Lovely fresh flavorful food.
Lovely fresh flavorful food. We enjoy the opportunity the small plates present for sampling many flavors during our dinner.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went with a group of friends
Went with a group of friends (8 couples). Service was appropriately friendly and helpful. Yummy cocktails and nice variety of delicious dishes great for sharing family style. Definitely something for everyone. Flat bread was tasty, nice take on brussel sprouts, great fries. For dinner licked the plate of ribs clean. Cod and clam was delicious also. For dessert you have to try the sour cherry crepe cake it's like nothing I have ever had before. All in all a great experience.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Monday dinner
Went in for the Monday Mac & Cheese night and ended up trying several dishes. The highlights were the flatbread, mixed olives and the cinnamon donuts! But don't get me wrong, everything we had was delicious and the mac & cheese is definitely worth the outing on a Monday night!
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dined with vegetarian friends on small plates (cauliflower salad with tahini vinaigrette, spanikopita, baba ganoush) and the most savory chick pea and yogurt stew. I'm dreaming about that stew and salivating. This place is not to be missed. Very reasonably priced, too.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my Mom here for Mother's Day brunch. The atmosphere was very nice - Mom especially liked the stained glass hanging lamps. We ordered the Lamb Hash and the Sundried Tomato and Fennel Scramble. The Lamb Hash was very flavorful, and it wasn't too spicy for my Mom's tastes. The Sundried Tomato and Fennel scramble was great! I would strongly recommend this place!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great selection of menu items
My wife and I enjoy dining at restaurants where we can try several different dishes. Golden Beetle is perfect for that kind of an evening. Our main problem was that our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, but the left over pizza tasted just fine the next day. Wonderful flavors in the dishes we sampled and we'll be back to explore more of the menu.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was amazing and unique.
Food was amazing and unique. Music was too loud and not what I would have picked. Will go back as the food was so good.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, but skip dessert
The Golden Beetle is a wonderful place to try some Mediterranean inspired dishes. We had a chickpea stew with Lebanese lamb sausage and a Moroccan dish that had cod with mussels. Both had wonderful flavors and were pretty close to similar dishes that we had had in the Mediterranean on our travels.
The service was spot on: very attentive without being overly bothersome.
The only negative were the desserts. I cannot recommend either of the dishes we tried. One was Baklava, but it bore no really resemblance to Baklava from Turkey or Greece. My suggestion is to come in for dinner and walk down the street for ice cream.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a delightful meal at the Golden Beetle shared by a couple long-time friends. Although on this night (Memorial Day) there were probably more families with younger kids than the norm, the ambiance and service were excellent and the noise level seemed to provide flavor and intimacy. We ordered several small plates that were both wholesome and tasty. Some favorites included bulgur-lamb meatballs, salmon kefta over cucumber "noodles" and cauliflower salad. There are a few menu items that I would have liked to try - lest I hadn't gotten full, that will bring me back to Golden Beetle some time soon. The kitchen has the most beautiful mosaic adorned oven as an added visual treat.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had several small plates and two large plates. Every dish had very distinct and well rounded flavors. Being able to mix large and small plates and share all dishes is a fun way to have a communal dining experience
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food, Awkward Service
We've been here twice, and both times the food was amazing. We didn't have anything on the menu that we didn't like (chicken and short ribs were great). Finished it off with baklava/cinnamon creme fraiche. The only drawback is that both times, the service was awkward (almost like they were zombies). Not enough to keep us from the great food though - highly recommended.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good, we
The food was very good, we ordered many small plates. Some of the small plates were small on the portion, others were ample. Then we ordered two large plates and shared them all family style. Great for a group that is adventurous and wants to try a large variety of foods.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Dining Experience
The food had so many layers of flavor. Each small plate was a new adventure and we thoroughly enjoyed the 5 small plates we ate. The baba ganoush and muhammara were really amazing, we did not leave any left.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
It has been a while since we were back to Golden Beetle but this was our best visit ever. The short ribs were the best I have ever had. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Out of town 'til August but I'll be back!!!
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is amazing. Love it! We tried the pizza's this time and they were excellent. We all ordered something different and shared! It was unique and very tasty. The full bar is special. Again, unique offerings and everyone was very happy with what they ordered!
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had several small plates and everything was amazing. They have a menu for Gluten Free and Vegan as well!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service!
We chose Golden Beetle through Urban Spoon, as it was the closest restaurant with an enticing menu. We were pleasantly surprised to find the good delicious, exciting and the service very responsive and friendly. I definitely recommend for others and I will absolutely go back again.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had a cauliflower salad to start that had a great tahini dressing, along with the house made adult lemonade which was so tasty on a warm day. The tagine made with Alaskan cod, mussels, couscous, and almond milk had such complex, wonderful flavor and texture. It's one of the best things I have ever eaten! The wine list is very reasonably priced, and the Vino Verde from Portugal went well with the seafood. For dessert I tried the flourless chocolate torte, which was portioned just right so as not to be overwhelming, and delivered intense chocolate flavor. Service was excellent and attentive, and it was a great dining experience.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Golden Beetle
Made reservations for 7:00pm as we were concerned about waiting...
Good thing we did- it started to fill up at 8:00pm.
Nice, darkish ambience, Food plates were good we had both, tapas plates and entrees.
I had yogurt marinated chicken. Very moist and good
They didn't have enough waitstaff there- service was very spotty
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT NEW EXPERIENCE
The food was excellent and the service was friendly. The place has a good energetic feel.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Meal!
Golden Beetle does not disappoint! It was my 5th time there, as always, the food and service were exceptional!!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really a lovely dinner with such delicious, flavourfull, healthy food. What a treat!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Maria Hines does not disappoint...
After having tried Tilth and Agro Dulce, I couldn't wait to try Golden Beetle. Of course, Maria Hines delivered - the food was spectacular! The service was prompt, but the wait staff didn't seem to know much about the menu or the wine pairings - which is a completely different experience from her other two places. Also, the vibe is more "Mediterranean cafe" rather than an upscale restaurant - which was completely fine for the occasion, but worth noting if you're expecting the same ambiance as Tilth or Agro Dulce.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Quality Maria Hines Place
Golden Beetle doesn't quite have the same crazy-amazing stuff as Tilth does, but their phyllo dough in particular was fantastic. A couple of the offerings (the fava bean falafel in particular) were a bit more ordinary in comparison, but the spanakopita and the black walnut baklava were both among the best we had ever had. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would highly recommend it.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to the GB on a Monday night for my birthday dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the food. I had clams as an appetizer and the yogurt chicken for my meal. Both were light and refreshing. I left very satisfied but not overstuffed. My partner ordered the fries and Mac n cheese, and although together they were too much (and too heavy), they tasted fabulous! I definitely want to come back to taste some other items on the menu. Have to say I was super excited to eat here and at Tilth which I also loved. Three cheers for a job well done.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was surprised at how good
I was surprised at how good this was. The last experience at a Maria Hines restaurant was at Tilth many years ago and we had such snooty service that we vowed never to go back again. But this experience was very different. Wonderful service, food, and atmosphere. Was great that they were gluten free and vegan options highlighted in the menu. Even better, the food itself was so flavorful and well prepared! The service was low-key and knowledgeable. We got just the right amount of attention. We will go back.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing organic food!
My entire family only eats organic food. We have been eating this way for 2 years now. So, you one can only imagine how hard it has been to find a restaurant that serves organic food! My husband and I ordered their burger and fries and let me tell you, it was the best EVER! It was just like the food we cook at home. REAL WHOLE food! That doesn't make you tired after you eat it!! WOW! That's what organic food does for you. Gives you energy and doesn't make you tired. Anyway, it was AWESOME and I will definitely recommend this to EVERYONE I know!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty Treats from the Mediterranean
Golden Beetle offers nice variations on Mediterranean cuisine with plates ideal for sharing. The baba ganoush, muhammara, and hummus appetizers go well beyond the usual, creating garlicky, sweet, and savory themes. The pizzas are flavor delights. In the savory chickpea & lemon stew with lamb sausage, the peas were underdone initially, but the staff cheerfully fixed that, resulting in perfectly cooked al dente chickpeas in a mix of wonderful flavors. Tasty desserts went well beyond the usual boring options. Draft beer is a plus. The decor is spare but clean. Service was very attentive. We'll be back!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were given a gift card by friends for this restaurant and we were wonderfully surprised by the quality of the food. We'll definitely go back to try all of the dishes that we weren't able to get to the first time.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good service, friendly
Good food, good service, friendly staff- what more could you want?
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hines does Mediterranean well
Absolutely love this place. Started with the uniquely flavored Trio of Dips with (not so) flatbread, then had Spanikopita, Falafel sandwiches, incredible spiced fries with harissa aioli, the lamb and pinenut meatballs, and finished off with the spicy donuts and the daily dessert special of mascarpone ice cream with poached plums. All the flavors were different but created a well orchestrated symphony of tastes. A great place for sharable plates.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
fabulous, as always
Food is interestingly prepared, attractive and flavorful. Services is excellent. I love this restaurant because it is so consistently excellent in every way.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is a find!
This restaurant is a find! The food was interesting as well as delicious, and the service was excellent. The noise level was a bit too high for our comfort, but we are senior citizens who don't hear as well as we used to:-)
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a pleasant surprise! After a meh experience at sister-restaurant Tilth, was unsure of what to expect here. All fears quickly dissipated when the servers (4, no less) shared their genuine excitement about the menu and the wine list, and happily chatted with our party about the food prep, the origin of the ingredients, and how yummy it all was. Each of them knew exactly what we ordered, and the food was delivered promptly with a brief but interesting description of the preparation. Small plates, mediterranean inspired, all delicious! I'm going back, anyone with me?
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met up with some friends for a casual dinner, had a wonderful time. The food is amazing and service excellent. We love Golden Beetle.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small bite dining
Very good and well done dishes, albeit there were all a bit small for the prices being charged.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was fabulous. Service
Food was fabulous. Service was warm and friendly. Will return multiple times.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting menu with different ingredients, which made it fun...freekeh anyone? Servers checked in and were attentive, but did not rush service. My friend and I tried a couple of appetizers, each had a drink and main course and total with tip came to under a $100. Beward of the upsell when ordering more bread for the dip. You will pay!!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Golden Beetle - Worth the trip
Very small happy hour menu, but the small plates were perfect as happy hour accompaniment. MUST have the trio of dips! Lots of interesting flavors in combinations new to us. Extremely helpful waitress. Sorry they were out of halibut, but I guess we'll just have to go back!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is wonderful--organic, local, fresh. The chef combines ingredients beautifully. The clam dish is outstanding. If I'd been at home, I'd have licked the bowl to get up every drop of the juice. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. And the bartender will make a cocktail that isn't on the menu. We let the bartender make anything they chose and they didn't disappoint. I will definitely go back!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Golden Beetle aims to please! Does!
We agreed with some new friends to "meet in the middle" (i.e. Ballard) for dinner. I'd heard a lot about Golden Beetle & was eager to try. They were game. Our evening was a delight! The food was fabulous - taste & presentation. I was thrilled by the separate, but generous Gluten-Free menu & the restaurant's obvious aim to make MY experience great, too! Jill, our waitperson, was so darling & very good! We felt very comfortable, attended to, and deeply satisfied with our dinner...which was mostly a saunter through the appetizers & small plates, because we wanted to try EVERYTHING! I loved the Lentil soup. We enjoyed the Lamb Meatballs - and appreciated Jill's suggestion that we add a fourth to the order. We can't wait to return! Thanks, GB!!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Keeping Out of Town Friends Happy
Lovely flavors, great drinks from the bar, efficient but unfussy service. Yum.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mac and Cheese
Went to try their famous Mac and Cheese, but it was restaurant week so tried their other fare. Spanakopita, Sautéed Kale, Sundried Tomato & Garlic Pizza ... absolutely delicious! Will be back!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food could not have been better!
Great choices on the menu - lots of options for both meat and vegetarian items. Would definitely go again. The Fire and Honey chicken was delicious as were the Pork Ribs, and the trio of dips and pita. Yum!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The only dissapointment was that when the appetizers came, they all came at different times, which was a bit annoying as we were a party of five. One or two appetizers even came after the waitress served us our main dishes.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's great that Golden Beetle not only offer a wide variety of locally-sourced, organic and incredible North African and Middle Eastern dishes, but that the plate sizes vary so we got to taste so many. We especially loved the duck pizza, meze plate with pita and three spreads, and the stuffed dates. The white Spanish wine recommended by our server was delicious.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for noshing
We had mostly small plates and shared several. The pea hummus was a nice twist from the usual chickpea. The spanakopita was the best I've tasted in awhile...light, flaky pastry and fresh tasting filling. The meatballs were good, too, but it would have been nice to have 4 (instead of the three served). The cauliflower salad was also delicious, but the burger (the only large plate we ordered) was a little disappointing in regards to the bun, which was too thick and not soft enough to hold everything together. The fries that come with it are killer. You can also order the fries as a small plate. Overall, the experience was cozy and friendly. It's a great neighborhood spot where you can go for casual snacks or a bigger commitment!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great fun for Friday date night
We throughly enjoyed our meal on Friday 'date night.' The Red Lentil Soup and Lamb meatballs were a great start. We'll be back for another round of the Pork ribs and and Black Cod entrees. Terrific chocolate dessert ended our evening. Service was superb with a fun banter with the wait staff. We really appreciated the extra attention from the restaurant manager. Ambience clearly set the mood for Mediterranean fun in a city neighborhood cafe.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful organic food
First, it's so nice to know that everything you eat has been sourced in the best possible manner. Second, all the food was interesting, a little unusual, and very tasty; it seemed that a lot of thought and care went into the menu and the food preparation. This may not be a drawback for some, but we were there for a leisurely birthday dinner, and the service was so rapid that we were there and gone inside of 1.25 hours, and we had appetizers, entrees, and dessert. It seemed too fast to me. Otherwise, great choice and I would definitely go back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Invention and Tradition
Food was delicious--we like the inventiveness of the menu and the combination of Mediterranean influence with Hines' ingenuity. Personable waiter with whom we enjoyed chatting, but were able to continue our private conversation as soon as we wanted to turn to each other. A great place for an informal evening with delightful food.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM