Wonderful food, fun experienceNuanced, thoughtful, fun, delicious. The food and experience at Tilth was the perfect way to celebrate my husband's birthday. We were there on a mid-June night when the weather was warm enough to sit outside, and although the restaurant is in a busy nook of Wallingford, we felt semi-secluded from the chaos while still a part of the neighborhood's energy.
We ate the special Wagyu beef Carpaccio appetizer (with horseradish and rhubarb sauce accompaniment - very delicate), the chilled pea soup (with an espresso and gingerbread crouton - what an interesting balance!), halibut and mussels and spaetzle (all cooked perfectly, the mussel broth was perhaps my favorite food of the evening), all with perfectly paired wine. We can't wait to go back!6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMDeliousiously AccommodatingAs a person who has dietary restrictions, it can be difficult to find restaurants that have substantial menus that I can eat. Tilth not only had a large vegetarian menu, but also could make the majority of their items gluten-free. Everything was delicious and they really went out of their way to ensure that there was plenty that I could eat. I could not have asked for a better birthday dinner, they even comped my desert. I would recommend Tilth to anyone who needs to accommodate some one with diet restrictions.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Fresh FoodEvery dish served on our Saturday night spent at Tilth was visually stunning. Very well platted, with a sense of "you are somewhere special". You taste buds will enjoy all the seasonal ingredients combined together to make a masterpiece. The wait staff is very attentive and knowledgeable. You will not be disappointed with Tilth!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThree way treatsThree of us shared. The favorites were Halibut (never had halibut so fresh, fine and fabulous), Gnudi (that's pronounced "nooody." You must try it! and the chocolate dessert. Heavenly.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional 5-star food. YouExceptional 5-star food. You won't be disappointed!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMDo yourself a favor and tryDo yourself a favor and try the duck sliders? Absolutely scrumptious!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWhy has it been so long?Hadn't been back in years partly because we fell in love with Golden Beetle. For just under $100 (excluding tip) 2 of us had one of the best dinners in a LONG time. We split multiple half orders and had a full order of steak. Only wine was a half glass with the steak.
Best dishes - House made Gnudi with lardon, fiddlehead and a dairy based sauce - out of this world.
Close second - Smoked Yogurt Flan with greens, both on the side and on top as chips.
Tuna seared rare was wonderful as was the side dish or rapini of red cabbage.
Steak was excellent, but it's awfully hard to do real magic with steak.
The space might get noisy on a weekend, but on this weeknight, there were some empty tables and the volume was great.
We WILL be back soon.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMAmuse BoucheFor our anniversary dinner we wanted something special and we got it! The sampling menu was a nice surprise and every dish we tasted was heavenly. The pea soup was particularly refreshing and delicious and the risotto was equally as tasty. The meat dishes were "ok". Presentation was excellent for every course. It's a small intimate place - felt like home.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMHigh-endThis was my first visit and I still have to learn about the dishes, but my impression is that this restaurant serves small, or even tiny, portions of delicious food that are exquisitely prepared and presented. I would go back with less of an appetite and more prepared to focus my attention on each little item, the better to savor the experience.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMTasty, helpful and friendlyWe thoroughly enjoyed our brunch. The quiche was made with very creamy eggs and thin strips of poblano chiles. Bloody Mary was great and had a kick. We were advise re: portions and were able to order accordingly. Everything was great. They were very helpful in suggesting activities for us to enjoy while in the Seattle area. We will return.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were an Australian coupeWe were an Australian coupe visiting Seattle and were very pleased by our meal at Tilth. Service was good without being cloying and the food was beautifully prepared and quite delicious. Washington State wines are superb and the wine list was excellent (we chose by the glass). We loved the ambiance of the neighbourhood and felt we were eating at a true locals' restaurant rather than a tourist trap. We would have no hesitation in coming back. We are fortunate back home in having excellent food and wine and Tilth did not disappoint. We have to point out though that coffee in the US is streets behind that in Australia (we didn't have coffee at Tilth so this does not apply to them).5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMLove Tilth!A restaurant that has simple, sophisticated food. I've been wanting to dine at this restaurant because it is owned by Chef Maria Hines--a James Beard awardee and winner of Iron Chef (vs. Morimoto). It certainly didn't disappoint. We were a little early for our reservation but were seated right away. I went there with my husband and kid. They have full and have sizes for entrees; half size was perfect for my daughter. There isn't a children's menu so picky eaters don't have much to go on. Staff was pleasant; didn't rush us through our meal. Good wine selection. Tilth adheres to very seasonal, local and organic ingredients so the selection is very limited and sticks to very traditional fare--steak, tuna, clams. Wonderful, delicious food.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMtilth is great for high cost diningWe have been to Tilth about 5 times now over the past 3 years. The food is always excellent, the service is wonderful and wine pairings are spot on. Being gourmet, they are extremely expensive and we always spend about 6 times more than if we were to go to dinner at any other restaurant, but we expect that because eating gourmet is a special occasion for us.
The staff are extremely friendly and make you feel special when you're there. There seems to be very little turn over in waitstaff, which says a lot for the quality of the restaurant and of the people who work there.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMOrganic find for carnivore & veganA charming atmospheric spot in a converted old house charnlngly lit. The casual ambience is counterpoint to the ambitious food which offers organic, locally sourced ingredients either a la carte or as part of several tasting menus, geared toward the carnivore, the vegetarian and even the vegan. Delicious wine pairings available as well.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMOur New Favorite Restaurant!At home we go to great lengths to eat organic foods, local and seasonal whenever possible. Unfortunately there are not many restaurants that offer these qualities so we don't eat out much anymore. We heard about Tilth - a restaurant in Wallingford that serves only organic seasonal and local foods and had to give it a try. The food is offered in the form of small plates, so you can try many different foods. Everything we had was amazing! This is where I will go when I want a special night out with my spouse from now on!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistantly OutstandingAlthough pricey, Tilth is our family restaurant of choice for special occasions. The food is unique and always outstanding.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, not inexpensiveWe had a super meal at Tilth. The food was excellent and inventive. Two constructive pieces of feedback. The first is Tilth will cost you more than you might expect. Four of us with one glass of wine each, no dessert and a couple of appetizers was $50 per person. Also, we were surprised at the small size of the meals given the high prices. My wife got the small order of tuna that was really really small and my $25 ricotta gnudi (pasta) had only around 6 or 7 of the small ricotta dumplings. Everyone at the table thought they gave me the appetizer portion it was so small.
With those caveats in mind tho our meal was super.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMAlthough we started out withAlthough we started out with our hostess being somewhat prissy about just EXACTLY where our table should be positioned, the rest of the evening turned into our kir royale just the way we asked for them, an absolutely stupendous dinner and attentive service. The space is a bit "bistro small" but it really didn't get very noisey until halfway throught the night and then it was still moderate. If you like people watching AND having a phenomenal meal, with potentially more space and slightly less noise, ask for a table outside along the sidewalk.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe place to go for a trueThe place to go for a true dining experience. We chose the Spring 8 course dinner and it was fresh and so flavorful. The dishes were spread out perfectly with portions at just the right amounts and each were described as far as ingredients and even suggestions on how to best enjoy each dish. Our server Jen suggested the perfect wine that was in our price range and taste preference that went perfectly with our dinner. This was a birthday dinner for my husband and I made a note on the online reservation regarding the special occasion. I was not sure if it would be noted - again I was pleasantly surprised with complimentary glasses of champagne at our seating and dessert with, of course, a lit candle.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the five course menuLoved the five course menu - lots of food, and it's all really, really fantastic! Tables are really packed in though - not as romantic of a setting as I expected based on what I'd heard prior - but a great place overall.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLive in Northern CA whereLive in Northern CA where there are not very many good restaurants. Found you online, read your menus, loved them, dragged my Seattle food loving friends there and they have now become fans and will be bringing their Seattle foodie friends in the future.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways amazing. Went for SeattleAlways amazing. Went for Seattle RW and was blown away--even more so than on previous visits. Smoked yogurt flan and grapefruit panna cotta were particularly incredible.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSweet gem of a place. LovedSweet gem of a place. Loved the fresh flavorful tastes in my scramble and the perfect portion size.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWorthy of the hype.Very imaginative and creative with flawless execution. Duck sliders are a very special treat. Love how many wines are available by the "carafe" as well as by the glass.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious and innovative menuDelicious and innovative menu expertly prepared. Fresh ingredients and intimate and cozy atmosphere. We will be back!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMMy only issue was that I originallyMy only issue was that I originally made reservations for two then a few days later adjusted the reservation to three. When the three of us arrived, the hostess made it seem like we wouldn't be able to be seated. Quite embarrassing!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went for restaurant weekWe went for restaurant week and enjoyed it there...the wine pairings were outstanding! Dessert was also remarkable.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server was lovely andOur server was lovely and helpful; the food was delicious. All in all we had a very nice dinner at Tilth. Our one complaint was that the restaurant did seem a bit cramped, making it somewhat noisy.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious experienceWholesome and delicious food with smaller sized portions, perfect for those not wanting to stuff themselves4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was delicious, andThe food was delicious, and had you wanting more, which I think in part is because the portions are on the smaller end of the scale. Our server, Jen, was amazing--super attentive and friendly! She really made the dining experience extra special for us. I would definitely go back to try out their non-SRW menu.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed a great meal at TilthEnjoyed a great meal at Tilth with friends during Seattle Restaurant Week. I was disappointed that the bean cassoulet was taken off the menu between the time we got the Restaurant Week notice and our visit, but our server explained that this is considered a "winter" dish and had been taken off two nights before we ate there. She assured us it would be back later in the year - which is good news as this is one of the most amazing dishes I've ever eaten. I tried the smoked yogurt flan, which was really delicious and different - never had a dairy item that had a smoky flavor to it. The marinated tofu and quinoa was also very flavorful and presented nicely. Can't beat the Theo chocolate pudding for dessert.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMTilth is a fantastic spotTilth is a fantastic spot for fine dining; their tasting menus are an experience and their wine pairings are awesome. The only negative thing I could possibly say is that the seating is a bit cramped. I highly recommend you try the cassoulet!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI haven't had dinner thereI haven't had dinner there yet, however I am head over heels with your brunch. It's quiet, bright, and the food/coffee are absolutely delicious. The staff is great too. I never felt rushed and felt very taken care of. Favorite brunch in Seattle.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect food, organic andPerfect food, organic and mostly local. The service was friendly and efficient.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMLives Up to the Hype1st time for both of us. Have wanted to go here since I saw M. Hines beat Morimoto on Iron Chef-impressive. Worried that it would be overhyped but we weren't disappointed. Small, cozy restaurant in homelike setting. Started w/ smoked yogurt flan w/c was light, unique & interesting citrus/greens flavor. This was followed by short ribs over some greens, cooked so it fell off the bone. The pana cotta dessert was a perfect ending. My friend had the pea soup with creme fraiche, roasted chicken & creme brulee - all very well-prepared & well-seasoned. Wine list had a nice selection by the glass or bottle. I like the fact that the menu promotes local, seasonal ingredients. Will return. Highly recommended.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMTop-tier food and service,Top-tier food and service, with valued emphasis on organic offerings. The space is tight!4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMSeattle Restaurant week at TilthIt is always a special night when I get to eat at Tilth. My friend and I participated in restaurant week, meaning we had three courses for a set price from a selected menu. I have never been disappointed by a dish at Tilth, and most of the time am left wondering how the cooks can make the food taste the way they do. Delightful!
After our meal - to fight off a food induced coma - my friend and I walked a couple blocks to the Good Shepherd Center and through the Seattle Tilth demonstration garden. It seemed fitting to see local Cascadia plants thriving after partaking in their delicious bounty.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMI went for Seattle RestaurantI went for Seattle Restaurant Week and the food offerings were amazing. I would go back for the bread and butter!4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food in a wonderful,Wonderful food in a wonderful, romantic atmosphere. A true gem!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThey have excellent food.They have excellent food. Some of the best in Seattle!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great experience from MariaWe found Tilth to be all that we expected. Both the food and service where excellent.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWent there for our anniversary.Went there for our anniversary. Food was great, service excellent and friendly. Overall a wonderful experience. Will definitely go again.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMBest biscuits I have ever had!We went to Tilth for brunch and it was terrific. Food was spectacular - hearty portions, not pretentious, and I had the chicken gravy and biscuits. Far and away the best biscuits I have had in my life. Dining partner had the mini duck burgers and a half order of French toast, duck cooked perfectly and house-made condiments were the highlight. They make a house-made bloody mary mix...I want one right now, also the best I ever had. We had reservations, which I recommend, as the brunch business was booming!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect food. Imperfect parkingThis was our third time at Tilth. We love the food, the service and the ambience but it is difficult to get to from the Eastside. Only takes us about 30 minutes to get there but finding parking took me another 30 minutes so we have to plan well in advance. But I have to say the food and the service are worth it. The menu changes seasonally (seems like monthly sometimes on their website) so I will just say that the gnudi, risotto, mini-duck burgers and hanger steak were all superb. Even the amuse bouche (an apple soup) was outstanding. I love that they sell wine by the carafe as well, bringing the bottle to the table and allowing you to taste it. Our server John was superb. Took good care of us but wasn't intrusive. We will go back!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe restaurant is in the mostThe restaurant is in the most unassuming little house in the neighbourhood. Inside is warm and rustic. Overall the food here is truly outstanding. Although the service was a bit slow towards the end, the management responded quickly to correct the situation.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to Tilth because ofWe went to Tilth because of an Iron Chef America episode that featured the chef/owner of Tilth Maria Hines. I came in with high expectations after she defeated Iron Chef Morimoto, something I haven't before or since seen. So needless to say, my expectations were quite high regarding the food taste and presentation. Right off the bat we were greeted with extremely friendly service, excellent food, and a great wine list. I was very happy with our experience at Tilth and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone interested.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was absolutely phenomenal!The food was absolutely phenomenal! Such a pleasure to share it with friends and to have small plates to savor and fill up on over time :)3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely Choice of Tasty FoodIf you have time for a multi-course meal, Tilth is a wonderful choice. Each dish deserves to be lingered over. Wonderful environment for engaged conversation and just enjoying the company of your companion (s)). Attentive and appropriate care of each table, even in a busy dinning room.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was very good. TheThe food was very good. The heirloom bean cassoulet was to die for. Order it!! The cheese plate was incredible, and came with a small smear of spicy beet puree which was amazing. Our server was a little soft spoken which was difficult in the somewhat loud restaurant, but it could be remedied.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother wonderful dinner atAnother wonderful dinner at Tilth. The five course tasting menu was an awesome experience, only made better by the impeccable service. We will be back - not only for special occasions.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AM