Boat Street Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 3131 Western Ave 301

    Seattle, WA 98121

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  • 206-632-4602

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Went for weekday brunch.\r
The service here is the worst I have ever had anywhere.\r
First time in my life that I left a restaurant because of rude service.\r
Our waitress was incapable of answering simple questions about the menu without

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★★★★★

Went for weekday brunch.\r
The service here is the worst I have ever had anywhere.\r
First time in my life that I left a restaurant because of rude service.\r
Our waitress was incapable of answering simple questions about the menu without

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My family enjoys a good brunch and having heard about Boat Street Cafe we went there for fathers day last Sunday.While the ambiance was very appealing, the wait staff and food experience was not. In fact we found our waitress to be slow,

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★★★★★

My family enjoys a good brunch and having heard about Boat Street Cafe we went there for fathers day last Sunday.While the ambiance was very appealing, the wait staff and food experience was not. In fact we found our waitress to be slow,

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Love the menu--little different than most of the Seattle restaurants. Good food, nice service, and fun.

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★★★★☆

Love the menu--little different than most of the Seattle restaurants. Good food, nice service, and fun.

Pros: Interesting Menu

Cons: Parking

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We had a great dinner here last night. The food was delicious and I love the atmosphere. It is romantic but not cramped. It is a cheery place that serves serious food without going too over the top. They have staples like pot de creme and steak for dinner while offering more adventuresome items if you feel like it. I love this place.

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★★★★★

We had a great dinner here last night. The food was delicious and I love the atmosphere. It is romantic but not cramped. It is a cheery place that serves serious food without going too over the top. They have staples like pot de creme and steak for dinner while offering more adventuresome items if you feel like it. I love this place.

Pros: the food, the wine, the atmosphere

Cons: I can't think of anything.

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Went for brunch on Sunday based on hearing good things. Loved it! The space was beautiful, food was delish, service was polite. It was a little more pricey than some places for brunch, but the food is 100 times better. Look forward to trying it for dinner.

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★★★★★

Went for brunch on Sunday based on hearing good things. Loved it! The space was beautiful, food was delish, service was polite. It was a little more pricey than some places for brunch, but the food is 100 times better. Look forward to trying it for dinner.

Pros: great change of pace from greasy brunch food

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I had a great time here. Very close to the water, so the view was great. The food was delicious and the service was excellent as well. Very welcoming and prompt. Another great restaurant experience.

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★★★★☆

I had a great time here. Very close to the water, so the view was great. The food was delicious and the service was excellent as well. Very welcoming and prompt. Another great restaurant experience.

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Finally found it!

Once in there, it really is a cute restaurant. The menu left me pondering what to order! Everything sounded so delicious.

We started off our day with a few mimosa's. Probably the best I've ever had! We were enjoying our mimosa's so much that we didn't even realize that it took almost 45 minutes just to get our food. Once we got it, the poached eggs were overcooked. I ordered eggs benedict and one egg was fine, the other cooked through. What a dissapointment, if not for that the entire meal would've been very delicious. We shared the bread pudding for dessert. That was very delicious and a very big portion!

They were pretty busy, we got there right when they opened and didn't leave til almost two hours later since it took so long to get served. Definetely worth trying again though, especially for the mimosa's!

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★★★☆☆

Finally found it!

Once in there, it really is a cute restaurant. The menu left me pondering what to order! Everything sounded so delicious.

We started off our day with a few mimosa's. Probably the best I've ever had! We were enjoying our mimosa's so much that we didn't even realize that it took almost 45 minutes just to get our food. Once we got it, the poached eggs were overcooked. I ordered eggs benedict and one egg was fine, the other cooked through. What a dissapointment, if not for that the entire meal would've been very delicious. We shared the bread pudding for dessert. That was very delicious and a very big portion!

They were pretty busy, we got there right when they opened and didn't leave til almost two hours later since it took so long to get served. Definetely worth trying again though, especially for the mimosa's!

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Adorable place but dear god, where do you park? This has got to be one of the oddest locations ever. It's very deceiving because it almost looks like you can drive into the restaurant because it's located at the end of a steep driveway within a commercial office/loft space. It's hard to find on your first try (if you fiind parking) but in the summer with the doors open and breeze coming it it feels like the Secret Garden. I love the umbrellas on the ceiling. The menu is really small and the food was fine but nothing extraordinary. Whatever you do, don't bring your elderly grandmother here for brunch because she'll survive the walk down into the space.

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★★★☆☆

Adorable place but dear god, where do you park? This has got to be one of the oddest locations ever. It's very deceiving because it almost looks like you can drive into the restaurant because it's located at the end of a steep driveway within a commercial office/loft space. It's hard to find on your first try (if you fiind parking) but in the summer with the doors open and breeze coming it it feels like the Secret Garden. I love the umbrellas on the ceiling. The menu is really small and the food was fine but nothing extraordinary. Whatever you do, don't bring your elderly grandmother here for brunch because she'll survive the walk down into the space.

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I have had the January 2008 issue of Seattle metropolitan magazine sitting on the kitchen table now for
several months and I love reading about the best breakfast hot spots in town. Each month my girlfriend and I take some time to choose one of the restaurants for a Sunday breakfast. Based on the photo in the magazine of an open face bacon, tomato and cheddar sandwich we chose The Boat Street Kitchen.

Finding the restaurant wasn't as hard as I had thought it might be but it is tucked away slightly. The woman at the counter was friendly and informed us the wait would be 35 minutes. Some 55 minutes later someone came around and seated us.

The atmosphere of the restaurant nice, except for music that seemed completely inappropriate for breakfast dining. The sound of french horns and tubas was starting to give me a headache as I looked over the menu. To my astonishment I could not find the delicious looking bacon delight from the magazine.

When the waiter finally got around to our table, now 75 minutes after arriving, we asked about the bacon
sandwich. He informed us that they didn't have it on the menu today and informed me that the chef would not make it for me.

We ordered other dished, and received them now a full two hours into the experience, only to find that the
dishes were bland, cold, and felt uninspired. Our waiter never once smiled nor did he ask us if we needed any refills of coffee, he took our plates without asking if we were done (we weren't), and not once during the dining experience did he ask us if we enjoyed the meal.

By this point I was quite unhappy with the service and food in general so I left an appropriate 75cent tip.
The waiter then ran out of the restaurant after me and yelled "hey buddy sure you don't want any change".

Needless to say, I will never get to taste that bacon sandwich and I hope by writing about this experience I can help someone else avoid the same mistake we made this past weekend.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have had the January 2008 issue of Seattle metropolitan magazine sitting on the kitchen table now for
several months and I love reading about the best breakfast hot spots in town. Each month my girlfriend and I take some time to choose one of the restaurants for a Sunday breakfast. Based on the photo in the magazine of an open face bacon, tomato and cheddar sandwich we chose The Boat Street Kitchen.

Finding the restaurant wasn't as hard as I had thought it might be but it is tucked away slightly. The woman at the counter was friendly and informed us the wait would be 35 minutes. Some 55 minutes later someone came around and seated us.

The atmosphere of the restaurant nice, except for music that seemed completely inappropriate for breakfast dining. The sound of french horns and tubas was starting to give me a headache as I looked over the menu. To my astonishment I could not find the delicious looking bacon delight from the magazine.

When the waiter finally got around to our table, now 75 minutes after arriving, we asked about the bacon
sandwich. He informed us that they didn't have it on the menu today and informed me that the chef would not make it for me.

We ordered other dished, and received them now a full two hours into the experience, only to find that the
dishes were bland, cold, and felt uninspired. Our waiter never once smiled nor did he ask us if we needed any refills of coffee, he took our plates without asking if we were done (we weren't), and not once during the dining experience did he ask us if we enjoyed the meal.

By this point I was quite unhappy with the service and food in general so I left an appropriate 75cent tip.
The waiter then ran out of the restaurant after me and yelled "hey buddy sure you don't want any change".

Needless to say, I will never get to taste that bacon sandwich and I hope by writing about this experience I can help someone else avoid the same mistake we made this past weekend.

Pros: Decent Ambiance

Cons: Rude Service, Cold Food, Bland Food, Long Wait (Avoid At All Costs)

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I've been to several of the top French restaurants in Seattle and this is my favorite. Nice variety on the menu and consistently good every time I go. It's kind of in a strange location, a bit hard to find, but worth it.

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★★★★★

I've been to several of the top French restaurants in Seattle and this is my favorite. Nice variety on the menu and consistently good every time I go. It's kind of in a strange location, a bit hard to find, but worth it.

