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About How To Cook A Wolf

This neighborhood restaurant atop Queen Anne is cozy and intimate. As a nod to the restaurant’s literary namesake, Chef David Glass repeatedly impresses by doing so much from this tiny kitchen. The continually changing, Italian-inspired menu focuses on smaller plates and fresh, daily-made pastas, typically enjoyed family style in the warm, wood-clad dining room. Stop by the Queen Anne Farmer's Market before dinner, and you might see Chef Glass gathering ingredients for that night's menu. Have dinner at the bar and sip Prosecco while watching the kitchen create.

2208 Queen Ann Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 7 days a week, 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Boston St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 838-8090

Website:
http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/howtocookawolf/

Executive Chef:
David Glass

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

How To Cook A Wolf Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Creative Cuisine (21)
Cozy (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Romantic (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Bar Seating (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Seasonal (9)
Tapas (9)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Organic (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Every evening at How to Cook to a Wolf is special. We have celebrated a few family events there and it’s always outstanding

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The dishes were simply excellent and delicious. The ambience and fun and friendly. Even though we were given a water bottle at the table, they were quick to keep our glasses full. The bread is a must.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

We had a lovely dinner with 3 colleagues after a couple of intense working days. How to Cook a Wolf provided us with great ideas about food & wine and we had a splendid dinner. The food was cooked to perfection. Unlike most US companies where raw food is not served that well or more to medium, this restaurant was able to provide us with superb tasting raw food as well. Loved it!

Whenever in Seattle, I will definitely go again!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fun cocktails, very good food, great service. We thouroughly enjoyed our experience.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Highly recommend sitting at the bar - it’s fun to watch them make cocktails and half the kitchen is visible! The menu changes often but seasonally (late fall/winter) they feature a bolognese - each year is different and this 2017/18 one is TO. DIE. FOR. It started with spaghetti and now is being served with gnocchi. Life changing bolognese! Good variety of apps and delicious pasta! Great cocktails! Only wish they had a little better wines by the glass (I get the same one every time). We are slowly becoming regulars here - no complaints! PS the bread and butter is worth every calorie!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I had reservations for NYE. There was a fixed menu, which was posted online. The menu looked great, and I was excited for my fist meal at How to Cook a Wolf.

The space is small and cozy. The staff were friendly enough. The food was terrible. The first course was 5-6 small plates for the table. Nothing stood out - very bland. The second course was pasta. The flavor was good but the pasta was so undercooked - it was basically raw. For the main course we had black cod and braised short rib. The cod was rubbery and the short rib was dry and tough (don't even get me started with the weird steamed then fried potatoes - inedible). For desert, I had a chocolate torte - I can confirm it was chocolate but it was otherwise unremarkable.

As a heads up, gratuity is included at 20%. I would be totally fine with this amount, but it was added to the bill before taxes - so I was taxed on my gratuity as well as my food. This did not sit well with me.

I'm not sure whether this was an off night or the cook was just really bored making the same dishes for everyone, but this was a terrible dining experience. For $250 for two people, I expected much more. With so much good food in Seattle, I'm shocked this restaurant is still here. I will not return.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had not expected this to be vegan friendly, but Robert, our lovely waiter, made that happen. We had a great night.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Organic, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had an excellent birthday dinner. The service was friendly and the right amount of attention - not intrusive but always there when we needed service. Our server had great recommendations and was very accommodating. We hadn't been in several years but remembered why we love this restaurant so much. Great flavor combinations and an excellent selection of options on the menu. Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Really nice restaurant though ordering is a bit confusing. Everything we tried was fantastic and perfectly prepared. Would recommend to anyone. My only note is personal, I realize that low lighting is "romantic" but it's a shame the lights were so dim we could barely see some of our food. When i turned on my phone light everything was so colorful and beautiful!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were on a “first date” and this place made me look very good...!

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Incredibly special food with unique and outstanding tastes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This is the food "jewel" of the Nile...goodness this is good, the pasta is to die for and Holy canoli, the dessert is fabulous. Just turn down the music a bit, i know it pumps up the kitchen, but nice to have it quite quiet so you can hear the person across from you.
Also, the SEAWOLF bread is the best of Seattle, of course you would find it.

A neighborhood frequenter.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Lovely as usual.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Overall great restaurant in service, quality of food/ingredients and atmosphere. Well worth the wait!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We had a really great dining experience. The restaurant is small and intimate. The service was excellent - the wait staff answered questions about the menu, made relevant suggestions and were very friendly, yet still respectful. I recommend this restaurant with enthusiasm

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 (London)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Just go. Don't ask questions. The front of house staff are excellent. The guys in the back have secret talents that you need to see and taste. Food speaks for itself. Just go, you won't regret it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Top 10 best meal I’ve ever had

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Smoked mussels were one of the best things I’ve ever eaten - smokey, a bit of salt, celery, grilled lemon, crema - all of these flavors not competing but layering perfectly. Did not expect it to change my life, but it did.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

We went for our anniversary dinner, it was a special dinner with a great decore. It almost looked like the inside of a wine barrel. Everything we ate was spectacular! Great job!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

They didn’t read the reservation details as it was our birthday celebration and they never mentioned it. Service is slow at best. The beets were awful and awful to look at. All the other dishes were amazing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our first date night out since moving to Seattle in August. So worth the wait! Enjoyed everything, the wine, the service, the food and the cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing food service and ambience

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Do not visit How to Cook a Wolf if you plan to entertain friends, date, business associates. Since the 20% gratuity is mandatory and built into the final bill, the servers push hard to move out diners as fast as possible in order to turn over the tables quickly. I booked the the table for myself and business associate (just the 2 of us) for 6:45 pm on a weeknight. After ordering an expensive bottle of wine (over $120) and some apps within the first 10 minutes of sitting down, our server began hounding us for the remainder of our order, to the point that I finally asked her, "are you in a hurry to get this table back?" to which she responded, "yes, we do have other reservations for the table"--this statement, after only 30 minutes! At that, we finished our wine and apps, and took the check. I understand when patrons linger at a table way beyond what is reasonable (an hour and a half? two at the most?), but when you initially sit down looking forward to a casual evening with friends or family, only to have the server make it clear "you need to move it along" after 30 minutes? Not reasonable at all.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Came to HCW to celebrate my fiance's birthday, and SOOOO good. We ordered 2 recommended dishes, and 2 that we wanted to try, and we wanted to order another of each. Seems like you can't go wrong with any dishes! Service was great, food was great, and probably one of the more memorable dishes to date. Thanks HCW!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

We had a lovely birthday dinner on Monday evening . Our server was great and paced the meal perfectly. Even though we only ordered vegetarian items we had five courses and no trouble at all finding delicious things to eat. The cocktails were also really fun and tasty.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Had the scallops, duck and tagliatelle and everything was superb. My wife and I agree that this was the best duck we have ever eaten! A little on the pricey side since the plates are small but worth the cost.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Book now for next month....if you want a specific month. It's worth it. It is a culinary experience!

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and innovative dishes. Great vibe. Not so pricey. Smaller portions even for large plates, so order likewise. Eat the duck. Very limited desert menu though :(

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Thanks for another wonderful dinner! Love coming to the wolf and seeing everyone and having great food and wine. Love it!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Noise level is on the higher side and quiet conversation is difficult to do, so I won't go in for "ROMANTIC" date here, unless there are less customers at the same time. Otherwise, the atmosphere is upbeat with warm cozy room, and food & drinks are all wonderful!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding food, outstanding service. Pricey but worth it. One complaint - we did not get a table even though I made reservation a day before, and confirmed later over a phone. Sitting by the bar was ok for that occasion. We even got more attention form a bartender than we would get from a waiter. A glass of bubbly on a house was a nice gesture. However if sitting at the table was preferable, it could turn into a major disappointment. On the other hand, the place is way too small and packed for anything "romantic". But then again, if you are a food aficionado, you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Tapas
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

This spendy and trendy restaurant is a great choice if you want really good interesting food. I chose it to take friends from out of town to dinner. In searching for a restaurant I reviewed King 5's 'Where the Chefs Eat'. Chef Ethan Stowell is one of those chefs but another chef recommends his place. It is located in upper Queen Anne and is pretty small but I liked it for that reason. Cool interior, intimate feel, and friendly great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Celebrated our Anniversary with another couple doing the same. We each brought a bottle and ate everything! Great meal. It had been too long since we had been there- will need to return sooner than later. :)

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at How to Cook a Wolf for my husband's birthday. This restaurant had been on our list for a few years so we had high expectations. It was everything we wanted it to be. Our server was fantastic and friendly! We shared a bunch of small plates and two orders of pasta for three people. The Brussels sprouts with some kind of spicy anchovy sauce were so good that we took our bread to the leftover sauce. The bread came with roasted garlic in balsamic and olive oil. We ordered a few other small plates and a couple of pasta dishes. Our server suggested a nice bottle of wine from Sicily because we asked to try something we weren't familiar with. It was delicious. We left room for the panna cotta and we were glad that we did. We'll be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Fantastic and innovative food, great service and small but cozy environment. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Such a great, cozy, romantic spot in Queen Anne area.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent!

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Everything was fabulous!! Our favorite meal in Seattle!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great food with outstanding service. Can’t ask for anything more!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Wonderful food and great service. I have had many lovely meals here.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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