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Herb & Bitter Public House, Seattle, WA

Herb & Bitter Public House

4.2
4.2
301 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
The decor of Herb & Bitter Public House is a fusion of modern and vintage elements, taking large consideration in using salvaged building materials, antiques and contemporary raw building supplies. A year-round retractable glass conservatory covers the 1000 square foot patio. String lighting illuminates the European café style setting.
The comprehensive spirits program is progressive and centered around Italian Amari. The overall menu concept is diverse and eclectic with seasonal plates . We incorporate many cuisines and world flavors into dishes that are house-made with as many local, and sustainable ingredients as possible; taking into consideration dietary needs such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan.
Owner and Entrepreneur: Jesus Escobar

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (206) 708-6468

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Rob Koch

  • Private party facilities

    Email scotty@herbandbitter.com for inquiries

  • Private party contact

    Maggie DiGiovanni: (206) 929-1922

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill / First Hill

  • Cross street

    Broadway / Republican

  • Parking details

    Pay lots available in garage across the street, or on the corner of Broadway & Mercer.

  • Public transit

    Route 60 and 49, three blocks north of the Capital Hill light rail station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Communal Table

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at one of our larger communal tables! By booking this reservation, you understand that your party will be seated at the same table, alongside other guests, with a full chair's space between each party.

What 301 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great drinks. Pork belly bites were incredible. Friendly atmosphere, we had a baby with us on our date night and they provided us with a high chair in a less crowded space. Made us feel very welcome.
  2. CB

    CarlB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful time as always. The food and service was amazing as expected. It was a bit loud in the atrium due to a few large parties, but that is to be expected on a Saturday night at this time. I highly recommend the chicharrónes!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Overall, I was disappointed . There is only two tables seated out on the back patio where we sat and we had to constantly ask to place drink and food orders. The best items were the fries. Maybe it was a bad night, willing to try again
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The three of us had the starter Fried Chicken with Corn Bread and Cole Slaw. Great value and absolutely DELICIOUS tastes. Keep this on your menu!
  5. JB

    JamB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Service was not good, felt like our only help was from host and busser. Numerous asks of our server were unanswered as we watched her chat with coworkers by the computer for 10 minutes. Late getting in but that wasn’t a big deal, just felt the server had a bad attitude and that she was annoyed with us the whole time. Not worth the money.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Loved the food. Nothing but compliments to the chef(s). But the service was some of the worst I’ve ever seen. Our reservation was for 6:30pm, we weren’t greeted by our server until 7:05pm. We received drinks at 7:40 and got our first appetizer of the first course. It took an hour and a half for the main dish to arrive. Meanwhile, our server never checked on us and I had to politely ask someone else if we could get another round of drinks. I’m not sure if this was all due to it being a special event night, but we weren’t the only table stuck waiting for nearly three hours before dessert arrived. I’d love to come back, but will likely only sit at the bar.
  7. TE

    TEK10

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Herb & Bitter is our all-time favorite gathering place. Service is great (thank you Kayla), drinks are incredible & food compliments them. We couldn't ask for a better place to feel like we have been lifelong friends. Thank you for kicking off our holidays in such a positive way! Cheers!
  8. JW

    JeremyW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, great drink and food. Friendly service and amazing atmosphere.
  9. BA

    BillA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    I love this restaurant and have eaten here often over the years however, if this last visit had been my first time, I would not go back again. The staff seemed off-center and preoccupied. Service was extremely slow and the noise level in the atrium was so cacophonous we could hardly hear each other to talk at the table. I ordered the shrimp and grits which I had had a year and a half ago or so when it was being offered as a special and I absolutely loved it. However when I ordered it this time it was very ho-hum and I felt that the serving portion was a bit small. I hate to say these things about a restaurant that has been one of my favorites in Seattle. I will give it another chance but, not for a while.
  10. S

    Sree

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Menu in opentable is out of date as they got a new chef. Menu choices are fewer but the tapas we got were good. Main plate choices were so-so.
  11. LS

    LindsayS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great atmosphere and energy, love the back room. But unfortunately they seemed understaffed and their service was really slow. The drinks especially took forever- Our entrees came faster than drinks ordered at the same time.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Went here for a friend's Birthday party and the overall experience was great, but they do need to have more options on the menu for both food and drinks. Their cocktails are touted to be great but are a hit or a miss. My biggest issue is the cost, I do not think I got the value for the amount I paid, whether in food or drink.
  13. DD

    DanielD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We got two different risottos, and both were delicious. The cocktails were a little slow coming to the table but well made. All was a bit overpriced but they are on Cap Hill so it wasn't a total surprise. I'll definitely go back
  14. SN

    SanaN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Terrible service and average food. Each item ordered took an hour to get to the table. Would not recommend going here.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    The fried brussels sprouts tasted like they’d been stewed with a taxi driver’s sock after a 12 hour shift. Soggy and runny. Couldn’t see any fried element to it at all. Carpaccio was ok, but could only taste sesame oil and nothing else.
  16. KG

    KatieG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    There was only 1 server on staff that night, so she was pretty busy and occasionally things took a little longer than "normal", but she was absolutely lovely and we felt very well cared for. The food was fantastic! The steak in particular - buttery and melts in your mouth magic! Love the whole vibe of the restaurant. Every detail feels thought out and cohesive. Also, incredible playlist happening the night of our visit :-)
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for the drinks and discovered amazing food. The "Queen Anne" is marvelous, the scallops delicious. My partner saidbtheirshort ribs were "the best I've ever had"
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Typically this place has been great but last night it wasn’t. Our first round of drinks were good but the second round was not and the service was extremely slow. I’ve been to this place a number of times before but will probably not be going here again for a while. Hopefully this was just a one off.
  19. MA

