Chow down on Mediterranean cuisine at Golden Beetle. It offers a casual atmosphere for guests to dine and converse. Golden Beetle serves a variety of flavorful dishes. Spicy hummus, roasted tomato soup or fire and honey chicken wings make for tasty starters. Guests can feast on a main course of wood-oven pizza, pan-seared chicken breast or marinated skirt steak. This restaurant also offers flatbread with tasty toppings, sandwiches and desserts.
Golden Beetle has a full service bar and a happy hour with specials. It provides brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. This gastropub offers outdoor seating for guests to dine and caters private events.
Great place, can't go wrong with Maria Hines. Excellent flavors, the hummus is outstanding. We also had the seafood risotto and would be happy to have that every night the rest of our lives. It's a bit on the noisy side, having a conversation can be a challenge at times.
Such gorgeous food -- it was delicious and healthy! Real food. I'll definitely go back!
I really wanted to like this place, but the egg sandwich was just ok. Really bready and not enough fillings. My friend got a kale, feta omelette, there was no feta in it.
Our food was waiting at the kitchen window for over ten minutes with only six tables. Food was moderate, likely not back for brunch but will give there dinner menu a try.
They lost our reservation. Took 35-40 minutes to be served (restaurant only 1/2 full). Food was mediocre. Baked eggs with spinach had little or no spinach. Egg surface so leathery (overcooked) I couldn't cut it with a fork. Egg sandwich (other item ordered) was dull.
It's a busy day, definitely understand that.... But to basically have your exact same menu and flagrantly double the price? Bad form... Golden Beetle is definitely a decent to good brunch, but the value just simply wasn't there. Won't be returning.
We loved their appetizers. It was delicious, especially their chicken wings and fries.
However, their main dishes were a little overpriced for what you got and it was on salty side.
It was good, but it's not something I would go out of my way.
We had the Turkish Pizzas along with the olives and broccoli all were cooked perfectly and had wonderful array of flavors.
This is a very good restaurant with non-standard plates. Good cocktails.
Waited 45 min for food, one order was forgot, got that order in 5 min, but it was cold. They comped it. The unlimited mimosas was 1 limit before food, then you can have more after you get your food. So, 3 brunch dishes, sparkling water, 1 coffee and 1 mimosas unlimited all for 95.00. You decide
Enjoyed the evening with vegetarian friends. Lots of items on the menu to select. The service was fantastic would definitely come again
The standard fare (falafel, humus, spanakopita) was not at all "standard". Tasty twists made it all very special. The lamb meatballs were truly amazing. Service was a tiny bit off; the waitress - though very nice - kept walking away before we were done speaking or ordering (e.g. took MY drink order but walked away before my table partner could say what she wanted - this happened a few times).
We enjoyed the dessert donuts, but they were extremely pricey for what you get: 5-6 small donut holes with a honey sauce for $8. They need to lower the price by two dollars OR give a few more (they're just tiny balls of fried dough!).
Despite these little annoyances, the dinner was fabulous and I can't wait to go back!
Our evening was a great experience thanks to the care and detail of our host, servers and kitchen staff.
Maria has done a fabulous job on her menu! We were thrilled with the apps, mains and deserts that we ordered.
I find it incredibly poor taste when one makes a reservation for one and a restaurant insists on seating you in the bar. Even worse when there are only TWO other people in the entire restaurant and there are plenty of free tables for two not in the bar.
Restaurant advertised on Seattle Restaurant Week a lunch menu, so I booked a reservation accordingly only to arrive and discover 1) they weren't participate in Restaurant Week and 2) even though it was afternoon they were serving breakfast. Had it actually been a lunch menu, I might have stayed despite their deceptive advertising, but for the price I could get a far better breakfast elsewhere in Ballard instead. Gladly spent my money elsewhere.
Won't be returning and guessing from the number of restaurant goers, not many are.
We had a party of 5 for Easter Brunch at the Golden Beetle - our server was prompt and friendly, the prix fixe brunch menu had yummy options and the food was lovely. A great time was had by all.
