323 Occidental Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98104Neighborhood:
NorthwestPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.barsajor.com/
- Phone: 206-682-1117x
- Hours of Operation:
Sunday and Monday ~ 5:30 pm to 9 pm
Tuesday through Friday ~ 11 am to 10 pm (Lunch ends at 3 pm and Dinner starts at 5:30 pm)
Saturday ~ 5:30 pm to 10 pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Northwest
- Executive Chef: Matthew Dillon
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: Our mezzanine dining room is great for large private parties of up to 20 guests.
- Private Party Contact: Manager 2066821117x
A word from Bar Sajor
Bar Sajor is centered around an untraditional, stoveless open kitchen featuring a wood oven and fireplace. It serves a menu that focuses on our wood-fired kitchen and the unparalleled bounty of the Puget Sound region. Our menu changes daily, and we do our best to showcase the beauty of our region's food ingredients. We have a bar that features a thoughtfully curated beverage list featuring mostly small production wines, as well as cocktails and sodas made by our team.Continued
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Bar Sajor reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since June 4, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (104)romantic (55)neighborhood gem (52)special occasion (51)notable wine list (34)hot spot (30)great for outdoor dining (17)great for lunch (16)good for groups (12)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (6)scenic view (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- foodiemdDined on 9/27/2014Wonderful night! We went for our anniversary and couldn't have had a better evening. The food, as expected from Matt Dillon, was spectacular. Our server, however made all the difference with her knowledge of the menu and recommendations not only for food, but for wine pairings that were perfection! Would definitely go again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- over hypedkingchriDined on 9/27/2014We went to this restaurant because there were a few write ups on the place. The place is small but well decorated. The food, while it was good, was very small in portion. For example, I had a smelt with vegetables. For price I should have gotten way more than 3 smelt. My wife ordered the chicken the forest (mushroom) stew. It was bland and the flavors were muddled.
- A Pioneer JemGlassyDined on 9/26/2014Some last minute reservations took us to this spot. I have been wanting to try some of the newer Pioneer Square restaurants and this was the perfect introduction. Great food (Cod and leavened bread) and drinks (something with smokey scotch) were had. The waitress was fantastic. All and all a great spot.Special Features:
- First timeFirsttimelongtimeDined on 9/18/2014Good service, responsive to specific questions but not forthcoming about ordering choices. Food was well seasoned, flavorful and fresh bit limited in portion sizes. Left hungry after apps and entrees. Warn me ahead and I'll order more food. Win win.Special Features:
- WonderfuldinnerJane1224Dined on 9/17/2014My wife asked me to eat here and I was skeptical because she couldn't describe the food...afterward and after enjoying a wonderful course of Salmon, Mushrooms, mixed Vegetables and locally baked Bread my description would be a restaurant that features Local, Sustainable, Homegrown and local caught fish and locally grown Beef. An absolutely wonderful experience with the best of service, generous portions, also a fine wine & beer selection - $$$Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Savory SeattleOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 9/12/2014Delicious food in a warm and comfortable setting - open to the warm summer evening. Like eating in a large, open kitchen. Staff was very attentive. We shared the tasty pickle selection - special mention for the pickled watermelon, which was fantastic - and the steak, also very well prepared. Bread is amazing! Our favorite place after a week of sampling Seattle's terrific restaurant scene!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Innovative Dishes & Food PrepMonikaVIPDined on 9/8/2014Amazing flavors and combinations of farm to food dishes: lobster mushrooms with cucumber; special cheeses, etc. and a rustic bread which is to die for (made at the premises), great dessert: a huckleberry custard with a very creamy ice cream. All dishes were well prepared with an amazing use of unusual food combinations; great service; the plates are all on the small side even though sharing is definitely encouraged - every bite needs to be savored.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Meh.Foodie111Dined on 9/8/2014Disappointing, out of the four dishes we shared not one jumped at us , leaving us wanting more. The charcuterie plate the last time I went was delicious as was everything we had. The muscle and clam dish tasted fishy and when the albacore tuna dish came and it was not albacore it was Ahi which I would not have ordered. The lobster mushroom dish was lacking flavor and any excitement. The bread and pickles were by far the best thing the entire night. We commented that we would have been happier with a dog at the Mariniers game! We were were two dissapointed foodies.Special Features:
- Saturday date nighteatdrinktravelDined on 9/6/2014Absolutely lovely space, great ambiance, very cozy and dining up on the upper level overlooking the rest of the restaurant was really fun. The food was pretty good...ordered 3 small plates and 2 entrees, and had some interesting wine pairings. I wanted to love it, but nothing really stood out as memorable or amazing; the portions were really small and left me wanting a bit more for the price. Would give it another shot for lunch or happy hour, just because the space is so great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Savor reviewsmoreDined on 9/6/2014Outstanding! On all aspects. Food was fantastic! Service was spot on. Attentivness was great. Best meal in Seattle in a very long time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Tastes and ServiceRlcbjcDined on 9/3/2014We had the Sourdough Bread along with the Cheese Plate and Heirloom Tomatoes as an appetizer and the Flavors and textures of all items were excellent. We shared the steak which was prepared perfectly (medium rare) and sliced for east sharing. The sorbet desert with fresh peaches was just the right finish. Ryan our server was awesome.Special Features:
- A disappointmentMacondoDined on 8/29/2014Service: Competent, yet frosty (when not outright condescending) Food: Every dish was a riot of components and flavors. But not in a good way. Top notch ingredients thrown together with an unfortunate lack of subtlety or control. Way too much going on in each dish. Everything could have used an edit. Just because you can pair albacore and anchovy aioli with olives and watermelon doesn't mean you should. Ambience: Lovely space. Good luck reading the menu in the dark though. Overall: Skip it.
- Seattle Has great foodOtowndinerVIPDined on 8/29/2014And Bar Sajor is no exception to the long list of opportunities. Once you walk into Bar Sajor you see that the focus is on a great dining experience. The open kitchens with wood burning oven and stoves is really cool and adds to the ambiance. The selection for lunch was just perfect. We shared several items from each section of the menu. All were great without exception. So in Seattle this is highly recommended to visit Bar Sajor for a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience.Special Features:
- Exciting flavor combinations!Travelin2Dined on 8/28/2014Great night with friends. We were able to share several smaller plates. Tuna was fabulous!! Each bite of every plate brought a new exciting flavor combo to the table. Wine and cocktail lists were unnecessarily pretentious but our server gladly helped us make excellent choices!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- memorableJeffDined on 8/28/2014the food was great - especially the bread. i have walked past this place many times, and glad i took the opportunity to patronize.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- stuck upstairsLindaDined on 8/21/2014upon arrival we were looking forward to enjoying the beautiful and bustling ambience, then we were seated upstairs in a corner table with zero character, no atmosphere or energy of the first floor. Our waiter had the same lifeless energy. we were disappointed and left after a couple of appetizers.
- Intriguing foodtomeyeDined on 8/17/2014Great touches on this menu. Interesting and distinctive choices. The outdoor seating was a must for me, because the indoor environment, although good looking, was spoiled by candle smoke. I'm allergic to the toxic fumes. But outside was nice on a calm, pleasant summer evening.Special Features:
- It was good.OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/16/2014Everything was lovely. We don't eat like huge portions and like to focus on food and wine pairing.. The only thing I would have liked to see if more authentic and rustic dishes off the grill. Other than that it was was creative and well thought out contemporary American cuisine with a lovely charming atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- thomasVIPDined on 8/13/2014We liked everything about bar señor except the seating. As it is generally crowded, one takes what's available, and you have a 50/50 chance of ending up at a high table with your legs dangling. but the rib-eye is special & the bread is spectacular.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Thinking of moving to SeattleJosieDined on 8/12/2014Just for the chance to have dinner there more often. The wine list was truly unique, but the staff knew their stuff so not intimidating. The food was really lovely as well. The pit roasting was wonderful. And it isn't often that I claim the broccoli was the best thing I ate. But it is really the sum of the parts that make Bar Sajor special. The staff was very welcoming and helpful without being clingy, the room was amazing, and then add the food and wine. Truly a special spot.Special Features:
- good food but limited menuOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/10/2014The food here is very good but the menu is very limited particularly in protein choices. There were four of us and they serve family style. There were only a few meat or fish items to choose from. This is a great restaurant for vegetarians.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- localdinerVIPDined on 8/8/2014Food was good, but the rooms are very noisy. I couldn't hear my husband who sat just across from me. There is also only one bartender so it took about 20 plus minutes to get our drinks. The bartender does not know how to make a classic martini and he puts way too much vermouth in it. If you like a martini with just a splash of vermouth, be sure you tell him that….or go somewhere else for a drink!
- 14foodDined on 8/2/2014The only equal to Bar Sajor’s phenomenal food was their phenomenal staff. We had crab with mushrooms and a tomato salad…AWESOME! I am not real big on desserts, but theirs was the best I’d ever eaten. My wife and I shared one, after a few bites we regretted not each getting our own. Now I’ll have to measure all other restaurants by our experience there.Special Features:
- 83FoodieDined on 8/2/2014Small portions and lots of attitude. Food was good but not great. It didn't warrant the arrogance. Tall chairs were not comfortable. Space is lovely and seasonings were creative. Seemed to favor thirty-something's.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bar say more, please!DrBizzleDined on 8/1/2014Pickled, farm fresh delights waiting in the wings for the right moment to appear on your starter or entrée. Go with friends and sample several unique creations. The experience will be worth the price. I will be dreaming of summer nights at Bar Sajor all winter from afar.Special Features:
- Great fresh food and superb serviceMtlfoodie12VIPDined on 7/31/2014In a very warm and causal atmosphère this little gem of a restaurant which has nô traditionnal oven but a woodfire and rôtisserie offres very tasty and innovative cuisine using lots of fresh herbs . It's a must do if visiting Seattle and the sommelier is friendly and very knowledgeable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- tmn456VIPDined on 7/25/2014Lovely space. I realize they take great care in preparing the ingredients, making much of it from "scratch", which might justify the price if the portions weren't miniscule (I'm not a gluttonus eater). I just don't want to pay $18 for an appetizer-sized meal at lunch and walk away hungry. I saw the chefs cutting the tuna right off the fish (the whole beautiful fish) right there in the open kitchen so I am grateful for how fresh it was. I was a little sad that it was just two very small medallions of fish with very little else on the plate - the purslane was more like a garnish than an actual side/accompanimant to the dish. Maybe they're going for Thomas Keller's "law of diminishing returns" philosophy on portions...leave them wanting more.Special Features:
- overcooked fishhungryDined on 7/24/2014with a mumbling waitress saying the tuna would be rare then have the tuna show up grey was disappointing for about $80 a person. Once it got to the table the waitress said thats how they do it here. Service was very weak. Food was average.
- We're ready to come back!SkywalkerVIPDined on 7/22/2014Wow, just wow. We absolutely loved this restaurant! Best dining experience we had in Seattle. Great selection of handcrafted cocktails. Menu is essentially broken up into small, medium, and large plates - allows for experiencing a wide variety of culinary delights. We were seated in the balcony area, giving us a view of the action at the bar and dining areas below. We're ready to come back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- damfoodieDined on 7/15/2014The portions are small and the prices are high. But everything was beautifully plated and the flavors were lovely. The waitress recommended a wine (quite assuredly) that no one at the table liked. That was a disappointment.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/12/2014Good drinks and extensive wine list. Limited menu but excellent food. A bit overpriced.
