TASTE Restaurant
TASTE Restaurant

TASTE Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tastesam.com/
  • Phone: 2069035291
  • 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
46 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (32)fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (15)special occasion (13)great for brunch (8)good for groups (6)romantic (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try the Louie, Louie!
    RSRS
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 769 reviews are from the TASTE Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
  • food good, but service poor
    NWroamer3617
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    To cut to the chase, we waited nearly 45 min for our entrees! After having our orders taken promptly we were brought first courses by someone else. Food was excellent. I had to ask for bread. The long long wait began. Eventually another waiter-our 3rd-tried to deliver again our first course. We said we'd eaten it.He seemed reluctant to believe us, but retreated with these dups. Our wait was at least 10 more min till our entrees arrived (by new server!). We had to rush through to complete b/4 exit to symphony (which I'd noted on reserv). Food was very good, but at this point who cares. Brief "I'm sorry for the wait" was not sufficient. I will not return, & this has been a pre concert favorite. Someone needs to own the table.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor experience
    alleycat
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Server, Adam, asked us to keep our flatware between courses--so not classy--but there was no china ware on which to place it. The server bungled service of entrée and actually touched the eating end of my fork with his hand. Food was way overpriced for amount and quality of items. We frequently eat in this area and like to try different restaurants. Some we often return to. No reason to return to this one.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LUNCH at TASTE
    Svenskagirl
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Went to lunch with a friend on a busy Friday during Miró exhibit. Perfect greeting and seating...We were lucky to have Geraldo as our server. HE was outstanding. I needed a couple of deletions from my selection. He handled my request with grace and charm. We never found our iced tea or water below half full. It was delightful and I do have to say that Geraldo added a touch of joy, in addition to care and wonderful service. We will return!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Perfect Bite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Both my husband and I were pleased with our choices Chicken on Skewer and Louie Louie and our waiter - perfect bites before going upstairs to the Miro exhibit.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TASTE Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    As always, we had a wonderful meal at TASTE and highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Lunch while Visiting SAM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Four of us had a perfectly delightful visit to SAM and TASTE was the perfect lunch to go with it. The menu was varied, interesting and each item the four of us ordered was delicious. A great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hours Are My Specialty
    redraven
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    And this is another favourite! Don't miss the $5 Hammerin' Man gin cocktail, or the Charcuterie plate: house pate, cured meats vary, black fig jam, best butter ever. You might want to order more bagette; I did. House pickled veggies (w/spicy peppers) are adictive. Become a SAM member and 10% off food here - it's a great motivator to visit the museum more often!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improve menu
    jvf41VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The setting and location are great, service staff are friendly and responsive but the menu for brunch needs significant improvement. Too few choices and the food we ordered was just not up to par. Very small portions and not well crafted. I know this is a museum restaurant but still, I would rather pay more and get more.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • patricia
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I HAVE EATEN AT TASTE FOR YEARS AND THIS TRIP ON THE 17TH WAS THE WORST EVER! I WAS EMBARRASSED AS I HAD OUT OF TOWN GUESTS AND THE FOOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN WONDERFUL!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TASTE very consistent, and tasty!
    ajsf
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    TASTE Restaurant in the downtown Seattle Art Museum never fails to please, with a humming but friendly ambience and the sense of being very cool and hip, but also laid back. Food is excellent and varies with the seasons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TASTE
    raoulponchon
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    After a few hours at the Seattle Art Museum, my sisters and I enjoyed the lovely space, the interesting crowd, the pleasant service and our elegant lunch at the museum restaurant. The menu is limited, but good and features regional produce. I had a wonderful seafood soup with halibut broth on a previous visit. I would like to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Taste is always a pleasure
    CassiecatVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    SandK5
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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  • Dependable with excellent food
    Charliehoya
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Always enjoy eating here especially with family children and the menu that changes with the SAM exhibit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.