Cafe Septieme

★★★★☆

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Once upon a time, Caf Septieme was fun, funky, tasty, and reasonably clean. The staff were terrific, the service quirky but good, the food always good, and the menu consisted of some good buys.

Then it changed hands, purchased by the owner of the resoundingly mediocre "La Cocina" further down Broadway. The new guy immediately fired many of the interesting staff, began incrementally redecorating the place toward ever-increasing hideousness, and increased his profits at the expense of food quality, tables clothes, tolerable noise levels, and edible desserts.

At any given time, half the staff mean well but are so badly trained you wonder if they have themselves ever eaten in a decent restaurant. The few good waiters do the best they can to compensate, sometimes with extraordinary style and humor. They're like rock solid scrub nurses working in a doomed public hospital. I adore them.

All in all, it's a shell of what it once was, but still not a bad place to have a drink or five. By all means order food, but be prepared to send it back if you receive an $18 plate of swill. Avoid the desserts, which look ok but are in fact all variations on sweetened, whipped air. The coffee is still very drinkable, though if you get one of the lower waiters you may have to demand a fresh pot. But whatever you do, don't enter the men's room, where the leaking urinal has been rotting through the floor for years. The stench is sometimes truly gut wrenching.

There's still much Bohemian charm to be had, but when that wears thing, check out Table 219, right across the street. You'll find a more coherent and interesting menu, better realized, with prices commensurate with the quality and good service.

I love Caf Septieme, but then I'm the kind who adores all my exes no matter how badly they treated me.

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★★☆☆☆

Once upon a time, Caf Septieme was fun, funky, tasty, and reasonably clean. The staff were terrific, the service quirky but good, the food always good, and the menu consisted of some good buys.

Then it changed hands, purchased by the owner of the resoundingly mediocre "La Cocina" further down Broadway. The new guy immediately fired many of the interesting staff, began incrementally redecorating the place toward ever-increasing hideousness, and increased his profits at the expense of food quality, tables clothes, tolerable noise levels, and edible desserts.

At any given time, half the staff mean well but are so badly trained you wonder if they have themselves ever eaten in a decent restaurant. The few good waiters do the best they can to compensate, sometimes with extraordinary style and humor. They're like rock solid scrub nurses working in a doomed public hospital. I adore them.

All in all, it's a shell of what it once was, but still not a bad place to have a drink or five. By all means order food, but be prepared to send it back if you receive an $18 plate of swill. Avoid the desserts, which look ok but are in fact all variations on sweetened, whipped air. The coffee is still very drinkable, though if you get one of the lower waiters you may have to demand a fresh pot. But whatever you do, don't enter the men's room, where the leaking urinal has been rotting through the floor for years. The stench is sometimes truly gut wrenching.

There's still much Bohemian charm to be had, but when that wears thing, check out Table 219, right across the street. You'll find a more coherent and interesting menu, better realized, with prices commensurate with the quality and good service.

I love Caf Septieme, but then I'm the kind who adores all my exes no matter how badly they treated me.

Pros: Rodney the bartender; funkitude.

Cons: Mediocre food, high prices, ever-declining quality.

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I've been going here since 1995, I love the place. I don't mind that it's always a bit of the fugal gourmet, but I recently got a very insipid hummus platter that had bar olives on it (c'mon you guys!) and they served me some skanky previously frozen processed fries instead of their awesome home cooked potatoes. I'll still go, but I'm not not not getting those fries again!
The cocktails, however - the bartenders here are always super friendly and enthusiastic to make you a drink just the way you like it and they don't charge you an arm and a leg just to specialize it for you.

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★★★☆☆

I've been going here since 1995, I love the place. I don't mind that it's always a bit of the fugal gourmet, but I recently got a very insipid hummus platter that had bar olives on it (c'mon you guys!) and they served me some skanky previously frozen processed fries instead of their awesome home cooked potatoes. I'll still go, but I'm not not not getting those fries again!
The cocktails, however - the bartenders here are always super friendly and enthusiastic to make you a drink just the way you like it and they don't charge you an arm and a leg just to specialize it for you.

