5 Point Cafe


Bar, Restaurant
415 Cedar St

Kelly O

The Five Point is inarguably one of Seattle's—indeed, the world's—best dive bars. The view from the urinal in the men's room is famous: a window into a janky kind of periscope, providing a startlingly close-up look at the top of the Space Needle. It serves as a brief reminder that the outdoors exists, which is easy to forget here. Foodwise, the floppy, salty fries have never seen the inside of a freezer, and if you like an old-school open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy and mashed potatoes, you've come to the right place. It's diner food done right, open 24 hours: a civic treasure.

5 Point Cafe

415 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121
Restaurant Details
  • Features Bar/Happy Hour, Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late-Night Dining, Lunch, Open 24 Hours, Outdoor Seating
  • Cuisine Cafe, Diner
Bar Details
  • Features Full Menu, Happy Hour, Snacks Available, Outdoor Seating
  • Scene Dive, Neighborhood Joint
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So I ordered a cheeseburger after a long day of treating the sick, as I am a nurse, and I just wanted to eat and relax. My waitress, I can't say her name because I didn't see her enough to catch a glimpse of it and she didn't say, came and asked me for a drink order and since I knew what I wanted to eat I went ahead and ordered that, too. After about ten minutes I flagged another server and asked where my drink was and he brought it to me and I politely asked for a manager. I overheard my waitress and a friend talking about how they were banging the bartender, some guy named Ryan, who served them alcohol even though they were closer to underage than over, and I walked over and thanked her for the drink her fellow co worker got for me. When my food came up in the window, I watched my waitress go over and pick it up, take it to another counter, look around and lean her head down, then she brought it to me with an attitude and snotty smile. I checked my burger and there was an actual wad of snot on it. I stood up and loudly demanded the manager I asked for twenty minutes ago and a woman named Michelle came to my table. When I told her about my drink order and the gossip I had heard and showed her the snot wad on my sandwich, she called me a liar and asked me to leave. So, I stayed classy and left with my dignity and got a free drink. So, in all, I wouldn't suggest going and eating their sweaty, snotty, sex-covered food or sitting in their sticky seats, or being within ten feet of the smelly, skanky, raggedy-ass bitch that is manager Michelle.
Posted by MadamMe on June 5, 2014 at 8:11 PM · Report this


I use to be a regular until today. I understand that its Sunday and it can be very busy. However today we were unfortunate to sit in a section served by a blonde short hair dike looking bitch. I sat down with my gf and waited for a little over 40 mins. after not getting any service or even acknowledge I saw our waiter by the bar flirting with a customer. I decided to approach her and ask her for coffee for my table. She didnt say anything rolled her eyes but I figured she was just having a bad day. So I went back to my table and waited another 10 mins. To my disappointment she came back but to serve another table next to us who Sat down 20mins after we did.. She continued to ignore us but at this point there was no use of complaining and we figured it was time to find another restaurant.

This was my favorite diner but after today I will never return and will do my best to make sure no one I know does.
Posted by triduo on August 11, 2013 at 4:37 PM · Report this

I love dive bars, but....

Dive bars are great, but the rude service will make you never return. Unless you plan on becoming a regular and getting treated like shit until then, don't go here.
Posted by JA1184 on May 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM · Report this

Terrible Service

The server was very rude and the food was terrible. Don't waste your time or money here.
Posted by JA1184 on May 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM · Report this

Five Point Cafe doesn't deserve one point

I will never go back to this place. My group (5 people) went here for dinner while the snow was falling in Seattle and our work put us up in a hotel in the area. As soon as we sat down, the bartender (Derek) threw an attitude to us. He was pretty demanding as "happy hour" was ending in 7 minutes so we had better hurry up and order our drinks. I guess he didn't realize we were sitting there for almost 10 minutes already. He took our drink order and then disappeared for roughly 20 minutes.

He then came back and took our order. We got the mediocre food. My partner ordered the chicken fried chicken that wasn't even cooked through 75%. We couldn't say anything Derek because he was too busy behind the bar to come over to us. When someone asks for a side of ranch to go with their appetizer, you don't expect it to come with your dinner after the meal is almost over. The overall food was mediocre at the best, cold gravy and the meatloaf had hard crunchy things in it. Finally when he realized we were done eating, he brought us a check with everyone on one check. We asked if he could split it up for each person and that's where the trouble started.

He said that he could split the check if we would have told him at the beginning. Since we were on an expense account we had to have split checks. He again started with his bad attitude. I tried to explain what we needed to do and he then again repeated that if we would have told him in the beginning he could have done so. I told him that if we can get 5 copies of the receipt that will satisfy our expense reports and we would run each persons card on the one tab. he said that would be okay.

When we figured out how much each person was supposed to pay, he threw a huge attitude saying that's not what he was told and that we need to pay it all at once. I tried to explain to him what we were doing and he told me i need to lose my attitude. I wasn't giving attitude, just trying to explain. I've never been in a restaurant that couldn't split a check after the fact, even if it might be a little inconvenient for the staff. Having Derek say "I've never had to put up with bullsh*t like this IN MY LIFE" pretty much sums up our thoughts as well.

We finally just put it all on one card and left, hoping to figure out how to do expense reports after the fact.

Again, I will never go to this place ever again.

Just received a reply from the owner on the review on Yelp... the owner's reply is basically "Well I wish we could review the customers" meaning he thinks he was there when we were and actually has a problem with us. This just solidifies the kind of a-holes that work in and run this place.
Posted by inthewaside on January 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM · Report this

Black Sabath and Hot Turkey Sammies

So I've been a patron here at least once a month since 1995 when I moved to the SEA. The place was a little crazier back then as one time our waiter on the diner side jumped up on the counter top and rocked out to War Pigs by Sabbath when it came up on the juke box. My parents were visiting me at the time and it made a very nice impression. Great food, (wings burn baby) and the turkey noodle soup is a must for a hangover. Too few places like this left. We patrons should enshrine the joint as a historical landmark to make sure it never gets dozed for more stupid condo's.
Posted by Frieswitdat on May 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM · Report this

My Brother's Hangout

I've only been to Seattle once. I was with my brother when we went out to collect the cremated remains of our other brother. He had lived near 5P on 4th until he shot himself on 8/1/09. Apparently this joint was his hang until they banned him about a year earlier. Drinks were good, stiff G&T's. We didn't eat although it was full of other people who were (it was brunch time). Staff friendly. I liked it. We were there in the afternoon, not sure I'd want to be there in the wee hours.
Posted by PCo on December 1, 2009 at 3:28 PM · Report this

response to the "racial profiling review"

As a patron of this fine place for over ten years, your review is hilarious! We take all kinds, even silly people like you. Sounds like you are paranoid and perhaps on something too... perhaps too much self-righteousness. Viva the Five Point!
Posted by redhead70 on November 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM · Report this

prepare to be judged at the register

Drink prices are on a sliding scale, of quality and price depending on how you look, how staff feels.
Posted by moses on November 11, 2009 at 8:32 AM · Report this
i,love 5point cafe bar just as when i see evry body happy,and haveing fun,dance,and good museic,
Posted by dick on April 13, 2009 at 1:30 PM · Report this
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