La Medusa

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
807 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 807 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too loud to have a conversation. Food was just marginal. At 7:45 they were already out of all the non-pasta dishes. Disappointing.

SG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was excellent as was the service. Only question is why a dish whose main ingredient is pasta costs so much. Prices just seem a bit high. But still recommend La Medusa because the food is beautifully prepared and presented.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

the place was charming and the food was good not great.
We had reservations sat down at 730, waiter did not a knowledge us for 30 mins? He was just standing around doing everything but come over , restaurant was not full at all? The bus boy was filling our water to kill the time, I ask him to inform the waiter we were ready for service, another 10 minutes go by, with zero apologies took our wine order another 20 minutes goes by! All this time I can see him just standing there? Decides to bring us wine glasses but no wine! Another 10 goes by he brings the wine. Took our order, food came out slowly, never checked back, except for the bus boy! We had to ask him again to ask that waiter to come over! Ordered another bottle, 20 minutes later he shows up with wine? My friend complained to deaf ears they claimed there was no manager? Over all the worst service! Never going back. Tip him 0! I tipped the bus boy!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool spot for a date or special occasion. Food, ambiance and service make it for a fun evening that is always unique from the typical Italian restaurant. The wine selection is reasonable in price and choice with high end and moderate wines available for all budgets. La Medusa does a good job every time.

DN
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovey food. Excellent service. Will be back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Best service (we love you Donna)! A neighborhood gem.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately the meals were just OK, we had to return one to the kitchen. We were really hoping to have a good experience considering that we received recommendations for this place

A
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several time. The food is always excellent and consistent. The service is superb.

DB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were unfortunately the only patrons for our entire visit. Service was maybe overly attentive for this reason which made it hard to sustain an intimate date feeling. Food was just ok.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here so many times. Always have a reservation, don’t take any chances, everyone knows about this place. Food quality continues to amaze us, whether menu standards or seasonal new favorites. Wait staff have always treated us so well, nice balance of friendliness and service. We just keep waiting for them to bring back the olive oil cake for dessert...it’s incredible.

j
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly chilled gin martini started the fabulous evening. Then we had scrumptious cheese filled croquette with delicious marinara and Parton grilled peppers. Oh so flavorful! The black cod in brodo was amazing as was my husband’s pasta with clams. Service was excellent.

T
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great neighborhood restaurant. The food has always been great and is consistent every visit. The service is also very good. I highly recommend La Medusa.

F
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were both good. The take away feeling was that the price for what we got was not a good value. A little overpriced for what we received in a modest cafe setting

KK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Oh! Great board...and it's always nice to be able to take a step or two right into the kitchen. Everyone is happy to engage...

J
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming to La Medusa on Wednesday night during the summer for its 3-course market meal. Everything about it is perfect.

ES
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Medusa is the best restaurant in the South End. It is a destination for many and a beloved local spot for many more.

J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places in Seattle. Incredible pasta, service and ambiance.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pretty good food but very noisy and a somewhat limited menu

j
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have loved this place since it first opened. Homemade pastas, complex flavors, good wine list, great meals. Where else can you find bagna cauda, orancini, baccala, and crazy water soup. Lobby for reprise of braised short ribs and tuscan rib-eye.

B
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overpriced, but the food was good. Menus would be nice rather than reading the chalk board. Staff were courteous and helpful.

EM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Marinara sauce is excellent

h
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only reason that I didn’t give it straight 5’s across the board is that the dessert was disappointing. But the apps and entry were incredible.

OT
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every respect. Always consistent from the kitchen to the wait staff at the very highest level.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Extremely hot inside the restaurant, pasta was undercooked. Don’t try!

AT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We love your restaurant and have had many successful meals there in the past. However on Thursday night, the salads we received were badly over salted. And the pesto was really bland and totally unexceptional. A disappointing experience at a restaurant we think is generally quite wonderful.

RR
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood gem that offers great Italian food! The food is consistently delicious along with great service. You should expect that dinner will take time - the kitchen spaces courses and doesn’t always serve all plates at the same time amongst different diner orders at the same table.

D
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant & everyone who works there!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome date spot in the heart of Columbia City. The food and service were excellent.

l
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

would absolutely recommend : great food, great wine, great service

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service and good food. It was a bit warm inside, and we were sweating. Other than that, it was a nice dining experience.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small restaurant with delicious food and a nice ambiance. Highly recommend!

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I’ve easily dined at this restaurant over 50 times and was a frequent guest for several years. Had a bad dining experience 7 months ago so I stopped going. This past Thursday I decided I’d give it another try. I tried the Pork Belly, the dish was too fatty, had no flavor, and was beyond underwhelming.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

An interesting Sicilian twist on Italian food. Consistent great food and service. Elevated Italian home cooking.

C
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

This was our second time to La Medusa and both times we have been impressed with the menu, the quality of the food and excellent seasonal preparations. The squid ink spaghetti and clams had just the right amount of saffron and spice, and the burrata and beets were delicious. Only suggestion is for the wait staff to be a little more attentive.

JD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have never had a bad meal at La Medusa. Tried the Market Day fixed price menu for a change and it was divine. Fresh, unique flavors, lots to eat and original and inspiring plating. I love this place. Feel so grateful to have La Medusa near by.
Cheers!

JS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and service! It’s like eating in Europe - they provide a great experience and don’t rush you!

ET
London
39 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This wonderful neighborhood gem never disappoints. Local, delicious and always fresh - Meredith and her team make everyone feel like regulars (and we are!). The Squid Ink Puntanesca is one of my very favorite dishes - and their salads are out of this world.

MJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

It took over an hour to get our dinner after ordering.

GP
Seattle
71 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

La Medusa is right in the heart of Columbia City. Leave time to find parking. It is a small intimate place with an interesting menu focusing on house made pasta.

1
2
3
21