Bar, Restaurant
89 University St

Matt Janke—the namesake of Matt's in the Market, with which he's no longer involved—runs this seasonal Northwest restaurant on the Harbor Steps. The name's Chinook for "pig," and along with house-made sausage and porchetta, there’s grilled octopus, rabbit cavatelli, and more. The room is pleasantly dim and feels cozy in winter and cool in summer; it's mercifully free of mismatched chairs and other affectations, with cushy banquettes instead. Happy hour is a good deal, and at lunch, the tuna melt is outstanding.


89 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5 pm- 1 am, Fri-Sat 5 pm-2 am; lunch Mon-Sat 11 am-3 pm
Restaurant Details
  • Features Air Conditioning, Bar/Happy Hour, Late-Night Dining, Outdoor Seating, Romantic
  • Cuisine New American
Bar Details
  • Features Full Menu, Happy Hour
  • Scene Neighborhood Joint
Read Reviews (4)

Great Food, Very Comfortable.

The food is great, particularly if you like pork. We also had farro as a side, and the scallop and gnocchi entrees. There was a hiccup with an entree (the one night Matt wasn't buzzing around), and they brought us one of every desert on the menu. Again, it was the unexpected that was the most delicious. It's comfortable, but worth taking a risk on something new there. I've had the same server each time I've been there, and she is just great. I still like the ambience at Matt's in the Market, but this place is great and it gets crowded late for what must be a happy hour.
Posted by biffp on January 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM · Report this

Nothing more than lackluster

Went for drinks and small plates with a friend, drawn in by the promising menu and decor. Service was lukewarm from the get-go; our waitress disappeared halfway through the evening, and we had to wave our arms desperately to get the check.

These could be forgiven if the food itself hadn't been so disappointing. The charcuterie plate featured a cold and rigid chunk of unspreadable pork pate and a few limp slices of boring mortadella (both made in-house, we were told). Grilled octopus over chickpeas was underseasoned, mealy, and weirdly sweet, while the chickpeas were hard and overly spicy. Even the steamed mussels from Taylor Shellfish (normally a baseline measure of competence) featured too much spice and appeared shriveled from being reheated or overcooked. I won't ever visit this restaurant again; Seattle already offers cheaper options for sad, mediocre tapas.
Posted by Ursula Owen on January 6, 2012 at 9:39 PM · Report this

BEST. PORK. CHOP. EVER.! And C. Dickens is right about the octopus appetizer. Fabulous.
Posted by Pork Chop Maven on January 23, 2011 at 4:15 PM · Report this


I have been for lunch and dinner, but haven't been out for happy hour. For lunch I'd recommend the tuna sandwich, which is easily the best tuna sandwich I've ever had. I believe they poach fresh tuna for the sandwiches...no canned tuna here. I have also had the turkey mole sandwich which is incredibly tasty as well. Both of these are reasonably priced between $10-$12.

For dinner, I've had the pork chop, the braised pork and the mackerel. All were thoughtfully prepared entrees. They have a number of interesting starters, but the octopus salad has to be the biggest shocker. I am not a huge fan of squid or octopus but was blown away at how flavorful and tender the octopus was. Last time I was in I found myself with just enough room to sample one of the 3 desserts available. I had the maple pot de creme which was the absolute perfect ending to a delicious dining experience.
Posted by C Dickens on November 10, 2010 at 4:04 PM · Report this
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