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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
  • Email: info@pontiseafoodgrill.com
  • 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "It's such a pleasure to be in an atmosphere where you can talk as well as enjoy fine food. We were glad our reservation was early and we could enjoy the view."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I have been here before have always had a enjoyable dinner. Would like to come back and take advantage of the outdoor sitting. Service is always very friendly and on the spot. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We visited recently for Restaurant Week. We chose Ponti's in part because they offered their entire menu with $10+ up charges on some items (seafood and steak). Overall the food quality was high (although our Crab Rangoon appetizer tasted as if it had come from the freezer section at Safeway) and the selection very good. We discussed at the table the last time we'd been here and it turned out 15 years…Ponti's feels like a great old pair of jeans these days - instead of the one time aloofness it use to project. We will be back although hopefully the waiter we had will be less interested in rushing the service and offering up more interest in what he should be doing- his indifference was a bit much."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We were looking for a great seafood experience at a place we had not yet visited, and we found it. All five of us chose a different selection of seafood meals and no one was disappointed. The wine was very good too. We selection of deserts was limited but that was expected because of the special dinning event. We were very happy with our choice of restaurants, and we plan to revisit again."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience. We went early so the restaurant was very quiet. It was a beautiful evening and the view of the river was lovely. Our waitress was very nice and, very knowledgeable about the menu. We felt personally cared for and had some excellent recommendations. She was very helpful in steering us in the right direction toward gluten free options and offered that the kitchen would adapt certain meals if we needed. We went for Restaurant Week, but ended up extending our options to be able to try a larger variety. The seafood stew was out of this world, the NY steak perfectly cooked and we loved the shrimp and crab wrap appetizers! The Kale salad is uniquely wonderful! We will be returning soon. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Fantastic food and customer service--the view from the patio was also gorgeous and worth the chilly night air!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "It was a lovely evening, with excellent food, and excellent service. I'd return anytime."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The Seafood Stew was a must have and a nice sized portion. The mushroom risotto could use a bit of salt."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "One of the few places where you can feel your money was spent on a meal that you truly enjoyed. It is such bummer when you spend money on a meal and all it does is just fill your gut. Ponti's food and presentation is excellent. My only complaint is that I wish they were located on the eastside so I can go more often."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great place to reward yourself and friends with delicious selections and good service"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The CHef can cook great cod and black cod! It was our son's 25th birthday and this was where he wanted to go and the restaurant made it very special."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is the second time I have dined here. There sea food selection is outstanding and reasonably priced. My only complaint was the time it took to receive additional drinks and dessert. Waitress got a little chatty with some tables and forget about orders she had up so we asked another server to grab the drinks we ordered that had been sitting at the bar for 10 minutes. They were quite busy but she just seemed unorganized. Desserts and salads are also outstanding. They do have a small deck that mainly seats parties of 2."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The service was top notch and the food was absolutely delicious - from the appetizers through to the desserts."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I was impressed by the creative menu. I would have ordered anything from it. Our servers were upbeat and attentive, got erything right. Note that the fish preparation is on the medium rare side. If you want it cooked through and through, tell your server. You can also call ahead with any special needs. Ambience was very pleasant, not crowded. In warmer weather there is outdoor deck seating. My entire meal was delicious and enjoyable. Parking is free on the street or very cheap per the valet."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Lovely servers, very attentive. Amazing fish...so well seasoned and prepared. Romantic ambience with a beautiful evening few of the Fremont bridge area. Perfect for a romantic date. Very warm and welcoming."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This place is tucked away somewhere. The sign in the middle of the road doesn't do it justice and its also behind a funeral home. However, once you step in and taste their food (seafood) I must say it was great and flavorful. We had a great time and the ambience was nice. Check them out!!! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. We were in a smaller room than the main dining room and it was lovely. Great view. I had the halibut and my husband had the black cod. Both were excellent."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time here and it was notably better than the 1st! The service was awesome and the food was great, they had a lot of great fish "in season" so there were some very tasty options. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I really wasn't impressed with the meal. My girlfriend had the king salmon it was dry came with two asparagus spears and a little couscous. I had the halibit the fish was fine came with a little rice and some sauteed spinac at $33 and $32. not a very good value . If you want a great dinner at reasonable price it's hard to beat Antony's Home port in Des Moines get the sunset dinner."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My best friend and her daughter visited Seattle for a week. Ponti Seafood Grill was one of the memorable places we had the pleasure of dining at. Great food and service with a wonderful view. It reminded me of a restaurant I visited in Italy. I saw a bar and would be interested in coming back for their happy hour."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Frankly, I expected more from the food quality. My albacore was a bit tough and his scallops were not tender. The best part of my meal was the spinach. However, the service was excellent. It is a beautiful restaurant. We would go back but I would order something dfifferent."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our server was very professional. We were provided with everything at the right time and our sever never cut into our conversation. Music level was good, nor too loud and lighting was intimate and warm. Food was alright but overall because of the factors above, I will definitely visit again!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Many years ago, Ponti was one of our favorite restaurants. As our lives became busier, it fell out of the "rotation" because it was not near where we lived. Recently we needed a place to take friends from out of town that could showcase regional cuisine and was near where they were staying. We were certainly glad we went back to Ponti. The food preparation was outstanding as was the service. The biggest plus for us was that we were able to carry on a conversation, hear each other (even at a larger table) and were left to chat long after the main course was served. It was a delightful evening and we will return much sooner now that we have been reminded why we liked Ponti in the first place."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had the most lovely evening at Ponti on Saturday! We have been there many times, and always find it satisfying. Saturday evening was even more special. The food was excellent. There was a wonderful seasonal halibut special that was prepared so interestingly with greens, asparagus and a lovely light sauce, delicious scallops that were also very interestingly prepared and perfect salads, tasty desserts and great espresso! Service was GREAT; we sat in a lovely room with a beautiful view, flowers, white table-cloths, and could actually carry on a conversation with 4. Delightful!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "And the experience was wonderful from the waitstaff to the meal selection. I will be back again soon to enjoy all that Ponti Seafood Grill has to offer."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Twice we've been to Ponti's recently and received fish that was not fully cooked: Once salmon, once cod. We used to really like Ponti's. But having this happen twice has changed our view."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We celebrated my husband # birthday at Ponti restaurant Saturday night ,and it was awesome! It's not like a typical restaurant that you see around , it has character, very warm atmosphere, friendly staff and excellent food . Wine selection awesome! If you haven't been there, you should definitely try it ,you wont be disappointed ."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very fresh seafood. I enjoy relaxed service but our server was extremely slow"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We enjoyed our food and the service was exceptionally good. The food was a very good value for the high quality. In part we chose Ponti's over another water side restaurant favorite because the price per entrée was on average $5 or so less and as a result we also ordered dessert. The selection of items on the menu was very good. We will likely return to try out other items. It is always great watching the boat traffic near the Fremont bridge."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "As Queen Anne residents who like to frequent local restaurants we were REALLY hoping that Ponti Seafood could become one of our regular spots. This was our first visit. Alas, we were disappointed. The service, ambience and view were all good. The food was average, all a bit bland and tired. It certainly wasn't good enough that we would return or recommend Ponti to others. We really wish we could."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Second time there in the last month. Food is amazing, service is great."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This is a really great place right on the Ship Canal. Besides having a great view of all the boats coming and going to and from the locks, it has a marvelous menu and a great wine list. Can't be beat for that special occasion."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I have been to Ponti a handful of times and have always had a good meal. Unfortunately I didn't get to this review closer to the time of my visit so it isn't fresh in my mind. I remember having the lamb and I really enjoyed the flavor. The only thing I don't really like is having the bone but that is the way that it is usually served. I did appreciate that after our dinner they put on the UW vs UCLA soccer game in the bar for us and we watched a good portion of the second half and both overtimes."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "I think it's the best seafood restaurant in the Seattle area. They consistently have good options and the food is well-prepared and creative. They also have the best option for Dine Around Seattle and Seattle Restaurant week. Most other restaurant participants have a very limited menu choice. At Ponti, you can choose any regular menu item with only a few more expensive items having an upcharge."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The food was excellent and I really appreciated that the dine around seattle menu was the entire menu!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I have lived on Capitol Hill since 92, have eaten at many places but somehow never heard of Ponti. That is sad because it is a great resturant and I have been missing out. The salmon entre was as good as it gets and the dessert just right. My wife, friends and I will be returning. Thank you for a wonderful evening. Rick"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The service is always great! Friendly and helpful without being obsequious or overly chummy. The food is excellent, they never rush you and they treat you well even if you are ordering "light" or sharing. They have some terrific appetizers and I love their all wild caught fish. It's a "go to" place for me."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We took advantage of the "Dine Around Seattle" event at Ponti's -- they put their entire menu on the program (a few dishes do have an up-charge, but worth it). It was busy for a Sunday night, but the service was excellent and the food even better. What a great way to experperience one of the area's finer restaurants. Looking forward to going back when we can sit on the deck, overlooking the Cut."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food and high quality seafood."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I have been to Ponti's a number of times and have always enjoyed the entire experience. This time, the waiter was a little annoying asking us too often, ' how is everything'? I was also surprised to be charged for the bread he offered us. It was Dine Around Seattle month with a three course meal for $30 and they let you choose off the entire menu. This is good, but they add $10 to some of their entrees and we noticed their portion sizes for appetizer and main courses to be much smaller."
    Dined on 3/5/2014