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Hi-Life

4.4
346 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Kid-friendly
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in Ballard's historic Firehouse No. 18 built in 1911, the Hi-Life serves up a quarterly rotating American Grill menu that features the best of the four seasons here in the Pacific Northwest. With an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and brick oven, our line turns out tasty, full-flavored foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner each and every day.



We have a bountiful, Northwest wine list with over 16 different wines by the glass, as well as a spirited bar with seasonally changing cocktails and 8 local brews on tap.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Daily: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Lunch:
Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Limited Lunch Menu, Daily: 3-5pm
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Happy Hour:
Tuesday: 3pm - Close
Daily: 3pm - 6:30pm
Late night menu:
Daily: 10:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(206) 784-7272
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anthony Hubbard
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Private party facilities
The Hi-Life has a private dining room available for adults only. We can host a combination cocktail party and sit-down dinner for up to 40 with your own private bartender.

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Private party contact
Manager : (206) 784-7272
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market Street
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Parking details
The surrounding streets have a combination of 1-2 hour parking and metered parking.
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Public transit
The #18 bus runs from Market Street & Leary to downtown Seattle. The stop located on Market also offers transfer service to the #17, #44, and #46 lines. The #15 bus runs down 15th with a stop at the Market Street intersection.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 346 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.4
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Cool environment, it was an old fire station, with casual dinner menu and good cocktails. Service was slow and we didn't see our waitress for quite awhile after being seated. Then she checked in repeatedly on us to order. We ordered 2 orders of ribs on a Friday night and about 15 minutes after we ordered, she returned to tell us they only had 1 order of ribs left. They also lost my friends pizza ordered. The manager nicely took the pizza off our bill but it was very odd for a Friday night when the place was not packed. I think I will try other places in Ballard for next time.

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BMack (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Loved the building and the history. The food was delicious .

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

We hadn't been here for a while and were reminded that we need to come more often. Our meals were very good—and compared to restaurants in the area—we found it very affordable.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and service. We were there New Year’s Eve and had a blast. We sat close to the door. That spot was a little chilly. Will sit somewhere else next time.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

My wife had flank steak. I had blackened pork and grits. We shared a small plate of gnocchi. All were great! Our server was fun and friendly. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Normally this is a great place to eat, but I've seen the quality of the food decline recently. The lamb sliders were overcooked. I get they are small (actually small even by slider standards), but cooking them past well done is unforgivable. My LDC had the vegetarian plate. She asked if it was spicy and the server said it was more sour and not spicy at all. The vegetables were either too hard to eat, too spicy for her, too bland, or a combination of these. I've never had pickled butternut squash, but if this is any indication, it should never be done. It was not softened in the least. Imagine slicing a squash to about 1/4 inch and dousing it in spicy vinegar for a few minutes. Not sure if we'll be going returning again.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Our small office chose Hi-Life for our Holiday lunch. The food selection was diverse enough to keep everyone happy. The atmosphere, from the cool building to the chill clientele and the friendly wait staff made for a memorable and comfortable occasion.

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vipSavanahdawn (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

Yummy food and farmhouse ambiance. My friend and I shared a couple of plates and it was just enough food. Highly recommend the ribs!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
1.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Our server was rude and completely not attentive. Half of the food was brought 10 minutes before the rest and it was served cold. Not even room temperature, I mean cold. The manager fixed everything but the server was so rude it just felt like a huge fiasco. There was very much a feeling that we were putting them out wanting water and hot food.

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LarryR (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

Went to the Sunday Chicken Dinner special. A great deal, the chicken was plentiful and delicious. There were plenty of side dishes that were great. The Sunday dinner has become a family tradition

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