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About Bookstore Bar & Café
The newly expanded and improved Bookstore Bar & Cafe is now open and accepting reservations for all meal periods. We feature family friendly dining in a cozy, warm, brick-lined cafe with low seating and a communal dining table as well as high seating in the main Bookstore Bar. Chef Chris Lobkovich will delight your palate with his modern interpretation of classic American dishes featuring a Double-cut Pork Chop and Roast Duck at dinner or his take on Fried Chicken and Waffles at lunch.
Seattle, WA 98104
American, Contemporary American, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
BOOKSTORE BAR & CAFE:
Breakfast M-F: 7:00am - 10:30am
Brunch S-Sun: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch M-F: 11:30 - 2:00pm
Dinner Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: 2:00pm - 6:00pm & 10:00pm - midnight
The Library Bistro Restaurant is now closed. Your reservation will be accepted for the new Bookstore Bar & Cafe.
First Avenue @ Madison
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We can easily accommodate all types of meetings, business functions, social events and wedding celebrations.
Valet parking is available to guests for $7.00. There is plenty of street parking and nearby private lots.
Metro Bus #16, Post/Madison stop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
It's not just the space... all touch points of the experience are special. Whatever the request, we're quick, nimble, and attentive so each custom event is worth repeating. Your guests will enjoy a true culinary experience every time.
From unexpected, locally inspired cocktails to thoughtfully presented food, and green-friendly standards, we're happy to perk up your event as usual.
Bookstore Bar & Café Ratings and Reviews
There are 3 parts to this restaurant. The bar area with high top tables is small but nice area for lunch or a snack. There is a back area of the bar that has a larger tables to spread out. The Bar has an extensive Whisky collection. The mixed I had drinks were well made.
The main dinning area is a bit noisy but works for most occasions. They have an outside dinning area, which I preferred (weather permitting).
The food was very good , well seasoned and well presented. The food was consistently good (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
The service was good to outstanding depending on the time of day.
Overall it surprised me by the great food and very good service both at the bar and restaurant.
We had brunch here several years ago when we stayed at the Alexis Hotel. The experience we had that time was very good and so we decided to try it again since we were in Seattle for the weekend. Unfortunately we had to arrive late because of Seafair road closures. The brunch menu was not being served by the time we arrived and they had a limited menu, which was very limited. Apparently since the last time we were there, changes had been made and not for the better. Food was only Ok and service, considering we were basically the only people there could have been better. All in all, not a terrible experience, but also nothing to write home about. We probably won't be back anytime soon as there are plenty of other restaurants to try.
I've been meaning to check out Bookstore Bar & Cafe for months...I'm a writer and I love bookstores, so I had really hyped this place up in my head. It didn't meet any of my expectations. The menu was pretty much all over the place, and wasn't particularly compelling. We had the mushroom and hazelnut "pate" and the fried chicken and waffles. The fried chicken was very good; the waffle was bland and boring, the gravy was odd and didn't add much. The "pate" didn't have much flavor (the tomato spread on top had more flavor than the pate itself!). The service was slow, despite a nearly empty dining room, and we thought the drinks were quite expensive--and very heavy on whiskey. And absolutely zero play on the bookstore theme, which was sad!
I was meeting a friend for breakfast and when deciding between options, we chose Bookstore because they took reservations and my friend had a positive experience the last time she went there and I'd never been. When my friend arrived, she waited a pretty long time before being greeted - it seemed like they were short staffed. Then when we finally got our table, our server took a very long time to come out and was downright sour - each time we had an interaction it took a few reminders and a long wait to get to the next step (menus, ordering, coffee refills, the check, etc.). The food wasn't great - some things were overcooked, and the winter squash and kale was very bitter. Disappointing- hopefully it was just one day, not "the usual".
My boyfriend and I hit the Bookstore Bar and Cafe at 11:30am on a Saturday. Granted, it's not quite tourist season yet, but the place was quiet and relaxed - just like what you find in a Seattle neighborhood. Fantastic food - I had the eggs with toast, potatoes and chicken sausage and my boyfriend had a plate of beautifully displayed French-toast. The Americanos were great as well as the service. We will definitely go back regularly.
We love the ambience and decoration, however, the food was off par. We selected The Bookstore Bar & Cafe because we wanted something simple and with easy access to get to during lunch. Our food took over 30 minutes to be prepared for a party of 7, and it was not up to par. Two of my colleagues ordered burgers and it was extremely dry. The fries were good, but no seasoning on the meat and it was dry. Sad.
we ate in the dining room which was excellent for conversation. the bacon jam appetizer was okay but not spectacular. the fried chicken and waffle were tasty, but the ginger soy gravy was tasteless. the clam chowder was a wow because the tiny shells were in the bowl. it was thinner than I usually would prefer, but the flavor was very good. the kale salad topped with ahi tuna was very good. the coconut panna cotta was too thick and did not have a strong coconut flavor. the flourless chocolate cake was dense and yummy. unfortunately, the two strawberries were probably previously frozen. the whipped cream was delicious. the apple crumb had a oatmeal (?) topping which should have been a flour/butter/sugar mix.
