Conversation

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$30 and under
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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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Sun 8:00AM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Wed 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM
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Sat 8:00AM - 2:00PM

What 116 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
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?

KT
Seattle
11 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.

S
Philadelphia
214 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!!!

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

New Year’s Eve!

NN
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.

AL
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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
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..?).

EA
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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L
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

v
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good time the food was fantastic! service was good as well.

Conversation
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thank you so much for your Review, I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us! Thank you, John

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SG
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef is amazing! I worked with her briefly at another location. She is super talented! Every morsel was perfectly prepared, complex, and delicious. The service was great as well.

Conversation
Responded on December 30, 2019

SeattleGent, Thank you so much for joining us! I am glad you had a great time and enjoyed the chefs food! Cheers, Conversation Team

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D
Seattle
91 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We made reservations for dinner and a wine tasting. I measure a restaurant by its duck. Foie gras jus was fine, but duck was ... grainy. My husband's short rib reminded me of my grandmother's pot roast -- good, but not what was described on the menu. Our starter -- the charcuterie -- was another "fine."
The dessert? We would come back for. Great location near the Market. Get a pot of tea, the peanut crunch, the panna cotta or some other sweet thing, sit back and watch the rain.

TE
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really yummy food.
I’m vegan and the online menu said options were available. The breakfast menu actually has no vegan options but they made me a veggie & potato hash that was incredible (actually want it now as I type).
I love a restaurant that has chef’s that can prepare a dish to meet specific needs right on the spot and without hesitation.
I’ll be returning for sure.

LK
Seattle
84 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is very tasty and our server was absolutely delightful, but the portions are very small from what you'd expect from the prices.

BC
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely new find in Seattle. Excellent wine. Four small plates and 1 glass of wine each made for an excellent dinner for two of us. The menu is a little limited, but we loved what we had (gem lettuce salads, gnocchi, and the hummus). Watch the wine prices....a little bit steep. Food seemed priced about right for what we got but the wine felt a little high. Lovely plating, fun details in menu presentation etc.

CW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond Expectations. Went here for Thanksgiving, which started with glasses of champagne at Nest. Dinner was a perfect combination of traditional feast and fine dining experience. Turkey, salmon, multiple sides, and champagne at Nest included. Wine pairings for an extra $45 per person. Would definitely do Thanksgiving here next year.

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good ambiance. Great food. Excellent service.

S
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good. Food was pretty good but expected better for the price. The squash hummus appetizer was good. Mains were just ok. Might be more fun with a group than a date night. There was one conversation card in the menu. We were expecting a more unique experience.

C
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I dine here once before when it was Scout. I just feel like this place, even as conversation, is lacking some substance. Fancy food, fancy prices not a lot of depth.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Best service. Great time.

SJ
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Conversation will never disappoint your tastebuds

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good ambiance if you’re looking to make a memory/connection with whoever you’re with. The food was interesting and tasty. Decently priced.

NP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good but not as good as back in September. The service was just ok.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Service was good, but food was not.

SE
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The cauliflower soup is to die for! The service was excellent as well.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was not good.

RD
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There was a couple of loud parties this evening and sound carries making it hard to have a conversation.

D
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Its tough to compete in Seattle for food and it was not exceptional but it wasnt bad either. its actually perfect for a biz meeting which is what i was there for. expensive but ok to write off for expenses ;)

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Not many breakfast options, but everything was delicious.

G
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef at the end of the line made our experience absolutely amazing. The night started a little slow but picked up and was one of the best evenings out in a very long time. Thank you very much. We will be back !!

VB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The team at Conversation was incredibly accommodating as my party swelled from a celebration for 6 people to 22 people! The staff could not have been more gracious, friendly, or hard-working. They conducted themselves like true hospitality professionals, making my friends and colleagues and me feel special. The delicious creative food and comfortable sophisticated decor matched the grace and expertise of the staff. And the desserts! The "forest floor" chocolate cake with ice cream and candied walnuts was beautifully presented as a deconstructed tableau of a wooded landscape, the "London fog" dessert involved Earl Grey and cotton candy in a smoky swirl, and the ginger cake had a streusel-like topping that was simply exquisite. Thank you, Team Conversation, for making my one-month-early birthday party an unforgettable experience!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We needed a convenient place to rendezvous for breakfast with some family while we were in town. The service was great, food was limited-and-adequate and while the building is slick, it feels a little sterile.

l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value for the food. Definitely going to come back.

A
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was just OK, wouldn’t go again. Overuse of various herbs and blasé flavor profiles. Drinks were good.

MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Maybe. The food was good and our waiter excellent. Host was non-committal to the point of being completely disinterested in my arrival. Informed him I had a reservation and was waiting for a friend to join me. For some reason he did not acknowledge to Open Table that I had, indeed, honored my reservation. Maybe because I (elderly woman) was a complete cipher to him? Would only recommend this restaurant with caveat of above,

BN
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Headed to Conversation for Seattle Restaurant week. This program is 3 courses for $35 which varies in the level of deal you receive depending on the restaurant.
When we arrived I wondered why there were so few people in the restaurant...Service was good, although a little uneven. We were attended by several people for different parts of the meal which made it hard to know which to request additional items from.
The food was very good. Hummus appetizer--very good and generous serving. Halibut entree, outstanding. Chicken entree, very good. Both desserts were unique and very good.
Then came the check--surprise, surprise, surprise! We were gifted with a 20% service charge! (Maybe now the lack of dining patrons is explained?)
If this charge was noted on the menu, it was not obvious.
With so many other good options in Seattle we won't be back.

MD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Meh. There's not a single thing this restaurant excels at. The food is meh, the service meh, the ambience meh. It aspires to "average" and, on a good day, achieves it.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

They did not honor our reservations and we waited 15 minutes. They took 20 minutes to take our order and then another 40 minutes to get it to us. We waited another 10 minutes to get our check. We paid a 20% mandatory undisclosed service charge for this privilege.

Then they marked us as a no show in OpenTable.

k
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We waited over an hour for food after being seated 15 min late, were rushing to eat to get to my friend’s bridal dress appointment, and had to get up and find a manager to have the server check on us (never refilled our water). To top it off, they overcharged us almost $100. I think the service may have been understaffed, but for the prices you’re paying and the ambiance you’re expecting, this seems unacceptable.

DW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time - good food, creative menu, service was impeccable. I think the cocktail menu is a bit complex but the drink was very good.