Lampreia Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 2400 1st Ave

    Seattle, WA 98121

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  • 206-443-3301

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We went to Lampreia with some friends who also relocated from San Francisco and recommended this restaurant highly. In San Francisco, we made a point of visiting the Chronicle Top 100 restaurants, and frankly we have missed that standard of quality in restaurants here.... until visiting Lampreia. Our meal was sublime! The service was friendly and without the pretense mentioned in the Seattle reviews. All four of us ordered the eight-course prix fixe and we were delighted. For those who truly love food that transcends time and place, Lampreia will not disappoint. Each course seemed to supersede the last! If you love great, imaginative and delicious cuisine, do not miss Lampreia. It is truly an experience you will never forget.

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★★★★★

We went to Lampreia with some friends who also relocated from San Francisco and recommended this restaurant highly. In San Francisco, we made a point of visiting the Chronicle Top 100 restaurants, and frankly we have missed that standard of quality in restaurants here.... until visiting Lampreia. Our meal was sublime! The service was friendly and without the pretense mentioned in the Seattle reviews. All four of us ordered the eight-course prix fixe and we were delighted. For those who truly love food that transcends time and place, Lampreia will not disappoint. Each course seemed to supersede the last! If you love great, imaginative and delicious cuisine, do not miss Lampreia. It is truly an experience you will never forget.

Pros: Innovative cuisine and excellent service.

Cons: Parking.

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Lampreia is a nice restaurant in Seattle and has great food. What is especially memorable is the visual presentation of the food, and sometimes it is actually better than the food itself.

4
★★★★☆

Lampreia is a nice restaurant in Seattle and has great food. What is especially memorable is the visual presentation of the food, and sometimes it is actually better than the food itself.

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I'm glad to read the last two reviewers in July had a great time, as did we. I had read several of the bad reviews. Fortunately good friends took us to celebrate their birthday, and we enjoyed being with them as well as the unique and excellent food. I'm a comfort food, enjoy my own soup or stew at home guy, which means when I go out, I'm looking for a special experience. Of course, the presentation is very arty, but each course tickles different taste buds. The veal chop was especially excellent. The service was friendly, informative, and helpful without being intrusive, even when I asked a dumb question (about salads--they don't serve them). And the chef showed none of the bad humor that some of the earlier reviewers mentioned. We had a friendly visit about an earlier experience we had shared. If you eat out lots of nights, and have become too jaded to have a unique dining experience, go somewhere else. For a special occasion, we found it excellent.

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★★★★★

I'm glad to read the last two reviewers in July had a great time, as did we. I had read several of the bad reviews. Fortunately good friends took us to celebrate their birthday, and we enjoyed being with them as well as the unique and excellent food. I'm a comfort food, enjoy my own soup or stew at home guy, which means when I go out, I'm looking for a special experience. Of course, the presentation is very arty, but each course tickles different taste buds. The veal chop was especially excellent. The service was friendly, informative, and helpful without being intrusive, even when I asked a dumb question (about salads--they don't serve them). And the chef showed none of the bad humor that some of the earlier reviewers mentioned. We had a friendly visit about an earlier experience we had shared. If you eat out lots of nights, and have become too jaded to have a unique dining experience, go somewhere else. For a special occasion, we found it excellent.

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Best restaurant in seattle hands down. Proffessional and informative sevice, beautiful great tasting food, what more could you want. Obviously this isn't an every night restaurant but I nly say that because I would get the five or eight course everytime. Also great wine selection.

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★★★★★

Best restaurant in seattle hands down. Proffessional and informative sevice, beautiful great tasting food, what more could you want. Obviously this isn't an every night restaurant but I nly say that because I would get the five or eight course everytime. Also great wine selection.

Pros: food, decor, service

Cons: the crowd in bell town late at night

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Well I honestly don't know how anyone could give Lampreia a bad review. It was one of the most memorable dinners I have ever had. I took my girlfriend for our year anniversary and decided to go with the chef's five course. Since we didn't know what we would be having I had one of the knowledgable waiters pick a bottle of wine to pair with the whole menu. We told him that we wanted something foreign and interesting. The waiter picked a chardonnay by domaine serene which paired beautifully with our dinner. First we started off with crab wrapped in melon. It was a an interesting light and refreshing way to start. After that we moved to another exquisite dish. A hard boiled egg marinated in beet juice filled with salmon roe and creme fraiche. It was definately the most beautiful and tastiest deviled egg ever. After that we had a corn soup with rhubard and salmon dumplings. The aroma of the soup as it was poured in was a tuning fork for the soul. And then the main course was bass accompanied with whipped potatoes done with pequillo pepper. Simple but great. Dessert was one of my favorite courses as well. Pistacio ice cream with strawberry sauce and caramel. The chef was actually friendly and said good night to me at the end of our evening. The waiters were perfect and attentive but not in a somerthing way, great choice of wine by the way, and the experience was extremely memorable and romantic. I highly recommend Lampreia for special occassions or even every day. It's fairly affordable and worth every penny and more.

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★★★★★

Well I honestly don't know how anyone could give Lampreia a bad review. It was one of the most memorable dinners I have ever had. I took my girlfriend for our year anniversary and decided to go with the chef's five course. Since we didn't know what we would be having I had one of the knowledgable waiters pick a bottle of wine to pair with the whole menu. We told him that we wanted something foreign and interesting. The waiter picked a chardonnay by domaine serene which paired beautifully with our dinner. First we started off with crab wrapped in melon. It was a an interesting light and refreshing way to start. After that we moved to another exquisite dish. A hard boiled egg marinated in beet juice filled with salmon roe and creme fraiche. It was definately the most beautiful and tastiest deviled egg ever. After that we had a corn soup with rhubard and salmon dumplings. The aroma of the soup as it was poured in was a tuning fork for the soul. And then the main course was bass accompanied with whipped potatoes done with pequillo pepper. Simple but great. Dessert was one of my favorite courses as well. Pistacio ice cream with strawberry sauce and caramel. The chef was actually friendly and said good night to me at the end of our evening. The waiters were perfect and attentive but not in a somerthing way, great choice of wine by the way, and the experience was extremely memorable and romantic. I highly recommend Lampreia for special occassions or even every day. It's fairly affordable and worth every penny and more.

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I know chef Scott Carsberg through a business connection, and on more then one occasion had to listen to him swearing violently at the receptionist in our office because he was unhappy about something or other. No apology, no realization that the receptionist probably wasn't going to be able to help him for whatever problem he had, just angry, diva syndrome and foul language.

The experience at Lampreia mirrors the chef/owner's attitude. The interior is stark and cheerless. The food was definitely "arty" but I can't go so far as to say it was delicious or wonderfully memorable. The waiter was exceedingly cloying: no sooner had we placed a forkful of food in our mouths did he scurry over inquiring after how we were enjoying our "first bites." And he did this at the beginning of every course! He surely meant well but the service was not the discreet attentiveness that a fine dining experience demands.

This just isn't a place where you leave feeling good. The service, food, attitude and above all the mean chef just leave a bad taste in your mouth. Visit Canlis or Rover's instead. Or even Red Robin for a better experience!

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★★☆☆☆

I know chef Scott Carsberg through a business connection, and on more then one occasion had to listen to him swearing violently at the receptionist in our office because he was unhappy about something or other. No apology, no realization that the receptionist probably wasn't going to be able to help him for whatever problem he had, just angry, diva syndrome and foul language.

The experience at Lampreia mirrors the chef/owner's attitude. The interior is stark and cheerless. The food was definitely "arty" but I can't go so far as to say it was delicious or wonderfully memorable. The waiter was exceedingly cloying: no sooner had we placed a forkful of food in our mouths did he scurry over inquiring after how we were enjoying our "first bites." And he did this at the beginning of every course! He surely meant well but the service was not the discreet attentiveness that a fine dining experience demands.

This just isn't a place where you leave feeling good. The service, food, attitude and above all the mean chef just leave a bad taste in your mouth. Visit Canlis or Rover's instead. Or even Red Robin for a better experience!

