The Peoples Pub

★★★★☆
  • 5429 Ballard Ave NW

    Seattle, WA 98107

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  • 206-783-6521

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Ate there on Friday, January 29th, 2010. The front was quiet and nearly empty, but the back was loud and packed, with hockey on the big TV. I had the sunflower cutlet burger and it was super good, though the fries were like McDonald's fries, pretty thin and mundane. My wife loved her goulash and her beet salad. The service was great. Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

Ate there on Friday, January 29th, 2010. The front was quiet and nearly empty, but the back was loud and packed, with hockey on the big TV. I had the sunflower cutlet burger and it was super good, though the fries were like McDonald's fries, pretty thin and mundane. My wife loved her goulash and her beet salad. The service was great. Highly recommended!

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Okay, in the name of full disclosure I have to admit that I'm pretty biased. I have been coming to the People's happy hour once a week for almost 5 years now, and know the awesome staff well enough to just tip my head or flare a nostril from across the room and I'll receive what I want from the beer and food menus. They take care of their regulars, even keeping a a special table set aside for them, but new patrons shouldn't be timid - everybody is friendly and upfront. The People's does everything a good bar should do - focus on great beer, keep prices low, have a line-up of well constructed bar food, and keep a laid-back unpretentious atmosphere.

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★★★★★

Okay, in the name of full disclosure I have to admit that I'm pretty biased. I have been coming to the People's happy hour once a week for almost 5 years now, and know the awesome staff well enough to just tip my head or flare a nostril from across the room and I'll receive what I want from the beer and food menus. They take care of their regulars, even keeping a a special table set aside for them, but new patrons shouldn't be timid - everybody is friendly and upfront. The People's does everything a good bar should do - focus on great beer, keep prices low, have a line-up of well constructed bar food, and keep a laid-back unpretentious atmosphere.

Pros: Awesome Staff, beer selection, burgers (w/swiss!)

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After i left this place all i heard was bad things.

Here's my personal story, the bartenders rude and full of shit! Can I say presumptuous? I've never been in a place where the bartenders assumed they could invite themselves into the conversation!

Every time the bartender opened her mouth my experience got worse and worse!

The cooks are Great and if your looking for a great one HIRE JOSH! I had a conversation with him and it was as if everyone there was offended that he was getting all the attention! He was off the clock!

Why would you be so condescending of your co-workers in-front of company???

So BAD! You need NEW BARTENDERS!

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★☆☆☆☆

After i left this place all i heard was bad things.

Here's my personal story, the bartenders rude and full of shit! Can I say presumptuous? I've never been in a place where the bartenders assumed they could invite themselves into the conversation!

Every time the bartender opened her mouth my experience got worse and worse!

The cooks are Great and if your looking for a great one HIRE JOSH! I had a conversation with him and it was as if everyone there was offended that he was getting all the attention! He was off the clock!

Why would you be so condescending of your co-workers in-front of company???

So BAD! You need NEW BARTENDERS!

Pros: the bartenders:RUDE

Cons: the staff

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I'm never going to this bar again. My first time "dining" there was my last. The owner of this establishment should screen the servers much more carefully. Our server grudgingly brought us drinks, food, and water.

At the end of our night, we asked to split the check (a normal request). We handed the server four credit cards and asked it to be split four equal parts... not an uncommon request.

When we were given our cards back, the waiter said, "Next time, swing by an ATM on the way."

Bizarre... anyone who's worked as a server before knows this is unacceptable.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I'm never going to this bar again. My first time "dining" there was my last. The owner of this establishment should screen the servers much more carefully. Our server grudgingly brought us drinks, food, and water.

At the end of our night, we asked to split the check (a normal request). We handed the server four credit cards and asked it to be split four equal parts... not an uncommon request.

When we were given our cards back, the waiter said, "Next time, swing by an ATM on the way."

Bizarre... anyone who's worked as a server before knows this is unacceptable.

Pros: ok food

Cons: beyond rude service

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Generous happy hour with great cheap food. Nice BLT and the veggie burger is the best in town. I eat it and I'm a carnivore. Great kraut. Great german and local beer. Try the Kolsch and Spaten.
And Sabrina rocks!

2
★★★★★

Generous happy hour with great cheap food. Nice BLT and the veggie burger is the best in town. I eat it and I'm a carnivore. Great kraut. Great german and local beer. Try the Kolsch and Spaten.
And Sabrina rocks!

Pros: great rotating beers, great german pub grub

Cons: parking is a drag

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This is a little hole in the wall pub that is a nice neighborhood hang-out. They have music on weekends (sometimes a little guitar duo, sometimes a band). Decent food, decent prices.

4
★★★★☆

This is a little hole in the wall pub that is a nice neighborhood hang-out. They have music on weekends (sometimes a little guitar duo, sometimes a band). Decent food, decent prices.

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I love the People's Pub. It has great fish and chips and bratwurst. It is one of the few places you can get german style potato salad with your brat. The service is always frienldy and fast. The best part about it is that you can get food even into the wee hours.

2
★★★★☆

I love the People's Pub. It has great fish and chips and bratwurst. It is one of the few places you can get german style potato salad with your brat. The service is always frienldy and fast. The best part about it is that you can get food even into the wee hours.

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the review from 5/30/07 says it all: it MAY have been good, but not now. We went in on a Tues, early evening, looking forward to some great German food. Still looking. My pork cutlet was so dry, I had to choke it down with the beer; I finally gave up and left half of it. The red cabbage side was just that : red cabbage, no seasonings that I could taste. My husband's fish and chips were so dark brown, they looked burnt; he left most of his, too. If people reviewing this site really believe this is how German food tastes, I hope they try it somewhere else for comparison.

0
★☆☆☆☆

the review from 5/30/07 says it all: it MAY have been good, but not now. We went in on a Tues, early evening, looking forward to some great German food. Still looking. My pork cutlet was so dry, I had to choke it down with the beer; I finally gave up and left half of it. The red cabbage side was just that : red cabbage, no seasonings that I could taste. My husband's fish and chips were so dark brown, they looked burnt; he left most of his, too. If people reviewing this site really believe this is how German food tastes, I hope they try it somewhere else for comparison.

Pros: good beer

Cons: bad food

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This is one of the great little pubs along Ballard Avenue. They have an awesome German beer selection and great drink specials every night! Their food is excellent and if you go at happy hour, the fish and chips is only $5 and is a tasty treat. My friends and I love to stop here on Friday night when we're out in Ballard.
PROS: Great bar food
CONS: Sometimes it's hard to find a table in the bar on Friday or Saturday night.

4
★★★★☆

This is one of the great little pubs along Ballard Avenue. They have an awesome German beer selection and great drink specials every night! Their food is excellent and if you go at happy hour, the fish and chips is only $5 and is a tasty treat. My friends and I love to stop here on Friday night when we're out in Ballard.
PROS: Great bar food
CONS: Sometimes it's hard to find a table in the bar on Friday or Saturday night.

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My friends and I discovered this hole in the wall about 6 months ago and have been regulars on the weekends ever since. $2.50 jager/schnapps on a Saturday night? Yes please. The service can be a bit flaky but they make up for it in friendly attitude and freebies. There is also a collection of board games to play, which only become more fun as the night goes on. This is a great place for a cheap drink and a laid-back atmosphere on the weekends

2
★★★★★

My friends and I discovered this hole in the wall about 6 months ago and have been regulars on the weekends ever since. $2.50 jager/schnapps on a Saturday night? Yes please. The service can be a bit flaky but they make up for it in friendly attitude and freebies. There is also a collection of board games to play, which only become more fun as the night goes on. This is a great place for a cheap drink and a laid-back atmosphere on the weekends

Pros: Great drink specials on weekends, Friendly service

Cons: Often run out of types of beer, parking

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Glad to see this place recently got named one of the top ethnic restaurants in the city by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. I was there last night after a show down the street and noticed they added some new items to the menu as well that I can't wait to try!

2
★★★★★

Glad to see this place recently got named one of the top ethnic restaurants in the city by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. I was there last night after a show down the street and noticed they added some new items to the menu as well that I can't wait to try!

Pros: beer & liquor list, authenitc german food

Cons: parking

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Perhaps this place made an effort to offer food that was meant for human consumption when it opened but those days are long past. What tries to pass for schnitzel would be more inconspicuous nailed to the bottom of a boot. The "german" potato salad was a hard pile of undercooked potatoes tossed with (are you ready for this?) MUSTARD!

Go for the beer and stay far, far away from the food. There are other german pubs in the city that at least try to offer german food.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Perhaps this place made an effort to offer food that was meant for human consumption when it opened but those days are long past. What tries to pass for schnitzel would be more inconspicuous nailed to the bottom of a boot. The "german" potato salad was a hard pile of undercooked potatoes tossed with (are you ready for this?) MUSTARD!

Go for the beer and stay far, far away from the food. There are other german pubs in the city that at least try to offer german food.

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Last Monday night we had my brother's 30th birthday party here. It was a very large party and they went out of their way to accomodate us. They even gave us some birthday candles when we forgot to bring our own!.....The staff there is a class act and I will forever be a loyal patron of theirs!

2
★★★★★

Last Monday night we had my brother's 30th birthday party here. It was a very large party and they went out of their way to accomodate us. They even gave us some birthday candles when we forgot to bring our own!.....The staff there is a class act and I will forever be a loyal patron of theirs!

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The People's Pub rules. Great atmosphere, great staff, and fried pickles! I know, you're thinking, "fried pickles?" Just try them....

If you're a Virginia Tech Hokie (like me), the PP is even more special. They get all the games and you get a food and drink discount if you're wearing some Hokie digs (only during the games).

The People's Pub also serves authentic German food and beer, so come down for a brat and a brew....I highly recommend the Spaten Optimator! Also, if you've got the late-night munchies, the hamburger is excellent and the serving of fries is enormous!

Yer Pal,
Gel-Sol
www.gel-sol.com

2
★★★★★

The People's Pub rules. Great atmosphere, great staff, and fried pickles! I know, you're thinking, "fried pickles?" Just try them....

If you're a Virginia Tech Hokie (like me), the PP is even more special. They get all the games and you get a food and drink discount if you're wearing some Hokie digs (only during the games).

The People's Pub also serves authentic German food and beer, so come down for a brat and a brew....I highly recommend the Spaten Optimator! Also, if you've got the late-night munchies, the hamburger is excellent and the serving of fries is enormous!

Yer Pal,
Gel-Sol
www.gel-sol.com

Pros: Fried Pickles, Beer, Hokie Friendly

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When you are craving brats or german sausage, this is the place to go. The brats are always dellicious, as are the sausage and cheese plate, the fries (huge plate- split them with a friend) and the fried pickle. The beer selection is also quite varied and large. The only drawback is that the bar is very stale-smoky and could use some ventilation.

2
★★★★☆

When you are craving brats or german sausage, this is the place to go. The brats are always dellicious, as are the sausage and cheese plate, the fries (huge plate- split them with a friend) and the fried pickle. The beer selection is also quite varied and large. The only drawback is that the bar is very stale-smoky and could use some ventilation.

Pros: Ballard, Brats

Cons: Smoky

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A nice German pub located in Ballard. They have a good selection of German beers on tap, and besides that the other main attraction for me is the fried dill pickles available on their appetizer menu. They may sound strange (and I'm not generally a big fan of these kinds of fried foods), but truly you have to try these to believe it! They're salty but incredibly good, especially in the spectacular mustard sauce they're served with (and I'm not usually a big fan of mustard either!)

4
★★★★☆

A nice German pub located in Ballard. They have a good selection of German beers on tap, and besides that the other main attraction for me is the fried dill pickles available on their appetizer menu. They may sound strange (and I'm not generally a big fan of these kinds of fried foods), but truly you have to try these to believe it! They're salty but incredibly good, especially in the spectacular mustard sauce they're served with (and I'm not usually a big fan of mustard either!)

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I liked that place. We went there for my friend's birthday and really enjoied it. They have a great choice of German beer as well as good and tasty Shctnitzels. aiter were extremelly nice girl and she suggested several good beer choices. Atmosphere was quiet and nice (though we were there @ 5 p.m.) and it wasn't very crowdy. I would recommend you to check out their beers. Overall they were not pricy at all and we spend about $25-30 per person.

2
★★★★★

I liked that place. We went there for my friend's birthday and really enjoied it. They have a great choice of German beer as well as good and tasty Shctnitzels. aiter were extremelly nice girl and she suggested several good beer choices. Atmosphere was quiet and nice (though we were there @ 5 p.m.) and it wasn't very crowdy. I would recommend you to check out their beers. Overall they were not pricy at all and we spend about $25-30 per person.

Pros: Great beer, Good meel, Nice atmosphere

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All the pleasant German ambiance associated with King Ludwig's in Leavenworth is here. Love the ethnic food & Spaten Dopplebock.
A bit of Bavaria in the middle of
Scandanavia.

2
★★★★★

All the pleasant German ambiance associated with King Ludwig's in Leavenworth is here. Love the ethnic food & Spaten Dopplebock.
A bit of Bavaria in the middle of
Scandanavia.

Pros: Ambiance, Brews, Brat

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I've been going here for a while now, noticed they recently have started kitchen specials during the week - yummy! And they still have the best late night food around.

2
★★★★★

I've been going here for a while now, noticed they recently have started kitchen specials during the week - yummy! And they still have the best late night food around.

Pros: good food, late night eats, cheap drinks

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Therer are only two bonuses about this place. 1 Jesse works here, and 2 the location. Someone needs to teach the bartenders how to make a proper bartenders margarita.

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★★☆☆☆

Therer are only two bonuses about this place. 1 Jesse works here, and 2 the location. Someone needs to teach the bartenders how to make a proper bartenders margarita.

