1515 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
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02/06/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Pasta Freska is definitely one of my favorite places to eat in Seattle. We went there last night to celebrate our anniversary and they always do a great job creating a fun and memorable experience for us.
There are no menus so part of the fun is the surprise of what the Chef sends to your table. Chef Mike is a very friendly and fun guy who gets to know his customers and understand what you do or don't like to eat. He also has a great sense of humor which adds to the fun.
He first offered us some wine that he picked out that was very well paired with the food we were served. At times we were brought the same food while other times we were served different items. It was fun to try the different food on each others plates. We had an assortment of different Italian dishes throughout the night and we both absolutely loved every single dish!
At the end of the night we had gone through an entire bottle of wine, salad, garlic bread, countless number of various Italian dishes (including eggplant parm, mussels, tuna, meat pasta, lamb, beef,...), a tasty dessert, and a couple glasses of fabulous dessert wine. All of that for $100..! Definitely an incredible value for the night! We can't wait to go back and talk to our friends about it!
12/05/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My family elected to take a group of friends and coworkers here for a holiday celebration - WORST MISTAKE EVER.
I cannot even begin to describe how unprofessional and horrific this experience was - I just hope that, by reading this review, you're able to avoid this restaurant at all costs!
Our group arrived at Pasta Freska this afternoon expecting to be the only group there, as they're closed on Sundays except for private events (which we had booked with them well in advance). However, when we showed up, we were informed that they had booked another party there and the excuse was that ""we hadn't given him the right contact number."" Really? Because they'd been able to contact us several times for the planning of the event. He then informed our group that we'd be going over to the Swedish Cultural Center nearby - but didn't bother to let us know that meant that we'd have our food DRIVEN back and forth, because there was no kitchen there!
And that whole promise that was made during the initial tasting about 'asking what people like and don't like'? And customizing the menu to people's tastes? Ha. Instead we all received the exact same meal (cold, more often than not) and had to use the SAME PLATE for each of the six courses. There's nothing like enjoying eggplant Parmesan - soggy by the time it was driven up to us - chicken Marsala, and fish - all on the same plate, all consumed cold. What a treat!
Dessert was no better - the ice cream part was soup by the time it arrived, and they didn't bring everyone individual desserts, but instead put down desserts for us to ""share"".
And of course, you never see a menu with pricing for the experience, so this horrific event still set us back over $1,000 for the evening - what a complete rip-off. I'd never go back here and if anyone ever asks my opinion, I'll emphatically tell them to steer clear of this place at all costs. Do yourself a favor and go to ANY other Italian place in Seattle - or go to McDonald's. You'd get better, fresher food and much more professional service. Avoid Pasta Freska at ALL costs!
05/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We recently went to this restaurant and found the atmosphere to be relaxed and fun. The concept of ""no menu"" was intriguing and different, and since we don't mind trying almost anything, it was AOK with us. The food was good, but frankly it was nothing special. We had a particularly bad experience with the seared tuna. Three of the four diners at our table had a serving of tuna that was old or bad, while the fourth serving was fresh and tasty. Sometimes we had different items at the same table. The prices are not posted anywhere, so you don't know what the cost of wine or dessert is going to be until the end. As it turns out, the basic wine served was quite pricey - great way to jack up the bill unnecessarily. The intervals between courses were far too lengthy, and there were times when we were tired of waiting and it became boring. I did like the unique experience of the non-menu, but the mediocre quality of the food, the expense, and the lagging service weren't worth the cost. There are too many other restaurants to explore to ever return here again.
08/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Good value. There were four in our party with dinner for everyone (we were all quite full) two bottles of wine and 2 beers our check was only $180. The only drawback I saw was since it was our first time we were a tiny bit afraid of what the bill was going to be because there was no menu and the food kept coming and coming. Food is simple, fresh, rustic...good. Service was wonderfully slow paced, non-intrusive & polite. Being able to enjoy dinner on the patio on a warm Seattle night was the biggest plus for me.
06/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been going to Pasta Freska for over 6 years now. It is my favorite place to dine in seattle. It is a wonderful hole in the wall where the book really doesn't fit the cover. You will be delightfully surprised at the wonderful dishes that Mike has come up with. His wine selection is also one of the best in town and is low in price! On top of everything you can't beat hanging out with Mike in his restuarant. You seriously get a show with dinner! I highly recommend to anyone who is wanting an unforgettable dining experience.
