Kingfish Cafe the

★★★☆☆
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602 19th Ave E

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Weekday Lunch 11:30am-2:00pm Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-9:30pm Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm Weekday Happy Hour 4pm-6pm Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm Closed Tuesday

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The food was very good, the portions were far too big. The cost was extremely expensive, and the no reservation policy drove me crazy since my friend wanted to have her 30th birthday dinner here. We ended up waiting FOREVER in spite of showing up early. The strawberry shortcake was very good, but the chicken I ordered was dry.

To top it off they let us know they only took cash at the end of the meal. Uhg.

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★★★☆☆

The food was very good, the portions were far too big. The cost was extremely expensive, and the no reservation policy drove me crazy since my friend wanted to have her 30th birthday dinner here. We ended up waiting FOREVER in spite of showing up early. The strawberry shortcake was very good, but the chicken I ordered was dry.

To top it off they let us know they only took cash at the end of the meal. Uhg.

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HORRIBLE!!! I hated it. To give you an idea, the fried chicken with collard greens and mashed potatoes was $16.75. The chicken was burnt (so dry) the greens were not cleaned properly and the salad had way too much mayo. I also got the gumbo for $18.75 that had 4 shrimp and 2 tiny crab legs the rest was chicken and rice. The mac and cheese is all right, but my bill was $50.88! I would recommend Ezells for that price. Overall: overrated and overpriced!!

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★☆☆☆☆

HORRIBLE!!! I hated it. To give you an idea, the fried chicken with collard greens and mashed potatoes was $16.75. The chicken was burnt (so dry) the greens were not cleaned properly and the salad had way too much mayo. I also got the gumbo for $18.75 that had 4 shrimp and 2 tiny crab legs the rest was chicken and rice. The mac and cheese is all right, but my bill was $50.88! I would recommend Ezells for that price. Overall: overrated and overpriced!!

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In the mood for soul food? The Kingfish Cafe will satisfy your stomach and give you a great experience of southern culture. The cornbread is always fresh and dinner items like the catfish, salmon, and roasted pork chop will never let you down.

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★★★★☆

In the mood for soul food? The Kingfish Cafe will satisfy your stomach and give you a great experience of southern culture. The cornbread is always fresh and dinner items like the catfish, salmon, and roasted pork chop will never let you down.

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This is a must try for upscale soul food in a trendy, sophisticated atmosphere. They blend Seattle style with southern history and food perfectly. The food was spectacular and I recommend it as a must try for any Seattle resident.

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This is a must try for upscale soul food in a trendy, sophisticated atmosphere. They blend Seattle style with southern history and food perfectly. The food was spectacular and I recommend it as a must try for any Seattle resident.

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I hadn't had southern cuisine for a while. I had black-eyed peas, hush puppies, some delicious greens and fish here. It was all wonderfully flavored. Their coconut cake is beautiful and delicious! Fun space to sit and eat, too.

4
★★★★☆

I hadn't had southern cuisine for a while. I had black-eyed peas, hush puppies, some delicious greens and fish here. It was all wonderfully flavored. Their coconut cake is beautiful and delicious! Fun space to sit and eat, too.

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went for the first time last week and was just knocked out by the food, the service ( thanks Conner), will be going back every chance we get.

5
★★★★★

went for the first time last week and was just knocked out by the food, the service ( thanks Conner), will be going back every chance we get.

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We love the Kingfish. It is where we celebrate every big occasion---and where we go whenever possible in between! The food is wonderful (the Fried Chicken Salad is my all time favorite)...and getting dessert is an absolute must! Great Strawberry Shortcake and to-die-for cakes! The service is always been friendly and helpful, the ambience is wonderful. If you haven't been, you gotta go!

5
★★★★★

We love the Kingfish. It is where we celebrate every big occasion---and where we go whenever possible in between! The food is wonderful (the Fried Chicken Salad is my all time favorite)...and getting dessert is an absolute must! Great Strawberry Shortcake and to-die-for cakes! The service is always been friendly and helpful, the ambience is wonderful. If you haven't been, you gotta go!

Pros: great food, wonderful atomosphere, nice people

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Great food, warm staff, lovely setting.

5
★★★★★

Great food, warm staff, lovely setting.

Pros: Delicious food, creative menu, wonderful staff

Cons: None

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I went for the first time last week....It was a very nice spot I really enjoyed myself.....the food is good....Now I wont lie...it's not like Grammas :0) but it's damn good!! No complaints...Dont pay attention to all the other uptight comments....sometimes you can't please people no matter what you do...For the price, atmosphere and location and VIBE ALONE this is a cool spot for drinks and eats 2 thumbs up !!

4
★★★★☆

I went for the first time last week....It was a very nice spot I really enjoyed myself.....the food is good....Now I wont lie...it's not like Grammas :0) but it's damn good!! No complaints...Dont pay attention to all the other uptight comments....sometimes you can't please people no matter what you do...For the price, atmosphere and location and VIBE ALONE this is a cool spot for drinks and eats 2 thumbs up !!

Pros: Service Staff Personalities

Cons: none really (honestly)

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After waiting at our table for twenty minutes without any service, we had to go to the front to ask for a server. When she did come, she did not apologize for completely ignoring us. Server was rude throughout the entire experience and acted like we were bothering her.
Before ordering the server said her credit card machine was down and we would have to pay with cash or check (there is not a close ATM). After waiting for an hour, we did not want to get up so we said we would take our chances that her machine would be fixed (it was later in the meal). I have been in retail stores when the credit card machine goes down and they just write down your credit card number and run it later when their machines are fixed, of course no such solution was offered here.
Next, unknown to us, our table was given the winter menu. When the salmon did not have mashed potatoes with it, I asked where they were. The server acted like I made it up even though both my husband and I read it on the menu. I asked for a menu and after quite some time she returned with a spring menu, no potatoes listed. The server just shrugged and said I must have had the winter menu and walked away.
My husband had the ribs and thought they were very average.
There was no toilet paper nor was there any paper towels in ladies bathroom. I went into the men's bathroom (door was open) and they were out of toilet paper as well.
I go out all the time and this has been my worst restaurant experience in many years.

2
★★☆☆☆

After waiting at our table for twenty minutes without any service, we had to go to the front to ask for a server. When she did come, she did not apologize for completely ignoring us. Server was rude throughout the entire experience and acted like we were bothering her.
Before ordering the server said her credit card machine was down and we would have to pay with cash or check (there is not a close ATM). After waiting for an hour, we did not want to get up so we said we would take our chances that her machine would be fixed (it was later in the meal). I have been in retail stores when the credit card machine goes down and they just write down your credit card number and run it later when their machines are fixed, of course no such solution was offered here.
Next, unknown to us, our table was given the winter menu. When the salmon did not have mashed potatoes with it, I asked where they were. The server acted like I made it up even though both my husband and I read it on the menu. I asked for a menu and after quite some time she returned with a spring menu, no potatoes listed. The server just shrugged and said I must have had the winter menu and walked away.
My husband had the ribs and thought they were very average.
There was no toilet paper nor was there any paper towels in ladies bathroom. I went into the men's bathroom (door was open) and they were out of toilet paper as well.
I go out all the time and this has been my worst restaurant experience in many years.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Service

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If I were Randy Jackson, I'd call this place "pitchy" and say, "Ya lost me, dawg."

I don't even want to go into a lot of detail about this because, to me as a life-long Southerner, this place just doesn't add up. It will probably satisfy anyone who has never had real, home-made Southern cooking, daily, for their whole lives, but it's really just somebody's *idea* of Southern food. Their own bio says that the Coaston sisters weren't cooks before they decided to open KingFish and it shows. Everything SORTA tastes like what the dish is supposed to be but there's something off about every single one. I hesitate to trash any restaurant trying to turn out Southern food because I miss it and wish I could get it somewhere other than my own kitchen but there is a HUGE difference between Southern food as made by a person who has made it since they could reach the stove and someone who got some recipes from their family so they could open a funkily-chic restaurant in Seattle. I put in the time to go back and try everything and none of it was more than a vague shadow of what anybody's grandmother would turn out in their kitchen in Tuscaloosa, Jackson, Valdosta, or Chatanooga. If you don't KNOW Southern food - intimately and with your soul involved - this bloodless imitation will probably be a perfectly adequate change of pace for you. I sorta wish I could eat it the same way. Maybe if they removed any references to the South from the place and just called it food. But my expectations for people who claim to make Southern food go a lot higher than Kingfish.

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★☆☆☆☆

If I were Randy Jackson, I'd call this place "pitchy" and say, "Ya lost me, dawg."

I don't even want to go into a lot of detail about this because, to me as a life-long Southerner, this place just doesn't add up. It will probably satisfy anyone who has never had real, home-made Southern cooking, daily, for their whole lives, but it's really just somebody's *idea* of Southern food. Their own bio says that the Coaston sisters weren't cooks before they decided to open KingFish and it shows. Everything SORTA tastes like what the dish is supposed to be but there's something off about every single one. I hesitate to trash any restaurant trying to turn out Southern food because I miss it and wish I could get it somewhere other than my own kitchen but there is a HUGE difference between Southern food as made by a person who has made it since they could reach the stove and someone who got some recipes from their family so they could open a funkily-chic restaurant in Seattle. I put in the time to go back and try everything and none of it was more than a vague shadow of what anybody's grandmother would turn out in their kitchen in Tuscaloosa, Jackson, Valdosta, or Chatanooga. If you don't KNOW Southern food - intimately and with your soul involved - this bloodless imitation will probably be a perfectly adequate change of pace for you. I sorta wish I could eat it the same way. Maybe if they removed any references to the South from the place and just called it food. But my expectations for people who claim to make Southern food go a lot higher than Kingfish.

Pros: Studiously laid-back

Cons: FOOD

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I have to assume this restaurant has gone way downhill recently; friends I trust used to love it. But all the food tonight was bland and tired-tasting with way too much breading. And then there was the service, with a waitress who seemed to dislike her job and was never even pleasant. She let our food get cold on the counter, had to be asked twice for our drinks, never produced the salad we ordered. The standbys of fried chicken and catfish were just very poor. Avoid this very over-rated place.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I have to assume this restaurant has gone way downhill recently; friends I trust used to love it. But all the food tonight was bland and tired-tasting with way too much breading. And then there was the service, with a waitress who seemed to dislike her job and was never even pleasant. She let our food get cold on the counter, had to be asked twice for our drinks, never produced the salad we ordered. The standbys of fried chicken and catfish were just very poor. Avoid this very over-rated place.

Pros: None, really

Cons: Food and Service

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I live on Capital Hill, and have never been here until last night.
What a cool spot

5
★★★★★

I live on Capital Hill, and have never been here until last night.
What a cool spot

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Had dinner on a Sunday night at 6PM. My son and I were immediately seated. Service was fast, efficient, and very friendly (they even sweetened my ice tea for me, twice, once without me asking). We had catfish and chicken with ample sides-well prepared and very tasty. Can't wait to get back to Seattle to explore their menu some more. I'd highly recommend the restaurant.

5
★★★★★

Had dinner on a Sunday night at 6PM. My son and I were immediately seated. Service was fast, efficient, and very friendly (they even sweetened my ice tea for me, twice, once without me asking). We had catfish and chicken with ample sides-well prepared and very tasty. Can't wait to get back to Seattle to explore their menu some more. I'd highly recommend the restaurant.

Pros: Great food, great service.

Cons: Gets cold in the front dining room when the door opens.

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Please - don't waste your time or money. Four (4) of us went Fri, Aug 29,2008. We were told there would be a 20 min wait. At end of 20 they said they were preparing a table for us. Then another 15 min and they sai "oh, we has a big party come in and the table we has prepared for you we gave to them. Two or three times later they came and asked, in succession, is this for 3 people, then two people, and last five. Each time we said four.Then, after our complaints they begrudgingly "found" a table in the back of the room by the kitchen entrance - our reward for a complaint. First things first. We ordered a bottle of wine (priced 200% over retail). After 3 tries the bottle was delivered AFTER our appitizers and our meal arrived. One of 4 orders was wrong. Fried chicken - leg, thigh & breast. The breast was so dry it was terrible. The thigh and leg somewhat better. The coleslaw and potatoe salad at best average. Service nonexistant. Was anything comped for our problems - no, of course not. Do yourself a favor and find another place. Perhaps Monsoon across the street with real food and real service.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Please - don't waste your time or money. Four (4) of us went Fri, Aug 29,2008. We were told there would be a 20 min wait. At end of 20 they said they were preparing a table for us. Then another 15 min and they sai "oh, we has a big party come in and the table we has prepared for you we gave to them. Two or three times later they came and asked, in succession, is this for 3 people, then two people, and last five. Each time we said four.Then, after our complaints they begrudgingly "found" a table in the back of the room by the kitchen entrance - our reward for a complaint. First things first. We ordered a bottle of wine (priced 200% over retail). After 3 tries the bottle was delivered AFTER our appitizers and our meal arrived. One of 4 orders was wrong. Fried chicken - leg, thigh & breast. The breast was so dry it was terrible. The thigh and leg somewhat better. The coleslaw and potatoe salad at best average. Service nonexistant. Was anything comped for our problems - no, of course not. Do yourself a favor and find another place. Perhaps Monsoon across the street with real food and real service.

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There was absolutely nothing wrong with anything we ordered. The staff was very attentive, engaging, and friendly! The atmosphere was great, though it got pretty crowded after six- but we still didn't feel cramped. The drinks were wonderful and full of flavor! The appetizer of fried green tomatoes and hush puppies were seasoned and cooked perfectly. We also ordered the fried chicken and gumbo. The fried chicken was very moist and flavorful and the gumbo was soul in a bowl! For dessert we had both the butterscotch cake and berry cobbler. Beware of HUGE portions! when the waitress tells you to split dessert, do it! The slice of cake was the size of my head. All in all, our experience couldn't have been better!! We'll be coming back!

5
★★★★★

There was absolutely nothing wrong with anything we ordered. The staff was very attentive, engaging, and friendly! The atmosphere was great, though it got pretty crowded after six- but we still didn't feel cramped. The drinks were wonderful and full of flavor! The appetizer of fried green tomatoes and hush puppies were seasoned and cooked perfectly. We also ordered the fried chicken and gumbo. The fried chicken was very moist and flavorful and the gumbo was soul in a bowl! For dessert we had both the butterscotch cake and berry cobbler. Beware of HUGE portions! when the waitress tells you to split dessert, do it! The slice of cake was the size of my head. All in all, our experience couldn't have been better!! We'll be coming back!

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We went to the Kingfish Cafe looking for some soul food. There is nothing fried and smothered on the menu. The catfish was supposed to be fried but it sure didn't seem like it. It was served with grits that I have never seen taste and look like that. They weren't even edible. It would be nice for some cornbread to be placed in a basket on the table while we wait for the food because it is not fast service.

The fried chicken my daughter had was awful, Popeye's chicken is a whole lot better.

It was a let down. We were looking for some good southern soul food and the Kingfish Cafe is not it.

1
★☆☆☆☆

We went to the Kingfish Cafe looking for some soul food. There is nothing fried and smothered on the menu. The catfish was supposed to be fried but it sure didn't seem like it. It was served with grits that I have never seen taste and look like that. They weren't even edible. It would be nice for some cornbread to be placed in a basket on the table while we wait for the food because it is not fast service.

The fried chicken my daughter had was awful, Popeye's chicken is a whole lot better.

It was a let down. We were looking for some good southern soul food and the Kingfish Cafe is not it.

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Most of the dishes are excellent, the times I've had the steaks, I've been disappointed - but the rest of the menu is excellent! Catfish, pork chop, mac & cheese, all great. Start with some apps and be sure to get a side of rice and beans and cornbread. You can't go wrong with a mint julep to wash it all down with. My only complaint is the wine list doesn't work well with the food, and seems as it was an afterthought. there are some excellent washington wines that would match very well with the menu yet there aren't many on the list. All in all a great neighborhood fixture, and one we will return to again and again.

4
★★★★☆

Most of the dishes are excellent, the times I've had the steaks, I've been disappointed - but the rest of the menu is excellent! Catfish, pork chop, mac & cheese, all great. Start with some apps and be sure to get a side of rice and beans and cornbread. You can't go wrong with a mint julep to wash it all down with. My only complaint is the wine list doesn't work well with the food, and seems as it was an afterthought. there are some excellent washington wines that would match very well with the menu yet there aren't many on the list. All in all a great neighborhood fixture, and one we will return to again and again.

Pros: Delicious southern fare

Cons: wine list needs help, service can be spotty

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We ordered the mac and cheese, fried chicken, catfish, and a side of yam fries. Out of all the dishes, my favorite was definitely the yam fries. It is SO GOOD. I wasn't too impressed with the other dishes. The fried chicken is pretty good, but I wouldn't rave about it. And, the mac and cheese and catfish were just eehh. Service is great though. I would go back and just order yam fries...lots of it!

3
★★★☆☆

We ordered the mac and cheese, fried chicken, catfish, and a side of yam fries. Out of all the dishes, my favorite was definitely the yam fries. It is SO GOOD. I wasn't too impressed with the other dishes. The fried chicken is pretty good, but I wouldn't rave about it. And, the mac and cheese and catfish were just eehh. Service is great though. I would go back and just order yam fries...lots of it!

Pros: yam fries, good service

Cons: gets crowded fast

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Fearing a long wait in the weather, we two arrived at Kingfish at 5:30 and were seated immediately. Pleasantly surprised at getting in so quickly, we ordered drinks and appetizers to fill the time it would take our friend to arrive.

Our very attentive and congenial waitress suggested the crab/catfish cakes or fried green tomatoes. The cakes first, spheres actually, crusty and delicious with a wonderfully spiced aioli. They were so good we had the tomatoes with the second round. They were done expertly, no trace of greasiness, with hush puppies that were to die for.

We encouraged our friend to try the fried green tomatoes before a dinner order, so we got one more bite of them ? fearing to be rude by letting him eat alone. My wife states that the bar produces some of the best Sidecars in Seattle, by the way.

The restaurant had now filled up with people standing in the entry and bar. Time to order our meals. I went for a favorite, red beans and rice. For her, chicken with a barbeque sauce, collards and mashers. Our guest had the pork chop. We sampled everything and approval was unanimous - all were top notch. The chicken moist with a spicy sauce, collards tangy with the slightly bitter aftertaste, the potatoes smooth and buttery. The chop was deliciously spiced, done slightly rare; the beans rich and a bit gooey; the rice balancing out the spiciness of the beans.

Our waitress saved us from oblivion by suggesting that, if we could agree on one, one would be enough. How right she was, the bread pudding was actually a small loaf, drizzled with a sweet sauce with hazelnuts and chocolate chips inside. Great stuff.

Kingfish was never off the radar, we remembered it fondly, just feared the wait on line. Not everyone can or will want to arrive when the restaurant opens, but for those of us who are less able to stand for long periods, it is a strategy that may make possible more frequent trips to this excellent eatery.

5
★★★★★

Fearing a long wait in the weather, we two arrived at Kingfish at 5:30 and were seated immediately. Pleasantly surprised at getting in so quickly, we ordered drinks and appetizers to fill the time it would take our friend to arrive.

Our very attentive and congenial waitress suggested the crab/catfish cakes or fried green tomatoes. The cakes first, spheres actually, crusty and delicious with a wonderfully spiced aioli. They were so good we had the tomatoes with the second round. They were done expertly, no trace of greasiness, with hush puppies that were to die for.

We encouraged our friend to try the fried green tomatoes before a dinner order, so we got one more bite of them ? fearing to be rude by letting him eat alone. My wife states that the bar produces some of the best Sidecars in Seattle, by the way.

The restaurant had now filled up with people standing in the entry and bar. Time to order our meals. I went for a favorite, red beans and rice. For her, chicken with a barbeque sauce, collards and mashers. Our guest had the pork chop. We sampled everything and approval was unanimous - all were top notch. The chicken moist with a spicy sauce, collards tangy with the slightly bitter aftertaste, the potatoes smooth and buttery. The chop was deliciously spiced, done slightly rare; the beans rich and a bit gooey; the rice balancing out the spiciness of the beans.

Our waitress saved us from oblivion by suggesting that, if we could agree on one, one would be enough. How right she was, the bread pudding was actually a small loaf, drizzled with a sweet sauce with hazelnuts and chocolate chips inside. Great stuff.

Kingfish was never off the radar, we remembered it fondly, just feared the wait on line. Not everyone can or will want to arrive when the restaurant opens, but for those of us who are less able to stand for long periods, it is a strategy that may make possible more frequent trips to this excellent eatery.

Pros: Wonderful food, friendly atmosphere

Cons: Kingfish does not take reservations

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I attended the Kingfish Cafe on Saturday, November 17, 2007. We walked in to see an array of beautiful waitresses and employees running about the restaurant. My party was greeted by a young, smiley, cheerful hostess who asked if we were all over 21. Puzzled, we responded yes, while my husband joked she needed to check my id. Laughing the hostess responded that she was already planning on having the bartender check my id...no questions asked. She continued to tell us our wait would be 45 minutes, but at this point, I was flattered as it was, I didn't care how long the wait would be. She smiled and sent us to the bar area where we were greeted by 2 cheerful bartenders (one of them extremely cute) that provided us with great service and phenomenal drinks to boot. With standing room left in the little bar, my group mingled around the end of the bar, trying not to drool as all of the appetizing food jetted past our eyes. The hostess returned about 30 minutes later and told us it would be about 5 more minutes, so to pay out our bar tab and get ready to enjoy a great meal. We were taken to a table on a stage in the bar area and ordered our meal from yet another bubbly, personable waitress. My husband had fried chicken, which he adored, while my daughter enjoyed the caesar salad, my son the catfish, and I the mac and cheese. All we could do was nod our heads when the waitress returned to ask if everything was ok. We readied ourselves for dessert and all enjoyed a piece of the amazing red velvet cake and one of the coconut cake. Needless to say, there were plenty of doggy bags to take home.

We received fantastic service, delicious southern food, wonderful desserts, full bellies, and a strong feeling of content from the Kingfish Cafe. I would highly recommend it to anyone. As for the wait, since they don't take reservations, you have to wait it out, there is nothing they can do to get tables out any faster (to all of the complainers below), but it is worth it.

5
★★★★★

I attended the Kingfish Cafe on Saturday, November 17, 2007. We walked in to see an array of beautiful waitresses and employees running about the restaurant. My party was greeted by a young, smiley, cheerful hostess who asked if we were all over 21. Puzzled, we responded yes, while my husband joked she needed to check my id. Laughing the hostess responded that she was already planning on having the bartender check my id...no questions asked. She continued to tell us our wait would be 45 minutes, but at this point, I was flattered as it was, I didn't care how long the wait would be. She smiled and sent us to the bar area where we were greeted by 2 cheerful bartenders (one of them extremely cute) that provided us with great service and phenomenal drinks to boot. With standing room left in the little bar, my group mingled around the end of the bar, trying not to drool as all of the appetizing food jetted past our eyes. The hostess returned about 30 minutes later and told us it would be about 5 more minutes, so to pay out our bar tab and get ready to enjoy a great meal. We were taken to a table on a stage in the bar area and ordered our meal from yet another bubbly, personable waitress. My husband had fried chicken, which he adored, while my daughter enjoyed the caesar salad, my son the catfish, and I the mac and cheese. All we could do was nod our heads when the waitress returned to ask if everything was ok. We readied ourselves for dessert and all enjoyed a piece of the amazing red velvet cake and one of the coconut cake. Needless to say, there were plenty of doggy bags to take home.

We received fantastic service, delicious southern food, wonderful desserts, full bellies, and a strong feeling of content from the Kingfish Cafe. I would highly recommend it to anyone. As for the wait, since they don't take reservations, you have to wait it out, there is nothing they can do to get tables out any faster (to all of the complainers below), but it is worth it.

Pros: great food, gorgeous people, great customer service!!!

Cons: on street parking

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We arrived at 6:30 on a Saturday night and the hostess told us the wait was 45 min. No problem. We've heard good things, its worth the wait. No room at the bar or in the entrance area so we stood outside. 1hr later and we still had 7 parties of 4 ahead of us. 'Just 15 more minutes' the hostess told us. We'd invested all this time waiting, we should be seated soon. 1hr 30 min, check in on our standing in the queue 'just 15 more minutes' the hostess tells us. We decided to hang in there. 2hrs later and still 5 parties of 4 ahead of us, still no room inside to wait. 'Just 15 more minutes' again. 2hrs 25min later we were seated.

The food was an utter disappointment. It was average soul food with fancy names in the menu. The only excitement is that its rare to find restaurants serving this kind of food in Seattle. Otherwise, its not worth the wait.

The hostess and frontline staff need a reality check and some coaching. At least giving us some hush puppies to nibble on or a glass of water would have been appreciated. We will not be going back to Kingfish again. It was a lousy experience.

2
★★☆☆☆

We arrived at 6:30 on a Saturday night and the hostess told us the wait was 45 min. No problem. We've heard good things, its worth the wait. No room at the bar or in the entrance area so we stood outside. 1hr later and we still had 7 parties of 4 ahead of us. 'Just 15 more minutes' the hostess told us. We'd invested all this time waiting, we should be seated soon. 1hr 30 min, check in on our standing in the queue 'just 15 more minutes' the hostess tells us. We decided to hang in there. 2hrs later and still 5 parties of 4 ahead of us, still no room inside to wait. 'Just 15 more minutes' again. 2hrs 25min later we were seated.

The food was an utter disappointment. It was average soul food with fancy names in the menu. The only excitement is that its rare to find restaurants serving this kind of food in Seattle. Otherwise, its not worth the wait.

The hostess and frontline staff need a reality check and some coaching. At least giving us some hush puppies to nibble on or a glass of water would have been appreciated. We will not be going back to Kingfish again. It was a lousy experience.

Pros: Soul food in Seattle!

Cons: The wait is not worth the quality of the food

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Went one early Sunday evening with party of three and told by hostess of 25-30 minute wait -adjourned to bar. One hour and $35 worth of drinks later directed to a table by front door. Waited for another 10-15 minutes for waitress to acknowledge our presence so had plenty of time to scan menu! Front door didn't close by itself so outside smokers and traffic noise detracted from overall experience. Food (fried chicken&ribeye) were unexceptional and chocolate cake above average.Decor warm and inviting but servers need to step up and make everyone feel welcome. Will try again!

3
★★★☆☆

Went one early Sunday evening with party of three and told by hostess of 25-30 minute wait -adjourned to bar. One hour and $35 worth of drinks later directed to a table by front door. Waited for another 10-15 minutes for waitress to acknowledge our presence so had plenty of time to scan menu! Front door didn't close by itself so outside smokers and traffic noise detracted from overall experience. Food (fried chicken&ribeye) were unexceptional and chocolate cake above average.Decor warm and inviting but servers need to step up and make everyone feel welcome. Will try again!

Pros: warm ambience

Cons: spotty service

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This was the best soul food I've ever had anywhere! I've grew up in LA and live in NY, both cities bustling with amazing restaurants, but I've definitely never had soul food like this. Everything tasted so fresh and was full of unique and dazzling flavors. Everything we ordered (Peel and Eat Shrimp, Red Beans and Rice, Seafood Gumbo, and Ribs) was amazing. I was stuffed afterwards and it took all the strength I had to not order the Strawberry Shortcake... the next table over had it and it was gorgeous. I highly highly recommend this place. It took an hour for us to get a table on a late Saturday night but it was well worth it. I will definitely be coming back next time I'm in town!

5
★★★★★

This was the best soul food I've ever had anywhere! I've grew up in LA and live in NY, both cities bustling with amazing restaurants, but I've definitely never had soul food like this. Everything tasted so fresh and was full of unique and dazzling flavors. Everything we ordered (Peel and Eat Shrimp, Red Beans and Rice, Seafood Gumbo, and Ribs) was amazing. I was stuffed afterwards and it took all the strength I had to not order the Strawberry Shortcake... the next table over had it and it was gorgeous. I highly highly recommend this place. It took an hour for us to get a table on a late Saturday night but it was well worth it. I will definitely be coming back next time I'm in town!

Pros: Amazing food, friendly service

Cons: Wait for a table can be awhile

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we were up in seattle on vacation for a few days and a couple friends of ours told us they'd take us out for some soul food. admittedly, i'd never really had real soul food, but i'm pretty sure what we had was close to authentic. we ordered mojitos and crabcakes and fried green tomatoes to start. the mint in the mojito was crushed just right and the crabcakes were crisp on the outside, plenty moist on the the inside. the tomatoes were interesting, never had them like that before, but i guess they were good. the mac and cheese loaf was no joke - i could barely finish a third of it. salad on the side was spicy. my bf had the ribeye which was done perfectly and our friends had the halibut special and the rice and beans. all in all, a very satisfactory meal. nothing too fancy and no complaints about the service at all! would gladly go again.

4
★★★★☆

we were up in seattle on vacation for a few days and a couple friends of ours told us they'd take us out for some soul food. admittedly, i'd never really had real soul food, but i'm pretty sure what we had was close to authentic. we ordered mojitos and crabcakes and fried green tomatoes to start. the mint in the mojito was crushed just right and the crabcakes were crisp on the outside, plenty moist on the the inside. the tomatoes were interesting, never had them like that before, but i guess they were good. the mac and cheese loaf was no joke - i could barely finish a third of it. salad on the side was spicy. my bf had the ribeye which was done perfectly and our friends had the halibut special and the rice and beans. all in all, a very satisfactory meal. nothing too fancy and no complaints about the service at all! would gladly go again.

Pros: hot food, prompt service, yummy mojitos, ambience

Cons: none to speak of

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I'd like to address the posters that complained about the service..... you guys must be typical whiny Seattle yuppies. So if you havent been to kingfish and you're concerned about these posts regarding the service, you shouldnt be too concerned about it..... unless you're a spoiled yuppy.

Granted, my dining experiences there are usually on a weekday and I'm sure it is not nearly as busy on a weekday than it is on a weekend, but still...... My service was excellent and prompt!! Sure it's a little laidback atmosphere but the food didnt take forever to come out. in fact, i thought the pace at which we got our food was well thought out and considerate. My waitress was great, i tipped her 20 dollars on a 70 dollar dinner.

the food is always consistently GREAT! I am also not a big cake eater..... and i found myself wolfing down their cake.... it was just perfect.

3
★★★☆☆

I'd like to address the posters that complained about the service..... you guys must be typical whiny Seattle yuppies. So if you havent been to kingfish and you're concerned about these posts regarding the service, you shouldnt be too concerned about it..... unless you're a spoiled yuppy.

Granted, my dining experiences there are usually on a weekday and I'm sure it is not nearly as busy on a weekday than it is on a weekend, but still...... My service was excellent and prompt!! Sure it's a little laidback atmosphere but the food didnt take forever to come out. in fact, i thought the pace at which we got our food was well thought out and considerate. My waitress was great, i tipped her 20 dollars on a 70 dollar dinner.

the food is always consistently GREAT! I am also not a big cake eater..... and i found myself wolfing down their cake.... it was just perfect.

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My friends from New York were so excited to check out Kingfish! I thought the staff was extremely rude and unresponsive. The mac and cheese was ok but I think Beecher's is far superior. As for their famed fried chicken, I was not the least impressed. It was soggy and uninteresting. Go to Ezell's for the best fried chicken. The crab and catfish cakes are very greasy and have way too much filler. The food was average but with the rude and cold service, I will not be returning.

3
★★★☆☆

My friends from New York were so excited to check out Kingfish! I thought the staff was extremely rude and unresponsive. The mac and cheese was ok but I think Beecher's is far superior. As for their famed fried chicken, I was not the least impressed. It was soggy and uninteresting. Go to Ezell's for the best fried chicken. The crab and catfish cakes are very greasy and have way too much filler. The food was average but with the rude and cold service, I will not be returning.

Cons: bad service, over rated food

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I visited the Kingfish Cafe on Saturday January 13th. We knew that there were no reservationgs excepted, but being that we believed it was worth the wait, we stuck it out. A friendly hostess greeted us at the door to inform us of our wait time and sent us to the bar to have drinks. The bartenders were extremely entertaining and for being in such small quarters, everyone was extremely close. The wait staff was nothing short of polite and just watching the food go by made us all hungry. We were finally seated (with some tables moved around by the manager) and had one of the most intricately simple meals ever. My friends enjoyed the fried chicken, catfish, hush puppies, etc. while I ate the Mac and Cheese. Needless to say this food was amazing. We enjoyed the Red Velvet Cake after and oh my god, it was heaven.
I would highly reccomend the kingfish to anyone who is looking for:
-quality service
-a friendly and not to mention gorgeous staff
-a delicious meal for not that much money
-a amiable atmosphere
-GREAT family pictures adorning the walls
-a spot to feel at home with amazing comfort food

5
★★★★★

I visited the Kingfish Cafe on Saturday January 13th. We knew that there were no reservationgs excepted, but being that we believed it was worth the wait, we stuck it out. A friendly hostess greeted us at the door to inform us of our wait time and sent us to the bar to have drinks. The bartenders were extremely entertaining and for being in such small quarters, everyone was extremely close. The wait staff was nothing short of polite and just watching the food go by made us all hungry. We were finally seated (with some tables moved around by the manager) and had one of the most intricately simple meals ever. My friends enjoyed the fried chicken, catfish, hush puppies, etc. while I ate the Mac and Cheese. Needless to say this food was amazing. We enjoyed the Red Velvet Cake after and oh my god, it was heaven.
I would highly reccomend the kingfish to anyone who is looking for:
-quality service
-a friendly and not to mention gorgeous staff
-a delicious meal for not that much money
-a amiable atmosphere
-GREAT family pictures adorning the walls
-a spot to feel at home with amazing comfort food

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I thought to write a letter of complaint to the management but after reading the negative reviews of others, I think it is hardly worth the effort. It did make me feel better to know that it wasn't a personal affront or very unique. Perhaps you will be one of the luckier ones, treated well but do be forewarned.

We had heard the rave reviews - we were excited. We had visiting food critics with us. We wanted to show off Seattle's culinary diversity and excellence. Because we had a larger group (7 adults) we called ahead.
Knowing their no reservations policy, we were pleasantly surprised when they assured us that they would make proper accommodations and to come at 7 pm. When we arrived, we were greeted very coldly by the hostess and said "no reservations accepted", no matter what we had been told. So we waited. No problem.

We bought expensive drinks at the bar and waited some more. We saw empty tables. We offered to split up the group to sit at smaller tables. In the meanwhile, we watched group after group arrive, warmly greeted by the same hostess, and seated immediately. At 8:00 pm we saw them moving tables together - could this finally be us? Then they moved the tables apart again. "No, we couldn't sit there either." After being pointedly ignored for over an hour, our group was too hungry and tired of being treated so rudely. We left - with no efforts or apologies made by the management.

One must only conclude that they don't need or want more business - a few disgruntled customers doesn't matter. Success has gone to their heads. Too bad.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I thought to write a letter of complaint to the management but after reading the negative reviews of others, I think it is hardly worth the effort. It did make me feel better to know that it wasn't a personal affront or very unique. Perhaps you will be one of the luckier ones, treated well but do be forewarned.

We had heard the rave reviews - we were excited. We had visiting food critics with us. We wanted to show off Seattle's culinary diversity and excellence. Because we had a larger group (7 adults) we called ahead.
Knowing their no reservations policy, we were pleasantly surprised when they assured us that they would make proper accommodations and to come at 7 pm. When we arrived, we were greeted very coldly by the hostess and said "no reservations accepted", no matter what we had been told. So we waited. No problem.

We bought expensive drinks at the bar and waited some more. We saw empty tables. We offered to split up the group to sit at smaller tables. In the meanwhile, we watched group after group arrive, warmly greeted by the same hostess, and seated immediately. At 8:00 pm we saw them moving tables together - could this finally be us? Then they moved the tables apart again. "No, we couldn't sit there either." After being pointedly ignored for over an hour, our group was too hungry and tired of being treated so rudely. We left - with no efforts or apologies made by the management.

One must only conclude that they don't need or want more business - a few disgruntled customers doesn't matter. Success has gone to their heads. Too bad.

Pros: lovely setting - great historic photographs of family.

Cons: unpleasant rude hostess who purposefully ignored our group, seating many who came afterwards - what's that all about?

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So let's talk about succotash: It's always been a mystery to me places because I've never had it good--until I went to Kingfish and had theirs (it comes on the side of many dishes). Oh my god, so creamy, so much vegetable goodness and I am hopelessly hooked on it. Also of note is their delicious fried chicken and mac and cheese. I am not a big fan of the catfish. The atmosphere is casual but you still feel like it's a nice night out, and the staff is very warm and genuine.

4
★★★★☆

So let's talk about succotash: It's always been a mystery to me places because I've never had it good--until I went to Kingfish and had theirs (it comes on the side of many dishes). Oh my god, so creamy, so much vegetable goodness and I am hopelessly hooked on it. Also of note is their delicious fried chicken and mac and cheese. I am not a big fan of the catfish. The atmosphere is casual but you still feel like it's a nice night out, and the staff is very warm and genuine.

Pros: Delicious food, well-priced

Cons: Sometimes there's a long wait

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HANDS DOWN - My absolute favorite restaurant. This is place to cure your comfort food cravings. The restaurant itself has a classic, rustic charm and the mac and cheese is what makes it my favorite restaurant. Cheesy, tasty, and always in huge chunk of it accompanied by one of the best salad dressings ever. They have three of my favorite side dishes: potato salad, yam fries *YUMMMMY* and roasted sweet potato with a nice pat of drizzling butter. They also have a bar area and their desserts are always fresh. I love, love the sweet pecan pie but I think the desserts are seasonal. Plus, it's so affordable and this place will not break your wallet. It's best to get here early as this place is pretty popular (esp. weekends, expect about a 45 min. wait) as they do not take reservations. You cannot go wrong with this place and I have taken several family members here over the years.

5
★★★★★

HANDS DOWN - My absolute favorite restaurant. This is place to cure your comfort food cravings. The restaurant itself has a classic, rustic charm and the mac and cheese is what makes it my favorite restaurant. Cheesy, tasty, and always in huge chunk of it accompanied by one of the best salad dressings ever. They have three of my favorite side dishes: potato salad, yam fries *YUMMMMY* and roasted sweet potato with a nice pat of drizzling butter. They also have a bar area and their desserts are always fresh. I love, love the sweet pecan pie but I think the desserts are seasonal. Plus, it's so affordable and this place will not break your wallet. It's best to get here early as this place is pretty popular (esp. weekends, expect about a 45 min. wait) as they do not take reservations. You cannot go wrong with this place and I have taken several family members here over the years.

Pros: The best Mac-n-cheese ever

Cons: In the residential-esque area so hard to spot

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I have been to Kingfish plenty of times and although the wait is long, it is well worth it!! Great food, great service with a 1920's era blues kind of feel to it...You can't deny the greatness of this place. I would recommend going for lunch unless you have some time to waste while waiting to be seated for dinner.

5
★★★★★

I have been to Kingfish plenty of times and although the wait is long, it is well worth it!! Great food, great service with a 1920's era blues kind of feel to it...You can't deny the greatness of this place. I would recommend going for lunch unless you have some time to waste while waiting to be seated for dinner.

Pros: Gumbo and the cake

Cons: parking!!

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If for nothing else, visit Kingfish Cafe for the most extraordinarily indulgent, multi-layer Red Velvet Cake. It is to die for! Not only is it a beautifully red, dense cake, but it is frosted with the most magnificent white cream ever! Just the right of amount of sweetness - this cake is perfection! Get it and share because each slice is enough for six people - really! Oh yeah, and for dinner get the ribs - yummy, sticky, and delicious - and don't forget the collard greens. Who knew? An amazing little Soul Food kitchen in Seattle!

5
★★★★★

If for nothing else, visit Kingfish Cafe for the most extraordinarily indulgent, multi-layer Red Velvet Cake. It is to die for! Not only is it a beautifully red, dense cake, but it is frosted with the most magnificent white cream ever! Just the right of amount of sweetness - this cake is perfection! Get it and share because each slice is enough for six people - really! Oh yeah, and for dinner get the ribs - yummy, sticky, and delicious - and don't forget the collard greens. Who knew? An amazing little Soul Food kitchen in Seattle!

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I rated this a 9 _even_ _though_ the hostess forgot about us on the waiting list and we waited 90 minutes to eat. Seriously, do NOT go down there around 6 on Saturday and expect a wait of anything less than 60 minutes, they don't take reservations. That being said, there are coffee shops around the joint that you can go and grab a cup in while you wait, but there is no waiting room at the restaurant.

On to the good stuff.....

The food was AMAZING! The service was not only excellent, but enjoyable. Our waitress was great, I didn't catch her name or I'd give her a shout out. Everything from the Hush Puppies to the Greens to the Fried Chicken to the after dinner coffee, absolutely incredible.

So I'll be sure to wear more comfortable shoes to wait around in next time, I'm in it for the long haul. Job well done Kingfish Cafe.

5
★★★★★

I rated this a 9 _even_ _though_ the hostess forgot about us on the waiting list and we waited 90 minutes to eat. Seriously, do NOT go down there around 6 on Saturday and expect a wait of anything less than 60 minutes, they don't take reservations. That being said, there are coffee shops around the joint that you can go and grab a cup in while you wait, but there is no waiting room at the restaurant.

On to the good stuff.....

The food was AMAZING! The service was not only excellent, but enjoyable. Our waitress was great, I didn't catch her name or I'd give her a shout out. Everything from the Hush Puppies to the Greens to the Fried Chicken to the after dinner coffee, absolutely incredible.

