Capitol Cider

4.2
469 reviews
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Contemporary American
Founded in 2013, Capitol Cider is a restaurant, full bar, bottleshop and music venue located in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. It offers more than 170 hard ciders on tap and in bottles, 10 taps of craft beer, and features apple-based spirits including vodka, gin and Calvados. Its menu of modern pub fare is entirely gluten-free. The atmosphere is set with dark paneling, a master copy collection of famous paintings, old books and period architectural elements. Downstairs is home to shuffleboard tables, board games, trivia and TVs (hidden) for local sporting & cultural events. Owner Julie Tall has created a robust arts and events program featuring Drink and Draw, live music, art and literary talks, game night and more. With total capacity of 260, Capitol Cider is the country’s largest independent cider bar.

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If you think cider is lame, you’ve never been to Capitol Cider. It’s one of our favorite places for a casual hangout in Capitol Hill.

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing cider selection, and outstanding service.

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Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cider was outstanding. Service is super helpful but doesn’t hover. The rigatoni with shrimp and fish and chips were both delicious. Lemon dessert was yummy too! I would love to go back again and try more dishes!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome - great food and live music.
Everything being gluten free and peanut free was amazing.

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KD
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is hard...we’ve been going to Capital Cider since it opened, usually for brunch or lunch. My daughter and I always get the fried chicken sandwich and my husband usually gets the burger- and we love it! Sadly every time we’ve taken guests the food has been just okay for dinner. Then we went for brunch on Mother’s Day and ordered our usual. The bun was stale, inedible and the fried chicken was thin and dry. If this had been our first time at the restaurant we wouldn’t have returned. I rarely write reviews but I hope this helps get Capital Cider back on track. 🤞

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CA
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good! Best gluten free restaurant my wife and I have found in the Seattle area.

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TC
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The bread used for the toast still sucks. It's dense, tasteless and very bland.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I am always suspect of the non-GF thing... However, this place was rad.

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DM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible-food overpriced and mediocre at best.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Dinner took forever. No bread service. Server told us that only half the grill was working. Ask for ice water and it took forever to get it. The restaurant was not full. Only a few tables were occupied. Nice theme put needs work in the food and service areas. Has potential to be a great place to eat and hang out.

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TC
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We go for brunch because it's one of the few restaurants that is completely gluten-free that also serves meat products. Unfortunately, their prices have been rising dramatically lately, and the value is getting very questionable at this point. 2 small pieces of fish and 2 cups of french fries for $20??????? WTF? Also, the new bread they're serving is putrid. It's more like melba toast than bread - dense and pretty flavorless.

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1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our group enjoyed everything and we were able to accommodate all of our diverse dietary needs.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Capitol Cider pretty regularly because it’s a gluten-free establishment. One close friend cannot eat food even cooked in a pot where things with gluten have been cooked. For those with serious celiac disease, this place is a godsend! Great food, lots of variety, vegetarian and meat options, and, of course, the cider specialties. The only negatives are that the wine choices are pretty limited (but adequate) and the noise level is a little on the high side.

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PA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Three cheers for a restaurant that is Gluten and peanut free AND serves delicious food. The service was pleasant but slow. The food made it worth the wait.

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1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove an hour and a half into the city to eat their gluten free food! We’re from Oklahoma and the food was incredible. Makes me want to move to Seattle!

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g
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

My grilled cheese was good, but the fish&chips were tiny portions and not worth $20. Our waiter was rude when we were very accommodating to make our orders easier. I would not go again due to our service (or lack there of).

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TC
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

$20 for Fish & Chips????? You use to serve THREE pieces of fish and it was about $15. THAT was worth it. $20 for less fish? Also, the scrambled eggs lately are overcooked.
Going downhill and it's a shame.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was absolutely awful. I saw my server maybe twice the entire meal and then she disappeared. Table next to me had same issue. We had to hunt her down just to pay and leave and that took 20min. Food was decent and loved that everything was gluten free. Quite pricey though and online menu didn’t match the menu they had that night.

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SJ
San Francisco
193 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Hostess was very nice. The service was not very good. Took so long for the soup to arrive we had to cancel it. Server then basically prioritized all others first. Food was simply average

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TC
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The new bread sucks! It LOOKS nice, but it's tasteless and has a "melba toast" consistency, which is more of a biscuit or cracker (meant for babies teething). The texture is very UN-Bread like.
Please go back to Franz or another brand you used to use.

The SCRAMBLED eggs yesterday were VERY HARD scrambled and seemed more like a flat fritatta than scrambled eggs.

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SC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good spot for dinner. It’s a bit too loud at times but food and service are excellent.

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AN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have celiac disease so a gluten free kitchen is a real treat for me. Come here every time I am in town and enjoy the comfy elevated bar food. My non celiac friend had a great steak and I had one of the best gluten free fish and chips.

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Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The new bread from Essential Bakery is AWFUL! It LOOKS fine & seems to toast well, but the taste & texture are simply putrid. Please go back to Franz or whichever brand you were using before, PLEASE!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We arranged a reservation for 8pm but did not get seated until 8:45, which is not ideal. Food was good though, and the screaming undead skull bartender makes a very good martini.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gluten free heaven

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DS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance with academy art on the walls for a very fun twist on a traditional feel. Service was solid but lacking in a few details. Food was very good from start to finish. On the traditional pub end of the spectrum, but very well executed. Would definitely return and recommend.

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1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent & knew the menu well. Accommodated all of our tables crazy food allergies & requests. Will be back if in the are.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Louis was amazing.

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L
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here to celebrate my recent promotion with some friends. I had more friends show up than was expected, which was a burden on the staff with how busy they were, but they worked hard to accommodate and I greatly appreciated it. The cider and mead selections are phenomenal. Food was delicious. It's also a huge bonus that all the food is gluten free, since we had people that cannot eat anything with gluten. I like coming here and will be back another time.

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RT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I had been here once previously a few years ago and had such an amazing experience. The waiter gave us pairing recommendations etc. This time however while not bad was unremarkable. Nothing stood out as amazing or exceptional. I made this reservation to celebrate my daughter’s 22nd birthday and it was not recognized even though it was put in the reservation. The food was fine and the service was simply OK.

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DH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make a person's day who can't eat gluten and take them here to have everything they want and or miss!

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I have mixed emotions. First, we were thrilled to find a restaurant that the entire menu was gluten free with no worries of cross contamination. What we did order was wonderful. My husband had the fish and chips and I had the chilaquilles. We also shared the cinnamon roll.
The waitstaff was friendly, a tad slow, but we were in zero hurry. The issue was the three things we wanted on the menu were not available. We were there at 11:00 am and and wanted the lentil soup and the grilled cheese and tomato soup. They had no soups. I had also ordered the flat white coffee that was on the menu and the waiter admitted that he had no idea how to make one. I didn’t really worry about that because I am happy with any coffee drink, but was a bit thrown because that was three things we asked for and couldn’t get.
So, it’s a mixed bag. Bottom line, the food was good and it was all gluten free.

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It is all gluten free. Many interesting ciders on tap.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for everyone especially those with Celiac Disease. Great service and amazing food!

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BE
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great bar, great jazz by Foreman-Finley band

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CW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Capitol Cider is amazing. I’ve had a wheat allergy for about 10 years now, and it is a struggle to find restaurants that are actually safe for me and also that my friends and family would enjoy. Everyone I’ve gone here with has loved their food, and I love finally getting to enjoy a night out eating delicious food instead of just watching everyone else eat it.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

We went for lunch/brunch. The burger and fries were ok, but the brunch items ordered were inedible. Music was so loud we couldn't speak to each other. The booth was near the door, so it was uncomfortably cold. Will never go back.

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L
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I felt like the food was overly salty. I believe they put finishing salt on my salad and it felt like I was chewing dirt. The drinks were super good. I would go back for a drink but not the food. Our server gave us a dessert menu, never checked back to see if we wanted anything and just brought our check, so we decided not to get dessert and left. It was Valentines Day and they were super busy, so maybe this isn’t the norm for them.

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Capitol cider is my favorite restaurant. I’ve been there a dozen times and never had a bite I didn't love. Plus the entire kitchen is Gluten Free!

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s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I took my girl here for valentines The food was a miss. Needles to say, we didn't make any Valentine's Day babies

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EH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

This was for Valentines Day. I had family in town and had hyped up Capitol Cider for weeks. We walked in and our group of four was taken to a two seater table. I told the host that I had a reservation for four. Instead of apologizing and checking he told me that all they had for me was a two person reservation and assumed I was mistaken. I pulled up at the reservation on OpenTable and could see that they had it wrong and that I did indeed have a reservation for four people.

We never received an apology and instead were taken to a very tight corner booth made for two people and were basically told to wait so they could try and figure out what the issue was. While we waited at this booth a server approached us and asked us if we had a reservation, as though we were intruding and were at our seats by mistake. We said no and eventually sat. We were offered the possibility of a proper table for four but they offered it as though it was the biggest inconvenience and didn’t seem like it was a sure thing.

A full 20 minutes went by where the same server that initially watched us sitdown kept going by our table and I had to flag down a bartender and ask for someone to come and take our drink order. The waiter eventually arrived and never once acknowledged the fact that he ignored our table for 20 minutes once we were seated and pretended like everything was great.

Once all is said and done we got our bill and another 20 minutes went by while our group sat and waited for our server, Curtis, to come and take our credit cards so we could leave. During that time he helped all of the tables around us, yet we were ignored. I eventually had to take the tabs up to him at the counter to get it taken care of.

I love this spot but I was so disappointed and embarrassed to have talked this place up to my family, only to receive horrible service and absolutely no acknowledgement of any of this mistakes or any attempts to make it right.

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