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7:00 PM

Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine

38 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
Chef Walid Alabtan, with his charming personality and many years experience in the restaurant business is now ready to serve you. He last served as executive chef to various restaurants and is to bring his distinctive cuisine to your home. Experience the taste of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean authentic cuisine. A vibrant healthy meal with exotic ingredients of the Middle and Far East.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Turkish
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 - 4:00PM
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday, Sunday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM, Saturday: 4:00PM - 1:30AM
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Phone number
(206) 588-0650
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Walid Alabtan
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We offer full service catering and on call private delivery for a big group.
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Cross street
Between Ravenna Ave and 23rd Ave
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Public transit
Bus #71 will drop you off directly in front of the restaurant.
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Live Band Every Saturday night: "Naseems Band" Entertainment begins at 10:00PM and runs untill 1:30AM. Our full service menu is offered. There is a $10 cover charge.
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 38 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.7  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTraHal15 (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was really great. Good portion size. We bought a Groupon but forgot to use it. We will be back. Thanks

vipGreatMeal (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

The food is wonderful and the owner is very friendly. The wait staff were fine but didn't smile very much. It's always cold in that restaurant, so bring a sweater!

careme (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Fresh, healthy vibrant flavors. So satisfying. Always a winner

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Good food. We liked the owner. He spent time at our table chatting. Very nice man. Would go back as we love middle eastern food.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on August 9, 2017

When we walked into the restaurant on a Wednesday evening for dinner, we were not acknowledged. A man was on the phone behind the bar and a server looked at us but stood aside and just stared at the man on the phone. It was very awkward. There was only one other table with patrons. After finally being seated, the service continued to be awful. The food was very bland and my friend's seafood skewer was well under cooked. I won't be back.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

An incredibly wonderful take on Eastern Mediterranean dishes! The authenticity of the dishes made you feel like you were in that region of the world! Very authentic, very creative, very good!

Myself (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on July 18, 2017

They were closed when we arrived so we had coffee nearby and walked around so we went to Vios.

Marino (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

The waiter did accommodate us according to our needs. He was very helpful.

kensworthy (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

Harissa was closed when we went there for our lunch reservation. I don't know how Opentable and the restaurant could let this happen- we were left to find another restaurant last minute for our lunch celebration. It was a complete disappointment. Harissa, please fix your hours online and with Opentable, or warn your potential patrons of any last minute closure. Opentable, please be more diligent with this type of thing. I will not use an unreliable service.

BRSeattle (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

The four of us had a great meal at Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine last week-end. The part owner was our server and was welcoming and friendly. He described their special wine offerings and even gave us Happy Hour pricing, although we were a few minutes past 6:00. We all ordered a the Malbec, which was fabulous, and he gave us a generous pour (more like 9 oz than 6). We also shared the mixed mezze, which included hummus, a roasted tomato chutney, tzatziki, and baba ganouj. They were all good but the tomato chutney really stood out. The pita bread was fresh and included sprinkles of feta. We got a second helping with no extra charge. We each ordered one of the specials. Mine was a stuffed zucchini with lamb and vegetables. My husband ordered the lamb stew. It also came with saffron scented rice. They were all really good. And, then the owner brought us amazing baklava on the house! A great value and wonderful food and really warm service. We will be back!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2017

Everything we had there was beyond delicious. The special Syrian appetizer was unique and helped raise awareness through food culture. The hummus was out of this world. My husband had the lamb kabob and I had the seafood kabob. Came with salads and the sides were delicious too. I can't wait to go back. We recommend everything we ate!

vipOrlock08 (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2017

We tried this place for the first time last week before going to a play at the Bath House in Green Lake. We really love Lebanese/Middle Eastern food and are always looking for a Good/New place.

The food was flavorful enough, but on the oily/greasy side. One of us had the Chicken Kabob and the other the Lamb Meatball Stew special of the day. The chicken was a nice long skewer, but did not have a lot of flavor from being marinated - we're used to lots of lemon and garlic. The Garlic Sauce was good - a side dish would have been nice for chicken. The rice could have had less butter/oil and seemed a little pasty. The lamb meatball stew had good flavor - but again had an unnecessary layer of oil (olive?) sitting on top. The usually offer a choice of Caesar or Lebanese salad, but were out of Caesar dressing, and it was early on a week night with very few customers.

There was a nice selection of wines, including several Lebanese, and some good beers. We did not have time to try the Baklava - the only desert on the menu.

It's worth a try and we may go again - really depends on your tastes and expectations.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2017

The appetizer combo with the 4 dips and fresh pita is the best! I'd go there just for that.

vipBeanieBabe (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2017

What a fabulous find!! The best pita bread ever. The hummus is to die for and the lamb is delicious. The owner goes above and beyond in service and in homemade everything.
This is our new favorite place.

viprblument (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 2, 2016

Hairissa is a neighborhood restaurant for us. It features Lebanese food and everything we have had has been very good. Especially noteworthy is Walid's Combination Plate, four different dips served with wonderful pita bread. The dips are hummus, grilled eggplant dip, labneh, and a tomato salsa. All are wonderful, and there is ample portions in this appetizer (essentially, a meal in itself). I'm very fond of the felafel, which are crispy and tasty, served over a buttery rice with tomatoes and feta sprinkled in. Also of note is their bruschetta (I know, at a Lebanese restaurant?) which is tasty with lovely grilled bread, feta, tomatoes, and spices. The music which was soft Brazilian, was just lovely and a wonderful accompaniment to our lovely meal.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on September 13, 2016

Bread and hummus off the charts crazy good
Chicken on salad mediocre
Not a sole in the place at 4:45 pm
Waitress very quiet

viplovetodine (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2016

Great Service and food!
Our server was very informative and attentive. His suggesting on food quantity was right on! The food was delicious and plenty. It's a great value for the price. The baklava was excellent! It was not too sweet or too dry. The server suggested that we use out hands to eat the baklava and he was right. Love the location and WE are certainly coming back! By the way, they make their own pita bread and it was absolutely the best we have had!

vipGreatMeal (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on September 1, 2016

The food was very good but the service was mediocre. Only one person was serving, and he was new. It appears that this restaurant needs more help (I saw the help wanted sign!).

vipGreatMeal (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

Our dinners were really good, especially the salmon kabob. I love that salad comes with the entrees. The server was brand new, and it would have been great if he had help on the floor.

AmyS (Hawaii)
1.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

A horrible service experience with marginal food. Here is the timeline for a typical Saturday evening dining experience and the place wasn't even half way full.

610 arrival
620 ordered dinner
730 salads showed up only after speaking to three different servers
745 dinner showed up only after asking several more times and telling the staff that we were leaving in ten minutes if dinner didn't show up.

The most embarrassing part is that the owner actually had the nerve to charge me for the entire dinner. I paid all 108 dollars for marginal food and the worst service I have experienced in years. We will never be back and will never recommend this establish to anyone. How embarrassing to make someone wait over an hour for dinner, ignore them the entire time and then have the nerve to charge them for it.