Senor Moose Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 5242 Leary Ave NW

    Seattle, WA 98107

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  • 206-784-5568

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Breakfast at Sr Moose is fantastic -- choose your authentic dish, and make sure to try the Horchata Latte -- to die for!

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Breakfast at Sr Moose is fantastic -- choose your authentic dish, and make sure to try the Horchata Latte -- to die for!

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I really enjoy this Senor Moose! The food is always great, and they have some pretty unique recipes. The only drawback I can think of is the ventilation. At times the heat from the kitchen can be a bit much. I love the smell of peppers cooking, but I see how some people might have a hard time with that. Once you get beyond those two small quibbles, this place is great! The staff is always friendly and prompt. The menu is full of hand picked specialty dishes from all over Mexico. So if some in your group don't like spice, there is still something for everyone to enjoy!

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★★★★★

I really enjoy this Senor Moose! The food is always great, and they have some pretty unique recipes. The only drawback I can think of is the ventilation. At times the heat from the kitchen can be a bit much. I love the smell of peppers cooking, but I see how some people might have a hard time with that. Once you get beyond those two small quibbles, this place is great! The staff is always friendly and prompt. The menu is full of hand picked specialty dishes from all over Mexico. So if some in your group don't like spice, there is still something for everyone to enjoy!

Pros: Great Food & Staff

Cons: Can Get a Little Stuffy

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We love the treat of an authentic breakfast at senor moose. I would save them for breakfast/brunch as the best time to go - great coffee - atmosphere and staff. One of my very favorites -

5
★★★★★

We love the treat of an authentic breakfast at senor moose. I would save them for breakfast/brunch as the best time to go - great coffee - atmosphere and staff. One of my very favorites -

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I was looking for a cheap, everyday restaurant in the Ballard area, and having lived in Texas and spent some time in Mexico, I was excited to see Senor Moose Cafe on the Cheap Eats list with 4.5 stars.

Imagine my surprise when I looked at the menu and found that the salsa chips, which come free in any Mexican/Texmex restaurant in Texas, cost $3.50. I must admit that the chips came with a variety of sauces instead of the standard salsa.

For the main course I ordered the MOLE COLORDITO DE TUTUTEPEC Oaxaca for 15.95. It may have been me, but the meat or the sauce had a funky taste and I ended up only eating a couple of pieces, which didn't seem to bother the staff at all. I am a typical Canadian, which means I did not complain to the staff, but my previous experience is that a decent restaurant wants to know why you did not touch their main course.

In the end, with two glasses of red table wine at $7 a glass (no selection, it probably comes in 5 gallon containers), the bill came to $35.00!

I will grant that it may have just been bad luck with the main dish, and I may have loved something else on the menu, but with main dishes averaging $15.00 and $3.50 salsa chips, there is no way this restaurant belongs on the Cheap Eats list. I can name a number of places (e.g. Ristorante Machiavelli a $$ restaurant) where I can get a meal (including the bread equivalent of salsa chips), a main course and two glasses of (non-house) wine for less, including tip.

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★★☆☆☆

I was looking for a cheap, everyday restaurant in the Ballard area, and having lived in Texas and spent some time in Mexico, I was excited to see Senor Moose Cafe on the Cheap Eats list with 4.5 stars.

Imagine my surprise when I looked at the menu and found that the salsa chips, which come free in any Mexican/Texmex restaurant in Texas, cost $3.50. I must admit that the chips came with a variety of sauces instead of the standard salsa.

For the main course I ordered the MOLE COLORDITO DE TUTUTEPEC Oaxaca for 15.95. It may have been me, but the meat or the sauce had a funky taste and I ended up only eating a couple of pieces, which didn't seem to bother the staff at all. I am a typical Canadian, which means I did not complain to the staff, but my previous experience is that a decent restaurant wants to know why you did not touch their main course.

In the end, with two glasses of red table wine at $7 a glass (no selection, it probably comes in 5 gallon containers), the bill came to $35.00!

I will grant that it may have just been bad luck with the main dish, and I may have loved something else on the menu, but with main dishes averaging $15.00 and $3.50 salsa chips, there is no way this restaurant belongs on the Cheap Eats list. I can name a number of places (e.g. Ristorante Machiavelli a $$ restaurant) where I can get a meal (including the bread equivalent of salsa chips), a main course and two glasses of (non-house) wine for less, including tip.

Pros: Decent size portions

Cons: Not Cheap, Funky meat dish

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You feel like you're being served by the owners because everything is done with such care. The smells are so amazing when you walk into this small Ballard restaurant that you know you're in for a treat. And indeed you are. Never had a meal here that wasn't fantastic.

5
★★★★★

You feel like you're being served by the owners because everything is done with such care. The smells are so amazing when you walk into this small Ballard restaurant that you know you're in for a treat. And indeed you are. Never had a meal here that wasn't fantastic.

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Love the name ?? and the food is even better. The inside is nothing to write home about ?? but the food is wonderful. This is not the typical Tex-Mex we see in many Mexican restaurants in Seattle. I have been there twice for lunch and each time had something that blended wonderful and unique flavors.

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★★★★☆

Love the name ?? and the food is even better. The inside is nothing to write home about ?? but the food is wonderful. This is not the typical Tex-Mex we see in many Mexican restaurants in Seattle. I have been there twice for lunch and each time had something that blended wonderful and unique flavors.

