Alchemy

4.5
90 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Alchemy is a craft bar and restaurant nestled in the heart of West Seattle"s Junction neighborhood. The idea of the alchemist is a person obsessed with the perfect fusion of science and nature with just a hint of the intangible. Our hand-crafted cocktails and inspired menu of shareable plates will have you experiencing a wide variety of tastes and sensations and yes, just a few aspects you just might not be able to put your finger on. We look forward to serving you soon!
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Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday 4:00 pm - 12:00am Friday & Saturday; 4:00 pm - 2:00 am;
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(206) 900-0400
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Larkin Young
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

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Nestled in the West Seattle Junction with ample parking you will find Alchemy, A delight to all of your senses. This upscale cocktail bar with approachable yet elegant cuisine it is sure to wow your group and impress even the most sophisticated tastes.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Kind of an odd dark and ominous vibe, I think in the right headspace it would be really fun but it was more than I had expected from reading other reviews. Drinks were good but the experience was not as expected for my personal taste

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SM
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Alchemy was a nice little restaurant located in Murphy’s. We sat outside and they had a solo artist playing baby boomer music. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. We especially enjoyed the green curry muscles which were delicious!

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CC
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite West Seattle spots! Fantastic drinks!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The night was great. Scott was super friendly and suggested some of our drink selections. He is an amazing mixologist. The bar atmosphere was cozy but lively. The whole bar itself is great. Even though there is only one bathroom, the setting was spectacular! Will be going back to try the rest of the menu😊

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KC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It IS handcrafted so be aware that it might take a bit longer than typical chain restaurants to get your drink out to you. But is is worth the wait!

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BB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Took friends there for the first time. Always fun talking with Scott. Good time had by all

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D
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The service was somewhat slow because there looked like to be only one server, but the bar tender was very kind and offered free birthday shots for my table since we were waiting for so long.

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CP
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fabulous cocktails created by Scott and his staff. Tasty salad and asparagus! Delicious sliders!! Fun and comfortable chairs and couches . Plenty of tall chair sitting with tables. A really good time !!

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AB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic drinks and delicious food! Our server was helpful and extremely knowledgeable about the unique drinks menu, and spot on with his recommendations. The bartenders made perfectly tailored custom cocktails, in addition to drinks from the menu. The creativity and presentation of the cocktails is astonishing! Shared small plates were tasty, and the kitchen kindly gave our table of five an extra portion of things that came in fours, such as the bacon candy, so that everyone would have a piece. A great place for a very special cocktail hour!

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DD
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Alchemy has great cocktails, the staff are very friendly. I would go here for the cocktails and eat somewhere else as the food (hangar steak-$19) is pricey and will leave you still hungry.

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c
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Alchemy deserves to be a lot better. My biggest gripe is the cost of the cocktails. While it is notable that handcrafted cocktails should and do cost more than a simple mixed drink, $16 for what Alchemy is offering is $4 too much. Additionally, during this visit, the patrons who were seated before us had tipped over some glassware that shattered on the floor and instead of cleaning it up it was simply swept just out of the foot path and left during service. The deviled eggs were good and priced accordingly. I want to love Alchemy so much and hopefully they can address the few areas where they are currently missing and this place could be a gem of the West Seattle.

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Drinks were fantastic! Great ambiance. Wish there were a few more Vegan options for my friends

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O
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Great, creative drinks! Food was poorly presented and seasoned, and quite highly priced. The server/hostess seemed way overburdened with tables and it was hard to get our snacks in a timely way. I would say yes for an occasional drink, definitely skip the food.

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The place is very cool looking. Was not very busy. Comfy Chairs. I did get annoyed that my order was messed up. Waiter does not have a note pad, so he did ask me about 6x times what I order. Which was one menu item. Food took very long. And again, he came back several times to confirm what we got...one menu item..so not sure if he put it in right away. My drink was wrong and he got my dates wrong too. My bill was also wrong. And it that was kind of annoying. We were very nice...but it still was very very annoying. I told my friend and they seemed to have a similar experience. It must be because its fast pace, too loud or too new to have all the kinks worked out. Not sure. But its sad...cus place is cool. But I wont go back. Id rather go near by...get good service for cheaper. I never leave bad reviews. But this was just horrible.

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e
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

Tried Alchemy for the first time on Friday 22 June 2018. I arrived early so I enjoyed a craft cocktail at the bar. When ordering I requested the bartender's choice and, after a quick interview about my preferences, created an rum based drink with celery seed bitters and an absinthe foam, garnished with a lemon twist. Second route was a standard capirinha which was actually a little flat compared to what I've gotten at Novilos or other Brazilian restaurants. Third round was Moscow Mules which were perfectly cromulent.

Some issues with service-- drinks, even when identical and ordered together, came separately (by 10 minutes) for me and my date. Same with food, including appetizers and mains. They've got a few issues to work through.

The atmosphere is great. Cocktails are good, especially when you're looking for creativity from the bartenders. Food portions are small but the prices are reasonable for the size. Overall it's worth going for dates or special occasions, especially if they get their service in order.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely gem tucked away in West Seattle with fun drinks and delicious food. Try the roasted broccoli and you can thank me later

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Presentation is a big deal here. Don't expect anything understated. Cocktails are decent, and service good.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

To be fair, it was their one-year anniversary, but the service level was not there. Seeing how they handled a special event makes me know to never use this venue as a location to take my high-end clients for cocktails and food. They claimed live music and free appetizers, but no free appetizers and their “live music” was a DJ... they also gave our table away and told us we could sit at their cluttered bar. Overall, I’m disappointed.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was incredibly slow even though the restaurant was empty. The food was decent but way over priced. The server didn’t seem new but repeatedly forgot things we had asked for and they played reggae music nonstop which appear to match the vibes of the bartender better than the bar.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We tried coming on a weekend night before and the bar was slammed, so we decided to make a reservation for a weeknight birthday at a later date. When we showed up for our reservation, the bar was just as busy and it took 5 minutes for us to be greeted. There was no table or bar seats ready for us, and the waiter said he could find us seats in just a few moments. We ended up sitting at the bar and enjoyed chatting the with bar tender and other patrons, but our efforts to place a reservation in advance and notify the bar that we were celebrating a birthday didn't seem worth it.

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S
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Dev, our first server, was great. The drinks are fantastic - if not a bit pricey. The reason for three stars is because of the price factor, and more importantly, the server who took over for Dev when he was cut from the floor. She was rude, inconsiderate, and took an hour for the 8 of us to check out. Our checks were completely mixed up, and when we tried to correct things, she was obviously put out. We will be back, but it will be awhile.

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice décor. A mix of seating, leather chairs, couches, tall tables, and bar seating. Great cocktails , tasty food. loved the deviled eggs. Had someone in the party that doesn't necessary like them, but they really had a more savory taste the any I have had before and I think that is why the person who usually skips them was wanting more.

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aaron provided fabulous service! The restaurant is fabulous!

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IT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening, and the cocktails are amazing

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HW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Cool little spot to pop in for funky drinks and a great vibe!

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WS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good place and location. Took a while on the food to arrive for the group however I’m unsure whether the server may have confused our appetizer requests as for the table when it was all we wanted thusly pushing everyone else’s meals back. Overall a nice evening.

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't yet experienced Alchemy, put it on your cocktail bucket list! The service is great and the drinks are like nothing you has experienced before. The menu has been thoughtfully crafted and changes seasonally but try the deviled eggs, they are not to be missed!! Make reservations because this place is the highlight of West Seattle and you don't want to miss out!

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SJ
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I was one of two tables in the restaurant and we didn't get one of our main entrees. When we asked the waited after 10 minutes of waiting for him to come back, he claims it went to the wrong table (also brought us a wrong appetizer with our first delivery). Interestingly, the only other table didn't have any plates so not sure where it went. We would have ordered more but we only saw him once during our 90 minutes. And after we asked for the check we waited 20 minutes before we saw it. The food. Deviled egg was very good and larger than I expected. Sliders were over-cooked but the flavor was pleasant. Enjoyed the varied drink options, but that enough wouldn't bring me back.

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. I was looking for a place that was chill, but fun with great food. Alchemy didn't disappoint. My husband doesn't drink and the bartender may a fabulous virgin cocktail for him, and a refreshing boozing cocktail for me. Everything we ate was fresh and delicious. The tables and chairs were cozy and comfy. Our server was knowledgeable, attentive yet not annoying, and efficient. We will definitely be coming back again.

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great! Just make reservations for sure

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I
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks, appetizers, and main dishes were phenomenal. However I wasn’t 100% impressed because despite making a reservation we only had the option to sit at a group table or on a low couch with low glass tables (little hard on people like me with back troubles); it is also very darkly lit which I love for the atmosphere but hate because I’m so blind. I’d still recommend though because the food and drinks were so delicious!

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

First time here. Cocktails and male bartender were a lot of fun and inventive. Server at table was slow and forgot two requests we made (one for bread & another for an order of drinks). It’s a small place with plenty of staff so this was her issue - not a problem here in general. We really enjoyed the fresh sheet items, esp the cheese board. The meat board was spare in our opinion. We loved the s’mores presentation and esp loved the ancho chili “martini” drink. This place gets super loud as it fills up but everybody seems to be having a great time so the energy here is fun. Can’t wait to try the owners new restaurant when they open!

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DA
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the server and it was cozy and spooky. The portions were double what the early reviews reported.

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d
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places. The ambience, service, drinks, and food are all impeccable. The only vaguely negative comment would be that the Potion no.7 drink was a bit too gin heavy so we couldn't taste and the lillet at all. Otherwise, awesome as always!

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G
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmopshere! All gothic. Drinks are amazing but spendy (15$ average) the food is overpriced and little portions. But all in all a good experience. There is only 1 bathroom though.

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Alchemy for an early Valentine's dinner date. On Sundays they currently have "Date Night" with a 3 course shareable meal for $33. We had a poached beet salad, chicken comfit and smores for dessert. Sunday also has all-day Happy Hour, hancrafted cocktails at $5 and $2 double deviled eggs (my favorite!)
Wednesdays they also have ladies night specials during Happy Hour (M-F 4-6, Sun All Day) and Thursday is locals night too :)

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Alchemy never disappoints. Great cocktails, unique bites. Cozy atmosphere.

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WS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I always enjoy bringing people to Alchemy. The atmosphere is upscale, Medieval, a touch of class. But the dark features leaves the feeling of a trendy, edgy place. A nice mix of music in the background but at a level that easy conversation can be had. This isn't a bar but a classic cocktail lounge for enjoying the moment and being able to actually converse. The food offerings keep improving with variety - always tasty

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at Alchemy and it did not disappoint. The meat and cheese plates were fantastic as were our "bartender concoctions". The real hit however was the Smores dessert. Fantastic!! Will most certainly be back!

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O
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good ambiance and great for gathering with friends or sharing a table and meeting new friends.
Be forewarned that happy hour prices only apply if you can get one of the few bar seats, even though the whole place is a bar! Nothing opened up within the hour that we were there. Listened to the waitress apologize to multiple customers that the could not order from the happy hour menu.
They need to make it very clear on their website!

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