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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 WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "From the moment we entered the staff was attentive but unobtrusive. Our server knew the menu in great detail and steered us toward fantastic choices. The wine, the appetizers, and the dinner specials were fresh, simple, and extraordinary. Just perfect."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Tillikum made this a special dinner experience for my Dad's 74th Birthday. The food is always on point but the service separated this from other restaurants."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "great place for brunch. Definitely try the classic dutch baby or the pancakes. The scrambles and omelets look amazing as well."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I loved my 2 lunches and this was my first dinner - I'd say the lunch is a better value, but the food is still high quality and delicious, just a bit pricey compared to lunch. I preferred the waiters at lunch - the one waitress for a full restaurant for dinner seemed rushed and a bit uninformative. Next time I'm trying brunch - I would say make reservations for dinner on a Friday or near noon lunch."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Tilikum Place never fails to deliver. The food is always fresh and tasty. For example, I tried squash blossoms that were prepared like a tempura that was light and delicious. The salad made with grilled watermelon was satisfying. My son's salmon was just right. The staff is warm and friendly. It is my favorite neighborhood place."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I love the high quality of the food, nice cozy atmosphere and good waiters. I am going for my first dinner this Friday - so far, my 2 lunches were delicious. I highly recommend and will count this as one of my fave places now in Seattle."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This is a small, intimate restaurant with great food and service. The menu is limited but that is good. These guys do what they do well and don't try to be all things to all people. We had a house-made pasta appetizer that was incredible. We had the salmon and the flat-iron steak for entrees which were equally as great as the appetizer.I had the steak which was a perfect medium rare. We had the green beans with garlic and shallots which were cooked al dente. My wife is not that fond of green beans but loved these. The wine list is good and wines by the glass are available. We visit Seattle at least once per month for 3 to 5 days and Tilikum Place is the best restaurant we have been to in the last few years. We will return many, many times!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had dinner not brunch, which seems to be what gives the restaurant it's acclaim, but it was wonderful. Appetizers were large and fresh, and while there are only five entrees each evening our chicken and salmon (fish of the day at $30) were excellent. We shared a cobbler and the coffee is outstanding Well worth it."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I started eating at Tilikum Place Café when they first opened 5 years ago and really liked it but got distracted trying other new places that we were consistently disappointed with. Recently we came for dinner and just fell in love with it all over again. I absolutely love the food, the staff is wonderful with just the right amount of attention given and the restaurant is comfortable, cozy, sophisticated without being pretentious."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "As always, everything was perfect here. The food was fabulous and the drinks were yummy. It was a little warm, but that might just be a reflection of how "over" summer I am."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I am European and so happy to have found a place that serves unique and also small dishes (as well as generous portions if you are hungry) for breakfast. Their cheese and cold cuts selection is amazing and their warm bread with their delicious jam the best. I highly recommend to order some cheese of sausage, they come nicely presented on a plate with the best crunchy bread I ever had. I am writing this during dinner time and are getting hungry for breakfast again. Will go there tomorrow morning. : )"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Bad planning on my part meant scheduling dinner during the height of the Seafair Torchlight parade -- but once safely inside the Tilikum Cafe, all madness forgotten. The server was impeccable-she was courteous, genuinely friendly, checked back at ideal times, comfortable with people. The food was delicious, from the house salad to the steamed clams to the steak. Everything was perceptibly fresh and locally-sourced and the presentation lovely. How Tilikum does this for affordable prices is a mystery but one diners will profit from."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "OMG! Perfection for a weekend morning brunch- outrageously good food and a homey neighbourhood feel. Made me smile all day"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Love everything about Tillicum, ambience, staff and especially the food. It is one of our "go to" spots. Great drinks too, always an interesting seasonal menu. Some really great salads, I had a gulf prawn with avocado cream and pea vines salad, my partner a beautiful heirloom tomatoe salad. I almost always order the chicken because it's just so damn good! We are regulars and have never experienced a disappointing meal, a real gem."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Cheese Plate accompliments: Apple, champagne grapes, figs, apricots, candied orange rind, cherry compote. The thoughtful approach to intricate & delicate canvas of taste & texture in a simple cheese plate is carried over to many of Tilikum dishes. Grilled melon salad with kalamata olives. BLT salad with bacon bits fine as sugar. Our second visit but this time we didn't even make it to dinner course. The first & cheese courses & salad were sufficiently satisfying to our taste adventure. We need to pace ourselves next time so to try again the crisp roast chicken & house made pasta."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was my first visit to the Tilikum Place Café and it is definitely worth a re-visit. We went with friends for brunch. Our waitress was so friendly and helpful. One friend had the Sardine sandwich and said it was delicious -- and the portion was very sizeable. My husband had the Savory Salmon Tart and didn't share because it was so tasty. I had a delicious Omelette with basil, sundried tomatoes and mushrooms; and, our other friend had the TPC breakfast plate. The food and service were both very good and we walked away very full. I'd highly recommend Tilikum Place -- who knows I may be at the table next to you."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The review is for their brunch which was amazing. The waiters were relaxed and very knowledgeable, creating a great atmosphere to start (Ford was our server). My husband and I had two of the specials which we had to share because they both sounded incredible and they tasted even better!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Although we had reservations, we still had to wait for our table as it appeared the place was under staffed. I ordered the Dutch baby pancake while my husband ordered an eggs Benedict and told them to bring out his benedictfirst since he was starving and the menu said the pancake would take about 20 mins. Turned out the pancake came out first and the Benedict took an extra 10 minutes. Others were served first that came after us before the Benedict was served. Nothing special about this place but wouldn't waste my time or money as the food was over priced for what we got."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Always good, reservations are helpful if you want to ensure a table, fresh ingredients, incredible chicken, delicious specials. Baked eggs are great for brunch- service day or night is spot on."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Went for a weekday lunch looking for a full meal, but the menu was more brunch-like. What we had was good, just wanted a more substantial meal."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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