Tilikum Place Cafe
Tilikum Place Cafe

Tilikum Place Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tilikumplacecafe.com/
  • Phone: 2062824830
  • 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
Tilikum Place Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (100)neighborhood gem (100)great for brunch (82)romantic (39)great for lunch (39)special occasion (38)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (10)good for groups (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Always great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Small intimate place with excellent choices of perfectly balanced favors. Chef Ma is certainly on my favorite list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food and Service
    MPowell57
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We are visiting Seattle from Pennsylvania. I was done with the high paced and over-rated and expensive eateries down in Pike Place (fun place, enjoyed it, but was ready for a change of pace). Tilikum Place Cafe was highly rated and not far from where we are staying at The Westin. We had the rabbit ravioli in porcini broth for the appetizer... excellent!! The pan seared chicken in sauce robert was as good as chicken gets when dining out. The yukon gold potatoes and fresh green beans were perfectly cooked and well paired with the chicken. Our server was warm and friendly and had just the right touch. Our window seat had a view of the space needle through the trees. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super delish!
    FoodLove
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had brunch with a group of friends - being able to make a reservation was awesome. Our food was delicious - that bacon! The mimosas were a little heavy on juice but it was fresh which was nice. The shrimp in my special Benedict was perfectly cooked, not an easy thing to pull off. Our server (Jens) was super, friendly and efficient, funny but still a pro. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Danielle
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went for brunch on a recent trip to Seattle. The menu was spectacular! Everything we ate was delicious-- will definitely go back the next time I travel to Seattle!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always says it all
    foodfriendslove
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have been to Tillicum Place Cafe numerous times, and are always delighted w the creative and delicious menu. Servers are fun and present when you want them. To say we can always count on Tillicum place Cafe says it all in our book
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice welcome to Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wait staff excellent. Fielded the questions on the wine list to our satisfaction. Pasta the best my wife has ever had--sauce plus home made pasta. Only knock was the only seafood dish was cod. cod is fine--but. Very well prepared but still cod. Would certainly go back and have already recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Food and Service!
    philwupdxVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Casual, friendly, and sophisticated, all at the same time. Market fish of the day: Black Cod with summer squash puree, beans, wild mushrooms and huckleberries. Truly amazing! Location is perfect for pre or post activities at Seattle Center. My partner and I dined early ahead of a production at Intiman Theater, and we'll return in a couple of weeks for a repeat performance (at both the theater and Tilikum Place).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small Portions
    Astraguy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had brunch. The food was quite tasty, but very small portions, not worth the high price in my opinion. It was also served in a large bowl which made it seem even less. Service was great, atmosphere was fine. Maybe lunch or dinner portions are more reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great fusion of flavors and wonderful service. Walking distance to the Space Needle etc, but feels a littel less touristy, more neighborhood gem. A great find. Thanks Open Table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A magnificent dining experience
    Grandon
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner w/ Family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • one of my favorites
    jalapeno
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My 3rd time 1st for dinner
    Zelabeth
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fresh and Delicious
    FoodfoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch twice and super nice
    Zelabeth
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hendo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited menu but excellent
    gcminVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Seattle
    FluffOne
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the breakfast!
    tellsusanne
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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. : )
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding first-time dinner
    Sumalee
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighbourhood gem!
    Bajam
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our absolute favorites
    pepper
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Excellent
    LariatVIP
    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.
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  • Great Neighborhood Cafe
    CalWineGirl
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Savoured every bite!
    meditaranean
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service - nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
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  • Always good
    Localgirl
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch more like brunch
    UCLASteveVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jrice
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Love this place. The sqauash blossoms were divine! Excellent service. Felt like being in Europe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • visitorinSeattle
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    FoodfoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best keept secret in Seattle
    Dineright
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    You will never be disappointed here! Food always done to perfection, Desserts to die for, Staff super friendly. Dont miss it
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    BelltownWorker
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot.
    Cindy8000VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Stylish joint great servers lovely food.. We had mostly apps but everything was extremely well prepared... Would like to eat my way thru menu...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner in a locals place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first impression
    Olyfoodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    SEAfoodieMRVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic