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How To Cook A Wolf

4.8
953 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Dinner: 7 days a week, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 838-8090
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Glass
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Boston St
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.8
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4.7
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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent!

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Everything was fabulous!! Our favorite meal in Seattle!

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2017

Fantastic food....among the best in Seattle!

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2017

Outstanding twists on Italian classics, with a substantial local touch. Server was excellent with strong and helpful suggestions on choices as well as quantities.

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Great atmosphere and service. The food was marginal and or bad. Got the spaghetti, the seasoning was very very overpowering. Not good. Service made it ok though. And it wasn't too expensive.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2017

Really enjoyed HTCAW's overall experience. I had family in from out of town so wanted to take them somewhere unique and delicious in Seattle. The server we had was very friendly and knowledgeable about menu. We ordered several dishes family style, including: Burrata, Bruchetta, Salmon, and the pepper/Parmesan pasta. We ended with the Sorbetto and peanut butter chocolate desserts. SO GOOD. Wonderful experience, highly recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

The service, food, and cocktails were amazing! One of the best meals of my life.

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3.0Dined on August 31, 2017

The food was good but overrated. The bread was great. Olives were standard. Most food was above average. Salmon was very good. It seemed like most of the servers were excellent, but ours was noticeably less attentive.

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Great food and even better service! Would recommend to anyone looking for a delicious meal in Seattle.

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Every bite of every dish is wonderful! Very creative menu. Really enjoyed our dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Fantastic food, service and ambiance! I liked how it was named after one of the owners favorite books growing up. My favorite dishes were:

• Sea Wolf Sourdough with fennel-honey butter, roasted garlic in olive oil + balsamic. Try eating them together. Sooooo delicious!
• Hamachi Crudo - the melon granita was a game changer and made it different than other crudos I've had. Pickled Serrano and cucumbers always give it a perfect balance in flavors and texture.
• Strozzapreti with butter, black pepper and pecorino Romano. Sometimes simple is better and in this case, it certainly was. We enjoyed this pasta more than the Spaghetti, but I liked the texture of the spaghetti more.

Overall, I loved this restaurant and would definitely come back when in Seattle again!

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

It was my boyfriend's birthday and they shared free bubbles, appetizer and dessert, and as always the service was fantastic. Always a great experience, keep up the amazing work!

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent food in a fun atmosphere. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We tried the ravioli, gnocci, olives, beet salad, peppers, salmon... I would order all of them again.

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3.0Dined on August 18, 2017

This restaurant is not for everybody. Some of the food was great, some was a little odd to us. The prices are steep be careful, our bill for two people quickly got to $190 with tip, that was with bread , an app, and few glasses of wine , no dessert. Not a place I would go back to again , but I'm not regretting going. The game hen dinner was our favorite. Friendly staff, nice atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on August 18, 2017

We both got ill after eating there. Not sure what the cause was, or if it was something other than what we ate there, but we don't plan to go back

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Great food as always. The menu always changes, but there are always more good dishes to order than even i can eat

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

It was our 1st year anniversary and they all made it super special. Thank you for an amazing night HTCAW! <3

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent food. Marginal service. Highly recommend the food, but would not return because of the poor service.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2017

What a find! The hamachi carpaccio was memorable. All other dishes we tried were very good

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

All the food and drinks were amazing except for the hen which was horribly over seasoned with salt. So bad my wife couldn't finish it. Glad we didn't have to pay that part of our dinner. Waiter was one of the best I've ever had. Excellent customer service.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

We loved the food and service, perfect for date night!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2017

Great food, great experience. Love it!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Seattle. From the moment I walk in the door and am greeted by staff, I know I am in for an extraordinary dining experience. No matter how many times I go, the flavors in every dish are fresh, clean, and worth every penny. These are dishes I think about long after my visit. Seasonal ingredients guide the menu so there are always new dishes to try. I can't recommend HTCAW enough.

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2.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Daughter was in town with a friend from Italy so our group of five were enjoying drinks, several small plates, and dessert. Waitress explained to order small plates for our group as the kitchen is small and individual dinners could not be served simultaneously. We were savoring the food and good conversation until the host approached our table and abruptly told us, "sorry I have to do this but I need to ask you to leave as the next reservation for five has checked in and are waiting for your table". We were appalled by his rudeness in abruptly terminating what was a wonderful dining experience at How to Cook a Wolf. Our Italian friend was shocked by his rudeness and explained to us that in Italy meals span several hours and it is a time to connect with family and friends. Rather than terminate customer dining experience, it would have been nice for our waitress to have checked to see if we wanted our bill and gently moved us along. There were some tables for two that were available that could have been easily moved together for the next party five.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

How to Cook a Wolf is our favorite Queen Anne go to spot. We love to go with another couple, allowing us to share more menu items, or my wife and I will drop in at 5PM for an early bite and can usually be seated then. Favorites... Burrata, Beet Salad, and Bucatinipasta with black pepper and Pecorino Romanothough the menu changes often.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Great place. Good was wonderful and creative. Small restaurant.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

The food here is good and the wine list reasonably priced. This is a fun restaurant indeed. However, I remain offended over restaurants that compel a20% tip. What is worse, this restaurant charges it as a line item and you Taxed on it. I always tip 20% when the service is good but when that is done, you are not taxed on it. And, I can leave less. Restaurants do this b/c if they charged what they wanted to be able to pay what they wanted, they would scare you off with higher prices. Plus, they would have to pay the increased payroll tax. It is nothing more than a deception of you the customer and little better than a tax avoidance scheme.

If you want to charge more to pay your employees a higher wage, great. Do that. You can charge whatever you want. Just charge on the menu. This is deception the industry created to have it both ways: to keep its menu prices lower so you are not put off by them but still charge you more on the back end. It is a bait and switch. Before the restaurant replies, yes, the host dropped a little 2" x 3" card, said something quickly about it explaining the "service policies" which he left seemingly embarrassed over and walked off quickly. Could you with that notice, leave if you don't like it?. Yes. Albeit, at that point you are already there, parked, sitting down and really unable to go anyplace else. They have you over a barrel and they know it

So, this place has great food I will not be back. Again, charge $30 for a small pasta dish if you want. It is your restaurant. But if you are going to be intellectually honest about it, actually charge more. That is what you are doing but doing it through a silly, euphemistic "service charge." You are only doing it that way so you do not pay your employees that much more directly and incur the greater tax burden via payroll withholding. Instead, you are passing it on to your customers in a forced manner, and we pay the tax for you. Its intellectually dishonest.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Nothing about my experience was bad. However, it was not what I expected either. Some of the food was mediocre, some was fantastic. The Gnocchi was spot on, the special-albacore tuna was very forgettable. The service was friendly enough, but not exceptional. If you're very trendy this is the place for you. If you're looking for a nice relaxed atmosphere I'd consider going somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Great service, great meal! No wait, table was ready at our reservation time, everyone is friendly and attentive - a wonderful dining experience!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2017

The service is really good. The lamb tartare and dessert were great.
I wish the menu doesn't get changed so often because I went there for specific food that i saw photos on yelp. I was also expecting to see more variety of food.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2017

Excellent. Pricy, but excellent, seasonal, and local food. The pacing was also excellent and the ambiance was cheery and affable even on a Monday night. They also heard it was my birthday and gave me two free desserts. Great people, great food, special place.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2017

Please bring back the beef carpaccio. We always talk about how amazing it was andd was so sad to see it gone.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

Amazing!!!! Just don't miss eating here. Wonderful food and staff. Beet salad is a highlight....

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2017

I gad high expectations given the favorable reviews. However, while the food was fine and I have no complaints, it was just that and below my expectations

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2017

The food was very creative and delicious. The atmosphere is nicely appointed and feels authentic and comfortable. The wait staff is outstanding. Seems like a great neighborhood destination.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Heard great reviews about How to Cook a Wolf from friends and family, in addition to the local and national restaurant reviews I subscribe to online. Our dinner at this Queen Anne restaurant far exceeded our expectations, which were pretty high. The serving staff was welcoming, knowledgable, and willing to share their favorite menu items with us. We made the trip from Bainbridge Island - not around the corner - and it was well worth the trip. Highly recommend booking a reservation, if you haven't tried it. It's a neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2017

Incredible cuisine, open kitchen, and cozy atmosphere make for the perfect spot for a half-anniversary date night. Each dish was highly intentional and the staff did a great job of taking care of the table. Especially loved the polenta fritters with house-made ricotta, honey, and sage.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2017

From the moment we walked in, this bijoux gem was friendly and welcoming. The servers were knowledgeable and unobtrusive. The food was excellent: we had citrus herb marinated castlevetrano olives and polenta fritters to start (shatteringly crisp outside, creamy inside), beet salad with pomegranate yogurt and linguine with clams for dinner. The beets were a lovely balance of sweet and tart, the fresh linguine the perfect chewy al dente. Everything is served family style, so the dishes are just right for sharing. The bread service came with whipped butter and roasted garlic cloves in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which was great for spreading, schmearing, and dipping. It was a birthday celebration and we were gifted with a delicious beverage the bartender created on the spot (non-alcoholic, as neither of us drink) and a surprise dessert. My friend was thrilled with his birthday dinner. Thank you for making it memorable.

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