Sip Restaurant - Issaquah
Sip Restaurant - Issaquah

Sip Restaurant - Issaquah

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.siprestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4253691181x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 7 days a week
    4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Happy Hour
    Every Day 4:00-6:00
    Every Day 9 - close

    $5 House Spirits, $7 featured martinis & wines by the glass, & $3 off ALL small plates
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Unspecified, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Brown
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Sip catering offers full service off-premise catering to private homes & event sites. Call the restaurant for details 425.369.1181
  • Private Party Facilities: Sip is the perfect location to celebrate a special occasion, host a luncheon, or hold a business function. Our managers are there every step of the way to guarantee the success of your event & to create a memorable & successful experience for you.

    Our Napa room accommodates up to 40 guests & is the perfect place for a business or social gathering, featuring old world sheer curtains to provide privacy & a drop down screen for audio visual needs.
    The Owner's Booth is set aside from the hustle of the main dining room. Enjoy a private & comfortable dining arrangement that seats 8-10 guests, with a drop down television screen.
    Our patio offers a cozy outdoor dining space & accommodates 25 people. A large stone fireplace & overhead heat lamps take away the evening chill.
    Full Restaurant Buy-Outs available for your large party needs.

    Inviting. Relaxing. Alluring. Visit our website at www.siprestaurant.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Call the restaurant for information & details 4253691181x
  • Entertainment: Live Music every Thursday, 6:00-9:00pm

    Happy Hour
    Monday - Friday 4:00-6:00
    Every Day 9 - close

    $5 House Spirits, $7 featured martinis & wines by the glass, & $3 off ALL small plates.
  • Special Events: Dine with us on Tuesdays & earn double points on your VIP rewards card!

    On Wednesdays & get a bottle of wine ($100 & less) for 1/2 off the listed price!

    Ladies Night Thursdays! Listen to live music & ladies enjoy happy hour drink prices all night long!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Federal Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Near by complimentary street parking, as well as a parking lot, are available
A word from Sip Restaurant - Issaquah
Part cultured wine bar and part neighborhood restaurant, Sip is the kind of place designed to feel as though it’s been here for years. Come to Sip to relax and unwind, to enjoy an unforgettable meal, to savor the perfect glass of wine, and to feel at home.

Sip’s warm atmosphere evokes the feeling of a Napa Valley tasting room with a unique 30 seat bar, an outdoor trellis covered patio with a stone fireplace, and cozy and stylish indoor seating. The diverse menu features an array of tantalizing appetizers, savory entrees, and unforgettable desserts, as well as an elaborate selection of hundreds of extraordinary wines by the bottle and over 50 by the glass.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Sip Restaurant - Issaquah reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (24)neighborhood gem (19)fit for foodies (14)romantic (11)special occasion (10)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Good food, great service
    mickeyfreaque
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was good. I gave it a 4 out of 5 because my steak was not hot. It was acceptable, but it tasted like it sat around for a couple of minutes before it got to my table.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great waitress named Sky
    JLFergVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our waitress is s a steak eater. She said they cooked towards the rare side so order medium rare for a red center. My filet was fine. My fiancé's steak was cooked medium well (no red/pink but the grey cooked beef gets). When the waitress saw, she said, "Your steak has been ruined," and returned it to the chef. The GM came over, said he had cooked at Ruth's Chris, and that the steak was MR according to the thermometer. He was arrogant (one shouldn't argue with the customer). He brought a complimentary cup of soup and the waitress brought over a tasting of her second favorite wine as an apology. Once the steak was cooked correctly it was great. With a few adjustments this could be a first-class restaurant as opposed to a good one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Place to Celebrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food served professionally & with charm. Great place to celebrate with friends & family.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved our waitress
    ElleCElle
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our server had a wonderful vibe and spirit and she tolerated the slow aggregation of my party, dragging out our reservation much longer than it should have gone. Top that with the girlz chit-chat that lasted well past our food and drink, with no further adding to the bill, she was wonderful. So was the management who stopped by to graciously chastise us and take care of any loose ends that might be. The menu lacked a bit if you choose healthier options. I would recommend this place to anyone that is dining in the Issaquah (Highlands) area for a great atmosphere and good times. Adults, of course.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud
    Dine4zen
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We chose Sip anticipating a relaxing dinner with good atmosphere, food , service and conversation. What we got was significant noise level due to having live music and no filter. The server was excellent and apologized for needing to shout at us so we could hear above the loud music. It was a horrible experience. We ended up ordering a drink and appetizers because it was not a relaxing environment. It was expensive and we will not return nor recommend it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Open Table Reservation
    barrycrogers
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    When my wife arrived we found out that the restaurant was full and we would have to wait a few minutes for our reservation...that was unexpected. Also, the restaurant was short on servers. Normally, when they plan for dinner there are enough servers and a reserved table should be available.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and Wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The seafood piaia was flavorful, but the shrimp, clams, and mussels were tough and over-cooked, with a very strong aftertaste. The halibut and brusselsprouts were excellent. The cab franc/merlot bottle of wine was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, as always
    HappyCustomer
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Sip in the Issaquah Highlands continues to provide an outstanding experience. The food, wine, and service were exceptional, as they have been every time we have visited. This is a fantastic eating establishment and the entire staff, from management to kitchen, should be proud.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good wine and good food
    littleT
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Nice wine list (from $30/bottle to expensive ones) and Good food (loved all of the small plates and entrees we ordered). Very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great wine bar w/intimate setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have really enjoyed our recent visits to Sip. The wait staff is very attentive. The wine selection is verbose. We really like the iPad browsing of wines. Live music on Thursdays is great but you have to be willing to be in a very energetic and sometimes loud environment. Would recommend this to all of my fiends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Too Loud
    LN68VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Regular customers and have been for years. Always love the food. Noise level last two times we were there was too loud. Can't hear the person across the table. Service seems to turn over quickly leaving inconsistencies in service when we dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sip for Celebration
    Duckmom
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I took my future sister in law and my brother to Sip to celebrate her recent college graduation. I come to Sip frequently when there is something to celebrate as they have a great menu, warm ambiance and a wonderful wait staff. It was a great evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Live music Thursday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Went to see some live music by Sarah Christine. Everything was great- from the food and service by server Daniele. The music and ambiance was phenomenal. I plan to return again next month to see this talented artist again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sip so good!
    MichtoVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    After a 6-month hiatus, we decided to give Sip another try and were pleasantly surprised to find the restaurant has made significant improvements to both the service and food. The menu is still the same but the food tastes like it's being prepared by someone who enjoys cooking. Our waiter was full of energy and always had a pleasant smile on his face. Food just seems to taste better in a happy environment. They also hired a fun bartender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 284 reviews are from the Sip Restaurant - Issaquah reviews archive.
  • Need better bar-tending
    Sammom
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I waited about 10 minutes to get a sangria. The bar and restaurant were not even full. When the sangria arrived it was poured at the level of a glass of wine...the problem, it was over ice and that short of a pour. It tasted delicious but for almost $10 I felt a little ripped off due to the very short pour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Despite many negative reviews....
    rafseattle
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    ....we gave SIP a chance for Mother's Day brunch. The food was good quality, tasty & fresh. The buffet table had a reasonable selection & was kept well stocked until the buffet was over. Service was overall good but with the occasional wait. I agree with previous reviews that the music is too loud especially when the horns section of Sinatra-esque tunes blast. Not sure if it was because of the section we were seated. Ambiance was nice as was the outdoor patio since it was a grand, sunny day. Price was very fair for this particular brunch. Overall we had s great time and Mom was very happy. I was also happy because I enjoy good cuisine & quality food despite expecting disappointment. I feel SIP delivered and I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Omelet
    Kahuna
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My wife and I have eaten dinner at Sip many times and plan to return often. Doing brunch at Sip was a new experience for us and a disappointing one at that. They offer omelets to order and we thought we were in for a treat. All four at our table ordered an omelet and each of us agreed the omelets were the worst we ever tasted. The cook added so much cheese, it was almost soup on our plate. A spoon was needed, not a fork. Also, the bacon was more like jerky, it was so tough. Lesson learned, go to Sip for a great dinner; not a mediocre breakfast.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    ChesterfieldVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our group of 6 was running late for a movie on a busy Friday night. We advised the hostess that we were on a 45--50 minute time frame. She was pleasant and said that our server, Leilani, would take care of us. Leilani arrived at our table and was all smiles. She took our orders for drinks, wine and several shared plates. Everything came quickly and with continued smiles. All of the dishes were excellent. We really appreciated the wonderful service and food and are anxious to return when we have the proper amount of time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great neighborhood find
    WineLover13
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Decided on a recommendation from a friend to give Sip a try. Great neighborhood find. The vegetable ragout was great and my friends enjoyed seafood & steak. The meat & cheese app is excellent as well. We'll be returning!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for a change
    MichaelG
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Kind of a wine country-esque attempt with flavorful food, much of it Asian inspired. Wine options we're solid, service was attentive although not always on the mark (our entree came at the same time as the small plates). Some small plates are large (Poke) while others are very small (beef skewers). Pricing is high relative to what it is ($36 for three seared scallops?). They are trying but I find more value and variety in Seattle restaurants.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so Great
    Double00
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food order was slow. Food itself was pricey but very mediocre. To much emphasis on wine and liquor. Attentive server.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great 3-course special menu.
    Mmes
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Great 3-course special menu. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Artistic presentation
    frosty
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Sip covered all the bases for a great evening. The wine flights are fun and the food is delicious and beautifully presented. The bar was hopping and the singer was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We tried Sips after finding it on Open Table. We were heading to a show at Village Theater. My Ahi was overcooked (nowhere near rare) and very salty. The manager offered to replace the order but we didn't have time to start over. They apologized and took it off the bill. I appreciated their response, but felt the prices were too high for me to be interested in returning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    EastsideDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    SIP never disappoints. Reservations can be difficult through Open Table for some reason, so if you don't see what you want, give them a call. We have always had great service, and the menu is great. We just love this place.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Leave yourself plenty on time
    MinnieVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    This place was quite slow even with the restaurant empty. Food has been better in the past but I will come again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stick to the appetizers
    Drew102
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Been to Sip a number of times. Nice bar and appetizer menu. 5 stars for the truffle fries with Parmesan cheese. Shrimp and grits are great. However, I am always left wanting when it comes to the entree - from a somewhat bland paella to undercooked rack of lamb. Stick to a cocktail, fries and then head someplace if you're still hungry.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was fabulous and
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was fabulous and our server outstanding. Our only negative experience was a phone call I received from the restaurant 24 hours before our reservation trying to push us into their VIP club membership. I am glad I didn't cancel my reservation at that point (which I almost did).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst service in my life
    Disappointed
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    It took 3 hours to be served. We got endless apologies and excuses for our poor service. When the entrees finally arrived one steak was supposed to be well done and it was close to rare. It was sent back and the rest of us finished our meals long before the well done steak arrived. We've eaten there several times before and always had great service. We also watched diners all around us being seated, served and finished while our entrees were still mysteriously missing. I believe the waitress was just simply not competent. She was very pleasant and knew a lot about wine, but could not seem to get her act together otherwise.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have eaten at Sip a number
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Have eaten at Sip a number of times and never been disappointed. Great appetizers. Enjoy doing the wine flight series to compare different wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    PastorRoy
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Food was good. Leilani was a great server. I would recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sip, a wine bar for locals
    WickedAwwwsome
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our 2nd (final) foray to a Sip event night such i,e. Valentines, New Years. We did both and walked away with the same poor results of long wait and surprise, fixed menu. Sip draws a great local crowd of patrons to its large open bar and great wine list. However, after trying both New Years and Valentines, this is not the place to try for "event" nights... Sip over-books the tables, such that reservations were 50 - 60+ minutes late in seating. Also, Sip is not upfront when you make the reservation in informing these event nights are fixed menu. Warning: if you do not like the fixed "event" menu at a table, and choose to enjoy the bar menu, they will be extremely reluctant to let you eat at a table, they will ask you to move to the bar!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's Day
    IssyGal
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    7:00 res. delayed til 7:30, table was bare b/c we didn't pay for full rose bouquet or sprinkling of rose petals. These were extra charges to the pre-fixed menu of $80 each. Server was pleasant. Restaurant was not ready for the evening's business. One bite (seriously, one bite) appetizer was very good, our soup and salad were not brought out. The main dishes were good, but very small portions. "Molten lava cake" was a 2" heart shaped brownie (good, but NOT a molten lava cake). I've had $200 dinners. This was not one of them. I hope they can pull it together because it is a cute restaurant, they just tried to hard to maximize their profits this Valentine's Day. When we left, our appetizer, dinner and dessert dishes were still on our table.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The menu was way too limited. I understand having a few choices on a busy night, but the ones' they chose weren't very good. I am a beef eater and had little or no beef choices. Was hoping regular choices on their regular menu would be available, like steak or scallops. The portions were very small and WAY overpriced. We tipped according to what the menu SHOULD have cost. Will NEVER choose SIP again on a special occasion. They are worth going to with a prime card discount, but not any other time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valetines day mishap
    Ballerinamom
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband surprised me with dinner on Valentines day at 5PM. I was very excited as we were looking forward to a juicy steak and great wine. It's a beautiful restaurant. When we arrived,the hostess proceeds to place us at the kitchen entrance when there were many tables available near the fireplace and locations away from the kitchen. She was put out when I asked to have a table away from the door, so she moved us "to the only other table available" (there, were many) by the other kitchen entrance. The food was a price fixe menu and (included weird beet items) although $96pp, no steak (?!). Lamb, greasy fish or risotto. It was as if we had happened upon a bad catered event. Total bummer.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Neighborhood Dining
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Great food...friendly service...pleasing atmosphere. A bit on the expensive side for a neighborhood place...but always worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food! Excellent
    SEAVISITOR
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Excellent Food! Excellent Service! Excellent Atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Sip is a wonderfully unique place. The decor is beautiful and inviting and the service is just right. The food, although a bit pricey, is always great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It'll be a while before I go back
    guluguy
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon. The presentation of the food looked... ok. We ordered the lobster bisque and it was reasonably good. But the seared scallops was a flop for us. We ordered two dishes and both were consistently miserable. We also ordered the pasta with shredded duck confit. Although it was slightly better than the seared scallops. In summary, the quality of the food is nowhere near the price one has to pay for. However, the ambience of the restaurant was quite nice, and the service was decent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Year's disappointment!
    moni
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    As a long time customer of Sip, we decided to reserve the New Year's offering for the prix-fix dinner/wine pairing. We reserved an early seating (4:00) since we had later plans. We were seated, shown the special menu, and then waited for about 10 minutes for a server, who then told us the New Years menu was not available until 5:00! Long story, but we ended up ordering from the regular dinner menu, the ribeye was so thin and tough, the 32.00 price tag was laughable, my Ancho Filet, was so covered in garlic that it was inedible, so for 150.00, we got no New Years, and VERY substandard food. With so many options in Issaquah now, Sip may have some corrections to make!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate