Restaurant Zoe

4.4
1579 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Restaurant Zoe is famous for its local dishes prepared by the best creative professionals in Seattle. It has recently scaled up to become Zoe Events, open exclusively for special events and parties. Plan your next event at Zoe Events and enjoy all the best dishes by Chef Scott Staples and the outstanding team from Restaurant Zoe.

Located on Capitol Hill in the Oola Distillery building, Restaurant Zoe provides a gorgeous, modern atmosphere and delicious menu of local dishes. The restaurant's beautiful main room and lush private patio garden make it the perfect location for your next special event.

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viptylerr
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! The wine program is top notch!

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SEA2NOLA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were able to secure a late night reservation after a hard week on a new job. The restaurant is spacious, and tucked slightly out-of-the-way in the sense that it's close to the "Capitol Hill action" without being fully penetrated by it. The menu is small, the wine selection is good, it wasn't deafeningly loud nor was it blindingly dark, a welcome change from most restaurants simulating sensory deprivation. Many menu options I would have liked were 86d, though I prefer that to waste.

We started with some drinks, and oysters casino. The oysters were perfectly cooked, not oversalted, rich, and slightly smokey (bacon) and "oceany". For mains, I got salmon, and the lady got a steak. I really liked my salmon, the crust was perfect, the accompaniments were sparse but flavorful (lingonberry and braised kale, I think). The steak was a more filling and affordable option. Pudding was the apple tart ala mode. I really preferred the ice cream (pumpkin masala) to the tart, so I would have just ordered that instead.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sorry I only it made it here once before they closed just recently. The meal and service I had was superb.

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THRhi
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience, as usual. Great service, fantastic food... all around goodness. Lovely braised short rib Cassoulet.

AJ
AJean86
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Restaurant Zoe is my go to when I want great food, awesome service and a good overall experience. I had the ricotta gnudi, beef short rib cassoulet, brussel sprouts and the brûléed chai custard. I happened to be here less than a month before hand and had similar options. The custard this time was a little to firm for my liking and the flavor lacking a bit. Other then that, the whole experience was great. As someone that doesn't drink, I would love to see more "mock tails" but their clear conscience is pretty yummy.

Service is wonderful per usual, my water glass never reached less then half way and my party of three were there from 7pm-9:30pm.

Thank you!

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vipremington
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I have been eager to try Restaurant Zoe over the past year and finally made it in last weekend for a date night with my boyfriend. I was very disappointed and apologized to my boyfriend for bringing us there. The service was terrible. I believe our server (in the dinning area) was also the only bartender on staff - this was a Friday night. 10-15 minutes after being seated, we were finally greeted by the server with water as she asked if we were interested in drinks. By that time we were ready to order our drinks along with all of our courses. Throughout the whole meal she only came back once, maybe twice, which took ages to get our check. Originally we wanted to get dessert but by the time she finally came back after we were finished with the main course, we were more than ready to leave. The food was mediocre. The fries were way overcooked... The fresh ricotta gnudi was small and very dry. The short rib was dry as well. I enjoyed the brussel sprouts. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to friends. I most likely will not come back.

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vipThomasJ
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience3

A sad shell of its heyday in Belltown, this place has gone downhill in a hurry. Menu selection is sparse and uninspired, and food is bland. I hope to have a better experience next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I loved the food! Very healthy ingredients and the chef didn't over season or under season my dish. I meal was perfectly Cooked and I loved the decor inside. This is a great place for dinner with someone special or great friends.

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vipKatherine
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Two of us were there in December for a late night dinner and shared the pork chop, glazed carrots and frites. All were so delicious that when our Portland friends came to town we booked a table to show off Seattle food! Sadly, the pork wasn't on the menu. We were so disappointed but quickly regrouped and decided on the short rib cassoulet and coquvain along with the Brussels sprouts, carrots and frites. The frites tasted fishy, like they were cooked in oil that fish had been prepped in. The short rib dish was overly salty in our opinion, and the portion of carrots was ridiculously meager. Almost not enough so four of us to put 2 on our plate. The chicken was good but it was a deconstructed preparation and not very much chicken. We expected more of a sauce with braised chicken and mushrooms. It seems as if the food was off that night. We will be back because we know the food is solid. It seems as if the chef was having an off night. Get the double bone in pork chop back on the menu!! Love the atmosphere and the staff. Our server was lovely, knowledgeable and professional.

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vipChrisLemoine
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Beautiful space at night, with candles and soft lighting. If you sit in the right area (to the right as you enter) it can be very nice and quiet until all the tables fill up. Appetizers didn't call to us, so we had a side of a baguette (not quite fresh, partially cut in thin slices that needed tearing, so you mostly ate and made crumbs) with an obscenely huge glob of butter. Coq au vin was said to be quite good, and came in a nice-size portion. Steelhead trout was very well prepared, with a little obligatory kale or the like charred on the side, altogether a relatively small portion for $26. Don't come here if you're really hungry unless you're feeling flush. The menu had recently changed and what I had seen on OpenTable was outdated, or I would not have made the reservation. To my disappointment, there wasn't a single vegetarian entree being offered.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice spot for a romantic dinner or special occasion. The only downside was that they were out of their most popular entree and the menu was limited otherwise.

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vipEarlS
Boise
36 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the Bolognese but the Gnudi was a bit underwhelming. The Coq-Au-Vin was good but I think the lamb shank (sold out) or another dish may have had more pow. The wine list was dynamite and the server was spectacular. Will definitely go back

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Randm
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I don't know if Zoe has changed or the Seattle dining scene has evolved, but what used to be a "splurge" dinner that was worth it for the high quality and unique food now feels just expensive. There are many other places in Seattle with food that's as good for less (not cheap, mind you). Zoe still a cozy restaurant with good service and a good vibe, but just doesn't feel worth the premium their charging.

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vipKashyyykBowcaster
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food preparation was excellent. Everyone at the table enjoyed their meal. Some different flavours used without going to far from mainstream. All of it (salad, mains, desserts) were executed well. Ambiance is actually quite nice (neither too formal nor too casual) for a small group. I expect that we will be back.

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MIMI
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall4food1service5ambience3

We made reservations for 2 couples, both of us had trouble finding the restaurant due to the fact that the name is visible only on one side. However we did eventually find it.

I will recommend this restaurant based on the food orders/comments of m 3 fellow diners. They all raved about their dinner. I on the other hand, was very disappointed in my order, and would say do not order the short rib casserole! There were about two-three small pieces of rib buried under a bowl full of black eye peas and some greenery. The leg of lamb was apparently delicious as was the coq au vin and the steak (with a name I can't remember).

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Citygirls
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters and I had the most delicious, beautiful and surprising food experience at Zoe for New Year's eve. It was even better than we remembered.
Who would have thought that kale would be excellent in a cassoulet, or that so many flavours could be part of one desert. Being French, we appreciate when the dishes look good as much as they taste good and we were not disappointed.
Planning to return during day light next time and for our own's Zoe's birthday.

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lotuseater
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got an early evening reservation on New Year's Eve. They didn't have any particular special menu, but gave each of complimentary sparkling wine and demitasses of soup. The service was especially good, as it has been on other occasions at the restaurant. They were flexible with our dietary restrictions, and the food was plated and sequenced well.

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PaulN
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a delightful dinner with family and friends. Our first time there. All said they'll return.

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KapnKz
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Restaurant Zoe has some very interesting dishes although the portions are rather small for the prices. All in all, it was a good meal and we would go back if Restaurant Zoe were more in our neighborhood.

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THRhi
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Sunday evening meal. Great local cocktails. The happy hour caramelized Brussels sprouts were fantastic, as were the carrots. The Cassoulet was also quite delicious. Great service... all you could ask for!

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Foodie6
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food at Zoe was delicious, service was top notch and the drink selection didn't disappoint.

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Stav
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have traveled to Seattle for Black Friday weekend every year for the past 6 or 7 years and have been to restaurant Zoe on two other occasions. We loved this restaurant when it was in Belltown - great vibe and food. We hadn't been to the new location so thought we would try it again.... not what we remembered at all and not overly impressed. The food was ok, the service ok and for the money, we expect more than ok. Tried it, but probably won't again.

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DavidS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Your sauces are tasty and its a shame to leave them on an empty plate. Even if you have someone run across the street to Madison Market to pickup some bread, I think it leaves a nice impression. Better than a lame the excuse of bad ordering.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the wild boar bolognese and the ricotta gnudi. The shortcake was one of the best desserts I have ever had. There was a bit of a slowdown between the starters and the entrees but the GM (or at least I thought he was the GM) seemed to notice this and brought us some free glasses of wine to pair with our entrees and some Marcona almonds to tide us over. We hadn't said anything (and probably wouldn't have) but it's that level of service that put them over the top.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service, food, everything. Can't wait to go back.

Jeremy the server is amazing.

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Bill
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2015
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really liked the brussel sprouts dish. The cassolet was tasty, but slightly dry. Pleasant wait staff. Overall, I enjoyed the meal, and would come back.

DA
DAJ90
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my folks here for restaurant week. First time for all of us, but we'll definitely return. Tyler, our waiter, was helpful and pleasant. All our dishes were delicious and well proportioned. A find!

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Adventurous1
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I really enjoyed the food and ambiance here. The food, service, wine and non alcoholic drinks are deliciously awesome! We highly recommend Zoe to a couple, girls get together or family.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a birthday and it was restaurant week! The sommelier was smart and informative. The wait staff was attentive but let us take the time to enjoy our meal and the experience. Food was DELICIOUS. Will recommend to friends and family. Had such a lovely evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and visiting for restaurant week was a huge treat. Thank you for participating in the event!

CB
CBoots
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Inventive menu, great wine list and outstanding service. One of my favorite places to take friends or out-of-town guests.

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Portlandpickyeater
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We wanted to find a nice restaurant near Seattle U that served really good food and had a nice atmosphere. Our expectations were met and exceeded. Great food, good location, great service.

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Rose
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a good time at Restaurant Zoe. We did the tasting menu and everything was delicious. Our server, whose name I can't remember (sorry!) was excellent. Definitely recommended.

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vipdegiii
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Disappointed the menu on-line was not what was being served. The menu changed the previous day.

Boar appetizer and roasted carrots. The halibut was the better entrée.

Street parking was a challenge so we needed to park in a lot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an incredible experience starting with the courtesy reminder call to the signing of my check. The staff were all very knowledgeable, kind and considerate. The food was of optimal quality, tasty and very well prepared. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four, two of which are from out of town and one that is mostly a vegetarian/pescatarian (which the kitchen accommodated with style!), had the tasting menu and three wonderful half bottles of wine. We were wowed by our knowledgeable server and the outstanding offerings from the kitchen. We had a slice of Italian water-buffalo cheese on apple and baguette, yum. We had burrata and lemon cucumber salad with a white balsamic gastrique, yum. We had roasted heirloom carrots with honey, allepo labneh and carrot-top gremulata, yum. We had wild-foraged mushrooms on pistachio butter with preserved lemon pieces and sea-beans, yum. We had halibut and manila clams with vegetables in a lobster broth, yum. And then we had a sampling of, what seemed to be, every dessert in the house! You'll have to find out by going yourself because at this point I wasn't able to focus, there was just pure bliss and a burgeoning awareness that this would have to end, and that I didn't want it to.

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vipLisa
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I live in a culinary wasteland so, while visiting Seattle, we were lucky to eat at Zoe. I haven't enjoyed such a rich, tasty sauce in a long while. All the food had complexity, yet it was simple and unfussy. That we were there for happy hour prices made it all the more satisfying.

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vipjeh106
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have not eaten at "Zoe" since it moved to Capital Hill. The food and service were as good as I remembered. Parking can be a problem but we found a space on the street opposite the site. We were there at Happy Hour so the pricing was perfect. Even if had not been HH, the pricing was reasonable. Not as crowded as I would have expected.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience when I am in Seattle. I interned for Scott almost 10 years ago now, and his staff always gives us a great meal and great service. We'll see you again when we are back in town!

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vipqualitycounts
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2015
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We've dined at Zoe several times in the past and typically had a good experience. Not so this time. One of our meals was just okay. The other was not good at all. The hostess wasn't a good greeter. Our waiter was nice but forgot one of our appetizers. Won't be returning anytime soon.

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Restaurant Zoe is rated 4.4 stars by 1579 OpenTable diners.