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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.
Seattle, WA 98102
Northwest, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
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
$31 to $50
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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.
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.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (206) 324-1108
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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Poppy Ratings and Reviews
Jerry Traunfeld is a genius with flavorful ingredients, especially herbs, & unusual combinations. He introduced us to sea beans at The Herbfarm. His daily presence in the restaurant seems to inspire a good attitude in cooks and servers. Reasonable prices encourage repeat visits. Thali-style presentation is delightful, literally, allowing variety in modest servings. For us, Poppy is one of the top 5 restaurants in the Seattle area.
Love this place. The setting is just right for a relaxing, enjoyable meal. Great service, very special meal, unique in every sense of the word. I wish Jerry would move to Miami, professionally. We could use a place like Poppy.
Thanks for a wonderful evening with some special friends. I hope to see all of the wonderful people at Poppy soon.
Most of our party of 8 arrived about 20 min before our reservation and we were accommodated at the bar while our table was readied. The cocktails were original and interesting. Between all of us, we ordered the 'normal' and vegetarian versions of both the 7 and 10 item thalis. The food was well prepared (not over or under cooked), but some of the hot thalis cooled off too fast to fully enjoy. Some of the flavor combinations seems a bit forced, like they were part of an experiment (perhaps my expectations were unduly inflated by my experiences at the Herb Farm?). None-the-less, dinner was quite enjoyable and I will definitely return - this is my forth or fifth time eating at Poppy.
On arrival we were seated at a cramped table in the middle of the room and when we asked the hostess to move us, she said no, that they were sold out. Later, our server, Madeline, was very accommodating when asked if she could move us. She was very helpful with our requests for cocktails and menu substitutions. She was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine list and very gracious throughout the evening... certainly an asset to Poppy. Almost everything on our chosen thalis was deliciously prepared and the use of spring fresh herbs brought each dish to another level. The green-roasted halibut and lavender-rubbed duck leg were excellent. The beef cheeks were a tad dry and not as tender and flavorful as we've had in other restaurants.
This place is definitely worth checking out. Poppy offers an easy, and tasty, way of trying multiple items in smaller portions and makes being adventurous a little easier. Overall, a great setup, with a fantastic staff and wonderful view for people watching.
We are repeat diners at this neighborhood favorite restaurant that serves up interesting combinations and flavorful India based preparations of foods sourced locally in the north west. As usual, whether selecting a 7 dish meal or a 10 dish meal, there was plenty of variety and a few dishes that would broaden our experience. The herb infused cocktails and the unusual appetizers at the beginning of the evening started us off right, and the recommended wine pairings worked well with the main dishes. The service was attentive.
Despite the epic reviews the restaurant has earned, our food was less than satisfactory. All our dishes, except the soups, were cold. My goat cheese ravioli was obviously warm at some point but had cooled by the time it reached our table as the goat cheese had a notably gritty texture. The halibut tasted dull and overcooked, and the eggplant fries were nothing more than slivers of fried eggplant drenched in honey. It was a dissapointing, flavorless, cold meal, and I would not reccomend this restaurant to any for the prices on the menu.
In a town with so many dining choices, Poppy
Was unfortunately not a standout.
Of my selection of ten main course dishes, two were superb,
Two good, and six a disappointment,
It is a fun spot and the service very good, but I will not go back,
except possibly for dessert,
Which included the best cake, hazelnut,
I have ever had in my life.
This was our first visit to Poppy. We had high expectations and were a bit disappointed for a two key reasons: (1) Our waiter started off well with a great explanation of the menu, but soon lost attention where it took an unusually long time to get drink refills, order more food, and even to get our check. We finally ran out of time and had to leave (2) We had anticipated that the Thalis would be large enough to share, but they were not, so although the food was creative and flavorful, it was not a good value and even after a couple of appetizers and one Thali per person, we left still a bit hungry because we were out of time and didn't want to spend more money.
The most notable part of the night here was the food. The food here is great and inventive. There are flavors melded together that I would never have guessed, which makes dining here so exciting. I must admit a few flavor combinations were pushing the envelope with what I found to be great, but after a few more bites, it really seemed to work. Our waitress was very polite but perhaps not as timely with orders or clearing the table. I suppose her taste in the food may have differed from ours. We asked for a recommendation of an appetizer and the grilled eggplant fries that she pretty firmly stated was the best did not stand up to the quality of the rest of the dinner. Overall a great dinner. Inventive food
Some of the most interesting and delicious dishes I've had, all on the same platter! A very unique format of Thali's, many dishes on one platter, each tasty in it's own right. Lots of Moroccan and Indian influences with fresh herbs and unusual spices. The decor is contemporary, not too note worthy. Fun and yummy cocktails.
A great place to have dinner at a table with friends or sitting alone at the bar. The food is always delicious. I recommend the 7 course thali with a few appetizers to start. Poppy also has a few great vegetarian options too. Everyone on staff is always welcoming and fun to be around. It's a definite must if you haven't already been.
A few weeks ago I was visiting my daughter, who goes to college in Seattle, and took her and her friend to Poppy for dinner. We were all entranced. We had starters (including a lovely crab citrus salad), one 10- and one 7-thali plate, and desserts. The only thing I was not crazy about was the nettle soup, but even so it was interesting. Everything else was superlative - original, delicious, fun to eat, nice to look at. We all absolutely loved the fish, which was in a sort of citrus sauce that was both rich and light. The chocolate dessert was one of the best I've ever had. In addition, my daughter's friend has a nut allergy, and the staff dealt with it in a professional and friendly manner.
Our experience was very good -- Poppy has a lot of buzz for a reason. The food is not only good, but presented in a fresh, fun way that makes each dish more pleasant. The food is, if I understand it, a kind of twist on Indian fare, but the vibe of the place is more fun and modern than any other Indian restaurant I've been to. Try the oysters, they were delicious!
The idea of a plate of many small items is interesting and well executed at Poppy. The 7 item plate is plenty for one person - the ten item was a bit much. I just wish the food was better executed. Two of us sampled a 7 and 10 portion plate. The cod was slightly undercooked, the duck slightly over done and the beef cheeks a bit too gelatinous. The celery gratin was nice - and the naan bread was just right. But nothing jumped out. We each had a mixed drink from the signature list and, while decent, neither had that explosive combination of flavored we get from a place like The Canon for example.
We will give Poppy's another shot when the menu changes and update the review. The staff was outstanding - great service all around.
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