Cafe Juanita
Cafe Juanita

Cafe Juanita

  • 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: Organic, Italian, 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 4258231505x

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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Cafe Juanita reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (162)fit for foodies (161)notable wine list (117)romantic (112)neighborhood gem (96)good for groups (18)hot spot (13)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Never disappoints
    DonnaKVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We love Cafe Juanita. We recently took good friends visiting from DC. Both thought the pasta was the best they'd ever eaten...even better than Italy! Does it get any better? We don't think so!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    LenC
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Hadn't been to Cafe Juanita for awhile and took a special friend of mine to a place I knew was quiet ,intimate and was going to be great. She and I both love to cook and love great food. We were not disappointed. David, our waiter, was great and the meal was fabulous. Had the rabbit (amazing) and a scallop special that was over the top good. Will keep this on our list of places to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creatively wonderful specials; consistent quality.
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Cafe Juanita never disappoints for a high quality dining experience. We found it exceptional from the staff interaction throughout each course and the wine pairings. We enjoyed several of the specials this week -- the scallop appetizer; the soup; and the pork shoulder. Each dish creatively presented and wonderfully prepared. The rabbit, was phenomenal as well. Whether it be date night, a special occasion or dinner with work, family or friends - Cafe Juanita is a wonderful atmosphere for a quality dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    AbovetheNormVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food is always amazing, the service impeccable, and the ambience comfortable and romantic with the lighting. Still one of our all time favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out at CAfe Juanita
    JohnDoe
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great dining experience. We accidently ordered the squid ink rosotto which we didn't care for, too salty and rich - oh well. Probably our palette problems.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    TheShro
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Probably the best piece of fish (Artic Char) that I've EVER had - period. Every bite was as delicious as the first. Their wine list is also impeccable and reasonably priced. Would love to come again next time I'm in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary night
    DiscerningDiner
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The service here was excellent, but the food was not as good as we expected, given the newspaper reviews we had read. We found several dishes oversalted and the octopus was too chewy, even a little pasty. We have had much better octopus (more flavorful and better texture) at other restaurant's in the Seattle area. The pasta dishes were inventive and flavorful (e.g. roasted sage on the pasta). The char was excellently cooked.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional dining experience!
    IslandGirl
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    A lovely table next to the fireplace, perfect for my husband's birthday dinner. The wait staff was great, our server set the right tone for an outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jlsl
    jlsl
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The main negative issue was parking. Once inside, the staff was friendly and accommodating. The chef personally visited our table. The menu was excellent with a great variety. The wine list was extensive for pacific northwest and imports (mostly italian)--conspicuously absent save for one zinfandel were California wines. We would go back and have already recommended it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    GeneQ3
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was good but not great. Pricing was too high for the food. The service was wonderful...actually made the experience better
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a great 18th anniversary dinner! The food was exquisite as usual. It is the one of the few restaurants where I always look forward to trying something different because I know I will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always exceptional
    PamH
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our go to for nice evening out - at least twice a year. Food and service and vibe are sooo wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Since it was our 50th anniversary, and close to our two birthdays, we decided that it was time to try the Cafe Juanita. We were not disappointed. We had a table by the fire, and the food & service met or exceeded our expectations. It was in every way a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • amazingly refined & authentic food
    mikiVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Another fantastic gourmet experience....the service.was.just flawless and engaging but not intrusive. truffle season!! Best truffles I've had since my last trip to italy. love the octopus appetizer...just try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    MamaH
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This neighborhood gem has been around for years and now I know why. The food was exquisite w/artistic presentation and flavors that were amazing. Not to mention the wait staff was flawless. This was a special occasion treat and I would recommend Cafe' Juanita to everyone. We knew it was a good sign when Tom Douglas came in with a group of people to celebrate a birthday. If he chose to dine there, then we knew we were in good hands for the evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exquisite dining experience
    Jemmh50
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Once again, the Cafe Juanita delivered an inspired menu focused on the season. We enjoyed the pairing of Bone marrow brischetta pared with sparkling wine. A bit pricey but worth the indulgence. The grilled octopuses a must to order; as is the rabbit braised. You have to set price aside and simply slip into the warm welcoming space and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    Lauderdale
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is the second time I’ve been to Café Juanita. The first time was amazing, but I can say after this visit we will not be returning. The food was good but nothing amazing. It took a long time for us to get our food and we were the first table seated for dinner service. It seemed as if a class was going on in the kitchen and all the staff was watching the Chef. Not something I think should’ve be done at the expense of my time. The servers treated us like we were beneath them and it took about ten min for us to be greeted, again, I don’t find this acceptable considering we were the first table seated.
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  • Cafe Juanita is special
    OsoStar
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I have visited Cafe Juanita at least once a year over the past decade plus and have never been disappointed. Each time has yielded an imaginative menu, special dishes and first rate presentation. The duck we had this last time was a pure delight, as were the pumpkin appetizers. Service was properly attentive and expert in helping us make menu decisions. All around, a great experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great wine list and seasonal menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Cafe Juanita has a wonderful wine list and a seasonal menu. The sommelier gives excellent recommendations based on your budget. We have dinner there a number of times and have always had a delicious meal. I am on a gluten free diet and they cater very will for me . Highly reccommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dining experience
    Great
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had another great dining experience at Café Juanita this past Friday. I have been going there for 8 years, and it has always been excellent. Holly updates the menu regularly to reflect the season and the current menu has some real gems. David provided the service and did a stellar job. All of the staff is so knowledgeable about both the menu and the wine list. Café Juanita remains my favorite restaurant in the Seattle metro!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Fantastic Meal
    nyvisitorVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We could not be bigger fans; it has been our favorite for years. We always order several courses so that we can try more items; the menu allows you to order the pasta course in smaller sizes, which we treat like an appetizer and split a small. My husband is loyal to the sweetbreads but Holly changed the menu for the season so they were not on the menu; he had the octopus and it was excellent. I had the prosciutto di parma with figs-excellent; soup for both-simple yet not because the flavor they get from the broth is fantastic; romaine salad-like ceasar-delic; risotto nero-yum;Tagliata of NY-perfectly cooked; cauliflower contorno-wonderful. For the first time I tried their Tiramisu-couldn't have been better. Panna Cotta always no fail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • engagement
    jelbaum
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    great place for a surprise engagement dinner. Staff graciously hid the ring on my fiancee's desert plate, she was ecstatic! Complimentary procesecco was a nice touch. Staff was courteous, prompt, and unassuming. Perfectly romantic dinner with a great ending!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary
    th582013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Had a fantastic meal here, celebrating 10 years of marriage to the love of my life. Great ambiance, food, service and company
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Discreet Gem
    mondo
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Located in a quiet area of Kirkland WA, this is a well known and respected part of the Pacific NW culinary scene. The food was expertly prepared and the service was quite attentive. I had the fish of the day, Branzino, which the waiter kindly removed the bones, etc. and my companion the Tagliata of New York steak. They were delicious as well as the appetizers (egg with caviar, prosciutto with melon, and the octopus). The cauliflower was very soft and creamy and the soup with Wagyu hit the spot. We polished off the dinner with Cognac, Tiramisu and Chocolate Tortino. The place has a romantic atmosphere, and is quite expensive, but is a place you might take your serious date, spouse, or significant other for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • stunning!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our meal was wonderful and the service was impeccable without being too over the top
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Perfection
    jackMVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Quality and creativity continue to be Cafe Juanita's hallmarks. Add to that a carefully curated wine list, perfect service and you have a formula for a memorable dining experience. Wonderful local products find their way onto the menu and are used in Italian inspired preparations. Brava Juanita!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FOBWG
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The seating arrangements were not as intimate as I expected for a restaurant of this caliber. I hope with their planned renovations the seating will be changed.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Friendly, professional, customized service. Delicious, creative dishes.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Outstanding as usual
    Eastsider
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Excellent service, our server (Kristen?) was fanstastic. It was a special occaision and the staff at CJ did a fantastic job of making the eveing one we'll remember for a long time.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    JimC
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food and great service. Wonderful flavors. You can really tell when the dishes are paid attention to when they leave the kitchen. Whole fish on the plate is a wonderful way to serve and dine on fish and it was seasoned perfectly. We ordered cauliflower as a side, which was delicious, but the flavors were way too powerful for the fish and sadly was hardly touched. (The carrots ran out unfortunately, or they would have been ordered). Staff is very attentive without being intrusive, which is not easy to do when you you strive to be attentive. They do it smoothly and with grace. Nectarine sorbet for dessert ... wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat to come here!
    johnnyallnight
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It had been a couple of years since I was here last, but this place never disappoints. Excellent food (with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients), skillfully prepared, and served by competent staff. It's all good...
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • A Fantastic Evening!
    Yibbl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Four of us went to Cafe Juanita to celebrate a couple of birthdays and could not of had a better time. The service was prompt, friendly and accommodating. The food was unique and delicious. Two of us had the rabbit, one the lamb and the fourth had the filet. We were all thrilled with our choices and enjoyed the taste of each other's meal as we eagerly passed our forks around. The salads and the desserts were equally satisfying and I can't wait to go back again. Thank you Cafe Juanita for a memorable night out!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • 5-Star on the northend
    LeeRentless
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It is so nice to know such an exquisite dining option is available without having to go downtown.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    Antonio
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great ambience, quiet enough, great service, perfect wine, excellent food. I definitely recommend it.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic
    Aguest
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great service, exceptional food, great quality. This was a wonderful experience.
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    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A time to remember
    Skipdete
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We first ate here 25 years ago. Great food. Good time. Would go back again anytime.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Amazing!
    CallieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Cafe Juanita has rapidly become my very favorite restaurant in the entire Seattle area. I live across Puget Sound, so it isn't an easy drive to get there - but it is so worth the effort. The food is perfection itself and the service is impeccable. The pairing of a specialty cocktail and a small savory bite is an inspired idea, and the wine list provides wonderful choices - and a wait staff with care and attention to ensure the right wine with your food courses. I had their exceptional seared fois gras, a peach, sweet corn, and glazed pecan bibb salad, and a rich and complex braised rabbit. There wasn't a misstep anywhere, and the whole meal was memorable perfection itself.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good restaurant
    Zavirg
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I loved this place especially for the food and the ambiance... It s perfect for a romantic dinner perhaps a little bit expensive .. I could easily recommende cafe Juanita .
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try the rabbit dishes
    susiehk
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything is amazing, but the rabbit is outstanding. Cocktails are fab...and a huge selection of grappa awaits. Appetizers were the only good items that didn't impress as much.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continued Greatness
    Great
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Cafe Juanita continues to be among the finest dining experiences in the Seattle area. The food was excellent, the service impeccable, and the wine list has a great selection across regions, varietals, and price ranges. You really feel special when dining here, and you know that Holly and the entire staff are serious about their work, while having a lot of fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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