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The Old Sage
The Old Sage

The Old Sage Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://theoldsageseattle.com/
  • Email: info@theoldsage.com
  • Phone: (206) 557-7430
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Brian McCracken & Dana Tough
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough can create a custom menu for you special event based on you specific needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pike Street
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: On the street, pay to park is available and free after 8PM.
A word from The Old Sage
The shadowy allure of The Old Sage offers Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood an urban hearth celebrating humble meats and vegetables. Under the street art gaze of a teetotal-ling, abstemious City pioneer on the wall, guests of The Old Sage Smoked Meats & Malts enjoy skillfully smoked meats and seafood crafted by two chefs recognized as some of the nation’s best: Brian McCracken and Dana Tough. The Chefs use unique smoking techniques, different from traditionally smoked meats, to draw out delicious flavors. Simple meats, starches and vegetables are revered here. And, for sipping, good, malty beers and whiskies are the cornerstone of The Old Sage bar… where liquor satisfies those less moderate in this city of pioneers.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a few small plates and one larger plate and shared it all. The food was incredibly good and so creative and unique. Wonderfully presented. We would go again in a heartbeat. Ended with Dill ice cream with charred lemon - to die for."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Dinner and drinks on a Sunday evening. Sunday happens to be all day happy hour, and much of our delightful dinner consisted of happy hour items. The bartender was very friendly, and gave honest and knowledgeable recommendations about both food and cocktails."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food was delicious, beautifully prepared and the staff was very friendly. Will definitely put this on my list of Favs."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A celebration of food and drink. My dining companion is a wheelchair user and they accommodated us well and the space was easy for her to get around in. Each plate was an exciting adventure. If this place were a bit more affordable for me, I'd eat here at least once a month. Definitely going to come back on special occasions, and try more scotch."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Old Sage was fine, but it didn't knock my socks off. Reading the menu and drink list I was intrigued, and reading reviews I was excited. But I was disappointed. The dark plates at our table covered in dust. There was a large sticky spot on the table. Service was rushed. The drink was delicious but did not hold the nuances I expect from a Tavern Law offshoot. The lauded Amberjack was beautiful when it arrived at the table, but again, fell a little flat in terms of flavor. The best thing we ate all night was the smoked pecans. If you are looking for a spot of beer and rye whiskey and some truly excellent nuts - then by all means, this is your place. If you are looking for a meal that stands up to the hype - look elsewhere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First, the food was great-- the only exception being the pickled vegetables. It's clear the chef is a master of their craft. Also, the ambience and decor of the place was great, perfect for a nice dinner date. This could be reflective of the day (Valentine's Day), but our service was very slow. The waitress/host did a great job when they showed up, but were clearly spread across too many tables which caused a delay with things like drink refills and ordering. They just didn't have the time to give each table to attention that was needed."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Stools were uncomfortable and pricing was steep. Most scotches were over $15/pour which was more than I was willing to pay."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Excellent innovative food that belongs in a fine dining bistro. The bar scene, however exciting, just does not match with the elegantly presented dishes. The very dark room and the black plates destroy the appearance of the chef's artistry. This is a fun place for young on the move diners, not for those wanting a more relaxed meal with great food."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "When we arrived the place was relatively empty but we were seated right next to another couple, the food was only average with one item thought to be gluten free being based off a gluten containing grain. Not horrible but I wouldn't recommend it."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Made a last minute NYE reservation, chose this mostly for the ambiance (which was nice). If you are looking for a Scotch/meat this is perfect, as that is their main focus I believe. Apart from that the selections are limited. Wine list is small and options for vegetarians are slim. Very pricey given the small portions."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I visited the old sage as part of a six person group and had a really nice time! The restaurant was lovely, the food and drinks were delicious! My only complaint is that it seemed like the menu was set up to be ordered for sharing but the portions were very small and the price, which had seemed reasonable became expensive. With slightly larger portions or a price decrease, the old sage could become a wonderful neighborhood dinner place!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Very interesting menu with lots of effort apparent in the design of each dish. Most were easily shared among our table of four. The Scotch list is fairly extensive if that's your thing."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Overpriced for the amount of food. No choice of desserts except ice cream."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "If you like your food mildly smoked, and like to share, this is the place for you. A short beer list is impressive as well as the mixed drinks."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Overall the experience was lovely. The one thing I would recommend is informing the patrons prior to ordering that the food is best shared family style. We had a party of six and each ordered separately. As the first few dishes (ham & salmon) we realized the portions and timing the food was more tapas style. The atmosphere was quite enjoyable, not too noisy and dimly lit. I had the short rib which was wonderfully made w/the sweet potatoes. I believe the other favorite of the table was the pork cheek."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We loved every dish. As diners who have been to many restaurants, we loved the fact that all te combinations were new and fresh. Highly recommend this spot!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Solid and innovative cocktails, simple ingredients prepared expertly. A delightful treat for all the senses."
    Dined on 11/16/2013