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mkt. Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/mkt/
  • Email: info@ethanstowellrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (206) 812-1580
  • Hours of Operation: Sun-Thurs 5pm-10pm
    Fri & Sat 5pm-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joe Ritchie
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Keystone Pl N
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from mkt.
mkt. - pronounced "market" - is an intimate restaurant in an intimate Seattle neighborhood know as Tangletown, between Wallingford and Greenlake. It gets its name from Meridian, the traditional name for the neighborhood; the historic Keystone Building that it’s housed in; and Tangletown, as the area is now known. Joe Ritchie"s kitchen serves thoughtful, contemporary American fare with a dedication to Northwest products.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "The ambience was nice but it was a bit cramped. It could have been more romantic but the people near us could hear every little whisper so we felt like we couldn't be ourselves fully. the food was pretty delicious but we had gone to anchovies and olives the week before and the menus were REALLY similar. Id personally prefer Anchovies over Mkt."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This is by far one of the best new restaurants in Seattle. Everything was amazing, from the food to the service to the wine. Definitely will be going back!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Tucked in between Zoka and Mighty-O donuts shop, you will find Ethan Stowell's new restaurants in Tangletown area. Our meal from start to finish was superb, and the service was exceptional. Make sure you save room for dessert, because they're absolutely to die for."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food was outstanding - unique, extremely fresh, wonderful flavors and lovely to look at."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We went early at 5:00, so we received good service since we were the first table. The items were a good value, fresh, and everything tasted very clean with no overpowering sauces or spices. I would recommend this restaurant and would go back. It is a welcome addition with Kisaku and Eva nearby."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Another excellent place from Ethan Stowell... this place is small but it packs a punch. Reservations are a most and this is not the place for large groups as the largest table fits only 4, and yet this place is a must. Great wine selection, a bit on the pricey side and a limited but highly creative cocktail selection. The food is the star here. My party tried almost every Restaurant Week offering... The fried quail and hamachi ceviche appetizer were enough to convinced me to come back over and over again. All dinner proteins were incredible and desserts were light, yet full of flavor. Overall, this place is a must!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "mkt. was a tiny place, as advertised. But perhaps because of this, the service was excellent, and everyone was very personable. Despite that they were busy for Seattle Restaurant Week, they welcomed our party which included a small baby in a car seat (who took up one of their few dining seats). The food was delicious. Portions were on the small side, but I didn't leave hungry because of the bread (which was complimentary and unlimited, though you had to ask for it)."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was, as expected, delicious. The ravioli with nettles on top was a creative and deeply flavorful dish and I can't recommend it enough. The other things we ordered were the beet salad and the fritters. Neither of these was what I expected, and both were a delight. Typical beet salad understanding went out the window when we got a bed of young greens with halved baby beets and shaved hard cheese placed on top. The fritters were a nice way to start, and had some really unexpected flavors."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We love eating at mkt. The service is extraordinary but Marcus is a real standout! Have a Mr. Bond Sr. cocktail and then just let the food happen. It's beyond beyond."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "It is small, compact, modern in decor. We sat at the counter and watched the cooks. Fascinating ease and focus. The dishes are exquisite, especially the halibut with pea vines and vegetable tagine. Don't skip the grilled green beans with salt and lemon. The service is always outstanding, attentive but relaxed and personable. This was our third time and we'll be back."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Delicious, inventive food served in very tight quarters. $75 per person for 1 cocktail, 1 glass of wine, 2 small plates."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great neighborhood spot even if its not your neighborhood. All the dishes we tried were very good and not a miss among them"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food was outstanding! The service friendly and attentive. The variety just large enough to offer something for everyone yet not too large to create confusion and difficulty in making choices. The size of the restaurant limits the ability to take large groups and the sound in the restaurant is dependent on the other patrons who are there. If you have a rowdy group as we had right next to us it can be loud. However this is our second time there and the first time we went the people next to us were more subdued so the noise level was much lower. Seems like the restaurant will only fit around 30is people but the food is well worth the wait if you have to wait!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. The hostess, the bus person, and our server, Anais, were all extremely helpful and made us feel very welcome. (I love the friendly and solicitous service we experienced in Seattle - I wish it was more like that in the Bay Area.) Everything we tried was delicious. The grilled rabbit was my favorite. Our food was a little slow in coming out, which did not bother us in the slightest, and the chef graciously sent over a complementary appetizer as an apology. What a thoughtful gesture! If this restaurant was in the Bay Area it would be booked up weeks in advance. My one minor complaint was that the restaurant was noisy, mostly due to the boisterous party of four seated next to us."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food is excellent - the quality was outstanding and the flavors were unique and excellent. But the portions have gotten smaller (I've been there 3 times in 5 months). The pricing is for downtown; not green lake. The chair/stools are uncomfortable and you have to have a reservation. As a neighborhood restaurant, one that I live 2 blocks from, it is disappointing not to be able to pop in and get a seat."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "It was our first visit to market and a good experience. The space is very small with seating on a bench extending the length of the restaurant and faced with uncomfortable ,nearly backless chairs. Because of the narrow space it can be noisy. our table at the far end was quieter although next to the bathroom door. The menu is relatively small but interesting in its variety and creativity. The portions are large enough to be shared which the three of us did sharing the duck, the scallops and the tagine all of which were excellent. The wine list is relatively small but varied in country of origin and price. We felt the bill was about what we expected."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "First, I greatly appreciated being able to make a reservation for two people for this restaurant. From being warmly greeted when we walked in to the final farewell, the experience was wonderful. The service was professional, efficient, friendly and flexible. We had way too much food--green beans, foie gras, ravioli, scallops, lamb and dessert, along with a bottle of wine, but all were well prepared and we loved sampling it all. Noise level can get high if you happen to be sitting between folks with loud voices, but the tables are not so wide that you can't hear your dining partner across the table."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We dined at Mkt recently with our adult children, and had one of those perfect dinners that come along only once in a while. All four of us wanted every menu item (exceptions for allergies). The cocktails were creative and well made. Each dish brought exclamations of pleasure. And we were treated professionally but with warmth and responsiveness. We are all four eager to return."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Mkt deserves it's hype. To start, our server was ver knowledgeable about the menu, and was able to make helpful recommendations. We started with hand crafted cocktails (they only serve 3 a night), which were exceptional (though I switched to wine after 1). Then came a number of small plates, starting with the most incredible green beans, simply grilled and flavored, but exceptional. Cheese, walnuts and honey preserves came next, again exceptional. The steelhead and clams, Muscovy duck, wagyu beef, smoked wild mushrooms, and vegetable tangine were also incredible. The food is of the highest quality, and is priced as such. It is also very small, to the point of being claustrophobic. That said, you won't find better food or variety."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food was really good, but I found the portions quite small, except the pistachio tart dessert, which was as filling as my appetizer and dinner combined. The service was very eager, attentive, almost too much, but didn't cross the line. The atmosphere was lively and cozy. The chairs at the bar were very comfortable, even though I was worried when I came in, because they look like big blocks of wood. They gave unexpected treats - an amuse-bouche, little packages of homemade pasta to take home. This is a great addition to the neighborhood. Friendly people who obviously care about what they are doing."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I wanted so much to like MKT. Seattle Mag gave such a great shout-out. But from the moment I was seated under a loud speaker next to two loud talkers competing with the speaker the evening went downhill. Undercooked beans in every dish. A tangine that was given no thought, oven time or flavor with more crunchy chickpeas. Listless scallops. Tiny plates at full-prices passed to us as 'small plate' eating. Call it tapas people. And charge accordingly. Meanwhile, I couldn't hear the waitress, my dinner partner across the tiny table, or for that matter, what was so special about that loud music. Call me jaded, but Ethan Stowell, you are spread too thin."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Great staff. Great food cooked mostly on an open fire grill (including good vegetables) and an interesting, reasonably priced wine list. This place reminds us of the kinds of small, great neighborhood restaurants we like in New York - cozy yet vibrant at the same time. All of the seating is open to the kitchen, which, aided by the attentive staff, gives you the feeling that you're "a part of the place". This is a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Ethan Stowell has done it again, creating a wonderful little neighborhood restaurant. Very simple and clean decor, super friendly staff with food served to share. The food was incredible! I was thoroughly satisfied and happy when I left."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "my second time there and just fabulous. We went with another couple, which I recommend, and could order a good selection of items to try. The Kobe beef was amazing, kale salad lovely and so on. My one complaint was the smoked salmon on pumpernickel. the first time I ordered this several months before, the bread was lightly toasted, thin, buttered and warm and the salmon was on the bread with a dab of creme fresh and sprig of dill - cut into quarters it melted in your mouth. This time the pumpernickel was thicker, not buttered, not really warm and the salmon, creme fresh and dill were all separate for one to mix and match. Everything else is first rate."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We had a great meal at Mkt. Don't plan to go without a reservation!! Our waiter definitely steered us right in our choices. Like most E. Stowell restaurants, we ate family style - which is great. So many different dishes to try!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Given all the amazing things I had heard about mkt, that is quite the compliment. Seth, was a perfect host."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We're not certain if we would recommend mkt. to a friend. The food was very good, but not outstanding -- especially when you consider the type of food and size of the serving v. the price. The service staff was excellent and mkt. has a good neighborhood feel creating a potentially nice place for friends to gather. But, something's out of sync! Perhaps Ethan thinks the economy is really on a roll again or his reputation is enough to justify the prices vis-a-vis what's delivered. We think mkt. and some of his other recent openings are not up to the usual standard. Ethan, time to stop and think?"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Hamachi ceviche, nettle-ricotta ravioli and grilled Wagyu beef steak were expertly prepared and delicious. We had 4 dishes, a chocolate dessert with 2 glasses of wine and a ginger beer. The total cost was $109 with tax so a reasonable price for dining out in a nice restaurant in Seattle these days. The only reason I give it 4 stars rather than 5 is the space is tight and the chair on the non-bench side has a very short back so you can't lean back. The entrance area is so crowded I could barely back up to open the door which swung in after retrieving my coat. However, the small space means you get to see the kitchen staff at work so that's a positive. We would definitely go back and do highly recommend to friends."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "MKT was a really fun experience with interesting food. The dishes were unique, but also not too obscure that you can't find something great to eat. It was a super cozy atmosphere and the wait staff was very friendly. I will certainly recommend it to others."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "My wife and I are fan's of nearly all of Ethan Stowell's restaurants, but this is definitely one of his best. Small and cozy like How To Cook a Wolf, but a refreshing break from the Italian/Italian-inspired food served at most of his kitchens. Squash blossom fritters, hamachi ceviche, a kobe filet and lamb two ways were all simply prepared and adorned, and delicious. But our experience was not made just by the food, but by the delightful service. Our server was easily one of the best I've had in years and seemed not just honest when pressed about her menu faves but actually excited about them. The casual feel paired with great service and food makes this my new favorite neighborhood spot."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "When we arrived, my partner mentioned that we were celebrating our 29th anniversary to the waitstaff. She said she would be right back and came back with complementary prosecco for our celebration. The food was amazing. I had no idea that grilled green beans could be so delicious! The main courses were also excellent as was the dessert."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "It was out first time at Mkt., dinning on a stormy Sunday night that we didn't really want to venture out . . . so glad we did! We had read how small (cozy!) this spot was, but did not find that to be a negative. The staff was warm and personable, just the right amount of contact and provided very excellent service. We started with the sea salt/lemon green beans (served in a jar), and the squash fritters served with a wonderful herb-pumpkin seed pesto. Both were outstanding. Next came the Sea Scallops, with the pork shank & white beans, and finally the grilled wagyu beef with fingerling potatoes. Both outstanding, but the beef was our absolute favorite! We shared a beautiful bottle of Owen Roe Syrah . . . and it was all perfection!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I've eaten at most of Ethan Stowell's restaurants to date (except Bar Cotto and Red Cow). If you dine out frequently, eventually one will have an off experience and dining at mkt. was one. There was high expectations and anticipation for this long awaited reservation, but it fell short. If you like closeness and presumptive wait staff - go. If not, give your business to other restaurants under his leadership or go elsewhere."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Normally I avoid dining out on Valentines day. Not usually best day food or service wise. Mkt. knocked it out of the park. Fantastic menu and service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "...to celebrate Valentine's Day and we're both so glad we did. We arrived a bit early and had to wait outside as there is little waiting area and there were many others waiting for seats. This is the one knock I would give them...if it's crowded inside and raining outside, you'd better be ready to go grab a drink at Tangletown Brew Pub next door. Once we were seated by the very polite and hard-working staff, we waited a bit to have our drinks order taken but once we did have our Mr. Bond Sr.'s (Monopolowa vodka, Hendrick's gin and Lillet) we settled into the perfectly timed four-course extravaganza. Standouts: Nettle flan, grilled green beans, steak tartare, scallops and the pistachio sorbet. There were no disappointments. Exceptional."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The staff was awesome and the food was delicious. It is a very small restaurant which gives it a very intimate feel. I will absolutely be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Perfect for intimate dinner with friends. Yummy tastes and the chocolate malt pudding made me swoon."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Good menu. Just excellent food! Very small facility so a tiny bit claustrophobic"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I really wanted to like Mkt. The restaurant is lovely in a cute neighborhood and the staff was excellent, but the food was sub-par. Everything lacked flavor and seemed completely unremarkable and certainly forgettable. I was underwhelmed, as I tend to be with many of the Seattle big name chefs."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Our favorite were the wonderful barrel aged cocktails!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014