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Poppy Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "I dined out in the back patio with my girlfriend, and we were blown away by our experience. Service was great, food was exciting, and the ambiance in the back garden let us enjoy both fully. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a meal that they are comfortable sharing."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Everything about Poppy was top notch; location, food, service, ambiance. We took my wife's sister here for her birthday and were totally impressed. The menu was varied and interesting, the food unique and flavor combinations wonderful."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Had a great evening with lots of seafood (fresh oysters, fried mussels and definetly the best octopus salad so far) and excellent wines from the Washington region. The main courses were served in Indien Thali style with 5-7 sides (salad, soup, vegetable etc.). We had the salmon (wow!) and the morels. Everything was absolutely amazing, including service."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The thali concept lets you try a lot of different dishes with wonderful flavor combinations. A great place for foodies. Novel and different. Definitely get the eggplant fries! Poppy never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I always enjoy Poppy. While the main is always good, I think it is the side dishes in the thali where the chef really shines. His ability to turn any vegetable into a gourmet treat seems like magic!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food tasted great. However, our server got our order wrong (we ordered salmon and got vegetarian) and it took them a long time to get the correct dish out to the table. As a result, we were unable to order from their awesome-sounding dessert menu because we had concert tickets after dinner. (Our reservations were for 5:30, and our concert was at Benaroya Hall at 8:00 which should have been plenty of time.)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Amazes me how the food gets better and better here. The desserts too. Something really unique for out of town guests."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "POPPY is lovely and has a great ambience. The service is friendly and professional. The menu is unique, letting one taste a number of delicious small dishes not encountered anywhere else in town. The cocktails are very good. Do not miss the eggplant fries and definitely save room for dessert. Everything we had was above and beyond expectations. Do visit Poppy, and even before you leave the table, you will be looking for a chance to come back. Again and again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We met Chef Jerry at the Chefs Holiday at the Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite in January. We were so impressed with his approach to food we travelled from San Francisco to Seattle to eat in his restaurant. And we are so glad we did! He is an excellent chef but it is his unique approach to presenting the food in multiple small plates at the same time created to go together that is so fantastic! Wonderful food, beautifully presented and a terrific value for the quality."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Poppy and we were glad to come back. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list and thoughtfully advised us about the time it would take to prepare our thalis. Everyone liked their choices but we did do some trading back and forth to sample what each of us ordered. We'll go back again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My husband and I came to Poppy on our first date 5 years ago. We were very impressed, he's works in fine dining and we're both fairly picky. Just went again last night for our anniversary. Had the eggplant fries (of course), salmon and shared a thali. It was all perfection. Our waiter was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A wonderful experience. First time dining in Seattle, to visit a lady friend. We were treated to a great server, a wonderful meal, and a dessert to die for. The ambiance was elegant and trendy, but not pretentious. The tables were a little small, but cozy if you are looking for a romantic dinner for two. The couple next to us was friendly and couldn't resist sharing their own experience. The place was quiet enough for us to have an intimate conversation. The food was amazing; not sure how one person can eat the Thalis for two by themselves. We shared an appetizer and the salmon Thali, then noshed on the incredible dessert platter. The cocktails were a little pricey -- cost more than the meal at $11 a pop -- but they were delicious."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Really fun night out for my husband and I on our anniversary. We started with the Numbing potato dumplings and what a taste treat! The fresh szechuan peppercorns really do numb your tongue (tingly and tasty). I have to mention our cocktails because they were just so fresh and new--the whole list intrigued us and invited us to skip the wine and savor the exotic flavors. The lovage-based cocktail my husband ordered was like a burst of herbaceous, summer in your mouth. I stuck with bourbon-based libations that had floral and fizzy notes. The Thali main courses really kept things interesting. This was a special night out for us, a challenging diversity of tastes!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Loved it - the thali style allows you to taste many different foods"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Oh Poppy, why did it take us so long to find you? We had a dreamy dinner in the spectacular herb garden...by ourselves. Food--amazing. Service--friendly, helpful. Ambiance--where to start? We have talked for some time about finding a summer outdoor dining spot. And here it is, though I hesitate to tell everyone because then we won't have it all to ourselves."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My daughter and I had the most amazing dinner at Poppy the other night. The food is absolutely amazing. My daughter said the passion fruit lavender spritzer was sunshine in a glass. Our server was perfect. I can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the waitstaff outstanding . We had a great time"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The waiter kept approaching table every few minutes to see if he could take the plates away. It made eating extremely uncomfortable. Ironically, when I needed the check, had to wait around to get his attention. All in all, there was a kind of waiter/service unfriendliness that is not in keeping with this sort of high-end restaurant. I tipped well because I didn't want other servers to be done out of tips and because I felt sorry for the waiter himself for being so awkward and terrible at his job. Don't think the two of us will be going back. There are better restaurants in Seattle, such as Rock Creek, where the service and food are equally excellent."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The thali concept of eating from several small dishes encourages one to slow down, savor each bite and enjoy the flavor combinations. I ordered cumin-lamb osso buco which was a healthy serving. Two of the five side dishes were smoked eggplant and lentil soup with coconut yogurt and the other was leeks with black olive and sun-dried tomatoes. All of the seasonings complemented each other and were the perfect amount of food. My friend ordered nettle and risotto with fiddleheads and raved about it. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "If you would like to take your palette on an adventure head to Poppy. The dining style is amazing and the food combinations incredible. Instead of going to chain restaurants with the same tired menu choices, do yourself a favor and experience the wonders of a phenomenal chef and an fantastic restaurant."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I love the concept of this restaurant. The Thali's offer you the combo of appetizers and entree. You get an excellent variety of flavors and definitely won't go away hungry! Add the dessert Thali if in a group and it's the perfect ending to a delicious food experience!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "What a wonderful way to spend my 46th birthday! The service was outstanding, the atmosphere was alive and engaging and the good was nothing less than phenomenal. Eggplant fries??? Unreal - they make it worth the effort alone. Thank you!!!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "your reservations system is not good. five of us wanted to do dinner at 7:00 on a Tuesday. The reservation system said space was available at 6:00 or 8:15 yet when we walked in at 6:00 the place was almost empty and when we left at 8:00 it wasn't even half full. The problem seems to be the availability tables for 5 or 6. What!! you can't push tables together?"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The staff at Poppies were incredibly solicitous. The waitress was able to help us accommodate all the allergies at the table (and there were many!) without returning to to the kitchen for advice or permission. Every morsel I put in my mouth created a comment on its flavors. The chef is creative and knows how to awaken and please our senses. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This was my first time eating at a Thalia restaurant. The food was good and served in these adorable little bowls. For the price of each entree, portion sizes could be a tad larger. I look forward to eating here again. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Jerry Traunfeld is a culinary magician. How does he continue to always surprise me with flavors and combinations of ingredients that never disappoint? It feels magical. Poppy has become the "go to" restaurant for me when I have out of town guests to share in something truly unique and Northwest food that is prepared with flavors that surprise and delight every time. I recently had a "run" of house guests and took all of them to Poppy. This meant I have eaten there 5 times in the last 2 months. Monkfish is a favorite of mine that can be tricky to prepare correctly. It was so good, I ordered it twice in one week! And the Salmon that I had this past Sat. was unbelievable. The soups have become a favorite of mine, a treat every time. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My boyfriend heard about Poppy weeks ago, so I surprised him with an early birthday dinner. He's the type of person who will try any food (and I mean ANY food!) and knew he'd love the unique flavors that Poppy is so well known for. We arrived at 5:30 and were offered garden seating out back (a lush garden with cute tables, lavender and of course, poppies!) and when they heard it was his birthday, we were offered congratulatory champagne. Our servers and hostess were personable and kind, the food was delicious, Overall, it was a wonderful birthday experience for him! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Vegetarian options are already available but they were able to modify to make a fully vegan offering and it was amazing. I left just as satisfied as my omnivorous friends. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "This is a definite place to go for a meal like no other. The tastes and textures presented Thalis-style are each so thoughtfully planned. Allow the food to entertain your taste buds in ways that just don't happen often enough at other restaurants. As vegetarians we were thrilled with how many options were available. Just go and enjoy."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The main part of each of our meals was nice but the accompaniments that were supposed to be crafted for each main were less then exciting and repeated from one dish to the next leading us to believe they weren't really crafted to match with each main dish. In addition, the service was a bit "canned". Our server, although nice, repeated the same stories to each of his tables and had an awkward way of agreeing with anything said, making him seem fake."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The thalli platters are quite unique and the portions generous. There is real attention to detail in the spicing and saucing. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Nice flavors in both cocktails and good....good experience."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Creative cocktails and fabulous food! Had a blast at Poppy. Going back on this visit."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Poppy's menu is nicely put together with moderately-spiced, South Indian inspired dishes. Their naan is better than most Indian restaurants that have tandoori ovens - eggplant fries, an innovative treat for lovers of traditional French fries, and perfectly cooked halibut made for a most satisfying meal. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "when we didn't see our waiter for a full ten minutes when we first got there. And of course we were starving, but they caught their mistake and more than made good with free wine and free apps. Friendly folks and great food."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food tasted very good, with unusual but very pleasant favors. Service however was super slow ( for example it took -20 mins after being seated and given water until we asked one of the servers passing by to take our order. She was very nice. 5 mins later another server stopped by to tell us it will take a little more for him to come back and take our order.). It is true there was an influx of diners around 8:45 PM but that should not impact quality of service as much... The second dish took about 30 mins or more to appear on our table as well... It took 2.5 hours to eat a total of 2 dishes..."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Each time I dine at Poppy, I enjoy the genius and creativity of Chef Jerry Traunfeld, who has spawned several local successful chefs. I usually order two or three starters like the poached oyster with sorrel sauce and bacon, and the eggplant fries with sea salt and honey. But there were so many I wanted to try, I almost ordered from that list. But what I love about Poppy is it's inviting and warm in winter, and has a comfortable vibe where you can converse without shouting. Atmosphere is warm - modern, with locally made furnishings. With garden dining in the rear (urban romantic) and sidewalk dining in the front. Service is friendly, professional, timely and unpretentious - a refreshing experience for Cap. Hill. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My partner and I went to Poppy last Friday night. We had reservations for 7:45pm, but the hostess was able to seat us early. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the drink list. Both my partner and I had the halibut dish which came with pickled rhubarb (delicious and I recommend eating it either last or in-between dishes as a sort of palate cleanser), a cucumber yogurt salad (crisp cucumber with just enough yogurt dressing), black rice with coconut flakes, yam and onion, asparagus with peanuts and peanut oil and a large piece of freshly baked nann (that can be dipped in your remaining yogurt dressing from the cucumber salad or dipped in the halibut carrot sauce). I will be back to this restaurant hopefully very soon."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Karel was knowledgeable and attentive, and the food was wonderful"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The concept of the Thali is unique and gives great variety of flavors. I love having all the small plates to myself! I have followed Jerry Traunfeld from the Herb Farm to Poppy and the standard of cuisine is always immaculate. We frequently bring our out of town guests here for a special dining experience."
    Dined on 4/27/2014