I have been to Golden Beetle over 12 times in the last year. I dine here at least once a month or every other month. I love the staff (especially Chris the bartender!) and the food is always consistent. The ahi crostini is one of my favorites, though it can be a bit salty. The harissa fries are the best!
This place really knows food, service, and cocktails. Their specialty cocktails are always intriguing and end up being completely what you didn't even know you wanted. The meatballs are EXCEPTIONAL. Servers are awesome, they really make sure you have a great experience.
The vibe, food, and friendliness of staff make this the place I choose to go on the now more rare occasions when I bother to go out to dinner at all. I highly recommend. It's a hidden Ballard gem, in a way...
Usually I don't complain but I wanted to share this with the owner Maria!!
My favorite niece from San Francisco was visiting Seattle on her bridal shower tour!
I picked one of Maria Hines restaurant to start her day perfect but I was very disappointed with the food!
Food was tasteless, way too much potatoes and the spiced pancakes were bitter!
I felt so bad/awful!!
But our server was great!!!
Casual yet Chic. Great location. Awesome craft cocktails. Excellent variety in Menu. I had the seafood risotto and it was the perfect portion. I rarely follow up with dessert but could not pass on the dessert menu at Golden Beetle!
Creative menu and a short but powerful wine list.
Underwhelming food, too many ingredients were the same throughout the meal & on the menu. Service was not really an importance, no sense of hospitality. Just an order taker.
Don't see Mediterranean fare often in Seattle, so it was a nice change from the normal.
Great prix fixe menu for Valentine's day as usual! Delicious wine pairings too.
Maria Hines restaurants are thought of very highly (including by us!), but we had a bad experience, which we hope we can chalk up only to being a special night. We sat down on Valentine's Day, received our first course about 25 minutes after ordering (fine)...then waited another 35-40 minutes before bringing out our THIRD course (which they sent back once we informed we had not yet received our second). We proceeded to wait another half hour before receiving our second course, quickly followed by the third course, which had clearly been sitting underneath a heat lamp. (For a restaurant that prides itself on seasonal, organic, and fresh, this is unacceptable.) We couldn't tell if the food was actually off, or flavored by disappointment. It was especially grating seeing ALL the tables around us getting their food right on time, and seeing little acknowledgement of the obvious, glaring mistake by ANY of the staff. We are going to wait a while before going back, but figure out your service!
Really loved the food. Everything they served delighted us.
On a recent trip to Ballard, we were hunting for "someplace close" with organic food. Score! The Golden Beetle food was excellent - and I don't say excellent quickly when it comes to food. The noise was a bit distracting, to the point of when we finished eating, we chose to leave. It would have been fantastic if the music was playing at a lower volume and the patrons practiced European etiquette while they enjoyed their Mediterranean food!!
We went for Mac N Cheese Monday. Both of our selections were delicious, really enjoyed the harissa addition. I would definitely come back for more mac n cheese and also to check out the rest of the menu.
Outstanding restaurant and if you have 4 in your group order lots (5+) of small plates and a couple of large ones and share each one to make for a wonderful tasting experience.
Was very happy with the unique spices and food options at Golden Beetle, but the prices for what you got were not appreciated by this foodie. The flatbread was touted as having a layer of pumpkin puree. Even with our glasses on, we couldn't find it...no less taste it. In a similar vein, the so-called large plates, were relatively meager. When I asked to substitute a steamed veggie for couscous, I was almost chastised and was told that since the vegetables are organic, there would be an upcharge. Sure enough, there was. And, for what? A tiny pile of sauteed kale. Really, guys?
Six of us dined recently on a Saturday night. Two of our group were vegan. The menu had plenty of delicious choices for all of us. When small modifications of the dish were asked about, our wait person, Rebecca, conferred with the chef each time, and each time returned with great alternatives. Golden Beetle was so accomodating, with great attention to detail. The small plates allowed to try many dishes; we ate ourselves silly and happily. In no order of magnitude, we found these choices to be deliciously satisfying: beet & arugula salad, carrot & kale salad, Morrocan shrimp roll, pork shank pizza, roasted brussel sprouts, spiced french fries & vegan fries (best fries I've ever had), melt-in-your-mouth beef cheeks, and vegan chickpea & lemon stew. The atmosphere was lively and fun. Our table for 6 had a great view of the wood burning oven. Did I say that we ate ourselves into a happy stupor?
The disappointment at finding we were stuck with a Prix Fixe meal on New Years Eve evaporated as soon as the food started arriving. Four course for $60pp offered reasonable value but the food was excellent.
For me the highlights were the Rabbit Samosa with za'atar and smoked cauliflower, and the Beef Short Ribs entree. The black cod and root veg tagine the other family members had were equally enthusiastically embraced.
Our great server, knowledgeable but not too obtrusive, really helped the meal go well.
I thoroughly recommend people try this great Ballard eatery.
Golden Beetle is always excellent, but on New Year's Eve it was special. With a limited menu of unfamiliar dishes we didn't know what to expect. There were eight of us, and we pretty much covered all the choices. Everyone liked everything. It couldn't have been a more successful party.
Flavorful dishes, lots of attention to quality
Perfect portion size. Great starters and small plates. The wine recommendation was on point. Great service. I have to have a low sodium diet, not a problem when I asked for no additional salt to be added to whole meal. Dessert was awesome!!! Overall great experience. Took family here from out of town. Very impressed!!! Worth every penny spent. Will definitely be back.
House made flatbread with trio of dips.
Falafel small plate. Falafel sliders!
Seared tuna (only criticism was that it was a tad over cooked)
Beef cheeks over polenta.
Semolina cake dessert.
We had several small dishes and found everything delicious. The special main dish, a chicken tagine was fantastic. It was great to have so many gluten-free choices too.
My friend and I decided to eat here for lunch this week, as we shopped on Market Street in Ballard. It was a great choice. We were greeted and served by a very friendly and knowledgable server. The food was very good. Great blend of herbs and the sauces were amazing. I highly recommend the spanikopita. I could have eaten a bowl of the sauce by itself. I also enjoyed the parsnip soup, served with a blend of spicy pepitas. We will definitely go back again.
The restaurant handled the Thanksgiving madness with grace and good humor. The food was as good as usual, and the service was prompt and friendly. This is a truly wonderful restaurant for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and carnivores.
This was a huge disappointment for Thanksgiving, 2015. We had a reservation for 5pm and did't get seated till 5:30pm (which really isn't a good sign when you could only get in with a reservation for that evening).
The first course - an otherwise delicious butternut squash soup, came out cold for both of us. So we sent it back.
The second attempt on the soup was "warm" at least, so we finished that up (though they clearly threw the one we sent back, - out. Total waste).
The turkey main course was served with the turkey lukewarm, and the mashed potatoes cold, so we both sent that one back, too. We were both VERY disappointed that again, when they brought this course back to us (with lukewarm potatoes this time) - it was a whole new plate of food. So what did they do with the old plate etc? They must have thrown it away... such a waste. They could have at least ASKED if we'd like to bring it home or SOMETHING rather than tossing yet another course in the trash.
Service was EPICALLY slow. And also frustrating that while we still had empty plates sitting in front of us - the server would bring us the next course. And then there's that awkward shuffling of plates around to get the new plates down and the old ones taken away. This, on the small, round high-tables, was just plain uncomfortable.
Another great moment - the server asked my date for the evening if he'd like his (already requested at the start of the evening) meal wine pairing, when the main course was brought out. Why would you even ask that? Bring the darn glass out with the meal! It shouldn't have to be asked; we requested this as soon as we sat down! So of course, we sit there with our food getting cold(er) while the we wait for the wine pairing to show up. Oy...
We didn't get done until a little after 7:30pm. Just... madness for what was a not-huge meal for two people.
A shame because we've gone to Golden Beetle a lot in the past, but I'll never come back, - at least not for Thanksgiving.