Place as awesome ambiance but the service was awful. We ended up with the wrong salad, my soup (supposed to be my entree) and her entree all at the same time. No pacing at all. When they brought the wrong salad, the waiter didn't even apologize, he just rolled his eyes and went to get the correct one. When we told the manager, he said "the least he could do" was give us a free glass of wine. Yes, that was indeed the LEAST you could do... the food didn't even end up being that amazing. I do know these guys recently re-opened in this location but this was pretty bad.
A group of three of us had lunch here recently. The service and ambiance were wonderful. One of us ordered the tuna steak special really liked the meal. The other two of us were disappointed in our choices: burger and fish and chips. On a previous visit to the Library Bistro, we all loved what we had ordered.
We went to the Bookstore Bar & Cafe after they were completed with their renovation and expansion. I had never had brunch here until now. We were here to celebrate my wife's birthday with a bunch of friends.
The food was absolutely delicious. I had a wild mushroom crepe that was wonderful. The service was great... our waters were refilled regularly and everyone had plenty to eat and drink. I'm totally coming back.
It took around 30mins for our wine to turn up, and for the staff to take our food order, even with a "I'll be right back" 20 mins earlier. The only reason they came is because I had to get up and ask for.attention. One could excuse that with a busy night, poor training or whatever, but then the food was lackluster and therefore overpriced. They didn't even try to recover that much - they went through the motions, but it was almost as if they didn't care.
We had our anniversary dinner at this lovely restaurant this week. Although it seemed that they were short on staff, our server was friendly and efficient, while maintaining a casual demeanor. The food was excellently prepared. I especially liked the mussels au pistou, a dish of fresh mussels in a well-seasoned pesto sauce.
On Christmas day service was slow and forgetful. I had the sense -and I could be mistaken- that the experienced "senior" service was given the holiday off and either bus persons or other inexperienced staff were on duty. Hotel restaurants that do not primarily serve businessmen are typically slow on breakfast service, so when they are slower than slow customer frustration ensues.
For the past two years our family has met up here for a holiday brunch before attending the Nutcracker at McCaw Hall. Library Bistro is a lovely spot with a great menu, and it's quiet enough that we can all hear each other. Last year the service was spot-on, but this year the food took forever to come, despite the restaurant being less than half-full, and the service was less than attentive (the server checked back with us once after the food arrived, but there was no ongoing replenishment of water and coffee, despite our being there for an hour and a half). We plan to have brunch there again next year, in hopes the service problem was a rare lapse, and not an ongoing problem.
went for brunch before the game. waited almost 5 mins before anyone came to seat us. It was clear the were understaffed took long time for food to get to us. The server kept apologizing for the delay and ended up comping us a drink but we sat for a long time just waiting not seeing anyone. They were out of our first choice, second choice food was not cooked sufficiently and cool when it got to the table. Seemed like everything was off from the moment we got there.
We had breakfast at the Library Bistro before a Seahawks game. There were several other diners going to the game as well. The food was well prepared and presented. Portions were average size. Don't expect an "all you can eat" buffet experience. The service was excellent. The real gem here is the atmosphere. Quiet and very comfortable. It feels more like a home than a restaurant. We are planning to go back for a romantic dinner. Highly recommended.
We decided to give this place a try since we always heard good things about it.
The bistro was nicely decorated and our server was a super nice guy but food was a different story.
we had to send our food back because part of it was over cooked and some of it was still alive! Our server was graceful about it but the staff in the kitchen must have not been doing well because the dish came out a huge mess for the 2nd time.
It's same to say we are not going back there again.
The food was beautifully prepared and very tasty. It was a Monday lunch with friends from Australia whom I hadn't seen in 2 years. We had a 12:30 reservation and stayed talking until 5:00! The waitstaff graciously let us stay long past closing time, with never a hint that we should leave. They even left the lights on in our section, while turning them off in the rest of the restaurant. Their thoughtfulness was much appreciated!
Usually the food sells me on a place. This time it was the service, which was absolutely attentive, but not overbearing, friendly, but not obnoxious - it was perfect for breakfast service. The setting is calm and quaint. Not too big, but not too small. Comfy booths to read the paper and spread out. The good was fine - nothing spectacular. The quiche was tasty, but could have been more full of stuff (in my case mushrooms, ham, cheddar). The beignets were a bit over fried, but who doesn't love a little bit of sweet tasty fried thing in the morning??!?? The potatoes were excellent! I would definitely go back if staying in the hotel - but wouldn't make a trip of it.
Located in the upscale Alexis Hotel, The Library Bistro provided a wonderful spot for my party of 6 to have Father's Day brunch. It's large enough to accomodate groups, and I loved the decor of feeling like you're nestled amongst someone's extensive library of books. Normally I go for a louder, more vibrant brunch place with friends; but this restaurant was perfectly suited for a family outing because the atmosphere was more conducive to talking (instead of shouting) and catching up. We did run into one hiccup--the kitchen forgot to make my latte--but the server eventually realized the issue. She thanked me for waiting and said it would be complimentary. I would say the food was not life-changing, but everyone did enjoy their meal.
I can't remember when I had such a strong negative reaction to a dining experience. Salad was the size of a side and one was overdressed, the other under. Burgers served plain, dry and overcooked. Asked for mayo, told no, just aoli, requested the aoli which arrived just in time of the last bite. Service was sporadic at best which was odd since not many diners. Meal was served at different time so those that had salad for lunch were almost done by the time the burgers arrived.
Lots of choices downtown, we'll be making other choices next time.
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