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Poppy

Poppy Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.poppyseattle.com
  • Email: info@poppyseattle.com
  • Phone: (206) 324-1108
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm -10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jerry Traunfeld
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Roy
  • Public Transit: Poppy is on Broadway along the main metro bus route (49) between downtown and the University District. There are two stops within a block of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a pay lot with restaurant access directly behind Poppy. Rates are $5 for 2 hours and $9 for 3. Street parking, metered and non-metered, is available in the area.
A word from Poppy
In a warm, modern dining room overlooking the lively streetscape of North Capitol Hill, Poppy presents James Beard award winning Chef Jerry Traunfeld’s style of Northwest cooking. Inspired by the thali, a tray of many small dishes served all at once to each guest, Poppy's menu highlights the best of local seasonal ingredients, spices, and fresh herbs from its own back garden, and includes many options for vegetarians.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a party of six during restaurant week and they didn't even bat an eye. The sever was splendid, the food was both fast getting to us and amazing to eat. The food is some of the best I have ever eaten."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Came here for Seattle Restaurant Week with a friend and I could not be happier with my reservation! Great place for trying new things and you'll love it if you like the taste of Indian food and american fusion! The bright flowers were also a nice touch!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We finally made it to Poppy and I wonder why we waited so long. It is amazing! The food is not easy to describe, because the experience is all about the flavors. I will definitely be returning soon."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This is the third time I've dined at Poppy. The first two times I really loved it. This time (9 pm Weds Apr 9th) I was completely disappointed. The tongue was over-salted, and the pork entrée was tough and dry. I ate almost nothing of the meal. I have no idea what's gone wrong. Maybe that late the food has been sitting around too long. It was a huge disappointment and I won't be back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Poppy offers something for everyone. My friends and I enjoyed our incredible dinner at Poppy. The variety of options combined with the mix of flavors and textures made for a unique dining experience. It is not the place for you if you are indecisive. The poached oysters in sorrel sauce started off the night on a high note. The miso black cod was lovely. It was nothing like any other miso black cod I had elsewhere. We all agreed the Nigella naan was the best naan any of us ever had. The hot date cake with coffee ice cream and pecans ended the night just right. Poppy is crowded so the only warning would be for those in a rush. For those with time, sit back and enjoy your dinner."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Consistently wonderful food. They were a little busy thanks to Restaurant Week, but the food was as perfect as always."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "meh...service was slow (but friendly) and food wasn't impressive. In general I felt like the food was overspiced with very strong flavors, and I'm generally very fond of Indian food. We don't plan to return."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Poppy is always an enjoyable experience. it is very different to other restaurants but it is creative and delicious."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The concept behind Poppy is wonderful. Revolving menu features a main dish accompanied by several small plates served together as a complete experience. No one plate was bad, though we found the cohesion of the pairings to be somewhat lacking. Plates are meant to be shared, though many of our accompaniments were the same--a fact not lost on us given we had ordered different mains with the purpose of sharing across. Our waiter, Carl, was delightful, attentive, and struck an amazing, conversational tone with us from the start. He was certainly the highlight of our meal. Over all, it was a good experience, and we would be interested in returning to see if the pairings were a flukey misstep."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My love and I go to Poppy often for cocktails or thalis; this particular night it was thalis and as usual we were not disappointed. Delicious food, wonderful cocktails, a lovely setting. Poppy is simply one of the best spots in Capitol Hill."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "But I thought it was merely "good", probably because I had wished for something cozy and quieter. Poppy is bright and open, the food is weird and good, and the energy level is high. Good for groups."
    Dined on 4/10/2013
  • "Reserved a table for 9 pm. It was slow to moderately busy when we were there. We stuck with wine and lighter fare, appetizers. The appetizers were very good, and the wine recommendations from our hostess were on target."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Rhubarb chutney, black coconut rice, fresh black cod w miso sauce, ajwain naan... This restaurant is as unique as it is delicious. In Seattle for 3 days and searched this place out of dozens of surf/turf snout to tail same old thing. This is fusion at its finest: creative, fresh, flavors that zing around each other in surprising harmony. Cocktails are lovely too & compliment this unique pallet. I had to take off a bit for service because they lost our ticket after ordering causing our meal to be a long wait but they handhelds it beautifly, apologized up front explaining (rather than bluffing) what happened and comping us a drink. These things happen and they handeled it perfectly."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I love this place. The concept of a "thali", a main dish with multiple side dishes all served at once is a great. The cocktails were good. The food was amazing, I had a great pork dish and my wife had an amazing sea bass. All the side dishes were appropriate and excellent. A few of the side dishes were at worst good but the rest were truly good. What's best was the cost of a single thali set would be what you'd expect to pay for an entree in some restaurants. It was great and I'd go back for seconds or thirds."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Excellent, really enjoyed the thali style of eating."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Poppy is a great choice if you like a chef-driven menu, a wide variety of flavors, and incredibly well cooked foods. The quality and variety of dishes on the thalis menu is amazing -- definitely one of my top 10 restaurants in Seattle."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have been a big fan of Poppy for years. I still love the food and the place. Bur the last 3 times I have gone, service as been absolutely terrible. It starts with a snotty, attitude rich server. It ends with having to chase down another server to pay our bill. I would encourage Poppy's management to take service more seriously."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We dined at Poppy's this week with a couple that had never been there. All four of us truly loved the food and drinks served up at this wonderful restaurant. I am always impressed with the knowledge of the waitstaff. They are extremely well versed on each and every dish. All of us loved our selections and did a great job cleaning our plates. Already thinking about our return visit!!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Ex-chef from the Herb Farm ... need I say more. The menu was creative and the food delicious. Start with one of their cocktails, select a main course and enjoy. Be sure to get the eggplant french fries - better fried and drizzled with honey. Amazing!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Poppy was a culinary taste experience! The combinations of foods are inventive, unique and delicious! The desert thali just tops off the experience!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "It took a long time to get our two thalis, which they warned us. Be prepared to buy appetizers, even if the thali would be enough food by itself, because of the amount of time it takes. The food was good but not spectacular. Nothing wowed, but it was well-presented and an interesting combination of flavors and textures. We love Indian cuisine and this is a different spin which was interesting. It was worth a try to and it mainly disappointed on the price/value axis, given we could have had a fantastic meal for the same price or very satisfying Indian food from a number of low-priced establishments."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Have eaten at best restaurants all around town and enjoyed them, but Poppy (our first time) was a true stand out. Unique, creative, and executed flawlessly. Every bite was amazing."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "delicious food, surprising combinations but they work and it's a party in your mouth!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I've been here twice and the food and service have been excellent every time!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I like Poppy because it's in the neighborhood and seems available for two to four for dinner on short notice. The drinks are great and the food is of high quality. The staff is also very friendly and accommodating. That said, the devil is in the details, and sometimes the details are missed at this cute friendly spot. Orders, food requests, bringing dishes out in a timely manner, showing the right menu. And unfortunately, the traffic headlights will be bothersome at night. Just a location issue. It's not my first choice to go for a nice meal out. But definitely a good backup for last minute bookings."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Interesting and innovative food and presentation. But it was a bit bland for fusion - Indian cuisine. Go elsewhere if you're looking for spicy."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The chef/owner, Jerry Traunfeld, is amazing. Each meal offers a range of interesting and unusual tastes. We've eaten great meals all over the world. Here at home in Seattle, Poppy is our absolute favorite, for a fraction of the price of other such gourmet meals."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "That's all we could say during our dining experience. Every morsel of food we put in our mouths was delectable. The cocktails were amazing. I really can't say enough about this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The idea of small plates is wonderful. The staff is very attentive and helpful in making choices. Poppy is now one of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Its all about the food at Poppy. Their thali combinations are exactly what fusion cuisine was meant to be: exquisite... and the cocktails are just as imaginative and just as good. Largely an informal place right in the heart of the Broadway scene, done in contemporary minimalist style. The waiters can be a bit slow, but when your food arrives you'll quickly forget the wait."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "It was my sweetheart's birthday and he wanted to eat at Poppy's. I made the reservation online and we arrived on time. We were immediately directed to our table. I had mentioned in my online reservation that one of us had to eat gluten-free and it was the other's birthday. A few staff people stopped by individually during the evening and said Happy Birthday. it was discrete yet celebratory. They took great care in assuring I would have a delicious gluten-free dinner. We also received an expert description of wine, drinks, and champagne, included where each originated. Highly impressive. The food was exquisite. Dessert was delicious and it came with a birthday candle. Cost was a bit pricy, but well worth it. I highly recommend Poppys."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The northwest styled Thalis was quite unique and delicious. I am definitely going back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I ssem to have become a Poppy regular. This was not my intention it just happened. Why? Because its such a great place. Good food. Great staff. Great atmosphere. Also this local place that will welcome you if you are wearing jeans or a suit. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I took my cousin here for a special birthday. I had the Cod Thalis. It was very fishy and plainly not fresh. After one bite I decided to move on to the sides. The sides were different, but overall not worth ~$30/plate. My server didn't even bother to ask if I enjoyed my meal; I guess the answer was obvious. Planned on staying for dessert, but the main course was so disappointing we decided not to risk it and went somewhere else."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We really Like this place - the Thalis are always well thought out - great combinations and fabulous tastes. Interesting selection of cocktails - tasty and edgy. The staff are bright and fun and friendly and seem to care - quite delightful. And somehow, against all odds, we have always found a place to park!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I like food. Poppy is a unique restaurant that has been hyped by many as a must do experience. I was underwhelmed. The service was excellent and informative but, the food was lackluster, underwhelming, and did not in any way live up to all the previous reviews. The "thali" idea is wonderful but, what was supposed to be unique side parrings turned out to be almost identical parrings throughout all entres. Again, underwhelming in all aspects. Do not waste your time or money on this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We've been to Poppy dozens of times and since their menu changes often it never gets old. This last visit may have been the best thaili yet. Miso black cod was incredible. Wine recommendations were spot on and service was friendly as always. We love to take friends here since there is no other restaurant like Poppy in Seattle (or anywhere!)"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Poppy is a unique dining experience. Each small plate is beautifully presented and most interesting to eat. The food is delicious and adventuresome. The service is excellent. I also like the parking lot as it saves the frustration of finding parking on Capitol Hill."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined at Poppy many times, and it's a unique experience every time. The menu changes frequently, and chef Jerry has a special ability to pair fresh, organic ingredients like no one else. He features different herbs in various thali's (small dishes) that may actually sound strange, but they are delicious! I have never had the pleasure of eating so many different ingredients that I never thought I would be eating together. Fresh, full of flavor, and unique."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have been a number of times to Poppy, this time was a disappointment - the food lacked flavor. Our server was inattentive, particularly once she heard that we were drinking water.... Our friends that came with us are from India and we thought this would be a fun place to take them - I hope this helps :)"
    Dined on 2/15/2014