Steelhead Diner
Steelhead Diner

Steelhead Diner

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.steelheaddiner.com/
  • Phone: 2066250129
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Seven Days a Week: 11a.m. until 10p.m. Brunch Items Available on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Davis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call and speak to any manager to discuss you individual needs!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First
  • Public Transit: All downtown bus routes end near or around our address: 95 Pine Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available in addition to several parking lots nearby. We validate parking after 5pm at the Pike Place Market Parking Garage on Western Avenue below the Market.
A word from Steelhead Diner
Owner operated by Chef Kevin Davis and wife Teresa, The Steelhead Diner is a smart casual restaurant located in the heart of Seattle's Pike Place Market. Come visit our modern take on the classic American diner - and enjoy contemporary comfort food created with a Northwest twist. Soak up stunning views while enjoying our exclusively North West wine and beer list. Also available: a full bar, and a large selection of non-alcoholic choices. Watch nightly as Davis and his crew create menu items in the restaurant's interactive open kitchen surrounded by views of neighboring Puget Sound. Kids welcome. Family friendly.
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Steelhead Diner reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)neighborhood gem (34)scenic view (31)good for groups (29)great for lunch (26)great for outdoor dining (17)vibrant bar scene (15)special occasion (15)hot spot (11)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (7)romantic (3)Show More
  • Wine dinner
    jmg98118VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    we attended the wine dinner, where the wine was great, and the food fabulous. The salmon, which I don't usually care for, was excellent, it was moist and the flavor can't be beat. When the chef can do such a great job for a large group, it is a indication of what you will get if you order off the menu, which we have also done and have never been disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kenneth
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We learned of this restaurant thru a food tasting tour. came back and the experience was awesome. The food was better than anticipated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy diner!
    Lissybell
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Steelhead Diner was a nice dining experience. Casual atmosphere with outstanding wait staff. Food was good, not excellent, but good. This is not your average "diner." The menu has something for everyone. Lots of fish choices and other seasonal offerings. Food was fresh and presented well. I think this would be a great place for groups. Would recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a nice dinner out that is not too expensive. Desert was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fit 4 Foodies Without the Attitude
    skmpvVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    If you're looking for inventively prepared seafood in a relaxed atmosphere, offered at a great price, you must have lunch or dinner at Steelhead diner, go now! I loved a salmon fillet cooked perfectly with sauteed kale, roasted almonds and a few prunes sitting on a bed of creamy polenta. It was extraordinary, as was the pumpkin cheesecake. All this is coming from a New Yorker who knows his way around great food. From the jovial manager who greeted me and suggested the heated outdoor seating, to the server who was attentive, charming and beyond helpful, the atmosphere here can't be beat if you're looking for a not stuffy restaurant that loves serving inventive, great food and memorable experiences in a great setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok, Not Great This Time
    KootenayFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We've been to Steelhaed before and had a great time and meal so we decided to go back. The service was fine so there was no problems there and I really did like the clam chowder, I thought it was really good. I really didn't enjoy the olive crusted halibut. Probably an error on my part for ordering it. There were other things on the menu I was going to try and probably should have in this case.
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  • Memorable experience
    Downtown
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I had been to the bar many times but never for dinner. Food was delicious and service great. If the pricing was just a bit lower I'd be a regular. I'll save it for special occasions. I had clients in from out of town with so it was an awesome choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ArtayVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Black cod is fantastic and there is a whole lot of crab in their crab cakes. Point to consider, their "side dishes" are huge. We got the cauliflower and while delicious wasore than we could eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KW Mill Creek
    KWFriends
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was exceptional in the heart of the Pike Street Market area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Cod and Salmon
    BeaChicago
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I had the black cod and my husband had salmon. They both were excellent! Had some kind of crumble for dessert. Very good. Waiters are friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A happy repeat customer
    FllFoodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I come here every time I visit Seattle and always recommend to my friends to visit - love the Halibut and for sure will be back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Lolo
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We eat at the Steelhead often and the last two times have been disappointing. It's very loud!!!So eating inside is not funif you want to talk. Outside we were inundated with small bugs in our wine, beer....and the waiter seemed indifferent ..." I can bring you a napkin to put over the glasses ".
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  • Great Service & Food
    Jpaulseattle1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had the special, it was excellent! Staff was very helpful and the dining experience was fun.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    Northender
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've been here before and have take a couple of groups of people from out of town. The food has always been excellent with a variety of choices. Everyone in my group loved their seafood dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for lunch
    Mi55Curry
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've had the chicken and andouille gumbo and the razor clam chowder - both excellent! I also thoroughly enjoyed the watermelon salad with hazelnuts and lavender goat cheese. Staff is friendly and attentive. It's a lively, fun place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the usual greatness--
    downtownseaVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We live nearby and often come here. It's a bit pricey, but generally worth it. I often order their more moderately priced happy hour special meal. This time, the special was a cold tomato soup and grilled sockeye. The cold tomato soup was quite nasty--tasteless. I had a few spoonfuls and passed it to my husband, who agreed that it was not good. The salmon was fine but nothing special. This meal was certainly not up to the standard that we've found here before. I hope it's just a one-time aberration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OutOfTownerVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    we arrived for an early reservation and were seated promptly. but no waitstaff got the word, and we had to flag someone down after quite a wait. however, once we had a waitress service was good and the food was delicious. they did offer a free dessert because of the mix up
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with firends
    GDCR
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I was in Seattle with a couple buddies, one request was to have a nice seafood dinner. I remember eating at the diner a year or so ago and remember it being very nice. We went for dinner before a ball game, we were seated outside and the great service began. we were never without a drink or food and everything was excellent. My friend who'd wanted the seafood dinner was very pleased with his selection. A very good experience overall again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True to their word
    Lightfoot
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our reservations were honored without delay. Our waitress was very personable and knowledgeable about the food and beverage offerings. The food was very good. We were there for a reunion and did to feel rushed at all. I would recommend this without reservation (pun intended!)
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  • One of the Best
    FrostyMug
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our reservation was honored without any difficulties, the service was excellent, and the food was memorable. An excellent choice when visiting Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a bit disappointed.
    Weavy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was looking forward to our dining experience here, but was just a bit disappointed. I could have done some things to make it better, but kept thinking the experience was going to turn the corner. It started when we were seated next to a large party doing a rehearsal dinner in a tiny booth with zero leg room despite other table being readily available. Maybe a small course correction on my part could have saved the evening, but I was with others and held my tongue. Our waitress was poorly educated on the menu and not very organized in managing her tables. Then the cardinal sin for me, she never checked in with us after the dinner was delivered, but brought the check out before we were done. Dessert? No, lets just get out of here.
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  • Good find
    HuskerFish
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Solid last-minute Friday night spot for a group of 4 adults and 5 kids. Very good salmon and cod that night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night!
    Jenrod
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a great time at Steelhead. The meal was great and the service was amazing!! I'll eat at this place again when I visit Seattle again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adjacent to Pike's Market
    TallyGirl
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I think it was our server's first day on the job so disregard the service rating. Food was excellent. Great place to get out of the crowds at the Market for a civilized lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Lunch
    AmyK
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I met a friend here for lunch and ordered my usual chicken and Andouille gumbo. It is consistent so I knew I would enjoy it. Although right next door to Rachel's Ginger Beer in the market, they don't offer her sodas on their menu. We didn't drink alcohol since it was early in the day but opted for lemonade which tasted fresh, not out of a bottle. Overall a satisfactory meal and I chose it for the prime location rather than the culinary aspect of the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    RRalston
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    When I want to meet up with friends this is the go to spot now. Consistently good food, good service and we all leave feeling happy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had lunch with family three months ago (April) and was happy with the decision. Friday evening at 7pm for dinner? Not so much. Long wait, even with a reservation. Inattentive staff, three wrong orders attempting to be served, and one of our party didn't get their meal until we asked three times while the remainder of the entrees had already been served (20 mins prior). 1 for 1 so far, but I always give a place the average of three tries prior to complete dismissal. So, they'll get one more chance at Steelhead, wish them luck.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great client lunch
    Fred
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I took two very good clients to lunch and the food and service were awesome as usual. Never had a bad lunch or dinner here!
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  • OUTSTANDING FOOD...
    KBayVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The Razor Clam Chowder was "out of this world" delicious, so glad that we made the effort to find the restaurant AND order their super clam chowder. We also tried the "Cubano" sandwich, which was delicious! The strawberry shortcake dessert was also superb. I met an old friend for lunch there with much effort on our parts ( I was visiting from Hawaii and she had to catch the bus up from Tacoma ). We agreed that we would love to drag our husbands to the Steelhead Diner because we think that the men would love the food too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Serious Glitch
    FoodBea
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I've been a regular patron of Steelhead Diner since it first opened and it's been one of my first choices when entertaining out-of-town guests. Steelhead is quintessential Seattle dining. My one quibble would be that service has always been at best uneven, but forgivable due to atmosphere and food. My last meal at Steelhead was seriously disappointing, and has me questioning when I will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Good food but nothing special. Great location if out around Pike Market, but no view from the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had great expectations about Steelhead but was a bit disappointed. I had the fish and chips which at $20 were a bit pricey for being so run of the mill. The food was ok but did not live up to the hype and price. Someone into group got the fish stew and it was on the bland side and overbooked.
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  • Overal good experience
    ybhseattle
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    the restaurant was very busy. all of our meals were very tastie and served hot, but with seven people at the table, each meal was delivered seperately. the manager offered to buy our desserts. I would definately return as the food was good, the kitchen was very busy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster eh Brutus?
    Keonaona
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The Brutus salad which the server compared to a Ceasar salad was gloppy, tasteless and almost room temperature. There was no acid component. My husband tried the gumbo, which was average and about 1/2 of the bowl was steamed rice. The most enjoyable was the Crab and Shrimp Tater Tots. In past visits the food has been somewhat inconsistent.
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  • Disappointing
    SP1994
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Bumbling service, terrible daily special (fried chicken salad - bland, tasteless salad with old fried chicken bits) - very disappointing dinner.
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  • Good but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had a group of 11, and that may have contributed to this rating. Appetizers were great, but there was a huge time gap between them and the salads. And then the entrees came while we were still eating our salads. Not cool when you are paying top dollar for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • Not a dinner place, more like lunch
    Lovefoodandcooking
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Expensive place considering the lack of ambiance. The service was quite good. Friendly waiters and attentive. The food wasn't consistent, so my dish was excellent, Manila clams, but my friend's halibut dish could have been better. The salad was good, beets and greens nothing special though, but the butter-olive oil-basil to go with the bread, was bitter and didn't taste good at all. The food is better than the ambiance. The ambiance is that of a diner, so I should have listened to that and not have ignored it, my fault, and quite noise. Go for brunch, lunch not dinner if hoping for ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1577 reviews are from the Steelhead Diner reviews archive.
  • Always great!
    ElkArcherVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I am a repeat customer and will ALWAYS recommend the Steelhead Diner to friends both local and visiting from out of town. The menu is always changing with what is in season and best. The local sourcing and partnership with vendors from Pike Place Market makes for original and innovative new menu additions. The staff and kitchen never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre at best
    jeffVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    hadnt been here for awhile. we had been disappointed a year ago but wanted to try it again after mariners game. the service was miserable. the food was cold and disappointing. one would expect cheese on one's cheeseburger right? there are so many other places to go and try i would not waste my money here next time palace kitchen or lola's or anywhere for that matter
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  • Uneven performance
    chungclanVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I returned to the Steelhead diner for the chance to enjoy local ingredients in a casual atmosphere with a glimpse of Puget Sound. We received the latter two. Our first courses took 40 minutes to arrive from the time we ordered them, and then the second course arrived minutes later. The waiter apologized as he crammed all the plates onto the table, removing bread plates to make room. The Naughty Nellie Manila clams were absolutely superb, but other dishes were less successful. Goat cheese was substituted for pecorino on my grilled apricot and arugula app, and my husband's beet and arugula salad arrived with a giant pile of frisee and 3 tiny leaves of arugula. Neither substitution was remarked on by waitstaff. Gumbo was a miss. Too bad.
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  • Open Table -
    BelltownResident2021VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Excellent mussels served a la Vera Cruz - in a red broth. Very tasty. One gripe - we ordered glasses of wine to come with the meal, not immediately. But I spotted the bar tender pouring it immediately when our server approached the bar, so I had to ask the server to bring it over and not let it get warm. Rather inconsiderate, considering they were glasses of white that need to be kept chilled. As a result, I ran out of wine during the meal. But that's the first glitch I've experienced in at least 10 visits, but does account for this review not giving 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.