Re:public
Re:public

Re:public

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.republicseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2064675300
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Fusion / Eclectic, French
  • Executive Chef: Greg Swenson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Republican
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Re:public
re:public(regarding the public) lets its food take center stage. Simple, rustic decor - brick walls and dark woods - paves the way for creative lunch, dinner and happy hour dishes. Located in Seattle's vibrant South Lake Union community, re:public features French and Italian infused cuisine. Our exceptional chefs put extensive thought and care into each menu item including our house made pastas. We are happy to navigate the shortest distance between the farm and your table. The winner of Evening Magazine's best new restaurant in Western Washington for 2010,The Seattle Times gave re:public 3 stars out of 4, and great reviews keep coming in. Please come by and let us show you why!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Re:public reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (15)vibrant bar scene (14)good for groups (12)great for lunch (8)hot spot (6)late-night find (6)special occasion (3)romantic (2)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Special place!
    hfarbsVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We ate at Re:public early on Saturday night (5:30 pm) and had a delightful experience. The place was kind of empty, which kept the noise down and the servers attentive. We received good advice from our servers, and the food was plentiful and delicious. Special kudos to the bartender; my wife said her mojito was the best she ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant!
    LucyVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    The food here was magical! Very inventive and absolutely delicious! We tried the squash and pomegranate salad with a mustard bourbon dressing drizzled over baby greens - delicious! then the duck confit sliders with cilantro and a scirracho aioli was mouth watering. Finally, the mushroom tagliatelle with black garlic- a fermented gourmet product i'd never had before was sublime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!
    CBeanVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Phenomenal! I have to say this is my new favorite restaurant! Great service, and exceptional food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Exceptional Food!
    DrJo
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I'm fussy and I don't tend to take the time to write reviews so this'll be short. How about this: WOW. Ok, I'll say more. EVERYTHING our foursome ordered was truly Outstanding. I'm fussy (did I mention that?) about fish. We ordered the King Salmon and it was beautifully rare/med-rare (pure buttah) but crisp outside - came with an eggplant puree. Really. There was a squash, arugula, green bean and pomegranate delight; creamy, crunchy & highly flavourful. And the king mushroom & clams number. The menu doesn't really tell you what you are actually going to get, in general. For this one, the wild mushrooms laced this number with their smoky, earthiness and the clams? It was a creamy, smooth clam FLAN! Really. & Chef James is self-taught. WOW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go-to restaurant in SLU
    Bricin
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Good food, good bar staff, always good service. It's a warm, neighborhood place that is upscale enough to get a little dressed up for. The food is a touch hit and miss on some of the specials, i.e. some of your foodie friends might not rave about it (not to say bad or anything like that, just won't make it to the top of Seattle wow, gotta try this kind of thing) But if you stick with a few of the regulars (great burger, the banh mi sliders are solid, the fries are some of the better ones in Seattle, and the chicken liver terrine as well) you will be fine. I dine here for lunch or dinner almost weekly. Nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu was not extensive but
    Carol
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Menu was not extensive but it offered offered choices for light eaters, and the 'steak and potatoes" guy. Food was excellent and wait staff attentive. Only negative was difficulty in finding parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time on Sat night! The
    sodak
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Fun time on Sat night! The squash blossom salad was amazing, I want to go back just for that, though everything was good. It was pretty empty, which seems weird. Our server said their busy nights are Mon.-Fri. due to Amazon employees. Sat night was the night to get a table and enjoy a little more time and attention.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    LunchForME
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    Top notch - we were 10 minutes early and they were completely ready for our party of 5. Service was amazing and the food was plate licking good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night with the girls
    Vixen
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Not my first time here, but it was for some in our group. We had a great evening, the huge garage doors were up and it was really cool to feel like we were part of the thunder & lightning outside while being all cozy inside. Our server was as spot on as the food, martinis and the bottle of wine we all enjoyed. I'll be back again, and I'm sure they will too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for business lunch
    Pete
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Reasonably quiet and spacious enough to allow for business conversations. Very good food - Limited selection which is actually nice for business meeting, you don't lost in a book of options. I will be going back regularly
