Green star Boat Street Cafe (Belltown)

3131 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 632-4602

This obscurely located but lovely French-ish bistro from Renee Erickson (now more well-known for the later Walrus and the Carpenter in Ballard and the Whale Wins in Fremont/Wallingford) is a longtime favorite for good reason. Especially nice, weather permitting: sweet, quiet outdoor seating for brunchtime sunshine.
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I had a brunch there recently and I was really disappointed. The service was not so great. Our food took a long time, longer than people who were seated after us. I'm pretty sure she forgot to put our order in. When it finally did come, our eggs were poached hard. We sent them back. When I asked if there might be any ketchup the server replied that "this is not that kind of restaurant, dear" as she patted me condescendingly on the shoulder. No need to touch the customers, thanks.
Posted by Her Majesty on January 11, 2008 at 8:07 PM · Report this

Lunch in Lower Queen Anne

There are very few options for a well-heeled lunch in lower Queen Anne, but that is okay because the Boat Street is all that is necessary. The sandwiches are fantastic and the pate plate is a great way to bolster up for a long afternoon in the office. In the summertime, the outdoor sitting is a blessing.
Posted by moeheavy on August 23, 2007 at 11:25 AM · Report this


I am a dinner regular, and have yet to be disappointed. In fact, I can't get enough. Excellent food, service, and wine list. I have not been as impressed with brunch in the adjacent Boat Street Kitchen. Perhaps the Cafe sets the bar too high for the Kitchen to compare? In any event, I found the service to be lacking and the food sub-par--sloppy and even careless. My Oeufs Plat was runny! My wife's benedict was luke warm. Don't miss the cafe for dinner. maybe skip the kitchen for brunch though.
Posted by ursamajor on August 22, 2007 at 8:54 AM · Report this

Consistently excellent

Have been here for dinner and brunch, and have never been disappointed. A delightful small place with excellent service, and food that is exceptionally fresh, local and seasonal. I vividly remember grilled salmon and tomato salad last year that both exploded with the flavor of summer. The location is funky and parking is awkward, but these are minor inconveniences to overcome for such great food.
Posted by We'll be back on July 2, 2007 at 8:58 PM · Report this


Hands down, the best bargain in town. Delicious food, great ambience, delightful staff.
Posted by JoeyVeltkamp on June 24, 2007 at 5:02 PM · Report this


I definately that recommend her place. The few times that I've had the opportunity to eat there....the food was great. All THAT YOU FOODIES WOULD EXPECT.
Posted by myhoyt on June 11, 2007 at 3:58 AM · Report this

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