Nothing bad ever happens in Madison Park (too much money and sparkly water), but nothing excellent was happening either. Then Cormac Mahoney—who cooked at Sitka & Spruce
, then ran the lauded Tako Truk
pop-up restaurant out of the 14 Carrot Cafe (octopus tacos!)—opened Madison Park Conservatory. He describes the menu as "delicious plants and animals with a squeeze of lemon”; it’s nothing too startling, mostly simple-sounding dishes in the New International mode, but lord, it is, by and large, SO GOOD. The trout is a standout: lemony here, smoky there, it’s a fish to tear apart with someone you love (using your fingers, if you want). As far as seating goes, downstairs feels like Dining Out, while upstairs is the lower-ceilinged and more relaxed bar; when the weather's nice, the tables outside are coveted. Wherever you’re sitting, let the staff talk you into dessert.
This place is closed.
Madison Park Conservatory
1927 43rd Ave E,
Hours: Mon 5-9 pm (bar only), Tues-Sat 5:30 pm-10 pm (bar open later), Sun 5:30 pm-10 pm (bar only)
Bar/Happy Hour, Fine Dining, Outdoor Seating, Romantic
Local/Organic/Sustainable Focus, New American
Tue-Sat 4-6 pm ($5 snacks, $1.50 oysters, beer and cocktail specials).