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About Volunteer Park Cafe
At VPC we are all about celebrating the fresh, local, and seasonal bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Our approach to food is simple and straightforward. Our belief is that community is built around the dinner table and we strive to nourish and sustain those relationships with our food….always fresh goodness.
Seattle, WA 98112
Northwest, Organic, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: T-Sa 5:30pm-9:00pm
Monthly Sunday Supper -- please check out website
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Our Baker can make wonderful Cakes, Bunts, Cookies, Quiches and more!
Parking is free and usually easy to find
Metro bus #10 drops you off two blocks west of us on 15th. And the #12 drops you off two blocks east of us on 19th.
Chef Ericka Burke
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Once a month we offer our special Sunday Supper dinner.
-Cost is $45 per person.
-3/4 Course Dinner
-One Seating at 6 pm
Volunteer Park Cafe Ratings and Reviews
This was for my wife's birthday. We had a great time. There was only one server on at the time we sat down, so it took awhile for us to be greeted, but once our order was taken, timings were back to what's expected. The music went up in volume randomly in the middle of dinner. It was an adjustment, but it did not detract.
The food is amazing! Comfort food is probably the best way to describe it. My brisket was some of the best I've had. It came with steamed kale, lightly salted and with garlic, as well as homemade grits, which was buttery and rich.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing spot for dinner. It was not busy, trendy or pretentious. It was a good honest meal; delightful.
Living on the hill you have many options for food yet we tend to gravitate towards VPC at least a couple times each month. It is your quintessential neighborhood restaurant that has a static menu along with a several seasonal dishes that change over the year. Dinner is my preference but many people look forward to their French toast for brunch or lunch salads. Some of my favorites are the fig flatbread and brisket. I would certainly recommend this place to my peers.
We loved this place! We walked over from the volunteer park wading pool for an early dinner with our two little kids. The ambiance is comfortable and homey but also feels perfect for a special occasion. We sat on the benches near the window and it was a great nook for our toddler. There were even books and a puzzle for him. The food was outstanding and we loved our waitress.
I've been on Capitol Hill for years but this was my first dinner at Volunteer Park Café. Overall, it was fine but no one in our group is anxious to return anytime soon. The pizza was delicious, especially the Bianco, but the rest of the meal was ho-hum. Our caprese salad was expensive and mostly consisted of just cut tomatoes, with just a small dollop of burrata. The desserts were disappointing, especially the peach galette. The drink menu left a lot to be desired, as did our service. I recommend the pizza but maybe just for takeout... sorry.
I love Volunteer Cafe for it's warm, neighborhood vibe. The food is always good and the service is personal and professional. The same was true when we went recently. The only drawback was the very limited dinner menu. One of only three main dishes was sold out by 6:15.
The occasion was Mother's Day dinner. Two of us ordered the pot pie which was tasty but small for $12 each. The third person ordered the French dip for $16. It was not very tasty and the person was still hungry after eating it. We did not order salad because they were $13 to $14 each, and they were extra. The drinks were around $3 each. Usually restaurants offer rolls or something more, but we got only what we ordered with no frills. The bill was over $53 for that small amount. It was way too expensive for what we got. I will not recommend Volunteer Park Cafe to anyone.
This is well worth the trip, as the restaurant is in the heart of a residential area near volunteer park. I sat on my own in the window seat, ate a delicious sausage pizza followed by baked pears and ice cream. Great service and really good value. I'll be returning.
The ladies enjoyed their ravioli once it finally arrived. Food was just ok in my opinion... the sausage pizza had about 6 or 7 small pieces of sausage. Service is extremely slow. One wait person handling the whole restaurant. A girl greets and pours the water.
For a spot that is always hopping for brunch, I was surprised to find Volunteer Park Cafe so quiet (only one other couple) dinner on a rainy Thursday evening. This was our first dinner here, and we will definitely be back. Everything was delicious, and the service was friendly and attentive. This place is the definition of cozy neighborhood restaurant—every neighborhood should be so lucky to have a Volunteer Park Cafe in its midst.
Went for Dine Around Seattle on a rainy Wed night just before Thanksgiving. Had a salad with poached pear and goat cheese. It was perfect - high-quality ingredients, and so fresh. Followed by the pork on a bed of parsnip puree or something - flavorful and so tender. The dessert, muck-muck, a baked liquid chocolate cake thing, was merely very good, perhaps a little too eggy, and not truly luscious. The place was only a third full, but very cozy on that rainy night
We are VPC regulars because we live one block up, but we have been out of town for a month. It was a treat to be back to neighborhood deliciousness. We had the special pizza with pears and Gorgonzola and the sausage pizza plus a Caesar salad. All were delicious and my spouse just enjoyed the pizza leftovers for lunch.
Never a disappointment. Everything we've ever ordered has been fantastic here. We absolutely love having this restaurant in our neighborhood. Erika, the owner does a fantastic job for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We've enjoyed many Sunday Suppers (a set menu once a month or so). Neither of us like leaving town on NY Eve so we've been enjoyed our new tradition of walking up to VPC to celebrate the new year with our neighbors.
I confess that we are regulars at VPC. Living one block away from such an inviting place that produces such delicious things makes it hard to stay away. Between the five of us we tend to order every single salad on the menu so we get to taste every one. Then we share a pair of pizzas and maybe an entree if we are hungry enough. We love their bruschetta and were a little sad that there wasn't one available on our last visit. Entre wise, the brisket is the best ever. In the dessert category, the chocolate caramel tart is worth every calorie. It's a great place - truly a neighborhood gem.
We came early and only a few people were there, so we expected a quiet dinner. But the music was very loud and also not the kind of music I would like for dinner - sounded like a late-night bar, lots of "F- you" lyrics. It conflicted with the nicely set tables and napkins. The service was pretty slow, given the number of people that were in the restaurant. The beet salad was tasty but it was small for the cost, and you needed a microscope to find the beets. The chicken pot pie and lasagna were wonderful. We've been here before and the main dishes have been very good. It's been loud before because of the other people. So not the place for a nice dinner conversation, but the food is good.
I used to love volunteer park cafe. ...it's great neighborhood location and historic building but for what it charges it needs to be better. Wine prices are too high along with entree prices. The food took too long on a quiet night and the lasagna was cold. The food was good but just not worth the money given the gaps in execution.
I've always enjoyed coming here, a new manager there named Liz was treating us so well and got to meet the owner which was a I've pleasure.
Certain items on the menu I've ordered in the past have changed ingredients so it came to me as a surprise. Still enjoyed it, Brussels sprouts no longer have bacon and now include a delicious sauce. The beef is now served over mashed potatoes and no longer rich.
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