Bar Ferdinand

4.6
18 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Northwest
Our focus is on our wines, sourced with care from family owned, small production bodegas from all over the wine (and sake, and beer) producing world. Here, we pair our beverage offerings with a food menu of simply prepared dry aged and cured meats, cooked in our open fireplace, and local seafood, served raw, cured or smoked in our passive heat masonry smoker. We have a small bread program, as well as a selection of vegetables, prepared pickled or roasted. Our beverage and food offerings rotate daily, and a sample menu can be seen here. Stop by to grab a bottle or two to go, we have a Bottle Shop selection as well.
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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The mood wasn’t as expected. The bartender/server wasn’t warm at all, so it didn’t match the vibe of the space. The string lights were oddly too bright which was awkward for a date, and it was empty which made the conversation almost too intimate. Food and service subpar.

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k
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit here and we really enjoyed the food, spirits, and ambiance. We’ll definitely return and recommend the venue to others!

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to see this fine place and it’s owners, especially with the market and flowers going on outside.

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LU
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

We got the “owner treatment” from our male server identified as “bartender” on the check — when we asked whether dish substitutions could be made (side of rice, etc) the server just said “no” — extremely curt response as if daring us to complain and they never asked if we had been there before or knew about the included gratuity before the check arrived. We were convinced that only someone who couldn’t be fired would act with such low regard for our comfort by the end of the meal. The server acted as if we should know everything about the food and experience without ever asking and made no attempt to refill our water or make us comfortable. When a better server started to give us food and water, the bad server shooed them away — I think our server was actively trying to make sure that we wouldn’t come back by being very cold. We weren’t rude, just unsure about what we should expect. I could understand going here if I was alone and the food was better because good food is worth that mistreatment, but their food was actually just average — very pretty but lacking flavor. Maybe that was because I got the chicken dumplings though.

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PV
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were impressed with Bar Ferdinand.

The venue is a little hard to find, but it’s worth the effort. The layout and decor are inviting and exciting - definitely a hip spot.

We had an outstanding, creative meal. Our burrata tomato mushroom appetizer was perfectly seasoned with a great cook on quality chanterelles; the herb dressing was a touch too watery to get enough of the flavor onto the components, but what we did get was excellent. The beet and goat cheese torte was rich, earthy, and packed with flavor on a perfectly cooked, flaky pastry dough; I only wished for something peppery or sour to cut the earthy beets and naturally funky goat cheese. The mushroom and soft-boiled egg entree was genius, as was the cold, medium rare lamb over aioli. Two of the most creative and successful entrees we’ve had lately.

As a wine bar my wife reported that they had an excellent selection of “Rose of the Day.” Picky picky, but I order sparkling water with lime on every date and the venue didn’t have any limes (really?).

While service was a little slow, our server was friendly.

This is a venue geared toward a younger, more adventurous crowd versus a business lunch or special occasion, and it won’t be in our “Hall of Fame” (venues we’ll visit more than once every couple of years), but I highly recommend giving Bar Ferdinand a shot and we will be keeping track of the chef - he’s a rising star.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The little fishes are fantastic. The burger was also great.
Only thing we wee missing was a martini.

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w
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

You prepay for service that you don’t get. I had to get up out of my chair three times to get someone’s attention for service (another drink, the bill, etc). Glasses of wine as high as $18-$20 a glass. Bill for two who split a pizza and one app was almost $100. No way is it worth it—too many places to eat with better service and less expensive.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I loved the ambiance. Bar Ferdinand is tucked away from the street in an alcove of other shops, bars and restaurants but I found the price for the food a bit much for the portion size. It came off as trying to be at a level it's not. My friend and I ordered a mushroom dish and we got 4-5 mushrooms over an egg that left us hungry for more so we left and went down the street for dinner elsewhere. I think it would be fun for happy hour if you're aware that it's only beer and wine and don't mind eating appetizers for dinner.

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AE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Only complaint is when they were playing loud mariachi music but our server switched it to jazz thank god!

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p
Seattle
61 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place. I came to this restaurant first to, obviously, drink wine. But this place is a fantastic foodie place with delicious delicious food. I came here with a group of four and we ate a myriad of dishes, including two desserts! Everything is super inventive while also staying grounded and unpretentious, and it's a great place to convert a burgeoning foodie into a true foodie. I look forward to coming back to this place over and over again!

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the hand picked flowers and hand carved bread boards and to the gorgeous metal work - no detail is forgotten. This little oasis was the perfect dinner for a very hungry and tired family of three, who had spent the day in traffic for medical appointments and needed a meal to remember and wash the day off. We had the most gracious server who saw that our daughter needed to eat fast and get hydrated. The wine list reminded me of Paris, our server chose the perfect for rosé for the mom. The clams and pizza were devoured and the bread was soaked in broth that cannot be replicated at home. Sea beans and scapes with lamb will bring us back here next week. Merci.

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VS
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, I had a nice time eating and drinking here. The bartender was very knowledgeable about wine, which is important to me. The menu was limited but the food was pretty good quality.

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MW
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great small place with hard-to-find and unusual wines paired with inventive food. The friendly staff are knowledgeable and if you find something you like, you can buy a bottle to take home from the bottle shop!

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We were in from out of town and had only two nights in Seattle. This place was recommend as part of experiencing Capitol Hill. The ambience and the wait staff were both great – but sadly that’s where it ends. First the menu is very limited. We were hoping to have a few small plates and there’s really not much to choose from. We decided to start by sharing a cheese and jam plate which was certainly nice but nothing exceptional. My friend had their burger which was fine, but again nothing notable. I ordered the chicken which came out virtually raw – “need a steak knife to cut through the muscle tissue” raw. I’ve never had that experience before in a restaurant! We just sent it back and called it a night and went a few doors down for a quick bite. The other issue is we were warned that it’s really up to the chef as to when your food is arriving. Our food was not synchronized at all. So we had the cheese plate, then the hamburger came out and when that was completely done and gone my chicken arrived raw. At that point we couldn’t even consider sending it back to be cooked because we had already wasted way too much time and endured the awkwardness of having one person eating while the other person isn’t.This place has great potential so I hope they change up their menu a bit to make it more interesting and fun. Then they should recruit some chefs who are actually interested in being in the restaurant business, customer service and food safety…

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JD
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!! We did the Chef tasting and each course was excellent. I liked the vibe and ambiance. Would definitely return

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R
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Delicious food.

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B
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Like the concept and flavors , service was ok

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EE
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went with a friend to check this place out, was referred to BarFerd by a friend. Had a lovely time! Staff was attentive, food was very good. Chef menu wasn't available for dinner, so ordered off the bar menu. Ordered Grilled Clay pot and the pizza, both were tasty and there wasn't anything left on the plate. Small menu, not great for those on Whole30/Paleo, but great for a cheat-night. Wine selection was good, asked for a recommendation and got something wonderful.

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