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The Ballard Cut, Seattle, WA

The Ballard Cut

4.8
4.8
600 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
The Ballard Cut is a farm-to-table restaurant and whisk(e)y bar. We specialize in local ingredients, Japanese whisk(e)y, bourbon, and single malts; ranging from contemporary and affordable to rare and antique. Scratch cocktails, a 950+ bottle heavily curated whiskey list, esoteric wines and shareable plates are only a glimpse of what we have to offer.

*We have both indoor and outdoor seating available. Our outdoor seating is a fully enclosed and covered pergola structure with heaters adjacent to every table. We will try our best to ensure you get your seating preference, but cannot guarantee it. Please call during business hours to confirm any seating requests.*

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (206) 829-8963
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Rachael Pebbles
  • Neighborhood
    Ballard
  • Cross street
    Market Street and Ballard Ave NW
  • Parking details
    There is plenty of street parking available! If you can't find any on Ballard Ave NW (or its the Sunday Market) then we recommend Shilshole Ave NW. If that doesn't work, there is a pay-to-park lot just behind Hattie's Hat, on Shilshole and Vernon.
  • Public transit
    Leary Ave NW & NW Vernon Pl - Buses 29, 17 and 40
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 600 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

600 Reviews
  1. nance

    Seattle

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Ballard Cut, it is our favorite spot in Ballard! The food is consistently delicious and the hostess and servers are fun and gracious and always make it a supper enjoyable evening!

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  2. MalcolmN

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was okay. Service was good enough. Menu is limited and they do not do any substitutions so was a little challenging getting something get each member of the family. Meals and drinks are expensive. Glass of white wine $16 or $18. Ridiculous.

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  3. Up3rd

    Seattle

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined outside on the last night in their Ballard Avenue location (before their move). Aside from several really loud groups nearby (who always fail to recognize how obnoxiously loud they are to fellow diners) the experience was terrific. We could have stopped after two appetizers (generous pork belly and cauliflower) but plowed forward with the NY strip and Tomahawk pork chop (the $265 Tomahawk steak that could feed four seemed a little much for the two of us). All were excellent. Service was great and attentive. The place is spendy for us out-of-towners but likely right in the groove for upscale locals and expense accounts. We'd go back but order differently. And seriously, when did it become a thing to nick the customer $35 for corkage?

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, service, and vibes! Octopus is always outstanding, the new Haibut dish blew my mind.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best pastas I have ever had! Service was great on point

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  6. Crystal

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were travelling through and picked this restaurant based on the reviews, they have a good vibe and well stocked bar, the food was okay, nothing too outstanding, hard liquor & cocktail was great, although wine was rather average! Overall, slightly disappointed maybe we just have too much expectations. Staff were super friendly and there was an outdoor seating on the front street to accommodate dog.

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  7. DavidD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, but prices were high and then they topped it off with an undisclosed 3% “credit card service fee” added on to the bill at the end.

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  8. scott

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good. Excellent. Really enjoyed the meal and the service.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing start to finish. The service was phenomenal from the hostess to our waitress. Food & drinks delicious.

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  10. LanceL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Whiskey flights are definitely the thing to do here. Makes the whole dinner an interactive experience plus their whiskey selection and knowledge is amazing

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  11. KaraM

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a blast celebrating my birthday at this amazing restaurant. From our excellent and thoughtful server to our incredibly knowledgeable whiskey guide (she claims her title is "lush" but she is so much more than that!), it was an experience that none of us will soon forget. The food was so good - from the pasta to the steak to the surprise hit of the tomahawk pork chop - and the cocktails and whiskey flights made it even better. We immediately made another reservation for the next birthday in our group so we can celebrate all over again next month. Thank you, wonderful Ballard Cut staff, for making this such a special evening!

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  12. SuzyCreamcheese

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The very best meats, subtly spiced and cooked to perfection. My grilled Tomahawk pork chop was served on a bed of fresh-ground Anson Mills grits, topped with a delicious shredded salad and accompanied by a nicely herbed celeriac. The Stone Fruit Sidecar (with peach de vine, creme de cerise, and the herbal extract quinoa) was sweet, sour, and light enough to be refreshing. This place is a gem—lively, but still possible to have a conversation. Great indie music (Kurt Vile, etc.) is a plus.

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  13. MichaelO

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter and I had a great experience. We shared the tomahawk ribeye and it was nothing less than amazing. Wonderful craft cocktails and Alex took very good care of us.

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  14. Alexandra

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love the food, service, and drinks at the Ballard Cut!

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  15. WilliamF

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. Felt like it was a limited selection for of all things, salad and sides. Also we ordered something that was market price. Our server misquoted the price by $110. Pretty disappointing

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time dining here. It was fabulous on both occasions! My only gripe is that they no longer offered the crusted halibut that I was looking forward to ordering again. Still, the food we had was still delicious and I will likely return.

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  17. KaylaA

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambience, great service! Food was amazing! Awesome experience to celebrate my 2nd year Anniversary with my boyfriend! We will be coming back!!

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  18. Hebec

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came to Ballard Cut for a birthday dinner. The service was wonderful. We all loved the food. We will come back. Thank you.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat at the bar and fantastic service from Dan and Seth and food was great.

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  20. Scott

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Ballard Cut! Great food and service. Appreciate a menu that has a lot of options yet all within an easily digestible (no pun intended!) menu. From red meat to pasta to seafood, a really wonderful offering. And of course, if you want to do a flight of whiskeys, it's a truly memorable and wonderful experience.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Slightly cold but it was a great meal with excellent service and a perfect drink menu with bourbon flight

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  22. Tkrug

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waited a little bit for our table but once seated. Food and service was excellent. Great whiskey selection. Proteins cooked expertly.

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  23. KarenD

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great beet salad and the sirloin were delicious. The only irritation was the bench seat table where the benches were too close to table. We aren't large people and the table was too close on both sides. Anyway, it was delicious. We will return!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and atmosphere love the vibe. Great selection of whiskey

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been here many times. I absolutely love it and wish it were closer to home. Great food, great service.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing! The food is great here but we would come back simply for the service. It was really busy but you wouldn’t know it from how fast everything was! Will be back.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, drinks, and service! We were very impressed with the portion sizes of the appetizers!

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  28. John

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great friendly service. Every item we ordered was amazing and the cocktails too.

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  29. Annie

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Ballard Cut! Been here for several special occasions and it never disappoints. Our server Jack was thoughtful and attentive. Thanks for another wonderful experience!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Pork Chop was so amazing and juicy. I had an amazing first time experience.

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  31. Eightyblocker

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff really know their product, and the food is fabulous! This is the place to go for whisk(e)y afficionados in the Seattle area!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food and booze selection, even non whiskey selection

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time at Ballard cut. My fav steamed clam dish in the city!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything cooked to perfection with unique and intriguing taste. The New York steaks were amazing

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lamb loin tartare, beets and pork chop were amazing. Everyone working was friendly and fun to be around.

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  36. nance

    Seattle

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the cut is a great spot to enjoy a meal! The staff always makes us feel loved & the food is delicious! We always love the outdoor area we just put our puffy’s on & enjoy the outdoors & heaters!

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  37. Endperle

    Portland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely staff, very good food, and extremely loud music.

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  38. melissaA

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The both of us had a great experience at this restaurant! The choices we made were the cauliflower and beets which both were outstanding taste and flavor! The main dish we split the Pork dish it was cooked to perfection the polenta paired nicely with the other flavors. The Pecan Carrot Cake was seriously the best I have ever had! I not sure if I can go back in the next few days but I am dreaming of more that cake! The drinks were also unique and the wine that was suggested went well with my food choices. Can’t wait to go back!!!

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  39. LaneyS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for Christmas eve dinner with 6 people and it was so amazing and memorable! We got a Japanese Whiskey flight and we got so much more than that. In addition to the tasty Whiskey, we got a story and so much information about Japanese Whiskey. The food was also amazing. Albeit, pricey but I guess that's the price of things these days. We got an assortment of sides/share plates and 1 entree. It was plenty of food. Everyone appreciated the variety of food we got. Overall, an amazing experience for a special occasion.

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  40. Shireen

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and ambiance but they should put a curtain at the entrance to stop drafts of cold air sweeping in through the restaurant everytime someone walks in.

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FAQs

The Ballard Cut is rated 4.8 stars by 600 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for The Ballard Cut

5313 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Market Street and Ballard Ave NW
  • Neighborhood
    Ballard
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There is plenty of street parking available! If you can't find any on Ballard Ave NW (or its the Sunday Market) then we recommend Shilshole Ave NW. If that doesn't work, there is a pay-to-park lot just behind Hattie's Hat, on Shilshole and Vernon.
  • Public transit
    Leary Ave NW & NW Vernon Pl - Buses 29, 17 and 40
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Rachael Pebbles
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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