Elegant and unpretentious
Met a friend for a week night dinner at the Dinette, it is a very sweet place. As we'd requested in the reservation, we were seated where we could have a private conversation, and the food and service hit the spot. I'd love to return.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cute little neighborhood restaurant
Cute little neighborhood restaurant in lower Capital Hill. Friendly service. Feels like a family restaurant. The food is delicious, especially the toasts. I had the chicken liver crostini. We also ordered the pickle platter and Dungeness crab salad. We shared the pacific cod for the entrée. The cocktails are also delicious. It's nice to finally eat at a restaurant that is higher in quality but lower in price.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Kale tastes better with bacon
Kale tastes better with bacon infused dressing. In fact, all of the items on the Dinette menu were healthy and tasty at the same time. Braised chicken with spring veggies was really good. I wish I had room for dessert...
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinette has always been a
Dinette has always been a favorite of ours since it opened several years ago. It's nestled in an urban and funky Capitol Hill neighborhood and invites one in with a
charming and cozy bistro ambiance. The food is always delicious, with a definite french/mediterranean influence. The menu never strays into offerings that are too "interesting" with odd combinations of ingredients. The chef however, has a masterful touch with combining flavors and can add a subtle and creative twist to
classics. The toasts are fabulous - a must is the chicken liver mousse with oil-packed peppers; also the rabbit pate. The desserts are simple,scrumptious concoctions;various house-made ice creams with accompanying cookies and always a chocolate terrine.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Warm and glowing
We had excellent food and service in a warm atmosphere.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
The cheese stuffed dates,
The cheese stuffed dates, chicken liver toast, gorgonzola toast, kale salad, halibut and gnocci were outstanding! The skirt steak salad was not as good but the four of us ate everything on the table so we were justly satisfied.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I loved everything about Dinette. Chose it for my birthday dinner and couldn't have been more pleased. We ordered the pickled vegetables, asparagus croque and semolina dumplings with beef short rib ragu. All fabulous.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every bite was prepared well
Every bite was prepared well with very interesting ingredients. We brought our own bottle of wine and they had a $20.00 corkage which is fine. Service was very nice.
The piano was a little loud and the guy only took one short break. Since the room is so small it is hard to have a conversation.
We found a place to park right outside the front door, a real plus in this area.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Charming restaurant! Loved
Charming restaurant! Loved the lemony chicken meatballs!!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely fresh food, we sampled
Lovely fresh food, we sampled several plates and they were delivered to the table at timely intervals so we had a leisurely, pleasant pace.
Wednesday is 1/2 price wine night!
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unpretentious good food with French
We had tried Dinette a time before at brunch and, after canceling another reservation due to the terrible Bellevue-Seattle traffic, we decided to give it another try.
In short a great experience.
Live jazz piano music, a short wine list but with a great Riesling, and the food. The gnocchi, meatballs and the cod were all complimented by us (I personally had the gnocchi and it ranks the best one I've had in Seattle).
We'll definitively return
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great as always
Perfect spot for getting together if you want to be able to talk over dinner. Food is always outstanding, service is attentive but not overbearing. I've been coming here for years and never had a bad experience.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific food, delightful atmosphere. Really cool piano player. Can't wit to go back!
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute, all the way around
The toasts, as I'm sure many other reviewers noted, are quite good. We had 3 people in our party, each of us chose a toast, a couple apps, and two entrees to split. I love the sharing concept. All of the ingredients were obviously high quality and prepared with care. The crespelle was delicious. Service was knowledgeable--he even suggested bringing one of the appetizers with the entrees to make sharing more amenable. Ice cream sandwich dessert was stellar.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great ambience
Small plates. Delicious food. Always enjoy the items on the "Toast" section of the menu. Really delicious daily specials. Love the housemade ice cream sandwich for dessert. Excellent, live piano music. Vibrant, but not noisy. One of the servers is quite sour & unfriendly every time I eat here. Otherwise, great spot!
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
this place was great - in food and service. I have already told many people about this place and how good it was. the clam pork stew was awesome. It had a relaxed cozy atmosphere. the only problem was finding a parking spot. If you look at their website, it will help you with finding parking.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Special Love of Fooof
Surprising and exciting combination of flavors. Chef uses typical and atypical ingredients to make a very memorable meal. The Tomato Tonnato is for instance a wonderful twist for late summer on the classic but seldom served (in Seattle) classic Italian dish.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good as always, but disappointing that you were out of the special at 8:30. Also, be nice if you'd expand your wine list and have some good northwest wines.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
We get to Dinette a few times a year and always enjoy it. The menu is limited, but if the entrees aren't striking a chord you can always make a meal out of their starters. Relaxed room and friendly service, it's a great place on the Hill.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was my boyfriend's birthday, we figured Dinette had been around for a while we should check it out. If anything survives that long on the hill it has to be decent! It was. It was really nice. Cozy atmosphere, food that is unique, and slightly challenging. And for the challenge and the taste - it's seriously affordable (when you compare it to places like SPUR which is maybe a bit more of a foodie spot, but also smaller portion and more $). The portions are small but not crazy small. you order 5 or 6 things for two people. best part --- wednesday was half off of wine day.
We're going back for sure -- another wednesday!!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has a wonderfully artful atmosphere. It is quaint and decorated in a manner that mixes the classiness of antiques with a vibrant modern palate. The service was warm, friendly and helpful. The food was served beautifully on an eclectic array of uniquely pattered dishes which complimented the overall vintage aesthetic. The food itself was good though not excellent. To be fair, we were not terribly hungry so would have liked to try more, namely the salads. I will DEFINITELY be coming back here to try more dishes. Dinette is a bit of fresh air from all of the trendier Cap Hill restaurants and I am so glad to see this space (formerly The Green Cat Cafe... my favorite all-time Seattle haunt) retain it's charming atmosphere.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
great cocktails and food
great experience in all regards, had a cocktail with hefewiezen, gin, lemon and honey on the rocks, never would have thought of that but it was great. the creamy lemon dressing on the butter lettuce salad was perfect. shared ricotta gnocchi and penn cove mussels, delicate and rich flavors. great meal and will return.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent & Intimate
We typically only go there for special occasions. Guaranteed quality good & service!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend & I made a last-minute fun trip into Seattle. We were staying in the South Lake Union area, and after a long day of running around, we were looking for a decent evening meal (hopefully) in our neighborhood. Dinette was our perfect find....what a wonderful neighborhood gem! The ambience is relaxed and inviting, with intimate small tables, ambient lighting and a live piano music. Service was fantastic from the moment we walked in the door until the moment we left. The food is equally satisfying. We had several small plates; the Borlotti bean toast, roasted Medjool dates, and the pickle plate. We shared the evening special, Beef Burgundy, which was delicious. Everything at Dinette surpassed our expectations. A great experience!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local Seattle Culture
Artfully thoughtful local restaurant with lots of ambience. If you are tired of corporate chain restaurants this is the place to go.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Based on positive reviews, decided to give Dinette a try, parking challenges in that part of Capitol Hill notwithstanding. What a pleasant surprise and well worth the parking hassle. It wasn't just good, it was great!!! From the appetizers to the main course, everything was prepared simply, elegantly, and with just the right combination of flavors. The wine list was small but reasonably priced, and the burgundy we ordered would have been twice the price for that quality in some other restaurants. Highly recommend!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Capitol Hill Gem
Our first time at this place and so happy we found it. We had the house made pickles, chicken tagine, beef burgundy and shared a roasted rapini. All were great, but we loved the rapini. It had goat cheese and nuts sprinkled in, which contrasted really well with the bitterness and crunch of the greens. It was a wow dish for us. All together it was fine dining with comfort food. We ended it with a half portion of a huge ice cream sandwich - green tea, chocolate and toasted sesame seeds. It was a perfect end to the meal. We will be back.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinette was recommended by a friend. We went on a quiet night with a Seahawk Monday night game and World Series game going on. The service and food was excellent. They had just had their 8th anniversary dinner the night before which says they have staying power. The 3 of us shared a Toast, a Snack, 3 Plates and 1 Desert for $100. Definitely going back soon.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glad I finally ate here!
We were able to put together a vegetarian dinner without much problem. We had two tartines, both very good... my favorite was the one with the borlotti beans (which was surprising given that I don't normally like beans). The butter lettuce salad also was very good. The ricotta gnocchi was our vegetarian option for the entree, and it was good (although we both felt that it would have been better with a bit more seasoning... the gnocchi themselves were good but just a little bland). All in all I enjoyed our dinner very much. We'll definitely come back :)
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a relaxing dinner and the food was excellent. I would recommend Dinette to anyone who can take the time to relax and enjoy the experience!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have dined many times at Dinette. The general ambience, food and service have remained consistently good.
The menu stays streamlined and competitive with the many other dining establishments which have opened since
Dinette first came on the scene. We do think to return to this mid size establishment for its location and atmosphere,
however the bottom line is always the food preparation. In the case of Dinette the food preparation has remained innovative
and memorable. We will return.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinette is a gem
I am always excited to see what's new at Dinette. The flavors are rich, balanced, interesting, and perfect for sharing. A group of 4 is the perfect size for an ideal culinary experience. Mostly, because any smaller and you don't get to try as many items as you should to experience the full spectrum of what Dinette has to offer. There's a little something for everyone. I love it here and will keep coming back, over and over again.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM