Herb & Bitter Public House

4.7
202 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

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 202 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Place was cute. Admittedly I’m pretty boujee about drinks and these were not good. I got their fancy version of a mojito and it was super sour. And I LOVE sour drinks, this was just way too much. Apps were weak, honey lavender butter was pretty but tasted like nothing and the charcuterie board was sad to say the least, although I come from Wisconsin so we have pretty badass charcuterie boards so maybe my standards are too high to have a useful opinion. This board seemed like a hodge podge of sand which toppings. Entrees were fine, nothing impressive and dessert was straight up bad. I was at dinner with 3 other girls who are big dessert people and we literally couldn’t finish the chocolate torte. Bitter in the worst way, odd texture. Overall the ambiance is great, but the food and drink is expensive and unimpressive.

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AliE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food is a bit bland and the menu cocktails were good but a bit simple given it’s a cocktail bar.

Excellent whiskey collection, knowledgeable bartenders

TG
vipTwoGirlzzz
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food service drinks were excellent! Highly recommend hamachi, sardines, gnocchi. Servers wine knowledge added to our experience. We’ll be back!

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vipArtsguy
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good late night find. Will go back again. More of a vegetarian lean to the menu, but some tasty portion options available.

MA
MeaganA
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff was so amazing and really went out of their way to make my sister's bachelorette party amazing! I am eternally grateful and they definitely earned a customer for life!

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QNassiri
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to this place a few times now and it's never disappointed. Exquisite set of cocktails (try their Daiquiri and Cafe Manhattan) and small but well-curated selection of appetizers and entrees (highly recommend the Salmon and Oyster). I also recommend sitting outside (the patio).

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, amazing food and cocktails! Highly recommend!!

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Catsrcool
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. The white lasagna was so good. So was the salmon. Everything was excellent. Service was a little slow but manageable. Love the ambiance. Will definitely be back.

JD
JayDubb
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with co-workers. Everyone had nothing about great things to say. The service was perfect, never having to wait to ask for something as our server, Emily, was very attentive. The food was definitely 5-stars. The chef even came out and said hello to the group. I've been there before and had the smoky eggplant lasagna. They have a summer lasagna now which equally is delicious even having a smoky undertone. I can't tell you the number of different drinks that were ordered but our bar tab was equal to our food tab. Each was uniquely presented. Again, our server was very knowledgeable on the drinks and very helpful.

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Loved the atmosphere and the people, and some of the food was delicious, but two of the items were just... not good. Bread and butter (which we did pay for) was stale, like a couple of days old, and reheated to dry it out even more. The lamb had been burned to charcoal and it wasn't even close to warm when it arrived. A little more quality control in the kitchen would make this place so much better.

MA
vipMichelleA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cocktails!! Our server was over the top great!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely early dinner. We were given excellent recommendations and enjoyed every dish.

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Roya
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Went for dinner with a group of friends. The gal that was serving us was friendly but overworked (expected with covid). However, wait times from ordering to asking for the check took far too long, and the drinks were pretty bad, so we ended up leaving after one drink and getting dinner elsewhere. Wouldn't recommend

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KimberlyW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good and we would definitely come back. Food was a bit slower as kitchen got slammed, but they let us know and acknowledged it. We had a ferry to catch and inhaled our food when it arrived, the fried gnocchi was amazing. Pork Hock very good too. Outdoor dining on a covered back patio.

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RonA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb dining. The highlight was talking to the chef -- Robert Koch -- who is another Jersey guy! Thank you!

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vipDrew
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Leaving less-than-enthusiastic reviews, well, I don't do it often. One problem was that the food was not to my taste. That's partially on me. My food was so oily that the server brought extra napkins for where it overflowed my plate. Happy hour didn't work. My list price $8 beer, presumably with $2 HH discount was billed at $9. There was also a presumption that I would have a smart phone (with local service) to "scan" the menu.
Keep in mind: none of this reflects poorly on the service, which was fine.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and food! Loved the cocktails and superb service start to finish!

MA
vipMichelleA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time here. Would definitely come back!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super fun for a Family get together. Comfortable big booths, tasty menu with NW specialties, and not too many selections. Just perfect. Creative, tasty drinks. And finally - good service from a very busy staff!

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Murph
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best spot ever! A very interesting atmosphere! Front of the restaurant is warm and dim while the back is full of natural light! The staff is incredible! The sweet bartender can absolutely read your mind and makes you feel like a family friend and the chef, well he deserves a great big hug! The saffron arranchini were perfectly cooked. Fried crisp with the right amount of heat! This spot is what we needed to round out a great weekend in Seattle! The Murphy girls left grinning!

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vipKP123
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overall very disappointing. The cocktails were watered down and overly sweet. Food was meh. Would not recommend or return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and light food, unique drinks, beautiful ambiance!

TG
vipTG77
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The return to bar visits is coming and Herb and Bitter will be here for you. Lovely cocktails and great service. I didn't feel guilty taking up a table for only a couple of drinks as I'd beaten the rush and the place had few patrons. Can't wait to return when the actual bar is allowed again!

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GabrielP
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food and awesome service. The cocktail drinks are a must.

AH
AlvinH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the glass roof that provides a lot of natural light into the room. Great cocktails and food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, great food, drinks and parking was very assessable. Will totally be going again in the near future!

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Stephanie
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good and healthy! Quite a few vegan options

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Kayla
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitresses first night and she did great. Yummy food, bartenders whimsy was a great surprise

KF
KimF
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails and food were great plus it's has both an indoor and outdoor area that are both really nice.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, tasty drinks, and good environment.

BN
BrookeN
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about the place. Drinks and food were amazing. I liked that they had something for everyone. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

JD
JayDubb
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From our warm welcome by the manager Scotty and the attention we received from what appeared to be the entire staff, I cannot say enough about our new discovery in Seattle/Capital Hill dining. I would rate the service as one of the best. This can't underplay the exceptional flavor of the food. Each dish was abounding with flavor. As the food was brought to the table, the aroma set the stage. The menu had plenty of choices to suit different appetities so we will be back and try other dishes. Thank you Kaila, Sierra and Emily for your service.

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EmilyL
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The front of the restaurant seemed to have a nice atmosphere. The “add on” back part of the restaurant was too bright and felt like people were crammed in even during these times of Covid.
There were too many different staff waiting on our table- seriously about 5 which felt strange.
We ordered cocktails first. They brought me the wrong one. It was quickly replaced and I was told “the tickets got switched” low and behold the table next to us received my first drink a few minutes later- again interesting given covid.
The charcuterie plate was lackluster with small portions of Brie and manchego along with fatty prosciutto.
The gnocchi was so mushy and lacked flavor. We asked fo chili flake to give it some pep.
The porcini butter tasted waxy. I know we had a few other plates, but I forget what they were because they were quite dull. I would not return.

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AmandaB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I sat for almost 15 minutes without anyone taking my drink order. I had to stop a server and ask if we could order. Once we got service the service was phenomenal. The food is tastes fresh and is good... just slightly bland. The cocktails are delicious. Restaurant has a great atmosphere.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great drinks and a wonderful outside space. We had tapas and really enjoyed all the different tastes!

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Lila
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Got the ribs and my friend got the pork shank. Both of our meats tasted underseasoned/ under-marinated - it was disappointing. There was too much time waiting on the waiter to come help us, we had about 4-5 different wait staff, some friendly, some not, it was just a weird vibe.

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LauraC
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great menu and excellent food. We had several vegetarians in our group and there was a broad selection of veg entrees and apps. We were a big group of 9 people and everyone was really happy with the food- the chef even came out to our table to say hello.

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noarches
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great! They were very accommodating to our larger group. Thanks everyone, we’ll be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group of friends and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Open space, great drinks, tasty food. Delicious cucumber water. We had an amazing time!

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Judy
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to Herb & Bitter.
The drinks are always fantastic!

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 4.7 stars by 202 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.