L'Oursin

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
L'Oursin ("the urchin" en français) is a French restaurant and bar serving natural wine and aperitif cocktails in Seattle's Central District neighborhood near Seattle University. Our a la carte menu is available seven days a week, with a 5-7 course tasting menu available Tuesday-Saturday. Monday is burger night - burgers are available only at the bar, first come, first served. We keep our bar and patio open for walk-ins.
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Seattle
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went on a Wed evening so was not crowded at all. Lovely gem of a place - innovative and tasty cocktails. food was fine - just prolly overpriced for what you getting.

PZ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Seafood choices and bar menu were good. Service excellent, overall good dining experience.

VT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday dinner here and everything was exceptional! Service is wonderful, wine even better and food is amazing! Recommend for everyone :)

J
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Bring your own champagne if it’s a special
Occasion as they don’t have any on the menu...

Service was excellent. Every course was way too salty for the 3 of us. Many people love salty food, but we don’t.

L'Oursin
Responded 5 days ago

I'm sorry your food was salty. We strive to season things perfectly, but everyone has different tastes. I encourage you to engage in a dialogue with your server; they're here to help you have a great experience. If you had given us the opportunity, we would of course have been happy to gently season the rest of your meal. I must also point out Ruppert-Leroy's “Les Cognaux” Champagne is the first wine on our bottle list, followed by many other sparkling options. Thank you for the opportunity.

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R
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Everything was okay until the entree
Duck breast served well done. Not a hint of pink. Chewy and looked like, as my date said, pot roast. Not very apologetic server. Will never go there again.

F
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Disappointing food and service was very slow. The natural wine was good and the place is cute. Only dishes we thought was good was the chicken. Would not go back.

RK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightfully surprised by the selection, preparation and service. Most impressive wine list. Very knowledgeable server. Great addition to the neighborhood and city. Thank you.

MR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A stunner, an all time date spot - food, wine, ambiance. Amazing

FD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The bar is not a comfortable eating space. Seated with my knees mashed against the bar, I had to lean forward at 60 degrees to get my mouth over my plate. But the food was great!

DN
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Probably the Best Cocktails I have had this year and I have been to bars
in NYC, Chicago, Detroit, LA, Amsterdam, London and Split this year!!!

Well Done!

P
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Too salty!!!

TL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolute class and refinement. We come here at least once a year, if not more, for special occasions.

F
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration — they provided a complimentary dessert. Thank you!

W
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was tasty and sophisticated. Salads with watermelon and watercress were fantastic. Oasis buco was delicious.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the moment we entered L’Oursin, the team were all about making sure we had a great time and well looked after. We were there especially to enjoy the innovative fresh food with carefully selected natural wines and were so delighted we went back the next night.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food innovative and quite exceptional, bold menu, executed appropriately.

RK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

real interesting and yummy dishes. cocktails were super fun to read and drink. highly recommended.

H
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a lovely meal could so clearly see how much care went into each dish! I had a note in the cucumber salad, to which you can obviously take as you wish, but it was pretty salty, the actual granulas of salt though nice intexture were kinda overwhelming in taste. Over all loved the lingcod it was beautiful and buttery and had such a beautiful contrast to the sweet and tangy cherry toms! Also appreciated the suggestions on wine, felt as though I got exactly what I wanted, even though I gave very vague ideas to my waiter. Beautiful restaurant and ambiance.

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal with excellent service

o
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing and fresh PNW products prepared in unique Franco-inspired dishes and a great wine list to accompany it all. We will certainly return.

s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and wine. Extraordinary service. A true gem.

RR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just found our favorite new Seattle restaurant!

WB
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was another superb dining experience at L'Oursin, which I highly recommend.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six of us had dinner on a hot Sunday evening. The dining room was lovely, airy, charming and very comfortable. Most of the items on the menu lend themselves well to sharing so we had everything served family-style. Everything we ate was fresh, well-prepared and delicious. The server was helpful with wine selection (an incredible, crisp rosé) as well as describing anything on the menu that wasn't clear. The noise level was pleasant--enough to feel festive, but allowed for easy conversation amongst all of us without straining. Dessert was delicious, though pretty consistently very sweet--it might be nice to have more of a range. The apple chestnut cider we had with dessert was wonderful. Overall excellent experience and highly recommend this restaurant.

p
Seattle
39 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every meal I’ve had here was delightful. It was a hot muggy night when I met a friend at L’oursin. It was wonderful and breezy inside. I had the scallops with mushrooms (served cold) and the potatoes leek soup. My friend had tuna and the cabbage salad with crab. It was perfect. The cabbage salad was so good I almost ordered one to go to e joy for lunch the next day. And I don’t even like cabbage. Great spot and easier to get street parking than most Capitol Hill restaurants. Love L’oursin —just remember “our sin” if you don’t know your french.

m
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great choice for shared small plates. Excellent cocktails and a unique wine list, focused on biodynamic wines. Main plates are small, so beware.

RC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We had a great evening. Our server, Brianna was especially outstanding and very professional. She answered our questions and gave us great recommendations. Timed our food well even during a very busy night. The only disappointment was the "steak" entree. I think it must have been a top round or bottom round cut of meat, cooked medium rare as requested but a large fat cap and a very chewy piece of meat. I suggest they upgrade this cut of meat. Even with the steak, we had a great evening and will return especially due to the overall quality of the food and the outstanding service.

EH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly had a great time. The food was delightful, the drinks were spectacular and I loooooved the music. Margot Guryan, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood set the perfect mood for this funky but classy spot. I can't wait to come back!

M
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way!
Charming atmosphere, great service and fabulous food! What could be better?
Brought a friend here for a birthday dinner on the recommendation of pals and it didn’t disappoint. A relief to be in an understated calm room with plenty of interest but no pretension. Our server was funny, efficient and knowledgeable and the food was so well done.
We suspected some sous vide preparations, which few restaurants have the time for anymore, and we were right because the beef and halibut were both delicious and perfectly done.
Lots of local produce and beautiful presentations. Can’t wait to return!!

EW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, service and choices - it was a lovely date night overall

RH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall outstanding. We had stopped for a drink a week ago and bar service was excellent. Came back for dinner and had greens salad, halibut, and black cod. Salad was great, local berries were a nice touch. Fish was perfect. Bottle of wine was very fairly priced. House Mont Blanc cocktail was outstanding. Would very much recommend and we will be back. Thank you

A
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent bistro/cafe....relaxed, yet sophisticated food. The service was outstanding....friendly, informative and professional. The presentation of the individual dishes was outstanding. The wine offerings tend toward 'natural' but the choices are excellent. The only negative....I could not convince them to relocate from Capitol Hill in Seattle to my neighborhood in New York City.

NC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go back they surprise me with new flavors expertly paired with local seafood and produce. They also had a hopped white wine from Portland that blew my mind.

JQ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu that changes on the regular. Incredible selection of natural wines. Great service, well executed dishes, and french casual ambiance.

TR
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the beverage program here so much and can always rely on something excellent to drink whether it is wine, beer or cocktails. Food menu is seafood-heavy with french influence in preparation and choice of ingredients which at times is a bit out of my comfort zone though always well-prepared and at a good value for the quality and portion size.

LC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice ambiance, good service. Food is just good, not great. The plate of bread and butter is $6, but the amount of butter is small. So when we asked for more butter our waitress said "of course" - and then when the bill arrived we had been charged $3 for the butter (about the size of 4 "pats"). That was ridiculous - we were $9 in just with bread and butter! The half chicken is not an actual half chicken and was a little over cooked, but the sauce and the whipped potatoes were delicious. The mushrooms were vinegary which was jarring against the simple flavoring of the sauce. The fried oysters and housemade tartar were great. TINY glasses of wine and very small selection by the glass. Automatic 20% tip added.
Will most likely give it another try as that was our first visit.

9
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the staff, good knowledge of the local natural wine producer, tasted some excellent wines 👌🏻

LZ
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience4

We liked the decor, and the menu looked promising. Unfortunately, the portions were small, far less than promised when we asked, and the cooking uneven. Will not return.

ET
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was average to a little boring.
Server didn't know the menu or the food.
Felt like Americanized French food. Had the tasting menus and found them to be repetitive in flavors.
Both my wife and I were sick after.
On top if it the meal was $420 for three.