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Brimmer & Heeltap
Brimmer & Heeltap

Brimmer & Heeltap Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brimmerandheeltap.com
  • Phone: (206) 420-2534
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: W-M 5:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Gastro Pub, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Mike Whisenhunt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th AVE NW
  • Public Transit: The Metro 44 drops you at our door.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brimmer & Heeltap
Brimmer & Heeltap is a restaurant and bar located in the fast growing Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. We welcome diners, beer and spirits enthusiasts, neighbors and out of towners alike to its new bistro-pub. Serving up innovate and delectable small plates to family-style platters, Brimmer & Heeltap will lure you in with its friendly style and relaxed nature.

Chef Mike Whisenhunt fuses international flair to the abundant seasonal diversity and coastal flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Urban libations and a collection of beer and wine from around the world, pair especially well with the bold flavors.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I had high hopes for this restaurant when I walked in the entrance because of the cute decor and ambiance. However, the rest of the evening consisted of slow service and mediocre food compared to other Seattle restaurants in this price range. I would return for a drink on the outdoor patio, but that's about it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Small neighborhood restaurant with sophisticated foodie type choices. The menu is varied but limited. You can order a small or large plates of most items. Items are meant to be shared. Portions are small but we felt full after the meal. The asparagus dish was exceptional, fish was excellent, entree pork was good but overcooked and the Key Lime Tart was among the best I have had. The strawberry shortcake was average at best. The shortcake was nice but not enough ice cream to make it much more than eating plain cake with berries on it. The small bar was packed early on a Saturday night and looked like fun. Hostess was awesome but server was just ok....I felt like he may have been new."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a great meal here. Love the 'small plates' concept, and that all plates are set to share. The chef obviously has some very creative ideas in matching foods. We sat outdoors; despite the fact that the restaurant is small, we felt like we had our own space. Staff was excellent - checked in frequently without feeling intrusive. Definitely worth a try!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We love it here! Everything from the cocktails to the starters, main items and desserts is fantastic!! The service is adequately attentive. And the outdoor seating is lovely when the weather is good."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The pork with kimchi apples was overcooked to dry. The waitress argued with me about the wine and it was challenging to get to and from the restroom due to a design flaw: located at a busy intersection with a doorway and a wait service center. Also noisy. Way too much noise for a small space like this. The beets were excellent but I can't see returning for just one dish."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I have procrastinated going here since the previous tenant closed its doors but I was pleasantly surprised. Sambar was my favorite bar in town, had the best cocktails and best frites not to mention the most lovely space and decor with access to a dreamy gravel patio. In my opinion, Brimmer and Heeltap does not disappoint. It carries on the tradition of enjoying delicious food in a beautiful atmosphere with good friends, often."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "So glad this place has opened- it was time for an updated restaurant in this area. Such amazing food and our server was beyond- friendly, knowledgeable, funny and great with my kids. Cannot wait to go back for the steak tartare!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great little restaurant, but very difficult parking."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Amazing menu, chef & staff! Can't recommend this place highly enough."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The small plates were fun and 3 of the 4 we ordered to share were wonderful. The peas, beets, and asparagus were lovely, neither my dining companion or I enjoyed the crab trifle. The key-lime tart was also a winner. The service was great and it was nice to be able to dine outside."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "While we were initially worried about the limited menu, we loved everything we ordered. Each item had two portion sizes and the bigger one was plenty for two, especially if you ordered a couple of things. We each ordered a small salad and split a large meat dish and had leftovers. We also loved the cocktails."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "OMG. This place is incredible. Although we live just 10 blocks from here, we never made it to the previous restaurant, Le Gourmand. But B & H is something to experience. We shared a beet and fennel dish, the English peas with crème fraiche, the pork shoulder with kimchi apples, and of course, a slice of the Texas-sized bread. Don't eat it all in one bite, although you'll want to. Use it to sop up the perfect sauces that come with the plates. We sat in the penny room, but all 3 rooms (patio included here) have a different ambience and are equally charming. We've already reserved for next week to share it with a friend. One more thing...we finished with the key lime tart, topped with coconut whipped cream and lime slivers. Need I say more?"