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Permanently Closed - Golden Beetle

4.2
716 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Gastro Pub, Organic
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30 - 6:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30 - 6:30pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(206) 706-2977
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Maria Hines
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Private party facilities
In the restaurant we can offer you a private sit-down dinner for groups of 16 to 40 people or a cocktail party for up to 76

We also can offer you a sit-down dinner in the comfort of your own home, complete with service staff. Or, if you are interested in hosting a larger event in your home, we can offer passed hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers.
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Private party contact
Kurt Argys kurt@golden-beetle.com: (206) 706-2977
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Catering
We can offer you a sit-down dinner for up to 12 people in the comfort of your own home, complete with service staff. Or, if you are interested in hosting a larger event in your home, we can offer passed hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers for up to 50 people.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
NW 56th st
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Parking details
Free parking lot behind restaurant on NW 56th Street (shared with FedEx). There is no rear entrance, please walk around the building and enter through front entrance.
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Special events & promotions
In the restaurant we can offer you a semi-private sit-down dinner for groups of 16 to 30 people or a cocktail party for up to 45 people with passed hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
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3.9
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3.7
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on October 17, 2016

so bummed that this will transform into gastro pub.
I have friends and family in AA, and many others who struggle to obtain and maintain sobriety.

GastroPUB environment is not supportive of their efforts., so I will NOT be coming here then

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2016

Went in for Seattle restaurant week, our server was great and the food was amazing as well. I'd recommend it to anyone!

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2016

The food was actually quite good. The doughnuts and falafel were great. Service was a bit slow, but we were not in any hurry so were perfectly content. Bottomless mimosas are always a treat!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

The food was delicious! I think prices were fine except for chickpea and lemon stew. 18.00 for a serving of beans...with no meat! Crazy!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

My partner and I love GB. We take all of our out-of-town guests here and are very sad to see it re-concepted into the GastroPub next month. We are very loyal customers and will be back to try the new restaurant!

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3.0Dined on October 8, 2016

I appreciated the gluten free & vegan options listed on the menu. It was nice not to have to ask for a special menu. The french fries were fantastic! Our server, Matthew, was friendly and attentive without being intrusive.
The food was good but not amazing.
The booth we were seated in was comfortable with padded seats (Hate sitting in a hard wooden chair!) and a separate cushion for your back. Thank you!
Definitely will give it a try again. Also appreciated the free parking in the rear of the restaurant as parking can be difficult in Ballard on a Saturday night.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2016

The food here is consistently well done. Never leave without the beef fat fries! For the first time there were a couple dishes that missed the mark (spanikopita was a bit soggy & bland, tuna crustini had a very fishy flavor) but everything else was delish. I'll always return because their consistent menu items are always fab and they do rotate some seasonal plates so there is always something new to try. Always yummy cocktails and a good wine selection.

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1.0Dined on September 28, 2016

Although it was specified that a member of our party was gluten free, and they ordered from the gluten free menu ((pointing at the selections) the restaurant served this person food that was vegan instead, so the person ate gluten until they realized. The food was poor (fries burned, chickpeas way too salty and not good) and the service took forever. There seemed to be miscommunication between the servers. Won't be going back.

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2.0Dined on September 27, 2016

We took out of town guests here based an a recommendation from my sister. I was completely unimpressed. My husband and I both had the Chickpea Stew and it was so salty! The server was just so-so and there was just nothing special or interesting about the atmosphere. Also ... pretty expensive bowl of salty chickpeas. We will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Great place with a unique menu!! My friends and I shared a bunch of small plates and not one item disappointed us. We will definitely be back before it changes its tune and becomes a different restaurant.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

delicious food and careful service! Sadly it seems to be changing in concept in the next couple of months. GO NOW and enjoy while you can!!

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2016

We went based on many recommendations as a great Seattle brunch destination. As brunch connoisseurs, I don't feel as our experience justified the high rating. I thought the service was friendly, but mediocre. The waitstaff didn't notice we were out of drinks and water, and didn't stop by the check in for a majority of the visit. When they did check in, they only inquired about one member of the party's beverage, even though we all had empty glasses. The two gentlemen on staff didn't acknowledge us for a long time when we first arrived. I noticed there were other groups that also weren't acknowledged. It's possible they are used to a host(ess) and didn't quite understand how to step up to the plate during their absence.

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3.0Dined on September 8, 2016

Used to be a favorite but GB let us down on this visit and dissappointed with new of changing into a gastropub

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2016

We come to this restaurant often when I am too lazy to cook. It is fun with three or four people where you can load up on family style small plates and pizza. I always get the special cocktail of the day and generally have a great drink that I would never order. The service is always friendly and helpful. The food is always excellent with a changing menu.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2016

We had a lovely meal - great sharing options and excellent service. Golden Beetle has become the go-to restaurant for my friends and I, especially when we can do an early dinner.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2016

5th time dining at Golden Beetle and it was enjoyable like all the other occasions. The sumac fries are some of the best french fries I've eaten. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2016

The quality, consistency and beautiful food at all Chef Hines' restaurants never fails to blow me away.

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2016

completed a card while there. great dining experience. Easy for sharing plates. Wait person very attentive without being overbearing, and patient with answering questions and describing dishes.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2016

The service was great and the food was fantastic, especially the mousse dessert.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

The Savory Chickpea & Lemon Stew was amazing. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2016

We met up with friends here while vacationing. It was very tasty. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Great food - interesting favors, lovely presentation. Every dish was excellent, flavorful, and satisfying. The trio dip was a tasty appetizer and the flat bread is out of this world. The gf version was also excellent. The desserts though, were sublime. We are a family of bakers and are tough critics. We ordered the chocolate torte and it was intensely chivalry without being heavy. It was a perfect combination of richness and lightness. Not too heavy after a big meal. The pear sorbet was incredible. Zesty refreshing and tastes like delicious ripe pears. Would highly tecommend

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2016

If you're into small plates and like Mediterranean food (like us) you must come here. The dips are superb, especially the pomegranate and walnut one, their kibbeh excellent and their spanakopita the best I've ever had.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2016

Good was good a d service was just fine. We sat outside because it was a warm evening. The outdoor seating space was unkempt. The grasses in the planter boxes looked unhealthy and hung down into the dining space, the ground needed sweeping as cig butts and ketchup packets littered the area, the tables were flimsy and beat up. I was just surprised that a restaurant known for it's delicious food and that is not by any means cheap had such a poorly kept atmosphere. Inside wasn't appealing on that hot night either.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2016

We arrived on time for our reservation, but were left standing for ten minutes before a host could be bothered to talk to us. We told them we had a reservation, but they never took our name and later claimed we had "no-showed" for our reservation. Once a host talked to us we were left sitting for another ten minutes while they got our table ready. There were many tables available as the place was not busy or crowded. I very nearly left. They seemed very under-staffed and to not really know what was going on from a management perspective.

That being said, the table service, once we got to a table, was fine and the food was very good. We all enjoyed our meal.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2016

Food was great, excellent menu, service was disappointing. We were there for Sunday brunch and waited to be seated (and even acknowledged) for quite some time and then once seated didn't get approached for orders ages.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2016

We had an excellent dinner on Saturday. The service, food and wine were fantastic. The wine list had great selections at very reasonable prices. The combination of flavors were very distinctive and delicious. Try the chicken, it is so good! The lamb meatballs were also excellent. More people should be eating here.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2016

I go to Golden Beetle maybe 4-6 times per year for work lunches or dining out with friends. The menu is perfect if you have lots of different needs in your group (vegan, gluten free, etc.) The wait staff is very attuned to asking if there are any dietary needs. Food is delightful!
My only issue when I was there was that I was excited to find a large bottle of kombucha on the menu only to find out when I ordered it that they were out.
The server apologized and said she should have told me before I looked at the menu.
Then we ordered a beer and that was out too! We were just striking out.
I will still be back. Not a deal breaker for me, but I think attention to staff knowing what is on hand is helpful. ; )

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2016

always excellent

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2016

Fantastic food overall; one of the best dining experiences I've had to date.

Drinks were somewhat pricy for what they were though.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2016

Love the food and the knowledgeable staff. Always enjoy.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2016

Nice spot, friendly staff able to accommodate our separate check requests. 20% gratuity included on bill is easy and what I would have included by choice. Not AS vegan friendly as they indicate, no non milk alternatives for the coffee and fewer options than expected. But as menus evolve and rotate things could change.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2016

All three of us were completely underwhelmed by our cocktails and food at the Golden Beetle. The food was fine, but just that: fine. Definitely not worth the trip from South Seattle. The wine list is impressive, but our cocktails were mediocre. The desserts were phenomenal, however, and the service friendly and attentive. That said, I can get good desserts and good service closer to home, so I don't plan to go back.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Great food. Good to go with a group so that you can try more things. The dip appetizer had a little thicker chewy bread, flatbread was completely different and flat, so it's not the same bread. Delicious. Everyone loved it!

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2016

This was quite a shock for us, we've only had great experiences at the Golden Beetle, but this time it was like we were in a different restaurant. Food was cold, service was poor, and 2 of our favorites had weird flavors, and definitely the shrimp was bleached to serve past fresh date. All in all, it will be a long time before we dine here again... if ever!

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2016

The evening did not start out well when we learned that the restaurant was out of IPA, both draft and in bottle. IPA is favorite beer of both my husband and me. There was an exposed duct that was dripping water on my head- waitress offered to move us but we were half way into dinner so it seemed like too much of a pain. Not very accommodating to special request made by my 14 year old daughter. My falafel was mediocre at best......we were very disappointed. We were celebrating the end of an awesome school year for my 7th and 11th grade kids.

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Went for my birthday. Saw the server 3 times in total. Once to order drinks, once to order food, and once to present the check. Made it all the way through the entrees without ever getting to order a second round, although both glasses were clearly empty and displayed prominently at the end of the table for a good 45 min. Entrees were mediocre at best. Definitely overpriced for the quality and quantity of food. Terribly disappointing, we will not be returning.

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Brunch was mediocre. Service was good - selection was limited. $5 for a cup of coffee.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2016

We were able to secure a table for 6 through open table & were seated promptly on a Friday night at 8:00. Food was great and they actually have a menu just for gluten free & vegan on the reverse side of the regular menu- eliminating the need to inquire about dietary restrictions or substitutions. We were celebrating my brother's birthday and they brought dessert with a fancy candle. It was a very nice dinner and a great spot to celebrate. Organic Mediterranean is the focus and it pleased the meat eaters and veggies alike! We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2016

I have now eaten lunch and dinner here several times each. The meals have always been delicious. Don't miss the fries.

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