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Marcela's Creole Cookery
Marcela's Creole Cookery

Marcela's Creole Cookery Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://marcelascreolecookery.com
  • Phone: (206) 223-0042
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: If you would like to visit Marcela's Creole Cookery outside our normal business hours, call us so we can accommodate your needs.
  • Entertainment: COOKING CLASSES (four courses)
    $100.00 for two people 4 to 6 nights a week call for details 206-223-0042

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yesler Way
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Marcela's Creole Cookery
Marcela's Creole Cookery opened in 2008 featuring authentic New Orleans cuisine as well as other cajun dishes. The restaurant is a partnership between Anthony McDonald, who brings 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry in New Orleans as well as many of his family's recipes, & Marcela Fuenzalida, who adds five years experience as co-owner of a restaurant along with 25 years in the financial industry.

Marcela's Creole Cookery's authentic creole flavors & outstanding service has received local & national recognition, placing it amongst Seattle finest locally owned restaurants. In 2009 Marcela's Creole Cookery was honored with a menu exhibit at The Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans for bringing authentic Creole flavors to the Pacific Northwest in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It has also received four star reviews from several local publications in the Seattle area as well as the The Food Network Magazine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great location close to pioneer square. Great food, however minimal wine by glass selections."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "What a wonderful dining experience! Owner Anthony, and waitstaff Andrew, helped to make my last evening in Seattle one to remember. The delicious food could only be topped by the warmth of the staff. By the way, the peach cobbler and bread pudding are OUT OF THIS WORLD! ;)"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The staff was awesome and fabulous at conversation, very attentive. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Everything here seems well-made. There is more than one New Orleans cuisine style, of course, and the gumbo, for example, was not our favorite kind, seemed a bit bland. But the crawfish dishes were excellent: a crawfish pie in a nice crust and a crawfish sauce atop tender catfish -- just really good,"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Wonderful spot for the best creole cooking outside Louisiana. The dishes were perfectly prepared, and arrived piping hot. The fried alligator with the 2 dipping sauces was in itself worth going for. We actually arrived fairly early (well ahead of our reservation), and the folks there graciously seated us without a wait. I highly recommend Marcela's. I cannot wait to get back and visit."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Despite having a limited menu, the food was fabulous! There were four in our group and we all had bites of each other's dinners and it was ALL delicious! On the negative side: our waiter was super friendly, but the restaurant was short staffed so I think he was responsible for the whole place and the food took quite a while to be delivered and we had to track the server down a couple of times."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I couldn't be more happy with our dining experience at Marcela's. I'm a transplant from the south and have had some authentic creole cooking in Louisiana, and Marcela's was just as savory and delicious as any memory I have. My wife and I had dinner there on our anniversary and she loved it. So happy to have found this gem!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I love Creole food, and this was by far the best I have had outside of New Orleans. I missed lunch, where they offered the usual delicious lunch foods of Muffulettas and Po Boys. I love that they stop selling the Po Boys after 5 due to bread availability - it means they use only the fresh stuff! But dinner was superb. I had blackened red fish, crawfish pie (amazing), etoufee, and fried alligator. I regret I didn't try the gumbo but I already was over eating due to an inability to pick just one thing. I finished with bread pudding which was delicious. The owner made an effort to come out multiple times to check on me and even refreshed my Hurricane (stay away from these unless you want to get a big buzz on!). It is a must try place!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Delicious food at a great price, along with a fun, festive environment and friendly service. Save room for the bread pudding with whiskey sauce... trust me!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Overall, the food was excellent. We enjoyed both the catfish with crawfish sauce and the sampler plate. Lots of delicious options on both plates. Our only disappointment was the BBQ shrimp appetizer. We felt it was a bit overpriced $11 for six modest sized shrimp. Lots of seafood options on the menu which worked well as we had one pescetarian in our group. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We had a fabulous time here on New Year's Eve! Everything and everyone was over the top great!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The evening did not turn out to be as we had hoped after reading the previous good reviews. We were a party of 6 and a 20% tip was added to our bill which we thought was a bit steep for this level of restaurant and service and not being informed beforehand. Food was just Ok but not special."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We had a great lunch and the server was very attentive."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "We had 5 cousins who rarely see each other and wanted to be in Pioneer Square. Parking was right next door and reasonable. Anthony was very hands-on, in response to an order for red wine he suggested a lovely Argentine wine that was super reasonable and delicious. The shrimp appetizer with dipping bread was wonderful. Everyone had a different entrée and all were happy. I decided I'm too much a northwesterner to really appreciate soft shell crab, but it was as good as possible :-). We shared bananas foster for dessert. Lots of fire and really delicious! We were there three hours and were never rushed. Had great conversations and good food in a fun place."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Friendly & gracious service, great softshell crabs, great crawfish ettouffe, Abita beer, good nola background music. A pleasant surprise on a Sunday night in seattle"
