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Permanently Closed - The Old Sage

3.9
61 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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An intimate pub and restaurant that serves old fashioned American and European fare, The Old Sage is nestled in the heart of Seattle, Washington and cooks with fresh ingredients made to order. At The Old Sage, Guests can enjoy hearty items that include smothered beef ribs, smoked goat, hickory burger, pork sandwiches, roasted cauliflower and salmon tartare.

At the bar, enjoy the signature libations and draft beers that The Old Sage has to offer. Try a Manhattan, or indulge in a Lagunitas beer for a refreshing cleanse to the palate. Scotch, bourbon, whiskey and more are available on the rocks or blended with beer for a strong finish to accommodate any meal.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 557-7430
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian McCracken & Dana Tough
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Private party facilities
The Old Sage offers Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood an urban hearth, celebrating humble meats and vegetables, paired with all varieties of malted beverages for sipping. Host your private event with us and treat your guests to an evening to remember. Full venue available for buy-out.
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Private party contact
Mason Brangwin: (206) 550-7430
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Catering
Chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough can create a custom menu for you special event based on you specific needs.
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Cross street
Pike Street
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Parking details
On the street, pay to park is available and free after 8PM.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 6, 2016

The Old Fashioned is always on point. Though the date was short, the drink was perfect. Quiet enough to converse during early happy hour, which is one of the reasons I love the place. Though we did not eat on this date, can confirm everything on the menu is awesome.

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2016

We went along on a late Sunday afternoon with two overseas guests and primarily because we read about the array of whiskey. We were initially the only ones in there for the longest time. Nicole, our waitress, was excellent. The food was great. The drinks were great also, which included some of the whiskey cocktails.

However..... The one big negative which will not see us return, was the music. Jason, who was the bartender, and seemed to be in charge of the place, and the music, did not appreciate our comments about the choice of music or the sound level. His comment was something to the effect of "well this genre of music is quite popular". Sure, popular with himself, not his customers. We can tolerate most music, if the volume is at an appropriate level, but the volume was way too loud for a bar such as this. It's no classy whiskey bar that's for sure. Note to Jason - It's not a night club! Considering we spent in excess of $200 and were the only ones there for a while, it might have been nice for you to consider your guests and at least turn the volume down some!? For a more fun place and a I would venture to say a better whiskey selection, go to Radiator Whiskey or Canon.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2016

Definitely go on Tuesday for the half-priced scotch! And don't miss out on the duck wings and popcorn! They are everything you want in higher class bar snacks.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Not many food options so wasn't great for dinner, but is definitely a great place to stop for a well made drink.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

The follow through on the concept was a little lacking. The scotch list was fabulous, but the foods were limited an overdone in the selection that was obviously intended to convey an eccentricity.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2016

From the "host" that greeted us (he was puzzled as to how and where to seat us, even though he confirmed our reservation), to the servers who got drink orders wrong or failed to deliver them altogether, as well as the kitchen staff who couldn't get our orders right, the service here was so bad, we found it hilarious. It wasn't mean-spirited bad service, just plain brain-dead all around. Wow. Unlikely we will return, since there are lots of other options nearby.

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3.0Dined on January 2, 2016

I've been here before and had a simply stellar experience, but this visit may prevent me from ever returning again. We had horrible service, not only did she forget our food order twice but I had to twice go find her and remind her of the food order. Then our appetizers arrived AFTER our main courses. She also forgot to bring our drinks and then didn't refill or check on us for an eternity. The food was incredible on our first visit here, but this time it was just ok. Definitely must have gotten a new chef. It was over-seasoned and inconsistent. The menu is small, so everything we tried the first time we re-ordered the second time. Pricing is fair, ambiance is great. If you decide to give it a try and your server is tall and female with face piercings-- REQUEST A NEW TABLE. You will not receive good service. Or, your food probably. It's a shame because I really liked this spot the first time around.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

I stumbled upon this place for New Years Eve dinner. Great vibe, amazing service, outstanding food! The Old Sage didn't disappoint. My husband is still talking about the duck wings ;)

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2015

Hands DOWN - that Burger changed my world. High Praise in a world of many Burgers.
Sadly, we arrived with a rush of diners. Server forgot part of the order. One of our meals was overcooked - but they kindly sent a replacement.
I'd give them a second chance!

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2015

My husband and I went here because of their extensive selection of Scotch and we were not disappointed. The brussel sprouts with honey and hazelnuts was also delicious as well as the rib dishes we each selected. Great atmosphere and service too!

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2015

The Food: The duck wings and short ribs were exactly what you would expect from a place that makes its name for smoked meats. Honestly some of the best I've ever had.

The Service: was mediocre to poor at best. We made a reservation for a group of 8 for 6:30pm for a Birthday which we put in the reservation. When we arrived there was 2 people in the entire restaurant and bar area. When we said we had a reservation the host/our server told us we couldn't sit at the tables and only in the bar because "those were reserved". What's the point of making a reservation? We then sat in the bar and watched them take walk-ins and seat them at the tables throughout the next few hours we were there. Apparently setting up tables for reservations is a huge task? Our server seemed extremely bothered by doing his job which was a huge disappointment as we tried to make a special reservation for a birthday dinner and arrived extra early during a slow time. Luckily the food was amazing but the service was so poor it affected our experience.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2015

Memorable visit because of amazing flavors together with a knowledgeable and warm wait staff. We began with the malted emmer farro - a don't miss, incredibly unique starter that would be impossible to replicate - and duck wings, which were amazing, the duck simply dropping off the bones. We finished with the beef short rib and burger. I favored the short rib and my wife the burger, and both were not lacking in flavor. Across the board, the flavors were unparalleled and our server was fantastic, capably answering all of our questions.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2015

In a nutshell: upscale food in a not-so-upscale setting. My husband ordered their version of the Monte Cristo: rich but very delicious. I had the lamb ribs: tender enough to fall off the bone, but oversalted for my taste. The salad that came with the ribs was very salty as well. The plates were unusual - white glazed earthenware with no curve or lip to them; just flat discs - they were striking, but I noticed that it was difficult for the waiter to get a purchase on the plate when it was time to remove it. The server poured water for us as soon as we were seated. It was room temp and tasted like tap water. It never occurred to me to ask for ice water; I wish I had. Concrete floor, minimalist decor: nothing to complain about, but nothing memorable either. I don't think the place has A/C. The door and most of the windows were open, and it was pretty warm inside. I was put off by the gnats flitting around overhead. Not sure who their target audience is, but pretty sure that as a 50-somethings, my husband and I aren't in it. We were the oldest people in the place by a decade or two. Enjoyed the food very much, but had no desire to linger afterwards.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2015

I'm a huge supporter of the McCracken & Tough restaurant family. Unbelievably I had been to this restaurant before. Great drinks and amazing duck wings.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2015

Food was amazing, drinks were great, atmosphere was perfect. One of our new favs!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2015

We love the old sage, we've been there twice now and will continue to go. It was out 1 year anniversary and we shared a couple things. The short ribs are excellent, we've ordered those twice. And the duck wings are outstanding as well, especially if it's cherry season. The drinks were good and the service was fast, couldn't ask for much more!

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2015

Sets up as more of a lounge / bar, but the food was truly outstanding.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2015

The service was terrible this night as far it took forever to get a drink. What the hamburgers ladies. They are very juicy and the juice spits out at you. Would I come back? I can only hope it was a bad night! I don't like to write bad reviews but I must be honest. Full house drinks are important!

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3.0Dined on November 22, 2014

The amberjack stood out for us. The food was good and inventive. The lighting was very poor; too dark.
I would recommend going during happy hour.

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1.0Dined on November 21, 2014

We had a group reservation for 11 people and even called day-of to confirm. When we arrived they showed no record of our party. After a wait they were able to accommodate us. The food was good as well as the service given our large group, but I doubt I will return.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Malted Emmer. Eat it and enjoy one of the best things to cross your tongue in years.

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3.0Dined on November 1, 2014

Our waiter was the best thing about our experience. He was super friendly and knowledgeable, however the place was super busy, and he seemed to be the only person working. The food was good but small portions that were extremely overpriced. We spent over $70 and had a happy hour appetizer and drink with that price and left feeling hungry. It was our anniversary also, which I had included a note with our reservation. We were seated at a bar table, and I had asked right away to move to an open table. I was given an eye role (not by our waiter). We were not offered anything special for our anniversary. I was very disappointed. I would not go back

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2014

Food was unique and great tasting. Excellent service and a warm, somewhat romantic vibe.

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1.0Dined on October 24, 2014

When we arrived for our reservation the waitstaff was completely unprepared because the list had not been checked. We waited in the lounge for over 20 minutes before a table opened and ended up waiting a complete hour from ordering our dinner to being served. Even though the place was not full, we could not get the attention of our server who was rarely seen and never glanced over to our table though we tried desperately to make eye-contact. Twenty minutes after asking for a to-go box and our check, we finally walked over to the bar and asked the tender to please tell our server to come to our table.

