Permanently Closed - Ernest Loves Agnes

4.2
225 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Ernest Loves Agnes is an Italian Kitchen, Bar and Pizzeria located on the corner of 19th & Mercer in North Capitol Hill. We aim to provide delicious hand-made pizzas and pastas in a cool, comfortable space. Our menu is thoughtfully created, seasonally driven and locally sourced. We are a full-service restaurant, with daily lunch and dinner offerings and breakfast on the weekends. Additionally, our bar and café will feature an extensive list of Italian wines, cocktails, amaro, and espresso.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Bar Hours: Sunday 5-10pm Monday-Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-11pm
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 9am-2pm
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Phone number
(206) 535-8723
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Thomas Litrenta
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Cross street
Mercer St.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.3
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food & service, unfortunately, it was their last night open.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Alex was very accommodating. Enjoyed the service and the food very much. Will be back to try the pizza!

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Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was quite good,for the most part, but the concept was all over the place. The menu was not cohesive and each dish left your palate scrambling from one flavor mix to the next. The wild boar pappardelle was just a terrible interpretation of what it promised—a sad way to end an otherwise delicious, if confounding dinner.

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Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We heard this restaurant was going out of business so we decided to visit in one of the last days. Past reviews were pretty harsh on the amount of service and attention they received. We were really happy with our servers. The area we sat was pretty tight and you could hear the neighbors conversation but overall the restaurant is super cute and in a great area.

The food was great.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I chose Ernest Loves Agnes for brunch - and we were immediately in love with the simple beauty of the space, the unique and excellent food and drinks (think octopus and squash, prosecco and rosemary and thyme), and attentive service of the unique Capitol Hill restaurant.
I'm incredibly disappointed that the restaurant was sold to a new owner and will be completely changed in the coming weeks. What a shame.

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p
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall, this is a good option, especially if you have made reservations. We did not have good table service, and unfortunately couldn't express that with the tip because it's built-in.
Cocktails, especially the rhubarb, were the best part of the meal, and very well done. Lamb omelet was excellent, perfectly cooked with flavorful combination of ingredients. Poached eggs in the benedict were way overcooked, but they replaced them very quickly once they checked on us, which was appreciated. Would have been nice to have our water, coffee, and cocktails kept full, but our server seemed engaged with her friends more than her tables. We will consider our options before going back, but if friends want to meet there again, we won't say no.

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m
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and love the aesthetic.

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AG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Very sad and disappointing - cold temperature , no pizza ! It's a pizza restaurant ? , empty tables all over but bad service - out of pizza and other dishes !! Overall poor excuse for a restaurant ugh

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, noise level was quiet enough you could converse at your table, Portions sizes where just right, interesting flavors and combinations made the pasta special

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! The waiter was a little slow, but the food was so good, I will definitely go back!

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LC
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved it and will be bavk

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I've been to ELA many times and have had a great experience. We tried brunch there for the first time and didn't have the normal dining experience that we are used to at the restaurant. The service was subpar and we waited about an hour for our food. Hoping for the lovely dining experience we are used to the next time we visit.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was generally very slow and they rarely checked in with us. One in our party received their meal quite late compared to everyone else.

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GL
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

A third of fourth time visiting ELA, least impressed food. Food worth the price overall, but the creativity and balance of flavors were under impressing. Noticeably not as many customers as before either.

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great neighborhood. Will definitely be back!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible and with no apologies from the waitress who brought main dishes out before salads. Never checked how we were doing so we had to signal her down to get more drinks. I guess when the tip is automatically included wait staff doesn't have to worry about doing their job properly.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Solid food, sub par service (slow)

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c
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

With reservatons we were able to enjoy the "living room" semi-private setting to enjoy our birthday brunch. The meals were delicious and plentiful!

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JK
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place !! We had a fab NYE here

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h
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my first time at Ernest Loves Agnes, and it was delightful. The service was prompt and helpful, without being intrusive. The starting cocktail was unusual and tasty. The pasta Bolognese was terrific, although the portion was on the shy side. We didn't have pizza, but it looked very good.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Came in expecting so much more after reading great reviews in Seattle times. LOVE the name, location and feel but the service was awful: we came at 7:45pm on a Thursday and was treated like they were closing soon. From the gal who sat us to our cold waiter, we felt we were an inconvenience. We had a wonderful bottle of cab but the food fell short. I had the Bucatini and the portion, though I got the entree option, was half of what I was expecting. I left still hungry. My friend ordered the chicken that was so drenched in ChickPea she couldn't finish. We left incredibly disappointed since we have been eager to dine at Ernest Loves Agnes.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had enjoyed our previous 2 visits. This same time last year and during the summer. As indicated in other reviews, the service was very slow. We were at our table 30 minutes before our beverage order arrived and another 30 minutes before we had food. My mushroom pizza was disappointing and the portion size of my husband's full sized pasta entrée was what I might have expected for the small serving. I also did not appreciate the automatic 20% service charge for a table of 4. I guess maybe due to slow service the wait-staff's tips were suffering. This way they get 20% regardless. I don't think we will hurry back, which is a shame as we only have to walk 3 blocks.

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m
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our family met at Ernest Loves Agnes this year for our annual pre-Christmas dinner. We always try to go somewhere we haven't been before. No one was disappointed with our choice this year! The servers were helpful and attentive, the drinks hit the spot and the food was soooo good! I will be returning, for sure.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lamb meatballs were the best part of the meal. My wife ordered the lamb pizza and for a thin crust it wasn't crispy and my bucatini was decent though wouldn't order it again. It was dry and not much sauce on the noodles. Overall it's a place I'd only go for drinks and app's, wouldn't do dinner there again.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was my first time there and it was lovely. It was a special occasion as my pregnant granddaughter was in town. Our group consisted of me, a daughter, grandson and said granddaughter. We all felt that the food was quite good, our waiter, Robert, was charming and we enjoyed the experience.
Yesterday I realized that we did not get one of the dishes that we ordered, but I was charged for it. It was the LG Chitarra. We were all so busy chatting that we didn't notice.
So I was overcharged $22 which brought the "service charge" and tax up too. My tab should have been $65 instead of $87 + service fee and tax. Guess I had better limit my wine consumption to one glass!
I would appreciate having this corrected. Please call me at 206.383.3293. I have the receipts.
Thank you, J.L. Aboitiz

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This place had been talked up, but we were incredibly underwhelmed. We made a reservation during the usual brunch rush, but our food took nearly 90 minutes to arrive. What arrived was mostly fine, but all the eggs were undercooked in a the-whites-are-runny way, and the food was just fine with some of it not really matching the menu descriptions. Our server took $8 off (of a $100 tab) for the inconvenience without having been asked, which was nice, but honestly it was such an unenjoyable experience despite that gesture that none of us plan to return.

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EB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

I love this restaurant, but our food was quite salty and after dinner our server didn't suggest dessert, which was odd. I'll be back, but hopefully I'll have a different experience with the food and wait staff.

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BI
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I write this now (it closed during this last year) as homage to the perfect mix of ambiance,romance,small seasonal menu with lovely choices in a sweet neighborhood...Hemingway would be proud...and Amaro Nonino on the shelf...If I keep clicking my heels together while whispering, "There's no place like home. There's no place like home", will this place reappear?....

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CL
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

They sat a party of five at a four person table. Hostess didn't understand the reservation process. Service did not time drinks well and were not apologetic about slowness. The food was amazing!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was quite slow, even though the restaurant wasn't very crowded at all. Took a while to get cream for my coffee, and took a while to get our check & card picked up, and then seemed to take some time before getting it back to sign. The servers are always nice, however, and the ambiance and food are amazing. Will definitely be coming back!!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Had to send my food back three times to make sure egg was cooked as I was potentially pregnant. They were thoughtful about making sure my husbands pizza was done right, but had to stop waiter multiple times to ask for things. Lovely atmosphere- very old world Italy. Interesting menu.

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JD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My college roommate, the only Hemmingway fanatic I know, came into town for a visit. What better way to treat him to Seattle's vibrant neighborhood-centric food scene? We enjoyed the cocktails, the pizza and the appetizers after a Huskies game.

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F
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

we enjoyed the great service, the sense of warm and cozy, hence calling it a neighborhood gem seemed just right. One quibble was the kids pasta with meat balls we took away for our 12 year old was way too spicy. gotta watch that with kids choices! she couldnt eat it...

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BM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Interesting menu of a variety of pastas with sauces. Good variety of food options and portion sizes. Variety of starters shared could be a good pre-theater light dinner.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Poor service ruined the cool atmosphere and pretty good food. Unfortunately wouldn't go back...

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s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Strong toilet smell in the back and you can still notice it in the front. Very slow service ~15 m for a beer and food average but overpriced. Avoid.

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K
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff went out of their way to accommodate a request by our group to sit in a different location of the bar. Really good pizza, and we took advantage of a special on wine that night.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was totally fantastic. Highly recommend!

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MP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Met another couple for brunch - the food and service were great. I had a prosciutto eggs Benedict which was on point. My boyfriend had the veggie hash, our friends ordered a scramble and an omelette and all were met with rave reviews.

The ambiance inside is cozy and so charming with sort of an apothecary farm-to-table vibe. It was a rainy Saturday morning this time so inside was perfect. I've been one other time for dinner in the summer and sat outside with a friend. If the weather is nice, that is pretty much unbeatable.

Also I've never had, but have heard numerous time that their pizza is dope. Will have to go back and see ;)

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SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

They charge a fixed service fee for meals here, but the service was downright terrible. 45 minutes for a salad, 15 minutes for a scoop of gelato at the end of the meal. Wine was served very warm. Blech. Ah, and I watched the kitchen staff test the temperature of a slice of pizza by putting their finger into it. I miss the Kingfish cafe.

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