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109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104-3473
+1 206-467-5070
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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210 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very old bar / cafe / saloon - perhaps the oldest in Seattle - so there is a lot of history in the walls, although not a lot to call attention to it and not much in the way of modern atmosphere. I like to get a bourbon and read my book in the afternoon as there... More 

Thank Degan W
Seattle, Washington
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336 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a good casual spot to grab a drink. It doesn't hurt that it's the oldest restaurant in Seattle either so a lot of history here, and they do a good job of making it look historic but not old and grimy. La Barra Fuerza Verde comes here before Sounders matches and give it an incredibly welcoming vibe.

Thank liquidmj
Everett, Washington
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Popped in for a quick burger before catching the ferry nearby. It seemed nice at first. Cozy and the saloon these is very appropriate and well done. But I overheard the bartender/server bragging about tricking tourists into paying more. And we as well as other guests got overcharged so read your bill/receipt. Furthermore, we had to go outside where the... More 

Thank makingrestorations
Bothell, Washington
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Went on my lunch hour to join my wife. The inside is cool, especially the bar. The young woman server was by herself being both bar tender and waiting tables. The restaurant wasn't particularly crowded, but it took a long to get waited on. Once the food came if was very tasty, no complaints about that. The server seemed easily... More 

Thank lsokanoff
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We were actually staying in one of the suites above the cafe, so decided to eat there our first night. I had the salmon with spinach/kale and potatoes - for $14! Unreal! It was FABULOUS. Great service there from Alec - the bartender/jack of all trades. I did go into the ladies room, which is reported to have two child... More 

Thank Lynn R
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268 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

While this wasn't my favorite bar in Seattle, the Man Friend and I really enjoyed it. After we ducked out of our boring tour of the underground, we camped out here while he got some work done. The drinks weren't anything fancy but the bartender was a lot of fun. Definitely worth a stop for a drink.

Thank WineBooksWanderlust
orange county
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215 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We were being shown around Seattle by Cookielee's relatives, and decided to get a bite to eat before going on the Underground Tour. This restaurant is located just around the corner from the tour in Pioneer Square. Advertised as Seattle's oldest restaurant, it certainly didn't lack character. The décor, tin ceiling and old bar back transported me back to a... More 

Thank ragsdad
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

We were looking for a reasonably quick lunch, and got anything but. Between ordering and receiving food, it was literally 50 minutes. The food wasn't terrible, but nothing to write home about. A salad came on a plate barely large enough to hold it, so that when you took a bite, some fell off the edge. The one person serving... More 

Thank Tod B
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

This place is very cool if you like historical spooky places... neat underground bar to stop for a beer on your way in. The complaints I read about the homeless people outside are pointless... every street corner you walk, anywhere in Seattle, has homeless people asking you for money, so it is NOT isolated to this place at all.. Did... More 

Thank sixmedic01
Moncton, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Wonderful room and pub, we had a 3rd floor room overlooking park, Nice view, but noise early in morning from homeless in the park. Darcy is very nice, helpful. Would definitely stay here again, close to downtown, waterfront.

Thank ostridge1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
American, Bar, Pub, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104-3473
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 206-467-5070

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