How To Cook A Wolf
How To Cook A Wolf

How To Cook A Wolf

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/howtocookawolf/
  • Phone: 2068388090x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 7 days a week, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Michael Gifford
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boston St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from How To Cook A Wolf
This neighborhood restaurant atop Queen Anne is the most intimate of those in the Ethan Stowell family. As a nod to the restaurant’s literary namesake, Chef Michael Gifford repeatedly impresses by doing so much from this tiny kitchen. The continually changing, Italian-inspired menu focuses on smaller plates and fresh, daily-made pastas, typically enjoyed family style in the cozy, wood-clad dining room. Stop by the Queen Anne Farmer's Market before dinner, and you might see Chef Gifford gathering ingredients for that night's menu. Have dinner at the bar and sip Prosecco while watching the kitchen create.
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How To Cook A Wolf reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)neighborhood gem (57)special occasion (41)romantic (39)notable wine list (28)hot spot (22)great for outdoor dining (16)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (11)good for groups (3)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • How to Cook a Wolf - 10.24.2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Had dinner for a birthday celebration. Table was ready on time (630p), and overall service was excellent. Had a beet salad, roasted pumpkin, and gnudi. Pound cake for dessert. All were excellent. Wait for food was perfectly reasonable. Explanation of ingredients was thorough but not overbearing. Cocktails were both very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food & Wine Tasting Menu
    BCLB
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Came for my husband's birthday. We both got the dinner tasting menu with wine pairings. The portions and pours were generous. The food was absolutely amazing. The wine was sicilian and paired perfectly. It seemed like everyone working there worked together to achieve the best results. The staff was Knowledgeable and kind, as well. All around excellence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I have a lot of food restrictions/allergies and they were so wonderful to accommodate! It is very difficult to find a restaurant that can accommodate. Food was delicious and service was amazing. Thank you thank you again for making the night special.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    small plates. big main courses. the spaghetti is to die for. appetizers were great too. octopus, beet salad. great vibe. friendly staff. it's a part of my regular dining rotation. do yourself a favor and go.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So yummy!
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was my third time here and it still proves to be my favorite spot. The food was great and the service was excellent. Super excited for the next time I come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent dining experience
    Helio808
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    everything about our experience here exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth going back again & again!
    tomsgal707
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    How to Cook a Wolf did not disappoint! I was a bit nervous when the radicchio salad arrived and the greens were particularly bitter (more so than usual for radicchio), but the rest of the meal was phenomenal, as usual. I would highly suggest this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    foodphee
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great food, great service. Book ahead - this place is pretty small so not many seats. But the great part is that it's pretty intimate. Love how minimal the menu is too - that's when you know the food is going to be great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small but delicious
    petiteinseattle
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our first time there. Wow - a surprise to see there were only a handful of tables. No wonder reservations were hard to come by. The waitress was polite but not warm. But the food was delicious and we weren't rushed. A lovely evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening out!
    msteeleVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went on a Sunday night, and had a great time. The staff was very accommodating to seating us early and attentive. It was a great evening with great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really good food
    RicardoCoronado
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    this is a creative, cool and modern restaurant. great food, great wine list... very good portions. amazed by the creativity and quality of food. ambience was good, full at all times, it felt alive. VERY good place. i will definitely recommend it and of course, come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very fishy
    Walter
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    After being served a straw-dry NY steak at Red Cow, another Stowell restaurant and writing about it to the manager, we were generously given a gift card to return to the same place or another Stowell venue. We ventured to the Wolf because it promised to be Italian. We ate a delicious beet salad and a cured meat plate followed by a startlingly fishy spaghetti--the pasta overwhelmed by anchovies. We brought most of it home.... and then composted it. The experience made me long for the ragu bolognese at La Spiga on 12th. Based on these two tries, I'd say the Stowell cooks are adventurous, sure, but in a rather juvenile way. And the tables were on top of one another at both venues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb!
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had high expectations for this restaurant and was not disappointed. Extraordinary food, knowledgable, fun staff, great wine list and fabulous atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was a nice meal and we enjoyed the larger end table for a more quiet experience. Our waiter was friendly, and the food was generally very good. The salads were a little too precious (even for "small" plates), and the pasta dishes were slow arriving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great late night
    delishbites
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loved this place. Our reservation was late in the evening. Small plates were perfect for sharing. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    CoupleODiners
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary and had hoped for a special evening. The atmosphere was a bit cramped for us, and a little too casual for an "event". The menu seemed very limited and not as interesting as I had hoped. (I don't even remember there being a salad option.) What we found appalling were charges for a soda. A glass filled with ice and about 1/4 can of coke cost $3.50. Expecting the soda cost to include refills, we were shocked to find a charge of $10.50 for (3 refills of) one soda! Even Denny's has more class than that. Yikes!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for 5
    Moc100
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Been to several of Ethan Stoll's resturants and I'm never disappointed. Good, ambiance, service are always top shelf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Place Small Plates
    Dinner4two
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The first thing that grabs your attention is the size of the dining room. There are only about 6 tables and a small bar. The menu is not large either but the three dishes we tried were extremely well done. Everything was incredibly delicious. The portions were exactly the right size for the two of us to share. The ambiance was unique and pleasant but I would prefer a little quieter restaurant as it was at times difficult to hear from no further than across the table. Overall a very lovely dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trendy, but really good!
    Fancy
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The concept, like so many new restaurants, you order small plates to share. We thought the food and scene were very good and would definitely go back. I only wish they had a gluten-free pasta dish because they got rave reviews from the others I dined with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband and I came here for our anniversary dinner and it was perfect. The ambience is small and cozy. We had excellent service, and the food was delicious. The kitchen is open so yu can watch your food being cooked. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fantastic local and seasonal food, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff. One of our favorites in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but no wolf!
    AriesmomVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    MFK Fisher, the noted food writer, would love to dine here. His eponymous book graces the bar of this unpretentious neighborhood gem. The menu features small plates and larger, entree-sized dishes, all prepared with delicious imagination. Everything we ordered was carefully prepared to highlight the flavors if the ingredients. Though the tastes were complex, nothing was overdone. Othe only complaint would be that the menu was a tad limited. If we're ever in Seattle again, this will be our first stop. Make a reservation, though. And try to get one if the outdoor tables as the inside of this restaurant could be noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annoying patrons
    Brntoeat
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Really excited to try this place. Menu was limited and the pasta dish was almost inedible. Trying too hard to be a foodie Mecca. Tables jammed together which makes for dining out with complete strangers. Some of whom share in stage whispers their most galling personal experiences. Sunday evenings sometimes a crap shoot at marginal restaurants so maybe we will try again.
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  • Overall it was a great dining
    Elle
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    experience but we were a group of 6, 4 men and 2 women. We ended up at a table with bench seating. If you are under 5'6" tall, there is no way your feet will reach the floor. It was very uncomfortable and ruined the experience for me and because of it I will not go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food2good
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Very enjoyable experience here. Had never been before but had heard a lot of great things. The waitress definitely made the experience that much better by providing valuable input on the food and on our selection, since this place is very much intended for family style sharing of plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    How to Cook A Wolf was wonderful. Our service was great and the dishes we split between 5 people were delicious. I would recommend this place to everyone
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  • A must do!
    TrishallmonVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This place is amazing! Small plates all very tasty and creative. All pastas were TO DIE FOR. Great wine list. Yummy desserts. Small place with very interesting character. A must do. When back in Seattle from Atlanta, will come back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eyes bigger than tummies
    avgjoe
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Everything here was amazing! Took my wife for her birthday and we ran into the typical problem at small plate places - too many tasty options and not enough room to try them all. The menu rotates frequently, so suffice it to say everything was delicious, service was great and we had a terrific experience. Even went home with a bottle of their very tasty balsamic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Pookie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I had dinner here with a friend. It was fine, nothing special. The service was pretty workmanlike-- the woman who refilled our waters sloshed water all over our table twice during the course of the meal. We had the beet salad, which was good but nothing special, and the scallops, which came with these weird, grisly chunks of artichoke hearts. Our pasta dish was the highlight of the meal-- radiatore with crab. The pasta was great. Dessert was a chocolate brownie type cake that was hard and dry-- we didn't finish it. Overall, kind of a disappointing dinner but I do like the cozy space and the fact that the restaurant's within walking distance of our house.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny location, great food
    KateB
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The beet salad and semolina gnocchi were amazingly delicious. We also enjoyed all the other dishes as well. They serve family style, but you can easily split four dishes between two people. Reservations are important as the venue is very small!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Order what YOU want
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Your agreement with my rating will depend on if you like small plates, staggered service and that trendy way that restaurants now encourage you to share your orders. How to Cook a Wolf does just that. You order, and even if you've ordered separately from your dining companions, they bring the items one-after-another so you can try everything. That's great if you want to try the other person's food, but what if you don't? That question aside, the things I intended to eat were delicious! I started with the soft cooked chilled eggs, with lump crab meat and salt and vinegar potato chips, and it was an absolutely divine bite (several, in fact). And then I had spaghetti. So simply titled, but with anchovies and mint it was subtly elevated.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wolf always great!
    CynFinnellVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants! Paste always done to perfection. Staff very welcoming. Small so to get a table you have to plan ahead, but the bar is a good choice if you didn't reserve a space. Fried Stuffed olives were new and fun :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 444 reviews are from the How To Cook A Wolf reviews archive.
  • how to cook a wolf
    suzy
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This is a very good restaurant for the food, service and atmosphere. The only down side for me was the tables are too close if your with one other. Its a bit clostrophobic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal despite a bad host
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The host greeted us with an arrogant attitude and was visibly upset at us for arriving 20 minutes early for our reservation. We would have been perfectly happy enjoying a glass of wine and we certainly did not expect our table to be ready. We were essentially told that the restaurant did not want us inside and that we needed to leave. There are plenty of more tactful and kind ways to handle the fact that the restaurant is very small. He was incredibly rude. He is paid to greet people and help guests enjoy what should be a special evening at one of the city's nicest restaurants. Instead he almost ruined our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor arrival protocol
    yo253ptVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our arrival and greeting at the restaurant was very poor. Yes we were 10 minutes early for our reservation, however there was space at the bar but we weren't able to utilize it and we were directed to stand on the street. One of the chefs recognized this was not acceptable, and invited us back in again to wait. Fabulous food marred by this experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wolf Cooking: Check!
    Allie
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I can now check learning how to cook a wolf off my bucket list. Kidding. But really, the food was really great. Between three people, we shared three small plates, two pastas and a bottle of wine. Perfect amount of food. Came out quickly. Tasted delicious. Service was great. What else could you want?
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • A bit over rated...
    yum916
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This is my second visit to this restaurant, I had really wanted to love it the first time and now the second time but honestly, it's just okay. The food was a bit salty. To be honest, the food was quite simple prepared with quality ingredients but the complexity and depth of taste was not there for me. The service was not that great either, pretty much felt ignored most of the time.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meh
    LookingForUnique
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food: interesting combinations forming fairly subtle (= bland) results. Nothing stood out as "wow, that's delicious!" Service: way too vigilant; staff should be more discerning about customers' private conversations (i.e. if we're obviously in deep conversation, we obviously don't need anything at the moment. It's a tiny restaurant; we can easily flag you down if we need something!). Ambience: tables are too close together. Either make it a real communal experience or give us a few inches more space. Claustrophobic.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    mescott
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    There was a group of 6 so if we had many more we'd be taking up a big chunk of the restaurant. Between all of us we had the Salumi Board, Soft Cooked Egg, Roasted Beets, Gnocchi, Campanelle, Ravioli and Halibut. We also had some fabulous desserts. Everyone enjoyed the food and said we'd go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reeniek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I was the least impressed with the food of our group of 4. The prices are high for small portion plates, almost tapas style. The food was interesting and I don't mean that in a negative way. For special occasion or something different, perfect but be prepared to spend some money.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.