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Permanently Closed - Blackboard Bistro

4.5
205 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Simplicity and flavor. Seasonally and locally sourced ingredients with a constantly changing menu in a comfortable setting. Chef Jacob and wife Ginger invite you to enjoy company, good food and something special to drink from the bar.
As of August 19th 2017 Blackboard Bistro is closed.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, French, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 257-4832
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jacob Wiegner
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Catering
Have an event you wish to cater and enjoy the food here, talk to chef Jacob and see what he can do for your occasion.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hinds/Handford
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Parking details
Street parking available
Additional
Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.4
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Sadly this little gem is closing today. It has been consistently excellent with imaginative food and excellent staff. It was my go-to restaurant for every occasion. I will miss everything about this restaurant. Wishing Jacob and Ginger the very best that life has to offer and I hope to find them back in business again in the future.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

We love this place! We had a chance to treat our best friend to dinner last night and Blackboard did not disappoint. We ordered a bunch of dishes to share and they were all amazing. The staff was lovely and attentive.
It was a very special evening. Thank you blackboard!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Had some friends from out of town. Was nervous taking them here because I had never been but wanted something on the west side (they were staying in Seattle). Read the reviews and was not disappointed. The menu items were unique. The Apple Salad was yummy. The Romaine salad was very good, however, I would ask for less dressing. It was a little overwhelmed by the dressing, which, not sure if it was house made, was very good, just too much. I liked the family style serving as we all got to try all of the dishes each of us ordered. Wine list is not too extensive, but the wine we picked was quite good.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

We are so sad that Blackboard Bistro is closing this month. It has been our favorite Seattle restaurant for years. Our out of town friends always want to go there when they visit again.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

We came here for date night on a very hot, hot night in August. The AC, if it was on, was none existent. It was uncomfortable in the restaurant. Our server was obviously in a bad mood and it showed. She was not very helpful in making recommendations and seemed impatient with us. It was our first time there and we needed some guidance on how things worked. Our food was mostly good, although we were unable to eat much of the menu due to food sensitivities and their unwillingness to accommodate special requests. We understand it's a small shop with little room to switch things up, but our server had no recommendations to help us find something we could eat. She was short with us and rushed us along too. We had great expectations for this neighborhood eatery and had been given a gift certificate and were so disappointed. The selections we made were not terribly memorable sadly. We did enjoy our cocktails and the homemade bread with browned butter and toasted pepitas- I would come back just for that. My husband liked the aioli with the french fries. We are sad to see it close, as we would've liked to try a few more things on the menu despite this experience.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Blackboard is by far the best, most inventive restaurant in west Seattle!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2017

I was very pleased by both the chef's innovative menu and the budget-conscious wine list. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Innovative menu..a little heavier for summer dining..my opinion..but great care taken and very attentive and enthusiastic service

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

Totally Amazing!!! This is one of those places that will get so popular it will be difficult to get a reservation so hurry up before you miss this Gem!!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

The unique, upscale, rotating blackboard menu items are served family style which contributed to an enjoyable evening of sharing delicious food and conversation with friends.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

I just love this hidden little gem! Everything I've ever had here was so good and surprised me how layered the flavors were!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

This place was amazing. So sad to hear it is closed. The food was superb. I would follow the chef to a new location.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

An enjoyable evening for our family of 4 celebrating my wife's birthday - food,
ambience, service all excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Everything was great even the salad. In fact, it was one of the best salads I've ever had. Julienned apple with feta and mint or basil (can't remember which). Inventive dishes, very fresh ingredients and generous portions. I was shocked it wasn't packed on a Friday night.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Lovely, friendly staff with great recommendations for food & drink pairings, not to mention great taste in music that wasn't too loud to carry on a conversation. Quantity of food was generous, and everything was delicious! Will definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Complements to the chef, food was wonderful. Quaint and comfortable, love this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Excellent food and limited menu by choice. I highly recommend this restaurant but have had to wait a while for food when it was busy.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Blackboard Bistro is a West Seattle treasure and one of my favorite restaurants in all of Seattle. On my most recent visit I enjoyed black cod with roasted tomatoes and mushy peas that was so delightful that after 5 days I'm still thinking about it. My dinner partner and I also enjoyed the gnocchi with braised elk ragu. The gnocchi was perfectly cooked and the elk tender and boldly flavored. Our shared dessert was the almond cake with lemon curd. The cake was moist and the curd pleasantly tart. I certainly recommend Blackboard Bistro.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Loved the intimate atmosphere. Great food. Fun specials. Will come back again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Wonderful meal at Blackboard Bistro. Our 2nd visit; brought friends, who thoroughly enjoyed it, too. They were very accommodating, and made the best of an unexpected kitchen problem:
the stove hood went out suddenly, so they had to edit the menu accordingly. Everything was still delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Love this place!! Amazing menu that's always changing! Chef is outstanding!!!!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Service was really slow which greatly detracted from overall experience.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2017

If I could give it a negative 5 or maybe 10 I would. The food is not bad. However, if you want to be the center of your dining experience this is not the place for you. This chef could care less what your needs are. I went there with a friend that’s a vegetarian, I am not one. We were not told that this is a family style serving (whatever that means). We ordered. Her meal came and was place in front of her. Family style? Ten minutes later my meal still had not arrived. We asked the server about my meal. She claimed it was a family style serving, and one thing was brought out at a time. We explained that we were not ordering or eating family style and asked if what I had ordered could please be served ASAP. Fifteen minutes or so later another server came by to check on us. We restated our dilemma. We were again told it was family style. Again we stated that would not work for us and explained the situation, asking that my meal be sent out ASAP. So another 20 minutes or so went by. Still no food for me. Another server stopped by to see how we were doing. We repeated our mantra. She went off to see what she could do. Ten or more minutes went by and my friend had finished her meal and I’m still sitting there with no food. I told the server to just bring a check for the drinks and my friends meal, stating we were leaving, 2 or 3 minutes later my food showed up. Are you kidding me!! I told the server we were leaving, and that I was not paying for an order that took over 45minutes to reach me. We were brought a bill with very little apology and a whole lot of – “Well this is how the chef runs his restaurant.” I sat there all evening watching my friend eating. You think they would have boxed up what they were going to serve me as a way of apologizing for really bad service. But no!! Food is good, however dinning out is not just about the food. Come on, this chef can’t accommodate diversity of needs.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Great dinner. Great service. Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

The small plates are creative and delicious. Be sure and try the Honeycrisp & Manchego cheese salad - delectable!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Total genius master class chef. Always consistent in creating one of a kind culinary art. A symphony of tastebud delight!

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2017

I have been to the Blackboard Bistro a number of times and come away satisfied and with rave reviews. Not so on my recent visit. The service was slow and unattentive--requesting more bread (which never arrived until a server in training finally brought toward the end of the meal) and placing beverage and food orders was a challenge. The server kept coming to the table then leaving. Our second glass of wine arrived after the meal as well though we ordered it midway through. Overall, the servers seemed very stressed and harried, and the energy in the room was not pleasant. The $23 pasta dish arrived in the largest imaginable plate with the smallest imaginable serving in the shallow "bowl within a bowl" middle. All in all, it was not a good experience, so unlike any other time at this usually wonderful restaurant. We would like to chalk it up to a "bad night" but hope they will not continue with this large plate small serving practice--laughable, and expensive.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Bring your friends and family to this innovative restaurant on California Avenue. We visited for a birthday celebration. The menu is varied and served family style. The more people in the party, the more variety you can choose. The menu changes daily and sometimes hourly as popular dishes sell out. I do not recommend the menu for picky eaters. One dish we enjoyed contained elk. Try it out.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

I love Blackboard Bistro! it has become the only restaurant I want to go to. I only go elsewhere if they are closed. Make sure you make reservations to ensure you get in. I have watched many people be turned away, especially on Friday or Saturday nights. Chef Jacob is a master!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

A small neighborhood gem, much like what you might find in NY or SF.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

We are so sad that they closed. One of our local favorites!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

This is an amazing Farm to Fork restaurant. Appropriately named as menu changes daily on the Blackboard depending on seasonal availability. A foodies dream. We make a point to eat here at least oncea month knowing new menu yet dependable quality.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2017

It was an overall good experience. Food, service and atmosphere all delivered. I would definitely recommend it.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

One of West Seattle's best kept secret. You'll not find more original or delicious cuisine over here, and I'd say it holds up for all of Seattle. Very, very good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

The service was great and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Most of all the food was spectacular.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

What a wonderful find in West Seattle! Inventive menu with fresh ingredients, lovely ambience, and reasonable prices. Perfect evening escape from the dreary Seattle rain!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2017

I just love these guys. BBB is a treasure for West Seattle, a way to get downtown quality without leaving the neighborhood. The chef is brilliant, and the wait staff are unfailingly friendly and helpful. They can be a little slow when it's busy, but that's just because everything is made from scratch. Quality is worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Second trip to the Blackboard Bistro: even better than the last one. The food was delicious, original, imaginative. The wait staff was friendly and attentive without being disruptive, and we had a very relaxing couple of hours spent over a wonderful meal.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Maybe they had too many reservations show up at one time because we waited a long time for service. Once she came though, the good and service we're great! Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Wonderful food, exceptional service, all together the most enjoyable evening; thanks! It was my daughter's birthday and from the ease of reservation all the way through the meal absolutely perfect!

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