Tilikum Place Cafe

4.8
1343 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Creative Cuisine
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 1343 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in all of Seattle... it’s a gem!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pasta appetizer and the stone fruit salad were off-the-chart good.

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p
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

アメリカのバッグポーションと言うことはなく、完食することができました。値段はまぁまぁ妥当な値段だと思います。今回ディナーで利用しましたが、本当はダッチベイビーを食べたかったのでそれが個人的な後悔です。
オニオンスープはチーズがたっぷり入っていて味も濃くて美味しかったです。

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food and loved the ambience. Would highly recommend!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t know which is better, the food or the service. Both are fantastic!

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DW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great! Service was outstanding. Really liked the BLT salad and special salad with stone fruit, smoked mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes. The special Halibut entree was spot on and the roasted chicken dish was done to perfection--crispy skin and moist on the inside. Have tried brunch/lunch (still good) but definitely would recommend dinner as the best choice for this restaurant!!

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BB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, food, service and wine selection were top notch! I love this little neighborhood gem.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love the place, from the broiled oysters to the pasta and pan fried chicken (and we never order chicken out)

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved !! We’re from Chicago and have a little different version of the Dutch pancake. We loved this version. The coffee was delicious and the service was friendly and attentive.

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XW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

First of all, the food was great.
However we waited 40mins for our food to come. I also found the people who ordered later than us got their food before us, this sadden us quite a bit. I purposely ordered our food ahead of 8 people, because I knew the food will be slow but still they prioritize other people.

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BG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The menu was new daily and they have local specialties that you would not find elsewhere. Location is not friendly to parking - very limited in the entire area of Seattle.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend the Dutch pan cakes

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L
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If I could give zero stars it would be more appropriate.
We did actually get a table however, that was it!
Our waiter had a large party he clearly was not prepared for and that left us with no service at all. We asked, after 30 minutes, for a different server to take a drink order, she refused! At that point we left for Ruth Chris and had a lovely meal.

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f
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were in Seattle for just one day and picked this restaurant from Trip Advisor. There wasn’t anything bad to report, but there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary to report either except the price. Serving sizes were average to small. We had appetizers elsewhere, had we not done that we would not have been satisfied with the amount of food we had, especially at the up-price.

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b
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food i’ve Had eating out in a long time!!Service helpful and friendly

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BL
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative menu and outstanding service. Conveniently located steps from the Seattle Space Needle. Don’t miss it!

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SL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were recommended Tilikum Place Café by the owner of the apartment we were renting nearby. We booked a table on line as there were five of us and the reservation and booking was easy. The welcome at the restaurant was really nice and the service throughout the evening very good. The choice of wine and beers was more than enough to support the food on the menu. We had a non meat eater and a vegetarian in our group and there was plenty of choice. The food was the star of the evening and everyone had only good words to describe their food. If I have one slight criticism is that it was about 40% more expensive than similar places in Seattle, but the food was very good

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Denver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic. My favorite restaurant in Seattle!

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RR
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was excellent as well. You must make a reservation ahead of time as walk in diners will not get seated as seating area is small. Worth making the reservation.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic. We were from out of town and she was extremely calm, confident and knowledgeable about the menu and wine selections. Also very helpful with the dessert selection.

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent - especially the pasta appetizer! Service is friendly and helpful. We went pre-Opera and they were very good at watching the time for us so we didn’t have to. Love this place!

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RC
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for brunch. You have to try their Dutch Babies which they are known for. It takes about 20 min to make so I would advise you to decide before you get there if you want to order it. Then you can tell the server when they take your drink orders, that way it will come out hopefully closer to the time everyone else gets their food (^_-)

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c
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Good place to go if you have a reservation and are looking for a simple lunch. We had 11am reservation and finished up our "quick" lunch about 12:15. Food was decent, our Tilikum fry up lunch plate had A LOT of beans. We were checked out twice by our waitress voluntarily, 3rd time, we had been sitting staring at empty plates for about 10 minutes and finally had to flag down another waiter to grab our waitress.

Food is nothing spectacular either.

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KP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always.

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W
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food, ambiance was ok. Our waiter was okay but the waitress that floated around and assisted was excellent. Overall I was expecting more after reading all the reviews.

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MH
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious meal and authentic atmosphere. The service is attentive and sincere, but not too much. The heaping mixed greens were amazing, the hand cut pasta with sage butter is a favorite and always incredible. The chicken is truly sublime. Extremely accomodating and flexible. A memorable experience for sure.

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D
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food....and we’re visiting from ground zero of gastronomy... (San Francisco)...highly recommend searching this out for dinner!! We’ll b back next time we visit Seattle....Bon appetite👌🏼

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M
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, especially the sage pasta. I had very good time and will definitely return soon. Thank you

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YI
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had low expectations looking at previous reviews and picitres of the food. I can now say wow I know why people LOVE and talk about this place. You have to try it out. Makes reservations! It’s a must

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SD
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a gem in a very competitive market. The food quality was top notch along with an excellent service staff.
Book early, not an easy reservation to obtain.

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

Went here for a birthday breakfast! It was phenomenal, such a good location a cute atmosphere

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LG
Seattle
87 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, great food and great service!! This place is so consistent. You can always expect a fantastic experience. Chef is so creative in her use of fresh local ingredients. We always find something new and delicious every time. Highly recommended!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is fabulous.

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AC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised by the quality and unique flavors in our dishes. Ordered multiple appetizers (hand cut pasta and fig & goat cheese tart), all were very good. Also had the stone fruit (heirloom tomatoes)

Wife's vegan main course was a little one note for me, but, she enjoyed the smoked eggplant soufflé. I very much enjoyed the Pan Seared Chicken. Seems to be a favorite. I saw a lot of chicken dishes being served. Did the sautéed greens - ok.

We shared their home made ice cream (honey-nut) good but sweet. Did well with the French press coffee.

Will come again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good portions, friendly staff.

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R
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Within walking distance of Seattle Center, we took a break from sight seeing and had a wonderful brunch. Unfortunately, not open for breakfast during the weekdays.

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food arrived cold and cold Eggs Benedict are pretty darn gross. The coffee saucer was dirty. Service was inattentive and aloof. Coffee was tasty though, as was the sweet Dutch baby. I've been here before and sometimes it's been great, other times really disappointing. Unfortunately this time, when it was not too good, was my birthday brunch.

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z
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and appreciated never feeling rushed although we took our time with dinner. Most of the food was great. Halibut in particular was super tasty, but don't skip trying the pate - some of the best I've had locally. King oyster mushrooms and bavette steak was the one so-so thing we ordered. Both parts were tough and chewy. Overall though, a really nice evening and worth return trips.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best hot chicken salad and of course blueberry Dutch baby

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J
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Seattle!

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