Art of the Table

4.3
409 reviews
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Contemporary American
For over a decade, Art of the Table has been the restaurant in Seattle to celebrate food and those who dedicate their lives to raising, growing, foraging and catching our produce in the Pacific Northwest. Through our intimate dining room, our 10 seat chefs counter overlooking the kitchen, and our close relationship with local farmers and artisans. The menu at Art of the Table, crafted by chef Dustin Ronspies, changes daily to reflect a full range of seasonal, local produce, with all items made from scratch. Our tasting menus are the best expression of what we do. Along with our tasting menus, we offer a la carte dining option in the bar and lounge.
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TL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Did the vegetaarian tasting and it blew my mind.

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SP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the whole experience. We went there to celebrate a birthday and they did an amazing job! Also loved that they had a pescetarian and vegetarian option for us upon our request. The wine pairing and food were amazing! Can't wait to come back again.

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal! From the amuse Bouche to the beautiful dessert! We have always loved coming to Art of the Table and look forward to our next visit!

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CE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staggeringly good food. Expect your palate to be challenged, but never assaulted. Much more laid-back setting and service that similarly high-end restaurants. Wonderful!

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good, but not great. Usually for $550 for two people I expect really amazing food (and having been to many Michelin restaurants, this does not compare). The wagyu steak was tough; first round of steak was returned to the chef, while the second round was edible, but still tougher than I would have liked. Some of the pickled veggies were almost overwhelmingly strong. Interesting, but not wonderful. The dessert would have been much tastier if it weren't so salty.

Basically, good food, but not worth the price.

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c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We expected this restaurant to be GREAT. It wasn’t. We got a table totally cornered by a window on one side and a bar on the other. The waitress had to reach over us for everything. The food was good but nothing extraordinary and not worth the price. The wine glasses In the wine pairing came Pre-poured, something we have not seen before in a fine dining restaurant. They should be serve in front of the customer. We won’t be going again

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b
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can taste different ingredients in every bite, but each one had solid good flavor. Every course was excellent and service was great.

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B
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner celebration my wife's birthday. The food was great. The ambiance was casual cool. And the wait staff was very accommodating. Certainly not an inexpensive meal but worth enjoying on a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

My girlfriend and I decided to try the Art of the Table for date night. We love tasting menus.

Unfortunately, we had an uninteresting/generic experience at the Art of the Table and it was grossly overpriced.
Also found a hair strand baked into the bread (they comped $15 off the total bill of $690).

Food : Some dishes from the tasting menu were better than the others but there was nothing jaw dropping or interesting about the ingredients, preparation or presentation. The foie gras was perhaps the best dish and the pairing with the sherry worked well but the rest was quite forgettable.

Drinks : the wine pairings ($75) are decent but again, there’s nothing remarkable or memorable. It’s about 2 and half glasses of wine for the evening.

Service : The staff was polite but the whole experience was stilted, almost clinical. Again, this is fine in every other setting but I think there’s an opportunity here for the restaurant to really make this a personal experience.

Ambience : Generic setting. Generic lighting. Generic music (pandora station). Noise levels were fine.

Price to experience ratio: really poor. It can’t be justified.


Overall: We has a disappointing evening and do not recommend.

I’m specifically comparing this experience to others I’ve had. The one that comes to mind was at Joe Beef in Montreal. That meal was about $200 less than the Art of the Table and the food, experience was significantly superior to last night here at Art of the Table.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a good experience but not worth the cost. Our Waygu steak was gristly and we received no offer to remedy the situation when we mentioned it to our server and manager.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We did not like the food, definitely not value for money.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is mediocre. Nothing terribly extraordinary. The dishes seem more like an assault on your taste buds and less like fine dining.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The 7 course meal for New Years Eve was a symphony in it mouths. The service was exceptional.

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GS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Very special.

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JH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Art of the Table has been on our list to try for a long time. We finally got around to it on 12/27/18. The food went beyond our expectations. The three of us all agreed that it was the best food experience we have had in Seattle in quite a while. Each course was perfection. The flavor combinations were brilliantly composed. The chef is a master with ingredients and interesting pairings. The arctic char with smoke mussels and delicata squash had such a complex profile. The quail stuffed with chorizo was exquisite. The carrot cake at the end was the most sublime dessert we have had in ages. I want to go back but I need to savor my experience for a while. It is rare to encounter something this divine.

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AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food lacked taste and was over salted. The cocktails were terrible.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Over priced

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KV
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super knowledgable and friendly Som. with amazing wine options, plus our server was kind and friendly to add to the food, which was superbly delicious and inventive. Went for our anniversary celebration and they made sure to make us feel special. Our dietary restrictions were handled with care and it never felt like our meal was less for it. I personally enjoyed this tasting menu more than Altura because it wasn't as heavy and I didn't feel overstuffed by the end.

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FA
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall the food was beautiful and delicious! Out of the 7 courses only one, Sirloin tip, fell flat and seemed out-of-place. It was tough and underwhelming had Middle Eastern flavors which veered significantly in our opinion from the French and Italian fare we were enjoying so much up to that point. The service was top notch but relaxed which made for a fun evening out.

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SK
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional. We couldn't have been happier with our experience at Art of the Table. We have even discussed during our meal to return during different times in the year to see how the menu expresses seasonality. Highly recommended.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food I’ve ever put in my mouth! The amazing service just made the entire experience even better! 12/10

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MT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprise dinner for my wife’s birthday. The experience was top notch. Food was unbelievable. Excited to go back once the chief changes his menu. Wine pairing was spot on. We ate at the counter top which is a must for anyone who enjoys watching the cooks and watching people who have passion in preparing a meal just for you.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner here was exceptional. The food and wine pairings were amazing. We celebrated our anniversary and the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. Will definitely return!

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CL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Art of the Table did not disappoint! Very interesting menu items and they were very accommodating to make the tasting menu vegetarian for my husband and I. Really impressed!

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RC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The food used to be really great , not as much any more.

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TM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did the 7-course tasting menu with wine pairing. It was more like an 11 course tasting menu, it was great. The food was very good. By far the best service I have received at a restaurant in years. Would definitely recommend and we will be going back.

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SG
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, a few new things that were great, even if everyone doesn't like them. Lots of food on the 7 course meal, come hungry and sit at the counter.

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LO
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had an outstanding evening. The food was phenomenal as were the wine pairings. We were there for the 7 course (blind) tasting menu and enjoyed the anticipation of not knowing what was being served. It was enjoyable to watch the chefs prepare the food with such attention to detail and in such a calm manner. The whole team works well together.

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Art of the Table is an experience. I would recommend this place for anyone who is interested in trying something new as the flavors they present are all very interesting, most of which are delicious.

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A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

While the food and service was great, and food was rich, it was very expensive, beyond an acceptable level. Chef's tasting menu was great in taste but at the very end we began to feel full, and couldn't manage to finish the later plates.

I had the same quality in half price in many occasions. We paid 400+ dollars for two (only one drinking).

Recommendation to the restaurant is to make their tasting menu smaller and cheaper accordingly.

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f
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Art of the Table was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday. We chose the Chef’s Tasting menu with the wine pairings and were delighted by each course. Our server and every other staff member we interacted with was friendly, polite and it showed that they took pride in their work. We will definitely return for the next season to see how the menu changes.

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d
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my husband’s 50th. It was amazing. We did the 7 course chef’s tasting menu with the wine pairings and splurged to get the white truffle holiday special. It was all amazing, beautiful and unique. From the amuse bouche to the final dessert course, we were pleasantly surprised by the complexities in flavors and textures. They use combinations I would not think to put together like geoduck and vanilla foam, but they are a beautiful harmony! I’m my husband and I enjoyed every part of the experience. My cocktail (I cant remember the full name, it was the 50 cent something) came in its own little soda bottle. It was cute and fun. Our server James was very knowledgeable, friendly and was great with us.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

It looks much nicer online, you can walk in this place after a hike and fit right in. Food is a bit weird and very bland, salt, pepper & chili flakes are a staple. We left halfway through the tasting menu as everything we were brought was horrid. I will say the waiter was awesome and the drinks yummy though!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Did the chefs tasting menu with wine pairings in a group of 4. The courses were pretty good except the brisket which was tough, over cooked and infused with too much smoke. All the wine paired nicely except a Pinot noir that dominated the char it was “paired” with. The rest of the food was executed well.

The service while prompt and attentive, lacked any knowledge regarding the preparation of the food and how the wine pairings were chosen.

I won’t be returning to dine here in the foreseeable future. Too many good places to eat in Seattle at the same price or less.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Everything about this place was off. No greeting person when we came in, 80-s music, 6 servers coming to our table, weird sitting arrangement and mediocre food (carrot cake for dessert was on the level of carrot cake from a grocery store)

Definitely doesn’t worth $360 bill for 2 people (and we didn’t even do wine pairing). Do yourself a favor and go to Altura or Cafe Juanita, way better dining experience for the same money.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The chef’s tasting menu was amazing. Not an inexpensive meal, but outstanding presentation and flavors. We’ll return.

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k
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We counted 11-12 courses and we're stuffed by the time the third dessert showed up. Amazing food, great service.

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JF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations, again. Great, unique, local delicious foods and amazing service. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best mal I've ever had. Never thought that I would anlenjoy a seven course meal so much. I'm usually more give me a good piece of meat and rice and I'm happy kind of guy. But this experience really taught to appreciate diverse food with so many different tastes, it was really ey opening and mind blowing for me.

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T
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was prepared for the stickershock and still chose the chefs surprise memu, the 7 course dinner with wine pairings. The 3 amuzes were lovely and the 7 course items were lovely as well, but in combination with the wine pairings, the dinner felt a rushed. The amount of food on the plates will not require a long time but part of the experience is a slower dinner. Add to that concept the wines, I frequently felt I had to quickly pour the wine into my mouth as the next course with wine was already served. I cannot imagine the table was needed by others. It was a disappointing to notice that the neighbouring table of 4 were not even halfway their dinner when we left, while we started at the same time. Maybe the glasses of wine could be adjusted or maybe I should not have felt the urge to finish my wine every time. It left me wondering how the neighbour table managed to slow the dinner process down.
Another slight irritation was that the wine was wonderfully explained and shown to my table companion only, while I was left with trying to catch what was being said and sometimes asking if I could see the label as well. I understand that it can be a challenge to show and tell, but that is the art of the waiter/waitress.
I expected a stellar service given the stickershock menu prices. The food items were great, no question about it, but with the service taken into account it was a disappointing experience.
I plan on celebrating my birthday at a different location next year.

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