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About Cafe Juanita

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.

9702 NE 120th Place
Kirkland, WA 98034-4206
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Organic, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00 Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(425) 823-1505

Website:
http://www.cafejuanita.com/

Catering:
The restaurant is available for parties up to 100. The winery private room comfortably seats up to 32 guests.

Parking Details:
On street parking is available in our neighborhood. Friday and Saturday night we offer valet parking at $8 per vehicle.

Executive Chef:
Holly Smith

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.

Private Party Contact:
Holly Smith: (425) 823-1505

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

Cafe Juanita Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.7

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4.7

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4.3

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (16)
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Neighborhood Gem (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
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Authentic (4)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing set menu with fantastic service from Amish

The Artic Char was amazing as was the hand rolled lamb in a pasta shell

Holly and Team put together a fabulous meal on this Valentine’s Day

If you have not been to this gem on the Eastside you need to experience this place

Thanks for making our Valentines dinner special

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been here many times in the past 28 years and love it. This is the first time the food wasn’t great, it was a bit off, too salty, not quite right. I a. Hoping it is was one off night.
Also, part of what we love about the place is that the wait staff are adults who come across as real people instead of the typical plastic cheerfulness. Our waitress last night was all into Italian pronunciation instead of connecting.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Simply the Best. This is our 6th time at Cafe Juanita, and we left feeling excited to return again. The Chef's Tasting Menu with their wine pairings was FABULOUS for our early Valentine's Day evening. Here is what were are still talking about 3 days later: Rye and Cumin Seed bread - WOW, Foie Gras - unbelievable flavors, and pasta with creme fraiche and caviar - BOOM. I cannot see real foodies being disappointed here.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food and mostly amazing service. A little slow with the drinks—we got our wine and mojito after they served the first course. We got our coffee 5-10 min after our desserts were served, but other than that it was wonderful!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Amazing. Our new favorite restaurant. Worth every penny. The ambience and the service were perfection - not to mention the FOOD!!!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our second time dining at Cafe Juanita and it was a disappointment. My gnocchi was burnt and the service was absolutely sub par for one of the top restaurants in the Seattle area. We waited almost 20 minutes for our waiter after he dropped our dessert menus and then needed to leave to relieve our baby sitter; it really nailed the coffin in our not-so-great second experience here. We will go back to Canlis next time we are out for a special date.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The best of our previous experiences here were reconfirmed. Just a wonderful experience all around. The service anticipated our needs, was warm and friendly, and well informed. The food was outstanding. Cafe Juanita is at the top of our special places.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Because the restaurant is quite expensive, I consider it a great option for special occasions. The food was very creative and excellent. The service could not have been better.

While it would be great for a couple, I strongly recommend going with a party of at least 4 (as we did). We had our first course (salads, appetizers) and second course (pasta) items served family-style so we could taste across the menu. This worked really well!

In any case, it's a special place that I'd enthusiastically recommend.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food by a fantastic chef. Really spectacular and great with vegetarian options.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We have eaten here many times and it always delivers. The food and service are always on point. Think New York quality food, and service, with Seattle comfort.

When a chef/owner brings an experience like this it is because they care more about you than awards. BTW - they have plenty of accolades!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Flawless dining experience! Food was very delicious and creative. Our server Linda was charming and attentive. The Sommelier David recommendation for the Barbaresco we had with dinner was perfect. I’ve had more expensive dinners that were not as good.
We shared 4 small savory dishes and a dessert with an over $100 bottle of wine and left very satisfied. I’d consider it a great value for a memorable dining experience at under $300 for 2 people after tax and 20% tip.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Overall Great. Good food, good service and good ambiance. The tasting menu seemed very interesting and so I’ll give it a try next time.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Café Juanita never disappoints and our most recent visit was SO great!!! 5 STARS for sure...

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Took my mom and wife for there birthdays and had wonderful time!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 4, 2018

One of best experience

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great! This restaurant deserves its good reviews.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We did the chef’s tasting menu and it was absolutely outstanding. Every course has its place and was extremely memorable. The only thing that was negative about our experience was how long it took to get the check and leave. We sat for a solid 25 minutes after we finished our dessert course before we could track down our waitress to get our check, which was frustrating. Overall, the food was spectacular. The service was sub par near the end unfortunately.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

An amazing experience. I rank cafe Juanita up with a unique dining experience for anyone who loves food and can take his/her time to let the staff guide you with explanations of their seasonal and very special menu. Rabbit gnocchi, prawns “silk handkerchief “ pasta, octopus...all delicious

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Holly Smith and crew provided a warm, gracious evening of superb food in a wonderful setting. Our group of four had the tasting menu which the restaurant, apparently, loves to serve. The service was perfect- unobtrusive, perfectly timed and choreographed. All we had to do was enjoy ourselves. One of the best dinners anywhere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Amazing experience in every bite!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Was our first time to Seattle and we made the short drive out to this restaurant. So glad we did this is hands down the very best restaurant in the Seattle area. It is a true formal gourmet dining experience. Everything both looked fantastic and was cooked to perfection a perfect marriage of presentation and taste. It is no surprise the restaurant still packs a full house after many many years. Keep up the outstanding work!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our Saturday night reservation started off with a few hiccups. The single valet attendant was nowhere to be found when we pulled up to the front of the restaurant and we had to wait a few minutes until we could hand our keys over (would not have been much of an issue but we were already running a little bit late for our reservation). Next, our table for an 8:15 seating was still occupied and we had to wait nearly half an hour until the table was ready. At this point, I was already having mixed feelings about the restaurant given the price point. The hostess (who was very professional and friendly) offered to take us to their downstairs seating section (an odd/awkward space with three tables --zero ambiance with poor sound insulation from the foot traffic above), and offered free drinks to make up for the wait, but by the time we were ready to order drinks, our table was ready.

Once we were seated, our experience improved. Save for some surprisingly cold bread (the bread basket had clearly been stored in the refrigerator, which we found puzzling), the food was outstanding. From the ingredients to the preparation and presentation, everything was top notch and incredibly tasty -- I especially enjoyed the pear salad with white truffle salt, and my main course (steak). The staff was professional, kind, and courteous. To make up for the wait, the restaurant offered us some prosciutto on the house and gave us a substantial discount on our bottle of wine, which we appreciated.

Overall, I would definitely return to Cafe Juanita, but preferably on a weekday when the restaurant is a bit less packed and the service is not spread so thin.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner. Did the tasting menu and it was nice to be able to try so many different flavors.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Café Juanita is GREAT, the food is always wonderful with unique ingredients and presentations along with a nice ambience. Great Italian wines and deserts as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent! As always.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Everything was really delicious. We tried this place due to the ratings on yelp, and we couldn't be more satisfied. Excellent staff and food. Great for a special occasion or date. Food is pricy but well worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We love this restaurant! They are attentive to detail and have amazing food. The service is fabulous and ambiance is great.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Very disappointing evening. Waitress waited too long to decant the wine, even after 2 requests, and the wine didn't open fully until the end of the main course. Almost every dish on the menu included mushrooms of some type, and the one entree I wanted with Chanterelles, they did not have in stock that night. The pasta dish I ordered instead was literally 5 bites. Smallest plate I have ever seen for $20. Food tasted good overall, but menu was extremely limited.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our favorite resturant when we are in the area. Excellent tasting menu, great service & comfortable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The wait staff was knowledgeable. It was the first time we were dining in the back area. It was so quiet and made conversation so much easier

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I had the yellow take for the appetizer which was fantastic, after that it went completely down hill. Soup was salty and sour, after that I ordered the pasta with mushrooms, cauliflower and potatoes as sides. Everything was so salty I couldn't finish anything. The potatoes weren't salty but they were actually kind of bland although they were perfect in texture. The waiter took off those from our bill which was very nice because we didn't ask for it. We got a hazelnut gellato on the house because it was my husband's birthday which was delicious. Sadly we won't be returning...

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Loved, loved, loved this place! Absolutely amazing food, excellent, knowledgeable staff and really interesting menu that is both familiar and yet pushes boundaries and will surprise you with interesting flavors and preparations.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was the best meal I can remember ever eating. Well, I'm approaching 60 so that really means the best meal in the past 20 years... The chef's choices were spot on and each dish was amazing. I've only eaten here twice, but both times were delicious with absolutely no complaints about the food, atmosphere, service or experience. A very satisfying evening. Oh, and for those that worry about the small portions, don't worry. by the time we left, we were stuffed.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Cafe Juanita never disappoints. The food is impeccably prepared and always delicious and the service and ambiance are first rate. You never feel rushed. It is our go to place for a special meal.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great evening, service, ambiance, and food. Newly remodeled dining room adds to the overall experience.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Hands down the best meal that I can remember having. The tasting menu with the wine pairings was a four hour culinary adventure that I will never forget. It's worth the drive at all costs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This place never ceases to amaze me! Everything about is magical

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We had the tasting and wine pairing and it was fabulous!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We did the chef's tasting menu, which overall was good, but not exceptional. Loved the scallop, foie and tajarin. The wine pairing was white dominant. The dessert course was composed well but all three options were pretty sweet in addition to a sweet wine pairing. I'd definitely go again, but may stay away from the tasting menu and order a la carte.

Service was pretty good. The staff was very attentive once we got our order placed (it took a few minutes after being seated before they were ready for us) and the courses were timed well. Plates were cleared quickly and table was left clean.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The food and presentation was delicious. We enjoyed sharing our dishes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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