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Had a private dinner on a busy Friday evening but you wouldn't know it by the attentive service and excellent food we had. They were very easy to work with setting up the entire business event. They offered guidelines but were willing to work with me on my requirements - I've set up lots of events and they were by far the easiest to work with. And then the food - oh my gosh! We had a cheese plate that was exceptional - candied chestnuts and pickled grapes and pate - so smooth and creamy! Our mixed green salad had fresh blueberries and goat cheese I think. The brisket was perfect as were the crabcakes. The flourless chocolate cake was out of this world. Would use this restaurant again for an impressive business function again and again - its different enough to impress but because they do it so well - you can relax and enjoy the evening too.

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★★★★★

Had a private dinner on a busy Friday evening but you wouldn't know it by the attentive service and excellent food we had. They were very easy to work with setting up the entire business event. They offered guidelines but were willing to work with me on my requirements - I've set up lots of events and they were by far the easiest to work with. And then the food - oh my gosh! We had a cheese plate that was exceptional - candied chestnuts and pickled grapes and pate - so smooth and creamy! Our mixed green salad had fresh blueberries and goat cheese I think. The brisket was perfect as were the crabcakes. The flourless chocolate cake was out of this world. Would use this restaurant again for an impressive business function again and again - its different enough to impress but because they do it so well - you can relax and enjoy the evening too.

Pros: Easy to work with catering staff, Thumbs up for private business dinners

Cons: Parking

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I absolutely love this place. Husband took me here for the first time on our first date 5 years ago and we've been going back all time!

The food rocks and the price is right!!! We can afford to come here and not have to take a second mortgage out on the house.

I don't mind the fact that sometimes the food does take a little bit to come out but we like to linger and enjoy our meals and not have each course shoved down our throats. There are plenty of restaurnts in Seattle if you are in a hurry......don't come here.

The staff is well versed in recommending wine and Renee carries excellent wine for very fair prices!!

thank you Boat Street Cafe............ you guys are the best!

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★★★★★

I absolutely love this place. Husband took me here for the first time on our first date 5 years ago and we've been going back all time!

The food rocks and the price is right!!! We can afford to come here and not have to take a second mortgage out on the house.

I don't mind the fact that sometimes the food does take a little bit to come out but we like to linger and enjoy our meals and not have each course shoved down our throats. There are plenty of restaurnts in Seattle if you are in a hurry......don't come here.

The staff is well versed in recommending wine and Renee carries excellent wine for very fair prices!!

thank you Boat Street Cafe............ you guys are the best!

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I wish I had more time!

I would write the kind of review this place deserves but I don't so here is the short version. My wife and I were downtown for a little shopping spree. We decided to try the Boat Street Cafe because a restaurant owner friend of ours had said it was his favorite restaurant. It was 7pm on a friday night and there was a long wait. We waited at the bar for over an hour but with no reservation what would I expect?

Everyone, the hostess, bartender, server and even the chef at one time or another came by our table to check on us or just to talk. It was hospitality times 10! The food was exceptional and the bread pudding was to die for.

My recomendation - make reservations and plan on spending a wonderful evening wining, dining and socializing.

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★★★★★

I wish I had more time!

I would write the kind of review this place deserves but I don't so here is the short version. My wife and I were downtown for a little shopping spree. We decided to try the Boat Street Cafe because a restaurant owner friend of ours had said it was his favorite restaurant. It was 7pm on a friday night and there was a long wait. We waited at the bar for over an hour but with no reservation what would I expect?

Everyone, the hostess, bartender, server and even the chef at one time or another came by our table to check on us or just to talk. It was hospitality times 10! The food was exceptional and the bread pudding was to die for.

My recomendation - make reservations and plan on spending a wonderful evening wining, dining and socializing.

Pros: Hospitality, incredible food, cozy

Cons: Small and fills up quickly

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I've only been there once, and I tend to eat at nice restaurants quite often, and maybe I just had a one off less than impressive experience. For starters, the place itself is very nicely decorated, and the ambience is great. The service was excellent. The menu is fairly pricey which is completely ok with me, but I just didn't feel the food lived up to my expectations. I had the Chicken Liver pate for starters which was not bad, my entree however was the Lamb Shoulder which was recommended, but it was not cooked well at all. It took me a while to cut through the tough meat, to the point that my fingers would ache, the sauces seemed quite average, almost as if it were a pre-seasoned steak I could pick up at a safeway. My friend had the roasted Poisson which wasn't bad, but the sauces hadn't sufficiently soaked into the meat, and was very greasy/creamy.

I made the mistake of getting the bordeaux, after trying a couple of other wines. None of them very satisfactory.

Again, I've only been there once, and they have a menu that changes daily, so I'd still say give it a shot if you will. Ihonestly wanted to give the place 3.5 stars if it were possible.

