Very creative and tasty. Staff helpful in explaining dishes.
We have resisted trying out Salare, mostly because the options for vegetarians were so limited when the restaurant opened. Since then, there are quite a few vegetarian options, and my wife and I had no trouble finding many dishes to sample. The ambiance is very casual, crowded and noisy. In fact, I said to the missus after the meal that if the food and service hadn't been so exceptional, I would not consider going back to the restaurant. However, the food and service were that wonderful.
We had only one main dish (pasta) and various small bites and what they called "garden" dishes. Everything was exceptional--tasty, perfectly cooked, with various and well-combined flavors. I cannot recommend the food enough. And the service was so lovely--our server Emily was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.
Reserved thru open table. Food was okay. Service was worse. Nobody said anything for 5 minutes after we sat down and we had to flag someone down. People who showed up & sat down after us got their order in before us. Left me thinking maybe it’s the skin color but the owner is person of color so I was not happy. Nobody came by to say if the food was good or to offer to refill the drinks until we were done. Added 20% gratuity by default but I don’t think they deserved any of it. Looks like the servers are taking advantage of the policy and leaving diners with no choice to reflect their 2 cents.
Owned and operated by James Beard award winning chef seems to have left the restaurant in the snobby side of the things rather than service minded & humble organization.
We won’t be return customers nor will we recommend to anyone to dine there.
We’ll be happy to go back to our usual Sunday brunch place Endolyn Joe’s in West Seattle.
The food was delicious, especially the chocolate-almond croissant for brunch, and the service was good. My only complaint is that the brunch plates and drinks like tea and juice are a little overpriced.
Everything was delicious and interesting. Enjoyed trying several appetizers and sharing desserts so we could taste a lot of different things.
Our favourite restaurant in town. The menu changes often, always with creative and well thought seasonal combinations. Every bite is a true pleasure, vegetables are tasty, sauces are a delight. We come back again and again, even though it is quite a drive from our home.
The varied flavors in all the food were amazing! Each item we ordered ended up being surprisingly complex and absolutely delicious. The service was A+. Our waiter was attentive without rushing and empty plates were quickly cleared. The overall experience left us looking forward to a return visit.
Magnificent in every way
We were celebrating our first year of marriage and we’re really hoping for a better experience. When making the reservation we had noted that it was a special day for us. We are also new to Seattle and have had really great dining experiences. We enjoyed our entrees immensely (gnocchi & falafel) and felt our entrees were fair. Both the vegetarian pasta and Halibut dishes were prepared well but it needed a little more bulk. We also were hoping for a dessert list that included a savoury dish. The hostess was friendly and the waiter was friendly but seemed a little frazzled at times. They were out of the Pinot Grigio and the waiter suggested a really nice substitute which we enjoyed.
We were incorrectly charged for a 2 bottles of wine and frankly a comp of one of our appetizers would have been a proper gesture.
Given Chef Jordan’s recent positive press attention, we expected more.
this restaurant did not disappoint. The food was straightforward and very well prepared, but not fussy or trendy. Best meal in a fine dining establishment in a long time, great service and wonderful ambiance. Well done!
Salare is an outstanding find! Well worth the drive to Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood.
The dishes came out really slowly. We had something like a ten minute wait after we were finished with each plate before the next came out.
The menu isn't very descriptive of the dishes. Can't tell what will come out (in general), much less allergens (lactose).
Salare is awesome. Maybe the best restaurant in Seattle. Creative good and drinks. Chef Jordan is super personable. Thrill for his Beard awards!
We love having this restaurant in our neighborhood. Food is always great. Service and bar can be a bit slow. Mother’s Day brunch took forever with a half filled restaurant at 10:30. Make reservations and ask for the chefs counter! That’s my fav seat in the house!
Parts of the meal were great and parts were ok. The beef tartare was delicious, biscuits ah-mazing, gnocchi with shishito peppers and Parmesan were like little tender pillows. Asparagus salad was not $17 worthy, the pasta was not memorable and the biggest disappointment was the halibut. The fish was under seasoned and the beans were tough. I like when each dish is described when delivered and it didn’t happen with each one. Things came out quickly at first and the it seemed like they got busier and got a little behind. Our server cleared our plates quickly after each course but didn’t really tell us much about the food except that she liked it.
We love creative cuisine that surprises and delights. Salare does that extremely well.
Having the service charge included in the bill made the servicer less than attentive but auxillary staff were great and the food was excellent as expected!!
It was fine, but nothing exceptional. The food was middle of the road and definitely didn’t meet expectations. Service was really good, the restaurant was inexplicably smoky the night we were there which wasn’t pleasant. Unlikely to recommend to others.
Given the recent James Beard award, we had a shockingly bad experience at Salare. The service was decidedly subpar—empty water glasses, mysteriously long gaps between courses, a server who interrupted conversation to tell us how pillowy the gnocchi was but then would disappear for 20 minutes at a time. The food wasn’t good enough to make up for it. Every dish was fine, but out of our three starters, vegetable, pasta, and fish, only one (the squid ink cavatelli) was excellent. For the price (plus an automatic 20% service charge) we expected better.
We were not sure what to expect as we were given a gift certificate. What a treat. From the moment we walked in to when we left we were met with sincerely friendly people who obviously enjoy their jobs. The food was also incredibly creative and delicious. I am critical of the plate presentation and this as well was spot on.
Good all around some areas on service needed assistance
Did not seem like it should wins food award. Food was fine but not amazing and expensive.
The food was so amazing!
We went for brunch and the food was AMAZING. Sadly the restaurant was rather empty and lacked a vibe. The first server was rather a bit too casual when describing the menu and didn't really do it justice. Our second server and the one who continued throughout the meal was lovely and provided excellent service. The food was so good we agreed to come back for dinner sometime.
Wonderful as always
We just moved 3 blocks away and have been wanting to try Salare for awhile. The food was good enough but somewhat disappointing. It was fresh and innovative but the flavor profiles were lacking. It’s like all Seattle restaurants, overpriced and underwhelming. The biggest issue I had was the service. On two separate occasions, with two different servers, they reached across the table to fill our water glasses. I had to put my fork down because they bumped my hand. Another time my partner and I were holding hands and had to let go because it was awkward having a third person hover over us. The most annoying part is that both of our water glasses were on the same side so they easily could have walked to the other side of the table.
Loved it! Another win.
We have eaten here at least half a dozen times, and it has always been excellent. However, this was the first time that we had to wait for a reserved table, and also the first time that our appetizers are served with their first plate. Not good timing! Food is very good
Anniversary dinner, second time in. As soon as we get seated I get carded by the hostess and she doesnt ask my date for his identification which I found odd.
After we get cocktails, the waiter comes by asking if we are ready to order. He doesnt tell us about the menu, if there were any specials or if we have been in before. We asked him what he would recommend and he only spoke about the apps/bite section, skipping the entire pasta and entree menu.
We ordered a decent amount of food.. (lamb tartare, meatballs, halibut, cucumbers, casarecce pasta, duck and a bottle of wine).
While the main dishes were amazing, i wasnt impressed with the cucumbers or meatballs. The meatballs were VERY DRY. So dry that I couldnt cut through with a knife. The cucumbers were good but very boring. The waiter came back to drop off more food but never asked how our meal was. He saw the meatball plate pushed to the side but didnt say anything about it or didnt take it away. We waited to see how long it would take him to recognize the empty plate of cucumber and the dry meatballs pushed off to the side (which he didnt until noticing there wasnt enough room on the table for our pasta).
The pasta and duck were amazing. I would go back for this. During our meal, we noticed 2 other tables celebrating an anniversary in which the salare team brought out a comp dessert. I was a little disappointed that we were not recognized for our reservation. I was specific on opentable that it was our anniversary as well. (Im not too upset about this but it wouldve been a nice gesture considering we spent over $300).
After dinner we sat at the bar to finish the night with some amaro. Luckily the bartender saved the night and gave us a good laugh.
Im not sure if service was just weird or if the staff is newer? But i didnt feel very welcomed and its unfortunate that we did not have a server who was knowledgable about the food, menu, wine, or guest interaction.
Food was a little salty but tasty and the portion sizes weren’t intimidating.
For the first time in 10+ visits I found the food overall uninteresting. More importantly, the tables were so close together that the wait staff squeazed in and parked their rear nearly on our table. The noise level was also unbearable and made conversation nearly impossible. I will rethink a future visit.
Awesomeness and so good. Lived up to the reputation and beyond!!
Very good food. Open style seating, so a not much privacy and fairly loud.
2nd time back to Salare and again food and service was excellent.
Interesting menu. A bit far out. Nice simple place with complicated foods.
Very creative flavor combinations - every dish was unique and delicious. Pleasant place and service. Not a vegetarian restaurant, but great vegetarian dishes that are not just an afterthought.
note: I compare all food to the highest reference I have as of nonw; Canlis, cafes in Paris and my moms cooking.
I accidentally went to Salare for brunch, I ordered the Benedict and thought it was delicious. The sauce was a bit heavy but other than that everything was great. I will be going back for lunch to get what I originally wanted, the lamb tartare. I'm sure it will be great!
Less crowded than I remember from a past visit, although it was a Saturday brunch, and Saturday's aren't typically busy days for brunch in Seattle. The food was good and they restaurant seems to have settled in to a patter for success. Nothing negative. It just didn't know my socks off the way it did the first time I had brunch there.
I can see why they are up for a James Beard award. We went for brunch. Really unique food combinations. Food well presented and thoughtful. Definitely start with a delicious pastry...don't share! :) Then move on to the main course which is not overly large for most dishes. The hash was really good with fresh from the shell peas, but for my taste it was heavy on the pork fat which I cut off and set aside. The only thing we did not like were the "awkward to pick-up" coffee cups on saucers. I will definitely go back to try some other dishes at brunch and try dinner too! Good luck on the award chef!
The food runner brought over a plate of bread after I just told the server I’m gluten free.