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Anchovies & Olives
Anchovies & Olives

Anchovies & Olives Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.anchoviesandolives.com
  • Phone: (206) 838-8080
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Daily 5:00pm-11:00pm. Power Hour: $1 oysters and wine and beer specials Sunday through Thursday 5-6pm and 10-close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Zach Chambers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Jen Osborn at 206.588.0030 to have Chef Ethan Stowell and team prepare your next special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Jen Osborn (206) 588-0030

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th & Pine
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Anchovies & Olives
Anchovies & Olives, located at 1550 15th Avenue in the booming Pike Pine Triangle neighborhood on Seattle’s Capitol Hill opened in February of 2009. This Italian seafood and pasta focused restaurant is number four for chef Ethan Stowell and his business partners. The wine list is 100% Italian with an emphasis on white varietals. Anchovies & Olives serves dinner Sunday-Thursday from 5pm –11pm and Friday and Saturday from 5pm-Midnight. Anchovies & Olives has a small patio for seasonal dining.
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Diner Reviews
  • "A&O should rise to the list of one of Seattle's better "out of the routine", visionary restaurants that sustainsan ever-changing diversity of dishes drawn from the freshest available sources, especially seafood. Instead of the incentive to choose A&O because you know what's on the menu, you are always drawn to it because you know you'll be surprised, and ever pleasantly so."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This was our second visit to A&O. Both times we were there in the summer when they open the big table-height windows onto the relatively quiet Capitol Hill neighborhood streets, lending sophisticated metropolitan airs to the otherwise narrow modern interior. Understated and elegant, the atmosphere is great for long conversations, the menu is interesting enough to satisfy a foody, and the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. I hope to return at least once per year."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was one of the best meals we've had in recent memory. The location was off the beaten path in Seattle (i.e. the Waterfront and downtown)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We dined here several years ago when we were on vacation. We recently relocated here and had friends in from out of state. This place is wonderful. I love the intimate feeling and seeing the kitchen right in front of you! Food and service were great!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Anchovies & Olives on Friday June 27th. It was our first visit to an Ethan Stowell restaurant. We had a reservation for 7:15 and arrived approximately 10mins early. We sat at the bar for a cocktail and appetizer while we waited for our table. about five minutes in the server let us know our table was ready but to by no means rush, we could sit at the bar and enjoy our snack and drink and move once complete - this was a small thing but a nice touch of service as we were enjoying ourselves at the bar. The dinner was excellent. I can't recall the dish's name I ordered, it was off menu, something the server told me about, but I could equate it to a mac n cheese type dish with spaghetti noodles and a light bread crumb."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was outstanding. Oysters were excellent. Scallops divine. Octopus rigatoni - average at best."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Ethan Stowell never disappoints! Great oysters selection, lovely drink, excellent duck & of course great pasta"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We loved our experience at Anchovies and Olives- our server was excellent and really made the evening enjoyable and memorable with her engaging personality and knowledge of the food. It was my husband's birthday and dessert came with a birthday candle- very sweet. The food was excellent. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Took my mother and family members here before seeing a SIFF film about Italy (Trip to Italy). The wait person recommended we try dishes from each section of the menu and share. Excellent suggestion. Fish cooked perfectly with delightfully innovative sauces, oysters divine, pasta had wonderful light lemony sauce- delicious. Everything was a taste treat. My family knows good food and they all raved about the taste delights that Anchovies & Olives served us. We will be back again, including the family members visiting from the San Francisco area!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Came here and next door 3x in one week because I wanted my dates/friends to experience the uni. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "One of my fav spots for dinner! The hostess greeted me right away and offered to take my items since I had a umbrella and 2 bags. First impressions set the tone, so that was nice. We started with the escolar and uni and they were both delicious. Our entrees were the bigoli which was really yummy; my friend had the linguine with crab. My friend really enjoyed it but I thought it was lacking in crab and flavor. Overall a very nice dinner and I would continue to go back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "A very enjoyable experience! Even though we arrived earlier than our reserved time, we were cordially greeted and promptly seated. While waiting for the rest of our party,our server offered informative suggestions from the wine list, served bread and an appetizer which we ordered. When all 4 of us were seated, the server went over the menu and very graciously answered our many questions. We shared grilled ramps and fried oysters for starters. The oysters were not overly breaded and well seasoned. 3 of us ordered the striped bass and all agreed it was very tasty and artfully presented (very small portions). 1 of our party had the scallops which were cooked to perfection and was, in our opinion, the best choice. The service was impeccable!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very good food. nice servies as well. wine is fine,too. "
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Our first time to A and O and we had a lovely time, with some reservations. We ordered Hamachi and fried oysters as starters. Agnolotti as a pasta, and duck breast and rockfish as entree's. The Hamachi was absolutely wonderful and fresh. The oysters were fried perfectly and very fresh but were a bit too salty. The agnolotti, although good, was even more salty and the rockfish was so salty I could not eat more than 3 or 4 bites. The duck breast was superb and perfectly done. My wife and I have very different reactions to salty food, but both found the three dishes overly salted. We still would recommend the restaurant, and will be going back to try other entrees."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was my second visit. Menu very different from first time. Food was excellent You MUST have the scallop crudo with peas - fabulous! Great service. We will return and recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "They asked us to leave after 90 min just as we were about to order dessert. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Olives and anchovies was a wonderful place to dine . The food was amazing ,the wait staff was outstanding ,and the atmosphere was fun ."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The waiter was great and the food was the best meal I ate in Seattle in six weeks. I ate out every night with about a 60 per person buget."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "It is a great spot for gourmet dining and a younger crowd. Food is expellant, and can accommodate any diet or specific likes."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "One of the best in the vicinity, superb seafood and pairing wine list. Would recommend to any hungry soul with a taste for seafood served differently"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We started with raw oysters which were good though very small. The raw tuna appetizer was interesting but a little disappointing. The linguine with crab was so bland that we sent it back. The clam buccatini was the best thing on the table and was very good. Overall, not very happy with the experience and thought the restaurant would be much better."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The four of us had to yell to have a conversation, and when I asked our server if they could lower it he said they just did, but they need to wait and see how things go before lowering it again as he scanned the restaurant. He also spilled twice on me and had to apologize and get us more napkins. Was expecting great food, but the octopus appetizer was lukewarm, not hot; the pasta fettucine was way buttery and we had asked our server who said it was light, and not too buttery at all. The loud and "energetic" music and atmosphere made our whole dining experience tense and unpleasant. The atmosphere plus the average quality at best food was highly disappointing. We will not be returning."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We had wanted to go to this restaurant for some time, and took the opportunity to celebrate our son's birthday there. We were early for our reservation, but were promptly seated before scheduled. The service was courteous and welcoming. Our server offered help with the menu, should we have needed it. The appetizers were served expediently, and the entrées followed promptly. The food was simple with a complexity of flavors, and the plating was aesthetically pleasing. The portion sizing was great. We don't appreciate heaping portions you get at some establishments which facilitate overeating, so we were pleased. There was ample food without being excessive. The pasta and seafood was fresh, and the recipes unique. Good experience."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "the food was okay…we took our servers recommendations and never felt we ordered something that we would have again…expensive "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We were a group of 5. Out table was ready when we arrived and our server was able to answer our questions . We all enjoyed the food we ordered however, the service deteriorated quickly. While two of our guests were still having their main course, the table was cleared of the other plates and our server brought the dessert menu! At this point we had barely been there an hour. Needless to say we didn't even look at the desserts and left. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner during Seattle Restaurant Week. We tried menu that was specifically designed for that event. Swordfish was very good (my husband took that) and I had cuttle fish with black pasta. Black pasta was a stretch for me. We did like our appetizers and dessert (chocolate cake with strawberries) was fantastic! will come again and try different food. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Anchovies & Olives was OUTSTANDING! After feeling mostly underwhelmed with Seattle Restaurant Week, A & O blew us away. The sunchoke soup was incredible as was the swordfish and Strozzapreti Neri. Our server was friendly and easy going. He offered great wine suggestions too. I had one kusshi oyster that was perfect. The meyer lemon pudding cake was also a great dessert to end our meal. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We went to Anchovy and Olive about a year or so ago. It was excellent, through and through. I was excited to take a visitor from out of town there again. This time was good but not great. We ordered oysters that were excellent, grilled octopus salad that was good, and then finished with two dishes to share..halibut and rock fish. The halibut was overdone...which is a sin in this part of the world. The rock fish was nicely prepared and delicious...but...both dishes were extremely (over board) salty... Will possible go there again...but was a bit disappointed."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Lovely room, charming waiter and wonderful food. It was all good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Very good service, food was fun and tasty! Romantic setting. Love it!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We waited almost 1/2 hour for cold appetizers and the place was not crowded. We both ordered swordfish -- normally one of our favorite foods. We received about 4 oz. portion of what was probably Escolar-- very watery and mushy compared to firm texture of true swordfish. Even the desserts were not enticing. The service was non- existent. Later in the evening, around 9 pm, the crowd picked up -- great ambience for grazing and drinks-- just dont ever go here for dinner. Finally there is almost no parking available in the area."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Ethan Stowell restaurants never fail to please the foodie in me. Oyster Power Hour is a great way to experience a variety of oysters specifically prepared with various condiments to enhance the flavors of the oysters. As for the main menu, the selections seem to change with the seasons. The pastas, crudo, and salads tend to be my favorites."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "If you like house-made pastas, subtle coulis and perfectly done swordfish, or endive salad with smoked trout and grapefruit - this is the place. Friendly, knowledgeable service and small, sophisticated space just add to the satisfaction. The wine list is pricey."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The name of this restaurant just sounds tasty. Food was good, and I say good not excellent because 1) the risotto I ordered was WAY TOO SALTY, and 2) the octopus appetizer was charred, and not in a good way. I would still come back though, and possibly ask them to hold the salt on my order. After our meal, we were given small bags of fresh pasta (as opposed to candy, I guess?), which was a very nice touch. Cooked the pasta at home and it was a great reminder of the meal we had."
    Dined on 5/17/2013
  • "a competent restaurant using quality ingredients to make decent, but not exceptional, food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Loved the food, but hard to hear our conversations because of the noise level. I would not pick this place again for the business dinner we had, but would go again in a more casual get together. Had a great server, and again, loved the food!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "They had 4 kinds of oysters - all wonderful. Other standouts: Brussels sprouts with walnuts and preserved lemons, duck breast with duck meatballs and apples, and the best scallop dish I have ever had. Truly memorable."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My meal of stripped bass was amazing but my hubby had the crab linguini, which he enjoyed, but I felt was under seasoned :( we tried the scallops appetizers and weren't prepared for it be cooked with just lemon juice - Just ok. I also enjoyed a grapefruit sorbetto but my hubby found the genache tart a little dry. Our server was great and helped with some non-dairy options for me. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The first thing that comes to mind is the service. Our wait-person was respectful of our conversations but managed to politely interject at just the right times (which means she was watching our table carefully) knew the menu and could respond to any question. And our plates and silverware were always replaced at the right times and water was always available. (Shouldn't ALL restaurants do this?) And really, is there an ES restaurant that ever fails? I don't think so. My group loves to share lots of taste treats and A&O's is our kind of place, nothing disappointed and everything you've tried had a new twist. the standouts for me were the scallops with pork belly and I haven't had oysters that fresh and delicious since I picked them myself"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "we thought everything was very good., except the octopus salad. It just seemed fairly bland. not dressed enough. not enough octopus. we has more potato than octopus. The sewrvice was great , very friendly hip waiter. dishes came out in a timely fashion. Stand out dishes were the bucatini with clams and guanciale, Ahi crudo, and mackeral with sun chokes and oranges.The only other issue was we thought the music was just a bit too loud."
    Dined on 3/9/2014