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Loulay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.loulay-seattle.com
  • Email: info@loulay-seattle.com
  • Phone: (206) 402-4588
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:00pm

    Dinner: daily 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French American
  • Executive Chef: Thierry Rautureau
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact - (206) 402-4588 - info@loulay-seattle.com
  • Private Party Contact: Anthony Alvarez (206) 402-4588
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Executive Assistant Angela Everling - (206) 402-4588 - angela@thechefinthehat.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Ave
  • Public Transit: 49, 11, 10, 43, 47, Sound Transit - Link Light Rail
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking at the Sheraton and street parking
A word from Loulay
Loulay Kitchen and Bar is a new restaurant from Thierry Rautureau. Loulay is an urban, contemporary French restaurant and will feature local, seasonal fare with the influence of his upbringing in "Saint-Hilaire de Loulay." The accessible & multi-leveled dining room will offer the guests a variety of dining experiences offered throughout the day.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We went for Restaurant week and will never go back. I would think that they would put the best foot forward during restaurant week trying get patrons to return. Not the case. The food was fair, the establishment was cafeteria like, the service was mediocre. I suggest that Terry go to The Capital Grille during restaurant week and see how is should be done!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We went for the restaurant week three course meal and it was excellent. Will go back and try the regular menu."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We went for my wife's birthday -mid week for lunch and had a lovely time. The oysters were terrific, Sancerre went perfectly with it, and the rest of our meal was excellent. We had been trying to get in for dinner without luck so the lunch worked out perfectly."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Chef Thierry has done it again! Loulay was just as amazing as Rovers and Luc. Best part was the chef and owner walking around the restaurant to interact with his customers!!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We visited Loulay with friends as part of Restaurant week. The food was wonderful, starting with a great cocktail (a Lazerac) and finishing with a delicious dessert. In between, was a tasty and substantial country pâté' and a delicious bourride(halibut, clams, seafood broth). The plates for every course were completely clean when they left the table. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. Bread was good (and with plenty of butter) and the house red wine was not bad. It was a very satisfying meal and we will be back. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Our first time at Loulay. It did not fail to impress, in any way. In fact, it was perfection, in every way. We went for Seattle Restaurant Week, but the menu was so outstanding, I chose from that instead. At last, a QUIET restaurant. And the crab beignets, the veal sweetbreads--the best ever. And I HAD to have his hot chocolate. Every bit as good as any I've had in Paris. Perhaps better: it was SO French! Service was impeccable. The interior of the restaurant is a feast for the senses. The menu, and its varying plate sizing and offers is sheer culinary genius---at least in Seattle. I've been to Thierry's other 'institutions'--and Rover's I'll miss--but this one--it's his best. EVER. Likely my forever favorite. Can hardly wait to return."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Loulay is the next restaurant after Rover's closed. Rover's was epic, and Loulay is stellar. We all enjoyed our Restaurant Week options and the ambience of the place. We will be back. All food was presented well, and delicious. Desserts were to die for!! Check it out."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We went during Seattle Restaurant Week. We were both very pleased with how cool the restaurant vibe is, friendly attentive wait staff and an excellent meal. And valet parking for $10 at the Sheraton next door! We began with their highly touted Cavier soft boiled egg. I didn't know what to expect….was so impressed with the flavors…melted in our mouths! Unique and outstanding. We both had the beet soup to start….wonderful presentation and flavors. The seafood bourride main entree was exceptional…..only disappointment was a very small portion…..probably to accommodate the reduced price for restaurant week. The Chef himself was chatting with his customers…..what a warm and positive touch that you rarely see! We will be going back!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The main interior of Loulay is beautiful. Unfortunately, we were seated in the upper back room right next to the bus station. The first course special menu choices were not appealing to either of us. The main entrees were okay. We had Guinea fowl and a seafood stew. Desserts were awesome. Highly reccommend the tapioca pudding!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "4 friends in a booth, felt cozy and private. Previously we had eaten at the bar, which is more of a shared experience. Liked that it had more space and lower noise level than Luc. Food was good, fries were hot, wait staff attentive. Could become a regular spot when we want to eat downtown. Tierry R. ywas a good host to all the diners in the restaurant, and stopped by at our table and most of the tables which was a nice touch. Medium size plate of polenta and mushroom tasty but not enough to be an entree. We were pleasantly full with food and wine,but managed to find room to share 2 desserts which were light."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Loulay and it was wonderful. We were fans of Rovers and Loulay was on par with that restaurant. Fabulous food!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "2 of the 4 diners had the hamburger. Both ordered med rare and got med well. Both hamburgers and fries arrived less than warm. Had to get to a play and didn't have time to send back. Very noisy. Will not return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "There is lots to choose from in Seattle, but this is delicious food with French roots."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My wife likes French Restaurants. Loulay is now her favorite restaurant in Seattle. My oldest son and I liked it as well."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My mother in law, my wife and our 2 kids had a wonderful dinner at Loulay. As always Chef has such wonderful menu items to choose from. We will continue to dine at Loulay as often as possible."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Loulay is a great place whether you are from Seattle or just visiting. Exciting atmosphere, very New York (even thought it is French inspired cuisine). Chef Thierry is a charmer. HINT: Park across the street at the WAC Parking Garage. The Sheraton costs a fortune, even with the 3-hour validation."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Our lunch visits have been _very_ good -- my wife's braised rabbit on a recent mid-day visit in particular. However, on an evening visit, the service sagged a bit, even though the kitchen -- once again -- did not. That aside, we strongly endorse Loulay. -- Loulay -- I tried to keep this private, but you don't allow enough characters for private messages, so here is what I tried to convey confidentially -- As for sagging service: my wife frequently gripes when servers whisk away empty plates from some diners before others are done, insisting that _no_ plates should be removed before the last guest is finished. But this evening's faux pas was egregious: the server took my wife's plate WHILE SHE STILL HAD A BITE RAISED TO HER MOUTH."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "In contrast to actual French bistros, we found Loulay for lunch to have a paucity of choices, several key menu items not actually available, and when the food arrived, it was easy to be underwhelmed in portion size and accompaniments. The halibut was slightly larger than a book of stamps, over a single fingerling potato sliced in half. The flourless chocolate cake was just over silver dollar size, stone cold, presented with a lot of ornamentation but no real character. We were left wanting the choices on the dinner menu instead. The wait staff was young an perhaps overly attentive; we were engaged in serious discussion but were continually interrupted - no recognition of our desire for privacy. The ambiance is nice, though."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Good wine selection, very attentive servers. Good food"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Friendly, accommodating (we arrived early but were very seated quickly--the hostess was marvelous), service was excellent, food very good (my husband loved his rabbit three ways)--the stand outs were the sauces--and the chef in the hat himself came to say hello! The only negatives were a long wait between courses, a too-heavy smoke on the tapioca crust, and no gluten-free alternatives to bread offered for the cheese plate (to be fair, I did not ask for any). We even went back the next day for a drink in the bar. Loved it and will return many times, I'm sure."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had a lovely Sunday lunch. The quiche was perfect as was the Sancerre our server suggested. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "There isn't a bad thing I can say about Loulay. The food was perfectly cooked with so much flavor, the staff was incredibly knowledgeable and attentive, and the chef himself was walking from table to table talking with each guest and making sure everything was to their liking. It's definitely a higher price level than I'm used to paying, but I honestly didn't have a problem with it since everything was so amazing. Great for a night out with your wife/husband/significant other or for a special occasion. I went for my birthday with my fiance, and it was exactly what I was looking for. We'll definitely be going back :-)"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Because this restaraunt just opened, I am going to chalk some of my negative comments up to servers who are still finding their feet. I had several servers spill items - water on the table, soup on it's plate - and not care enough to fix it. My amuse bouche, while fabulous had some upwiped crust on the side of the dish. Some of the food was just average: the duck sliders and crab beignets. The tapioca brûlée was absolutely aweful on my palette and tastedike lighter fluid. My date however enjoyed it. I must admit that my server, Dan, was extremely competent and that he accommodated our early ticket reservations. Loulay's French onion soup is absolutely to die for!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The medium dishes are appetizer sizes. The sweetbread dish only were 3 tiny pebble sized surrounded by 4 halfed turnips the size of your pinky nail & not the price of the dish. The foie gras was amazing but again not necessarily a medium dish. The rabbit pappperdelle was decent but the rabbit was still a bit tough & hadn't been braised long enough. The dish only had 4 three inch long noodles with a few thumb nail sized pieces of rabbit. The restaurant is beautiful but the 3 different sized entrees are a bit deceiving. The crab beignets didn't have much crab except one piece w/ a lump of crab out of the three beignets that came in the appetizer. It was very disappointing from this Chef and not one that we'll be returning to."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My bosses said I could go anywhere I wanted to celebrate. I chose Loulay because I had was curious and had never been. I read up on Chef Thierry's history and all the Yelp reviews I could find. I checked out the menu prior to going. Once there, the service was impeccable. The Chef greeted diners and each table - what a personal touch! The food was very tasty and not all all expensive, like I would have thought it would be. From burgers to halibut to duck, it was all fabulous. The pass around guest book to sign afterwards is a nice touch also. Our group will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Loulay is a lovely little French Bistro, right in the middle of downtown Seattle. They have a tiny menu, filled with scrumptious and inventive dishes. The venison stew with squash and huckleberry aioli was fantastic! A great choice for a leisurely lunch in the city."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Started off with a poorly made French 75 cocktail. Too sour. The food was delicious. The service very good, but they were quick to clear. Took my friends bread plate even when there was bread on it. Never got a coffee refill with our dessert. Speaking of dessert. I didn't like my choice, tapioca creme brûlée. All this added up to 4 stars rather than 5."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We like to cook, we like to eat and we eat out fairly often. Everyone in our party thought this was the best meal they had had in a long time. Food preparation was lovely but most important, everything was delicious!! The halibut was done perfectly with just the right complementing flavors, the quiche was light and fluffy, and the scallops were incredible. Oysters were wonderful and desserts were not only beautiful but delicious - lovely fruit preparation with each dessert. Can't wait to come again! Very helpful with two guests that needed handicapped accessibility."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I think they need to work out some kinks. Our waitress was nice but seemed to come around way too much in the beginning. I felt like they wanted to get us to drink as soon as we sat down. I barely had time to look at the menu. So timing is off. The amuse bouche was a little duck sandwich served cold. I think it would have been better served hot. I had the tuna for my entree and it was served in a huge bowl that you would normally pair with a risotto or pasta. I had a hard time cutting my dish. Not a huge deal but it was a little annoying. We also sat in a booth and we felt very secluded as you can't see over the side wall. If you want to see and be seen, these are not the seats you want."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Rovers is gone from the scene but Loulay is a great replacement and a welcome addition to downtown."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This is one of the top choices downtown. Great flavors. A diverse menu with a taste for anyone. Between the four of us we had crab, salmon, halibut, and duck and loved it all. Nice presentation on the plate. I will go back again and again."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Love Chef Rautureau's new restaurant! I like that I can come and have my favorite Rover's menu items and there's something that appeals to my husband as well. Something for everyone on this menu and everything is fantastic. We left some choices up to our server, and were delighted by his choices! All of the desserts looked amazing and our server chose for us the Roasted Cocoa Sorbet which was divine. It topped off our menu selections of the Organic Scrambled Egg with White Sturgeon Caviar, Seared Foie Gras and Veal Sweetbreads perfectly! Our server made wine pairings wonderfully as well. A great evening."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Faberge has nothing on the appetizer egg on this creative menu. Yes it is $25 & worth every penny."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Decent service, boisterous atmosphere. One of the "hip" new downtown restaurants. Beautifully designed. The food was tasty but the portions were barely adequate. My beet salad literally fit in a small tea cup, but the creme caramel was outstanding. I might go back and try different menu items."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent food!!! We ordered more than half of the items on the menu. Everything wa excellent , there was no bad dish. But if I have to pick out the ones that I really loved , that would probably be the roast chicken and the foie gras!!! The chicken was so well cooked,the skin was crispy, the meat was so tender n well brined .. I will definitely go back just for the chicken alone !!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The chef continues to work the magic he worked for years at Rovers. The duck sliders were spectacular, as was the foie gras. We really enjoyed the grilled polenta as well. The space was noisy and crowded, but the service professional and personable. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Loulay is a great new addition to the Seattle Restaurant Scene. The decor strikes a perfect blend between hip and comfortable. We sat in a high back booth, which gave us both privacy and a feeling of being part of the scene. The noise level is very acceptable. Now days the trend in restaurants is for open, "live" spaces, which means you can't even talk across the table. This in not a issue at Loulay. You hear the background sound, but can still have a conversation. Thank you! Food is really fun. Lots of small and medium sized plates to share. Food quality and presentation were outstanding. The service was polite and professional without being annoying. We really enjoyed the whole experience. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A more accessible version of Chef Thierry Ratreaus "Rover". Great ambiance - the high-backed tufted leather booths provided quite a bit of privacy and muffled sound from other booths so that you could have conversation with friends without trying to be heard over other table. We were surpsied considering the size of the space and height of the ceiling. Really well planned! Everything was delicious and gorgeously presented. Chef Rattreau came by and visited with guests which was a nice treat as well. Very personable and we enjoyed talking with him about the new restaurant. Definitely go!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a lovely balcony table and enjoyed a quiet birthday lunch celebration. The 2 course lunch special was delicious. Ample portions but not too much and the salmon was done to perfection. Nice touch to have the "Chef in the Hat" stop by to greet us!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I am a food professional , private caterer & my family has a prominent food industry in town. thoroughly delightful meal. I had hamburger cooked rare & wonderful, home-made bun. Salad was perfection & the cocoa sorbet was magical. a rather simple meal but extra-ordinary. very handsome restaurant & staff. Cannot wait to go back"
    Dined on 3/19/2014