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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- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
- Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
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Bar Sajor reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since May 1, 2014
- Ambiance4.5Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (102)special occasion (60)romantic (59)neighborhood gem (57)hot spot (34)notable wine list (34)great for lunch (17)good for groups (14)great for outdoor dining (14)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (7)great for brunch (7)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- 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.
- 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:
- MemorableOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined 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:
- Bad Food!MeowVIPDined on 6/26/2014Great ambiance and wine list, but horrible nasty over priced food!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Eating adventure--downtownseaVIPDined on 6/25/2014We've eaten here several times. The menu is never the same. Very few "standard" items on the menu--usually several items we don't recognize and have to ask about. For the most part, the new dishes are at least interesting and usually quite delightful. Diners who only like standard fare should avoid this restaurant--though the half of chicken always seems to be on the menu, and it's very good. This visit, we didn't care for the sardine, because it was too fishy, but that may be the nature of sardines. But the other items were tasty. And the service is always wonderful--attentive, knowledgeable wait staff.Special Features:
- food wasnt very goodmcs2014Dined on 6/21/2014The crust of the bread, which was $5, was super hard and the menu lacked options. I had the trout and it came with a plate of overly sauced sides that were not to my liking. Very beautiful place though.
- cellocelloDined on 6/21/2014Trout was only 4 ounces- good but small for $17.00 They did not have decaff coffee. Seems strange in Seattle and for a restauarant only open for dinnerSpecial Features:
- Much ado about not much food.FoodiewannabeDined on 6/20/2014This was a really neat looking place, but was very pretentious. The wine selection had no Washington wines only French wines with no description so one couldn't figure out what to order. The food was "good", but very expensive for hardly any food. We were told the food was for "sharing" by the waiter. It must have been meant to share with a fairy. EX: The pickled vegetable had about ½ of a radish, a TBLSP of kimchi, ½ of one asparagus.... you get the picture. There was barely enough for 4 people to have ½ a bite! Sharing = 1 fork per person. The chicken was delicious, but half a chicken would have fed one person, it was such a small chicken. The dessert was 8 berries plunked in a dish with a scoop of sherbet. Really? ..Skip it.Special Features:
- Interesting, not delicious. Try it.WAlterDined on 6/19/2014interesting combinations of tastes that focus more on how interesting rather than how delicious the end result is. My first visit. I won't hurry back but I'll give it another chance.Special Features:
- Wonderful!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/14/2014I love this place! Every time I go the menu is different and features things at the height of their season. We had almost everything on the menu and the highlights were softshell crab, scallops, roasted goat and strawberry tarts. Service is warm and gracious and the wine list is well chosen with a number of gems.Special Features:
- Outstanding eveningOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/13/2014My date booked this as it was a must on her list of Seattle restaurants. Great choice. The soft-shell crab "was to die for" as she described it. I had the chicken which was perfect in terms of both how it was prepared and the presentation. The #3 Cocktail is fantastic.Special Features:
- Excellent restaurantRitaVIPDined on 6/13/2014Other than the fact that they did not have my Open Table reservation online, it would be perfect. The smoked yogurt is amazing!Special Features:
- Business DinnerFoodieDined on 6/12/2014Our group was having a business dinner; service, wine list and food were outstanding. The ambience was inviting and perfect for a work related dinner but I can't wait to go back with dear friends to relax and melt into the room.Special Features:
- Over pricedLoveFoodDined on 6/12/2014Beautiful space but terribly expensive. The house made bread is delicious with just the right amount of flake salt. The other small plates were very small for the price and all too salty.Special Features:
- SeattlediningDined on 6/10/2014The space is beautiful. Out of the four dishes my husband and I ordered, none of them were memorable and did not live up to the descriptors given by the waitstaff nor the menu. May return for a drink but definitely not a meal. Way off the mark on this on.
- Cutting edge veggiessince2011VIPDined on 6/3/2014Located on a corner, Bar Sejor is light and airy inside, with high ceilings, white-painted brick walls, and a working hearth. Service is professional and attentive. Food is excellent quality, made with fresh local ingredients, and very trendy. Vegetarians (I'm not one) will love it, though there are meat and fish entrees. My wild mushrooms with chive dumplings (these turned out to be small, oniony cousins to spaetzle) were delicious, and the fire-roasted baby turnips with broccoli rabe and pureed beans was actually one of the best dishes I've had in a long while. The drinks list is interesting (vinegar and shrubs feature), but I stuck to the excellent (and free) hot herbal tea. Two 'small plates' left me with little room for dessert.Special Features:
- Mostly greatdowntownseaVIPDined on 5/31/2014We've visited Bar Sajor several times. It's pricey, but the unusual menu and wonderful service makes it worthwhile. We ordered a number of dishes to share. Most were brilliant--especially a mushroom/artichoke combo--but the halibut entry was bland and fishy. It was the only disappointment. The service is perfect--attentive, friendly but not overbearing.Special Features:
- so amazingchloeVIPDined on 5/27/2014We dined here before a concert and loved it! Service was perfect. The menu challenged us and tasted excellent. We loved watching the chefs work in the open aired kitchen. Design of space was gorgeous. We'll definitely be back!Special Features:
- Green Hooded ShirtsDanfleurDined on 5/23/2014From my seat at Bar Sojur, I was able to get a glimpse of the faded stenciled signage on one of the nearby buildings on Occidental Street. It read, in part: "Manufacturers of Green Hooded Shirts," or something close to that. The sun (yes there was a bit of sun in Seattle that day) was hitting the tops of the buildings and the contrast between the old signage and the broad cobblestone courtyard of a particularly fetching part of Pioneer square. Bar Sojur would be a winner even if it was a Dominos Pizza; 323 Occidental Street is a preserved jewel, with several, multi-pane original windows that look to be about twenty feet tall, which bring in the fading evening light in shifts, eventually casting a romantic patina over the entire space.Special Features: