The Hardware Store

4.8
335 Reviews
$30 and under
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.”

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 335 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GaryE
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We're new to the area, and we've tried The Hardware four times, but it just doesn't live up to the hype. New owner? That may be part of it, but they have some service issues. The teenagers manning the host desk are clueless and indifferent. The servers seem harried, either due to understaffing or an inefficient kitchen. The food is just so-so, and often over-cooked. An example is the fried chicken breast on my last visit, coming out rock hard. The mashed potatoes were excellent, despite the fact that the accompanying gravy wasn't on them, but on the plate, under the chicken. WTF? We've dined with five different table mates, and none have commented on their food beyond "it's OK", except for the dinner salad, which is unique and excellent.

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vipSparky
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Always enjoy HS. Burger mediocre. Need larger bun. Fell apart, soggy, could be less vertical.

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service , good food , we like a booth and got one

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vipfpgonzo
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very impressed with the Valentine’s Day presentation at The Hardware Store. Picked them for this evening because I waited too long to get a V-Day reservation at the higher end places in Seatte or Tacoma, and there were slote at THS...so glad, the food & wine were very good, and the service impeccable. Very nicely impressed!

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vipKarinP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We've eaten here for many, many years and have concluded that their food has gone down hill. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken, a staple there, was rubbery and had a strange texture to it. It was inedible and we sent it back to the kitchen. My spouse had already received her food so we didn't bother to wait for the replacement. Service was good and overall ambiance is energetic. We just can't overlook the mediocre to low quality of the food anymore.

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Annie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

NYE. Good band. Too loud for small space though. Entrees arrived at different times so had to start eating ahead of our guests or wait and food got cold. Husband’s chicken tenders overcooked. My pork chop was delish!

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vipJazzLover
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

New Year’s Eve
Very busy and very noisy.
Live music, slow service, but good food.

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vipSpecialk
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good but a little too rushed on the entrees after our salads.

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Oggie
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was excellent and always enjoy coming to this restaurant. But, there is one BIG problem when it is cold outside. Every time the outside/front door opens the cold air swirls into the booths and the tables. Then it becomes very uncomfortable to sit there trying to enjoy everything shivering and sitting on my own hands trying to warm up. Everyone at my table was also cold if they were in the view of the door.
Maybe the restaurant can have a contractor build an inner door to prevent the wind from coming in......or even just maybe build a half wall at the door area to prevent the wind from coming in.

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Oggie
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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donnak
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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stevie
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

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DrSCalvin
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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.

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Beccalot
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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.

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vipJeff
Seattle
91 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JonC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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.

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vipRoxanneB
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Sydnee
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience1

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.

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vipJiaotzegirl
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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EllenH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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JohnC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

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MichaelB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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kait
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

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Marjonnie
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
JulieT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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

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Crzybuffal0
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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DonS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very slow service tonight.

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Dave
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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TamiB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

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vipTimH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

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JennieT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

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vipBostongirl
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

St. Patrick’s Day!

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MarkO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Parker
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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DEBRAG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Hardware Store using the Order Online button. The Hardware Store also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 463-1800.

The Hardware Store is rated 4.8 stars by 335 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.