Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Seattle

4.6
593 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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Private dining
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
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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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent ice creams that are made in house. Very good wine-by-the glass list also.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Goldfinch Tavern continues to amaze us as the service is always courteous, professional and efficient. Our waitress was able to get us the Steamed Clams (lunch menu item) for dinner which were absolutely outstanding. Can't say enough great things about this establishment but they are hitting on all cylinders and then some. We tell our friends that this is a MUST DO restaurant in Seattle.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Our server Joseph was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Very good restaurant, some interesting food,good wines, low noise and appropriate prices.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The service at Goldfinch is impeccable. They made our special occasion very memorable by bringing out a specially crafted dessert and message at the end of the meal. Great food, great ambiance - will definitely recommend it to friends

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Goldfinch Tavern never disappoints.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Pre theater meal and service was perfect.
We loved the food, the wine list was good.
We only wished it didn't cost so much.
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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Ate here twice while at hotel. Strongly recommend the Northwest Hash for breakfast.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We had a celebratory late lunch here prior to my daughter's UW Master's graduation. All the food was wonderful. You have to try the apricot bruschetta appetizer -- oh my goodness, was it amazing. The service was exactly what you want it to be: extremely competent, friendly, attentive, thoughtful, and not one bit over-bearing. This was definitely worth the drive from the far northern suburbs!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Outstanding customer service, attention to detail in food preparation and styling, and overall experience.
Perhaps more expensive since it is Hotel dining, I must say that this was a particularly good dining experience here.
Absolutely wonderful hostess and waitstaff from start to finish.
We were seeing friends off who had, both, returned to town and were soon to be traveling.
This was just the right ambience and positive experience for a reunion and a send-off!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

As someone with a dietary restriction (gluten free, not by choice), it was very awkward to dine here. While the menu does list GF items, our server kept asking if I wanted bread and brought me a croissant...I don't enjoy having to repeat multiple times during a meal "I can't eat that." Service was also extremely slow from the kitchen (likely because we had ordered A la Carte as opposed to the buffet brunch) and our server could not be found for over 10 minutes when we wanted to get our get our check.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Some may tout others; Goldfinch is by far simply the best Seattle brunch buffet value I’ve had the joy to experience!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Friday night....we finished our business meeting and had an early dinner as we were catching an early flight in the morning. food and service were over the top good. great setting and loved the wine selection. a must in Seattle.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We celebrated our 10th Anniversary dinner here while vacationing in Seattle and loved it. I highly recommend the Trust the Chef menu option. You get to experience the unique flavors of the PNW and it’s something different every night.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Had lamb shank , first piece (smaller of two) was delicious! Second piece was so full of grisslel and fat, I gave up after a few bites that I spit out! Should have comped my meal. Instead comped oysters appetizer . Came away not feeling so good about the dining experience.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The Friday before Memorial Day weekend I heard that some friends wanted to have dinner downtown that evening. When making a reservation I asked for a window table realizing that it might not be possible. We did get a window table and had a very good meal. Their halibut was beautifully cooked and my salad was delicious. We didn't have cocktails so no comment on that. The restaurant has a view of the Sound but is not on the waterfront. Very good views but no outside seating.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Goldfinch is a favorite of ours, and we always go when we are in Seattle. Service is impeccable, the food always inventive and interesting innovations on either new things or standards. Root vegetable/leek soup and Manhattan clam chowder were outstanding, while the salmon salad and beet/dungeness crab salad were both tasty. Wines by the glass are pricy for a relatively short pour--the standard of the day. While this is an expensive restaurant, the quality is outstanding and matches the beautiful view of Puget Sound.

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Beautiful setting and solid service is outweighed by over cooked fish and a humdrum menu

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The portions on the scallops and lobster entree were tiny. Two scallops and one piece of lobster 1 1/2 inches long. Literally 3 bites of lobster for $39. Extremely disappointing since I don’t order lobster that often.

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1.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Having spent close to $100 a head at the Goldfinch Tavern, I was expecting a memorable (think Michelin *) dining experience. Sadly the experience was far from my expectations.

The pork belly appetizer was smothered in a balsamic glaze that over-powered the dish. My wife's halibut & crab entree was absolutely un-imaginative in everything but the price ($60!). The onion "marmalade" that was featured in my burger was obnoxiously smoked that ruined the entire dish (fennel aoli with the fries was alright). When I brought this to my server's attention, there wasn't even an attempt to correct this.

Dessert was OK, but I've had better donut holes in Seattle (think Dahlia Lounge, served with delicious Devonshire Cream). However, the real dessert was not getting my parking validated gratis and instead being asked to fork over an additional $17.

What was nice: Ambience, Views, Service. Rose wine was excellent.

Overall: Overpriced. Many better options in town, many of which are Ethan Stowell restaurants. I was expecting more from Four Seasons / Ethan Stowell. It would take a lot for me reconsider dining here.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Everything about this restaurant I like. The servers are great, knowledgable, friendly and professional. The food is amazing. The table shared some vegetables, which we all enjoyed. Everyone was happy with their entree as well. I always recommend this place, then feel smart and classy when my friends end up liking it as much as I do.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The prices keep going up as the portions get smaller. Value is negligible. We will NOT dine there ever again, unless new management comes in and makes the prices and portions reasonable.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our meal was amazing. The service was fantastic. My mother had an awesome Mother's Day!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had the halibut and king crab for two, was so delicious. Excellent service and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This place is absolutely to die for! I stayed at the Four Seasons so I had breakfast there first and it was delicious! Later that night I had a business dinner and everything was so good! For an entree, I had the dungeness crab spaghetti and it was literally the BEST TASTING PASTA DISH I HAVE EVER EATEN THUS FAR IN LIFE!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Had the Seafood Stew and Hamachi Crudo and both were excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We had a wonderful meal, great service, awesome sunset view, and we loved the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Chef’s tasting menu with wine pairing was exceptional- one of the best I’ve had. Great selection of appetizers. Everything was great.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Solid restaurant with some foodie options, but also basic favorites done well. My party had crab cakes, burrata salad & a burger. All were done well and enjoyable.

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2.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food was wonderful! We love this restaurant and have been multiple times, but for some reason that no staff member (Managers included) could explain, the service was very slow last night. Not just slow, ridiculously slow. And we are patient, forgiving diners. They said “sorry”, but it was as if our concerns were totally unimportant. With so many terrific restaurants in our city, to return to Goldfinch Tavern again is unlikely. Very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Wonderful and innovative dishes. Great atmosphere .

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Delish! I have many dietary restrictions and the chef accommodated beautifully. Wait staff was the right amount of attentive. Portions were cuisine sized-- so you don't leave feeling stuffed and in need of a nap. Highly recommend and will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The service was great and the ambiance was upscale and romantic. However, they were out of at least two different beers on the menu as well as a few food items and it was only 8pm on a Friday night. My husband had the burger which was average. I ordered the crab pasta and while there was a huge amount of fresh crab the sauce was so lemony that it was almost impossible to eat. The cocktails were divine and we may make this a place to stop for drinks in the future.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Top notch on all fronts - food, service, ambience.

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Spent $175. Left hungry. Scallops and Lobster entree was literally 2 scallops and half a single lobster tail.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Excellent restaurant in Seattle. Great food, service was brilliant. We really enjoyed eating here and they are great with kids

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

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 on April 16, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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 on April 15, 2018

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

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