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
76 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (58)neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (40)romantic (30)notable wine list (25)hot spot (19)great for outdoor dining (17)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (9)good for groups (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Did not disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    While visiting my son in Seattle, I took him to dinner at How to Cook a Wolf. The service was top notch as was the food and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't live up to expectation
    dicknogs
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Because of feedback from friends and what we had heard, as well as the difficult reservation-making, we expected this to be a very excellent dining experience. Instead we found hamhanded mixed-drinks and a menu that lacked motif. Some of the dishes were excellent, such as the soft-boiled egg with dungeness crab and the beet salad with ricotta and pistachios. The main dish we found to be good but not any sort of revelation that we'd expect at a place that specializes in pasta dishes. Overall, we found it to be something we'd be happy to eat again, but not an OMG-Wow experience like many others nearby that would draw our attention first.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Wolf
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    I thoroughly enjoyed my first time eating at this restaurant. I loved the ambience and decor. The selection on the menu was fantastic, and made me wish I was able to try everything. We ordered the squash ravioli and gnocchii, which were both divine. The food was simple, yet they made a powerful, favorful impact. The service was very friendly and attentive. The drinks from the bar are so good and strong. I can not wait to come back and enjoy the food again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent spot. The food is
    Ragman
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Excellent spot. The food is creative and delicious, perfect for couples or groups who want to share many dishes. We gave up our table for a spot at the bar, where they don't take reservations. Great experience, all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Table4two
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    One of my top recommendations for places to eat in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    CaptainVanity
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    We arrived a bit early for a 9 pm reservation, and were quickly seated at the bar. When our table didn't become available on time, they gave us a duck prosciutto dish with pomegranates and hazelnuts on the house. It was quite delicious, and we really appreciated the gesture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    This was my second time at Wolf. I was quite pleased with my first experience and recommended this as our groups pre ballet dinner spot. This was a mistake. Although the wait staff was friendly and service was timely the good was severely lacking. Our duck leg had to be sent back- it was so salty that you could not finish your bite.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Great food and atmosphere. Our server was great. The service issue occurred right when we walked in the door: The host immediately informed us that "someone else had a reservation for 8:45" implying a time limit to our dining experience; VERY tacky. The server was great and almost made up for that remark, but hard to forget when it's the first thing you get right when you walk in the door...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level ruins the dining
    ColoradoVisitor
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    The restaurant seats 35 people in very tight quarters. You absolutely cannot carry on a conversation because the people next to you are also trying to talk and everyone continues to speak louder and louder to be heard. Even if you give up talking to your dinner partner, it is so loud in the restaurant that it ruins the dining experience. We had the chickpea salad which was too heavily seasoned that we only ate a small amount. My dining partner was allergic to onions and told the waiter, but when the beets were delivered they were covered in onions. I saw right away that we couldn't keep them and sent them back. The best item we enjoyed was the pumpkin ravioli and I would highly recommnd that if you go, you order this item.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu, great ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Great menu, great ambiance. Spaghetti was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not for vegetarians
    crazydoglady
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Food was very good, but not great. Too rich and not too many vegetarian choices. Service was excellant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time with friends!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Food was wonderful as well as the service. We had reservations and our table was ready when we arrived. Would go back again for a special occassion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique menu and experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    There was five of us, each of us ordered two small
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was expecting more
    tlccc2808VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Not sure if we had our expectations set too high. We were very excited, got our reservations weeks in advance. Service was slow. About 10 minutes after being sat that our server stopped by the table. Service after was fine but the food was above average but not amazing. I'm glad we went but not high on my list for a return visit
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Unique Cozy Italian!
    Purpleeye
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    How to Cook a Wolf is warm and welcoming as soon as you walk in the door! Candlelit small, cozy booth/chair style seating and attentive wait staff. We enjoyed sharing two unique salad appetizers, the chickpea salad offered a sweet tangy lemon dressing and the roasted beets featured fluffy cheese and walnuts. The wait staff timed our dishes perfectly so we could take our time. We ordered the Pumpkin Ravioli as our entrée. It was melt in your mouth heartwarming goodness!! We both loved this restaurant and will come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wolf
    Wolf
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    We were there early so service was superb. The food was excellent, unique preparation and ingredients. As the restaurant fills up I am sure there would be considerable noise and limited privacy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My daughter and I had a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    My daughter and I had a wonderful time. The ambience was almost New Yorkesque. The server, Pam, as a sweetheart. Food was excellent. Have a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tiny gem
    WistarkVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    I love this place but it has so few tables you really have to plan in advance or go on an off night and sit at the small bar to get in. The team that takes care of the bar and tables are the best, very personable and gracious but not in an excessive way. Its cozy and classy and feels like a neighborhood hideaway. Great cocktails and wine list. Be prepared to eat tapas style to get the full benefit of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best pork chop I've ever had
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The entire dining experience was great. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was outstanding. The beet salad, pumpkin ravioli and pork chop were all amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good food, but not
    LyndaleVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Really good food, but not outstanding. My husband and I were in town from Minneapolis and wanted to try some of Seattle's best dining. We made reservations at How to Cook a Wolf with high expectations. The service was good, and the building was cozy and beautiful. We ordered chickpea fritters, which were excellent. However, the pork chop and talligatte pasta were only very good, not spectacular. The pork chop was a bit bland and the pasta was unremarkable. We ordered limoncello for dessert, but the restaurant was out. I did like that they gave us a small bag of fresh pasta to take home even though our hotel does not have a stovetop on which to cook the pasta. Like I said, overall it was good, not great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed and dissappointed
    Swheaton
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    I've been looking forward to eating here for months. Unfortunately it did not live up to the hype. Started with beef carpacio, salami platter - both delicious, chicken liver mousse - ok, portion way to big, clams and soft boiled egg - bad. Entrees, need cheek tagliatelle, gnocchi with fried egg and kale, and gnocchi with braised lamb and mint. I started with the lamb gnocchi. Bad decision. There was so much mint in the dish I couldn't taste any lamb or any other flavors for that matter. When tasting the other dishes, I couldn't taste their flavors either due to the overpowering mint. The company I was with said the other two dishes were delicious though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had heard many good things
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I had heard many good things about this restaurant, so was excited to dine there while in town on business. My visit, however, was less than optimal for several reasons. The host was not friendly, and it seemed like we were a bother to him. Our waitress was fine, and answered questions when asked. Although the items on the menu were all very good, and well prepared, the menu was fairly small and they were out of several items on the menu, including what I had wanted (although it was 9:30 pm). They were accommodating for vegetarians (e.g. omit meats from dishes), however, given that their menu was not specifically set for this. All in all, I would possibly eat there again, but overall it did not live up to my expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great trendy spot in Queen Anne
    Nolan522
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Had a great evening at HTCW. Plates are meant for sharing so we ordered a fee different things. Highlight was the pumpkin ravioli - yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Howling
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    When my guest and I arrived, it was quite busy and it took the host a bit to acknowledge us. We had reservations, but arrived early. Given Restaurant Week, it was busy, but the staff ensured they would get is in as soon as possible. In the mean time, they offered us wine. We ended up sitting down more than 45 mins before our reservation. The menu had a great selection all of which had distinct, delicious tastes. They ran out of dessert selections, but that reinforces how popular this venue is. The experience overall was excellent - I would definitely recommend a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum Yum Yum!
    eberg
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    HTCAW has been on my list for a very long time. Basically since it opened. However, there were always good enough reasons not to go - it's so small, parking can be difficult, it's expensive, it's to date-y, etc. Seeing it on the Restaurant Week list this time compelled me to suck it up and go anyway. Made reservations early and had a wonderful time. It is definitely more in the slow leisurely pace camp, which I appreciated. I like to try as much as I possibly can when I'm someplace new and HTCAW is perfect for that. Everything came out in plates designed for sharing. We were stuffed by the end of the night (over 2 hours later). We didn't come close to finishing dessert and took significant to go boxes of the main courses with us as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived Up to All The Raves
    MlovesR
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Service, food and ambiance were incredible. My husband and I recently celebrated our 20th anniversary at How To Cook A Wolf and would choose it again every time. We will be back every time we visit Seattle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    Claire
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Carpaccio was consistency of chewing gum... the more I chewed the bigger it grew in my mouth. The bolognese was uninspired and quite bland.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent food and service.
