Cafe Juanita

4.9
2729 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Cafe Juanita features nationally acclaimed Northern Italian cuisine prepared using the freshest Northwest ingredients and complimented by an award-winning wine list. We are 90% organic in raw ingredients.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Organic, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00 Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(425) 823-1505
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Holly Smith
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room The Winery seats up to 30 people and features a deck overlooking the creek and yard. Custom designed menus are available. We are also available for restaurant rental for parties up to 100.
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Private party contact
Holly Smith: (425) 823-1505
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Catering
The restaurant is available for parties up to 100. The winery private room comfortably seats up to 32 guests.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
On street parking is available in our neighborhood. Friday and Saturday night we offer valet parking at $8 per vehicle.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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KL
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of the finest, if not the finest, meals we've ever had. anywhere.

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F
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service was outstanding. Rack of lamb and duck breast were perfect. The service was attentive and friendly. We could not empty our water glasses. Desert was ok, not a lot of flavor but well presented

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful taste combinations. Excellent service from Dan

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CD
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food, personal attention from the staff, and although we were there for my wife’s birthday they respected her privacy and did not make a fuss. We were not in a rush and our server respected that.

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a
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner. Beautiful restaurant and beautiful food.

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JA
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the tasting menu plus suggested wine list: Probably the best meal I've ever had at this restaurant. The kitchen really outdid themselves. My husband and I are still talking about the meal.

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SD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Every single thing I put in my mouth was absolutely incredible during this meal -- it really lived up to its stellar reputation, although the prices seemed a bit over the top even for the inventive, delicious menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Great food with fresh ingredients, much of it local or PNW sourced. It's meat-heavy (strong Northern Italian influences) but some good vegetarian choices as well. Luscious wine list and knowledgeable staff. It's our go-to place when we want a truly special night out and we've never been disappointed with the food or the staff. Top notch. For people unfamiliar with the restaurant, do look at their online menu so you have an idea of the cuisine and price range.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday dinner

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. Incredible food and great service

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A
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time with our server Dan! We went for my husbands promotion and were amazed by how personalized and delicious everything was! Will definitely be going there for all our future celebrations!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal with multigenerational family and everyone was happy.

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RA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another sublime meal at Cafe Juanita... Fun new items on the menu that really worked well.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Food is pricey. Tasting menu meets standard. Excellent bread & dessert!

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F
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter’s 30th Birthday. We also celebrated my 60th birthday at the restaurant. We love the quality and creativity of the food.

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Seattle area restaurants...if not the best.

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you have not been and you're a foodie this restaurant is a must. Cafe Juanita always exceeds my expectations from the minute you enter the restaurant.
Every dish is a masterpiece from the visual to the fresh ingrediants to the taste. We started with the 30 month aged Proscuiutto that melted in your mouth followed by a pasta entree that we shared. Three individual dishes arrived with 4 of the most exquisite hand made tortellini stuffed with parmigiano and preocsciutto di parma that were so tender and flavorfull. Two of us had the black cod that was perfectly cooked and the other the duck breast which has been on the menue since day one. Everything was perfectly prepared, bursting with flavors and generous sized portions.
Cant wait to go back !!!!

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LI
Seattle
275 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were excellent and they offer both a vegetarian and vegan menu for non meat eaters We had a pear salad, spot prawns as appetizers and the sea bass special and spinach filled pasta as well as desserts. All were outstanding!

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TC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband requested dinner here for his birthday celebration. We went earlier than usual for us--6:30 PM--as a table was not available later. It worked out beautifully as we had the dining area essentially to ourselves until near the end of dinner--about 8 PM--when other parties were seated on either side of our table. It was a lot less quiet and private then! The wine was delicious, the food outstanding. He had the pasta appetizer, I had butternut soup. Delish! He had roast duck with sides, I enjoyed a pasta dish with spot prawns and nearly swooned at the delicately prepared prawns. His duck was tender and outstanding. We declined dessert but the helpful, friendly waiter brought us a scoop of housemade chocolate sorbet with a candle and we received housemade chocolate truffles with the check. Overall, a delicious, satisfying and nicely paced dinner worth the splurge.

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BL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday dinner was everything I had hoped for and more! Every bite was a special taste treat. The service incredible and we had the spot by the fireplace.....so romantic! Thanks for making the celebration the best!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and knowledgeable staff, excellent food, most certainly a night to remember!

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holly Smith and her team (especially David and pastry chef Junko Mine) does a fantastic job day in and day out. I've eaten here for many anniversaries and even my own wedding reception! Every one of their dishes and cocktails/wines are very meticulously thought out. I also will note that the wait staff here is exceptional. I can't wait to go back.

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r
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Cafe Juanita for special occasions since shortly after they opened in 2000 and we have never been disappointed. We come for the beautiful food that is made with locally sourced fresh ingredients and the outstanding service that make these thoughtful, creative meals so enjoyable. Chef Smith is impeccable in her attention to detail and it certainly shows not only in the food but the entire restaurant. The staff is knowledgeable and very professional as well. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a "big city" dining experience but without the hassles of getting to it.

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LM
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious meal in a lovely setting. Highly recommend!

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P
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service with our favorite person is always exceptional. Food is terrific and a treat. My friends are now fans of Cafe Juanita!

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R
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was very good but sometimes it seemed like the presentation on the plate was more of the focus instead of the food itself. I’m not sure the menu accurately described each of the dishes. Maybe best for special occasions.

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T
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Juanita is an exceptional restaurant. The cuisine was delicious and artfully prepared. All staff members treated us like we were visiting royalty. We look forward to our next visit!

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k
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

After hearing about this great restaurant for years we had a chance to eat there last week. Unfortunately one of our party reacted to the kitchen's heavy hand with salt and fats and could not enjoy the offerings after the first couple dishes in the tasting menu. In general the tasting menu was overloaded with fish roe, mushrooms and fatty meats. I usually enjoy savoring the flavors of seasonal local ingredients. Here the tastes of the ingredients were often hidden behind overly rich preparations. We recently enjoyed the tasting menu at Canlis and thought it was one of the all time great meals. I recommend skipping the tasting menu at Cafe Juanita and ordering the specific foods that attract you.

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SG
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Juanita is a gem and in the top 2-3 restaurants in the Seattle area. It has to be in your list of fine dining restaurants. They outdid themselves once again!

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DB
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and an amazing experience. Wine list was fantastic. Food was exceptional, though I prefer non Waygu offerings. I’d go back 10 times out of 10. A very special place...

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OT
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never failed to be completely overjoyed by my dining experience each time we are fortunate enough to eat here. The veal chop was phenomenal as was the rest of the meal, from appetizers to pasta (don’t neglect to try the tajarin) to dessert. The service was impeccable and this place has one of the best wine lists in the area - I cannot say enough good things about how exceptional this place is

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E
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding.
The fish was super tasty. Vine had just right temperature, and tiramisu was very creative.
Would like to dine here again.

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AC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Chef's tasting menu and wine pairing. One of the best meals we've ever had, spent nearly 3 hours there. Staff was wonderful, service was wonderful, restaurant was sleek and modern, but with a warm feel. Dinner was pricey, but it was an incredible meal.

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b
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will enjoy and remember this meal. Everything is top notch for foodies and anyone liking perfectly prepared meals.

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g
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a must stop for dinner if anywhere near Seattle. You will not be disappointed by the quality and attention to detail within every dish. This place knows food and they are all about quality and service to the customer. You will never go wrong making the trek to this neighborhood gem.

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single element from service to flavor to presentation unique menu were flawless in execution. Cafe Juanita is world class.

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GW
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. The service and food is always special.

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OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate our anniversary and were not disappointed at all. I had been at Cafe Juanita the weekend before to celebrate a friend's birthday with out my husband. I decided it would be a perfect spot to come back to have a special dinner. It had been years since my husband had eaten there. He was very impressed with the new design of the restaurant and the tasting menu did not disappoint either of us. It was inventive and super yummy course after course.
I look forward to returning back soon!

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SV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As noted, the food and service were wonderful. As expected, they are pricey, but we enjoyed this special treat on my husband's major birthday. They also prepared a special menu without prices for my husband which I really appreciate.

We had allowed extra time to get there because of usual Friday rush hour traffic, but oddly, there was none! We arrived 20 minutes early, but were seated immediately.

They valet park on Friday and Saturday evenings, which is good as their location has almost no on street parking available then, and it is needed.

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MT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for the first white truffle of the season so it was spectacular. The duck was superb. If I had a negative, the deserts seems a little less extraordinary than the rest of the meal, but this is definitely a place to which I will come back. Really delicious.

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