Volunteer Park Cafe
Volunteer Park Cafe

Volunteer Park Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://alwaysfreshgoodness.com/
  • Phone: 2063283155x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: T-Sa 5:30pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our Baker can make wonderful Cakes, Bunts, Cookies, Quiches and more!
  • Special Events: Once a month we offer our special Sunday Supper dinner.

    -Cost is $40 per person.
    -Three Course Dinner
    -One Seating at 6 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Galer
  • Public Transit: Main bus routes stop on 15th - only two blocks away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is free and usually easy to find
A word from Volunteer Park Cafe
At VPC we are all about celebrating the fresh, local, and seasonal bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Our approach to food is simple and straightforward. Our belief is that community is built around the dinner table and we strive to nourish and sustain those relationships with our food….always fresh goodness.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Volunteer Park Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)fit for foodies (18)great for brunch (12)romantic (10)special occasion (10)good for groups (7)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Always Wonderful
    Shelly
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food and dining experience are always top notch. Fresh, seasonal ingredients along with the standards make for an enticing menu. I had the Copper River salmon, which was phenomenal. We love the cozy, quaint ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish, friendly, cozy, corner cafe
    Nolagal
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food is fresh and tasty. Menu varies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are big and small options. You can order various dishes to share like artisan pizzas/appetizers,desserts. Staff is friendly and ambience festive. Community feeling abounds.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat customer
    joba
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Wonderful neighborhood spot. Casual and friendly and never fails to please.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The visits to Volunteer Cafe confirm that I am very good at researching and finding interesting and delicious spots to dine. What a gem! Thank you very much for the lovely dinner we had at Volunteer Cafe on June 15th. We were celebrating our daughters graduation from SU. We found your restaurant when we first brought her to SU in 2010 and we have made it a point to visit you over the years. Perhaps she will stay in the area and we can continue our love affair with your neighborhood cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 8 reviews are from the Volunteer Park Cafe reviews archive.
  • Prices up; service down
    drummer
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Took an hour to get our main courses. No apology for the delay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    ONTHETABLE
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Great spot for an intimate, informal dinner with warm inviting atmosphere and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Beetled
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I want to love this restaurant, but have had 3 increasingly disappointing dining experiences. I value what the restaurant is trying to be - a high quality, comfortable and creative neighborhood spot. Sadly, it really fails to meet this image, in several ways: 1) the service is unprofessional, snooty, and inattentive ; 2) the pricing is offensively high for what you get - I'm willing to pay for high quality in terms of sourcing and preparation, but the pricing here is so far off base it's ridiculous; 3) the menu sounds delicious but the dishes under deliver - while the ingredients are good quality, the dishes lack integration and interest…even seasonal and fresh salads are insipid, with under inspired dressings.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    TimBat
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The service was most attentive, beer and wine list while small was a good quality selection, and the beef cheeks were so tender and succulent the meat just melted in one's mouth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem of a restaurant
    SeattleMikeVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We went early with our 7 and 10 year old girls. The setting is a neighborhood restaurant that you could walk by easily as it has a sign in the back "Groceries" but inside is a cozy without being crowded space. The food was outstanding from the perfectly flavored chicken pot pie to the duck salad where there was a lot going on, but the flavors melded well together. The chicken was also a standout with orange butter. The service was the only thing not outstanding, it was uneven but competent but we had a wonderful dining experience overall and I would recommend this neighborhood gem to those who love food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    We came here to celebrate a birthday and every dish that we had was fantastic! I have recommended this to almost everyone I've talked to since going!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    HolidayParty
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Large party, arrived separately. First group sitting in a dark restaurant, lights off closed sign still in place 15 mins after open. Ten min after sitting still no greeting. We were in the middle of the restaurant, 3 service members and not a single greeting or eye contact to assure us of 1: who is our server, 2: when we will be attended. Unacceptable. Wine list, short, mostly imported, disappointing, We live in a fantastic wine region, no showing there. Good beer list. Duck: dry. Beef cheeks: gloried roast beef (beautiful presentation) lacked flavor. Chicken: charred skin, dry. Excellent: Pot O' Gold, polenta filled roasted pumpkin. Dessert: apple crisp: frost bitten ice cream, bland crisp. Molten cake: dry, seemed microwaved.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Choice
    JoJo
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We planned dinner out for party of 6. When we drove up this neighbor hood spot had me thinking I may have made a mistake- But that quickly changed once we headed inside, great table in front of restaurant, a little alcove. This is straight forward Seattle at its best. Bread served was also great-having Acme Bread SF setting the bar this was right up there. Pizza, pasta and sugar pumpkin roasted with polenta and mushrooms shaved cheese- were outstanding. They were also really flexible, party changed from 6 to 7 easy. Door to outside was open-too cold- easy closed it right away. I would go back here every week if I lived in this neighborhood, its the kind of place you want to reward for their efforts by showing up often and hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.