Re:public
Re:public

Re:public

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.republicseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2064675300
  • 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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Re:public reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (18)neighborhood gem (17)vibrant bar scene (14)good for groups (11)late-night find (11)special occasion (8)hot spot (8)great for lunch (8)romantic (7)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Surprising Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Lunch here on a weekday -- three of us -- each dish well prepared and fantastic ingredients -- great farm to table menu -- great service -- highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Re:public is SLU magic
    lizk
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I adore Re:public. I've been there several times for lunch, happy hour, and dinner, and the menu is always filled with fresh creations featuring local foods. The servers are knowledgeable and friendly, and they're always spot on with suggestions. It's a little spendy, but worth a couple dollars extra for the quality of food and experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Everyone in our group raved about their main course, from " Best burger I've ever had", to "outstanding lamb bolognese". The new chef has range and something for everyone in this hip location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Grant ambiance, service and food! We were a group of 12 and had a fantastic time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, chill place
    scb399VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Had great drinks at the bar and an appetizer of chilis and cheese. The drinks were awesome, the food was pretty good, if you're not in the mood for anything specific. The menu looked decent to us at first glance, but neither of us could really pick an entree that would hit the spot so we stopped after the appetizer. The chilis were very interesting and simple with a good flavor, but it could have used more or a different cheese to augment them. I think they just need to put a little more thought into the dishes for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud, Loud, Loud
    pan2VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We asked for and received the quietest table in the house but at that, we had to shout to hear each other. Most of us had excellent food. Unfortunately, two had food that was oversalted. I know that they spoke to the server but I don't know if there was any outcome SINCE WE COULDN'T HEAR. The service was fabulous. the wine list was a mystery. Didn't recognize any of the offerings. The prices were over the top. Normally would have bought a bottle but not at these prices. And so, the place was absolutely jammed which says a lot but it won't be jammed by us any time again when there is likely to be a crowd. We were there at 6:00 PM, the end of happy hour. By 7:30 it was quieter but still louder than we would have preferred.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great energy, good food.
    topcat
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Nicely presented and beautifully cooked food. Staff friendly although food took a little while to come. The place was buzzing so was a little on the noisy side for the group dinner discussions but it did make for good energy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just found a new favorite!
    LDub
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We dined at re:public for mothers day brunch and were absolutely satiated and delighted. From the cocktails, food and service everything was on point! Both my bestie and I live up north, and will happily make the trek into town for dinners and lunches as we plan to work or way through their outstanding menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Came across as more of a bar than restaurant. Disappointed that they didn't provide cappuccino's (regular coffee only). I was suspicious that I picked the wrong place for brunch when upon arriving at 10:15 on Mother's Day, only a couple of tables were occupied! I expect it would be a better place to hang out in the evening than for brunch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super delicious!
    KW33VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Would definitely return here. The food and the staff are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 144 reviews are from the Re:public reviews archive.
  • just a neat place
    gafeld
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    All around - atmosphere, space, food, etc!!! there were three of us, and all three had the same feeling throughout the dinner. It was GREAT!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Easter Brunch
    SLUFan
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our whole table enjoyed the food. I will return for the monte cristo and wonderful raspberry preserves.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The noise level made it ridiculously difficult to talk during dinner. We made reservations post happy hour hopng to have a relaxing dinner. It was not! The food was good and waitstaff acceptable. Wouldn't recommend unless you're in the mood for a raucous bar scene evening!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This is a fun, energetic restaurant/bar in South Lake Union. The hostess was able to easily accommodate the addition of a third person to our 6:30PM reservation on a Friday. We arrived just after happy hour ended and the bar was still packed. Service was delightful in the dining room. Cocktails were well made and inventive. Everyone at our table enjoyed their food. The only negative part of the experience was the volume. At times it was difficult to hear the conversation at my own table. Otherwise, Re:public has a fun vibe with excellent food, cocktails and service. I plan to return.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food , Loud Atmosphere
    Rainmaker1963
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I would revisit this Restaurant. Food was excellent. Ordered The Arctic Char Fish and it was cooked perfect on a bed of lentils. Nice portion. Restaurant dining area is open air atmosphere, place was busy which lent itself to being loud. If you want a restaurant that is happening this is the place to go. Not recommended for quiet and romantic evenings or for taking clients out. Arrive early because parking in downtown Seattle isn't easy to find. Parking garage was 3 blocks away.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice option for Sunday brunch
    WWDWD
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    With so many Seattle restaurants having such long waits for brunch, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that Re:public took reservations and had plenty of availability. The food was wonderful and the service was helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun even on a weekday
    action
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Small plates are great to share with friends. I was in for something light but filling..lots of options. The drinks are pretty good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    CBeanVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Amazing is all I can say! This is my new favorite restaurant in Seattle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy in amazonland
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The scene was vibrant, with lots of young 30somethings. The menu was eclectic. We started with yummy fries and went onto 2 entrees Steak Tartare en Croate, and Pementon Glazed Pork Cheeks, both were delicious. It was a great way to end a long work week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Went with four girlfriends to celebrate a birthday and everything was great! From the cocktails and food to the service and ambience - they did it all right. We all sampled each other's dishes (pork cheeks, bacon wrapped rabbit loin, chesnut tagliatelle with confit rabbit, and quinoa with fried tofu) and all were delicious. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Re:tasty
    HungryGuy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Every mouthful a memorable delight. Service charming and attentive. Not a place for quiet conversation though. Quite loud. I has to lean to hear my dinner partner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    nordmyra
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We stopped in on Superbowl Sunday for brunch. For all the excitement in the air, this place was surprisingly calm which is exactly what we were looking for. My two friends both got the french toast and I had the eggs Benedict, and it was probably one of the best I've had in the city! The poached eggs were perfect, the hollandaise was wonderful (although a bit more than I like. My own fault for not ordering it on the side), and the home fries were yummy! The servers were attentive but not overbearing (which could've been very easy to do given that it was fairly early and the bar was nearly empty). Overall, we were really pleased with finding this place and will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    RobbertVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    re:public is a gem in South Lake Union. It's perfect for dinner, drinks, or late-night. The staff is AMAZING and wonderfully knowledgable and accommodating. Can you tell I am a regular?!?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We decided to casually meet
    Marcy
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    We decided to casually meet a few business contacts here the evening prior to a meeting, this was the wrong spot for that. The menu is VERY limited and lacks vegetarian options or options for a plain eater. It was very dark inside, even though our reservation was at 6:30. The bar area was packed from the minute we got there until we left- this place seems to be more geared toward bar/drinks instead of a good dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Re:Public has a well-designed seasonally specific menu with excellent food, all very well prepared. It's a great lunch spot in SLU and fun for dinner, if a bit noisy from the active bar area at that time of night. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome server, horrible hostess
    DeanVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    When we walked in the door, the hostess looked up at us, did not smile and just stared at us for a moment before she said "hi" in a very flat, unwelcoming way. I said hi back and she just looked at me. I then asked HER how she was doing and told her we had a reservation. I'd reconsider her as the first person one experiences when arriving. Our server, Ashley, was awesome! She was friendly, helpful, attentive and had a good sense of humor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SLOW Service, Poor Food
    Angel
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I went to Re:public in a group of 6 on NYE. I get that this is a busy time for restaurants, but the service was awful. The rplace was pretty full, but not slammed. When someone ordered a drink, it had to be requested 2-3 times before it came. Many times they still brought the incorrect drink. If fact, every time we asked for something, she would repeat our request (presumably to verify) yet she would have the request ctotally wrong - we'd ask for a set of silverware & she'd say, 'another beer?'. Our meals, however, took well over an hour to arrive. As we waited, our server rarely visited our table and never once apologized for the ridiculous wait. 4 of us ordered the scallops, which when they finally came HAD SAND IN THEM. We wont be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks to the wait staff and
    shammmer
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Thanks to the wait staff and chef for creating a dairy-free meal from one of your entrees. It was delicious! Cocktail was below par. Hence the 3-star rating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, laid back
    SeattleDiner
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Fantastic food, laid back atmosphere, excellent service, an absolute favorite place for lunch with friends, colleagues, or VP's in from out of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent Satisfaction
    Byron
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Re:public is consistently reliable, friendly, and delicious food in a fun, comfortable, and simple ambiance. And, it's in a great South Lake Union location. For lunch, drinks, or dinner, you will enjoy. I've been about six times and never a problem and the staff is attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with a friend
    Meche
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Super easy to make reso, parking was a problem until I called letting them know why were running late & Rory solved our problem then we dined....boy did we dine...Ashley was terrific, there when you needed her & left us alone to enjoy the food, atmosphere & girl talk. My guest loved her olives in her goose nice job on the garnish...way to cover the bases. South Lake Union is lucky to have Republic, a real gem...thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Establishment for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    This was a great place for our small group (4 people) - quick, attentive service and concise lunchtime menu with enough options for vegetarians. Relaxing ambiance and the music wasn't too loud. The food was brought out in a timely/coordinated manner so we all got to start eating at the same time. Drinks refilled regularly. Reservations were handled professionally. Highly recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    sgc100VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    While on business trip I dropped by per a colleague's recommendation. So glad I did. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff. Nice, neighborhoody atmosphere. I wasn't rushed and the food and wine were great. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food!
    BradVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We had the lamb T-bone and the short ribs. Both were outstanding! The service and the food will bring us back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • well done!
    jfh4
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Great for lunch. Great service and good for groups. Even with the amazon rush, it felt relaxed and service was excellent and timely. Menu has good variety and food was great. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special place!
    hfarbsVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We ate at Re:public early on Saturday night (5:30 pm) and had a delightful experience. The place was kind of empty, which kept the noise down and the servers attentive. We received good advice from our servers, and the food was plentiful and delicious. Special kudos to the bartender; my wife said her mojito was the best she ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant!
    Lucy
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    The food here was magical! Very inventive and absolutely delicious! We tried the squash and pomegranate salad with a mustard bourbon dressing drizzled over baby greens - delicious! then the duck confit sliders with cilantro and a scirracho aioli was mouth watering. Finally, the mushroom tagliatelle with black garlic- a fermented gourmet product i'd never had before was sublime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!
    CBeanVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Phenomenal! I have to say this is my new favorite restaurant! Great service, and exceptional food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Exceptional Food!
    DrJo
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I'm fussy and I don't tend to take the time to write reviews so this'll be short. How about this: WOW. Ok, I'll say more. EVERYTHING our foursome ordered was truly Outstanding. I'm fussy (did I mention that?) about fish. We ordered the King Salmon and it was beautifully rare/med-rare (pure buttah) but crisp outside - came with an eggplant puree. Really. There was a squash, arugula, green bean and pomegranate delight; creamy, crunchy & highly flavourful. And the king mushroom & clams number. The menu doesn't really tell you what you are actually going to get, in general. For this one, the wild mushrooms laced this number with their smoky, earthiness and the clams? It was a creamy, smooth clam FLAN! Really. & Chef James is self-taught. WOW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go-to restaurant in SLU
    Bricin
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Good food, good bar staff, always good service. It's a warm, neighborhood place that is upscale enough to get a little dressed up for. The food is a touch hit and miss on some of the specials, i.e. some of your foodie friends might not rave about it (not to say bad or anything like that, just won't make it to the top of Seattle wow, gotta try this kind of thing) But if you stick with a few of the regulars (great burger, the banh mi sliders are solid, the fries are some of the better ones in Seattle, and the chicken liver terrine as well) you will be fine. I dine here for lunch or dinner almost weekly. Nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.