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Ponti Seafood Grill
Ponti Seafood Grill
  • Address:
    3014 3rd Ave. North
    Seattle, WA 98109
    Seattle Center / Lower Queen Anne
  • Cuisine:
    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
  • "We had reservations at 5:45 and were promptly seated with a choice of outdoor spots. We started off with the crab spring rolls. Flavor was great, but sauce should have been kept in a side dish. We proceeded with the arugula salad and corn chowder, which was just average. We ordered halibut and the filet. The halibut was cooked perfectly, although could have used more seasoning. The gnocchi served with it was absolutely delicious. My husband should have kept to the seafood, as the filet had some gristle which was disappointing. Ended perfectly with the molten chocolate cake. Service was very good, but the outdoor view was what made our evening."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "we loved it all! a perfect dinner spot for my husband's birthday. My scallops, all 5, were tops. Husbands halibut was perfect. Our calamari appetizer started it all wonderfully. All was terrific, incldung our table on their full outside deck. a pefect evening"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Had a real nice meal with friends. Food, fresh and tasty."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here for our 3rd anniversary and it was fantastic. We requested a table outside in our reservation and they followed through! Our table was right by the ship canal, so we could see the boats go by. It was a little noisy, but amusing. We ordered a rose from France and finished the whole bottle! We started with the sriracha lime shrimp and crab rangoons which were delicious. My husband had the king salmon and I ordered the halibut, both were perfect. We finished the meal with the molten chocolate cake. I would definitely recommend Ponti for any special occasion or even a casual dinner. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Ponti is a lovely place for a quiet family or romantic evening."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Sauteed calamari so good, sopped up most of the sauce. The scallops' sauce was unctuous yet citrusy, the aroma of the charred peppers lending a lovely earthy smokiness to the dish. So reliably good, when a friend comes to town, this is where we go."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Have dined here several times, especially in summer because of the great view from the deck, overlooking the busy ship canal, Fremont bridge & bike path. Food is consistently very good. The Thai curry Penne with scallops is luscious. My partner's grilled sockeye in a soy/lemon grass glaze was done perfectly. Service on previous visits has been quite good although this time our server seemed to disappear for long periods which was disappointing. Their loyalty program (ex: $20 off 2 entrees on your anniversary) is a great deal and a nice way to be reminded to return to this hidden gem."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This was our first time to Ponti's. We took another couple with us to thank them for watching our house while we were away on vacation. The restaurant was everything and more that was described. We sat outside and watched the boats as we dined. The food was excellent and presentation very nicely done. Our server was excellent. She was knowledgeable of the menu and wine list and gave us just the right amount of attention. Ponti's is definitely on our list of great Seattle restaurants."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Our family has been going to Ponti for years to celebrate special occasions and other times just to have a delicious meal. The seafood is delicious."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Ponti Seafood Grill is always going to provide a predictably great dinner. I have eaten here many times and I always return for more. If I am looking for a nice dinner with friends, family, or work colleagues, this spot will always remain a go-to restaurant that has fresh Pacific Northwest flavors, nice atmosphere, great service, and a fabulous wine list. The Thai Curry Penne Pasta is one of my favorites. The owner is very attentive to guests' needs and cares a lot about the dining experience of his patrons."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Ponti is no longer what it used to be. The food is now average but the prices remain high in relation to the quality. Of note, the restaurant wants to be considered as a high end one and for that, they should renew their dinnerware."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Been going to this place since the 80's.....and it is still one of my favorites. The wait staff are familiar faces, and I to them. The menu changes enough to keep my interest, but is still reliable. The Happy Hour is one of the neighborhood's best kept secrets. Love this place!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our waitress was attentive, friendly and was happy to let us practice our French with her. The food was delicious too!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food is always great -- even the non-seafood dishes. Service is often neglectful or forgetful. If Ponti could figure out service, it would always be packed."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This is a very nice place nessled along the canal. They serve delicious seafood. The crowd is a bit older, but don't let that deter you if you're in your 20s or early 30s. It's a great date spot with a beautiful view."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My wife and I mixed and matched from the menu for an excellent meal. The halibut was delicious and the service was just the right degree of attentive. We'd do it again."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Our group of 5 arrived late to our reservation, but they held our table which had direct water views on their balcony. Our waitress was very patient with us. An older gentleman in our group does not have the best memory and changes his mind frequently. After tasting his first meal, he sent it back and ordered another dish. The management was very accommodating and did not charge us for the first. Our food and drinks were top notch and I could not have asked for better service or atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This was a first-time visit to this NW seafood hot spot just across the bridge from Fremont. The ambiance was great, our visiting guests loved the menu, the seafood was excellent, and the service was attentive but relaxed, allowing the evening to unfold at it's own pace. Valet parking is essentially the only option. The view of the Fremont Bridge and Ship Canal is a nice backdrop. This place is fairly pricey, but worth it as an event meal or occasional splurge."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I booked this restaurant after a guide-book recommendation, and was not disappointed. The watermelon gazpacho, fried oysters, King Salmon and Weathervane Scallops were fresh and tasted wonderful. The table outside with the riverfront view in the evening made it extra special. Service and valet parking were top notch. A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The local salmon was perfect, moist and flavorful. Loved the couscous and fennel on the side. We also enjoyed the signature gimlet! Very refreshing!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner at Ponti, the food was excellent and the outdoor area is very charming"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My group had a wonderful time; food was wonderful and server Nydia was very gracious and made our evening Great. My guest was from out of town and enjoy the food and restaurant so much. Thanks"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Good solid food but decor was a bit outdated and the restaurant seemed to cater to the more "mature" crowd."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "It seems like I've known about Ponti forever, but had just never gotten there. It too an anniversary outing to discover that it is a gem! Excellent on all accounts, from the front valet who suggested a parking place, the hostess, and all staff that served us. The food, smoked cod (!) was exquisite and melted in the mouth. Lovely presentation, side vegetables, etc. Good portions. Desserts did not disappoint! Only downside was noise from an adjacent table of jubuliant dinners."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This restaurant was a great find in Seattle...lovely canal side location for viewing water activities--crew practice, passing ships of many kinds--with a lovely patio ambiance. Fresh oysters were fantastic, king salmon exquisite and a nice pouilly fume topped off the evening. It's a longish cab ride from the hotels in lower Queen Anne, but definitely worth the trip."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Been there a few times and like the location with the view f the water. Prices are reasonable and foods are good except the clams that we ordered the last two times. The receipt is good but the clams are not great. Clams should be in season since I had great clams somewhere else. Maybe they need to check their supplier to get the best that they can."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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
  • "My husband and I got to Ponti's every year for my birthday. Their deck, which looks out onto the canal and the Fremont Bridge, is one of my favorite places in Seattle. With great food and service (as well as their view), Ponti's is a wonderful place to linger on warm summer nights."
    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