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Tilikum Place Cafe
Tilikum Place Cafe

Tilikum Place Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tilikumplacecafe.com/
  • Phone: (206) 282-4830
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ba Culbert
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tilikum Place Cafe
Inspired European and Northwest brunch, lunch and dinner. We take great pride in using the freshest & highest quality products as our menu is entirely made in house. Stop by for dinner or drinks & experience seasonal cuisine, creative libations & a warm welcome!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Love this place. The sqauash blossoms were divine! Excellent service. Felt like being in Europe."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had a great Birthday dinner for 5. Everyone had a great meal and the staff made us feel welcome and did not try to rush us through the meal. This is my 3rd time at the café and each occasion has been a culinary delight."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This restaurant is a gem. Group of 5 for lunch, celebrating colleague's birthday. We were all delighted with our orders- salads and sandwich specials. I will definitely go back. Great for foodies, but not snooty."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Tilikum is one of Seattle's best. I've never had a bad meal there. The ingredients are fresh, the service is friendly and the ambiance is charming."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food at Tlikum Place Cafe. The Dutch Babies were delicious and the frittata was really good. The toasted cheese French bread was perfect. We will go back for other meals, as the brunch was really good!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "You will never be disappointed here! Food always done to perfection, Desserts to die for, Staff super friendly. Dont miss it"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Had been trying to get a reservation here for weeks, and finally secured a lunch time on a Saturday when my parents were visiting from FL. Was the perfect atmosphere for brunch before our busy tourist afternoon. I had the baked eggs, which were fabulous -- both my parents got dutch babies (I thought the savory was slightly better than the sweet, but both were awesome and worth the extra time it took to cook). My boyfriend got the chorizo hash special, which was equally delicious but maybe a slightly small portion. Too bad we weren't hungrier because the table next to us got the beignets and OH MY GOSH they were beautiful! Will definitely be back -- looking forward to testing the whole brunch menu, and trying Tikilum for dinner!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Stylish joint great servers lovely food.. We had mostly apps but everything was extremely well prepared... Would like to eat my way thru menu..."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had dinner there with a last minute reservations. It was clear it was a neighbor-friendly location as the servers greeted many diners by name. I did feel the service was a little less warm for us out-of-towners, but I can't fault the food. We had the halibut and it was fresh with a wonderful sauce around it. We also had the chicken which was delicious, moist and flavorful. We each had a different flavor sorbet (strawberry-banana, earl grey, grapefruit-pepper and tangerine) and they were all delicious. There is also a gorgeous bar tucked to the side and a side view of the kitchen where you can watch the chef and sous chef working. It is clear he is an artist as everything we had was both tasty and beautifully plated."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This was our first time at Tilikum and we will definitely be back. We appreciated the creative thought that went into each dish, the freshness of the ingredients, and very lively flavors. The atmosphere is like a better French bistro and the service was attentive but not intrusive. We were seated next to a party of 8 or more, which was a bit loud, but otherwise, enjoyed the ambiance. As it is only one block from our new condo, Tilikum will be a regular spot for more special nights out."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Everything about this place is great. Food, service, people....all fantastic. We will continue to come here and tell as many people that we can to do the same."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything about this place is great. Had the pan seared chicken, baked oysters and kale salad. All was beyond amazing. Staff is very friendly."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great service and food. We went for Father Day brunch with an early reservation. Everything was done right. We'll visit again next time we're in town."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had two of their specials: Salmon Benedict served on a savory bread pudding. Everything about this dish was AMAZING. We also had their croque madam - a lovely sandwich on rosemary bread with ham, gruyere, bechamel sauce topped with a runny egg. It was very rich, but the little side salad it came with was a perfect and refreshing way to break up the richness. Also got the french press coffee, which was delicious. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was prepared well but the server, Rajona, was very absent minded. She forgot our order several times, didn't know the ingredients in several dishes, and she didn't check in with us regarding our food, bill, etc. Usually the service is great, so luckily I have that frame of reference, yet Rajona really needs to step her performance at work. It was disappointing."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The Dutch baby pancakes were absolutely delicious! I have the classic variety with lemon and powdered sugar. It was the last day that the girl I was dating was going to be in WA so I wanted to take her somewhere special and this place was exactly that. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The staff at Tilikum were great and friendly. One of our party was running late and the staff informed us of so as we didn't have a US phone plane. They were also nice and patient while we waited a while for our party to arrive. The food was delicious. Had the classic Dutch Babies and also the Salmon Benny. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Breakfast was delightful. We come because we love that we can make a reservation and the french press coffee is DELICIOUS. Even though we drive down from the Greenwood area, the coffee and benedicts usually make it completely worth it. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I had enjoyed my first dinner at Tilikum Place and it's in the neighborhood I stay in when visiting Seattle. So I was glad to take a foodie friend, but we both chose the pork entree and we both found it mediocre. Sweet sauce, flavorless meat, vegetables looked good but had no flavor. The pate we shared as a starter was good (not great) and the profiteroles were competent. Won't return."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We (5) had reservations for brunch here on a Sunday morning. They showed a reservation for 4 and politely asked us to wait a few minutes. They sat us quickly and the server was knowledgeable about some aspects of the menu, but anything he wasn't clear about, he admitted and asked a co-worker. The food was delicious and each server helps everyone out. It wasn't like we could only ask one person. I recommend having one of the dutch babies for dessert. All the drinks (lattes, bloody Mary's, mimosas) were delicious too. One server recommended other restaurants that we might like to go to for dinner, in the neighborhood. Great experience, will definitely return! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Good food and great people-watching. Some unusual items; everything well-prepared. The special vegetable roast was done just right, nothing overcooked and a light dressing that brought out the character of each ingredient."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Predictably delicious food - uses seasonal produce, really clean and nuanced flavors, always exceeds my expectations. Mimosas and Americanos are perfect."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Restaurants are picked from review sites. Menus are studied ahead of time. Galleries are viewed. Route is mapped. Expectations are set up as reservation is confirmed by a click. So it seems restaurants could do best only by meeting studied but largely underinformed expectations. But Tikikum surprises. Expectations & pretentious knowing are shattered from the moments we are welcomed by the brightest greeting. Simple menu with carefully executed selections consisting cleverly chosen ingredients introduced with genuine passion by our expert server with the happiest smile. The entire evening could simply, easily, described as an enjoyment. Hospitality. Taste. Pleasure. Surprises."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Loved our meals and how everything had this handmade taste! Very fresh and an amazing combination of flavors. Would definitely bring out of town guests here to experience PNW cuisine at its finest."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We shared several appetizers, salads and one of the evening's special entrees--seared salmon--all of which were delicious! Especially high marks go to the asparagus salad (thin shavings of delicate spears in a light dressing--yummy!) Service was friendly, helpful and prompt and even though every table was full, we had no trouble hearing the quietest member of our family. I recommend it highly!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Tilikum Place is our favorite place for wonderful food and friendly welcomes and fine service. Creative menu coupled with a bistro type of informality make this restaurant home base for at least one meal during our monthly visits to Seattle.andel"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Everything great. Rabbit pate was fun and good. The "line-caught" salmon special had a great presentation, great sauce, done medium as requested, but the salmon itself had very average flavor."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Three of us met for lunch on a weekday and had a great time. The restaurant has a good vibe, lively, not noisy, a comfortable upscale neighborhood place. It is tucked away on Cedar St between 4th and 5th. You have to really look for it, but it's a great find. We tried the baked eggs which came out in small cast iron skillets, one for each person. The combination of ingredients were delicious, artichoke hearts, peppers, cheese. And the we ordered the chocolate Dutch Baby to share for dessert! Another cast iron skillet. Yummy, moist pancake with lots of chocolate and a little side pitcher of syrup! Wow. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We always feel a bit like we are returning to our quartier in Paris when spending an evening at the Tillikum. It is so like the neighborhood bistros that we love there. The tree lined street outside, the warm and welcoming bar just inside the door, it just has that feel. & then the food. Always creative, tasty mouthfuls in every course from starters to desserts. Seasons matter here, our asparagus flan was delicately wonderful and the rhubarb shortcake was heaven. Can't wait to get back."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This is a great place with fabulous food and friendly knowledgable servers. You can see the chefs and they always look happy. I've had many delicious meals here. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Great place to take out of towners who want to experience true Pacific Northwest cuisine. Always great!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We were in Seattle for just one night and a friend recommended Tilikum Place Cafe. Her words were, "You can't do better," and she was right. Our server was Tammy and she was a delight. She clearly loves what she does and has great respect for the owner/chef. He recommendations for the wine and good we're terrific. I would highly recommend Tilikum Place Cafe and would definitely go again. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "the wait staff was perfect. Food was good, but not spectacular. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We were in Seattle end of March, and went to Tilikum Place Café for diner. The service was very friendly and correct, no extreme long waiting times even though the house was full. The quality of the food was outstanding. Price-quality level, for sure I recommend this place. Due to the energetic noise level, and the busy atmosphere, I would not recommend to come with children. The menu has a good variety of fish and meat, everyone can definitely find something he/she likes. Regarding the drinks, they have a good wine variety, and a wide choice of alcohol. Definitely a place to return, which I will certainly do when I am around! "
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great food, very good service and nice atmosphere...definitely worth recommending to others."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "WE originally come to celebrate my Mothers birthday and it was such an amazing dining experience I have gone back again and again, even by myself when I crave there most delicious chicken! This is my new favorite restaurant in all of Seattle. The food is perfection, the atmosphere is warm and comfortable and the wait staff is excellent. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I always meet with clients at this wonderful restaurant. The food is excellent and reasonably priced, and the people who work here are wonderful. I always order the sardine sandwich, but they have excellent salads, soups, quiche and other special lunch entrees that are made with care and quality ingredients."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Tilikum is always an absolute pleasure to dine at. The french onion soup is my favorite in Seattle. Their pork cheeks dish was absolutely delightful and the meat was so tender it just comes apart in your fork. I totally recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Once again, Tilikum Place Café did not disappoint. I have taken friends there, clients there, staff there and family and everyone has left full and happy with the terrific food."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have eaten here since it opened and have never been disappointed. Ba, the owner is always coming up with new and exciting culinary creations."
    Dined on 4/12/2014