a birthday party my friend was having in their private backroom, and have been back almost every day since. They have a killer happy hour, discounts on both food and drinks! and the food specials are all under $5!! I spend $10 on dinner and 2 drinks and always end up leaving the girls who work there a ten spot for their great personalitys...They get every game I could ever ask for and also have been showing election returns, very cool. I like this place because I can go in anytime, dressed for work, a night out or just rolling out of bed and I feel at home. The place is not pretenious, if you *think* you are really cool, this is probably not the place for you, but if you like good inexpensive food, strong drinks and great conversation, come in, I will be sitting at the bar-

Pros: 10,000 TV's

Cons: beltown

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I have some friends that live in the area and so we come in on occasion to have some drinks. There are certain days we avoid because there is one female bartender that must think large fake breasts are the answer to everything because the attitude is ridiculous but if she's there we sit at a table because the servers are usually pretty easy going.

1
★★★☆☆

I have some friends that live in the area and so we come in on occasion to have some drinks. There are certain days we avoid because there is one female bartender that must think large fake breasts are the answer to everything because the attitude is ridiculous but if she's there we sit at a table because the servers are usually pretty easy going.

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The spitfire staff act like they're serving movie stars from Beverly Hills with their snodiness. I totally agree with the last review. I receive an email about for the Cinco De Mayo posting for this Monday and you could'nt pay me enough money to step a foot in that place. Whatever happen to customer service because they don't have it. NONE. Oh! the food is awful. It you're going serve mexican food at least try to make it authentic and I'm 1/2 mexican. I would not feed that mess to my dog if I was homeless.
The customers will see their true colors and hopefully this place will go out of busines becuase is awful.
Final word:
Don't no go there for Cinco De Mayo, your evening will be ruin.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The spitfire staff act like they're serving movie stars from Beverly Hills with their snodiness. I totally agree with the last review. I receive an email about for the Cinco De Mayo posting for this Monday and you could'nt pay me enough money to step a foot in that place. Whatever happen to customer service because they don't have it. NONE. Oh! the food is awful. It you're going serve mexican food at least try to make it authentic and I'm 1/2 mexican. I would not feed that mess to my dog if I was homeless.
The customers will see their true colors and hopefully this place will go out of busines becuase is awful.
Final word:
Don't no go there for Cinco De Mayo, your evening will be ruin.

Pros: Cheap food

Cons: Bad attitude and service

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I have to agree with the previous posting. I've been here twice, and both times the bar/restaurant was not very welcoming to my group of LGBT friends. I don't plan on returning to this bar, and won't be referring this venue to any friends.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have to agree with the previous posting. I've been here twice, and both times the bar/restaurant was not very welcoming to my group of LGBT friends. I don't plan on returning to this bar, and won't be referring this venue to any friends.

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We chose the Spitfire for their large and reasonably priced VIP room for a birthday party recently. The photos on their website do it more justice than in person but still not too bad. The party consisted of predominantly women most of whom are lesbian and a few guys. As the night progressed my friend who we were throwing the party for went to the restroom with her girlfriend. Both, shared a stall due to the line and came out a few seconds later. An "employee" saw them come out of the stall together and assumed that they MUST have just finished having sex....OF COURSE. Two girls.......one stall. This was not the case and the rather large bouncer approached the birthday girl and began to physically man handle her asking her to leave. He told her that his "manager" had given him orders to remove her from the bar because of what had happened in the restroom. She was confused and politely asked him to talk this out with her because she had NO idea what he was talking about. He kept grabbing her and roughing her up. Her arm was badly bruised the next day. We kept asking to talk to the manager but no manager ever appeared. We dropped A LOT of money that night on a bar tab for a party of 40 + guests. When the "manager" was finally notified that the person they were trying to throw out was actually the b-day girl who's credit card help the deposit for the space they let her stay. Needless to say this put a damper on the evening and we all closed out our tabs shortly after. This is Belltown people!!! Homosexuals and heteros have been getting along here for years!!! I think the Spitfire needs a lesson on human kindness and customer service. Lord knows they could use it.
Homosexuals beware.....this is not a good place to have a drink or a party.......or the bathroom for that matter!!! God only knows what they think you might be doing in there!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

We chose the Spitfire for their large and reasonably priced VIP room for a birthday party recently. The photos on their website do it more justice than in person but still not too bad. The party consisted of predominantly women most of whom are lesbian and a few guys. As the night progressed my friend who we were throwing the party for went to the restroom with her girlfriend. Both, shared a stall due to the line and came out a few seconds later. An "employee" saw them come out of the stall together and assumed that they MUST have just finished having sex....OF COURSE. Two girls.......one stall. This was not the case and the rather large bouncer approached the birthday girl and began to physically man handle her asking her to leave. He told her that his "manager" had given him orders to remove her from the bar because of what had happened in the restroom. She was confused and politely asked him to talk this out with her because she had NO idea what he was talking about. He kept grabbing her and roughing her up. Her arm was badly bruised the next day. We kept asking to talk to the manager but no manager ever appeared. We dropped A LOT of money that night on a bar tab for a party of 40 + guests. When the "manager" was finally notified that the person they were trying to throw out was actually the b-day girl who's credit card help the deposit for the space they let her stay. Needless to say this put a damper on the evening and we all closed out our tabs shortly after. This is Belltown people!!! Homosexuals and heteros have been getting along here for years!!! I think the Spitfire needs a lesson on human kindness and customer service. Lord knows they could use it.
Homosexuals beware.....this is not a good place to have a drink or a party.......or the bathroom for that matter!!! God only knows what they think you might be doing in there!!!

Pros: They didn't go completely Stonewall on us!!!

Cons: They don't particularly care for homosexuals or their money for that matter

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After reading some reviews, I find it hilarious at what some reviewers write. It makes me wonder how much they really get out and if they are aware of how to act in bars. I have never been intimidated by large breasts and its funny that some people would be and would judge their service on that. Is that a service issue or a insecurity issue.
Great food, yummy weekly specials, any sporting or competition event that you want.

2
★★★★★

After reading some reviews, I find it hilarious at what some reviewers write. It makes me wonder how much they really get out and if they are aware of how to act in bars. I have never been intimidated by large breasts and its funny that some people would be and would judge their service on that. Is that a service issue or a insecurity issue.
Great food, yummy weekly specials, any sporting or competition event that you want.

Pros: lots of tv's, great art, fun staff

Cons: really crowded on game days, get there early

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My new favorite place downtown - My company had an event in the backroom which went off great - good catering, great service and cheap. Since then I've been going back for lunch. It has a good daytime environment for business lunches or a beer, great happy hour and great hang for football and basketball games with the added pleasure of Soccer/ Euro Football thrown in. A 'sportsbar' with great food, and non jock climate. Nice.

2
★★★★★

My new favorite place downtown - My company had an event in the backroom which went off great - good catering, great service and cheap. Since then I've been going back for lunch. It has a good daytime environment for business lunches or a beer, great happy hour and great hang for football and basketball games with the added pleasure of Soccer/ Euro Football thrown in. A 'sportsbar' with great food, and non jock climate. Nice.

Pros: Ambience, art, staff, TV's, service

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I was really getting tired of the same old hyper-"market targeted" restaurants and bars popping up all over Seattle then Spitfire saved my soul. This place is beautiful and unique. What a way to watch a game and the food was surprisingly good. I went back for lunch and it was a great way to take a break and the food was really tasty and a good price. The staff was friendly. This place is not going to work for you if you're an uptight bleep but I'm inspired and I'm not even a big sports fan.

2
★★★★★

I was really getting tired of the same old hyper-"market targeted" restaurants and bars popping up all over Seattle then Spitfire saved my soul. This place is beautiful and unique. What a way to watch a game and the food was surprisingly good. I went back for lunch and it was a great way to take a break and the food was really tasty and a good price. The staff was friendly. This place is not going to work for you if you're an uptight bleep but I'm inspired and I'm not even a big sports fan.

Pros: Atmosphere, food

Cons: big crowds arriving at one time for starts of games

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I wandered into the Spitfire for the first time about a year ago. It was pretentious, the patrons were not particularly friendly, and the bartenders were horrible. I returned because it was the best place to catch a game on t.v. - especially the more obscure games because they have so many t.v.'s, and they are nice ones - and because the food was above average for a sports bar: soft tacos for happy hours, grilled asparagus, and everything on the brunch menu is good.

Because of the decidedly unfriendly atmosphere, I made it a practice of only going there if it's raining (it's nearby), or to say hello to a friend who works there. After a recent experience where I was basically asked to leave at noon during a Seahawks game, after rushing breakfast and only halfway through a cup of coffee, because there were some serious potential boozers who did not have a seat (call me crazy for my habit of not beginning my drunken rampage until noon)....well, even I know when enough's enough.

I really hate to say that the bartenders are snobbish and ineffective, because they have two GREAT bartenders, but they also have some very, very poor ones - snobs and posers who are too young to have figured out that there is a direct correlation between service with a smile, and tips - that's service with a smile to EVERYONE. I've seen them go out of their way to serve their friends, the people who fit their 'trendy' customer requirement, etc., so I suspect that explains the huge dichotomy in the reviews of this place.

1
★★☆☆☆

I wandered into the Spitfire for the first time about a year ago. It was pretentious, the patrons were not particularly friendly, and the bartenders were horrible. I returned because it was the best place to catch a game on t.v. - especially the more obscure games because they have so many t.v.'s, and they are nice ones - and because the food was above average for a sports bar: soft tacos for happy hours, grilled asparagus, and everything on the brunch menu is good.

Because of the decidedly unfriendly atmosphere, I made it a practice of only going there if it's raining (it's nearby), or to say hello to a friend who works there. After a recent experience where I was basically asked to leave at noon during a Seahawks game, after rushing breakfast and only halfway through a cup of coffee, because there were some serious potential boozers who did not have a seat (call me crazy for my habit of not beginning my drunken rampage until noon)....well, even I know when enough's enough.

I really hate to say that the bartenders are snobbish and ineffective, because they have two GREAT bartenders, but they also have some very, very poor ones - snobs and posers who are too young to have figured out that there is a direct correlation between service with a smile, and tips - that's service with a smile to EVERYONE. I've seen them go out of their way to serve their friends, the people who fit their 'trendy' customer requirement, etc., so I suspect that explains the huge dichotomy in the reviews of this place.

Pros: good happy hour food, good brunch, lots of t.v.'s for varied sports viewing, a couple of great bartenders

Cons: mostly snobby poser bartenders, very pretentious and trying to be trendy and failing

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I love this place! I live down the street and stop by for a stiff drink and good, cheap food from time to time. The staff is great, (and cute!) they remember me and even what I drink! The space is beautiful and the art is amazing. It defiantly does not feel like a sports bar, more like a good neighborhood pub. I have had Intelligent conversation with the other regulars, too. I am glad it is in my hood and only wish it was closer to my work so I could go there for lunch. I love you meatball sandwich!

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★★★★★

I love this place! I live down the street and stop by for a stiff drink and good, cheap food from time to time. The staff is great, (and cute!) they remember me and even what I drink! The space is beautiful and the art is amazing. It defiantly does not feel like a sports bar, more like a good neighborhood pub. I have had Intelligent conversation with the other regulars, too. I am glad it is in my hood and only wish it was closer to my work so I could go there for lunch. I love you meatball sandwich!

Pros: parking in beltown

Cons: sports fans

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For starters, I am a bartender and server for very exclusive private events. I do not understand why the staff at this place cannot find the connection between good service and tips. The must get good hourly because they are not working for tips. Or maybe, it was because the reservation we had for 15 guaranteed them a big fat gratuity on our bill whether or not they served us well. They take advantage of 6+ tables.

We only had one server, for over 15 people! My water was only filled, oh wait, I never got water until I ASKED, and then it was only filled one time. I ordered my drink and after the server returned several times without it I asked her about my drink and she told me, "Oh, they're up there at the bar" so I had to excuse my self and go to the bar where my now watered down ice drinks had been abandoned on the counter waiting for their pickup. And why am I tipping you to get my own drinks, when I am sitting at a table?

I ordered a second drink later (at the bar because our waitress dissapeared on us after serving our food). The lady at the bar poured me the worst dirty martini I have ever tasted in my LIFE, she did not even attempt to get the right/equal amount of each ingredient, too much vermouth, tooooo much olive juice, yuck!

No one liked their food, except my friend who enjoyed his steak. My tacos were itty bitty and cold. They were so rude. The only good thing about it was the private room in the back where my friend had her party, it was very nice.

Who manages this place, they should resign, I know they don't rely on regulars, because anyone with a sense of taste who goes here once will surely never return again, at least based on what I saw and heard from everyone I was with. I WOULD BE EMBARRASSED TO ACT THE WAY OUR SERVER DID!

1
★★☆☆☆

For starters, I am a bartender and server for very exclusive private events. I do not understand why the staff at this place cannot find the connection between good service and tips. The must get good hourly because they are not working for tips. Or maybe, it was because the reservation we had for 15 guaranteed them a big fat gratuity on our bill whether or not they served us well. They take advantage of 6+ tables.

We only had one server, for over 15 people! My water was only filled, oh wait, I never got water until I ASKED, and then it was only filled one time. I ordered my drink and after the server returned several times without it I asked her about my drink and she told me, "Oh, they're up there at the bar" so I had to excuse my self and go to the bar where my now watered down ice drinks had been abandoned on the counter waiting for their pickup. And why am I tipping you to get my own drinks, when I am sitting at a table?

I ordered a second drink later (at the bar because our waitress dissapeared on us after serving our food). The lady at the bar poured me the worst dirty martini I have ever tasted in my LIFE, she did not even attempt to get the right/equal amount of each ingredient, too much vermouth, tooooo much olive juice, yuck!

No one liked their food, except my friend who enjoyed his steak. My tacos were itty bitty and cold. They were so rude. The only good thing about it was the private room in the back where my friend had her party, it was very nice.

Who manages this place, they should resign, I know they don't rely on regulars, because anyone with a sense of taste who goes here once will surely never return again, at least based on what I saw and heard from everyone I was with. I WOULD BE EMBARRASSED TO ACT THE WAY OUR SERVER DID!

Pros: back room

Cons: grade F service

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I am a margarita girl from So Cal. Whenever I'm in town . . . which is every couple months, I can't not visit Spitfire.

LOVE the margaritas!! . . . fresh fruit & traditional. . . all are great. Some say they're a tad on the pricy side, but you get what you pay for and they're worth it!

LOVE the food!! My absolute favorite is the Roasted Chili Quesadilla - AMAZING! The flautas & tamales are also delish . . . and who doesn't love chips & margarita guac?

LOVE the staff!! The bartenders, especially Steve, are always super friendly & actually remember me (with a hint or 2). James, the chef, is also fantastic! He explained his whole menu & gave me a tour of the bar.

I feel at home at Spitfire . . . no fuss, no muss. . . just great food, drinks & company. What more can you ask for?

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★★★★★

I am a margarita girl from So Cal. Whenever I'm in town . . . which is every couple months, I can't not visit Spitfire.

LOVE the margaritas!! . . . fresh fruit & traditional. . . all are great. Some say they're a tad on the pricy side, but you get what you pay for and they're worth it!

LOVE the food!! My absolute favorite is the Roasted Chili Quesadilla - AMAZING! The flautas & tamales are also delish . . . and who doesn't love chips & margarita guac?

LOVE the staff!! The bartenders, especially Steve, are always super friendly & actually remember me (with a hint or 2). James, the chef, is also fantastic! He explained his whole menu & gave me a tour of the bar.

I feel at home at Spitfire . . . no fuss, no muss. . . just great food, drinks & company. What more can you ask for?

Pros: Everything. . . food, drinks, staff, TVs. . .

Cons: Restrooms in the winter - - open air & FREEZING!

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The price is good for happy hour(50% OFF),but I don't think the food was good. We ordered 5 items off the "small plates" section.The fish tacos had an strong ammonia smell, the mini burgers were probably precooked and heated up to order they were too tough.Sorry but this place didn't do it for me.

1
★★★☆☆

The price is good for happy hour(50% OFF),but I don't think the food was good. We ordered 5 items off the "small plates" section.The fish tacos had an strong ammonia smell, the mini burgers were probably precooked and heated up to order they were too tough.Sorry but this place didn't do it for me.

Pros: art and sports

Cons: food

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Great place! There are high quality TVs visible from every table. The happy hour is great - $2 beers. We split some nachos with big pieces of marinated grilled chicken that was amazing. The service was great too, even splitting our tab up for us. There was no sound coming from the tvs, just music playing, but this could be because there were a few big games going on at the same time. The space was large and not cramped - even when it was full - which allowed us to really watch the game. The only down side is parking, but that's belltown for ya. I will definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

Great place! There are high quality TVs visible from every table. The happy hour is great - $2 beers. We split some nachos with big pieces of marinated grilled chicken that was amazing. The service was great too, even splitting our tab up for us. There was no sound coming from the tvs, just music playing, but this could be because there were a few big games going on at the same time. The space was large and not cramped - even when it was full - which allowed us to really watch the game. The only down side is parking, but that's belltown for ya. I will definitely be back!

Pros: tvs, service, atmosphere, food, space

Cons: parking

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Food is great, but a bit spendy. 10 -12 at night though, everything is half price which makes it awesome. Lots of tvs, staff pretty friendly, often not crowded... I'll be back to this place a lot

2
★★★★★

Food is great, but a bit spendy. 10 -12 at night though, everything is half price which makes it awesome. Lots of tvs, staff pretty friendly, often not crowded... I'll be back to this place a lot

Pros: great happy hour deals, good food

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Always fun to be there with lots of people..... For a sports bar has good energy and good service. They serve tasty (not fancy) 'bar food' apps to go with your beer.

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★★★★☆

Always fun to be there with lots of people..... For a sports bar has good energy and good service. They serve tasty (not fancy) 'bar food' apps to go with your beer.

Pros: cool place

Cons: parking

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Spitfire, I believe, is ultimately confused about what it wants to be.

It's a trendy spot with plasmas all over the place, but they're playing Aussie Rules Football and surfing. With a request you can get your Pac10 basketball games played (repeated requests) but, don't ask them to turn down the house music because it isn't happening.

The food is not sports bar food, which is a nice change, but strangely it's mostly latin-themed, which is strange because nothing else there is. They have a decent selection of tequilas, but nothing that you would be excited about or that isn't carried at every other bar in the city.

So where does that leave us? We're at a sports bar that doesn't really seem interested in sports, serves decent mexican-ish food, has a very pedestrian list of tequilas and is decorated like your average trendy Belltown spot.

So, in trying to solve the mystery of what this place is, there's one thing left...the service.
In telling a friend that we were going here, they said, be prepared to wait. A lot. And that's what we did. The servers are pretty non-existent. Not really consistent with sports bars, but very consistent with wannabe hipster Belltown bars.

So what is Spitfire?

It's a sports bar in the way that any bar is a sports bar if there are televisions playing sports.

I'm not saying that it's a bad bar, it?s just not a very good sports bar.

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★★★☆☆

Spitfire, I believe, is ultimately confused about what it wants to be.

It's a trendy spot with plasmas all over the place, but they're playing Aussie Rules Football and surfing. With a request you can get your Pac10 basketball games played (repeated requests) but, don't ask them to turn down the house music because it isn't happening.

The food is not sports bar food, which is a nice change, but strangely it's mostly latin-themed, which is strange because nothing else there is. They have a decent selection of tequilas, but nothing that you would be excited about or that isn't carried at every other bar in the city.

So where does that leave us? We're at a sports bar that doesn't really seem interested in sports, serves decent mexican-ish food, has a very pedestrian list of tequilas and is decorated like your average trendy Belltown spot.

So, in trying to solve the mystery of what this place is, there's one thing left...the service.
In telling a friend that we were going here, they said, be prepared to wait. A lot. And that's what we did. The servers are pretty non-existent. Not really consistent with sports bars, but very consistent with wannabe hipster Belltown bars.

So what is Spitfire?

It's a sports bar in the way that any bar is a sports bar if there are televisions playing sports.

I'm not saying that it's a bad bar, it?s just not a very good sports bar.

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Spitfire is only a few blocks from my apt. and is one place I love and hate to go and bring people. The old Sit & Spin turned into a raw concrete space with conversational art pieces, flat screens placed everywhere which is great for sports but bad if you're just trying to relax. They are distracting. The staff I experienced was great but some friends say otherwise, The food is good and the drinks are inconsistent. The back event room with red leather couches and a huge projector screen is cool. The fact that this hip place serves spanish style food is interesting but it works and if you like spicy, ask for the Enchiladas with a fried egg on it. During games the place packs out and the energy rises. Packed house or not it's sometimes difficult to get a drink even if you are sitting directly at the bar.

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★★★☆☆

Spitfire is only a few blocks from my apt. and is one place I love and hate to go and bring people. The old Sit & Spin turned into a raw concrete space with conversational art pieces, flat screens placed everywhere which is great for sports but bad if you're just trying to relax. They are distracting. The staff I experienced was great but some friends say otherwise, The food is good and the drinks are inconsistent. The back event room with red leather couches and a huge projector screen is cool. The fact that this hip place serves spanish style food is interesting but it works and if you like spicy, ask for the Enchiladas with a fried egg on it. During games the place packs out and the energy rises. Packed house or not it's sometimes difficult to get a drink even if you are sitting directly at the bar.

Pros: Atmosphere, Happy Hour, Sports

Cons: Parking, Can't find it too easy, not busy

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Was there at Happy Hour on a Wednesday night. Previous reviewer is spot on about getting lousy service when it is empty. The two servers were in a fog. Haven't got that lousy of service in a while. Martinis were average - need to be colder. Beer taps were all broken so they did half off bottled beers. Food was an insteresting eclectic mix with somewhat of a mexican theme, would have been pretty good if all 6 of our appetizers weren't served luke-warm at best. (Hint: Hot food tastes better than cold if it was meant to be hot.) Lots of flat panels for the TV sport junkie. Not many there so don't expect it to be hoppin during Happy Hour on the weekdays. Definitely average place but if the service was consistently good, taps were working, martinis were shaken more, food was servered hot, and there was a bit more of a buzz, it would be a great place.

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★★★☆☆

Was there at Happy Hour on a Wednesday night. Previous reviewer is spot on about getting lousy service when it is empty. The two servers were in a fog. Haven't got that lousy of service in a while. Martinis were average - need to be colder. Beer taps were all broken so they did half off bottled beers. Food was an insteresting eclectic mix with somewhat of a mexican theme, would have been pretty good if all 6 of our appetizers weren't served luke-warm at best. (Hint: Hot food tastes better than cold if it was meant to be hot.) Lots of flat panels for the TV sport junkie. Not many there so don't expect it to be hoppin during Happy Hour on the weekdays. Definitely average place but if the service was consistently good, taps were working, martinis were shaken more, food was servered hot, and there was a bit more of a buzz, it would be a great place.

Pros: Good place to watch a game downtown

Cons: Inconsistent/Poor Service affects everything from drinks to food

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Live nearby and have been to Spitfire at least 30 times. The service is extremely inconsistent on the opposite sides of the spectrum. It's either great or terrible depending on who you get and there's a lot of different people that work there. Had to wait for drinks for 1/2 hour when it's empty to prompt service when it's been a full house. Been overcharged a handful of times and nothing was done to correct the issue even though it was obvious and have been given free drinks at other times. Some of the staff is smart and friendly and others have been cold and dumb as a rock. It's absolutely packed during football games but relatively slow other than that. For a sports bar, they have an extremely poor selection of 3 beers on tap (redhook esb, widmer hef, bud?) but a pretty good liquor selection but pretty expensive outside of happy hour. Food is pretty good but outside of happy hour, a bit expensive as well. They have a lot of big screen flat panels literally everyone in site so it's perfect for watching any sporting event. After being overcharged a few times and the waitress doing nothing to try and fix the problem, I will no longer seek out to go to this place but only go out of convience for some sporting events.

1
★★★☆☆

Live nearby and have been to Spitfire at least 30 times. The service is extremely inconsistent on the opposite sides of the spectrum. It's either great or terrible depending on who you get and there's a lot of different people that work there. Had to wait for drinks for 1/2 hour when it's empty to prompt service when it's been a full house. Been overcharged a handful of times and nothing was done to correct the issue even though it was obvious and have been given free drinks at other times. Some of the staff is smart and friendly and others have been cold and dumb as a rock. It's absolutely packed during football games but relatively slow other than that. For a sports bar, they have an extremely poor selection of 3 beers on tap (redhook esb, widmer hef, bud?) but a pretty good liquor selection but pretty expensive outside of happy hour. Food is pretty good but outside of happy hour, a bit expensive as well. They have a lot of big screen flat panels literally everyone in site so it's perfect for watching any sporting event. After being overcharged a few times and the waitress doing nothing to try and fix the problem, I will no longer seek out to go to this place but only go out of convience for some sporting events.

Pros: Lots of TVs, food and staff at times

Cons: Overpriced, terrible beer selection, staff at times

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Fun place to grab a drink. Not worth grabbing a bite here; too spendy and not enough variety. Fun margarita menu.

2
★★★★☆

Fun place to grab a drink. Not worth grabbing a bite here; too spendy and not enough variety. Fun margarita menu.

Pros: fun setting, good drinks

Cons: pricey food

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I recently went to a friends birthday party here and was so excited to find the extra room hidden in the back. We had our own private bar with a very nice bartender who was always smiling. The huge red couches were perfect for lounging and the projector screen was great for my friends slide show of pictures. I can't wait to have my own party there!

2
★★★★★

I recently went to a friends birthday party here and was so excited to find the extra room hidden in the back. We had our own private bar with a very nice bartender who was always smiling. The huge red couches were perfect for lounging and the projector screen was great for my friends slide show of pictures. I can't wait to have my own party there!

Pros: private room

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Based on the previous reviews my husband and I had read we THOUGHT this would be a great place to take my sports loving parents for a casual dinner and drinks( and a couple football games which we were treated poorly for wanting to watch on the main screen-we got attitude from one of the staff for asking to watch a particular game and it was a SLOW night) I was terribly mistaken based on the following factors: 1) The service was terrible...our waitress disappeared for SO long I thought she'd left 2) Our waitress miscalculated the bill twice and when I asked for clarification her "boss" got upset with me(and my math was correct) 3) They ADD gratuity to the bill... if you're over a certain amount even though the service was LACKING they made a cool $50 + in tips from our dinner/drinks (for four people) 3) I had to step up to the bar to get my family's drinks because our waitress was BUSY doing lord knows what in the backroom 4) You pay $4.00 for a golf ball sized order of guacamole and chips...note to self it's meant for 1-2 people 5) If you expect your waitress to come check on you you're mistaken-we sat for over 15 minutes with not only empty drink glasses but empty waters...Overall I was sadly disappointed...p.s. if you like sports this is a STRANGE place to watch them..it's an open space transformed into a sports bar with absolutley no sports memoriabilia-only art and some SERIOUSLY COLD bathrooms. I went here with an open mind and was sadly disappointed. This place was ok but seeing that it's coined a sports bar was WAY below expectations! Being from Seattle there's many places I would go before I went back here.

1
★★☆☆☆

Based on the previous reviews my husband and I had read we THOUGHT this would be a great place to take my sports loving parents for a casual dinner and drinks( and a couple football games which we were treated poorly for wanting to watch on the main screen-we got attitude from one of the staff for asking to watch a particular game and it was a SLOW night) I was terribly mistaken based on the following factors: 1) The service was terrible...our waitress disappeared for SO long I thought she'd left 2) Our waitress miscalculated the bill twice and when I asked for clarification her "boss" got upset with me(and my math was correct) 3) They ADD gratuity to the bill... if you're over a certain amount even though the service was LACKING they made a cool $50 + in tips from our dinner/drinks (for four people) 3) I had to step up to the bar to get my family's drinks because our waitress was BUSY doing lord knows what in the backroom 4) You pay $4.00 for a golf ball sized order of guacamole and chips...note to self it's meant for 1-2 people 5) If you expect your waitress to come check on you you're mistaken-we sat for over 15 minutes with not only empty drink glasses but empty waters...Overall I was sadly disappointed...p.s. if you like sports this is a STRANGE place to watch them..it's an open space transformed into a sports bar with absolutley no sports memoriabilia-only art and some SERIOUSLY COLD bathrooms. I went here with an open mind and was sadly disappointed. This place was ok but seeing that it's coined a sports bar was WAY below expectations! Being from Seattle there's many places I would go before I went back here.

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Spitfire? Well, it wasnt what I expected from the name. But preconceived notions aside, it was the best meal Ive had out in more than a week. And it was the best meal Ive had out in more than a week served with grace and good humor a server with a positive attitude that could go a long way toward making up for any shortcomings that might show up in the food (not there were any this evening but ship happens.)

A perfect margarita made w/top shelf tequila, followed by a small Caesar salad with perfectly chilled romaine, crispy croutons, all coated in the best dressing Ive had inforever. Forget that the salad was only $3.00 (3 bucks!!), it would have been great at 3 times the price. In the wake of the salad came a chicken enchilada with a fried egg on top (yup, an egg). Now, Im no enchilada expert so I cant speak to the provenance of the egg embellishment, but suffice to say that this dish was the kind of dish that Ill go back for again (and again). The sauce had a smokey somethin somethin happening that was worthy of being bottled.

All of it was presented and plated elegantly, and garnished with edible aplomb. And none of this even takes into consideration the interior design, perfect acoustics, comfortable chairs, spacious tables and numerous sight lines to whatever sporting event you might be interested in checking out. Spitfire touchdown, slam-dunk, homerun, ace whatever. Choose your own sports analogy, but check this place out.

2
★★★★★

Spitfire? Well, it wasnt what I expected from the name. But preconceived notions aside, it was the best meal Ive had out in more than a week. And it was the best meal Ive had out in more than a week served with grace and good humor a server with a positive attitude that could go a long way toward making up for any shortcomings that might show up in the food (not there were any this evening but ship happens.)

A perfect margarita made w/top shelf tequila, followed by a small Caesar salad with perfectly chilled romaine, crispy croutons, all coated in the best dressing Ive had inforever. Forget that the salad was only $3.00 (3 bucks!!), it would have been great at 3 times the price. In the wake of the salad came a chicken enchilada with a fried egg on top (yup, an egg). Now, Im no enchilada expert so I cant speak to the provenance of the egg embellishment, but suffice to say that this dish was the kind of dish that Ill go back for again (and again). The sauce had a smokey somethin somethin happening that was worthy of being bottled.

All of it was presented and plated elegantly, and garnished with edible aplomb. And none of this even takes into consideration the interior design, perfect acoustics, comfortable chairs, spacious tables and numerous sight lines to whatever sporting event you might be interested in checking out. Spitfire touchdown, slam-dunk, homerun, ace whatever. Choose your own sports analogy, but check this place out.

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I recently held a party at Spitfire & it was the perfect venue, everyone had a great time. Not only was the staff always on point, but the food was great, the bartender poured a fantastic drink and the space was awesome. They were 110% accommodating and made everything easy for me. Its fun, sporty environment has a sheik, upscale Beltown feel to it. It is a little off the beaten path but well worth the couple of blocks. It has the best of both worlds for everyone lots of TVs & sports well complimented by great ambiance & art. And I cannot say enough about the fantastic service! I would recommend Spitfire to anyone. We are going to make this a regular stop in the evenings & for Football Sunday!

2
★★★★★

I recently held a party at Spitfire & it was the perfect venue, everyone had a great time. Not only was the staff always on point, but the food was great, the bartender poured a fantastic drink and the space was awesome. They were 110% accommodating and made everything easy for me. Its fun, sporty environment has a sheik, upscale Beltown feel to it. It is a little off the beaten path but well worth the couple of blocks. It has the best of both worlds for everyone lots of TVs & sports well complimented by great ambiance & art. And I cannot say enough about the fantastic service! I would recommend Spitfire to anyone. We are going to make this a regular stop in the evenings & for Football Sunday!

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What a makeover on the old Sit & Spin! (which is still prominent in my mind's locker of Seattle nightlife venue nostalgia.) I love the art, the decor, the furnishings, the staff, the drinks, and the food. The plasma screens are a classy touch -- but I would much rather see more avant garde cinematic images, i.e. David Lynch/Stanley Kubrik stuff or international films with subtitles since you can't hear the dialogue anyway. The place is decked out for a hip, cerebral crowd. I just don't imagine it as the type of place for jocko frat boys to destroy. However, this would be an ideal place for World Cup match viewing if they wanted to be "non-conventional." Some of the large-scale art canvases are quite impressive; almost Hieronymous Bosch-esque in nature -- but they just seem to be sullied by the trite, beer-swilling sports programming adjacent to them on the screens.

2
★★★★☆

What a makeover on the old Sit & Spin! (which is still prominent in my mind's locker of Seattle nightlife venue nostalgia.) I love the art, the decor, the furnishings, the staff, the drinks, and the food. The plasma screens are a classy touch -- but I would much rather see more avant garde cinematic images, i.e. David Lynch/Stanley Kubrik stuff or international films with subtitles since you can't hear the dialogue anyway. The place is decked out for a hip, cerebral crowd. I just don't imagine it as the type of place for jocko frat boys to destroy. However, this would be an ideal place for World Cup match viewing if they wanted to be "non-conventional." Some of the large-scale art canvases are quite impressive; almost Hieronymous Bosch-esque in nature -- but they just seem to be sullied by the trite, beer-swilling sports programming adjacent to them on the screens.

Pros: Ambience, service, food

Cons: Sports

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My workaday week can be busy and very stressful. The Spitfire is really a great place to come in and unwind. I am always made welcome. The music is easy and varies everytime I go inside for a visit, which is great when you want variety. Not only that, but a person can actually communicate with other people, without being overwhelmed by blaring music.

The staff and guests are very casual. I often meet a variety of different people, who are from all sorts of backgrounds. If you sit at the bar, you might be surprised at how easy it is to strike up conversations. I really do appreciate this and will always go back.

And hey ... the food is yummy!!! Try the chicken tacos and you can't go wrong! :)

2
★★★★★

My workaday week can be busy and very stressful. The Spitfire is really a great place to come in and unwind. I am always made welcome. The music is easy and varies everytime I go inside for a visit, which is great when you want variety. Not only that, but a person can actually communicate with other people, without being overwhelmed by blaring music.

The staff and guests are very casual. I often meet a variety of different people, who are from all sorts of backgrounds. If you sit at the bar, you might be surprised at how easy it is to strike up conversations. I really do appreciate this and will always go back.

And hey ... the food is yummy!!! Try the chicken tacos and you can't go wrong! :)

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This is a great new local addition to everything that Belltown has to offer. It's a wide open space, with colorful art and friendly staff.

Recently my sister was in town, and we stopped in late on a Sunday. To our surprise, the kitchen was still open and happy to serve us, the atmosphere was fun and friendly, and the music was great.

Our only "complaint" was that there were so many plasma screens, it was tough selecting just one thing to watch.

Get ready for a new regular!

2
★★★★★

This is a great new local addition to everything that Belltown has to offer. It's a wide open space, with colorful art and friendly staff.

Recently my sister was in town, and we stopped in late on a Sunday. To our surprise, the kitchen was still open and happy to serve us, the atmosphere was fun and friendly, and the music was great.

Our only "complaint" was that there were so many plasma screens, it was tough selecting just one thing to watch.

Get ready for a new regular!

Pros: Open space, so many plasma displays for games

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Wonderful design of the place. Crazy art. Great drinks.
I nice addition to Belltown...I'm tired of first ave.

Try the cookie for dessert (or a main course if your smart). Its more than a cookie, its an experience.

2
★★★★☆

Wonderful design of the place. Crazy art. Great drinks.
I nice addition to Belltown...I'm tired of first ave.

Try the cookie for dessert (or a main course if your smart). Its more than a cookie, its an experience.

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I love this place! The food is tasty, the staff is very friendly and the atmospere is just plain cool. I've been a few times with groups of friends, so I've tasted a lot of different small plates. The tacos and mini spicy burgers are my favorites! I was also really impressed with the wine list, and the price per glass is very reasonable (starting at $5.50). If you're not into wine, try the Mango Marguerita. It's yummy!! The TVs are not overwhelming for a "sport's bar". Spitfire has a great neighborhood feel, and it's nice to have another casual eatery in Belltown for those of us who live close by. I will definitely keep coming back!

2
★★★★★

I love this place! The food is tasty, the staff is very friendly and the atmospere is just plain cool. I've been a few times with groups of friends, so I've tasted a lot of different small plates. The tacos and mini spicy burgers are my favorites! I was also really impressed with the wine list, and the price per glass is very reasonable (starting at $5.50). If you're not into wine, try the Mango Marguerita. It's yummy!! The TVs are not overwhelming for a "sport's bar". Spitfire has a great neighborhood feel, and it's nice to have another casual eatery in Belltown for those of us who live close by. I will definitely keep coming back!

Pros: Good music, ambience, nice decor

Cons: No sign out front

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I was asked last night by management if I'd left the previous comment on Citysearch. After seeing it and reassuring her I wouldn't be back if I had, here's my two rubles.

Three martinis @$49 doesn't compute. I had 2@$9 - normal. I'm a music snob (founded an award-winning web radio station) and I like much of what I've heard, even asking artists' names. True, I've heard some occasionally edgy stuff but not constantly or in contrast with the setting.

Spitfire is a comfortable place for me to unwind. Wi-fi makes it ideal to escape my "workaholic cave". I like the staff. The sports programming on their screens more sophisticated than you'd find at generic "sports bars". It's classy, modern and I've recommended to friends- some now ask to meet me here when coming to Belltown.

And the parking complaint? You expect a parking lot in Belltown?

2
★★★★★

I was asked last night by management if I'd left the previous comment on Citysearch. After seeing it and reassuring her I wouldn't be back if I had, here's my two rubles.

Three martinis @$49 doesn't compute. I had 2@$9 - normal. I'm a music snob (founded an award-winning web radio station) and I like much of what I've heard, even asking artists' names. True, I've heard some occasionally edgy stuff but not constantly or in contrast with the setting.

Spitfire is a comfortable place for me to unwind. Wi-fi makes it ideal to escape my "workaholic cave". I like the staff. The sports programming on their screens more sophisticated than you'd find at generic "sports bars". It's classy, modern and I've recommended to friends- some now ask to meet me here when coming to Belltown.

And the parking complaint? You expect a parking lot in Belltown?

Pros: Location, Interior Decor, Tapas

Cons: Location, Can't think of any...

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The drink prices. Even El Gaucho's drink prices are better. Three martinis last night for a "working happy hour" came to $49 plus tip. Sure, the food is cheap, but portions are meager.

I came again over the weekend with a group of ladies hoping to enjoy the lounge area, but was declined access and told it is now "reserved for events".

The music selections can be very edgy and between five visits is inconsistent. First visit, they played some nice loungey ambient pop. Second time, they played rap and I left. Ever since, it's been edgy indie bands which has made me ask the staff for the stuff I heard the first time. And sports? Please. Sportos will only tear this nice place up and embarrass everybody, including themselves. The only way Spitfire is scoring points with their market right now is with their interior.

