Sip Restaurant - Issaquah
Sip Restaurant - Issaquah

Sip Restaurant - Issaquah

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.siprestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (425) 369-1181
  • 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
45 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (32)fit for foodies (23)neighborhood gem (22)romantic (16)special occasion (16)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Tops in Issaquah
    PumpkinEater
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Had a terrific experience Friday night with my wife at Sip. We were seated promptly by friendly hostesses ( we did have a reservation) and it just got better from there. Our waitress (Andy) was terrific...knowledgeable and attentive, never pushy or intrusive. Made sound recommendations on wine when our first choice wasn't available. The food was cooked to perfection, and was flavorful and succulent. Of particular note were the chicken pate appetizer and the ancho tenderloin entree. We WILL be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a nice birthday with wife
    WineMeDineMe
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My wife and I don't get away from the kids very often, so when we do, we really hope it counts. This was our first time at Sip. We had reservations and were seated exactly at that time when we arrived. We were seated near the fireplace, which was perfect, as it was a bit chilly outside. Our entrees were beautifully crafted, proportions were just right, and flavor was wonderful. The entree prices matched the quality of the offerings, but the desserts were a real steal in proportion to the portion sizes. We left quite satiated. The floor plan is open with a bar in the middle of the dining area (and music came on before 9pm). This did contribute to a bit higher sound level than was desired. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    Jlo35
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Service was great. However really disappointment with the food. Fish and dessert were undercooked. Molted Lemon cake was cold in the middle :-(.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food was exceptional, but the service was definitely lacking. We came in for a 4-course meal, and were asked to order each successive course at the end of each prior course, which added extra time (we would've liked to have ordered all 4 courses at the beginning). The manager (RJ) was delightful and engaging, but the server seemed disinterested, even bordering on unfriendly, *except* for when bringing us our bill at the end of the evening. That was the ONLY time we received the slightest hint of a smile. As an employee of the Melting Pot / Ministro MG, I had much higher expectations, and it (the service) definitely fell short. The busser was friendly, prompt, gregarious, and delightful. I only wish our server would have been the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food, the service, the attention and wine list were perfect. Everyone was friendly, knowledgeable and willing to go that extra mile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I don't come here often as I live 45 minutes away, but when I do the food always is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe not for special occasions
    Roxy
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Enjoyed our meal very much but disappointed that after noting on our reservation that this was a birthday celebration, no special acknowledgment was made at all. Even had to ask for a better table than was initially offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special evening!
    Fairhurst
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our waitress, Andie, was the greatest and made this evening very memorable to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our very special friends! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Good
    EarlVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We go to Sip often, and have consistently excellent meals. The servers have been, without exception, helpful, courteous and well informed. We will continue to be regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Sip has great ambiance, and we have been a patron since they opened years ago. Unfortunately, the food portions are SO SMALL that even I (a small appetite) can order a full dinner, salad and dessert and not have enough to eat. One of my favorite dinners was the Chicken dish, it was 1/2 a chicken, now it's barely 1/4, and the price has almost doubled! Nice atmosphere, good service, great wine selection- but they're trying to save money by offering skimpy portions. No guy can eat there and have enough to eat.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy yet Relaxed
    DaveSt
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    SIP is a fantastic place to get excellent food from a unique and varying menu in an atmosphere that makes you feel you are in a high class establishment but one that makes you feel relaxed and at home. Not stiff and formal. The food, service and seating options are great. A little known secret is they are open late and on Sunday you can practically have the place to yourselves if you don't need to be in early for work the next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 289 reviews are from the Sip Restaurant - Issaquah reviews archive.
  • 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
  • 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