Tilikum Place Cafe
Tilikum Place Cafe

Tilikum Place Cafe

  • 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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Tilikum Place Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (130)neighborhood gem (124)great for brunch (81)special occasion (43)great for lunch (37)romantic (34)hot spot (15)notable wine list (13)good for groups (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (6)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Seattle Center Choice
    Santina
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    A lovely diner and knowledgable, friendly service in a locale convenient to anything going on in Seattle Center. Definitely a cut above.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently amazing
    bekit
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We dine at Tilikum about once a week and always enjoy it. The staff is fantastic and the food is incredible. I highly recommend the beens on toast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Worst service I have had. Took us 15 min to even be given menus despite asking for them. We ordered coffees that never arrived. The food was not bad but not fantastic. This may all be more acceptable if they were busy but it was pretty quiet with many empty tables. I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful gem near Seattle Center
    Nancy
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Cozy little restaurant with great food, lovely ambience and perfect distance from Seattle Center events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    seattlefoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Great food and great service!! Perfect location and a neighborhood gem. Love the organic, locally sourced food. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy Spoy on a Rainy Fall Night.
    BobP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This is a very good restaurant in a charming atmosphere. What comfort on a rainy Fall night. We were all very happy with the food, carefully prepared with just the right touch of floors and spices. Great Apple cobbler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food still!
    RyFromAKVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This place has never failed to impress. Every time I try a new dish I'm impressed, and there's always the classic dutch baby to fall back on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    ShelleyEm
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    What a fabulous neighborhood find! I couldn't make it any better, and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The great food and competent service belies the name. I didn't expect the food to be as good nor the service to Beas professional based on cafe being in the name of the restaurant. the ambience was good. Nice drink menu. Our meal was delicious. I'd highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were wowed
    BearwifeVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is a beautiful little restaurant with gorgeous art, great service, and absolutely wonderful, locally sourced food. I have never had better halibut. The pumpkin spice ice cream dessert was also quite a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    As always Cafe Tilikum delivers on atmosphere, food, and service. A wonderful neighborhood spot with inventive dishes, with special emphasis on vegetables, and always very fresh. Bravo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favs in the city
    Director
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This is THE hidden gem between Belltown and Seattle Center
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem Describes It
    AmyK
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Wonderful dining experience due to the care of servers and the kitchen. I would have given another star but for the long-ish wait for starters & main course due to a table of 7 who arrived just before us. Many diners appeared to be regulars which speaks well of this intimate place. Highlights of our dinner include the baked oysters in miso aioli, wild boar ragu penne and peach-blackberry crumble.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seattle visitor
    OpenTableFarifaxVaVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I have been to Tilikum an number of times for dinner at it has always been excellent. Came for late lunch and the food war really great. Quite interesting specials at lunch even and was not boring same old lunch food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, as always.
    lizzy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I always enjoy my visits to Tilikum. Good food, service, ambiance. One of my favorite places to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific brunch
    RichRMVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Although the service was a bit off, the food was incredibly delicious as was the entire ambiance. A very mixed crowd enjoyed and eclectic menu with food offerings that each were unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real Gem
    FormsguyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife & I visited with friends and loved it so much we went back the next night. It was great both nights. If you love French Onion soup this is the place for you. Amazing! My wife had fish both nights and she was very impressed. I had Pasta and then Lamb the second night. The Pasta was very good and finding a good rack of Lamb was a real treat. We both loved the ambience of this small restuarant and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    mangia
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had the wild boar meat ragu with gnocchi and it was really amazing. Best in town! Comforting, rich and delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique breakfast
    Yordkns
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I read about the Tilikum Place Cafe and decided that the menu looked intriguing. Neither my wife or I were disappointed. While my wife's eyes were too big for her stomach she ended up ordering two dishes I settle on the baked beans on toast. When I go someplace new I like to try something I'm not going to get someplace else and since we had a big day ahead of us I thought trying something substantial was the way to go. The beans were chock full of pork, the eggs were done just right, and the toast had just enough cheese to make the entire dish delicious. My wife raved about the goat cheese and fig tart we were supposed to share. I got one bite and she had the large portion. Great waiter with a genuine warmth. All in all a nice experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    Seve
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Lovely restaurant, excellent service, great daily specials. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    markbo
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We loved our first two visits to Tillikum cafe. Went there this weekend for husband's birthday, and were sorely disappointed. Our waitress was extremely inattentive/slow. We had to steal water from one of the empty tables. She just disappeared for long periods. And our food was not great. THirty dollars for what is basically three large scallops -- way too salty-- on a bed of spinach and celeriac? Not something we'll be back for. My son's gnocchi was good, but so heavy he couldn't eat it. (And he eats everything.) There was no cake, nothing resembling cake you could put a candle on, and I'd told them it was a birthday. The server never acknowledged that, nor offered to help in any way. So, meh. I think they lost us as customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    BeagleFan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food is wonderful and perfectly-prepared local Northwest fare. I loved the scallops in lobster bisque sauce. Others had lamb or gnocchi. All plates at our table were cleaned. Service was excellent, even offering us a theatre coupon discount we'd forgotten about when we told the waitress we we dining before a play.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservations needed
    CityGal13
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Make sure you make reservations!!! I went with my second choice as far as what I ordered for brunch, and was dissapointed, but my dining companion got a very lovely looking egg-white omelette. I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodgirl58
    offthe58charts
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Another jewel to dine at in Seattle. The food is off the charts. Make reservations. GO. Indulge. You won't be sorry
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite brunch in Seattle
    Seattlefoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We go to Tilikum for brunch once every few weeks and they are awesome. The service is friendly, the food is fresh and innovative, and the French press coffee is some of the best in the city. Make sure to order the specials as they are always the best and recently the spot is really popular so you may need a reaervation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Bestforamile
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This place is not cheap, but it you want excellent quality, tasty, food which is cooked to perfection, you will find it here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I love this restaurant. The service is excellent and the food is tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tilikum Place great to come back to
    diningfool
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've dined at Tilikum Place three times in the past two years, which is an accomplishment since I live in Houston, TX. Plan to return every time I go back to, or through, Seattle. I love everything about it, particularly the food, and extra-particularly the hand-made pasta appetizer with hazelnuts cream sauce!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SBA1
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    For Sunday Brunch, I had Octopus Scramble. Yeah, right that's pretty unusual, although maybe it's more common in the Seattle Area. The octopus was tender and the saltiness was perfect with the eggs. The restaurant is in an area that has some drug rehabs in the neighborhood, so they have combination locks on the bathroom doors. Other than that the ambience is definitely old style cafe/ bar; a little noisy because it was packed. the staff was friendly and extra nice to those they recognized as regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good experience
    waver
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    had amazing brunch there with gf. I had the daily special benny and gf had the dutch babies. everything was very delicious. She wanted to go back for it already! must try if you are in seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food. Perfect hospitality.
    LariatVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My third time to Tilikum. The menu offered still more varieties. The combination of perfectly prepared stables (the chicken and emmer paste) and new offers will bring me back to Tilikum again and again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    NWWine
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Out of town friends recommended this place because they'd been there before and had a great meal. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent (pasta and summer salad divine) and the service was as well. Go here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food is always top notch and exceptional at this restaurant. Unfortunately, the service does not rate the same kudos....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good brunch
    nakedtonueVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A bustling small sport for brunch/lunch. Several daily special that compliment current seasonal ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Intimate, fun spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner. Warm, inviting dining room, limited buy appealing menu, very friendly service. Nice when traveling to avoid the boisterous tourist spots. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to the hype
    Spouseofafoodie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had 2 nights in Seattle and tried Elliot's oyster bar the first night. The food was very good but insustrial. We wanted to experience a local place the second night and the food at Tilikum place cafe was exquisite. Super YUM! Our waitress was lovely and made great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Benedict
    ckmathis
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I am an Eggs Benedict lover! I have been to Tilikum Place Cafe numerous times, and have had every seasonal variation of the benedict here and they have all superb! The eggs have alway been cooked to a perfect soft poach, just as they should and the flavor compositions have always be excellent. While I am a predictable brunch diner, and mainly order benedicts everywhere I go, my fellow diners have ordered other things off of the menu and equally rave about them as well. Cant go wrong here. Only note is to make sure to make a reservation as the wait times can be long, if not completely impossible to get in, if you don't.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JIMILYLE
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Peppers were way too hot in the baked egg dish. The chef had got a hold of a renegade batch. Dish was comped and another offered. Very cool. Everything else delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & friendly staff
    Grimjack
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I arrived early to the restaurant while the rest of the party was late. The staff sat me at my table and were friendly, courteous and exceptionally patient with the late arrival of the rest. They really made me feel at home and when all the diners arrived we were never rushed. The sweet dutch babies were delicious and the french press coffee was perfect for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We just love this place. Everything about it is so consistent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic