Bistro Shirlee

4.3
364 Reviews
$30 and under
Northwest
At Shirlee, guests can expect a renewed focus on French bistro and wine bar fare. In addition to sourcing toward all things local, seasonal, and sustainable, anticipate a French and Pacific NW focused wine list, a special spotlight on vermouth, and a unique beer selection. Our menu is focused on cheese, charcuterie, and small plates inspired by France. In the immortal words of our namesake, "I am ready for wine." Until we meet at the table, be well and stay well.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 364 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French onion soup I’ve had in a long time!

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CCMans
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Their Outdoor space was fully enclosed, making me very nervous. They need to open up one side to increase the airflow and make it safer.

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LauraW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Shirlee has adapted extremely well to the challenges of COVID, from making a pared-down menu even better than the original - we had the French Onion soup (1 each) and shared the mushroom crepe and radicchio salad. We finished it all off with the creme brulee - all was excellent. As usual the cocktail and wine selections are refined and very good. The Calvados Old Fashioned was delicious. The outdoor seating was comfortable on a chilly night due to heaters and breeze-mitigating panels so that we were quite comfortable from a temp and safety perspective. The wait staff was attentive and thoughtful. The information given to guide and inform us on mask protocal was the best we've heard - thoughtful and considerate. We'll be back soon!

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Caroline
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the drinks were excellent as well.
We sat outside and it was lovely, the heater works really well!
Thank you for a fab evening, it's been a while.

RD
RitaD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Covid safe, great outdoor ambiance. Service was attentive and quick. Chicken liver pate and pickles were a standout, but rest of the food wasn't quite worth the price. Wine and cocktails were great, so I'd recommend as a safe place to meet up for drinks and appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The plates were small but delicious. Charming bistro and a great date night.

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vipKAM415
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They have a nice back deck and the cocktails are delicious. The menu was very limited. It felt like everything was an appetizer and no main dishes. Perhaps due to COVID but I will likely wait to return until they have entree items back on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Only had a couple of entrees available.

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FrankD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food had a strong French influence but the chef felt free to indulge in other styles of seasonings and types of palate nuances. All the food, salad, bread, entry, dessert was of very high quality, not just one outstanding dish.

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ShirleyK
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch & dinner at Bistro Shirlee is one of our faves! Great food (one the Fried Oyster Tartine, Bread Pudding French Toast and Eggs Benedict were all to die for!) and great service! Loved everything & cant wait to go back.

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vipnancyr
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner at Shirlee. The ambience is cozy, yet bright and cheerful. Food excellent, service good as well. Definitely recommend.

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vipMFoodie
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I saw Bistro Shirlee after seeing it featured in a Seattle Magazine for “Best Brunch Spots”. The food here tasted good but the portion sizes for the price did not add up. Also it took them over an hour to get us our food and there was barely anyone in the restaurant. Would I return? Maybe, maybe not. The food was good, the atmosphere pretty but the prices, service & portion sizes left me slightly unsatisfied with the experience.

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vipThomasKellerwannaBe
Seattle
123 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

read my last one; this place is always outstanding. the service/cook staff deserves a 200% raise.

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MelissaH
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

After Deep Dive, Barnacle, Whale Wins, Walrus & Carpenter, Bateau and Melusine, Bistro Shirlee did not hit the mark. I am optimistic it was an off night, and we will give her another go. Charming environment. Would recommend with caveats at this point.

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RupaliJ
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was great ambience and service. Parking is a bit weird and hard to find. But overall, would recommend d for a special night out.

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Shirlee was a great spot. We've come here twice now, once for drinks and decided we had to do dinner sometime b/c the ambience and the vibe were great. Excellent service!

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quiche was so light and fluffy - amazing. Great service. Highly recommend.

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ElizabethF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Shirlee is such a gem! It is quiet and cozy. The perfect date night spot. The food and wine were as wonderful as expected! I'm sure it won't be as easy to get into once it's discover.

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AubreyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time here and great food and service! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Quality of food and service was not worth the amount of money spent there. Our server was kind but we were barely attended to and there were only two other parties dining there at the time. We never even got refills on our water and had to grab a leftover bottle of water from another table. Server didn't ask us how our food was even when two plates were pretty untouched.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine's Day lunch was great. I had the cheese plate with home made crackers and the fabulous frites and my husband had the croque madam. He did say the salad wasn't great but the sandwich was fantastic. This is one of our go to places in the area and we love it.

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vipJP13
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Overall, the food was spectacular they just miss the mark on service and need to focus on that a bit. There was a wine tasting going on in the bar with the chef/owner so a lot of attention was being given to that which meant those of us eating dinner at the tables were a little ignored. It took a good ten minutes before anyone even asked us if we wanted something to drink and then it was awkward as two of the four meals came out and we had to wait a few minutes for the other two. Lastly, we ordered a dessert and waited a good twenty minutes before our server finally stopped by and told us the ticket never went in, we told him to forget it. Overall, the food was wonderful. Perhaps if the owner/chef is at her restaurant, it might have been nice if she went around and introduced herself to the tables given so much focus was on her and the bar. I assume that is why our service was less than stellar

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SueT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Look forward to returning! Great food. Got so loud that I had to yell at my table mates tho!

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vipSeamus
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot - though $9 for a point of local IPA is what I pay for the 6 pack in the supermarket- seems steep

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GennaE
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great food, small portions, high price tag.

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kares07seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service was horrible and to pay the service charge they know they get, totally didn’t deserve it
They changed my reservation to Sunday without consent and I called to say it was Saturday
Had to sit at bar, when table was ready, server didn’t offer to carry coffee cream and sugar to table, I asked for a tray and she got irritated and said I will carry it!! What the heck is service, never refilled water bottle, asked for refill on coffee and server forgot... had to be reminded. Definitely before service charge was implemented the service was a little better. Totally have ate here several times and after this will go somewhere else

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vipThomasKellerwannaBe
Seattle
123 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here once a week so I am not going to keep writing the same praise every week.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here many times for lunch and always find the food and service to be top notch.

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Kelly
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious place for brunch. Located just down from U of WA stadium this place was charming with terrific service. We both had the eggs Benedict. Perfectly prepared and hollandaise was nice and lemony, just how I like it.

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viprte1
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. We had items from the new January menu; each of us tried a separate dish. Salmon en papillote, duck, and the clam curry. Each one was cooked to perfection, not over-done or under-cooked, and the seasoning was sensitive to the item headlining the dish. We also had a delicious pork paté, and one of our group loved the French onion soup.
Our server was friendly and helpful, and the service was also very prompt, even though it was a busy Saturday night. We had two desserts, liked both of them a lot.
Lovely spot for a celebration.

JC
JoanC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming environment with lots of light. Excellent bistro fare. Another Renee Erickson success!

MJ
vipMJoN
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

we went for a lovely Sunday brunch, food great, setting lovely and thoroughly enjoyale

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner with favorite friends.

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RickR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Interesting menu and well prepared food. Of four brunch meals, we had one burnt quiche and a flat second glass of cremant. Overall a very pleasant experience. We’ll be back!

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vipFranklinS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rene Erickson has done it again! And the bread pudding with creme anglaise returns.😄😄😄😄

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greatwines
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food. The fried oysters and steak tartar fantastic. The prawns were tasty although I wouldn’t order again. The clams and duck excellent. Service perfect and wine pairing also perfect.

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Seattle34
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Oysters were to die for and radicchio salad was delicious albeit very small. Happy hour oysters were a dollar each versus $3.50 on the regular menu. Overpriced but very good. Server was knowledgeable and friendly yet the added 20 percent gratuity was also stretching it.

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V250
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

French onion soup was so salty. I didn't enjoy it. The sautéed veggies with an egg, not inspired

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vipDAISYD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Portion sizes are too small for the price. Especially notable with melted blue cheese & hazelnuts. Delicious but barely covered toast for $16? I wonder if the high prices are keeping folks away. It was empty for a Sat brunch.

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frankie
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Shirlee has some wonderful, unique food and great service. I especially liked the salmon. The portions are small and fairly expensive, however. Also the music was annoyingly loud and strange.

FAQs

Bistro Shirlee offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 775-7050.

Bistro Shirlee is rated 4.3 stars by 364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.