Palace Kitchen

★★★★☆
  • 2030 5th Ave

    Seattle, WA 98121

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  • 206-448-2001

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I visited with my best friend for some catching up time. We had a glass of wine at the bar during the short wait for a table. The restaurant was full but we were seated quickly. The bar is really cramped which is a shame because it's a lovely space to have a drink after work. I really enjoy the overall atmosphere, it's a large space but feels warm and cozy at the same time. I also appreciate being able to hear the people at my table and speak in a normal volume even when the restaurant is full to the brim. We shared several appetizers: goat cheese fondue, scallops, albacore & romaine salad. Everything tasted wonderful, I would have appreciated a bit more albacore, the amount we got was minuscule. We ended the night sharing a piece of the infamous Coconut Creme Pie. I would go back over and over if only for that. Always satisfied after a visit to Palace and always looking for a reason to go back.

2
★★★★★

I visited with my best friend for some catching up time. We had a glass of wine at the bar during the short wait for a table. The restaurant was full but we were seated quickly. The bar is really cramped which is a shame because it's a lovely space to have a drink after work. I really enjoy the overall atmosphere, it's a large space but feels warm and cozy at the same time. I also appreciate being able to hear the people at my table and speak in a normal volume even when the restaurant is full to the brim. We shared several appetizers: goat cheese fondue, scallops, albacore & romaine salad. Everything tasted wonderful, I would have appreciated a bit more albacore, the amount we got was minuscule. We ended the night sharing a piece of the infamous Coconut Creme Pie. I would go back over and over if only for that. Always satisfied after a visit to Palace and always looking for a reason to go back.

Pros: Service, atmosphere, coconut cream pie, olive oil

Cons: cramped bar seating

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I'm a regular here and I can't think of another place I've ever felt more welcome or more at home. No matter whats on the seasonally menu (which makes it all the easier to go back again and again) I'm never dissapointed and I'm always excited to see what I might find when I sit down. Best bar in the city, best most consistantly good food in the city and by far the friendliest (but not in over zealous) staff I have ever met. Please try it but don't take my seat at the bar.

2
★★★★★

I'm a regular here and I can't think of another place I've ever felt more welcome or more at home. No matter whats on the seasonally menu (which makes it all the easier to go back again and again) I'm never dissapointed and I'm always excited to see what I might find when I sit down. Best bar in the city, best most consistantly good food in the city and by far the friendliest (but not in over zealous) staff I have ever met. Please try it but don't take my seat at the bar.

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I have gone to this place a few times looking for that one meal that tells me that this is truely the place that food dreams are made of, I must say that the food is just good in a mediocer way, there was nothing that stood out to be wonderfull, delightfull, or could even use the verbage to melt in your mouth, I had a very strange kalamata olive app that to me and forgive me as i am no chef, but it was a strange mixture of cornmeal and deep fried then served plainly on a plate, this was 8 dollars, I decided to try the lavender and goat cheese fondue, again what am I missing, the ambiance reminds me of being in a pub, the food maybe a bit better then pub food, but really there is so many better experiences to be had in food in Seattle, I will go to the other places in the future as i had given a few chances to have my taste buds jump with delight, but to no avail! I am sorry Douglas but i really did try, Iam sorry to say i find much over hype and not much taste or quality!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have gone to this place a few times looking for that one meal that tells me that this is truely the place that food dreams are made of, I must say that the food is just good in a mediocer way, there was nothing that stood out to be wonderfull, delightfull, or could even use the verbage to melt in your mouth, I had a very strange kalamata olive app that to me and forgive me as i am no chef, but it was a strange mixture of cornmeal and deep fried then served plainly on a plate, this was 8 dollars, I decided to try the lavender and goat cheese fondue, again what am I missing, the ambiance reminds me of being in a pub, the food maybe a bit better then pub food, but really there is so many better experiences to be had in food in Seattle, I will go to the other places in the future as i had given a few chances to have my taste buds jump with delight, but to no avail! I am sorry Douglas but i really did try, Iam sorry to say i find much over hype and not much taste or quality!

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Love, love, love this place! Great ambience, service and food (try the small plates). We've been there numerous times and have never been disappointed. Waits can be a little long, grab a seat at the bar if you can and enjoy the night.

2
★★★★★

Love, love, love this place! Great ambience, service and food (try the small plates). We've been there numerous times and have never been disappointed. Waits can be a little long, grab a seat at the bar if you can and enjoy the night.

Pros: ambiance, food, service

Cons: none

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After having sub-par experiences at both Etta's and Lola this year, I had pretty much become disenchanted with Seattle chef-god Tom Douglas. My opinion changed tonight, however, after a fantastic dinner at Palace Kitchen. Tom, you are redeemed. First things first, I have to commend the absolutely stellar service we received all evening long at Palace. When we arrived, the hostess advised us there was a 45-minute wait but recommended we pass the time at the nearby Brasserie Margaux bar, and she would call us when a table was ready. After only 20 minutes, she rang, and although we weren't able to take the immediately-available table, upon returning to Palace Kitchen we were seated within about 10 minutes. Our server for the evening was one of the most prompt, most attentive waiters I have of late, all the while managing not to be smarmy or over-the-top. My dining partner and I agreed to start of our meal with the lovely lavender goat cheese fondue paired with grilled chunks of bread and perfectly sweet-tart apple slices. Moving out of the appetizer phase, my friend tucked into the phenomenal Washington chicken, perfectly flavored via a roasting in the applewood grill. Fancied up with tangy rhubarb bits and elegant Marcona almonds, the chicken was tender and beyond delicious. My dinner of choice was a fantastic sauteed hailbut atop greens dressed in a savory vinaigreete. The flavoring of the fish and accompaniments was divine, and the goat cheese gnocchi superb. My only real--albeit slight--criticism of Palace Kitchen is that Dahlia's coconut pie that apparently guest stars at all Tom Douglas joints. I don't get what the hype is about. For one thing, the dessert is garnished in curls of white chocolate, which is not one of my favorite sweets, but aside from that I think the pie is just entirely nondescript. One should not judge a restaurant experience by its dessert, however, and the other aspects of Palace Kitchen experience earn it my rave review.

2
★★★★★

After having sub-par experiences at both Etta's and Lola this year, I had pretty much become disenchanted with Seattle chef-god Tom Douglas. My opinion changed tonight, however, after a fantastic dinner at Palace Kitchen. Tom, you are redeemed. First things first, I have to commend the absolutely stellar service we received all evening long at Palace. When we arrived, the hostess advised us there was a 45-minute wait but recommended we pass the time at the nearby Brasserie Margaux bar, and she would call us when a table was ready. After only 20 minutes, she rang, and although we weren't able to take the immediately-available table, upon returning to Palace Kitchen we were seated within about 10 minutes. Our server for the evening was one of the most prompt, most attentive waiters I have of late, all the while managing not to be smarmy or over-the-top. My dining partner and I agreed to start of our meal with the lovely lavender goat cheese fondue paired with grilled chunks of bread and perfectly sweet-tart apple slices. Moving out of the appetizer phase, my friend tucked into the phenomenal Washington chicken, perfectly flavored via a roasting in the applewood grill. Fancied up with tangy rhubarb bits and elegant Marcona almonds, the chicken was tender and beyond delicious. My dinner of choice was a fantastic sauteed hailbut atop greens dressed in a savory vinaigreete. The flavoring of the fish and accompaniments was divine, and the goat cheese gnocchi superb. My only real--albeit slight--criticism of Palace Kitchen is that Dahlia's coconut pie that apparently guest stars at all Tom Douglas joints. I don't get what the hype is about. For one thing, the dessert is garnished in curls of white chocolate, which is not one of my favorite sweets, but aside from that I think the pie is just entirely nondescript. One should not judge a restaurant experience by its dessert, however, and the other aspects of Palace Kitchen experience earn it my rave review.

Pros: Terrific entrees, exemplary service, great goat cheese fondue

Cons: Coconut pie is over-hyped!

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The Trio desert I had at the restaurant over the weekend was one of the worst desserts I've had. One was a chocolate bar, which was horrible chocolate with a butter-finger like crust on the top. The idea was good the result was not. There was also a slushy like drink that tasted like ice and flavored sugar, a 7/11 slurpee would have been better. Last on the plate was an eclar with a maple glaze on top, would have been good If it didn't taste like it had been out all day. The service was good, and so were the pistachios. So if you want a cocktail and nuts Highly recommend it.

1
★★☆☆☆

The Trio desert I had at the restaurant over the weekend was one of the worst desserts I've had. One was a chocolate bar, which was horrible chocolate with a butter-finger like crust on the top. The idea was good the result was not. There was also a slushy like drink that tasted like ice and flavored sugar, a 7/11 slurpee would have been better. Last on the plate was an eclar with a maple glaze on top, would have been good If it didn't taste like it had been out all day. The service was good, and so were the pistachios. So if you want a cocktail and nuts Highly recommend it.

Pros: open late

Cons: food has gone down hill.

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I love this place. It's the first restaurant I take anyone to when they visit from out of town. Best ambience of any restuarant in Seattle. The olive poppers are not to be missed, while the cheese plates always have some tasty surprises. I usually have whichever fish is on the menu, and they have all been excellent--although a companion once disliked the whole trout.

2
★★★★★

I love this place. It's the first restaurant I take anyone to when they visit from out of town. Best ambience of any restuarant in Seattle. The olive poppers are not to be missed, while the cheese plates always have some tasty surprises. I usually have whichever fish is on the menu, and they have all been excellent--although a companion once disliked the whole trout.

Pros: Ambience, people-watching, food

Cons: Just wish they had a few more entrees for those who don't eat red meat

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It's been a while, so I while don't recall what I ordered I know that I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner. On the other hand, my girlfriend's dish (linguine with mussels) was salty. Salty? Too much? Not enough? Well... At first she didn't mind, but by the end of the dinner, maybe because it was the bottom of the dish it was so salty that she couldn't finish it and we almost sent it back. In retrospect we should have. I'm a fan of Tom Douglas and I know this restaurant can do better. The service was fun and professional and the atmosphere is good for dining couples, though I'd say it's even better for a group outing. Overall I had a slightly negative experience due to the food, but I'm guessing that was just a fluke and I will definitely be back in the future. Etta's, Tom's fish house in Pike Place, is so wonderful that I can't help but give the Palace the benefit of the doubt :)

2
★★★★☆

It's been a while, so I while don't recall what I ordered I know that I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner. On the other hand, my girlfriend's dish (linguine with mussels) was salty. Salty? Too much? Not enough? Well... At first she didn't mind, but by the end of the dinner, maybe because it was the bottom of the dish it was so salty that she couldn't finish it and we almost sent it back. In retrospect we should have. I'm a fan of Tom Douglas and I know this restaurant can do better. The service was fun and professional and the atmosphere is good for dining couples, though I'd say it's even better for a group outing. Overall I had a slightly negative experience due to the food, but I'm guessing that was just a fluke and I will definitely be back in the future. Etta's, Tom's fish house in Pike Place, is so wonderful that I can't help but give the Palace the benefit of the doubt :)

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I received a gift certificate to any Tom Douglas restaurant so my boyfriend and I decided to try this place. There was a wait when we got there, which we expected. We walked around town for a little then decided to go back and wait in the bar since it was cold. Bartender was busy, but eventually served us. We were then seated our blonde waitress was extremely nice and helped with recommendations. We had the lavender & goat cheese fondue for an appetizer. I would definitely recommend this to everyone. It had a hint of lavender, but not so much that it was overpowering. I also had the perfect pear cocktail which really did taste similar to a pear. Our food and wine were brought out to us shortly after we finished the appetizer. My boyfriend had the yellowtail, which was very good. I had the celery root ravioli which was also good. The main dishes didn't really impress us though. The menu had interesting combinations and I'm glad we tried them, but it wasn't anything amazing. The by-the-glass wine menu is also not very impressive. However, I would definitely recommend going here just to try the food and enjoy the wonderful service. Or better yet, come for just appetizers and a drink or just dessert. The different cheeses and the desserts are all fabulous. We had one of the cheese this time, but will definitely be back to try one the many delicious looking desserts.

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★★★☆☆

I received a gift certificate to any Tom Douglas restaurant so my boyfriend and I decided to try this place. There was a wait when we got there, which we expected. We walked around town for a little then decided to go back and wait in the bar since it was cold. Bartender was busy, but eventually served us. We were then seated our blonde waitress was extremely nice and helped with recommendations. We had the lavender & goat cheese fondue for an appetizer. I would definitely recommend this to everyone. It had a hint of lavender, but not so much that it was overpowering. I also had the perfect pear cocktail which really did taste similar to a pear. Our food and wine were brought out to us shortly after we finished the appetizer. My boyfriend had the yellowtail, which was very good. I had the celery root ravioli which was also good. The main dishes didn't really impress us though. The menu had interesting combinations and I'm glad we tried them, but it wasn't anything amazing. The by-the-glass wine menu is also not very impressive. However, I would definitely recommend going here just to try the food and enjoy the wonderful service. Or better yet, come for just appetizers and a drink or just dessert. The different cheeses and the desserts are all fabulous. We had one of the cheese this time, but will definitely be back to try one the many delicious looking desserts.

Pros: fabulous service and great cheeses/desserts

Cons: expect to wait a little while

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Best burger in town, yes it is $12 but it's not like we haven't paid that much bizillions of times at RR. The menu is tiny but so well put together. My favourites: the whole trout (fresh and delicious everytime even at midnight!), cheese burger (with bacon, of course) and their creme caramel which keeps gettin better and better.
ps. if you are a margarita on the rocks lover.. this is the palace for you!

2
★★★★★

Best burger in town, yes it is $12 but it's not like we haven't paid that much bizillions of times at RR. The menu is tiny but so well put together. My favourites: the whole trout (fresh and delicious everytime even at midnight!), cheese burger (with bacon, of course) and their creme caramel which keeps gettin better and better.
ps. if you are a margarita on the rocks lover.. this is the palace for you!

Pros: Not good for kids and late night dining

Cons: Tom's BBQ sauce and parking

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Whether it is a full meal, just drinks, or just dessert, every time I go to Palace Kitchen, it delivers. It's a great spot to go either before or after catching a movie at the Cinerama, which is just across the street. And, the reviews are true - the hamburger here is the best!

2
★★★★☆

Whether it is a full meal, just drinks, or just dessert, every time I go to Palace Kitchen, it delivers. It's a great spot to go either before or after catching a movie at the Cinerama, which is just across the street. And, the reviews are true - the hamburger here is the best!

Pros: Location, hamburger, menu

Cons: Noisy

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Palace Kitchen offers what many upscale restaurants do not. Energitic ambance and lively social atmosphere. It can be a little loud,but its like a rockstar of restaurants. So one expects that. The menu changes to some degree,but many favorites remain available. While a table is nice for four or more people, the bars offers the best people watching and comfortable dining. Its also great for late night dining.

2
★★★★★

Palace Kitchen offers what many upscale restaurants do not. Energitic ambance and lively social atmosphere. It can be a little loud,but its like a rockstar of restaurants. So one expects that. The menu changes to some degree,but many favorites remain available. While a table is nice for four or more people, the bars offers the best people watching and comfortable dining. Its also great for late night dining.

Pros: fun and friendly

Cons: usually crowded

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the fries are a little too salty, but the burger is amazing. this place also has a very cool bar to chill and people watch. i love this place....the burger is the cheapest thing on the menu i think

2
★★★★★

the fries are a little too salty, but the burger is amazing. this place also has a very cool bar to chill and people watch. i love this place....the burger is the cheapest thing on the menu i think

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Took myself and 4 friends to the Palace Kitchen to celebrate my first Real Estate investment. There isn't another Resturant I trust more than The Palace Kitchen to deliver amazing food and top notch service every time. Go... sit at the bar or get a cozy booth. You'll be raving to your friends afterwards.

2
★★★★★

Took myself and 4 friends to the Palace Kitchen to celebrate my first Real Estate investment. There isn't another Resturant I trust more than The Palace Kitchen to deliver amazing food and top notch service every time. Go... sit at the bar or get a cozy booth. You'll be raving to your friends afterwards.

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Festive atmopshere, unique menu, superior service... what's not to love about Palace Kitchen? I have been there with my husband for romantic dinners, with family for a spontaneous meals (we have two kids), and with groups for late night appetizers and have never been disappointed. One of the best restaurants in Seattle!

2
★★★★★

Festive atmopshere, unique menu, superior service... what's not to love about Palace Kitchen? I have been there with my husband for romantic dinners, with family for a spontaneous meals (we have two kids), and with groups for late night appetizers and have never been disappointed. One of the best restaurants in Seattle!

Pros: Olive poppers (a must try), fantastic service, adventuresome menu

Cons: no reservations for parties of less than 6

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The hamburger is $12 and YES, it's really good. The other dishes are very tasty too, we've had a lot of them from chicken, fish, beef, etc. Haven't been disappointed yet.

The appetizers simply shine! From breaded smelts (our friend was quite dubious but ate her full share!) to white anchovies with olives and Spanish almonds to fresh crab in butter, etc., etc. We never pass up dessert, like homemade ice cream or coconut creme pie.

Mostly the service is excellent although once or twice it's not quite as good, so what? Relax. I don't judge people I meet (or places I go) based on only a single bad day. :)

Great with big groups too, have always loved taking an outing here...

2
★★★★★

The hamburger is $12 and YES, it's really good. The other dishes are very tasty too, we've had a lot of them from chicken, fish, beef, etc. Haven't been disappointed yet.

The appetizers simply shine! From breaded smelts (our friend was quite dubious but ate her full share!) to white anchovies with olives and Spanish almonds to fresh crab in butter, etc., etc. We never pass up dessert, like homemade ice cream or coconut creme pie.

Mostly the service is excellent although once or twice it's not quite as good, so what? Relax. I don't judge people I meet (or places I go) based on only a single bad day. :)

Great with big groups too, have always loved taking an outing here...

Pros: Fun for groups, Very cozy, Fun ambience

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Seattle really needs more places like the Palace, places that serve late night foodie fare. Manila clams are so delictable that you'll want to use your bread to soak up the delicious clam broth. You will never think of chicken the same after trying the apple wood grilled chicken, moist, juicy and plump. After 10pm you can get poached eggs with house made corned beef hash for only 10 bucks. The ribeye steak is on par with that served at the Met or El Gaucho.

One warning is that smoking is allowed after 10pm so if you are sensitive to cigarette smoke, you should consider this fact.

2
★★★★☆

Seattle really needs more places like the Palace, places that serve late night foodie fare. Manila clams are so delictable that you'll want to use your bread to soak up the delicious clam broth. You will never think of chicken the same after trying the apple wood grilled chicken, moist, juicy and plump. After 10pm you can get poached eggs with house made corned beef hash for only 10 bucks. The ribeye steak is on par with that served at the Met or El Gaucho.

One warning is that smoking is allowed after 10pm so if you are sensitive to cigarette smoke, you should consider this fact.

Pros: Late Night Eats, Manila Clams, Chicken

Cons: Smoking

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I dined at this restaurant for the first time last night. I was very impressed. A friend and I were seated quickly and well taken care of by the waiter. He was friendly and was capable of answering the questions we had about certain dishes. We shared a salad, two appetizers and dessert. Sharing appetizers seems to be the way to go. They are the stars of the menu. We had a tomato salad with pine nuts, the goat cheese fondue, and pork cheeks, which were phenomenal. Also, we very much enjoyed the blackberry shortcake. I would definitely return and recommend to friends. The only downside is the cost. It is expensive, but I thought it was worth it.

