Green star Tilikum Place Cafe (Belltown)

407 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 282-4830

Tilikum Place Cafe is located on tiny, cobblestoned, triangular Tilikum Place park. Take it away, "The main attraction of this small square in the northwest corner of the central business district is a life-size statue of Chief Seattle, for whom the city was named. Wrapped in a stained copper shawl, the chief stands on a pedestal with one arm raised in symbolic greeting to the first white settlers who landed at Alki Point in 1851. Bear heads at the base of the pedestal spout streams of water into a pool. Tilikum Place itself (the name meaning 'welcome' or 'greetings' in Chinook jargon) is located at the juncture of the original land claims of Denny, Boren, and Bell. The statue, sculpted by James Wehn from the only existing photo of the chief, was unveiled on Founders' Day, November 13, 1912, by Chief Seattle's great-great-granddaughter." Tilikum Place Cafe is a pleasant cafe by day (with lunch and brunch) and an inviting bistro by night, offering everything from tarts and homemade pastries to sardine sandwiches, pork braised in milk, pasta, and fry-ups. It's a favorite in the neighborhood and beyond.
Hours: 7 am-10 pm Wed-Mon
Categories: Restaurant

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Tracy 10

Perfect little place. Great inventive and delicious menu, with approachable prices (while some stuff is in the teens, there are some under $10 options...and this is food that some place would charge $20+ for). Staff is friendly and attentive. The decor is adorable. Truly great little touches. Brunch was delicious. The daily benedict special this weekend was a the PERFECT start to autumn (polenta and wild boar sausage with yams and apples. yum!). Adorable tiny baguettes with nuttella (yucky to me, but my sister was excited). The french press of coffee (with mini shortbread cookie) was fantastic. It was just perfect! The food is beautiful and carefully created. Thanks!
Posted by Tracy on October 4, 2011 at 4:28 PM · Report this


This is a great date night restaurant. The menu is thoughtful and the ingredients are fresh and well prepared. Often I simply asked the server Nora what she thinks we should order and she never disappoints! From drinks to desserts this place is fantastic!
Posted by fennec fox on October 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM · Report this


This is a great date night restaurant. The menu is thoughtful and the ingredients are fresh and well prepared. Often I simply asked the server Nora what she thinks we should order and she never disappoints! From drinks to desserts this place is fantastic!
Posted by fennec fox on October 6, 2010 at 8:59 PM · Report this
Aislinn 7
I've eaten lunch here twice this week, and I'm going back for dinner tonight. The food is great, the waitress is charming, and the space itself is attractive, clean, and inviting.

So far I've had the savory tart (delicious), the roasted red pepper/goat cheese/basil quiche special (the quiche was a little fluffier than I like, but the crust was possibly the best I've ever had in a quiche, flaky and not oily), and the vegan lentil soup (the soups change, this isn't always available). The soup was wonderful, and I really appreciate that they have vegetarian/vegan items. The tart and the quiche both came with a salad that was perfectly dressed in a house vinaigrette.

I work nearby, and there really isn't anything like it in the neighborhood. I'm so glad I noticed the sign and checked it out!
Posted by Aislinn on June 18, 2009 at 5:10 PM · Report this

Just What The Hood Needs

I've been to Tilikum Place for dinner. This tasty, reasonably priced cafe is just what that neighborhood (what is the name of that hood anyway? Upper Belltown? Lower Seattle Center?) needs. The muscle starter with apple in milk broth is excellent, the green salad with red beets was plentiful and fresh. All portions are big. The Mushroom papperdelle was excellent and a black cod special was inventive. It is a comfortable place. The service seemed inexperienced but that will improve with time. I recommend it.
Posted by Lori on December 8, 2008 at 8:59 PM · Report this
Amazing food at very reasonable prices. My boyfriend and ate to our hearts' content and enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine and it didn't break the bank. The rustic squash tart and the mussels were particularly delicious. I couldn't stop sopping up the remaining sauce from the mussels with bread!
Posted by popcorn on December 1, 2008 at 7:25 PM · Report this

Great new joint...

...pork, pasta, mussels, savory tarts and beans on toast...this place rocks...the service is phenomenal and the ambiance is great...check it out...
Posted by runner on November 20, 2008 at 9:41 PM · Report this

Excellent food and value

I visited Tilikum Place Cafe for a Friday dinner and found the food to be excellent. Too often, when visiting a restaurant I'm left budgeting for what I want to sample. At Tilikum the price point for the genre is below what I'd expect, but the presentation, taste, and overall atmosphere is definitely above average.

I heartily recommend this welcome new addition to Seattle's dining scene!
Posted by GreatFood on November 18, 2008 at 10:52 AM · Report this
I attended the soft opening at Tilikum and found the food to be excellent. The sauce that went with the mussels dish was off the hook. I kept wanting to drink it. The peach pie with the vanilla bean ice cream was also fantastic. Go check it out...
Posted by Bam on November 3, 2008 at 2:10 PM · Report this

Lunch and dinner

Tilikum is near my office so I've eaten dinner there once and lunch twice in the past week. Its friendly, well-lighted with food that has been consistently excellent and original (or at least original to me - I didn't order it but they had a rabbit sandwich on the lunch menu one day). For dinner, I had the duck confit, for lunch, I had crab cake one day and the butternut squash another. I think the butternut squash is seasonal so I would try that if they still have it when you go, after that, the duck was pretty dang delicious. I highly recommend it.
Posted by Kevin on November 3, 2008 at 12:32 PM · Report this

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