La Medusa

4.6
744 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
We create succulent Sicilian-inspired dishes using local organic ingredients and the finest quality imports from Sicily. Our menus change often to reflect seasonality in the Northwest and the Sicilian tradition.

Diners enjoy the freshest meats, seafood, organic produce, local artwork and outstanding service in the comfort of our warmly lit restaurant.

Our mission is to combine these specialties to impart our guests with pleasure, satisfaction and well-being.
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Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had been wanting to try this restaurant for some time. I’m Sicilian so my standards are high. Hubby got the pasta Sarde, he loved it, but you better like a fish flavor for this. I enjoyed Rigatoni with Lamb shank sauce and cabbage: Awesome. The Arancini was delicious and authentic. Desserts were great. Before we left we already picked out what we wanted to order at our next visit.

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A
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A consistently fantastic experience.

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K
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like real Italian American food with a fresh Mediterranean vibe to it than you will love La Medusa. It’s not cheap ($25-$40 entrees) but it certainly won’t disappoint. It’s a special occasion kind of place and its hugely popular for a reason. You’ll thank yourself for making reservations. Great seafood, steak and spaghetti and meatballs.

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MS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The braised pork was to die for. Service attentive without overdoing it.

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OT
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and consistent kitchen preparation at the highest levels.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We got seated late even with our reservation, but the food was amazing.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and tasty.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the ambience and the food was superb. A real hats-off to our waiter who skillfully guided us to the perfect selections to suit our tastes. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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SO
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I'd be very impressed if taken here on a date- Very high quality food prepared to perfection. The server was very good- though a but busy maybe. Courses we delivered in perfect time but it did take a while to get a second glass of wine. The best way to eat here, in my opinion, is share an app, a pasta. and a main. We had beet salad, squid ink pasta, and pork belly. It was all amazing and well portioned - not huge, we did not leave feeling sick. The chef is obviously very talented. Very good bread though from the local bakery 5 doors down. Fancy wine list, not for beginners. Pricey place- good for a special occasion- we went for my Birthday. $150 - 4 glasses of wine.

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D
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated cousin visiting & as always an outstanding experience!

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PC
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun menu options to select from. Server (Male) was absent minded and not attentive to tables.
Forgot to bring wine and other patrons were hand signaling for help. Other staff members were quick to assist when called upon for service items.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful authentic Italian cuisine with a ever changing menu that uses the freshest ingredients of the season/day. Must make reservations as it’s a very small space with only a dozen or so tables, which adds to the ambiance. Took my father who has traveled Italy extensively and he said its just like the small cafes all over Italy. Will definitely be going back.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Most of the food was too salty. The scallops were the only thing we liked.

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Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Some of the food was good and some was excellent. Clearly prepared as ordered so it took awhile

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JG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Medusa's a fantastic neighborhood restaurant. I live in CT but visit Seattle often; I make a point to dine there because the cuisine's focused but wide-ranging; the wine list is superb and affordable; the ambience is friendly and comfortable; and the service is impeccable.

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P
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, first time here & I’ll be back next time I’m in Columbia City. Excellent service & food.

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JY
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been to Medusa 4 our 5 times over the years. The menu is always a bit challenging, but ususally satisfying with good service. We had a 7:15 New Years seating. It was full and clearly staffed by the B team. Not sure we will go back.

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PP
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Pasta was underdone and unflavorful. The high note was the Brussels sprouts. But otherwise a disappointing meal. It feels that they are coasting on reputation and lack of higher end competition in Columbia City. Overall the flavors were boring and not worth the cost. For $30, plate of spaghetti and meatballs should be spectacular. It wasn’t.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very good staff, service was great. Love the changing menu.
Just what a great neighborhood restaurant should be

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K
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service is relaxed, yet attentive. Food is good to delicious. Pasta has always been cooked to perfection. The bacalao fritters were just right - light and fluffy - but could have used a little more cod. Pastas and salads were very well prepared. Pasta at $24 a plate? Must be a Seattle thing. Way too loud for pleasurable conversation. Cozy, small room. May be best very early mid-week. Ask for a table for two behind the entrance divider if you want to be able to hear yourself think.

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MB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant inColumbua City for the past 20 years. And our server Donna always dies a great job

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j
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

reservation was for 7:15. we didnt get seated until 7:45

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p
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Waited 45min to get seated for our reservation. Forgot one of our drinks while waiting for our table. Food items were mostly sold out before we were able to order. 30min wait for our food to arrive. Pasta was under cooked and very bland. Overall very disappointing. This is my fourth time at this restaurant. Last time we ate there it was not very good as well. This experience was bad in every aspect. Would never go back. In years past use to be great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very busy. Service was about as good as expected for how busy it was. Good pace, though.

Food was delicious. It felt a little expensive for the size, and admittedly I don’t go out to nice restaurants as often as in the past and it’s probably just from inflation. Anyway...all the bites I put in my mouth and the nice Manhattan I drank was a spectacular experience.

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e
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

server is so genuine, such a sweet person. She has served us before and is worth coming back. The food is Italian and glorious.

We love to come from west seattle

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C
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, cozy atmosphere with amazing food and service. Can’t wait to go back!

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AF
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was extraordinary. My only criticism of this place is that it struck me as expensive for a neighborhood pasta restaurant. But maybe I don't eat out often enough. My homemade spaghetti with meat ragu was $25, bread $5, beer $7, appetizer $12. So I dropped $50 without batting an eye.
But, delicious, and great service.

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s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, excellent, creative food. And we could hear each other talk!

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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I had great expectations for La Medusa, having read about it on OpenTable. While the service and ambiance were very good, neither could offset the bland, boring dishes. I had the rare feeling that I could've done each considerably better at home.

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FC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a fantastic time with friends here on a lively Thursday night. The food was outstanding from wonderful appetizers to outstanding entrees. The staff was very attentive and did a great job of making suggestions when we were unsure. One of the things I really appreciated is that they have red sauce with meat on the menus (with several variations). That is an oversimplification, but it seems to be hard to find at Italian restaurants and I really appreciate a very well made red sauce and pasta dish. Theirs were truly amazing. It is well worth the trip from anywhere in the Seattle area to Columbia city to check out La Medusa and there's less traffic and parking is pretty easy.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food server very knowledgeable will go again

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and our server was fantastic.

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KC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great night!

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DC
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really great meal here with a few girlfriends and celebrated my birthday. The food was excellent and our server was really attentive and helpful. Love their small menu which changes each night but always has their classics like spaghetti and meatballs. Loved my ragu and my friends love their puttanesca!

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DP
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing. Next time we will seek the later seating. We felt a bit rushed to vacate the table for the next party.

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R
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The main dish was expensive and not great ($25 undercooked pasta, with cheese, pine nuts and delicata squash) but, the cauliflower and the endive salad were just wonderful and a fine value. I will go back, and will dine on the lovely first courses. The chocolate torte was really good also.

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JH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu is limited to what's on the blackboard, but what's there is inventive and delicious

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D
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It's a good restaurant with a lovely staff. It's fine but not outstanding food, absolutely dependable. Does any simple restaurant need a $45 partridge on the menu? The staff are expert, warm and unintrusive.

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S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food!! Had to wait a while to be seated with reservations. The food is great but not inexpensive.
We just had the main entree and two glasses of wine.

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SE
Seattle
137 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was warm and exceptional. We shared the showgirl peppers and roasted eggplant to start and the mushroom/squash and sardine/olive pastas for entrees. I would order all of them again. The eggplant had a marvelous surprise with the smoky cheese stuffing. The unique flavor of the sardine pasta was a delight. This was my first time and I would happily return.

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