Betty (Queen Anne)

1507 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 352-3773
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Categories: Restaurant

Restaurant Details

  • Betty-the-restaurant is your basic, pleasant, contemporary neighborhood restaurant. The walls are medium blue, the art is profoundly inoffensive, the kitchen openish, the pendant light fixtures utilitarian. The calamari stands out: exactingly tender, sautéed in lemon/garlic deliciousness with artichokes, niçoise olives, a few cherry tomatoes on top. It's uncomplicated, lovely, and evocative of the Mediterranean.
  • Features: Bar/Happy Hour and Romantic
  • Cuisine: New American
  • Serving Hours: Sun-Thurs 5-10 pm Fri-Sat 5-11 pm
  • Price Range: $-$$

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The Stranger's Reviews of Betty

 
 

Average Rating:
  • 3.46000/5 Stars.
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Sit At the Bar after 8pm

Betty excels with a slim menu of meat-centric dishes that are consistently superb if not daring. The Mediterranean tapas are large enough to step in for the main course if you're not feeling especially hungry; our party really liked the kalimari. Of the entrees, the steak frites and pan-fried chicken, which is sinfully juicy, stand out. A little tip, come after the rush, around 8-9pm and sit at the bar to get the best service. I've never felt that Betty was too loud, a concern that's popped up in a few newspaper reviews.
Posted by andrew on January 3, 2009 at 11:59 PM · Report this
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Betty almost as good as Crow

I love Crow -- one of my favorites -- so I was dreading disappointment at its little sister Betty. I was happily surprised. The grilled asparagus appetizer was divine, my duck with homemade sausage was fabulous (and I am a discerning duck critic) and my boyfriend's steak and frites were great. Dessert was so-so. As at Crow, the food bar is the place to be. It lacks some of the ambience of our haunt in Queen Anne but I give it a gold star.
Posted by Jersey Girl on April 23, 2008 at 12:40 PM · Report this
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NO SERVICE!!!!

The food is salty and the service is horrible. If you have the time to sit and wait for 1 1/2 hours to get your dinner then go there but my god, the service was horrible. The waiter forgot our order and didn't feel the need to tell us. When we asked him how long it was going to be after waiting 45minutes, he shrugged us off and told us that it normally takes this long which is false! Overall, we waited for 2hours for our dinner to arrive and it wasn't even worth the wait. When asked to speak to a manager, there was no one there. No apology and a place I would NOT recommend.
Posted by Hangsta on February 22, 2008 at 6:03 PM · Report this
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Meat Meat Meat!!!

As our party numbered four, I was able to sample not only my choice of entree, the steak frites, but also those of my companions, the duck, pork, and chicken. Of the four I would have to say that I favored the steak, stunningly juicy and tender, it, along with the pork and the chicken, had been cooked in ample quantities of its own juices, so that the nature of meat was unchanged. It was a steak (or a chicken breast, or pork bone) and there wasn't any doubting it. The Betty doesn't try to hide what they're good at, and what they're good at is meat, raw, simple glorious meat.
Posted by Hizzoner Garfield on February 21, 2008 at 9:53 PM · Report this
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Betty Boops In A Good Way

We went to Betty last night during a very busy Saturday. Staff was friendly and attentive. I appreciated that our server WASN'T right at our elbow every 10 minutes. When our drinks got low, he was there. When we closed our menus, he was there to see what we'd like to munch. Though sweating from the effort to stay attentive to guests, his smile and manner was, "I'm glad you're here." And the food--simple ingredients prepared with creative flair. A pleasant time.
Posted by Ms.J on February 2, 2008 at 1:32 PM · Report this
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GREAT FOOD BUT SERVICE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

You cannot go wrong with any food selection at Betty, especially their steak frites. The service needs to be improved however...the last three times I had to wait longer than normal just to be acknowledged by the host. Be careful about not being ready when your server finally shows, if you say "we need a minute" they hear "come back in ten." But again, food wins me out so I continue to go back. Don't forget they have tables in the back by the bar first come first serve!
Posted by British Brown on October 29, 2007 at 12:22 PM · Report this
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Lame

Service, service, service...can I get some please. Not at Betty, if I want the same limited menu I will go to Crow.
Posted by slammy on August 1, 2007 at 9:54 AM · Report this
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Waste of time

Recently I had an eagerly anticipated trip to Bettys and was disappointed. Decent food and great service, but no value. Of course the yuppies that are flocking to the space don’t seem to care, but for the average person this can be a concern. They do come across as wish we were European bistro, but with out the charm or relaxation that accompany one. One is better off going to their other restaurant (crow) at the bottom of the hill for a more enjoyable experience.
Posted by Bdiggity on July 18, 2007 at 8:49 AM · Report this
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Awesome food and NOT French

This place is the best, fantastic food, great service, fun atmosphere. Try the desserts, thay are amazing!!! You will love it! It is not French nor does it try to be.
Posted by ruby-ann on July 10, 2007 at 8:34 PM · Report this
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Who told you this place is french?

A friend of mine is a server there and she said that like it's big brother Crow- the food is meant to be seasonal simple fare. Some things have an Italian flare, some lean towards French, and some are more Northwest style. The owners have never declaired the place to be French. "Madam Frog" should find out from the restauranteurs themselves if the place is actually proclaiming itself to be French before snootily writing them off for not being so...even if you ARE French. BTW- Betty is really yummy and worth checking out.
Posted by Foodieboi on June 14, 2007 at 4:00 PM · Report this
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Define French

Having just returned from France, i disagree with the above poser. I was born on the border by Hendaya and Irun and I have eaten this type of fair most of my life. Their food is very good and while not exactly french, it is certainly inspired by it. I think that the reader above is nothing more than someone who moved to Paris and pretends what it is to be French. Bettys food is very good and quite reasonable. If you want even more "Frenchy" style eating go to Le Gourmand if you can get in and plan on spending 2-3 hours waiting.
Posted by European Peter on June 13, 2007 at 9:53 PM · Report this
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There's something about Betty

Best meatball sub I've had, my girlfriend loved the burger. Service and kitchen staff was friendly and fun. Fresh, not too pricey. Desserts rocked! We are looking forward to going back for dinner.
Posted by steamtrain on June 12, 2007 at 10:15 PM · Report this
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FRENCH?????!!!!!!

French? Betty is French you say? NO WAY! Although the menu does contain French fare such as nicoise and pate, if this is really supposed to be a French restaurant, then the owners have A LOT of improving to do...for starters, they should actually visit France to see what a French bistro is supposed to be like! I would describe this more like upscale American comfort food - and I AM FRENCH! Although the space is light and airy, the food is bland and seriously lacking in creativity.
Posted by Madame Frog on June 1, 2007 at 4:54 PM · Report this

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