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Skillet Diner - Ballard
Skillet Diner - Ballard

Skillet Diner - Ballard Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://skilletstreetfood.com/
  • Phone: (206) 512-2000
  • Hours of Operation: LABOR DAY HOURS!
    Opening Early 9/1 8:00am-11:00pm

    M-F 10 am-11 pm, Dinner starting at 5 pm
    Late Night Menu 10-11 pm

    Sa-Su 8 am-11 pm, Dinner starting at 5 pm
    Late Night Menu 10-11 pm

    Happy Hour!
    Daily 3-6 pm & 10-11 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Burgers
  • Executive Chef: Nick Novello
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We approach food service a couple of ways: buffet or family style, sit-down service, "heavy apps" with passed and stationed appetizers, or sometimes we have guest come out to the truck to grab their grub and chat with our chefs!

    We love great food served fresh while using quality local and organic foods as much as possible, and we try to keep it as green as can be with compostable wares or restaurant quality wares at no extra cost.

    Our Catering Sales Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 10am to 5pm, with some exceptions due to off-site event management.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On NW 56th by Ballard Library
  • Public Transit: King County Metro bus service from downtown: 40, 62, 17, 18, 29. Please double check as routes do change.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ballard has plenty of street parking in addition to many public parking lots surrounding Skillet Diner.
A word from Skillet Diner - Ballard
Skillet Diner's mission: Great food prepared with care, technique and the best of ingredients; an innovative experience that consistently surprises and satisfies; and a feeling of being personally connected to Skillet, in all its manifestations. Skillet Diner Ballard is the latest addition to the Skillet family, located just north of Market Street. Come on down and visit!

Awaiting your experience is a 40-foot curved counter, full restaurant and a killer patio for enjoying handcrafted cocktails and contemporary comfort food. The diner is housed in the Greenfire Campus, a new eco-friendly building doing its part to keep Seattle green.
Enjoy all of the skillet classics like the maple braised pork belly and waffle, our skillet burger with hand cut fries, southern fried chicken, legendary kale Caesar right here in Ballard!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "We just happened to get lucky and go to Skillet last Sunday for dinner. We were pleased to find out that Skillet Ballard was offering a prix fixe BBQ dinner. Amazing 4 course meal with beer pairing optional. We started with the pretzel sticks and gravy, followed by a prosciutto and greens salad. The main event was an amazing, local fall off the bone ribs meal with a corn and potato roulette. Dessert (not that we needed it) was a grilled shortcake with strawberries and a balsamic drizzle - AMAZING. Thank you Skillet. Go and satisfy yourself tonight!!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We had reservation for 1:00pm on a Sunday and they seated us on time. Service was extremely slow though pleasant, they must have been quite understaffed because 1/4 of the restaurant (in the back) never seated. We waited 15 minutes for drink orders, out of bacon vodka for the bacon bloody Mary, very teeny Mimosa, more wait for drinks, had to ask for more water. More wait for the check. Food is good, though I think overrated for some items. The side salads with the sandwiches were underdressed, a huge mound of lettuce and we asked for more dressing. Pancakes were awesome, the syrup is killer. Burger and fries is always good. I've had inconsistent experience at both locations. Staff here was all nice, unlike aloof, 'cool' Cap Hill."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was really great, I really enjoyed their own version of comfort foods that made the experience unique. The service was surprisingly slow and bad and wished our server paid more attention to us. There were at times when we had been waiting for our server for over 15 minutes. I'd think about coming back just for the food."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Went for dinner as a family with a 3 year old. Although options were limited on the dinner menu, we all enjoyed most of the food, though the char was a bit much on some items. The pot roast was especially succulent and tasty. The waitress did her best but there was a long hold-up in the kitchen for dessert which dampened the mood for us. Also the blueberries in the crisp were tasteless."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great fried chicken and kale salad. Very friendly, attentive service. A go-to place for delicious, tasty fried chicken. Will have to try other items on menu, as well."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I'm so glad Skillet is in my neighborhood. Sometimes you just need some food love and comfort , and this place is it. Great front of house open air design."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The Skillet in Ballard is a refreshing place to switch up your normal "bar" scene. I love introducing people to the Skillet. The food is delicious, large and different. And everything is local. I love the Skillet Diner."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "So happy to have visited Skillet for a Saturday brunch with my best friends. The food was great and the service was awesome. ALSO, great playlist!!! :)"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Skillet Diner came highly recommended by several friends. Ten of us met (with a reservation) on a busy Saturday. Though the place was packed, they had our table ready, were greeted, seated, given menus, drink orders were taken and specials were described. The architecture and vibe and rhythm of the place were exciting. There was absolutely no need for any specials as we soon found out - everything on the menu was special. None of us had the same thing. We were envious of each other's selection. Everything from a grilled cheese to an exotic smoked watermelon salad with shrimp and the very best chicken veggie soup I've ever had. Not a speck left on anyone's plate - We ate the whole enchilada."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Fun atmosphere, but service was slow...very slow. It took over 30min to take our order & another 40min. to get food. Food was great & service was with a smile...just slow."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Although I'd eaten at SD in Capitol Hill, I had yet to try the Ballard location. When family came in for the holiday weekend, I knew we'd have to make a reservation for 8 regardless of where we ate. I was thrilled when SD had room for us on the 4th, and we were not disappointed. It is spacious and beautiful inside (and out), and the food is divine. Our table ordered a variety of things, including deconstructed hash, bacon and eggs, jblt (jowl bacon, lettuce and tomato...easily made into 2 meals) and jimmy's scramble. We also ordered donut holes for the table...my oh my, they were straight out of the fryer and oh-so-delicious. Our server was delightful and attentive, always knowing just when to refill our coffees. LOVED it here! THX, SD."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I don't get the popularity of this place, at least where the food is concerned. The new Ballard space is a cool building with a nice vibe but the food is just not very good. My table mates had the hamburger and I had the meatloaf. We went because the burger was written up somewhere as one of Seattle's best...definitely don't agree. Ordered medium rare and both were well done (sent one back). Fries were overcooked and just not that tasty. The meatloaf was dry as if it had been sitting around and then reheated, and the accompanying mashed potatoes were lumpy and tasteless. Done with this place."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Really well prepared food and very rich. Wide open restaurant with high ceilings and a nice bar area. We went for lunch on a Sunday and it was very crowded and quite loud in the restaurant. A little too loud for my son, but we all enjoyed our food."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A group of my friends were excited to try Skillet in Ballard and were pleasantly surprised. We had heard good things about this restaurant and it was better than we expected! Everyone had a well prepared meal that exceeded our expectations. The service was comfortably friendly! We are looking forward to returning! ' "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Thankfully we planned ahead an got a reservation, but for brunch there was a line out the door that crowded the tables unfortunate enough to be close to the entrance. We got there on time, but had to wait a good while for one of the staff to even greet us. Luckily, we were seated fairly promptly after that, and they were even nice enough to let us add an extra seat. Unfortunately, we then waited 10 minutes to get drinks, another 15 before they actually showed up & then had to flag down the harried waitress to get out order in (she told us she'd "be right back" with water and coffee... the coffee never came). The food was fantastic, though I'm not sure it was worth the poor (overbusy) service. Definitely needs to add more brunch waitstaff!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Food and service was great! Once a week I get a carb nite and I chose pancakes for dinner this week. There are not many places that I could find that serve pancakes after 4:00 pm close to my neighborhood. Skillet is now my go to for that. Plus, they LOVE BACON as much as I do! My only complaint was the front desk man - maybe the manager?? He is a grump with no "happy" personality for their front lines. Luckily, the staff seems happy and grateful to be working and serving, otherwise, it would have soured my full experience. If he was not there, I would give everything 5 stars! He just needs to go."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Although I had a confirmed OpenTable reservation for the last dinner seating available (10:00 p.m.), after we had been seated we were given the very limited snack menu and told that's all we could order because there was only one cook and one server available. This was extremely disappointing because we were celebrating a special occasion and could have dined at an earlier time or a different restaurant if we had known. Even though there weren't other customers and we only ordered one course (sandwiches), it took over 20 minutes to get served. After this bad start, it really doesn't matter how the food or ambience were. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Had a group of six on a sat night. Great cocktails,food and service. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Looks like and feels and acts generally like its name. Many positives. Don't go early unless you like rugrats. Huge place. Will be a hit with local apartment dwellers but don't drive up from Tacoma. Good place for fat people or wannabe fatties. Basic and unsophisticated. Drink list is too complicated for loggers and truckers who are the target market. Only thing missing is chicken fried steak and grits. Keep Harborview on speed dial when dining. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Obviously popular by the crowds waiting outside, the downside is that its modern design with hard surfaces creates unbearably high noise levels on a busy day. We chose it for the menu and reasonable prices as a place to get together with family. But we had to scream at each other to be heard over the din. I had a sour frisee salad and my husband a soggy poutine, though others enjoyed their scramble and hamburgers. For as busy as it was, the service was good. I would recommend it for loners at busy times or groups at off hours. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Everything about Skillet Diner was excellent! My original reservation was for five, and then I changed it to seven a day before and then to eleven people the morning of! While I would have completely understood if I could not be accommodated, Amanda (manager) did not hesitate to find a quick and frictionless solution to our now HUGE party of eleven. Along with the incredible food, our easter brunch was very enjoyable with an attentive and gracious waitress ... we were all very happy and all eleven of us commented on how we would definitely return. This was our first experience with this restaurant and we will never forget the incredible customer service we received! Thank you!!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had a a late breakfast (11:00 am) on Easter Sunday. We had reservations but still had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. We also had to wait another 10 minutes for wait service. The food was good, not spectacular although the portion size was large. The acoustics are not good making conversation difficult. Our waitress was very nice but the service was slow."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "expensive for mediocre food. waiter was exceptional. drinks were good. music was so loud that everyone had to yell to be heard. I like good greasy food but this was way to greasy, fries inedible."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We've seen Skillet Diner but have never been there. We really enjoyed our meal and will go back soon. My wife had the pot roast and it was fantastic. Menu looked great and can't wait to try more items."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Four of us went during Seattle Restaurant Week. Three ordered from the SRW selection, one ordered a la carte. Great option to have "breakfast for dinner." Everyone's food was great, except for the poutine appetizer that wasn't quite warm."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Much more seating than the Capital hill location and parking is so much easier."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We arrived 2-3 minutes before our reservation and were told it would take a few minutes for our table to be ready. As we waited, 3 other couples walked in and were seated immediately, despite not having reservations. When we were finally seated (after confronting the hostess), we discovered that the restaurant was not offering the Seattle Restaurant Week lunch menu that day, as advertised. I made the reservation through the Restaurant Week event page on Open Table, however they refused to honor it for lunch on Sundays. The manager confirmed they were offering the lunch menu Monday - Friday, but would not honor it on Sundays because, as she explained it, Sundays were already busy so there was no need for them to offer the promotion."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The Chub sandwich has all the breakfast flavors you could want in one mouth-watering bite. Enjoy your brunch with warm Caffe Vita coffee, friendly waitstaff, kid-friendly atmosphere, modern country kitchen decor, and a relaxing view of the greenery out back. There are large tables for big groups and smaller ones for a more intimate breakfast. Make a reservation ahead of time or find a spot at the bar to avoid the wait."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We've eaten at the Capital Hill location several times and this was our first time at the Ballard location. The same great food and great service, but it was unacceptably loud. I had to shout to be heard at a table for 3 and it interfer with the dining experience. The room needs something to absorb some of the noise. We'll eat at the Capital Hill location again, but would not recommend the Ballard location."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I've been many times to the Skillet Food Truck and Skillet location at the Armory. We tried the fried chicken thighs on waffle and the Thurs night special of ribs and cheese grits. Both were outstanding! And praise for the waitress who brought extra towels for the messy, but oh so delicious ribs. Will be back again to try the breakfast items."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Four of us met for a business lunch. Everyone ordered something different and everyone was very happy with what they got. The food was flawlessly made and presented. The staff had the perfect blend between friendly and professional. We all agreed to go back soon."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Of you love good clean food at great prices, Skillet is the place to eat. Enjoy fresh seasonal cuisine prepared with you in mind. Tasty, nourishing meals that are really satisfying will leave you content all day."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We went to the skillet based on my experience with their food truck and we had a really nice meal. Their entrees lean toward the comfort food/American area, with specialities like pork chops, short rib pot roast, and fried chicken. My son enjoyed their mac and cheese with a crisp, gratineed crust of cheddar. The food was hearty, tasty, and delicious. The apple crisp at the end of the meal made for the perfect ending."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Love this place for brunch! Can't get enough of the Little Rob - egg, bacon, and American cheese between the best pancakes of all time. Oh, and it's served with a side salad so you can say it's healthy. But beware their Bloody Mary - the bacon jam is the bomb but the drink is crazy spicy. Dee-lish and spicy."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We arrived for our reservation on time, and waited for too long a time to be seated all the while there were four employees standing standing around the cash register in an empty restaurant. Once seated, after a bit too long to take our order, the service went much better and the food was quite tasty."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food at Skillet is excellent. Last time I was there I had the chicken salad sandwich and a bowl of their tomato bisque soup. The chicken salad was so good, it felt like I was eating a thanksgiving dinner in sandwich form. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My friends and I enjoyed a quick meal and a cocktail at Skillet in Ballard before an event we had to go to in the neighborhood. Usually, I go to the Capital Hill location which I find a bit more cozy than the newer Ballard location, but food was great! I first tried Skillet a few years ago via one of their food trucks at a brewers festival and have been a fan ever since. Amazing comfort food with a modern twist that will keep you coming back for more!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My first time to Skillet after eating an awesome breakfast out of their truck they were giving out free if you were on your bike (which made me love them already). The food was outstanding. The kale caesar was perfect. The pan seared rock fish also great. Pudding dessert too rich for me but really tasty and different. Inspired mix of ingredients and nice portion size. The Ballard location is big, open, brightly lit so great for hip families (they also have milk shakes, burgers). Still fun for those on date night but wouldn't choose if looking for dark romantic night."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Hanberger is very good. Spacy resturant and quiet. Very relaxed atmospher."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "My sister and I took her 3 kids and this place was very family friendly for a Seattle spot! The kids commented on the great crayon collection and all three loved their entrees! It helped that their was a small skillet on the plate that held their French fries. They thought that was awesome. The skillet poutine and bacon jam burger with blue cheese delighted my palette. The service was wonderful too! The only thing I was a bit disappointed in was their milkshake. All other good items were exceptional!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014