TASTE Restaurant
TASTE Restaurant

TASTE Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • 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: 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
TASTE Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)great for lunch (35)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (11)great for brunch (9)good for groups (8)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (4)romantic (3)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Taste
    CinnamonNorth
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I often go to taste on symphony evenings, The food is quite good, organic, well served, occasionally free goodies just to taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and local
    oldschoolfoodie
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    A friend and I had Sunday brunch here before seeing SAM's pop art exhibit. Taste has delicious, carefully crafted, fresh food. I had the eggs benny and it was delicious. It came piled with thinly sliced ham and a perfectly poached egg atop delicious artisan bread. It also had a crisp, fresh, tasty side salad. Plenty of food for the price and everything had such clean, fresh flavors. It's a very good value and a nice atmosphere too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What Happened?
    davisto
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It'd been awhile since we had been to this restaurant. We enjoyed it in the past. Friends recently told us that they would never go back. We decided to dine here prior to going to the symphony as the service had always been great and we liked the food. Our waiter greeted us after we had been seated for about 10 minutes. We received our drinks after roughly a half hour. At this point we mentioned that we were going to the symphony as we felt we needed to encourage better service. Our waiter proceeded to tell us that he had had a couple really bad days. Not our problem and something we didn't need to hear. Also, the menu has not changed in years and there were no specials. Further, food was not as good as we remembered. Taste not!
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  • first bad experience
    hungry
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We've dined at Taste a number of times and it's always been very good. Something broke down on the last visit though, we waited and waited and waited for our meals to show up. Had to start complaining to a waiter who made us feel like it was somehow our own fault. 25 minutes from having to be at Benaroya for a concert, dinner finally arrives. My pasta dish with chantrelle mushrooms was missing the mushrooms. Hopefully this was an anomaly, we like this place.
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  • pleasant atmosphere
    local
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Taste is an easy restaurant to enjoy with pleasant atmosphere, casual elegance, great food, good choice of beers and wines, good location and reasonably priced for gourmet fare
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Enjoyable with a but
    OneandNotDone
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Service was attentive and well timed. The butternut squash soup was excellent and I want to go back for that. The endive and apple salad left much to be desired. While the portion and presentation were great, the flavors of the salad did not live up to the arrival. The salad was dull and tasted as if it had been dressed in water. My review overall would be higher if the salad even had a hint of excitement.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummm
    kdr65
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Surprisingly good food with an interesting mix of flavors. The brunch menu was varied enough for each of us to find something tasty. Friendly wait staff and decent prices mean I will be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was among the worst meals we have ever had. We went for dinner and ordered a soup, salad, and two mains. Every single item was awful - under seasoned, under cooked, and/or just a weird flavor profile. A complete waste of $75. We ended up going to another place as we were still hungry.
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  • Horrible
    jdub
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Burnt bread, horrible service, bland pasta. Would never return to spend $90 on a less than average meal. Best thing about it you ask, the wine we bought with us
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  • We hosted a friend here
    CassiecatVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    who is very picky about food and she was quite happy with Taste's menu. The food is always good, and I appreciate that the vegetables are organic and the fish sustainable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • I loved my food!
    MosieSaysVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Tasty and perfect portion sizes. The size we should all be eating, really. I had the dijon chicken and it was well-balanced, juicy and flavorful. I've been to TASTE several times after viewing SAM exhibits and the like (we are patron level members of SAM), but this time it was a destination choice because I like the atmosphere and how friendly the staff are.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Figure it out
    Lily
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Taste has been open for years and they still haven't figure out how to hansle a busy First Thursday. It took my waiter 30" before I had a glass of wine. My chicken was undercooked, haricot vert too crispy, potatoes hard. Server not concerned about getting us out on time even though I noted not in the reservation.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Returning for consistent quality, Pacific Northwest creativity and a robust wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TASTE Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Once again we have had an excellent dinner at TASTE. Everything was tasty and perfectly prepared. The wait staff is also superb and quite attentive. We will be dining there again soon, I know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely time at Taste
    foodisfun
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Haven't been to taste in a while. Went with a friend and we had a lovely time. Great service and really enjoyable food for lunch. Plus, it was a delightful late summer day. While we didn't need reservations the particular day we were there, I've always found it a good idea to have them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • artful
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Always go to Taste when viewing an exhibit at SAM either with friends or children. The menu always has great dishes to choose from. I especially appreciate that there are items for me, a non meat eater and the children, pizza and macaroni and cheese lovers to choose from.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Always love Taste
    MizLiz
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our most recent visit to Taste was with a friend from out of town. We always know that the food is delicious, the ambience is great, and the prices are good for the quality of meal. Taste did not disappoint this visit. Everything was so delicious and the service was great. It's a great restaurant for any occasion- but the food is so excellent it always feels like a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste
    wingjVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went for dinner after arriving late in Seattle. Very quiet since the restaurant kitchen was closing in 15 minutes. The dinner was delicious and ingredients were fresh -- everything prepared well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A refreshed menu
    CassiecatVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were pleased to see a refreshed menu this week. Taste does this regularly and it's always a treat to try out a new dish on their menu. The cooler, rainier weather brought in more people, so it was noisier than usual, but still pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliably good
    CassiecatVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I love the food here - I've never had a bad dish and many are exemplary. Love their use of local ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Pleasant ambience, great service
    NancyHH
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Taste has a pleasant ambience and a moderate noise level making it a great location to enjoy conversation with friends. My coworkers and I come here for happy hour often. The deviled eggs are the best! Cocktails are always tasty and artfully presented.Taste is elegant but not pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 779 reviews are from the TASTE Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great pre-concert find
    Happyfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Located in SAM and close to Benaroya and Triple Door, it seemed an unlikely place to get good food away from crowds. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. I got the tasting menu (fig salad, salmon and an ethereal watermelon ice) while my dining partner enjoyed a beet salad and a fancy chicken pot pie (and half my dessert which was too good to keep to myself.) We each had a pre-dinner drink and I had an espresso with dessert. Even so, bill for two came to less than $81.00. The food descriptions seemed a little pretentious (i.e., salmon belly with rapine) but they tasted just fine and we both licked our plates clean. Service was sweet, if a little unprofessional. Too few people there to feel like a true "find."
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    fit for foodies
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  • Reliably good
    CassiecatVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I love that the restaurant makes a real effort to serve local and organic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stylish and good museum restaurant
    PhillyRT
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is a great place to catch a quick bite before or after visiting the art museum or other events downtown. The restaurant & chef seem to be trying to present a high level of organic/sustainable food, and in some dishes everything works, in others not as much. Still, I appreciate the effort!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try the Louie, Louie!
    RSRSVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I'm a volunteer at SAM and often bring friends to lunch before my shift, then escort them to the 1:15 p.m. tour for the latest special exhibit. This is a wonderful way to entertain and to introduce folks to SAM and TASTE. The food is excellent. I've had the Louie, Louie so many times that this time I tried the beet salad which was also excellent. For the beet salad, though, I think the dressing should have a bit more zip and/or the salad should be served with a lemon wedge.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant Dining
    tmcadoo8198
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great experience eating fine dining in a refined environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Lunch celebrating 34th Wedding Ann
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We enjoyed celebrating at the Taste. Perfect lunch: Service, food, wine, ambiance! Thanks for making the day special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good dinner
    NWroamer3617
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    my wild salmon was cooked perfect & nicely charred, served atop well seasoned risotto. I'm not sure why the service is always quite slow when we eat here, howver. A full 20 minute wait from when we ordered to when our food arrived. Maybe that isn't long... and I was just hungry. My husbands pork tenderloin was also excellent and both plates were beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    samgo2
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The Taste Restaurant in the SAM we always include when visiting an exhibition. We like the ambience, and the find the food menu always interesting. Great for trying new food items such as the deep fried polenta side with dipping sauce. The food is regional and fresh. The food styling and plate presentation is excellent. Besides the new menu choices that change, there are favorites that remain. Such as the Skagit Beef Burgers and the french fries. That particular choice is like going to a party with the way it is presented. We also find the desserts delicious and visually beautiful. The bar is well stocked, though we have only tried that one occasion. One last comment: the food is always fresh and hot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A special treat
    Bruce
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We took a grandchild to TASTE for Sunday brunch before the symphony, as an end-of-year celebration. The food was excellent, the ambiance made the event special, and our waitress was personable and efficient. Not just an ordinary menu, which also made it fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We were looking forward to having chicken and waffles at brunch. I had visited once before and went back with three family members. They open at 11 am and we were seated at noon. When we went to order, two of us ordered the chicken and waffles only to be told that they were out. I ordered the flatbread instead, which was very good. Two others ordered the eggs benedict which they said was okay but not as good as my mother's. The last member of our party ordered the french toast, which she did not enjoy. Perhaps it was the thyme in the maple syrup. A single cinnamon bun was $6, which seemed excessive.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Used to be great....
    Olgam
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I have been coming here for lunch since the museum reopened. The food and service were great. I don't know what happened, but it's expensive and mediocre. Salad was overdressed. Iced tea had no ice. Hot food was not hot. Isn't this basic stuff?
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful Spanish Influence
    OccasionalDiner
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We went to Taste before attending the Miro exhibit upstairs in the Seattle Art Museum. My husband had a pork dish and I had a fabulous cod. These were part of the menu inspired by the Spanish theme of the exhibit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Informal business lunch GEM
    ukcrew
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    If you are looking for a different one-of-a-kind business lunch spot; Taste is a vibrant, bright, stimulating place where you can have a grown up conversation without competing with the background noise, televisions and the clientele grab and go trade. The offerings are refreshingly creative for lunch and the range fits most palates. Leave your mobile phone at the office, you’ll regret bringing it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Taste is Great for Lunch
    BelltownResident2021VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Highly recommended for a casual lunch with excellent food. The menu is short - as is the wine list - but the choices are eclectic and favor northwest fare. Comfortable seating, excellent service - and being in the Seattle Art Museum makes it visually quite special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    Brian
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my wife to Taste for Mother's Day. It was a great experience and we loved the food. We did not have much wait time between each order and the food was delectable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who visits SAM.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Oasis
    Ugulu
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I enjoy this consistently pleasant environment with attentive service and seasonal menu showcasing local farms and foods.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste at SAM
    catonprowl
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I love Museum restaurants and this one will not disappoint even though it doesn't quite measure up. Most have fantastic city views from the top of the building i.e. the restaurant at MAD in NYC (Museum of art and design). This one is on street level with a view of traffic and people waking by so it is not as appealing to me. However the menu is great for lunch and brunch (I ate there twice - two days in a row because it was convenient for my museum visit.) Service is both cases was off/slow in many little ways but the host is genuinely warm and welcoming. I really liked him and his efforts to find the right table, etc. All in all a very nice museum restaurant experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • May 1, 2014
    Becka
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Everything about my visit that day was a delight. The staff members were warm, kind, and very professional. The meal was a little messy and fun, somewhat akin to the Miro art exhibit on view! Very tasty and satisfying. I also enjoyed the other patrons seated near me: a large group behind me and another lone diner to my right. The group's cheerful banter did not intrude on my thoughts and eventually I struck up a lively, very interesting conversation with my counterpart. These pleasant interactions are essential for all fine dining. Finally, since food is the main consideration, this head chef is outstanding in creating menu choices that reflect art experiences. He is truely an artist with food stuffs!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    justsayin
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    First visit to Taste. Great for brunch, indeed! pleasant atmosphere, tasty food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate