As diners increasingly opt to stay in due to coronavirus concerns, restaurants around Seattle are responding with announcements of reduced hours or temporary closures, health and sanitation practices, and promotions for delivery and pick-up options and specials.
We've rounded up everything we've heard related to restaurant updates below, and we'll add to this post as we hear more. If we're missing something, email us to let us know. Updates about events canceled or postponed due to coronavirus can be found here. You can also read more about restaurant closures from Stranger reporter Nathalie Graham.
As you're making plans to go out in Seattle, remember that it's important to always wash your hands and stay home if you're sick. King County Public Health is recommending that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible.
Notes: "In response to changes in business volume, We will be temporarily modifying our hours...Thank you all for your understanding and support while we navigate these new waters. We are more dedicated than ever, during these trying times, to providing a safe haven for relaxation with delicious food and drinks." (March 11)
Updated hours: Mon-Fri, 7 am-3 pm
Notes: "Out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have decided to make a change to this week's schedule. All ordering will be online and all pickups will be on the sidewalk, outside of our cafe front doors, with designated timeslots. We will close Friday to update our webstore and prepare the cafe for modified service. Your safety is very important to us. Thank you for your understanding." (March 9)
Updated hours: Mon-Fri closed, Sat-Sun 12 pm-5:30 pm
Eat Sea Creatures restaurant group (Willmott's Ghost, Deep Dive, The Whale Wins, Bar Melusine, Bateau, The Walrus & The Carpenter, Barnacle, Bistro Shirlee, General Porpoise)
Notes: "Our family of restaurants are open, though we have reduced hours at some of our spots. As you might imagine, we are doing everything we can to stay open. This means additional cleaning and sanitation. All of our restaurants have received 'Excellent' ratings from the health department, but we are redoubling our efforts here to keep guests safe and to keep ourselves safe. . .Know that we will be here for you when things get back to normal—hopefully sooner rather than later—and in the meantime, we are expanding our to-go programs, so guests can take meals home." (March 9)
Updated hours: Willmott's Ghost closed for lunch, Sun-Thurs 4-9 pm, Fri-Sat 4-10 pm; Deep Dive Sun-Thurs 4-10 pm, Fri-Sat 4 pm-12 am; General Porpoise Amazon Spheres location closed until further notice.
Joyce's Market and Cafe
Notes: "Due to slower business in the midst of these challenging times, we will be temporarily reducing hours in order to better support our staff and community. Thank you for your understanding." (March 6)
Updated hours: Tues-Thurs 10 am-6:30 pm, Fri-Sat 10-8 pm, Sun 11 am-4 pm
Pioneer Square D&E
Notes: "We're seeing a profound effect of the coronavirus response, so we're compelled to adjust hours to help with staying open to serve the community & offer working hours for our team. As always, we will adjust hours to account for special events, etc." (March 9)
Updated hours: lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 am-3 pm, happy hour 3-6 pm daily, dinner 3-8 pm daily, brunch 10:30 am-3 pm Sat-Sun
Steven Han Projects (Umi Sake House, Momiji and Matsu)
Updated hours (March 11): Momiji open regular hours, Umi Sake House last call for food between 11 pm-12 am depending on business, Matsu lunch hours Wed-Fri 11:30 am-1:30 pm (regular hours for dinner).
Heavy Restaurant Group (Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, Pablo y Pablo, Fiasco, Claret, Meet the Moon, Barrio, The Commons, Lot No. 3
Restaurant notes: "Stay safe & healthy - we love the Pacific Northwest! We are grateful for our amazing teams at each of our locations & know we will weather the storm."
Notes: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce that we will be closed for the next 2 weeks. Amidst this rapidly escalating COV-19 outbreak we want to make sure we do everything we can to protect our employees and customers alike. We are heartbroken and although this is going to be very hard, we feel it is the right thing to do for our restaurant. We will reassess in two weeks. We look forward to opening and serving up delicious HH sandwiches as soon as possible. Thank you for your support and understanding." (March 11)
Notes: "Well folks, the great take-out experiment lasted two days. Thanks to all who tried it! We can’t in good conscience ask our cooks to come in via public transportation when the whole point of the dine-in closures is to keep everyone safe at home and away from others. Stay tuned here, though, as we’re getting a wine delivery system for Seattle up and running and we’ll soon be mailing out merch to those who want it! Gift cards are currently available online. We’re going to have our doors back open as soon as they let us!" (March 16)
Notes: "SEATTLE FRIENDS. Along with @kexp, we have decided it is in the best interest of our community and staff to temporarily close the KEXP Gathering Space. This includes our Cafe and @lightintheatticrecordshop. We will be open today until 6 PM and closed beginning Monday, March 16."