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★★★☆☆

I've only been there once, and I tend to eat at nice restaurants quite often, and maybe I just had a one off less than impressive experience. For starters, the place itself is very nicely decorated, and the ambience is great. The service was excellent. The menu is fairly pricey which is completely ok with me, but I just didn't feel the food lived up to my expectations. I had the Chicken Liver pate for starters which was not bad, my entree however was the Lamb Shoulder which was recommended, but it was not cooked well at all. It took me a while to cut through the tough meat, to the point that my fingers would ache, the sauces seemed quite average, almost as if it were a pre-seasoned steak I could pick up at a safeway. My friend had the roasted Poisson which wasn't bad, but the sauces hadn't sufficiently soaked into the meat, and was very greasy/creamy.

I made the mistake of getting the bordeaux, after trying a couple of other wines. None of them very satisfactory.

Again, I've only been there once, and they have a menu that changes daily, so I'd still say give it a shot if you will. Ihonestly wanted to give the place 3.5 stars if it were possible.

Pros: Great Ambience, Friendly service

Cons: Food does not deliver to expectations, Wine menu could use help.

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I wasn't planning to write a review until I came across the grumpy ones here. Now I feel compelled to share that the food and service I experienced last night were great. Even great enough to overcome this absolutely TERRIBLE location. This spot is strictly for the hard-core foodie: the kind of person who revels in a challenge. The kind of person who actually likes a restaurant more the harder it is to find. The kind of person who doesn't care about parking, reasonable driving directions, or particularly good signage--as long as the food is amazing. It is. (The ribeye was outstanding--very unique preparation, and enough for two great meals.)

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★★★★☆

I wasn't planning to write a review until I came across the grumpy ones here. Now I feel compelled to share that the food and service I experienced last night were great. Even great enough to overcome this absolutely TERRIBLE location. This spot is strictly for the hard-core foodie: the kind of person who revels in a challenge. The kind of person who actually likes a restaurant more the harder it is to find. The kind of person who doesn't care about parking, reasonable driving directions, or particularly good signage--as long as the food is amazing. It is. (The ribeye was outstanding--very unique preparation, and enough for two great meals.)

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I want to assure anyone reading the negative reviews here that I believe those experiences reflect the exception, not the rule. I have had 2 fabulous experiences in the last 6 months. The 1st was on a Friday night when we (4 of us) called at the last minute, were warmly welcomed with an 830 reservation, and had professional, friendly service, and food that surpassed our expections. Most recently 3 of us ate on a Tuesday night, when every table was full at 7:00 pm, which speaks volumes about the popularity of this place. Again, service and food were excellent. When we asked for advice on wines, we were happy with the suggestions, both for quality and price. Even given the risk of making it more difficult for me to get a reservation in the future, I felt the need to offer my experiences to balance the false impression these negative comments leave.

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★★★★★

I want to assure anyone reading the negative reviews here that I believe those experiences reflect the exception, not the rule. I have had 2 fabulous experiences in the last 6 months. The 1st was on a Friday night when we (4 of us) called at the last minute, were warmly welcomed with an 830 reservation, and had professional, friendly service, and food that surpassed our expections. Most recently 3 of us ate on a Tuesday night, when every table was full at 7:00 pm, which speaks volumes about the popularity of this place. Again, service and food were excellent. When we asked for advice on wines, we were happy with the suggestions, both for quality and price. Even given the risk of making it more difficult for me to get a reservation in the future, I felt the need to offer my experiences to balance the false impression these negative comments leave.

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We recently ate at the Boat Cafe and had such terrible service that we will never return. We had reservations but had to wait a half hour after the reservation time to be seated, never got our glasses refilled with water and waited another half hour to pay the bill. Our friend didn't care for her dish and when she told the waiter, he said "huh" and turned on his heel and left. In addition, our other friend wanted some dressing on the side and was told that the chef wouldn't allow it. We can appreciate the chef's attention to the menu but with that attitude, she should just cook for herself.

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★☆☆☆☆

We recently ate at the Boat Cafe and had such terrible service that we will never return. We had reservations but had to wait a half hour after the reservation time to be seated, never got our glasses refilled with water and waited another half hour to pay the bill. Our friend didn't care for her dish and when she told the waiter, he said "huh" and turned on his heel and left. In addition, our other friend wanted some dressing on the side and was told that the chef wouldn't allow it. We can appreciate the chef's attention to the menu but with that attitude, she should just cook for herself.

