Charlie's Bar and Grill (Capitol Hill)

217 Broadway E
Seattle, Washington 98102
(206) 323-2535
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Charlie's is a Broadway institution. It opened in 1976, in a building built in 1914. The interior is an indescribable shabby/glam old-fashioned mishmash, in a good way—kind of like a chain restaurant but with a heart. The food's like a chain restaurant too, and if you stick with the simpler diner standards, you'll be satisfied in a chainy-dinery way (that is to say, don't expect to be blown away). Charlie's bar, all the way in the back, is a haven from all things upscale—some nachos or a very basic happy hour burger here, plus a strong well drink and a game of pool, sometimes hits the spot exactly right.
Hours: Daily 9 am-2 am
Categories: Bar, Restaurant

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  • 2.93000/5 Stars.
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Boycott Charlie's on Broadway

I wish that I didn't have to be writing this, but it seems that yet again there is a place which no longer wants my business. I will not only no longer give it to them, but also encourage everyone I meet to also boycott establishments with archaic and outdated ideals of proper business practices, especially when their customers have prescription devices which they outright ban.

Last Sunday my partner and I were on Broadway heading to an event and decided to get some food beforehand. We walked into Charlies and they asked if we wanted a booth or to sit at the bar. It was the tail end of happy hour so we decided to check out the bar and the happy hour menu. The last time we were here we also sat in the back bar with friends in July 2013. At that time I was wearing Google Glass and had no issues.

This time, June 2014, we sit at a table in the back bar area, and order our drinks. The drinks (a beer and bloody mary) came to us, which were pretty average prices for happy hour. We ordered a few items from the happy hour menu. You wouldn't be reading this particular review if we ever actually got our food. What happened next is the reason I write this review of the staff and my experience at Charlie’s on Broadway.

At this time we had been inside about 10 minutes and were enjoying our drinks. A staff member comes up and says that I “must remove Google Glass. The bartender didn't know the policy.” I begin to explain how these are my prescription frames and how I don't own any others. He didn't care. I tell him that we had been in previously without any issues while wearing Google Glass. He didn't care. I even went as far as to reach in my bag for my GlassKap (a 3D printed cap which goes over the camera and/or the prism). I told him that I can put a cap on the camera, prism, AND turn off Google Glass, yet he still irrationally raised his voice and told me that I would have to remove Google Glass or leave.

I advised him that I don’t support nor give money to businesses, organizations, etc which don't allow me to be there without Google Glass and as such we wouldn't be paying for our drinks, and would simply leave. He stated that was fine and we gathered our belongings and left.

We ended up at local competitor's establishments for our dinner and will never spend another cent at Charlie’s on Broadway and again will advise every person I know to do the same. The staff member was irrational and wouldn’t listen to logic nor reason. He raised his voice at me when I was trying to offer solutions and I don’t need to be treated like that.

Don’t give Charlie’s on Broadway your business.
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Posted by NickStarr on June 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM · Report this
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Boycott Charlie's on Broadway

I wish that I didn't have to be writing this, but it seems that yet again there is a place which no longer wants my business. I will not only no longer give it to them, but also encourage everyone I meet to also boycott establishments with archaic and outdated ideals of proper business practices, especially when their customers have prescription devices which they outright ban.

Last Sunday my partner and I were on Broadway heading to an event and decided to get some food beforehand. We walked into Charlies and they asked if we wanted a booth or to sit at the bar. It was the tail end of happy hour so we decided to check out the bar and the happy hour menu. The last time we were here we also sat in the back bar with friends in July 2013. At that time I was wearing Google Glass and had no issues.

This time, June 2014, we sit at a table in the back bar area, and order our drinks. The drinks (a beer and bloody mary) came to us, which were pretty average prices for happy hour. We ordered a few items from the happy hour menu. You wouldn't be reading this particular review if we ever actually got our food. What happened next is the reason I write this review of the staff and my experience at Charlie’s on Broadway.

At this time we had been inside about 10 minutes and were enjoying our drinks. A staff member comes up and says that I “must remove Google Glass. The bartender didn't know the policy.” I begin to explain how these are my prescription frames and how I don't own any others. He didn't care. I tell him that we had been in previously without any issues while wearing Google Glass. He didn't care. I even went as far as to reach in my bag for my GlassKap (a 3D printed cap which goes over the camera and/or the prism). I told him that I can put a cap on the camera, prism, AND turn off Google Glass, yet he still irrationally raised his voice and told me that I would have to remove Google Glass or leave.

I advised him that I don’t support nor give money to businesses, organizations, etc which don't allow me to be there without Google Glass and as such we wouldn't be paying for our drinks, and would simply leave. He stated that was fine and we gathered our belongings and left.

We ended up at local competitor's establishments for our dinner and will never spend another cent at Charlie’s on Broadway and again will advise every person I know to do the same. The staff member was irrational and wouldn’t listen to logic nor reason. He raised his voice at me when I was trying to offer solutions and I don’t need to be treated like that.

Don’t give Charlie’s on Broadway your business.
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Posted by NickStarr on June 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM · Report this
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I recently had dinner at chalie's on broadway and the food was okay but what I really had a problem with was it was very dirty the booth we were seated at had dirt that was at least one inch thick. Then I started looking around and the whole area needed a good cleaning. It took my appetite away. If the place is dirty I wonder about the food. It's not the charlie"s I remember five years ago. I am thinking about reporting you to the health department but you have been there as long as I can remember and l am 63. clean up
Posted by Seniorpat on May 13, 2012 at 11:10 PM · Report this
Queenie_Gore 11

Good time all around

Went there for happy hour & to my surprise it lasted till 7! Our waitress (Janette) Was so wonderful & attentive & very much unlike most servers i've had on the hill with the attitude that i was putting them out by being there.

Drinks were nice & strong,happy hour food was the normal bar fare & tasted good.. I would totally go back again
Posted by Queenie_Gore on February 18, 2011 at 1:26 PM · Report this
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Eat here at your own risk


Charlie's is alright most of the time, but wait until you bite into something unexpected, such as the toothpick in my sandwich which knocked out my top front tooth.

If you eat at Charlie's, be prepared for hard objects to be inside your food, be prepared to to come home without all your teeth, unable to ever bite into a steak or a sandwich again, and be prepared for proprietor Ken Bauer to tell you that your predicament is not his or his insurer's concern.

I strongly recommend closely inspecting any food you've ordered from Charlie's before trying to eat it. This is not a place you want to bring a date, a business associate, or a friend - not if you care about his/her teeth or your reputation.
Posted by Timothy Usher on April 26, 2010 at 4:17 AM · Report this
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Excelent food--just don't get the steak

Mozzarella sticks so good you want to crumble to the floor. Just don't get the steak, but that's kind of my fault.
Posted by myra on April 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM · Report this
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The kind of place I take my Mom to

What can I say about Charlies that hasn't been said already? The food is good. I've yet to get something that was hot, fresh, and easily devoured. Nothing fancy here though, just good basic food. The prices are cheap as well. If you don't eat meat I suggest you try anything made with their Field Roast. That stuff is delicious! The field roast reuben totally had me wanting seconds even with it being served on a bed of sliced pickles (so pick it up real quick so it doesn't get all juicy on the bottom) Good food, great place to eat before going to Le Faux!
Posted by ErBear on June 26, 2008 at 9:14 AM · Report this
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The perfect fallback

Sometimes you just wind up in a group and everybody wants to eat something different and nobody can decide where to go. When that happens, we go to Charlie's where the ones who want steak can get steak, the ones who want salad can get salad, etc. They have everything! And great drinks and good service and we always have a great, relaxing time. Their Clam Chowder on Friday's is the best ever.
Posted by Trent on May 26, 2008 at 9:46 AM · Report this
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A plate of broken dreams‎

I just ate the Prime Rib French Dip, and I believe they taunted the cow before they slaughtered it, for nothing else would explain the bloodlessness of the meat. Horrendous, absolutely disgusting. The smell of the flaccid pickles that came as a garnish were the only thing that flavored the vile thing if you count out my disgust at having paid nine dollars for it. The thin, greasy gravy they try and call au jus would be better put to use as a laxative. Our server had more snoot than experience, and the ladies room smells like they cleaned it with the au jus.
Posted by Lori on April 5, 2008 at 5:19 PM · Report this
5

Very comfortable

My daughter and I visited Seattle this past weekend and just happened across Charlie's. We enjoyed a wonderful meal, reasonably priced in a very comfortable atmosphere! The staff was pleasant and attentive. Our waiter, Walter, was wonderful... and gorgeous!
Posted by B Ryan on September 3, 2007 at 10:44 AM · Report this
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Love the food...service..eh, not so much.

Food's great and at a decent price. But I've stopped eating there recently due to the waitress in the bar who seems to feel rather 'put out' that she has to do her job...not that shes doing it.
Posted by Bleck on July 19, 2007 at 6:52 PM · Report this
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Decor great food!

Charlie's is an excellent restaurant for a first date, casual date...or even to go for dinner with your mom! The food is medium-priced and high quality. I highly recommend the blackened New York strip steak salad (although sadly this is one of the "specials" so it is not always on the menu.) Their burgers are also excellent. They have crazy, yet tasteful, decor and giant chandeliers. And on top of all that, they serve 1554, and delicious porter that is very difficult to find in other bars/restaurants for some reason. They also have a full bar in the back for those who want to hang out and play pool and listen to a decent juke box. Charlie's is one of my favorite restaurants in town!
Posted by Shawnooke on July 18, 2007 at 11:44 AM · Report this
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Old Timey Good Times

Good place to go when you have a big group and haven't made reservations anywhere. One of the few places that serves breakfast late 7 days a week and their Eggs Benedict is perfect. The decor recalls hanging out in the smoking parlor with Grandpa. Of course, this being Seattle, there is no smoking. And Grandpa's dead.
Posted by Baxter on June 27, 2007 at 3:31 PM · Report this
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waitpeople rock

Although the host there absolutely detests us (we can tell), there are wonderful waitpeople who are heavenly and willing to separate orders and checks. The food is super, super mediocre (though some of us are unabashedly loyal to the Chicken Fried Steak). But we can't think of a place that has been more accomodating to a large group such as ourselves.
Posted by Brunch Club on June 25, 2007 at 2:58 PM · Report this

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