01/31/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Pasta Freska is my husband's and my favorite place to go for any reason we can manufacture. Yes, it's not fancy, but without fail the service is friendly and professional, the wine is great, and Josh, the chef, is happy to make special ""veggie"" dishes that are delicious (as is everything). Mike (the owner) is great - what's not to love about walking in and having the owner hand you a glass of chianti while you wait a few minutes for a table.
If you haven't been here, it's a great place to take out of town guests for a treat that they will tell everyone else in your family about....
11/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have heard about Pasta Freska over the years, and have always been intrigued by the idea of a restaurant without a menu. After being reminded of this place on the radio one day I decided that I'd take my wife out there for her birthday. We went in with open minds and an empty stomach which is highly recommended. Our reservations were for 6pm and the restaurant was fairly empty, but it fills up quick with quite the wait when we left. The atmosphere is casual and cozy. Be prepared for an outgoing experience as the owner/chef is very friendly and eager to tell you about the dining experience. After a round of asking us what we don't like to eat we were greeted with a bottle of wine, and just had to sit back and watch the food come in. To start we had a round of the signature eggplant appetizer. Even if you don't like eggplant it's a must try. To follow we had a delicious italian salad and bread, pasta, halibut, prawns, tortellini, and an amazing stuffed marsala chicken breast to finish off the dinner. If you have room for dessert I'd recommend it because the dessert platter is worth it. The big question mark coming in was the bill and we were pleasantly surprised. I felt for the amount of food, wine, and dessert it was very reasonable. We're definitely excited to try it again.
07/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The food here is sooooooo good. Wasn't my idea to go and is kinda a hole in the wall but food is amazing! Go with an open mind. The owner is very nice and I raved to people for days after eating here. Just let him bring you food and you will feel like your in heaven for the two hours you are there. I signed up to city search just to rave this restaurant. I will bring many here.
06/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
It's little unsettling to have your meal chosen for you. Let the food set you free. Be prepared to spend 2 to 3 hours on a leisurely meal of several courses, wine, and conversation. The good food, the positive vibe, and the conversation with the owner/chef makes for a refreshing fare. The important thing is to let yourself go with the flow. If you are extremely controlling you will not enjoy this experience.
04/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
It looks like it tastes, average at best.
For the dry chicken marsala and chicken parmesan and the remainder of the pre determined menu, it was not worth the price we were charged.
It also would have been nice if the price of the meal and the wine would have been mentioned up front.
Additionally, a ""sampler"" was provided, that wasn't mentioned, and that we were charged additional for.
Poor communication, too many unspoken assumptions, too much push without enough choice. Even in Italy were there are many prefix meals, there is still some choice.
03/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I read all the reviews before going and was still amazed by the food....twice! Chef Mike was great the first time and the second time, a younger (i'm assuming apprentice) did just as well. The much-maligned service is definitely not meant for the where's-my-food-i-want-it-now crowd but if you're planning on a slow evening to enjoy with family & friends, this is the place to go. The meal + dessert + drinks + tips = $35-40/person, a little pricey but worth the experience. Another reviewer was spot-on; although the dinner is menu-less, Chef Mike definitely has his standard dishes (eggplant appetizer anyone?) but you won't hear complaints from me. The decor/ambience didn't match the $ but suited the friendly and personable chef.
02/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Pasta Freska is great. Anyone who wants to exploit a technicality to get a two dollar meal probably doesn't see the light of day in the middle of the day. Get a clue freeloader! Just because you're right, doesn't remotely suggest you should.
Now for the review. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere a refreshing change. Sure there are fine Italian dining establishments in Seattle that will satisfy anyone, orchid1 wouldn't be allowed in the area, let alone in the door. Way to go chef Mike! A unique and winning formula!
Thank you for many great meals! Rob Miller <<< real name :)
02/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This ended up being the rudest dining experience we've ever had. Mike, the owner/chef was friendly at first, sitting down with us to discuss our likes and dislikes for dinner. I felt that this in-your-face ""best buddy"" technique seemed fake and it made me uncomfortable. My instinct about that rang true later on. Everything seemed like a sell, as he offered us wine and salads. We ordered a pizza only, which was basically what we came in for anyway. He told us it would be $12.00 for a medium. The male server we had was quick and friendly. He seemed genuine and nice. The pizza was great, although I felt it had too much black pepper sprinkled on the crust or in the sauce. That kind of put a damper on it for me. The toppings were plentiful, however. I had a $10.00 Restaurant dot com gift certificate printed for this restaurant, which is how I even heard about them. I wanted to try this place. On Restaurant dot com, Pasta Freska is one of the affiliated restaurants and there weren't any stipulations in order to use the certificate. Most eateries on that site require a purchase of $30.00+. I made sure I followed the rules of the certificate. When I presented it to the owner/chef, he looked down at it and told us that he didn't know whether he could accept it or not, as he would ""only be making $2.00"" off of our meal. When I calmly and politely said that I made sure I followed the rules of use, he crumpled up the printed certificate and told us that it's ok and that he ""didn't need to make any money"" off us as he walked away abruptly. We sat there dumbfounded with our mouths open, not knowing what to do. On our way out, we offered to pay the $2.00 +tax, but he told me that we insulted and disrespected his restaurant. When I reminded him that the certificate didn't have requirements (his fault), he said that he assumed his customers would respect him to order enough food so he could make some money. Very rude & unprofessional. Will not ever return.
12/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have eaten at Pasta Freska on many occasions and have treated many friends and family to this fantastic restaurant, all of whom have been simply delighted. There are many reviews on this place but I'd like to add that it is also a great place to hold a party or even a benefit as was held for me a few weeks ago. I am a freelance photographer (read no employer, limited insurance), recently recovering from cancer surgery and chemotherapy. My sister decided to throw a benefit auction for me and picked Pasta Freska for the event. She worked very closely with the owner, Mike Horri, and the event turned out better than anyone could have expected. The atmosphere was upbeat, fun, and Mike and his staff took it up several notches more with the wonderful service and food. Many people had never been or heard of Pasta Freska previously and they had the time of their lives with all their senses fulfilled - great food, drink, and Mike was ever the charmer, as usual. My normally reserved father told Mike he loved him the first time he ate at Pasta Freska.
Not only do I recommend Pasta Freska in a 'normal' situation, but give Mike the opportunity for your next party or big event and he will far surpass your expectations. Thank you, Mike, and your staff too, for making this special night such a success.
10/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I love this place.
The tables are placed close together but it doesn't seem crowded. There is only a tiny waiting area in the front, we got there a bit late so we had to wait a few min. no big deal the wine helped pass the time.
Mike (the owner) personally takes care of his guests, making sure you wine glass is never empty and that everyone is having a great time.
The close seating, and small space make for a noisy bustling atmosphere that sort of enhance the whole experience. Keep in mind Pasta Freska isn't a quaint reserved ""romantic"" place. This is your drunk uncle Larry?s hang out where everyone comes to eat great food in excess and allow themselves be happy.
The main reason I went the first time is that I am tired of going to restaurants and having to choose one item out of the 7 or 8 that sound really good, problem solved! No menu's, bring on the food.
Right now, this is my top pick in the area for bring folks who are visiting from out of town.
Stop putting it off?..just go.
08/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I went to Pasta Freska a few nights ago, on the recommendation of a friend. We were expecting something very good, but the reality was extraordinary!
Mike and his staff were gracious, attentive, personable, and professional, in a very casual and friendly way. The food was simply incredible. I'm a vegetarian, my wife eats seafood and no other meat. Mike made us a meal to remember for a lifetime, while taking the constraints into account. Our meal was incredible, the wine his staff selected was excellent, and dessert was to die for!
I'm not sure where the bad reviews I'm seeing as to service come from, for we were watched over carefully, but not obtrusively.
As one of the other reviewers said, this is not a 5 star restaurant, as that simply doesn't do justice to the whole experience. 10 would be appropriate. And all of this, with wine, came in at less than 80 bucks! What a value!
We will go to Pasta Freska at least once per visit to Seattle from now on! Thanks, Mike and staff!