Beach Cafe

4.9
1800 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Beach Café is a casual dining waterfront restaurant on the shores of Lake Washington. Chef Brian Doherty has created an innovative seasonally influenced menu featuring daily seafood specials and signature dishes.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1800 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MatthewS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best brunch we've had in the whole Sound region

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are excellent! Great location too!

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vipAngieB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to dine at Beach Cafe again. We were pleasantly surprised at the upgrades in food, service and atmosphere. We also appreciate that they limit the reservations to a level that they can deliver at a high level of service. We can tell that the food quality and menu has been elevated to a fine dining experience. Yes, the menu has higher priced items - but don’t let that deter you!

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SohS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was closed due to rain so we were seated almost immediately indoor. Very friendly staff. Management was kind and sent us a free appetizer.
Service was quick and the food was really good with a very new menu mostly seafood which I love.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a covid pause, Beach Cafe has a new executive chef, new menu and new staff. It was a wonderful change and the food was top notch. We will definitely be returning often. The location and views can’t be beat.

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RickJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great night near the water. Had a great seat overlooking the water to enjoy a great meal.

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RedPony
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu. The clams and mussels starter are a must!

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HollyV
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous experience! We sat outside and then it went chilly . Heaters and blankets immediately available . Attentive staff, delicious food, and a view that never disappoints.

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vipMarc191
Seattle
85 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Beach Cafe doesn't disappoint, and the staff made sure our food was fine, and that we were happy. This is such a fine restaurant!

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MarckR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining outside on a beautiful day right in front of lake Washington. Copper river salmon fixed to perfection, clam chowder to start, great wine and amazing service. It was a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and the food is terrific.

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kohkf
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best date ever!!!! Loved it and can’t wait to go again

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food! The service was warm, friendly and very knowledgeable. Excellent view too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and sunset

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place

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ThomasR
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Beach Cafe staff and chef treated us like royalty. A huge bowl of Cioppino was world class! Wild king salmon extraordinary. Taylor the server is exceptional. Austin, the chef, came out to greet us. And free truffles for the birthday boy. And, by the way, the view is unmatched.

Beach Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thank you Thomas for the recent 5 star review. We are pretty excited about our new menu and it's apparent that our guests, such as yourself, are really enjoying the fresh seafood options. We are so happy to hear that your birthday celebration was special and you felt well cared for at Beach Café. Cheers!

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MINDY5
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday. My friend and I had a lovely delicious lunch. Our server, Gretchen, was very sweet. She brought us birthday chocolates for dessert!

Beach Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2020

Mindy, We are happy to hear you had a pleasant lunch, and even more appreciative that you chose to celebrate your birthday here with us. We most certainly will acknowledge Gretchen for her great service and we hope to see you again in the near future. Warm regards.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Everything was pretty good. Not what I really expected. The service was very good though. The issue that was really disappointing with that they double charged us. When I called the manager to ask if they can reverse one of the charges he said that they double charged everyone. And then they reimburse 48 hours later. I don’t understand that but that was his answer.
Also. They didn’t tell us that they add the tip to the bill. It was sort of dark in the area where we were seated and hard to read the receipt. It would’ve been nice to have been told that they added the 20% for the gratuity. So essentially we gave a double tip.

Beach Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2020

Hello, I want to reassure you that this is not customary in our establishment and we'd like to address this further with you. We are not in the practice of double charging our guests, and with some further investigation I'd be happy to resolve this immediately. We do add 20% gratuity for parties over 8 people and again, if this was not conveyed properly while paying for your meal, I apologize. Please call Beach Café if you'd like to speak to us in regards to your unfortunate experience.

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vipSeattlemccs
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. They are back and better then ever!

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MindyL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The recent menu change is terrible - @ 80% shellfish. Because I’m allergic to shellfish, the lunch on Friday will be my last meal there, which completely bums me out. I’ve been going to the Beach Café for 26 years.

Beach Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2020

Mindy please reconsider... While it is true that we have shifted our focus to highlight fresh local seafood, that decision was never meant to eliminate some of your favorites. We have a very capable culinary team that is committed to making vegan, gluten free, and other special dietary meals and your desire to have non-seafood items is easily accommodated. We thank you for your long time support of Beach Café and hope that you will give us another chance.

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Like
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good, great location in the water. We will definitely be back!

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AndrewK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was an error with the food coming out, and the server took total responsibility even though it was not his fault it was the kitchen's, He not only took responsibility but went above and beyond to make us feel like we were his only table in the restaurant and fixed the problem.

When the manager asked how our meal was, we made a joke the food was totally messed up, but the server was great and fixed everything. Long story short, he gave us a free dessert, which was really tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible service and I had the worst Caesar salad I’ve ever had

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vipReviewer
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service

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vipVickiC
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch with a great view of Lk Washington. Our server Hunter was so attentive and friendly. Definitely will visit again. Thank you for an enjoyable afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The Beach cafe has gone down hill over the years . It Used to be great. They used to give you a basket of muffins now you don’t even get toast with an egg dish. Food quality is just ok. Great view, good staff. Too bad . Will avoid in future

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JamesL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day Dinner

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BenM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were both sublime. It was Valentines Day and they took exquisite care of us. We both have food allergies and the meal was lovely and adjusted to meet our dietary needs. I look forward to going back again, soon.

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Kitty
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Salmon excellent. Tenderloin
Was stringy but restaurant replaced it.

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ElaineW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The changed menu and decor are excellent. The menu is such a nice change. I think the food and menu have been upgraded to be better and more healthy. I like the new decor. The setting with the lake view is fabulous, and now the food matches better.

We will go back. We love the location on the lake!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I had the ahi which was delicious but the rest of the meal was really lacking. The couscous needs some kind of seasoning or sauce added to it. And a side of soy sauce for the ahi would be good too. Even the little salad that came with the ahi needed a bit of life added to it. The ahi itself was prepared well and quite good but the overall meal needs a bit more thought.

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Jdrunner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service excellent view food was fantastic and great atmosphere, we took some friends they had the fish and chips and raved about it, I would recommend this place

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vipTSSeattle
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The first warning should be the food inspection rating which is one level above the worst rating a restaurant can receive. The service was extremely slow and food tasted horrible.

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maryd
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience1

The table was dirty as was the chair. There was bite-size pieces of food on the window sill. Everything appeared old and dirty. Our young waiters were the best part of the experience. They were attentive and cheerful

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DaveR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

All in all, a good experience with reasonable prices. But look carefully when you get your check. Without prior warning, a 20% gratuity had been added to the bill for our party of 8, as well as a 4.5% "Washington minimum wage surcharge". Nonetheless, the charge slip had the usual line for a gratuity, into which I almost entered a duplicate gratuity.

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vipTheBestCritic
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The bartender was our server....she was amazing!

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NDMC
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

All good; would recommend for food choice and quality, value for price, service and ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the seared ahi which was delicious and cooked to perfection. My lunch companion had the chop salad which he assured me was delicious as well. Prompt, friendly service. A great lunch experience.

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Foodlover
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered a winter greens salad with figs, pears, Macrona almonds. The greens were the same as greens served all year and not nearly enough in proportion to the figs and pears . . . of which there were far too many. It could be called a fig salad. I paid to add chicken to the salad (they used to add a freshly cooked half chicken breast). The added chicken to this salad was a half dozen or so pre-cooked cubed chicken pieces. Hardly worth it, not all that fresh, not all that flavorful. Probably won't order this salad again, although the basic ingredients should work!

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Beach Cafe is rated 4.9 stars by 1800 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.