Liam's
Liam's

Liam's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.liamsbistro.com/
  • Phone: 2065276089x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-4:00pm

    Lunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-4:00pm

    Dinner: M-Su 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Brunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-3:00om
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Robin Posey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We're already doing what we love here at Liam's, but when we get to plan an evening of delicious food for friends and family, it takes it to another level. Whether you're going big or want an intimate evening, our various spaces and ambiances fit your occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Leigha Bone 12065276089x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 45th Street & Montlake Boulevard
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Liam's
Welcome to Liam’s Bistro

They’re not just sharing plates, they’re the best ingredients simply prepared, enjoyed with good friends and conversation. That is the style of eating at Liam’s. Along with these sharing plates, enjoy superb cocktails, wines, and beers, a wide selection of the finest cheeses and cured meats, all in a lively casual atmosphere.
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Liam's reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)great for outdoor dining (38)great for lunch (38)good for groups (37)neighborhood gem (33)notable wine list (26)special occasion (17)vibrant bar scene (14)great for brunch (13)romantic (13)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (12)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Delish food
    TartWithAHeart
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My biz dinner was fair. Food was delicious and delivered very fast after ordering. Server seemed distracted and whereas he was pleasant, didn't volunteer any suggestions or keep us on an evenly paced meal. There was only 2 of us and we spent 3 hours. To be fair, we did have app, entree & dessert. I just would have expected it to move along more. Won't stop us from returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow! Mac and Cheese!!
    foodie4family
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My favorite was the fabulous mac and cheese! It was perfect: The absolute best I have ever had! Never before had I tasted baked mac so rich, yet light, with an indescribable blend of cheeses. One cheese had a silky, nutty flavor that made it so very delicious and distinctive. It is a definite winner and stands alone....we did not add shrimp or other items to it. I encourage everyone to try it...you won't be disappointed, I can assure you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • open air dining
    seattlediner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We recently enjoyed dinner on Liam's open-air patio on a warm night. Though the restaurant is in the middle of congested University Village, it is away from parking & screened from the adjacent drive by greenery. Reasonable variety of small & large plates, & each week they offer a taste of a different wine when you are seated. Though the bar can be noisy, tables in the dining areas are far enough apart that conversation is not affected. A favorite this warm summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely restaurant/Mediocre food
    FoodFirst
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Lamb shank was dry and had to be pulled apart with effort, hamburger left on the plate half-eaten, fresh potato chips good but not memorable, mac 'n cheese w/ ham/peas excellent, broccoli delicious, kale Caesar uninspired, Mojitos expensive and good. Server was fine, but not a real professional. She gave us a taste of Pinot Noir -- $14/glass if you ask for more.
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  • Poor Service and No Mushroom Tart
    JC98115VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I am taking any opprotunity I have to voice my displeasure thet the mushroom tart has been removed from the menu. It cant come back soon enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently very good
    Boatfoodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I have been here several times- and each time the atmosphere is great,the service is great and the food is delucious - i look forward to menu "change/ups" for new items!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • James made our lunch FABULOUS!
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had forgotten how a great server can impact a meal. We were blessed and fortunate to have James as our server. He was perfect and enhanced our experience. He took great care of us but did not hover over us. He made excellent suggestions and his calm demeanor was a plus. He let us enjoy our lunch yet we never wanted for anything. The food was tasty as well. We loved the donuts and we all had the crab cobb. The dressing was to die for. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hostess
    eats
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a reservation for 8 people. My sister and I arrived first and we're ushered to a table by the hostess with long dark hair. When our husbands arrived after parking the car they were told they had no reservation as were the four other people. Meanwhile my sister and I waited for 20 minutes without being asked if we would like a drink while waiting. Finally I saw (after 25 minutes past our reservation) a member of our party being seated elsewhere. When I asked the Hostess why she did what she did she laughed and said "Oh I hit the seated button when you and your sister arrived! None af us thought that ou experience was humerous. Numerous times the 6 remaining guests of our party asked the Hostess for us and she said no res!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lbagel
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service and food were very good. Loved the outdoor dining area, decor and the location, ease of parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Liams!
    shewhoeats
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went to Liams twice in a week, once as first timers for dinner and then again for lunch. The service we received was very good, casual but professional which is what we prefer when dining. Recommend ordering a few dishes per person and sharing whether a group of 2 or 6 diners. Portions seem to be sized with sharing in mind. Kale caesar, prawn pasta, local cheese plate, wagyu short rib...yum. Tomato soup for lunch and turkey burger are awesome. Comes with homemade potato chips which my 66 yr old father didn't care for but rest of us did. Thanks Liams!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YES!
    SydneyInSeattleVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Finally wonderful food AND wonderful service in Seattle. We took our friend here who was visiting from NYC and everything was spot on. So happy to have such a wonderful restaurant so close by. Definitely returning!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place but the food was only ok
    FoodDr
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our waiter was great and the space was cool, but the food was only mediocre. I know it just opened so they might be figuring out the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service
    Delish
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had some special dietary restrictions for one of our party, and our waitperson (Rachel)took great care in meeting those requirements. In fact, Rachel was outstanding. And my salmon was perfectly cooked. All three of us enjoyed our dinner, food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly pleasant
    Travelalot
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was excellent, service polite and prompt, and seating allowed a warm breeze from the large open sides while sitting inside under the roof.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting good food
    Queenie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The cuisine wasn't outstanding but it was quite good. The Cioppino with garlic toast was a standout. The salads had top-rate ingredients but were bland in taste. We'll try it again with different menu items.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jacksonVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was good, the ambiance was excellent and the service was ok.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Locally-sourced food
    JLFergVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The service was first rate with a friendly waiter and a free wine tasting and prompt and courteous attention. The food is mostly locally sourced and fresh. A friend and I went with the gluten-free mac and cheese and the kale salad (sans croutons as I'm allergic to wheat) and the roasted broccolini with red pepper, olive oil, and garlic. It was just the right amount of food for two people for lunch. I'd eat here again any time and I can't wait to bring my fiancé to this restaurant as he's never been. The only downside is the construction around and at U Village and how this makes parking a challenge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to meet friends
    Win22nie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is the second time my group of friends have met here. We like it because we can have an indoor or outdoor atmosphere. The servers are very friendly and helpful. Everyone in our group really like the food they ordered. They did not rush us to leave.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good - watch for wine price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Excellent food, great experience, excellent service. Only complaint, if you can call it that, was that after getting a free sample of some excellent house wine for the night, one member of our party ordered two glasses without knowing the price. At 12.50 a glass it was more expensive than some of our cocktails. Just a 'buyer beware' suggestion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst place ever!!!!
    shannonj1974
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    we placed our order & 1hr later only 1/2 of my lunch arrived. asked the server where my food was he said that he thought he put it in. He came back to tell me he put a hold on it. after I got my food we never saw the waiter until he brought the bill. we reviewed the bill & my on hold food was on my bill. instead of waiting another hour to get the food removed from the bill my friend & I left. we left & my friend realized that she didn't get her CC back we went back & the waiter told us that he gave her the CC back & that it was impossible for them to have it. after 15 min of arguing the manager came over & said she would look in the safe to see if it was turned it in when she came back our waiter magically found it on the floor.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Since I was the once vegetarian in the group, I was the only one not ordering fish or steak. The pasta dish I ordered was unremarkable. Noodles a bit under cooked. Flavors not amazing. The salads we ordered as an appetizer were delicious. If I went again, I would order the Kale Ceasar as my meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place!
    RestaurantVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We enjoyed the outdoor seating. The food was good and we will go back to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but pricey
    VisitorVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Service was excellent, food was well done but not a good value....way too expensive, probably won't go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Dungeness Crab Cobb Salad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I dined here for a "girls night out" with two of my friends. We found the menu (and the wait staff's description of the menu) a little confusing. Apparently you can choose to share plates, or you can order individual entrees. It was not easy to discern whether the portion size would better fit a shared plate or individual plate without asking the server about each menu item in detail. In the end, we decided to share the meatball appetizer, the Dungeness crab cobb salad, and the chicken sausage pasta over gemelli. The meatball and the pasta were tasty enough, but the Dungeness crab cobb salad was absolutely delicious. A light, and slightly spicy vinaigrette, vibrant greens and fresh crab! Yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality food, excellent service
    Whycook
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I was here for a group lunch and dinner with friends on the same day. In both visits, the food and service was excellent. This looks like a restaurant that will stay awhile at University Village.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic. Organic. PNW Pride.
    LittleQueen
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    THEE master of cheese and macaroni and cheese. THEE MR. BEECHER's third restaurant recently opened in the new (southern area) of the University Village. This is the restaurant named after his youngest son. All things Pacific NW. MOSTLY from Washington, and specifically Seattle. Out of this world meats and cheeses. Salads. Beer (on draught). Wine. And, for dessert, shopping at one of the best shopping centers ever. Speaking of dessert, though: OH. MY. GOSH. Chocolate/caramel mousse. With Bailey's Irish WHIPPED Cream and shaved chocolate on top. (I'll say it again.) OH. MY GOSH. Enough to share. WANTED MORE. Go! Seriously! Go! All of us enjoyed it. Two may not be back in Seattle again, to enjoy it twice, but TWO OF US DEFINITELY WILL BE BACK!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service!