2
★★★★★

I dined at this restaurant for the first time last night. I was very impressed. A friend and I were seated quickly and well taken care of by the waiter. He was friendly and was capable of answering the questions we had about certain dishes. We shared a salad, two appetizers and dessert. Sharing appetizers seems to be the way to go. They are the stars of the menu. We had a tomato salad with pine nuts, the goat cheese fondue, and pork cheeks, which were phenomenal. Also, we very much enjoyed the blackberry shortcake. I would definitely return and recommend to friends. The only downside is the cost. It is expensive, but I thought it was worth it.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

Cons: Expense

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This spot is amazing! great bar - great service - great food and open late! Who could ask for more! It is a little pricey but every bit worth it - the seafood is excellent!

2
★★★★★

This spot is amazing! great bar - great service - great food and open late! Who could ask for more! It is a little pricey but every bit worth it - the seafood is excellent!

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Food: Good burger with tasty fries. The halibut was just ok, definately not worth twice the price. Had the goat cheese appetizer, which was average, and its hard for goat cheese to be average.

Service: It was ok. No complants, but not overwhelmed either. We were seated quickly and had our glasses filled before we had to ask, but after they were empty.

Ambience: Cool. Nicely done.

In the end, if I went back, I'd stick to the cheap $12 burger...but it seems like the place could do much more than that.

1
★★★☆☆

Food: Good burger with tasty fries. The halibut was just ok, definately not worth twice the price. Had the goat cheese appetizer, which was average, and its hard for goat cheese to be average.

Service: It was ok. No complants, but not overwhelmed either. We were seated quickly and had our glasses filled before we had to ask, but after they were empty.

Ambience: Cool. Nicely done.

In the end, if I went back, I'd stick to the cheap $12 burger...but it seems like the place could do much more than that.

Pros: Nice look, Near Downtown, Good Burger

Cons: Average Fish

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I believe the Palace Kitchen serves the best hamburgers in the city. The bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar is outstanding. The wait staff is kind, friendly amd most of all professional. They enjoy their job. It shows!

2
★★★★★

I believe the Palace Kitchen serves the best hamburgers in the city. The bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar is outstanding. The wait staff is kind, friendly amd most of all professional. They enjoy their job. It shows!

Cons: Free Parking

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My husband and I have been coming in from the cold to the warm embrace of the Palace for after work drinks and nibbles for years. For our anniversary this year we decided to actually dine at the Palace, and what a good decision that was! We had a FANTASTIC meal in many courses, never felt rushed, and left with full tummies, satisfied palates, and that speacial glow that comes from being waited on unobtrusively, tho expertly. We'll be back again and again (and will bring our friends too!)

2
★★★★★

My husband and I have been coming in from the cold to the warm embrace of the Palace for after work drinks and nibbles for years. For our anniversary this year we decided to actually dine at the Palace, and what a good decision that was! We had a FANTASTIC meal in many courses, never felt rushed, and left with full tummies, satisfied palates, and that speacial glow that comes from being waited on unobtrusively, tho expertly. We'll be back again and again (and will bring our friends too!)

Pros: FOOD!, service, ambience

Cons: no reservations

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My wife and I decided to give the Palace Kitchen a try last night. Our server was fantastic! The place was busy but he spent the time walking us through the menu, explaining the cooking preparations, even origins of certain dishes. We tried Foie Gras torchon for the first time. MMM! I had the Braised Oxtail and my wife had the Whole Grilled Trout. DELICIOUS!! Wine? Our server was also the sommelier. We had him pick a bottle of red and a half bottle of white to complement the meal and he hit the bullseye. The only drawback of the evening was a rude party of 6 at an adjacent table that insisted on yelling obscenities & profanities at each other instead of talking. This place is not a sports bar. We'll be back soon on a day when the Bridge & Tunnel crowd doesn't invade the city.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I decided to give the Palace Kitchen a try last night. Our server was fantastic! The place was busy but he spent the time walking us through the menu, explaining the cooking preparations, even origins of certain dishes. We tried Foie Gras torchon for the first time. MMM! I had the Braised Oxtail and my wife had the Whole Grilled Trout. DELICIOUS!! Wine? Our server was also the sommelier. We had him pick a bottle of red and a half bottle of white to complement the meal and he hit the bullseye. The only drawback of the evening was a rude party of 6 at an adjacent table that insisted on yelling obscenities & profanities at each other instead of talking. This place is not a sports bar. We'll be back soon on a day when the Bridge & Tunnel crowd doesn't invade the city.

Pros: DELICIOUS FOOD!!!!, WINE & SPIRITS!!!, Tattooed Sommelier!!

Cons: , Loud amateur diners., Too full for dessert.

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Stopped by for dinner without reservations on a Saturday night around 5:30, but were seated immediately by an exuberant host. Our server was friendly and attentive even though the place was getting crowded. We ordered a few appetizers and one entree, which seems like common sense when the menu is 75% appetizers. Goat cheese fondue, caesar salad, grilled fish, and salmon terrine were GREAT. I think the menu offers so much that you'd be making a mistake if you just got one entree and didn't try any of the many appetizers and salads. There's an extensive wine/drink list (it's bigger than the menu!) and we were seated in a quiet dining room on the side that can clearly be used for private dining, right next to the wine cellar.

Foodies:try this place. We received excellent food, excellent service, and the prices really aren't that bad compared to many "snooty" restaurants.

2
★★★★★

Stopped by for dinner without reservations on a Saturday night around 5:30, but were seated immediately by an exuberant host. Our server was friendly and attentive even though the place was getting crowded. We ordered a few appetizers and one entree, which seems like common sense when the menu is 75% appetizers. Goat cheese fondue, caesar salad, grilled fish, and salmon terrine were GREAT. I think the menu offers so much that you'd be making a mistake if you just got one entree and didn't try any of the many appetizers and salads. There's an extensive wine/drink list (it's bigger than the menu!) and we were seated in a quiet dining room on the side that can clearly be used for private dining, right next to the wine cellar.

Foodies:try this place. We received excellent food, excellent service, and the prices really aren't that bad compared to many "snooty" restaurants.

Pros: service, interesting menu, open late

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I hope my first visit to Palace Kitchen was an anomoly. "What can you tell me about the duck?" "Uhh, it's crispy, it's woodfired.... it's... duck" Well that was helpful. Actually the food wasn't bad but it had a feeling of being mass produced and therefore overpriced. The service was terrible. We waited 20 minutes after being seated before even being acknowledged by our server. He never checked in with us after delivering the food. After twice trying to remove our plates while we were still eating, he then left us ignored for another 20 minutes. We were never offered dessert or coffee or more beverages when our glasses were empty. Not a good experience. We will go back and try again, perhaps at a less busy time.

1
★★☆☆☆

I hope my first visit to Palace Kitchen was an anomoly. "What can you tell me about the duck?" "Uhh, it's crispy, it's woodfired.... it's... duck" Well that was helpful. Actually the food wasn't bad but it had a feeling of being mass produced and therefore overpriced. The service was terrible. We waited 20 minutes after being seated before even being acknowledged by our server. He never checked in with us after delivering the food. After twice trying to remove our plates while we were still eating, he then left us ignored for another 20 minutes. We were never offered dessert or coffee or more beverages when our glasses were empty. Not a good experience. We will go back and try again, perhaps at a less busy time.

Pros: still thinking

Cons: Bad service

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Our waitress (or the kitchen) somehow forgot our order. After waiting endlessly for a table, we waited endlessly for our dinner. We are willing to overlook an occasional mistake, especially if the restaurant demonstrates they are sorry and makes amends. In our case, our waitress made US feel like the bad guys. She didn't even apologize!! Given the prices, I expect better service.

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★★☆☆☆

Our waitress (or the kitchen) somehow forgot our order. After waiting endlessly for a table, we waited endlessly for our dinner. We are willing to overlook an occasional mistake, especially if the restaurant demonstrates they are sorry and makes amends. In our case, our waitress made US feel like the bad guys. She didn't even apologize!! Given the prices, I expect better service.

Pros: good food

Cons: rude staff, expensive, dark

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Keely is the BEST late night bartender in the Seattle area in terms of drinks, plus she is the best on the eyes anywhere in the NORTHWEST....!!!

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★★★★★

Keely is the BEST late night bartender in the Seattle area in terms of drinks, plus she is the best on the eyes anywhere in the NORTHWEST....!!!

Pros: Keely'd working, Late Night Food, Chicken Wings

Cons: Keely's night off

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The portions were microscopic and the menu was flat out bizarre with lots of rudibagas, and turnips

1
★★★☆☆

The portions were microscopic and the menu was flat out bizarre with lots of rudibagas, and turnips

Pros: ambiance

Cons: price, menu

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Just went to PK for the first time for dinner. Friends have been raving about it for years now so I finally went. The food was fantastic, from appetizers, entrees, dessert, to drinks. The only downside was our server. He was snobby, indifferent, and basically a jerk. When we asked about the flavor of an entree, he paused and subtlely rolled his eyes before giving a lame and generic, "it's more flavorful" reply. I'm tired of snotty service when I'm trying to dine out & have a nice time! What gets me is that busser was much more pleasant than the server! I wished he was the one waiting on us & getting the tip! Again, the food was great, I thought the prices were fine. The server was bad and management should be aware of it!

1
★★★☆☆

Just went to PK for the first time for dinner. Friends have been raving about it for years now so I finally went. The food was fantastic, from appetizers, entrees, dessert, to drinks. The only downside was our server. He was snobby, indifferent, and basically a jerk. When we asked about the flavor of an entree, he paused and subtlely rolled his eyes before giving a lame and generic, "it's more flavorful" reply. I'm tired of snotty service when I'm trying to dine out & have a nice time! What gets me is that busser was much more pleasant than the server! I wished he was the one waiting on us & getting the tip! Again, the food was great, I thought the prices were fine. The server was bad and management should be aware of it!

Pros: Atmosphere, Menu

Cons: TOO MUCH ATTITUDE

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My fiance and I have become regulars here. The menu rotates so there is almost always something new to try. We love how Tom Douglas combines very few and simple ingredients to create amazing and interesting flavors!

2
★★★★★

My fiance and I have become regulars here. The menu rotates so there is almost always something new to try. We love how Tom Douglas combines very few and simple ingredients to create amazing and interesting flavors!

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance

Cons: Parking

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Sunday, 5pm window seat. We could not believe our ears.....the noise from the kitchen area was so loud throughout our entire meal we couldn't wait to leave. We like open kitchens, they add to the ambiance...most of the time. We could hear pans flying into the sinks, dishes being slammed onto counter tops, silverware being dropped into who knows what and sounds of items being moved or dragged across the floor. Sometimes it even sounded like wooden boxes being dragged across the ceiling. The place was packed but the customer noise did not offend OR, unfortunately, cover up the constant assault from the back of the house. In the end, it was almost laughable but we fled without even considering dessert or after dinner drinks.

1
★★★☆☆

Sunday, 5pm window seat. We could not believe our ears.....the noise from the kitchen area was so loud throughout our entire meal we couldn't wait to leave. We like open kitchens, they add to the ambiance...most of the time. We could hear pans flying into the sinks, dishes being slammed onto counter tops, silverware being dropped into who knows what and sounds of items being moved or dragged across the floor. Sometimes it even sounded like wooden boxes being dragged across the ceiling. The place was packed but the customer noise did not offend OR, unfortunately, cover up the constant assault from the back of the house. In the end, it was almost laughable but we fled without even considering dessert or after dinner drinks.

Pros: Fun decor, good location

Cons: Loud, loud, LOUD

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The burger at the Palace kitchen is charred black on the outside - red and barely warm on the inside. The smoky applewood aroma and the sharp cheddar cheese perfectly complement the flavor of the oozing juices of the bloody meat. Of course, you can order it well done if you like - but it would be a crime since a good rare burger is so hard to find in this city. The accompanying fries are Belgian style, fresh cut light gold shoestrings, flash-fried at high heat so that the oil just penetrates. The aioli dip is the perfect condiment for perfect fries. The other items on the menu look good too but we wind up ordering the burger and fries each time for some reason...

2
★★★★★

The burger at the Palace kitchen is charred black on the outside - red and barely warm on the inside. The smoky applewood aroma and the sharp cheddar cheese perfectly complement the flavor of the oozing juices of the bloody meat. Of course, you can order it well done if you like - but it would be a crime since a good rare burger is so hard to find in this city. The accompanying fries are Belgian style, fresh cut light gold shoestrings, flash-fried at high heat so that the oil just penetrates. The aioli dip is the perfect condiment for perfect fries. The other items on the menu look good too but we wind up ordering the burger and fries each time for some reason...

Pros: Best rare burger, Best frites

Cons: Fattening

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All of of TD's restaurants are great, but I love the cozy atmosphere at PK. Quality ingredients + simple preparation = GREAT FOOD

2
★★★★★

All of of TD's restaurants are great, but I love the cozy atmosphere at PK. Quality ingredients + simple preparation = GREAT FOOD

Pros: Value

Cons: Attitude (servers)

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I hate to give this kind of rating, but the PK is a bit pricey--for nouveau American cuisine. The service was fine, but after spending ~$60 for a meal not including wine, I would hope to either be stuffed or smacking my lips at the mouth watering meal I just finished--neither of which I did...

1
★★★☆☆

I hate to give this kind of rating, but the PK is a bit pricey--for nouveau American cuisine. The service was fine, but after spending ~$60 for a meal not including wine, I would hope to either be stuffed or smacking my lips at the mouth watering meal I just finished--neither of which I did...

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I've been a long time drinks & appetizers customer of the PK, so I decided to take a group of friends there for a good bye dinner. The food is quite nice, even if the portions are on the small side; the atmosphere is agreeably eclectic. It's a shame that the service left such a bad taste in my mouth: our server was impatient and became increasingly difficult to track down as the evening wore on. All in all, the unfriendly vibe is enough to keep me from going back and the evening was over priced for what it was.

1
★★☆☆☆

I've been a long time drinks & appetizers customer of the PK, so I decided to take a group of friends there for a good bye dinner. The food is quite nice, even if the portions are on the small side; the atmosphere is agreeably eclectic. It's a shame that the service left such a bad taste in my mouth: our server was impatient and became increasingly difficult to track down as the evening wore on. All in all, the unfriendly vibe is enough to keep me from going back and the evening was over priced for what it was.

Cons: Service, no reservations, expensive

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The food is always wonderful and the service is near perfect. This is my favorite restaurant in the city, and I spend a fair amount of time going out. Get an appetizer, a bottle of wine, and an entree. Relax: the place is beautiful. They don't take reservations, but you can always sit at the bar for a preprandial beverage and a smoke.

2
★★★★★

The food is always wonderful and the service is near perfect. This is my favorite restaurant in the city, and I spend a fair amount of time going out. Get an appetizer, a bottle of wine, and an entree. Relax: the place is beautiful. They don't take reservations, but you can always sit at the bar for a preprandial beverage and a smoke.

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After reading split reviews decided to give PK a 'go' last week w/friends from out of town. Found the layout small and surprisingly 'crowded" looking w/booths crammed around the focal point bar and around the kitchen w/no views. Despite the numerous 'negative service' comments, Scott our waiter was pleasant, attentive and knowledgable. No probs w/service at all. The portions, though looked small, were satisfying for my dinner companions without appetizers. The Steak was very good. We found it unreasonably hot inside on this particular hot summer evening, to the point of being uncomfortable in our own perspiration - ventilation seemed to be lacking. Overall, a nice evening - but spendy for what it was.

2
★★★★☆

After reading split reviews decided to give PK a 'go' last week w/friends from out of town. Found the layout small and surprisingly 'crowded" looking w/booths crammed around the focal point bar and around the kitchen w/no views. Despite the numerous 'negative service' comments, Scott our waiter was pleasant, attentive and knowledgable. No probs w/service at all. The portions, though looked small, were satisfying for my dinner companions without appetizers. The Steak was very good. We found it unreasonably hot inside on this particular hot summer evening, to the point of being uncomfortable in our own perspiration - ventilation seemed to be lacking. Overall, a nice evening - but spendy for what it was.

Pros: Scott

Cons: Ventilation, spendy

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I recently went here for dinner on a friday night and was extremely pleased with everything. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly without the overbearing personality that can ruin a romantic evening. The dark lighting, simple menu and beautiful music all made for a wonderful meal.

2
★★★★★

I recently went here for dinner on a friday night and was extremely pleased with everything. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly without the overbearing personality that can ruin a romantic evening. The dark lighting, simple menu and beautiful music all made for a wonderful meal.

Pros: Staff, Food, Ambience

Cons: A bit expensive

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I have been to the PK several times and always have left happy - a great place to go after work with the girls and grab some vino and appetizers, or to take a friend from out of town. My husband enjoys the burger, and I have had the various chicken selections and found them to be divine. The cheese appetizer is delicious..fun, hip, dim, love it!

2
★★★★★

I have been to the PK several times and always have left happy - a great place to go after work with the girls and grab some vino and appetizers, or to take a friend from out of town. My husband enjoys the burger, and I have had the various chicken selections and found them to be divine. The cheese appetizer is delicious..fun, hip, dim, love it!

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I've been once and thought the food and the service were good. It's not as pricey as Tom Douglas' other effort (Dahlia Lounge), but it's not "cheap" by any means. The ambience was funky and fun, but it was a little noisy and not what I would call romantic. The bar was very busy and - as a strictly casual observer - I noticed an inordinately large number of very attractive ladies at the bar. I asked the bar tender what the deal was, he said it was just a "perk" of the job.

2
★★★★☆

I've been once and thought the food and the service were good. It's not as pricey as Tom Douglas' other effort (Dahlia Lounge), but it's not "cheap" by any means. The ambience was funky and fun, but it was a little noisy and not what I would call romantic. The bar was very busy and - as a strictly casual observer - I noticed an inordinately large number of very attractive ladies at the bar. I asked the bar tender what the deal was, he said it was just a "perk" of the job.

Pros: good food, good service, fun atmosphere

Cons: Little Noisy, Too Many Pretty girls

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I think it was really yummy! It's a great place to eat and Tom Douglas' food is always tres fab!

Go and save room for coconut cream pie, you weasels!

2
★★★★★

I think it was really yummy! It's a great place to eat and Tom Douglas' food is always tres fab!

Go and save room for coconut cream pie, you weasels!

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I've gone to the Palace Kitchen every friday for the last month and had a fabulous time. I've dined, I've dessert-ed, I've cocktailed, and I've never been disappointed. The food is tasty, inventive, and well presented. I now have to fulfill a weekly craving for the chevre fondue and roast chicken. The wine list is well rounded and affordable. As for the service, though I've thought our servers have been stretched a bit thin, they've always been gracious and knowledgeable (Every recommendation has been a hit.) They decant bottles of wine- thank GOD!! Oh Yes, the cocktails are perfection.... I'm hooked

2
★★★★★

I've gone to the Palace Kitchen every friday for the last month and had a fabulous time. I've dined, I've dessert-ed, I've cocktailed, and I've never been disappointed. The food is tasty, inventive, and well presented. I now have to fulfill a weekly craving for the chevre fondue and roast chicken. The wine list is well rounded and affordable. As for the service, though I've thought our servers have been stretched a bit thin, they've always been gracious and knowledgeable (Every recommendation has been a hit.) They decant bottles of wine- thank GOD!! Oh Yes, the cocktails are perfection.... I'm hooked

Pros: amazing cocktails, attentive service, delicious food

Cons: loud & cavernous, don't sit by the door

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High ceilings, rustic lighting, and a U-shaped bar define this Tom Douglas restaurant. The seasonal menu features refined comfort food served in an elegant yet casual setting. A large painting of a lusty banquet in a seventeenth-century…

 

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