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Varsity INN Restaurant

Lake Union
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1801 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103-9005
+1 206-547-2161
07:00 - 14:30
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150 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is a review about a pretty average breakfast and lunch place, food wise (ok, that's wrong but more later). This is about a place that is the "Cheers" of seattle. Most of the clientele are regulars. Generations of regulars. The owners and their staff are pretty much like having breakfast and lunch with the people you love. You can... More 

Thank abearfellow
Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

The Varsity Inn was a delight! I decided to stop into this place after seeing their VERY POLITE signs for nearby construction crews to please save the few parking spots on the side street of this diner for their customers. Brilliant! To me that just seemed friendly, so I stopped in for a late breakfast (served all day). The place... More 

Thank LisaPageDesign
Seattle, WA
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30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Just about everyone in Wallingford will tell you that the Varsity is the best cafe in town. The pancakes are the best I've ever had. The authentic Mexican specials are incredible. They serve just breakfast and lunch, but so worth it. This is an old fashioned authentic village cafe when everyone knows everyone else, you're greeted with a hug from... More 

Thank Emeraldcitytaveler
Tucson, Arizona
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1,700 reviews
631 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,987 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

This diner-type Wallingford neighborhood restaurant offers breakfast and lunch. It draws me in for breakfast whenever I stay nearby during my Seattle visits, because of the tasty food and affordability. For example, I recently chose a light breakfast, which consists of one egg, hash browns and a slice of toast -- all for $6.95. I requested over easy for the... More 

Thank Rumples
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

First visit to this place. Ordered waffles with eggs and sausage. Prices were a little on the high side in my option. Although I wouldn't knock the restaurant off my list completely, it's definitely towards the bottom of preferred stops.

Thank John B
Seattle, Washington, United States
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2015

Let me just say I love this place. It reminds me of a dinner I would go to in a small town or when I was younger. Its not fancy and its not high end food. It is friendly, welcoming, feels like home and make good pancakes. I love Patty the owner/manager. She always makes me feel like she was... More 

Thank Maggi B
Battle Ground, Washington
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107 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

A Freemont local recommended this place.We asked for a split Mediteranean Omelet and tried to correct the waitress because we were certain the large omelets were full orders. The "half omelets" were simply packed with ingredients. Parking was easy which is also an advantage in the Freemont district.The waitress and the cook/owner were very pleasant and attentive. Atmosphere is essentially... More 

Thank Michael E
Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

This is a great place for breakfast or lunch. Both the French toast and the Varsity Deluxe Burger are at the top of my list.

Thank Dackel T
Dublin, Ireland
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310 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

It looks like a "mexican inspired" restaurant. Two times there, two times I found and tried mexican specialities. Portions are pretty good, food was delicious and not expensive.

Thank Andrea D
Sanger, Texas
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271 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

this place is just kewl. or cool if you prefer. went for lunch on my way to the airport from Freemont. huge portions, great service, fun place to eat. a slice of Americana in the northwest. definitely will be back if I ever get the chance. had the bacon omelet, think they had most of a side of pork in... More 

Thank Pierce G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1801 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103-9005
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Lake Union
  • Neighbourhood: Lake Union
  • Phone Number: +1 206-547-2161

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