    Pili
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    This place did not disappoint. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Very friendly wait staff and very energetic. You felt they wanted to be there and enjoyed their jobs. The food and drinks were excellent and very well presented. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wolf Confusion
    Steve
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Never before in 60 years have I read a restaurant menu and had no clue about what I was ordering. The plates are small, pricey, but well prepared. I'm still not sure what I ate. The ravioli was excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    fancypantsandcandy
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    How to cook a wolf is a little bit noisy, but it feels cozy and sort of homey. The food is excellent and thoughtful, as is the service. Oh, and the mixed drinks are great (not too sweet), and as far as dessert goes, the sweet corn pana cotta is so, so good I'm tempted to go back just for that (and a drink, of course).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food in Tiny Restaurant
    economics210
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    I'm not really into Italian food. I don't love pasta with all my heart and soul. But "How to Cook a Wolf" made Italian food good again! The pork chop was perhaps the best pork I have ever had. The pasta had so much flavor, it was worth eating and yes, even enjoying. The atmosphere was loud. Cacophonous almost. It's a beautiful restaurant, but tiny. Don't come here for a quiet, romantic dinner, because it won't be that. But come here with no more than four people and have a loud time while eating some wonderfully prepared, artistic, but still large portioned meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week
    erin
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    How to Cook a Wolf was amazing. The service was great. I was late coming to my reservation due to traffic and work and it was not a problem for them even though they were starting to get busy. my server recommended great wine and even upsold me to a bottle. She was very knowledge able about the menu and our food came out in a timely matter. I woudl go again for dinner very soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    summersurferVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    I'd heard much about this restaurant, and perhaps my built-up expectations were the reason for my disappointment. And granted, our visit occurred during Seattle Restaurant Week, so it is possible that our experience was dampened as a result. However, given the cost of a meal here, I would expect much more in terms of food quality and service levels. And because of the kitchen's size, be prepared for a wait. The wait staff suggested to order so that the table could share, given that our food would appear at different times (which was, indeed, a good suggestion).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not a memorable dinner at
    dozer
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    not a memorable dinner at all ... very average ... the pasta dish offered on the restaurant week was very disappointing .... the deserts were the best part of the meal ... do not know where the buzz on this place comes from ...... we were expecting so much more .....
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  • Second chance
    amypVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    This was our second time to How to cook a wolf, and we were very happy we gave it a second chance. My husband and I took my mother there for her birthday when she was visiting, we had a 745 reservation and had to wait an 1hr for our table. It wasn't all fault of the restaurant, it was mainly the patrons that were taking WAY too much time to leave their table.They did their best to make it right, and we really appreciated that! We went a second time 2 weeks ago late on saturday night, we were seated immediately and of course the food was amazing! On top of that the waitress brought by a complimentary cocktail for everyone in our party because of the issues we experienced on our last visit. Great job and we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little Place.
    RAZZMOVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    This is a wonderful little spot that gets it right in every respect. The stylish décor and buzzy atmosphere really make it special. The small menu is easy to navigate and the salumi board and carpaccio make for great sharing options. Service is outstanding. A really fun place in Upper Queen Anne.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little place to eat.
    silly
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Make a reservation. Very small place. Food was excellent and service is great. Can't remember the last time I said that. Price was very fair
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food, not the noise level
    Duma
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Excellent fresh tasting food plates - interesting combinations, savory salads. High quality pasta and sauces. However, it was hard for us to talk over the noise level when someone at another table laughed or spoke too loudly. The surfaces in the restaurant are acoustically harsh. Service was excellent, timely, and personalized (sincere).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite ethan stowell restaurant
    seattlefrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    we always have great food here. amongst all ethan stowell restaurants (we've dined in all of them many, many times) this is our favorite. in the past, they had hamachi crudo, the best i've ever tasted. over years, it's started to converge to be the same as his other restaurants (some menu items are the same,) and it's now harder to find the dish with simple, a few ingredients mixed together, that once you taste you really admire genius, but it's still great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny but delicious
    Leejay
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    In Upper Queen Anne, this neighborhood gem is worth the trek up that killer hill. Excellent pasta, excellent wine. A weekly favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.