- Every bite perfectOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/12/2014Ended up sharing a giant steak that was cooked and seasoned absolutely perfectly. Even comparing to Joule in Fremont, it was on a par with the best food I've ever had. Not cheap but not more expensive than comparable food. Server was knowledgeable and warm. Just a great experience.Special Features:
- Ambience and great foodpansyollieVIPDined on 7/11/2014Everything was very nicely prepared and the service was very good. I wish their wine list was a little more robust.Special Features:
- GORGEOUSKlockardDined on 7/8/2014I ahve been wanting to try Bar Sajor since they opened about a year ago. We live in pioneer square and have been so excited to see many new restaurants and bars opening up. I am so pleased that we decided to pop in here for my 30th b-day. the food was AMAZING!! The chicken liver mouse what the with out a doubt the best I have ever eaten. The restaurant is beautiful and I'm not sure is it's just a coincidence but everyone who works there is gorgeous and full of light. The service was amazing, we didn't want for anything. It was VERY warm out that day and we ordered a GREAT dry french Rose. The waitress was nice enough to keep it chilled behind the bar and made sure out glasses were never empty. LOVE THIS PLACE!Special Features:
- Poor lunch menu, expensive!LookingforlunchDined on 7/8/2014Very small lunch menu and expensive! Only 3 lunch items and maybe 4 appetizers, 1 desert. Very small portions for sharing. $8.50 for a piece of bread with egg salad. Very disappointing!Special Features:
- DisappointedAmyKDined on 7/6/2014I had read some underwhelming reviews but wanted to see for myself so dined here Sunday. Despite everything being cooked in the wood fire oven, nothing we ate had any char or smoky flavor. The roasted zucchini with marble potatoes had no carmelization, were frankly boring. The muscatel aioli was the best part of the dish which cost $16. The Chuleton de Buey got rave reviews and the ribeye tasted good but again there was no char which in my mind is the best part of a steak. Desserts were decent but not great. For all the money we spent, at least one dish should have been amazing. None were. A friend opined Matt Dillon's food is not that great. She was right. The space is beautiful and I really wanted Bar Sajor to be great. Too bad it's not.Special Features:
- MemorableDrBizzleDined on 7/2/2014Attention to detail in food design and integrating flavors and textures.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Leave hungry and a little poorerOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 7/2/2014Ate here twice in 2 weeks. Dinner was fabulous but pricey. $150 for 2 sides/2mains and 1 drink. Fish and chicken was prepared to perfection. The vegetable sides were fresh and perfectly plated. Needless to say I was really excited to return here with other friends for lunch. Boy was it disappointing! $14 for green lettuce and dressing, I definitely expected something a little more special from this caliber of a restaurant. The food quality/preparation for the rest of our meal was great but portions were small.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- This is my review.blinkyDined on 6/30/2014Made a reservation after reading about it and the head chef online. The food is amazing, just go already, you'll taste things you never thought were a thing. Okay, now that that's out of the way...it was a noisy dinner but that's for many reasons. The first being that it was 7:30, so yeah, dinner rush. But we (two of us) were seated in a corner right next to a group of "sex in the city" wannabes. I think the fact we were seated in a corner created a noise trap for sound to wash over us. Just do away with that table or get a little more strategic with placement because it impeded our enjoyment. Having said that I will DEFINITELY BE BACK! The food is great, the staff know what they're doing, you will not be disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not GreatjudimacDined on 6/30/2014We have enjoyed Sitka and Spruce and looked forward to trying Bar Sajor. The food did not live up to our expectations although some items were great ( the pate). Kudos for trying different foods but there were too many misses. The whipped lard- no taste. The pickled items were not special and one item was actually foul tasting. We were put off ordering the chicken for $50. We knew prices would be high but figured the food would be worth it. Not so much. Cool restaurant in a good location. I would choose this for a few drinks and appetizers.iSpecial Features: