Liam's
Liam's

Liam's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.liamsbistro.com/
  • Phone: 2065276089x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-4:00pm

    Lunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-4:00pm

    Dinner: M-Su 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Brunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-3:00om
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Robin Posey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We're already doing what we love here at Liam's, but when we get to plan an evening of delicious food for friends and family, it takes it to another level. Whether you're going big or want an intimate evening, our various spaces and ambiances fit your occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Leigha Bone 12065276089x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 45th Street & Montlake Boulevard
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Liam's
Welcome to Liam’s Bistro

They’re not just sharing plates, they’re the best ingredients simply prepared, enjoyed with good friends and conversation. That is the style of eating at Liam’s. Along with these sharing plates, enjoy superb cocktails, wines, and beers, a wide selection of the finest cheeses and cured meats, all in a lively casual atmosphere.
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Liam's reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)good for groups (44)great for outdoor dining (40)great for lunch (38)neighborhood gem (34)notable wine list (25)vibrant bar scene (20)special occasion (18)great for brunch (17)kid-friendly (16)romantic (13)hot spot (12)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Too noisy
    ballardite
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    It's a really nice restaurant with good food, but the noise level made conversation impossible. We asked for a quieter spot when making the reservation and when arriving, and the room was not full, but they sat two large groups in tables surrounding us. This ruined the experience, despite good service otherwise and good food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, disappointing service
    SDubVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Came in with my husband and three kids for lunch. Love the space in general, and we are big fans of the food, including all of the owner's restaurants and his food truck. We were offered a high chair which made Liam's seem kid friendly, but the waiter was rude when we simply asked if they had any specific items for our kids. Made me feel uncomfortable even though I mentioned that the last time we were in we were happily offered multiple kid items. We ended up very much enjoying our food - the giant meatball and the always amazing Beecher's Mac n cheese to start. Just wish the service hadn't been so uninviting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 85 reviews are from the Liam's reviews archive.
  • Say Cheese!
    ElkArcherVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A great location at University Village for a meal with lots of options. Indoor or outdoor. Meat or seafood. Big or small plates Liams has it all. All of the dishes were very flavorful and portions were ample. Even the salads had plenty of personality. While there are a lot of choices Liams is worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Waitress hovered a bit too much. The beer my husband ordered she said it was light. It was very heavy. Hysband ordered a hambyrger and he got a pasta dish but manager came over apologized and we enjoyed both.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Swing and a miss
    static206
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Two of our entrees were quite good but short of excellent: salmon on risotto cake w/ blueberry, and braised lamb shank w/ roasted fennel. A shared side of roasted asparagus was excellent. The mac & cheese w/ prawns was disappointing - the prawns were mostly great, but had shell fragments; the mac & cheese itself was salty, grainy, and very single note. The tomato soup w/ cheese toasts had an odd texture, and the roasted meatball appetizer was overwhelmed by sage to the point of inedibility. Our desserts were excellent, as was our wine, but were priced to match the rent, not their quality. The decor is interesting but noisy; it would probably be a great place for drinks on a summer evening - but we are unlikely go back and find out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • University Village Find
    djseats
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We passed Liam's a week before while looking for a fast lunch and decided to try it for dinner before a dance show at the University. The décor is quite modern with a clean and sparse appearance. We sat near the fireplace in a terrace like setting with large openings to the outside. The warm evening made it very inviting. The space had ceiling heaters to ward off any chill. My impression was that the menu changed daily depending on availability. It featured fresh fish as well as an eclectic assortment of meat and vegetarian dishes. The wine list had a variety of by the glass choices. Shared great beet and goat cheese salad. Enjoyed beautifully presented Alaskan Halibut and delicious lamb shank. Great services as well.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty but expensive!
    rez42
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    A friend and I went for dinner the other night - the food was tasty, but expensive! Not sure if I can afford to go back!
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  • Wonderful service
    Outoftownguest
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit to Liam's and were treated to terrific service from James. While not necessarily outstanding, the food was good and we'll be back for a second visit. Beet salad was quite large, enough to share, while the mixed green salad was about the right size. Entrees (steak, cioppino) were good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Niblets4ever
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Very few experiences in life can top eating a great meal with people you love, in a relaxed comfortable setting. Liam's provides the food, the service and the setting - bring a couple of your favorite people and voila! A perfect night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service/lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Our server was great. Friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive without being intrusive. Loved the way the windows open so that you have the feeling of outdoor dining. Food was lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Liam's
    difpop
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Perhaps there were not enough servers for lunch that day - the restaurant was not crowded but our server was rushed and inattentive. He took our food order then ran off before we could order our drinks. Our table had ordered only three salads for lunch which took over 45 minutes to arrive. Server never came back to explain or reassure us. Instead he rushed past us, serving several later-arriving tables. He had to be flagged down and asked to inquire. Salads came 10 minutes later. When he took our dessert order, he started to rush off and had to be called back to take our tea order. The food was fine - (we just had crab & chicken salads) but unfortunately, I did not leave with a good impression.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find especially happy hour
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Food was great, prices reasonable and service was excellent. Fabulous for happy hour on a sunny afternoon. Best Mac and cheese I have ever tasted! Only complaint is they told Open Table we did not show, which is something I never do without canceling a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Familiar food, unique flavors
    4DoggieDaddy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Inventive, yet down to Earth cuisine. Great taste mixtures. Good drinks on top of that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This is the second time for us in a week. The braised rabbit papardelle is incredible! I wish they had a better selection of IPA's on tap. Calamari appetizer was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow and non attentive
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We had an extraordinarily long wait with a server who wasn't very attentive. The host was quite good as was the food. The outside shades were never pulled even though pollen was flying everywhere landing in our clothing food and beverages, all this while waiting over an hour for entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food but not if you are hungry
    HungryMan
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Atmosphere was great, service was pretty good and the Food tasted nice. My problem is my meals was an extremely small portion. I think my wife's salad had more more calories than the halibut dish I ordered. So much so, I had to eat a second meal when I got home. While they didn't have a kids menu, they had good choices for children.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice but Needs Kids Menu
    Ocoach
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was very good but if you are a restaurant at U-Village you need a kids menu. Staff was great, very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • U Village Winner
    Northend
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We gave Liam's the ultimate test; Mother's Day Brunch. The location (near ample parking), comfortable seating, caring service, and unique service touches (fruit platter on a slate platter; veggie hash in a little iron skillet) were perfect The kitchen was stretched (what restaurant isn't that day?) and there were some mix-ups with our orders. Mother-in-law was disappointed to not find the crab dish that was online. However, her prawns-containing salad was a hit and the apple fritters were unique and delicious; we ordered another set for the table. Don't miss these! Other entrees were small but tast. The fruit and cheese platter isn't recommended as it was oddly lacking in cheese and had a skimpy selection of fruit for the price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a great with friends
    purpleRhino
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great Food, better service in a vibrant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service mars good food
    Daddio
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took the family to Liam's for Mother's Day brunch. We had dined here previously on the patio and really enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately, not so this Sunday. The restaurant was busy, but not supper crowded (we made reservations, but you could see empty tables). What was so disappointing was the 75 minutes it took to serve waffles, mac and cheese, steak and eggs, and sausage hash. Server apologized multiple times (felt bad for him), but it was pretty much unacceptable. When the food arrived it was well prepared and tasty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time
    foodforthought
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This was my second visit in two weeks. As before the food was fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dedicated To Different
    zackmo
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Everything tasted fresh and "new"...no shortcuts...service that was sincere and enthusiastic.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I even bought the cookbook
    foodforthought
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This was my first time at Liam's and I loved the patio seating. I will return to try a dinner experience. My guest and I had the crab salad (delicious) and loved the dressing so much I bought the cookbook.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, but Small Portions
    getITright
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Our server was not the best. Food portions were MUCH smaller than our server made a point of indicating they would be; more like gourmet/foodie portions. So it was a bit pricey considering the portion size. That said, the food was delicious. Our server also forgot part of our order and had to be reminded about it. She was not overly apologetic and didn't do anything to compensate for the error. Instead, she just put the order in at the end. I also had to get up and ask for salt and pepper from a different server (who seemed much more attentive). I'm not saying I wouldn't go there again, but I'd go only when I was prepared to spend a lot of money. I'd like to think maybe this server had an off day. I'd give it one more chance.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise Level
    DogBee
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had to ask our waitperson to have the music lowered because we could not hear each other talking (group of 6) nor could she take our order and hear us. They did lower it for part of the meal but it went back up during the rest. Very uncomfortable when you are trying to carry a conversation. If I wanted "loud music" I would go to a concert. We were trying to share an experience of talk and food but could not.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    REM12
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Atmosphere and service were great. Server was pleasant and accommodating. One of two entrees was not quite right. Overall, very nice experience. Will definitely go to Liam's again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    wineandcheese
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I would say the worst part was trying to decide what to get! My friend and I went for brunch but endend up ordering sandwich's , soups and salads....... :) They were very nice also. When we first arrived we were seated next to two large tables with children......they moved us with no problem! ( my gal friend and I ). We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cleg
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Locally owned, local sourcing for as much as possible, nice enclosed patio with fireplace that has open air dining in good weather, complimentary taste of wine offered as the server greets you. A very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Happy Hour
    AY88
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Liams is located in U Village and is one of the new restaurants that opened with the expansion of the new parking garage. The ambiance is very nice and the space is very open when the large doors are opened during nice weather. We came during restaurant week for the first time and enjoyed our time here very much. Although they seem to be famous for their mac and cheese (which was very good), the highlight of our meal was the small caeser salad. It was one of the best i have ever had. Happy Hour is all day tuesdays, so i am looking forward to coming back then.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place to go
    Lola
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My husband and I had our first date at Bennett's on Mercer Island so were celebrating our anniversary at Liam's. We love to share plates so this is a great spot to try different items and share. Service was outstanding! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food and service was lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I came here with my girl friends on my 21st and we all had a terrific time. Service was outstanding and food was tasteful in medium portions. :) I would recommend this place to friends for special occasions or for fine dining. ;)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still New
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The space is lovely. Service was great. The food was hit and miss. Appetizers quite good. Bibb and beet salad was 90 percent Bibb. Entrees good but nothing I would repeat. Dessert was a dense hard bar of chocolate. We did not eat it. I love the vibe here. I'd go back and try different items. Has huge potential.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • way over priced
    Porkbelly
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    the food was ok, but definitely not worth the prices. The most disappointing meal was the wagyu batons. The meat was so overcooked and horribly seasoned no one at the table could eat it! Everything else was so-so, but so overpriced that I will never bother going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seven people in a crowded booth!
    brandshow
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    On our first visit to Liam's, we went to brunch & enjoyed sitting in the garden area. I thought it would be a fun place to go out with another group of people. I was very disappointed that even though I booked the reservation well in advance through Open Table - we would be seated at a booth. This was very crowded & uncomfortable for 7 adults & difficult to find room for our plates & glasses. It was pretty obvious that this was a ridiculous seating arrangement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good experience in any way
    charlieVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    You may wish to avoid this restaurant if your standards for a pleasant evening include: the expectation of courteous treatment upon arrival; the acknowledgement and honoring of your (Open Table) reservation; the ability to engage in a conversation with your dinner companions; the ability to hear what the servers are saying; interesting menu selections; uniformly well prepared food On the other hand, if you relish rude treatment, a cacophonous dining environment, a waiter who pressures you to purchase a glass of featured wine before you have even had a chance to pick up the menu, and mundane offerings, by all means stop by. But don't make a reservation. They will deny you did so, even when you show them the confirmation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful find!
    adventureeater
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Yes, it's in a mall. Don't let that dissuade you. This isn't a PF Chang . Menu was local, seasonal and wonderfully prepared. The family style presentation let our group easily try a range of courses. Wine selection was intriguing: especially the local blends on tap. Will be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FOOD AT A MALL RESTAURANT
    Sheila
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Have had chicken at many of Seattle's finest restaurants and feel that Liam's chicken rates among the best. The kale salad was different than the usual "House" salad. The menu offered a lot of great choices for me and I look forward to my next visit. The "wine pour sample" is a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy hour
    ltwteater
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    While everyone was crammed into the noisy bar, we elected to sit in the quiet dining area by the fireplace. We paid full price for happy hour food. Food was excellent and we could hear one another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyable!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Wonderful dinner. My husband (omnivore) loved his burger. I had a number of veggie sides to create a delicious meal. Warm, inviting atmosphere, attentive wait staff. A place that we feel good BEING in. This is our neighborhood and we're glad Liam's has arrived. Healthy food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My “go-to” for delicious food
    maya
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    From the squash soup with a special ingredient to the Dungess Crab Cob..I was in food heaven! Service was personal and unintrusive. Loved the layout of the place.Plan to return for dinner and to sample their wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic