Poppy

4.6
2313 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Northwest
In a warm, modern dining room overlooking the lively streetscape of North Capitol Hill, Poppy presents James Beard award winning Chef Jerry Traunfeld’s style of Northwest cooking. Inspired by the thali, a tray of many small dishes served all at once to each guest, Poppy's menu highlights the best of local seasonal ingredients, spices, and fresh herbs from its own back garden, and includes many options for vegetarians. Poppy is an excellent venue for your group dining needs, please call or email for details.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm -9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:30pm
Bar menu: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm-10:30pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00 - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(206) 324-1108
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jerry Traunfeld
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Poppy can accommodate all your special event needs.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (206) 324-1108
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Cross street
Roy
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Parking details
There is a pay lot with restaurant access directly behind Poppy. Enter directly from the parking lot through the herb garden. Street parking, metered and non-metered, is available in the area.
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Public transit
Poppy is 5 blocks north of the new Capitol Hill light rail station, a 10 minute walk. We are also on the (49) bus route between downtown and the University District. There are two stops within a block of the restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us on December 24th for an exciting menu with 3 choices of first course, entree, and dessert. The menu is priced at $65 per person, not including 20% service charge, tax, or beverage. A special wine pairing will be offered for $30 pp. We will open at 4pm.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a special 4 course prix fixe this New Year's Eve! $85 per person, menu coming soon!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2313 People Are Saying
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LW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gave hostess my dietary restrictions and asked if they accommodate. She checked with chefs and emailed back twice. She greeted us and reassured they were ready and made specific suggestions. THAT is superb customer service.

Food was amazing, delicious, creative and fairly prices. Service on same ultra level - knowledgeable, friendly, paced meal well.

Cocktails delicious. Eggplant fries with drinks was perfect, unusual and, of course surprisingly delicious and not greasy.

If you want an unpretentious superb meal, this place must be on your list. Bought gift cards for a couple of local friends as Christmas gifts.

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C
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We are so grateful for how Poppy remains good year in year out. The formula -- basically, an array of great, varied flavors in small dishes adding up to a thoroughly satisfying meal -- doesn't get old. Our servers conveyed enthusiasm for the cuisine they were serving, though, unlike on previous visits, we had to remind our server to tell us what was in all the little plates. (This was a busy Tuesday night, when they have the $35 dinner for two.) In short, our message to Poppy is "Keep up the good work, as you have now for so many years!"

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire crew was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and overall experience we had at Poppy. Highly recommend doing a shared meal experience with 4-8 people in order to enjoy more of the menu.

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RW
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went for my wife’s birthday, had the thali and also the sturgeon with matsutake mushrooms. Everything was so deliscious! And beautiful! Really. Excellent.

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

Tasty meal marred by inattentive service and multiple billing mistakes.

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GL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, Poppy was very good for the interesting food and excellent service. Unfortunately I was not happy with the automatic 20% service charge on the bill. This was for only two people. Due to this unexpected mandatory charge I cannot recommend this place to anyone.

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MK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really interesting variety of flavors, beautifully presented. I love this spot.

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DW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my very favorite restaurants and has never disappointed . Great creative food!

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C
Seattle
206 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Poppy is having Thali Tuesdays,where you can get a thali for two and a bottle of wine for $35. It's a fabulous deal, and the same, wonderful creative food they always serve. The food is good, with interesting spicing.

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O
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took some special friends who were visiting from the east coast for a wonderful early dinner after a Sunday matinee at ACT. We had a great time! We started with several things from the small plates. The Eggplant fires are fabulous! Two of us ordered from the mains, one had a tali, and another more small plates. We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine and good conversation. The service was attentive but not overly so. Just the kind of experience we were looking for.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, Poppy never fails!! I continue to expose family, friends and out of state guests to Poppy's because I know every dining experience will be just as fabulous as the prior one. Thanks Poppy for sharing a wonderful space and food that delights one meal after another.

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JG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG, the food here is SO good. Our 11 yo daughter, who is a pretty adventurous eater, loved it so much she wanted to return the next night. Everything was delicious. Waitstaff was friendly and helpful. Was able to park in the lot directly behind the restaurant. A perfect experience!

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O
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Now that we have eaten in several restaurants in Seattle, we see the Poppy is significantly overpriced. The food was tasty but the >$30 price for tiny portions was disappointing. We will not return.

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SR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Birthday Dinner- lots to choose from and beautifully presented

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RS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant. The value is good, even if you are not doing Thali Tuesday. food is very original, and not "too precious." You come out feeling satisfied and that you have experienced something that you cannot easily prepare at home even if you are a good chef. Highly recommended.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I come here, I am so blown away by the quality of the food, the variety and the creativity are astounding. The service is consistently wonderful, the staff know when to drop by the table and check in, and get you out the door and on your way when you are ready to do so.

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PN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really appreciated their willingness to work with my food allergies and how easy going they were about it (honestly I haven't had a restaurant be this great about it before). It was a relaxing nite out with really good food. We definitely plan on going back and would recommend it.

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T
Philadelphia
216 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We were completely wowed by Poppy! Completely! The pork thali was populated by several memorable components -- the cinnamon spiced pork, the incredibly intensely flavored blackeyed peas, the quince and apple salad, the grilled romesco, the apple infused raita, etc. It is such a brilliant dish overall that you "must" try it. The dosa with the chutneys was also remarkable in both flavor and presentation. This is definitely NOT Indian food, but the chef has creatively adapted several Indian spices and concepts into the menu and used them to create exciting and unique food. Compelling!

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E
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food! But the service was poor which especially annoying when there is mandatory 20% service charge. I love the food but I’ll not be back due to this mandatory service charge.

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LG
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Terrible service! Waited 15 minutes plus then had to ASK TWICE for someone to take even a drink order. Got drinks 26 minutes after arriving. Must have been some confusion with server sections? Food good but really expensive, nice view of the gas station next door. Disappointing especially because we were excited to bring a friend from out of town. Don’t recommend, we won’t go back.

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OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing indian fusion restaurant. What a great discovery

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k
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We arrived at 6:00 with few other patrons in evidence. Ordered 2 meals and 2 appetizers. We waited an hour before the 2 meals arrived and were told it was because the "duck takes 20 minutes" If they had told us this at the outset we would have ordered something else! Besides which, it was well beyond 20 minutes before the food graced our table. We were late to our next engagement because of this.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Not happy with bill - excessive charges and they added in a 20% service charge and asked for an additional tip. So value for cost is very low. Would not go again.

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PC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week where they showcased their regular menu. Everything was wonderful. My take is that it had a Northwest/Indian fusion thing going on, but what do I know?

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H
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Sad excuse for restaurant week. Bland food. Decent service with a 20% service charge for 2 people!! They also forgot the desert of the table next to me and we were seated after! It’s too bad, I was really excited to try this place. Not likely to come back. ✌️

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Flavorful dishes. Our service at the table was excellent, the bar area had an issue, maybe short staffed? It caused a slight hiccup in our evening. Otherwise great

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C
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pet usual. What a place. Top notch everything all the time.

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

I've eaten here several times and each time come out thinking that this is one of the best restaurants in Seattle. A neighborhood gem, for sure.

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e
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Always love the food -- so creative, so full of unique flavors, so magical. Wish service was a bit better.

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

I loved, loved, LOVED Poppy my first time I was there for my birthday. The food and service was amazing!!! The service the first time was attentive but delicately respectful of our time and space. We failed to remember that the 20% tip was included and she graciously reminded us, so we then tipped an additional 10%.
But the second time I took my nephew who was visiting from the east coast to Poppy, well, it was very different. The food was still wonderful, but I cannot deny the service this last visit definitely made me wonder about the automatic 20% tip. It was as if he knew he would make good money off us no matter what. Or perhaps he was just inept. IDK. We sat at the bar and the service was slow at best. Long periods of time passed between check-ins. We waited for everything; water, to order, the food to arrive, even the the check. You get the idea.
I'm not sure what to do. I will probably try once again because the food is just to die for and the experiences were just so different, but I def won't sit in the bar.

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T
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A unique gem of a restaurant in a cool neighborhood. Great creative food with great service. One of my favorites.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall was okay, the taste was not very surprising and portion for restaurant week was not much, wasn’t really full.

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L
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top 10 meals I have ever had in my life. So flavorful and unique. Attentive service. Great for dietary needs/restrictions.

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S
Seattle
48 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Two years running this is the best restaurant week meal we experience along with very good service! This is a really good restaurant!

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

There was an apparent staffing problem, no show or something. I ordered a cocktail, was served bottle of wine and first course, still no cocktail. Mentioned to server, still no cocktail. went up to bar and cancelled cocktail, no biggie, not mad but obviously super short-handed. people we did have contact with very nice. loved my thali dinner and my friend liked hers also. Super creative food and we will be back. a ferry ride and an uber to get there from the kitsap peninsula so must be worth the extra effort. it is.

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KT
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly, informed servers; unique, beautifully prepared food — it’s all here. You’re made to feel welcome by all, seated and attended to quickly, and offered water and libations. Cocktails are as adventuresome and delicious as the menu. The highlight is the daily thali offering. With its bright array of small dishes, the thali gives you a chance to sample a carefully curated mix of flavors, textures and temperatures (hot-cool, spicy-soothing). The “main event” in my thali recently was pork shoulder cooked to tender perfection. A small salad featuring slivers of fennel and tart apple; bright florets of romanesco; Smokey-sultry beans and little pickled condiments were just a few of the complementary dishes that worked together to make a yummy whole.
I’d return again and again just to see what might show up next on these special trays of goodness.

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TH
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Situated on a block known for great food, Poppy sets itself apart by its quirky, backyard style and a clever balance of local/international cuisines. Highly recommend the eggplant fries (crisp-fried with honey) and the thali (a sort of chef's choice entree with many small dishes). Overall, excellent flavors and a tasteful execution.

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1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

I LOVED the food, but the service was awful! The waitress was very rude and entitled. She never checked on us once, I was unable to order a second drink, my water was never refilled and was empty the whole time, food was not cleared and she was rude to us the entire time. They add an automatic 20% and it was clear she didn’t care. I normally tip 20% but I would have subtracted a tip out if I could due to her absolute horrible service.

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RT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was unique and delicious. A special place.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant Week Gem!!! The Pork Shoulder w/ Vanilla and Thyme was off-the-hook!

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