McMenamins Elks Temple

4.6
1064 Reviews
$30 and under
American
McMenamins Elks Temple Pub serves classic Northwest fare in a room with a view. You can’t help but gaze through the soaring windows toward Foss Waterway, but be sure to look up, too, for a fantastic display of chandeliers. From early breakfasts to late night cocktails, the pub is open to all ages serving breakfast classics like benedicts and scrambles, and for dinner elevated burgers and pizzas with an ever changing seasonal menu inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
*Patio seating is first come first serve.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1064 people are saying
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HeidiS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great table and location for our party that included a voiceturous toddler.

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JLove
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We were sat next to a very loud group. There is nothing wrong with them being loud, but they should have sat us somewhere quieter. I could barely hear my wife two feet away lol.

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Happicoastgirl
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

If you’re in the mood for some well-prepared food coupled with deplorable service, then this is the place for you. We waited with our reservation while walk-ins were seated ahead of us. Then we waited to order and, eventually, to order a second glass of wine, to no avail. We waited to pay so long that we finally just left cash.

The exceedingly poor service was not limited to the dining room. We were also ignored for at least ten minutes in McMenamin’s basement bar when we stopped in for a nightcap. The server and bartender stood and had a conversation right in front of our table, ignoring us all the while.

Overall, I’d say this establishment reeks of mismanagement.

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Eater47
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Out of the tater tots, and our server was both overly invasive and seemed to surprise us as we ate, but also didn't seem to recognize when we tried to get her attention. I have had many wonderful experiences here, but this last one tainted my overall perception of the establishment.

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Cassie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a magnificent time. Beautiful art, delicious food, loved it!

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TrevorG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good beer

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MichelleR
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a yummy meal and fantastic service! Love McMenamins!

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MelissaH
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time with a terrific waitress! Great food and vibes inside the restaurant. Unfortunately there were individuals outside the restaurant driving by that didn’t appear to be patrons of McMennimen’s. They shouted obscenities at us because we were climbing into an Uber which delayed them momentarily. First time I’ve ever been scared in Tacoma and we’ve lived here for 23 years. So disappointing.

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SlDR788
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to visit, really enjoyed seeing this McMenamins.

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vipGigi
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely meal at this cute restaurant. The salad was fresh and delicious and our burgers were cooked perfectly. Our waitress was friendly and accommodating. Will definitely come here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good time… food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love the Elk’s Temple! The food has been great, drinks are delicious and last night we tried dessert (bread pudding & dark chocolate moose) which was amazing. There’s a restaurant and a couple of bars - unfortunately I haven’t been to any of the bars yet, but I’m sure they’d be awesome as well. My two recommendations if you’re going on a Friday/Saturday is make a reservation and parking can be a challenge. So Uber/Lyft if you can or make sure you can comfy shoes. We will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Overall it was great as always, but they were struggling with computer problems making things slow and on top of that there was a 'miscommunication' with the handoff of our table from our original server to the next which resulted in us getting no attention for more than 40 minutes until we finally flagged someone down ourselves to get our check. I'm hopeful this was a one-time hiccup.

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ConnieH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very helpful and encouraging during a busy, crazy, Covid time.
Courteous staff and a happy atmosphere.

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SueE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food1service3ambience5

The location and building is absolutely gorgeous. The staff was friendly and pleasant. We went with the fried brussels sprouts, clams, truffle fries and spinach and kale salad. Everything was sub par at best. The brussels tasted old and boiled in oil, not crispy or had any texture except mushy. Pretty gross. Clams were worse, obviously frozen and then broth was watery and tasteless. And they were $20. Fries were fries, not the absolute worst but could've been better. The salad, as the waiter told me, comes out of a bag (wow, not even house made) and was so heavily dressed, it killed all the healthiness of a salad. I rarely write reviews but this meal was just sad - no care and love in anything that came out. The place has so much potential with location and beauty of the building but the food was pretty horrible.

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Hannah
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite thing about this restaurant is the amount of outstanding artwork, you can get lost in all the details and abstract art and objects everywhere. The food is also so wonderful! Their pretzel + fondue is outstanding, tots are the best ever and their pizza is fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, prompt service from the moment I walked in the door! Host seated me immediately and server soon followed. This is important as they were busy on this Thursday evening. I ordered the King Salmon dish! It was cooked to perfection, and not even near dry, which would have resulted in a different review! The ambiance was very nice to enjoy a good meal. I would highly recommend this place for adult dining. There is not a kids menu, but there were ‘kid-friendly’ food selections. I would eat here again when back in the area!