Pros: individually tailored cocktails without an outrageous markup

Cons: the food quality keeps sliding

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Worst place ever. The place smelled. The pasta was watery, more like mac&cheese with no cheese. My chicken was pink, not even cooked. My broccoli was old. This was the worst food ever. I will never go back. Bad service, bad and old food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst place ever. The place smelled. The pasta was watery, more like mac&cheese with no cheese. My chicken was pink, not even cooked. My broccoli was old. This was the worst food ever. I will never go back. Bad service, bad and old food.

Pros: None

Cons: Everything

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It would seem that, in its long history (and I've been going to this establishment since its days as a chic coffee shop that sold food in Belltown), Cafe Septieme has gone through a few notable transitions. It moved up to the Hill; it expanded its menu; it was handed over to new ownership; it made the paper with the "manager firing" incident; it painted some its venerable red walls yellow -- all the while making subtle improvements, rotating the artwork, and enduring a fairly regular turnover of staff. Someday, no doubt, a book will be written about the history of this venerable Seattle institution. Maybe even a documentary film.

Meanwhile, the latest change has been the lowering of prices. The last time I ate there, I didn't notice a huge drop in the cost of food, but what I did notice was that the offerings had definitely gone a la carte. So, for instance, a pasta dish going for about $15 that used to come with salad and bread is still about $15, minus the salad and bread. So, it strikes me as less of a cost-savings and more of an amenities-loss. I can't figure out if Septieme is therefore trying to be more like other restaurants in balkanizing its menu or trying to lure in customers (new as well as old, some of whom have stopped going there).

I'm not sure where Septieme is going anymore. I get the feeling it's lost its bearings. The food has become so-so, undependable, at best; the wait staff remains cheerful, under difficult circumstances; and only the most die-hard regulars, and a smattering of unfamiliar faces, populate the tables nowadays. Still, the drinks are stiff, as is the frosting on the fabulous cakes.

Wither, Septieme?

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★★★☆☆

It would seem that, in its long history (and I've been going to this establishment since its days as a chic coffee shop that sold food in Belltown), Cafe Septieme has gone through a few notable transitions. It moved up to the Hill; it expanded its menu; it was handed over to new ownership; it made the paper with the "manager firing" incident; it painted some its venerable red walls yellow -- all the while making subtle improvements, rotating the artwork, and enduring a fairly regular turnover of staff. Someday, no doubt, a book will be written about the history of this venerable Seattle institution. Maybe even a documentary film.

Meanwhile, the latest change has been the lowering of prices. The last time I ate there, I didn't notice a huge drop in the cost of food, but what I did notice was that the offerings had definitely gone a la carte. So, for instance, a pasta dish going for about $15 that used to come with salad and bread is still about $15, minus the salad and bread. So, it strikes me as less of a cost-savings and more of an amenities-loss. I can't figure out if Septieme is therefore trying to be more like other restaurants in balkanizing its menu or trying to lure in customers (new as well as old, some of whom have stopped going there).

I'm not sure where Septieme is going anymore. I get the feeling it's lost its bearings. The food has become so-so, undependable, at best; the wait staff remains cheerful, under difficult circumstances; and only the most die-hard regulars, and a smattering of unfamiliar faces, populate the tables nowadays. Still, the drinks are stiff, as is the frosting on the fabulous cakes.

Wither, Septieme?

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i don't know what i would do without this place. septiemme is appropriate for the most awkward meeting with the ex and is comfy for the sexiest date. you can get lots of stuff done there in groups, have two hour long existential conversations, and mull over your bottomless cups of coffee with a rotating cadre of friends. you never get pressured to leave before you are ready.

the service is usually pretty good, esp eves and weekends.

i consistently get the open faced flank steak sandwich (cheesy and yummy with a side sept. salad) which is a deal. anything with the septiemme salad is good too (walnuts, gorgonzola, and pears oh my!). most of all, they make their own ketchup which i could eat on its own, it is so delicious.

sure, the place is kind of dark and the cheaper part of the menu is too sandwich-y - but i can't think of a more lovely place on the hill to get together with friends.

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★★★★★

i don't know what i would do without this place. septiemme is appropriate for the most awkward meeting with the ex and is comfy for the sexiest date. you can get lots of stuff done there in groups, have two hour long existential conversations, and mull over your bottomless cups of coffee with a rotating cadre of friends. you never get pressured to leave before you are ready.

the service is usually pretty good, esp eves and weekends.

i consistently get the open faced flank steak sandwich (cheesy and yummy with a side sept. salad) which is a deal. anything with the septiemme salad is good too (walnuts, gorgonzola, and pears oh my!). most of all, they make their own ketchup which i could eat on its own, it is so delicious.

sure, the place is kind of dark and the cheaper part of the menu is too sandwich-y - but i can't think of a more lovely place on the hill to get together with friends.

Pros: location, service, chill ambience, no rush to leave

Cons: no parking, menu imbalanced in price (its either burgers/sandwiches/apps or things above $18...)

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I've been a regular at Septieme for over 5 years now. For nearly all of that time it has remained my "default" (i.e. favorite) restaurant on the hill. However, earlier this year a new owner took over the place and has essentially ruined it. The first thing he did was fire all of the best wait staff, save one, and basically run off all of the regulars. This was followed by an increase in prices and a decline in quality.

Nevertheless, I've continued going there for some time to see if it will regain some of it's former appeal. Sadly, it has not. Last time I went there, I ordered a simple hamburger (they used to have some of the best burgers in town). After screwing up my order (and that of my dinner companions) not once, but twice, each, my food arrived overcooked, with wilted lettuce and generally lacking in all respects.

Also? The coffee is awful. There's no excuse for bad coffee in Seattle. None.

Sadly, I've come to the conclusion that I need a new 'regular' place as Septieme is no longer a viable option. Right now, the front runner for a replacement is the 1200 Bistro.

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★★☆☆☆

I've been a regular at Septieme for over 5 years now. For nearly all of that time it has remained my "default" (i.e. favorite) restaurant on the hill. However, earlier this year a new owner took over the place and has essentially ruined it. The first thing he did was fire all of the best wait staff, save one, and basically run off all of the regulars. This was followed by an increase in prices and a decline in quality.

Nevertheless, I've continued going there for some time to see if it will regain some of it's former appeal. Sadly, it has not. Last time I went there, I ordered a simple hamburger (they used to have some of the best burgers in town). After screwing up my order (and that of my dinner companions) not once, but twice, each, my food arrived overcooked, with wilted lettuce and generally lacking in all respects.

Also? The coffee is awful. There's no excuse for bad coffee in Seattle. None.

Sadly, I've come to the conclusion that I need a new 'regular' place as Septieme is no longer a viable option. Right now, the front runner for a replacement is the 1200 Bistro.

Pros: location location location

Cons: bad service, decline in food quality, new owner is rude

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LOVED IT!! The menu choices are amazing. Absolutely delightful brunch, lunch and dinner menu. Whatever you wish. Their desserts are fresh and decadent. Great happy hour drinks. A sexy spanish ambience. Great place to take a special date or meet friends after work. Suggest it highly! This is a class act.

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★★★★★

LOVED IT!! The menu choices are amazing. Absolutely delightful brunch, lunch and dinner menu. Whatever you wish. Their desserts are fresh and decadent. Great happy hour drinks. A sexy spanish ambience. Great place to take a special date or meet friends after work. Suggest it highly! This is a class act.

Pros: Food quality, price range, and ambience

Cons: none

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The food at Cafe Septieme is solid, but not worth the price. The attitude is kinda stuck up and makes you feel out of place. There are restaurants nearby for any meal of the day with better value and service.

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★★★☆☆

The food at Cafe Septieme is solid, but not worth the price. The attitude is kinda stuck up and makes you feel out of place. There are restaurants nearby for any meal of the day with better value and service.

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I love the beet salad for dinner and brioche french toast for brunch.

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★★★★★

I love the beet salad for dinner and brioche french toast for brunch.

Pros: Bathroom, Dark, Drinks

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I've only been to Cafe Septieme twice, and both times the waitstaff was impatient and pouty. In it's defense, however, I've only been twice, and the food is so tasty. I recommend the open face steak sandwich and their chocolate cake. Yum! And they make good stiff drinks. I will give it another chance.

The interior is nice as well; lots of comfy booths, warm colors, a nice place for a romantic dinner, I recommend highly.

PROS: Yummy food, desserts, and drinks. Nice, comfortable, and romantic atmosphere.
CONS: Service was not so hot during my two visits, but the food is worth it.

4
★★★★☆

I've only been to Cafe Septieme twice, and both times the waitstaff was impatient and pouty. In it's defense, however, I've only been twice, and the food is so tasty. I recommend the open face steak sandwich and their chocolate cake. Yum! And they make good stiff drinks. I will give it another chance.

The interior is nice as well; lots of comfy booths, warm colors, a nice place for a romantic dinner, I recommend highly.

PROS: Yummy food, desserts, and drinks. Nice, comfortable, and romantic atmosphere.
CONS: Service was not so hot during my two visits, but the food is worth it.

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I like this restaurant. It has a nice menu and a great selection of wine. That said, the interior is not as impressive as it once was. There is sidewalk seating, which is great in a Seattle summer, though, so if you are looking for a place to eat a nice meal outdoors, give Cafe Septieme a try.

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★★★☆☆

I like this restaurant. It has a nice menu and a great selection of wine. That said, the interior is not as impressive as it once was. There is sidewalk seating, which is great in a Seattle summer, though, so if you are looking for a place to eat a nice meal outdoors, give Cafe Septieme a try.

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I love the dark red walls in this place almost as much as I love the linguine carbonara and the amazing desserts. Also, the hamburger comes with home-made ketchup. Yum! Good breakfasts too. One of my favorites!

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★★★★★

I love the dark red walls in this place almost as much as I love the linguine carbonara and the amazing desserts. Also, the hamburger comes with home-made ketchup. Yum! Good breakfasts too. One of my favorites!

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i go to septieme aobut 3 times a week. sometimes for a coctail, sometimes for food. the staff is great the food is good. its a great atmosphere for a date or to meet friends and chat.

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★★★★★

i go to septieme aobut 3 times a week. sometimes for a coctail, sometimes for food. the staff is great the food is good. its a great atmosphere for a date or to meet friends and chat.

Pros: good drinks, good food late, great prices

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The food is right, the service is friendly, fast and attentive. It's a great cafe/bar to enjoy good French/Belgium/German beers, wines of all part of the world and good conversation! This id the best palce on the hill!

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★★★★★

The food is right, the service is friendly, fast and attentive. It's a great cafe/bar to enjoy good French/Belgium/German beers, wines of all part of the world and good conversation! This id the best palce on the hill!

Pros: Attentive service, Smoking section, Good atmosphere

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Went for breakfast early on a Saturday morning, very nice atmosphere and good food. The coffee was tolerable and frequently refilled, the eggs were good but yoghurt was bland.

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★★★★☆

Went for breakfast early on a Saturday morning, very nice atmosphere and good food. The coffee was tolerable and frequently refilled, the eggs were good but yoghurt was bland.

Pros: great service, clean bathroom, smoking section

Cons: small portions

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Tall ceilings, red walls, local art and crisp white cloths topped with scribble paper: This cafe is a classic setting for hipsters, couples, students and everyone else who lives on the hill. The outdoor seating area is…

 

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