Outlier

4.2
246 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Outlier is a downtown Seattle culinary destination, featuring thoughtful and seasonally-driven fare with a strong Pacific Northwest influence. The menus pull in global flavors and respond to season, environment and culture.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Bar
Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(206) 624-7755
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We Cater!
Social Events
Holiday Parties
Corporate Meetings
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spring
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Parking details
Valet parking is available complimentary for the first 2 hours.
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Public transit
The New Sound Transit Light Rail station nearest us is University Street Station, in the Seattle Tunnel underneath Third Avenue.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come celebrate Christmas Eve here at Outlier with your friends & family! Full menu and Chef specials all night!! Happy Holidays and see you soon!

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us at Outlier to ring in 2019! We'll have our full menu available, in addition to some fancy specials from our kitchen and lot's of bubbles to toast with at midnight.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 246 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Ordered a pizza which was soggy. Ordered swordfish and the accompaniments were bland. Nothing special. There are so many restaurants in the city that serve better food for the same price. Do yourself a favor and go elsewhere.

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GH
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were excellent. Noise level very high.

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R
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Their burger is one of my favorites in Seattle and I love that they will cook it medium for you!

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g
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great salad!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The drinks and Brussel Sprouts were the high lights of the meal. Our server was a little to enthusiastic about everything on the menu, making it difficult to discern his recommendations. The space has a nice feel to it, but the chair choice can make getting in and out of the table difficult.

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MB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal at Outlier with friends and family. The Steak Coulette Frites was outstanding. They were even willing to substitute their incredible duck fat fries (instead of the frites) as a gluten-free option for a couple of us in our party who have Celiac. The Duck Bolognese was to die for. Great ambiance and wonderfully attentive wait staff. Another nice tip that we discovered by accident, is that the Kimpton Hotel Monaco next door has free valet parking for up to two hours when you eat at Outlier. We plan to go back very soon!

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UR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The setting is creative. But too many hard services make for too much noise. The receptionist was indifferent to our arrival and offered no assistance with hanging coats on a poorly placed rack that had flimsy hangers. The food was good but the seating was uncomfortable.

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AM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was very tasty. But service was a bit slow and awkward. Multiple times left sitting with empty drink glasses, paused meal, or asked to clear plate while still actively eating. But food was excellent. I'd go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very interesting menu. Unusual combinations, lots of color. Carrot dish was exceptional. Great pierogies

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H
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We made a reservation, when we arrived the restaurant was pretty much empty, no host in site, one server. The rest of our group was at the table, they had been given coffee and water but no menus. We joined them and then waited. And waited. No menus, no coffee, nothing. We got our own menus and continued to wait, as other guests wandered in and mostly sat themselves. At most the restaurant was a quarter full. We found a bus boy who brought us coffee but said the waiter would come soon and take orders. We saw a lone waiter out busing tables, chatting with others, finally got his eye and let me know one of our party had to leave by the end of the hour (we have already been there 25 minutes). He took our orders and we waited some more. FINALLY her meal came, leaving her about 5 minutes to eat and run. The food was okay, not great, not terrible. Our daughter ordered a cup a tea with her meal which only came after several reminders, after she was done eating. So no, I don't recommend this place. The food was just okay, the service pretty hopeless, the atmosphere rather cold and sterile. Hopefully they will get their act together in the future.

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JS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had Thanksgiving buffet, food was delicious. Would have given 5 stars but they were out of a dessert.

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JG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanksgiving 2018. No meal description, just chef favorites. We wanted to give it a try. From start to finish, excellent service. They were energetic, attentive. There were small groups and large groups. We asked our waiter Chris about buffet dish favorites. We tried everything but Chris was right in his suggestions. Dressing and green beans were the best. We especially liked the turkey leg confit and duck. The desserts were wonderful (no pumpkin pie or pecan pie), bread pudding, pumpkin cheesecake and berry cobbler. The most interesting dish was the butternut pear soup. Our waiter Chris was excellent and made sure to invite us to visit again.

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MC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went there for Thanksgiving dinner buffet. The food was fine but not great. The food wasn't that hot, so the warming pans weren't doing their job. For the price we paid, it should have been amazing. Our server was friendly and attentive but not overbearing. He exaggerated the quality of some of the dishes. Overall an ok but not wonderful experience.

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A
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered a simple salad with salmon added and was pleased to find the salmon was done perfectly; some of the tastiest I've had in Seattle - which is saying a lot! The salad itself was fresh and tasty. Our server, Chris, was pleasant, helpful, and fantastically quick.

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GG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty, ambience was cozy and service was very good

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience here. Speedy service and delicious food. Highly recommend!

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GH
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service by Javier! Javier is friendly, happy and great at his job

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was really friendly and couldn’t have been more accommodating with my gluten free diet issues. My friend and I also really loved our meals and mimosas!

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed sharing small plates. Our favorites were the curried carrots and flat bread. Really creative interesting dishes. We will definitely go back.

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MC
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

We dropped in for a quick bite which took longer than we thought to get served. I had the albacore tuna salad with a side of duck fat fries. The tuna was a big slab seared on one one side and semi-raw in the other which was ok but just did not look that appetizing. The pea vines were stringy and tough and didn’t add to the dish - better to have just stuck with mixed lettuce. When I got the duck fat fries I was surprised that they were fingering potatoes under a heap of grated cheese and asked to send them back. The explanation was really misleading and didn’t give any indication they were not real fries. I send them back and the waitress was great. My husband had the duck pasta- tasty but too much pasta and it overwhelmed the dish.

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k
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Snapper was tasty but served in a bowl with broth, but with a fork. Should have been described as soup and a spoon provided.
Server was confused a few times. The bread that we ordered to eat until our entrees were ready wasn't brought out until after the entrees were served. Server misremembered the desserts and had to go back to the table twice to ask for 2nd and 3rd choices.
The restaurant's practice of stating the price and then adding a 5% surcharge that doesn't even go to the servers continues to offend. Just raise the prices to cover Seattle's labor costs. Putting a line of tiny print in the bottom of the menu appears intended to deceive. This is a permanent rise in wages in Seattle, not something that's going to go away. This restaurant is not a chain so you don't have to have your prices match the rest of the chain; just have the food prices reflect what you pay in wages just like every other restaurant.

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QM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

OK as a hotel restaurant. The atmosphere was not impressive. The menu looked good online but in person was also quite average. It wasn't bad. But it wasn't great.

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a
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

limited salad and vegetarian options (sides but no entree) but fresh veggies, too oily on baked/fried front; no soup

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J
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Small plates were tasty and innovative. Curried carrots, wild mushroom toast, Brussels sprouts. Rockfish was messy to eat by hand and the accompaniments did not compliment the fish. Wait staff were attentive but not intrusive. Like so many new restaurants the noise level made conversation difficult for all of us and impossible for one person with hearing aid.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

I have eaten here monthly since mid 2016 for business lunches and the food and service is always good or great. Unfortunately the new design of the restaurant is 100% hard surfaces with zero acoustic treatments, so even at lunch it’s very difficult to hold a conversation above the noise level. That might be ok for the evening crowd but it’s bad for a business lunch. I can’t imagine how the staff deal with it!

For now we have decamped to Trace across the street where you can actually have a conversation. Hopefully Outlier can address this design issue and we will return!

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JS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Brinch 2 days ini a row staying at hotel. Missed tge mark on few things. Food made w quality ingrefients but every dush missed an element on flovor profiles. Missing either salt or acid or herb or spice. Sas because jt coykd be great. Potentially a brunch issue. We hasvtheur foodcat the Big WA wine rastingbandvit was fabulous there! So maybe a brunch issue.

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K
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Despite running late with traffic we were seated and served very promptly, service was great. Food was unique with very fresh ingredients. Cucumber salad was fresh and light and the Pierogi was a delicious hearty vegetarian dish.

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We dined on the same night as a large private party. The restaurant was very noisy and the service seemed to take longer than it should. They were out of two of entrees, even though it was only 6:45 on a weeknight. The food and wine were excellent though so I would definitely go back.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took the team out to lunch for great food and conversation.

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MT
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food and nice wine list yet the dining experience really lacked some ambience which made for an all-round “nice” date night venue, but not one I would rush to repeat.
The restaurant was pretty quiet and the serving team seemed pretty thin on the ground despite this. It also looked as though they were more interested in getting ready for the breakfast session in the morning (presumably from the adjoining hotel) than catering to current guests.

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WV
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and great food. The beer selection was excellent.

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s
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

We wanted to try a new restaurant so made a reservation at Outlier last Saturday evening. The four of us go out pretty frequently and enjoy trying out new restaurants whether in Seattle or the Eastside. When we walked into Outlier there was nobody at the hostess station for at least five minutes. Finally a busboy noticed us waiting and got someone to help out. The ambiance in the restaurant didn't really make for a fun evening. The lighting was way too bright and lent a cafeteria feel to a restaurant that had a modern design. We debated whether we wanted to stay for dinner as we perused the fairly limited menu. We ordered cocktails and two appetizers. The guy who brought our olives spilled the entire bowl on the table and it wasn't properly cleaned up afterwards, leaving oil residue on the table where I was sitting. I couldn't put my arms on the table at all for fear of ruining my blouse. At this point we decided to pay for what we'd had and went to another restaurant for dinner. Our server appeared immediately annoyed with us as soon as she determined that we weren't going to order dinner and was quite abrupt with us at that point which was really unnecessary. We won't be returning.

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SE
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, good bright meeting place

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MT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. The drinks were expensive and tasted diluted

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MD
Jacksonville
45 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Good French fries and nice cheeseburger construction but meat was bland. Hostess was friendly but service ambivalent. No one stopped to ask how my meal was.

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RL
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the quaint atmosphere and fabulous food. The staff was so wonderful, and the brunch menu was all we had hoped. I would have liked to have had some almond milk with my coffee, but the tea was a great alternative.

I would definitely suggest the malted waffle!

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AV
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Went for Dinner. Has limited menu. Oysters were very good. Had a burger. A little on expensive side. Was there at five. Bar was noisy making it difficult to hear.

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AB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food ... service was a bit slow but just because there were not enough servers.. our server was awesome

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JC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was excellent. This was a nice “discovery” as we were staying at the hotel and wanted dinner nearby — thus, no expectations about quality of menu. We were pleasantly surprised at the special attention to the food and presentation.

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KM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Great food but disappointed by the atmosphere. Our table was basically in the path from the entrance. It was loud and difficult to have a quiet discussion with my date. The salmon was excellent. The cocktails were good.

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