The Fig & The Judge

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The Fig & The Judge - a new restaurant concept located on the 2nd floor of The Renaissance Seattle Hotel, offering globally inspired dishes along with Pacific Northwest favorites.
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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s a hotel restaurant

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TS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The lunch menu is very limited. They do not have a cob salad or a Nicoise. The appetizers were too expensive to try. The service was great and the burger was very good, though also quite greasy. Go there if you enjoy a bacon cheese burger or don't want to stand in line at a more expensive downtown restaurant.

BP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Please bring back the old menu! Choices we limited, but waiter was great about making recommendations

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately, our group of 12 was disappointed in the food. Not the taste of the food but the temperature.
The fries were cold, the chowder was room temperature and steak frites were barely warm.
The waiter forgot some of the drink order and we had to track him down as he no longer came around our table.

I was also disappointed in the menu. A long list of "starters and shareables", a limited list of 5 lunch items with some other items needing 20-25 minutes to make. The food pricing is substantial for a lunch menu and it was just not a good experience for our group. I had to apologize for taking them there.

I am sorry to say that the former "Maxwells" was better in food choices and in pricing.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very poor service. Took 10-15 minutes after being seated to order. We were in the place over an hour with no real crowd and only order drinks. Painfully slow so we left and found somewhere else to take our business.

g
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The prawns were the best I’ve ever had. The service was excellent—attentive but not hovering. It’s a great location —easy walk to Town hall.

SJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Was here in April 2019 with coworkers and we loved it. Returned with my husband mid-May, wanted him to try the delicious fig, goat cheese and prosciutto flat bread I had the first time. The menu was totally different, nothing with figs even though it’s in their name! (I know that is on me for not checking the menu before going.) I ordered the new flat bread which was burnt on the bottom, my husband got the banh mi and said it was okay. The service was very slow even though the restaurant was only 1/4 full. I was almost done by the time my husband got his food. They offered me a bowl of chowder on the house but by that time I was full! And there is a mandatory 20% service charge added so we had to pay that even though the service was lousy. If they bring back the old menu I might give it another try because I really did enjoy it the first time. But otherwise I am marking it off my list of go-to lunch spots.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place has great food, but is always empty. The hotel is a bit out the way, but it’s good for brunch with a big group. Order a la carte.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the staff are very friendly.

GR
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A little spendy, but not out of line with typical downtown Seattle restaurants. Not a lot of items on the menu, but varied enough for everyone to find something they like. The servers are very nice. The sign is small and few people appear to know about this restaurant, and, given that you have to go into the Renaissance Hotel and up the escalator to reach it, it is consequently rarely crowded.

SH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Really wanted to give a good review as the food was pretty good. Service was just very slow and inconsistent, even with a 1/2 full restaurant. Wait staff said they were slowed by the bar downstairs that was very busy.

AM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The staff were friendly and attentive. It was great that we could get a last minute table for 9 on a holiday. Got invited to join their holiday party on the 28th floor at half price cover charge and it included dessert. Steak was a little over cooked but not terribly so (I ordered medium rare and it was slightly well of medium) but the soup was great and the sides were good. Menu is a little limited but everyone found something they wanted.

BG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lunch was good!

M
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Had the nicoise salad and was very underwhelmed. The tuna was over cooked. Salad was loaded with an herb or vegetable I couldn’t identify but tasted like capers. All in all not very good.

AA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thanksgiving was wonderful. Great food, friendly service, made us feel comfortable and welcome. Waitstaff could use a little more training on some of the finer points of fine dining service, but given that this was a holiday and they were there with smiles on, we enjoyed everything.

JL
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went for a Thanksgiving lunch, and had so much fun! We loved the service and the food was really delicious! We loved the amount of options we had, and the presentation of each late as well. From the moment we walked in, we were treated really well and had such a pleasant experience!

AB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

It's like Applebee's with exceptional wait staff. I'm not sure the kitchen has much besides a microwave and intermittently functional freezer to get that consistent burn on the ice cream.

CA
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Jared was great! We wanted to surprise one in our group with a birthday cupcake and he was super helpful in getting that done. He also did great with our group of 8 noisy ladies. Super fun, knowledgeable about the menu and made our night! The food was also delicious and came out in a timely manner.

e
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Quality of meat was poor for not only my steak but also with someone else in my group. Too much grease and salt on fries, not able to eat them! Waiter did not inquire about why no one was really eating the food.

OT
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fig and the Judge was a pleasant surprise! The server, Jared, was great - prompt, efficient, knowledgeable. The food was quite good - especially the beet and squash salad and the Vietnamese crepe!

NS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Went for lunch during Restaurant Week. Decent value for the price overall, though my chicken/bacon panini was very light on the meat. Great steak fries. Attentive service. Noise level very high, not surprising with all the hard surfaces I guess, but they could look into some sound-dampening so it feels less cafeteria and more quiet refuge.

DF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The venue was fine and the service was prompt.
My steak was cooked more medium than my requested medium rare and had had gristle, which I hate.
My husband said that his pasta with crab was "ok".
So I'd give this a "C". Not bad but nothing special.

A
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Me and my husband came here for restaurant week. The beet and squash salad was delicious. We got the steak and fries entree. The steak was pretty tough and chewy with little flavor. The fries had great seasoning but were very oily and on the verge of soggy. The dessert was very good I got the lava cake. Overall good meal but not great. The best parts were the appetizer and dessert but would not spend $33 on this trio again. Great service the gentleman that served us was very polite.

BC
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was good, but there are better nearby. The menu was a little limited. The grilled chicken on the salad was shredded and dry and my companion’s steak was a little overdone. It was still a nice evening, the price reasonable, and the service excellent.

EH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal during Seattle Restaurant Week. We especially liked the Vietnamese crepe and beet and squash salad. Service was great and we loved being close to the 5th since we went to a play after dinner.

VV
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a weekend getaway with my boyfriend, flight was delayed and forgot my cell phone at the hotel we had our reservations...all that stress disappeared when we entered the restaurant. Our server, Jack was awesome and his recommendations did not disappoint. First time diners and everything we had was yummy!!! The Salmon Chowder, Fish & Chips and the Cobb Salad. It was a great start to our vacation. I would highly recommend to check this place out!!!

C
Seattle
47 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We went for Restaurant Week. The choices were good, food was very good, and nice presentation. The tomato soup was thick and flavorfull, the sirloin was prepared perfectly, however alittle tough. Some of the best French fries I’ve ever had, and the carrot cake delicious.

I did not like the ambience at all. There were 4 or 5 booths, and the rest were tables scattered about the big, open room. For that reason, I will not be anxious to return.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were there for dinner. The lights were very bright and the decor sparse giving it the feeling of a cafeteria. I’m sure that has been corrected by now. On the good side, salmon was fantastic!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Awfully slow service!!! And they are understaffed

AK
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Dirty glass. Chunks of food and other stuff in the water glass. Understaffed and took forever to get drink refills and service. Food was decent when we got it but did not make up for the other issues.

MM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This restaurant was a big disappointment. It is basically a hotel restaurant. It's on the 2nd floor of a Seattle hotel and had very few people dining, in fact we were the only table of 4 for the first 1/2 hour. Our waiter was fine. We asked about the fun name of the restaurant and we were told that it's named because they serve food with figs and they won't judge what you eat. The dinner menu was very limited and did not include any appetizers. The french bread was warmed in the microwave. The cocktails were good. The entrees were alright, but nothing special. The location close to the 5th Ave Theatre is appealing, but there are many other good choices of restaurants nearby. I would not dine here again, nor would I recommend it.

JR
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had a business lunch here. The service was good and the cobb salad was something I would order again.

SF
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is becoming a 'go to place' near our office and appreciate a place with great food, service and ambience.

RL
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Usually not a big fan of hotel restaurants, but this one was great. Although the menu was rather limited, both of our entrees were exceptional. A very pleasant experience, and our waiter, Drew, was very attentive and informative. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

SF
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate and gather. The Fig & The Judge Burger, Pastrami Reuben and Portabella Panini were all delicious and the presentation outstanding. Our server was cheerful and made great suggestions. they use a lot of local ingredients so they definitely help to support our Pacific NW economy.

NM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fast tastic!!! Food was great . Each of 3 entrees were amazing!
Vietnamese Crepe- wow!!!

AC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a beautiful light filled location I had a wonderful breakfast

MM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

They’re disorganized, as of April ‘18, but if you let that go, you’ll have a helluva time!

The space is gorgeous and so light-filled and inviting that you won’t care that it overlooks the Interstate Highway. The cocktails are expertly made; they’re not just flavored alcoholic water, you can taste the components and they deserve to be called “craft” cocktails.

And, the food. Did I mention that they’re disorganized? Our entrees came out while we were in mid-cocktail, but they were outstanding by any standard.

We’re locals, and we’ll be back. If you’re going to the 5th Avenue Theatre, this place is two blocks away and it’s the best dinner around!

MT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was reallllly delicious but the service was painfully slow. It took ~40 minutes for our first course to come out, which consisted of a soup and a salad. The staff was incredibly nice, but we thought we were popping in for a quick bite off their Restaurant Week menu and it turned into 2ish hours.

Restaurant Week menu wasn't the best value - I think I only saved $2 off the 3 courses I got, but it was still not a bad value. Decent wine list (re: prices) for someone who doesn't know much about wine. Kind of wonky that they have to go down the escalator to the hotel bar to get your drinks though.

MP
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Seattle Restaurant Week. Great service and food. The ambiance was modern farmhouse, very clean lines and bright throughout. I will go back.

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