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About Fresh Bistro
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.
Seattle, WA 98116
Northwest, American, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
SW Alaska St.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Catering is done through Herban Feast.
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.
Private Party Facilities:
We will happily discuss providing you with a private spot within the restaurant.
Private Party Contact:
Shun: (206) 935-3733
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
Fresh Bistro Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Came here on a Saturday late morning around noon with my wife & cousin. The brunch menu is lacking any lunch options and only has breakfast options available. While looking through the menu there was definitely great potential for the listed items. I was between the Dungeness crab Benedict and the chicken fried steak, decided to ask my servers opinion who recommended the chicken fried steak. My wife ordered the hash brown plate after the french toast listed was actually prepared different than what was listed on the menu.
The food came out after about 25 minutes later, not terrible, but the restaurant was barely busy. The real disappointment came when we tried our food. Everything was so bland. The plate itself was colorful and vibrant, and everything looked aesthetically delicious but my chicken fried steak tasted like rubber. My wife said her entree was also incredibly bland. Service was not bad, just very non chalant & inattentive. The prices for the food weren't high enough for me to warrant a complain, but the Server did take a beating in tip.
My expectations were incredibly high because I have wanted to try Fresh Bistro since they opened last year, but unless there is a major menu change I doubt we will be back.
This restaurant is all over the map when it comes to their operations; the place is nice and clean but the service is good, not great. The mussels were amazing and the pork belly banh mi sliders were good but the duck was a complete disaster. The duck is described as roasted so I was concerned that there could be un-rendered fat if it had skin so I asked and was told it does not. She was wrong. That might have even been OK if it was not raw (actually cold) in the center. I would have sent it back had I not already been there for an hour and a half. Did I mention that part? I won't be back but your mileage may vary.
Service was unimaginably, painfully slow! We ordered an appetizer and two main course salads. We waited ONE HOUR to get our food. There seemed to be one waitress for the entire place. She was timid and wasn't able to answer some simple questions. With a 5:45 reservation, we barely made it to a play that started at 7:30, less than a block away. Disappointed. Frustrated. Expected better.
The Fresh Bistro presented many good aspects waiting to be integrated into a cohesive whole. The food and drink were good and satisfied our preferences. The ambience could benefit from some acoustic softening. Service could be a little more on the ball for the price, but no serious complaints.
Visited Fresh Bistro during Seattle Restaurant Week. It was ok. The food was good but it took a long time to arrive. Considering there were only a few tables occupied that evening, we felt fortunate it wasn’t busy otherwise it would’ve taken even longer. Even getting a glass of wine took awhile. The selections were good, but not innovative. The vegetarian shepherd’s pie was the exception. It was very tasty and so filling that the small portion was sufficient for me, but the rest of the table did not think the size of that plate would have satisfied them. The scallop appetizer was tasty.
The waitstaff was pleasant but inexperienced.
Overall, an ok experience but not a repeat one.
The food here is local, fresh and deLISH! We dined for brunch and ordered the fresh squeezed orange just and the most amazing and beautifully presented hashed brown dish with sunny side egg, crispy think bacon, pearl onions, sour cream and salsa. Yummmm! And our server was so sweet and attentive.
We went with friends wanting good beer, wine, mixed drinks and great food after their long flight into Seattle. We got that. They were out of our fav, the lamb burger, which we'd talked to to our friends so that was too bad, but that did make us branch out and try the risotto, and that a great meal. Great spot. Highly recommendable.
Great food as always, and quick service! Been here many times and excellent every time! A bit of an odd experience with the reservation and tried to call in. Dude said there was nothing available until 12:30 but jumped on Open Table and there was plenty available at 10:15, 10:30, and 10:45. (Shrug) ended up working out fine ultimately and sat down at 10:30 after reserving it online. So perhaps check here if you call and can't get a spot!
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