Aragona, soon to be Vespolina
96 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101Neighborhood:
SpanishPrice: $31 to $50
Aragona, soon to be Vespolina
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.aragonaseattle.com/
- Phone: 2066823590x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: M-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm Lounge: F-Sa 5:00pm-11pm
If your preferred time is not available, don't despair, we encourage you to stop by and enjoy our lounge/bar for full menu service with a view. For parties of six or more please contact the restaurant at 206.682.3590.
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Spanish
- Executive Chef: Jason Stratton
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A word from Aragona, soon to be Vespolina
Aragona, soon to be Vespolina is a chef driven, deeply personal “author’s” cuisine that serves simple and sophisticated versions of classic dishes from Spain, utilizing the products of small, local farmers and local and imported artisans. There will be an emphasis on examining the roots of these cuisines, namely, using the historical reach of the kingdom of Aragon as a lens to explore and promote how boundaries of power, empire and trade influenced and shaped traditional and modern dishes from these regions.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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Aragona, soon to be Vespolina reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 4, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (82)special occasion (57)notable wine list (45)scenic view (28)romantic (26)hot spot (18)good for groups (17)neighborhood gem (11)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
- goodbyemel2VIPDined on 8/30/2014goodbye to a fabulous restaurant. the most interesting great food that evidently not everyone loves.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding Spanish CuisineMacAskillVIPDined on 8/30/2014Aragona brings to mind the wonderful late-night meals with friends in Madrid. Recently we has an outstanding meal there. Among the most surprising were a broccoli salad and a trout. The broccoli (yes, everyone's childhood favorite) was perfectly cooked and seasoned with a anchovy Dijon dressing that ended up tasting almost buttery. We have never tasted anything this good, at home or out. Truly wonderful. The trout escabeche was done perfectly, let the taste of the trout shine through chopped vegetables. The rich vegetable gazpacho was complemented with a sardine and crouton-perfect. Roasted lamb with eggplant, green beans with thinly sliced Serrano ham, and patatas bravas (potatoes with romesco) rounded out a perfect dinnerSpecial Features:
- Disappointing EveningOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/28/2014We had a very disappointing experience during our first and last visit last Wednesday (28-Aug). First, it wasn't clear that the special menu was only available for the entire table. Second, it took over 1.5 hrs to get the food served without any previous warning from the waitress. Third: a few of the wines I selected were not available. A disaster really It will be interesting to see if the new incarnation of this place will have the same type of problems. We are not likely to be there to experience itSpecial Features:
- Stratton Mashaney Never DisappointsavethexuxosDined on 8/23/2014Visiting Aragona one last time before they transition on. As always, dishes were impeccably tought out, from flavors to textures to presentation. I discovered a few notable wines with the pairings and appreciated the chef tasting menu flexibility to allow me to indulge my favorite dessert in Seattle...the xuxos. #savethexuxosSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great downtown locationOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/13/2014Food was good - loved the rib eye and the sides. Very quiet, on a Wednesday night. Would have felt more lively if we sat in the bar. We'll go again, and I would recommend to friends.Special Features:
- Excellent menuLindaDined on 8/12/2014I love Spanish food. This was great. Wine was perfect.Special Features:
- A wonderful Spanish-themed dinnerLGRFDined on 8/9/2014My wife and I had a delightful dinner at Aragona. Each dish was carefully prepared and delicious and the staff were friendly and very helpful. The gazpacho, lamb, and pound cake dessert were especially good. I've read reviews of Aragona in which the reviewers complained of the portion sizes. That's silly. The appetizer portions are larger than traditional tapas, and the entrees are just right. We'll happily return to Aragona.Special Features:
- SuperbJonathanDined on 8/8/2014Our first visit to Aragona, but definitely not our last. Food is terrific.Special Features:
- Great new Spanish RestaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/6/2014Excellent service! Fantastic food and the Tapas were outstanding.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Needs to ImproveMattieDined on 7/30/2014We started with Happy Hour small plates and wine. All was reasonably priced. The wine was decent. The small plates were interesting but inconsistent. It seemed like they are trying too hard to be innovative, which continued with the small plates on their regular menu. The setting is lovely. The restaurant is nestled away from the noise and bustle of First Avenue and the view of the Sound is lovely. Our server was very accommodating, patient and knowledgeable. He also laughed at my jokes which is always a plus. This restaurant is new on the scene. I think it has potential and would be willing to give it a second chance.Special Features:
- FabulousHappydinerVIPDined on 7/25/2014We were thrilled to finally try Aragona. Two dining spaces -- a hip, louder, sound-view space in the bar area or a quieter open space looking into the kitchen. We opted for the quieter space, which was still lively and not stuffy. Staff was excellent. All extremely knowledgeable, welcoming, accommodating. Wine list was really, really well chosen and interesting with a great by-the-glass selection. Now the food... Oh, my. Some of the best we've had in Seattle, which is saying a lot!! The Squid ink vermicelli and Albacore over kale both were to-die-for apps, then the Braised Rabbit over Santa Maria beans and the Octopus with potatoes and chorizo? OMG, We're ready to go back again tonight! We've already invited friends for another round soon!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingRivkaDined on 7/25/2014We had high hopes for Aragona as we've enjoyed Spinasse and Artusi; and, it was recommended by good friends. As fairly adventurous foodies, we ordered a variety of items (trout, lamb, and octopus) and they were all disappointing. The trout tasted like it was smoked and then, soaked in vinegar. The lamb was flavorless and the octopus was gummy. Truly, the wine and bread were the stars of the show. Our waiter was nice but slow and the restaurant was not full. There was a weird vibe with the sommelier and the kitchen. Maybe it just wasn't a good night for the staff but we won't be going back anytime soon.
