The Hardware Store

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
We invite you to come on down for a great meal, the perfect martini, or a fantastic bottle of wine from our cellar. Experience our full service espresso bar and take a stroll back to the Art Gallery which showcases island artists. Meet your family, friends or business colleagues at The Hardware Store Restaurant (we offer free Wi-Fi). Most of all…enjoy your time here and soon you will see why we call this “the heartbeat of the Island.”

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We offer a fabulous Thanksgiving Buffet from 1pm-6pm

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

What 326 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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O
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I was my adult son’s birthday celebration. Nice place on Vashon for special occasions for good food and service.

d
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A good place in the center of town. A bit noisy for conversations, but a step above bar food with five beers on tap. We ate dinner there and returned for brunch.

s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Varied menu, quite good food, but usually a little disappointing. Great staff. Feels like the center of the Island.

OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Good service and environment, but overpriced for the quality of food. We ordered the French onion soup to start, which was delicious; however, we ordered the fish and chips and crab cakes for dinner and both were mediocre at best.

DS
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Maybe it was an off night but we found hair in our fish and chips and fruit flies twice in a drink from the bar. They did re-make the drink the 1st time but another fly was found in the new drink. They also replaced the piece of fish when the hair was found but this made us check everything we ate. The food was ok, nothing special.

B
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I've had some great meals there but the latest was not great at all. The meal (salad) was so drenched in dressing it felt like slime in my mouth. The waiter was clearly new and in over his head. We got our drinks and bread finally, just before the meal that took 40 plus minutes to get to us. Fine for the meal not so much on the drinks. I would go back as it may have been a change in staff or just a bad night, but I wont be going any time soon.

J
Seattle
78 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

26 years living in the Puget Sound, never been to Vashon Is. Finally decided to go and needed a place for dinner. THS was perfect. Great food and service. Amazing wine list!

JB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jana is the best!! Such great service! ~ Sincerely, Sean, Jen, Kevin, and Hailey. :)

JC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I really loved most of my meal. Generally liked place and service, but specifically they failed to cook the dish in this case buttermilk fried chicken breast without a burned flavor. Not waitress fault. After tasting she asked it be refired and by the time it came out we were otherwise done, so we took it to go. When I got home only slight difference which suggests to me cooking oil not being changed out and
Inability of cook on duty to figure it out. Disappointed. But when back on Vashon will try again we liked everything else including side dishes, gravy, soup etc.

RB
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visit was delightful for dinner. I would go back to check out their breakfast or lunch.

S
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

I checked "date night" on the Open Table sight and we ended up at a tiny table squished between a crying child and another couple. Nothing remotely romantic. Unfortunately I don't eat meat and my choices were very very limited. My husband's thought his tuna was wonderful.

J
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Hardward Store was a wonderful location for dinner before a performance by the Seattle Dance Collective at the Vashon Center for the Arts. Having not been to Vashon for many years, I was delighted by the town and the cultural and dining possibilities. Our food was great, our server was attentive but not overbearing, and the decor was upscale/casual. I had the crab cakes, and they were well-seasoned with lots of great Dungeness crab. My dining partners had the ponzu bowl and a salmon pasta dish, and said they were very good as well.

EH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My only problem was my reservation (which had been verified} could not be found at the front desk.

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

Everything was great except for the hostess. We showed up a little early, and even though our table was ready, she wouldn’t seat us until our reservation time. We sat in the lobby looking at the empty table with a reserved sign on it. I go to the Hardware Store several times a month, and most of the staff are excellent. Our server, Molly, was awesome! The hostess put a damper on the evening, and should be better trained. She wasn’t friendly at all.

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

Terrific food, service, and atmosphere. We have eaten here before, but brought out of state guests this time. They also enjoyed themselves.

k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Basically, we didn't understand the hype. We went on a weekday evening in the summer and the restaurant was busy. However, the service was quite poor-- we stood around for 5 minutes just waiting for the host to greet us, then everything else followed the same trend-- slow. The food itself was okay, but it did not feel like a $50 pp meal, which is what it turned out to be.

M
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite Go To choice on the island. Comfortable, pleasing atmosphere, good food for
many different tastes and convenient hours. What is not to like?

JT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Cod sandwich had way too much shredded lettuce. Very sloppy and hard to navigate. Over cooked. The kids meal and spicy Chicken sandwich both very good. They have many great items but just wouldn’t get fish sandwich again. Server very nice

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

One of my favorite restaurants on the west side of Seattle, this was my choice when asked where to go for Father's day.

DS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall experience was good however the table we were at wobbled causing water to spill whenever we cut our meat.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very slow service tonight.

D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved this restaurant. The food was great and the atmosphere was lovely. I will definitely return if I find myself on the island again in the future.

TB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed especially with our burgers, which both tasted burnt, acrid, like charcoal...even my husbands who was cooked properly at medium inside. The waitress never checked on us once after we started eating. Cleared our plates when we were done but never brought a check, although it was clear our 3 kiddos were restless and ready to go when she cleared the plates. The place is nice and the food seems great on paper, but was really basic in reality. I would try a different place next time I am on the island.

TH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I’ve been to the Hardware Store many times and typically enjoy it. And I did this time too, with one caveat — the exceedingly loud live music made it very difficult to have a conversation. THS, you might try turning the amps down on the musicians, and/or choosing musicians who are more aware of the situation they’re in and the people they’re playing for.

JT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Restaurant was very noisy. Server did not smile, our make eye contact while at my table.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good try... the heart is there but the know how is lacking

B
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

St. Patrick’s Day!

MO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place! One of the best restaurants on the island!

P
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just across the sounds and a quick Carrey ride to Vashion Island and your a world away. The Hardware Store has a small town feel with a big city taste. The mood is welcoming and the staff warm. I have been here for breakfast and dinner and always leave feeling taken care of and have enjoyed each bite! Make reservations for dinner as the seats for fast. Take time to check out this hidden gem!!!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful experience. Our waitress, Jana, was such a pleasant professional on both of our visits to The Hardware Store restaurant. The food was delicious and well prepared. We weren’t rushed with our courses.
We highly recommend THSR!

DE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places. Service and food always great and we feel right at home.

DN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, excellent food, outstanding service. My husband I ventured to the Hardware Store on Friday night for a one-day "late" Valentines dinner and had a fantastic time. The server made us feel very taken care of and let us take our time when we couldn't decide what to order - seriously felt no pressure at all, and that she wanted us to have all questions answered, etc. The food was delicious - husband ordered buttermilk fried chicken dinner -which came with mashed potatoes, gravy and an assorted vegetable side with several types of squash and peppers stir-fried to perfection. I ordered buttermilk fried chicken salad, that came with avocado, bacon bits, fresh little cherry / grape tomatoes and dressed with just the right amount of dressing. We ended the meal with a salted peanut butter frosted chocolate cake slice for dessert, with hot coffee for me. We've been here several times for special occasion dinners - if we lived closer we would probably walk to have dinner here several times a week! I love the Hardware Store on Vashon!

NW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

On Valentine's Day, we wanted to do something special as a family, so we went to OpenTable to make a reservation at The Hardware Store. The only times available were 8:30pm and 8:45pm, so we reserved the 8:30pm time slot. My partner and I were taking our 3 kids to dinner, and they were all VERY hungry, but we told them to wait to eat because we had made reservations at 8:30pm.

When we arrived at The Hardware Store, our table was not ready, and we were told that it would be awhile. THEN, while we were waiting, they gave us the "bar menu" because dinner was no longer being served. We said that wasn't right because we had made dinner reservations at 8:30pm! No luck... so we left and ate somewhere else. It was NOT a good experience!

SP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not good this time. Prime rib was ordered medium rare, and was medium at best. Also was not very warm. Also not very tender like prime rib usually is.
Fish was over cooked. Risotto was great.

EP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately we were turned away when we came, even though we had reservations (and there were many open tables and nobody waiting or coming in). We were told that opentable was taking reservations even though they were full and that they weren't coming through on their computer. It seems highly unlikely to me considering that we made our reservations that morning and 5:30 was the only available time slot. I wish I would have got the name of the hostess (was a teenage girl). Situation was fishy and she made us uncomfortable.

RT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always. Enjoyed the Valentine Day Specials. Service was attentive.

SP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was good. My food could have been warmer. Waitress forgot a few things but nothing major. Didn’t receive bread, which was OK. Bottle of wine opened before it was brought to the table, but not a big deal.

V
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The waiter and the host were passive aggressive to me and my guest, and seemed like serving us was a hassle and we were burdening them

SM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We always have exceptional service and food!

TM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and drinks. Service was great! Not too expensive!

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