Permanently Closed - Poppy

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2492 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Northwest

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Dinner and Bar
Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Bar
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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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
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G
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went because it was their last day in business.

S
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sadly, this was our last meal at Poppy. The restaurant is now closed. It has been a favorite for 11 years. Beautiful imaginative delicious food, always. Lots of vegetarian options.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

T
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Today is a sad day as it is the last one fo Poppy's...thank you for serving great food for so many years.

DP
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was creatively made and beautifully presented. We join countless Poppy fans lauding their success and wishing Jerry and Steve ‘happy trails’.

H
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed Bobby. Will really miss it!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Very slow service but drinks were free to make up for service

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 5

Sooooo slow. The kitchen was understaffed. Took an hour and a half to get our food. The server was apologetic and they comped our drinks, but still!

MP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good. Service was really, really bad. I guess it doesn’t matter since the restaurant is closing so why put forth any effort? Ugh.

VS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service, we had a long wait to be seated despite reservations and to get served. The Thali was a joke for the amount charged, and was served after we threatened to leave due to the long wait. I was truly disappointed!

p
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Farewell old friend. We so enjoyed you all the years you were here. Best of everything and many thanks.

RH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

I will miss Jerry Traunfeld!!! I have always enjoyed his cooking and will miss Poppy.

JA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get there while you can. August 4 is the final day.

AS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! So sad it’s closing.

EL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really going to miss Poppy. It always had some of the most creative food in Seattle. Wishing Jerry a wonderful retirement and thank you for some lovely meals.

JT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a fantastic dinner! The food was amazing. I'm sorry to hear that it's closing.

VD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Been to Poppy for a decade. We left after waiting at our table for 25 minutes to place a drink order. We were openly ignored even when I went to the bar. The wait staff told us to go ahead and just leave them. What a disappointing send off to what used to be one of the best places in the city

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Last few weeks of poppy being open!

BS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will dearly miss Poppy when they close this August.

IF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

By far the worst dining experience I have ever had in 32 years of living in Seattle. My reservation was at 7:30, was promptly seated and ignored until 7:40. Food and Drinks were ordered at same time, appetizer comes and goes before drinks even make it to table. Drinks come and 30 minutes goes by until food comes. Half the food order was incorrect, so my mom ate her dinner and it was cleared before mine ever arrived. At this point, I just wanted to be anywhere but Poppy. They did comp part of our dinner due to the shitshow we endured, which was the only pleasant note to a trying evening out.

KL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot, as always. It was super crowded, since they had announced that day that they were closing soon, and I think it took them a bit by surprise since they were understaffed and the drinks took forever to get made (they did warn us about that when we ordered tho, then comped them when they got there after our meal). But service was still great, as was the food. We will miss this place!

m
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service outside on the patio was very slow and inattentive. Two other parties, couples, received a lot of attention. We had to wait a very long time for our water, food and eventually the check. It was crowded as they are closing. It took 45 minutes to get our food after we ordered. The waitress spent a long time chatting with her friends who arrived after we finished our meal, oblivious to our needs. We wanted to leave and still did not have the check. So, my husband went into the restaurant to ask the attendant to get our check. With a mandatory 20% tip, there's no incentive to give excellent service!!

C
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Indian fusion restaurant for all occasions. Everything made fresh and absolutely knocked out of the park. We will all miss this little capital hill gem.

RS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food, both vegetarian and meat options. Have visited several times and enjoyed the daily 'Thali' tray. You won't leave hungry!

PH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. Love the ever changing seasonal menu and staples. Have never been disappointed here.

KM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Our dining experience was outstanding. We had the chicken with rhubarb sauce, oh my goodness, it could not have been any better. The layers of flavor in that dish are exceptional.

TM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food at Poppy continues to be outstanding. The Shigoku Oyster appetizers were the best we've ever had. The Northwest Farmstead Cheeses were excellent, but on the skimpy side for our party of 5. 3 of us ordered the Doubanjiang Braised Pork Shoulder which was one of the Thali's of the Day and the Mad Hatcher Chicken with Rhubarb Sauce 'large plate'. The pork sauce was amazing and the pairings were beyond incredible. The carrot ribbons with clove and lime were a delightful surprise. The snap peas with peppermint were crisp and refreshing. And the tomato, strawberry and sage soup was amazing. The chicken was cooked to perfection; moist and flavorful. The servers were warm and friendly; attentive and helpful. The only issue was how long it took to get drinks and food. We were a party of five, with 7:15 reservations on a Friday night, but felt that shouldn't have been overwhelming. We finished our appetizers before we were served our drinks. And then waited a seemingly long time to get our dinners. But the absolutely incredible flavors and the Thali experience more than made up for it. Definitely a restaurant to experience!!

JJ
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was as delicious as I remembered. Our server was great as well as all of the service.
Thank you!

MS
Seattle
106 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal (eggplant fries? A must!) and nice cocktails. Really excellent service.

SB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The small plates were good. We were excited to try the Thali but were underwhelmed. Our waitress never returned to take our bill so we had to wait around for a long time for some one else to take care of our bill.

LC
London
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Poppy never let's me down. The service is excellent, the Thali is always a feast, the drinks selection is great. The ambience is also very good and you can have a nice chat with friends and colleagues. This place is a Must for every time I am in Seattle. Team Poppy keep it up, you are doing great.

TT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our daughters 21st birthday here. Cocktails we're tasty and the meal memorable and filing.

EP
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined outside in the herb garden, a beautiful peaceful setting, with attentive friendly service. The salmon with pinot noirs sauce was outstanding as were the vegetable sides (tomato salad with a smoke infused vinaigrette and perfectly prepared morel mushrooms) and pork shoulder thali.

N
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We visited Poppy during Pride weekend. The waiter was slow and wasn’t paying attention at all. We had to ask multiple times to get anything out of him. We asked for the check and he was just chatting with the host and forgot our request. When asked again he requested our credit card so he could charge us and bring it to our table. Only then did we realize that we were automatically charged a 20% tip. It wasn’t even busy since we arrived at 5:15pm. We won’t dine there again.

OF
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our dinner was absolutely delicious! Definitely get the Thali - it was amazing. However, with an appetizer it is also enough food for 2. Service was a tiny slow (considering there was nobody in the restaurant but us!) but very polite and charismatic.

M
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great and the Tuesday night special was a bargain for two people. Service was a little slow, but was still a great dinner.

PB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We eat here a lot. Food was slightly off; some dishes were under seasoned, ho hum... Drinks were fab, service was great. We’ll be back.

SB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After sending my daughter and son in law to Poppy a few months ago to celebrate a birthday and loving it, my husband and I finally went, Friday night to celebrate our anniversary. The food was outstanding! He got the Braised Pork Shoulder Thali Plate and I had the Salish Sea Halibut. We loved both our dishes and ate every bite. We started with a Green Goddess salad and it was delicious as well. The A. Maurice Viognier wine was a nice accompaniment. Our only "complaint" (too strong a word) was a table with a young family with an out of control 3 year old. Our reservation was at 8:00pm and they arrived at the same time. If you are going to bring your toddler to a nice restaurant, bring them at 6:00. I know this was not the restaurant's fault and they were very kind to re-seat us on the opposite side of the restaurant. It definitely did not dissuade us from a 5 star review and we will definitely be back! WE LOVED IT!

SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were taking 2 guests from Australia and wanted to impress them with our dinner out. When we arrived the aroma was so good. Made you look forward to the food that was coming. The food was unusual and delicious. Four of us got 2 thalis and 3 starters to share. It was more than enough food. The service was excellent. When we initially drove by the restaurant, my husband said he thought it might be closed and didn't look very nice. Once inside the décor was very nice and pleasing. We didn't eat outside but the courtyard dining looked appealing. Having parking behind the restaurant is a real plus.
Our guests were very impressed and enjoyed the evening.
I would definitely recommend it.

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu at Poppy is interesting and offers a wide variety of unusual spices and combinations.

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