Dinette

★★★★☆

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Beautiful imaginative food in a relaxed neighbourhood setting

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★★★★★

Beautiful imaginative food in a relaxed neighbourhood setting

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I've eaten at Dinette before and had a really good experience. When I suggested this as a location for a middle of the week dining experience for a group of 8 people, everyone was excited. However when I called to make a reservation, I was told that if it was during the weekend, they don't take reservations. When I explained the reservation was during the week, I was told that they require a credit card for parties over 4, which I did not want to do. I'm sorry, are we in NYC here and somehow I missed it? It was like they didn't want the business, or a large(r) party. Even if a table was reserved, and the whole group didn't come, couldn't a reasonable amount of time elapse (say 15 minutes) before offering the table to walk-ins? I explained I am a courteous person who always calls to cancel a reservation on the odd chance that I couldn't honor it. The person I talked to had no interest in hearing this. She was incredibly abrupt and accusutory going as far as calling me, the customer, "aggressive". I'm sorry, there are lots of choices in Seattle and while the food is good at Dinette, I could certainly do without the attitude. Frankly, I'm shocked, in an economy like ours, to be treated in such a manner.

By the way, I was reading reviews before choosing to make a reservation and it sounds like another person encountered something similiar. You would think a small business such as this would be more customer-focused.

Bummed

1
★★☆☆☆

I've eaten at Dinette before and had a really good experience. When I suggested this as a location for a middle of the week dining experience for a group of 8 people, everyone was excited. However when I called to make a reservation, I was told that if it was during the weekend, they don't take reservations. When I explained the reservation was during the week, I was told that they require a credit card for parties over 4, which I did not want to do. I'm sorry, are we in NYC here and somehow I missed it? It was like they didn't want the business, or a large(r) party. Even if a table was reserved, and the whole group didn't come, couldn't a reasonable amount of time elapse (say 15 minutes) before offering the table to walk-ins? I explained I am a courteous person who always calls to cancel a reservation on the odd chance that I couldn't honor it. The person I talked to had no interest in hearing this. She was incredibly abrupt and accusutory going as far as calling me, the customer, "aggressive". I'm sorry, there are lots of choices in Seattle and while the food is good at Dinette, I could certainly do without the attitude. Frankly, I'm shocked, in an economy like ours, to be treated in such a manner.

By the way, I was reading reviews before choosing to make a reservation and it sounds like another person encountered something similiar. You would think a small business such as this would be more customer-focused.

Bummed

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Love the steamed mussells (when in season) and the owners/cooks are super friendly. Have'nt been in lately but will be real soon. Nice table by the window allows for great people watching (as I most often dine alone). Nothing bad to say about this place at all.

2
★★★★★

Love the steamed mussells (when in season) and the owners/cooks are super friendly. Have'nt been in lately but will be real soon. Nice table by the window allows for great people watching (as I most often dine alone). Nothing bad to say about this place at all.

Pros: Steamed Mussells

Cons: can get really busy

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I ate here with some friends and family and thought it was a really nice experience with a great atmosphere and quality food. Wanting to pass the word on I called to make a reservation for 12 people on a Wednesday night and they said they couldn't accommodate my party for 12 but could do it for 8. I called the next day to make the reservation for 8 after cutting down the guest list and they told me they needed a credit card # to hold the reservation and that they would charge us $30 per person if we canceled up to 30 minutes before. I decided not to make the reservation on that premise alone. I am planning on dining with friends and spending some money at the establishment. These are bad reservation policies. The food is good, but not that good!

1
★★☆☆☆

I ate here with some friends and family and thought it was a really nice experience with a great atmosphere and quality food. Wanting to pass the word on I called to make a reservation for 12 people on a Wednesday night and they said they couldn't accommodate my party for 12 but could do it for 8. I called the next day to make the reservation for 8 after cutting down the guest list and they told me they needed a credit card # to hold the reservation and that they would charge us $30 per person if we canceled up to 30 minutes before. I decided not to make the reservation on that premise alone. I am planning on dining with friends and spending some money at the establishment. These are bad reservation policies. The food is good, but not that good!

Pros: Delicous Food, good atmosphere

Cons: Absolutely horrible reservation policies

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Nice atmosphere, pleasant staff. We got there early when the place was empty, and I can't say any of the food was memorable. The toasts were OK. We shared some small dishes, salads, pasta, didn't live up to the hype.

1
★★★☆☆

Nice atmosphere, pleasant staff. We got there early when the place was empty, and I can't say any of the food was memorable. The toasts were OK. We shared some small dishes, salads, pasta, didn't live up to the hype.

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We went to Dinette mid-week last week and had a great meal. The toasts are an interesting way to start off, and the choices are very interesting. Entrees were also interesting - we had rabbit confit and lamb, and were well-prepared. Service was prompt and attentive. Clearly this is one of the better restaurants on Capital Hill.

2
★★★★★

We went to Dinette mid-week last week and had a great meal. The toasts are an interesting way to start off, and the choices are very interesting. Entrees were also interesting - we had rabbit confit and lamb, and were well-prepared. Service was prompt and attentive. Clearly this is one of the better restaurants on Capital Hill.

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I really want to love this place ... but I can't! The people are incredibly nice, the service is attentive but unobtrusive, the location is great, the ambiance is comfortable and inviting... but the food ... ah the food. I've been here 3 times and the first time was AMAZING. Both our entrees were flavorful, juicy, delicious in every way, and the toast was fanastic. However, the two more recent times have been a huge disappointment. While the toast is still delicious, the entrees were below average. The chicken is consistently too heavily salted and slightly dry. The accompanying cauliflower was slightly mushy. Then dessert was magnificent and delicious. I am so conflicted about this place, because it was so incredible the first time and so underwhelming the last 2 times. I hope they recover their original spark because I want to keep going back, but right now, it's just not worth it.

1
★★★☆☆

I really want to love this place ... but I can't! The people are incredibly nice, the service is attentive but unobtrusive, the location is great, the ambiance is comfortable and inviting... but the food ... ah the food. I've been here 3 times and the first time was AMAZING. Both our entrees were flavorful, juicy, delicious in every way, and the toast was fanastic. However, the two more recent times have been a huge disappointment. While the toast is still delicious, the entrees were below average. The chicken is consistently too heavily salted and slightly dry. The accompanying cauliflower was slightly mushy. Then dessert was magnificent and delicious. I am so conflicted about this place, because it was so incredible the first time and so underwhelming the last 2 times. I hope they recover their original spark because I want to keep going back, but right now, it's just not worth it.

Pros: Nice people, Great Location, Nice ambiance

Cons: Entrees=not so good, Seems to be declining

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Delicious food. Simple. I hope to see more places in the city that don't Try Too Hard...enough with 14 different ingredients on one plate. Get the Toast! Great idea, as well as having homemade-style "specials" to choose from. Service was knowledgable and quick, without being pushy. Atmosphere is stylish without going for the Nobel Prize in Decoration (Seattle restaurants - STOP shopping on Western Ave for your interiors! There's a whole world of design out there.) Yummy Yummy Yummy! I will go there often.

2
★★★★★

Delicious food. Simple. I hope to see more places in the city that don't Try Too Hard...enough with 14 different ingredients on one plate. Get the Toast! Great idea, as well as having homemade-style "specials" to choose from. Service was knowledgable and quick, without being pushy. Atmosphere is stylish without going for the Nobel Prize in Decoration (Seattle restaurants - STOP shopping on Western Ave for your interiors! There's a whole world of design out there.) Yummy Yummy Yummy! I will go there often.

Pros: All of it!

Cons: Capitol Hill parking. Try to walk/taxi if you can.

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The moment we walked in I was won over. Even after the few not-so-good reviews here, I had been looking forward to my evening with a friend at this quaint little restaurant that I had heard great things about from others. We were smart- made reservations. We were greeted warmly. We looked over the wine list, and I happened to find it not only a great little gem, but very affordable! Not many places that are this small these days veer from the "Washington and California Wines Only" rule, and it was a such a sigh of relief. Then the toast. OMG, the toast! Our waiter was charming, our dishes were charming, and I must say, we immediately made reservations for the future to bring back a larger group of friends. We stayed three hours in the beautful Autumnal glow of this place, basking in the simplicity and depth of each dish. We even ordered dessert, which we rarely do. I highly reccomend trying this spot- make reservations, go with an open and happy mind, and sit back and relax. I'm thinking that with all this rain, it might be a great place to feel pampered and dry. Hmmm. I might have to see if they have any openings this evening.

2
★★★★★

The moment we walked in I was won over. Even after the few not-so-good reviews here, I had been looking forward to my evening with a friend at this quaint little restaurant that I had heard great things about from others. We were smart- made reservations. We were greeted warmly. We looked over the wine list, and I happened to find it not only a great little gem, but very affordable! Not many places that are this small these days veer from the "Washington and California Wines Only" rule, and it was a such a sigh of relief. Then the toast. OMG, the toast! Our waiter was charming, our dishes were charming, and I must say, we immediately made reservations for the future to bring back a larger group of friends. We stayed three hours in the beautful Autumnal glow of this place, basking in the simplicity and depth of each dish. We even ordered dessert, which we rarely do. I highly reccomend trying this spot- make reservations, go with an open and happy mind, and sit back and relax. I'm thinking that with all this rain, it might be a great place to feel pampered and dry. Hmmm. I might have to see if they have any openings this evening.

Pros: Pretty space, friendly service, TOAST

Cons: Parking

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I only rate it a one because of the tantalizing smell that I captured us before we approached the obnoxious host. It was an early Saturday summer evening and we were looking to enjoy a delightful (last minute) dinner at Dinette. I had a suspicion we might need reservations for a Saturday night meal in Seattle but we took our chances.
When my girlfriend and I approached the host, we asked if there were any open tables. He replied "do you have a reservation??" I said, no we do not, he laughingly replied " you've ovbiously never been here before. I said "no, we haven't." as he waved us aside he said, "well.... like the people behind you, who probably have a reservation...you need to make one." We left not ever wanting to return, though we have heard WONDERFUL things about Dinette.

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★☆☆☆☆

I only rate it a one because of the tantalizing smell that I captured us before we approached the obnoxious host. It was an early Saturday summer evening and we were looking to enjoy a delightful (last minute) dinner at Dinette. I had a suspicion we might need reservations for a Saturday night meal in Seattle but we took our chances.
When my girlfriend and I approached the host, we asked if there were any open tables. He replied "do you have a reservation??" I said, no we do not, he laughingly replied " you've ovbiously never been here before. I said "no, we haven't." as he waved us aside he said, "well.... like the people behind you, who probably have a reservation...you need to make one." We left not ever wanting to return, though we have heard WONDERFUL things about Dinette.

Pros: Good Reviews by personal friends and publications

Cons: Host... do we have to say more

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We had heard Dinette was good so we tried it last night. The waiter may have been having a bad night but he gave the impression everything irritated him. The wine list needs to also offer better quality choices. The gorgonzola toast was good but didn't wow. My friend's gnocchi was soggy but the taste was okay. The waiter got my order wrong and asked if I wanted what I originally ordered. Of course I did. The correct order came rather fast and when he set it down, he asked, "is that what you want?" Rude! The tagliatelle was okay, almost too much butter. Pasta should be easy to get right and neither of our dishes were anything to rave about.
Go to Crave, Lark, or Brasa if you want a meal that's worth paying for and an enjoyable experience.

1
★★☆☆☆

We had heard Dinette was good so we tried it last night. The waiter may have been having a bad night but he gave the impression everything irritated him. The wine list needs to also offer better quality choices. The gorgonzola toast was good but didn't wow. My friend's gnocchi was soggy but the taste was okay. The waiter got my order wrong and asked if I wanted what I originally ordered. Of course I did. The correct order came rather fast and when he set it down, he asked, "is that what you want?" Rude! The tagliatelle was okay, almost too much butter. Pasta should be easy to get right and neither of our dishes were anything to rave about.
Go to Crave, Lark, or Brasa if you want a meal that's worth paying for and an enjoyable experience.

Pros: Handy location if you are on Olive Way

Cons: Mediocre food, spotty service, better choices nearby

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The friendly server had IMPECCABLE timing; smart and elegant. The water flask always magically filled, drinks perfectly sequence with courses, dirty dishes vanished. We had lovely Sherry with our appetizers: the meat/cheese sampler among the most exquisitely crafted tapas I've had; the mushroom/white truffle oil toast was heaven. My yummy scallops were seared over a steamy tart lemon risotto. We had a bottle of Sancerre Rose (very versatile -- also beautiful with my date's braised pork). The deserts were unbelievable: sumptious chocolate terrine with almond brittle and a lemon-filled puff-pastry with cremed goat cheese, to die...; with them we drank cognac and espressos. The drink/wine list is small, but well-selected; I imagine it will grow. My nightcap: a rosemary lemon drop was the perfect end to a most memorable and charming dinners. I can't imagine this place flying under the radar much longer.

2
★★★★★

The friendly server had IMPECCABLE timing; smart and elegant. The water flask always magically filled, drinks perfectly sequence with courses, dirty dishes vanished. We had lovely Sherry with our appetizers: the meat/cheese sampler among the most exquisitely crafted tapas I've had; the mushroom/white truffle oil toast was heaven. My yummy scallops were seared over a steamy tart lemon risotto. We had a bottle of Sancerre Rose (very versatile -- also beautiful with my date's braised pork). The deserts were unbelievable: sumptious chocolate terrine with almond brittle and a lemon-filled puff-pastry with cremed goat cheese, to die...; with them we drank cognac and espressos. The drink/wine list is small, but well-selected; I imagine it will grow. My nightcap: a rosemary lemon drop was the perfect end to a most memorable and charming dinners. I can't imagine this place flying under the radar much longer.

Pros: Lovely decor, Small, intimate, Fantastic service

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The room is darling. The food is made with care. The wine list is affordable and will eventually grow.

2
★★★★★

The room is darling. The food is made with care. The wine list is affordable and will eventually grow.

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Seattle Magazine's Best New Restaurant, 2005. I thought it was great. My friend and I got the specials and they were both delicious. The waitress was wonderful - friendly but not annoying. The place is small, but we got a same-day reservation on a saturday night and were seated promptly. The reservationist was super friendly (maybe the owner or manager) and warned me to come early enough to find parking, and it was a little difficult but not terrible. I would recommend this place for sure!

2
★★★★★

Seattle Magazine's Best New Restaurant, 2005. I thought it was great. My friend and I got the specials and they were both delicious. The waitress was wonderful - friendly but not annoying. The place is small, but we got a same-day reservation on a saturday night and were seated promptly. The reservationist was super friendly (maybe the owner or manager) and warned me to come early enough to find parking, and it was a little difficult but not terrible. I would recommend this place for sure!

Pros: good food, good service, reasonble prices

Cons: parking

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Besides being named Seattle's best new restaurant in Seattle Magazine, Dinette is my new personal favorite. The menu changes frequently and never disappoints. Just thinking about the toast with truffle oil makes my mouth water! Contrary to the other reviewer, I find the servers to be friendly and knowledgeable. The cozy atmosphere and cocktail menu will also keep you coming back.

2
★★★★★

Besides being named Seattle's best new restaurant in Seattle Magazine, Dinette is my new personal favorite. The menu changes frequently and never disappoints. Just thinking about the toast with truffle oil makes my mouth water! Contrary to the other reviewer, I find the servers to be friendly and knowledgeable. The cozy atmosphere and cocktail menu will also keep you coming back.

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my friends and i were in dinette recently, we found our server to be pushy and condescending, the food was sloppy and the "toast" was stale, the toppings were not much better, looked like limp leftovers from the weekend prior. our gnocchi was soggy and the mushrooms mushy. thanks but no thanks, parking is a problem too. spend your money elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

my friends and i were in dinette recently, we found our server to be pushy and condescending, the food was sloppy and the "toast" was stale, the toppings were not much better, looked like limp leftovers from the weekend prior. our gnocchi was soggy and the mushrooms mushy. thanks but no thanks, parking is a problem too. spend your money elsewhere.

Cons: food, service, parking

 

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