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Much like her sibling down the hill, Betty serves a rotating menu of bistro-style food using seasonal ingredients. We are centrally located amongst the trendy businesses along Queen Anne Avenue's bustling business district - step inside to our inviting yet eclectic and sophisticated atmosphere, featuring art by Bay Area artist, Judah Thomas. The restaurant offers seating in either our dining room or at the chef's counter where you can watch our talented chefs at work. Betty also has a full bar and lounge and a superb wine list with values from around the globe. Reservations are recommended.
Seattle, WA 98109
Contemporary American, Modern European, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Craig Serbousek / Jesse Thomas
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Betty Ratings and Reviews
We always enjoy sitting at the Chef's Bar so we can watch the action and chat with the chefs. We lucked out with a parking spot in front. That location has a serious parking shortage. The menu provides a nice range of items and prices. We chose the cheese plate to start. My wife had the rib steak and I had the halibut special. Her steak was excellent. My habit was beautifully presented, but a bit over cooked. It still glistened, but was slightly dry. Overall a fun way to celebrate our anniversary.
With so many great options nearby, we were delighted that a pre-opera, wedding anniversary pick of Betty (because one of us was craving steak) delivered big time. Perfectly-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth ribeye, a shaved asparagus salad to die for, and excellent wine. Next time we'll pass on the Italian donuts in favor of the consistenly-delicious pie.
Kudos to the staff for excellent food, service, and enough calm to carry on a conversation. A wonderful neighborhood asset.
I've been to Betty before and loved it. But this time, we both ordered the halibut. The fish itself was very good, but not the other items. I really didn't care for the cold pickled cauliflower or the pea vines. The mashed peas were tasty, but cold, which seemed odd. The potatoes were hot, but a little over cooked. I would go back, but I'd pay more attention to what came with the main dish.
Server said she was knowledgeable about the wine but could only recommend two bottles she'd tasted, not necessarily paired with our food.
She asked who wanted to taste the wine, disregarding the fact that as the person who ordered the wine, I would taste it.
She proceeded to spill the wine when she poured into my glass, and had to be asked to wipe up the spill. We ended up using two napkins to wipe it up as she didn't do a very thorough job mopping it up. No discount offered for spilling part of the bottle we paid for.
The location is good and street parking was easy to find. Inside the space is open and modern with a small bar tucked into the back. The concrete floors and high ceilings made the atmosphere lively but not deafening. I can't speak to the food as my service was so poor it ruined my meal. Our sever stopped by our table twice in 45-minutes. The first time was to take our order and the second time was to serve our food. He actually beat the clock as my wife and I were literally getting up to walk out. I shan't be returning.
We've enjoyed the happy hour menu at this small neighborhood restaurant a few times. At dinner recently we had tender roasted chicken in flavorful au jus and a black cod special with crispy skin. The ambience and dining experience would be better if employees had a less intrusive place than the front window table to chat while loudly sorting and wrapping flatware during diners' meals.
My 14 year old had steak and frites and I had the pork chop. The accompaniments to the pork chop were so good and the pork chop was so big that most of it is in my fridge right now. Service was attentive and friendly. The food takes longer than other restaurants so don't go if you are in a hurry.
I always find Betty to be hit or miss... this time was a miss. Three of us ordered the fish special ($31). It was bland, boring, and barely the right temperature. Edible, but definitely not a $31 dish... it also took a really long time to get our drinks. Overall, it was not up to my expectations. I've always had better luck at their sister restaurant, Crow, so I'd recommend that instead.
I had been hearing that Betty was that great neighborhood spot that you wish was just down the street from your house so you could go once a week. It did not disappoint, casual but attentive service, delicious food, balanced, creative cocktails and a decent wine by the glass list that didn't break the bank. We had the steak frites and the fish special and both were cooked to perfection. There was a guest bartender making specialty cocktails that night and they got us out of there in an hour so we could zip down to catch the ballet. Super yummy, we will be back for another pre-theatre dinner.
A regular for me and a default. Always good and service Thursday night was great. I had made a reservation in case we could not find a seat at the bar. They were not too busy so kept our table for us. I had the burger. Friend has the steak. European mayonnaise worthy french fries.
Betty was a nice neighborhood spot that did a lot of things well. Their roasted chicken special was excellent all around - well seasoned, crispy, with great accompaniments. The oysters and mignonette were tasty. Unfortunate the grilled octopus was overcooked, and the ribeye had a non-traditional, over-seasoned sauce for a steak frites dish; without the sauce the meat was well-cooked and tasty. I would have appreciated learning more about the dishes from our server than what was already on the menu; insight we couldn't read for ourselves would have been useful in plate selection.
I had been to Betty once before and sat in the cozy bar area and enjoyed a delicious meal. This time, we were seated in the main dining room, which was a bit too noisy for my taste (but then most restaurants are pretty noisy these days!) I must say, they make a great vodka martini. The White Salad was uninspired. On a friend's recommendation, I ordered the roast chicken, which is billed on the menu as being "1/2 a roasted chicken." This turned out to be two McNugget-sized chicken pieces amidst a plate of vegetables. Service, for both drinks and food, was quite slow, even though we had informed our server that we had to be out by 7 to go to the theatre. Just to be on the safe side, I asked for the check when they brought our main course, and a good thing; we would never have gotten out of there by 7 otherwise. All in all, a pretty mediocre experience.
Great service - From check in to bill pay - top notch service.
Was able to find street parking right out front as we had a early meal. If your after 6:30 I would recommend giving yourself a extra 10 to find parking.
Small menu - but probably something for most.
No Kids or juniors menu - some reviews say kid friendly - it is, but they must be willing to order from the main menu. They did say they had some off menu items (pasta) they could make.
Fries where outstanding - fresh cut double fried. You got a good size order with your meal.
Burger was as 7.5 out of 10.
Very nice interior - also some cool counter seats if you enjoy watching the line and prep.
The service will definitely make up for the small menu.
Given how blessed we are in Seattle to have such fantastic options with great food, we left unimpressed by the food at Betty and especially considering the cost we felt there are so many better options. So we won't be going back. The ambiance was great, service was ok, no complaints but nothing that stood out either and food was -eh ok. Just didn't have much flavor and nothing that stood out to draw us back.
Food doesn't seem as good as it once did, perhaps that's the result of time and the unvarying menu. The chicken is comfort food to me, though there's way too much garlic. The seasonal veggies can be good, for example the recent crispy Brussels sprouts. The steak and frites were nothing special on this visit and the arugula salad was surprisingly bland; it needed more dressing and more acid in the dressing. We do appreciate the wine specials Sunday through Tuesday and the friendly staff and we especially appreciate having this pleasant place in our neighborhood. It's much quieter, most of the time, than it's sister Crow, which is a big plus for us as we enjoy conversation with our meals.
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