That being said, the food was exceptional though the beer selection and cocktails were only average.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2014

My friends and I went to The Old Sage for a birthday celebration. Our group of 8 was welcomed with a reserved spot in the lounge for us to relax and enjoy some of the many great whiskey selections. We never felt rushed and really loved being able to sit and chat and laugh before moving over to our table for dinner. While the food menu may seem small, everything that we tried was amazing. We found ourselves trying to decipher the flavors in each dish and loved the variety of textures. Everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Even better was our service. Thadious was amazing. He helped us with drink options and deciding on our meals all while helping us feel welcome and very much taken care of. All in all it was an excellent evening!

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1.0Dined on October 3, 2014

On a Friday night the place was relatively empty in a busy area. That probably should have been a sign. We got our drink orders taken quickly but waited 15 minutes for them. Then when we ordered our food she said the kitchen was small and that it'd take a while for food especially because of some of the things we ordered (e.g. Monte Cristo). Not a huge deal but that was pretty much the last we saw of the server. We had asked the man busing tables for our server twice but she never came out so he ended up taking our orders. It seemed like there was only one server for the place but it was pretty empty and it should have been easily manageable. I'd say a large portion of the time, she was in the back doing who knows what. Food was meh.

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4.0Dined on September 20, 2014

Best scotch collection I've seen - well served and great choices.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2014

Love their new happy hour menu. Their burger is tender, flavorful, and comes on a house made bun. Delightful. Peach shrub is maybe my new favorite.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2014

Unbelievable proteins smoked by deft hands paired with interesting grains. Don't miss the puffed sour bread or the duck wings.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2014

Our vegetarian had a very hard time figuring out a meal here. The rest of us had good food from their somewhen limited menu. Their clear focus on smoked foods and drinks serves them well as the food and drinks were very good.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2014

The food was unique, beautiful and delicious. Our party of two shared five dishes and a dessert. The hamburger was spectacular. The other dishes were great, too. Service was just right. The walls were opened, and we enjoyed the summer night.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2014

Matt the chef was amazing, I have special dietary needs and he was very helpful in accommodating me. The food was AMAZING, and the service was excellent. While the menu is not extensive the group I was with tried most of the appetizers and we had 3 of the main courses. All were exceptional. I highly recommend Old Sage.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2014

The Old Sage is perfect for whiskey lovers and folks who want a new food experience. The vibrant pickled veggies burst with flavor. The smoked meats are distinct in character and charm. The presentation is masterful. Service wonderful. I wish they had more wine to choose from but I tried my first scotch and it was smokey and gave a fun memory for our group to end our meal with! Fabulous dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2014

It was a slow Thursday night. grabbed a two-top by the window. Only complaint about the ambiance is that the music is too loud in some spots.
Waiter was great - friendly and knowledgeable. The cocktails were excellent and masterfully created. Started with Pickled Vege's with our cocktails, then ordered a few plates. Second minor complaint is that the food came too fast. We hadn't even gotten through 1/2 the cocktail or the veges.
The food was excellently prepared with thoughtful and creative presentation. Be forewarned - the plates are small. These are tapas size servings at entree sized price tag. head of pig, was thin sliced and had great sauce, the Amberjack was served under glass with smoke. beautiful and tasty.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2014

Old Sage features concoctions in food and libation that will test a finicky eater's mettle. Our waiter, Mason (I believe that was his name) was the extra spice balancing his time and energy between being personable, timely and informative encouraging us to try to the Pork's head and the Duck Wing and a drink with Tequila, vodka, habanero, lemon and more. Who knew?!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2014

Awesome experience as always. Beautifully crafted dishes that are delicious, comforting, and surprising in use of ingredients. Bartenders always have new items to try, from shrubs to sour ales (both favorites of mine!) to exotic tinctures.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2014

Grabbed a bite to eat before a concert. I came in pretty early in the evening. No one else was in the restaurant so I got to talking with the bartender. Really friendly staff and great mixed drinks. I'd definitely come back here again for dinner or drinks with some friends.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2014

We had a few small plates and one larger plate and shared it all. The food was incredibly good and so creative and unique. Wonderfully presented. We would go again in a heartbeat. Ended with Dill ice cream with charred lemon - to die for.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2014

Dinner and drinks on a Sunday evening. Sunday happens to be all day happy hour, and much of our delightful dinner consisted of happy hour items. The bartender was very friendly, and gave honest and knowledgeable recommendations about both food and cocktails.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2014

The food was delicious, beautifully prepared and the staff was very friendly. Will definitely put this on my list of Favs.

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