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To celebrate my 50th birthday, my family selected Lampreia. I had never been there, but had read some reviews. If the food had been exquisite, it wouldn't have mattered if I had to park 20 blocks away. It was a fabulous evening just being there with my family. Yet, all the ambiance and artistry cannot make up for tasteless or bad tasting food. Presentation should not take precedence over taste. We had the eight course tasting menu. The service was impeccable, and although it was stiff and snooty, it was fitting for the circumstance. The champagne had delicate fruit undertones that were light and crisp. The bread was fresh, yet uninteresting. The apple/dungeness dish was quite nice. The truffle cream on which the soup was poured was wonderful, yet the soup was disappointing -- lacking in flavor. Most of the other dishes were unremarkable and forgettable. The chicken liver pate was bitter and sour tasting. Awful! The tuna proscuitto with sea urchin had a nice intense ocean flavor, but the overall dish was just okay. The lamb dish was nice. The meal overall was lacking in VEGETABLES. The chocolate mousse and orange frise (sp?) were both very good, but there was no offer of coffee, espresso, tea... NOTHING! I find that coffee enhances chocolate and was VERY disappointed that it was not offered. The mini cookies would have been great with espresso. The cheese dish (baked with honey) was very nice. The cabernet (and all of the wines) were very nice.
Overall, my family made the evening wonderful, not the food. The food was very mediocre. My brother-in-law paid the bill, which must have been about $1,200 for the five of us, possibly more with tax and tip. At those prices, EVERY dish should be exquisitely seasoned, which our meal was not. I did not leave dreaming, thinking, pondering how good the food was. I was not calculating in my mind when the next time would be that I could get back there. The next special occasion will be elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

To celebrate my 50th birthday, my family selected Lampreia. I had never been there, but had read some reviews. If the food had been exquisite, it wouldn't have mattered if I had to park 20 blocks away. It was a fabulous evening just being there with my family. Yet, all the ambiance and artistry cannot make up for tasteless or bad tasting food. Presentation should not take precedence over taste. We had the eight course tasting menu. The service was impeccable, and although it was stiff and snooty, it was fitting for the circumstance. The champagne had delicate fruit undertones that were light and crisp. The bread was fresh, yet uninteresting. The apple/dungeness dish was quite nice. The truffle cream on which the soup was poured was wonderful, yet the soup was disappointing -- lacking in flavor. Most of the other dishes were unremarkable and forgettable. The chicken liver pate was bitter and sour tasting. Awful! The tuna proscuitto with sea urchin had a nice intense ocean flavor, but the overall dish was just okay. The lamb dish was nice. The meal overall was lacking in VEGETABLES. The chocolate mousse and orange frise (sp?) were both very good, but there was no offer of coffee, espresso, tea... NOTHING! I find that coffee enhances chocolate and was VERY disappointed that it was not offered. The mini cookies would have been great with espresso. The cheese dish (baked with honey) was very nice. The cabernet (and all of the wines) were very nice.
Overall, my family made the evening wonderful, not the food. The food was very mediocre. My brother-in-law paid the bill, which must have been about $1,200 for the five of us, possibly more with tax and tip. At those prices, EVERY dish should be exquisitely seasoned, which our meal was not. I did not leave dreaming, thinking, pondering how good the food was. I was not calculating in my mind when the next time would be that I could get back there. The next special occasion will be elsewhere.

Pros: Attentive service

Cons: Food is better looking than tasting, no coffee service?

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How could this restaurant be rated 5 stars? The service was slow and untimely. The waiter was very rude to us when we ordered to share (even though it amounted to $800). Our table was unattended for a long time without water in the glass, yet they were eager to clear the dishes that we were still working on. We didn't even get the small plate for individual use, and were forced to use tiny bread dish to serve ourselves. I asked the head-waitress about this inconvenience, and she said that the restaurant was not accustomed to serve food for share. The worst was the chef. When one of my friends stepped outside for a couple of minutes to check the call, the chef came over to our table and asked if he left. We explained that he would be right back, and that there was no need to wait for him if the order was ready. The chef looked angry, rolled his eyeballs, and left us without a word. It was as if we were being sacrilegious to the art he was about to offer or something... we all lost our speech and looked at each other with disbelief. I have been to most of renowned restaurants in Seattle, and usually, the finer the place is, the finer the experience is. The restaurant going is not just about food quality, but the total experience that makes us want to go back. At Lampreia, I felt we had to be A+ student for the "divine art" of chef Carsberg, in order to be treated human. I will never go back there. Never.

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★☆☆☆☆

How could this restaurant be rated 5 stars? The service was slow and untimely. The waiter was very rude to us when we ordered to share (even though it amounted to $800). Our table was unattended for a long time without water in the glass, yet they were eager to clear the dishes that we were still working on. We didn't even get the small plate for individual use, and were forced to use tiny bread dish to serve ourselves. I asked the head-waitress about this inconvenience, and she said that the restaurant was not accustomed to serve food for share. The worst was the chef. When one of my friends stepped outside for a couple of minutes to check the call, the chef came over to our table and asked if he left. We explained that he would be right back, and that there was no need to wait for him if the order was ready. The chef looked angry, rolled his eyeballs, and left us without a word. It was as if we were being sacrilegious to the art he was about to offer or something... we all lost our speech and looked at each other with disbelief. I have been to most of renowned restaurants in Seattle, and usually, the finer the place is, the finer the experience is. The restaurant going is not just about food quality, but the total experience that makes us want to go back. At Lampreia, I felt we had to be A+ student for the "divine art" of chef Carsberg, in order to be treated human. I will never go back there. Never.

Pros: Visually interesting presentation of food

Cons: Food is not that great for the price, for the hard-to-find parking, for the terrible services.

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Lampreia?s food presentation is a visual work of art, but the food, unfortunately, is a secondary consideration. Visual appeal is a part of fine cuisine, but it should not be at the sacrifice of the food itself. Here the cuisine suffers at the expense of visual affectation. A duck dish included smaller than dime-sized dabs of several ?fruit mustards,? which were attractive on the plate, but too insignificant to play a role in augmenting the dish---no great loss, however, as the flavors integrated poorly with the duck and its sauce. The sauteed bass, at $30.00, was good, but rather bland with no saucing and little seasoning, and it was nothing that could not be accomplished at home by a decent cook, albeit perhaps without the elegantly curlicued scallion that served as the artistic garnish. Occasionally, the presentation and cuisine mesh well, as with the Dungeness crab in a roll of paper thin apple slices, but regrettably such success is the exception rather than the rule. Several of the servers were cold and aloof, though ours was friendly and accessible. One other server seemed friendly and accessible as well, though perhaps not for long, as we observed the chef/owner treating him in a demeaning manner. The staff appear to have been brow-beaten into robotic automatons. We also observed the chef/owner behaving brusquely to certain guests whom he apparently deemed unworthy. A dinner here is quite expensive. We would gladly pay a similar price for a special meal at one of the Seattle area?s many fine restaurants---but not here. Not again. We will not be returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

Lampreia?s food presentation is a visual work of art, but the food, unfortunately, is a secondary consideration. Visual appeal is a part of fine cuisine, but it should not be at the sacrifice of the food itself. Here the cuisine suffers at the expense of visual affectation. A duck dish included smaller than dime-sized dabs of several ?fruit mustards,? which were attractive on the plate, but too insignificant to play a role in augmenting the dish---no great loss, however, as the flavors integrated poorly with the duck and its sauce. The sauteed bass, at $30.00, was good, but rather bland with no saucing and little seasoning, and it was nothing that could not be accomplished at home by a decent cook, albeit perhaps without the elegantly curlicued scallion that served as the artistic garnish. Occasionally, the presentation and cuisine mesh well, as with the Dungeness crab in a roll of paper thin apple slices, but regrettably such success is the exception rather than the rule. Several of the servers were cold and aloof, though ours was friendly and accessible. One other server seemed friendly and accessible as well, though perhaps not for long, as we observed the chef/owner treating him in a demeaning manner. The staff appear to have been brow-beaten into robotic automatons. We also observed the chef/owner behaving brusquely to certain guests whom he apparently deemed unworthy. A dinner here is quite expensive. We would gladly pay a similar price for a special meal at one of the Seattle area?s many fine restaurants---but not here. Not again. We will not be returning.

