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TASTE Restaurant
TASTE Restaurant

TASTE Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tastesam.com
  • Email: tasterestaurant@tastesam.com
  • Phone: (206) 903-5291
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Saturday
    Lunch 11am to 3pm
    Happy Hour 3pm to 5pm
    Dinner 5pm to 9pm

    Sunday | Brunch 11am to 4pm

    Monday & Tuesday | Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Craig Hetherington
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Northwest provides bountiful inspiration for our chefs in the way of foraged mushrooms, wild seafood, sustainably farmed produce and meats, and world-class wines. TASTE is committed to minimizing its carbon footprint in its effort to deliver soul-satisfying food by supporting the local economy and agriculture. We do the work so you don’t have to. Please contact Catering Director, Anna Burkett, for details: Anna.Burkett@tastesam.com.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Keep updated on events and activities by visiting our blog: http://www.tastesam.com/blog/

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union
  • Public Transit: Bus 10, 12, 15, 18, 21 & 22
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Adjacent parking garage in the Chase bank building.
A word from TASTE Restaurant
We are a downtown gathering place, where soul-satisfying foods radiate with the intense flavors of seasonal ingredients from our favorite local farmers and producers.

Executive chef, Craig Hetherington, can make tomato soup with griddled cheese sandwich seem just as refined as his Dungeness crab tagliatelle.

Pastry chef Will Fausser explores variations on classic desserts such as Theo chocolate cake with marshmallow topping and graham cracker ice cream and milk and cookies.

A choice of large or small plates makes exploring and sharing the menu a breeze.

Our wines come exclusively from the Northwest and are priced to purchase by the glass or bottle. Our beers are also brewed here in the Northwest.

We are located at the Seattle Art Museum, which is a block away from the main entrance of Pike Place Market and a short walk from the downtown shopping district.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "We had errands downtown so made reservations for brunch at Taste. Every time I go to Taste I'm reminded how good it is. The food is always prepared perfectly, the preservations are lovely, and the dishes offered always have something special."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was disappointed in our recent dinner at the Taste restaurant located at the Seattle Art Museum. I've eaten there in the past for lunch and it was fine, but dinner was nothing to write home about. The Deviled Eggs tasted watery, the pickled vegetables were good, except the leeks were really over-powering, and then the main entrees were both un-impressive and kind of off. We had the chicken flat bread and there was very little chicken on it (like maybe three pieces of chicken on the entire flat bread), and the baked semolina had an odd "off" smoky taste to it. At the end of the meal I just wanted to go find a drugstore and buy some gum to get the taste out of my mouth. I would not return. There was no problem with the service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Always enjoy eating here especially with family children and the menu that changes with the SAM exhibit."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Organic and local. Good options for smacks or full meals. Surprisingly good for a restaurant associated with a museum."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
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    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Love the seasonal, local and organic menu. Grass fed cheeseburger is amazing!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The kitchen must have been stressed and overloaded as we had an excessive wait for our main dish causing a rush to get to our concert even though we arrived almost 2 hours in advance. This is VERY uncharacteristic as we have never had this issue before at TASTE..Thus we have to say this was a rare aberration..The food was great"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is the spot for post-museum visits. For that, it's fine. The cocktail list and bartenders are good. The food is interesting enough to keep your attention and prepared decently. The wait-staff, however, leave a lot to be desired. Multiple occasions have seen missed dishes, very long waits (appetizers arrived after our mains), and snide attitudes. Example from our last visit: an ordered appetizer failed and mid-way through dinner to have the server tell us he "forgot they were out." An offer of comped dessert was useless as he never returned to take the order, a busser delivering the check (with appetizer charged). The place is what it is. Taking out of towners through the museum? Stop in. Any other reason? Skip it."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Had dinner here with two friends before First Thursday. The cocktails were great and my favorite was a white sangria, "Simplicity." We shared a roasted beet salad which was good, but small, and I was hoping for more beets (it was mostly greens). For dinner we shared the grilled pork tenderloin, the smoked chicken pizza and the pan seared cod. The pork was the most tender pork I've ever had, and the Yukon gold puree that came with it was smooth and delicious! The pizza was delicious and spicy, served on a rustic, thin oval crust with 8 good-sized square pieces. Great for sharing. I loved the cod, and we were all fans of the lentils that came with it. The chocolate amsterdam pudding cake was heaven. I will be back."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This restaurant perfectly complements a visit to SAM. The feel is classy and unhurried yet practical. The chicken skewer over lentils was tender and tasty, as was the tortilla. We also ordered a side of polenta frites to share and they were crunchy and creamy at the same time -- delicious. The service is well-paced and friendly without being intrusive."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Lovely locally-inspired restaurant at the Seattle Museum of Art. Excellent local wine list. Staff very knowledgable and attentive. Had several dishes from the tasting menu--all very good. Reasonable prices, too. Location near the Pike Market makes it near most attractions. Defintely will return and recommend."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Went for a quick pre-symphony dinner. Nice selection of tasty small plates, good wine and beer list."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This hidden surprise is a delicious way to spend Sunday brunch. The menu is varied and well prepared as well as fairly priced and tasty. European inspired decor and service make the food taste even better!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Three of us had 30 to order and eat, so we ordered the shrimp Louie. TASTEy! Waitress was efficient, attentive, and got us out on time! Thank you."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to my first meal at TASTE. It is in a perfect location for pre-symphony dinning, however. it was a mixed experience, and I'm not usually a particularly harsh critic. The service was great overall - but our entrees were brought while we were still eating our salad - bad form I think. The short ribs I had were mixed - 2 pieces tender and juicy, one piece dried out and tough. The seafood was perfectly cooked and delicious. The dressing on the beet salad was so light it left me wondering if they'd forgotten it. The pears in the pear tart were undercooked, but the crust was lovely and the ice creams were delicious. I'd give it another try, but my first experience was disappointing."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Convenient for museum visitors. Music too loud - this is a convenience spot not an evening bar/café. Menu not as good as once was: needs to revive sliders, soup w/half sandwich or salad. Stingy with bread. Why not lemon in water? Some old standbys boring."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Every time we go to SAM, we make sure to include a meal at TASTE. The food is fresh and unique. We prefer the lunch menu to the brunch menu -- but that said the brunch menu had an adequate selection of interesting options."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Looking for a place to have a nice casual dinner with good acoustics and attentive staff and good food, TASTE fit the bill! We talked about getting together for coffee, and a friend said the restaurant would accommodate, but we ended up having dinner there, and the whole experience was great! Plus they're open beyond cafe hours on Saturday."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Loved the ambiance, food taste and display, hip, urban, sweet spot for a valentine's date for a couple who has been married 20 years. A delightful find!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We didn't see anything on the app list that looked appealing, but they had deviled eggs. This restaurant has high end feel to it, so I found the mention of deviled eggs.. witty. I ordered them, they were tasty. It was half empty by the time we had our app and drinks at the table, the symphony crowd had departed. Our harried waitress went from half steam ahead to full stop. We saw her meander about, so it wasn't a break or anything. By the time her servers brought our food to the table it was dry and over cooked.... all of it. My wife's semolina sauce was broiled to a tar like substance. The edges of my steak had a broom bristle like texture to it from being void of moisture.... The waitress chit chatted away with her staff. Pass on Taste"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Taste is packed with ladies who lunch and SAM board members and donors. The room works especially well with the street scene unfolding trough floor-to-ceiling windows. The lunch options are consistent and I'm always pleased with their salad options, today I opted for the shrimp louie. The booths on the east side of my room are favorite place to conduct business."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I have now been to TASTE three times. My visits were associated with special events at Benaroya or SAM. Two lunches and one dinner later, I would heartily recommend your restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Chef really knows how to make a fabulous soup. Rest of food is also good."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The service was excellent, the noise level as very subdued so we could carry on a conversation without having to shout and the food was served beautifully. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to my friends. I will be returning on my next trip to Seattle. Well done."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Most world class museums have world class restaurants. SAM is no different. Taste in the Seattle Art Museum is superb!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Consistently creative, tasty meals, excellent service in the vibrant space at the Seattle Art Museum. I never hesitate to bring a "newbie" there!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "A great menu changing often enough to keep me coming back, a great space, a wonderful staff all in a location close to home."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Limited menu and simple flavor profile food. Cocktails amazing though."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We use this restaurant as a meal spot before an event at Benaroya Hall, which is a block away. The menu is interesting without being weird. For brunch/lunch we had chicken and biscuits with greens (a bit difficult to eat but tasty), gnocchi (light but with a crisp), cauliflower soup, and quiche (large serving size). Nice atmosphere. Service a bit slow in seating us, otherwise fine."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "I took some friends for Sunday Brunch before going to the Sam. Since this was a first time for me and my guests I did not know what to expect. We were all pleased by the experience. The food selections were interesting and very good. The service was first class."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "I was late for my reservation since viewing the new exhibit was very crowded. This made it hard to complete in time. The hostess was nice to keep our reservation active for another half an hour. Then she found us a table that was convenient for a wheelchair. The Peruvian Quinoa salad was tasty. Thank you very much!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Good food and service for a quasi-fast food restaurant. Would have enjoyed lunch more if less hectic atmosphere prevailed!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "we were nearly alone last Friday night for dinner (8:30, post concert). As a result, though the food was good to very good (the exception being the fish stew or fish soup), and the service excellent, we didn't enjoy ourselves. It felt cold and isolated. The food and location deserve better. What's up with this I wonder... and how can they stay in business, alas?"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Small, but nicely varied, menu. Smallish wine list, but VERY supportive of NW wines, mostly WA. Decent quality wine glasses. Open dining space with low-medium noise levels, even when crowded. The best carbonara I've had in Seattle - done traditionally with just egg, no cream, for the sauce. YUM! Just a little mix-up in getting all the food to the table at once, followed immediately by acknowledgement and rapid recovery. This was the only snag in an otherwise perfect dinner. I will certainly return for another dining experience, and I will certainly recommend TASTE to my friends. Good job!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed our dinner before heading up to Benaroya Hall for a concert. The food was tasty and creative, although the cauliflower was a bit over salted for our tastes. The wine list, although short, was well put together with some gems."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I like how the restaurant ties some of their menu items to the current exhibits at SAM. The portions aren't large, but they are quite filling. Perfect for lunch."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "They celebrate and favor NW offerings, from wines to mushrooms. Prices are easy on the pocketbook too. Perfect for when you're off to SAM or the symphony but are just a good place to eat. Bar is nice as well. A real downtown Seattle gem."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "A nice location in the bottom floor of the art museum and a pleasant, clean and modern ambiance. The menu has imaginative items, but on our visit the execution was lacking. The quinoa salad was overwhelmed by a large mass of undressed, flavorless quinoa, with a stingy proportion of the taste-giving squash and dried fruits, for example. A good idea, but it seemed to have been put together by someone who had no idea how it might actually taste."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Taste is one of the better museum restaurants They do a great job coordinating food themed menu items with special exhibitions at the museum. Expect a contemporary atmosphere and enjoy great people watching, especially if you nab a window seat. Friendly service and a reliable kitchen."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Once again, everyone in our group was very pleased with our selections. The presentation of the food was delightful. Two of the party had burgers and feel these are among the best burgers anywhere. One of the party was especially pleased with his side order of polenta fries and wanted another order to take home. Two of the party selected special Peru dishes..the red quinoa salad and the chicken. Both were excellent presentation, tasty and filling. We don't come to SAM without enjoying lunch at TASTE. Service here is on the slow side, but it is worth the wait and we just factor that in to our day's plan."
    Dined on 1/3/2014