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A terrific & pretty little restaurant serving a menu of unique and delicious plates, designed to be shared (& that is the best way to experience this menu) but can also be enjoyed as single portion plates. The menu changes frequently but if you visit soon, be sure to get the pork shoulder with green apple kimchi and the asparagus plates-yum! Everything was delicious (& we indulged in sampling almost the entire menu) & the service was friendly & attentive without hovering. Bonus for those with special diets-much of the menu is gluten & dairy free (though the bread & butter, simple as that sounds, is SO good you don't want to forget to order that too). B&H is definitely worth a trip to Ballard!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "the restaurant is historically no reservations so Opentable is a real "entrance"........four of us shares a combination of small and large plates. I brought a bottle of wine and paid $20 corkage. The food is highly inventive and tasty. Drink list and bar scene stand out on their own. Desserts were great especially key lime pie."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "While you are eating dinner you will be thinking about when you can come back to try other things on the menu. Make sure to make a reservation if you are planning to eat during the usual dinner hours."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We made our 5:30 reservation during beautiful weather; they're always kind enough to wait for the 15 minutes around your time. You can sit close to the bar, where the expert mixology happens - or the patio. We chose the middle, the best of both worlds. The layout is so open and airy, the atmosphere so welcoming, it's feels like a second home. Always take the servers' recommendations on the cocktail. The strawberry rhubarb concoction we were served, called the Speckled Brain, is nowhere on the menu, but they're always willing to make. At three fingers thick, the toasted and salted bread appetizer doesn't mess around, either. They know their portions on the delectable entrees. You can't go wrong on any of them. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Like the title says, the best place to eat in this restaurant is in the wonderful garden adjoining the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "My friends and i checked out this place for the first time and it was a great find! Their seasonal menu was very unique that blended European and Asian flavors. My personal favorite was the pork shoulder and black radish kim chi. The staff was extremely friendly and had great recommendations. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Really great food. Creative, uncommon and delicious. They are deliberately trying to force energy into the place. Loud hip-hop, to the point you can hardly talk to the person next to you. I'm sorry to say that I will not go again useless I can sit outside."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service. The chef makes very interesting, seasonal food combinations that are offered in both small and large portions, something we adventurous eaters appreciate. The wine list is reasonably priced and accompanies the food well and the decor is warm and friendly. Jen is the perfect hostess and the waitstaff are attentive without being intrusive. This is our third visit and there will be many more!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We were blown away by the quality of the food both in taste and presentation. The service was excellent and relaxed. There were some loud groups so the noise level was a little high at first. Once they left the noise levels were not too bad. The large plates are large. We are definitely coming back! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Another great Ballard restaurant to add to the neighborhood! Great decor, ambiance and food/drink. It was a particularly hot evening and the restaurant was hot wish we'd opted to sit outside but otherwise we really enjoyed ourselves. We ordered family style and had the asparagus (not to be missed), beet salad, salmon and pork dish, which was the lease favorite due to lack of flavor and somewhat fatty meat. Our server went missing or got distracted after our table was cleared so we didn't see our check for a good 15 mins after we had finished up. Otherwise everyone was pleasant and the food was really good. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "This little gem in Ballard is worth the trip...food, ambiance, attention to detail, all fantastic! Loved the beets as well as the Lime Tart!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Went to Brimmer & Heeltap with a group of 7 and got to try their "large party" menu as well as the regular menu. Fabulous meal and great service. Had the branzino, the duck breast, roasted pumpkin salad and chuck steak. Everything was great. Wine list is very reasonably priced and with a great recommendation from the wait staff. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Really good visit except we took a party of five to the "soft" opening. The place was hopping, resulting in an extremely noisy experience, largely because the space is small. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and truly excellent. The menu offered a creative mix of small and large plates, with each of us identifying a different favorite dish. Prices were reasonable for Seattle, and the wine was good. I would definitely return (plus it's really close to our house), but not if I wanted a quiet dinner. The noise did ebb and flow depending on how many people were at the bar, but at times, we couldn't even have a conversation. We'll go back as a couple when we can put our heads together over the table or sit along one of the walls."
    Dined on 1/4/2014