Ponti Seafood Grill
3014 3rd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Fax: (206) 284-4768
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06/21/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Overall, three stars. Food: OK, but nothing amazing. View/setting/atmosphere on the back patio overlooking the canal: now that rates five stars. Service: two stars.
Interesting currents at play here. Today was a nice, sunny day here in Seattle so when we made a reservation, we requested a table on the back patio. When we were initially seated, I lost myself in looking at the boats floating by on the canal, the lovely strip of herb garden just on the other side of the fence, and the overall relaxed yet upscale outdoor atmosphere. When we were seated with drinks in hand, our server called out the specials and one of them was Copper River king salmon for $48. Unfortunately, they also had Copper River sockeye salmon on the regular menu for $21, so it cannibalized the special a bit. The server explained away the HUGE price difference, saying that the sockeye was frozen (which kind of detracts from their menu overall, to my mind).
Our server was perfectly lovely, however the service timing was pretty slow. When I started to pay attention mid-meal, I made sure to time dessert and it was about a half-hour from when desert menus hit the table to when we actually placed our dessert order. Great if you're having a leisurely dinner with compatriots, but drags on if you have somewhere to be after your meal.
We started with the Dungeness Crab Spring Rolls with sweet chili sauce. Absolutely the standout of the meal. I would go and get a full order of these for dinner next time.
Next up, I ordered the Grilled Alaska Halibut (English pea risotto, grilled Yakima asparagus, piquillo pepper relish). I requested the halibut done well, and while it had a nice flavor the texture was not quite what I would consider well-done - more like medium. It indeed came with asparagus. One thick stalk. One. Huh. The portion of asparagus was dwarfed by the generous piece of halibut and put the aesthetics of the dish all out of sorts (if you're into that kind of thing). The risotto, while a bit buried by the slab 'o' halibut, was really nicely done. Creamy, flavorful and the slight pop of the fresh Spring peas studding it was a great complement.
Finally, the long-awaited dessert. We decided to split the Moelleux au Chocolate (Frangelico caramel sauce, Hazelnut toffee crunch). When it arrived, we determined that Moelleux must either be French or a high-falutin'-made-up-dining-experience term for molten chocolate. It was quite good, rich, and the hazelnut toffee crunch set is off nicely. The caramel was good, but no detectable flavor of Frangelico. Another nice touch: the small scoop of freshly whipped cream, unsweetened. It cut the high-powered sweet of the dish perfectly.
Overall, a great place to come on a nice evening in Seattle. However, if food alone is your determinant, there are many other places who do it better.
03/22/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Visited this Place the other evening and was appalled with the service and way below average seafood.Granted it was busy for a wednesday evening,3-21-12 although no exscuse for really bad service,as the place is not that large as the dining area next to the bar is a small area as is the bar.It took 15 minutes for anyone to come by us to at least greet us.Took another 15 minutes to recieve 2 glasses of wine that were only 10ft away from our seats.Very meager portion of wine,as I noticed the group right next to us glasses were double in comparison to ours.We were using a dining card buy one get one free,so I think we were fround upon from the get go as being cheap diners.Well Mr owner and Manager you really ran into the wrong diner here.I am from seattle born and raised unlike most of your clientel,that doesnt know squat about seattles fine seafood restaurants and also from a very large family that knows seafood better then anyone.Yes we are connected to the areas finest seafood restaurants and fisheries all locally owned.The prawn and pasta dish was bland and boring,no flavor and with a tomatoe type sauce,wife barely touched it.my swordfish came out luke warm and under cooked and chared marks that tasted burned.The really dissapointing thing about the dish was the swordfish was on a bed of luke warm green type of seaweed slop,really unappetizing and completely tastless,I couldnt eat what ever that was,Than also with the swordfish accompanied these fried little clumps of potatoes similair to what you get at a fast food place the little hashbrown things,What a joke.Our bill came to $80 for 4 glasses of thimbles of wine 2 lousy entrees and a fair appetizer,oh and unlimited bread Yeppi.With the dining card it was reduced to $65 plus tax.So I paid and tipped the server $10 for lousy service and lousy food,She returned and laid a tipping chart on
me for the estimated tip before the discounted entree.Please !!! she was lucky to get the $10.Out the door we went after 90 minutes of wasted time Never to return.Do yourself a favor and skip the trip to Pontis and go to Rays for guaranteed delicious Seafood.
06/08/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I moved away from Seattle. I had been to Ponti with my parents. I recently re-discovered Ponti.I had forgotten what a beautiful restaurant it was. The food was excetional. I really like the two course meal in the bar for $ 20. I had the Copper River sockeye and my date had the Weather vaine scallops. Both were delicious. The service was superb, professional but not snobby. This is my "" new "" favorite restaurant. Great food. Affordable, and the perfect place to impress my date.
Ponti has some of best food I've ever had in my life. The prices are great seafood can be expensive especially stuff that isn't farm raised and the valet parking was only 2$ so I gave the guy $5 so I didn't feel cheap. The waitstaff is great we had a real funny nice waiter. I will go there again.
12/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I took my family to Ponti. We felt a little casual. That didn't bother the staff at Ponti. We were warmly welcomed. And the food was excellent. I had the Alaskan Black Cod, Alaskan fishermen's favorite if done rigth. It was delicious. Lightly smoked and grilled perfectly. Served with fall vegetables. All of our entrees were superb, expertly presented and cooked to perfection. I even noticed a great New York steak for my next visit. Our service was professional and the decor was beautiful, warm, and not noisey. I highly recommend Ponti.
06/27/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I went to Ponti's while in Seattle for the weekend. We were looking for a really good seafood restaurant and specifically, I wanted King Crab Legs. After researching restaurants on the internet, we went with Ponti's as they had crab legs and it was more moderately priced and not quite as expensive as some of the others. We arrived at Ponti's only to find absolutely NO crab on the menu and the response from the waitress was, ""Yeah, they don't update the menu online really."" Are you kidding me? We wanted to walk out at this point as I am pregnant and hormonal; however, decided to stick it out. Another bad choice. The service was horrible, the fish we ordered was undercooked, and we left the restaurant hungry and wanting dinner. I would recommend that you choose one of the MANY other options in Seattle when looking for seafood as I am sure they are MUCH better.
06/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Ponti Seafood Grill has been around for quite sometime, which in the restaurant industry is no small accomplishment. The outdoor dining is beautiful, the menu is creative and the setting is light and airy- perfect for summer. The Thai Curry Penne is so unique and definitely in the top ten dishes I have ever had in Seattle, So creamy and flavorful- packed with delicious fish and crab. However, I find this is best enjoyed at Cafe Ponti. The restaurant feels a little dated with an older, slightly stuffy crowd with steep prices. You can have the same food with smaller portions including the heavenly Thai Curry Penne in the hip cafe or on the darling outdoor patio. Save money and get a better atmosphere! However, the waitresses on a couple occasions seemed annoyed when they find out you're on the patio for happy hour because you'll obviously be spending way less money. Less than stellar service aside, this is definitely the best way to enjoy this classic Seattle restaurant.
05/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This seafood grill has a great patio that makes for a perfect romantic evening out. Ponti is located in Fremont and overlooks both the Fremont and Aurora bridges, its right on the water and feels great on a hot summer evening with a cool breeze. Go for sunset and enoy some drinks with some great views. Happy hour is early and allows you to get some of the pricier food for cheaper prices. I don't even like seafood but can't wait to go back to this restuarant just to be able to relax by the water and watch the boats go by. Might be a good place for a special occasion dinner.
04/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I took my eldest son to Ponti's (04/13/10) and we tried a number of dishes.
The seafood we sampled was good to great, so there's no debate there. Service was excellent. Pricing was high and portion sizes were typically (not always) on the extremely skimpy side for the price in my view. Some products we sampled were so poor it was amazing they continue to stay on the menu of an establishment with this reputation.
Staff: The staff was friendly overall and most important, they were generally FOCUSED on providing excellent and attentive service. I did not see anyone engaged in non-customer oriented actions - it was clear that attention to customers was a priority.
Service: Service levels were good. Didn't have to wait long for food to arrive, and it came pleasantly and appropriately hot, our waiter ensured that our water/wine needs were always met, and he was most accomodating in all respects. Note: Our waiter did not introduce himself by name when he engaged with us - I had to ask
PARKING: First impressions are important, and parking is a real challenge (but it shouldn't be). NO PARKING signs posted everywhere outside the restaraunt, making it very hard to determine where it's legal to park.
Prawns Tempura (Happy hour) $7 - five very light battered 2-bite prawns arrived piping hot with a unique and flavorful sauce - enough to ensure I could dip all 5 prawns and still have a tad bit of sauce left over. The prawns were great and the sauce was unique and tasty. (4 stars)
Ponti Kazi $5 - this tangy and tart non-alchoholic beverage LOOKS great, but tastes like the worst medicine I ever had as a kid,. The brew consists of a clash of flavors that don't go together well, and I would not hesitate to say it should be removed from Ponti's menu. Yuk! (0 Stars)
Monteray Grilled Calamari - A unique and flavorful sauce combined with tender calamari was a hit with us. I would definitely order this again (4 stars).
Mushroom soup: The presentation was bland, with a few sprinkles of parsley on top. The bowl did not (thankfully) contain much soup. It was a textureless puree with no bits of mushrooms, the aroma was thin, and the taste was completely uninspiring. For those who like a really good porcini mushroom soup, I heartily recommend a trip to the Adriatic Grill at the Tacoma Mall - and Ponti's chef should make the trek there himself to get schooled on what it needs to look, smell, and taste like. I guess knowing how great it COULD taste, and then sampling Ponti's fare left me wondering why they even bother to put this one on the menu. (0 stars)
Roasted Beet Salad. The presentation and texture for this one is good, with three different types of beets, all in different colors. The presentation could be enhanced considerably by applying a different cutting approach for each type of beet (all beets were presented in slices). Julienne slices for one type of beet, shredding for another, and slices for the third would make it much more appealing to the eye. (2 stars for taste/texture, 2 stars for portion size)
Alaska Weathervane Scallops. Here I will have to say my taste buds were sumptuously satisfied. These grilled scallops rank among the best I've had anywhere. Unfortunately there were only three medium scallops trending towards small. (5 stars for taste and texture, 2 stars for portion size and cost: $9 for three small scallops is a bit much in my view...)
Salmon dinner: The salmon was grilled to perfection and tasted excellent. Again, small portions of potatos and veggies on the plate. (5 stars for salmon, 3 stars for portion sizes)
Thai Curry Penne. We ordered a half portion of this dish. Color and texture were good, but taste was only ho-hum. A small portion of the good stuff, and a large amount of plain noodles without any sauce. I can make that at home thank you. (2 stars)
02/07/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We went to celebrate a wedding anniversary and we thoroughly impressed.
You start the meal off with some tasty rolls. The seafood we had- blackened salmon and cod - were perfectly cooked. Nothing overly creative, but it was all done very well.
The dessert we shared, a chocolate something something cake, was ok (you might find it at trader joes in the freezer), but I was satisfied.
Service was outstanding and professional. Our table was cleared of used dishes constantly and our glasses were always topped off.
Two peculiarities I would point out:
1) They have valet parking, but all they used for us was the parking in front of the building. So I essentially tipped a guy to park my car for me 16 feet away. It was comical.
2) The interiors were clean and well maintained, but being there was like a flashback to the days when the Mariners were winning division pennants. They need to renovate and get rid of some of that dated and once-trendy art.
05/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I go to many places for HH but always gravitate back to Ponti's. Maybe it's the great views on the patio in the summer, or the wonderful cocktails/wines. I think mostly it's the ambiance which is always classy but never stuffy. I only wish I could afford to dine here more often!
04/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Pontis is always a treat to visit.
I took my Husband on his Birthday. I forgot that I mentioned it was for his Bday when I made the reservation.So to our surprise there was a hand written Birthday card wishing him a Happy Birthday and to enjoy our dinner. Oh boy did we ever enjoy our dinner. I ordered the smoked Black Cod marinated in a miso type sauce. My Husband had the Saddle of beef fillet cooked to perfection as was mine. Along with Oysters on the half shell and the Tempura prawns for our appetizers.
Let me just say this..there was not any left overs to take home.
Also our waiter as well as all of the other staff took such good care of us we didn't want to leave .
My Husband I and everyone we know who has dinned at Pontis also has only great dinning experiences to report. It I would say is on the Seattle to do list for out of towners looking for a great meal as well as ambiance
10/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
What a great dinner we had at Ponti. Honestly, I came here because a friend recommended it. I read a few of the reviews about the service not being great and was a little nervous. I'm big on good service when I go out and spend good money. The service we had was fine. I don't have any complaints to mention. They were pretty busy, but he seemed to stay on par all night with us. The food we had was spectacular! I am a seafood lover and the choices were so impressive. I had the fantastic ahi and my brother had a seafood pasta. Both were absolutely delicious. I will definitely be going back!
09/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went here for the first time this weekend. The food was really good. I had the grilled halibut, and it was so flaky and perfect. Our table had a wonder full view of the water as a couple ships went by. It's cool because the dining room was large but felt very personal still. Definitely recommended for a romantic date or any occasion.
09/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went here for a celebration and has terrible service and the food made my stomach turn. I also ordered the Thai Curry Penne: Grilled Scallops, Dungeness Crab like the user below me, but mine was for dinner so it was $28, I was completely disappointed. It was awful! There was no crab, and the scallops was undercooked and all you could taste was the char burnt flavor from the grilling of the scallops. I would not go back nor ever recommend this place.
Richard Malia, I picked up your card on the way out of your wonderful establishment after we had just spent over two hours enjoying a superb diner (magnificently presented), admiring your beautiful dining room and accoutrements, world class service, and view of the canal and many sailing and powered craft that epitomized what the Seattle area is all about. Every detail of our evening was handled by your professional staff with remarkable flair and competence. My wife and I were in Seattle on business and of all our dining over the four days we were in Seattle yours was by far the finest!
You are to be commended for creating such a memorable dining experience. We shall be sure to both highly recommend Ponti Seafood Grill to others visiting Seattle and we will return ourselves when we visit the Seattle area in the future. Bravo!
My wife and I went here for our anniversary and had a great time. Our waiter was great and was able to recommend a nice wine to go with our meal.
My wife had the salmon and she said it was the best she had had in a long time. It came server on a bed of mashed potatoes and was topped with fresh spinach. She said that it was the first time she had eatten everything on her plate.
I had marlin for the first time and it was excellent. It was grilled and served like ahi tuna, which made me a little leary of getting it, but our waiter said it was very good and I was willing to try something new. I am glad that I did. Whatever they used to grill it with gave it an extra smoky flavor that really added to the taste
While the restaurant was busy it was not loud and we were able to have a nice conversation while we ate. One of the best things was that not only were we not rushed to eat we were actually encouraged to take our time and enjoy our dinner.
After dinner we took a nice walk along the Ship Canal trail that is right next to the restaurant.
We had a great time and will go back again. Also we would recommend Ponti to others for a nice dinner experience.
09/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had reservations and was early so we sat in the bar. Later we decided just to eat in the bar as well. The waitress made us feel that we were inconveniencing her when we wanted another drink and wanted to order our food. We felt so unwelcome and horrible service. I even wrote a letter to the manager about our experience and didn't even get a response. I'm not coming back due to service.
08/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have always like Ponti. I live nearby and have been going for years. I really like the owner, Rich. He is really a nice guy and vey sincere. Anyways. Ponti has a new chef. I was worried. But the food is better than ever. I always recommend Ponti to my freinds. My favorite entree is the seared ahi. A close second is the smoked black cod.