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Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Seattle

4.6
557 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Northwest
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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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open Sunday through Thursday 6:30am-12:00am, until 1:00am Friday and Saturday.
Breakfast: Daily, 6:30am - 11:00am
Weekend Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Lunch: Weekdays 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Sunday through Thursday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday through Saturday, 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Happy Hour: Sunday through Thursday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
(excluding holidays and special promotions)
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Phone number
(206) 749-7070
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joe Ritchie
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Catering
Please contact Andrea Ikata for Catering inquiries: (206) 749-4502
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
First Ave
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Parking details
Valet parking is $17 when dining in the restaurant.
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Public transit
Westlake Center Station, University Street Station, 4th Avenue
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Special events & promotions
For upcoming events, please visit our website: http://www.goldfinchtavern.com/events/
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Let Goldfinch Tavern make your next celebration or meeting unforgettable in one of our two private dining rooms. Either room can accommodate up to 16 guests for intimate gatherings or 25 guests for a standing reception. Valet parking, coat check and AV are available for all events.

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What 557 People Are Saying
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4.6
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had incredible service from the staff, especially Tiffany. Unfortunately we did not realize that a 20% charge (sort of a tip) is included in the bill. This information was on the check in small print. Our mistake. Food was superb. It was a sunny day and the view beyond the public storage building was exceptional. Our guest was an 82 year old out for a birthday lunch. We requested and were given a very quit table just beyond the bar toward the south end of the restaurant. That critical kindness started a wonderful lunch.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our 2nd time at Goldfinch Tavern on SRW, and they never dissappoint. Impeccable service, food, ambience.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We dined here during Seattle Restaurant Week. The service was top notch and we had a great view of the Great Wheel from our table. The menu was diverse with options for vegans, vegetarians or GF diners. We both enjoyed our meal and will be back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Incredible food and views! The fresh oysters, Hamachi, and albacore were highlights. Excellent service as well.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Good food, nice drinks and attentive but not overbearing service.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Perfect, if a bit pricey, for an early dinner before Benaroya Hall. Hamachi Crudo to share, then a risotto and an excellent Dungeness crab spaghetti. Good wine by the glass, plus nice non-alcoholic cocktails. Elegant, ok, salted chocolate cake dessert, excellent Fonté coffee. Very nice servers.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Pleasant and relaxing.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Goldfinch does not slack on any occasion that I’ve had the pleasure of being their guest. Even when offering special events like this month’s 3 for $33, they do not stint in service or food. I can scarcely think of how a restaurant can rate higher! A Seattle must!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Went here on a Friday thinking it was restaurant week but sadly that was our mistake since Friday and Saturdays don’t count for restaurant week. We ended up getting the tenderloin for 2 and it was awesome. The view would be amazing, but the public storage building killed some of the vibe. Would recommend and would go back for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The buratta/roasted vegetable salad was probably one of the best salad/entrees I have had. Just enough of everything, a feast for the eye as well as the tummy!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My friends and I decided to participate in restaurant week and randomly chose Goldfinch Tavern. It was a great deal for the three courses. I really wanted to try the lamb but unfortunately, they were out so I went with the beef option and it was so good. I tried their parfait for the dessert and it was good, my friend's dessert was so much better so I definitely recommend the cake over the parfait. I will definitely come back for another dinner in the future.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We visited the restaurant during Restaurant Week and were excited about the choices. However, when the food arrived, only one of three entrees was excellent - the spot prawn risotto. The tuna was dry and the beef was basically inedible. We reported this to the manager, but no effort was made to appease us other than to serve another serving of the same meat. The desserts were all good as were the appetizers. Our server was very attentive. We won't visit this restaurant again.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The service here is spot on - Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable of not just the menu, but the available drinks and wines. The food here is amazing, although my dish was on the cooler side, the flavors were all there and I enjoyed every single bite. I will be back again for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We went for a date during Restaurant Week, and were really excited about the options. Rather than the standard choice between 3 options, they offer 5 starters and 6 main dishes that all sound to die for (and the 2 we had were). Food was outstanding, and so were the cocktails. We had a cozy booth for just the two of us, and the service was very attentive even though it was packed. Definitely recommend for a romantic evening!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

My hubby and I were in Seattle for one week, and knew we needed to try out Restaurant Week! Goldfinch Tavern was simply incredible. The portion sizes were very generous, the flavors were amazing, the view was great, and our server, Ryan, was top notch!! We will definitely return. Even without a special prixe fix menu, Goldfinch Tavern is worth every penny. My only minor complaint would be that it was very dark...the table next to us was using flashlights to look at their menu. Ah well, you can’t have it all! Thank you, Ryan + Goldfinch Tavern.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The service was absolutely outstanding. The food is presented well and tasty. The prices are on the high side so not a place you might visit on a regular basis.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This is a hard review to write. We were there for Easter Brunch which I'm sure wasn't reflective of the food served here in general. The ingredients used were fresh -- cocktail shrimp, raw oysters, salmon tartar, salads and the like -- and everything was good. What food was cooked wasn't much of a challenge for a competent kitchen -- filet mignon, burger made with ground lamb -- use good meat and get the temperature right and you've nailed it. You can do this at home. Two cooked items we tried are worthy of being singled out. The clam chowder was okay but certainly not the best whether compared to the Pacific Northwest variety or the (even better) variety found in New England. And the crab cake, call me an East coast snob, maybe blue crabs are better for caking than are dungeness, but tastier crab cakes are easily found throughout Maryland, Virginia or the Carolinas. Desserts are also worth mentioning. Wow! Their pastry chef is terrific. And now the bill. With tax, tip and one drink each, we left $100 per person well in the rear view mirror. Let me put this in perspective. My wife and I had perfectly adequate breakfast a couple of times in Seattle's Springhill Suites. Yes, I know breakfast isn't brunch, but they only charged us $70 per person there, and they threw in a hotel room for free.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food is fine but nothing to bring me back. During dinner, the lights are turned way down. Seeing the menu is a challenge and it's more akin to dining in a bar then at a restaurant. The food is not spectacular. The desert, feels like it was cutting edge perhaps seven or eight years ago. This is a place to go if you're in town staying at the hotel, but certainly not worth the trip if you live in Seattle and want to go out to eat. There are far better and more interesting places to eat to drop the kind of change you'll drop eating here.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Second time at Goldfinch Tavern and it did not disappoint!
The drinks are well mixed and the food is great.
The atmosphere is relaxing too.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Disappointing quality of food for the weekend brunch.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Love this place. A little pricey but worth the cost. I'd definitely go back, again and again.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We did the “trust the chef” menu and were impressed with all the dishes! They each reflected the natural beauty and earthiness of the Pacific Northwest. The ambiance is masculine yet romantic. Highly recommend this sexy restaurant—you will not be disappointed if you put your dinner in the hands of the chef!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Amazing!! Ever dish was fantastic and the drinks were unique and very yummy

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We visit the Four Seasons often for dinner when we are in Downtown. We usually eat in the lobby to accommodate our special needs daughter, but since we had another couple with us on this occasion, I made reservation to make sure we could be accommodated for her needs. I arrived a few minutes after our party was seated and they had put us in the middle of the room, even though I had requested a corner booth and there were many open. I pointed this out to the hostess and she said that our party of 5 could not be accommodated in their booths. I completely disagree with her excuse and it made the rest of our meal difficult, because that meant myself of my husband had to hole our daughter to keep her from running away.
We ordered 2 appetizers, the hamachi and the soup. The hamachi was delicious and perfect.
The soup was under salted, but that is easily remedied and it was an imaginative take on the leek soups I have had at other places. Three of us ordered the crab spaghetti for dinner and it was not great. It was plain. I added lemon and salt to mine and it made it a lot better. The last person at the table ordered the ravioli and thought it was pretty good.
The donuts and the ash coffee ice cream were a huge hit, and honestly the ice cream was one of the best flavors I have had in a long time. Overall, we will keep coming back, but I was kind of bummed how our needs for our daughter were not accommodated after multiple requests.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

While most things went fine for me, my wife had cold soup that was then reheated and brought back warm, overcooked tuna and her place was set without a fork. Each of these events was followed by trying to flag down a server, but they were difficult to track down, so much so I kept reaching for my phone to call the hostess, but manners stopped me. The good news is that any stress around how much of a tip to leave was kindly taken care of as they added 20% anyway. Thoughtful.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I wish restaurants in Seattle do not add automatic gratuity of 20%. Service at Goldfinch Tavern was excellent and I would have tipped 20% anyway. However, gratuity, by definition, should be discretionary. If it needs to be added automatically, it should just be added to the price of the food. It's a frown at the end of a nice meal to be "imposed" gratuity.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable meal before Hamilton. Service was great. Excellent Pinot Grigio and salmon. Octopus a tiny bit salty. Looking forward to next time

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Brunch was ok. Burgers were very good.
Crab cake was mediocre. Space very nice.
Good value for mimosas.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Service is always impeccable, food creative and a very comfortable environment.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We are Vegan and they were able to accommodate very well.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very nice ambiance. Service was prompt and attentive, but food took quite awhile to arrive. It was more than 20 minutes before we received the bread that we ordered with dinner, for example. The food was fine, but certainly not worthy of the high prices charged. Lots of upselling on the part of waiters, and you may be surprised to find how exorbitant those extra charges can be. Ask for their wine recommendations and you'll get only the most expensive bottles. They seemed somewhat desperate to make a lot of money off of their customers.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I'm sure I have reviewed Goldfinch in the past, but we do continue to enjoy the restaurant when we attend a show nearby. Perfect for the symphony or a matinee show.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Delicious food, friendly staff, really know how to make a birthday feel special!

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Overall good experience - Had a mix of happy hour and dinner menu items. The good: Great choices on happy hour menu; great happy hour oysters; great service; great tasting food. The not-so-good: Restaurant is really dark (OK when eating but hard when trying to read the menu); Parking is expensive; and portions are small ($30 black cod was two portions of maybe 2 oz each with no starch included). Would recommend for an upscale happy hour date or a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant for Valentine's Day and had a great experience! The tables each had one long stemmed red rose, which was a really nice touch! The menu was a 4 course menu specifically for Valentine's Day, which was $95 per person. The first 2 courses were shared appetizers that were pretty substantial and included oysters, bruschetta, pork belly, pasta and some other things. The desserts were also amazing! The main course was pretty good.

The ambience and service at this restaurant are great. It is a high end restaurant that still keeps a casual atmosphere without being sloppy, which is why this is a great restaurant for special occasions but also for a night out to dinner. I want to try their brunch menu next!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went on Valentine's Day expecting the normal Ethan Stowell experience, but were incredibly disappointed. The food tasted very "assembly line" and posts of the preparation were completely left off (dressings, etc).

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic Valentine's Day dinner. Set menu with wine pairing. Great service, great food.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Appetizers were dry and bland. Valentines meal was overpriced for quality.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Food took a long time to arrive, seemed like our waiter thought we had all the time in the world. 1 dish (wife’s) pasta came out not cooked enough, we sent it back. my burger and fries were excellent but I did not want to eat without my wife , so we talked and my food got cold, waiter did not seem to care and didn’t offer to warm my plate or give my wife something to nibble on while waiting for her dish. It took for ever for her dish to come back out. Waiter was oblivious to our waiting. Ran into asst mgr when leaving and he ask how everything was, I hesitated but told him what our experience was like, he didn’t seem to care, he could have offered to discount our bill, offer us a free appatizer for next time, but nothing. We will not be back.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent seafood, staff was amazing, food very delicious and was everything I expect from Ethan Stowell restaurant.

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