So I'll be sure to wear more comfortable shoes to wait around in next time, I'm in it for the long haul. Job well done Kingfish Cafe.

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I go for lunch and it's very yummy... the cornbread, fried chicken salad with buttermilk dressing- oh so good. I haven't been for dinner, so I can't remark on the service or food, but usually when a place is crowded- that is a good sign. I've always enjoyed wonderful service there during my lunches.

5
★★★★★

I go for lunch and it's very yummy... the cornbread, fried chicken salad with buttermilk dressing- oh so good. I haven't been for dinner, so I can't remark on the service or food, but usually when a place is crowded- that is a good sign. I've always enjoyed wonderful service there during my lunches.

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King Fish Cafe does provide great Southern food. However, they seem to be lacking the Southern Charm when it comes to customer service. I have now dined here 4 times and last night will be the last. They always run out of items on the menu early in the evening. The waitress was very nice, however the Hostess's attitude was enough to keep me away forever. If you do not like being in the service industy and will be rude to customers, find a new profession.

1
★☆☆☆☆

King Fish Cafe does provide great Southern food. However, they seem to be lacking the Southern Charm when it comes to customer service. I have now dined here 4 times and last night will be the last. They always run out of items on the menu early in the evening. The waitress was very nice, however the Hostess's attitude was enough to keep me away forever. If you do not like being in the service industy and will be rude to customers, find a new profession.

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Great southern food, great service. Reasonable prices: even the most expensive entree is $18. Not-so-gigantic portion. Highly recommended! Get there early for prompt seating.

5
★★★★★

Great southern food, great service. Reasonable prices: even the most expensive entree is $18. Not-so-gigantic portion. Highly recommended! Get there early for prompt seating.

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My boyfriend and I ordered the catfish dinner, and the fried chicken. That was some of the worst fried chicken I have ever had!!! Skin was blackened and soggy, and there was very little seasoning on the chicken. The catfish was ok, but the sauce they pour on it was not good at all. We heard people raving about this place and decided to try it. I will never eat there again.

2
★★☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I ordered the catfish dinner, and the fried chicken. That was some of the worst fried chicken I have ever had!!! Skin was blackened and soggy, and there was very little seasoning on the chicken. The catfish was ok, but the sauce they pour on it was not good at all. We heard people raving about this place and decided to try it. I will never eat there again.

Pros: decor, great pictures on the walls

Cons: food!

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As my friend thao puts it "need no teeth" ribs is what they have. This place is spectacular and worth the wait (no reservations). A corner neighborhood upscale restaurant run by a very kind and attentive management team and waitstaff. The collard greens that came with the catfish and the ribs were delicious! I would just go back for that! Also, don't hold back on ordering that velvet cake!!!

5
★★★★★

As my friend thao puts it "need no teeth" ribs is what they have. This place is spectacular and worth the wait (no reservations). A corner neighborhood upscale restaurant run by a very kind and attentive management team and waitstaff. The collard greens that came with the catfish and the ribs were delicious! I would just go back for that! Also, don't hold back on ordering that velvet cake!!!

Pros: big portions, tasty soul food!

Cons: no reservations, no air conditioning

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This venue had delicious BBQ chicken & collard greens. However, it was incredibly crowded & jammed pack with poorly positioned tables. You have to squeeze by just to get from one place to another, and the customers and servers are always running into each other. The layout of this restaurant is unconventional to fit many people, and you will feel very claustrophobic. The food is pretty good, but it's not worth it to fight the crowds and find parking.

3
★★★☆☆

This venue had delicious BBQ chicken & collard greens. However, it was incredibly crowded & jammed pack with poorly positioned tables. You have to squeeze by just to get from one place to another, and the customers and servers are always running into each other. The layout of this restaurant is unconventional to fit many people, and you will feel very claustrophobic. The food is pretty good, but it's not worth it to fight the crowds and find parking.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Crowded, Crowded, Parking

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I went on a Saturday night and by 6:15, there was a 45-minute wait so we were glad to have shown up exactly at 6. The food and drinks were excellent and our server was charming and beautiful. Other servers didn't seem very happy to have to fight through the crowded bar to put down plates. I think that their grits and greens were some of the best I have ever had, although the ubiquitous presence of tartar sauce put me off some of the appetizers. You can get similar food at less fancy places around town (eg. Catfish Corner) but I liked the ambience and the crowd at the Kingfish enough to go back for another special occasion. I recommend it highly if someone has never had soul food.

5
★★★★★

I went on a Saturday night and by 6:15, there was a 45-minute wait so we were glad to have shown up exactly at 6. The food and drinks were excellent and our server was charming and beautiful. Other servers didn't seem very happy to have to fight through the crowded bar to put down plates. I think that their grits and greens were some of the best I have ever had, although the ubiquitous presence of tartar sauce put me off some of the appetizers. You can get similar food at less fancy places around town (eg. Catfish Corner) but I liked the ambience and the crowd at the Kingfish enough to go back for another special occasion. I recommend it highly if someone has never had soul food.

Pros: yummy

Cons: crowded!!!

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I just went to the Kingfish Cafe last weekend. Everything was great. There are so many variations of Soul Food, but this was great. The food came on time and was just the right temperature...the waitress was great. Great drinks.

5
★★★★★

I just went to the Kingfish Cafe last weekend. Everything was great. There are so many variations of Soul Food, but this was great. The food came on time and was just the right temperature...the waitress was great. Great drinks.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: No parking, No parking, No parking

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Yes, the food is quite good. But do you really want to put yourself in a position to be treated like dirt? I have had service there that was quite friendly. But it is just as likely that they will act as if you are interrupting their busy day. I've been back a few times because my wife likes the food so much, but finally decided that life is just to short to put up with their treatment.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Yes, the food is quite good. But do you really want to put yourself in a position to be treated like dirt? I have had service there that was quite friendly. But it is just as likely that they will act as if you are interrupting their busy day. I've been back a few times because my wife likes the food so much, but finally decided that life is just to short to put up with their treatment.

Pros: good food

Cons: rude service

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My last visit to this restaurant was "late" on a Monday night. We were seated at about 8:40 and our orders were taken at about 8:50. There was perhaps a 15-20 minute span of time between our appetizer and the entrees, which was fine, as we were talking an enjoying ourselves. HOWEVER, when dinner ended at about 9:50, our conversation was disrupted by the sound of the staff loudly packing up for the night. Our server approached the table to inform us that because we had taken so long with our dinner, the kitchen was closed and dessert was not an option. (We hadn't intended to order dessert anyway.) We were offended by the server's tone and the implication that we should have already left the restaurant. I think they should have informed us of their closing time when we were seated to avoid conflict later.

4
★★★★☆

My last visit to this restaurant was "late" on a Monday night. We were seated at about 8:40 and our orders were taken at about 8:50. There was perhaps a 15-20 minute span of time between our appetizer and the entrees, which was fine, as we were talking an enjoying ourselves. HOWEVER, when dinner ended at about 9:50, our conversation was disrupted by the sound of the staff loudly packing up for the night. Our server approached the table to inform us that because we had taken so long with our dinner, the kitchen was closed and dessert was not an option. (We hadn't intended to order dessert anyway.) We were offended by the server's tone and the implication that we should have already left the restaurant. I think they should have informed us of their closing time when we were seated to avoid conflict later.

Pros: good atmosphere, good food, great location

Cons: poor service

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I have eaten at the Kingfish 3 times, and each time it was fantastic. Any true southerner knows that there is no "authentic" way of preparing southern dishes. The food varies as much as the people do. I am a Southerner, and though the Kingfish doesn't make greens or grits the way my momma does, that doesn't make them any less delicious...or authentic. The atmosphere is incredible, and the staff is beautiful and kind. I have never had to wait longer than 30 minutes, and I enjoy sitting at the bar or in the sitting room and enjoying one of their great drinks as I fantasize about the impending deliciousness.

5
★★★★★

I have eaten at the Kingfish 3 times, and each time it was fantastic. Any true southerner knows that there is no "authentic" way of preparing southern dishes. The food varies as much as the people do. I am a Southerner, and though the Kingfish doesn't make greens or grits the way my momma does, that doesn't make them any less delicious...or authentic. The atmosphere is incredible, and the staff is beautiful and kind. I have never had to wait longer than 30 minutes, and I enjoy sitting at the bar or in the sitting room and enjoying one of their great drinks as I fantasize about the impending deliciousness.

Pros: Fried anything, Service, Atmosphere

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I have been to the Kingfish Cafe' twice now. Both times have been excellent. I like the "rough around the edges" ambiance, the laid back service, and the consistently good comfort food. The fact that Kingfish is a bit off the beaten path, in the middle of a neighborhood just adds to the overall comfort of the restaurant. I look forward to my next visit where I hope the Velvet cake will still be available.

5
★★★★★

I have been to the Kingfish Cafe' twice now. Both times have been excellent. I like the "rough around the edges" ambiance, the laid back service, and the consistently good comfort food. The fact that Kingfish is a bit off the beaten path, in the middle of a neighborhood just adds to the overall comfort of the restaurant. I look forward to my next visit where I hope the Velvet cake will still be available.

Pros: food, ambiance, location

Cons: no reservations

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There is something about this upscale Cajun restaurant that is uniquely Seattle. The food is inventively delicious and provides a variety of new tastes derived from old comfort food. There is a down-home feel to the place that feels very Seattle and prepares you for the meal. The large cushioned sitting room seats mix perfectly with the wrought-iron gates out front to set the scene. The unique blend of comfort and coterie draws a diverse crowd.

The catfish provides a great example of this unique blend. Perfectly Cajun and yet thinner and lighter than the heavy standard and topped with a light tomato cream. The Kingfish Cafe has found a way to do amazing things with black-eyed peas. From the sides of crushed black-eyed peas to the vegetarian griddlecakes, which are absolutely delicious, they have found a new way to bring old tastes together. Highly recommended.

4
★★★★☆

There is something about this upscale Cajun restaurant that is uniquely Seattle. The food is inventively delicious and provides a variety of new tastes derived from old comfort food. There is a down-home feel to the place that feels very Seattle and prepares you for the meal. The large cushioned sitting room seats mix perfectly with the wrought-iron gates out front to set the scene. The unique blend of comfort and coterie draws a diverse crowd.

The catfish provides a great example of this unique blend. Perfectly Cajun and yet thinner and lighter than the heavy standard and topped with a light tomato cream. The Kingfish Cafe has found a way to do amazing things with black-eyed peas. From the sides of crushed black-eyed peas to the vegetarian griddlecakes, which are absolutely delicious, they have found a new way to bring old tastes together. Highly recommended.

Pros: Unique tastes, Ambience, Location

Cons: No reservations

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Kingfish Cafe is our special occasion spot in Seattle. The food is outstanding adn worth any wait to be seated. (We've learned to time it for the first seating and haven't had any problems.) Fried chicken, red beans and rice, catfish, house salad and the cornbread are wonderful on their own. Order the red velvet cake early as it goes!

5
★★★★★

Kingfish Cafe is our special occasion spot in Seattle. The food is outstanding adn worth any wait to be seated. (We've learned to time it for the first seating and haven't had any problems.) Fried chicken, red beans and rice, catfish, house salad and the cornbread are wonderful on their own. Order the red velvet cake early as it goes!

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I've been to the Kingfish several times - each time a spectacular meal! Love the Hoppin' John Cakes. The sides are equally wonderful - I never knew greens could be so tasty! Even my boyfriend - who hates veggies - said they were the best he's ever had! Great wine list to boot - friendly bartender AND server. I went on a Saturday night. Called ahead to see how long the wait was. Sat in the bar and drank a fabulous glass of wine - next thing I knew - our table was ready! Save room for dessert - the strawberry shortcake with homemade caramel whipped cream is what sugar was put on this earth for! This is a restaurant unlike any other in Seattle. Enjoy.

5
★★★★★

I've been to the Kingfish several times - each time a spectacular meal! Love the Hoppin' John Cakes. The sides are equally wonderful - I never knew greens could be so tasty! Even my boyfriend - who hates veggies - said they were the best he's ever had! Great wine list to boot - friendly bartender AND server. I went on a Saturday night. Called ahead to see how long the wait was. Sat in the bar and drank a fabulous glass of wine - next thing I knew - our table was ready! Save room for dessert - the strawberry shortcake with homemade caramel whipped cream is what sugar was put on this earth for! This is a restaurant unlike any other in Seattle. Enjoy.

Pros: Food, Bar, Ambiance

Cons: No reservations, Tight seating

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We read about their famous red velvet cake and went to try some for ourselves - they had ran out of it for the night, but they told us to come back on Valentine's Day. We drove 35 minutes into the city for lunch, found parking, etc. , but when we walked in and asked about the Red Velvet Cake, they said that they wouldn't be serving any of it until dinner. We explained our situation to the owner, who couldn't care less and did nothing to improve the situation.
We ended up eating somewhere else and then driving 30 minutes back to where we work. What a waste of time! Their menu is extremely limited, service sucks, the don't take reservations so sometimes you have to wait over an hour. Why bother? We won't be going back!

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We read about their famous red velvet cake and went to try some for ourselves - they had ran out of it for the night, but they told us to come back on Valentine's Day. We drove 35 minutes into the city for lunch, found parking, etc. , but when we walked in and asked about the Red Velvet Cake, they said that they wouldn't be serving any of it until dinner. We explained our situation to the owner, who couldn't care less and did nothing to improve the situation.
We ended up eating somewhere else and then driving 30 minutes back to where we work. What a waste of time! Their menu is extremely limited, service sucks, the don't take reservations so sometimes you have to wait over an hour. Why bother? We won't be going back!

Pros: dessert

Cons: attitude of staff, long wait, no parking

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The inspiration of sisters Laurie and Leslie Coaston, Kingfish cafe uses family recipes to create its menu of sophisticated Southern fare. Dishes include huge portions of slow-roasted pork chops topped with fruit chutney, catfish cooked on…

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