The Commons

4.3
604 reviews
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$30 and under
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Located in the heart of the Woodinville Wine District, The Commons is a neighborhood gathering place serving a wide range of seasonal comfort food and drinks in an inviting and informal setting.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday, 8am to 9pm
Friday, 8am to 10pm
Saturday, 8am to 10pm
Sunday 8am to 9pm

Happy Hour: Monday - Friday, 3pm to 6pm
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Phone number
(425) 892-7012
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Megan Erickson
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Catering
We offer a variety of box lunches and a la carte platters; great for corporate events, parties, picnics and other get-togethers! Orders may be picked up at any of our restaurant locations and delivery is available throughout the Puget Sound. We recommend placing all orders with a 48 hours’ notice to ensure availability. Large orders may require additional lead time. We are available to place phone orders or answer any questions Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm. Please call 206.855.6118.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
NE 145th Street
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Parking details
Free parking is available in front of the restaurant in the Hollywood Vineyards shopping plaza lot.

Additional parking is available one block south, and turn west at the roundabout.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.9

The Commons is a cocktail bar, espresso cafe, and bakery, and also serves great comfort food.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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4.3
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4.1
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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here on vacation and decided to have dinner there and glad we did! Couldn’t believe they only got 3.5 stars on Yelp! The fish and chips were amazing, yes fish and chips sound pretty basic but they have Vodka batter! I had the lamb burger which, wow! Rarely do you see a different burger on the menu and this was so flavorful. The drinks were good as well! Try the Mezcal with carrot juice drink. Finished the night off with a Maple Bourbon Milkshake...yum.

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EM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The Commons automatically added 20% gratuity for a party of 2 - despite the food taking longer than it should have to come out.

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CD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The bad: Mandatory 20% gratuity calculated before tax. Worst service. There were 6 tables inside and 5 tables outside that were filled and at least 8 servers that I counted. Server didn’t check on us until the bill. They brought the check before my wife was done. Servers were just chatting behind the bar the entire time.

We made a reservation and they tried to seat us in an empty restaurant in the middle when nice window seats were open. Lacking in some common sense there. My water went empty and the food was bland.

The good: leaving and deciding to never come back. Service is the worst I’ve had in a long time.

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KK
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Great drinks- especially the Bloody Mary. Chicken tenders are awesome. The lamb burger was over cooked, our server stopped by the table maybe twice, and the avocado toast needed more avocado. It was also quite loud.

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SC
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent spot for breakfast. Make sure and order their coffee cake. A bit loud but other than that a nice place to hang out for a quick bite for breakfast and or lunch. Be sure to make reservations if you don’t want to wait during prime times. They make a nice latte too.

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s
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Commons, one of our favorite restaurants in the area ... we dine here every time we are in Woodinville, several times during each trip if we are lucky. The staff are fantastic, the food is fabulous, great to dine inside or outside, a wonderful experience. Mike is our favorite server, he is the best ...

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The commons used to be our go to. Unfortunately, things have changed with the menu and it’s not as we always loved. It’s good, but not great. Service Is always fantastic and ambiance hasn’t changed either. It’s louder but a good loud.

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The portions were small! I had grilled cheese and tomato soup and the soup came in a small saucer!

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j
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding lunch; lamb burger with fixings was perfect. Service was friendly & attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food, always.

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RB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch at The Commons to celebrate our 10th anniversary. The menu was excellent, and we had trouble making a decision! I ordered the lamb burger, and it was outstanding. Great ambiance, excellent options for kids too!

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B
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We made reservations, and were seated promptly. Menu has very interesting options. It was very busy at a Sunday lunchtime - service was a little slow but professional and very pleasant. We all enjoyed the food - very much comfort food. It is a happening place - as such, it is very noisy, mostly because there is nothing to absorb the sound with the industrial design inside the restaurant. It is fun and energetic and we will be back.

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JA
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We’ve been to The Commons often in the past but stopped coming because we felt the food was average and the price way too high. We decided to give it another try but felt the same. I love well done bacon, didn’t order it that way, but it was so overdone I could barely chew it. We were brought (and charged) extra food we didn’t order, and after mentioning how badly overlooked the bacon was, we were only told that they were sorry about that. We also tip well topically but do not like having a 20% tip added, especially when the food wasn’t great and far too expensive.

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DG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We were not impressed. We had reservations and arrived 7 minutes early. There were a ton of empty tables and the hostess said "You'll have to wait 10 minutes, you are too early." She then went ahead and seated people with no reservations.

They also charge 20%tip on all bills. There were 2 of us. Did not see that posted anywhere until the bill came.

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JJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but we felt very rushed. We ordered our drinks and appetizers first but even so it felt like dinner came out right on top of the appetizers. We ordered a second round of drinks and were brought the bill without being offered another round of drinks or desert. It feels like they are pushing people through.

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DK
Seattle
214 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We had an early dinner here before going to a concert at a nearby winery. Have been to The Commons many times before and the food and service were as good as usual. The only complaint on this visit was that the doors were open at both ends of the restaurant and no AC was evident even though it was over ninety degrees outside. Too warm for us. We will avoid The Commons in the summer from now on. We had reservations there for September which I cancelled today. We will find someplace to eat that allows us to do it in comfort.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was expensive . Small portions, and they dared to charge 20% service on the bill!!!

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CR
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a fun experience because our waitress Brenna was such a kick. She made it a wonderful dinner and how much a great server can add to the dining experience.

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v
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Way over priced. For a small dinner soup and salad and sandwich and two glassea of house wine it was 96 dollars. They put a 20% tip on the whole bill. Evem the wine.
Was not fun !!!

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L
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I was headed out to Woodinville to pick up my wine and thought it would be nice to take my mom and daughter out to lunch. I choose The Commons because they serve breakfast in the afternoon on weekdays.
The restaurant's ambiance and style is farmhouse which I found very cute. Woodinville is a wine area with a mix of luxury and laid back restaurants. The Commons fits in as laid back. I had a reservation and was seated right away. Water was served right away and the waitress returned promptly to take our order. Make sure you read the menu carefully because there are several items that are served before or after certain hours. My mom was disappointed she wasn't able to have the lamb meatballs since they aren't served until after 4pm. In its place she had the egg & ham sandwich. She found it to be ordinary and was surprised it didn't come with any side. It did look pretty lonley on the dish. I had eggs, sourdough bread, bacon, and potatoes which I replaced for shoesting fries, they were really good. I ended up giving half to my mom because her sandwich really was lacking potatoes of some sort. The eggs were good, the bread was over toasted and barely had a dab of butter on it. I requested the bacon be extra crispy and that they did perfectly. the dish came with I think was blackberry jam and ketchup. A side of butter should be provided too.
My daughter had the avocado toast, her bread too was a bit over toasted, but overall the dish was good.
Honestly, their dinner items don't seem much more than lunch items so I would suggest their full menu be available all day.
I was hoping to order a cinnamon roll, but they were all out.
In the end I wasn't impressed with the food, but it was fine for a quick bite.
They did have what sounded like some tasty cocktails. I was driving so opt out on having one.
I would visit the restaurant agian when in the area, but would not travel to Woodinville just for it.

Enjoy your emal from one foodie to another!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Normally we don’t experience this, so I am hoping it was an off night. Our waiter was not attentive at all. They recently added automatic 20% tip and this makes me wonder if this is why the service went down. Our brussel sprouts were undercooked, but the rest of the meal was good. I had the BLTA and my son the chicken. I would like to add that the manager, or I assume it was the manager, took the small plate off our bill and brought us two caramels. I will still go back as I have normally had better service.

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PL
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time in 3 weeks, chose to bring a friend for her BD lunch. Excellent service, wonderful food, Mike, our server, did not rush us and was very personable. We will be back.

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C
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had three couples in our group who went to The Commons for dinner. The food was fine and our waiter was nice. Our only issue was that they automatically added a 20% tip to each of our bills without telling us. Now, I don't have a problem that they did that since there were 6 in our group, what I didn't like that they didn't tell us. It leaves the customer with the impression that they're hoping you don't notice and then add another 18%-20%. We've been to restaurants where the tip was automatically added but they also removed the tip line on the charge card receipt where you normally add the tip. This is a little better, but still takes away from the customer being able to tip based on their experience in the restaurant.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

My fiancé and I went there for brunch recently and the service left a lot to be desired. It took a long time just to get our water glasses filled when we were initially seated. Then the restaurant sold out of ALL of their pastries and it was only 10:30am. It took an hour to get our food once we finally ordered, and another 20 minutes for the waitress to notice that both my water glass and coffee mugs were empty. The “house made” chorizo was terrible and our meals were lukewarm when they were delivered. Our food had been sitting on the window for a while along with several other orders. The staff showed no hustle trying to get diners their food while it was hot. Disappointing!

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AK
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always, great food, drinks and service. Parking, don't hope to park in the main lot as it's always packed on weekends, the secondary gravel lot around the block usually has room.

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PB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation on open table as easy. Seating in the restaurant was comfortable. They had very good selection of drinks. They have a very good vegetarian food options. Ambience was very nice. Food and dessert was creative and delicious. We enjoyed our time here and would love to come back again.

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S
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Commons is a busy breakfast and lunch spot with an ace bakery. I do recommend booking a table. The line to wait on the day is long. It's an idea location next to a group of fab wine tasting rooms. The noise in this place can be crazy. The acoustics are quite bouncy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went with some friends for a fun girls night out - Jonathan was our server. Two of my friends ordered a burger, and the other ordered the tacos. I got the chicken and dumplings. I’ve been to the commons many times, but had never ordered them before. I can honestly say that they are the worst thing you could order from the Commons! I ended up ordering a burger instead (which I never do, I always eat what I ordered). Jonathan brought it out rapidly, and even took the chicken and dumplings off of our bill! The burger was FANTASTIC!!! I HIGHLY recommend the Commons - but I would stay away from the chicken a dumplings. :)

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Our server took a long time to come to our table after we were seated and we didn’t seem like a priority. Not sure if he was having a bad day or what... we won’t be back though :/

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JL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for Sunday Brunch. We were seated right on time for our reservation. Our waiter was very friendly and super attentive. The food was delicious. We will definitely come back to have lunch and dinner.

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f
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall good restaurant, went before wine tasting and food was great. It was packed and therefore the service was a little slower than I'd like but overall good experience. It does get a bit loud but you can still carry on a conversation, it's not debilitating by any means. I would definitely go again! Great for brunch with friends/family.

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NS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Everything just took forever from getting greeted, getting us water, taking our order, receiving the bottle of wine we ordered and getting our check. I wanted dessert but she just brought us the bill. The staff just seemed complacent, they knew they were getting the 20% service fee so they didn’t have to put in any effort. It’s unfortunate that they don’t have much competition around that area, so if your hungry and want to stay near the tastings you don’t have very many options but to deal with the bad service. It felt like none of the staff were happy, smiling or excited to be there.

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Waitress got annoyed that my Niece asked for almond milk for her coffee. The hostess was very nice but the waitress never filled up our coffee and when we asked it took her forever to come back. She didn't even bring sugar had to ask for that as well. I got the impression that there was no need for her to give good quality service since she is guarentee the 20% because it is added to our bill automatically.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant!

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JD
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was mediocre at best and very overpriced.

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M
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

You guys have gone so far down hill..... The tuna melt had about 1 tablespoon of tuna on it and the bread looked like it was the very end half of the heel. The lamb burger first came well done, next it came raw - it was ordered pink. Service was dandy. Yes it's noisy, we knew that. But the food used to be so good, it isn't anymore, seems like you changed things up for the cheaper and worse. And a glass of wine $10.50 - who are you kidding?

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and very friendly staff, as usual!

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KK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great stop for before, during, or after wine-tasting. Our server was friendly and efficient; recommended some yummy items. Food is great. We sat outside so there's some street noise as expected, but we could still have a conversation.

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D
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lunch at the Commons was overall very enjoyable. The service was excellent and the food good. However, the noise level in the main dining room made it almost impossible to carry on a conversation. It was much more pleasant when we moved to a table on the back patio.

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JS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Really love the food at The Commons. The service was a definite miss for this visit. We were going to order dessert to celebrate my birthday, but it took too long to get any sort of attention. Disappointing because this was a special occasion and significant splurge for our family. Will probably keep this on the list for chatty girlfriend visits only.

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