Shadowland

★★★☆☆
  • 4458 California Ave SW

    Seattle, WA 98116

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  • 206-420-3817

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Located on California in West Seattle this bar is so dark from the outside it looks like it is closed causing you to have to squint to verify there are actually people inside. Inside its lite by candlelight. Perhaps this is where it gets its name. This can be appealing for a quiet night with a friend. Happy hour is often both early and late night and has a variety of options including 6$ hummus, full menu is also available. Bartender is friendly. Art is entertaining. Bathroom is not notable which seems odd for the rest of the decor. Outside seating area near the door. Street parking only.

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★★★☆☆

Located on California in West Seattle this bar is so dark from the outside it looks like it is closed causing you to have to squint to verify there are actually people inside. Inside its lite by candlelight. Perhaps this is where it gets its name. This can be appealing for a quiet night with a friend. Happy hour is often both early and late night and has a variety of options including 6$ hummus, full menu is also available. Bartender is friendly. Art is entertaining. Bathroom is not notable which seems odd for the rest of the decor. Outside seating area near the door. Street parking only.

Pros: happy hour, roomy, dark

Cons: street parking

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I've driven by this place a zillion times and finally stopped in with a friend of a drink. We arrived just in time for happy hour (10p.m.-12) but we were full from dinner so we didn't experiment with the happy hour food menu. I got a well drink which was pretty pricey. I guess I should have expected that since it does look pretty swanky.

The bartender looked like he should be working in a dive bar and was most amusing. We left after an hour, and the bartender said he hoped he hadn't done anything wrong to make us leave so early. Like I said, he was a character, and very amusing. I do like entertaining people very much!

The paintings on the wall were very interesting. One the one wall there were like 4 nudes. On another wall was the biggest portrait of the Virgin Mary that I had ever seen. Interesting choice to put those in the same bar.

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★★★☆☆

I've driven by this place a zillion times and finally stopped in with a friend of a drink. We arrived just in time for happy hour (10p.m.-12) but we were full from dinner so we didn't experiment with the happy hour food menu. I got a well drink which was pretty pricey. I guess I should have expected that since it does look pretty swanky.

The bartender looked like he should be working in a dive bar and was most amusing. We left after an hour, and the bartender said he hoped he hadn't done anything wrong to make us leave so early. Like I said, he was a character, and very amusing. I do like entertaining people very much!

The paintings on the wall were very interesting. One the one wall there were like 4 nudes. On another wall was the biggest portrait of the Virgin Mary that I had ever seen. Interesting choice to put those in the same bar.

Pros: unique, interesting

Cons: pricey

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A laid back late-night hang-out. At first outside appearance, you think "Frat house sports bar", but go inside--it's a sleek, laid back, mellow hang-out. Nice tapas menu, cozy booths, friendly staff. Sometimes they seem to be out of their tapas items. I've been there 4 times, and twice have had to change my order, but a fun, mellow night spot.

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★★★★☆

A laid back late-night hang-out. At first outside appearance, you think "Frat house sports bar", but go inside--it's a sleek, laid back, mellow hang-out. Nice tapas menu, cozy booths, friendly staff. Sometimes they seem to be out of their tapas items. I've been there 4 times, and twice have had to change my order, but a fun, mellow night spot.

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A friend and I stopped in on a Friday night to grab a bite to eat before heading downtown. All tables were full but it was a short wait. I like the layout with bar height tables in the front and parallel to the actual bar and then booths and tables in the back for a cozier, more quiet area. I ordered the wedge salad which was really salty, not only the dressing but then the plethora of bacon was just over the top. With a little tweaking and a better balance of the ingredients, it could be a winner. We split the hummus which was tasty, the warm pieces of pita bread made it delicious. Highlight for me was the grilled prawns with hush puppies.

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★★★☆☆

A friend and I stopped in on a Friday night to grab a bite to eat before heading downtown. All tables were full but it was a short wait. I like the layout with bar height tables in the front and parallel to the actual bar and then booths and tables in the back for a cozier, more quiet area. I ordered the wedge salad which was really salty, not only the dressing but then the plethora of bacon was just over the top. With a little tweaking and a better balance of the ingredients, it could be a winner. We split the hummus which was tasty, the warm pieces of pita bread made it delicious. Highlight for me was the grilled prawns with hush puppies.

Pros: Location, service, singing patrons

Cons: singing patrons :)

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My fiance and I dined at the Shadowland restaurant last week and the food was excellent! She had the duck sandwich and I had the kobe beef burger. We loved the atmosphere and the waitstaff was incredible.
I am so glad I have a new hang-out in West Seattle!

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★★★★★

My fiance and I dined at the Shadowland restaurant last week and the food was excellent! She had the duck sandwich and I had the kobe beef burger. We loved the atmosphere and the waitstaff was incredible.
I am so glad I have a new hang-out in West Seattle!

Pros: Very romantic!

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I have eaten there 3 times and have enjoyed myself each time. The first time with a couple of friends, we shared a table-full of small entrees and everything was delicious. The second time I tried a large entree, the roasted chicken, and it was divine. The mashed potatoes were buttery and creamy and I've never tasted chicken so flavorful. And their cocktails are very good. The service was a bit slow (we had dirty plates and empty glasses in front of us for a bit too long) so don't be shy and just get the server's attention.

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★★★★★

I have eaten there 3 times and have enjoyed myself each time. The first time with a couple of friends, we shared a table-full of small entrees and everything was delicious. The second time I tried a large entree, the roasted chicken, and it was divine. The mashed potatoes were buttery and creamy and I've never tasted chicken so flavorful. And their cocktails are very good. The service was a bit slow (we had dirty plates and empty glasses in front of us for a bit too long) so don't be shy and just get the server's attention.

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I was disappointed with my visit to Shadowland. The waiter took forever to come to our table despite a sparse crowd. I think he was too busy chatting with the other hipsters on the wait staff. The overpriced food wasn't good. The mac and cheese drowning in cinnamon was disgusting. The pita and hummus was okay but not any better than something from the grocery store. The decor wasn't anything special, looking slapped together and then lit dimly in an attempt to cover it up. The booth was uncomfortable. The only saving grace was the really cool bartender. He was really nice and picking up the slack for the slacker waiter. Will be avoiding this place.

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★★☆☆☆

I was disappointed with my visit to Shadowland. The waiter took forever to come to our table despite a sparse crowd. I think he was too busy chatting with the other hipsters on the wait staff. The overpriced food wasn't good. The mac and cheese drowning in cinnamon was disgusting. The pita and hummus was okay but not any better than something from the grocery store. The decor wasn't anything special, looking slapped together and then lit dimly in an attempt to cover it up. The booth was uncomfortable. The only saving grace was the really cool bartender. He was really nice and picking up the slack for the slacker waiter. Will be avoiding this place.

Pros: Cool Bartender.

Cons: Overpriced. Bad Food. Bad service.

 

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