74th Street Ale House (Greenwood)

7401 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 784-2955

This cozy neighborhood ale house has high ceilings, a dark bar, and old-fashioned pub signs—a convivial space usually filled with happy regulars. The beer list is appropriately expansive, and upscale-ish pub grub includes a Reuben and a blackened salmon sandwich that some swear by.
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30 am-11 pm, Fri-Sat 11:30-midnight
Categories: Bar, Restaurant

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Average Rating:
  • 3.06000/5 Stars.
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Like the beer...

...but, I have been many times and even during the slow afternoon, the service is seriously disengaged. And I believe I'm referring to ownership/management. You, as the customer, are going to do most of their jobs, such as, "May I have a menu?", "Can I get another pint?", or "Can I get some silverware?"

Food is alright but tends towards 1990's Louisiana fare. It is a pub and would be better suited serving lamb stew or bangers and mash with your pint or schooner.
Posted by Notasangryasmostfolkswhopostcomments on November 20, 2010 at 10:02 AM · Report this


Would have been a 4 except for the fact that they gave me food poisoning. That was 24 hours of severe un-fun.
Posted by -J on January 11, 2010 at 12:52 PM · Report this
It's about the beer. Eat somewhere else and go here to down brewskys.
Posted by PurrlGurrl on May 15, 2009 at 8:52 PM · Report this

  • 4/5 Stars.

Solid, delicious

This is a go-to place for my husband and me, and the food is really good--their specials are always top-notch and the gumbo is truly spicy and authentic. I have never had a bad meal here. The service is "whatever", and can be a bit slow when they are slammed, but the waitstaff is nice enough and they get things right most of the time.
Posted by KLK on April 22, 2009 at 12:37 PM · Report this

Ok I guess

I've been to this joint a few times because I appreciate a good beer selection and it's near my house, but am decidedly unimpressed, particularly with the food. The crowd is older and very square. The server I've had the last couple times is super friendly and rad. The beer selection is fine, but the food has been overambitious and mediocre. I've had the fish tacos, the reuben, and I can't remember what else, but everything I've had here has been almost bad. The place itself, the atmosphere, and the beer selection are ok so I might be back to get a brew (also, the sidewalk seating is a summer plus), but I won't get a meal here again.
Posted by YB on September 4, 2008 at 4:19 PM · Report this

Restaurant with a nice pub

If you think of this place as a decent, consistant restaurant attached to a nice watering-hole, you get the complete picture. I've never had a bad meal here, nor a bad beer. Their food is my main draw here, nice beer is a convenience. Parking can be a bit dicey, but, a great place to stop before Zoo-Tune concerts. Best chicken (breast) sandwich in Seattle. Their Gumbo rocks. The variable menu is worth trying anytime, and they have a plethora of tasty libations to accompany even their simple Curry Cashews, or the Roasemary Hazlenut appetizers.
Posted by Marc on July 28, 2008 at 3:44 PM · Report this

not what it was

I use to have my Sunday lunches there just about every week from 1999-2003. I relocated to the south sound in 2004. I was in Seattle past Sunday and was looking forward to vistiting it again. Barmaid spent most of her time socializing with her girl friends, very little customer service. We were the second party in and our 2 lunch orders took over 25 minutes. The Halibut Creole had no taste or texture. Not sure what happened, but not like what is was consistently several years ago
Posted by regromroc on April 28, 2008 at 12:14 PM · Report this

manager or staff

Love the local place but the manager or the man that has been there for years is a #@$#@. Last night he came out of the bar and yelled at the three of us saying F-y about the tip? How can the owners of this pub have him there and this is not the first time. Get ride of that problem and the bar is nice.
Posted by Bergamantw on April 9, 2008 at 9:49 AM · Report this

In my top 5

This location once held a dive bar where patrons were regularly witnessed leaving the building airborne and horizonal. I've been a patron ever since the ale house took over that space and have never had a bad meal here in over 12 years. The gumbo is perfect winter fare, the salads are interesting enough to stand alone as a meal, the sandwiches are consistently good, and the suggested beer and wine pairings with menu items are usually spot on. The seasonal rotating taps keep things interesting and the bartenders are always happy to offer you a taste to help you make up your mind. Additionally, the service ranges from decent to fabulous--even on those frequent nights when the place is full with a line out the door. Another plus-many of the staff have been working here for years, none of that revolving door routine you see in places that don't treat their employees well.As a frequent solo diner, I am treated well here which makes me happy to bring a group in with me several times a year and the consensus is always the same: "Gem of a neighborhood joint."
Posted by The Gaijin on December 10, 2007 at 5:26 PM · Report this

It's about the food and beer

Their draft selection is well above par, and the burger has been delicious every time I've had it. The gumbo is pretty damn tasty as well. The food and beer is really the only the reason to come here, unless you're also fixated on the Mariners game. Especially if you're with your parents or those friends of yours who just got married and haven't been getting out much lately but just bought that sweet house in Ballard. I don't think this place actually does "happy hour", but whatever, it's probably on somebody else's credit card anyway.
Posted by otla on July 24, 2007 at 9:40 PM · Report this


I've been here three times and have finally admitted to a strikeout. Everything I've had has been dry and over or under seasoned. The one exception was the gumbo, which was spicy and delicious. Reuben fanaticism is better reserved for New York than here.
Posted by jfljoe on July 7, 2007 at 9:44 PM · Report this

Go for the Reuben

I don't know about the other items on the menu, hamburgers, etc. because I have never made it past the Reuben. It is in short fantastic and the beer selection makes me happy.
Posted by hungryhungryhippo on July 6, 2007 at 10:43 AM · Report this

At least the meat is real

This is one of the few places, where I can eat the meat. Unlike, say, Red Mill where there are creepy bubbles on the meat that remind me of school lunches, these burgers look like they were actually processed properly. They look like they were formed on-sight. If the price tag bothers you, first, it's not $12 and, second, the owners and managers are very forthcoming that they provide staff with health benefits including dental and optical. When those prices go up, the prices on the menus go up and they let you know. This is, in short, laudable. As for Dockers and Eddie Bauer, well, that's a Seattle problem. I am giving this 5 stars just to offset the ignorance of the one star rating.
Posted by Wondering Willa on June 23, 2007 at 9:28 PM · Report this

Overrated, Overpriced

If you want to pay $12.00 for a crappy burger then this is the place for you. I honestly don't understand what the draw is.
Posted by renzntzman on June 15, 2007 at 9:45 PM · Report this

Fish Tacos

I've enjoyed it each time I've been there, but unless you hit it on an off hour it's often a bit hard to find a seat. I'd go more if it wasn't for that. I like their fish tacos, they're far from traditional but great all the same.
Posted by Unoriginal Andy on June 13, 2007 at 1:56 PM · Report this

keep it simple

Ambitious pub food that can fall flat when it attempts the exotic, but whose more familiar offerings are delicious. Good local beer selection.
Posted by dirge on June 5, 2007 at 12:00 PM · Report this

Nice Place

This is a nice place. Good beer, and food that's a little better than average for a pub -- it's a decent restaurant. Try the gumbo. It's very clean, not grimy and loud, though if you are allergic to Eddie Bauer and Docker clothing you'll break out in hives here.
Posted by Fnarf on May 16, 2007 at 2:32 PM · Report this

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