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#210 of 3,095 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
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5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4809
11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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92 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Giving a generous 4. I've been on business travel a lot to the midwest and South Carolina in the recent past, they have amazing BBQ (honestly made me like and appreciate BBQ food...granted not something you can eat often, true food coma stuff. Also, by the end it made me miss PNW salmon, ha). Anyhow - this Seattle place has... More 

Thank Ready2Travl2
Savannah, Georgia
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67 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm from the South, and I know good BBQ when I taste it. This reasonably-priced and well-appointed joint in Ballard is among the best I've eaten in anywhere. Well worth the wait.

Thank Heeldawg1962
Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was expecting amazing, blown away, wowed results. For the price, location, atmosphere I expected a lot more in flavor. Everything I got was good. But I can get good BBQ elsewhere for cheaper. That's all. A good place to check out and decide for yourself.

Thank flipmixboi
Bellingham, Washington
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67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped by while traveling through town with friends. We all enjoyed our meals and the service was good. I had the pulled pork sand which which I enjoyed. Pickled veggies were great. Others had the burgers and I didn't here that anyone was disappointed. Drinks were all good too.

Cleveland, Ohio
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204 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

I was surprised to see this place be a BBQ joint, but I decided to give it a try nonetheless. I was very impressed with the quality of gluten free eats at a BBQ spot and it was all very delicious! I would recommend... well everything. Definitely not a place to count calories, though.

Thank Lulu2828
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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177 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We had pulled pork dinners and drinks. Great selection of whiskey, good side dishes, delicious pulled pork. I like that you can get it as a dinner or as a sandwich. Nice sauces on the table. Good cornbread. Service was great. One of the best barbecue places I've been to.

Thank TravelinJabbo
Seattle, Washington
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723 reviews
395 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Bitterroot is a nice place to go after a workout at the gym. My experience of the service is that it is consistently good. Had a pulled chicken sandwich and a beer on my most recent visit. I will be going back again soon.

Thank Alec D
Ketchikan, Alaska
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Service was great. Drinks were great. Meal was good, but nothing special. I can make better at home. The ribs bordered on dry, with a snap to the skin when you bit into it. The grits tasted like they had flour in them. The greens were really good.

Thank goodfoodie54
Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

I have eaten here twice and we tried to celebrate a birthday here today. The waitress Shawn was so incredibly rude to one if our elderly guests when asking about a substitution....there is just no excuse. Besides her attitude being extremely rude she got our bill wrong twice.

Thank Michelle P
Bellevue, Washington
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

I LOVE this food. You can't go wrong with any order here. We had this catered for lunch at my work yesterday and I had two sandwiches of pulled pork. The pickled onions on top and the mustard BBQ sauce made me go cross eyed it was so good. Once, for Thanksgiving I told my mom forget the turkey i'm... More 

Thank BaggaDonuts

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4809
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: 206-588-1577
In a great neighborhood for walking, shopping and terrific food.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?