Stanford's - Southcenter
Stanford's - Southcenter

Stanford's - Southcenter

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.stanfords.com/
  • Phone: 2065757454x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Chung
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Best Buy
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Our parking lot is shared with shopping center
A word from Stanford's - Southcenter
Welcome to Your Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar! Whether you're craving fresh seafood, a gourmet burger, a perfectly prepared steak or another of our delicious offerings, come join the neighborhood crowd for lunch, dinner or our ever-popular happy hour. Signature dishes include our cedar plank-roasted warm brie, our famous barbecue ribs, and delicious cocktails created by our experienced team of local bartenders. Our classy and comfortable atmosphere surrounds you with warm wood and intimate lighting, and our experienced restaurant team is eager to please and delight you.
AUGUST SPECIAL OFFER: "THREE for $35" Introducing our new 3-Course Combos. Choose from our select starters, exciting new entree combos and dessert, all for just $35. Hurry, for a limited time only - book your table today!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Stanford's - Southcenter reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)special occasion (13)great for lunch (11)neighborhood gem (10)romantic (8)fit for foodies (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • EBrown
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've been here a few times and food is generally pretty good. On my most recent visit the steak was sadly inconsistent however. Two steaks were ordered, both medium rare, yet only one came out cooked properly and the other was much closer to medium well. It was upsetting that the chef would overcook such a nice cut of steak, but because the sauce was AMAZING and could cover up the mistake, I didn't send the plate back (much to my dining partner's disappointment). Overall I enjoy the food and the bartender makes great drinks!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just4Fun
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My girlfriend and I meet regularly at different restaurants. Standfords was a great place to meet and catch up with one another. I really appreciated that we were not blasted with music and could visit and enjoy our meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No produce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was a lunch meeting and we were told at the time we were ready to order that there were no salads available since the produce delivery didn't come in that morning. We should have been told right away- before being seated. Not very responsive of management.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Lunch
    LavenderTrinVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I met my friend and her teenager for lunch this week. We had a nice lunch, good food and calm atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • American Steak House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Overseas guests here in August 2014 wanted to experience an American steak house restaurant, and Stanford's certainly fit the bill! They were terrific about accommodating our large (12-person) group that included children, seating us all together in a relatively private area. Classy decor. Lots of regional wines and beers on the drink menu. Excellent food -- the onion ring tower appetizer was visually impressive and great for sharing. The steaks were done to perfection. No room for dessert! Friendly and efficient service. An all-round enjoyable evening. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good Steak. Very kid to children in an adult setting
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the meal and atmosphere.
    J1andJ2
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Was not wild about the rice, but the rest of the meal was good. The Salmon Bruschetta was very good. Really enjoyed the Mojito and the bottle of wine. Both went well with our dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Good service!
    dp21
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Signature Ribs are truly signature - the best I've eaten. Based on other's reviews, we tried this restaurant. Definitely will return. Food and service were both excellent. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnnsieVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We always enjoy Stanford's and frequently invite friends to meet us there because of the convenient location and pleasant ambiance. This time, there were problems. My grilled salmon salad arrived with a cold, dry piece of fish. We arrived at 11:30 a.m. and did not actually eat until almost 1 p.m. Since we had invited friends as our guests who hadn't visited before, it was disappointing. We will come back, hoping for the service and food that we had come to expect. Maybe it was just a bad day this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big Disappointment
    Stephen
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Big Disappointment. First the waitress forgot to put in the order for the appetizer. So we cancelled the order but then it still came after like 10 mins. The prime rib I had was dried. I talked to the waitress and she was sending the manager over. The manager came with another prime rib and ask me to exchange it. No apologies what so ever from them. It was like they do this often for exchanging the food. Why would they even bring it to the table if they knew it was wrong.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our go to for date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We went to dinner on a Friday around 7 pm for our anniversary and was disappointed to find out they were already sold out of prime rib. Service and food were good. Love the pomegranate mojotos. Wish the ribs came with a side of BBQ sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Stanford's - Southcenter reviews archive.
  • Great food, atmosphere!
    YummyTummy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My husband & I are new to Washington (from California SF Bay Area), and after living in Kent for the past 4 months, we've been a little disappointed in the food options. After searching on Open Table, I came across the reviews at Stanford's. I decided to make a reservation for the hubby and I. We were really very pleased! I had the blue cheese crusted Filet w/grilled veggies and parmesan garlic mashed potatoes, and my hubby had the Rib Eye (marinated 48 hours in pineapple and soy). Both dishes were AWESOME! Very tasty, tender, and you could taste the wood fire taste on both steaks which really was a great addition to the "normal" restaurant steak. We also enjoyed the baked brie appetizer - really tasty as well! :) We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good menu choices
    foodie90210VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I like taking clients to lunch here, simply for the reason that we can get healthy, fried, or in between. It is consistent in quality, so I can count on a decent lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mothers Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We could not get a reservation for Mother's Day so decided to come on Sat.. What brought us in was the $15 gift certificate to all mothers. We were pleased with the selection, prices and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Annual Reunion Lucheon
    RoyBoy
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    A group of friends had there 2nd Annual Reunion Luncheon at Stanford's --- We had a great table, great service and great food --- We will be returning there again ---
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinerVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Wonderful as always: great food, great service. Great place to take out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Casual and quiet
    Danielle
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food and service were both outstanding. It was a pretty quiet restaurant; although we did dine somewhat early. Conveniently located not far from the airport this seems like a great place to take visitors, either coming or going. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easter bunnies gathering
    Happyholidaydiner
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We love our Stanford's for lunch and after movie dinners at Southcenter. We received an email about Easter brunch, we decided to try them for our Easter gathering. As usual, everything was better than expected! The eggs Benedict were wonderful! We had a beautiful large table in the back so we had lots of room to spread out and visit. Thank you Stanford's for a lovely holiday event!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • on line reservation worked
    DD67
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    on line reservation worked great with good reminders an
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good.
    LeeRae
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I especially loved the real fries! My friend loved her Red Bean and Rice Soup. The dip sandwiches were good, but possibly a bit to much fat that had to be removed. I think we'd try it again. I'm always looking for places that have fresh cut fries. Previously frozen really turn me off.! It was a nice lunch, the service was ok, the girl was very nice, but maybe a bit too busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Experience
    Debbie
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We have been dining at Stanfords this last year several times a month. Our dinners are always fantastic! We recommend it to all of our friends and the happy hour is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some highs
    Annpbc
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    The service was a bit on the slow side considering it was early and not very busy. But the server was very pleasant. I had the half rack of ribs and they were excellent - would go back for those again. But my friend's meatloaf wrapped in bacon was just OK. Considering the price, she expected more. She asked for the peppers to be exchanged for a double helping of the second vegetable but what came was surely only a single helping. Booths are only separated by glass dividers between rows so we had to listen to the business being transacted at the table in the row next to us. As the restaurant was not busy when we arrived, we could likely have been seated further apart. But overall, my impression was good, expecially those ribs.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food, bad attitude server
    Stubby
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I haven't been to Stanford's for over a year. Had a business lunch meeting there and the food was great! I wish I could say the same for the server. Her sour attitude was all my clients could talk about. I had to keep steering them back to business. Obviously, the restaurant can't control the server. Hopefully, I'll find a better server if I come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for our book club!
