Waterleaf Restaurant + Bar

3.8
21 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Waterleaf Restaurant & Bar provides a comfortable setting that accommodates any type of gathering. Whether you desire a family get together or a meal with business colleagues, Waterleaf serves up the ideal atmosphere. There’s a buzz of friendliness and an energizing vibe, borne out of attentive customer service and a well-appointed space. Enjoy globally-inspired casual fare, and a premium bar with seasonal cocktails, local and international wines, and craft brews. Waterleaf is open daily, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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JS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicely creative recipes, and a warm, friendly atmosphere. I'll be back.

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JL
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

New Year’s Eve dinner. The restaurant felt exposed right off the hotel lobby and entrance. It was quite cold. The food was good and service friendly.

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CP
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We went on Christmas day and there wasn't hardly anyone there. Simple menu . Nice waitress.
Not many places to eat out on Christmas. More of a bar/cafe. Food was good. There was a lot of Asian food we will try next time.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice time

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

It was so loud in there we couldn’t hear the people sitting right next to us. The food was mediocre at best, and although the wait staff was great, we’re never going back

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B
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Visited Waterleaf during restaurant week for lunch. My friend had the kale caesar (blackened kale but looked like normal kale to us) and pork cheeks with collard greens + polenta, which my friend did not seem to enjoy. Apparently it was too spicy for her. I had the spicy artichoke + spinach dip, which was spicy as advertised, and the truffle gnocchi that did not taste much like truffle. Both were very cheesy and heavy so I was unable to finish them. (Gave leftovers to my friend so not sure how they reheated.) Someone came to check-in on us, I'm guessing he was the chef. Really nice touch.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Seattle Restaurant week experience. Their menu was good but we ended up ordering off the Happy hour menu. Our group ordered about everything. Everything was very good. The serving sizes were large for happy hour. The service was great. My one complaint was they were out of two beers, two vodkas, and two menu items we wanted. I still think it is worth a try. Hope they work out inventory kinks.

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TI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great but it took a while to come out. Great value for lunch during restaurant week! I'd come back again for it!

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d
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

A somewhat better than average overall experience, with a couple of areas that need improvement.
* guests should be greeted and seated as soon as they arrive at the entrance. I waited more than 5 minutes while servers and a bartender paid no attention to me.
* while the food is creative and delicious, the time between ordering and serving food is long. On a lunch hour. or if one were dining with children, this slow service would be problematic.

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RS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Seems like still feeling out their overall scene and filling out the bar and their staff. Good food.

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K
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening - the live music was good! Little loud at time for as small of of space they were in. Great Drinks - 👍🏻

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KK
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Crabcakes, Wagyu bacon burger and prawn salad dish were all excellent. Espresso cheesecake was not to my taste but others would probably like it. I thought lunch was quite expensive but it was a lot of food for two people. That being said, it tasted much better than I would expect too - so I would definitely go back. There was only one waitress on duty, so we had to seat ourselves (since no one every greeted us) and she was also covering room service, so service was a little slow - but she did check in and explain when she was going to be away for awhile. Given the circumstances, she did the best she could. Unfortunately, although set, the table we chose for ourselves did have some crumbs left on the table. It obviously had been used before and not wiped good - just re-set. For a new restaurant still working out the kinks, this was a good lunch and we will be back!

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S
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Nice people, and good food, but extremely slow, even though we were some of the only people in the restaurant

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C
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My team attended Waterleaf for a birthday celebration. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The only thing we were not expecting is the very small portions. The price you pay for the size of the meal that you get does not balance. Overall good and we will be back.

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EG
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My first time at the restaurant which wasn’t busy at 11:30. While the food was good, the service could have been better since there was only a few tables. We had a male server and his attentiveness to our table of 4 should have been better. He didn’t know the soup and sandwich of the day so he had to go back to kitchen to review. Not the best first impression but we would come back again based on the food.

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

Apparently they never checked off my reservation because Open Table asked "Why I didn't show up for my reservation". I absolutely showed up for my reservation. They forgot to put in the order for our side dishes and then told us they were sorry but it would take awhile, but they told us they would comp us, but it still showed up on the bill. She had no idea what the soup of the day was and we were the only people there for our lunch. Very unorganized and couldn't answer simple questions about the menu, kept having to leave and "ask the chef". Sorry, won't be coming back.

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C
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a great ambiance. A nice little gem tucked away in the middle of what is otherwise restaurant-chain country.

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S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not that I needed to make reservations because it wasn't that busy when we got there, it was nice to get an intimate table away from other guests. Only problem was it was next to the bar and there were so many fruit flies. It made it hard to eat and drink because we kept on swooshing away the flies. One fly landed in my husband's drink and he couldn't finish it. I guess we should of just asked for a different table but we felt it would of been inconvenient for them. Even so, they should really do something about them fruit flies, it's disgusting. I had the Ahi Tuna and it was delicious, I just wish they served more on the plate. The fried calamari was mediocre, I've had better at the other restaurants. Would I ever go back to this restaurant? I would only go back if a friend wanted to go but I wouldn't go out of my way on my own to eat here.

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S
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beautifully presented! The amount of food was a lot! I was surprised! Worth going. We will be back again!

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It had only been open for a week so there were some bugs being worked out. The food was very good and the servers had a delightful attitude yet it seemed slow in getting the food out from the kitchen. I would think that was the result of getting their legs under them. I would go back.

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KJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a new restaurant in our area. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was amazing, from the first arrival and friendly greetings of the staff I, to the wine list and superb meal and eventually espresso and dessert. Many thanks to the fabulous chef. We will be back!!

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