    MrAndersonLikeHighTea

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We (two couples) met before a House of Spirits event and enjoyed Ghosts of the Great Highway, roasted Brussel sprouts, truffle fried, and carpaccio. Thee service was very good and the food was delicious. Thank you.
  20. CK

    CharliK

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails were fantastic and we all loved our meals
  21. RS

    RoyS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had wonderful drinks and excellent service
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    After being seated, we waited around for 20 minutes because anyone came to take our drink order. We then waited 25 minutes for drinks to arrive. No acknowledgment of an unusually long wait, no apology, nothing. Food was fine, and the prices were high. We’ve been before and did not have these problems, but I’m not sure if we’ll go back again.
  23. S

    Shivani

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They accommodated us last minute, the drinks were amazing !! The server was very friendly and gave many recommendations. I had a Negroni. We just had appetizers and they were a 4/5 stars. They were good but nothing to go back for. I would love to go back for the overall experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Our server was the bartender, he seemed to be too focused on his girlfriend at another table. It took us over 30min to get our drinks. Thank goodness for the hostess - she noticed and took care of us. Got the drinks removed from the bill!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Incredible service. Food was drowning in garlic and pepper and truffle sauce - no subtly. One person in our group got a sandwich that was half gristle. Good drinks and atmosphere, though. Will go back but just for drinks and apps probably.
  26. T

    Tashi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Some dishes were really good and some were just okay. The waiters stopped by very randomly and it was hard to get their attention. The waiter brought the check, left it on the table, and took off when we still wanted to order both dessert and more drinks. On a positive note the outside space has great light and the bar is beautiful.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    We visited this place with family after reading a bunch of great reviews online and recommendations from friends. The staff was very friendly, and the ambience is great - especially if you're hanging out with friends. The music was too loud, but I guess that was intentional. We ordered mostly the appetizers - foccacia bread, saffron aranchini, zucchini fritters, roasted cauliflower and the beetroot hummus (don't bother refilling the pita) and a bunch of drinks (don't remember the names). Firstly every dish looked amazing!! The presentation, attention to detail on every piece was spot on. Looking at the dishes further elevated our appetite, and probably the reason why I wouldn't give 5 stars. I really wish the dishes tasted nearly as good as they looked.! Something was missing in the flavors (very mild taste or bland) but again like I said it's probably because our expectations were high after the visual impact! The portion size was good, worth the price point. Overall, it's an Instagram worthy place (definitely one type visit), but If you're hungry and looking to eat something that tastes really good but don't care about how it looks, you can find another place nearby.
  28. MM

    MMMMM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Incredible staff and menu. The chef clearly takes pride In his work and every dish is impeccable. Couldn’t recommend more—!
  29. N

    Nick

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance and decor is pretty outstanding at H&B. The food options were pretty good, presentation is stellar. The staff were helpful and attentive. Pricing puts in a "special occasion" category for us.
  30. SS

    SpencerS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time at H&B! Great space, delicious food, amazing cocktails, friendly staff. Need I really say more?
  31. k

    kathy

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent cocktails and delicious food options. Great place to have a drink and share a charcuterie platter or other bites.
  32. LF

    LFeld

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soooo tasty! Great vibes, good amount of food for the price. Overall very pleased!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    The waitress took forever to get our order. Even after ordering our drinks and food together, the drinks didnt come until 30 mins later. Some of the food that came in was very bland and never liked the flavor on any of the items. It was suprisingly quite where we were seated which was almost at the rear end of the restaurant and vibe was very dull.
  34. CH

    CapitolHillSeattle

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a table of 5 in the wonderful atrium and ordered 5 different main dishes, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed!
  35. ML

    MariaL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was looking for a place to meet friends near a light rail station and stumbled on this spot, in a neighborhood I don't normally spend a lot of time in. Can't wait to go back!! The staff and service are top notch. The atmosphere is AMAZING, the ceiling tiles and interior decor give it a super classy, pre-WWII flavor, and there is a wonderful, covered back patio to enjoy when the weather is nice. The endless list of drink options was astounding (Absinthe? Meletti Annisette, Pisco Sour? and of course all the normal things too). The food was absolutely delish as well, they have meat dishes, but we just got a handful of small vegetarian plates, the green goddess salad, zucchini fritters, roasted yams, and saffron arancini, all so tasty.
  36. FF

    FoodieFrank

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were very pleasantly surprised by this great little bar with a big atrium in back. Cocktails and healthy menu were highlights. Thoughtful and attentive service. We'll return.
  37. BB

    BrookeB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    It was a bit overpriced for the food being what it was. It came out cold and nobody at our table seemed to like their drinks or meals. It was a cute ambiance and servers were very nice, but there was nothing to write home about.
  38. TG

    TiffaniG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the ambiance, food, service and company! Will be back again.
  39. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mark, our waiter, was fantastic. He usually bartends, so was very helpful when ordering drinks. Nice place with a laidback atmosphere.
  40. AK

    AKSea

    Cleveland

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not sure how much longer it will be on the menu, but the pea ravioli is amazing! As always, great service and helpful staff. Highly recommend for low key meal and drinks.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Herb & Bitter Public House does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Herb & Bitter Public House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 708-6468.

Herb & Bitter Public House is rated 4.2 stars by 301 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Herb & Bitter Public House

516 Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway / Republican

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill / First Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Pay lots available in garage across the street, or on the corner of Broadway & Mercer.

  • Public transit

    Route 60 and 49, three blocks north of the Capital Hill light rail station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Rob Koch

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 708-6468

  • Private party facilities

    Email scotty@herbandbitter.com for inquiries

  • Private party contact

    Maggie DiGiovanni: (206) 929-1922

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