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Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

Cafe Juanita

4.9
4.9
3345 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Cafe Juanita features Executive Chef and Owner Holly Smith's award winning Northern Italian cuisine prepared using the freshest Northwest ingredients and complimented by an award-winning wine list.
Cafe Juanita serves prix-fixe multi-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings, and many other tempting possibilities to embellish your meal. Current menus can be viewed at www.cafejuanita.com. We are happy to modify dishes for dietary restrictions; please advise when making reservations. We offer four tasting menus from which you may choose: omnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan, ranging in price per person from $150-$190. We have a supplemental a la carte menu, and tasting menu items can also be ordered a la carte.
Dress code is elegant, formal *no leisure or athletic attire please.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Organic, Northwest
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (425) 823-1505
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Jacket Preferred
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Holly Smith
  • Catering
    The restaurant is available for parties up to 90. We have two private dining rooms available. One, the Winery, seats a maximum of 16 guests; the other, The Fireplace Room, seats a maximum of 14 guests.
  • Private party facilities
    We have two private dining spaces available. One, the Winery, seats up to 16 guests and features a deck overlooking the creek and yard. Our other private dining space, the Fireplace Room, seats a maximum of 14 guests. Custom designed tasting menus are available. We are also available for restaurant rental for parties up to 90.
  • Private party contact
    Holly Smith: (425) 823-1505
  • Neighborhood
    Kirkland
  • Parking details
    On-street parking is available in our neighborhood. Every night we offer valet parking at $10 per vehicle.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Prix-Fixe Tasting Menus

    Multiple dates available
    Cafe Juanita is pleased to offer prix-fixe multi-course tasting menus only. The tasting menus have four iterations from which you can choose: omnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan. We are happy to modify dishes for dietary restrictions; please advise when making reservations. Dress code is elegant, formal; no athletic or leisure attire please. Cafe Juanita does not have a kids' menu or special amenities for children. If you are interested in including a child in your group, please call us at 425.823.1505

What 3,345 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Service

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Innovative

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Great for fine wines

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Good for special occasions

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Italian

  • Eastside

    Best Overall

  • Eastside

    Best Food

  • Eastside

    Best Service

  • Eastside

    Best Ambiance

  • Eastside

    Innovative

  • Eastside

    Healthy

  • Eastside

    Great for fine wines

  • Eastside

    Romantic

  • Eastside

    Good for special occasions

  • Eastside

    Italian

3,345 Reviews
  1. JARedmond

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice tasting menu. My favorites were risotto, wagyu croccante and lamb chop. I had an outstanding glass of wine from Botanica. Service was superb.

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  2. jeffopoppy

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Holly and her team at Cafe Juanita never disappoint, but these days they seem to be taking it to a higher level across the board. We had a larger table for 5 in a semi-private room (with great views into the kitchen) and it was very cozy and comfortable. The food is simply top-notch, only the best ingredients prepared with such skill, and presented in the most beautiful ways. The tasting menus may look a bit overwhelming, but the portioning and pacing are such that when I left, I simply felt comfortably full and not at all in a food stupor from overindulging. The service leaves nothing to be desired. The staff are all super friendly and helpful. The recommendations from Alexandra the Wine Steward were spot on, and our server and the food runners from the kitchen explained everything without droning on and on so we could get down to the business of consumption without delay! We have said it for many years now: Cafe Juanita is easily the best restaurant in the greater Seattle area. Huzzah!

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  3. DanielF

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing meal at this outstanding establishment! Thank you to chef and crew for providing such a wonderful culinary experience.

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  4. BethC

    Seattle

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An expensive but truly memorable milestone birthday celebration. The food and wine pairings were outstanding as was the service. This is the best fine dining experience in greater Seattle.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    They seated us 25 mins later than the time. But as always food is amazing! Really like the Wagyu !

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My girlfriend and I had our anniversary dinner here and it was the best decision ever! The service was phenomenal, caring for all our needs. The food was to die for! Won’t be going home hungry, but your wallet might be haha jk! We love this place and will absolutely be coming back for our anniversary again next year!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you .. we enjoyed the whole experience a lot!

