Beth's Cafe


7311 Aurora Ave N

This beloved institution has sat on the same sordid stretch of Aurora since 1957 and has never lost an ounce of its caustic charm: the impeccably greasy hash browns, the old jukebox, the cheerful graffiti on the walls, and the awesomely bizarre mix of diners. Don't expect service with a smile; do expect some of the city's best sausage gravy and hangover-curing omelettes, made with either six or a dozen (famous!) eggs.

Beth's Cafe

7311 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA

Restaurant Details
  • Features Breakfast/Brunch, Cheap Eats, Good for Groups, Late-Night Dining, Open 24 Hours
  • Cuisine Diner
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Thank You Cute Server With Dark Hair and Glasses

I nver felt the need to write a review on anybody before, but after walking out of Beths Cafe with some really cheap food tonight,($0.00), I had to write and say thanks, that Philly Cheessteak hit the spot, and was worth the wait. I also wanna say thanks to the hottie with the beautiful fake smile that served me the coffee, it was very sweet of you to treat me like a homeless person and not charge me for the food, appreciate that, but still wondering why you kept asking me for my cream, I would have thought working in a cool cafe like that you would have all the cream you can stomache. Oh and sorry for the tip, it must have fell through the hole in my jeans, I will have to catch you next time when I can afford another bus ride downtown.
Posted by eastcoastfuk on April 10, 2011 at 6:03 AM · Report this

any one know the waiters name that has dark long hair? and he's skinny. looks kinda hispanic he's hawT!
Posted by girlygirl on February 12, 2011 at 2:24 PM · Report this


Some may say that the staff's aggressive and crude behavior is part of Beth's "charm," but I think it's inexcusable. When I went there for the first time I had a humiliating experience with a busboy, couple of waiters, the hosts, and possibly the manager(s).

So this is what I apparently did wrong: Selecting Journey and Queen on the Juke box. The entire staff blatantly moaned and groaned saying outloud "UGHHH, not Journey!" and "UGGGH, not this song again!" At first I laughed it off and thought the staff was joking with me...boy I was wrong.

Feeling guilty, I go back up to the juke box to change the music and this is where it gets bad: the female hostess yells to her co-workers repeatedly "HEY, IT'S THAT GIRL AGAIN AT THE JUKE BOX! SHE'S GOING TO CHOOSE ANOTHER SONG," then the busboy accosts me and says in a serious and cold manner, "People always play Journey and Queen....don't even think about playing Stairway to Heaven...blah blah blah," then another worker approaches me and gives me a dollar and says "Here's a dollar for your song." Also, a quarter of way through "Bohemian Rhapsody" that same busboy stopped the song. I was shocked. Not to mention, all the customers were staring at me...I felt humiliated.

Many businesses, especially retail, play the same annoying music over and over again so why should Beth's be any different? They're job is to serve the customer with a smile and give them the best experience possible even if they have to listen to repetitive music.

The next time you go to Beth's, play Journey's Don't Stop Believing over and over again because I don't want to stop believing in positive restaurant service.
Posted by JazzD on November 14, 2010 at 6:43 PM · Report this
Watch out for unwritten policies and rude management.
Posted by Claire on June 12, 2009 at 8:07 AM · Report this
I went in this past Saturday evening around 10 PM to meet two people who had travelled here from Georgia and specifically wanted to go to Beth's, as they had been there years ago on another visit. They did not know I was coming so were seated and had just gotten their food when I arrived. They were seated at a booth for four (as that is basically all Beth's has). I asked the "waitress" for a menu and she refused, saying there was a "no joiner" policy on the weekend. I thought she was kidding as I have (nor has anyone I've spoken to since) ever heard of something so nonsensical! She went about her duties completely ignoring me, except for the occasional sneer and nasty look in my direction. The guy in the booth next to me said he had been refused service because he was in the restroom when she came and took the other members of his table's order - so three of them were served and he was not (although they did give him a milkshake, somehow.) I asked another waitress what the deal was and she reiterated this "no joiner policy." I asked to speak to the manager because I said I wasn't joining their ticket, just ordering something on my own and sitting at their table. This "manager" came to the table, snarled nastily, "that's the policy, deal with it" and walked off. The first "waitress" came back (clearly trying to smooth the situation so she wouldn't lose her tip) and tried to explain this "no joiner" thing was there so that the tables could be turned over sooner - I asked her about the two people that were sitting behind us playing cards holding up a table for four. She said they came in as two people...again, this made no sense! I asked, "so you're just refusing to serve me, right?" and she snarkily said, "with an attitude like that, yes." So I, a paying customer, was not allowed to order...still not sure how the guy next to me was "allowed" to have a milkshake when I couldn't even get a cup of coffee!! Upon leaving I asked this "manager," who was running the register, to explain how a paying customer could not even get a cup of coffee when there were empty booths in the restaurant and no one waiting to be sat in them. He nastily said, "That's the policy. If you don't like it, don't come back!" I said he was behaving like a d**k, so he called me a "f*g" and told me to leave. Not only did this homophobic manager belittle me in front of family, he was an absolute unprofessional! Beth's has never been known to be more upscale than it is and has always been happily accepted as such, but when a paying customer innocently comes in, is refused service because of some arbitrary policy and is then called a f*g by the manager, there is something very VERY wrong!!
Posted by borobi on June 8, 2009 at 2:51 PM · Report this
Absolutely no thought put into the decor at all; sorry, Beth, but a bunch of stuff children have drawn--the majority of which is tattered and grease-splattered--does not qualify as "decor." The food? Some say satisfying, I say nauseating. The omelets come in two sizes--six and twelve eggs. The larger of these two is served on aluminum serving trays because, evidently, there is not a plate large enough to contain its girth. Oh, and the aforementioned omelets glisten with what I can only assume is that disgusting spray-on Pam shit. Ewe.

In a city as large as Seattle, why is it impossible to find decent breakfast spots? Moreover, why do places such as Beth's exist in a city this large?

If you have no taste buds, please go to Beth's. Also, if you're some middle-aged Seattleite desperately trying to stay hip--definitely go. Otherwise, avoid this restaurant like the plague.
Posted by Seattle Hater on February 14, 2009 at 8:06 AM · Report this

I think we'll survive. . .but the jury's still out. . .

I'm not sure what was more charming. . .the smell,the universal coating of filth, or betting whether they would hit the garbage bucket next to our table on their next try. . .I'm sure they'll clean the place up after they close tonight. . .oh wait, they never close. . .hmmmmmm. . . it's all clear to me now. . .
Posted by The Birds on September 13, 2008 at 6:14 PM · Report this

Sloppy Bliss

I'm just going to pre-cursor this review by saying I was extremely intoxicated (as it was my birfday) when I went to Beth's last year. HOWever...the food was perfect (but then again, what isn't on your birthday?) for the occasion. I'm sorry, but any 9-12 egg omellette has a special place in my heart. I...well, heart ommellettes. And the peanut butter brownie milkshake? I'm not kidding when I say I bragged about that sucker for a WEEK. I couldn't get it out of my head. Really. Like a cartoon, you can't take this place out of context and expect some sort of fine dining. It is what it is.
Posted by HomosAreGay on April 24, 2008 at 11:17 AM · Report this

Greasiest of the Greasy Spoon

I am a health freak (or try to be) and I still love this place. Like most people I believe that it is healthy to occasionally do unhealthy things from time to time. As such I eat at Beth's three to four times a year. I am surprised (but glad) that the place has not been shut down - the workers do not wear gloves when handling food, and it's pretty surprising the 'no smoking' policy is (however begrudgingly) enforced. Nonetheless, if you feel like some unhealthy but delicious grub after walking around Green Lake after hours, this is the place.
Posted by Emeraldcityserendipity on January 18, 2008 at 3:30 PM · Report this

Proof that we need junk food.

Open late. Great prices. Sometimes, seedy is just better...
Posted by Newfsrule on October 9, 2007 at 3:15 AM · Report this
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