Dunbar Room at Hotel Sorrento

3.7
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Dunbar Room and Bar is a classic European-style bistro serving local new American cuisine and craft cocktails. Indulge in our distinctive fare while enjoying live music on Saturday nights and Jazz Brunch on Sundays. Dunbar Room is both destination restaurant and neighborhood clubhouse, a special place for any occasion.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Happy Holidays! We're excited to be celebrating with you. We will be offering our special Christmas buffet from 12:00pm-8:00pm. The buffet is $110 per adult and $25 per child (10yrs or younger). Please see our website for more details at www.hotelsorrento.com. We look forward to hosting you!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Happy Holidays! We're excited to be celebrating with you. We will be offering our special Christmas buffet from 12:00pm-8:00pm. The buffet is $110 per adult and $25 per child (10yrs or younger). Please see our website for more details at www.hotelsorrento.com. We look forward to hosting you!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 201 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
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3.9
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4.4
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HC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A nice holiday tea was provided, quite elegantly in The Sorento’s beautiful surroundings. I would recommend this to all. However, compared to the 3-4 high teas served in the greater Puget Sound, it was not quite perfect. Tea pots were allowed to run dry, and much of the tasty finger sandwiches were on dry bread. I’d hoped it would equal tea served at The Empress, but that is a very high standard ;)
All in all though, a lovely start to the holiday season, thanks 🎄

ST
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I was surprised by the selection for a $110/per person buffet. The food was not great - very dry stuffing, very dry turkey, limited selection of food.

Our hostess and server were great but then the “executive chef” came around and seemed to push us out of the restaurant. It was a very sour note to end the evening and ironic that the person responsible for such a dismal buffet was also responsible for such poor customer service.

Even though we were married at the hotel ten years ago, I’m not sure we’ll be back within ten years after tonight’s experience.

NI
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner. We were seated in fireside room which was lovely. Some of the seating there had very low tables which I would not have liked. The Dunbar room seemed to hold the larger parties.

Food was excellent, although not shears hot enough. It's a budget, so I understand the struggle to keep food hot. Chef was wandering thru frequently and helped me get my husband's plate as he is disabled.

Only thing I missed was a pecan pie... Although there were three other desserts

It's a bit pricey, but for the two of us it was a lovely day to spend Thanksgiving.

PA
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The halibut was plated atop warm vegetables but it was very acidy-too many cooked tomatoes. Burned my tongue from the acidity. My husband has the pasta dish and was satisfied but underwhelmed.

SR
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great sense to go to Dunbar Room and have Eggs Benedict for Lunch hour. Deann's and June's service and the entire Facility were of great quality and everything, outstanding. Thanks for the chance to answer your Survey!

EV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved our visit. We had a girls brunch with my daughter and a few friends. I love the atmosphere, makes the experience really special!!!!

CO
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice setting, classy and cozy...and good food

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary was amazing. She was knowledgeable went through the menu and wine list for us. We went with all of her suggestions and were not disappointed. Really loved the new wine I'd never heard of before. She made my date and I feel like regulars. We will be back for sure.

CI
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Tasteless fare. Slow service. Not at all what was expected from a $33 a plate restuarant in our favorite hotel.

n
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Menu is to limited and food wasn't as good as before.

s
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience5

The Dunbar Room is a great spot if there is not a special event happening in the hotel. Sadly, I was in the Dunbar Room bar before an event, The Witches High Tea. B/c of that, our service decreased immensely. We started off w/ two bartenders. Then went down to one and finally no bartenders. We waited over 20 minutes while sitting at the bar for someone who worked there to show up and take our bill. We really wanted to pay. We ended up attending the WHT and a worker found us in that event about 1.5 hours later at which time we were finally able to pay. The drinks that were made looked really nice. I only had a club soda so I can't comment on if they tasted as good as they looked. I do like this space, but I won't be back if an event is happening in the Fireside Room that isn't properly staffed on its own.

AT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Attended 2019 Witches Tea. Event was ridiculously understaffed. We waited easily 20min at our table before waitstaff appeared and then another 40min for food. Everyone was delightful but the wait times considering the cost of the vent were ridiculous.

EC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious, festive brunch! A very sweet way to celebrate a birthday!

ND
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We came for a tea service. The prepared food was premade pastries and sandwiches. They took 45 mins to bring them to our table or provide a pot of tea. Did not offer milk & sugar. Had to physically chase down someone to ask for said milk & sugar. They brought it to the wrong table about 15 mins later. We had to ask again. Tea was cold by the time I drank it. They attempted to run a fog machine right under my chair. The hissing made it impossible to hear my sister talking to me. The finger sandwiches were sad, stale tasting bread, floppy, and bland. They did not have enough teapots and some diners had to brew the tea in their overfilled teacups with a leaf strainer. I felt embarrassed for the establishment. The waitresses were flustered but overall very kind and I think they knew it was not going well. Went for the Witch's High Tea. Hope they are able to provide better service for their customers next weekend.

RS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quaint and old world charming lunch spot hidden away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dunbar Room is a classic! The atmosphere makes me feel like I've stepped back in time and the staff provides expert service. I loved the Grand Hotel cocktail.

K
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Went on Tuesday night. Poor service. Seemed understaffed. Paid $32 for three small lamb chops and half a plate of potatoes. Extremely overpriced for the food. Nothing else on the plate. Would never go back.

JH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was having lunch with my cousin and we wanted a quiet table so we could talk and hear each other. Te Dunbar Room was perfect!. Jeanne had a delicious Rueben and I had the French Toast with extra bacon and coffee - also delicious. The service by June was perfect.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Meant to attend the jazz brunch. Even left special instructions stating that and to contact if there were any issues. The open table booking for the jazz brunch was not intuitive. Ended up not having the brunch experience I wanted

DB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good, not great. Good service, but very few diners.

JN
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Our waiter the only waiter was fabulous. However our seating with a reservation was unavailable. The Dunbar Room was closed. The bar or the garden with music were our choices. There was no host or check in desk. We sat in the bar and our waiter while wonderful was the only visible employee. Was this an exception? Should I try again? Only if I could have the same waiter! Food was great.

T
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating in the Garden at the Sorrento is a summer must!! Perfect Leo Season dinner of caesar salad, meat and cheese boards and lettuce wrapped burgers!

LK
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was nicely prepared and service attentive. It was a slow night so service was in the bar and I prefer that anyway.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Good drinks, food was good. Seemed unorganized and had to be shuffled around because no one was there to seat us for our reservation, so we went from the bar to a table waiting for a server.

BB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

This was to be a special afternoon tea, it was a complete disaster.
To start with a pot of tea taking over 30 min to arrive.
Nothing home made, no scones, canned presentation.
No finger sandwiches, a small open faced lump of cream cheese and a slice of cucumber, does not make a sandwich. All for $45 no thank you.

The staff unattentive, and annoying.....

Do not go for tea. we've been for food and that was fine.

BJ
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was very good for the most part. I got the burger and moved it. Husband got lamb bolognese but it was dry. Once he asked for more sauce it was better. The brownie in the sundae dessert was very stale. The bartender took our order and had to ask us 3 times if he had it right then forgot to bring our drinks. He was slurring so we thought he might be drunk. The atmosphere is beautiful old world feel.

VW
London
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was extremely slow, confusion over menu. Will not be back!

TW
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Simply put, never had enough people and time it took to receive service and food was very VERY long. Had to beg to get the check

PV
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Was very dissatisfied and disappointed with our family brunch. Service was some of the slowest and inattentive I’ve ever experienced. Had to ask for our Bloody Mary drinks over 5 times and took 30 min. to get. Nobody offered coffee warm ups and I had to ask 3 times for cream and sugar. Food took forever as well and the quality and cost was poor. Music was very good but overly loud. We got there at 11 A.M and finally left at 1:15 P.M because of the poor service. When we complained about one of our 7 dishes served to our party they didn’t seem to care. No apologies! The only positive was the room is beautiful. I was sad because we had made a special trip up to see our grown children and take them all out for a special birthday brunch. There were many staff around and few customers so there shouldn’t have been a problem. My son in-law is in the food industry and he was shocked by our experience. I hope they can make some changes because it really is a beautiful setting.

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Even though it let me set a reservation for 10:30, the menu was limited to the happy hour menu, and they acted like they had never heard of Open Table and knew nothing of my reservation. Since I had to order off the happy hour menu, I ordered sliders and some potatoes. The sliders tasted good, but the bu s were crusty and obviously not fresh. The bartender gave really good service and was very nice.

PS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cozy ambiance with a fireplace and sultry live jazz singer & guitar

NL
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall a good experience. The service was slow but the room and hotel experience is worth it if you are staying at the hotel. The jazz singer was great to have to add to the ambiance.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had Easter Brunch with the family. Room was beautiful,warm and intimate. Had fireplace which
we sat by. Food was good. Service was friendly. I
will be back.

s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Where we had dinner in The Dunbar room it is truly just a room off the main lobby. The food was excellent but the seating was not very comfortable and there was no real ambiance as you are seated on somewhat uncomfortable chairs or booth. You are just off the lobby so you can see and hear everyone coming in or leaving. Not what I expected for an elegant hotel. We had breakfast the next morning and we ate in a separate room but at 9 AM on Wednesday they were short staffed and we waited a long time for our meal even though there were not many people there.

TL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The food and service are both ok, but we waited half an hour for coffee and then 1.5h (literally) to get our food. By the time the food was served, I was missing an egg too. If they advertised this as a farm to table experience that they are literally getting everything from the farm I would probably understand it more, but I didn't think that was the case. The jazz was nice, it wasn't too loud and waiters were nice, but we were getting really hungry by the time we got the food.

Dunbar Room at Hotel Sorrento
Responded on April 17, 2019

Hi Tina, we sincerely apologize that service was slow that day. This is not our standard. We strive to give excellent service, leaving guests with a great experience. If we may, we’d like to invite you back for a chance to make it right. Please contact me directly at mahn@hotelsorrento or 206.386.0792. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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m
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The live jazz is fantastic and unique

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a thirtieth birthday celebration with 9 friends from out of town. Was truly a wonderful experience. The live music was amazing, food was terrific and the restaurant gave us complimentary champagne to start the evening with. Highly recommend!

DS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

If you like a dark, quiet, place, this is the spot. The menu is simple but good. The burger and fries are good.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place for brunch!

E
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varied ages - all had an excellent brunch/time.