Steelhead Diner

★★★★☆
  • 95 Pine Street, Suite 17

    Seattle, WA 98101

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  • 206-625-0129

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Well, I was raised in Chesapeake Bay country, and I have to say these are the best restaurant crab cakes I've had since I left home . . . and maybe better than most of them there! But besides the crab, I think that these people have a

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★★★★★

Well, I was raised in Chesapeake Bay country, and I have to say these are the best restaurant crab cakes I've had since I left home . . . and maybe better than most of them there! But besides the crab, I think that these people have a

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The food was good, but I don't like cold bread. This place was fully staffed but lacked service and speed. They were so slow and were not very busy. I would not recommend because it's over priced and slow. It you do want to go there the chowder and crab cake is good.

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★★★☆☆

The food was good, but I don't like cold bread. This place was fully staffed but lacked service and speed. They were so slow and were not very busy. I would not recommend because it's over priced and slow. It you do want to go there the chowder and crab cake is good.

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I really felt like we were in a club and it didn't set a great vibe for us to stay long and spend a bunch of money. The lobby was PACKED and there was barely anywhere to sit. The music is straight out of a club for young 20 somethings and loud (and I'm still in my 20s!). When we were seated we were wedged in the corner between two larger tables. I actually brushed the guy behind/beside me several times during my meal and my husband had to move the whole table so I could get out to use the restroom.
Otherwise, the server was nice and knowledgable. The salmon on polenta was cooked perfectly and very yummy. The wine was good. My husband's steak was a bit overcooked but still very good.
I'd go back but not for a special evening...just if I happened to be in the area.

1
★★★☆☆

I really felt like we were in a club and it didn't set a great vibe for us to stay long and spend a bunch of money. The lobby was PACKED and there was barely anywhere to sit. The music is straight out of a club for young 20 somethings and loud (and I'm still in my 20s!). When we were seated we were wedged in the corner between two larger tables. I actually brushed the guy behind/beside me several times during my meal and my husband had to move the whole table so I could get out to use the restroom.
Otherwise, the server was nice and knowledgable. The salmon on polenta was cooked perfectly and very yummy. The wine was good. My husband's steak was a bit overcooked but still very good.
I'd go back but not for a special evening...just if I happened to be in the area.

Pros: Really great salmon

Cons: clubby atmosphere, techno music, tables VERY close together

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Went for lunch and felt prices were too high. $10 for a bowl of soup, $8 for a cup. Disappointed in the food. When I pay $18 for fish & chips I'd like to have halibut, not cod. No view of the bay. Staff acted as if they were doing us a favor by waiting on us. Don't waste your time. Go to Elliot's for great seafood, view and staff.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went for lunch and felt prices were too high. $10 for a bowl of soup, $8 for a cup. Disappointed in the food. When I pay $18 for fish & chips I'd like to have halibut, not cod. No view of the bay. Staff acted as if they were doing us a favor by waiting on us. Don't waste your time. Go to Elliot's for great seafood, view and staff.

Cons: overpriced, no view of the water, waitstaff too good for us

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This is not a tourist trap even thought its close to the MArket.

The food quality as excellent, good wine list (but pricey), service was good, facility is average, bathrooms are clean.

The food was really good, but not sure why I would return. There is not a differentiator in the facility, the service or the Food that draws me back.

Try the fried oysters and the Samon. Crabcake was good as well, but I've had better. I have not had better fried oysters. Try the Wild Ginger restauraunt for more seafood variety.

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★★★★☆

This is not a tourist trap even thought its close to the MArket.

The food quality as excellent, good wine list (but pricey), service was good, facility is average, bathrooms are clean.

The food was really good, but not sure why I would return. There is not a differentiator in the facility, the service or the Food that draws me back.

Try the fried oysters and the Samon. Crabcake was good as well, but I've had better. I have not had better fried oysters. Try the Wild Ginger restauraunt for more seafood variety.

Pros: Near Pikes Place Market - easy to find

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Warning:

Don't eat here this was 2nd time to go to this place - giving the establishment the benefit of the doubt and again the service and food are awful -- There are many other eateries than this to visit in Seattle around the Pike Place Market- Don't waste your time...

Hopefully the management will wake up and train their staff on some 'basic' customer service skills and have their cooks take some cooking classes!

Seattle Residents

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★☆☆☆☆

Warning:

Don't eat here this was 2nd time to go to this place - giving the establishment the benefit of the doubt and again the service and food are awful -- There are many other eateries than this to visit in Seattle around the Pike Place Market- Don't waste your time...

Hopefully the management will wake up and train their staff on some 'basic' customer service skills and have their cooks take some cooking classes!

Seattle Residents

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Terrible Service and Food

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Went to Steelhead whle on vacation in Seattle based upon their menu, recommendations from co-workers and the Fairmont Hotel staff. We were looking for local flavors and were not disappointed. The appetizers and entrees definitely reflected Steelhead's proximity to Pike Place Market and we would definitly go back for the food. Now the disappointment with the evening, our waiter, Nathan. Overall, we are farily knowlegeable about wines and what we like. However, our knowledge is somewhat limited to the local boutique Washington State wineries and we always appreciate staff, at the restuarant, when they can provide some recommendations. Well, you would have thought we had asked for kool-aid to go with our meal. The attitude was rude and we were directed to the high end wines on the wine list. In the end, we made our own decision and were not disappointed with the wine but I certainly would not rely on Nathan for wine suggestions.

Wait staff, owners and managers, please do yourself a favor, listen to your customers and provide feedback and attitude that fits the atmosphere of the restaurant you think you are or want to become.

2
★★★★☆

Went to Steelhead whle on vacation in Seattle based upon their menu, recommendations from co-workers and the Fairmont Hotel staff. We were looking for local flavors and were not disappointed. The appetizers and entrees definitely reflected Steelhead's proximity to Pike Place Market and we would definitly go back for the food. Now the disappointment with the evening, our waiter, Nathan. Overall, we are farily knowlegeable about wines and what we like. However, our knowledge is somewhat limited to the local boutique Washington State wineries and we always appreciate staff, at the restuarant, when they can provide some recommendations. Well, you would have thought we had asked for kool-aid to go with our meal. The attitude was rude and we were directed to the high end wines on the wine list. In the end, we made our own decision and were not disappointed with the wine but I certainly would not rely on Nathan for wine suggestions.

Wait staff, owners and managers, please do yourself a favor, listen to your customers and provide feedback and attitude that fits the atmosphere of the restaurant you think you are or want to become.

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Rude Waiter

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My wife and I had one night in Seattle after a grand tour of the West Coast. A bartender recommended Steelhead Diner. We arrived without reservations. The hostess told us she needed the table back by 7:30. Since it was 6:10, we thought it not a problem, provided the service was reasonably prompt. We told our waiter of the deal we had made with the hostess. He said not to worry. We proceeded to order and had a delightful meal. The crabcakes were outstanding. But the plot thickens. Faced with the decision whether to order dessert, we asked out waiter whether we had time. He assured us that we did. There was a delay in bringing it out. While we were in the middle of dessert, AND BEFORE WE HAD THE CHECK, the hostess (who we discovered also owned the place) came to us and rudely ousted us from the table. We had overstayed our welcome by 15 minutes. It did no good to tell her that we had emphasized to our waiter the issue of the time. I had to ask our hostess to have the check brought to us. We paid it promptly and departed. Despite the fact that we had dropped well over a hundred bucks in this place, our hostess insisted that she had done us a favor by letting us in the place. Thus I have mixed feelings about this place. If it were not for this rude treatment by no less than the owner, I would recommend the Steelhead Diner and return on my next trip to Seattle. But as it is, I cannot and will not.

1
★★☆☆☆

My wife and I had one night in Seattle after a grand tour of the West Coast. A bartender recommended Steelhead Diner. We arrived without reservations. The hostess told us she needed the table back by 7:30. Since it was 6:10, we thought it not a problem, provided the service was reasonably prompt. We told our waiter of the deal we had made with the hostess. He said not to worry. We proceeded to order and had a delightful meal. The crabcakes were outstanding. But the plot thickens. Faced with the decision whether to order dessert, we asked out waiter whether we had time. He assured us that we did. There was a delay in bringing it out. While we were in the middle of dessert, AND BEFORE WE HAD THE CHECK, the hostess (who we discovered also owned the place) came to us and rudely ousted us from the table. We had overstayed our welcome by 15 minutes. It did no good to tell her that we had emphasized to our waiter the issue of the time. I had to ask our hostess to have the check brought to us. We paid it promptly and departed. Despite the fact that we had dropped well over a hundred bucks in this place, our hostess insisted that she had done us a favor by letting us in the place. Thus I have mixed feelings about this place. If it were not for this rude treatment by no less than the owner, I would recommend the Steelhead Diner and return on my next trip to Seattle. But as it is, I cannot and will not.

Pros: Good crabcakes

Cons: Hostess/Owner rude

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Everything I have eaten here is supurb. I would describe it as Diner food with an upscale flair. (The fried chicken sandwich is sooo good!) although this is not the healthiest of restaurants, at least its diner food that is perfectly prepared!, not at all greasy and disgusting. SErvice is usually great, however, certain members of the waitstaff could use a reminder on politeness. The chef is friendly, as are the bartenders. Service was a little slow, but it gets quite busy at lunchtime, so I dont hold it against them too much. Mostly it was the hostess who left room for improvement. Location is right near the Pike Place Market, very convenient .

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★★★★☆

Everything I have eaten here is supurb. I would describe it as Diner food with an upscale flair. (The fried chicken sandwich is sooo good!) although this is not the healthiest of restaurants, at least its diner food that is perfectly prepared!, not at all greasy and disgusting. SErvice is usually great, however, certain members of the waitstaff could use a reminder on politeness. The chef is friendly, as are the bartenders. Service was a little slow, but it gets quite busy at lunchtime, so I dont hold it against them too much. Mostly it was the hostess who left room for improvement. Location is right near the Pike Place Market, very convenient .

Pros: high quality food, location

Cons: parking, service (some), busy at lunch

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I was excited to go to this place, but they are not sure what they want to be. Upscale diner is one thing, but with the upscale must come good service. So when they tried to deliver the sides after we had finished the main course and the snarky waiter said "Either you are going to eat it or I will" - and then the owner tried to defend the waiter's behavior! This was just too ridiculous. For the price, I'd rather go to Etta's for seafood or any of a number of other Pike Place establishments. There was one appropriately apologetic member of the wait staff and the mains were good (just not great). With so many choices in Seattle, I'd wait a couple of years to see if this place changes into something worth trying out.

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★★☆☆☆

I was excited to go to this place, but they are not sure what they want to be. Upscale diner is one thing, but with the upscale must come good service. So when they tried to deliver the sides after we had finished the main course and the snarky waiter said "Either you are going to eat it or I will" - and then the owner tried to defend the waiter's behavior! This was just too ridiculous. For the price, I'd rather go to Etta's for seafood or any of a number of other Pike Place establishments. There was one appropriately apologetic member of the wait staff and the mains were good (just not great). With so many choices in Seattle, I'd wait a couple of years to see if this place changes into something worth trying out.

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We had reservations for a group of 12, and they set up a long table in the back corner. Nice view, the restaurant was already hoppin', the waitstaff were very good. This was my 3rd visit to Steelhead Diner, and I sure wasn't disappointed. We ordered tons of food and cocktails and wine--everything was fabulous. The trout was so good, the crispy smelt fantastic, the calf's liver pungently divine, the poutine was fun in the mouth, the mussels divine. My favorite cocktail was General Practicioner :) A really fun place for a group dinner. Great place for out of town guests as well, since the menu is quite large and varied, and the food is a bit different--a kind of Northwest/Cajun comfort food theme that really works.

2
★★★★★

We had reservations for a group of 12, and they set up a long table in the back corner. Nice view, the restaurant was already hoppin', the waitstaff were very good. This was my 3rd visit to Steelhead Diner, and I sure wasn't disappointed. We ordered tons of food and cocktails and wine--everything was fabulous. The trout was so good, the crispy smelt fantastic, the calf's liver pungently divine, the poutine was fun in the mouth, the mussels divine. My favorite cocktail was General Practicioner :) A really fun place for a group dinner. Great place for out of town guests as well, since the menu is quite large and varied, and the food is a bit different--a kind of Northwest/Cajun comfort food theme that really works.

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what a find. I was preparing for an important business dinner and needed to impress and this was it. The food had an interesting southern style and I was very pleased. The atmosphere was very Seattle, but not overwhelming. I will continue to return

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★★★★★

what a find. I was preparing for an important business dinner and needed to impress and this was it. The food had an interesting southern style and I was very pleased. The atmosphere was very Seattle, but not overwhelming. I will continue to return

Pros: great value, very impressive for clients, very seattle

Cons: long wait if you do not have a reservation

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Looking for a satisfying, healthful meal? This is not the place to go. A recent visit in which one in our party was trying to avoid added sugar, deep fried/breaded foods, and not commit to a hugely overpriced entree, was a recipe for disaster: the "special" non-alcoholic cocktail claiming to be nothing but apple cider and lemon juice, was actually a hideously sweet concoction of sweetened apple juice and SOUR MIX, loaded with high-fructose corn syrup. We were still cheerful when expecting our garlic sauteed greens with Pancetta, which was so salty as to be inedible, although tasty, and cooked correctly. Any chef who understands the saltiness of Pancetta, would have been much more judicious with the salt. Sadly, the potato latkes, which, if they are made traditionally, are pan sauteed, here resembled flattened out tater tots which had been deep fried in an oil with an unpleasant aftertaste. While the olive crusted halibut was tasty, the 1/2 portion was very small for the price-- shame on them! Hard to think of a reason to return.

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★★☆☆☆

Looking for a satisfying, healthful meal? This is not the place to go. A recent visit in which one in our party was trying to avoid added sugar, deep fried/breaded foods, and not commit to a hugely overpriced entree, was a recipe for disaster: the "special" non-alcoholic cocktail claiming to be nothing but apple cider and lemon juice, was actually a hideously sweet concoction of sweetened apple juice and SOUR MIX, loaded with high-fructose corn syrup. We were still cheerful when expecting our garlic sauteed greens with Pancetta, which was so salty as to be inedible, although tasty, and cooked correctly. Any chef who understands the saltiness of Pancetta, would have been much more judicious with the salt. Sadly, the potato latkes, which, if they are made traditionally, are pan sauteed, here resembled flattened out tater tots which had been deep fried in an oil with an unpleasant aftertaste. While the olive crusted halibut was tasty, the 1/2 portion was very small for the price-- shame on them! Hard to think of a reason to return.

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I think I may have walked past the steelhead a million times and didn't realize what it was - if you haven't been this is a gorgeous restaurant (diner in the front and fine dining in the back/side) on the inside with really amazing service. Our waiter was just attentive enough not to be annoying, water glass full, wine recommendations perfect, and we loved all of our menu choices.

Naughty but delicious - deep fried Beecher cheese curds!
Also recommend: the creme brulee infused with lavendar and then the mousse (with a homemade marshmallow)

Went there for 30 for 30 most recently and while some restaurants are snooty about 30/30 - this place was very friendly and excited for new diners to come in and see what they are all about. I would definitely recommend this for visitors to Seattle as well - great atmosphere and cool views from the private dining room.

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★★★★★

I think I may have walked past the steelhead a million times and didn't realize what it was - if you haven't been this is a gorgeous restaurant (diner in the front and fine dining in the back/side) on the inside with really amazing service. Our waiter was just attentive enough not to be annoying, water glass full, wine recommendations perfect, and we loved all of our menu choices.

Naughty but delicious - deep fried Beecher cheese curds!
Also recommend: the creme brulee infused with lavendar and then the mousse (with a homemade marshmallow)

Went there for 30 for 30 most recently and while some restaurants are snooty about 30/30 - this place was very friendly and excited for new diners to come in and see what they are all about. I would definitely recommend this for visitors to Seattle as well - great atmosphere and cool views from the private dining room.

Pros: Food, service, and ambiance

Cons: None!

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We made reservations on a Saturday night and were seated over 30 minutes late. By the time we got our bread we had been there an hour. Not entirely thrilled by the menu- we ordered the salmon (interesting, but not delicious) and the lamb (pretty good). If our server hadn't been so gracious in comping our appitizers, it would have been a bust of an evening. Thought it was ok, but definitely no "wow" factor.

1
★★★☆☆

We made reservations on a Saturday night and were seated over 30 minutes late. By the time we got our bread we had been there an hour. Not entirely thrilled by the menu- we ordered the salmon (interesting, but not delicious) and the lamb (pretty good). If our server hadn't been so gracious in comping our appitizers, it would have been a bust of an evening. Thought it was ok, but definitely no "wow" factor.

Pros: Nice ambiance, good location, awesome that they use Pike Place Market ingredients

Cons: Food is just ok (I'm a snob!), really long wait- even with reservation

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Just had dinner at Steelhead last night and we really loved it. We sat at the chef's table, and we were given a slice of the caviar pie from the kitchen. It took our server a while to get to us, maybe 10 minutes, but he was slammed. When he did get to us, we ordered quickly and received our drinks within minutes. The owner/chef was super nice and checked in on us. Food and drinks are delicious. Burger is great, and the salmon is wonderful! Local wine list.

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★★★★☆

Just had dinner at Steelhead last night and we really loved it. We sat at the chef's table, and we were given a slice of the caviar pie from the kitchen. It took our server a while to get to us, maybe 10 minutes, but he was slammed. When he did get to us, we ordered quickly and received our drinks within minutes. The owner/chef was super nice and checked in on us. Food and drinks are delicious. Burger is great, and the salmon is wonderful! Local wine list.

Pros: Food, wine, chef's table

Cons: They are busy, so be patient with the service!

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My girlfriend and I were enjoying the sights of Pike Place Market, saw the Steelhead Diner and decided to give it a try. Great move!

The ambiance was lovely, with warmth, light music, and the perfect amount of lighting. After getting some drinks, we got a great seat overlooking the water. The waitress attended to us right away, answering all our questions about the food. We began with some gumbo and a crab cake. Amazing! I have literally never had better gumbo in my life, and the crab cake was excellent as well. We both immensely enjoyed our entrees. I had the fried chicken sandwich, she had the halibut. Both were outstanding, and the waitress continued to come right away with drink refills, and even a joke now and again. It was a lovely evening, and the next time we go back we'll be sure to get some dessert. A lot of fun. Highly recommended!

2
★★★★★

My girlfriend and I were enjoying the sights of Pike Place Market, saw the Steelhead Diner and decided to give it a try. Great move!

The ambiance was lovely, with warmth, light music, and the perfect amount of lighting. After getting some drinks, we got a great seat overlooking the water. The waitress attended to us right away, answering all our questions about the food. We began with some gumbo and a crab cake. Amazing! I have literally never had better gumbo in my life, and the crab cake was excellent as well. We both immensely enjoyed our entrees. I had the fried chicken sandwich, she had the halibut. Both were outstanding, and the waitress continued to come right away with drink refills, and even a joke now and again. It was a lovely evening, and the next time we go back we'll be sure to get some dessert. A lot of fun. Highly recommended!

Pros: Great food, great service.

Cons: none!

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I've been a "regular" at Steelhead Diner since they first opened their doors in February of this year. I must say, as a 20+ yr veteran of the restaurant industry here in Seattle, that the charmingly affable Chef Kevin Davis (with the assistance of his lovely wife, Terresa, who oversees the front-of-the-house operations with grace and style) has been turning out some of the freshest, most creative and utterly delectable dishes this (somewhat professional) foodie has ever had the pleasure of eating.
Just about everything I've tried here has been amazing, although I must admit I tend to get attached to certain dishes which I then continue to order upon each return visit. Although this is a rather tasty trap to find oneself in, it usally takes the suggestion of the Chef, a fellow devoted diner or any member of the friendly and capable staff to lure me away from my "usual". Some of my very favorite dishes include (but are not limited to) the Brutus salad, Beecher's Cheese Curds, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (all of the seafood dishes, actually), the Gumbo, Gabe's Chili, the Fried Chicken Sandwich, the Veggie "Meatloaf", the Lemon Cake........I could go on.......
Don't let the "Diner" in the name fool you---for this is no greasy spoon! I know from doing my homework that this extremely talented chef has studied his craft both abroad and across the U.S. He creates food on an entirely different (read: elevated) plane than what is normally found in our city, and his passion for cooking comes through with every bite.
My mouth is watering just thinking about what's cooking down at the Steelhead Diner, and I feel I compelled to make haste now for an impromptu lunch down at the Market with Kevin and his crew.....

2
★★★★★

I've been a "regular" at Steelhead Diner since they first opened their doors in February of this year. I must say, as a 20+ yr veteran of the restaurant industry here in Seattle, that the charmingly affable Chef Kevin Davis (with the assistance of his lovely wife, Terresa, who oversees the front-of-the-house operations with grace and style) has been turning out some of the freshest, most creative and utterly delectable dishes this (somewhat professional) foodie has ever had the pleasure of eating.
Just about everything I've tried here has been amazing, although I must admit I tend to get attached to certain dishes which I then continue to order upon each return visit. Although this is a rather tasty trap to find oneself in, it usally takes the suggestion of the Chef, a fellow devoted diner or any member of the friendly and capable staff to lure me away from my "usual". Some of my very favorite dishes include (but are not limited to) the Brutus salad, Beecher's Cheese Curds, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (all of the seafood dishes, actually), the Gumbo, Gabe's Chili, the Fried Chicken Sandwich, the Veggie "Meatloaf", the Lemon Cake........I could go on.......
Don't let the "Diner" in the name fool you---for this is no greasy spoon! I know from doing my homework that this extremely talented chef has studied his craft both abroad and across the U.S. He creates food on an entirely different (read: elevated) plane than what is normally found in our city, and his passion for cooking comes through with every bite.
My mouth is watering just thinking about what's cooking down at the Steelhead Diner, and I feel I compelled to make haste now for an impromptu lunch down at the Market with Kevin and his crew.....

Pros: Killer Food, Great Service, Ambience, Amazing View, Charming Patio

Cons: Parking can be a hassle (though they validate for the Market Garage on Western after 5pm).

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Romantic dinner on the patio was great for my wife's birthday. Food was excellent. Service was all we could ask for.

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★★★★★

Romantic dinner on the patio was great for my wife's birthday. Food was excellent. Service was all we could ask for.

Pros: Quick seating, courteous service, excellent food.

Cons: Parking crowded due to market, better after 6.

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Service is a big part of dining out and Steelhead delivers; from reception, to bartenders and wait staff. However, the direction and execution of the seafood (halibut and salmon) is overdone. I woulnd't consider it truly Northwest! Perhaps too much international or southern influence. Stylish? Absolutely; but missed it's mark for being in a prime Pike Place Market location.

1
★★★☆☆

Service is a big part of dining out and Steelhead delivers; from reception, to bartenders and wait staff. However, the direction and execution of the seafood (halibut and salmon) is overdone. I woulnd't consider it truly Northwest! Perhaps too much international or southern influence. Stylish? Absolutely; but missed it's mark for being in a prime Pike Place Market location.

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The patio at Steelhead is lovely, overlooks the market just so... The service is also wonderful, despite a lunch-hour time crush, our server masterfully got our food and check out with great timing... Not to be overlooked is the food, which was wonderful, I will definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

The patio at Steelhead is lovely, overlooks the market just so... The service is also wonderful, despite a lunch-hour time crush, our server masterfully got our food and check out with great timing... Not to be overlooked is the food, which was wonderful, I will definitely be back!

Pros: Food, service, view...

Cons: Uhhh, don't drive to the Market, and parking won't be a problem...

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I just returned to live in Seattle after 7 years away (all the while enjoying NY's finest cuisine) and stumbled into Steelhead Diner...it was love at first bite! I'm a self-proclaimed foodie, and these are the best crabcakes, best crabroll, best burger, best pork tenderloin...and all-around best casual-comfort food taken to a higher level, prepared with love and attention to detail!! The owners are attentive, the staff is friendly and highly skilled, and the food is outstanding. Everyone I introduce to this place loves it. I treat myself several times a week...the atmosphere (and the view of the Market) is as enjoyable as the flavors. I'm slowing savoring my way through the entire menu...Try everything!!

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★★★★★

I just returned to live in Seattle after 7 years away (all the while enjoying NY's finest cuisine) and stumbled into Steelhead Diner...it was love at first bite! I'm a self-proclaimed foodie, and these are the best crabcakes, best crabroll, best burger, best pork tenderloin...and all-around best casual-comfort food taken to a higher level, prepared with love and attention to detail!! The owners are attentive, the staff is friendly and highly skilled, and the food is outstanding. Everyone I introduce to this place loves it. I treat myself several times a week...the atmosphere (and the view of the Market) is as enjoyable as the flavors. I'm slowing savoring my way through the entire menu...Try everything!!

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I am a novice at writing reviews. However, with many of our friends professional chefs, my wife a serious cook, and living part of each month on the east coast in a restaurant city, I think I have an experienced and reasonably sophisticated wine and food palate. Steelhead Diner is a gem. The food is adventuresome, combining flavors, textures and temperatures expertly. And most importantly, the taste of the main ingredient, whether it be fish or pork, comes through clearly and distinctly. The fish or beef are not simply "carriers" for the sauce, a habit practiced by many avant-garde chefs, and something I find particularly annoying. The market ingredients, freshness, and quality shine through. I have eaten at Steelhead at least three times a month since its doors opened. (I have to admit that I am a Kevin Davis fan having enjoyed his menu at Oceanaire). His attention to detail is meticulous. I might note, for example, that as the flavor of the halibut changed, from first catch of small fish in April/May to the larger fish now, the accompanying items that went into the preparations changed as well. What a joy, and what fun for my mouth and tummy. The wine list challenges the best of Califorina and Europe, and my congratulations goes to the sommielier for presenting only wines from the Pacific northwest. The staff is remarkably well versed about just what is in each dish, and how it is prepared, and quick to ask for help if a food or wine question arises. It is obvious to even the most casual diner that both the line in the open kitchen and the servers really care about the food and your dining experience. I could go on, but I have a reservation at Steelhead tonite (with some very fussy eaters from New York) and must be on my way for what I know will be another great experience. Steelhead Diner is consistent..

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★★★★★

I am a novice at writing reviews. However, with many of our friends professional chefs, my wife a serious cook, and living part of each month on the east coast in a restaurant city, I think I have an experienced and reasonably sophisticated wine and food palate. Steelhead Diner is a gem. The food is adventuresome, combining flavors, textures and temperatures expertly. And most importantly, the taste of the main ingredient, whether it be fish or pork, comes through clearly and distinctly. The fish or beef are not simply "carriers" for the sauce, a habit practiced by many avant-garde chefs, and something I find particularly annoying. The market ingredients, freshness, and quality shine through. I have eaten at Steelhead at least three times a month since its doors opened. (I have to admit that I am a Kevin Davis fan having enjoyed his menu at Oceanaire). His attention to detail is meticulous. I might note, for example, that as the flavor of the halibut changed, from first catch of small fish in April/May to the larger fish now, the accompanying items that went into the preparations changed as well. What a joy, and what fun for my mouth and tummy. The wine list challenges the best of Califorina and Europe, and my congratulations goes to the sommielier for presenting only wines from the Pacific northwest. The staff is remarkably well versed about just what is in each dish, and how it is prepared, and quick to ask for help if a food or wine question arises. It is obvious to even the most casual diner that both the line in the open kitchen and the servers really care about the food and your dining experience. I could go on, but I have a reservation at Steelhead tonite (with some very fussy eaters from New York) and must be on my way for what I know will be another great experience. Steelhead Diner is consistent..

