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Steelhead Diner

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(40 Reviews)

95 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 625-0129

Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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General Info
Steelhead Diner is a casual dining restaurant that provides breakfast, lunch and dinner options. It serves starters, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. The restaurant's menu includes garlic-wilted mustard greens, pan-roasted broccoli florets, buttermilk-fried chicken sandwiches and Brutus salad. Its dessert menu includes cakes, sundaes, pies, candies and brownies. Steelhead Diner features wines that include sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and pinot grigio. It operates a bar that features a selection of nonalcoholic beverages. The restaurant has a private dining room that accommodates up to 45 people. It caters private parties, special events and receptions. Steelhead Diner also provides online reservation options. It additionally offers discount coupons for various food items. The restaurant maintains a location in Seattle.

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Phone: (206) 625-0201

Fax: (206) 625-0201

Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, cash, all major credit cards
Price Range
Pike-Market, Downtown Seattle
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American Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Soul Food Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Soul, American, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Seafood, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Well, I was raised in Chesapeake Bay

Well, I was raised in Chesapeake Bay country, and I have to say these are the best restaurant crab cakes I've had since I left home . . . and maybe better than most of them there! But besides the crab, I think that these people have a great handle on what makes a ""diner"" a restaurant. It's relaxed and easy, but the quality of food that comes out of the kitchen is on par with any place in Seattle. I wouldn't disagree that sometimes you gotta wait for your server, but I suspect that's more a matter of the crowds of locals that fill the place . . . they must know something, huh? I'll be back . . .



Provided by Citysearch - 
over priced and too slow

The food was good, but I don't like cold bread. This place was fully staffed but lacked service and speed. They were so slow and were not very busy. I would not recommend because it's over priced and slow. It you do want to go there the chowder and crab cake is good.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Okay place

I really felt like we were in a club and it didn't set a great vibe for us to stay long and spend a bunch of money. The lobby was PACKED and there was barely anywhere to sit. The music is straight out of a club for young 20 somethings and loud (and I'm still in my 20s!). When we were seated we were wedged in the corner between two larger tables. I actually brushed the guy behind/beside me several times during my meal and my husband had to move the whole table so I could get out to use the restroom.
Otherwise, the server was nice and knowledgable. The salmon on polenta was cooked perfectly and very yummy. The wine was good. My husband's steak was a bit overcooked but still very good.
I'd go back but not for a special evening...just if I happened to be in the area.



Provided by Citysearch - 
How is this restaurant in business?

Went for lunch and felt prices were too high. $10 for a bowl of soup, $8 for a cup. Disappointed in the food. When I pay $18 for fish & chips I'd like to have halibut, not cod. No view of the bay. Staff acted as if they were doing us a favor by waiting on us. Don't waste your time. Go to Elliot's for great seafood, view and staff.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Crabcakes, but Fried Oysters are better

This is not a tourist trap even thought its close to the MArket.

The food quality as excellent, good wine list (but pricey), service was good, facility is average, bathrooms are clean.

The food was really good, but not sure why I would return. There is not a differentiator in the facility, the service or the Food that draws me back.

Try the fried oysters and the Samon. Crabcake was good as well, but I've had better. I have not had better fried oysters. Try the Wild Ginger restauraunt for more seafood variety.



Provided by Citysearch - 
PLEASE READ-- Seattlelites and Visitors


Don't eat here this was 2nd time to go to this place - giving the establishment the benefit of the doubt and again the service and food are awful -- There are many other eateries than this to visit in Seattle around the Pike Place Market- Don't waste your time...

Hopefully the management will wake up and train their staff on some 'basic' customer service skills and have their cooks take some cooking classes!

Seattle Residents



Provided by Citysearch - 
Would go back for the food as long as we had another waiter

Went to Steelhead whle on vacation in Seattle based upon their menu, recommendations from co-workers and the Fairmont Hotel staff. We were looking for local flavors and were not disappointed. The appetizers and entrees definitely reflected Steelhead's proximity to Pike Place Market and we would definitly go back for the food. Now the disappointment with the evening, our waiter, Nathan. Overall, we are farily knowlegeable about wines and what we like. However, our knowledge is somewhat limited to the local boutique Washington State wineries and we always appreciate staff, at the restuarant, when they can provide some recommendations. Well, you would have thought we had asked for kool-aid to go with our meal. The attitude was rude and we were directed to the high end wines on the wine list. In the end, we made our own decision and were not disappointed with the wine but I certainly would not rely on Nathan for wine suggestions.

