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Ponti Seafood Grill
Ponti Seafood Grill
  • Address:
    3014 3rd Ave. North
    Seattle, WA 98109
    Neighborhood:
    Seattle Center / Lower Queen Anne
  • Cuisine:
    Seafood
    Price: $30 and under

Ponti Seafood Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://pontiseafoodgrill.com/cuisine.html
  • Phone: (206) 284-3000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Served nightly from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm
    Happy Hour: Served Nightly from 4:00 to 6:30 and 9:00 to close. (**Please note, we do NOT accept Happy Hour Reservations)
    Lunch is served during the month of DECEMBER ONLY.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pan-Asian, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Alvin Binuya
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Four private rooms with water views & private patios available for groups of 8 to 200. Off-site Catering also available, please contact our Private Dining office at (206) 284-3000 or request a date on-line at: http://www.pontiseafoodgrill.com/pd-reservations.html
  • Private Party Facilities: PRIVATE DINING AT PONTI: Nestled next to the historic Fremont Bridge on the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Ponti is reminiscent of a Mediterranean style villa and stands watch over ships passing under one of the world’s busiest bascule bridges. Four rooms available. 1) BUENA VISTA ROOM: (Seats 8 to 24) Bay windows offer a 180° view overlooking the ship canal and historic bridges creating a quiet and intimate dining experience. 2) SWORDFISH ROOM: (Seats 10 to 26) French doors and bay windows afford sweeping views of the ship canal and the Fremont & Aurora bridges. Ideal for cocktail parties. 3) GRAND DINING ROOM: (Seats up to 75) Mediterranean ambiance and unique artwork compliment the extraordinary view afforded by a wall of windows. 4) TAPESTRY ROOM: (Accommodates up to 40 seated or 50 reception style) Looking out over the ship canal towards the Fremont and Aurora Bridges, this room offers seclusion and tranquility. Adjacent private patio may be reserved with the room during summer.
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Edwards (206) 284-3000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nickerson
  • Public Transit: Metro Buses #26, 28: Fremont / N 34th Stop; #17, 31: Nickerson
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking available for $2. Free "on-street" parking available within surrounding blocks.
A word from Ponti Seafood Grill
Nestled next to the Fremont Bridge overlooking the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Ponti Seafood Grill resembles a Mediterranean style villa and offers one of the most unique water views Seattle has to offer. Since 1990, Ponti has delighted the palates of their guests with a menu that offers an array of eclectic flavors ranging from pan-Asian, Mediterranean, classic European and Pacific Northwest fusion, under the creative guidance of proprietors, Richard and Sharon Malia. Ponti’s reputation for its dedication to providing fine service and exquisite cuisine ensures that your visit will be well remembered. “A Spectacular fusion of Northwest Bounty, European Techniques, Mediterranean sensibility and Pacific Rim Pizzazz.” —Food & Wine.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "On a whim the wife and I decided to get dressed up and go to dinner at Pontis. We made reservations for 6:45 and were pleasantly surprised when they offered outdoor seating. It was a beautiful evening out, and we enjoyed watching all the boat traffic as we dinned. The food was fantastic, I had halibut and the wife had steak. Both meals were well prepared and portions were fair."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It was a most perfect evening! The food was beautifully prepared and quite delicious. The patio is more mike balcony eating overlooking the canal. The service was respectful of our intimate dining experience yet aware when we needed another beverage or plates to be cleared. We will return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We love coming here with pals from out of town. The view is beautiful and serene, and if the weather is nice, sitting outside is delightful. The service is friendly and attentive, the food very well prepared with good variety (from relatively simple, fresh king salmon to a great Thai seafood curry, to the very yummy lamb shank). Friends (well-traveled folks from Washington DC) were impressed. We also love to come here for special romantic occasions."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is the "go to" place when my institution has visitors from out of town. Dined here earlier this week with 7 colleagues, 3 of whom were guests from the "other Washington." My out of town guests did not stop raving about the setting (we were seated on the deck, facing the canal) and the food. There are many fine restaurants in D.C. (and even a canal) but the combination of lovely summer weather, setting, and fresh foods sourced from the Northwest would not have been found in any of them."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My parents who are in their late 70's and early 80's are visiting and they thoroughly enjoyed the view, the service and the delicious food!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had the best experience , from drinks at the bar with mike, to amazing patio table over looking the outlet. The food was amazing as was the service. Not to be missed!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "They have a lovely menu & we accommodating for us with food allergies"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Nice semi-private room overlooking the Ship Canal, good wine list, great service, valet parking for $3. A bit too much salt."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "What a wonderful smoked black cod entrée! Fabulous wine and also they let you buy at retail cost to them any wine you love! A very pleasant spot for a nice dinner."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was amazing. It was hard to enjoy it because the restaurant was so cold. Great waitstaff, and good drinks."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "On a beautiful summer evening the charming balcony on the ship channel is matchless for dinner. Staff was polished and helpful (how can you improve on the valet parker who walked out to the main road to wave the taxi in to pick us up - the restaurant is not easily visible). Food was a good match for the service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Seated on the patio overlooking the ship canal, enjoying superb wine on a wonderful evening - can't be beat in Seattle! Our out of town guests, who are heavily involved in food services, said this was one of their best meals ever! My wife and I get to enjoy Ponti's more often, but very much agree - the food and service are always terrific, and the ambience is very hard to beat."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time here for our anniversary dinner. It is delightful to sit out on the patio on a nice day. Service was good and I really like the fact that we did not feel rushed. It is a seafood place, so I ordered what I would not make at home, scallops. They were cooked just right on a nice sauteed vegetable bed which had just the right flavor - not to overpowering, but enough punch. My husband especially liked the peppers. He had halibut and said he would order it again. I want to come back and sit in the bar sometime. Parking spots are tight, but doable. Patio chair cushions could use some updating."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We are lucky that Ponti is in the 'hood. Anything from happy hour to a very special occassion, Ponti is designed to accomodate. The food and service always exceptional...we are never disappointed. Richard Malia is the consumate restauuranteur making each guest feel welcome and special. Many of the staff, such as Rosa have been part of the Ponti family for decades making the guest feel great. Whether entertaining guests for business, tucking in for a quick cocktail with the girls, baby showers or birthdays in the private dining rooms or a romantic dinner with the hubz, Ponti fits the bill!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Dungeness Crab Rolls have long been a feature and they are superb. The food generally has always been exceptional. The waiters are sometimes off, but we had a lovely woman who was right on the ball and very knowledgeable. The noise level is that of a busy restaurant, but one is still able to talk comfortably. The last time we were there 20+ people had been seated at one table in the main dining room on a weekend night in the prime dining hours. Even if this restaurant did not have private dining space (which they do), this is simply not on. I understand the economics of seating large, special occasion parties, but there are ways of doing this that don't detract from the ambience which is the primary reason we go to this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This restaurant was perfect on a hot summer night. Patio dining is lovely, and the view terrific. Food was excellent, and the service was with a smile!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wife's B'Day ... she & I really enjoyed the great food and the outdoor ambiance of the the water and bridge activity. Jason served us and he was terrific!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I had been to this restaurant in the past so since I was sent a voucher for my birthday I thought I would go here again. The experience on all levels surpassed my prior experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Pricing,food and service was well rounded in all aspects."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have cherished out times at Ponti's sitting on the deck overlooking the Mountlake Cut. The food selections are outstanding. Eating here always creates lasting memories not only about the food but also the beautiful setting. This last visit two of us had the smoked cod. Wonderful!! Thank you for doing it again Ponti's!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "First time at Ponti was for a birthday dinner with family. I very much appreciated the fine seafood, well-prepared vegetables, decor, slow rythm, super waitstaff, and international feel of Ponti. What a gem to discover on north Queen Anne!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great ..awesome... Great food ....valet...... Romantic....."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Ponti. We were very pleased with the service, environment, food quality & freshness of the ingredients of our dishes. We are new to the area & will be making Ponti a regular destination for great food & sophisticated atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely dinner and a beautiful table added to the special evening. The food was terrific and creative. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to the lamb shank. I had to send it back because it was so salty. Reordered the black cod, which was outstanding... but missing the little squash that was supposed to be on the plate. I didn't appreciate that my husband got his order, and then I had to wait 10-15 minutes for mine. The manager made no appearance, but the waitress did her best to apologize. The memory of what was supposed to be a lovely dinner, instead became a good but annoying dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Even though it was drizzling, we experienced a serene atmosphere and stayed warm and dry out on the canal-side deck thanks to their awning and heaters. The tuna tartar was bright, the sommelier was very helpful and the seafood stew with coconut did not disappoint my taste buds, nor my attempt to stick to a Paleo diet."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time! Everything was great: the food, the service and the rose petals and birthday card on the table."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Looking for a new seafood restaurant I chose Ponti's to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary. We liked their menu and made a reservation. My wife and I both agreed the food was OK but nothing special. She had the halibut and I had salmon. Both were good sized servings but not very creative, and just average overall. There are many seafood restaurants choices and while everything was OK, we would not return. Our waiter was nice but nothing special either, made no recommendations or talked about food choices or preparation."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We're first time visitors to Ponti Seafood Grill; had only read other reviews prior to dining here. Therefore, I was expecting a great experience based on my research. However, the descriptions written by other diners did not do justice to the fantastic food preparations, wine list and ambiance. Although very busy with patrons, the service, food and deserts were terrific and we were not rushed to finish and depart. However, given the June 21st local activities and the number of drop in's waiting to be seated, we were mindful of the restaurant's situation and departed as soon as we had our coffee. We want to try the other offerings as the menu was varied and preparations were unique but not trying to be "over the top". Just Terrific!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was our anniversary and our table by the window was decorated with rose petals. Very lovely."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "As usual, the seafood was great. Yummie would be a good descriptive word. Wine list is average and the prices. Are $$$. Very good value. I love the seafood stew. One of the best in town. My wife and I will certainly return."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We always enjoy dining at Ponti and never miss celebrating our anniversaries are birthdays there. Wonderful food, cocktails and outstanding service."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Ponti's is a beautiful and elegant place with a unique view of the canal and passing ships. Most of the food is creative and of high quality and presented on the dish with fine aesthetics. It is notably quiet unlike so many trendy restaurants with their pounding and intrusive music. The Thai Penne contained less fish than usual and was less spicy but the calamari, halibut and chocolate molten cake were superb."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went to Ponti for a first date. Classy restaurant with a great view and ambiance. The food was also superb. The halibut and salmon we ordered were cooked perfectly and served beautifully!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I make it to Ponti's about every 3 months. Always super service, and great food. Definitely a place where you are not rushed out the door."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at Ponti's on a weeknight when there weren't so many people there. We sat in a smaller side room but still had a view of the Fremont Bridge and the canal. It was a relaxing evening and the food was excellent. I had salmon and others at our table had the lamb shank and we all thought the food was wonderful, particularly the broccolini that came with it. The bread came with a delicious oil and balsamic and garlic dip and they brought us extra bread since we enjoyed it so much. Afterwards, we drove the few extra blocks to visit the flower memorial that was set up at SPU. There were so many flower bouquets that it formed a huge pile and there were candles burning on the sidewalk in commemoration of the shooting. So sad!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The lobster spring rolls were fabulous. The cod dish was no better than I can make at home I was disappointed. Dessert was good but nothing to write home about. Service was good but one side order was forgotten and took a while to flag down the server."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Amazing selection of seafood for appetizers & main dishes. Service is very professional & nice views both inside & on the deck."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Outstanding seafood and we always recommend to friends when they ask for dining recommendations."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Excellent preparation for the salmon. I ate every crumb on my plate. My wife had the tenderloin (right, at a seafood restaurant). It was amazing... nicely aged and with yukon gold scalloped potatoes... heavenly."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our waiter was very hesitant to provide 2 separate checks for our party of 4.... And his hands shook violently when he served drinks.... He apologized but he seemed very stressed"
    Dined on 6/8/2014