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poohbear
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a warm and inviting location - great interior with lots of low lighting. Service was lovely and the food was delicious - the shrimp and grits excellent and bread pudding for dessert is a must!

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BACarroll
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Ashley our server basically did nothing but take our order. The runners brought our food. We did not get a refill on our waters or my RC Cola. I had to flag her down to get any help. Oh she did bring me yellow mustard after I requested it. But our dessert order was messed up also. I have been to other McMenamins and service was excellent and very personalable.

This was the first time I brought my family after bragging about the service from my experience at other McMenamins. Just sorry it was not as stellar as the other restaurants.

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ChrisO
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful time. We will return to explore more of this iconic establishment

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was ok. Steamed clams had no flavor. Service think short staffed so our waitress was doing all tables, never got refills on drinks or asked if needed anything else or even how food was

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LisaE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved sitting by the fire in the Pub at Elks Temple. We were able to reserve, seated quickly and servers were friendly and efficient. The food was tasty and we ate there twice. Beverage choices are vast, and the beers are great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

New year’s

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TjLam
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Ordered a burger which was great

Tater Tots came out ice cold and waitress was not the most attentive!

Took forever to get service after we sat down and then it took forever to check out

There as minimal checking on us throughout the meal!

I'd try it again, maybe not on a holiday to see if it's better service

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Starters, meals, and drinks were very good. Service extremely bad. Had empty glasses for long periods of time. Server was very nice, but would walk by our table several times while we waited for her. Unapologetic about making us wait. Very strange. Not a terrible experience overall because of how good the food, drinks and ambiance were, but hesitant to return due to bad service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire building is so cool! Our waiter was very attentive and everyone in our party said they loved their food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was great and experiences in the different room was fun.

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vipPwsj
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

enjoyable dinner with son and daughter in law. Son really enjoyed the shrimp and grits.

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TiffanyG253
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First visit here and it was during the snowstorm the day after Christmas. Service was a tad slow but we enjoyed the ambiance and cozy atmosphere. Food portions were plentiful and were served hot. I wasn't a huge fan of my mushroom grilled cheese but there are lots of other items I would come back for. The pretzel sticks and cheese were delicious, great appetizer to share.

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LauraH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Christmas at McMenamins! Our server was friendly and prompt, the food was good, and the atmosphere was relaxed and dim.

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James
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was delightful. She was fun and professional and attentive. Our food was good especially the shrimp and grits dish.

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Grayer
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience5

Loved the place. The service was horrible. We asked for a food 25 minutes later only to realize it had been sitting for that long. The menu was disappointing for Christmas Day.

I would go back for a drink but not for dinner.

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HollyK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t beat a McMenamins location for a meal or Happy Hour. Many options, friendly wait staff enjoyable ambiance. A “go to” whenever we find one.

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Amber
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast in a beautiful setting. I will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for Christmas Eve dinner! Beautiful setting! Great food.

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GFromSeattle
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

So much to love about this place! Friendly, attentive staff, delicious food, lovely decor & views. Only a couple of bummers — the music (my 20YO called it “dad rock”) didn’t fit the atmosphere & was too loud. Some peppy or even low-key jazz would’ve been so much better, and maybe some Xmas songs since it was Xmas eve? Got the feeling no one on staff was even paying attn to the music. Also, no one checked our vaccine status, and some dude who appeared to work there - but was maybe not on duty, perhaps waiting for a friend to get off work- was skulking about without a mask (didn’t even have one on him & seemed proud about it). Would you like a little omicron with those fries? I look forward to returning after covid has calmed down.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

A group of 10 of us were there for a Christmas work function and sat in the far corner. Not sure if staffing was low, but we were rarely checked on. Service was extremely slow. Food is tasty, but takes a while. Probably go some place else next year for our event.

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MichaelF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere - service a _little_ slow as they were extremely busy the night we went. Well worth a trip.

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Sandee
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique place to go for dinner!
Huge hotel with lots of restaurants and bar and live entertainment

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KimC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Talk about ambience! After dinner (which ROCKED!) we checked out the Tiki-type bar downstairs…it didn’t disappoint! We even decided to forego our Christmas Light viewing plans, and just stayed at the bar! Perfect pre-Christmas outing with our adult son & his g’friend. (Insert heart emoji!)

FAQs

McMenamins Elks Temple does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. McMenamins Elks Temple also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (253) 300-8754.

McMenamins Elks Temple is rated 4.6 stars by 1064 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.