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Volunteer Park Cafe is a go-to morning spot in Capitol Hill, but the secret is to hit it for dinner.

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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.

1501 17th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, Organic, American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: T-Sa 5:30pm-9:00pm
Monthly Sunday Supper -- please check out website

Cross Street:
Galer

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 328-3155

Website:
http://alwaysfreshgoodness.com/

Catering:
Our Baker can make wonderful Cakes, Bunts, Cookies, Quiches and more!

Parking Details:
Parking is free and usually easy to find

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Ericka Burke

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (8)
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Quiet Conversation (4)
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Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Casual (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Healthy (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Authentic, Disabled Access, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Dining at Volunteer Park Cave is always a lovely experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 11, 2017

love the new heirloom tomato pizza. it was a great addition to the family favorite (prosciutto and arugula)....

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

We've been coming here for years - we never tire of it, we always look forward to it. Delicious food, creative, original, but never overly fussy. Everyone we've ever encountered on the staff was friendly, cheerful and helpful. This is just a lovely place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Honestly not worth the hype (at least for dinner). Good ambiance but small and pricey portions.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 5, 2017

The casual atmosphere and friendly ambience paired with the good food and excellent service make this a terrific choice for a cozy and yummy dinner. Have not tried this place for brunch but I bet it is great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Every time we visit Seattle we like to have dinner at least one evening at Volunteer Park Cafe. We especially like the salads. The ingredients are always so fresh.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Organic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on May 24, 2017

We feel so lucky to have this fantastic neighborhood gem within walking distance of our house. Wonderful food every time. Monthly Sunday suppers are amazing.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Cozy, Authentic, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

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 (Portland)·Dined on April 25, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 21, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Beautiful little spot with delicious food that you tell is made with love! I came here 10 years ago when my daughter was in college and it's still a favorite when I'm in Seattle. They have amazing salads and good vegetarian options.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Casual, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on March 2, 2017

The atmosphere is cozy and inviting in this neighborhood cafe. The service was excellent and we really enjoyed our meals--the lamb tagine and pot of gold.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Excellent food as usual. This was our first time trying VPC for dinner and we were not disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 23, 2016

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

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 15, 2016

The food was excellent. I had the roasted pork and my husband had the beef brisket. Both were delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Food was good but we felt unwelcome. Place was empty at 7:00. They were cleaning up and preparing to close at 7:30 during Dine Around Seattle specials.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Didn't have the wine that I've had there before and liked, Maison Rouge, :(.
Bianco Pizza however made me forgive :).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 28, 2016

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Great casual atmosphere hiding sophisticated menus. Great meal and wine list.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 13, 2016

Five of us tried this place for the first time tonight. All five of us loved everything about the experience. They'll be seeing more of us, for sure.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 1, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Great margarita pizza!!! Good prices. Easy atmosphere.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Has stayed one if my fav's since it opened.
Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 12, 2016

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Always a safe bet and good food

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 3, 2016

VPC is always delish! Amazing muffins and sweets and food that is always fresh and on point. They have never disappointed us on a meal yet.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on April 22, 2016

Very cool place, tucked away in a neighborhood in an old grocery store. The food was great and service amazing. The bread pudding dessert was one of the top 5 best desserts we have ever had! We will be back soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2016

Service was bad and food was slow. When it came, was undercooked and needed to be sent back.
No true apology or offer to reduce the bill.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Love this place but disappointed that the Valentines Day menu was not friendly to non-carnivores.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 13, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Great food!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 5, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2016

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 12, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2015

Volunteer Park Cafe was the perfect place to have a relaxed evening tasting their wonderful food while enjoying a nice bottle of red wine. The service is friendly and helpful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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