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Marcela's Creole Cookery

4.2
49 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

Marcela’s Creole Cookery provides a New Orleans cuisine many miles away in Seattle with authentic Cajun and creole born from experience obtained in New Orleans. Marcela’s Creole Cookery is the perfect place to go for Mardi Gras celebrating or anytime one is hankering for authentic creole flavors.

The Marcela’s Creole Cookery lunch menu includes po-boys with all the typical meat options including alligator, catfish, andouille sausage, crawfish, shrimp and crab cakes. For a special treat, try the muffaletta po-boy, which is a New Orleans tradition. The sampler, jambalaya, gumbo and crawfish etouffee are also great choices. For dinner the Cajun trio is a good bet as well as the stuffed prawns and barbecued shrimp. Finish off the meal with bread pudding with whiskey sauce or the bananas foster prepared flambeau tableside.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(206) 223-0042
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
If you would like to visit Marcela's Creole Cookery outside our normal business hours, call us so we can accommodate your needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Yesler Way
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Entertainment
COOKING CLASSES (four courses)
$100.00 for two people 4 to 6 nights a week call for details 206-223-0042
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on February 25, 2015

Jambalaya, crawfish pie, catfish all excellent.
Gumbo had weird favorite. This review from a real Creole!

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2015

Marcela's transports you from the Pacific Northwest to New Orleans. The fish and seafood is shipped from the gulf coast, as well as, their beer selection. Go here for special occasions, they usually do a free glass of champagne and will toast with you. Must orders: barbecue shrimp, crawfish ettouffee and potatoes ya-ya. Definitely recommend for lunch or dinner! Just call ahead for large parties.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2015

Booked this restaurant mostly because they had availability a few hours before the Seahawks playoff game and we wanted to be in the Square well before gametime....what a great find! Wonderful service, great food and a great vibe overall. Pretty quiet while we were there (no TVs so no football crowd that day). The red beans and rice could have used some more kick (I think they tamed it down for us PNWers), but the andouille sausage was delicious as was the sampler (and plenty of spice there, per my husband!)

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2014

This was our first time eating at this restaurant. We had an early dinner, so it was very quiet. I'm sure it has potential for raucous and rowdy, though :) Food was fantastic, service was great, and prices reasonable. We will definitely be returning.!

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2014

My husband who is from Louisiana and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary and his birthday at Marcela's. It was not very crowded for a Saturday night but the food was delicious, hot and served quickly. It was dimly lit, with Southern Blues/Jazz music in the background, very nice ambiance. When the waiter found out we celebrated a special occasion he brought out Champagne and with another guest who also celebrated a birthday we cheered a toast with them.
For us it was the perfect small place to celebrate, we felt like the place was only open for us. The Hurricane cocktail was strong but yummy and made our night even better. A very nice experience altogether.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2014

We took our teenage daughter here so she can have a taste of creole cooking since she is a new self-acclaimed foodie. Food was great and ambiance felt nice and private. It is small and quaint so the noise level is low. But what we appreciate most is how we felt so welcome from the first moment we walked in. Our server (a retired cab driver) was entertaining, accommodating and one-of-a-kind. We especially appreciate how he treated our daughter for her birthday. We will eat here again and recommend to others.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2014

I had the special gumbo, probably the best I've ever had, although I must say I'm not the gumbo affectionate that some are. Very tasty. Hubby had the catfish and it was also very tasty.

Small place, they were running a cooking class in part of the restaurant, not a distraction as you get to see the owner in action. I had a glass of red wine, and they had a nice selection of wine by the glass. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2014

Great location in Pioneer Square area. Authentic Creole, tasty food and wine, and hospitality. Fun atmosphere. They even have an alligator appetizer (breaded small pieces) which was quite good (no, it didn't taste like chicken....taste and texture, to me, was more like fried clams or oysters). I recommend the lunch or dinner sampler for first timers so you can get an introduction to the food style.

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2014

was better than the last. My family of three teenage children and an ex-wife enjoyed a wonderful meal at Marcela's. We shared bites of each other's plate and each one seemed to be better than the last no matter which plate you started on. The sauces were flavorful with a perfect consistency. The plates were attractively presented. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better we ordered the bread pudding and pecan pie. Excellent! The service was friendly and accurate. The room was a little odd but I have an odd family so we fit right in. Look forward to my next visit to Seattle so I can again visit Marcela's.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2014

Made it upon myself to make it a tradition to take my gf here for her birthday. foods great, service is entertaining n professional and anyone who wants a taste of New Orleans this is the place to be

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3.0Dined on September 21, 2014

I had the French Quarter Sampler: a slice of crawfish pie, a cup of shrimp gumbo, and jambalaya, with a house salad starter. All were tasty, but none popped - except for the crawfish pie, which was delicious but clearly loaded with butter. The gumbo was a brown broth with shrimp in it, not the hearty stew I was hoping for, and the jambalaya was pretty much white rice with some sausage. Seasoned well, just not very interesting. My dinner companion had the Uptown Chicken. She loved it, but only finished half due to the amount of breading and cream in the dish. The waiter confirmed that they use enormous amounts of butter in their cooking, so be warned! The waiter was great, very personable and helpful, and the atmosphere was funky and fun.

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3.0Dined on August 30, 2014

We found Marcel's to be a fun atmosphere and the waiters enthusiasm was wonderful. The selection is very good with great specials as well.
We had pecan pie for desert with was wonderful with the enormous serving of vanilla ice cream.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2014

Great find! Small place though so make reservations. Gets full fast because the food is great and Anthony and Marcela and staff are wonderful. Hard working and food just like being in New Orleans - yummy all around! Last time we went there were several groups from New Orleans dining there. Fish spectacular. Oysters (fried) yummy. Specials amazing. Have gone 2x and great both times. Will be going back fo' sho'. Only downside - small space, but probably only way to maintain ability to provide good quality food and service.

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2014

Very tasty. Highly recommend the fried oysters. Peach cobbler was to die for.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2014

Great location close to pioneer square. Great food, however minimal wine by glass selections.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2014

What a wonderful dining experience! Owner Anthony, and waitstaff Andrew, helped to make my last evening in Seattle one to remember. The delicious food could only be topped by the warmth of the staff. By the way, the peach cobbler and bread pudding are OUT OF THIS WORLD! ;)

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2014

The staff was awesome and fabulous at conversation, very attentive.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2014

Everything here seems well-made. There is more than one New Orleans cuisine style, of course, and the gumbo, for example, was not our favorite kind, seemed a bit bland. But the crawfish dishes were excellent: a crawfish pie in a nice crust and a crawfish sauce atop tender catfish -- just really good,

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2014

Wonderful spot for the best creole cooking outside Louisiana. The dishes were perfectly prepared, and arrived piping hot. The fried alligator with the 2 dipping sauces was in itself worth going for. We actually arrived fairly early (well ahead of our reservation), and the folks there graciously seated us without a wait. I highly recommend Marcela's. I cannot wait to get back and visit.

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2014

Despite having a limited menu, the food was fabulous! There were four in our group and we all had bites of each other's dinners and it was ALL delicious! On the negative side: our waiter was super friendly, but the restaurant was short staffed so I think he was responsible for the whole place and the food took quite a while to be delivered and we had to track the server down a couple of times.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2014

I couldn't be more happy with our dining experience at Marcela's. I'm a transplant from the south and have had some authentic creole cooking in Louisiana, and Marcela's was just as savory and delicious as any memory I have. My wife and I had dinner there on our anniversary and she loved it. So happy to have found this gem!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2014

I love Creole food, and this was by far the best I have had outside of New Orleans. I missed lunch, where they offered the usual delicious lunch foods of Muffulettas and Po Boys. I love that they stop selling the Po Boys after 5 due to bread availability - it means they use only the fresh stuff! But dinner was superb. I had blackened red fish, crawfish pie (amazing), etoufee, and fried alligator. I regret I didn't try the gumbo but I already was over eating due to an inability to pick just one thing. I finished with bread pudding which was delicious. The owner made an effort to come out multiple times to check on me and even refreshed my Hurricane (stay away from these unless you want to get a big buzz on!). It is a must try place!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2014

Delicious food at a great price, along with a fun, festive environment and friendly service. Save room for the bread pudding with whiskey sauce... trust me!

