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Volunteer Park Cafe

86 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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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Our Baker can make wonderful Cakes, Bunts, Cookies, Quiches and more!
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Cross street
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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

Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 86 People Are Saying
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AnneM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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.

akfooody (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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.

lucystro (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 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."

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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

Phoodie (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipJavaJava (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

Dining at Volunteer Park Cave is always a lovely experience.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

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

vipCapDiner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 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.

Jean (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

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

vipKaren (Seattle)
3.0  Dined 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.

MaryEllen65 (Seattle)
5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vippansyollie (Seattle)
5.0  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.

vipRRcrossing (Seattle)
5.0  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.