La Medusa

4.7
761 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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TA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, authentic food, great atmosphere. The downside is limited parking close by (for those with disabilities), and if you are not right in front of the menu board, it's hard to see. All in all a good experience.

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SF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was okay but not much choice. Service was very slow and the place was crowded and noisy.

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JW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, ambience and service. Highly recommend this gem of Columbia City.

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JW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Medusa is sometimes off our radar screen, but it shouldn't be. Warm and cozy -- not a big place, my guess is only 40 places, but not claustrophobic - wait and kitchen staff very welcoming and competent, the food excellent, inventive Sicilian fare. 😋 The menu is on a chalk board, and if we went there more often we could decide if it is a bit limited or not, but on our recent visit there were, certainly, good choices for everyone in our party. It does get pricey with a couple of bottles of wine, our tab was $450, including 20% tip, for 4 of us, but as we left we were talking about the delicious food, not the bill. Highly recommend, but not too much, because we don't want to make it a hard reservation to get. 😸

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BS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at good prices. Locally owned. Cocktails and apps good. Local breads and olive oil very good

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service.

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JN
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Donna is the best! Food is always excellent and the small friendly atmosphere is too.

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SS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, atmosphere, and service. A great spot to catch-up with friends or an intimate dinner.

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was truly outstanding Italian food. Fresh pasta, incredibly well-made. We love Italian food and this was top notch. Yet in an informal, comfortable atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great service and great food!

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ML
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful! Great staff, great food and wine. We do highly recommend.

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B
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bistro- like ambience and quiet bustling of the staff in a warm cozy environment feels very authentic. Unusual, unexpected items on the menu and super fresh, garden grown (by the owner) ingredients bring great flavors to the dishes. The best kind of neighborhood Italian joint. (Wish it was in my own neighborhood).

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WC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, good food, limited menu, a bit on the noisy side.

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E
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lamb shank was huge and delicious! my wife had pasta with sardines it was super tasty

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D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful neighborhood Sicilian restaurant with well-prepared food. The only thing that I dislike is that the menu is on a chalkboard and I have poor vision. I'd recommend this place to anyone.

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TW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, wonderful dinners. Couldn’t have asked for more!

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IP
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine was excellent. Great service and ambiance. I enjoyed so much I ended up going back on another night

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S
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A consistently fantastic experience.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 7, 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 2, 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 1, 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 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and tasty.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 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 15, 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 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated cousin visiting & as always an outstanding experience!

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PC
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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 11, 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 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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OT
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 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 4, 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 4, 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 December 31, 2018
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 28, 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 22, 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 20, 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 19, 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 18, 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 14, 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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