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Permanently Closed - Liam's

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285 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

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Liam’s is a gathering place for friends and family, where sophisticated food is served up in a comfortable, contemporary space. Our diverse menu is designed to satisfy a variety of palates, while the extensive wine list features the very best that the Northwest has to offer.

Liam’s also features a large deck, open year-round, made for long conversation around a crackling fire.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Lunch: M-F 11:00am-4:00pm

Lunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-4:00pm

Dinner: M-Su 4:00pm-10:00pm

Brunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-3:00om
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Phone number
(206) 527-6089
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lia Lira
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Private party facilities
We're already doing what we love here at Liam's, but when we get to plan an evening of delicious food for friends and family, it takes it to another level. Whether you're going big or want an intimate evening, our various spaces and ambiances fit your occasion.
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Private party contact
Leigha Bone: (855) 686-0796
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Cross street
45th Street & Montlake Boulevard
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Parking details
Indoor parking upstairs and outdoor parking next door.
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Entertainment
None
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

I have been to Liam's twice before 12/30 & because I really liked it I made reservations for dinner to celebrate my retirement. Upon arriving we found out that Liam's was closing for good after New Yrs Eve dinner. Our dinner was very good but some of the beer choices were limited.
The waitress was attentive but talked in a loud voice describing how employees were notified of their termination the day before. She, understandably, sounded angry.
The reason I checked the box "would not recommend to anyone" was because of this sad news.

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3.0Dined on December 20, 2016

Sad they are closing! All day HH is a great bargain.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2016

Met friends for dinner. Food was good, the wait service was very good and attentive. Took a little longer than I would've thought for food to arrive considering place was not that busy. They could update their beer options, but overall all of us found things we enjoyed and it was a good experience.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2016

Had a get together with our family and chose Liam's because of the quality of their food and that they took reservations.
We were seated right at our reservation time, and the service was very attentive, without being intrusive.
The only downside was that due to colder than normal outside temperatures the restaurant was colder than needed to be comfortable.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Our server worked miracles with our party of 12, which included 6 teenagers, and occurred just as the Sounders won the Championship match. What a fun night. Every dish came on time, was delicious and worked with the bottles of wine she suggested. All of the adults in our group consider themselves "foodies" and not a single one of us raved about the meal and not a one had a shred of criticism. Thank you Liam's!

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2016

Great food. I had the mushroom tart, and it was delicious. My friend had the grilled cheese and tomato soup. She thought it was perfect for the graySeattle day. Our server was wonderful - he was attentive but didn't rush us. We enjoyed our time there immensely.

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2016

Just wonder what happened to the 4th half slice of French toast. Excellent however.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Our meal rarely disappoints at Liam's, and the service is usually attentive but not obtrusive. We arrived unexpectedly early for our reservation on a busy night, and the hostess said she'd find a way to seat us anyway, which she did. The ambiance is warm and friendly, comfortably upscale, and the food is the same. Think: mussels in a warm, slightly creamy tomato viniagrette, Beecher's Mac and Cheese with kale and Mama Lil's peppers, seasoned roasted broccoli, and so on.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Great place to gather with a group of friends. Several delightful menu items.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

Wonderful food, too bad they were out of the meatballs that evening, I wanted to try those too! Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2016

You let us enjoy our meal at a leisurely pace, and did not rush us out as we sat and talked for several hours...thank you!

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3.0Dined on November 2, 2016

we had the Beechers mac n cheese, it was good but a little overcooked and dry, not very saucy.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2016

Our service during a business lunch was amazing. Very warm, friendly, and relaxing.

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1.0Dined on October 27, 2016

We have been to Liam's several times in the past and really enjoyed the food and experience, but the wait person(female) was so incredibly rude that the entire experience was ruined. It was a Thursday 5:45 reservation. The restaurant was not crowded. Once we declined to order a drink the waitperson became belligerent. She did not bring us more water and towards the end of our meal took the half bottle of water away from our table. Incredible. Because of her I will not be back.

I also did not leave a tip for this reason and noted her rudeness on my receipt.

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3.0Dined on September 22, 2016

Food good, service slow, always has been. Restaurant was less than half full, kitchen just can't get food out very fast.

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2.0Dined on September 21, 2016

Really disappointed. I had high expectations, as I went to their sister restaurant Bennett's in Mercer Island last year and it was excellent. Food at Liam's was very mixed and nothing special. Mushroom tart appetizer was the best item in the meal. Sausage pasta dish was WAY too spicy (and I like spicy food) ... seems like the chef dumped a tablespoon of red pepper flakes in it -- and the pasta was undercooked to the point of being almost crunchy. Broccoli side was overcooked and mushy ... and WAY oversalted. Mac & Cheese was fine -- but by no means "worlds best" as they claim -- and the entree portion was too small for teenage son. The hot chocolate cake was flavorful, but arrived cold -- not even lukewarm.

Service was really weak. Brand new waitress. who kept reminding us of this fact, didn't know the menu (food or drink), needed to be asked multiple times to bring drinks, bread, cutlery, etc. and spent most of her time hovering over the cash register instead of serving.

Restaurant was half full. I suspect they will need to step things up big time in order to survive in the U-Village.

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2.0Dined on September 19, 2016

We were able to sit a LONG time to catch up with friends, etc. The service was SUPER slow. I don't know if that is because they were giving us our space or just because they were slow. It seemed really slow though. It gave us time to remark on the pricing of the food -- which was high. It was a lot of money to pay for food that was only alright.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2016

We visited for happy hour and were very pleased with both the food and drinks. We'll definitely go again!

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1.0Dined on September 4, 2016

Booked through OT. Liams was closed. Wish we would have known.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2016

I ordered the roasted chicken which came with quinoa. The waitress told me they were out of quinoa; would polenta be OK as a substitute? It was all delicious.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2016

This is an all time favorite. It consistently has a wonderful, interesting menu, friendly professional service, and a fun ambience.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2016

This is the fourth time we've been in town and the second time we went to Liam's. The food was really good (especially the sliders and the mushroom tart). It wasn't too crowded on a Friday night and our waiter was really nice.

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2.0Dined on August 15, 2016

The decor was beautiful but the prices were too high for mediocre food.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Great wait staff service.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2016

This is usually a dependable, good restaurant, but our experience this time was disappointing. We ordered Cold Stone Fruit Soup expecting a refreshing summer soup. This dish was a thick purée of unidentifiable food. It tasted like over vinegared catsup--inedible. We also ordered mussels that were fresh and delicious but had a very spicy broth that was too spicy to "sop up". So, we will try again, but Liam's struck out this time. In all fairness, when we complained about the soup it was removed from our tab.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2016

Pros: Delicious, delicious food. Pecan sticky bun shared by the table had a wonderful caramel-crispy edge while soft and cinnamony inside. I had requested kale added to my spicy sausage benedict, served on a biscuit, and it was perfect. My husband loved his french toast, my friend enjoyed her hash - everyone was delighted by the food. And we do enjoy sitting in the indoor "porch" area; feels like someone's cozy backyard. Our server was friendly and pleasant, when she was present.
Cons: Service was S-l-o-w. We sat at 2p, our drink order was taken at 2:15p, and our food order was taken at 2:25p. Our server disappeared for great lengths of time, so coffee and water were not refilled in a timely fashion. (She got smart about the water and finally brought us a carafe for the table - 45 minutes after we'd been seated). We had to get up to find her to ask for the bill. Never at any time was there any mention of the wait. Note to server: better to acknowledge the wait and your absence and apologize than to let diners think you're either clueless, inconsiderate, or both. Most diners will cut a server slack if there is an apology for an inconvenience or oversight .
Verdict: We'll go again (this wasn't our first time) because the food is delicious, but it's still not our first choice since the service at brunch has been unpredictable: sometimes great, sometimes not so much. Hard to enjoy one's food with a bad taste in one's mouth.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Great atmosphere, very classy

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2016

Liam's is a great lunch spot in U Village. The food is great (I recommend the crispy chicken breast sandwich); the service is professional; the atmosphere is excellent for good conversation; the parking is free and you don't have to endure entering the downtown core. Liam's is a "go-to" spot for lunch.

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2.0Dined on July 24, 2016

We had a table of 6 and I believe most felt the food was decent, although overpriced for what they got. I simply asked for salmon and broccoli with no garlic. I couldn't get the broccoli without garlic because 'garlic powder was already added to all of the broccoli'. I get that the kitchen prepares ingredients ahead of time, but didn't seem too hard to cook up some plain broccoli. This meal was $28 before tip which was way overpriced. The broccoli came drenched in garlic, so all I could eat was the salmon.
Overall the service was slow, took a long time to get our order in, get our food and then get our check.

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2016

Great food, easy to park because of location in U Village. The kitchen was a little slow and our server was very laid back, almost too much so. Overall, I would go again.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Beecher's Cheese galore. Nice selection of items on menu.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2016

Felt the service was a little slow. We were seated right away, but everything was in slow motion from getting water to ordering our bottle of wine. The waitress brought the wine glasses but no wine. It came 15 minutes later. Appetizers showed up before beverages.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2016

Chose this placed based on Yelp reviews. Food was ok, not bad but didn't blow me away either. I ordered the tomato soup and grilled cheese. Over priced but I would expect that at U village.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2016

Thanks to the gal who set up two tables together for us in the "outdoor" area. She said they don't normally do that for just 5 people, but she did for us, much appreciated.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Service was fantastic and our waiter knew every detail on the menu and very helpful with gluten free solutions.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2016

ok for dinner, not a great happy hour

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2016

good quality ingredients but could have used some seasoning, a bit on the bland side - I had the halibut with risotto

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2016

This is probably the nicest place in U-Village, and the food is really good. It is a good replacement for the breakfast place Mom's that closed sometime in the 90's, although more expensive.

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2016

Nice atmosphere and pleasant personnel. The crispy chicken sandwich was good as was the chicken Caesar salad. The turkey sandwich was underwhelming, served on a marginal handburger bun - the bread needs to be improved immediately.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2016

Always get the meatball appetizer! Love the food and the wine tasting too!

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