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Collections Cafe
Collections Cafe

Collections Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/collections-caf%C3%A9
  • 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: Ivan Szilak
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A pleasant surprise in the heart of Seattle Center. Great menu and wonderful food!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "They did a great job on our food and service. The menu is really extensive and unique with a special local flare. Crab Salad was awesome and so were the cheese curds!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "A true surprise. This "cafe" provides you with food quality and service that you should expect and often don't get when dining out. Try the crab cakes!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Ate her with my husband and two teens. Food is somewhat different, but very good. They should drop Cafe from title. Definitely better than cafeteria title suggest. Decor is so much fun. Has Chihuly's collections...dolls, bottle openers, accordions, very cool. We went to Chihuly glass and garden first and then grabbed 7:00 dinner. Wanted to go back to see glass at night, but just too tired. Highly recommend both."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had delicious food and delightful service when we ate at this restaurant a couple months ago, but today we waited at our table for almost ten minutes before a hostile woman named Erika showed up, struck an aggressive pose, and addressed us in a tone of voice that made us feel very uncomfortable. When I asked to speak with the manager, he came promptly, listened attentively to what I had to say, and assigned another waiter to our table. As we waited for our food, Erika walked past our table several times singing and whistling as if to let us know she was unfazed that she had offended us. It has been eight hours since we had brunch, but I am still shaken by this unpleasant experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great cafe right beside the Chihully Glass Museum and Space Needle. The quality of the food and the interesting selections was excellent. Nice wine list featuring Washington wines. Service was fine and attentive. There were 4 in our group and we each had starters and main coures. All totally enjoyed the food. Definitely a find and very convenient for events at Seattle Center."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This restaurant is good but too expensive. The wow factor just isn't there to justify the price."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our first visit to the Collections Cafe was fabulous - all the food was perfect, and we had great service to match. This prompted a second trip to Collections, but we were left disappointed. The service was awkward and not knowledgeable about the menu, and the food was dry. Our server never returned to check on our meals until we were clearly finished, and that's when he asked if we wanted dessert, but made no effort to ask about the main meal. It was mentioned that a new chef had started in the kitchen, and that may have been the reason for the drastic difference in food quality between visits. Not sure I'll be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Server was brusque and seemed addled. She asked us to repeat our order several times before she got it. She could have avoided that by writing it down. Server touched my bare arm and shoulder several times: unprofessional. The prices are exhorbitant for the quality/quantity of food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food and service were pretty good. I'm not a fan of receiving my entree in a bowl, but the 40 clove chicken was tasty and my friend's salmon dish was nicely prepared too. Really enjoyed the many different collections of the owner, they are intriguing and fun to check out."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is not a destination restaurant, but it is a very comfortable option if you happen to be enjoying the Chihuly exhibit or something else at the Center. There is a nice variety of well prepared food and a decent wine list by the glass or bottle. I had a clam and mussel dish improved by a little spicy sausage. The menu said it came with grilled bread, but I got none and my waitress disappeared completely after serving our dishes. My companion ordered a burger and gave me part of her bun to sop up my good broth. She said the fries that came with her burger were the best she had ever had...seriously! The server was okay, though a few more smiles and a bit more attention would not have hurt."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Pros of the restaurant: novelty and interest of the collections featured throughout, and its proximity to the Chihuly exhibit. Cons: the OpenTable online reservation process does not allow for followup adjustments in numbers in a party; further, when I tried to contact that operation by email, I never received a response; skimpy servings (ONE crab cake is not a small entrée, it's even parsimonious as an appetizer!); long wait for check by overextended waitress; and food quality so- so. I will not return to this café."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Lovely setting: this time we ate outside with great view of Space Needle and the Chihuli Glass Garden. Menu and drinks list are somewhat limited, but this was or 3rd or 4th time here with always something different delicious to eat. Their "Billy O" red wine is great -- and some of its proceeds go to support of art students. Definitely our choice when we are in the Seattle Center area!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "When visiting the Chihuly Gardens enjoy a lunch at Collections. A nice alternative to fast food and a nice menu to boot."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Not the average lunch menu…more interesting for "foodies" than those that want a plain burger and fries. Convenient if you're showing off the Chihuly Garden to out of town friends."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "First time at Collections - so unique. Great food, reasonable prices, excellent service - loved the way Chihuly's collections are displayed. It was a perfect place for our evening out."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Went here for brunch and everything we picked was excellent. We had the crab cakes benedict, chicken legs, hanger steak, and arugula and pear ravioli. It was all wonderful. Not one complaint and the coffee here is really good!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We needed a bite to eat with the family after the Chihuly museum. This restaurant was just right. The food and service were good. Seeing Mr. Chihuly's personally collections was very interesting. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Collections Cafe is perfect for pre-event dining before theater/ballet/opera at Seattle Center. Great food, service & location."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've never been disappointed with a meal at Collections Cafe. The food is consistently good and tasty. I had the Seared Salmon and my guest had the Rigatoni. I look forward to returning."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Real, interesting food and friendly service in a clean, clever space... I had a little pizza with nectarines and prosciutto that was unusual and delicious. A great alternative to all the fast food around the needle."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have been to Collections many times since it opened and I love the look of the place and have had some great meals there, but this time I ordered their Tillamook burger and was very disappointed. I asked for medium rare and my friend asked for medium well. Both were cooked at least 2 levels more done than what we asked for. Her's was chared and mine had no pink to it at all. They were very dry. You know when you want a good juicy hamburger and instead you get something really dry and tasteless? That's what it was like. If you are going to serve a hamburger, don't try to make it to fat-free and "good for you." I wouldn't discourage you from going - it is well worth the trip -- just doon't order the hamburger."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We loved our crab cake benedicts. The greens that came with it was a perfect pairing. The honey cucumber mimosa was incredible. So refreshing & different. We thought the pre fix brunch was reasonably priced & delicious. We love that you can have burgers & sandwiches too. Great find. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "For as long as I can remember, Seattle Center has offered 2 venues for meals, the Armory - which has expanded it's choices recently but isn't much for ambiance, and the Space Needle, which is super pricey. The Collections Cafe fits nicely in between these two options, offering a great ambiance and really good food. It's a lot of fun to survey Dale Chihuly's various collections which decorate the restaurant, and the menu offers enough options to fit most desires. It's not fast food, and it's priced accordingly, but if you have a hamburger and a beer, it will be a really good hamburger and you will have a unique experience as well."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Cafe has REAL potential.ONE salad dressing available; so this limited menu choices. 2. Heavy slaw w/little pulled pork made it a salad w/bread.3.website address is 1.5 blocks from destination;wrong address305 Harrison St;necessitated a 10 min.search for a EMP wheelchair not affiliated with Cafe. Return:Yellow Cab arrived after 4 calls and given exact of 5th Ave/305 Harrison St.@EMT Group Entrance. Cab driver told us that Col.Cafe wants bus grps to use Cafe. Cafe..There is 2nd correct cab p/u next to cafe so address on website is WRONG. We are world travellers.305 Harrison St.website address advertised by Col.Cafe was misleading and ruined our day.Shame on the Collections Cafe owners for using 305 Harrison address to get bus group business."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The service was weird and the food was good but too salty. (Salmon and meatballs)."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This was a special, although comfortably casual, occasion. We came for my mother's 89th birthday. She and my dad really enjoyed the collections displayed. The server could not have been more delightful and accommodating. She treated them like they were her own grandparents. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Don't miss this eclectic little cafe for a wonderful dinner before an event at Seattle Center or surrounds. Locally sourced wines, very skilled servers, caring staff and Chef keep the menu rotating and varied. My only complaint is that every selection is al la carte and not quite a meal. If you're a foodie and want to try various menu items that works. Best deal is the hamburger if you're super hungry. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "If you're looking for a place to eat that is on the quieter side with great lighting, interesting decore, a good assortment of food and excellent service prior to attending a theater performance or doing something else in or around Seattle Center, I recommend Collections Cafe."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "On the basis of one lunch and one dinner, Collections has become a favorite. The staff are hugely efficient, attentive without being hovering, and very warm and welcoming (which we especially needed when we dashed in from a downpour for our dinner last weekend). The menu is small and especially friendly for those who favor light fare. Nevertheless, there are satisfying taste adventures for every palate; and the decor is a delight--little collections of different kinds of things at every table. They take reservations, are in a handy location, and often have space when other places have filled up."
    Dined on 5/3/2014