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My girlfriend and I were getting tired of waiting 45 minuted to get in to the Dish so we thought we would give the Moose a try and I am not sure if we have been back to the Dish since. Not to disparage the Dish but Senor Moose has since become an addiction.

They not only offer a unique breakfast with the Mexican menu (personal favorites are the machacca and the chorizo with cactus), but the traditional
American breakfast is outstanding. They serve the best corned beef hash I believe that I will ever taste. I can't even order it anywhere else.

As if that weren't enough, they also serve the best refill coffee I've ever found.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend and I were getting tired of waiting 45 minuted to get in to the Dish so we thought we would give the Moose a try and I am not sure if we have been back to the Dish since. Not to disparage the Dish but Senor Moose has since become an addiction.

They not only offer a unique breakfast with the Mexican menu (personal favorites are the machacca and the chorizo with cactus), but the traditional
American breakfast is outstanding. They serve the best corned beef hash I believe that I will ever taste. I can't even order it anywhere else.

As if that weren't enough, they also serve the best refill coffee I've ever found.

Pros: Best breakfast I have ever had.

Cons: I let too many people know about it.

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It's tasty, they are good with spices, and it's prepared fast. No frills.
The enchiladas are delicious. Food is very heavy and you should come hungry.

Prices are average--dinner around $25/person overall w/ drinks. Slightly on the expensive side for mexican, especially given decor (although, I kinda like it). On the other hand, where the hell else arey ou going to find Mexican food worth a damn in Seattle?

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★★★★★

It's tasty, they are good with spices, and it's prepared fast. No frills.
The enchiladas are delicious. Food is very heavy and you should come hungry.

Prices are average--dinner around $25/person overall w/ drinks. Slightly on the expensive side for mexican, especially given decor (although, I kinda like it). On the other hand, where the hell else arey ou going to find Mexican food worth a damn in Seattle?

Pros: Great food, nice vibe.

Cons: Line @ door, uninhabitably hot in the summer, slightly pricey for mexican.

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if you like azteca and other americanized mexican food this isn't the place for you. but, if you want to try authentic mexican food from different regions of mexico then this is your place! start with their homemade-hot-from-the-fryer tortilla chips and fresh guacamole and a margarita. lunch and dinner menus are different so go for each and enjoy the variety of delicious food.

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★★☆☆☆

if you like azteca and other americanized mexican food this isn't the place for you. but, if you want to try authentic mexican food from different regions of mexico then this is your place! start with their homemade-hot-from-the-fryer tortilla chips and fresh guacamole and a margarita. lunch and dinner menus are different so go for each and enjoy the variety of delicious food.

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Their guacamole, first off, IS TO DIE FOR! They fry and salt their own chips to order so it's fresh and delicious. I just had the enchilada suiza for lunch at it was fantastic! It had a hint of lime in the creamy green salsa that gave it a little zip. The prices are reasonable, the food is fresh, I will never eat at Azteca again!!

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★★★★★

Their guacamole, first off, IS TO DIE FOR! They fry and salt their own chips to order so it's fresh and delicious. I just had the enchilada suiza for lunch at it was fantastic! It had a hint of lime in the creamy green salsa that gave it a little zip. The prices are reasonable, the food is fresh, I will never eat at Azteca again!!

Pros: Delicious Authentic Mexican, Fresh and Tasty

Cons: No wonder there's always a line at dinner time!

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Friends recommended this place to us and we've gone back several times. Sometimes it can be hard to get in to, but worth the wait. The hubs had a shrimp dish that he loved and I always have the carne asada. Honestly, I could just get the queso fundido and eat it with the chips and salsa sampler and I'd be completely stuffed! They have large portions that you can almost share with a friend and munch on chips and salsa. Go at the beginning of the dinner hour if you can and you'll be seated right away. Also good for those eating alone because they have a sit down diner-type bar area you can perch on and eat.

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★★★★★

Friends recommended this place to us and we've gone back several times. Sometimes it can be hard to get in to, but worth the wait. The hubs had a shrimp dish that he loved and I always have the carne asada. Honestly, I could just get the queso fundido and eat it with the chips and salsa sampler and I'd be completely stuffed! They have large portions that you can almost share with a friend and munch on chips and salsa. Go at the beginning of the dinner hour if you can and you'll be seated right away. Also good for those eating alone because they have a sit down diner-type bar area you can perch on and eat.

Pros: Excellent food, great service

Cons: small dining area and parking can be difficult in Ballard.

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Senor Moose Cafe was an unexpected find - it doesn't look that promising from the outside, but once seated, everything was fantastic. Margaritas were just right and the food was authentic Mexican, probably some of the best I have had. Service was attentive and the prices were reasonable. We will definitely be back!

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★★★★☆

Senor Moose Cafe was an unexpected find - it doesn't look that promising from the outside, but once seated, everything was fantastic. Margaritas were just right and the food was authentic Mexican, probably some of the best I have had. Service was attentive and the prices were reasonable. We will definitely be back!

Pros: food, service

Cons: crowded, noisy

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Good old fashion Ma and Pa restaurant, casual, modest prices, delicious food, unpretentious and excellent service and "cheers like atmosphere", I ate there many times and will go again soon.

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★★★★★

Good old fashion Ma and Pa restaurant, casual, modest prices, delicious food, unpretentious and excellent service and "cheers like atmosphere", I ate there many times and will go again soon.

Pros: low priced, friendly atmosphere, good food

Cons: street parking, needs updating, wall/deco change

 

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