Ponti Seafood Grill
Ponti Seafood Grill

Ponti Seafood Grill

  • 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.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,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, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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

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 $3. 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Ponti Seafood Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
157 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (115)special occasion (97)great for outdoor dining (94)fit for foodies (88)romantic (82)neighborhood gem (73)notable wine list (48)good for groups (32)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (7)hot spot (4)Show More
  • 63mike
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was amazing. It was hard to enjoy it because the restaurant was so cold. Great waitstaff, and good drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    Austinscout
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor treat
    Birthdaydame
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    SeattleRainReader
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Exceptional most of the time.
    steveo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ponti Seafood Restaurant
    phyllis
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit ... great!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dining
    chscake
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Outdoor Dining in Seattle
    seattlefoodie100
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressed
    SeattleDave
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great ..awesome... Great food ....valet...... Romantic.....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FoodSnob007
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • summertreat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed their usual excellence
    Lind
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, Hidden, Great Sommelier
    BallardMom
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Birthday Dinner
    mllp
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ponti's for anniversary dinner
    Jack
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feels like European Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a lovely able outside by the canal and it was lovely. Dinner was tasty and fresh. We live very close by, but felt like we were on the River Seine in France.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer Solstice Dining expereince
    JLLinSeattle
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rose petals
    Moltebene
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    It was our anniversary and our table by the window was decorated with rose petals. Very lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ponti For Good Food
    FlyhighVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday & Aniversary Tradition
    buckwheat
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We always enjoy dining at Ponti and never miss celebrating our anniversaries are birthdays there. Wonderful food, cocktails and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • lovely food in delightful setting
    sasha
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ambiance and great food
    birthday
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat Customer
    Scotsman
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious food, great service
    Lovetravel
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    rosie
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent seafood selection
    Bikinglibrarian
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Amazing selection of seafood for appetizers & main dishes. Service is very professional & nice views both inside & on the deck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a favorite
    Seattlite
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Outstanding seafood and we always recommend to friends when they ask for dining recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Copper River Salmon
    bgrungeman
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bellevuediner55
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ponti still does great salmon
    wannabe
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Love the salmon. In general, the food is what brings us here. Some aspects of the service seems to have gone downhill however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Wonderful food and great presentation. A nice water view on the deck made it extra pleasent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    cycleguy
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Both the king salmon and halibut were excellent. and the salad was exquisite. Expensive but with a groupon was a good value.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Canalside pleasure
    bistrofanaticVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Although the menus might be a bit limiting for the eclectic eater, the great fresh/local (especially seafood) dishes, in combination with an overlook view of the Lake WA Ship Canal, can make for a particularly pleasurable dining experience. One of THE best places in the whole city that you can have a long, conversational meal without shouting!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As delicious as always!
    Connie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Almost always go to Ponti's for a special time - very fresh & beautifully prepared meals. We went twice in thee last couple of weeks - so pleasant to sit outside there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience
    winerdiner
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Ponti's! We travel to Seattle every year at the end of May to take advantage of the Copper River King Salmon served in Seattle restaurants. The preparation at Ponti's was just the way we like it - grilled with mashed potatoes and thick asparagus. It was delicious and at $49, it was a lot less expensive than other restaurants (the high we paid was $65 and not nearly as good) making it an exceptional value. We will now add Ponti's to our not-to-be-missed list for next year and hopefully for many years to come!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening
    anneVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Wonderful seafood, especially the crab rangoon and halibut. We were able to sit on the patio and watch the boats go by while drinking manhattans! Service was attentive but not overbearing. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.