530 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
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12/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Ambience is about the only thing going for this place. Small, pretentious fare (should have known with a tag like ""food with nerve"" printed on their awning,) fairly nasty wines, and a waitstaff that frankly lies and misrepresents the product. That is unforgiveable. I try to avoid confrontations, so I ask if the restaurant is going to ""convert to a nightclub,"" with loud thumping music over which you have to shout. If there's anything that irks me, it's sitting down for a nice, mellow meal, only to find that your environment has converted to a dance club by the time your second course comes. I was assured by both the bartender and the waitress that this would not happen. Then, as if almost to prove a point, the music was increased over 20 minutes from mellow latin to nasty rave/disco until it was thumping away. It's not just the dishonesty that I find repulsive, it's the fact that no offer was made to turn the volume down, when the restaurant was empty (now I know why!) I asked for the rest of my food to go. I gently explained why. I was treated to a dismissive ""well, have a nice night. "" As I left, the two other couples in the restaurant didn't seem particularly happy, nor in need of loud, aggressive, badly chosen music with poor taste. This place lost my patronage forever. Flat-out lying is not something you expect from Burger King, let alone a place that bills itself as high-end. Your loss, Moxie. You forget: customers are more important than your iPod fix.
07/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
1) avoid at all costs
2) overpriced, bad service--they can't comply with requests
3) tiny main entrees are more like appetizers
4) spend your money elsewhere
worst dinner i've had in a long time
cheese assortment appetizer is basically overpriced ritz crackers and kraft cheese pieces
05/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
On a lark, my husband and I decided to give Moxie a try, and were very pleasantly surprised! The restaurant is a space that's never had good luck. And frankly, it didn't LOOK awesome from the outside. But what a find. The bar and front restaurant space is light-filled and convivial, while the darker interior restaurant space is quiet and intimate. All brick and painted concrete, with black chairs and plump pillows.
The food is also a surprise. Contemporary with a twist. For example, the calamari is fresh sauteed with greek olives and sundried tomatoes - a delicious combination. The calves' liver (not what we usually order) turned out to be quite a pleaser: pate-like with seared brown edges and a nice carmelized onion & spinach topping. My husband had an artichoke and bean gratin which is very much like a french cassoulet. Rich brown sauce and NOT gooey cheesy. The wine list is spare but offer very good choices with reasonable prices.
If I was nit picky, I would say that Moxie SHOULD have the ""moxie"" to venture away from the traditional dishes that dozens of restaurants offer: paparadelle, seared scallops, steak frites, all the usuals. But fortunately, the chef is creative enough with some of the side dishes and starters that makes Moxie stand out. In a neighborhood full of outstanding restaurants, Moxie manages to be a gem. Not an easy task!
03/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
In my opinion, there are three joints on lower Queen Anne worthy of my hard-earned dime. One is always packed with 20 somethings on the hunt for their next conquest, one serves great cocktails but the menu leaves me wanting more, and then there is Moxie. A nice spot to sit, enjoy a well made cocktail and enjoy thoughtful small plates. The mini-lamb burgers are tasty although I'm not a big fan of feta, the oyster shooter-fab, and the eggs benedict at brunch is pretty darn tasty though a little too precious. If you are looking for a nice-romantic place to sip a drink without all the craziness check out Moxie.
12/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We've dined at Moxie numerous times in 2007 and have always had a great experience. The service is friendly and attentive, servers are knowledgeable about the menu. The chef has come out of the kitchen on a couple of visits to talk with the diners.... a wonderful, personal touch. The menu is always creative and makes the best use of seasonal ingredients. These guys do pork better than anyone..... pork loin, pork chop, it's always outstanding. We attended a wine maker dinner that was the best we've tried (and we've tried a lot) -- the food and wine pairings were perfect, and the winemaker and chef explained the pairings and asked the diners for feedback. Wonderful experience! The ambience is quiet and intimate... elegant without being stuffy. Moxie has proven that they are consistent in delivering an outstanding experience, and should be considered one of the top restaurants in Seattle.
08/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I went to Moxie recently to celebrate our anniversary. We had been eager to try it, having heard good things. We agreed to be seated in the bar, as much of the dining room was reserved for a wine tasting dinner. The bartender came over to take our drink order, and since I was having trouble deciding between two of their specialty drinks I asked for for his suggestion. I agreed to the suggested drink, but the drink that he brought was the other one. This wasn't a big deal, but it wasn't what had been ordered. After taking our dinner order, he did not come back to check on us at all. I had wanted a second drink but finally gave up on that idea. Fortunately the food was fabulous, so I had to give it at least 3 stars. As a bartender myself, I know it can be hard to make it to your tables if you get busy making drinks. While he was busy part of the time, the rest of the time he was talking to his friends who were gathered at the bar. He came out to serve another table, but walked right past ours without checking on us. Despite the delicious food, the poor service ruined the experience for us, and we will not be back.
06/07/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Met the owner/chef in line at QFC. Lovely woman with INSANE talent. I had trout, which was prepared perfectly, although the accompaniments were not my favorites. My wife had the scallops and we both licked the plate. We seriously debated ordering another plate of them. This place isn't afraid to challenge your palate, so I guarantee you can find something you won't like, but the fact is that everything is prepared perfectly. They live up to their name, and exceed expectations. Beautiful.
05/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I?ve been to Moxie several times for late night drinking and snacking in the bar area, and every time has been good. The service is wonderful and the cocktails are crafted very nicely. This is the place to enjoy a few shots of your favorite hard liquor because Moxie isn?t stingy when giving shots. The lamb-burger and muscles (on the bar menu) are very tasty. The dim lighting gives a nice touch to the environment that isn?t too comfy, but is very clean. The seating is best suited for couples or a few buddies; this isn?t a spot for large groups. Out of all the lounges I?ve reviewed, Moxie is in the top 5 for the quality put into the small bites and service.
02/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I are very picky, and there are so many great restaurants in Seattle that we are a little spoiled. Moxie is more than just a great name. The whole package works. Great food, great concept, great execution. You can go for a nice dinner, or just pop in for a pre-game cocktail with snacks. The husband-wife-owners took a big risk here, and it paid off. Give them a try. (Now if only they served Moxie soda, my life would be complete!)
11/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
moxie is small and dark with an artistic, romantic feel. they have an excellent beer and wine list with an unusual cocktail menu. we started with the cheese plate which was small but very good. my boyfriend had the steak and i had the lamb burger. both were good but the lamb burger was fantastic as were the fries that came with. we went on a saturday at 830 so parking was tough, especially with an event going on at seattle center. i recommend allowing at least a half hour to find parking before your reservation when there is an event!
10/17/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Had the best time at MOXIE Restuarant on Queen Anne with nervy food and a sassy server!
Everything she suggested was right on and just as described...i had the quail with mole, the blue cheese flan, and great wines! My wife is making second reservations for a girls night.
Definitely need reservations...as our first night we got a lucky break getting in with someone elses cancellation. CHEERS TO NATASHA AND JULIANA!!!!!!!
10/07/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Such an amazing dinner -- both the food and service were perfect. I had also read so-so reviews and had low expectations -- and was completely blown away. The ancho chile/mole crusted quail stuffed with semolina was tender and flavorful -- a perfect fall dish. The kale that came with it was equally good. The waitress gave great tips -- steered us away from a menu item she didnt think was up to snuff that night -- and left us alone when we were deep in conversation. Warning: exceptional food and service aint cheap.
10/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Love Moxie!! We came in before the Cirque du Solie(sp) show without reservations and the owner was able to find us a table, and get us a great meal in an hour's time. We loved the octopus salad, lightly fried calamari, and their crazy caesar salad. We shared the pork-chop.. one more glass of wine and we were on our way. Great (fast) service, wonderul food, fun ambience. Pete rules! Definately MAKE reservations, and you are sat for a good time.
