Loulay

4.7
2232 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
Loulay Kitchen and Bar is a new restaurant from Thierry Rautureau. Loulay is an urban, contemporary French restaurant and will feature local, seasonal fare with the influence of his upbringing in "Saint-Hilaire de Loulay." The accessible & multi-leveled dining room will offer the guests a variety of dining experiences offered throughout the day.
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C
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here a few times and the food is consistently top rate. Excellent service as well. Overall great experience, will gladly keep coming here.

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a
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous! All four of us would have licked our plates but decided that was inappropriate. It will be my restaurant of choice before a 5th Avenue show.

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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One of the worst dining experiences i have ever had in Seattle. They took 1 hour and 15 minutes to get us our dishes we ordered. Very simple ones I might add. Never came back to check on us and only after we complained that other people who had arrived after us got our food did they start to do anything. I will never go back. The Chef in the Hat needs to get his house in order. It is shameful. I will never go back.

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AC
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We have been to Louley several times and return for reasons of terrific food and great service. Unfortunately, our experience on Sunday was diminished from prior experiences. We were seated promptly at our reservation time of 12noon. Our server greeted us (4 adults0 promptly and had noted in our reservation our need to leave at 1:10pm to make a 1:30pm show at the 5th Avenue. He made a big deal of this. We ordered right away. He even told us to so we could beat what he saw was a big rush of orders coming....and....and...55 minutes later (really, no exaggeration) after numerous respectful check-ins our food finally arrived. Granted he comped our coffee and apologized but not sure what happened. We raced through our scrumptious food but sort of a bummer. We'll go back but for the price point and reputation, and lots of notice of our time crunch, I expected better.

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KB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience from Loulay. We went to their brunch on a Sunday before our matinee at the 5th Avenue Theater. I ordered the Croque Madame and my friend ordered the French Omlette. Both were melt in your mouth delicious, our waitress was also very personable and friendly. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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r
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here before our Sunday afternoon showing at the 5th Ave Theater. Great food and service and so close to the theater. Totally recommend it!!!

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

This place is great. Good service, great drinks and excellent food.

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

Excellent food and great service!

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A
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten here half a dozen times or so. The food is excellent, and the staff are attentive. The braised beef shortrib has been on the menu for a while and is one of the best things to ever cross my taste buds.

The other night, either they were busier than expected, were shortstaffed, or overbooked their capabilities, and it took nearly 90 minutes for our entrees to arrive. But - they arrived in time for us to make our show (barely), and they ended up comping our entrees for the inconvenience of hurrying.

Will definitely eat here again (and again, and again)

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DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative and wonderful dinner. Outstanding sauces and everything prepared and plated to perfection. Excellent choices for each course.

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d
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While I have only enjoyed lunch at Loulay, it is a very pleasant oasis in downtown Seattle, with excellent food and unassuming but timely service. The Cassoulet is especially savory and don't miss the beignets to finish.

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

Excellent service and menu.

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KP
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and love the ambience.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great. The problem is the restaurant is attached to a hotel with a number of undesirable people.

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MS
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service was great. They also did a good job coordinating so we didn’t have to rush to the play we had booked after dinner.

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

Exceptional French experience in downtown Seattle. Balanced and flavorful - will definitely be back. Reservations recommended.

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DA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for first time back in Dec. and loved it so we came back while in town this week. Our waiter Mark was great, he suggested a wine I'd never had before and nailed it! I am now going to find it for myself at home.
We had the french onion soup and a hamburger both of which are excellent ( my only complaint is we ordered med done and the center was very UNDONE! My husband was fine with it but I just cut the pattie thinner and it was fine).

My very favorite item on the menu is the Huckleberry Sorbet which I believe I could live on!
It is delicious and I asked for extra Honeycomb pieces and Mark made sure it came that way...yumm

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F
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was great! Can’t wait to come back and order more things to try!!

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Staff was friendly and professional. However, very slow service. We were there pre-theater and allowed plenty of time to have a nice dinner. Felt stressed worrying we would get out on time. Was told everyone else is also trying to get to theater as a reason for slow kitchen. Seems like they should be prepared for this bejng so close to the 5th.

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MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I've dined at Loulay before but was disappointed with my food this time. Bland and sparse.

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

Good food and nice service. It felt a tiny bit over priced.

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

Excellent location and atmosphere/ food is exquisite!

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T
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very expensive, know in advance that each plate is smaller unless you order from the "third" course menu, which is around $20+. This quickly adds up. All the food was great (some a bit too salty), and drinks were just OK. Not sure it's worth full dinner price. I'd go again for lunch or happy hour.

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NM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've only been to Loulay at lunch, so it was nice to come at dinner. Great selection, every dish we had was amazing, and the service was fun and attentive. Will definitely be coming back. Great for groups.

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FP
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! I often get the Gem salad which is simple but great, followed by the Mary's Chicken, which is always cooked perfectly. The Chef in the Hat has been working magic in Seattle for several decades and I miss Rover's! Loulay is an excellent downtown Seattle restaurant that is great anytime. The bar burger with a duck egg and bacon is also excellent!

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L
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Liked the place. Our server was great. The only problem was that on a not so busy night it took 1 hour and 15 minutes to get our main course. There’s a bread charge and I wouldn’t mind except you’d expect French bread to have crunchy crust and possibly be warm. It was neither. The actual main courses were just okay. The s’mores dessert was delicious.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A stunning meal that I didn't want to end. Near culinary perfection.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Great choice of cocktails. Foods are okay.

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BG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a marvelous brunch at this delightful multi-level French Restaurant next to the Seattle Sheraton. I had the brioche French toast while a friend had the codfish scramble. Both were exceptional.

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HL
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

So disappointing....we had been to Loulay when it first opened and was eager to go back. The service was awful we waited almost an hour to get anything to eat. We had a 6:00pm dinner reservation and tickets to a play at 8:00pm. It was a stressful dining experience.

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch. The eggs Benedict were outstanding and I loved the spicy Bloody Mary ... made with gin, which may sound awful, but it was delightful. Hubby had the burger. Great service and casual atmosphere.

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w
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was like a mini-vacation to France! Delicious food, courteous and thoughtful service and -- in a refreshing change of pace from so many Seattle hotels -- the noise level was such that our entire party of three could have a pleasant conversation without shouting to be heard. I love Loulay and will be back!

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B
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely French bistro. Enjoyed the fois grass and mussels. Pork chop was a little dry. Wine selections are solid.

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RD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Bartender’s drink mixing was a little off.

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A French-inspired restaurant with contemporary atmosphere. Nice variety of menu choices for all diet preferences. Attention to detail is impeccable. Wait staff very personable and makes you feel special! Great for foodies, date nights & group get-togethers!

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M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a very long travel day, it was a delight to enjoy such a delicious meal with an attentive staff. The staff at Loulay works as a team and it shows in their superb customer service. The bar tender mixed terrific cocktails. The food was cooked perfectly. I had the sea scallops and my husband had the short ribs. Yummy! Even the desserts were terrific. I can’t wait to return.

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F
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend if audible conversation is a criteria for dining. Duck Confit Cassoulet and Seafood Stew were exceptional. Birthday celebration was a big hit.

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MM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After having a delicious lunch at Loulay a few weeks ago, three of us went to dinner there this week. We were not disappointed. The celery root soup, the mussels, a house salad, two orders of shortrib bourgionon, and the wild coho salmon were superb! Add a very personable server and ambience to match, and it was an evening that will never be forgotten!

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WH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, the staff is lovely. French food but not fussy.

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NW
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was superb. Always attentive and engaging. The food was coursed out appropriately. We really enjoyed the endive candies pecan with beecher’s cheese salad, cod, and the delicious peanut butter s’mores. The ambiance was very inviting and cozy.

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