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I have eaten at the Boat Street Cafe a few times in the past and thought the food was excellent. However, I had such a horrible experience that I will never return. The wait for dinner was over 30 minutes and once the food came out, the crab cakes were badly burned on both sides. The waitress never came by to check on us until we were done at which point we told her about the food. She initially offered to take them off the check but after talking to the chef she returned to tell us that the chef said she would not give us a credit and that is the way she always makes them (??!?). Sorry to say, but I have had crab cakes at restaurants all over the country and have never seen crab cakes which were so burned. More than that though, I have never eaten at a restaurant where such a blantant problem was ignored. My summation is that the Boat Street is operated by some very arrogant folks that have lost touch with their patrons. This is always a recipe for disaster.

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★★☆☆☆

I have eaten at the Boat Street Cafe a few times in the past and thought the food was excellent. However, I had such a horrible experience that I will never return. The wait for dinner was over 30 minutes and once the food came out, the crab cakes were badly burned on both sides. The waitress never came by to check on us until we were done at which point we told her about the food. She initially offered to take them off the check but after talking to the chef she returned to tell us that the chef said she would not give us a credit and that is the way she always makes them (??!?). Sorry to say, but I have had crab cakes at restaurants all over the country and have never seen crab cakes which were so burned. More than that though, I have never eaten at a restaurant where such a blantant problem was ignored. My summation is that the Boat Street is operated by some very arrogant folks that have lost touch with their patrons. This is always a recipe for disaster.

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I waited anxiously for Renee to find the right place. the food is superb as always, shallot flan, poached chicken sandwiches, homemade pickles. drool drool. sadly the service is still not wonderful, staff can be slow and forgetful. But the food it worth any inconvenience! Come patient and relax. The amaretto bread pudding is not to be missed! I ask when seated to make sure some is saved for me.

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★★★★★

I waited anxiously for Renee to find the right place. the food is superb as always, shallot flan, poached chicken sandwiches, homemade pickles. drool drool. sadly the service is still not wonderful, staff can be slow and forgetful. But the food it worth any inconvenience! Come patient and relax. The amaretto bread pudding is not to be missed! I ask when seated to make sure some is saved for me.

Pros: excellent food, excellent desserts

Cons: slow service, parking can be hard

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The old Boat Street cafe was my favorite. For years I waited for the new location and when it finally opened, I visited it in it's second week. Very disappointing - they were out of the lunch special (at 12:30 with only one other table seated!) and out of the bread pudding (my favorite). Unwilling to give up on my old favorite, I returned a couple weeks later for lunch and was again disapointed. It was deserted - only two other small tables seated, and yet we still had to wait 10 minutes for coffee. When the waitress finally came to take our orders after another 10 minutes or so, she said that she "forgot" to tell us about all the things they were out of. Maybe it'll get better in the future, but if you were a an old Boat Street fan, prepare to be very very disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

The old Boat Street cafe was my favorite. For years I waited for the new location and when it finally opened, I visited it in it's second week. Very disappointing - they were out of the lunch special (at 12:30 with only one other table seated!) and out of the bread pudding (my favorite). Unwilling to give up on my old favorite, I returned a couple weeks later for lunch and was again disapointed. It was deserted - only two other small tables seated, and yet we still had to wait 10 minutes for coffee. When the waitress finally came to take our orders after another 10 minutes or so, she said that she "forgot" to tell us about all the things they were out of. Maybe it'll get better in the future, but if you were a an old Boat Street fan, prepare to be very very disappointed.

Pros: Delicious, if they're, not out of what, you want

Cons: Slow service, Bad location, Run out of specials

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Perhaps its the relatively inexpensive, wonderful food. Perhaps its the personable, sweet staff who serve the inexpensive, wonderful food. Or, perhaps its just the inexpensive wonderful food. I would vote that this is the best food deal in Seattle. Restaurants like Rovers might have more pedigree, but Boat Street is the most satisfying and consistent food service I've encountered here. One request thought...bring back the chicken in port-fig sauce! Don't forget to try the blackberry cobbler.

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★★★★★

Perhaps its the relatively inexpensive, wonderful food. Perhaps its the personable, sweet staff who serve the inexpensive, wonderful food. Or, perhaps its just the inexpensive wonderful food. I would vote that this is the best food deal in Seattle. Restaurants like Rovers might have more pedigree, but Boat Street is the most satisfying and consistent food service I've encountered here. One request thought...bring back the chicken in port-fig sauce! Don't forget to try the blackberry cobbler.

 

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