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  8. DavidL

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the greater Seattle area Restaurants that truly have withstood the test of time. We were there for an anniversary dinner and the 2+ hours went by quickly as a steady progression of deliciousness from one of the four tasting menus kept us engaged. The Tajarin 40 tuorli with sage butter redefined for me what a simple pasta dish is capable of.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our meal and the service was delicious. From the amuse bouche to dessert, each bite was a delight and awakened the senses. A very special experience. Our crew from Milwaukee was grateful.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. MarieR

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10 out of 10, what an excellent experience! Every single dish was amazing, the service was impeccable, and like that they were open to substitutions on the menu. Would definitely come back, thank you for a memorable dinner.

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  11. Levi

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely elegant settings of exquisitely prepared foods in an unhurried environment.

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  12. GreatDrinksFabFood

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything is fabulous except valet parking should not cost anything when you’re spending $1k on dinner.

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  13. RobQ

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Wish that they would not of changed to a fixed menu. Food is good but expensive

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  14. JohnP

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    it is always a delight to dine at cafe juanita. inwent a bit overboard on the supplementals, but there were too many good things to have. service was excellent as always. thank you chef smith!

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  15. PeterM

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to celebrate my wife’s birthday and everything was good. Service was great, food was good and we liked everything but nothing impressive. When you spend over $600.00 for dinner not including wine pairing the food should be wow . I think there is better options in the area for that money.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, lovely and an experience to remember. They treated our daughter like a whole person (doesn’t always happen in upscale restaurants) and enabled us to enjoy our celebration as a family. The food was extremely well executed and the wine pairings were stellar. Bravo.

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  17. Shiree

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overrated . we really enjoyed the 2 courses of appetizers. However the rest is just okay . The most disappointing part is the food portion . For a $200 course I expected more from this .

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  18. Maritaine

    Seattle

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinary! A very special evening each time we go that never ceases to amaze with ingenuity and the utmost care for every detail. Everything, food , service and atmosphere is superb.

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  19. DaveD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal. Finally ate here after decades of "almost." I'm no haute cuisine expert but I have eaten at multiple Michelin-starred and other high-end restaurants around the world. Last night was the best experience I've ever had in terms of balancing attentive service, incredible food and charming/stylish surroundings with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. I had the omnivore prix fixe menu and my partner had the pescatarian. Both were phenomenal, though based on sampling hers I would have opted for the pescatarian...the king crab dish was unbelievable. Overall the best prix fixe meal I've ever had by miles vis a vis every single course being distinctive and outstanding.

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  20. mkth

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner. 10/10 will return!! Food, service and ambiance were amazing.

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  21. Levi

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu with the wine pairing dinner is simply an amazing and once in a lifetime experience. This place is well worth the price tag. The food, wine, and service are all world class. Juanita's has some of the best and most interesting dishes I have ever tasted. Their tasting menu was an absolute treat. I am no wine expert, but their expertise and knowledge over wine is truly impressive and fascinating. If you don't want to shell out the cash for the tasing menu and wine pairings you can always order dishes à la carte and taste some delicious wines by the bottle or glass. Cafe Juanita is also one of the few fine dining restaurants which spend just as much time and effort in creating vegetarian and vegan experiences as much as they do with their meat and fish dishes. Simply put they are world class and I feel lucky to have a restaurant like this near my home!

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  22. DinnerFor2

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go there for special occasions and are never disappointed. Holly Smith has an incredible palate and is very creative. We will be going back!

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  23. TomB

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous, exquisite dinner. Flawless food—precious, but not too precious. Outstanding service, attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, but not in-your-face.

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  24. SilasM

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we go to Café Juanita every year for Valentine’s Day. Always amazing. Thank you.

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  25. HK25

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service were incredible! While we would love to go back sooner, it's definitely an extremely expensive meal, but we are so glad we were able to experience it.

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  26. LeslieB

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant blew us away! #plantchant Never have I ever shad vegetables prepared with such innovation and flavor elevation! Bravo

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  27. ToddF

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional everything, prix fixe menu, and ability to mix and match as well as to share. Our server, Sarah, was 10 out of 10, and super knowledgeable about the food and especially the wine. It is rare for a server to enhance the overall experience but she did. This is a long dinner, so be prepared and do not be in a rush. We had an 8:30 reservation and left just after 11:30. Expensive but worth every penny.

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  28. KristiW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most incredible food experience and impeccable service!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious and Carli our server was amazing. They go above and beyond to ensure everything is perfect.

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  30. Aggie

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The quality and presentation of the dishes was excellent. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. I had requested a cozy, quiet table and was given a corner table next to a larger table with a family that we looked directly at. I regret not asking to change tables. Our experience did not feel intimate. I would have preferred a choice of an ala carte menu because the 5 course meal was too much food for us.

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  31. juliel

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been here more than once and it never disappoints. The service is OUTSTANDING! The food is unique and delicious...like no other.

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  32. CxxN

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely dinner date. Service was very attentive and friendly, they took great care of us and paid extra attention to our allergy. every dish was great, Loved the beef, best salad, and king crab, and the second of the three appetizers (the cracker thing) was amazing. Also very nice bread. Atmosphere was refined and quaint. Will be back for sure.

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  33. HuaR

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Best vegan menu that I have tried across different cities. Would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a memorable vegan/vegetarian dinning experience in greater Seattle area.

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  34. AllanW

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Cafe Juanita was absolutely astounding! Every course, every morsel was exquisitely balanced and prepared. This was the best meal we've had in years, and we both have extensive dining/restaurant backgrounds. My wife was married to a french chef for 14 years and agrees wholeheartedly with my assessment. The service and hospitality easily matched the quality of the food. GO THERE NOW!

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  35. Erik

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The absolute best high-end dining experience in the Puget Sound area. The food is amazing and the service never disappoints.

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  36. ChrisS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The omnivore menu had interesting flavor combinations but was a bit heavy with goat cheese. Overall, the omnivore menu was very heavily salted, especially the pork. The dessert was my favorite part. Good for a special occasion, but not overly fancy, most of the patrons were just wearing dress shirts.

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  37. RachelG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    To say this was the best meal I’ve ever had would truly be an understatement. The service was impeccable. The food was Michelin star quality. Entirely worth the price.

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  38. Bosco

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best restaurant around - the service, the food is perfect, and I truly appreciate the thought they put into the meals, the service - everything is fantastic.

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  39. Mike

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've enjoyed CJ for many years, for New Years Eve and family celebrations. It's always done an outstanding job and this year (Dec 31, 2023), it may have outdone itself

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  40. italianfoodfan

    Seattle

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always everything was excellent. My only wish is for ala carte options and not tasting menu only. I know it works well for the kitchen but it’s too much food for me and I would go more often if it wasn’t such an expensive outing.
    Cafe JuanitaResponded on January 6, 2024
    Thank you for the kind note. Please know that all dishes can be ordered a la carte - or you can also omit a course from an existing menu. The dishes will be the same tasting menu portion. Your fabulous server can assist in crafting your bespoke menu. Anytime! Holly

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FAQs

Cafe Juanita is rated 4.9 stars by 3345 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cafe Juanita

9702 NE 120th Place, Kirkland, WA 98034-4206

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Kirkland
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Organic, Northwest
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Jacket Preferred
  • Parking details
    On-street parking is available in our neighborhood. Every night we offer valet parking at $10 per vehicle.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Holly Smith
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (425) 823-1505
  • Catering
    The restaurant is available for parties up to 90. We have two private dining rooms available. One, the Winery, seats a maximum of 16 guests; the other, The Fireplace Room, seats a maximum of 14 guests.
  • Private party facilities
    We have two private dining spaces available. One, the Winery, seats up to 16 guests and features a deck overlooking the creek and yard. Our other private dining space, the Fireplace Room, seats a maximum of 14 guests. Custom designed tasting menus are available. We are also available for restaurant rental for parties up to 90.
  • Private party contact
    Holly Smith: (425) 823-1505
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