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Muse at Benaroya Hall

4.6
4.6
412 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle at the renowned Benaroya Hall, Muse offers a great combination of convenience and luxury to your pre-concert experience. This season, we’re making it even easier to savor your meal before the show with our chilled small plate & dessert selections – place an order with your server, or help yourself at the Grazing Table – your food is ready to be enjoyed whenever you arrive!
In the mood for something hot and savory? Hot dishes are available to order a la carte from our kitchen.

We’re tucked away on the main floor of Benaroya Hall, in the Norcliffe Founders Room. Once you’re inside the Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, just look for the hallway hung with portraits of Symphony musicians, and follow the signs.

We look forward to serving you this season in Muse!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Northwest

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu, Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 336-6699

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Loviska

  • Catering

    For more information please visit our website.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    3rd Avenue

  • Parking details

    The garage at Benaroya Hall entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. The maximum vehicle height is 6"8". The garage is equipped with Blink charging stations for electric vehicles. The event rate is $13 in advance and $14 day of show unless otherwise posted. Hourly and other non-event rates are listed here

  • Public transit

    Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice), or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. For Community Transit, call 425.353-RIDE or 1.800.562.1375

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Pre-Theater

    Multiple dates available
    Located inside Benaroya Hall at the Norcliffe Founders Room, Muse offers a convenient dining option for Symphony concerts. Offering both full-service dining and a Grazing Table with small plates and petite dessert selections just steps away from your concert seats. The restaurant opens two hours prior to most evening Symphony concerts and for other select performances. Muse is fully accessible, although a gentle ramp must be navigated.
  • Boxed Lunch

    $15.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    First choose the number of lunches you want to purchase above by selecting "Number of Guests" Next, choose to "Find a Table" and select the 10am time slot. You will then be taken to the lunch choices. After selecting your lunch(s), select the option for "standard" seating and you will be taken to the payment screen.

What 412 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Seattle

    Best Ambiance

  • Seattle

    Contemporary American

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  1. KF

    KristineF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at The Muse restaurant. Did not expect the options for dining available. Took all options and tried all the food service. Absolutely outstanding. Was the perfect way to start the evening before the concert. Highly recommended.
  2. JM

    JeffM

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience2
    Convenient! Confusing menu & the associated costs. A girlish blob (?)was uneatable Great to consider Mac n cheese for kids. The small plates while a good idea to move along diners trying to get to a performance they don’t relate to one another and only a could stood on their own . Excellent desserts however they listed a choice of three ice cream and we ordered two. Whe delivered to our table the server complained that he had to run all the way somewhere to get them(?) Design- PLEASE better lighting. It’s too high and glaring. Need lights mid level of the room . Felt like a cafeteria and it’s a lively space. Lighting will greatly help. We’d like to come back and hope this review is helpful.
  3. S

    Suzie

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The small plates were great! Good variety. I especially liked the lamb with cherry sauce.
  4. JH

    JudithH

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere; and can’t beat the ease of concert transition
  5. BA

    BlueAlii

    Seattle

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner format -- similar to an eat-all-you-want tapas bar -- was new to us, but we were very happy with it. The food was all delicious, and we could set our own pace. The wine selection included several perfect pairings for the food we selected. We will definitely be back!
  6. T

    Tess

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Unfortunately, for the price $$$$$$, the food was just okay and the method of menu selection is not very user friendly. You have a choice of 3 levels ($30, $45 or $60), from 1 extremely small chilled plate, or 2 selections of 2 of the very small chilled plates or 1 chilled small plate and 1 warm plate, or 1 very small chilled plate, 1 warm plate and 1 dessert. The service was very nice. During intermission, the Founders' Room was re-arranged and made to look like a large hall. Not very warm and welcoming.
  7. D

    Dick

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The room is very nice, the food excellent, and the service was fine. We will definitely come again
  8. BM

    BMC1

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very special venue for dinner before a symphony performance. The room is usually used for special events and for mid-performance intermission gatherings of major donors.
  9. 2

    24godessert

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good price and excellent selection of foods, plus great wait staff.
  10. J

    James

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really like the way the food service is now operated, and the quality of the food and service was excellent.
  11. A

    Andersonj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very comfortable ambiance. Food was delicious. I will be going here again on my next Symphony.
  12. SR

    SheriR

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the variety of dishes and choices, and all the food was delicious.
  13. M

    Melissa

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    The food was high quality, but it was only a buffet menu. The a la cart items were only available as additions to the buffet menu and became very pricey. If you're a vegetarian, you're out of luck.
  14. L

    Lori

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the new format, and the food was delicious.
  15. DS

    DeeSeattle

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Because their diners are going to a concert and have a time constraint, Muse is trying a new & successful model to keep their dining experience timely and predictable. You can order from the kitchen. But mostly, they offer multiple cold small plate meals & desserts plus a hot carving station. Pricing depends on how many items you choose. Length of time in the restaurant depends entirely on you. Our drinks came fast, one was wrong, so sent back. The kitchen meal came fast. The cold small plates were plentiful and already out there buffet-style. The small plates are not the best food they serve, but decent. The hot carving station was very good food, and equally fast.
  16. b

    brunchlover

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Muse just opened a couple of weeks ago, so I hope they just are still figuring things out. We went there as they are in the venue where had concert tickets. We arrived at six and the concert was at eight. First, there was no menu online so we didn't know what to expect. It was a glorified buffet with three options. The first option was a selection of salads and desserts. Second, was an add on of Rib Eye, and third you could add on fish or chicken. I wouldn't have gone if I had known this. Aside from that, the first course of salads was not good. For example, there was a sort of Caprese salad offered, which sounded great, except the mozzarella was more like string cheese than the nice fresh mozzarella you'd expect. There was a little cup of gazpacho that was so spicy I couldn't eat it. Other salads were uninspired. Next, I had the ribeye. Good points: it was medium rare, and the portion was generous. However the meat was very tough, lukewarm, and had no flavor at all. My dining companion had the chicken which was so overdone that she could hardly cut it with the knife provided. Neither of us finished. Finally, we looked forward to the dessert buffet. However, there was only one or two options left out of five or six. When asked, they admitted that they ran out (this restaurant is not big so it's astounding that they couldn't plan for enough servings and they did reduce our bill). All of this was bad enough, but our server, who was well intentioned, was basically missing for the entire meal. We had to ask another server for coffee. We also noticed that other servers were bringing the salads and desserts to the diners, but we had to get ours. And finally, we couldn't get our payment processed in time; I ended up getting to my concert seat after the time the concert was supposed to start. People at another table had to get permission to come back and pay after the concert. This is a pre concert venue, the staff knew when the event started.
  17. D

    Dave

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    A lovely way to have a relaxing meal before a concert.
  18. D

    Downtowner

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We felt like the food was good but too scattered to bring together the meal. And, we felt that all the special foods made it very expensive for the amount of food we ate. The setting was nice and we enjoyed spending our time there. We just don't need all the fancy little bites :).
  19. K

    Kellerklan

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Muse has a new format that is part small plates, part menu entree or Chefs table. The variety was good and tasty. I would recommend one additional fruit such as berries for those who don't like watermelon. Otherwise very nice.
  20. JA

    JoanA

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the new format with the prepared small plates and choices of 2 entree or the carved meat. We look forward to returning. Joan and Nepier Smith
  21. SL

    StephanieL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the perfect pre-concert dining experience! Muse has changed its service style since the pandemic and I love the variety of small bite options. Rather than a full sit-down dinner you are able to choose from a display table of small plates, a chefs carving station, and/or larger made-to-order dishes like halibut with risotto. The flavors were all spot on! I highly recommend trying the tomato gazpacho, grilled veggie plate, and the watermelon & shishito salad small plates. Don’t forget to save room for desserts!!
  22. TB

    TaxattyBrian

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Very odd experience. Though we had a waiter, 4 different persons served us during dinner, none working with the other. After waiting 15 minutes for dessert, we called our waiter over and cancelled it. Then the wife asked whether we could have it at intermission with tea. He said yes, no charge. At intermission we went down for dessert and tea, and were told we weren't welcome as we were not part of the symphony Founders group. As to food, excellent except for the broccoli shredded salad -- very dry, no real dressing, and just one nut (i kid you not). A woman at the table next to ours sent hers back. Expected much more after an excellent dinnerthere last year.
  23. V

    Visitor

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    This is a lovely space for dinner before the symphony with out of town guests. Our dinner was disappointing. The server was nice but not very attentive. The Brussels sprouts salad was tasteless and the main courses arrived very slowly and were not warm enough. The pastry dessert was tough. The service was slow. Even though we arrived with plenty of time before the concert, we were rushed at dessert to get to use the restroom and get to our seats (one us walks very slowly).
  24. MB

    MickeyBat

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Most beautiful restaurant ROOM in downtown Seattle; ambiance second to none. Food is very good for the price point. If you're attending a performance in Benaroya; it's the best restaurant deal in terms of both dining and having a relaxing time before the show; the staff is also EXCELLENT...
  25. JM

    JamesM

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    My wife had the rabbit, but it was a bit dry and tough. The barley and beef stew was excellent. I had the bouillabaisse, it was good, but I had to ask for a plate to put the shells in. Desert was excellent.
  26. WH

    WoodyH

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Barley pup was outstanding excellent meal overall
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overall, as expected. A convenient dining experience before a concert, but not a high focus on the quality of the food. However, one does not go out for mediocre. I was disappointed by the quality of the striploin I ordered. I ate everything on the plate except half of the striploin and was disappointed the server did not even ask if I enjoyed the meal or if there was a problem with the food. Didn’t offer to pack it up either. The desserts were also lacking a bit for the cost. Food and service were ok but are not a great value. You are definitely paying for the convenience of eating in the hall without worry. It feels like a pop-up restaurant serving a hotel-catered dinner. I may give this place another shot, but I’m not in a hurry to.
  28. T

    Tapirkng

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food was awful, staff nice. The tuna appetizer was almost frozen while the Osso Bucho was as tough as shoe leather.
  29. r

    rte1

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, and service was very professional. The food was ho-hum, especially for the price. We had several items (osso buco, crab cakes, ahi hors d'oeuvre) and for each of them, the basic flavor of the main ingredient was overwhelmed by other seasonings--partly salt, but also too many other flavors. The basic flavor of the main ingredient should shine through the seasonings, and it didn't. Disappointing, and different from the last time we were here a couple of years ago. Still fun evening, nice to already be in the hall before our concert, and the ambiance is lovely. Also much quieter than dining in the outer lobby area.
  30. MB

    MarkB

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comfortable seating. Very good service and friendly staff. Food was fantastic.
  31. JL

    JamesL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My wife and I came for a concert gifted to us by our daughter's family, so we thought we would shoulder the cost of a nice dining experience to go with it. The restaurant, while at the end of a small trek, did not disappoint, beginning with the setting. I'm not sure we've ever eaten in a room with such high ceilings! The place is quite lovely, with subdued lighting, though sufficient to read the offerings, and very attentive staff. The menu items were nicely varied, though not too numerous. We chose the three-course option, and were pleased with everything. The courses came quickly, though not rushed, and staff were graciously accommodating, substituting field greens for the kale in my wife's salad, and cutting up the pork chop she chose for her entrée. My black halibut was done to perfection, and our deserts were quite sinfully delicious. The check was reasonable, for a fine dining experience, and I'd visit the place again, with pleasure.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As I was dining solo before the Vivaldi Four Seasons Symphony, I chose to sit have my dinner at the bar. The windows give a nice view of Downtown to complete the ambiance the high ceilings and roomy dining room begin. Lovely background music accompanied an interesting and lively conversation with Bartender Alec, while I had drink and dinner. Beginning with a Kale salad with pear and feta, followed by Blackened Cod with shaved cauliflower, my dinner was both a feast for the eyes, as well as a party for the palate. Compliments to The Chef, thanks to Alec, and Staff, and much Gratitude to the City, and Donors,to keep the Arts alive in our community.
  33. G

    Gunz

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Perfect place for dining before an event.
  34. CA

    ConnieA

    Seattle

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner to celebrate my husband’s birthday!
  35. CE

    ColleenE

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am a caregiver for a 74 year old gentleman with Alzheimers that has a brace on his leg and use of just one hand. I called ahead and talked to a ticket seller about my client and his situation and asked for some assistance regarding food and seats etc. She was amazing but didn't get her name...Ivy picked up where she left off and met me and my client at the door of the Muse. Ivy made sure that we were comfortable, safe and told the staff we would need extra assistance. Leslie our waitress, took our order and served us and let us bypass the buffet as it would have been very hard for me and my client. Leslie took excellent care of us and we had a beautiful and fun birthday for Marty! Food was fresh and delicious, all the staff was outstanding and the concert was a wonderful experience. THANK YOU to everyone at Benaroya for making this birthday special but more important, easy for us. Cheers and happy holidays!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love dining here before a concert at Benaroya Hall!
  37. c

    cnem

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    This restaurant was always our go-to before symphony concerts and we've generally had good experiences. This time was the worst. There were 4 of us, but that shouldn't have made a difference as to service. One of our party ordered something that they were out of, so the waitress said she would check on an alternative. She never came back to tell us what the result of that was. We waited inordinately long just to get our drinks, but then the entrees never came. We saw all around us that people who came after us were being served their entrees, even their desserts, and yet we sat there with no food. They simply were ignoring us. Finally I managed to flag down a waitress to say we had been there for 1 hour and 20 and still hadn't gotten our entrees. Eventually we got our food but had to bolt it down because it was getting toward curtain time for the concert. I ate so fast I got the hiccups. When they brought the bill, there was no apology, no reason given for the wait, or any sign that they cared that we had to wait so long. It almost spoiled our evening. Clearly we are never going back. Very disappointed!!
  38. s

    stevef

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance, great service, food was excellent though not outstanding. A very pleasant experience!
  39. JM

    JamesM

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    My wife did not particularly like the sea bass. The cheese cake was excellent.
  40. S

    Susan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant that is in Benoroya Hall, just steps away from the Seattle Symphony. Food, ambiance and service were outstanding, but pricey menu. Check the online menus before you go. This is not your average "meat and potatoes" entrees.

FAQs

Muse at Benaroya Hall is rated 4.6 stars by 412 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Muse at Benaroya Hall

200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    3rd Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu, Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Northwest

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    The garage at Benaroya Hall entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. The maximum vehicle height is 6"8". The garage is equipped with Blink charging stations for electric vehicles. The event rate is $13 in advance and $14 day of show unless otherwise posted. Hourly and other non-event rates are listed here

  • Public transit

    Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice), or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. For Community Transit, call 425.353-RIDE or 1.800.562.1375

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Loviska

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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