10/03/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Moxie was truly an amazing experience! I went there with a group of coworkers last week. The food was incredible - both in flavor and presentation. And the drinks were succulent. Even though we were a large table, the service was perfect. I'm not sure what all the previous rants are about. The best part of the night was when the owner and his wife came over to our table to make sure everything was to our liking. This is a very comfortable restaurant with great food and drink, fantastic service, hip patrons , and interesting conversation. I highly recommend it. I also heard they have their new autumn menu out and I can't wait to savor the new fare.
09/28/2006Provided by Citysearch -
My girlfriends and I went to Moxie for some cocktails and appetizers before a concert a week or two ago, and I have to say this is one of my new favorite Seattle locations! All the old reviews must have been taken to heart, because the service was wonderful and the food was fantastic!! I had the Sangria (which was delightful) and we all shared a salad and the steamed clams. We loved it so much that we returned after the concert for more! I got the lamburger and I'm not kidding when I say this: the best burger I have ever had in my life! I ended up not caring for the glass of wine that I ordered and the server had no problem taking it back and bringing me something else.
Great service, amazing food, can't wait to go back!!
09/09/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I just returned from a three-hour meal at Moxie--three hours as in ""relaxing and perfectly paced to savor the meal,"" as opposed to ""starving to death and can't find the waiter."" I can't find fault with anything. Cocktails were unusual and really tasty. Appetizers were superb. Entrees were both sublime and enormous. Desserts were delicious and small, which was a relief given how stuffed we were after gorging ourselves on the incredible entrees.
Our server was the same one who has been complained about in other reviews, and we would have her wait on us again in a second. She was personable, gracious, funny, and attentive, and all this while deftly and politely handling the table of loud, obnoxious drunks who were sitting behind us and amusing themselves by yelling incoherently.
The negative reviews posted here seem to all be posted by the same group of people, and I'd advise taking their opinions with a grain of salt. Moxie is one of the best restaurants in the city, and definitely the best in its neighborhood.
09/07/2006Provided by Citysearch -
OK - so after reading a lot of reviews about terrible service and great food, I gathered a small group and chose Moxie over another spot that had so-so food and great service. The truth is the food is amazing. We eat out five nights a week and found Moxie to be foodwise among our top favorites. We each had something different (cod, halibut, steak, squid) and they were all terrific. We ordered the chocolate cake for dessert, which didn't stand up to our amazing dinner, so I'd recommend something else perhaps. Now for the service. It wasn't terrible as so many others had experienced, but it wasn't good either. The server was nice enough, but her timing was off, her description of the special was too educational, instead of simply an option, and overall her tone didn't match the food, though it may with the 'nerve' theme. It reminded me of being at Ed Debevic's in Chicago where the service is nice, but sort of rude... I also noticed that the dining room had a lot of empty tables, though it was a weekday.
My two cents: I hope the owners take these reviews to heart and consider retraining the staff or finding folks that emulate the brand they wish to deliver with their amazing edible creations.
07/15/2006Provided by Citysearch -
went to moxie the other night with a date and had a lovely time. the wine list was pleasant, the staff very courteous and warm, the food amazing. ate a mushroom tart that was divine!! flakey crust, but not too buttery, with a variety of mushrooms perfectly baked. for the main had the sea scallops and let me say that they were EXACTLY as the server described. when they arrived i was expecting what i've had at other restaurants, somewhat on the raw-ish side, or a little rubbery from over cooking. what i had was the most tender, perfectly prepared and seasoned sea scallops. i was so impressed i nearly fell off my chair.
i have to admit the first couple of times that i went to moxie i wasn't very impressed, but that was when it was brand spanking new. but now, with a tad more time under their belts, i have found that they really grew into some real MOXIE.
oh, and the date went really well.