    EmKo
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    On short notice, our book club, seven members, decided on Stanfords. When one member didn't come and I spotted a rounds table, set for five they host was so accommodating to add one more setting so we could enjoy our meal AND be able to talk to each other easily. We were in a very quiet section of the restaurant (a real treat these days) and it was perfect! The food was delicious, although a couple of gals weren't all that thrilled with what they ordered, the chicken fajitas. Overall, it was a great meal in the perfect setting for our group. No problem getting separate checks, either. For sure, we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food in the South
    ShaliniVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We ate here when meeting a friend transiting through Seattle - proximity to the airport was key and food was good. Baked Brie is a must.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stanford Restaurant
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great restaurant with great service too. I always love it here. Happy Hours all day on Sunday and everyday after 9pm.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet oasis in a busy shopping area
    JLFergVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Stanford's serves first-rate salads, soups, sandwiches, steaks, and even fish tacos in a dark wood, relatively quiet place that is an oasis from all of the strip mall activity and traffic that surrounds it. This is a place you can have a meal and/or a drink and relax. The staff is friendly and helpful. The service wasn't incredibly efficient like at some places but it was nice to have an eating establishment where we felt free to chat as long as we wanted and weren't rushed to get another party at the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    CarolbVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We have visited this restaurant on two separate occasions and both were a disappointment as far as the food is concerned. The restaurant is clean, the staff friendly, but the food was not worth the money. The first visit, my husband ordered the alder-planked salmon and it was heavily seasoned. Anyone living in the NW knows you do not need to over season salmon unless you are masking the freshness. Yesterday, we thought we would give the restaurant another try, but after ordering the French dip it was clear we will NOT be back. There was nearly more fat on the beef, as there was beef on the sandwich. IT was disguising! Unfortunately, by the time our waitress returned to our table, my husband was finished, so I left hungry.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food - Poor Service
    ParisGirlVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We have been to Stanford's at Southcenter many times over the years. With the exception of one of two times, we have always found the food to be very good, but the service is always slow and lacking. If they would improve their service it would probably be one of our favorite restaurants. But as it stands now we would give the restaurant a mediocre rating overall, due to the slow, poor service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Business Lunch
    Griff
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Nice quiet booths for business lunches and slightly up scale. The sound is just low enough that you can have a conversation but not so quiet you have to whisper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chefs Specials are always excellent
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Have been bringing clients, vendors, and employees here for 7 years. Food is always outstanding. Service could use improvement, particularly the initial drink order and the check out time at the end.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Business Dining!
    Bizdiner
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The hostess set us up with a nice window table for a business lunch group of five. Wide menu variety. Wine selection was very good. Will definitely dine there again with our clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have a group of eight women
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I have a group of eight women from water aerobics that always choose Stanford's to celebrate birthdays. See you in April again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    As always Stanford's is exceptional and the price is modest for the great quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've never had a bad experience
    CTAP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I've never had a bad experience at Stanford's. It's my favorite happy hour spot, the food is great and I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak Steak Steak
    Babygiirl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I ate dinner for Valentine's Day. The appetizers we ordered were the crab cakes and the chicken strips which were simply delicious. Then came the entrees: both ordered steaks except mine had crab on top of it. They were well done and were cooked amazing. I loved the taste combined with the crab; I honestly never thought of the combination which was very unique and fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good. Service slow
    wasaregular
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was good. Service was slow. Distracted by two separate complaint issuae across the aisle from us (different waiter) where two of the four diners left without getting the meas that they ordered. Out of the Valentines daily special at 8:00
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing experience
    Tabitha
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Won't return. waited 35 minutes for an appetizer, entree took nearly an hour. server did not ask if we wanted refills on alcoholic beverages. requested more bread w/appetizer, it took almost 20 mins, when it came, the remaining Brie was cold. The drinks were good as was most of the food, but lots of mistakes. ordered steak & lobster, the server came back 10 minutes later, let us know they were out. He left a menu, then returned to take the new order. server took the order, and returned a few mins later to retake my order, he had forgotten it. When the food came, sides were wrong, salmon was overcooked. We wanted dessert, but didn't want to wait, so we passed. disappointing experience on a night that we wanted a great dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine Day
    ldkendall
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I chose Stanford because of the quality of their food and it setting. I made reservation early during the week and dropped flowers off for the occasion. Eventhough I was late due to traffic, my table was waiting and the flowers made for a beautiful entry. The place was very busy and full of energy. Our food was excellent and service was great. I was a little shocked that the meal came up to $85.00, but it was worth it because the Misses had a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Valentine's Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Stanford's for Valentine's Day and were really pleased with our experience. Albeit, it did take a long time for them to even get to our table and then for our various orders to come out, and the waitress was a little wonky, but we attribute all of that to it being Valentin'es Day and it being a packed house. Our dinner was one of the best we've ever had, and the ambiance was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet