Tilikum Place Cafe

4.9
1866 Reviews
$30 and under
Northwest
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1866 people are saying
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Marie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is awesome but there is only indoor seating.

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vipDerek
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience post our vaccinations! I recommend booking now as I believe Seattle knows about this real gem!

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RosemaryM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only 7 tables so great for social distancing. We started with a cup of soup which was delicious! Ham hock and kale. We split the TBC breakfast and a lemon Dutch Baby. Really yummy! We also had a bottle of champagne, which was good. The service was honestly outstanding. It ended up being a very special brunch. We will definitely be back.

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VivianS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food is amazing but the French onion soup is the best I have had anywhere, from Europe to Australia and points between.

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BelltownResident
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tilikum is a gem! Exquisite food, warm servers and atmosphere -- chef-owner Ba Culbert has created a very special place that is a definite must for any occasion!

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vipRickJ
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious. Delightful evening and need to go back soon!

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BelltownResident
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been enjoying Ba Culbert’s Tilikum Place Café for years — I’m a Belltown resident and have long made Tilikum my home-away-from-home. From the exquisite food (new out-of-this-world menu addition: meatloaf) to the warm and welcoming atmosphere and people, I was delighted to celebrate my birthday at TPC by dining in after a yearlong pandemic. Every dish is alchemy!

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vipbelltowndiner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply in my mind the consistently best meal in Seattle.

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vipTravelguy
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tilikum Place is one of Seattle’s food gems. The food is excellent, beautifully presented, the wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food we had for dinner was incredible! One chicken and one fish. It was fabulous and our server was really attentive to our needs.

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MarF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. The food was well done and well portioned.

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margo
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just like before the pandemic but with fewer patrons. Glad to see they have takeout. I'll try that next time

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MichaelW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food, great atmosphere, friendly staff.

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MichelleC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The amount of food is small, but it is of high quality and is quiet and friendly. It is very regrettable that Dutch Bay is only day-time.

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Vera
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and excellent service. Very prompt. Baked bean dish was ridiculously delicious!

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TMSK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tilikum never skips a beat. They are on point with ambiance, service and food. I have always had a great experience here.

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PerlaR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I loved the smoked salmon quiche. Presentation was great and food was made with good quality ingredients.

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VivianS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is excellent! Anyone choosing to dine at Tilikum Place Cafe will not be disappointed.

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vipFlasher
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the warm, comfy atmosphere, excellent food, and THE BEST staff. Always welcoming.

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happydiners
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First restaurant meal in over a year! Pricey but absolutely delicious!

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BrianD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic meal and felt like the tables were appropriately distanced.

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vipairvly
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a cozy place with a variety of comfort food, always a pleasant experience to eat there.

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JimmH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent on every level. Well, could use some old world wines.

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Andel
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A joy to be back at a Tilikum Place! Delicious food, terrific wine, friendly and excellent service for our special trip from Sequim for dinner. This is my favorite dinner option in Seattle, and after a year in shelter, we were not disappointed. The quality is high and the value is more than reasonable. Looking forward to our next visit!

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Bluesy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, intimate dining. Excellent, friendly service. Our server seemed to know everyone! Food was delicious and don't miss the array of Manhattans as a cocktail choice.

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RaulT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was good, friendly and fast

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TaraM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! The food was unique and flavorful and the staff was wonderful!

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vipJimC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

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BriaT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Show up early, find parking nearby. Enjoy! Try the baby pancakes!

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PaulA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Belltown and one of the best in the entire city. Staff professional and warm, Lotta the host is wonderful and the food is outstanding!

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vipSeattleswede
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used to be a regular at Tillikum but my office moved and it wasn’t on my daily path. It was a delight to go back! Amazing food and service! Excellent COVID protocols in place while still providing an awesome experience. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch and made sure to get their famous Dutch babies!

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vipdecano
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The combination of the wonderful cuisine, the warm and comfortable ambience, and the first-class professional service make Tilikum Place one of Seattle's true culinary gems. Whether a local or a visitor, you will be very glad you dined there.

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Cris
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were - as always - excellent. The dal soup was particularly inspired.

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WayneW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as usual.

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Eddie
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has a cosy, neighborhood feel. Main course portions were very generous. Had we ordered starters, we wouldn't have been able to finish our main courses. Wine list is small but carefully selected, and our waitperson gave helpful suggestions. Excellent unobtrusive service, and helpful all around. I look forward to going back.

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TMSK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at Tilikum since 2010 and it is still my favorite restaurant. The staff is always welcoming and attentive without being too much. The food is amazing. The menu is created based on local, available ingredients. Even the desert is made in-house. I love to take family and friends that I want to impress to Tilikum.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smooth service, arrived a tad late to parking but even with a 20 min delay they were very understanding and able to still accommodate. I made the reservation and I believe they only have 7 revolving tables so when I say it was quiet it was just the kitchen movements and calm morning in Seattle. COVID has made the city much quieter too so enjoying our brunch was peaceful and delicious. Our server was timely, polite and respectfully checked up on us twice. When you order coffee btw you get a choice of French press and I LOVE this- you get a whole pot and I drink coffee like a fish (bad but so good haha) so I highly recommend along side the crumpets!! I wish I could have 20, it comes with 3 but they’re a treat and worth it! Although the menu isn’t extensive- believe me you’ll have well made food that will have you full. Don’t let those Dutch babies fool you, they’re smallish but VERY satisfying. I shared a Breakfast Plate with my partner and I’m open to say a thoroughly enjoyed breakfast for 2 was about $60 not including tip. PLEASE TIP THESE FOLKS, they’re a great staff and awesome cafe. I’ve never had a bad experience here and I’ve made at least a dozen stops. Wish I had pics of food but it was ALL gone! Plates totally clean. I have hard time believe anyone would be disappointed here, definitely give this place a chance :)

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CharlesM
West Virginia
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Tilikum whenever we are in town. It has never disappointed us. The menu is interesting and the food well prepared. Our waiter was professional and really accommodating. A great neighborhood find.

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vipRegular
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, delicious, and always special-- even during the pandemic.

FAQs

Tilikum Place Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 282-4830.

Tilikum Place Cafe is rated 4.9 stars by 1866 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.