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Permanently Closed - Young American Ale House

24 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Local Ingredients

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Young American Ale House is a neighborhood gastropub featuring comfort food classics with a twist. James Beard Award-winning chef owner Maria Hines has taken favorite dishes from her childhood and applied her care for quality, organic ingredients from local farmers; resulting in elevated pub favorites, such as Fire & Honey Wings, Chicken Pot Pie, our organic, grass fed Young American Beef Burger, and many more dishes that will feed your quest for what comfort food should be.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Organic
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Hours of operation

Sunday – Thursday — 4pm-10pm

Friday & Saturday — 4pm-10:30pm


Monday – Friday 11:30am-2:00pm


Sat & Sun —10am-2pm

Happy Hour Daily from 4pm-6pm ( we do note accept reservations for happy hour)
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Phone number
(206) 706-2977
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marcus McHenry
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Parking details
Parking Lot is located directly behind the restaurant on NW 56th Street(shared lot with Fed Ex.).

Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch
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2.0Dined on May 7, 2017

The food was pretty overpriced for the portion size. French toast was two pieces of bread and nothing else. Poached eggs were overcooked.

4.0Dined on April 30, 2017

My first visit to a Maria Hines restaurant. Avocado Toast consisted of a single smallish slice. Avocado topping appeared to have additional ingredients (unnecessary and no improvement IMO). Added olive oil on toast made it greasy too. No option for non-dairy coffee creamer. Total brunch bill for two pre-tip was $50.

5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

So glad they participated in Dine Out For Life !
That was the best fish burger I've ever had!

2.0Dined on April 23, 2017

I miss Golden Beetle. The food was way more interesting. This new Maria Hines restaurant felt like it was opened to accommodate the Ballard hipster crowd not deliver her high quality delicious food. Bummer.

1.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Food was OK. Specifically reserved a seat/booth and was sat at a high-top. Due to medical conditions this is not ideal. Not happy with the service. Very upset with the overall experience.

3.0Dined on April 16, 2017

We went for Easter brunch, which was served buffet style. The food was just okay, but the set-up was awkward. People were struggling to serve themselves and food/serving utensils dropped on the floor several times. The service was slow, but not the worst I've had. This seems like it might be a good drinks or happy hour spot only.

2.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Went for Restaurant Week and was so disappointed and this coming from someone who is a big fan of Tilth and Maria Hines. I know they're completely different places, but was expecting more from a Hines' establishment. The Green Eggs & Ham was pretty salty, but tasty. Our main courses sat under their serving heaters for the best part of 10 minutes before being brought to us. Both the Creme Brûlée and Bread Pudding were served cold which was pretty disappointing. Also got the Avocado Toast which was under seasoned. No matter the disappointment in this location it won't stop me going to Tilth. Always visit them for their birthday celebration.

P.S. Went to Golden Beetle numerous times

1.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Underwhelming experience, at best. Pedestrian fare.

3.0Dined on April 10, 2017

Pork shoulder was excellent. Need more choice in vegetables and non-starch items. Martinis were too sweet.

4.0Dined on April 10, 2017

We enjoyed our Seattle restaurant week meal and were in and out of there pretty quickly for lunch. The poutine was awesome, will be coming back for that.

2.0Dined on April 9, 2017

Breakfast was so-so...nothing to really write about other than there are much better places in Ballard for breakfast.

4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Laid back friendly staff good ambiance. Liked the wood ove

5.0Dined on March 26, 2017

Great pub food. I had the panko crusted wild cod sandwich and the unique condiments it came with (tomatillo, remoulade, giardiniera), set it apart from any other cod sandwich I ever had. It's the best. Oh you have to try the beef fat fires, they are also great. Our server, Rebecca, was great. She was friendly, efficient and very knowledgable about the menu and many selections of beer. I recommend Young American Ale House to all who want delicious pub cuisine and local micro brews.

4.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Delicious food and a good wine at a reasonable price. Server a bit overwhelmed but certainly pleasant. Room is quite loud, made much worse by stentorian voices of the couple seated next to us...kind of spoiled our own date night. Miss Golden Beetle but this is still a good choice.

3.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Great atmosphere and good beer selection, but had issues with the food. Ordered the Young American burger and asked for medium, but It was severely undercooked (cold and pink throughout). I also tried my partner's pizza, and the crust was a bit soggy.

2.0Dined on March 8, 2017

Food was fairly bland and uninteresting. Baked mac n cheese wasn't baked at all (weird) and needed salt as it had very little flavor. Poutine was basically fries with a drizzle of sauce and a few cheese curds. Meh. I love Maria Hines, but this place was so much better when it was The Golden Beetle.

4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Really good food and service, although the place was empty at 10:30 am brunch. A bit overpriced, even for Seattle.

1.0Dined on February 19, 2017

Really disappointing. We are big fans of Agrodolce and tilth, but the American ale house is not in the same league. Messy, dirty counter, glassware smelled of dirty stinky water and the burger was not cooked correctly or memorable- the potatoes over spiced with WAY too much garlic. Won't be back.

4.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Food was good, a little overpriced though.

5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Great food at a great value (portion sizes were impressive!). Also really appreciate that they offer happy hour throughout the restaurant and welcome customers of all ages. (Trying to find a decent happy hour in Seattle with a 4-month old is no small feat!)

4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

We enjoyed the food and service.
Even though we appreciate the certified organic menu, and know that it causes a higher food cost for the restaurant, we feel that the prices are a bit high for a casual,
pub experience.
The cod sandwich w/salad was great, but the price was high and the portion was not satisfying for my caloric needs. Also, I expected a bit more Maria treatment in terms of flavor, spicing, etc.
The kids enjoyed the pizzas very much. I finished the leftovers for dessert.

3.0Dined on January 29, 2017

went for brunch and they were out of orange juice (for mimosas) and out of french toast. Food was just ok.

5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Great time. Food is fantastic.

4.0Dined on January 20, 2017

The food is excellent. I loved the veggie burger and the cod sandwich. The service was very attentive. The music was a little loud since the restaurant wasn't busy. The volume oils have been adjusted.


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