Bar, Restaurant
526 Queen Anne Ave N

On one side, the Mecca is an old-timey counter-and-booth-style diner, for those times when only dependable diner food can hit the spot—and dependable it is. On a bad day, one of their good greasy breakfasts or the hot open-faced turkey sandwich might just save your life. On the other side, there's one of the world's best dive bars—narrow, noisy, well-loved, serving cheap and strong drinks with a no-nonsense attitude. The bar is always dark and timeless and weatherless, like an alcoholic submarine; you can still smell the scent of cigarettes past. All hail the Mecca!


526 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Hours: Sun-Thurs 6 am-1 am, Fri-Sat 6 am-6 am
Restaurant Details
  • Features Air Conditioning, Bar/Happy Hour, Cheap Eats, Late-Night Dining
  • Cuisine Cafe, Diner, Pub Grub
Bar Details
  • Features Full Menu, Happy Hour
  • Scene Dive, Neighborhood Joint
Read Reviews (19)

I miss the Mecca and 5 points;'moved away from
Lower queens ten years ago but I loved and miss the sene ... Best dives around
Posted by Jetty on June 8, 2014 at 3:39 PM · Report this

Alert the DEA

Disgusting Cocaine den. let the cops know.
Posted by eon on April 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM · Report this

Godawful employees

Food is good, and our waitress was fabulous. What was NOT fabulous was attempting to use their teeny tiny and frankly filthy bathroom, and having the bartender/manager DUDE (in the women's? Really?) pound on the door like a S.W.A.T. officer and demand I 'wake the F@#$ up and get the hell out!' I replied with 'not asleep, and DEFINITELY not drunk, you jerk!' The reply? "I don't care what you think! Quit passing out and get the F@#$ out of my bathroom!' I'd had nary a drop of alcohol, and I do not appreciate being treated like a drunkard when I'm just trying to pee. I like this place, but not sure I will come back if they think that letting their employees treat customers this way is acceptable.
Posted by Jen L. on July 14, 2012 at 2:29 AM · Report this

Solid breakfast offerings at a slightly inflated price

The Stranger drew me here with their piece on chicken fried steaks, and Mecca's didn't disappoint me. While not the greatest I've ever had, it certainly hit the spot and is one of the better ones out there. It's a bit pricier than your typical $7-8 breakfast plate but they load the plate and add enough value to make it worth your while. I've had a couple of their other breakfast plates and those aren't bad either. Mecca's breakfast is not spectacular but it hasn't disappointed me. When I'm feeling a chicken fried steak on a Saturday or Sunday morning, it's where I go.
Posted by Gomez on August 16, 2009 at 2:28 PM · Report this

Alcoholic's Dream Bar

Every time I go to the Mecca I can't beleive how hard everyone drinks. The last time I drank there I think my drink had knock out drops put in it. Good Juke box.
Posted by Critique on June 24, 2009 at 4:02 PM · Report this

As a fellow dive bar owner I always look forward to a visit to the mecca to run into old friends and make new ones. I have known some of the staff for many years and always feel at home no matter how long I have been away
Posted by JOMO on April 24, 2009 at 8:53 AM · Report this

Unpretentious shouldn't equal sad

Something about Mecca makes me irritated and sad. Maybe it was the drunk 40 something woman loudly proclaiming well, something on a Monday evening. It's a greasy hole for the under achiever to crawl into and succumb to lack of their lack of ambition and taste. I suppose if I were more intoxicated I would have excused the vibe or if I was still a smoker I could have found the food more enjoyable for lack of tastebud sensitivity. Just because somethings been around for a while doesn't make it good. Where's the energy Mecca? The Rock and Roll dive theme should extend to your prices if you intend to serve up an experience of such intended low quality.
Posted by transplantsonamission on April 3, 2009 at 10:55 AM · Report this

Only at Mecca

No matter how many times we go there, There's always something new. We've seen a dog on the counter, the cook ran out and the waitress asked us how to cook the fries. We've seen the waitress brushing her hair in the kitchen, uncooked popcorn in the eggs, and a man scrubbing the spilt drink off his crotch 2ft from my face. There is always at least one thing each time, yet we always go back????? and we'll probably go back again, because the food and service is great, but mainly to see what's next.
Posted by foodeegoodee on March 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM · Report this

Ahhh, la Mecca...

Greasy, old, with sharp-tongued waitstaff and fries that are reminiscent of Dick's drive-in fries, just a bit larger.
Awesome place for rowdy drinkin', bad hangovers and a touch of Seattle culture. Stay away if you're expecting amazing service, gourmet food, or if you're a prissy b*tch.
I just wish they would get a pinball machine that's actually in working order!
Posted by evilbot5000 on October 8, 2008 at 9:01 PM · Report this

One less customer

My last visit to the Mecca was my last. All my friends and I wanted was some food and drinks. But all we got was the worst service (thanks in large part due to the lying, dimwitted, neanderthal bartender) I've ever had. Then, when I complained to the manager (I'm not convinced he really was the manager, but he claimed to be), he kicked me and my friends out. At that point the s--- hit the fan, words were exchanged and I may have poured out my beer on the service counter. Anyway, the staffs' response was to follow us out on the street and try to start a fight. Really? Anyway, the place was once great - a true mecca of dive bars and diners, but now your better off going grabbing a Dicks burger and heading to the Streamline. If you do go, I suggest the old dine and dash - they don't deserve your money!
Posted by skrob on August 12, 2008 at 2:04 PM · Report this
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