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About Restaurant Zoe
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.
Seattle, WA 98122
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Contact our catering manager Paula Snow directly at (206) 226-2010.
$8 paid parking (until 1:00 am) available underneath the Chloe Apartments at 14th Ave and E Union St.
Private Party Facilities:
At Restaurant Zoe, we have several private dining options. Parties can be hosted in Restaurant Zoe, either in a 22 seat semi-private banquette area, a 36 seat heated year round patio. There is also the option to do a 40 seated/50 standing event in the 10 Degrees Dance Studio/Oola Distillery space that we are now located in.
Private Party Contact:
Paula Snow: (206) 226-2010
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Restaurant Zoe Ratings and Reviews
They have a small, rotating menu, with thoughtfully created dishes. Everyone at the table thought those meal was excellent. The service was prompt and friendly. I thought the interior was rad. Low-lit and airy. Solid beer, wine, and cocktail selection. Will definitely return.
I took my girlfriend to dinner there last night and enjoyed the tasting menu. The staff was phenomenal and very attentive without being overbearing. They let us have our space and enjoy all seven courses. They even threw in an extra dessert for our special occasion. Again the staff was great, the ambiance on point and the food was magnificent. I would highly recommend this fine establishment to anyone look for a foodie experience. Thank you to the staff and cheers to the chef!
The food at Restaurant Zoe is always surprisingly good. We had not been here in a while because the street parking is quite difficult. I am sorry we had let the parking deter us. The menu is smaller than I remembered, but every dish was a wonderful blend of presentation and taste. I had three appetizers: an heirloom tomato bisque that was really good and steak tartare that was a classic yet fresh presentation. I opted for the shoestring fries with truffle aoli as an companion to the steak, and received a generous portion. My husband got the roasted carrots, listed as a side, as an appetizer. They were well-prepared and gone before we knew it! He opted for the chicken cassoulet and was not disappointed. Again, the portion was generous and some went home, so he could save room for a lovely brioche bread pudding dessert. The cocktails are nicely crafted. The wine list leans toward the Pacific Northwest and has good, fairly priced bottles. Service was good with the servers working as a team. Zoe will remain one of my favorites.
Our waitress was very engaging without being pushy; everything looked so good on the menu we had trouble deciding what to order. We shared a number of small plates and loved the fig/ricotta salad, spicy boar bolognese and beef tartare. Will go again - lovely setting as well.
I'm not sure if management has changed here or what, but we have been here at least 3 times previously & the food was always excellent. However, this time things were different. The menu was very sparse with nothing really tempting in the main course section. We ended up ordering 3 starters & meatloaf which seemed like the most tolerable of the main courses. Nothing was special or very tasty. The desserts tasted like something you would get on an airline or hospital cafeteria. This place has drastically gone down hill. We won't be returning.
Quiet, cozy, nice terrace, not bad food (we had a VG "risotto"). Service was nice. But the highlight was the Sommelier (Passionate about his wine, generous with his time, sharing his knowledge) as well as the Wine (we had an amazing half bottle of Rioja Crianza 2005, a gem!).
Steak tartar was amazing !
Scallop dish amazing.
The highlight (and lowlight) was that 2 people in our 4 person group picked a meat dish that ended up being tough and chewy. I'm not sure if it was the meat vendor or the chefs fault but it didn't matter. The staff handled it impeccably. Those 2 got a replacement dish extremely quickly and the restaurant brought out a special dessert a birthday.
We had the tasting menu as a group of 4 with wine pairings. Each course was delicious, even to those whose least favorite foods were in the dishes - to me a sign of a well thought out and prepared dish.
The wines were good and went well with the dishes.
The service was excellent, the courses came at a nice pace, enough time for a breather between courses but not too much time to leave us wondering where the next course was.
Great quality meal at a very reasonable price.
We were looking for a restaurant close to where our daughter is living and chose Restaurant Zoe due to its close proximity. However, after eating there, we'd be happy to drive for miles to dine there again! The wait staff is wonderfully attentive, but not obtrusive and answered all our questions. The ambiance is casual, yet chic and the food is outstanding. Every dish we had was deliciously prepared and beautifully presented. Two of our favorites were the Spicy Wild Boar Bolognese with amazing fresh pasta and the Pommes Frites - the best we've ever had. All in all, we were delighted to find Restaurant Zoe.
The food was very good, and the service was very bad. This was the epitome of bad service at a hip restaurant. Our waiter was so busy socializing with other tables he let our food languish in the Kitchen. We couldn't get his attention. We tried to get the attention of a pair of waiters. The turned away from us so they could continue their conversation. Overfamilliarity and phony fawning are not good service. If good service is there when you want it and away when you dont. Zoe is the opposite.
Wife and I came to Seattle looking for something "interesting" and settled on Restaurant Zoe. Service was great, Steak tartarre was fab and interesting, the sablefish melted with buttery goodness in my mouth. I'd give it 5 stars if not for the chocolate cake with odd rootbeer and coolwhip foam to the side... cake was no better than a Sara Lee garnished with whip cream. I was disappointed with that... but pound for pound, I'd recommend RZ to a friend.
The restaurant wasn't terribly busy--it was rainy and a bit chilly for our summer. The pace of the meal was wonderful until we finished eating. Our plates sat empty too long. When they were removed, we sat for 10 minutes waiting for our server to ask if we'd like to see a dessert menu--getting one was tedious. Then we waited again quite some time before the dessert order was taken and plating ice cream and sorbet must have challenged the kitchen. And then our bill--even longer. We weren't in a hurry by any means but found it curious that the appetizers and entrees were timely and the dessert and payment portion took almost as long, if not longer. At best our server was okay...nothing memorable and if we returned and our server was our server again, we would ask to be resat. The other employees--back ups, runners, managers, and hostess worked harder than our server. Too bad--the structure's here for a great experience. It didn't happen for us this August 2015 evening.
Went for dinner early and ended up having a ton of things off happy hour menu and several glasses of great wine Would love to go back one more time if only for the gnudi. The sweet corn ice cream with Carmel corn was amazing. The hint of cayenne gave it a unique flavor.
We ordered from the happy hour menu, yet we were charged regular prices for our well drinks, selected HH wine and appetizers....just noticed the bill days later....completely our fault for not checking the bill before paying it...would return as the wait staff was exceptional.
Went for husband's birthday. Sat out on the cute patio. Husband had the salmon and I had the tofu entree. Both meals were delicious and I appreciated the fact that they offered such a creative vegetarian dish. Service was great; friendly but not intrusive. All in all a wonderful experience and we'll definitely be back.
So many good taste treats on the menu. Easy to just order appetizers. I had the wild king salmon and it was delicious. The ceviche was good. My friend had the beef tartare and loved it. Desserts are impossible to pass. Delicious. Good service. Nice outdoor patio.
My fiance and I met my three adult children here for an outdoor dinner. It was happy hour when we arrived so we took advantages of the oysters on the half shell and gnocchi. Both were excellent. Two of us had spare ribs for dinner, one had the beef burger and one the quail. All were well prepared and served with a smile. We will definitely go again.
The food at our dinner last Friday was excellent as usual. We split an order of the fries with our cocktails, and we each had the spare ribs, which were delicious.
The only down side was the service. The waiter seemed bored, and looked like he wanted to be anywhere but where he was. In past, the service has always been attentive and personable. Not last Friday!
The Macrina Bakery bread, wine, and dessert were memorable and worth eating. First course was the homemade ricotta pillows which were flavorless and forgettable. Also tried the sunchokes which were undercooked and very gritty, as if they hadn't been washed properly. Main course was the quail, which was the tiniest, most anemic little bird I've ever been served at a restaurant. Not worth the effort to extract what little meat was on that bird. My dining partner had the ribs, which had a nice flavor but there was lots of fat and gristle and little meat. One rib bone had no meat on it at all, actually. Zoe redeemed itself at the dessert course. The ricotta custard with olive oil cake was delicious, but not amazing enough to bring me back in again. Overall, glad I tried this place once but will not go back.
We have visiting Zoe twice in the past and being Mom I got to choose where to go for Mother's Day 2015. I chose Zoe. I have enjoyed the food, the service is always excellent and I really like the look of the place. Everything was as I expected this time around except for the halibut was overcooked. Three of us had it at our table and we all said the same thing to each other separately. I wish that hadn't been the case and we will be back. Hopefully next time everything will be perfect as usual.
When it first opened in its original Belltown location, Zoe was one of the best restaurants of its caliber in town. I had not visited the "new" (opened 3 years ago) location until Mothers Day brunch and was looking forward to it. The new space is beautiful - warm and chic. The service was decent. But the food was really disappointing. Lamb omlet was confused in terms of flavor combinations and texture, the beignets were dense and slathered in so much sugar it was difficult to decipher any flavor at all. The short ribs were ok, but nothing close to the quality of dish Zoe used to be known for. The French toast was a redeeming dish... Sort of. Interesting presentation and good texture, but so much whipped cream and other garnish I felt like I had just eaten fair food. We left feeling as though we had eaten food that was too heavy but somehow still hungry because the portion sizes are small (which is a good thing when the food is satisfying). My sincere hope is that this was a Mothers Day menu FAIL and that the standard menu is closer to the Zoe I used to love. I'll try it again for dinner when the regular menu is being served... But only once.
I picked this restaurant because my girlfriend is a vegetarian and from the menu online, it looked like a nice option. I was looking for a nice cozy spot to have dinner and we both were looking forward to the Risotto that was on the menu (online).
When we got there we were promptly seated (by the owner I believe). We were also given a happy hour menu - which was nice considering we only had a few minutes left of "happy hour", so we ordered some tapas and drinks to start.
However - the Risotto wasn't on the menu and when we asked, our server confirmed that. This is where the disappointment started - in today's day and age, I expect a restaurant's online menu to be current and up to date - most people shop restaurants via smartphones / internet - so when the menu online doesn't match what is offered at the establishment, it can be very disappointing. Secondly, the couples on either side of us got more attention from the server (same server) for the rest of our meal (after asking about the Risotto). Not sure why this was the case, but it didn't help our desire to return. Having tables in such close proximity, and also being seated within a short window of time, it is very easy to keep track of three tables and make sure all three are attended to - when this doesn't happen, it can be quite obvious. It would have also been nice had the owner come by and apologized for the menus not being up to date - these are not high expectations to ask for, and they would have made a world of difference.
We went to Restaurant Zoe for the first time this weekend. Overall the food was pretty good. We started with a salad, the radishes, and broccoli raab (all shared between 4 people). For entrees, two of us had the halibut, one had the quail, and one had the burger. The halibut was good--served with lentils, eggplant, and some kind of chunky tomato sauce. The portion was pretty small, but I didn't leave hungry. My dad enjoyed the quail. The problem was the burger -- the texture was gristly and stringy. My husband didn't even finish it and he's a pretty forgiving eater. I'd say just stay away from the burger, since everything else was good.
Ambiance was nice (except for the couple with their two small children sitting next to us -- really, don't take your little kids to a restaurant like this. I didn't want to hear the wind-up noise of your toy car all through my dining experience and didn't need to see your daughter spinning in the aisles until she fell and cracked her head on the table. shame on you.)
Service was friendly and attentive without being annoying.
Our first visit was to happy hour where we tried oysters, fries, almonds, cauliflower, gnudi, and clams from the happy hour menu. Mostly great, although clams were just just good. From the regular menu we had pappardelle and the chocolate pot de creme for dessert. These were both great, and were not too small. The gnudi were pretty small but were the tastiest thing I have had for a long time. The restaurant was not crowded at all, so I am a little worried.
The food is decent, but portion is very small. After we finished our entree, our waiter never went back to check on us, and we waited 30mins for our dessert, and finally ask one of the bus boy to get our waiter over. Without any apology, our waiter just went in the kitchen and bring out the dessert. The restaurant is not even half full, waiter just have to step up to their game.
I love Restaurant Zoe. Dined for Seattle Restaurant Week this time and the food was delicious and the portions were perfect. The restaurant week menu was great even for this vegetarian. I loved their chicken fried tofu. It was innovative and unique and not your standard pasta with vegetables offering. I can't wait to go back and have it again! I can't speak highly enough about this restaurant. The service was attentive and they were able to find answers to anything we asked. Great experience!
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