Cafe Juanita

4.8
3053 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Cafe Juanita features Chef Holly Smith's award winning Northern Italian cuisine prepared using the freshest Northwest ingredients and complimented by an award-winning wine list. We are 90% organic in raw ingredients and strive to use sustainable products throughout our menu.

Cafe Juanita is pleased to re-open offering only four-course or seven-course tasting menus. We are happy to modify dishes for dietary restrictions; please advise when making reservations. Both the four-course and the seven-course menus have three iterations from which you can choose: omnivore, pescatarian, or vegetarian. We also have a special multi-course vegan menu available. We require proof of COVID19 vaccination for all guests.

Experiences

  • Cafe Juanita Tasting Menus

    Multiple dates available

    Cafe Juanita is pleased to offer five-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. We strive to use organic and sustainable products throughout our menu. We require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to dine-in with us. As a result, unvaccinated children under the age of 12 are not be permitted to dine-in with us at this time. When you join us for dinner, please present your proof of vaccination and your government-issued ID to our host. A photo of your vaccine card will suffice, as will documentation through the CLEAR app or myIR.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3053 people are saying
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joshifam
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food as always. The prix fixe tasting menu is superb- a tad salty for my liking but no wonder its so good!
Of course the Breads are amazing!
Service was fabulous.
Everyone worked like magic together.

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xsting
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always, cafe juanita never disappoints.

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ConnieO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance is sleek and soothing. The service here is incomparable, super attentive wait staff and helpful. The wine pairing and selections were impressive.

While I adored the first 2 courses, I wasn’t really impressed with the rest. I wouldn’t mind the quality at any other restaurant but I expected amazement with every course at this price point. I’m glad I tried it.

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BradG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. The omnivore tasting menu was superb, as was the service. We really appreciate the attention to detail in every aspect.

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PeterW
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! A gently flowing stream of delightful flavors, textures and dances in our mouths with a nice, unobtrusive but very helpful service staff. A wonderful evening.

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vipTkrug
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From booking to the last goodbye of the evening it was a stellar experience. Easily one of my top dining experiences on the west coast. Would travel for this type of restaurant but we are fortunate to have it in our city. So inviting and intimate without being too precious. The willingness to accommodate dietary needs was next level. My wife is celiac so we are used to restaurants modifying dishes but house made pasta and bread that is equally delicious really shows commitment to craft. Wine guidance from Alex was spot on, taking into consideration our tastes and pushing our boundaries into delightful regions. Joshua’s care and personalized service really made us feel like we were a special table. First time dining at this gem, will definitely be a go to for future evenings out.

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vipmiki
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a special experience to dine at Cafe Juanita! It's a foodies and italian lovers paradise. Our service was impeccable and our dinner so delicious. Our table tried both the pescatarian and omnivore tasting menus. Just amazing! I do look forward to when they go back to a la carte menus but the tasting menu was superb! Take your favorite foodie and wine lover here for sure.

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KeithP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service, fantastic. The only suggestion I would make is to include the price of valet in the overall cost. The place intends to provide luxurious fine dining. Driving up to a sandwich board that displays $10 valet parking is incongruent. It becomes an issue as we rarely carry cash anymore.

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vipHeatherH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 25th anniversary with dinner at Cafe Juanita. It is a big splurge, but well worth it. Every course was unique and delicious. The wine pairings were lovely. The service was excellent. I really love tasting menus because I end up trying wonderful things that I would never order on my own.

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JenA
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special place for a special occasion, the food and service are memorable.

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vipEmilyK
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ommmmmmg everything about this dinner was amazing! One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! Top 3 dinners in Washington!!!

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Cathy
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed the restaurant but we will not return until there are more entrees on the menu. If you don’t Ike a radicchio salad there are not other choices.

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karenc
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another couple enjoyed a lovely prefix menu tonight! The vegan tasting menu was superb! The pallet cleansing sorbet was one of my favorites. The bartender made a unique mixed drink for me the others had a wine tasting. With their dinners

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there and everything was amazing start to finish. The staff worked like a well oiled machine, everything was timed absolutely perfectly. Our waiter, Josh, was so knowledgeable and personable, he gave suggestions that paired perfectly. Additionally, the wait staff assistants were great- Gabby covered our table and timed water pouring and cleaning dishes perfectly. We will definitely be back.

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amberg
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The place and service was awesome! And each item of food was good and perfect. But I didn't feel any "wow! Omg I can't wait to have this dish again!" I kept waiting one of the dishes to just pull it all in for me and it didn't. That being said I would give it one more try because everything else was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Food was good, service was only alright. They sit us next to a super large/loud group despite other tables were open. Nobody even explained the menu to us. I was a bit disappointed for the service level as we thought this is supposed to be a high end restaurant.

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TLHO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Cafe Juanita. We wanted to celebrate my moms 60th and this was the perfect setting for it! She had never done an experience like that, and they set the tone for a really great experience from the start. There were also very cognizant of my shellfish allergy, and were careful to not cross contaminate, while also not making me feel like I was a burden on them (I get it. Allergies can be hard to navigate for the service industry).

The food was divine, beautifully crafted, thoughtfully created and local. It’s clear the chef and staff care for each plate leaving the kitchen.

Forewarning - they do check vaccination card. Make sure to bring your vax card, OR a photo on your phone. They do take that seriously (which I appreciated). If you’re someone where that bothers you, you may want to just hold off eating here until we’re back to pre-pandemic rules again.

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KaitlynC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is phenomenal and the food was delicious! My boyfriend and I had a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the moment we arrived. High quality created courses.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing wait staff and an incredible experience!

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ChantalL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Worth every penny you spend. We took the wine pairing, a bit expensive but a wonderful experience.

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FoodieYve
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

A truly satisfying culinary adventure. Pricey but the food was excellent.

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vipAndrew
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service and hospitality. The servers know their menu and ingredients in tremendous depth and the kitchen is nicely accommodating of food allergies. Wine pairing was delicious. The first few courses and the amuse bouches were a delicious sensory experience. I didn't love the meat course and dessert quite as much, but that is personal taste preference.. and as the menu changes often, and the overall experience so great, I'll definitely be back again in future.

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AprilS
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere for a date. Food and drinks were not as enjoyable as hoped. Servers were professional and quick.

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NorwegianGal
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining experience in every way!

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Ginger
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good. Not exquisite as I would have expected. A little more over hyped than expected. Nice staff. It was just ok for us.

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vippokano
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to Cafe Juanita for the first time since 2019. Proof of vaccination is required. The menu currently is limited to tasting 4-course sets plus dessert, an amuse bouche, and a palate cleanswer--one for omnivores, one for pescaterians, one for vegetarians, and one for vegans, plus a few add-ons, if one wishes. The food was absolutely wonderful--quite possibly our best meal there ever. Service was gracious as always. This will be pricy but worth it.

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IanB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oscar was amazing and very knowledgeable. Seamless service and his wine knowledge was impeccable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.

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vipEdwardS
London
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, the best restaurant in Seattle/ Bellevue in terms of food, ambience, service and overall experience. Absolutely love this place and have made so many fond memories there.

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MichaelG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a Lovely evening. Always enjoy our dining experience. Cafe Jaunita’s staff always make the occasion SPECIAL.

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vipSanDiegoTraveller
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

For a restaurant of this caliber there were a few service misses that were surprising. We enjoyed the Pescatarian and Omnivore menu and had inquired as to whether the wine pairings for each would be the same wines or different. We were assured they would be different wines so we opted for both. Halfway thru the meal I realized all the wines were the same - we would have preferred to just share a pairing if that were the case.

They continuously refilled my glass of water with still when it had sparkling and forgot the supplemental dish (Tajarin) and charged us for it.

All in all a good experience but not the caliber for the prices being charged.

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PVGJG
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Cafe Juanita is always amazing and this experience did not disappoint. Service was top notch and the food was divine. The amuse bouche was fantastic and I could have eaten a much larger portion of the soup and truffle crisp. The tasting menu courses were paced appropriately, used seasonal ingredients, and the layers of flavors were complex. Absolutely one of my favorite dining experiences.

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Natalie
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food presentation and taste was incredible. Hats off to the chef and whole team. One of the most delicious meals we have had. They also helped us with finding a delicious Italian wine, the meal and service were perfect.The service was also spectacular. Thank you for making our anniversary amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The service was excellent, the food was not. They also failed to ask us about our allergies and fed my friend nuts in which she reacted to, so that wasn’t fun. Some of the dishes were really salty, the hen eggs and anchovies were particularly unpleasant to me. The chocolate cake was also very salty weirdly.

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kitkat
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience. Tasting menu
portions are more than a few bites and enough to taste all the flavors and texture nuance and thought that clearly went into every dish!

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JenY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It had been a while since we'd been to Cafe Juanita, so I was worried it would not live up to my distant (and likely inflated) memories of how much I loved it, but I was not disappointed one bit. From the second we were greeted so warmly at the door, to our first meeting with our incredibly friendly, but not overbearing, server Nick, to the first bite of one of the best amuse-bouches I've ever had to the last delicious bite of the panna cotta, I knew my memories had not embellished the experience. Still one of the best, if not THE best, meal on the Eastside. Thank you Cafe Juanita!

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koala62
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. Everything in the course menu was phenomenal, and the supplemental additions were great as well. Wine great. service great. Probably too expensive to come too often, but definitely will be coming back :)

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RestaurantSurfer
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place for a special dinner. It’s a better value than other high end restaurants in the area.

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Maria
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional customer service and dining experience. We had a lovely evening celebrating our wedding anniversary!

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Cafe Juanita is rated 4.8 stars by 3053 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.

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