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This place is one of the reasons I love living in Ballard. I don't eat meat, so I was wary of a place that specializes in german food, but they won me over with the breaded tomato sandwiches, baby greens, goat cheese, and fried pickles. And they mix a fine cocktail if you're not in the mood for a malt beverage. Truly a great neighborhood pub; relaxed, comfy, good drinks and good food.

2
★★★★★

This place is one of the reasons I love living in Ballard. I don't eat meat, so I was wary of a place that specializes in german food, but they won me over with the breaded tomato sandwiches, baby greens, goat cheese, and fried pickles. And they mix a fine cocktail if you're not in the mood for a malt beverage. Truly a great neighborhood pub; relaxed, comfy, good drinks and good food.

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Not sure what the last reviewer was doing other than advertising for another establishment...The Pub has 3 times as many German beers as that other place, and serves excellent, authentic German food (maultaschen, rouladen, several schnitzles..mmm). Top it off with good pub food late at night and a full bar, this place rocks!

2
★★★★★

Not sure what the last reviewer was doing other than advertising for another establishment...The Pub has 3 times as many German beers as that other place, and serves excellent, authentic German food (maultaschen, rouladen, several schnitzles..mmm). Top it off with good pub food late at night and a full bar, this place rocks!

Pros: late night food, full bar, beer selection

Cons: parking

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Moderate priced grub , good german beers. Nice for late nights.

2
★★★★☆

Moderate priced grub , good german beers. Nice for late nights.

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The beer list is great. The food is tasty. However, they're REALLY slow!! We sat down at 7:30 pm for just a beer and dinner and didn't leave until 9:15!!

They also stuck an orange slice in a hefeweizen - what's up with that???

2
★★★★☆

The beer list is great. The food is tasty. However, they're REALLY slow!! We sat down at 7:30 pm for just a beer and dinner and didn't leave until 9:15!!

They also stuck an orange slice in a hefeweizen - what's up with that???

Pros: tasty, Extensive Beer List

Cons: Slow, Poor parking, Hot in summertime

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This is the best Ballard spot for late night eating. I think the bar serves until 1 am and I love the Fried Tomato Sandwich. It's served on rustic bread with herbed goat cheese and cucumbers. For more traditional barfood they offer fried mushrooms, french fries and a bunch of authentic german food. Really smokey and service is really friendly but *slows* when they're busy (somewhat under staffed on busy nights, it seems).

2
★★★★★

This is the best Ballard spot for late night eating. I think the bar serves until 1 am and I love the Fried Tomato Sandwich. It's served on rustic bread with herbed goat cheese and cucumbers. For more traditional barfood they offer fried mushrooms, french fries and a bunch of authentic german food. Really smokey and service is really friendly but *slows* when they're busy (somewhat under staffed on busy nights, it seems).

Pros: Location, Great Food, Open Late

Cons: Smokey, REALLY DARK

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While the beer list makes the People's Pub worth a visit, the food just isn't that good. I've had GOOD german food (Sudwerk in Davis, CA) and found the food at People's Pub pretty mediocre. Definitely not worth a 'Best of' rating in my opinion.

1
★★★☆☆

While the beer list makes the People's Pub worth a visit, the food just isn't that good. I've had GOOD german food (Sudwerk in Davis, CA) and found the food at People's Pub pretty mediocre. Definitely not worth a 'Best of' rating in my opinion.

Pros: good beer list

Cons: mediocre food

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The food is excellent. The staff is friendly. Everyone who enters ends up having a good time even if they arrived in a bad mood.

2
★★★★★

The food is excellent. The staff is friendly. Everyone who enters ends up having a good time even if they arrived in a bad mood.

Pros: inexpensive, excellent food, quiet

Cons: parking

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People's Pub has a huge selection of German and domestic beers on tap (plus full bar), and the German food is just right. I go for the food, but end up staying for hours just to hang out. Just a top notch place to enjoy.

2
★★★★★

People's Pub has a huge selection of German and domestic beers on tap (plus full bar), and the German food is just right. I go for the food, but end up staying for hours just to hang out. Just a top notch place to enjoy.

Pros: Inexpensive, Atmosphere, Great beer and food

Cons: Small, Bad Parking

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the best german restaurant i ever been. the optimator beer is the best

2
★★★★★

the best german restaurant i ever been. the optimator beer is the best

Pros: good food, isnot expensive

Cons: no parking

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this is a place so devoid of pretension it's like a home away from home. Go in the afternoon for a hearty meal and a pint or two.

2
★★★★☆

this is a place so devoid of pretension it's like a home away from home. Go in the afternoon for a hearty meal and a pint or two.

 

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