Pros: Food as stunning visual art

Cons: Indifferent and pretentious cuisine. Cold atmosphere. Owner/chef rude and condescending

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Since moving to Seattle over 11 years ago Lampreia has been high on our list of places to try. We finally made it there for my birthday last night and I can't remember a single "fine dining" experience where I felt surly, annoyed and hungry by the end of the meal. We spent close to $400 after splurging on the 8 course tasting menu with accompanying wines...which is all good and fine if the food is tasty and interesting. To be fair, the food was very interesting to look at and were little works of art, but nothing was particularly tasty. He used some beautiful crab, but I could have run down to Mutual Fish and bought comparable crab and stuffed myself silly all night for $40. Our waiter was awkward at best and with each course they would drag out a linen lined cart, drop a silver tray with the dishes and then present them to the table. It got to be a bit much after watching this go on for several hours. I also hate going to a nice restaurant where they try to upsell you on things like bottled water or tiny bottles of olive oil. If they think the olive oil is so magical then why not drop two tablespoons on each table and let people try it. To start your meal with some weird olive oil infomercial and then be told "that we will be allowed to take the remaining olive oil home with as a momento of our evening" just made me want to run for the hills. But, I settled down and enjoyed some yummy champagne in anticipation of a good meal. Too bad it never happened. Bland food and we did not have a single warm dish. Two crab dishes, a slice of duck, a pea pancotta, a horribly unseasoned and chewy ravioli with a runny egg center, a duck breast and for dessert two yogurty dishes. The only standout were the petit fours. Sadly, on the way home we ended up buying a few slices of Hot Mama's. There are so many interesting chefs making innovative and tasty food you shouldn't waste your time at Lampreia. I'm still annoyed that we spent so and got so little.

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★★★☆☆

Since moving to Seattle over 11 years ago Lampreia has been high on our list of places to try. We finally made it there for my birthday last night and I can't remember a single "fine dining" experience where I felt surly, annoyed and hungry by the end of the meal. We spent close to $400 after splurging on the 8 course tasting menu with accompanying wines...which is all good and fine if the food is tasty and interesting. To be fair, the food was very interesting to look at and were little works of art, but nothing was particularly tasty. He used some beautiful crab, but I could have run down to Mutual Fish and bought comparable crab and stuffed myself silly all night for $40. Our waiter was awkward at best and with each course they would drag out a linen lined cart, drop a silver tray with the dishes and then present them to the table. It got to be a bit much after watching this go on for several hours. I also hate going to a nice restaurant where they try to upsell you on things like bottled water or tiny bottles of olive oil. If they think the olive oil is so magical then why not drop two tablespoons on each table and let people try it. To start your meal with some weird olive oil infomercial and then be told "that we will be allowed to take the remaining olive oil home with as a momento of our evening" just made me want to run for the hills. But, I settled down and enjoyed some yummy champagne in anticipation of a good meal. Too bad it never happened. Bland food and we did not have a single warm dish. Two crab dishes, a slice of duck, a pea pancotta, a horribly unseasoned and chewy ravioli with a runny egg center, a duck breast and for dessert two yogurty dishes. The only standout were the petit fours. Sadly, on the way home we ended up buying a few slices of Hot Mama's. There are so many interesting chefs making innovative and tasty food you shouldn't waste your time at Lampreia. I'm still annoyed that we spent so and got so little.

Pros: Beautiful and artistic appearing food

Cons: Food is boring to eat, ambience is stiff

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My husband and I had gone to Lampreia a few years ago after reading a review in a "Seattle's Best" book, and we loved it. Decided to go back again for our anniversary this year. We invited some friends, but after they read all of the negative reviews on this site they decided not to go. Too bad, because it's the most amazing dining experience! Yes, we did spend $500 on just the two of us- but we CHOSE to go all out. We had drinks before dinner, the 8-course Chef's Tasting Menu, a good bottle of wine, the extra cheese plate, the madeira to go with it, the $12 bottle of oil for the bread! I can't imagine the types of behaviors talked about by some of the reviewers on this site. Making the reservation was easy as pie, we were a few minutes late, but didn't get an angry cell phone call! The waiters were friendly, knowledgeable, ever present, but not hovering. When I got up to use the ladies room, a waiter quickly stopped what he was about to do and escorted me to the door to the hallway. The 8 course tasting menu was absolutely amazing. Yes, each course looks small on the plate- the presentation is part of the experience for heaven's sake! By the time we got to the end, I was actually uncomfortably stuffed- I think I'll go for the 5-courses next time!! The taste sensations are like nothing you have ever encountered, and the descriptions given by the waiters are brief, factual, and necessary. I wish I had a written description of everything we had to eat last night! If you're looking for a big ol juicy steak, or a traditional seafood dinner with baked potato and side of vegies, then you really should just go to one of the many fine restaurants in Seattle as mentioned by others on this site. Lampreia is most assuredly not that type of restaurant. If you have a sense of adventure when it comes to dining, and can afford to drop some coin once in a while for an out of this world feast, then you must go to Lampreia. We will definitely be back again!

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★★★★★

My husband and I had gone to Lampreia a few years ago after reading a review in a "Seattle's Best" book, and we loved it. Decided to go back again for our anniversary this year. We invited some friends, but after they read all of the negative reviews on this site they decided not to go. Too bad, because it's the most amazing dining experience! Yes, we did spend $500 on just the two of us- but we CHOSE to go all out. We had drinks before dinner, the 8-course Chef's Tasting Menu, a good bottle of wine, the extra cheese plate, the madeira to go with it, the $12 bottle of oil for the bread! I can't imagine the types of behaviors talked about by some of the reviewers on this site. Making the reservation was easy as pie, we were a few minutes late, but didn't get an angry cell phone call! The waiters were friendly, knowledgeable, ever present, but not hovering. When I got up to use the ladies room, a waiter quickly stopped what he was about to do and escorted me to the door to the hallway. The 8 course tasting menu was absolutely amazing. Yes, each course looks small on the plate- the presentation is part of the experience for heaven's sake! By the time we got to the end, I was actually uncomfortably stuffed- I think I'll go for the 5-courses next time!! The taste sensations are like nothing you have ever encountered, and the descriptions given by the waiters are brief, factual, and necessary. I wish I had a written description of everything we had to eat last night! If you're looking for a big ol juicy steak, or a traditional seafood dinner with baked potato and side of vegies, then you really should just go to one of the many fine restaurants in Seattle as mentioned by others on this site. Lampreia is most assuredly not that type of restaurant. If you have a sense of adventure when it comes to dining, and can afford to drop some coin once in a while for an out of this world feast, then you must go to Lampreia. We will definitely be back again!

Pros: Outstanding food and service.

Cons: Can be very expensive.

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The staff at Lampreia made making, and cancelling a reservation one of the most uncomfortable experiences ever. These people lack even the most common decency and consideration one would expect from a complete stranger, let alone a customer willing to spend $$$$ for a dinner. That the chef/owner, manager and host all readily assume their guests have zero integrity and unforgivable intentions tells much of the kind of people they are. Never again will I, or my colleagues, visit Lampreia. I would implore all those who read this to follow suit.

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★★★☆☆

The staff at Lampreia made making, and cancelling a reservation one of the most uncomfortable experiences ever. These people lack even the most common decency and consideration one would expect from a complete stranger, let alone a customer willing to spend $$$$ for a dinner. That the chef/owner, manager and host all readily assume their guests have zero integrity and unforgivable intentions tells much of the kind of people they are. Never again will I, or my colleagues, visit Lampreia. I would implore all those who read this to follow suit.

Cons: Insulting and unprofessional staff

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Lampreia is simply the finest dining experience, not only in Seattle, but on the west coast. The service is impeccable and the food esquisite. The creativity that Scott demonstrates in the development of his cusine reflects his committment to presenting the diner with dishes unmatched in other fine venues. I have visited Lampreia routinely since it was opened. I have never been disappointed and frequently surprised, once again, by Scott's creativity. This is especially the case if you have Scott cook for you. He has the ability, honed from many years of cooking on several different continents, to pair food and wine while also catering to the desires of his customers.

As for pricing, I think the cost is reasonable considering the quality and creativity demonstrated in each dish. Some people think that if they don't receive copious amounts of food that they have not received good value. If that is the case, Lampreia is not for you. What you get at Lampreia is a superb dining experience that will be the subject of many conversations in the future!

As to the decor, I find it pleasant and understated. The staff always demonstrate respect for the customer in my experience. Is it unreasonable to return respect in the manner in which you handle your reservations and attendance? As to the comments made by others concerning children, I thoroughly enjoy a relaxing dinner free from the understandable, but distracting, outbursts from young children. This is simply not the restaurant for children although I have never heard any comments about the age of customers from Scott or the staff.

Lampreia is a treasure for Seattle and should be treated as such.

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★★★★★

Lampreia is simply the finest dining experience, not only in Seattle, but on the west coast. The service is impeccable and the food esquisite. The creativity that Scott demonstrates in the development of his cusine reflects his committment to presenting the diner with dishes unmatched in other fine venues. I have visited Lampreia routinely since it was opened. I have never been disappointed and frequently surprised, once again, by Scott's creativity. This is especially the case if you have Scott cook for you. He has the ability, honed from many years of cooking on several different continents, to pair food and wine while also catering to the desires of his customers.

As for pricing, I think the cost is reasonable considering the quality and creativity demonstrated in each dish. Some people think that if they don't receive copious amounts of food that they have not received good value. If that is the case, Lampreia is not for you. What you get at Lampreia is a superb dining experience that will be the subject of many conversations in the future!

As to the decor, I find it pleasant and understated. The staff always demonstrate respect for the customer in my experience. Is it unreasonable to return respect in the manner in which you handle your reservations and attendance? As to the comments made by others concerning children, I thoroughly enjoy a relaxing dinner free from the understandable, but distracting, outbursts from young children. This is simply not the restaurant for children although I have never heard any comments about the age of customers from Scott or the staff.

Lampreia is a treasure for Seattle and should be treated as such.

Pros: Creative dishes, polished service, pleasant atmosphere

Cons: None

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I have been frequenting Lampreia for several years and it is absolutely the best restaurant I have ever dined at. That includes the best of establishments in Seattle, the Napa Valley and other metropolitan areas in CA, to name a few. Scott, owner and chef, is truly an ?artist? with food and is incredibly passionate. His creativity flourishes in the manner in which he pairs flavors to create a dining experience like no other! And, if you are wondering, there is a difference between ?dining? and ?eating out?. From my experiences, the average Washingtonian requires inexpensive food, a lot of it and no preference regarding the quality of the service to rate a restaurant as excellent. If that is you then Lampreia is not your type of establishment. If you relish a true quality dining experience then it is the restaurant of choice. The wait staff at Lampreia is truly knowledgeable, respectful and professional. As referenced in an earlier post they ?watch you? so they can ensure that they provide the appropriate service at the exact moment during your entire visit. They are not trying to make anyone uncomfortable. They absolutely provide a European service experience, which, is lost on most local residents. To those of you that recently say you had a bad experience at Lampreia. Shame on you for submitting 5 posts!!! That is obviously indicative of your sophistication or lack there of. I can see how that would carry over to your behavior in public at the restaurant that evening. People like you are usually not worth the trouble you cause those in the service industry. So, to others, if you are looking for a wonderful restaurant with exquisite food take the chance and visit my favorite Seattle restaurant!

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★★★★★

I have been frequenting Lampreia for several years and it is absolutely the best restaurant I have ever dined at. That includes the best of establishments in Seattle, the Napa Valley and other metropolitan areas in CA, to name a few. Scott, owner and chef, is truly an ?artist? with food and is incredibly passionate. His creativity flourishes in the manner in which he pairs flavors to create a dining experience like no other! And, if you are wondering, there is a difference between ?dining? and ?eating out?. From my experiences, the average Washingtonian requires inexpensive food, a lot of it and no preference regarding the quality of the service to rate a restaurant as excellent. If that is you then Lampreia is not your type of establishment. If you relish a true quality dining experience then it is the restaurant of choice. The wait staff at Lampreia is truly knowledgeable, respectful and professional. As referenced in an earlier post they ?watch you? so they can ensure that they provide the appropriate service at the exact moment during your entire visit. They are not trying to make anyone uncomfortable. They absolutely provide a European service experience, which, is lost on most local residents. To those of you that recently say you had a bad experience at Lampreia. Shame on you for submitting 5 posts!!! That is obviously indicative of your sophistication or lack there of. I can see how that would carry over to your behavior in public at the restaurant that evening. People like you are usually not worth the trouble you cause those in the service industry. So, to others, if you are looking for a wonderful restaurant with exquisite food take the chance and visit my favorite Seattle restaurant!

Pros: You won't find flavors, aromas and tastes like this anywhere! The prices are worth it.

Cons: None

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T'was a sorry experience of a starkly decorated, Eastern European - like, hang dog ambiance, under the helicopterish hovering of a sophomorishly trained wait staff of depressed glum drifters on meth. I had fun... And when I left seriously devoid of all my monthly alottment of food/scotch/and cigar money, I felt like Ken Kesey must've when he got the hell out of Cuckoo's Nest... Food was good like Grandma's overdone roast only with truffles but Scottie is way too proud of it, as you wil find out when you get the bill. Our threesome dropped $600+ and I assuredly would rather have spent several fun and gorgeous evenings at Shiro's Sushi or El Gaucho's Steak House around the corner--or the Met downtown etc. etc.. Unless you like sociopathetic threatened dining where at any minute you sense a dark force and an underlying sense of doom and want to pay highly for it, don't go... However, if you like blowing gobs of money in a cemetary in N'arlans on mescaline with voo-doo--by all means take this white knuckler and tell Scottie his meat is overcooked!! Ha!!

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★★★☆☆

T'was a sorry experience of a starkly decorated, Eastern European - like, hang dog ambiance, under the helicopterish hovering of a sophomorishly trained wait staff of depressed glum drifters on meth. I had fun... And when I left seriously devoid of all my monthly alottment of food/scotch/and cigar money, I felt like Ken Kesey must've when he got the hell out of Cuckoo's Nest... Food was good like Grandma's overdone roast only with truffles but Scottie is way too proud of it, as you wil find out when you get the bill. Our threesome dropped $600+ and I assuredly would rather have spent several fun and gorgeous evenings at Shiro's Sushi or El Gaucho's Steak House around the corner--or the Met downtown etc. etc.. Unless you like sociopathetic threatened dining where at any minute you sense a dark force and an underlying sense of doom and want to pay highly for it, don't go... However, if you like blowing gobs of money in a cemetary in N'arlans on mescaline with voo-doo--by all means take this white knuckler and tell Scottie his meat is overcooked!! Ha!!

Pros: location.

Cons: scary, overpriced,menu scam...

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I expected great things from this restaurant, but was highly disappointed. What a stark, sad place. The hostess ushered me in and looked glum. The waiter had a cold, uptight attitude. The chef looked like he needed a hug ? very stressed out, frantically flailing his hands around, with an angry look in his face. True, things happen in the kitchen, but I want my food to be made with at least a little passion and enthusiasm. The food was bland and the wine was way overpriced. Don?t go to this place if you want any warmth or great service.

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★☆☆☆☆

I expected great things from this restaurant, but was highly disappointed. What a stark, sad place. The hostess ushered me in and looked glum. The waiter had a cold, uptight attitude. The chef looked like he needed a hug ? very stressed out, frantically flailing his hands around, with an angry look in his face. True, things happen in the kitchen, but I want my food to be made with at least a little passion and enthusiasm. The food was bland and the wine was way overpriced. Don?t go to this place if you want any warmth or great service.

Pros: Location

Cons: Chef needs a hug.

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It has been the worst experience I've ever had at a restaurant. It was so unbelievable, I really don't understand why they are still in business. The service was a disaster. Lampreia's head chef and owner was ignorant and I believe had somewhat of a God-complex, thinking customers had the honor in tasting his food and being at his restaurant. His staff was demeaning, extremely rude and it was attitude galore. If you are like me and enjoy dining out because of great food, atmosphere and experience, I would suggest you look the other way to another restaurant who will appreciate you as not just a guest, but as a human being!

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★☆☆☆☆

It has been the worst experience I've ever had at a restaurant. It was so unbelievable, I really don't understand why they are still in business. The service was a disaster. Lampreia's head chef and owner was ignorant and I believe had somewhat of a God-complex, thinking customers had the honor in tasting his food and being at his restaurant. His staff was demeaning, extremely rude and it was attitude galore. If you are like me and enjoy dining out because of great food, atmosphere and experience, I would suggest you look the other way to another restaurant who will appreciate you as not just a guest, but as a human being!

Pros: The water was ok

Cons: The service was horrific

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We were rudely shoved around by the waiter when we were sitting in our chairs, had our menus snatched from us, told that we were unwelcomed because we arrived with 9 people instead of the 7 we had reservations for. The restaurant was half empty! We know that it?s a small place, but that?s no excuse for being treated so horribly! When we tried to talk calmly to the owner to resolve the situation, she yelled, ?You?re rude for bringing 3 bottles of wine. GET OUT!? She shoved me out, slammed the door and locked it! Little did she know that those bottles were gifts!

This service and attitude in Seattle is embarrassing! We have been to Mistral, Canlis, and Rover?s numerous times and expected similar service, but we were very wrong! We can't believe this place is still around after all these years. Sad!

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★☆☆☆☆

We were rudely shoved around by the waiter when we were sitting in our chairs, had our menus snatched from us, told that we were unwelcomed because we arrived with 9 people instead of the 7 we had reservations for. The restaurant was half empty! We know that it?s a small place, but that?s no excuse for being treated so horribly! When we tried to talk calmly to the owner to resolve the situation, she yelled, ?You?re rude for bringing 3 bottles of wine. GET OUT!? She shoved me out, slammed the door and locked it! Little did she know that those bottles were gifts!

This service and attitude in Seattle is embarrassing! We have been to Mistral, Canlis, and Rover?s numerous times and expected similar service, but we were very wrong! We can't believe this place is still around after all these years. Sad!

Pros: None

Cons: Rude service and obnoxious attitude!

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This was the first restaurant where I felt really uncomfortable with bringing my child to. I wasted a good friday night to go to dinner at Lampreia and what a dissapointment. I realize that some children are not suited for a nice restaurant of this caliber, however my son was exceptionally well behaved. I have been to many nice restaurants in Seattle and no wonder, I have not heard good reviews about Lampreia, I can see why. The service staff was snobby and the food was mediocre. If you want a great dinner, go to Canlis or The Herbfarm, they are pricey restaurants but the service is wonderful and the food excellent!

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★☆☆☆☆

This was the first restaurant where I felt really uncomfortable with bringing my child to. I wasted a good friday night to go to dinner at Lampreia and what a dissapointment. I realize that some children are not suited for a nice restaurant of this caliber, however my son was exceptionally well behaved. I have been to many nice restaurants in Seattle and no wonder, I have not heard good reviews about Lampreia, I can see why. The service staff was snobby and the food was mediocre. If you want a great dinner, go to Canlis or The Herbfarm, they are pricey restaurants but the service is wonderful and the food excellent!

Pros: Getting the heck out of there!

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The entire experiene was a wreck. They made a reservation for us in which it was clear that we were bringing a six month old child, and took a $35 per person deposit because it was Friday night( they were not busy at all for the record). They were obviously unpleased by the child being there. The chef/owner was scowling and completely unhappy. This child (my nephew) is the best behaved child I have ever seen, not a peep came out of him. The service went down hill from the second the child arrived. I had alread ordered $100 bottle of wine and a couple of martinis so the staff had to have known it would be a good ticket. Our service was disgraceful. The chef greated every table except for ours I'm assuming because of his hatred for children, but it was a bit dissapointing considering I had just spent $500 dollars in an hour and a half at his establishment. I've dined at some of the finest restaurants in the world and this is not one of them, the food was mediocre at best. The dishes looked much better than they tasted. In my opinion all of the meat was over cooked and the flavors clashed. I was not impressed, the food was not bad, but not to be remembered. Overall our experience was a dissapoinment, I recently bought a condo about a block and a half away and was hoping to find this restaurant to be my go to for culinary excellence, but it turned out to be a one time stop. I will not be going back with clients, friends, anyone. To top it off, the olive oil on the table is for sale, if you use it with your bread you buy the bottle and take the remainder home with you. It's quite laughable. It is hard to understand why the chef had such a supercilious attitude when his restaurant that only seats 40-50 was not even half full on a Friday night. For anyone thinking about going, there are much better places in the city.

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★☆☆☆☆

The entire experiene was a wreck. They made a reservation for us in which it was clear that we were bringing a six month old child, and took a $35 per person deposit because it was Friday night( they were not busy at all for the record). They were obviously unpleased by the child being there. The chef/owner was scowling and completely unhappy. This child (my nephew) is the best behaved child I have ever seen, not a peep came out of him. The service went down hill from the second the child arrived. I had alread ordered $100 bottle of wine and a couple of martinis so the staff had to have known it would be a good ticket. Our service was disgraceful. The chef greated every table except for ours I'm assuming because of his hatred for children, but it was a bit dissapointing considering I had just spent $500 dollars in an hour and a half at his establishment. I've dined at some of the finest restaurants in the world and this is not one of them, the food was mediocre at best. The dishes looked much better than they tasted. In my opinion all of the meat was over cooked and the flavors clashed. I was not impressed, the food was not bad, but not to be remembered. Overall our experience was a dissapoinment, I recently bought a condo about a block and a half away and was hoping to find this restaurant to be my go to for culinary excellence, but it turned out to be a one time stop. I will not be going back with clients, friends, anyone. To top it off, the olive oil on the table is for sale, if you use it with your bread you buy the bottle and take the remainder home with you. It's quite laughable. It is hard to understand why the chef had such a supercilious attitude when his restaurant that only seats 40-50 was not even half full on a Friday night. For anyone thinking about going, there are much better places in the city.

Pros: Leaving

Cons: Food

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Went to Lamperia in Jan 2007 and the menu described by the editor is not found in recent menu. Appetizers and intermezzo are abundant however the main course only offers 4 dishes and are pricey. I tried the 5 course tasting menu "supposedly" prepared by the chef Scott for $90. Everything was wonderful with the sampling of oranges with sashimi style fish, homemade sausage, apple crisp with dungeness crab roll EXCEPT for the pan seared bass. Ideally, fish should flake when pierced with a fork and mine was severely undercooked. The unknowledgeable waiter, probably never had fish properly prepared, questioned me about the taste and tried to show me how to cut into the fish with a fork and knife. Fortunately, the dish was returned after trying to convince the waiter the fish was undercooked and a freshly pan seared but oily bass came back. I guess this was an offnight for chef Scott who severely forgotten basic Fish 101 cooking. Service is impeccalbe but imposing when the staff is staring at you while you are eating. The apple gratin for dessert was ok, slightly overcooked with little sauce remaining. Six piece cheese course from Italy was expensive for $20 and I didn't try it. If you want EVOO with your bread then be prepared to pay $12 for a small bottle, unfortunately a sample is not even offered. Luckily I wasn't charged extra for the butter. Wines by the glass were uniformly priced at $10/glass but you don't get much of a pour. You are better off buying a bottle. Overall, originality reigns supreme but not worth the expensive prices.

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★★★★☆

Went to Lamperia in Jan 2007 and the menu described by the editor is not found in recent menu. Appetizers and intermezzo are abundant however the main course only offers 4 dishes and are pricey. I tried the 5 course tasting menu "supposedly" prepared by the chef Scott for $90. Everything was wonderful with the sampling of oranges with sashimi style fish, homemade sausage, apple crisp with dungeness crab roll EXCEPT for the pan seared bass. Ideally, fish should flake when pierced with a fork and mine was severely undercooked. The unknowledgeable waiter, probably never had fish properly prepared, questioned me about the taste and tried to show me how to cut into the fish with a fork and knife. Fortunately, the dish was returned after trying to convince the waiter the fish was undercooked and a freshly pan seared but oily bass came back. I guess this was an offnight for chef Scott who severely forgotten basic Fish 101 cooking. Service is impeccalbe but imposing when the staff is staring at you while you are eating. The apple gratin for dessert was ok, slightly overcooked with little sauce remaining. Six piece cheese course from Italy was expensive for $20 and I didn't try it. If you want EVOO with your bread then be prepared to pay $12 for a small bottle, unfortunately a sample is not even offered. Luckily I wasn't charged extra for the butter. Wines by the glass were uniformly priced at $10/glass but you don't get much of a pour. You are better off buying a bottle. Overall, originality reigns supreme but not worth the expensive prices.

Pros: Originality on appetizzers and intermezzo

Cons: No free EVOO for complimentary bread, undercooked bass, waiters staring at you while eating

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The owner ultimately declined to take my reservation. He was really insistent about recording details of the party (company name, contact name, phone number)in his own way and showed very little flexibility and professionalism around what was a business transaction, including calling my manager to give feedback on me!
They have a $30 per person cancellation policy from the time you make the reservation which out of numerous higher-end restaurants in the greater Seattle area was an exception. No matter how good the food &/or service may be (though his behavior does not bode well for the latter), it's not worth being treated poorly just trying to get a table.

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★☆☆☆☆

The owner ultimately declined to take my reservation. He was really insistent about recording details of the party (company name, contact name, phone number)in his own way and showed very little flexibility and professionalism around what was a business transaction, including calling my manager to give feedback on me!
They have a $30 per person cancellation policy from the time you make the reservation which out of numerous higher-end restaurants in the greater Seattle area was an exception. No matter how good the food &/or service may be (though his behavior does not bode well for the latter), it's not worth being treated poorly just trying to get a table.

Cons: Rude owner, difficult to make a reservation

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VERY artistic chef creates the ultimate in beautifully designed food . His cuisine is definitely "haute" and a fine place for a special occasion.
The wait staff was attentive and the restaurant itself is very comfortable, quiet and tastefully appointed.

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★★★★☆

VERY artistic chef creates the ultimate in beautifully designed food . His cuisine is definitely "haute" and a fine place for a special occasion.
The wait staff was attentive and the restaurant itself is very comfortable, quiet and tastefully appointed.

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4 of us were in a hurry to a show, and stopped in at Lampreia (first time there). there was no menu, and therefore, no prices. we took their suggestion for the meal choices. we ate fairly quickly, food was ok, although the waiters were a bit put out when I asked for something else for my wife, who is a vegetarian - the answer was "no".

Long story short, after a quick meal witch was ok but not outstanding, and 1 bottle of wine shared 4 ways, we were presented with our bill: $250 per couple. it was the most overpriced dining experience of my life. If you go there (which I strongly advise against), be forwarned: get a menu with pricing, or you'll have a surprise waiting for you at the end of the meal.

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★☆☆☆☆

4 of us were in a hurry to a show, and stopped in at Lampreia (first time there). there was no menu, and therefore, no prices. we took their suggestion for the meal choices. we ate fairly quickly, food was ok, although the waiters were a bit put out when I asked for something else for my wife, who is a vegetarian - the answer was "no".

Long story short, after a quick meal witch was ok but not outstanding, and 1 bottle of wine shared 4 ways, we were presented with our bill: $250 per couple. it was the most overpriced dining experience of my life. If you go there (which I strongly advise against), be forwarned: get a menu with pricing, or you'll have a surprise waiting for you at the end of the meal.

Cons: huffy waiters, super-overpriced food, 'surprise' bill at the end

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My boyfriend and I are from New Orleans and were rewarding ourself with a trip to Seattle after Hurricane Katrina. We could only afford to go to one nice restaurant and were having a hard time deciding what would be the perfect place to indulge in great pacific northwest cuisine. We picked Lampreia, because the chef had just won the James Beard award. If you are a food conosieur, who loves truffles, foie gras, and great wine than Lampreia is for you. We totally loved it, even though it was a bit uptight. And, yes the wait staff is a bit much, they tend to give extremely wordy descriptions of every delicacy you put in your mouth, but once they stop talking you realize exactly what they are saying. You have to get the chef's tasting menu, because it is just superb, and everyone else was doing it. We went with five courses, over eight, but ended up adding a cheese plate, because the aged parmesean with 50 year old balsamic vinagraitte, was too good to pass up. Everything was impeccable, and afterwards we were greeted by the chef, who could not have been kinder. We talked to him about life in New Orleans after Katrina over some good desert wine until he closed the restaurant for the night. It was truly an experience we will never forget.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I are from New Orleans and were rewarding ourself with a trip to Seattle after Hurricane Katrina. We could only afford to go to one nice restaurant and were having a hard time deciding what would be the perfect place to indulge in great pacific northwest cuisine. We picked Lampreia, because the chef had just won the James Beard award. If you are a food conosieur, who loves truffles, foie gras, and great wine than Lampreia is for you. We totally loved it, even though it was a bit uptight. And, yes the wait staff is a bit much, they tend to give extremely wordy descriptions of every delicacy you put in your mouth, but once they stop talking you realize exactly what they are saying. You have to get the chef's tasting menu, because it is just superb, and everyone else was doing it. We went with five courses, over eight, but ended up adding a cheese plate, because the aged parmesean with 50 year old balsamic vinagraitte, was too good to pass up. Everything was impeccable, and afterwards we were greeted by the chef, who could not have been kinder. We talked to him about life in New Orleans after Katrina over some good desert wine until he closed the restaurant for the night. It was truly an experience we will never forget.

Pros: Sensation, indulgent, artistic food

Cons: Boring Waitstaff and Decor

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Cuisine and ambiance so serious theres an Addams Family feel. Decor suggests Eastern Europe at its least gemutlich. Cruela de Vile hostess turns you over to well-meaning but absurdly obtrusive waiter whose motor-mouthed serving drives you nuts. He feels obliged to reiterate the contents of every menu item and chefs flourish. No fun and laughter here, only the sound of one tongue wagging. Lighten up, guys. There is elaborate and creative but restrained conception and preparation of dishes, high marks for some items such as the veal chop and deserts and intermezzithough the waiter didnt need to repeat that the crab was from Maryland or explain which citrus fruit slice was which. Small servings and high prices arent in themselves the problemits the limp atmosphere and obtrusive wait staff.

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★☆☆☆☆

Cuisine and ambiance so serious theres an Addams Family feel. Decor suggests Eastern Europe at its least gemutlich. Cruela de Vile hostess turns you over to well-meaning but absurdly obtrusive waiter whose motor-mouthed serving drives you nuts. He feels obliged to reiterate the contents of every menu item and chefs flourish. No fun and laughter here, only the sound of one tongue wagging. Lighten up, guys. There is elaborate and creative but restrained conception and preparation of dishes, high marks for some items such as the veal chop and deserts and intermezzithough the waiter didnt need to repeat that the crab was from Maryland or explain which citrus fruit slice was which. Small servings and high prices arent in themselves the problemits the limp atmosphere and obtrusive wait staff.

Pros: Serious cuisine, well-meaing service

Cons: Sepulchral atomospher, Talky waiters, small portions

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With all its accolades, Lampreia must live up to highly elevated expectations, and I was deeply pleased to find that it does.

Superb cuisine with an inventive menu made this a memorable dining experience. Nearly every choice on the menu sounded appealing, and we'll be back to try the ones we reluctantly passed over this time.

Solid service, good wine list, top-notch evening.

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★★★★★

With all its accolades, Lampreia must live up to highly elevated expectations, and I was deeply pleased to find that it does.

Superb cuisine with an inventive menu made this a memorable dining experience. Nearly every choice on the menu sounded appealing, and we'll be back to try the ones we reluctantly passed over this time.

Solid service, good wine list, top-notch evening.

Pros: Superb cuisine, inventive menu

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My wife and I had dinner at Lampreia with my friend and her husband, and I was impressed with the foods and the presentations. Simple and yet sophisticated, and small but good enough to keep customers enjoying the foods not feeling too much filled toward the dessert course. Good combinations of common ingredients with unique recipes and unique ingredients with common recipes. Presentation was exquisite and I have never seen such a sophisticated plating technique in Seattle so far. If you are looking for a real fine dining place, Lampreia is the one you should try. It is expensive, but it is worth...

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★★★★★

My wife and I had dinner at Lampreia with my friend and her husband, and I was impressed with the foods and the presentations. Simple and yet sophisticated, and small but good enough to keep customers enjoying the foods not feeling too much filled toward the dessert course. Good combinations of common ingredients with unique recipes and unique ingredients with common recipes. Presentation was exquisite and I have never seen such a sophisticated plating technique in Seattle so far. If you are looking for a real fine dining place, Lampreia is the one you should try. It is expensive, but it is worth...

Pros: Foods, Service, Wines

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We recently had dinner with two out of town guests at Lampreia. They asked for a fabulous dining experience and we mulled over several options before selecting Lampreia. First of all, the atmosphere is sparse and uncomfortable and the waiter was very uncomfortable and pedantic. The wine list was limited; and the food, while pretty good, was utterly, laughably miniscule. Yes, I know a fine restaraunt shouldn't have gargantuan portions, but this was ridiculous. The appetizer of Fava beans with percorino cheese was the size of a card deck but 1/4 the height -- for $15! Im sorry, Im not worth it! And no one could be! The chilled pea soup was ceremoniously poured from a small glass cylinder into the plate -- and it didnt even cover the bottom of the plate!

In essence, Lampreia is overpriced and over lauded.

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★☆☆☆☆

We recently had dinner with two out of town guests at Lampreia. They asked for a fabulous dining experience and we mulled over several options before selecting Lampreia. First of all, the atmosphere is sparse and uncomfortable and the waiter was very uncomfortable and pedantic. The wine list was limited; and the food, while pretty good, was utterly, laughably miniscule. Yes, I know a fine restaraunt shouldn't have gargantuan portions, but this was ridiculous. The appetizer of Fava beans with percorino cheese was the size of a card deck but 1/4 the height -- for $15! Im sorry, Im not worth it! And no one could be! The chilled pea soup was ceremoniously poured from a small glass cylinder into the plate -- and it didnt even cover the bottom of the plate!

In essence, Lampreia is overpriced and over lauded.

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ooo.. each dish tasted absolutely superb. the soup is just unforgettable. i kept thinking in my mind "what spices & herbs were used to make such excellent dishes". the king salmon i had is at the tops of my tastebuds. sooo, tasty with lemon and some other mysterious flavors unknown. i definately cannot cook anything similar. nor can i believe anyone i know can. and the service is just so perfect. very kind and not pushy. exactly how i like it.

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★★★★☆

ooo.. each dish tasted absolutely superb. the soup is just unforgettable. i kept thinking in my mind "what spices & herbs were used to make such excellent dishes". the king salmon i had is at the tops of my tastebuds. sooo, tasty with lemon and some other mysterious flavors unknown. i definately cannot cook anything similar. nor can i believe anyone i know can. and the service is just so perfect. very kind and not pushy. exactly how i like it.

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We are from LA and dined at Lampreia a week ago for the first time and it couldn't have been better. Really exquisite preparation and tastes by a chef on top of his game. Service was just right. Not too close and not too far away at all times. Sauteed foie gras intro was just right, crab in apple "tortilla" was fabulous and main course duck with saba melted in my mouth. Yes , it is expensive but definitely worth it. No show, just wonderful ingredients and cooking. The dessert of pineapple ravioli was not what we thought it would be when it arrived but if you're after appealing, simple but oh so tasty, it was a fitting ending. They would have to try very hard to be bad.

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★★★★★

We are from LA and dined at Lampreia a week ago for the first time and it couldn't have been better. Really exquisite preparation and tastes by a chef on top of his game. Service was just right. Not too close and not too far away at all times. Sauteed foie gras intro was just right, crab in apple "tortilla" was fabulous and main course duck with saba melted in my mouth. Yes , it is expensive but definitely worth it. No show, just wonderful ingredients and cooking. The dessert of pineapple ravioli was not what we thought it would be when it arrived but if you're after appealing, simple but oh so tasty, it was a fitting ending. They would have to try very hard to be bad.

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This was one of my worst dining experiences plus I paid a big price tag for it. The service was bad, bad, bad. The food was not worth the price - nowhere near it. I will never go back and I will strongly recommend against it. Beware, there are many better places in Seattle.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was one of my worst dining experiences plus I paid a big price tag for it. The service was bad, bad, bad. The food was not worth the price - nowhere near it. I will never go back and I will strongly recommend against it. Beware, there are many better places in Seattle.

Cons: service, food

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Lampreia has been getting a lot of press in the NY Times, and with good reason - it's simply one of the best restaurants in Seattle. The quality of the ingredients and care and attention given by the owner-chef is apparent. I'm somewhat puzzled by the complaints on service, as I've never had a problem. Great food and solid service in a tastefully decorated quiet dining room all lead to a very satisfying experience that is well worth the price.

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★★★★★

Lampreia has been getting a lot of press in the NY Times, and with good reason - it's simply one of the best restaurants in Seattle. The quality of the ingredients and care and attention given by the owner-chef is apparent. I'm somewhat puzzled by the complaints on service, as I've never had a problem. Great food and solid service in a tastefully decorated quiet dining room all lead to a very satisfying experience that is well worth the price.

Pros: Quality of ingredient, Chef, Ambiance

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Amazing food and presentation!
knowledge of staff and level of service would be better suited to Starbucks.
well edited wine list but.....all wine is served in a small general purpose red wine glass (Riedel) What gives???

Bottom line....outstanding talent in the kitchen....unfortunately, it ends there.

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★★☆☆☆

Amazing food and presentation!
knowledge of staff and level of service would be better suited to Starbucks.
well edited wine list but.....all wine is served in a small general purpose red wine glass (Riedel) What gives???

Bottom line....outstanding talent in the kitchen....unfortunately, it ends there.

Pros: food & presentation

Cons: , service, ambience

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I had a the best meal of my life at Lampreia two nights ago. Our very helpful server asked if we'd like the Chef to prepare a special tasting menu for us -- we handed back the menus and from that moment on, were in very capable hands. The food was both masterfully presented and wonderfully prepared. Each of our seven courses was as much a work of art as it was a culinary delight. I complimented with the chef afterward and he told me he uses no butter -- a stapled relied on too heavily by many of his less-talented competitors. If there was one thing I would change, it would be to serve the wine in Riedel glasses. But, since stemware would be the only thing I would change, I still give it a double-thumbs up. I, along with my gorgeous date, will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

I had a the best meal of my life at Lampreia two nights ago. Our very helpful server asked if we'd like the Chef to prepare a special tasting menu for us -- we handed back the menus and from that moment on, were in very capable hands. The food was both masterfully presented and wonderfully prepared. Each of our seven courses was as much a work of art as it was a culinary delight. I complimented with the chef afterward and he told me he uses no butter -- a stapled relied on too heavily by many of his less-talented competitors. If there was one thing I would change, it would be to serve the wine in Riedel glasses. But, since stemware would be the only thing I would change, I still give it a double-thumbs up. I, along with my gorgeous date, will definitely be back!

Pros: Food, Presentation, Wine list

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After reading a number of negative reviews on this site, I was a tiny bit sceptical about dining here. Wow, was I most pleasantly surprised -- my meal at Lampreia was absolutely fabulous! Without question, one of the very best in Seattle. The chef is brilliant with his creations, and the service is impecible. Simply exquisite!

Everything on the menu sounded so amazing that we were having a hard time deciding what to order. So our most wonderful waiter suggested that we let the chef create a special menu, allowing us to sample a half dozen dishes, all beautifully prepared and presented. Each and every one was an amazing taste experience -- an epicurean delight from start to finish.

I give Lampreia the highest recommendation. This restaurant is a must -- I guarantee it, you will not be disappointed!

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★★★★★

After reading a number of negative reviews on this site, I was a tiny bit sceptical about dining here. Wow, was I most pleasantly surprised -- my meal at Lampreia was absolutely fabulous! Without question, one of the very best in Seattle. The chef is brilliant with his creations, and the service is impecible. Simply exquisite!

Everything on the menu sounded so amazing that we were having a hard time deciding what to order. So our most wonderful waiter suggested that we let the chef create a special menu, allowing us to sample a half dozen dishes, all beautifully prepared and presented. Each and every one was an amazing taste experience -- an epicurean delight from start to finish.

I give Lampreia the highest recommendation. This restaurant is a must -- I guarantee it, you will not be disappointed!

Pros: exquisite food, impecible service

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This was BY FAR the best meal in Seattle I have ever had! The food was delicious and very inventive! I went here last month for my birthday and am sending my parents to celebrate their Anniversary this month! You will be sorry if you don't plan your next special occassion at this restaurant!!

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★★★★★

This was BY FAR the best meal in Seattle I have ever had! The food was delicious and very inventive! I went here last month for my birthday and am sending my parents to celebrate their Anniversary this month! You will be sorry if you don't plan your next special occassion at this restaurant!!

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My husband and I were looking forward to an exceptional meal on Valentine's Day. Sorry to report that we were disappointed. Some of the set menu items were not the most tasty creations we've had. The entrees and desserts were good, but we've had much better meals for less than half the price.

The waiter kept moving my husband's utensils back to their "proper" position on the table. How annoying! I must say I'm not surprised the place was half empty on Valentine's Day.

We left feeling disappointed and wished we'd made reservations elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

My husband and I were looking forward to an exceptional meal on Valentine's Day. Sorry to report that we were disappointed. Some of the set menu items were not the most tasty creations we've had. The entrees and desserts were good, but we've had much better meals for less than half the price.

The waiter kept moving my husband's utensils back to their "proper" position on the table. How annoying! I must say I'm not surprised the place was half empty on Valentine's Day.

We left feeling disappointed and wished we'd made reservations elsewhere.

Pros: excellent desserts

Cons: , parking

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Top ingredients prepared in a fantastically creative fashion. Not for the safe-and-tired mall crowd. But if you're looking for a hopping hipster see and be seen joint, go elsewhere--the crowd can be a bit sparse.

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★★★★★

Top ingredients prepared in a fantastically creative fashion. Not for the safe-and-tired mall crowd. But if you're looking for a hopping hipster see and be seen joint, go elsewhere--the crowd can be a bit sparse.

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My brother and sister in law are chefs, my parents were restauranteurs and I had eaten everywhere in Belltown except Lampreia...and after reading the mixed reviews on City Search, I was prepared for anything. The evening was a delight from the moment we stepped through the door. The entire staff is gracious, well-trained and warm. (Not one iota of snootiness was in evidence, despite what I'd read.) The menu was exciting. The food was exquisite to eye, tooth and tongue, the portions exactly the right size and the ambience was convivial. I would send anyone I know there with complete confidence, and I plan too! Especially my eagle-eyed chef siblings who I know will adore the place.
To everyone who had difficulties, I strongly urge you to return to Lampreia, it is worth it.

2
★★★★★

My brother and sister in law are chefs, my parents were restauranteurs and I had eaten everywhere in Belltown except Lampreia...and after reading the mixed reviews on City Search, I was prepared for anything. The evening was a delight from the moment we stepped through the door. The entire staff is gracious, well-trained and warm. (Not one iota of snootiness was in evidence, despite what I'd read.) The menu was exciting. The food was exquisite to eye, tooth and tongue, the portions exactly the right size and the ambience was convivial. I would send anyone I know there with complete confidence, and I plan too! Especially my eagle-eyed chef siblings who I know will adore the place.
To everyone who had difficulties, I strongly urge you to return to Lampreia, it is worth it.

Pros: Wonderful menu, Excellent Chef & staf

Cons: Parking

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Lampreia is a great restaurant! The food is amazing. The service is amazing. We brought our 9 month old daughter who was treated to her own place setting and the offer to puree food if we wished. Nothing but the best.

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★★★★★

Lampreia is a great restaurant! The food is amazing. The service is amazing. We brought our 9 month old daughter who was treated to her own place setting and the offer to puree food if we wished. Nothing but the best.

Pros: romantic, imaginative menu

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I was outside looking for parking 2 minutes after the reservation when my cell rang asking where I was and if I was still planning on dining, no joke. We dined when the restaurant opened and by the time we left it was a quarter full.

The service seemed antagonistic from beginning to end and the wine prices had inexusable markups, especially the champagne.

There were some nice dishes but too many sounded better on paper. In particular the lobster mashers carried no more flavor than if you had made mashed potatoes and drizzled in shrimp cooking liquid.

I almost wept when I realized I could have had an exceptional meal and incredible service at Rover's for around the same money.

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★★☆☆☆

I was outside looking for parking 2 minutes after the reservation when my cell rang asking where I was and if I was still planning on dining, no joke. We dined when the restaurant opened and by the time we left it was a quarter full.

The service seemed antagonistic from beginning to end and the wine prices had inexusable markups, especially the champagne.

There were some nice dishes but too many sounded better on paper. In particular the lobster mashers carried no more flavor than if you had made mashed potatoes and drizzled in shrimp cooking liquid.

I almost wept when I realized I could have had an exceptional meal and incredible service at Rover's for around the same money.

Pros: Some good dishes

Cons: HORRIBLY snooty, Gauging wine prices, many bland dishes

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Lampreia is my favorite restaurant in Seattle. The foie gras is sublime, and every bite was a taste sensation. Anyone who appreciates food at its finest will love Lampreia.

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★★★★★

Lampreia is my favorite restaurant in Seattle. The foie gras is sublime, and every bite was a taste sensation. Anyone who appreciates food at its finest will love Lampreia.

Pros: the food, foie gras

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We were disappointed by our dining experience at Lampreia. We chose to go for the testing menu (seafood that night). While the food was good, the dishes were bare. The 3 scallops with a porcini sauce were really sitting lonely in a huge plate. I would have expected more imagination in the presentation for a restaurant in this price range. The cheese platter was a joke (I'm French). My wife and really laughed when he brought our plates. Each plate just contained 2 tiny pieces of cheese, the size of a small sugar cube! When we got the bill ($242 for two!) including wine and 2 Kir royals, we where stunned by the price of the latter: $20 a glass. I know Champagne is expensive but $20 a glass! Our waiter was pleasant/efficient but the food is definitively overpriced. This was our first and surely last dinner experience at Lampreia

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★★☆☆☆

We were disappointed by our dining experience at Lampreia. We chose to go for the testing menu (seafood that night). While the food was good, the dishes were bare. The 3 scallops with a porcini sauce were really sitting lonely in a huge plate. I would have expected more imagination in the presentation for a restaurant in this price range. The cheese platter was a joke (I'm French). My wife and really laughed when he brought our plates. Each plate just contained 2 tiny pieces of cheese, the size of a small sugar cube! When we got the bill ($242 for two!) including wine and 2 Kir royals, we where stunned by the price of the latter: $20 a glass. I know Champagne is expensive but $20 a glass! Our waiter was pleasant/efficient but the food is definitively overpriced. This was our first and surely last dinner experience at Lampreia

Pros: Good service, Good desserts

Cons: Expensive, Cocktail overpriced, Food presentation

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The waiter seemed snooty, but not competent (example - one woman in our party of four and he started taking orders from the men first - I don't think I have ever seen that in any restaurant). The food was OK, but not as good as I expected. It was about half full on a Saturday night in November so that should have been my first clue. I will not go back, even if I had a free dinner there. Also, I did not think much of the wine list. They were out of the wine that I did want and had too large of a markup on wines.

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★★☆☆☆

The waiter seemed snooty, but not competent (example - one woman in our party of four and he started taking orders from the men first - I don't think I have ever seen that in any restaurant). The food was OK, but not as good as I expected. It was about half full on a Saturday night in November so that should have been my first clue. I will not go back, even if I had a free dinner there. Also, I did not think much of the wine list. They were out of the wine that I did want and had too large of a markup on wines.

Pros: Nice looking place, good bread

Cons: bad, snooty waiter, mediocrefood@hi price, poorly made wine list

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My boyfriend took me to Lampreia in October 2001. To this day, I cannot forget the wonderful experience. The foie gras simply melts in my mouth. The peach soup for dessert was so delicious. I've dine at many classy restaurants and has yet to find one comparable to Lampreia. The sauce with every dish we ordered was sensational. The only downfall is the price for such small portions.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend took me to Lampreia in October 2001. To this day, I cannot forget the wonderful experience. The foie gras simply melts in my mouth. The peach soup for dessert was so delicious. I've dine at many classy restaurants and has yet to find one comparable to Lampreia. The sauce with every dish we ordered was sensational. The only downfall is the price for such small portions.

Pros: intimate, quiet

Cons: Street parking

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Scotty--the owner is a jewel...Can't say enuff good about him....His food is outrageous and his prep is number 1...EOM

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★★★★★

Scotty--the owner is a jewel...Can't say enuff good about him....His food is outrageous and his prep is number 1...EOM

Pros: rare, fun, delicious

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From the moment we walked in the experience at Lampreia was disappointing. We had people from out of town and wanted to go out to a really great meal combined with a good experience. We called ahead to see if we could bring wine from our own cellar - they said 'no problem'. Yet when we got there Chef Scott Carsberg scolded us for bringing our own wine. Then yelled at our waiter three seperate times (in front of us) when he dropped a wine glass. At the conclusion of the meal our bill was over $800 for 8 people (not including drinks and salad) and the entire staff was still rude. Nobody smiled at us and they made us feel as if we were out of place. They do have great food, yet after the service we received we will NEVER go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

From the moment we walked in the experience at Lampreia was disappointing. We had people from out of town and wanted to go out to a really great meal combined with a good experience. We called ahead to see if we could bring wine from our own cellar - they said 'no problem'. Yet when we got there Chef Scott Carsberg scolded us for bringing our own wine. Then yelled at our waiter three seperate times (in front of us) when he dropped a wine glass. At the conclusion of the meal our bill was over $800 for 8 people (not including drinks and salad) and the entire staff was still rude. Nobody smiled at us and they made us feel as if we were out of place. They do have great food, yet after the service we received we will NEVER go back.

Pros: food, location

Cons: rude staff, bad value, experience

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Once again, Scott Carsberg & his staff sent me out of Lampreia on a cloud. I cannot express in words how fabulous the food is without moaning. I am serious, he is bar none the BEST chef in the Northwest. Lampreia ranks right up there with French Laundry, Daniel Boulud, & Alain Ducasse. I am in heaven right here in Seattle. Also, despite what some say the service is nothing less than immaculate, intelligent, & perfectly efficient. I will always sing the praises of this Belltown gem.

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★★★★★

Once again, Scott Carsberg & his staff sent me out of Lampreia on a cloud. I cannot express in words how fabulous the food is without moaning. I am serious, he is bar none the BEST chef in the Northwest. Lampreia ranks right up there with French Laundry, Daniel Boulud, & Alain Ducasse. I am in heaven right here in Seattle. Also, despite what some say the service is nothing less than immaculate, intelligent, & perfectly efficient. I will always sing the praises of this Belltown gem.

Pros: best food in the nw, flawless service, comfort & honesty

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to much money for to little-more of a private club for some the 'in people'

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★★☆☆☆

to much money for to little-more of a private club for some the 'in people'

 

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