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Cafe Juanita
Cafe Juanita

Cafe Juanita Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafejuanita.com
  • Phone: (425) 823-1505
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00 Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Organic, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Holly Smith
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The restaurant is available for parties up to 65. The garden wine room comfortably seats up to 30 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room seats up to 30 people and features a fireplace. Custom designed menus are available. We are also available for restaurant rental for parties up to 65.
  • Private Party Contact: Holly Smith (425) 823-1505

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Additional parking available across on street and in the Retirement Community next door.
A word from Cafe Juanita
Cafe Juanita features nationally acclaimed Northern Italian cuisine prepared using the freshest Northwest ingredients and complimented by an award-winning wine list. We are 90% organic in raw ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The menu selections and the specials were so tempting it was difficult to make choices. I had the rabbit and my husband had the salmon. Both were cooked to perfection - gently and tenderly. The salad of the day (my choice) combined unique seasonings, morsels of duck and tender arugula and herbs. Bob chose the soup special, a seafood chowder that was beautifully and uniquely seasoned - not too thick. Our desserts also exceeded our expectations - a dark chocolate pudding-style cake with a side of homemade gelato. Bob's dessert consisted of homemade assorted fruit sorbets. Service was also outstanding. Water glasses were regularly refilled and check-ins were regular but not at all intrusive."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My wife and I dined at Cafe Juanita for nearly a dozen years. All meals have been exceptional until now. The food seemed to lack its usual inspiration, our server appeared bored, and we were seated next to a table for four that was joined by a fifth person. It was not the pleasant experience we were expecting for our anniversary."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Can't believe this gem resides in such humble confines. Truly amazing food and wonderful service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Planned our anniversary dinner months in advance, looking forward to experiencing chef Holly Smith's brilliant cooking. We'd been there before several times and always had wonderful food and memorable experiences. This was not the case this past weekend. Every single dish was over-salted. In fact, I had to send one appetizer back because it was so salty that it was inedible. Even my lamb chops were visibly covered in large chunks of salt. Very disappointing overall - and the meal was finished with terrible coffee. I don't know what happened. I'm still feeling the disappointment. The sommelier was great, though, and we did have a nice wine. The wine doesn't make up for lousy food, but it's at least one thing that was positive."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Cafe Juanita has long been our special occasion restaurant, but each time we go we vow to come more often. The restaurant is comfortably elegant; the staff is friendly and professional; the food is outstanding. We always order the octopus salad. All their pastas are excellent. When it's on the menu, Holly cooks a wonderful version of branzino. Finally, the wine selections are extensive and well thought out, and sommelier is knowledgable and helpful."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Holly continues to be a great chef and outstanding in her field. Her food is classic and innovative at the same time. She just returned from a trip to Italy and found some new sources for great products and wines, which she has brought to the restaurant. The sommelier is extremely knowledgable and friendly and doesn't try to push expensive wines-unless you want them, of course! My rack of lamb was of excellent quality and cooked perfectly. My only complaint about the evening is that I thought the portion was a bit small; there were three chops all small. A fourth would have made a big difference. Two diners had duck and another the scallops which were the special-they were quite large and seared perfectly."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was amazing. This was not our first time visiting the restaurant and as always we loved it."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Another wonderful evening at one of the best restaurants in the country. Great service, great drinks, great food and overall a perfect anniversary dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife and I went to cafe Juanita to celebrate her birthday. The food was amazing! We had a nice time and were treated well. The Rabbit was delicious."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It is wonderful to go to a restaurant and experience great service, knowledgeable servers, relaxing ambience, wonderful food and no rush -- all in the same place. The menu had so many great sounding dishes that we asked our server for suggestions, telling him what sounded good from the various sections. He came up with excellent sequence suggestions and matched them with wines. He was superb with all suggestions. My wife and I had a wonderful, relaxed, memorable dinner for her birthday."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It was our first visit to Cafe Juanita. The menu was creative, and the food was excellent. Ordered duck breast dish and daily seafood of scallops. Presentations were perfect; portions enough to satisfy hunger (a plus!); taste combinations of ingredients were excellent! More waitstaff than usually found in restaurants, thus the patrons were seamlessly attended to. Very nice! Looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Absolute treasure of a restaurant on the Eastside. The food was divine, service (Kristen(?) impeccable, and attention to detail superb - including the personal notes placed in the reservation when booking. The vegatarin selections added greatly to the overall experience. Well Done and we shall return."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "From the extremely friendly staff to every excellent dish, we had a perfect evening at Cafe Juanita celebrating our wedding anniversary. It was truly memorable."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Best Italian food in Northwest! I hosted a large dinner and all of my guests were blown away, including a very sophisticated Italian foodie. Holly and her team are extraordinary. I can't wait to go back with my wife!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "When we enter Cafe Juanita life immediately calms down and happiness and specialness take over. We have been to Cafe Juanita many times over 15 years, and it has always been perfect or nearly so. The food is simply outstanding, from first course to dessert. And the service! We are always treated like welcome guests by the most professional and warmest wait staff in the area. It's actually hard for me to describe how Cafe Juanita makes me feel - happy, at home, like everyone there is so glad we are dining with them. And we can relax completely when we're there because we know the timing, the food, the attention will be just right. We love the fact that our children, now teens, have always been treated with the same respect and care as adults"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We went to Cafe Juanita for a going away dinner for a dear friend. We couldn't have picked a better spot! The food was exquisite - I had the shaved asparagus salad and the rabbit for an entree. Both were outstanding! Pork cheeks and salmon were also bit hits at our table, as well as the steak lettuce salad. And the service was truly exceptional. Definitely my top choice for a special occasion celebration."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It's always a treat to return home to CJ, and we swooned over their rhubarb celebration. The Rhuby Moonshiner (I may have that name wrong) on the cocktail list was delicious, not too sweet. Thank you Holly & crew!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I have been to Cafe Juanita for dinner 5 times now, and all but one of them was a spectacular success. I felt one of the times, the pork cheeks I ordered were over salted. The other 4 times, everything was perfect. From the appetizer to the desert, the food had a deep rich flavor, without the use of excessive amount of oil or butter. On initial appearance it seems a bit pricey, but when you taste the food, you realize that you would be willing to pay double."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal, and as always, everything was just right - food, the servers and waitstaff, wine. Fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent but with that said..we have had excellent food that cost less at other fine restaurants. The service was superb ..but the ambience was extremely lacking. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was the best meal we've had in Seattle in years. The food, service, wine, and ambience were of the. Highest quality. Exquisite and distinctive favors, very professionally served. In this time when every chef seems to be doing a version of pub fare, Holly Smith still runs a real restaurant--the best in The Seattle area at this time."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Not a note was missed, not a course was off. Everything was astoundingly delicious and beautifully prepared. The wine was great, the sommelier very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, the staff unobtrusive and efficient and gracious. With Rover's gone, Café Juanita is becoming our go-to fine dining experience. More/better ambience than Canlis and the food is just so good. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was fine, the service was great but the bill was horrendous for 3 people. $70.00 for a steak and a $300.00+ bill for three people is highly overpriced for what you get."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I come with a friend from Boston who always wants to eat here when she's in town. It's a lovely, friendly restaurant and the food is unfailing wonderful. I'm planning to bring another friend here for her birthday in November. It's the first restaurant I've been to that sends email and phone messages as reminders. Not only does it remind me--though I don't need reminding, but it lets me know I'm on their books."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We ordered a five-course meal to share between the two of us. Each course was perfectly timed and the food excellent. Service not pushy, an yet attentive. Highly recommended for any occasion."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Amazing food and great service. Cozy home like restaurant, not intimidating at all!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Even though it was a very busy evening when we arrived at Cafe Juanita, our table was waiting, the staff was friendly, prompt and attentive, and the food was exceptional. The appetizers were creative and tasty. The main courses were a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. This is a great 'special occasion" restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Cafe Junita sits in an unassuming building, but don't let the exterior fool you... The food is not inexpensive, but is divine. The foie gras might be the best morsel I've ever put in my mouth, and the rabbit was pure bliss... Gnocchi, sable fish, wow, wow, wow... Betz makes a red wine just for them, and was incredible! The tables are a bit too close for my liking, but we did enjoy some friendly banter with those near us. If you can make room in the budget, Cafe Juanita will not disappoint"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I've had the pleasure of dining at Cafe Juanita twice now. Both experiences were outstanding. The menu offers a tempting variety and the service is perfect. Having made our reservation months earlier, I somehow got the time wrong -- we had a 6:15 reservation but I thought it was for 7:00. Someone from Cafe Juanita called us at 6:45 to find out if we were coming for our reservation which we were now 30 minutes late for, but we thought we still had 15 minutes before we were due there. I felt horrible about it but they couldn't have been nicer. I'm fortunate to live within walking distance of this restaurant but I would happily drive from surrounding areas for the experience of fabulous food, beautifully served."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Read lots of raves, not actually that good. Presentation of dishes were good but food was very salty, each dish, except one of the soups that my daughter ordered. Was even more surprised that hostess was in jeans and winter boots, not very professional looking. Not worth all the hype and cost. "
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We went there for our anniversary and upon making reservations, they asked about dietary restrictions My wife does not eat dairy and when we were seated, much to our surprise, she was presented three menus, one vegan, one dairy-free, and one vegetarian. My menu was the original menu. The food she chose off of the vegan and dairy free menus were superb. And, the two sorbets (strawberry and rhubarb) she had for dessert, was the best she has ever had. The salads, sable fish appetizer, the duck and chicken dishes were all wonderful. We hadn't been there in a number of years and the food is still as outstanding as it ever was. We'll be back again, but I think sooner next time!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Last week my friend and I took a road trip up the NW coast and specifically came to the Seattle area (instead of stopping only as far north as Portland) so that we could go to Cafe Juanita together and enjoy an amazing meal after we have both raved about our individual experiences here. Result:another impeccable experience. Starter: risotto with a balsamic that the owners just brought back from France that was out of this world. Entrees: duck breast- perfectly seasoned; lamb: one of the best meals from Seattle-NYC-France. I had a couple of glasses of the Sauternes with my meal and was thrilled to hear that the sorbet was strawberry sauternes, crisp and refreshing. The chocolate tart was also a perfect ending to the meal. Service: exemplary"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times over the years, but it has been over a year since we have been in. The food was just so so, not a lot of flavor. the octopus was tough. We have never had a bad meal here before but this makes me question whether I will go back. It is expensive so I expect it to be exceptional."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "It had been decades since I had been to Cafe Juanita, long since under new ownership, and it did not disappoint. The decor has changed since I was last there, but the food remains outstanding. It was a fantastic experience from beginning to end and every bite was pure joy. The service was great, although my only complaint (if I had to make one) is that they are a little over zealous with refilling water glasses every couple sips - just a little overkill. Still, better that than neglecting an empty water glass for too long."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Brought in out-of-town colleagues. They loved it. Great service, elegant without being pretentious. Very Northwest."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Cafe Juanita, and it was amazing as always! Great service, amazing food ... we have eaten at many of the "best restaurants" in Seattle, and Cafe Juanita is clearly our favorite. I had the risotto made with cuttlefish ink and prawns, and my wife had the fish of the day. Both were awesome, along with the cauliflower side dish that we shared. Top that off with two incredible aperitivi to start and a delicious dessert (that we shared) ... wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "If you've been here before - you know. If you have not, what are you waiting for? Simply top quality (in every aspect) on the eastside, and maybe in greater Seattle area. 'Nuff said."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I have followed the reviews of this restaurant for years. My hobby is cooking, so I like to try a variety of restaurants. This did not disappoint. We tried to order things we would not make at home, like the octopus and rabbit. My husband had the sable fish appetizer - if I went back I would order this again as well as the rabbit. The textures and sauces were executed with skill. Make sure you swipe your food across your plate or you may miss an ingredient. It was not until I was almost done with my beet salad that I realized there was some type of peanut sauce underneath. We asked for a wine recommendation and we heard a variety of prices (because there are some pricey wines on the list.) We ended up with a delightful choice."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Everything was above and beyond. Food was excellent and service impeccable."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We often go to Cafe Juanita for celebrations because they are reliably superb. Even going with high expectations, they exceeded them. Everything -- the wine selected by the server, the best Caesar salad on the planet (called Hearts of Romaine with garlic anchovy vinaigrette), the succulent trout special, and the desserts -- was fabulous! On desserts, four of us split two. A chocolate dessert we chose and the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta recommended by the server. We were skeptical but tried it. Even the die-hard chocolate lover raved about the Panna Cotta. The two together were perfect complements! The atmosphere never fails to be warm, inviting, & relaxing. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable, & friendly, helping us to a terrific evening. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014