Tilikum Place Cafe

4.7
1261 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
Inspired European and Northwest brunch, lunch and dinner. We take great pride in using the freshest & highest quality products as our menu is entirely made in house. Stop by for dinner or drinks & experience seasonal cuisine, creative libations & a warm welcome!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(206) 282-4830
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ba Culbert
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Cross street
4th Avenue
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1261 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Amazing experience! We loved the music and the food was yummy!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Tilikum Place Cafe NEVER disappoints. We dine here at least monthly and keep coming back for the exceptional food which features delicious regular favorites and seasonal offerings, and for the warm and welcoming service. It's one of the places I'm most happy in Seattle!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My pork chop was very good; that's because I happen to like even pork cooked medium rare, contrary to the convention. But my wife's Greek Benedict was bland. I tasted it, and agreed. The savory bread base was uninspired. We both loved the spuds. That said, the waitress was attentive, quick, and let us ogle her brand new tattoos.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Went to TPC for brunch with friends for the first time. The Dutch Babies are really nice. Good ambiance and value for money.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

This has been our favorite go-to neighborhood restaurant for years. It continues to maintain outstanding food preparation with innovative seasonal dishes introduced throughout the year.

It is a cozy and comfortable dinner destination for single diners. Dinner for two and dinner for four and six are easily accommodated with reservations a day or two in advance. The service is always professional and friendly.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Excellent food and great service. The seafood, chicken and desserts were all just right. We had a wonderful night out with visiting friends.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

A gem in the neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Always great. Bustling with great service, great food.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We dropped in for dinner before a concert and were served with grace, style, and speed - but not too much speed. I am celiac and was overjoyed to experience a kitchen that understands and accommodates my dietary issues. I would walk many miles for the green pea and radish salad currently being served. What a lovely meal.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

This place is so consistent!! Very creative dishes based on seasonal ingredients. Not only is the food great, the service is consistently great also. Can’t wait to go back.

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2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Server didn’t assist us for 20 minutes after seating.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Perfect as always!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I took some family here for a mother's day brunch after a recommendation from someone. It was fabulous! The coffee was delicious, I loved the atmosphere, and the food was amazing. I highly recommend it. Just make sure to make a reservation beforehand!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The pasta apatizer was so good!! Portions are very generous and staff was great!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We came here with family who was in town. The place is very charming and the staff was lovely. Most of the food was good. The chicken dish was decidedly the best. All in all, it was a great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

This was the 4th time we’ve been here and the food has been delicious each time. Quality service, too.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Nice place to enjoy- excellent food and cozy.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Nice restaurant, quiet (acoustic treatment on ceiling); excellent service; let me taste wine by the glass offerings and knew ingredients in all the dishes; food was excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We have been loyal customers for quite a long time. The service and food have always been excellent. I usually make reservations at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance because of the high demand.

It is worth the effort!!!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

My wife and I have definitely put Tilikum House Cafe on our "favorites" list!

I had the Teres Major Steak (beautifully well-done, as I unapologetically requested); and my wife had the sauteed greens and hand-cut pasta. All three dishes were delicious. As other reviewers have noted, the hand-cut pasta was the highlight.

This restaurant is located in a funky older neighborhood with tons of charm.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Service was fantastic! Food was delicious- hand the handcut pasta, the chicken and halibut entrees. The best dining experience I’ve had in a very long time. Loved it and will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

As always, another terrific meal with outstanding service.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I missed vegetarian options. Even the quiche had bacon/ham in it.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Merguez meatball special was the highlight - so good! We had wonderful service and the prices are great. However, we weren’t blown away by the daily Benedict or the Dutch baby. Will def go back to try the classics!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great Bistro in Settle near the Space Needle. The owners and chef are serious about their food
Everything was prepared to perfection. The sauce Robert, brocollini and roast potatoes with roast chicken were as good as any Parisian bistro I have ever eaten at.
Great value for money and very homely vibe to a good sized Bistro

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Excellent food and service. This reminds me of an east coast restaurant in that the tables are small and close together. If you're willing to be cozy then Tilikum Place is great.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

This is tough for me to leave a review, as I selfishly don't want anyone else to know how good this place is, as it continues to be a greater challenge to secure a table! Met a friend for dinner, we both had the hand cut pasta appetizer and both opted for the halibut special. As always, both were exceptionally prepared and seasoned. Throw in fresh bread and a glass of NW wine... Wow!

Love this place!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Did a typical search and found this lovely cafe. I enjoyed the baked eggs, very filling. The menu was limited but food was great! Would go back for more!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Staff was lovely, food delicious. I couldn’t believe how well we could hear each other talk, despite the cheerful buzz around us. Probably my favorite restaurant in town for a special casino and really good food.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Recommended by friends in Belltown and second time dining at the cafe. Amazing oysters and all other food items were excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Fabric lupus service, food. Will revisit ASAP will recommend

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The Dutch baby pancake tasted interesting!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We want to return another time. The food was excellent! I do have a question, however. My friend and I split the tab. Mine was $61.65, and I put a tip of $12.20 on the receipt but added it incorrectly by putting down only $63.85 for a total instead of $73.85, at least on my copy. Can you please look up the amount charged and bill me for an additional $10 for the tip, in case I wrote it down wrong for you also? My email address is plmdds@comcast.net. Thanks. We were there on Wednesday evening, May 16th and had a 5:00 reservation.

Patrick McKenzie

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

FABULOUS....as always. I brought some new friends and they were thrilled!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great brunch! Make reservations!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is a great neighborhood gem! We come before the opera but for any occasion you can't beat the food, great service, and intimate ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Dutch babies and benny’s, as good as it gets!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Love the bar seating (our ask!) ~ conversational and knowledgeable bar staff. Consistently delicious food and quality. always there is a dining special. good (not elevator) jazz playing without overbearing the atmosphere. Just enough to take off the edge and give atmosphere.
Love the neighborhood ~ just outside of downtown, vital area ~ in the middle of so much (Seattle Center, downtown, Magnolia, Cap Hill). Small and intimate enough to know the staff members ~ like home. Can you tell I (we) kind of like this place?

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Fish is superb. Refreshing walk post dinner to the Seattle Center and the Seattle Rep.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The place is overrated. The sage butter pasta was mediocre. The shaved asparagus / pistachio and parmesan cheese salad was better.

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