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "Try the sampler with shrimp gumbo, jambalaya, and crawdad pie!"
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "There are not many cajun or creole restaurants in the Seattle area but this is a good one for a change of pace. The food is good and they try hard to be authentic Lousiana style creole."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "The food there was good. A little disappointed they didn't have the fried crab claws anymore on their menu. Service was excellent and the waiter described everything on menu for my friends. Gumbo was tasty."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "The fried crawfish was delightful. And, if you like a good strong drink, you have to get a Hurricane. This one had my wife stumbling before we got to the show at the 5th Ave. Theatre. The only turnoffs were: 1) While sitting outside two thugs were walking down the street and spit right in front of our table... G-R-O-S-S! 2) And, a couple bums came looking for change while we were chatting enjoying a drink. Finally, the service was supreme. The server took the time to make good conversation, go over the menu, and answer all the questions we had. All in all, this was a great place. Be sure to go inside to avoid any possible bad experience...and BE SURE TO GET A HURRICANE!!!!"
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "We had a great dinner at Marcela's. The food was great and the waiter was top notch."
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "I found the food to be over cooked and the gumbo served less than luke warm. Best part of the meal was the bread pudding."
    Dined on 4/4/2013
  • "We had an excellent dining experience at Marcela's. The owner was very cordial and welcomed us at the door. Once we were inside the service was outstanding. From the time we order our food until we were served was very short. The food was excellent. They have a great menu to choose from. I would definitely return to try another item from the menu. Also the restaurant was quite affordable."
    Dined on 3/2/2013
  • "One hurricane knocked me out and the staff were very helpful in helping me manage safely to my destination. They were very understanding and accommodating. They had a spectacular Malbec. The special spicy shrimp appetizer was perfect paired with our wine and drinks1"
    Dined on 1/22/2013
  • "Authentic Cajun! Anthony & Marcela were wonderful! I can't wait for the Santa Monica expansion :-) Looking forward to my next visit, Les bon temps roulet!"
    Dined on 1/10/2013
  • "do you live in seattle, but long for a slice of new orleans? if so, look no further. the gumbo's the bomb. the muffaletta is as well. so are the hurricanes. as is the boudin. i haven't even mentioned the chicory coffee or the pecan pie yet either. look, this is real creole cooking. if that's what you want, come here. if you want an imitation, i hear new orleans cafe has red gumbo and clear hurricanes. go there if you don't know any better ;)"
    Dined on 1/10/2013
  • "Marcela's was a very pleasant surprise. Neighborhood gem in Pioneer Square and found it directly through OpenTable. Great service, great food, and the place even does cooking classes for creole food which was good to watch. The signature drinks at Marcela's are not that good, but the food is fantastic."
    Dined on 12/15/2012
  • "Needs better ventilation and to change their frying oil more frequently. I went home smelling like the fryer. Food was good. Desserts were outstanding!"
    Dined on 12/11/2012
  • "I scheduled my reservations well in advance with them and after I had my guests drive over 45 minutes to meet us there, the restaurant told me they ended up booking the entire restaurant for a private event and told me that my party could not dine there. I did not receive a call prior to notify me of this change or an email. The gentleman who answered told me he didnt know how the online booking system worked and transferred me to a lady manager who informed me that there was a private party and she wasnt going to let someone with a "restaurant dot com" reservation in because of the private event.Very unfortunate experience, we were excited to try it for the first time because the menu looked delicious and I have heard good things."
    Dined on 12/7/2012
  • "Delicious food in traditional New Orleans style that's better than anything you will find outside NOLA."
    Dined on 11/2/2012
  • "Our experience there was absolutely terrific. The food was authentic and well made. We even ordered Bananas Foster - AND WHO EVEN SERVES THAT ANYMORE??!"
    Dined on 10/27/2012
  • "As a person raised in south Louisiana, it was nice to have authentic Cajun food. It's a really small place, but the food is excellent!"
    Dined on 10/13/2012
  • "This is a neat creole place that's also start of the Pioneer Square Ghost Tour. The food was very good... The gator bites and sausage were very good (worth the try). The crawfish and catfish dish was very good. Jumbalaya was good, but not the best i've had. Staff was friendly. And accommodating to us coming early to eat then going on ghost tour."
    Dined on 10/5/2012
  • "We'd been wanting to try Marcela's for a while, and it's a pretty nice joint. We got there fairly late, so it was quiet, and the food was pretty good. There aren't a tone of Creole / Cajun options in Seattle, and as far as that goes, Marcela's is passable."
    Dined on 8/26/2012
  • "The food was very tasty with good flavors. The waiter was excellent and gave good recommendations. We were spoiled with lots of attention since we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time (we dined early that day due to a commitment). I would definitely go back and would recommend it to anyone if you like Cajun/Creole food."
    Dined on 7/16/2012