The Loft Cafe + Social Lounge

4.1
99 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
The Loft occupies two floors and a heated courtyard available all year round, located in beautiful downtown Edmonds.

Serving a variety of small and large plates with flavors covering the Pacific Northwest with a Mediterranean flair. It also offers a wide selection of handcrafted martini's, wines and beer.
The eclectic atmosphere makes it a perfect place for an intimate date or a get together with friends. From happy hour every day to luxurious dinner plates at night, We have something for everyone. Ideal for Birthday's, bachelor and bachelorette parties and other social gatherings. Custom menus available for any occasion.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Monday:3:00PM - 10:00PM Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00PM - 12:00AM Friday - Saturday: 3:00PM - 2:00AM
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Phone number
(425) 640-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan Carlson
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Catering
The Loft catering services covers up to 50 people. Choose from our extensive menu, carefully designed by catering chef Stefanie Buono with the assistance of head chef Ryan Carlson.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th Ave South
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Entertainment
Occasional live entertainment from various musicians in solo acoustic guitar, saxophone and other instruments.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 99 People Are Saying
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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I would like to go back when I have more time and sample more of the menu. Our server was very prompt and attentive.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was delicious and the cocktails super delicious.

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J
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

It was good. We sat in the courtyard, which was nice. Though it feels cluttered and messy. It could use a revamp. Food very good. Service attentive. Crowd is trendy pretentious.

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BD
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here. This time with friends. All of us had the Kobe burger. Once again it was awesome. Beet salad very generous. Spring salad great for two others. Salted caramel choc cake and the ricotta donuts shared for dessert were perfect. Food great!

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F
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service and a pleasant patio. I am still impressed.

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f
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was ok. First the server tried to seat our party of four at a small table for two. We then got a table appropriately sized and ordered drinks. The Froze drink on their menu is apparently no longer served but instead of acting apologetic, the server seemed put off that I tried to order it...it is listed on the menu. Our friend ordered chicken wings and asked how many their were before. She was told 12 in the order, but when it came there were only 8. The food was good, but all in all, not the best experience we've had there.

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AD
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Happy Hour with family. Brussels sprouts, sliders, loft burger, Caesar salad were amazing. Chicken wings need work.

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MS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was mediocre at best. My $33 New York strip was overdone and a poor quality piece of meat. It took so long to arrive to the table, I was not about to send it back. The truffle fries had no truffle oil. Our bottle of wine had cork in it. Not inclined to go back anytime soon.

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BD
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First time at The Loft and we really liked it. Sat on back patio on a great night, but table top fire added even more. Kobe burger is exceptional. Wild mushroom and chicken risotto, and the steak were great. Fries were really tasty, and we sampled all three desserts. The creme brulee was really good, but the unique donuts and salted caramel chocolate cake also good. Wines are reasonably priced. We'll be back.

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F
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was quite good and not that expensive for the quality provided. The place is small, and was quite busy when we showed up at 5:30 on a Friday, so get reservations. Service was professional, but they have another fancy computerized order-taking system that confused me with the tip, because it did not show me the bill when it wanted me to input tip amount.

Somewhat noisy, but not impossible. Overall, good food, service and ambience. Well worth a visit to see if you like it.

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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was slow.. server haven’t took our order and tried to take our menus away. Food was okay nothing special.

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

There was a major mistake. I did not eat at Loft Cafe with the reservation made. I was under Google maps for The Salt and Iron. Which neighbors The loft. When I clicked the time to make a reservation. It directed me towards a site for the loft. Luckily the Salt and Iron still accommodated the reservation. I have not ever dined at The Loft but will be in the future.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve been a fan of the loft for years and this was my first Valentine’s Day menu. Four courses and it was amazing. I highly recommend it if you want a great night out with friends and family.

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KG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was wonderful here as was the wine, and it was cute up in the loft. The menu, however, seemed somewhat limited and not very interesting. There were no specials. I might return for a quick bite or drink but probably not for dinner.

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r
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Had Prawn pesto gnocchi and my daughter had the filet mignon. Both were delicious.

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We would have left.

From the moment my date and I walked in — completely ignored by staff — we traded knowing glances daring each other to make a move for the door. We should have left. I mean, this is America. We have free will. This is a capitalist society and businesses that don't live up to muster don't stay in business long. How bad could it be?

We could have left.

After a group of four vacated their table in the bar to go upstairs, we were told we could take their spot. Still ignored, menu-less, we wondered out-loud (although unable to hear each other over the cacophony at the bar) about what was in store for us. We sat for what felt like an eternity until the waitress brought over menus. Judging by the way a dried and crunchy dollop of pesto coated the wine list on the back of the menu, I had an intuition that the pesto dish might be popular.

We should have left.

If you're considering this place, take my advice and take a hard pass. There are plenty of places within walking distance that have better service, better wine lists and better food.

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f
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and bountiful entrees. Good food and honest drinks! Would return again and again.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice waitress. In spite of the fact that they were out of 3 chosen items, in a monday night, our second choices were all fabulous.
Enjoyable in all ways

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KW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Our server was outstanding and very attentive. The food was quite good but took an incredibly long time just to get apps. The down side was the seeting in the front along side the entrence and bar is way to tight. There is not enogh room to allow people through to the entrance and other customers and staff will continually run into your back all night long. If you get seated heresit in these seats with your back to the bar, you will be consistantly bumped and interupted through out your dinner. That added to the noise level up front made for a no good very bad date night.

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R
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation and were seated in a reasonable amount of time. Even though there were open tables we were seated right next to two other people. We felt like we were practically sitting on top of them. After ordering our food our server did not return to our table for a long time before bringing our drinks. We also watched other people seated after us served their food. Finally the food arrived with the salad and main course arriving at the same time! The food was average. The service throughout the meal was poor. When we paid the bill we asked for a receipt which we finally got tired of waiting for and so we left. I generally do not write poor reviews but in this case it was just too many things that didn’t go right. We probably won’t return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

A group of 6 of us had dinner reservations at 6:00 pm on a Wednesday. One of us arrived early and ordered some appetizers at about 5:50. The 2 appetizers were delivered 25 minutes later and just before the other members of the party arrived. Several more small plates were ordered at 6:20 along with wine and drinks. The drinks came shortly after but the food did not get plated until 7:25. We had expected to have plenty of time to eat and attend a concert at 7:30. We left with boxed food and some of the party had nothing to eat until much later. It was a very disappointing experience. The food that we did get was good but way too slow. There are many other restaurants in the area that have great food and MUCH faster service.

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Quality food. Service was relatively slow, due to being short-staffed in the kitchen, however, when we mentioned that we were heading to a show, the kitchen made every effort to get our order prepared and getting us out the door.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome!

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NM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food, but too noisy. Tried during restaurant week. Loved the food and service.

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OC
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

My husband and I are vegetarians and most restaurants in the Seattle area have entrees for us but not a single option at this place. We had looked at the online menu before coming here and it did have options listed that we could eat. However, when we got to the restaurant the menu was totally different. The waitress recommended that we get some sides of vegetables or a caesar salad (btw Caesar salad has anchovies in the dressing which she was unaware of).
I fail to understand why meat eaters think vegetarians only eat vegetables, we would starve if we ate like rabbits. A salad or veggies is not satiating and does not provide enough energy.
On top of that, the service was very slow.
We will not be back to this unenlightened restaurant.

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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Extremely slow, I haven't been to a restaurant is that that slow.. food was good, but it definitely doesn't take 1.5 hrs for a risotto to be prepared . Drinks were creative , we all liked them. Advice to serve faster

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

“I’ve heard that no one goes there because it’s always too crowded”
We loved he place and can’t wait to go back. The food was exceptional. I highly recommend the place. Cheers!

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Desert was freezer burn and food took a while to get to the table even though it was slow

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is always good here, however this visit the service was not very good. We had to ask for drinks, ask for silverware, and ask for our bill. We didn't feel waited on at all. Not sure if we will want to go back.

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ND
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were here to celebrate my sisters b-day. We had a wonderful time & Max was a great waiter. He was very personable & fun to talk with. He made us feel very comfortable. The meals we had was excellent.

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J
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Loft was a solid "ok". The restaurant is tucked behind a very narrow, crowded bar scene, and although most of the tables were empty, kitchen service was quite slow. This could be a great place with a few minor changes to the layout. I appreciate their effort to create an outdoor space in the city, and the menu was diverse and interesting. We had the charcuterie platter, and my friends had a burger and caprese salad. The food was pretty good, but the slow service, and difficulty leaving once we paid (bar patrons block the exit and aren't keen on moving) don't make me want to come back anytime soon for a meal. Looks like a fun place to grab a drink instead!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and drinks! The back patio is relaxing and the servers are always nice. The Loft margarita is the best in town.

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TT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We were seated at our outside table on time but sat for over 20 minutes waiting for a server. I know they were pretty busy but no one stopped at our table to acknowledge the fact nor explain that there would be a wait. We weren't offered water or a chance to order a drink or get a menu. So after 20 plus minutes we got up and left our table and went to another restaurant down the street. Will never return to the restaurant again as it was embarrassing to our friend.
(Note: we had to rate the food in order to submit this review - but we didn't eat anything so I can't really rate the food.)

Terry

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C
Seattle
72 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

nice indoor or outdoor dining anytime of year. Great food at a reasonable cost

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s
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was decent. The setting was like being in a back yard tent. Aside from ordering, the waiter came by once right after we got our food. We would have ordered more drinks but he didn't come by to ask. They have you pay the bill on an ipad, so we didn't see the itemized bill, which was uncomfortable. We paid and then did the math in our heads, and determined that we'd been overcharged by $23 plus tax. They fixed it right away but it would be better if the customer could see what you are charging them for. At 8:30 they turned the back yard into a dance club with a loud band. We went across the street to a quieter place and had that drink we couldn't get at the Loft. We won't go back.

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SS
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! The food is wonderful and the staff very friendly!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was fantastic!! My friends and I ordered a couple of appetizers and all had something different for dinner. I tried a little of everyone's and everything was delicious. Definetly worth going back for! The only thing I found a bit lacking was the service. Our server was very nice and got us everything we needed, we just didn't see him very often. We were sitting upstairs, so that may have had something to do with it, but any waiter should be checking in all the tables regularly, no matter where the tables are.

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MS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had never been there before. The back patio was a covered area that was kind of outside. The drinks and food were really good, our server was attentive but not too much, and it was a relaxing place to go on a date.

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was fine, but the service was poor from start to finish: delay in taking drinks order; slow in bringing drinks; very slow in serving appetizer; for additional drinks, we received one after 20 minutes, and never received the other. The server obviously knew the service was bad -- had no shortage of excuses -- but made no attempt to make it right. We had to point out we'd been charged for the drink we never received.

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SS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in the North end and perhaps all of Seattle.
Great food with very personable service.
We love The Loft.

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