    shellyluvs
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I invited several people for dinner before a party at Calypso's, and didn't have a definite count. I was nervous because so many restaurants want the full party to arrive before they will seat you. But Liam's sat us as we arrived and said not to worry if one or two of my guests didn't arrive. Due to bad traffic, most of my guests were late, yet the waitress was un-phased. Even though she was extremely busy (the place was packed), she tended to each of my guests as they arrived and still got us out in time for the party. The food was very good, and I want to return to try out the mac & cheese! Great wine list and samples of their featured wine! Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for brunch
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I love going to Liam's for brunch on the weekends. Great ambience, good service, and the food has not disappoint me to date. The mac 'n' cheese is simply to die for! The only imperfection would have to be the greeters. Whether you get a happy, friendly greeter who seems to care about you as a customer can be a hit-or-miss; I have seen really nice ones and I have seen ones that are very unpleasant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    JC98115VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Make sure your hungry, order multiple items and share. Everything is amazing! But if there is 1 item you must get it's the Mushroom Tart!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our server was great! The hospitality and guest-awareness of the manager was second to none- absolutely the best customer service of any restaurant in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit Their Stride
    Carnivore2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I first visited Liam's on their initial opening for dinner. This time I met former colleagues for lunch to catch up and network. From start to end, Liam's has remained consistent and definitely have hit their stride. The tables in the outdoor atrium, main dining room, and bar area were well occupied during the lunch hour. The service, food and wine quality enhanced our lunch meeting - very attentive and knowledgeable, but not intrusive and overbearing. Everyone left satisfied and I'm glad to have shared this restaurant with them. Probably the only thing that made my dining companions very warm was the overhead heating lamp. This was brought to the attention to three different individuals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Will not be returning- food portions were the smallest I have seen in YEARS and the prices double what they should have been. $8 for a cup of pudding, $22 for a 6 oz steak with 10 mushrooms! The food tasted GREAT, though. Service was poor- we got refills on our drinks AFTER we were done eating and it was not busy and our server was unenthusiastic (there were other servers that seemed to actually enjoy their job, we just got one who wasn't very good). I predict Liam's will be gone within the year.....there are so many other nearby places in the Village that are so much better.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    Amberloub
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great local restaurant bringing local flair to a shopping center of big retailers. Service was super attentive. Food was great. Really appreciate that the wine list is mostly WA with a little OR sprinkled in. They also offer a good selection of local beers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $17.00 for a kids burger
    Tony113
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    2 adults, 4 kids under 10 years old, for lunch before UW Graduation. Asked about kids menu and waiter said, "no but we can make all sorts of stuff, cheeseburger, grilled cheese, Mac and cheese". So we ordered and it turned out it was just stuff off the adult menu that he was rattling off to us. No discount, no smaller portion size. The only good thing was that their adult portions are ao small that at least the kids could eat it all and only the adults were left hungery. $125!!! For lunch.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Positives: Wine list and menu featured local and gluten free items. Negatives: Service was poor. The waiter never asked us what we wanted to drink, we had to remind him and he never checked on us after we got the food. This is a good spot to grab lunch while shopping but I would not go out of my way to dine here.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cleg
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Locally owned, with local sourcing. Even the wine list is entirely from WA and OR. And each guest is greeted with a free short pour of a featured wine. Nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • golfmorecooklessVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I had a really tasty kale salad and crispy chicken thighs. The portions were generous, and I couldn't finish either, but both so yummy. My hubby loved his pasta puttanesca, but he'd had it before. :) I heard sketchy reports about this restaurant when it first opened, but they seemed to have worked out all the kinks. The night we were there it was beautiful and their floor to ceiling roll up windows were up adding to the experience. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Liam's is a great addition to UVillage! Dining at Liam's was very pleasant. The patio and outdoor area is great for people watching and soaking in the sun on a nice day. The ambience was great...trendy yet casual. All of the dishes we selected were delicious and great for sharing but large enough for an individual entree (just like our waitress mentioned.) There was a good selection of wine and beers on tap. The service was excellent, attentive but not overbearing. I would definitely return and highly recommend Liam's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suitable for splitting
    MshbnyehudVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Splitting your plates at Liam's is encouraged and smart. We tasted several wonderful dishes without walking out so full that we would have had regrets. Service was superb, it's a wonderful place to be on a pleasant evening or lunch -- al fresco dining is fabulous. Our ribeye steak was very flavorful and tender. The purple potato salad has a nice kick to it due to the Fresno chilies. We enjoyed our experience immensely.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too noisy
    ballardite
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    It's a really nice restaurant with good food, but the noise level made conversation impossible. We asked for a quieter spot when making the reservation and when arriving, and the room was not full, but they sat two large groups in tables surrounding us. This ruined the experience, despite good service otherwise and good food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic