Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Seattle

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765 reviews
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Approachable sophisticated Pacific Northwest cuisine, simply prepared using the finest regional ingredients and served in a dining room with maritime-inspired design and sweeping views of Elliott Bay.

Ethan Stowell and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle are thrilled to announce the name of their new restaurant collaboration: Goldfinch Tavern. Named for the state bird of Washington, the American goldfinch.

The upscale tavern pays homage to the city’s pioneer days, when taverns catered to lumberjacks and sailors alike, providing a place for travelers and locals to both socialize and conduct business, all while enjoying drinks and food.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Sunday supper is a great time to come. Value for the price is a little rough but the service was great and the view is lovely.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Went for Easter Brunch and was disappointed both with service and food quality. The waiter was not attentive, and the appetizer and dessert bar was largely picked over and not restocked. One of our entree's (Halibut) was overcooked. Not what I expect from the Four Seasons, Ethan Stowell, or a brunch that cost $85 a person plus mandatory 20% gratuity.

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BK
Seattle
58 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A special occasion calls for a special evening and Goldfinch certainly provided a lovely evening. We asked for a booth and it was waiting for us. Our server, Aaron was outstanding. His knowledge of the menu and the wines helped with our decisions and all were outstanding. And, Aaron understood the timing of a couple celebrating a special night out and never rushed us. Leaving at the end of our evening we knew we would be back.

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TD
Boise
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was perfect, we had a very attentive and nice server who even offered us complimentary wine when their system was down and they couldn’t print our check. Overall great food and great experience, would definitely go back.

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TB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We will come back for the Chef’s Choice menu. Pacing of food was impacted by a few server mistakes, but I think it was due to the limited restaurant week menu. Food was perfectly prepared and the menu was well planned. Lots of window views; unfortunately, it’s of the Public Storage facility.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We loved the ambiance and the flavors and creativity of the food. My halibut was cooked to absolute perfection. We also had a waitress who was fantastic and helpful, a truly attentive and thoughtful server.
We went for restaurant week and believe that the incredible flavors and skills of the chef and concept of the restaurant would have been showcased more effectively if the plates had not been so small.
I have tried many restaurant week restaurants in this and previous years and haven’t experienced such small portions.
My friend ordered the Lobster mashed potatoes to give us a bit more food, we shared them and they were incredible. I will likely crave them but it may take me a while before I try Goldfinch again.

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D
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was quite subpar, I expected much better from a restaurant that was in the Four Seasons. Servers were nice but slow, it took a while for them to come by each time. Would not recommend.

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R
Seattle
127 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance
Good food
Professional and friendly service

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IB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food on our second visit was much improved over the previous visit. We went during a Seattle Restaurant Week promotion, and found the food was well prepared and delicious. We also ordered the Octopus Appetizer from the regular menu and had similar good results. We drink wine with most every restaurant meal, and although we would normally praise the Four Seasons for their "By the Glass" program, this one left us unimpressed. The whites weren't very adventurous, and no Roses in sight. What are the beautiful people going to drink? Also, hide your wallet. I am thoroughly familiar with wine list mark-ups in Seattle, so I was not expecting to find $10 glasses of Cru level Burgundy. But $24 for a glass of decent Sancerre. Really?

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Y
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for Seattle Restaurant Week. The food and ambiance was excellent!

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c
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service but a little pricey for the small portions you get with restaurant week

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MC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was really good from the drinks to the food.
Great night for sure

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The halibut was horribly over cooked and it wasn’t the experience we expected for being such a nice restaurant.

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M
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinners but the portions were very small. It’s very convenient to Benaroya Hall, so we often dine there before a concert.

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AG
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, friendly service, but it took more than 15 minutes to get our cocktails after placing the order with our waiter. Other than that, it was a good experience.

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M
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice setting in the Four Seasons Hotel. Menu is short but offers a nice variety of fresh and seasonal fare (one salmon and one halibut at our table, both delicious). Good wine list and by-the-glass offering. Service was attentive but not intrusive. The bar area is lively for before or after dinner drinks, or even eat at the counter.

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ES
London
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location with wonderful ambience for a relaxing lunch. Thoroughly recommend - the service is always outstanding!

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f
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a farewell brunch for one of our friend/coworkers who’s is moving to London for work. It’s very fun and very special brunch.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Lamb Osso Buca was very fatty. Gnocchis was not warmed through. Atmosphere was looking out over a power plant. There are many better places to go!

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A
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Goldfinch is my go-to place for Happy Hour, pre-func drinks, celebrations. The food is fabulous, wine selections very good, but the staff is what makes it rise even further above. Attentive, intelligent, prompt.

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DM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service but a bit pricey.

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

This was a special birthday lunch for my 90 year old mom and I noted that on the reservation. When we arrived, we waited for at least 5 minutes to be acknowledged by the missing hostess (none of the servers would even look up) and then were informed our table needed to be set up so we waited for a couple more minutes. Then they sat us in the noisiest part of the main dining room. We could not speak to each other without shouting! Therefore we could not have a conversation during this special lunch. She had been waiting to dine in this restaurant and was really looking forward to it. I did notice there was a small birthday party in the back room so I don't know why they wouldn't put us in there for a 90 year old. It's not like we were going to compete with anyone.
The food and wine list were excellent, but we will never return as this restaurant rates as the loudest one we have ever experienced in Seattle.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It was mediocre at best. Food was good. Ambience was weird. The lighting was harsh where we sat (along the windows). Service was a bit bland and rushed. Was nice for a one off try, but probably won't return unless I have to be at the hotel for some other reason. I would come in as a place to have a cocktail before going out to dinner.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING! I try not to tell too many people about this hidden Seattle gem! Brunch is outstanding. Food is fresh and delicious.

Milly. Benjamin. The entire wait staff makes you feel at home and are always courteous and polite (even when some customers are not!)

Don’t miss out on this hidden gem!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful drinks, wonderful service

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s
Seattle
144 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always do “Trust the Chef” and we’re never disappointed. Always something new and creative. One of our “go to places” before attending the Seattle Symphony.

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CR
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Very good happy hour, lots to choose from, not noisy, excellent service.

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B
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice place but good be better for the price. Place for improvment

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very relaxing environment with a gorgeous view of the Big Wheel. Our service was fantastic from our primary server to all the others supporting her. Our food was perfectly cooked and delicious. It was extremely wonderful experience.

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w
Miami
251 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our quarterly visit to Seattle for a board meeting. staying at the Four Seasons and after a long day of meetings, some of us have dinner at the Goldfinch Tavern. We do have a ton of choices but to be honest the food, staff and atmosphere simply makes it a no brainer for us. Emma our server was just so fantastic and attentive. the food was excellent and wine list tops. the manager David Kim came over remembers us all and made it all very special. it is not everyday that you can get all of that in one place. definitely going back and strongly recommend it to you.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing meal! The service was incredible...this is a go to spot for me.

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H
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall a good but not great experience. A few notes I want to share:

When I approached the hostess to let her know I had a reservation, she looked down at her screen for a bit. I asked if there was a problem. She said she should have acknowledged my reservation and was looking for a good table. Then she brought me over to a table next to a large party and asked if it was ok. I told her no, we didn't want to be seated by a large party. So she zigzagged me to a nice table/setting.

Our waitress (Edna) was great. She consulted with the bartender to find an alternative hot drink to a hot toddy. We loved our cocktails (beautiful).

Service was rather slow; it took a while for us to place our order and then it was at least 35 minutes until we were served our dinner. We had to eat it in a hurry as we had a show to attend. (We should have let Edna know when we placed our order but we didn't know it would take that long.)

I requested my burger be a bit pink and emphasized I didn't want it overcooked but it was....these are the reasons why it wasn't great.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We had guests from out of town so we thought we'd go to Goldfinch for a quality meal and good conversation. The 5 of us were seated at a table for 8, and I watched another party - of 8 - seated half an hour later at a table which had been empty when we were seated. Poor planning on the part of the hostess, plus we were seated right at the invisible border between cocktail lounge and dining room. It was unpleasantly noisy, the table was awkward as well. Our meals were adequate but seriously overpriced and skimpy. What a shame.

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OT
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best restaurant in Seattle. Excellent food and Outstanding service. Kudos to Andy (Sous-chef, I think) went above and beyond to make my night. Kudos to our waitress and the entire service staff. Other restaurants need to learn from you all.

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Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our three year anniversary, We ordered the bacon glazed Brussels, the crab toast to start, they were both really balanced and tasty. The entrees were amazing to be honest. I had the pork and it was sweet and tart, and acidic and rich, honestly a home run. My boyfriend had lobster ravioli and Smiled through every bite. They brought us complimentary chocolate truffles and macaroons for dessert. It made for a super special night :)

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CM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can not say enough great things about our dinner here last week. When the manager took our coats at check in, he introduced himself to my daughter who is 7 and told the staff to take extra good care of her. He checked on her throughout the meal to see how everything was and she thought this was really cool, he even called her by name every time. She was the only child in the restaurant when we were there but we did not feel out of place at all with her there. In fact, they have a very extensive children's menu with a lot of good options. She ordered the clam chowder and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived with a chunk of crab on top. The best she has ever had she said. My husband and I split the Hamachi crudo, lamb osso buco and the braised rabbit pappardelle. All of it was very good and arrived quickly. The staff were all attentive, the view was great (water and the Great Wheel). We will definitely be back. A special thank you to all of the staff for making my husbands birthday so memorable.

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M
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goldfinch Tavern never disappoints. It's convenient doentown location, exceptional food and great service make it one of our "go to" restaurants.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laid back feel in a great atmosphere

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SM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Came here for Valentine's day, described as having a great view, but most of the view is a public storage and smoke pipes. Felt like a hotel restaurant and like we never left the front lobby. We did the "trust the chef menu". Food was good not great, but worst of all, completely unfilling. Spent over 300 on a meal and had to stop at McDonald's after to fill up. I usually love Ethan Stowell restaurant's, but I will not be going back to this one or recommending it. I will have to make up for this Valentine's day next year.

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h
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I don't understand why you keep 2 people waiting so long for their first round of drinks especially when the place isn't crowded. 20% service charge added to the bill so why am I presented with a device at our table which is prompting me to add at least 10% more? I have to figure out how to get around this to finalize payment. How much am I supposed to tip now to eat at the restaurant? How much do you think you deserve for doing a mediocre job? The food was good.

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