Salare Restaurant

4.6
331 reviews
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Contemporary American
Salare is a chef-driven neighborhood restaurant, nestled in the heart of Ravenna in North Seattle. We capture America’s diverse culture of food with influences from America’s South, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean Islands. The term “salare” was introduced to Chef Jordan while spending time in Italy studying the art of salumi making. Chef Jordan’s philosophy is rooted in his passion for cooking traditions, primal techniques, and ancient methods for preserving foods; the name Salare embraces this philosophy.
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GS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We certainly expected more inspired and inspiring food options than the dishes on the menue that came in small portions and were often underseasoned . Only highlight were the Casarecce which were really good.

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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there 2 times, both times the menu has changed. The food was excellent, and the service was great.

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SS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went here for a late valentines dinner. We had heard about the celebrated chef, Edouardo, and were very excited to his recipes. Not only was the food amazing and fairly priced, the service was amazing. The staff is very friendly and the ambiance is very homey. We will definitely be going here again!

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RO
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing really enjoyed everything from the cocktails, sweetbreads, burrata salad to the
lamb. What really made the dinner was the quality of service, saying it was amazing doesn't do it justice. Will definitely be coming back for another meal.

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RP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The process of getting a table was a little annoying, the only negative experience we had that night. We were told to go wait neat the bar and get drinks while our table was prepared. However, we waited around 30 minutes and didn't get our drinks until we were already at our table. The food was great, we loved dessert, and we even got to meet Chef Eduardo who was really nice! My girlfriend dropped an appetizer biscuit on the floor and they gave us a fresh one -- that was kind of them!

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LJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went there for my husband's birthday, that happens to be on Valentine's day. Food and service was great, with just one complaint: the special Valentine's day menu could only be ordered if everyone at the table ordered it. We took our 14 year old son with us, who wouldn't have enjoyed the wine pairing so much, but yet there was no exception given for a child. So we each had to order a'la carte, which was still tasty and ended up being cheaper than if we ordered two menus and off the regular menu for our son, so it really made no sense for the restaurant not accommodating our request.
Other than that, the staff was very sweet to my husband on his birthday and made our night feel extra special.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there. Appreciated that they stayed open despite the snow. Food and wine were fabulous and the service just right.

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b
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was creative and delicious; we loved the unusual, but highly successful combination of flavors.
Sadly the room was incredibly loud; it was difficult to hear one another. While we enjoyed the meal, we were happy to leave the space.

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IR
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is tough to find a good brunch spot in Seattle that combines delicious food with low overhead (I hate waiting in a crowd, dealing with parking at cap hill, getting a number in line etc) and Salare delivers. I will definitely be back. Great ambiance and baked goods in house.

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great experience that lived up to expectations. Everything was executed very well; menu was creative but not esoteric- very approachable and the food was perfect. My server Hannah did an outstanding job.

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MT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I really wanted to love it. Started out with a good steak tartare, but nothing else was special. Each dish had something I could find wrong with it pretty quickly. The crab custard was decent, but underwhelming in delivering any particular flavor. The carrots were second best of the night, but slightly under-seasoned. The squid ink pasta was itself too dense/tough, though the random assortment of oddly shaped scallop scraps within the dish were delicious. The monkfish’s sauce was bomb, but the dish suffered from too varied temperatures and a cold plate. The lamb was over-seasoned... or rather over reduced. The chocolate bomb dessert was lacking in chocolate and hard to eat with the provided spoon.

When the bill is about $100/per person without alcohol, I want something more memorable. This certainly isn’t award-worthy fine dining.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Service was nice and attentive. Appetizers were good. Cocktails were a little strange but decent. My lower marks are primarily due to the dinner/ dessert and price. My fish dish was OVERLY fishy tasting (not as fresh as expected when being served at an establishment of this caliber). My husband’s dish was chicken... and that is all it was ... chicken. Nothing special about the flavors at all. Desert was dry. My husband said to me “do we think this was worth $180 ?” I laughed and sAid “No. Way. Oh. My gosh.” — after giving June baby a shot 2x and being disappointed — we were really hoping this would be better and give us clarity as to why the chef is so well known... hmm... still not convinced.

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F
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and drinks were good, but from what we ate I wouldn't have guessed this restaurant was up for a James Beard award. I had the monkfish and its presentation was admittedly spectacular, with nasturtiums sprinkled over the top and very beautifully plated. The flavors were very good but didn't quite match the presentation, and my first bite had some sand that hadn't been washed from the mussels. My wife had the squid ink pasta with scallops and the flavors were very good but it really needed more scallops and in larger pieces (the scallops were shaved) to make this a winning dish. Our server checked in with us a bit too often, and asked 4 different times how things were tasting, yet didn't bother asking us if we'd like another drink once we'd finished our first. Checking in constantly on how things taste felt like a strong sign of doubt in the product.

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CR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting, well-cooked, inventive, no wait good service did not disappoint according to stellar reviews

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S
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

While the food was interesting and eclectic, the entree portion was quite small, considering that price was $31.00 plus the built in 20% ($6.20) gratuity making the final cost $37.20. To compound this issue, our steak was not cooked as per our request.
We found the dinning area to be quite noisy, making normal conversation not possible.
We disagree with the policy of essentially making gratuities mandatory. We tend to be generous tippers, but we see it as a reward for good service and excellent food received. At Salare, tipping is not an option, it is automatically added to one’s bill.

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KW
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Been on my list for a long time. Huge fan of what Chef Jordan is doing. The sourdough bread, trout app and our coconut pavlova desert were the highlights. Mains...Agnoletti and Beets from Garden menu were...interesting but didnt rock our worlds. Our server was competent and knowledgeable, but he had an attitude which created tension we then had to work to alleviate. Not a good experience for a diner to have. Ambience was lovely. Overall it was fine, but not what we expected.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we've been here and it has been fabulous both times.

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CC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend Salare to anyone. I feel the restaurant is well suited for any occassion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

If you’re looking for a good relaxing Italian restaurant, I would go anywhere else but here.
Had been waiting to eat here for awhile and had high expectations. The restaurant was chaotic. Our drinks, which we ordered as soon as we sat down, took half an hour to arrive. Our apps arrived before the drinks and as our server was setting down our apps, he asked us if we were ready to order our mains...when we reminded him that we would like to mull our dinner options over our pre-dinner drinks, the server seemed deflated. Our pasta dishes were alright, but certainly nothing to write home about. Will not be returning.

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AR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Jordan really hits it out of the park with his engaging and adventurous menu at Salare. Would definitely recommend!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service was great although the portions were rather small. The carrots, pork sausage pasta and rib eye were delicious as was the dessert. The negative...the port was bad and there was confusion at check out when I was returned someone else’s credit card and bill which delayed our exit. All was great until the end, probably just bad luck

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IS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully sophisticated, adventurous and interesting meal. The service was wonderful. Subdued elegant setting. Great wine list and cocktails

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SM
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff at Salary is very gracious. This was my third visit. The food is unique but this visit was not amazing as it was my first two visits. It is unique and I will return again sometime.

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H
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saturday dinner out . Nice ambience, very flavorful entrees.

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WB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food from James Beard winning chef Eduardo Jordan. This is the one that started it all. It's the only one of his three spots that accepts all sizes of reservations, which is nice.

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ST
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went just after they opened several years ago and were disappointed. The menu has matured considerably and everything we ate was super delicious. We'll be back.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service awesome.

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EH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience celebrating my mother-in-laws birthday! This place has been on my to-go list for awhile and it completely surpassed my expectations. It’s fine dining with its attention to detail, service, and food quality BUT without the stuffiness. Absolutely loved the flavor combinations plate after plate. Our table shared the charcuterie board (all made in house), the Cougar Good biscuits (a must get!), the cabbage salad, and the squash (which even the non-squash eater at our table admitted tasted delicious!) We each got different entrees so we could try some of each and while they were all amazing, my personal favorite was the duck! Our server was attentive and informative. It was a perfect experience!

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DM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sophisticated , interesting food in a casual setting. Great staff. Not enough moderately priced wine options and portions are sufficient but modest. The pork, spaghetti with muscles and creme brûlée were the biggest hits.

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JM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food. Exquisite. Service was also great.

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O
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our brunch at Salare! We’re visiting from out of town but if we lived near by we’d be there all the time! As it is, we will never miss coming on a Seattle Trip! The Benedict was the best I have ever had

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MH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think this spot is underrated overall. I plan to visit all Chef Jordan’s places within the next few months.

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JW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding creative food with many subtle flavors. Wait staff pleasant and very helpful in describing food choices and recommending options.

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PW
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First timers so were not sure what to expect:
Wonderful staff took great care of us
Beautifully prepared and presented dishes
Definitely on our visit again list

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k
Seattle
48 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful interesting and creative menu. Delicious meal. We were there with good friends and had an outstanding dinner. The appetizers were delicious, all our entrees outstanding. A lovely evening top to bottom.

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am sensitive to back ground noise overlapping hearing conversations, yet the quality of ambience coupled with food, the background noise did not cause harm to my enjoyment.
Also, we all felt after our meal fed , but not over-fed, which is an extraordinary accomplishment. The portions were perfect.
My heartfelt congratulations to the crew for putting the ingredients together for our wonderful evening

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M
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not elegant place. Super elegant food. Will return.

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KW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It pains me to give Salare a less than five star rating. I’ve enjoyed Salare as a neighborhood restaurant since the beginning and delighted in the rise of chef Jordan. The service was on the slow side. After ordering our food, our server tried to “upsell” us, to order more plates to share after ordering 5 entrees and two starters for 5 people, claiming it might not be enough food. At $20-$30 per entree and $12+ for starters, I’d certainly hope we wouldn’t be going hungry. Then we waited. And waited. When the food arrived all but one plate was on the cool side. When this was mentioned to our server, they were gracious but said it was likely due to the kitchen not wanting to overcook the proteins. Seriously? I cook. I work in culinary arts. A restaurant of Salare’s caliber should know how to put out a hot plate of food with a perfectly cooked protein. It was off putting and disappointing. Service recovery was handled appropriately. We’ve enjoyed Salare since before the accolades. We were excited to take out of town guests here. I’m chalking this up to a one off experience and hope the excellence isn’t taking a hit with all of the new attention.

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S
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent entrees and very nice desserts. Starters were so-so. All in all, very nice place.

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K
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How lucky are we to live within walking distance of this great destination? We'd been planning for some time togo to Salare for New Years Eve, but when we realized that wouldn't work, we chose the anniversary of our first kiss to go out and celebrate with a meal of gourmet comfort food. Service was small-town or neighborhood friendly.

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