Collections Cafe
Collections Cafe

Collections Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/collections-café
  • Phone: (206) 753-4935
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Fri, 11a-Close
    Sat and Sun, 10a-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Kollasch
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition provides an extraordinary space for corporate and private entertaining. For any questions regarding catering, please contact our Sales and Catering team at events@chihulygardenandglass.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boad Street
  • Public Transit: The monorail runs every 15 minutes from the Westlake Center on 5th Avenue and Pike Street to the Collections Café.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on a first come first served basis at the base of the Space Needle on 4th Avenue and Broad Street.
A word from Collections Cafe
Dine on delicious dishes created with local, fresh ingredients at Seattle's most unique destination for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. While you enjoy the Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, you'll be surrounded by many of Dale Chihuly's colorful collections. You might share your table with toy soldiers, 1950s cameras or transistor radios. Pair your meal with a fresh lemonade or choose from a hand-picked collection of craft beers and Washington and Oregon premium wines. Inside, enjoy spruce plank walls, bright green chairs and the stunning backlit Drawing Wall with 36 of Chihuly's drawings or, when the sun shines, toast its warmth on one of two open-air patios in the heart of Seattle Center. Extend your experience by visiting Chihuly Garden and Glass. Everywhere you look, you'll be inspired.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Collections Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (54)fit for foodies (44)neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (19)scenic view (16)great for brunch (15)kid-friendly (15)special occasion (13)romantic (8)hot spot (5)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Good ambience, friendly staff, good service, but the menu is pretentious using fancy words that hide the fact that the food is less than its buildup.
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  • Great Cafe!!
    bluuroomVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food and all of chihuly's collections!! Great spot. Food and service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Real Treat
    Foodie13VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was curious to know if the restaurant lived up to the rave reviews it has received and was not disappointed. The winter root hash was so delicious I hope they can modify it throughout the year and keep it on the menu. After touring the Chihuly Glass exhibit, it was wonderful to dine in an environment with natural light and brilliant colors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every aspect surpassed expectations
    NWroamer3617
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This seems close to the perefect spot to eat before a Shakespeare play, next door at the Armory. 4 of us had terrific meals Friday night. Reservations honored, service well timed, even though restaurant was packed with women headed to the oprah event @ Key arena. Two of us split a generous beet Salad (featuring arugula), then entrees of Duck and Black cod were sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This spot is ideal for a pre-opera dinner - generous portions and reasonable prices!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for pre-events
    Foodlover
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This place has good food with creative ingredients. I was surprised more people weren't dining there before the opera. Much better than the dining in McCaw Hall. Try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-theater spot
    Teresa
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The restaurant is on the grounds of the Seattle Center so it is super convenient for dinner with friends before an event. Very nice to be able to simply walk out the door and to the theater without driving and parking. Plus the food is great!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A delightful cafe
    CommanderQ
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Located adjacent to the Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Garden, and Experience Music Project, Collections Café provides delicious food and a number of seats with a view of the surrounding attractions. The menu is quite varied, offering something for everyone - seafood, meat, pasta, and desserts. Each dish has a unique blend of flavors and ingredients, making I quite suitable for an evening out, lunch, or just a quick stop for some snacks. The servers are quite friendly and professional, always ensuring that guests are comfortable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good menu selection
    likes2eatout
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The menu contains a varied selection of sandwiches, salads and entrees. Items appear to be prepared to order and were nicely presented and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner before the REP
    taster
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great spot to enjoy before walking across the Center to the Bagley Wright Theatre. Colorful cafe with delicious dining choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pre-theatre dinner spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Nice dinner with friends before a play. Terrific waiter & tasty food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice pre theater venue
    repeatcustomer
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Menu changes do not always suite my tastes. I do like the attention in dishes to provide unique preparations. Pre theater favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very lucky find!
    2014pickydiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was trying to get a reservation somewhere else and they were booked solid, the Collections Café was suggested and I am so glad my party of 4 went there, we all enjoyed our delicious meals, the wine selections were very nice, the service was outstanding, the ambience is great and the management was present and engaging, we will all definitely go there again and suggest it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable surprise!
    Seattlevisitor
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food was impeccably seasoned and served in exactly the right portions. The "collections" of the theme were a great surprise and delightful conversation pieces until the wonderful food arrived. Very impressive, Mr. Chihuly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    bardo
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    First time at this cafe and was pleased with food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too salty/too expensive to ambiance
    Seattlevisitor
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food seemed to have a lot of salt for flavoring rather using herbs and spices. The roasted beets were especially salty and could not be eaten. I found the prices to be very high for the type of restaurant this is. The ambiance had more of a dinner feel and the food did not match.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would go again & again & again
    LAGal
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had Saturday brunch - salmon benedict, crab cake benedict & shrimp & grits. It was ALL delicious. We also had a carafe of strawberry lavendar mimosas - highly recommended! Our server was happy, friendly & made us feel like we were her only customers for the day. She recommended an apple dessert that the chef was making that day and was spot-on with that. A great place to dine & enjoy seeing what has influenced Dale Chihuly throughout his career. Can't wait to get back to Seattle to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not So Good
    Digiwave
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our second visit after having been impressed with our first experience. My wife and I were seriously underwhelmed this time. First, after we were seated and waiting for an unreasonable amount of time for a server, we had to ask the hostess if someone was serving our table. A server finally came to the table. Then, the salads we ordered came and besides the fact of being very overpriced for what they were plus I could make a better salad at home, the portion size of one of them was minuscule compared to the other one. We mentioned this to our server and all we got was a shrug of shoulders and he walked away. The server never offered to get us another salad or to comp it on our check. The other items we ordered were just OK.
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  • GregVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    excellent food quality and value with a unique environment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Dined outdoors-- great service and cuisine -- with Chihuly art to enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Service was a little slow and they got our order wrong. A little too pricey. Cool location and interesting décor. Fries were delicious and Reuben sandwich quite good too. Salads not so tasty.
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  • smalltowngirl
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very accommodating staff. I changed the time of the reservation at the last minute and then asked for another table instead of the one we were escorted to. Both times my requests were efficiently and cheerfully granted. The food is very good and certainly generous in quantity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the quality had slipped.
    jollyh
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Having eaten there several times in the past, I was disappointed at the quality this time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Decor
    MemoryLaneJane
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    the Collections Cafe was definitely worth the trip. The tables are delightfully glassed topped so you can see various collections of items in the inset of the table. Old cameras, frosted Christmas ornaments, heirloom radios hanging on the wall, nice variety of hand lemon juicers, massive display of bottle openers in the bathroom...just a great variety of collections that you can peruse while walking to your table. The food was wonderful, the service was great and it is a place I will go back to when in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    SophieschoiceVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were visiting Seattle for two days, and wanted to visit the Chihuly Museum, so made reservations at Collections mainly for convenience. What a surprise to have a fabulous meal in a beautiful garden setting at Collections. The hostess and staff were so terrific, as my 16 year old daughter was having trouble finding the restaurant, and they guided her by phone. Great food and wine too! I would highly recommend Collections.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seattle Jewel
    1criticaldiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The many collections displayed showed the continuation of the taste of the setting and the manner in which the glass in the museum and garden are exhibited. The menu is eclectic, the plates are as beautifully composed as they are delicious and the service is attentive without being obtrusive. What more can I say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and fun
    downtowngirl
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The art glass at Chihuly is one of the most beautiful and interesting experiences in Seattle and if that weren't enough, the on-site cafe is excellent as well. One of the most creative and delicious dinners we enjoyed and fairly priced. I had the pea-shoot and mint ravioli -- it was fresh and delicious. My son said his burger and parmesan-coated house fries were delicious and my cousin really enjoyed her house-made tomato-basil soup and Dungeness crab cake. The ambience is marvelous -- a showcase of some of the quirky objects Chihuly collected and enjoyed. Staff were friendly and attentive. You can dine at the cafe without purchasing admission to the gallery if desired. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Collectors Delight
    Sunshine95762
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food is fun, but it's the collections that make this a special addition to a visit to the Space Needle and, or Chihuly Garden and Glass House. Amazing!
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  • loved the decor and food
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Ate here twice last week during our first visit to Seattle. Fresh salads, soups, especially the carrot curry soup was very flavorful, reuben sandwich had lots of lean meat. Great ambiance. Interesting group of collection at each table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refuel for museum browsing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    See the glass collection outdoors, have a relaxing meal, then return again after dark to view the gardens in a different perspective with night lighting to replace the ambient daylight. Great people watching through the wall of glass. Fellow diners didn't seem to mind allowing us to see what items were housed in their glass topped tables (we had silver glass Xmas ornaments). The servers were attentive and cheery, and quickly responded to our request for a different table that was better suited for conversation among the 4 of us. The Reuben sandwiches were enjoyed (no leftovers), but on this occasion, the salad dressing for the mixed greens with crab was too bland for my tastebuds. I have gone before, and will happily eat there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow but good
    perky1VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Collections is a great place. However, it took an inordinate amount of time for the food to arrive at our table. The closeness of the long banquettes and tables is not conducive to conversation. We endured others who didn't have the manners requisite to polite conversation. Chihuly's collections are astounding. It's a great place with possibility.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot for clients
    CarolynR
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was my first experience at Collections and I will be back! I took a client to lunch and despite the open design concept, I felt our conversation was very private. Service/food/decor -- all great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hawkeyes
    Hawkeye
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    What a little gem. Such a fun idea/theme. Good menu selection, reasonable prices and very nice staff. Fits very nicely with the exhibit as well as walk-ins from the Center. The Reuben sandwich was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • A Sunny Day and Glass
    Kasey
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a pleasant lunch to complement our trip to the Glass Museum. The food was good and appropriate to the summer season, and it was fun to watch the people on a sunny day at the Seattle Center.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just visiting
    branicki
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We are visiting family and wanted to eat somewhere memorable. The resturant at the top of the Space Needle was booked so we atended at the bottom. The food was really good and all from scratch. The resturant has a lot of neat art/collections to look at. I did not notice any glass sculptures as I was hoping to see since it's behind the glass museum. There 6 adults and one toddler. They had plenty of room for us all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected Find
    RonD
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were visiting the Pacific Science Museum and booked a late lunch at Collection's. It was good that we used OT as there was a 35 minute wait for those just walking in. Service was very prompt and attentive throughout. I had the seared tuna special which was outstanding. My wife had the filet special which was requested medium but was more like medium well. She still loved it as it had a glaze which was unique. Get the cookie and ice cream for dessert. I had the brownie and ice cream but the brownie was a bit dry. If you want a very nice higher end meal instead of the other amusement type options nearby book Collection's Café. An art museum and restaurant in one!
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Losing its touch
    BiztravelfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    A shame- Collections used to be a great spot next to Chihuly exhibit. Maybe the never ending stream of tourists will keep it alive but as locals we noticed menu change and uneven food quality. Dungeness crab salad was misrepresented because there was plenty of salad but almost no crab. However Soup de jour was very good. Hopefully just an off day in kitchen
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  • Great people watching
    TallyGirl
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Get a table outside on a Sunday afternoon for a tasty lunch with a view of the diverse people who are enjoying an afternoon outside. Granted, the weather was totally perfect so that made a huge difference. Creative menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and Limited
    Tattler
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We ate dinner here on a Saturday night and were one of the only tables in use. The food was really good, but the menu selection was limited and more suitable for lunch than dinner. It was a disappointment compared to the expectations set from looking at the site and menu on the web.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 437 reviews are from the Collections Cafe reviews archive.
  • Great Fun!
    Barletto
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The Collections Cafe is a wonderful addition to Seattle Center! Not only is the food excellent, all of Dale Chihuly's "collections" are so fun to view! On a recent visit, I had a wonderful sandwich and honey cucumber lemonade! So refreshing! Collections is one of my favorite places to go for lunch in downtown Seattle! My friends and I often choose it for birthday celebration lunches!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate