Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Seattle

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

Laid back feel in a great atmosphere

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SM
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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FF
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our Valentine's dinner at the Goldfinch was lovely. We had a table at the window, right near the bar but it wasn't too noisy. The ambiance and food were great. Our server was so attentive but not overbearing. I would recommend - for a special occasion.

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JF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday gathering and Goldfinch did not disappoint! Service was impeccable and the birthday girl felt so special. Thank you for a great day!

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time for my daughter’s 16th birthday with three of her friends and my wife. They were very attentive and sweet to my daughter. They brought her a special hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows and then a small baked Alaska for us all to share complimentary. It was a memorable and lovely time. Service and friendliness could not have been better. Thanks to them all!

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

Our food was cold and the service was bad. The view and ambiance was amazing.

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KK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The $50 brunch buffet is the best!

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SK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Seattle we come at least once a month! Great food & great service.

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M
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have always enjoyed wonderful meals at Goldfibch Tavern. It is our go-to place for family and friends' birthday and other celebrations. It is also great for out-of-towners to be within walking distance of the Market and the ferries wheel.

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s
Seattle
140 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We do the "Trust the Chef" tasting menu 5-6 times per year. The latest version was great, as usual. The first course is 5-6 plates of vegetable and seafood dishes that show great variety. The scallops are always fabulous. The second course is a pasta and the one we had last week was the best ever: incredible sauce, perfectly braised oxtail, and mushrooms. The main course was small lamb chops with an excellent sauce. The desserts are getting better and better. In Seattle, for $75, you cannot beat this. The service is always friendly.

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C
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always reliably good. Excellent and healthy food, well prepared and plated. Friendly and prompt service.

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b
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good overall -- I got the salmon and it was a little on the salty side. I also had the cherry bruschetta as an app and that was fantastic and very well-balanced. The rest of the table got the lamb osso bucco. They all said it was really good. Service was great -- very attentive and helpful staff. They were informed about the menu, kept our water full, and were great about taking care of things without being overwhelming. Atmosphere was great, albeit a little on the dark side. Fairly expensive, but comparable to other spots in the area serving the same level of cuisine. I would go back, and I would also recommend for a nice date night out, anniversary,celebration, etc.

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JK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for brunch on our anniversary, and everything was great. The staff was attentive, the food was good, and they seated us at a table by the window. At the end, they delivered a nice surprise desert for our anniversary. Recommended!

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BG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and vibe was great our servers were excellent and attentive. We couldn't help but to be disappointed that the steak ordered medium well done was actually cooked medium rare / rare.

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OT
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with a beautiful view!

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p
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Not cheap but with unlimited mimosas and a buffet plus main entree for brunch, the total bill was $129. Will go back. It will not have breakfast first!

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GE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful view of the sound from our window table. Food was delicious. We tried pasta with a beef ragout and pasta with lobster and brown butter. Somewhat confusing regarding receipt of the snack/happy hour menu instead of a dinner menu. Our server quickly explained the timing issue and gave us dinner menus. We had arrived several minutes before the start of dinner at 5:00 PM. Overall service was very good, attentive but not obtrusive.

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D
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My dinner was so salty it was barely edible. This has happened before at this restaurant, so someone needs to tell the chef to lay off the salt. I ordered the salmon, which would have been great as it was perfectly cooked if only I could taste it over the salt. The salmon was over a bed of butter drenched farrow that was poorly cooked. Also the 11 layer chocolate cake was too heavy as in each layer drenched in a simple syrup to keep it from going stale, but resulted in a super sweet heavy cake. The salad to start was good and I really liked the bread. When the server brought the check and said 20% tip has been added, I was fine with that until I read the long explanation of how only a portion of the tip goes to server and the rest goes to paying the kitchen staff and so was prompted to leave 15 -25% more. WHAT!!! No I do not want to leave a 30%-45% tip!! When I am paying $40 + for an entree, the restaurant should be able to pay their own kitchen staff. Really disgraceful that you're taking the servers money from them.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The buffet is very good for brunch and you get to pick your own entree. The desserts looked delicious but they ran out before they announced last call for brunch. They did have the kitchen bring us some others but it was different than what we had been looking forward to in the buffet. Our server was nice but we had to ask for several things during our meal, not the Four Seasons experience I would expect for the name and price.

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N
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great brunch. Very pleasant. Good food. Relaxing atmosphere

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We were excited to come to Goldfinch. We had a 5:45 reservation as we had a 7:30 theatre tickets close by. We arrived at 5:35. The only table with a partial view left was in the corner of the bar. After being sat we waited 15 minutes for a server and we ordered wine and asked for water. The wine came quickly but no water. The server said his collegue would be coming but never did. Finally we flagged down another server who quickly got us water. It then took another 10 minutes for our server to come and take our order. At which time we said we were in a hurry. It took 40-45 minutes for us to get our meals. By that time we had 20 minutes to eat. The manager comped us a side dish and 2 glasses of wine. A combination of backed up kitchen due to a special event and an inattentive server and not so special food made for a really bad evening for us at the Four Seasons Goldfinch. The chef should rethink his side dishes, they were horrible.

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AT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely people and food-excellent dining experience. Thank you <3

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I
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful. We’ve never done brunch. Loved the variety and new fresh things were brought out continuously. Wish we didn’t have to drive home or the bottomless mimosas would have been a true hit. Still indulged but you know lol. Also appreciated highly we got done at the art museum early and they were able to accommodate seating us 45 min early for our reservation. Always great attentive service and accommodating to dietary questions.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The service might have been rated 4 stars if the waitress hadn’t asked if we wanted bread for the table, which to me implied it was complimentary and then charged $6 for it. I ordered the crab and beet salad for $17. Way overdressed and tiny portion for the cost. There was maybe a quarter cup of crab in the salad with equal parts dressing it seemed. Kind of bland too; not something you’d expect from a higher-end restaurant. My fiancé had the burger and said that they overdid it on the sauce. Also the bun was dry. Fries were great. A burger, salad, a mismosa, and an iced tea (not to mention the non-complimentary bread and 20% mandatory gratuity) were $76. I wouldn’t have minded the cost if the meal was better. I won’t be going back.

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OT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband and I LOVE brunch and brunch at the Four Seasons makes us feel like we’re on vacation. The food here at the Seattle property is really good, but not amazing, and since I’m gluten and dairy intolerant I wish there had been some allergy-friendly sweet options available in the brunch buffet. Our server seemed very rushed and tense at first which is just the opposite of the experience one expects at the Four Seasons, but he relaxed a bit and the service was much better, although a little sparse, for the remainder of our meal. We had to get up twice when no servers/bussers were around, once to get brown sugar from the next table and once to get a working pen to sign the check. They include a 20% service charge in the bill which I am fine with, but in this case service wasn’t quite 20% worthy. I recommend checking out the buffet before committing to the $49 price tag to make sure there are plenty of options you like. The little crab cocktails were delicious and so fresh, and we loved the selection of roasted and pickled veggies, chilled prawns and the vegan pumpkin bisque. There is also a nice selection of entrees (included with the buffet) and a la carte items on the menu. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and the restaurant itself is cozy and comfortable. A great option for a decadent meal in downtown Seattle, especially if you want a relaxing break after visiting the busy Pike Place Market.

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H
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered the crab/beet salad, which I've had before and which, I thought was delicious. But the dressing has changed and I just didn't like it so I had it packed up and sent it home with one of my friends who had the same thing and liked it. I was really disappointed and need next time to find something different within that price range.

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D
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal and service. A terrific dinner place before the symphony. Prom and chicken were outstanding. Crud I salmon was ok. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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C
Seattle
221 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I have often met friends here for lunch, unfortunately, this time, Goldfinch was a bit disappointing. Just getting seated was difficult. They have remodeled their dining room again, and now most of the tables are booths. My back can't tolerate a booth, so we had to wait until a table with chairs was available. We waited 20 minutes for a table.

The food tasted bland. I had the soup and salad - the chowder had little flavor, the salad consisted of lettuce leaves and a vinaigrette. It was fine, but nothing special. My friend had crab cakes, which she said were "ok," not what I expect from Goldfinch. We shared some ice cream for dessert - it was very good (rum toffee), the highlight go the meal.

Was this a post-holiday slump? I won't give up on Goldfinch, but I'm not eager to return.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent New Year’s Eve dinner. We will definitely be back soon!

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j
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Went here for New Years with a group of friends. Our reservation was at 9:30pm and we had wanted to catch the fireworks from the space needle that night. We were clear with our waiter that this was our intention but honestly I felt like that was ignored so that they could keep us there until midnight. We didn’t even receive our appetizer until 10:300m, an hour after arriving. The food was good, but we all felt trapped and I’m really bummed I missed NYE fireworks like we had planned. I won’t be going back.

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SK
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Always great food & Leo our Server always gives the best service! He makes us want to come back again & again.

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EA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

For those who have $ to burn and like to Instagram brunch and cocktails, this is probably a good choice.

This is an attractive, well-located restaurant. It's convenient to Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum. And it has a partial view of the waterfront, which can be quite spectacular. And the food is tasty.

The prices are high. This isn't unexpected at a hotel. But the service isn't consistent with a hotel restaurant. The staff were rather unfriendly. And having recently dined at the Fairmont Olympic, this was a stark contrast.

To be fair, the burgers were excellent. But they should be at $18 a piece plus an automatic 20% gratuity.

The brunch looked interesting, but the area wasn't very tidy and at $50/person I expect better. Then again, maybe it doesn't matter if you're enjoying the bottomless mimosas.

Had better experiences here when it was the "Art" restaurant. Don't think I'll go back.

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KO
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu. Food was well prepared. High quality. Excellent service. Very accommodating. Bit on the pricey side.
I would recommend Goldfinch for a quiet evening meal with friends and/or family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The holiday brunch was amazing! Everything we wanted.

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B
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The view is beautiful and the food is very good but service is slow.

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SN
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey but definitely splurge worthy. The brunch buffet is no joke, we were stuffed at the end!

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MM
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The three of us, college friends from the 80's, get together before Xmas each year to have a nice dinner, and Goldfinch did not disappoint. We were able to have a very relaxed dinner, the server not rushing us at all, allowing us to enjoy exploring the menu a bit. The highlights from the appetizer's were the octopus, grilled perfectly with a nice preparation of roasted potatoes and a delicate sauce; the salmon crudo with tasty seasonal accompaniments, and the fried oysters (probably my favorite in a city with plenty of good options). For dinner, one had the burger and gave it top marks, I had the pappardelle with braised rabbit and roasted carrots, and found it spectacular, the rabbit delicately flavored and so tender, the roasted carrots sweet and a very pleasant bite, and the pasta perfectly cooked. Goldfinch also has a terrific brunch, but the dining room is perfect in the evening, looking out at the sound, the tables well spaced to afford privacy, and the lights low and the glow of the fireplace exceedingly pleasant.

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LT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Have been to Goldfinch many times and it is usually good. This time, it was not. No hostess at desk to greet/seat guests. Waited at least 5 minutes for her to show up and line formed behind me. When my guest arrived, hostess pointed her to the wrong area of the restaurant to look for me instead of showing her to our table. We were seated by no later than 12:25 and did not get our lunches until nearly one. My guest had a 1:30 meeting and we barely had time to eat before she had to leave. Food was OK, nothing spectacular. Not a good experience this time!

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

From reviews, I expected quiet condition, but Saturday evening was not, still enough for talking with my partner. The chef dependent menu (75USD) was really nice. The staff for our table was friendly but polite. Totally, we could have very memorable good time.

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