Stanford's - Southcenter

4.2
481 reviews
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Welcome to Your Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar! Whether you're craving fresh seafood, a gourmet burger, a perfectly prepared steak or another of our delicious offerings, come join the neighborhood crowd for lunch, dinner or our ever-popular happy hour. Signature dishes include our cedar plank-roasted warm brie, our famous barbecue ribs, and delicious cocktails created by our experienced team of local bartenders. Our classy and comfortable atmosphere surrounds you with warm wood and intimate lighting, and our experienced restaurant team is eager to please and delight you.
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PH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My fish was overcooked but it was remade and it was tasty. The concern is the portion size compared to the cost of dish. Little skimpy on the sides.

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HN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Brunch was very good, but somewhat plain. Adding green peppers to omelet would have been perfect.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with this high quality restaurant in an easy accessible area

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Seemed short staffed, I think that is why we were marked as missing our reservation

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Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. I personally don't like the tall booth sides, it makes it very isolated but good for privacy.

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Has become our favorite place. Love the hostess who remembers us. Love the food. We take friend's there, and applaud the service. We are happy and content every time.

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S
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food. Basic service. Nothing exciting or "wow" factor.

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D
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Solid restaurant but food of average quality for the price point. Decent meal but better restaurants for the price point.

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EE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Seated on time but server showed up after 30 mins to take our drink & dinner orders. 30 mins later another server brought our salads BEFORE we got our drinks which came about 15mins later. After another 30 mins, we got our entrees, both cold, returned for re-heating which took another 15mins & were over-cooked. We didn't see our server again for another hour. We didn't expect to spend 3 hours over dinner and won't be going back to Stanford's again.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We went on Valentine’s Day so it was busy but the appetizer took 45 minutes and after we got our drinks we didn’t see our wait for over 30minutes. The food took a total of an hour and a half and then when we got it everything was cold. Very disappointing experience.

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j
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was TERRIBLE!!! Arrived and seated at reservation time and was seated. Order was taken. We waited over 1 and 1/2 hour for an appetized to arrive. I asked the waiter about the order and he said he would check. He never returned. I then found the so-called floor manager and asked him, again reply was I will check. He also did not return. Finally after the long wait we got up and left. We were not the only ones who experienced this as other customers were also leaving having experienced the same problem. I would NEVER NEVER recommend or return to this terrible place. One would be better off getting a sandwich at a gas station rather than this place. STAY AWAY from Stanford's!!!

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W
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Waiter was younger male and nice, pleasant, etc. BUT, wasn't very attentive i.e. checking on our drinks, after our dinner was delivered to our table, he never came to check on our food, us, nothing. Waiter arrived after we were finished with dinner and brought the bill.

What the waiter does not know, is that our initial appetizer was not made as requested, meaning no one read ticket or waiter did not write down on pad. Waiter didn't check on us, so he did not know about issue. Other bus people delivered meal and sent back for correction.

When dinner arrived, my medium Filet Mignon was not medium, but almost well done. BUT, I order this cut for this issue. You cannot screw up a Filet Mignon unless you really try. The steak was good and not tough, just fairly well done. Additionally, the vegetable was Asparagus and one of the stocks looked like it had been under heat for quite sometime, soft, mushy, discolored to grayish appearance, and all the other stocks were clean green and fresh looking.

I've eaten at Stanford's a few times and different locations. If this had not been Valentine's Day, I wouldn't be so critical. This visit did not wow me at all and will rethink future visits.

Thank you.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worse experience I have ever had as a paying customer especially on my girlfriend and my first valentines day. If that is how they run that restaurant they should just close their doors. Inexcusable horribly ran dump...

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoy eating here the food is good and the server's are also. Our one complaint is the speed of the service which is often slow and at times very slow.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our first time. The food was great. Prices were great! We’ll be back!

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SA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable with a low noise level for a business meeting. Service was great, allowed us lots of time to talk before ordering. Great for business meetings.

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VL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nephew’s birthday.

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F
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always great. There's plenty of parking. This is a great location!

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JM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was very dirty and dusty. Service was exceptionally slow and the waitress seemingly and purposely ignored us. They were touting brunch with fresh cinnamon rolls and biscuits from scratch which were terrible. Both were cold and hard. I've had better cinnamon rolls out of a can. Didn't seem like any of the other restaurant patrons were enjoying them as they were left on tables. Won't visit this site again.

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DF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an early dinner at 4:30 on a Saturday. There were a few people there eating, several people watching NFL playoffs in the bar. A fair variety of menu choices - better than other RUI locations. STRONG coffee! Comfy seating in an elevated booth. Lots of seating. Had a really good southwest salad with light dressing and authentic flavors. Smoked chicken linguine was delicious - great smoky chicken. We weren't offered bread, although we didn't want any. Overall great place.

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S
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have never had a bad meak at Standords. Food is excellent and service is inviting. A very comfortable restaurant.

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

Good food kitchen a little noisy

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TE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Steak was ok. Thin cut ribeye so a little dry and flavor just ok. Ribs a little dry but had ok flavor. Garlic mashed potatoes dry and salty. Grilled brussel sprouts ok. I have been here for happy hour specials and food and price ok. Waitress was very nice and attentive.

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d
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

my birthday is 12-31 and selected Stanfords as they've always had a great menu with a lot of options.. however, when we went there, they were operating with a "holiday menu' which did not provide many choices at all. we all ended up getting a salad. very disappointed and will keep that in mind for next year!

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PB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We have stopped here 2 years on a row on Christmas, with a reservation. This year we waited for an hour to get our food. We were told the kitchen was backed up, the bar was backed up, and the waitress apologized multiple times, even bringing us bread at one point because it was after 7:30PM. We still had a 3 hour drive ahead of us, so waiting an hour for our food wasn't acceptable. We had a reservation, as I'm sure everyone there did, so they should have expected the number of people there, and staffed accordingly. Will think twice about going there next Christmas.

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SE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foods was great. Our server gave us a heads up, that orders are a little bit slower oui w, since its Christmas. Our server was fantastic, and definitely will be coming back.

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TM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A nice seasoned crowd, and a good wine selection. While I don't recommend this place for one with the girls, I think it is a nice quiet place to have a good meal.

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TK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only issue is for a 6' 5" 300 lb. Guy, was they only had booths. No tables. Pretty tight seating.

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LN
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our family tradition to have lunch at Stanford’s every Christmas! The food is always wonderful and the service is exceptional!

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s
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We ate there on Christmas Eve. The holiday menu was limited and very pricey. The rib eye steak and the ribs were excellent but the prime rib was very fatty and the steak salad wasn't very good. The desserts were excellent. The noise level was very low which made for a nice holiday dinner.

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AF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The holiday menu was restricted to basically steak, and half the party was interested in trying the items on the regular menu not served when we dined.

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SH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great with brunch options available on Sunday. Wait service was good and she didn't bother or rush us.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Took over 1 hour to receive meal after placing order.

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F
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This location has great food and service!

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H
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service slow and inconsistent. took food longer than normal from time we ordered. Quantity of food very disappointing. We are regulars and we have been disappointed the last few times. Also the temperature in restaurant was very chilly. Spoke to new kitchen manager and he stated he is working on improving things.

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TG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overall it was a good dinner except there were only 3 parties eating when we arrived at 7p. We were the only 4 people left. When we left at 9p there was nobody else in the restaurant. Kinda weird for a day after Thanksgiving. Server was prompt but being in an empty restaurant she seemed slow. I think her name was Tiffany but not sure what her name was when she introduced herself. There were no substitutes for the mashed potatoes; even though I had asked for a baked potato. There were chunks of potato in the mashed potatoes which was weird too.

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BE
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and cooked to perfection. Family had the Baby Backed Ribs and the Turkey Feast. So thankful to find a place open on Thanksgiving day. We also make it a habit of eating at Stanford's on Christmas day. Great way to celebrate the holidays.

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TK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I have been here before for dinner and the food was just fine. The booths are very tight for larger people. Men, if you are a 46 waist or higher, ask for table. We went with family for their Thanksgiving dinner and got the "classic turkey dinner." It was clear these dishes were prepared and ready to go as they brought them out within a minute or two of ordering. Normally I appreciate quick food service but this was too quick. The turkey wasn't bad, though you were not given a choice of white or dark, just given a mixture of both. Gravy must be expensive this time of year as the combined amount on both the turkey and mashed potatoes (lumpy) was about one tablespoon. The stuffing was drryyyyyyy, beyond dry and tasteless. The "seasonal vegetables" were brussels sprouts with bacon, overcooked and quite greasy. At least the turkey wasn't dry and the spoonful of "cranberry relish" was quite good. The roll was fabulous and easily the best dinner roll I've ever had at a restaurant. I suppose that sums up our experience when the best thing about the meal was the dinner roll. For $117 after tip for 3 people I could have come up with something much much better. I always appreciate restaurants being open on Thanksgiving, but this meal left me not very thankful at all. Service was fine and our waiter was pleasant, attentive, and helpful. We did not see the point in making a fuss about the food and none of us came close to finishing our plates. Stick to their regular menu and avoid their holiday fare.

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CN
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Stanford's caters well to our family with my 90+ year old mother in a wheel chair. It took some trials & tribulations when we first started coming here, but now the staff knows us and understands our needs, serving us with good humor. When I saw that they were providing a Thanksgiving dinner, I didn't hesitate to reserve a table. The turkey was moist, brussels sprouts excellent and our mother was very happy with her prime rib.

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w
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

We have been long-time Stanfords customers, and have enjoyed Thanksgiving there at least two other times before this year. So we booked our reservation feeling it was safe. Well, there's a first time for everything and this time the meal was extremely disappointing, both because the turkey dinner my son ordered was full of gristle and fat, had a tail feather in it, and the meat was all little chunks rather than nice slices. They did replace the meal and did it all in white meat the second time so things worked out better, but it was still amazing to us that they'd even send a meal out like that to begin with. My husband had the salmon and wanted something other than brussels sprouts and they only had one vegetable as an option. Really? And then the big disappointment for all of us was it was absolutely freezing in the restaurant. All-in-all, not the pleasant meal experience we were expecting. Not real sure who was in charge that day, but from us you get a fail.

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