1
★★☆☆☆

The drink prices. Even El Gaucho's drink prices are better. Three martinis last night for a "working happy hour" came to $49 plus tip. Sure, the food is cheap, but portions are meager.

I came again over the weekend with a group of ladies hoping to enjoy the lounge area, but was declined access and told it is now "reserved for events".

The music selections can be very edgy and between five visits is inconsistent. First visit, they played some nice loungey ambient pop. Second time, they played rap and I left. Ever since, it's been edgy indie bands which has made me ask the staff for the stuff I heard the first time. And sports? Please. Sportos will only tear this nice place up and embarrass everybody, including themselves. The only way Spitfire is scoring points with their market right now is with their interior.

Pros: Comfortable, Good interior, Good location

Cons: HIGH drink prices, Bad music selections, Inconsistency

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We had a great time, our waiter was outstanding, the food was great, and the drinks wonderful. The pricky pear margarita was a treat. We had a selection of appetizers, all very good. Sure the place is new, and perhaps there are already a lot of lounges in Belltown, but I like one that lacks the pretentiousness and too hip for the room feeling so many of them seem to have. I prefer good food and drink to being seen somewhere!

2
★★★★★

We had a great time, our waiter was outstanding, the food was great, and the drinks wonderful. The pricky pear margarita was a treat. We had a selection of appetizers, all very good. Sure the place is new, and perhaps there are already a lot of lounges in Belltown, but I like one that lacks the pretentiousness and too hip for the room feeling so many of them seem to have. I prefer good food and drink to being seen somewhere!

Pros: great service, margaritas

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I am astonished to find a good looking, well crafted bar/eatery in belltown. The food, which is infinetely affordable (especially during the two happy hours they have) is the reason I keep going back...and also the relative quiet -which I am sure is not to last- that I find there in the late afternoon. How anyone could compare this nicely designed menu to that of Mamma's is beyond anyone who can think for themselves and knows that mamma's is neither good food nor Mexican food, and I have to ask this reviewer...what the hell are you talking about with your comment - "poor parking choices" anyway?

2
★★★★★

I am astonished to find a good looking, well crafted bar/eatery in belltown. The food, which is infinetely affordable (especially during the two happy hours they have) is the reason I keep going back...and also the relative quiet -which I am sure is not to last- that I find there in the late afternoon. How anyone could compare this nicely designed menu to that of Mamma's is beyond anyone who can think for themselves and knows that mamma's is neither good food nor Mexican food, and I have to ask this reviewer...what the hell are you talking about with your comment - "poor parking choices" anyway?

Pros: food, service, design

Cons: 4th ave.

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This place is such a great new spot and just what Seattle needed. I had the carnitas and they were so delicous I wanted more. The drinks are great too. I went with my family and we all ordered different things off their specialty menu and everyone was very pleased. The ambiance is very nice and could be good for an intimate setting or with large groups. They even have a huge open room for parties in the back with a private bar. I found that they were very accommodating to our t.v. requests and with so many t.v's you don't have to watch what one table chooses. Will definitely go back!

2
★★★★★

This place is such a great new spot and just what Seattle needed. I had the carnitas and they were so delicous I wanted more. The drinks are great too. I went with my family and we all ordered different things off their specialty menu and everyone was very pleased. The ambiance is very nice and could be good for an intimate setting or with large groups. They even have a huge open room for parties in the back with a private bar. I found that they were very accommodating to our t.v. requests and with so many t.v's you don't have to watch what one table chooses. Will definitely go back!

Pros: serve food til 2, big screens

Cons: not for kids

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Bleh! In Belltown there is simply too many "lounges" to choose from so each new one has to offer something different but the best thing to offer is good customer service and you WON'T get that at Spitfire. Condescending attitudes abound in this new and trying to be a trendy sports bar. One of the things people who go to sports bars like is the down-home feeling... you won't get that at Spitfire. You'll get an over priced drink and a standard Mexican fusion menu (with Mamma's right around the corner, why bother w/trendy fusion?) and a whole lot of snobbiness from the staff. Spitfire needs to adjust the attiude level and they may make it, otherwise they'll be a blip on the "lounge" radar screen like so many others before them.

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★☆☆☆☆

Bleh! In Belltown there is simply too many "lounges" to choose from so each new one has to offer something different but the best thing to offer is good customer service and you WON'T get that at Spitfire. Condescending attitudes abound in this new and trying to be a trendy sports bar. One of the things people who go to sports bars like is the down-home feeling... you won't get that at Spitfire. You'll get an over priced drink and a standard Mexican fusion menu (with Mamma's right around the corner, why bother w/trendy fusion?) and a whole lot of snobbiness from the staff. Spitfire needs to adjust the attiude level and they may make it, otherwise they'll be a blip on the "lounge" radar screen like so many others before them.

Pros: it's new

Cons: attitude, lack of customer serv, poor parking choices

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Three of us went there last night for Happy Hour and the bill was $23 with four plates and a drink. Wonderful and very friendly service. The manager Mary was so sweet. Get the Quesadilla with chorizo. The sliders are delicious as well. They rent out party space for free! great place for sports as well, there are flatscreens everywhere! The art is funky the decor industrial but architecturally refined. This is going to be a very popular new spot!

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★★★★★

Three of us went there last night for Happy Hour and the bill was $23 with four plates and a drink. Wonderful and very friendly service. The manager Mary was so sweet. Get the Quesadilla with chorizo. The sliders are delicious as well. They rent out party space for free! great place for sports as well, there are flatscreens everywhere! The art is funky the decor industrial but architecturally refined. This is going to be a very popular new spot!

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

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Splashy local art dominates the dark brick walls of this bar tucked away on Fourth Avenue, contrasting with the wide-screen TVs blaring sport. Belltown denizens and sports-loving hipsters occupy the leather stools at the…

 

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