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Skillet Diner - Capitol Hill

4.3
242 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

The award-winning Skillet Diner opened in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle in 2011. We’re a neighborhood joint doing our best to make the place feel relaxed, service attentive and easy; the food approachable yet focused. We use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The style of food is similar to what we’re known for on the airstream …the difference? we have so much more room! Items range from our maple braised pork belly and waffle with a fried egg on top, to our burger with bacon jam, arugula, bleu/brie on brioche with beautiful hand cut fries, to our southern fried chicken and legendary kale Caesar salad. Our full bar hosts happy hour daily and offers hand-crafted artisan cocktails along with beer and wine on tap.

Seating policy: We require your whole party be present to be sat. We will hold your table for up to 15 minutes. If you would like a table on the patio, please specify in your reservation request. Patio is open with weather permitting.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Northwest, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Daily 7:00 am–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(206) 512-2001
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Sargent
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Private party facilities
The Skillet Room seats up to 20 within a partially screened area of our Capital Hill Diner!
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Private party contact
Crellin Pauling: (206) 512-2000
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Catering
We love great food served fresh, so we arrive on site with the truck and our team about 1.5 hours before food needs to be served in order to park, unload and start cooking!

As for our available service styles - 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!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th Ave & Union
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Parking details
Pay to park lot in the basement of our building... street parking is available
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Public transit
Bus route 2, 12, 11, & 49 all come within blocks of the diner!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dogs Allowed, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine
What 242 People Are Saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on March 20, 2017

Skillet's menu has some pretty creative food combinations. The Fried Chicken Sammy was tasty and moist. Hands down, our favorite item was the Polenta Tots! A bite of heaven dipped in marina sauce in each one!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

The Fried Chicken Sammy is to die for!! They are known for their cinnamon rolls. I haven't tried it yet, but everyone tells me it's amazing - but you'd better get there early, they sell out of them quickly.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Went for lunch and had a great experience. Angela was our server and was extremely attentive and helpful.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2017

I'd been to this location before early in the day and went back for dinner. Food was overall pretty good, but given the price paid was hoping for a little better flavor wise. Had a banana pudding as dessert that I found inedible and a caramel bacon shake that was mostly bacon. Will still go back, but likely just for lunch or breakfast.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Call me a creature of habit. I always get the chicken Sammy. It didn't disappoint

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2017

We enjoyed the nice relaxing atmosphere. The service was pleasant and efficient. The food was well prepared and delicious.

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2.0Dined on March 6, 2017

The coffee was bitter, old and cold. My husband broke out in hives for the first time ever. The place was a dive, the bathroom was disgusting. How is this an elevated diner? Expensive too!

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2017

I went for the 3-course Dine Around Seattle menu. Highest price I've ever paid for a diner meal, but it was tasty! The beef satay appetizer was absolutely incredible - perfect flavor and texture. The berry cake desert came in a jam jar, which was cute. It was similar to a poundcake in texture and flavor.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2017

Cobb salad with a chicken thigh......no! Put a chicken breast on that salad....
Tomato Bisque soup was delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2017

Great as always. We are frequent customers that never seem to get let down. Not too busy for a long weekend Monday night prime time dinner. The Chimichurri wings were awesome and the Kale Caesar Salads fantastic. We did try the poutine and it was a hot cheesy spud mess the we couldn't stop devouring. The cheese curds were melted into the gravy. It was still great but.... I like to pick out the curds every now and then and munch them solo.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2017

Took my boyfriend for his first time at Skillet. His request for his birthday and he enjoyed it a lot. Food was delicious as always. Especially the kale Caesar surprised me. I wanted more and I am not a veggie person. The green beans on the meat loaf was even more delicious. We fought over this cuz they were perfectly cooked.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2017

I heard about the skillet and thought I give it a try and absolutely loved the food and atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2017

Wait staff was great, but kitchen was slow getting food out.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The food is good. I always try new dishes, but the best thing there is the fried chicken sammy. Great salads too. Best dessert is the bacon maple thing:) Atmosphere is awesome.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Great comfort food on a rainy Seattle day. First time here and will definitely return, it was delicious.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Excellent cocktails and great wait staff make this my go to spot!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2017

The food was pretty phenomenal. There was a bit overseasoning on the fried chx. Could've definitely done without the fennel. It's weird and can make food taste "old". The kale salad was good and the mac n cheese was a perfect al Dante. Words cannot describe the big boy biscuit!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Great menu & vibe. I met a group of friends for breakfast prior to Womens March in Seattle. I loved that they took reservations. That helped make our day easier knowing we didn't have to wait in line to have breakfast before the big event.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2017

I'll return to this delightful spot. The pot roast was the best ever. Two thumbs up all around.

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3.0Dined on January 3, 2017

Tried this place as our "last dinner of vacation", had decent reviews online. Ultimately it was rather cold inside for a cold January day, the menu was limited, food was too over priced. Had high expectations, we disappointed in the taste of the food. The chicken was over cooked, dry and way over battered. Staff was excellent though!

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2016

Really great place! Very busy. AMAZING food! The Serious Toast was divine.

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3.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Great ambiance. Great location. Good service. Brunch food is heavy, a bit boring and the egg, tortilla chip dish needs work. Worth another try.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2016

Had a a great holiday office lunch here. Food was delish and service was friendly and efficient. This is a go-to place for me.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2016

Consistently delicious food.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2016

Great food. I ordered the hamburger with bacon jam and blue cheese crumbles. It was great but the bun was a bit hard. I think it was not as fresh as it could have been. The french fries were yummy. Will return for sure!

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2016

The fried chicken and waffles were amazing! They made it sweet but savory perfect for dinner. Service was ok. The server was did the bare minimum and we didn't see him at all after he took our order until we asked for our check.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Great service and food!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2016

I've been to the Skillet a ton of times, every time has a been great! I love this restaurant and they're always good people. Be aware that the price is higher than your usual restaurant, but that's because you're getting the best quality food that's local and delicious. Great for special occasions.

Thanks Skillet!

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Really tasty food and hearty portions with decent range of items, but reserve online as it fills up real quick around mealtimes. Also, go early for cinnamon rolls.

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2016

Skillet is always great. However it is very noisy and with the concrete walls, glass windows, and metal table tops. Some acoustic modifications would really go far in creating a truly wonderful ambience of energy, not just cacophony

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Skillet never fails!!! We always enjoy the food here and the doughnut holes are amazing!

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Went on a Friday night at 7:30 and the place was not even close to full - that should have been a tip off. One in our party enjoyed his meal, but two of us got the fried chicken sandwich and were unimpressed. The chicken was good, but there was dry, undressed kale on it, and it was sorely lacking in flavor. We also ordered the Street Corn app and never received it - luckily they didn't charge us. Overall it was fine, but disappointing given its reviews and the number of other amazing, delicious places to go nearby. I'd skip it.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Cari, the bartender makes the experience, she's wonderful!

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2.0Dined on October 12, 2016

I went with my husband for dinner during restaurant week. We had just finished a 25 hour fast so we were looking forward to it. This place can't decide if it's a diner or a fancy restaurant. If you going to the ambiance of a diner have good diner food. They do not. If you are going to have upscale food and prices, have food worth the money and a nice dining room. They don't. I had the kale Cesar salad which was very dry. I make way better at home. The squash ravioli just tasted like they dumped a ton of cinnamon and nutmeg in. It was in this watery weird liquid that tasted strange. I almost thought it was a soup and they gave me the wrong dish. The vegetables in it were not great. The best thing was the cauliflowers and I hate cauliflower. I told the waiter it wasn't good and said would tell the chef but seemed unconcerned. I had the chocolate pie in a jar for dessert. It doesn't come in a jar sadly. It had a pie crust cracker as a garnish that wasn't great but the chocolate was pretty good. I highly recommend you anywhere else than this place for dinner.

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2.0Dined on October 11, 2016

The food service was very slow. We had no appetizer, waited 55 minutes for our main dishes. Our waitress did not come over and offer an explanation, ask if we wanted another round of drinks, no apology....
It was Yom Kippur and mosts of the restaurant was trying to get to the synagogue on time. But really...talk to us.
too bad. convenient to where we live. Probably won't come back.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2016

Met a friend for lunch at the Skillet Diner yesterday. It was my second visit. The food was fine and the service was outstanding; I even found a parking place out front of the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2016

there was a lot of hype for this restaurant but the food was just ok. I don't think it was worth the hour drive we made to get there. if we lived locally we may eat there again but not at the top of our list. the service was good. the price was a bit more than I think it should be for the actual overall taste. they do give large portions which is a plus.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

good comfort food

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1.0Dined on October 3, 2016

Dish was not cooked. First time we have ever sent something back! Chicken was very dry.

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2016

Waitress was very impatient. Rolled her eyes when one person in the party mentioned they had a severe food allergy and was wondering if she could check the ingredient list. The food was delicious though.

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