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good stuff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Had a reservation @ 6:15 on a Thursday and the ace was packed from unhappy hour. Got seated right on time and Everything went well. Chef had excellent variety of choices with nice combination of flavors. It was somewhat loud. Service was spot on
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening
    Nona
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We were visiting from out of town and choose this restaurant because of the good reviews and proximity to our hotel on Lake Union. I was so pleased that we did! The wait staff were attentive without being overbearing. We ordered the starter of olives and were delighted with the pickled green beans and almonds that accompanied them. My friend had the sockeye salmon and I had the tagalarini (sp?) with chanterelles as mains and they were wonderful. The salmon was cooked well and the mushrooms in the pasta were divine! The only misstep was corrected by the chef in a very charming fashion. Dessert was not up to snuff and the chef came out, apologizing profusely, with two other desserts for us to share. They won us over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in SLU Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Re:Public looks like an upscale bar, so you might not expect some of my favorite food in the City. Nothing too fancy, but everything is prepared with care from excellent ingredients.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    We went there for Sunday brunch, and were practically the only guests at 12:30. For a brunch spot that serves the quality of food that they do, it's wonderful not to have to wait in line for a table. The downside, is that the menu is more lunch oriented. In fact I believe on the menu they call it "blunch" , not brunch. I won't comment on the service, because I don't believe that you can make a blanket statement about a restaurant's servers. I disagree that anyone should ever do so, in fact. People come and go, and you never know what kind of a day that particular person is having. Overall it's a great little spot and a fantastic addition to the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great experience at
    tash
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Had a great experience at Re:public. The food was very good. What stood out were our two appetizers, the oysters and the octopus, both outstanding. My steak was cooked perfectly and my husbands salmon was good. The kitchen was able to accomodate for both gluten and dairy intollerance and the staff was knowledgeable about the menu. Service was professional yet friendly, we felt comfortable and taken care of. It was a hot night so having the retractable door was nice and also added to the cool urban atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place to be
    Janet
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    This place is really noisy, but that's probably because the bar is packed. And, the bar is at least half of the restaurant. The food is good bistro fare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Re:Public
    Megalodious
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    We had my husband's graduation dinner at Re:Public on a FRIDAY night...I thought it would be terrible even trying to get a reservation but we got a reservation for 6 no problem. What's worse, at the last minute we had three other people who wanted to come. I called the restaurant and they were so nice and even though I'm sure it was a juggling act to get us all in there they did. OH and did I mention we had our 1-year-old with us. He's a really good kid, not a picky eater and not a loud fussy baby but still I felt bad taking a baby to a hip and trendy restaurant on a Friday night. The staff was outstanding, the food was great and we had a GREAT time. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nostalgia rewarded
    DonW
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    My wife and I hosted the former owners of the building in which the restaurant is located. We were tenants in the 80's and 90's of the very space we ate in. We told the hostess Stacey and she brought one of the the new partners, Ruadhri (Rory) over and he graciously gave us all a tour of the whole building; it was a walk down one of life's 'Memory Lanes'. This was after a lunch that I can only describe as outstanding. The Halibut was dead-on to the way it was ordered and the hamburger was the best I have had since leaving New York fifty years ago. And I assure you, I am not given to casual hyperbole. While this restaurant tends toward a young clientele, it was magical for our Over The Hill foursome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • why are you not eating here
    mikiVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    I was blown away by how partially full this restaurant was. The food is amazing, it's much easier to get to than some of the equally delicious Ballard restaurants. I was grateful I could get in last minute and had an absolutely amazing dinner and cocktails here. Definitely fit for foodies. The cucumber cocktail was incredibly flavorful and aromatic. I absolutely loved how fresh all of the ingredients were and how amazing this made the food taste. People say this is more of a late night scene restaurant/bar but i'll add that you are missing out if you aren't trying this for your casual evening dinners out. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun vibe
    GerpVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Went with two girl friends for happy hour. We had a booth along the wall which was perfect for talking. The happy hour menu is VERY limited. The clams were excellent. The cheese plate was very tiny samples of three cheeses. I will definitely go back, but probably for lunch. Overall it was a great place and a lively atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Evening Gents...
    ThomasVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    Food was good, well-presented, and competent. Nothing overly innovative but solid. Decor and atmosphere fun. Our only issue was service. From the very "hello gents," through the end of the service, our waiter gave us the same level of service you'd get at a Subway. I understand that casual implies loose and easygoing, but I've grown tired of waiters who act so sloppy and careless - the wine opening alone was classic. I'm still paying $140 for dinner for two, and while that's not a lot these days it should still get you a bit higher service than "wassup bro" all night. Class it up a little, Republic, and lift the professionalism of service. Otherwise Subway works just as well for a lot less.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First bad time
    Hudson
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    I have been there 7 times and always been exceptionally pleased. This visit must be an outlier. The Lamb burger was ok (at best). The service was great as always, but I was slightly disappointed by the lamb burger. I will return and I am positive rePiblic will be excellent again. I think it was just one of "those" meals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in loud bar environment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    I went to Re:public because of the Evening Magazine best new restaurant quote. It is very much a Bar Restaurant with the emphasis on bar first and very noisy. The food was beautiful and very good. The only issues were with the limited menu selection and what was on the menu wasn't always available. It was essentially a bar menu so if you are ok with one choice for fish or one choice for pasta, that will work for you. If you are looking for a relatively quiet place with multiple entree choices, pick another place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Three people had three terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Three people had three terrific meals. This is the best lunch spot in South Lake Union.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hip, urban
    miacrazypants
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    great for happy hour during the week. good spot for early dinner on the weekend if you want something trendy but quiet. the burger used to be super good, but i'm not a huge fan of their current recipe (used to have bacon and cheese, but in an elevated way - was so, so good). little pricey and a limited menu, but nothing out of the ordinary for this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This place could be so much
    Poque
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    This place could be so much more than it is. The menu is pretty limited.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phe:nomenal! The food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Phe:nomenal! The food was local, fresh and prepared perfectly. Craft beers on tap were a good mix of local & national. Be careful with the "desert" cheese platter; it's a meal, but it was delicious. Great Lake union find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They were great at accomodating
    NBSeattle
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    They were great at accomodating a lunch group at short notice, we had a nice space in the back so it was quiet and they got all the food out (2 courses0 in time for us to hot foot it back to work. everyone enjoyed their food. My steak salad could have used some more dressing but was tasty and the meat was cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had fun at Re:public, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Had fun at Re:public, the service was exceptional.The only downside was that it was very loud making it difficult to hear conversations within our party of seven.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We specifically asked for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    We specifically asked for a quiet table and were placed between two very loud groups of people near the entrance. It was not a pleasant experience but the food was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took six friends to celebrate
    Winediva
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Took six friends to celebrate birthdays and it was a great spot. Vibrant, loud, eclectic and great food. Service was attentive but not intrusive; great wine list and food was terrific. Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    First time there and it won't be the last. Overall it was a great time and I thought every part of our experience was top notch. Everyone was really friendly and personable! We got lucky and managed to be there on a slow Friday night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food. Please Let Me Finish It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    I took an employee of mine here for an anniversary lunch, and the experience was very nice. Food was great. One complaint: I had three separate servers approach me within 3 minutes of each other asking if they could take the food I was trying to finish "out of the way." I told the first two I was "still working on it." I finally gave up with the third server and he took it. It felt like we were being hustled out of the joint, or that they thought I had eaten enough and needed to stop. I rationalized later that they move quickly because they're serving the Amazon Community.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everyone loved their food.
    Seattleite
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Everyone loved their food. Outstanding salads. Outstanding homemade pasta. Our 8-year-old pronounced the burger, fries, and ketchup to be "really good". Very good service, very attentive and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice and capable waitress,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Very nice and capable waitress, which was a good contrast to the unwelcoming hostess who acted like she was being put out, even though we had a reservation. Very unwelcoming. We were right on time also. The food was very attractive looking and tasted fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Re:public is one of our favorites!
    Beth
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Re:public is one of our favorites! Never disappointing!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot to meet up at S Lk Union
    GrumpyMamaVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Great birthday dinner. Festive atmosphere. Food was wonderful and well thought out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had out-of-town guest show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    I had out-of-town guest show up and we wanted a place to talk for a long time to catch up. So this turned out to be a good deal--the booth we got was ample and spacious, the food was very, very good, and the drink service was great and offered a range of very good things to drink. The only nit is that this was a bit noisier than I expected given the atmosphere--it's a high-ceilinged room, with a very laid-back feel, but the music was more than I expected. However--if you are into the late-night bar scene where you and your friends are chatting around a bar or long table, it's perfect. I would return, gladly. The service was very, very good, professional, friendly, and sincere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Loved the food and service. Would have been better with a bit more light - could barely read the menu!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, but couldn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Excellent food, but couldn't see it very well because the restaurant was a bit dark! Otherwise, we loved the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall