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Skillet Diner - Ballard

254 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Brunch (349)
  • Fit for Foodies (318)
  • Neighborhood Gem (306)

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Skillet Diner's mission: Great food prepared with care, technique and the best of ingredients; an innovative experience that consistently surprises and satisfies; and a feeling of being personally connected to Skillet, in all its manifestations. Skillet Diner Ballard is the latest addition to the Skillet family, located just north of Market Street. Come on down and visit!

Awaiting your experience is a 40-foot curved counter, full restaurant and a killer patio for enjoying handcrafted cocktails and contemporary comfort food. The diner is housed in the Greenfire Campus, a new eco-friendly building doing its part to keep Seattle green.
Enjoy all of the skillet classics like the maple braised pork belly and waffle, our skillet burger with hand cut fries, southern fried chicken, legendary kale Caesar right here in Ballard!
Dining Style
Home Style
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Contemporary American, Northwest, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Happy Hour! Daily 3-6 pm
Dinner at 5:00 pm daily.
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Phone number
(206) 922-7981
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nick Novello
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We approach food service a couple of ways: buffet or family style, sit-down service, "heavy apps" with passed and stationed appetizers, or sometimes we have guest come out to the truck to grab their grub and chat with our chefs!

We love great food served fresh while using quality local and organic foods as much as possible, and we try to keep it as green as can be with compostable wares or restaurant quality wares at no extra cost.

Our Catering Sales Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 10am to 5pm, with some exceptions due to off-site event management.
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Cross street
On NW 56th by Ballard Library
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Parking details
Ballard has plenty of street parking in addition to many public parking lots surrounding Skillet Diner.
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Public transit
King County Metro bus service from downtown: 40, 62, 17, 18, 29. Please double check as routes do change.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on June 29, 2017

What happened? ! We went to the Skillet last evening around 5:30 (for dinner). The only items being served were burgers (veggie and a chicken also). That was it! Did we come at the wrong time for dinner? Can't recommend this place anymore.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2017

Ordered the pot roast. My friend and I shared it. Delicious. !!

vipFoodie (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

I have been to Skillet diner many times and it is good solid upscale diner food. I have to say, though, that for the first time, I noticed that they charge a 5% service that is automatically added to your bill. Your server never says a word about it (on any of the 4 or 5 times I have been there), so I assume it has always been there and I just never noticed it. I'm totally fine with a service charge, I actually prefer when restaurants just straight up charge the 20% that gets distributed to both front and back of house, but I have never had a place where it is charged and the server does not mention it OR there is just no spot for gratuity on the credit card receipt. Then, Skillet puts the various amounts for 15%, 20% tip etc. listed on the bottom as many restaurants do (AFTER tax, I might add, which again, I don't think is appropriate). So, I tipped 20%, then noticed the small print that they had already charged me 5%. Seems a bit unfair that they didn't mention that in the first place. I left my tip as written, but left with a not great feeling about the place.

DMH50 (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2017

Skillet was great as always. I got the biscuits and gravy and my partner got the chicken fried steak - both were excellent. Good portion sizes too, as we both had leftovers. Sad they don't have the cinnamon rolls on holidays (it was President's Day).

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

Overall most of the food and atmosphere of this restaurant are great. I think we struck a never of the hostess however when we had two extra family members join us at the last minute. She passive aggressively paced around us unsure what to do and repeatedly asking if this was going to be everyone but then walking off before we could answer. Eventually we were able to let her know this would be everyone and that we understand reservations and could go somewhere else if she would just communicate with us. Overall, the restaurant was completely empty so our waitress said it wouldn't be a problem. It just set a weird vibe going into dinner, most likely won't be going back.

vipkeekie (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2017

Good good but I had a 10:30 reservation and had to wait until 11 to be seated. Not cool.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

We were seated in the very back of the restaurant in a sterile, charmless alcove between 2-sets of swinging doors into the kitchen and a door to the restroom (despite have a reservation and tables being open in the front part of the restaurant). Chairs were the small, wooden chairs you had in arts and crafts class in elementary school. Not sure what that was about, but they were uncomfortable! Service was not good - it took over 25 minutes and 3 requests to get my drink. I was then brought the wrong salad - my kale slaw salad which was supposed to have pistachios, cherries, fennel, and brussels sprout had -- kale. I later realized they'd probably brought me the kale Caesar. I was not impressed by this restaurant and will not be returning.

Jenniffer (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

I've always enjoyed Skillet for their great brunch selection (can't speak to any other meal time). The Chub or PorkBelly & waffles are our favorites!

I'd recommend using the reservation process for a larger group, however due to the way the hostess is situated in the restaurant, you may end up waiting for a table regardless. We (bf and I) had a restervation at 10:45am-- walked in at 10:35, waited in line to be checked-in, watched 3 walk-in couples ahead of us in line get seated immediately (two at a table, one at the bar). By the time it was our turn in the growing line, (10:51am) the hostess said we'd have to wait for a free table and the bar was full (wait, what?! You just gave 3 settings to walk-ins...) Anyway, we were seated by 11am no biggie since the food is consistently good, the line is always a grab bag at brunch time. *Side note to Staff* figure out the check in system, because it does impact our likelihood to visit.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

My husband and I sat at the bar and had dinner at Skillet Diner before a show. It was not crowded at all. The menu was diverse and the food was really good. I had a very tasty lemon drop; would have had another cocktail but the bartender who was serving us never offered one. He was great with food service though. Overall we liked it and would go back when in the neighborhood.

James (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2017

Something to note. There was a 5% gratuity added to the bill for kitchen and reception staff. I don't take issue with the gratuity, but I would have preferred the server to mention it, especially since it could have been easily overlooked.