Conversation

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In this digital era where text messaging and screen swiping threaten the allure of face-to-face quality time, Conversation creates an environment where human connection takes priority. Our team at Conversation strives to curate a sensory experience through culinary offerings in a setting that reminds us of what’s most important.

Conversation draws upon international culinary influences - so prevalent in Pacific Northwest cuisine. Whether you're enjoying a casual milestone or one of life's most important moments, the menus at Conversation reflect the passion our culinary team has for pushing the boundaries of flavorful creativity while still providing a sense of thoughtful nostalgia.

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vipKittyG
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed brunch here on a Sunday in March, it was quiet (coronavirus was keeping people away from many places) which was a shame as this is a very good eatery. The brunch deal is terrific value - two meals from a selection with a carafe of mimosa. The server was friendly and helpful and meals were served quickly. The location is handy to Pike Place.

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DavidK
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Great service.

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GarimaG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place with good vibe, fantastic for conversations!

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Responded on March 4, 2020

Hi Garima, I am glad you enjoyed the vibe. Guests like yourself are what make it all possible. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Conversation Management

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vipBradyM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, much better than anticipated! The pork gnocchi was especially amazing and I'd go back just for that. The scallops, short rib, and cocktails were also wonderful, as well as the service. The prices are kind of high, but they have the food to back it up.

Conversation
Responded on March 4, 2020

Hi Brady! Thank you so much for your feedback about your experience. High quality food and drinks delivered with thoughtful service is always our goal, and it truly makes our day to read reviews such as yours. I will pass your kind words along to our team and we hope we get to take care of you again soon! :) Best, Conversation Management

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Dani
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Server was great!

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Responded on March 4, 2020

Hello Dani, We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and your service. We take special pride in our serving staff, and your praise is very much appreciated. Please come back and see us soon! Best, Conversation Management

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. I had the mad Hatcher chicken and half dozen oysters both were excellent. I had a taste of the gnocchi from my friends plate and it was to die for.

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vipShal
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent foodie quality place in hotel with open kitchen and open floor plan

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Responded on March 4, 2020

Hello Shal, We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your experience. We use reviews from valued guests such as yourself to help us grow and provide the best experience possible. We hope to serve you again soon :) Best wishes, Conversation Management

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vipgraces
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and presentation. Everything tasted fresh.

Conversation
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you so much for your excellent feedback! Valued guests such as yourself make everything we do possible. Please come back and see us soon :) Best wishes, Conversation Management

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

First : arrived at 920 for our 930 Reservation that was held under $90 if we weren’t able to keep it.

The salad was so bitter and was lacking the shaved fruits to balance the harsh flavor with something sweet.

The risotto and crab cakes were decent.
The filet was okay.
The chocolate cake was nothing special.

Overall very disappointed in the service/value for a $350 dinner. Wouldn’t return, couldn’t recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A romantic fireside table for Valentine’s Day.
Excellent four course dinner paired with champagne.
Service was outstanding and the food and drinks and delicious.

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jblum
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My boyfriend and I ate dinner for the first time at Conversation on Valentine's Day. I made reservations via Open Table and looked at the menu on that site. I didn't see if Open Table stated there was a special Valentine's Day pre-set meal (if they did it wasn't obvious). I thought the regular menu looked amazing but when getting there we saw that it was pre-set. The set price was $90/person which didn't bode well with me since I thought we would eat from their regular meal. While the food was great, I wasn't expecting to pay $90/person for dinner that night so to me it didn't seem like it was worth $90. That being said, everything I ate was prepared well and tasty. Also, I asked our waiter what entree he liked best and he said they were all good. I like to hear their opinions and descriptions of the food. Maybe they don't allow the waiters to try anything and he didn't want to tell us that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Very disappointing. Incredibly expensive for very average food on the Valentines Fixed menu and one bottle of wine. The service seemed to get worse with each course. Won’t be returning.

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AlenaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst dining experience of my life as far as service goes. Didn’t even get to try the food after 1.5 hours of waiting on an appetizer and being treated by rude staff, we decided to just eat elsewhere because we were so hungry.
Definitely never coming back here. Staff really need some customer service training. Nobody ever came to check on us to see who we were doing or even apologize for the delay. We had to hunt down workers to find out when our appetizer will be ready after waiting for 1.5 hours. And would get a rude snarky response from the manager “well we’re working on it”. McDonald’s has better customer service and this is supposed to be a very nice restaurant.

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TomD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the food and drinks to the service was wonderful. Will be going back.

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artist
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting was great, the wait staff also perfect. I had read some negative reviews so was a little nervous. I really enjoyed the food and the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was delicious and portions were a good size for an upscale restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Over charged us

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

This was some of the slowest service we have experienced in Seattle. Food was ok, but the time for order/drinks/dinner etc was awful. Do not recommend.

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vipchristianwv
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To start… delicious. My entree featuring black cod was the best prepared fish I've ever tasted. The attention to detail in the presentation of each course left us feeling how much pride the chefs feel about their craft. Service met the chef's performance and was also exceptional.

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OliviaD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The restaraunt at the bottom of the Thompson hotel had a sexy modern, after-hours vibe. The service was great (note the 20% gratuity already added to the bill). The food was delicious, with small sharable portions. The wine menu was the biggest dissapointment - only PNW options (Washington to Northern California) and the prices were grossly inflated. $40 for a 5oz poor of a local wine from 2017?? I prefer paying those prices for an earlier vintage from France or Italy. My party of 4 considered sharing a bottle but with everything totalling $85+ just didn't feel worth it.

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AmbertheFoodie
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was exquisite and exceeded our expectations. Our server was amazing, kind, and helpful. Every course got better and better hats off to chef and a great restaurant team. One of my new favorite spots!

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vipKevin
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance in the center of Seattle. I have short ribs - possibly the best and the most tender I have in a long time. It came with roasted mushrooms and broccoli - incredible combination. My waiter was very attentive and served with a smile and professionalism. Would highly recommend the restaurant.

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vipRainCity
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A really great meal in a hotel restaurant! It is possible!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The starters were great. However, the main course (mine a s my wife's) was really salty, almost to the point of us not being able to eat. The only reason we did not send back was because it took SO long between the starter and main course to get to our table. We were late to the Symphony because they took so long to prepare the food...
Our water glasses kept running empty too, and we kept having to ask for more water. Why not just leave the water bottle in our table already?

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KT2U
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

In all due respect, we ordered a very simple breakfast, so culinary swag was not expected. However, everything was delicious and precisely as ordered. This is a real gem of a find for tourists staying in the area as well as those who are in the Pike Place area in-between appointments/visiting with friends or associates because you can have a good conversation in this place. The atmosphere is open, but not at all noisy, and cozy without too much intimacy. I really liked this place and will find a reason to come back.

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vipStephen
Philadelphia
221 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Conversation was wonderful! We were there for Saturday brunch and the offerings were amazing! The slab bacon, Eggs Benedict, the roasted potatoes were exceptional, but the star of the meal was their, truly, house made Bloody Mary. The list of ingredients is noteworthy and the taste is phenomenal! Or server, Mika, was attentive, knowledgeable, personable and efficient. Mika was also a most adept mixologist! An absolutely wonderful experience!!!

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vipMeganr
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve!

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NoNickname
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We were there for the NYE set course dinner.
The oyster starter wasn't fresh. First-course scallops were too salty. The Cod main was meh.

They had a DJ for the night and the music level was too loud that we had to scream at each other to have a conversation at a restaurant called "Conversation."

The staff was super attentive and kind. There were some good dishes (we had a large group so the table ordered every option). Overall, it was meh. I didn't feel the dishes + experience of screaming at each other was worth the $70 per person cost (plus 20% gratuity auto added). But again, it was NYE so I'm sure there's a premium because of the night.

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AlainaL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After reading all the reviews, our expectations for Conversation were high, but we were not disappointed. In fact, dinner exceeded our expectations because it was delicious, innovative, and satisfying.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

It was Christmas so perhaps they were understaffed? I went w/my elderly mom for brunch and we were abt 10-15 mins early for our Open Table reservation. They had us wait though it was quite obvious several 2 top tables were open after watching them sit a walk in 2 top I just pointed to a table and asked if we cld be seated there. The hostess and the server were VERY nice and amiable just a bit out of it or maybe overwhelmed/discombobulated for some reason ( again perhaps understaffed or staffed with the less seasoned staff..?).

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ElizabethA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Granted, this was Christmas Eve so I don't want to be too Scroogey....but the sequencing and the pacing were so off as to be super irritating. 20 minutes would pass between drink order and delivery. FOUR TIMES the waiter brought someone else's food to our table (there aren't that many tables....not sure how it was confusing every time). We had to keep saying, "No....not ours" while waiting FOREVER for our own dinner. The saving grace was that the food was delicious and saved the whole thing. Based on the clunky waitstaff and timing, we were sure the food was going to reflect the same but were pleasantly surprised. Work out the kinks and I'd recommend it, otherwise super frustrating.

Conversation
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for your honest review, I am so sorry your experience was not up to par, I have just sent you a direct message as well, I look forward to connecting further on ways we can improve! Thank you so much John

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Libra
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice location and very personable waiters and waitresses. The food was good but kind of pricey!

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