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Volunteer Park Cafe

4.7
87 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Cozy
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Comfort Food

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, Organic, American
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Hours of operation


Dinner: T-Sa 5:30pm-9:00pm
Monthly Sunday Supper -- please check out website
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Phone number
(206) 328-3155
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Ericka Burke
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Catering
Our Baker can make wonderful Cakes, Bunts, Cookies, Quiches and more!
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Cross street
Galer
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Parking details
Parking is free and usually easy to find
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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.
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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

Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I've always been a fan of brunch at VPC but had not made it in for dinner. We went on a weeknight, so it was fairly quiet and without the hustle and bustle of weekend brunch, which was a nice change. You won't see the counter full of delicious pastries, but the food and service were still amazing. I'll definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

If you've been thinking about trying Volunteer Park Café, go for dinner rather than brunch. You can make a reservation on Open Table, so you don't have to stand in a long line or deal with the crowds. Nor do you have to worry about the café running out of your favorite items. At dinner, the place takes on a more civilized, quiet atmosphere. The service is lovely, and the food is interesting, varied, and delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband wasn’t actually served the meal he ordered but he enjoyed the one he got. I had requested a bd shout out with my reservation. Maybe the restaurant doesn’t actually see those requests?
Overall we had a great night! Such a cozy and welcoming environment.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Volunteer Park Cafe is a very quaint, tasty restaurant with wonderful veggie dishes! Ate a wonderful stuff pumpkin dish with creamy polenta — perfect for a rainy, winter date!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a great Prix Fixe menu for New Years. 5 courses in total, and all were very nicely done, the duck was especially nice. Dinner in total was almost 3 hours and seemed to go by much faster. I had previously typically only had brunch there but will definitely return for dinner soon.

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2.0Dined on December 19, 2017

I have been to Volunteer Park many times, but this was the worst service I have had. I am guessing they were unexpectedly short on staff, so I gave them some slack. On top of the insanely slow service, they only had ONE red wine by the glass because they were out of everything else. Again, I usually enjoy this spot, but it has a bummer of a dinner experience. Hoping it was a "one off."

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

I have eaten there several times and the menu has never let me down. Everything is awesome there! Not too crowded, not too noisy, affordable and quaint.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Love the food and the historical space. Lovely spot to have a great meal.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We decided to head here for a pizza. It was my busy on a Sunday night and the Brussels sprouts were excellent! The waitress was very attentive and kind. Breakfast is also great here.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Dining at Volunteer Park Cave is always a lovely experience.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 7, 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.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 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.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 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.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on August 2, 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2016

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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 :).

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Always a safe bet and good food

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