Ada's Restaurant & Bar

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Turkish
A chef-driven paradise wrapped in a small neighborhood vibe. Ada’s has been a staple in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood for years. However today, the new Ada’s is a creation stemmed from a lifelong dream of Executive Chef Ayhan Barlas. With a completely revised menu of American classics prepared with a European flair alongside Chef Ayhan’s native Turkish favorites, your senses will thank you! We are firm believers that "the freshest ingredients create the best dishes", and that "things that grow together, go together". So, in keeping with that mantra, we pride ourselves on using as many local purveyors as possible to best keep our dishes in line with the true spirit of the finest cuisine the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Here' you'll find a modern, warm and romantic dining experience in an elegantly casual atmosphere. We also have a great bar and lounge area with a wonderful Happy Hour. When you eat here, you’ll feel like one of the family.
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r
Seattle
110 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Ada's and it won't be our last. The food was excellent and the staff was exceptional. Definitely put Ada's on your restaurant list. We will definitely return.

KL
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Menu is ambitious offering maybe too many choices. Service was challenging as the server seemed new to the job. Hostess was overly aggressive in clearing the table and removed our menus before we ordered. One entree was served without the right sides. This restaurant has promise but needs some polish to get there.

EH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ada's prepares amazing food and provides thoughtful, attentive service. Every detail of our meal was excellent.

AM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great ambiance, good for quiet conversation, and Excellent Food!
Wide variety on the menu for carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans.

L
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New favorite neighborhood gem! Great food! Super friendly service and within walking distance from home!

BR
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fourth visit.
Food has been consistently excellent, service same.
Would strongly encourage a visit.
The restaurant is top notch, needs more patrons to up the ambience of dining there

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

MF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Ada's for dinner four times. Each one has been a wonderful experience. The food is excellent, as is the service. The wait staff gives you time to enjoy your time eating, drinking and talking with friends. The environment is very comfortable and quiet. I would highly recommend Ada's.

K
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely quiet dining experience after a hectic work week was just what my husband and I were looking for! The waiter was so attentive but not bothersome, and the chef came out to check on everyone at one point. I appreciate that they have several vegan options on the menu, and the chef even had a surprise vegan desert (not on the menu) for me. A lovely spot.

VN
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Date with wife in neighborhood restaurant. Tablecloths, nice wine list and attentive server. Trout was excellent and plentiful (over a pound). Served whole and a little work was needed but meat fell off of bone.

EL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful service. Waiter brought wrong dish for me, but quickly brought correct one and left other for free. We didn't have to fight booming music to talk, the food was truly excellent, and the ambience lovely.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere. Wonderful food. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines and drinks were affordable and great to boot.

TR
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef came out and visited us multiple times to make sure everything was going well and the food tasted good. A very warm and happy man, that chef. The food was amazing and the Turkish wine we had was a pleasant surprise. Definitely worth a visit.

MD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisitely prepared fine dining quality items, Turkish niche, Sadık is a legitimate Maitre d’Hotel, Chef/Owner Ayhan is solid on product quality, preparation, presentation, contrast of flavors that are orthodox and unorthodox to put together. After my fifth consistent experience I’m writing this review with very good conscious.

S
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant through OpenTable while looking for a nice restaurant near Ballard for a get together with another couple. The service was attentive, professional and timely. The plates that the dishes are served in are definitely notable.
Everything we ordered tasted great, but it is worth calling out the Eggplant Rolantini (appetizer), the Pan Seared Whole Trout and the Tenderloin Spiedini (Sis Kebob) as simply excellent.
This is a restaurant that we're planning on going back and try more of dishes, hopefully introduce more people to it as well.

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - highly recommended.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ada’s Restaurant is wonderful! The food is delicious and beautifully presented. We experienced courteous and attentive service, even receiving a complementary dessert when I indicated it was my husband’s birthday. The restaurant is well-lit with a pleasant atmosphere. We will definitely be coming back and highly recommend others to visit!

n
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice and cosy place. The food was great. I chose Turkish influenced dishes and they were very well made. Turkish wine was great. Service was friendly and attentive. The desert baklava was genuinely home made. I am always skeptical about Turkish restaurants abroad but this is a very clean, modern and classy place.

DI
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavors are amazing, staff were friendly. Will definitely go back.

t
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The service was very pleasant but very slow due to under-staffing. The food was excellent, but expensive. Drinks and wine were also expensive. The place was nice, though parking was impossible. Overall, fine but not worth the price point IMO.

FR
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first time at Ada's and would highly recommend it . The staff are very attentive and accommodating. My chicken was the bet prepared and tasting I have had in a long time. And very large serving which seems to be disappearing in Seattle restaurants. My wife had King Salmon which is her favorite and she it was good but a little overdone. She said it was probably her fault for not saying how she likes it cooked. We shall return!

ED
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely recommended. food was great!!! and the Executive Chef went out to greet us So lovely, wonderful, delicious

MS
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely dinner with the beet salad and sis kabobs being the star of the show. Highly recommend this restaurant.

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our second visit to Ada's and was just as superb as the first.
Menu is quite varied and extensive, but they pulled off every dish for four completely different diners very well.

Ambience is very nice, and it is wonderful to be able to actually talk to your dining companions without the shrill sound levels at so many of Seattle's restaurants. Very attractive space. Presentation of the dishes is beautiful.

Highly recommend this spot and will return very soon. Hope to introduce Ada's to many more friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I have had both dinner and brunch here. The dinner was really delicious and unique. It was a very nice experience and the owner came out and talked to us.

The brunch was just ok—it wasn’t very unique or special. There was also a fly in my coffee.

The service has been great both times I have been there!

GP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

All but two dishes (the last to come out) were served at lukewarm room temperature, not hot at all. Scallops were under-cooked to the point of being almost raw. In honor of a birthday, we were served a complimentary tiramisu at the end of the meal which was inedible -- something had gone off on it, perhaps it was stored in a freezer too long. Nobody would eat more than a couple bites of the tiramisu. Ambience is very nice and in keeping with the prices, but nothing else is. Service is very inexperienced -- I had to ask if we could order some drinks before taking food orders (prior to that, no drinks were offered) I think they are coasting on the good reviews from the prior owners. I don't like to write reviews as I don't think they generally do any good to improve things, but in this case I think other diners need to be cautioned before dropping over $50 per seat on a meal I very much regret. It is a shame because we live only a few blocks away and love every other restaurant in this cluster from 59th to 65th on Phinney.

k
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good, we had a attentive waitress that was always there when we needed something. Also the food was delicious and the atmosphere was relaxing and quite enough to talk comfortably. The deserts were excellent and they had a nice wine selection to choose from. All and all a good experience and we would definitely go back again.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Perhaps just a bad day? First of all, they only had one instrumental song playing on repeat the entire hour and a half we were there… Not very good for ambience. They Appeared to be understaffed as the waiter was also the bartender—and we didn’t even get our initial cocktail until after we finished with our salad and appetizer! The truffle fries were mediocre, because they were undercooked, and I had the pan seared scallops which were also under cooked. Lam was very good as well as the Turkish wine we ordered. The menu is very extensive and appealing. I love the choices on the menu and the ambience and I will give this place another try because they have all the right ingredients to make for a great dining experience but last night wasn’t it. Hopefully just an off day for them.

Ada's Restaurant & Bar
Responded on May 21, 2019

I am very sorry to hear of your experience with us. We pride ourselves on being on top of our game at all times, and we obviously fell short the night you visited. It's true that there are times when the bartender will also take tables, but when it comes at the price of our guests receiving drinks after appetizers, we clearly failed. We were short staffed. Please accept my sincerest apologizes and do visit us again. And when you do, let me know so I can personally make it up to you. - Chef Ayhan

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experienced Ada’s for the first time - Mother’s Day brunch. We thoroughly enjoyed a traditional Turkish breakfast and had a nice visit with owner and chef Ayan. If you are looking for a great, classy neighborhood restaurant serving Mediterranean/European with the freshest of ingredients, this is it!

MO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Ada’s was the perfect place for our celebration. Great food and service- we’ll be back!!

t
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food-we loved everything especially the Baklava. Service was great too!

MO
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too many wonderful choices! We will definitely return!

LA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group of 4. Had a wonderful time! Food was excellent. I had the steak, it was delicious. The other 3 friend all had the king salmon, the yes couldn’t stop talking about it. Definitely a 4 star restaurant.

JF
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The filet and the duck were amazing.

DH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive and friendly service, and a relaxed and upscale atmosphere! The two couples both loved the place and we'll happily return for more tasty cocktails and high quality great tasting food!

KP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was fun to try something new. We went for Seattle Restaurant Week. I had the Olive Tapenade, the Risotto, and the Baklava. Delicious and perfect portion sizing. We were seated next to the kitchen which unfortunately offered a lot more noise with plates and silverware being pushed around, and the service could've been a little more attentive. Staff was friendly, and the place is really cute on the inside. I would definitely come back for another meal, and I appreciate SRW introducing me to new places to try!

DL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Ada's. The service was excellent. The food was delicious. The special was fresh halibut. All 3 I was with said it was the best they had ever had. I had the chicken and it was wonderful. I would highly recommend this restaurant for their service as well as the food.

H
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a real treat for my friend and myself as we took a chance on a new restaurant and stepped into a world of calm, beauty and deliciousness! “Ada” Restaurant has only been open for four months and is just waiting to be discovered by those who appreciate the best of adult cuisine in a neighborhood setting. Don’t get me wrong…the “adult” doesn’t mean it’s stuffy! The very talented Owner/Executive Chef, Ayhan Barlas, who came over and introduced himself later in our meal, embodied the passion behind the unique take on refashioned American food with a European touch and the lovely environment he created.

My friend and I decided to share a few dishes, beginning with the Organic Roasted Beet Salad (with crumbled feta, pickled red onions, organic arugula, roasted pistachio, sliced oranges, sea salt and balsamic glaze.) They happily divided it for us in the kitchen, and both portions were very generous. And very tasty.

Next we shared the Grilled Wild King Salmon (with golden fried polenta cake, seasonal vegetables, with lemon-saffron beurre blanc and roasted pink pepper corn). Delicious! And we couldn’t resist accompanying it with an order of Truffled French Fries (Shoestring fries, reggiano, parmesan, scallions and lemon-garlic aioli). YUM! I think I’ll return for their happy hour just for those fries with a glass of wine!

Although we were contentedly full, we managed to accept the graciously offered house-made specialty desert which was fantastic-Profiteroles (eclair balls, house-made vanilla pastry cream and house-made chocolate glaze, with roasted pistachio and shaved white chocolate.) OMG-worth every calorie! And happily washed them down with a light Turkish tea.

I truly believe Ada's is worth spreading the word for and writing a review! If you get a chance to meet the owner, ask him about the restaurant's name-it's an interesting story. Ada's will be partici

PK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The six of us had two appetizers and a variety of entrees as well as desserts. Also cocktails and wine. We all were very happy and impressed by the food. The Sis Kabobs are very impressive with their presentation. And the eggplant entree was delicious. I have already recommended Ada’s to a relative and I’m certain we will go back within this month. It really was that good and so comfortable.