Pros: The food, the food, the food

Cons: No backgroung music is needed. Conversation trumps music.

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I've been twice to this great restaurant -- once with my family and another time with dear friends. On both of hte occasions the food was excellent. While my companions onboth occasions raved about their dishes, I have to say I had the most wonderful dish -- beet [yes beet, not beef] tartare. It was well enjoyed by all at the second visit. The servers were quick with the food and beverages. The chef and manager, husband wife team, were friendly and engaging. The atmosphere was great. We were neither rushed nor ignored, but cared after as if old friends. We would have stayed longer but became were simply stuffed and couldn't eat any more. I will take more family members and friends there in the future and look forward to many more great meals. The crabcakes really are outstanding.

Seatting options abound -- private dining room for parties, patio for outdoor eating, tables and booths as well. Location is great near the market and close to downtown attractions.

Friendly staff and owners make this diner a real delight.

I highly recommend this restaurant to all!!

Thank you for making us so welcome on our visits to date. Yum, yum!!

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★★★★★

I've been twice to this great restaurant -- once with my family and another time with dear friends. On both of hte occasions the food was excellent. While my companions onboth occasions raved about their dishes, I have to say I had the most wonderful dish -- beet [yes beet, not beef] tartare. It was well enjoyed by all at the second visit. The servers were quick with the food and beverages. The chef and manager, husband wife team, were friendly and engaging. The atmosphere was great. We were neither rushed nor ignored, but cared after as if old friends. We would have stayed longer but became were simply stuffed and couldn't eat any more. I will take more family members and friends there in the future and look forward to many more great meals. The crabcakes really are outstanding.

Seatting options abound -- private dining room for parties, patio for outdoor eating, tables and booths as well. Location is great near the market and close to downtown attractions.

Friendly staff and owners make this diner a real delight.

I highly recommend this restaurant to all!!

Thank you for making us so welcome on our visits to date. Yum, yum!!

Pros: Great food, friendly service, good menu variety.

Cons: Busy atmosphere, sometimes there's a wait

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This weekend my buddy and his girlfriend along with two other couples took in Sunday brunch at The Steelhead Diner. The crab cakes just ruled. And then yesterday my friend and I ate lunch at The Steelhead Diner. Based on his great weekend my buddy ordered a crab sandwich. Wow! He learned the Chef?s secret: it is the crab ? lots of fresh Dungeness crab!

This is cooking with love: what you?d expect at the home of a fine cook, instead of commercial restaurant fare. And having eaten at The Steelhead Diner at least four or five times a week over the last six months I feel sorry for anyone who doesn?t eat here too. Even worse for me is getting to the bottom of the Chef?s bowl, where there is no more. The freshness of ingredients, Chef's awesome flavors and textures and a beautiful hot plate delivered by the runner always make me happy.

Today the sandwich was so good, dripping juice onto the fries. It was real Louisiana sandwich, plus a cool-one suggested by the helpful wait person. I am always seeing folks from the greater New Orleans area come in for Chef?s gumbo with a big smile, including Branford Marsalis in town for a concert last month, chatting about the family back home.

A lot of us from work will take a community table along the side, instead of a low booth near the Chef?s collection of steelhead flies or a small table looking over Puget Sound at the Olympics. Over time I see that colleagues show more vitality, relaxing into them selves and appreciate the more simple things in life. The Steelhead Diner is good medicine.

Tomorrow I see myself sitting on the patio overlooking Post Alley with a chilled Brutus Salad that just kills Caesar.

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★★★★★

This weekend my buddy and his girlfriend along with two other couples took in Sunday brunch at The Steelhead Diner. The crab cakes just ruled. And then yesterday my friend and I ate lunch at The Steelhead Diner. Based on his great weekend my buddy ordered a crab sandwich. Wow! He learned the Chef?s secret: it is the crab ? lots of fresh Dungeness crab!

This is cooking with love: what you?d expect at the home of a fine cook, instead of commercial restaurant fare. And having eaten at The Steelhead Diner at least four or five times a week over the last six months I feel sorry for anyone who doesn?t eat here too. Even worse for me is getting to the bottom of the Chef?s bowl, where there is no more. The freshness of ingredients, Chef's awesome flavors and textures and a beautiful hot plate delivered by the runner always make me happy.

Today the sandwich was so good, dripping juice onto the fries. It was real Louisiana sandwich, plus a cool-one suggested by the helpful wait person. I am always seeing folks from the greater New Orleans area come in for Chef?s gumbo with a big smile, including Branford Marsalis in town for a concert last month, chatting about the family back home.

A lot of us from work will take a community table along the side, instead of a low booth near the Chef?s collection of steelhead flies or a small table looking over Puget Sound at the Olympics. Over time I see that colleagues show more vitality, relaxing into them selves and appreciate the more simple things in life. The Steelhead Diner is good medicine.

Tomorrow I see myself sitting on the patio overlooking Post Alley with a chilled Brutus Salad that just kills Caesar.

Pros: Out of this small kitchen is professionally served exciting innovation of traditional foods, all with love.

Cons: When it rains on the patio.

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Service gets a big fat zero at this otherwise OK place. I know that servers can have an off-day, and I worked in the industry for 18 years so I'm more than forgiving, but we sat, ungreeted, for 15-20 minutes while those around us were served, fed, etc. Fine, no big deal, but when I FINALLY flagged our waitress down, she passed the buck and said she "just assumed" we had been served. Then she told me that I should have flagged her down sooner. So now it's my fault.

I'm determined to have a good time but then the waitress started pushing strawberry lemonade on me. I thanked her but declined, but she wouldn't let up. I HAD to have it! I HAD to! It got very weird the more I refused until I was completely irritated.

Now things get surreal: The lunatic waitress suggested--out of the blue, while I was mid-chew and mid-conversation--that if I was avoiding carbs (I'm not) that I should take the top bun off my (mediocre) pork sandwich and cut it into tiny little pieces. She actually mimed this for me. Yes, mimed. So I just assumed she was completely insane and ignored her (as well as ignoring the not-so-subtle jab about watching my weight--I'm 5'8 and 140#).

I was otherwise having a great time--until one of the two moronic servers would come back, interrupt us with: "I LOVE your haircut!!" (out of the blue in sarcastic voice and while I'm eating and talking) "Someone looks like they aren't having a good time!" (said in sing-song baby voice and, yes, interrrupting my otherwise fun, laughing conversation I was having).

I'm sure there are lovely people who work at Steelhead Diner but first impressions are everything. I left feeling so disgusted (gee, I'm so sorry an over-tipper came in to spend money at your restaurant!) that I'll never, ever go back. (And no, I didn't overtip that day).

My advice: order something safe and simple (the pork sandwich was bland, fatty, and sloppy but the fries were really good ) and keep your fingers crossed about the service!

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★★☆☆☆

Service gets a big fat zero at this otherwise OK place. I know that servers can have an off-day, and I worked in the industry for 18 years so I'm more than forgiving, but we sat, ungreeted, for 15-20 minutes while those around us were served, fed, etc. Fine, no big deal, but when I FINALLY flagged our waitress down, she passed the buck and said she "just assumed" we had been served. Then she told me that I should have flagged her down sooner. So now it's my fault.

I'm determined to have a good time but then the waitress started pushing strawberry lemonade on me. I thanked her but declined, but she wouldn't let up. I HAD to have it! I HAD to! It got very weird the more I refused until I was completely irritated.

Now things get surreal: The lunatic waitress suggested--out of the blue, while I was mid-chew and mid-conversation--that if I was avoiding carbs (I'm not) that I should take the top bun off my (mediocre) pork sandwich and cut it into tiny little pieces. She actually mimed this for me. Yes, mimed. So I just assumed she was completely insane and ignored her (as well as ignoring the not-so-subtle jab about watching my weight--I'm 5'8 and 140#).

I was otherwise having a great time--until one of the two moronic servers would come back, interrupt us with: "I LOVE your haircut!!" (out of the blue in sarcastic voice and while I'm eating and talking) "Someone looks like they aren't having a good time!" (said in sing-song baby voice and, yes, interrrupting my otherwise fun, laughing conversation I was having).

I'm sure there are lovely people who work at Steelhead Diner but first impressions are everything. I left feeling so disgusted (gee, I'm so sorry an over-tipper came in to spend money at your restaurant!) that I'll never, ever go back. (And no, I didn't overtip that day).

My advice: order something safe and simple (the pork sandwich was bland, fatty, and sloppy but the fries were really good ) and keep your fingers crossed about the service!

Pros: nice view

Cons: lunatic servers

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I tried Steelhead Diner for the first time last night, and although the food was really quite good, the waits for service were ridiculous. It took a good 25 minutes for our server to even make contact with our table after seating, and he was generally absent most of the night. We finally had to ask another server to bring the bill, and he even acknowledged that customers sometimes get "forgotten" in this establishment. That said, the meals themselves were great. The decadent fried Beecher's cheese curds were enjoyed by several of us, and the beet tartare with veggie chips was unique and tasty...get a little beet and a little goat cheese on a taro chip for kind of a beety nacho. I thought my salmon with sunchoke puree was very well-prepared, and the asparagus risotto got high marks across the table. Chocolate pecan pie for dessert was just divine. Steehead Diner clearly knows how to make excellent comfort food, but unfortunately pairs its meals with very uncomfortable waits.

2
★★★★☆

I tried Steelhead Diner for the first time last night, and although the food was really quite good, the waits for service were ridiculous. It took a good 25 minutes for our server to even make contact with our table after seating, and he was generally absent most of the night. We finally had to ask another server to bring the bill, and he even acknowledged that customers sometimes get "forgotten" in this establishment. That said, the meals themselves were great. The decadent fried Beecher's cheese curds were enjoyed by several of us, and the beet tartare with veggie chips was unique and tasty...get a little beet and a little goat cheese on a taro chip for kind of a beety nacho. I thought my salmon with sunchoke puree was very well-prepared, and the asparagus risotto got high marks across the table. Chocolate pecan pie for dessert was just divine. Steehead Diner clearly knows how to make excellent comfort food, but unfortunately pairs its meals with very uncomfortable waits.

Pros: Food is fantastic, good location in Market/near Belltown

Cons: Ridiculously long waits for service

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I came to the diner on a whim and a suggestion from a friend who had wanted to try it. Overall, the meal was fabulous. It was busy, people were having fun, the food was gorgeous and delicious.

The service was busy so it was hard for them to keep up with demands. Our extra bread never showed up and our beers took a bit too long to arrive but, if you have a bit of patience it's nothing traumatizing at all!! On a good note, the water was always full and our meals were HOT when they got to our table(that's the most important aspect of a meal to me).

The food was superb. The crabcake was spicy and full of crab, the very fresh light salmon was surrounded by and juxtaposed by a rich sauce. The desserts that passed by our table looked incredible and their size was intimidating for someone who is very near full so we had to pass. I will go back to try one very very soon.

The only problem I can pinpoint with Steelhead is the price. For a small portion you spend atleast $20 including tip/tax. It is worth it once in a while because it's delicious but, it creates a certain kind of atmosphere. Unfortunely, because there aren't many choices that are below that price range the menu will deter a certain clientele from attending the restaurant regularly. In a place like this you have to expect a certain demographic will be eating next to you. That can be good or bad depending on your eating style but when "diner" is part of your name, you'd hope to have some less expensive options.

In all it was a fabulous meal. I'd suggest it to anyone for a nice dinner or a dessert. I'm guessing lunch is fabulous. Perhaps I will find my less expensive meal at that time?

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★★★★☆

I came to the diner on a whim and a suggestion from a friend who had wanted to try it. Overall, the meal was fabulous. It was busy, people were having fun, the food was gorgeous and delicious.

The service was busy so it was hard for them to keep up with demands. Our extra bread never showed up and our beers took a bit too long to arrive but, if you have a bit of patience it's nothing traumatizing at all!! On a good note, the water was always full and our meals were HOT when they got to our table(that's the most important aspect of a meal to me).

The food was superb. The crabcake was spicy and full of crab, the very fresh light salmon was surrounded by and juxtaposed by a rich sauce. The desserts that passed by our table looked incredible and their size was intimidating for someone who is very near full so we had to pass. I will go back to try one very very soon.

The only problem I can pinpoint with Steelhead is the price. For a small portion you spend atleast $20 including tip/tax. It is worth it once in a while because it's delicious but, it creates a certain kind of atmosphere. Unfortunely, because there aren't many choices that are below that price range the menu will deter a certain clientele from attending the restaurant regularly. In a place like this you have to expect a certain demographic will be eating next to you. That can be good or bad depending on your eating style but when "diner" is part of your name, you'd hope to have some less expensive options.

In all it was a fabulous meal. I'd suggest it to anyone for a nice dinner or a dessert. I'm guessing lunch is fabulous. Perhaps I will find my less expensive meal at that time?

Pros: Delicious Food

Cons: Expensive for a diner and for the portion size

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What a miss! With all the hype and good ratings from Times & PI, I took an out of town guest down on a Saturday night with high hopes and anticipation. I knew it was going to be expensive after viewing the menu on the website, but I am hardly a price sensitive diner ? I just want good food! And we were utterly disappointed?service was terrible - our server couldn?t make any suggestion on wines to go with our food nor could he explain the cocktails on the menu. Ok, I get it, it?s a diner, so we shouldn?t expect much. Then it took over 20 minutes to get our drinks, after the appetizers arrived. I had the spring roll (which was blah), and she had the caviar pie (mostly filled with sour cream, very thin layer of caviar?) My steak was way over cooked and way too much soy sauce with brunt hashbrown, her miso cod was good in flavor, but lack of presentation (oh, ok, diner plating?) Our water glasses were never refilled and we were there for good 2 hours and each of us had 2 drinks (we ordered the same drinks both times but non of them came the same). Our bill came to about $120, so I got to ask, if we get diner food, plating and service, shouldn?t we pay diner price? Needless to say, it?ll be a while before I give it a 2nd try.

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★★☆☆☆

What a miss! With all the hype and good ratings from Times & PI, I took an out of town guest down on a Saturday night with high hopes and anticipation. I knew it was going to be expensive after viewing the menu on the website, but I am hardly a price sensitive diner ? I just want good food! And we were utterly disappointed?service was terrible - our server couldn?t make any suggestion on wines to go with our food nor could he explain the cocktails on the menu. Ok, I get it, it?s a diner, so we shouldn?t expect much. Then it took over 20 minutes to get our drinks, after the appetizers arrived. I had the spring roll (which was blah), and she had the caviar pie (mostly filled with sour cream, very thin layer of caviar?) My steak was way over cooked and way too much soy sauce with brunt hashbrown, her miso cod was good in flavor, but lack of presentation (oh, ok, diner plating?) Our water glasses were never refilled and we were there for good 2 hours and each of us had 2 drinks (we ordered the same drinks both times but non of them came the same). Our bill came to about $120, so I got to ask, if we get diner food, plating and service, shouldn?t we pay diner price? Needless to say, it?ll be a while before I give it a 2nd try.

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I have been to this restaurant 3 times in 2 weeks, and each time I have gone the food has been completely different, although I ordered the same thing each time. The first night, a Sat., I was sooo happy with the food. Finally, a place that has really good food and that I could recommend to people. I was so happy with my meal that I dragged several other people there 5 nights later and had the same dish because it was just perfect the first time around. What a difference 5 days made. In that short amount of time the food went from great to awful. The poutine fries were served with fatty meat juice instead of gravy and my sandwich was different from before (less meat). Plus the fries were old. 2 people in my party, no matter what they ordered Steelhead appeared to be out of that dish or beverage. My husband's burger was cooked rare/rare instead of medium.
So we decided to give the place another try on a Sat. and for comparisons' sake I ate the same dish. This time the sandwich was excellent again, but the gravy for the poutine fries was bland and lacked the sausage meat from the first time. My husband's dish was also quite good. Unfortunately, the spicy vinegar condiment that is on the table tasted like brining liquid. Too bad, because this vinegar is a stand out surprise on fries.
As a former chef I know how hard it can be to put out the same dish every night, but that is the job and Steelhead is not successful at this. If I'm downtown on a Sat. I wouldn't cross this place off my list as a place to eat, but neither would I make this place a destination.

1
★★★☆☆

I have been to this restaurant 3 times in 2 weeks, and each time I have gone the food has been completely different, although I ordered the same thing each time. The first night, a Sat., I was sooo happy with the food. Finally, a place that has really good food and that I could recommend to people. I was so happy with my meal that I dragged several other people there 5 nights later and had the same dish because it was just perfect the first time around. What a difference 5 days made. In that short amount of time the food went from great to awful. The poutine fries were served with fatty meat juice instead of gravy and my sandwich was different from before (less meat). Plus the fries were old. 2 people in my party, no matter what they ordered Steelhead appeared to be out of that dish or beverage. My husband's burger was cooked rare/rare instead of medium.
So we decided to give the place another try on a Sat. and for comparisons' sake I ate the same dish. This time the sandwich was excellent again, but the gravy for the poutine fries was bland and lacked the sausage meat from the first time. My husband's dish was also quite good. Unfortunately, the spicy vinegar condiment that is on the table tasted like brining liquid. Too bad, because this vinegar is a stand out surprise on fries.
As a former chef I know how hard it can be to put out the same dish every night, but that is the job and Steelhead is not successful at this. If I'm downtown on a Sat. I wouldn't cross this place off my list as a place to eat, but neither would I make this place a destination.

Pros: When they get it right, it's good

Cons: Can be bad, slow bartenders

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I was very excited about the steelhead diner and was looking forward to a date night there. The restaurant is beautiful and a big thrill to my steelhead obsessed husband. The waitress had a spiel, very rehearsed and unnatural. "We embrace the market!...etc" which was recited at a hysterical pitch. Sort of an eye roller for me, a local Seattle girl. I started by ordering a bottle of wine. We then ordered our first course. The first course came but NO WINE!! I looked around for our waitress who had vanished. My husband had finished his first course by the time the waitress returned with a half bottle of a wine we had not ordered. PLEASE, if the wine is not available bring back the wine list. I was so frustrated we took the half bottle and my husband ordered a beer WHICH DID NOT COME for 15 minutes. The waitress at this point stopped even trying to be friendly. She delivered our food to the table next to us...placed it on their table..which gave our neighbors a chance to stick their faces in our entrees to determine it was not their order. My meal was great actually, a pasta risotto with asparagus, peas and truffle oil. My husband had fish and chips...unremarkable to say the least. Hate to say it but you can get better fish and chips at the local fish and chip stand. Last but not least, my fisherman husband asked at least five different staffers what river was depicted on the photo mural. He REALLY cares. He REALLY wanted to know and all those asked said, "I'll go find out" and then NEVER RETURNED! Booo.

Oh, we got a free crab cake.

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★★☆☆☆

I was very excited about the steelhead diner and was looking forward to a date night there. The restaurant is beautiful and a big thrill to my steelhead obsessed husband. The waitress had a spiel, very rehearsed and unnatural. "We embrace the market!...etc" which was recited at a hysterical pitch. Sort of an eye roller for me, a local Seattle girl. I started by ordering a bottle of wine. We then ordered our first course. The first course came but NO WINE!! I looked around for our waitress who had vanished. My husband had finished his first course by the time the waitress returned with a half bottle of a wine we had not ordered. PLEASE, if the wine is not available bring back the wine list. I was so frustrated we took the half bottle and my husband ordered a beer WHICH DID NOT COME for 15 minutes. The waitress at this point stopped even trying to be friendly. She delivered our food to the table next to us...placed it on their table..which gave our neighbors a chance to stick their faces in our entrees to determine it was not their order. My meal was great actually, a pasta risotto with asparagus, peas and truffle oil. My husband had fish and chips...unremarkable to say the least. Hate to say it but you can get better fish and chips at the local fish and chip stand. Last but not least, my fisherman husband asked at least five different staffers what river was depicted on the photo mural. He REALLY cares. He REALLY wanted to know and all those asked said, "I'll go find out" and then NEVER RETURNED! Booo.

Oh, we got a free crab cake.

Pros: Fun location. Great Risotto.

Cons: Truly the worst service ever.

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bah! i don't know what all the hype is about!

we arrived @ 11:45am on a friday & didn't leave until almost 1:30pm all WITHOUT getting our sandwiches! we had to finally ask for them to-go. how is that even possible? they're freaking sandwiches!

sure, our waitress comped our appetizers but, considering that was such a minor percentage of our total order & that there was a floor manager apparent (but never at our table), it felt offensively dismissive.

& after all that, my soggy sandwich & limp fries were mediocre at best.

someone has got to rein in the seattle restaurant hype machine!

1
★★☆☆☆

bah! i don't know what all the hype is about!

we arrived @ 11:45am on a friday & didn't leave until almost 1:30pm all WITHOUT getting our sandwiches! we had to finally ask for them to-go. how is that even possible? they're freaking sandwiches!

sure, our waitress comped our appetizers but, considering that was such a minor percentage of our total order & that there was a floor manager apparent (but never at our table), it felt offensively dismissive.

& after all that, my soggy sandwich & limp fries were mediocre at best.

someone has got to rein in the seattle restaurant hype machine!

Pros: nice location, attractive decor

Cons: worst service i've ever experienced, food not worth the price

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I really enjoyed eating at Steelhead Diner several weeks ago and look forward to going back soon, but this time with a reservation, because I tried to do a walk-in this past weekend and it was jam-packed - no tables available. The biggest challenge when I ate there was figuring out what to order (because so many items caught my eye). The Hominy Cakes with Red Gravy were fantastic... and this is from a person who had never had hominy cakes before. I also thought the sommelier was friendly and helpful. Finally, the atmosphere was lively... just right for me.

2
★★★★★

I really enjoyed eating at Steelhead Diner several weeks ago and look forward to going back soon, but this time with a reservation, because I tried to do a walk-in this past weekend and it was jam-packed - no tables available. The biggest challenge when I ate there was figuring out what to order (because so many items caught my eye). The Hominy Cakes with Red Gravy were fantastic... and this is from a person who had never had hominy cakes before. I also thought the sommelier was friendly and helpful. Finally, the atmosphere was lively... just right for me.

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This is what a Seattle restaurant should be. Innovative menu with lots of local food, unbelievable cocktails with fresh juices, cool vibe with no pretentious attitude and attentive, but not overbearing, service. When we arrived at Easter brunch with no reservation, they were welcoming and seated us promptly. Look at the menu online and you'll see the great selection. This may become your new favorite!

2
★★★★★

This is what a Seattle restaurant should be. Innovative menu with lots of local food, unbelievable cocktails with fresh juices, cool vibe with no pretentious attitude and attentive, but not overbearing, service. When we arrived at Easter brunch with no reservation, they were welcoming and seated us promptly. Look at the menu online and you'll see the great selection. This may become your new favorite!

Pros: Original, local menu

Cons: Once word gets around it'll be tough to get in

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Fabulous lunch. We tried the caviar pie today and it was very interesting. The crab cake sandwich was all crab and very little filler. Fried cheese curds were really fun. Gumbo was exactly what we were hoping it would be. Great new place!

2
★★★★★

Fabulous lunch. We tried the caviar pie today and it was very interesting. The crab cake sandwich was all crab and very little filler. Fried cheese curds were really fun. Gumbo was exactly what we were hoping it would be. Great new place!

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This place is a little slice of heaven. I highly recommend it for the service, the drinks, and the food. We were seated quickly. We were served gracefully by a waitress who knew everything that went into the dishes we asked about. We had vegetarians with us as well as some picky eaters. She recommended a couple of the best mixed drinks I have ever had. The atmosphere was talkative, but we could clearly hear each other at the table. I didn?t see any children around, so I don?t know if it?s a good place for them or not. But to the Sunday brunchers and the happy hour lovers, this should be a place you call home.

2
★★★★★

This place is a little slice of heaven. I highly recommend it for the service, the drinks, and the food. We were seated quickly. We were served gracefully by a waitress who knew everything that went into the dishes we asked about. We had vegetarians with us as well as some picky eaters. She recommended a couple of the best mixed drinks I have ever had. The atmosphere was talkative, but we could clearly hear each other at the table. I didn?t see any children around, so I don?t know if it?s a good place for them or not. But to the Sunday brunchers and the happy hour lovers, this should be a place you call home.

Pros: service, food, drinks, atmosphere

Cons: no parking

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I sat at the Chef's Counter (recommended if you are not in a party). Everyone was friendly, service was excellant and the Crab Cake Sandwich was unbelievable. Chef Kevin took time to chat with me. This will become one of my favorite places for eat.

2
★★★★★

I sat at the Chef's Counter (recommended if you are not in a party). Everyone was friendly, service was excellant and the Crab Cake Sandwich was unbelievable. Chef Kevin took time to chat with me. This will become one of my favorite places for eat.

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Glad I wandered in. Definitely not an upscale restaurant more of a casual setting. It is sure to be popular with the tourists. The fried cheese curds were bland but everything else was tasty. The iceberg salad stuffed with avacado and bacon was very satisfying and the gumbo was very good. The crab cakes are not full of filler and they taste like they are nearly all crab meat. The person next to me was eating the chocolate pecan pie and it looked sinful. Looking forward to returning.

2
★★★★★

Glad I wandered in. Definitely not an upscale restaurant more of a casual setting. It is sure to be popular with the tourists. The fried cheese curds were bland but everything else was tasty. The iceberg salad stuffed with avacado and bacon was very satisfying and the gumbo was very good. The crab cakes are not full of filler and they taste like they are nearly all crab meat. The person next to me was eating the chocolate pecan pie and it looked sinful. Looking forward to returning.

Pros: Food

Cons: Parking

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I've heard a lot of pitches for new restaurant ideas, and after awhile they all start to sound the same (God forbid we get another "Asian-fusion" restaurant downtown.) But Kevin's concept hooked me right away. "Diner evolved." Casual setting like a diner, but better food. I love it. I've been 5 times and the only thing on the menu that let me down was the chicken sandwich (a little dull.) But the crab sandwich, the fish and chips, the Beecher's fried cheese curds, the amazing "beet tartare", and the gumbo were all fantastic. And good luck finding better crabcakes anywhere. I mean anywhere. Plus, you've got to try their weekend brunch before it just gets impossible to get a table. The prices might give you pause, but the flavors will knock you out. Have the chef explain how much love goes into a simple omelet like the "Eggs Jereme" and you'll consider the $13.95 a steal.

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★★★★★

I've heard a lot of pitches for new restaurant ideas, and after awhile they all start to sound the same (God forbid we get another "Asian-fusion" restaurant downtown.) But Kevin's concept hooked me right away. "Diner evolved." Casual setting like a diner, but better food. I love it. I've been 5 times and the only thing on the menu that let me down was the chicken sandwich (a little dull.) But the crab sandwich, the fish and chips, the Beecher's fried cheese curds, the amazing "beet tartare", and the gumbo were all fantastic. And good luck finding better crabcakes anywhere. I mean anywhere. Plus, you've got to try their weekend brunch before it just gets impossible to get a table. The prices might give you pause, but the flavors will knock you out. Have the chef explain how much love goes into a simple omelet like the "Eggs Jereme" and you'll consider the $13.95 a steal.

Pros: Location, food, concept and service

Cons: parking (like every other restaurant in the market.)

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This lively diner offers comfort food made with market fresh ingredients, served with style. It's actually more of a hip bistro, with a chrome counter and view of Pike Place Market. Steelhead is owned and operated by chef Kevin Davis and…

 

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