Tilikum Place Cafe

4.8
1280 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
Reviews from verified diners
1,280 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
82%
Very Good
14%
Good
2%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Seattle
5.0Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant!

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RO
Seattle
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place on our 4th day. Have eaten here 3 times since it is awesome. Halibut salad was wonderful. Coffee Ole was worth a trip by itself. Desert baby was to die for. Try it, you will love it, oh, make reservations walk in is tough

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OT
Seattle
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service spectacular. Food fresh and flavorful. Yummy.

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RP
Seattle
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for 7pm got there earlier and were seated immediately food was awesome! Some of the best we’ve ever had and we travel a lot. We would recommend this place to anyone wanting a great dinning experience

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DB
Norway
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere Knowledgeable waiters Small menu but perfectly cooked

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MR
Seattle
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy going to the Tilikum Place Café. We had reservations, which are always needed because of limited seating. We were seated right away and our waitress was great. We had a variety of the breakfasts, to include the TPC breakfast and eggs benedict. The eggs benedict were a little overcooked, and we didn't even have to say anything, because the waitress said the cook was remaking them, which we received.
The Dutch babies are always a favorite. They were out of the one with strawberries, but the blueberry one was great also. Also had cappuccinos for our day of exploring Pike Place Market.

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FL
Seattle
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tilikum Place Cafe is our favorite restaurant for special occasions.

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CB
San Francisco
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food preparation, quality and freshness, professional service from the greeting to the complete service experience CANNOT BE BEAT! Seattle truly has a gem in Tilikum Place Cafe! For a fabulous end to the meal, try the Espresso Martini...it will send you home hopping with a smile:)

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Savannah
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to try the Dutch Baby, which was excellent, but the rest of the breakfast menu was excellent, too. Seasonal, fresh, (but still indulgent) with really good coffee and a comfortable atmosphere... a perfect brunch and well worth a stop as a tourist. I’m so glad I made reservations

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DK
Boise
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tilikum Cafe is a welcoming spot. Great ambiance. The food is interesting and tasty. It is often busy so reservations are recommended. A great spot for any meal!

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J
Washington DC
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty place! Got the rabbit leg, and my companions got the steak and chicken. All were very good.

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PL
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great accommodating & friendly service. Love the Washington cherries that ware served with the flan. The spaghetti entree, for lack of a better word, would be great as a full meal if you double the portion. I think that was everyone's favorite. Agree with reservations being recommended. Glad we ended up being able to eat here. I had the kale crepes, which I chose because I know kale is healthy. Though not a huge fan of the kale, probably because of the kaleness, I did eat it and it's presented so that you can opt not to eat it. The dish was still amazing. They also leave a tall water glass for refills at your table. Restroom has lock code & two stalls for the women.

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K
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked based on the reviews and we were not disappointed. Delicious meals with great service. Would go back!!

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SS
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been here for brunch and this last tine for dinner. The food was fantastic. The service was great. I have to come down to this restaurant more often.

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J
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They were very accommodating since we changed our reservation from two to three. Lovely.

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OT
Las Vegas
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The entree took a long time, but everything else was great!

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OT
Portland
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved our dinner at Tilikum Place from the manner in which we were greeted upon arrival, to our pleasant waiter & the outstanding food. My date & I shared 3 fabulous appetizers & one entree. The food couldn’t have been better. The restaurant has a charming cozy atmosphere & inspires good conversation. Thank you to all at Tilikum Place for such a wonderful night out.

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AR
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love coming here - never disappointed! Great food, great drinks and the wait staff if awesome!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KD
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AK
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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A
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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FH
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CH
London
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in the neighborhood.

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L
Seattle
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always great. Bustling with great service, great food.

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TH
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Seattle
2.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

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

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OT
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always!

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IJ
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CG
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KL
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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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b
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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L
Greensboro
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to enjoy- excellent food and cozy.

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B
Jackson Hole
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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PM
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RU
Seattle
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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t
Tampa
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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