- Beautifully flawless.SeattlesDarlingDined on 7/24/2014My second time dining at Aragona and was just as pleasantly surprised as I was the first time. The staff there is extremely adept and genuinely warm. The décor, always a delight to behold. The food, deliciously unforgettable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Inspired by SpainJALJDined on 7/19/2014We enjoyed this restaurant immensely. It was evocative of several trips to Spain though the food items were all quite original and prepared with care. The attention to detail on the wine list and the menu was obvious. We enjoyed the flight of dry sherries and a lovely Rioja. We started with a beet salad that was out of this world. The homemade sunflower seed crackers were very special - we asked for seconds!. For our entrees we had the leg of lamb and the filet. The desserts were a delight and the coffee extraordinary - even by Seattle standards. The location is perfect, near the bay with a view of the Big Wheel from the bar. If you enjoy Spanish food and want a special dinner while in Seattle, we recommend this spot.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loved itOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/18/2014Everything here was great. Our whole group loved it. One of my favorite places in Seattle in the 5 years we've lived hereSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Spectacular!ReadVIPDined on 7/18/2014Another incredible meal! We were greeted warmly by the hostess. Chris, the wine steward, recognized us and even remembered our preferences! Food was fantastic! Our table tried 4 starters --beets (a delicious work of art), radish salad (my husband loved it), the jamon, and the broccoli--- both well received by our guests. Next came the BEST ribeye that I have ever had!!! The others had the octopus and lamb. They were very happy with their choices. Yum! Chris recommended excellent wines to compliment our meals. It is easy to see why Kerri was on Top Chef! We love Aragona because it introduces us to fantastic new foods! All I can say is go there!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Reminiscent of SpaindanpenDined on 7/16/2014I returned from living in Spain for two years and was very excited to try this restaurant. It exceeded the hype. To give only one example, the fideos evoked multiple Spanish dishes while harmoniously marrying Spanish cuisine with local ingredients and flavors. Chris Tanghe's sherry recommendations paired excellently with the food and heightened the experience. I was impressed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AwesomeCactusJimDined on 7/15/2014Service was impeccable. We had a great view and the food was delightful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Aragona-SeattlePepperDeeDined on 7/12/2014Aragona is located directly across the street from the Four Seasons hotel. It has a decent view is you'r lucky enough to get a seat close enough to a window. As far as the food goes, well....I think the chef has amazing talent, although I remain unimpressed by some of the ingredients. A highlight was the hemp and bread basket that they served to us. I had an albacore appetizer that was pretty good, but I ordered the ribeye and it was sinewy and chewy. I also had a salad that was so drowned in dressing it could have been a soup. Overall, the restaurant was just okay in my opinion. If I was to return to Seattle in the near future, I would not be returning to eat here.Special Features:
- jdeeVIPDined on 7/12/2014Thoughtfully different food: whole boneless trout stuffed with a nice mix of ham and vegetables, and with smoky blackened skin, yet none of that overpowering the delicate trout; a refreshing red pepper gazpacho with distinct strawberry flavor, too; and an interestingly different olive oil ice cream rolled in slightly sugared cocoa nibs (maybe the best treatment of cocoa nibs we've yet encountered).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OUTSTANDINGPunkVinoDOCVIPDined on 7/11/2014All I can say is "OUTSTANDING!" From start to finish- wines, appetizers, main course, and desert- some of the best I've had anywhere. HIGHLY RECOMMENDSpecial Features:
- Birthday perfectionChewonthisDined on 7/10/2014Recently I planned a dinner party for my partner"s birthday at Aragona. It was a perfect evening from start to finish. Best service I have ever had in Seattle. Many of my dinner guests had dietary restrictions and each was handled with perfection. The restaurant is loud but the ambiance out weighs the noise. Thank you to the staff for a 4 hour birthday dinner that flew by without a hitch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice but expensivefoodlovDined on 7/7/2014Yummy food however the food is over priced for what it is.
- HmmmmDvdiningDined on 7/7/2014I think they need to work on presentation and portion size. VERY lacking, especially for the price. Chickpea cannelloni was dry and lacking in flavor - trout - you get trout on a plate. Halibut. - tiny piece over peas. The olive oil ice cream was amazing.
- the food is fabulous!mel2VIPDined on 7/1/2014I was so happy to dine at Aragona again. Such interesting, great food. It's the type of food that takes me right back to my trip to Barcelona. It is not heavy food but light and complex. I can't wait to go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedMichaelVIPDined on 6/30/2014The food was overpriced and came in small portions. It was like paying entree prices for tapas. The wine list was not interpretable, listing names of Spanish wines but not the varietals and was also overpriced. I won't go back.
- Best Birthday Dinner.TamaraDined on 6/28/2014Could not have been happier with our dinner here. The food was delicious, the service spot on and so gracious. We will return soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food / ServiceRonTDined on 6/21/2014Four of us went to Aragona for dinner on Saturday. Wow, we were impressed. The food was really good - but I have to say that the service was some of the best we've had. The way they presented the options, worked with us on our choices, and presented the food was really outstanding - for instance, two of us split a steak and they even presented it to us with our particular 'heat' levels (med & med-well). Go, have fun!Special Features:
- Expensive but great experience!karanVIPDined on 6/20/2014A little too expensive for this to be a regular spot but definitely a special occasion dining place. Tried all the fish options on their menu (they are open to serving food family/tapas style even though the portions & prices are for entrees instead of tapas) - halibut, salmon & trout. Loved all 3 of them. We went in for the cocktails though everyone around us was doing paired wines ... they seem to have a pretty decent selection of wines and good sommeliers to guide you through picking the right wine to pair. Will go back there for another special dinner!Special Features:
- Quality mixedSargieDined on 6/9/2014The first courses were excellent specifically the gazpacho and a dish of thinly sliced mortadella. The steak which at $44 was overpriced was tasty but a bit too greasy the halibut was tasty with a nice sauce but a bit overdone. Desserts were superb as well as the coffee. The wine steward was knowledgeable and the service was excellent. I'd give it another trySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not real Spanish foodwineloverDined on 6/7/2014Using open table for my dinner reservation was very easy, love it! I went for dinner on a Saturday night with my husband and some friends, we are a big fans of Spanish food, specifically Tapas (appetizers) which Aragona didn't really have. The food was good, but not great, the prices are a little bit high for the lacking flavor food. The service is good, the ambience is pretty boring, I wish they would play some Flamenco music. My advise go to the lounge for happy hour instead of dinner.Special Features:
- Taste of SpainGregVIPDined on 6/7/2014We enjoyed all the dishes we ordered and we had a great bottle of wine from Spain that was very reasonably priced. We plan to return
- Excellent!CrisHDined on 6/6/2014Everything was superb from start to finish. Even parking was easy with the SAM parking lot across the street.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unprecedented perfectionQ8foodieDined on 5/31/2014I was blown away by each dish. The pairings of ingredients are very unexpected yet surprisingly delicious e.g. Strawberry, red pepper, and anchovies . . . Umami.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing....RudolphDined on 5/31/2014Had our first dinner here on 5/31 and were sadly disappointed. The hostess gave us an option of sitting in the main dining room (beautiful decor, no view) or in the lounge (beautiful day, nice view). It was great to have an option, and we chose to sit in the lounge. Unfortunately the service in the lounge was akin to a fast food restaurant... very brusque, no warmth, no engagement from our server. She literally threw menus (and flatware, and drinks, etc...) down on the table and rushed away. No explanation of the menu, no conversation. Our plates were whisked away before we took the last bite (and the lounge was not busy/full). The menu was quite limited, food was good, but for $250 for 2 we expected much better service.Special Features:
- Second time hereOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/30/2014My husband & I shared 4 dishes - each was perfect. Then we had the dessert we'd had previously (Torta classico?) - amazingly good.Special Features:
- Splendid !CascadeDined on 5/30/2014Upon approaching the restaurant you notice a fabulous view of the Seattle waterfront. The restaurant has a wonderful open seating area with lots of light. The staff was pleasant, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, they explained and aspect of our dining experience as needed,kept the table cleared when dishes were completed. Our meals were served at the correct temperature and flavors filled your taste buds with pleasure, the meal was a true delight. I would return try other dishes, enjoy the bar area and recommend to anyone looking for an evening out.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- food/ambiance, weak serviceSFtransplantDined on 5/29/2014Maybe I am old-fashioned, or carry baggage as a former server, but when paying over $100 a person. I expect the service to be near impeccable - instead, ordered items were forgotten (an increasingly common casualty associated with odd trend of doing away with writing orders down), cocktails & wine arrived too late to be enjoyed with our courses, we ordered dessert from a busser, overall slow service (despite half-full restaurant on a werk night), our server virtually disappeared half-way thru dinner. And then brought us the wrong check...otherwise, the food was excellent and a beautiful dining space.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding ServiceMichaelDined on 5/22/2014The service was uniformly gracious, attentive, and knowledgable. The food was excellent. The Sommolier gave us great recommendations. We had a wonderful evening all around.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mixed bagOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/17/2014We chose to sit in the lounge because of the water front view. Service started out great, but then got choppy. Food took a long while to come out, and seemed to come in waves. While our water glasses were always full, we didn't see much of our waiter and at the end of the meal, just put the dessert menus down and walked away. Strange. I think he was having a tough time with the other tables next to us? The food was really a mixed bag. We ordered a few things to start, and then a couple entrees. The chips and the croquetas were the stars. I could eat them every day, but the rest was meh or just down right not good, particularly the strawberry gazpacho. Plenty of other options in the area that will give you better taste in Seattle.