Hattie's Hat


Bar, Restaurant
5231 Ballard Ave NW

With stiff drinks and good food, Hattie's is one of Ballard's most beloved dives. The all-American menu has everything from classic burgers with sweet-potato fries to smoked-salmon club sandwiches and buttermilk-soaked fried chicken (with good stuff for vegetarians, too). Be sure to fully appreciate the bar: Hand-carved in France and brought by boat around Cape Horn (or, alternately, made by Chicago’s Brunswick Company—no one's really sure), it was installed right there in 1904, and it's arguably best enjoyed with an excellent and potent Bloody Mary.

Hattie's Hat

5231 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, Wa 98107
Restaurant Details
  • Features Bar/Happy Hour, Breakfast/Brunch, Good for Groups
  • Cuisine Diner, Pub Grub
Bar Details
  • Features Full Menu, Happy Hour
  • Scene Cocktail Lounge, Dive, Neighborhood Joint
Read Reviews (17)

Shit Poor Poutine.

Hattie's seemed like a decent place, until I ordered the poutine. Jesus H. Christ! A mound of instant mashed potatoes, covered in a veneer of french fries and gravy is NOT POUTINE. It's like ordering an omelet and getting a fucking scrambled egg, or getting a BLT with bologna. Next time I'm sticking to beer.
Posted by gastrognome on October 13, 2010 at 1:13 PM · Report this

Good place to take a baby for early dinner Fri or Sat night

We had dinner there about 6 pm and there were not one but two other tables who also had babies with them, all fascinated by the aquarium and with being a freshly minted human. I wouldn't count on a high chair or a kid's menu, and I'd definitely steer clear as the evening wears on. But before the real weekend party action gets going it's not a bad place to go with your shiny new offspring.
Posted by elenchos on January 23, 2009 at 5:40 PM · Report this

Make up your mind

Are you going to be the solid go-to bar that you once were, or the crappy tap, small portioned, corner cutting over-priced joint that you've turned into in the last 6 months? My last couple of visits were worth no more than 2 stars, at best, but I'm giving you three because I believe in you! you can get back your former glory. The choice is yours.
Posted by hungry on September 29, 2008 at 5:13 PM · Report this

I really like the neighborhood

I really like the interior of Hattie's

Most of the time, they play quality tunes and serve a deadly slice of pie

But, all the beer tastes the same, like the tap lines are stank

Better luck next time
Posted by CM on September 26, 2008 at 10:58 PM · Report this

Good food, friendly service

Went to Hattie's last Monday to try out their burgers (all slashed to $5 on Monday Happy Hour) and had a great time. Bartender was fast and friendly, the burger and fries tasted great, and my girlfriend really enjoyed her green salad. Hattie's, with its partitions and booth seating, allows one to disappear into its classical frontier atmosphere. Check out the big wooden flourish behind the bar.
Posted by Ronan on May 23, 2008 at 11:53 AM · Report this

Good food, good atmo up front

So what about the shark tank. They have reasonably priced beer, and fucking good food. It's dark and homey, and they have a giant smokey mural. I have yet to have bad service here, contrary to the naysayers. The fish and chips are good, the salmon club is good, the chicken-fried-chicken is good, the burgers are good. The bacon is good. The bacon is actually great. I haven't been disappointed with the size of my neat drinks. Haven't really had many mixed drinks, though.
Posted by STJA on March 30, 2008 at 6:51 PM · Report this

Bring back the old Hatties

When I first started going there about 7 years ago the dinners were awesome. I love the chicken fried chicken. But now, the sides are usually cold and the last time I was there the portion of chicken was about 1/2 the usual size. And the mashed potatoes were not edible. Are they trying to go out of business?
Posted by Sad in Ballard on February 17, 2008 at 9:15 AM · Report this


Use to go there all the time but enough is enough. I have had my (food) orders screwed up too many times - wrong order, forgotten items, undercooked eggs, etc. What happened to the old Hattie's? and what is the point of the fish tank? At least King's Hardware (next door) knows how to serve a decent drink.
Posted by Blah on February 3, 2008 at 3:21 PM · Report this

Hattie's Blows

I'll tell ya why. They serve teeny tiny drinks. I thought I was getting ripped off in the airport lounge. Nope. Also, last time I was there, the bartender was playing America's Top Model on the TV and was so engrossed that she barely had time to give me my pencil-thin drink. Oh man, that sucks. Gives me a headache just thinking about it.
Posted by Hatties Haters on September 11, 2007 at 6:49 PM · Report this

Best Bloody's Yet

I've only been there once and my review is based soley on the bloody mary i had. It was tasty, meaty, and had plenty of fixins. Gotta love the cherry peppers. Also, they're one of the few places left that actually fit your drink with celery. Why is that?
Posted by wellhungover on August 16, 2007 at 10:43 PM · Report this
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