Plum Bistro

3.9
27 reviews
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Vegan
Capitol Hill's most loved vegan restaurant.

PLANT-BASED COMFORT FOOD

“Artful upscale dishes take vegan cuisine to its greatest potential, and can even impress a carnivore at chef-owner Makini Howell’s Capitol Hill bistro. With an airy atmosphere of chic sophistication and fine service, it’s the spot for a classy date.” — Zagat
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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

There is a 20% service fee and a tip is expected. 40% extra is not worth it - even though the food is good.

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BH
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great. However, we had a reservation and yet had to wait an hour because they worked in walk ups between the reservation. It was not apparent that having a reservation reduced our wait time in any way. They also add a 20% service charge to your bill which is NOT a tip for your server, so our server seemed sullen and the prices on the menu are deceptive.

So...if you want great vegan food and are willing to both wait and pay for it, this is a great place. If not, look elsewhere.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

They told us they were running 30-45 minutes late for reservations. Very disappointing. Found somewhere else to eat instead

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K
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation for Sunday's Easter brunch a couple weeks in advanced. We showed up and were asked to wait an hour. When we returned, our table was not ready so we cancelled our reservation to be able to move on with our day. Disappointed by the restaurant over booking and underdelivering.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Eclectic vegan food.
Went there for Easter brunch which was okay. They did not know how to handle reservations well because we had to wait almost an hour to be seated despite arriving before time for our reservation.

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HA
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Makini is a genius! Easter brunch with chosen family was delicious and memorable.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The server was excellent but we almost didn’t get past the host. He was extremely unhelpful. When someone says it’s above his job or pay grade, that’s not a good start. We had reservations for quite a while and when we showed up he said they don’t take reservations and put us on a wait list. When I questioned it for a second time and asked for a manager, suddenly a table was available. After setting the table he pretty much just pointed and said “there’s your table”. I suggest a new host or fixing the “problem” that open table has presented them with by offering reservations that they wont honor.

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KL
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was able to get seated right away as we went right at opening how ever I made reservations and was told at the restaurant they do not do reservations.

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately, upon arrival, the host informed me that they didn’t have our reservation because the manager forgot to send a screenshot of the opentable reservations that day... it would be stellar to make sure if companies are using OpenTable that thenreaeevation system is speaking directly to the folks onsite.

The hostess made room for my party of five, but as could be expected the flow was thrown off because they weren’t expecting us. When the food was brought out they forgot one of my party’s entrees. They quickly scrambled to get the meal out.

When the bill came I expected that the delayed meal and the lost reservation would be somehow reflected but it wasn’t.

The staff was nice enough and the food as always was delicious, I just would have preferred to be handled differently. The business is after all food service / hospitality.

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TF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plum Bistro is absolutely the best vegan food I've ever had in my life. I live in the SF Bay Area, and have had very high end food here. This tops them all. Try the Mac & Cheese, sausage, grits, greens, salads, you cannot go wrong. Oh my lord in heaven.

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P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great vegan food, lot's of options.
Portion sizes are on the small side, but that may have been because the food was so tasty.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

We had reservation through OpenTable for 4pm and when we arrived at 3:53, we had the door shut in our face and told they didn’t open until 4pm. When 4:08 rolled around, we went back in and we were rudely greeted by hostess and told they don’t take reservations on Saturday. Waitress was so rude, horrible service and poor vibe from the staff. Food was great.....couldn’t get out of there fast enough, will never go back.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was not at all what I expected. It didn't taste good at all. It was super expensive. Paid 150$ for 2. Dessert was bitter. Server never brought the drink, and water. I guess it was a bad night.

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EI
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Wife got sick after eating here. Was EXTREMELY difficult to contact Plum. Must have called 20 times over 3 weeks trying to speak with someone. The one time I got someone (voicemail full other times) he didn't know ANYTHING and took a message which I never received a call back. I am an understanding industry professional, so know how restaurants work and have reasonable expectations. Sorry Plum, no more.

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R
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was perfect: food, service, and atmosphere made for a wonderful evening out with my husband. We'll definitely be returning. I'm not a vegetarian, but I certainly could be if my meals were as good as what I experienced at Plum.

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TG
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing !! Go Vegan — let the plum bistro lead the way !!!

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B
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing!! Staff was very friendly and accommodating. The space is a little small but well worth it. Will definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving

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DK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We attended the Thanksgiving meal. Everything was fantastic, excellently prepared and we were very full at the end.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 3rd year at Plum Bistro for Thanksgiving. It's the only restaurant in town that our vegan family can just relax and eat at and our carnivores know the food will be so amazing they won't be missing any of the traditional Thanksgiving trappings. The food, atmosphere and service is always amazing. We look forward to our meal everytime and are never disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always great. Their prices are a bit high, cocktails $15 meal is close to $40 per person because you're gonna want an appetizer because they're amazing!

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LG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I absolutely loved the food and atmosphere at Plum Bistro! The dishes were so creative and delicious. Even my omnivorous daughter and brother loved the food! I cannot wait to go back, this is my new fav vegan eatery!

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Plum clearly knows what it has with its famous/popular Vegan Thanksgiving, so much so that they apparently oversold the room to the point that moving around involved navigating a constricted maze of bodies crammed everywhere. But more off-putting was the hardcore Christian Christmas music that played THE WHOLE TIME. Christmas music on Thanksgiving day is a mistake, and playing explicitly Jesus-y stuff was gross.

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H
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was one of the best Thanksgiving meals I’ve had-vegan or not! A lot of food!

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Much easier to have a fantastic vegan Thanksgiving meal here than to make one at home. Food was great. Service was attentive and warm. Expect to drop some significant coin here though...at least by my lower middle class standards. Great special occasion place. Thanks!

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KG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

I'll caveat this review was for Thanksgiving lunch. However, making a reservation then still having to wait a stressful 20 minutes (25 minutes if you count us arriving early) put a dent in an otherwise fantastic meal. The vegan Mac and cheese was the best we've had, and the vegan turkey and stuffing made us double take until we realized how juicy and flavorful it was....I never had actual turkey that good when I did eat meat and to mention it same goes for the inventive Mac and cheese with tofu in it.

Again, constructive criticism.... Even when I mentioned the possibility of getting some type of concession like a free cocktail for my fiancee to make waiting 20 minutes even with a reservation on Thanksgiving tolerable the waiter ignored my comment..... Then we found on our receipt they charge automatic 20% gratuity that's heavily taxes, and the service didn't approach deserving that. I would've happily handed that cash directly to the chef!

Maybe it's better other days, but this was unfortunately our only visit so far. Take that for what it's worth. But try the Mac and cheese if you come here and just be prepared to wait.

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RF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This place can charge a lot because there isn't much vegan only competition. The meals are not all made from scratch, some of their most popular items (sausage/burgers) you can buy at Safeway.

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