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2014

Overall, the food was excellent. We enjoyed both the catfish with crawfish sauce and the sampler plate. Lots of delicious options on both plates. Our only disappointment was the BBQ shrimp appetizer. We felt it was a bit overpriced $11 for six modest sized shrimp. Lots of seafood options on the menu which worked well as we had one pescetarian in our group. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2013

We had a fabulous time here on New Year's Eve! Everything and everyone was over the top great!

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2013

The evening did not turn out to be as we had hoped after reading the previous good reviews. We were a party of 6 and a 20% tip was added to our bill which we thought was a bit steep for this level of restaurant and service and not being informed beforehand. Food was just Ok but not special.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2013

The Barbecue Shrimp and Gumbo were fabulous!

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2013

We had a great lunch and the server was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2013

We had 5 cousins who rarely see each other and wanted to be in Pioneer Square. Parking was right next door and reasonable. Anthony was very hands-on, in response to an order for red wine he suggested a lovely Argentine wine that was super reasonable and delicious. The shrimp appetizer with dipping bread was wonderful. Everyone had a different entrée and all were happy. I decided I'm too much a northwesterner to really appreciate soft shell crab, but it was as good as possible :-). We shared bananas foster for dessert. Lots of fire and really delicious! We were there three hours and were never rushed. Had great conversations and good food in a fun place.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2013

Friendly & gracious service, great softshell crabs, great crawfish ettouffe, Abita beer, good nola background music. A pleasant surprise on a Sunday night in seattle

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2013

Try the sampler with shrimp gumbo, jambalaya, and crawdad pie!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2013

There are not many cajun or creole restaurants in the Seattle area but this is a good one for a change of pace. The food is good and they try hard to be authentic Lousiana style creole.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2013

The food there was good. A little disappointed they didn't have the fried crab claws anymore on their menu. Service was excellent and the waiter described everything on menu for my friends. Gumbo was tasty.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2013

The fried crawfish was delightful. And, if you like a good strong drink, you have to get a Hurricane. This one had my wife stumbling before we got to the show at the 5th Ave. Theatre.

The only turnoffs were:

1) While sitting outside two thugs were walking down the street and spit right in front of our table... G-R-O-S-S!
2) And, a couple bums came looking for change while we were chatting enjoying a drink.
Finally, the service was supreme. The server took the time to make good conversation, go over the menu, and answer all the questions we had.

All in all, this was a great place. Be sure to go inside to avoid any possible bad experience...and BE SURE TO GET A HURRICANE!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2013

We had a great dinner at Marcela's. The food was great and the waiter was top notch.

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2013

I found the food to be over cooked and the gumbo served less than luke warm. Best part of the meal was the bread pudding.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2013

We had an excellent dining experience at Marcela's. The owner was very cordial and welcomed us at the door. Once we were inside the service was outstanding. From the time we order our food until we were served was very short. The food was excellent. They have a great menu to choose from. I would definitely return to try another item from the menu. Also the restaurant was quite affordable.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2013

One hurricane knocked me out and the staff were very helpful in helping me manage safely to my destination. They were very understanding and accommodating. They had a spectacular Malbec. The special spicy shrimp appetizer was perfect paired with our wine and drinks1

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2013

Authentic Cajun! Anthony & Marcela were wonderful! I can't wait for the Santa Monica expansion :-)

Looking forward to my next visit,

Les bon temps roulet!

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2013

do you live in seattle, but long for a slice of new orleans? if so, look no further. the gumbo's the bomb. the muffaletta is as well. so are the hurricanes. as is the boudin. i haven't even mentioned the chicory coffee or the pecan pie yet either.

look, this is real creole cooking. if that's what you want, come here. if you want an imitation, i hear new orleans cafe has red gumbo and clear hurricanes. go there if you don't know any better ;)

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