Fresh Bistro

4.2
679 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest

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About

Enjoy innovative Pacific Northwest cuisine in a welcoming environment for lunch, dinner, happy hour and brunch or our delicious gourmet take-out in the comfort of your own home. Our seasonal, farm-to-table menus highlight ingredients from local producers to create bistro-inspired dishes with an unusual twist. Relax on our outdoor patio or in our open dining area with a view of the kitchen while experiencing a fusion of flavors and textures.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, American, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
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Phone number
(206) 935-3733
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shun Viger
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Private party facilities
We will happily discuss providing you with a private spot within the restaurant.
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Private party contact
Shun: (206) 935-3733
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Catering
Catering is done through Herban Feast.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
SW Alaska St.
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Parking details
We do not have a parking lot but you are more than welcome to park in the upper Safeway lot across the street from us. We are also conviently located with in 2 blocks of three free parking lots.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.0
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MB
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh Bistro announced its permanent closure Monday 5/21/18.

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AF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Have eaten here numerous times over the past few years, with a small but inventive menu. This time was a bit disappointing. The sauce on the sweet potato/crab benedict was so spicy as to overwhelm the other flavors. Smoked grits were just OK. Service was very off... one of us got coffee and at least 10 minutes later the other 2 of us had to re-request their orders, and then the waitress wasn't certain she was delivering the requested decaf. There were other service-related hiccups, and I'm less inclined to hurry back.

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j
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

service a little slow
My complaint was once food served- never saw server- I didnt have any utensils and had to ask
waitress never checked if all was ok
I needed more water
and my grandson didnt eat his bacon which he loves because there were peppers with it - Why they have peppers with bacon I dont know- and so he didnt eat it- if they would have checked he could have had some new bacon he could eat

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OT
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Quick dinner mid week right after work. Lots of choices, I had tenderloin and my wife had fish stew. Both were terrific and reasonably priced. Right in middle of West Seattle and easy access. Can not wait for outdoor porch to open.

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E
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

What we had was good, but we got off on the wrong foot with numerous menu items being unavailable (at 6 on a Friday) and lesser substitutions being made for key ingredients. Some interesting cocktails and good looking veg options (when available).

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BW
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great brunch. The pear pancakes are incredible! I went with my stalwart standard of Chicken Fried Steak. My gf had the Eggs Benedict, also delicious. Great coffee, great service. Love this place!

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GE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed. After we ordered a $40 bottle of Gruner (white wine), the bartender came back to tell us they hadn't updated the wine menu and that bottle was no longer available. He offered us one of three other bottles of wine instead, which he brought with him, and indicated he did not know how much they were. We selected an Italian bottle thinking it would be somewhere in between the $40 price we had originally wanted to pay, but no more than the most expensive bottle of white wine on the menu, which was $55. At the least, we figured someone would let us know how much it was before we ordered it. After our bill came, this bottle of white wine was $75. This is on top of the fact that our salads and entrees were served simultaneously, we barely had room on the table for all the plates and we had to box everything up to make our play--which yes, we said we were going to--on time. It's very clear something strange--mismanagement, poor staff training--is happening here, and we will not be back.

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r
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We've been going to Fresh Bistro off and on since it opened. The service has always been mixed, sometimes really bad and other times ok. I wouldn't say the service was ever top notch, however the quality of the food kept us coming back every six months to check it out again. Sadly, that's now a thing of the past.

This last visit had nothing going for it, not the service, except for the bartender, and certainly not the food. My guess is there's been a change in management and the people who once took pride in the plates they produced have long gone. The meal was that bad. Sorry.

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AG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One of the worst dinners I’ve ever had out with friends. They didn’t have half the menu available, food was tasteless. That’s probably the one thing that really stood out, how tasteless the food was. It felt like a restaurant where everyone had given up and it was also pricey considering the mediocre food. If I could travel back in time and save my friends and I from having such a bad experience I would because it basically ruin our night

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food, took 45 minutes though. Our server also switched shifts without telling us and our new server that we had to go up and find gave us the bill for the wrong table.

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SF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I had the crab eggs Benedict, which was served in an unusual way, on a sweet potato cake. 3 or our 5 diners had eggs and all were undercooked. 2 chose to send them back, which the server did without a problem. The service was excellent--helpful and warm. The best dish in our group was the Vietnamese pancake: flavorful and unique. A fun, casual spot in a lively part of Seattle.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation through open table for 9 people. I called the restaurant & talked to a live person to tell them it was 6 adults and 3 highchairs - so seating needed to be at a large table, but only 6 adults. I then got a revised open table reservation for 6 adults. I called back within 5 minutes of the first call to explain and they acted confused but I thought we left on the same page. Upon arriving at the restaurant 3 days later they only had 2 high chairs. I asked for the 3rd and they said they only had two, in the entire restaurant. I asked why they didn't tell me that when I called either time and she stared at me. I asked to speak to a manager and she said he was busy but he'd come over later. We were there for 2 hours and he never came over. Secondly, the order taking process was a mess. Didn't feel like we had a set server - a few different people were helping us and they took 3 drink orders at a time and made them, then another 3, etc. It took about 20 minutes. Then, and only then, they took our order. We have 3 kids in 2 high chairs and 1 in our lap due to the first issue. It took over an hour to get our food from the time we got there. The restaurant was busy, but it is normal Sunday brunch crowd. No one apologized, no one came by to see how we were doing, nothing. We dropped a pretty penny and I would honestly never recommend again - I was embarrassed for bringing my friends there.

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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love mondays! Half price on bottled wines (nice selection) and nice price on small tenderloin filet grilled and spiced perfectly!

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BB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our Easter brunch was a disappointment. Service was slow, food was cold, under seasoned, and not up to their standards. Not sure we will return.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for my anniversary on a Monday and stumbled upon great specials. Every Monday is steak night with 1/2 price wine bottles. Just a great time and a great deal.

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O
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. They had overbooked reservations—or at least that’s what they said—so we had to wait in the bar for a table. The bartender ended up being our server which meant we had to wait for service when he was doing drinks. The food is also overpriced for the quality. Won’t be going back.

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BW
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Loved our brunch. They are consistently great!

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C
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Glad to see more vegetarian choices, they need to plan better in staffing for Friday night or full crowd. They normally offer bread which was given to others but I let it go since we ordered enough. They also need better beer selection. I waiter said they are put of IP, but I heard the bar tender say that they got new one. Need to inform staff better.

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JB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

This was our first time trying Fresh Bistro - we had a great time, loved the food, the restaurant was lively and the drinks were excellent. We plan on going back and bringing friends with us to try this great restaurant!

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LS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Per my 3 companions, the risotto with butternut squash was good, and the lamb burgers were very good (the smashed fries were "excellent"). My beef stroganoff was OK. The beef and mushrooms were tasty, but the sauce was somewhat bland, and the fresh arugula showered over the top of the dish seemed meant to conceal the way it looked.

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LV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this find. Great food, fresh, unique flavors!

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m
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monday night steak specials & half priced bottles of wine, you can not beat!!!
Food is AMAZING!

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d
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my third trip to Fresh Bistro. The food was excellent again. The portions are not huge, which to me is a bonus. I have not had a bad meal here yet. I will definitely be back.

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n
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We decided last minute to go out on Valentine's Day and they were one of the only places with reservations available, so were forgiving of the not great seat we were given (part of the reservation process included asking which kind of seat we wanted - which was not what we got).

We had to ask for water glasses and when the came, they smelled very strongly of soap. I would have asked for new glasses but it took forever for anyone to come by. The slow service continued throughout the evening.

They were out of the first bottle of wine we tried to order and recommended a bottle that cost $20 more. :-( We didn't get our wine until after we already received our dinner...and yes, we had a salad/soup too. It just took forever for everything. The worst part was that the wine glasses also smelled strongly of soap. When my husband pointed that out to the server he acknowledged that "sometimes that happens". Um. Ok. It was one thing with the water glass but the wine glasses? Come on! Unacceptable. That they are aware that they are serving wine in smelly glasses is insane to me.

The food was bland. I had the lobster bisque and it was flavorless. The lingcod was better but needed salt, which was not provided. I could have asked but didn't want to wait forever for one more thing.

We were surprised as when we've been to FB in the past everything was excellent. Maybe this was a one-off? This is why I gave three stars instead of two.

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m
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch and wonderful service. Definitely stop into Fresh Bistro! Will be back to try out the dinner menu!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They were closed.

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TM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Nice location, but pancakes were not whole grain, which id prefer. Also music played overhead which made it difficult for us over 60s, to hear.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch!

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AD
New Mexico
39 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We eat at Fresh Bistro at least once every couple of weeks. We love the food, wine, prices, wait staff and location. We can't wait for it to warm so we can eat on their lovely patio. We haven't had a meal in the bus yet but will definitely do that.

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FB
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We have been to Fresh many times and it is very inconsistent, which we have come to expect. However, our visit on 1/20 was probably our last. They were out of a couple menu items, which narrowed our choices for non-meat entrees. The eggplant tacos had no flavor and were mushy. The butternut squash risotto was lacking the critical butternut squash - I think there were 2 chunks of it.
Basically they didn't even phone it in that night. Our server was very good however.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Usually get the corned beef in weekends. Didnt feel like it so I got the Brisket sandwich. It was solid and the sauce wasnt oversweet like I was worried.

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W
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We are sad that Fresh Bistro has lost the charm, style, and food quality that we had come to expect. It has been one of our favorites in the Alaska Junction area of West Seattle since it opened several years ago but it seems to have lost its way. The menu is tired and lacks the innovation and variety that it once had. Its service has become mundane and indifferent. It really seems like a place that has cut back to the bone on costs to survive--and it detracts from all elements of what was once one of the only really good places to eat near by. Hopefully it will get back to the high level it once had but that will require something different to make it happen.

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OT
Seattle
59 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed a New Year's Eve dinner. We have dined several times over the years here for New Year's Eve and this was one of the best yet. Every dish we had was excellent.

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KT
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was looking for a last minute option for casual lunch on Christmas Eve and found Fresh Bistrow open. HOORAY! The service was attentive and kind. The bartender was extraordinary. This is on the backside of busy California Avenue (that I often hoof to) but I forget about this gem on the backside of the block (facing Jefferson Square). I need to come here more often; The food is always very good; well presented; and the bartending is superb.

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EK
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, menu choices for all, excellent service

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Gem was our server and she was soooooo sweet - this was her first shift as a server and she did wonderfully with only a few very minor hiccups. She’s lovely, the food was delicious and I will be back and I hope to have her services again :)

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P
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was absolutely outstanding. Kudos to the chef! The wait-staff was also very nice and did not rush us as we were celebrating an early holiday together. Just a wonderful evening.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great staff, delicious food, great views

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I LOVE this restaurant, but my last two visits have had some disappointing elements. Most recently, two out of four of us ordered the Beef Stroganoff and the flavor was DELICIOUS; however there were only a few pieces of beef in the dish and some of it was very fatty (so not really edible). I’m not sure if they didn’t want to tell us they were running out of the beef or what, but it was disappointing. I consider this a true neighborhood gem but twice in a row is hard to accept. I hope they work any quality and service issues out so they can continue to be successful.

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C
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, careful presentation and a feeling of welcome. I’ll eat here again.

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