The Commons
The Commons

The Commons

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecommonscafe.com/
  • Phone: (425) 892-7012
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: M-Sa 4:00pm-12:00am
    Dinner: Su 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Nolan Bartelt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE 145th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available in front of the restaurant in the Hollywood Vineyards shopping plaza lot.
A word from The Commons
Located in the heart of the Woodinville Wine District, The Commons is a neighborhood gathering place serving a wide range of seasonal comfort food and drinks in an inviting and informal setting.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Commons reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (41)great for lunch (38)kid-friendly (34)fit for foodies (34)neighborhood gem (32)good for groups (22)hot spot (22)great for outdoor dining (13)notable wine list (5)special occasion (3)romantic (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Good Not Great
    PickyEater
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Had a good time here, it was the second time we've been. Wait or was not super friendly, but was good. Kept our water glasses full. Food arrived at good intervals, it tasted good as well. Not the best chicken I've ever had, but far better than the worst. We did the Three for $33 menu during November, so prices better fit the food. First time I got the wild boar ragu, which was good. Smoked salmon appetizer was good as well. I would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Woodinville's best restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    This was my second time at the commons and my family and I had a fantastic experience. I worked in the service industry for 7 years and know good service. Everytine I've been here I have had great service from everyone! The food is also amazing and another reason I keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • To noisy to enjoy
    J2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This restaurant has great food , BLT had thick cut meaty bacon, and the chicken sausage in biscuits and gravy was spiced nicely. I could 't give this a great rating because of the noise level. Having a normal conversation was difficult due to other diners conversations and loud music. They had some panels on ceiling to dull the noise but it doesn't work. This place is located in a strip mall looking out on a busy traffic circle so their is no view to enjoy. Good food but couldn't wait to exit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great new restaurant/wine country
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Tried out this new restaurant for late breakfast before wine tasting. Moderately priced and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken strip! A must.
    MikeG
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great place for dinner. Parking can be a challenge and definitely make reservations. Homemade biscuits and chicken strips are two key must haves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!!
    Bigdenali5
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Love this place!! We've turned this into our weekly spoil ourselves spot on the weekends! Great people and amazing food! Recommend for sure. Minor complaint would point towards the last three visits, and wait staff forgetting my beverage, only checking back on my table after our meal was over. Typically not the norm, and a great spot overall !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, nice location!
    Rosy17
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We visited The commons based on a suggestion from a friend. The plan was to walk in the nearby trail and visit Chateau St. Michele before/after the meal. The commons is conveniently close to the famous woodinville trails where one may go biking/walking. Personally, I felt their pastrami was delicious and I would love to visit again just to sample more items off their menu. They make several breads etc in-house, I would recommend buying from their bakery.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Butternut Squash Soup!
    KatieKat
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This was my first time at The Commons and I absolutely loved it. The decor, the feel, the atmosphere... all of it was great. I had the butternut squash soup (amazing), chicken pot pie (delicious and enough for a to-go box!) and the sticky toffee pudding (wonderful). Our server was fantastic, however I didn't get his name to sing his praises! I will definitely make this a restaurant I frequent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flys Everywhere!
    TheBestCritic
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The food was good and the waiter was excellent, but there were flys all over the place!!! The waiter said they had tried all kinds of things and couldn't control the problem. I won't go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The commons
    Foodfan
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The Commons has tasty creative, contemporary comfort food. Because of the hip warehouse decor with the concrete floor, the noise level can be uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Semi-hipster
    tonejac
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Cool fresh modern and earthy. Great vibe. Delicious thoughtful food with a voice. Not just run of the mill stuff. It has the classics but it does it with a sense of personality. Have gone there many times with just my wife and other times with our whole family. We all like it a lot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty disappointing
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We waited for 25 minutes on a Sunday morning despite having a reservation. The hostess definitely forgot about us. Other service was also inconsistent. 1 of 4 meals was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorites
    Piggles
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Commons, like most of the restaurants run by the Heavy Restaurant Group (Purple, Lot 3, Barrio) is quickly becoming one of our favorite destinations in Woodinville. We've been Purple/Lot 3 customers for years, and we get that same easy decision-making at The Commons - just assume the food and drinks will be excellent, and decide what specific ambiance you're in the mood for. Want something like a pub? Lot 3. Like a wine bar? Purple. Like a cafe? Commons. We've never been disappointed at any of them, and we'll keep going back as long as they'll have us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Woodinville Brunch
    SEAfoodieMRVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We stopped in at The Commons prior to our day of wine-tasting in the neighborhood. The location is perfect situated right next to a bunch of tasting rooms in the Tourist District, and their food is hearty enough to last you through a day of wine drinking :) I ordered the breakfast burrito and it was definitely one of the best I've ever had. My boyfriend got the Pork Belly biscuit sandwich, and he enjoyed it, but it might have been a bit rich for breakfast. We'll definitely be back our next time in Woodinville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy Dinner
    JoeJoe
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Jokingly we decided that the best way to describe The Commons is Yuppy Dinner... Food is always amazing, but beware odf the noise level. This time we got there at 12:30 on a Saturday and we could not hear each othe'rs conversations... Great coffee, great mimosas...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of menu choices
    seamom
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Drove by on a Friday night, parking was ridiculous. So instead tried it out on a Monday afternoon. Did get reservations through Open Table. It was busy, but not terribly busy. Food was pretty good. We were all a little grossed out at all the flies in the restaurant, not sure why there wasn't anything to deter them? I would check them out again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    Flacesario
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I don't find many dinner options in Redmond to meet friends. This place in Woodinville is eclectic with decent food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Friendly Service
    Flosser
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The Commons has a great vibe. The food is fresh with great presentation and bursting with flavor. The staff and service are accommodating and friendly. The parking might be a challenge if you don't get there early enough since it is in a strip center. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a great evening at The Commons. I had requested to be seated at a larger two-top table (not on top of the next table!) and they wondefully complied with that request. It was a beautiful evening. ;-)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have never had such hard french fries in my life - for two orders of fish n chips we could have put a tank of gas in our car!!! So expensive !! Way overpriced! Will not be returning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super fresh food prepared well!
    Carolyn
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great place to get fresh, delicious food. Who knew a spinach strawberry salad could taste so good? Not good for conversation since so loud, but good if you have kids!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & service, stuffy room
    Seatech
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Nice place. Food was very good, service was great. Maybe their air conditioning was not working.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Enjoyable Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    All 4 of us really enjoyed the food at The Commons. It's the 2nd time we've been, and both times, the food, service, and overall experience has been excellent. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Large party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Took a group if nine, great service, made it easy to accommodate us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Burger in Washington
    mreph7
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Commons in Woodinville sits in the middle of "wine country" with all of its fancy window dressings but and it's the straight-forward Commons' House Burger that is the show stopper. The Commonsis the perfect pre-wine tour stop to load up for brunch (they have a fantastic drink list) and since they serve breakfast all day, you can enjoy a mid-afternoon bacon and eggs that is simply stupendous. Without a doubt though, their House Burger is the best item on the menu. While not over the top in any fashion (but still large), the garlic aeoli, the jalepenos, the bacon and the Beechers cheese all compliment the natural beef and the amazingly fresh bun that bookends this masterpiece. Bon appetit with a little WA Cab or a Triplehorn IPA!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly great
    MattiVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    the brunch and lunch selections are mostly great, with good ideas that are well executed. A few things are inconsistent with this, though (that chickpea salad was just plain bad - so oversalted that no other flavor is possible). The biscuits are downright amazing, but the jam is far too tart. The cinnamon rolls are also excellent, if perhaps a little dry, which seems to be the case for every restaurant cinnamon roll I've ever tried. Overall, though, it's a solid place for breakfast or lunch. Service can be a little flighty and slow, but not worth passing on the restaurant. Just bring your patience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Thought the $8 was pricey for the size of our champaine glasses! Our egg scramble was a little watery!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not That Impressed!
    FCFrequentDiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Finally stopped in for dinner last night. Was able to make a last-minute reservation for 4 @ 7 pm. My husband had a burger and wasn't too impressed. Our friends had shrimp tacos and thought they were "so-so". I ordered the spinach & strawberry salad with goat cheese ($12) and had chicken added ($6). The salad arrived in a rather small bowl and the spinach they used was way past it's prime to the point of being slimy. When our server checked on us I let her know that the spinach was bad..her response.."I'll let them know"...?? Nothing else! So I ended up paying $18 bucks for a dinky salad with slimy spinach. Won't be back any time soon!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • conversation difficult
    chatchew
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Probably to be expected on a Friday evening but the noise level surprised me. I had thought that conversation would be possible but was disappointed. The food and service were reasonable as was the beverage service but, unfortunately, it couldn't overcome the noisy environment.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Enjoyed a great dinner at The Commons. Food was outstanding and so was the service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 66 reviews are from the The Commons reviews archive.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    flavorcraver
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My mother-in-law and I grabbed dinner here and were impressed with the menu. It's not often you find a restaurant that offers breakfast lunch and dinner, and produces quality food. We can't wait to go back. As an interior designer I loved the layout and finishes. As a pregnant mother, I was impressed with the fact that the restroom had a full changing table in it (not the cheap plastic fold down kind) complete with complementary diapers if you are in a bind.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Star eats in Hollywood Hills..
    BobP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After stopping by at Tully's for years in Woodinville's Tourist Area, it is nice to see it replaced by an establishment that not only offers a nice selection of American food fare, but also one that doubles as a coffee shop, and triples as a date night bar. Very welcome star attraction to the ever-changing, very popular, Hollywood Hill section of Woodinville.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • fun restaurant
    gina
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I have eaten here a few times and thought it would be perfect for a mom's night out (which rarely happens). Our reservation was for 7pm and our waiter just seemed annoy with us from the start. He kept bringing the check to us (never offered dessert, coffee, another round). We felt very rushed and we're looking forward to enjoying a nice meal without kids but unfortunately he sort of put a damper on that for us. We definitely won't be spending a night out there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    italiansmithVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Just as good as always - highly recommend. Plus this time we sat on the back patio because it was such a nice day - couldn't have had a better time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and Noise Level
    backdoorcouple
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    FOOD: PRICED way HIGH! Brussels sprouts were half and whole sprouts (menu said sliced) and very hard (flavor was very good). Whiskey Burger was not seasoned well. No Salt & Pepper on the table. Veggie Hash was not seasoned well. Mushrooms seemed old in the Veggie Hash. NOISE: The noise level at 6:30 PM was horribly loud. Noise was many decibels higher than say a Red Robbin. We could not have a conversation even at the little table by the back door. We might (MAYBE) try to stop in for lunch another time, or not! Management appeared to be concerned about cleanliness. Staff were cleaning tables and sweeping the floor after customers left, rather than just letting the food pile up under the table, as a lot of eateries do.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy hour time.
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Their happy hour time is when I normally like to go with friends. But this time, I noticed they had few drinks in $4 category. They changed it and added them in a $6 categ. More food options in the happy hour wood be good too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but slooooow service
    CommanderAmerica
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Food was pretty good; I had a burger and my wife had the shrimp tacos. Both kids (5 & 9) ordered off of the kids menu and enjoyed their food, too. Fresh squeezed lemonade was a real treat; not to sweet, not too tart. But, just be prepared for slow service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Foofie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had seen a review for this restaurant on the PBS show "CheckPlease" and were excited to have a new restaurant to try in Woodinville. We had reservations and only had to wait 10 minutes to be seated, but after ordering we waited over 30 minutes for the food to arrive. We were hosting guests from Florida and were unable to converse, the noise level was so high. We noticed people arriving after us at a nearby table had received their order so after 30 or 40 minutes I asked our waitress to check on our order. We had ordered vegetarian scramble (which had been raved about on the tv review) Though the portion was huge, it was bland and disappointing, not worth the long wait.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great environment!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Surrounded by many wineries, it was a great stopping point for dinner. We really enjoyed the atmosphere. I describe it to people as Ma's home cooking with a modern atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner
    diversewine
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great homemade food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.