Tilikum Place Cafe

4.8
1635 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
Inspired European and Northwest brunch, lunch and dinner. We take great pride in using the freshest & highest quality products as our menu is entirely made in house. Stop by for dinner or drinks & experience seasonal cuisine, creative libations & a warm welcome!
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service that we received from one employee there was unacceptable. She was rude when she took our orders - she did not say anything to us, even though she sweetly asked other tables around us "Do you have any questions about the menu?" and made small talk with them. She just wrote down our orders and rudely and abruptly grabbed the menus away from our table and left without a word. My table was a table of three Chinese people ( we are all born and raised in the US) and everyone else around us was Caucasian. She clearly had a problem with us. All the other servers were very nice and accommodating to us. I will not be returning to this place and will not be recommending it to anyone.

SB
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was not acknowledged by restaurant

SC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is, without a doubt, the best neighborhood restaurant in Seattle.

TT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It made me feel like I was in Europe, the smell of the food, the beautiful plated entrees, the palate was happy, the tummy in paradise (and I am from Hawaii). Very friendly service, and fun to look out the big scenic windows onto a cozy street with lots of leaves blowing around. So cozy!!!

KC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister had a poached egg on a thick slice of toast which is soaked in red wine, and I ordered a crab quiche. I love both of them. Elegant flavor.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought out of town friends to Tilikum Cafe for dinner. It's our favorite restaurant in Seattle and they loved it. No fancy a
mbiance or view. Just beautifully prepared food.

JB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully prepared food, warm, friendly environment that inspires loyality. The kind of restaurant you want to bring your out of town friend to.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wife’s birthday at Tilikum, and we had the most wonderful waitress Mima. She was hilarious and added an extra layer of dry wit to the exquisite food offerings.

AM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is superb! Not cheap but not pricey either. Service was not as quick, but we came at a busy time. Reservation is hard to get, sometimes even in advance. But we ended up getting one after checking for cancelations from time to time. I would definitely dine again.

CZ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! This is our go to place to take out of town guests for brunch!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Not many good options for vegetarians. They had this really good vegetarian omelet a month ago and I loved it. Booked this place like weeks in advance for that omelet just to find out they don't have vegetarian omelet anymore!

F
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t normally write reviews but I must this time. The entire experience was really wonderful. The staff was first rate and the food was out of this world. Delicious blend of sauce with the fish and vegetable side. Maybe the most delicious meal of my life! Go there and be wowed by the nuanced flavors on your palette.

IF
Seattle
271 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I've eaten at Tilikum many times. Tonight the service was not as good as usual. One of the servers, a long time employee, focused on talking with friends at one table the entire time I was in the restaurant, meaning the one other server had to pick up the slack (it was late-ish and the restaurant wasn't terribly busy, but still). And as a result the one person wasn't able to serve the remaining guests as well as she might otherwise have done. Other than that the service was slower than usual, the food was just as good.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I've only been to Tilkum Place Cafe for dinner so this was my first lunch visit. We had 12:30 reservations and it was about 20 minutes before our server came to our table. She must have been slammed, but we're paying customers having a business lunch and time was a factor for us.

They offer a sandwich as a daily special which they were out of sandwich. There are two other unique sandwiches on the menu, which I wasn't in the mood for. My lunch mate asked for tomatoes or avocado with the mixed lettuce salad and they accommodated with slight hesitation from our server.

This experience was mediocre. I would go back to try their Dutch Babies or for brunch or dinner. I wouldn't go for lunch.

s
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

quaint small restaurant near Seattle Center. Excellent food and is one of our go to restaurants. Highly recommend!

AR
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the mushroom sandwich, classic dutch baby and savory Dutch baby. Everything was delicious and priced incredibly reasonably.

EH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tilikum Place is always a treat. The food is wonderful, and very consistent. The menu remains small, but I think it would be hard for anyone not find something they like. I'd say the same of the wine list: short, but perfect.

Long may they wave.

Y
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Tilikum, the quality, freshness, and flavor of the food is perfect every time, service is impeccable. This is my favorite place to eat when I visit Seattle, or let me put it this way, I reserve a table at Tilikum before I book my flight and hotel:-))

AV
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Tilikum Place Cafe five years ago and this time it was perhaps even better. Recommend it highly!

a
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it's our favorite neighborhood restaurant. the food is a bit pricey, but the quality is excellent. the staff is very friendly. always has an excellent seafood/fish item on the menu.

BL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! We had four in our party and the food was awesome as well as the service!

JG
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service, terrific ambiance. My favorite restaurant in town.

b
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was wonderful with amazing attention to detail on food served. I would appreciate adding a ‘half sandwich/ soup combo’ though, many people have small appetites.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Loved everything about this place!!!!!

y
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent kitchen with service to back it up. Great dining experience

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, menus not huge, interesting specials. Service is good especially considering how busy the place always is.

NC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant, warm and professional service from front person to server to rest of staff. Loved the pork burrito special and the savory tart. Would love to try for dinner as well.

PA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A local favorite and one of the best restaurants in Seattle. Enjoy!!

H
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited menu but the food is good. Great for a late meal.

RA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The french press coffee and breakfast plate were outstanding.

RH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good, but I’m not sure I’d go back given all of the alternative options in the area. There was a mixup and we got the wrong Dutch baby. Ours went to a nearby table. Instead of having no Dutch baby we said we’d take the alternative one, but I expected our bill to reflect that we didn’t get what we ordered. Our meal took nearly two hours. In that time we were never offered drink refills, had to ask for utensils, and had a pile of syrupy napkins used to clean up a spill sit on our table for 30 minutes before they were cleared. I had high hopes, but the dining experience was disappointing given all of the hype.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I reserved here two weeks ago and great choice. I had breakfast with baked bean, ratatouille, and dutch baby. Their all food is really delicious!! Price is so reasonable and I would definitely come back to try other dishes.

S
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The staff was very inattentive and provided poor customer service. The food was subpar and not worth the exorbitant amount they charge. Overall, this is not a place I would recommend to anyone if you want waiters to pay attention to your requests or have a serving that fills you up.

CB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fine dining cafe, interesting food choices. A little pricey for our usual preferences. French onion soup is a highlight. Will maybe come by in an afternoon for pastries and ice cream, which looked great but we didn't have.

LG
Seattle
91 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great! Food tasted great and friendly service makes this place a very reliable choice.

B
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The handout pasta and french onion soup were fabulous! And my husband's pan-seared chicken was great as well. Highly recommend.

MM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy this place is close to my working place, but sadly I only work one day/week. Delicious food, the best service and my go-to lunch place.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we love it. Many people waiting outside when we got arrive at1055

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Dutch babies were worth the wait! Really enjoyed the savoury tart too - with the potatoes, paneer, peas and mint, it reminded me of a very nice samosa :)

c
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. I came for the Dutch baby and it did not disappoint. There were some specials that sounded so good too (squash flower omelette). I would suggest tipping a bit more if you get the Dutch baby as it takes a whole to cook and is so inexpensive comoared to other brunches. Point being the servers don't get to turn the table as quickly. Highly recommend and must make reservations if going on Sunday.

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