Wait staff, owners and managers, please do yourself a favor, listen to your customers and provide feedback and attitude that fits the atmosphere of the restaurant you think you are or want to become.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Crabcakes: Good, Hostess: Bad

My wife and I had one night in Seattle after a grand tour of the West Coast. A bartender recommended Steelhead Diner. We arrived without reservations. The hostess told us she needed the table back by 7:30. Since it was 6:10, we thought it not a problem, provided the service was reasonably prompt. We told our waiter of the deal we had made with the hostess. He said not to worry. We proceeded to order and had a delightful meal. The crabcakes were outstanding. But the plot thickens. Faced with the decision whether to order dessert, we asked out waiter whether we had time. He assured us that we did. There was a delay in bringing it out. While we were in the middle of dessert, AND BEFORE WE HAD THE CHECK, the hostess (who we discovered also owned the place) came to us and rudely ousted us from the table. We had overstayed our welcome by 15 minutes. It did no good to tell her that we had emphasized to our waiter the issue of the time. I had to ask our hostess to have the check brought to us. We paid it promptly and departed. Despite the fact that we had dropped well over a hundred bucks in this place, our hostess insisted that she had done us a favor by letting us in the place. Thus I have mixed feelings about this place. If it were not for this rude treatment by no less than the owner, I would recommend the Steelhead Diner and return on my next trip to Seattle. But as it is, I cannot and will not.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food, cant believe it took me so long to find this place!

Everything I have eaten here is supurb. I would describe it as Diner food with an upscale flair. (The fried chicken sandwich is sooo good!) although this is not the healthiest of restaurants, at least its diner food that is perfectly prepared!, not at all greasy and disgusting. SErvice is usually great, however, certain members of the waitstaff could use a reminder on politeness. The chef is friendly, as are the bartenders. Service was a little slow, but it gets quite busy at lunchtime, so I dont hold it against them too much. Mostly it was the hostess who left room for improvement. Location is right near the Pike Place Market, very convenient .



Provided by Citysearch - 
Average food with poor service

I was excited to go to this place, but they are not sure what they want to be. Upscale diner is one thing, but with the upscale must come good service. So when they tried to deliver the sides after we had finished the main course and the snarky waiter said ""Either you are going to eat it or I will"" - and then the owner tried to defend the waiter's behavior! This was just too ridiculous. For the price, I'd rather go to Etta's for seafood or any of a number of other Pike Place establishments. There was one appropriately apologetic member of the wait staff and the mains were good (just not great). With so many choices in Seattle, I'd wait a couple of years to see if this place changes into something worth trying out.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great place for a big group dinner

We had reservations for a group of 12, and they set up a long table in the back corner. Nice view, the restaurant was already hoppin', the waitstaff were very good. This was my 3rd visit to Steelhead Diner, and I sure wasn't disappointed. We ordered tons of food and cocktails and wine--everything was fabulous. The trout was so good, the crispy smelt fantastic, the calf's liver pungently divine, the poutine was fun in the mouth, the mussels divine. My favorite cocktail was General Practicioner :) A really fun place for a group dinner. Great place for out of town guests as well, since the menu is quite large and varied, and the food is a bit different--a kind of Northwest/Cajun comfort food theme that really works.



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what a find. I was preparing for an important business dinner and needed to impress and this was it. The food had an interesting southern style and I was very pleased. The atmosphere was very Seattle, but not overwhelming. I will continue to return

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Noisy Mecca for Deep Fried foods with inexperienced waitstaff

Looking for a satisfying, healthful meal? This is not the place to go. A recent visit in which one in our party was trying to avoid added sugar, deep fried/breaded foods, and not commit to a hugely overpriced entree, was a recipe for disaster: the ""special"" non-alcoholic cocktail claiming to be nothing but apple cider and lemon juice, was actually a hideously sweet concoction of sweetened apple juice and SOUR MIX, loaded with high-fructose corn syrup. We were still cheerful when expecting our garlic sauteed greens with Pancetta, which was so salty as to be inedible, although tasty, and cooked correctly. Any chef who understands the saltiness of Pancetta, would have been much more judicious with the salt. Sadly, the potato latkes, which, if they are made traditionally, are pan sauteed, here resembled flattened out tater tots which had been deep fried in an oil with an unpleasant aftertaste. While the olive crusted halibut was tasty, the 1/2 portion was very small for the price-- shame on them! Hard to think of a reason to return.



Best Crabcakes Ever

I was in Seattle in a business function and could not believe the quality of this place. My wife ordered the best crabcakes we had (chunkiest). I had a black cod that was out of this world..

Great and very fresh seafood at very good prices.



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Great Service - Why Did it Take Me So Long to Venture Here?

I think I may have walked past the steelhead a million times and didn't realize what it was - if you haven't been this is a gorgeous restaurant (diner in the front and fine dining in the back/side) on the inside with really amazing service. Our waiter was just attentive enough not to be annoying, water glass full, wine recommendations perfect, and we loved all of our menu choices.

Naughty but delicious - deep fried Beecher cheese curds!
Also recommend: the creme brulee infused with lavendar and then the mousse (with a homemade marshmallow)

Went there for 30 for 30 most recently and while some restaurants are snooty about 30/30 - this place was very friendly and excited for new diners to come in and see what they are all about. I would definitely recommend this for visitors to Seattle as well - great atmosphere and cool views from the private dining room.



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Still working out the kinks...

We made reservations on a Saturday night and were seated over 30 minutes late. By the time we got our bread we had been there an hour. Not entirely thrilled by the menu- we ordered the salmon (interesting, but not delicious) and the lamb (pretty good). If our server hadn't been so gracious in comping our appitizers, it would have been a bust of an evening. Thought it was ok, but definitely no ""wow"" factor.



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Nice new spot with local flavors

Just had dinner at Steelhead last night and we really loved it. We sat at the chef's table, and we were given a slice of the caviar pie from the kitchen. It took our server a while to get to us, maybe 10 minutes, but he was slammed. When he did get to us, we ordered quickly and received our drinks within minutes. The owner/chef was super nice and checked in on us. Food and drinks are delicious. Burger is great, and the salmon is wonderful! Local wine list.



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Fantastic food, wonderful service.

My girlfriend and I were enjoying the sights of Pike Place Market, saw the Steelhead Diner and decided to give it a try. Great move!

The ambiance was lovely, with warmth, light music, and the perfect amount of lighting. After getting some drinks, we got a great seat overlooking the water. The waitress attended to us right away, answering all our questions about the food. We began with some gumbo and a crab cake. Amazing! I have literally never had better gumbo in my life, and the crab cake was excellent as well. We both immensely enjoyed our entrees. I had the fried chicken sandwich, she had the halibut. Both were outstanding, and the waitress continued to come right away with drink refills, and even a joke now and again. It was a lovely evening, and the next time we go back we'll be sure to get some dessert. A lot of fun. Highly recommended!



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A Sparkling Gem in the Market....

I've been a ""regular"" at Steelhead Diner since they first opened their doors in February of this year. I must say, as a 20+ yr veteran of the restaurant industry here in Seattle, that the charmingly affable Chef Kevin Davis (with the assistance of his lovely wife, Terresa, who oversees the front-of-the-house operations with grace and style) has been turning out some of the freshest, most creative and utterly delectable dishes this (somewhat professional) foodie has ever had the pleasure of eating.
Just about everything I've tried here has been amazing, although I must admit I tend to get attached to certain dishes which I then continue to order upon each return visit. Although this is a rather tasty trap to find oneself in, it usally takes the suggestion of the Chef, a fellow devoted diner or any member of the friendly and capable staff to lure me away from my ""usual"". Some of my very favorite dishes include (but are not limited to) the Brutus salad, Beecher's Cheese Curds, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (all of the seafood dishes, actually), the Gumbo, Gabe's Chili, the Fried Chicken Sandwich, the Veggie ""Meatloaf"", the Lemon Cake........I could go on.......
Don't let the ""Diner"" in the name fool you---for this is no greasy spoon! I know from doing my homework that this extremely talented chef has studied his craft both abroad and across the U.S. He creates food on an entirely different (read: elevated) plane than what is normally found in our city, and his passion for cooking comes through with every bite.
My mouth is watering just thinking about what's cooking down at the Steelhead Diner, and I feel I compelled to make haste now for an impromptu lunch down at the Market with Kevin and his crew.....



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Lovely outdoor dining on patio.

Romantic dinner on the patio was great for my wife's birthday. Food was excellent. Service was all we could ask for.

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