How To Cook A Wolf
How To Cook A Wolf

How To Cook A Wolf

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/howtocookawolf/
  • Phone: 2068388090x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 7 days a week, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Michael Gifford
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boston St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from How To Cook A Wolf
This neighborhood restaurant atop Queen Anne is the most intimate of those in the Ethan Stowell family. As a nod to the restaurant’s literary namesake, Chef Michael Gifford repeatedly impresses by doing so much from this tiny kitchen. The continually changing, Italian-inspired menu focuses on smaller plates and fresh, daily-made pastas, typically enjoyed family style in the cozy, wood-clad dining room. Stop by the Queen Anne Farmer's Market before dinner, and you might see Chef Gifford gathering ingredients for that night's menu. Have dinner at the bar and sip Prosecco while watching the kitchen create.
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How To Cook A Wolf reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (44)romantic (41)notable wine list (33)hot spot (23)great for outdoor dining (19)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (12)good for groups (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Foodie Heaven!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Delicious all around! Every dish we tried had a perfect infusion of flavours...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This is a gem. Excellent service, and wonderful dishes very well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular as always
    krunk
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This is my to-go restaurant whenever I have friends visiting. It's ambient decor makes it a perfect spot to catch up. The food is wonderful, small dishes you can share so everyone can try everything. The pasta is freshly made and is always a treat. The only sad thing is that their menu is constantly changing which means some of my favorites have disappeared. But that just means there's always new things for me to try. My server was extremely friendly and during one of my visits, she even gave us some of their fresh made pasta to take home. I have to say the fresh made pasta tastes better than any of the store-bought dried variations. This place is always packed, so I would recommend making reservations a couple days before going.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    DateandDine
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Went for my fiance's birthday dinner and it was the perfect spot! Great food and service, with wonderful wine. We made reservations in advanced since it's a rather small place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Good Cooked Wolf
    FoodieLoveSeattle
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Excellent cocktails & an interesting blend of flavors and food options. Pastas are fantastic -- hearty, savory & flavorful. Salt is a favorite seasoning technique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small / good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Spartan trendy - good small plates. Not overly impressed but decent none the less
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nestled in the Neighborhood
    Seriousfoodie
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Smallish, but hip restaurant with amazing tasting entrees. The smoked salmon was delicious, as was the pasta. Well worth the trip from Las Vegas to the Pacific Northwest. Not set up for large family outings, but great and unusual flavor combinations.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Fishy crab. Amazing chicken liver pâté'. Great grilled baby octopus. Rediculously giant, dense, chewy gnocchi. Best part was our great server and the delicious lady Grey.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gifted to go
    Newbies
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We were given a gift certificate for this restaurant. Waitress was very helpful in explaining style and quantities of food which aided our ordering. The main pasta dish, big enough for two, was very good, and with two small plates (not really so small) was plenty for a meal. Restaurant is very small but relatively quiet. Recommend reservations which we did do as restaurant is too small to accommodate drop ins. Menu changes frequently so although we looked online ahead there were differences. Food is reasonably priced and although wine list is extensive it is also very expensive. No house wines!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food lovers unite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I came here with a few friends for Restaurant Week and had an amazing experience. Each plate that came out, looked perfectly curated for deliciousness - and it was! My friends and I truly enjoyed the food and the drinks. The atmosphere was lively and comfortable. I'm looking forward to going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    I wanted to go here for years and finally had the chance during restaurant week. The service was snooty and not at all welcoming and the food was just okay. The host and server weren't exactly "rude" but considering people come here for an experience they could have been MUCH more welcoming and friendly. Disappointing since I had looked forward to it for weeks. Definently felt like we were treated differently than non restaurant week folks. Won't be back.
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  • Enjoyed the concept very much
    mkers10VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Our server explained how the restaurant worked and we followed her suggestions. Just the right amount of food by ordering one small plate and one pasta plate each and then sharing. The food comes out as ready instead of sitting in the kitchen. Best dish we had were the gnocchi with fresh peas and shoots. The restaurant is very small and there were as many employees as diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible food and equally
    howtoNOTcookawolf
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Horrible food and equally horrible service. Leftovers became instant garbage!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Coryo
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I've been trying to get reservations here for a long time for a girls night. I decided that I may have better luck getting reservations for just two and I did. Now I know why- the place is very small but intimate in a charming way. The drinks were creative and the food was great. I would absolutely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Seattle Restaurant Week menu was a far cry from what appeared online. I made my reservation based on the online menu because it featured dishes that all three of us would like and could eat. None of the items we wanted were on the actual menu at the restaurant. I can understand a substitution or two but this was what I would call a "bait and switch" scam. This has never happened to me before and I have been going to 2 to 4 restaurants each time Seattle Restaurant Week comes around for many years. All my other dining experiences have been wonderful. The rum cocktail, however, was great and I really needed it to ease the situation because I had brought an out-of-town guest and we were both disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed a special occasion here
    Imli
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Loved the restaurant week 3 course. Scallops were buttery and yum!! Sausage was excellent. Chick pea salad was creamy and fresh. The professor was an excellent cocktail! :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what we expected....
    Omnivoracious
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Went for Seattle Restaurant Week, as I was intrigued by the menu on the SRW website, and wanted to try more of Ethan Stowell's restaurants since I love Staple & Fancy. However, I left disappointed. The SRW menu wasn't at all what was shown online. When I told our waitress, she said it was just a "sample menu" (which isn't mentioned anywhere online). Furthermore, given our Ethan Stowell kick, we had just been to mkt. 2 days prior--and 2 of 3 desserts were exactly the same. So 2 of us skipped the SRW menu, which had been the whole intent of going. The pasta I got was very good, but I believe I've had the same dish at Staple & Fancy. Lesson learned: don't pick more than 1 Ethan Stowell restaurant during SRW, and don't trust the menu online. :(
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  • Cute little Italian Restaurant
    foodiefanatic7
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I enjoyed my dinner with my boyfriend here for restaurant week. The food was delicious but the portions were small as expected from a high end restaurant. The restaurant itself was small so it is difficult to get reservations, but the ambience is great for a romantic night out or having drinks with a couple of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great presentation!
    peppytea
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food was lovely, the daffodils were lovely, and the atmosphere was cozy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for pasta and small plates
    SeattleJoe
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My only complaint is that the main courses are all pasta dishes. Everything else is small plates(essentially tapas). Would have like to see a bee, chicken, pork and fish dish on the main course list. Salmon bruschetta was awesome, as was tagliatelli with ragu sauce. Decent wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yumm!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    So much fun; terrific atmosphere and better food. Great place to go with friends or a date night. Great dishes for sharing and trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant on Queen Anne
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Amazing food and lovely service. I always love dining at this restaurant when I am in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service was absolutely
    LayneVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The food and service was absolutely fabulous! We really enjoyed ourselves!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    esrjunkie
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Good food, great service! Had the soft-cooked egg filled w/ crab - excellent Geoduck fritters could have had much more geoduck in them - too heavily battered Roasted Beets were great Ravioli was excellent - the best I've had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing!
    tubbycosmos
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Second time to How to Cook a Wolf and it lived up to its high standards once again. Perfectly al dente pasta with just the right amount of flavour. My favourite is the Anchovy spaghetti - has just the perfect balance of salty and spicy with the mint and parsley to lift the composition. Pork shoulder melted in your mouth and the chick pea salad is surprisingly refreshing. Great place to go with a small group (</=4) although we were a group of 6 - would not go with that many without a reservation. Would be a great date spot or place to go for drinks with friends too. All the dishes are share-able and come out as they are prepared. Great gem in Queen Anne!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine but too noisy
    Gluten
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    It was just too noisy. That wooden ceiling may have been the problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely spot for date night!
    LizL
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Got last minute reservations on a Monday evening on Opentable. Had a great seat although don't expect a whole lot of privacy because tables are relatively close together (which was fine with us). Ambience is very chill but with a lively feel. Food was amazing - we skipped the pasta and went for more small plates. Octopus plate and carpaccio were my favorites!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday pig out
    FullOfIt
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Four big eaters left full and happy. Lovely chicken liver mousse/pate, great carpaccio, lovely pea risotto. All quite good, really. Noisy, but not as bad as we feared. I wouldn't go there for a romantic dinner, but would happily go there again, with or without friends. Early Sunday night, tables were pretty full, but bar space empty.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent night out
    bullcity
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Food was great. Meal was spaced out very good, we did not feel rushed at all. The server was very helpful in narrowing down our choices. Very good selection of wine. Definitely get a reservation. If you plan on having a party of more than 4 this may not be the best option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food and intimate setting
    Kyleew
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I didn't know quite what to expect when I walked into this restaurant but it was Ethan Stowell and the name is definitely unique! Although it may lead you to believe there is wolf on the menu...rest assured there is not! The most exotic meat being served was goeduck but even that is more common at nicer restaurants. We went with a party of 6 which is probably the most that can be squeezed together in this small intimate dining room. Be sure to make a reservation if you plan to dine here! I tried beef carpaccio, beet salad, tuna, gnoochi Bolognese, quail, risotto and the coconut cake desert. All were made deliciously and served to share with the table. There is an extensive Italian wine list and fun unique cocktails. I recommend trying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and excellent service
    jscott
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The food was excellent, though the baby octopus was overcooked and tasted too smokey. The service was excellent and compensated for the overly smokey flavor with complementary wine. It was a great overall experience and I would certainly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girlfriend dining success
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I meet with girlfriends for dinner once a month. Each of us takes a turn making the reservation. When it's your turn there is pressure to make the right choice. This dinner was met with rave reviews. The food was flavorful and the service spectacular. It is an intimate atmosphere. Menu choices were limited but we were all able to make good choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit noisy due to the closeness
    MikeV
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    A bit noisy due to the closeness of tables, but great food and service. We especially enjoyed our custom-blended cocktails!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went there on a cold evening
    seattlefoodie
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I went there on a cold evening in February with a girlfriend. Our server was wonderful - she was very helpful and accommodating to my special needs (gluten-free of course).. Almost everything we had was excellent. I wasn't thrilled about the salt cod/potato fritters - not much flavor & they had been deep fried so long that the crust was hard (not just crunchy but hard). That was the only misstep. The wine that was recommended was excellent. I do, however, dislike how extremely loud the restaurant gets. All those hard surfaces make it difficult to have a conversation without yelling. That seems to be common to most restaurants in Seattle. Some day, when I'm old, I won't be able to eat out because I won't be able to raise my voice that much.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, little else
    surly
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Yes, the food is good, and nicely presented, but not better than readily available elsewhere. It was the rest of the dining experience that really let me down. Quarters are close, so forget privacy, unless you consider a constant roar, requiring shouting to be heard, a form of privacy. We tried several dishes, with the butternut squash ravioli being the best. The salad was a bit of a pleasant surprise, but the other dishes were merely good. The pasta with sausage was quite disappointing for the price, however.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable
    IluvfoodVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The Valentine's day prix fixe menu was spectacular. The portions were extremely generous- I don't know which was my favorite dish, but the short rib was unlike any meat I have eaten or will eat. Just amazing from start to end. The service was also outstanding. Would make a reservation and then book a trip to Seattle.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday
    Jaime
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I picked this restaurant as it was birthday dinner. It was a great find. I would go back! Everything we had was excellent, and I liked that we went home with pasta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NICE NITE
    mikeandlib
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Great meal, service, and environment! Food was superb, not rushed, and friendly. Would return tomorrow.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They need a re-think
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    So loud. They have this huge booth that blasts noise into the rest of the restaurant. Ugh. Terrible service. Waited over 10 minutes for a drink refill.
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    notable wine list
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  • We absolutely loved everything.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We absolutely loved everything. Amazing grilled baby octopus was incredibly tender, melt in your mouth ravioli in brown butter, and perfectly cooked flank steak! Plus, cannot forget the chicory salad! The decor is beautiful with curved wood ceilings and cork tables that everyone in our party wanted. Our service was very helpful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.