Re:public
Re:public

Re:public

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.republicseattle.com/
  • Phone: (206) 467-5300
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Fusion / Eclectic, French
  • Executive Chef: Greg Swenson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Republican
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Re:public
re:public(regarding the public) lets its food take center stage. Simple, rustic decor - brick walls and dark woods - paves the way for creative lunch, dinner and happy hour dishes. Located in Seattle's vibrant South Lake Union community, re:public features French and Italian infused cuisine. Our exceptional chefs put extensive thought and care into each menu item including our house made pastas. We are happy to navigate the shortest distance between the farm and your table. The winner of Evening Magazine's best new restaurant in Western Washington for 2010,The Seattle Times gave re:public 3 stars out of 4, and great reviews keep coming in. Please come by and let us show you why!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Re:public reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (15)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)special occasion (4)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (2)romantic (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great spot to meet up at S Lk Union
    GrumpyMamaVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Great birthday dinner. Festive atmosphere. Food was wonderful and well thought out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had out-of-town guest show
    DowntownDiner
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    I had out-of-town guest show up and we wanted a place to talk for a long time to catch up. So this turned out to be a good deal--the booth we got was ample and spacious, the food was very, very good, and the drink service was great and offered a range of very good things to drink. The only nit is that this was a bit noisier than I expected given the atmosphere--it's a high-ceilinged room, with a very laid-back feel, but the music was more than I expected. However--if you are into the late-night bar scene where you and your friends are chatting around a bar or long table, it's perfect. I would return, gladly. The service was very, very good, professional, friendly, and sincere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Loved the food and service. Would have been better with a bit more light - could barely read the menu!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, but couldn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Excellent food, but couldn't see it very well because the restaurant was a bit dark! Otherwise, we loved the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very dark in the Re:public,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Very dark in the Re:public, food was fantastic but hard to find with my fork, felt like I needed a flashlight.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small but interesting lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    Small but interesting lunch menu. Fun SLU spot. Food was ok. Server was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the atmosphere was great &
    Natalie
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    the atmosphere was great & we definitely appreciated that our waitress gave us time to hang out & enjoy each other's company rather than rushing us through our dinner -- really great for a rare night out! however, the food was okay but left a lot to be desired. the descriptions on the menu sounded much more promising than the actual results.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Benign Neglect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    That's the best way I can describe my most recent experience at Re:Public. I've now been there a half-dozen times, 4 lunches and 2 dinners. Lunches have always been sensational. Both dinners, including most recent, were disappointing. Started off ok--nice table, friendly server who made helpful recommendations. When a large table was seated near us, though, things went downhill big time. Our dinners came out cold as if they'd been sitting under the heat lamp for awhile. When we finally got to report this--and by now our drinks and water glasses were both empty--the server didn't do a thing in response. Didn't offer to comp wine or dessert, or take them back for a re-do. The large party meant they basically forgot about us. Disappointing!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our service was amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Our service was amazing. He was on top of everything. Quick and helpful service. My favorite part was probably the drinks and ambiance. The cheese plate appetizer was delicious. For entrees there wern't many options for the vegetarian, my one complaint. Would have loved more options. So I had to get the pasta, whick was ok. Date got the burger, was good but just your average burger. Reccomend going for drinks or drinks and appetizers, not for dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had the daily special, which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2012
    I had the daily special, which was halibut. It was excellent. Friendly service and excellent cuisine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Busy Lunchtime...good food
    Foodiecouple
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Great food, but limited menu. Fair value for the quality of food. Service was okay. There are not a lot of tables so it gets busy at lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been going to Republic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    We have been going to Republic for quite sometime and and experience has always been a good one. This last Saturday was vastly different. Everything we ordered was overly salted! We all ordered something different and it all was so very salty. Our waiter was not great either. I think it will be a while, if every before we return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistent but when it's good...
    Mrschad
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    Excellent lunch--Re:public really shines during the day. My dinners there have been far less enjoyable
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Noisy, but good food
    Diane
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    The food and the service were exceptional, but the noise level ruined our ability to have a decent conversation--and that's what we were there for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Went to re:public for a dinner with some girlfriends on a busy Saturday night. The restaurant is gorgeous and the service, wine and appetizers were amazing, but my main dish left a little something to be desired. We had the olives, almonds and home made pickles for an appetizer and we all agreed the olives were perfectly marinated. I ordered the steak, which was cooked to perfection, but the demi sauce was too salty. Everything else was great though, so I would definitely recommend the restaurant to friends!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a gift card from a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    We had a gift card from a raffle with the Bushwick Bookclub. We were very excited for the prize and had a very nice time at you restaurant. It was my sweetie's bday and the cocktails were a great treat. It was also nice to see zeppoles on the dessert menu as we are from NY and have not found them anywhere here in Seattle. If you do rotate your menu I would love to see more vegetarian entree options (besides pasta) otherwise the food was very tasty Thanks again and we will be back! terry
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very noisy, but the food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Very noisy, but the food was terrific. The service was great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was so loud that my waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    It was so loud that my waiter couldn't even hear what I ordered. I ended up with the wrong dish. The food was great though and they corrected the issue and brought me out what I had ordered. Just really hard to talk and hear other people.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We dropped in for dinner in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    We dropped in for dinner in the early evening on a Friday. Service, food and drinks were all very good. There was a corporate party happening in the back so the noise was actually overwhelming. Last time we were here we had a table at the open window to Westlake so noise wasn't an issue. Fairly pricey, next time we might just order up a few small plates to go along with drinks.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is BEAUTIFUL! The
    cjgreb
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    The food is BEAUTIFUL! The presentations are artistic. The flavors are lovely. This is fun American Bistro food. I am impressed! If you like big flavors (sweet and salty together), then get the fried chicken. It was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and wine and attentive
    vefoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Good food and wine and attentive service. Delicious dessert (cherry and rhubarb crisp with brown butter ice cream). Cucumber in the crudo appetizer were a bit too think and taglierini pasta was actually tagliatelle, but overall it was good. Also did not like that they charge for bread.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I work just around the corner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    I work just around the corner, and Re: Public is always great for a little bit of an upscale lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The presentation was lovely.
    Cwire
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    The presentation was lovely. Our server was very helpful, guided us into the right food and drink choices.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My birthday celebration.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    Just looked for a restaurant that could take a group of 8. It was wonderful. My pasta with green pea purée was wonderful. The steak was small and not that special. The starters were very good: pork belly, beats and chicken liver. Great service, setting was quiet which we so welcomed. Had a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very nice spot, one we will
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    A very nice spot, one we will return to very soon. The food was very good, a well stocked bar, and servers who were friendly and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2012
    Great spot for a wonderful meal in a very causal setting. Bar setting but quiet. The burgers and fries are out of this world but we also had pate and halibut and a wonderful little keylime tart. Great for anyone looking for a casual unpretentious meal but with nicely prepared food. Small menu--good, beer , wine, and drink selections. Nice bread!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Republic is one of our favorite
    healthyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    Republic is one of our favorite restaurants in Seattle. It has great energy, an urban loft feel, and the staff is welcoming. The atmosphere is our favorite thing because it feels a bit like a big city restaurant, but without the attitude. The food is of high quality and the menu changes seasonally so it's always interesting. We are picky about our cocktails and this is a place you can get a great cocktail; a good place to stop in for a drink at the bar or stay for dinner. My husband and I dine here often either with friends or just the two of us and it's always an exceptional experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved this place! Had heard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Loved this place! Had heard good things and it did not disappoint. The house cocktail was yummy and we especially loved the pork belly starter. Not a ton of things to choose from on the menu but both of our meals were superb. Staff was very attentive but not overly so. It was a bit noisy but not too bad, we expected noise since the bar takes up over half the restaurant. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good overall experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    The food, service, and overall experience were all very good. Their signature cocktail was heavenly. We didn't sit outdoors, but it had that outdoor feel because of the front was totally open. Although I wouldn't call it kid-friendly, per se, they were accommodating of our six year old, and we saw a few other kids there. (We were there on the early side, when you're more likely to see kids at restaurants.) The menu wasn't particularly vegetarian-friendly, but our one vegetarian found something good to eat. We'd go back again if we were in the neighborhood and looking for a nicer restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unpolished and inflexible, a miss
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    I wanted to like Re:public more than I did. A problem for me was a changing menu and no flexibility on the part of the kitchen in making a dish slightly differently as I had heard about it from friends who had recently eaten there. It felt like the chef was trying for a Quinn's style of cuisine but without reaching the Quinn's level of near-perfection at everything they do. I might try them again in a year or so to see if they've worked out the kinks.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorite spots in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    One of my favorite spots in South Lake Union. Great ambiance, great food, great overall vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The halibut was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2012
    The halibut was excellent, good sandwhiches as well, but the fries were a bit dissappointing as they were very soggy. Our other friend had the falafel, and while tasty, was a small portion for the price. Overall I would like to give it a try again as the service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food and Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    This is my favorite resturant in Seattle. The food is fabulous and the staff is great. I have only great things to say about this resturant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We chose Re:public for our
    MJH1
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    We chose Re:public for our anniversary based on its reviews, and we were not disappointed! We chose the roasted beets and pork belly for our starters, and the half spring chicken and lamb ragu papardelle as our mains. Everything was beautifully prepared and amazingly delicious. Service was friendly and attentive. We will be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great. Really appreciate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    Food was great. Really appreciate that you take reservations! Our waiter was a little snooty, by the end of the evening I was tired of it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really enjoyed our evening
    swinseattle
    Dined on 6/7/2012
    Really enjoyed our evening at Republic. My only complaint was that it was a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little pricey, but the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    A little pricey, but the service and the food are excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SMILES BY ALL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    What a find! Amazing food, very carefully prepared and presented. All six of us commented on the tastes and textures, and continued to comment hours later. Wait staff was friendly, and helpful and delivered our food with a beautiful smile. We were all smiling when we left after having such an enjoyable experience
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just tried for the first time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/29/2012
    Just tried for the first time for lunch with a friend. She had the halibut special. The presentation was a work of art and equally delicious. I had soup (curried cauliflower) and a sandwich (lamb patty). My plate looked bland by comparison. It was reasonably tasty, just not exceptional. Service was fine-unobtrusive and timely.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for parties and for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    I hosted an event there for a going away party and then had dinner right after with an old friend. Both experiences were terrific. Good food, great service, and fabulous atmosphere. Thanks Re:public for a great night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic