Loulay

4.6
2220 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and menu.

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KP
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and love the ambience.

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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
6 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
2 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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h
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner at Loulay was a very satisfying experience. The service was truly excellent and the noise levels were moderate enough to allow conversation. We started with Crab beignet and followed it up with a vegetarian soup (celeriac), salad and the truly delicious risotto that was the day's special. My daughter had the scallops which were perfectly cooked! We binged on french fries that were sinfully good.
I will certainly pay another visit to taste the many seafood entrees that they have.
I particularly liked the idea of having potions of different sizes as entrees.

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F
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for lunch on our anniversary and had a great time. The service was top notch and the lunch trio was a good value. I had the cheese course, salmon and espresso. The cheese course was amazing and the salmon just ok. It was cooked perfectly just not a ton a flavor. My husband had French onion soup, the burger and espresso. His soup and burger were delicious. We had a wonderful time and would definitely come back!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unlike a lot of Seattle culinary places most of the staff is top notch, minus the second-tier-city-trying too-hard pretense one sees so often in this city right now.

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MR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. Wine was great. Service was slow, though. We are seated about 10 minutes after our reservation, and for another 10 minutes, no-one seemed to notice we were at hour table. Not a place to go in a rush. But for a relaxed long dinner, we'll be back.

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g
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The salmon lunch entree was just ok and way too expensive.

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CB
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my husband's birthday. Their customer service was excellent! Our server was very friendly and attentive. The food is phenomenal too!

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DW
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Loulay was awesome! Everything we ate was cooked perfectly and was delicious! Great restaurant for date night!

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

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We've spent our last two wedding anniversaries enjoying their wonderful food, wine and service.

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t
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here! The Chef in the Hat is always energetic and create with his menu.

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CR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

3rd visit to Loulay. Excellent service staff with the exception of the Maitre d'. We were 15 mins. early and he gave only a suggestion of the bar to wait the 15 mins. he basically said we arrived too early. He was not friendly. I couldn see online that the restaurant serves dinner beginning at 5:00pm and we arrived at 5:00pm...
We went around the corner to wait in the Sheraton lobby. When we arrived back at the restaurant to check-in the same man answered a phone in front of us and didn't pardon himself. He then took us all straight up the stairs to the 3rd. floor seating area. He vaguely indicated the coat rack on that level. Npo effort to help with the coats. I was never asked if we preferred to sit in the upper level. On the Open Table rsvns. we didn't see a choice. My guests were 78 years old. I would have preferred the main level, but rather than create a fuss, I said nothing. The entire experience aside from this was excellent.
Loulay has serveral areas for seating and if somehow the preference could be determined before arriving it would be better.

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

Always excellent food and service. Jennifer was excellent as all the wait staff has been!

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w
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Used to be a nice place- the service was slow, an we got easy meals- quiche, salad and eggs benedict, which were hard boiled. Really poor execution on all levels.

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