Notes: "Since our restaurants inception, Le Coin has pride itself on keeping a warm, friendly, and safe environment centered around delicious food and beverage. In order for us to foster this type of environment, Le Coin has committed itself to a daily regiment of keeping our restaurant at the highest level of sanitation and tidiness. While it is impossible for us to control what happens outside of the four walls of our restaurant, you can rest assure that we are now doubling our efforts to maintain that same level of cleanliness that goes well beyond any standards set forth by the Local and State Health Departments...Le Coin will be closing Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th of next week. We will be taking this time to improve our restaurant for the upcoming Spring season." (March 10)
Oddfellows & Little Oddfellows
Notes: "While we know it’s the right thing to do, it is with overwhelming sadness that we will be temporarily closing our doors at both Oddfellows and Little Oddfellows after tonight." (March 16)
Pioneer Square D&E
Restaurant notes: "With the health & safety of our employees, community and family in mind, we have decided to follow the order from the governor & temporarily close our doors. We're thankful for all the support we've seen through this pandemic and look forward to seeing everyone at D&E healthy and happy when this situation subsides." (March 16) Starbucks (First & University store)
Notes: "Late last night, we learned one of our store partners at our 1st & University store in downtown Seattle was diagnosed with COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home for a period of time. We quickly activated our protocols, immediately closing the store and initiating a deep clean overnight, following all recommended guidelines from the City of Seattle and King County public health authorities. These officials have encouraged us to reopen the store after further preventative cleaning, which we have already conducted, staffed by partners who have no known impact from COVID-19. We look forward to welcoming our customers back very soon so we can continue to be their Third Place." (March 6)
Steelhead Diner, Blueacre Seafood, Orfeo, Zane and Wylie’s Seattle Steakhouse, and Tempesta Coffee and Donuts
Notes: "Temporarily closed due to the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus. We hope to reopen at a later date. Sincerely, Chef Kevin and Terresa Davis." (March 8)
Tom Douglas Restaurants (Brave Horse Tavern, Cantina Leña, The Carlile Room, Cuoco, Dahlia Bakery, Dahlia Lounge, Etta's, Lola, Palace Kitchen, Rub with Love Shack, Seatown Market Diner, Serious Pie)
Notes: Brave Horse Tavern, Cantina Lena, The Carlile Room, Trattoria Cuoco, Dahlia Lounge, Etta's, Lola, Palace Kitchen, Seatown Market Diner, Rub with Love Shack, Serious Pie, and Serious Pie and Biscuit have temporarily closed for the next eight to 12 weeks. (March 11)
Notes: "We are concerned about our community health. We are monitoring our employees closely. We would like to acknowledge to our customers that none of our employees had travelled or left the country within the past 6 months." (March 5)
Notes: "If you are avoiding public gathering spaces over the next few weeks but missing your pastries, we’re here to help. Feel free to call us to place an order, and we’ll bring it to you curbside. We are committed to keeping a safe environment in the Bakeri, and are sanitizing high touch areas continuously through the day. Thank you all so very much for your continued support." (March 6)
Notes: "Starting Monday we will close our restaurant and open three in its place: a breakfast bagel shed, a burger drive-thru for lunch, and a family meal dinner delivery service. Fine dining is not what Seattle needs right now. Instead, this is one idea for safely creating jobs for our employees while serving as much of the city as we can.' (March 12)
Notes: "At Dick's we have exceptionally high standards for cleanliness. Our facilities are designed for ease of cleaning and our operations are performed where you, the customer, can observe. In light of the recent concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are taking additional precautionary steps, adding to our usual cleaning and sanitizing routines throughout our facility. We are following all CDC and Health Department recommendations for prevention and containment...In an abundance of caution, we ask you to please pay with credit or debit card rather than cash. While we are still accepting cash at this time, our employees have additional sanitation requirements for all orders that involve and it may impact our speed of service." (March 4/6)
E3 Restaurant Group (Elliott's Oyster House, Metropolitan Grill, Heartwood Provisions, Wing Dome, and Steamers Seafood Cafe)
Notes: "The health and safety of our guests and team is paramount. Please be assured that our teams are fully trained and committed to the strictest of sanitation guidelines. We have always taken these practices seriously but considering the current concerns around public safety we are increasing our cleaning protocols and safety precautions across the board to exceed Health Department standards. In addition, we are asking any traveling team members to quarantine themselves from work as per CDC guidelines. For our non-traveling employees, we are closely monitoring their health and will be asked to stay home if they feel ill or experience any symptoms until released by their doctor. The safety of our extended family; our guests and team have always been the highest importance to us. We will continue to closely monitor this situation through both local and national health organizations and our hearts go out to everyone currently affected by coronavirus." (March 10)
Ethan Stowell Restaurants (Ballard Pizza Co., Cortina, Cortina Cafe, Goldfinch Tavern, How to Cook a Wolf, Kigo Kitchen, Mkt., Red Cow, Rione XIII, San Juan Seltzery, Staple & Fancy, Tavoláta)
Notes: "We are reaching out to you at an uncertain time in the Pacific Northwest and we are saddened by the effect of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on our friends and neighbors as well as our extended community. We would like to reassure you that we have always aimed to provide the safest of spaces and food for people to enjoy. In service of that goal, all of our individual restaurant teams are fully trained and well practiced in maintaining the strictest of health and sanitation guidelines. Every one of our team members are trained in all local food handling policies and everyone carries a current WA State food service health card. We have always taken these practices seriously but in light of the current concerns around public safety we are increasing our cleaning protocols and safety precautions across the board. We have also increased the depth and frequency of our scheduled cleanings to further surpass Health Department standards." (March 7)
Notes: "The health and safety of our students, staff, clients, volunteers and supporters are FareStart’s top priority. As the COVID-19 situation escalates in our community, we wanted to share what FareStart is doing to help ensure its programs and social enterprise businesses continue to run smoothly – and safely. We are taking the following actions:
-Continuing to provide 4,000 meals and snacks a day to local shelters and schools that rely on us, with increased safety measures.
-Continuing to follow all CDC and Seattle-King County Public Health guidelines.
-Participating in calls with Seattle-King County Public Health, the City of Seattle and health and human service providers on COVID-19 planning and best practices.
-Working closely with our housing and community partners to help safeguard our students.
-Encouraging all staff and volunteers who are high risk or who whose work can be accomplished remotely (e.g. administrative positions) to work from home or take excused time off through Monday, March 16.
-Implementing strict protocols for staff, students and volunteers who may display symptoms of COVID-19 while on FareStart properties. Individuals must be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to FareStart.
-Temporarily amending our time off policy to support staff during this virus outbreak.
-Employing additional cleaning and sanitation protocols across all FareStart facilities.
-Temporarily suspending the use of all personal cups/tumblers at our cafes while honoring discounted pricing for customers.
-Switching to pre-packaged disposable utensils at our cafes.
-Making contingency plans in case our programs and social enterprise businesses are impacted by fewer staff, students or volunteers.
-Canceling non-essential events and workshops.
-Restricting unnecessary staff work travel out of the Seattle area.
For now, all FareStart programs, services and social enterprise businesses remain operational. We will continue to assess our policies and procedures as the situation evolves." (March 5)
General Harvest Restaurants (Vendemmia, East Anchor Seafood, Le Messe, Raccolto, Haymaker, G.H. Pasta Co.)
Notes: "General Harvest Restaurants will continue running all of the restaurants with normal business hours. However, our thoughts are with everyone that have been affected by the coronavirus. We understand that a lot of our guests have been staying out of public spaces and we respect their decision. With that being said, we would like to offer all of our menus available for call-in and pick-ups until March 29th. We are taking the necessary and same precautions as usual with cleanliness and are keeping our teammates who feel anything other than great, at home. We have maintained and followed all of the health and sanitation guidelines to make sure our team and our guests are safe at all times." (March 7)
Notes: "Every day brings new developments related to COVID-19. We are following the CDC and the King County Health Department’s guidelines to provide food to you safely. We have excellent health and sanitation practices. Safety is our top priority. Here are additional steps we are taking at this time:
-We have a dedicated employee at each location who sanitizes commonly used surfaces at least every hour.
-You may indicate a preference for contactless delivery and we will leave it at the door. For app and online orders, please note this in Delivery Instructions found under Review Order online, with delivery address when checking out in the iPhone app, and in delivery addresses under profile in the Android app.
-We encourage customers to include a tip when placing delivery orders through the phone, online or in the app so no signatures are required at the door.
-If you would like cheese and pepper cups, they can be ordered under the miscellaneous section of the app and online ordering. Please indicate the quantity you would like.
-Cheese and pepper cups are no longer being delivered inside the pizza box. Our condiment containers are now compostable.
-Our employees are using their universal paid time off to stay home when they are sick." (March 5)
The Pink Door
Notes: "In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak we would like to share the efforts that we have initiated, for the good of all people; for our guests, our beloved employees and my family all of whom work here. Since the ‘regular flu’ season started this past November, we have mandated that ALL employees stay home with any sign of cold or flu. This has been strictly enforced and paid sick days are allotted...It is our wish to let the public know about the details of our program below for the health of EVERYONE who comes into The Pink Door. We hope that our efforts are making us safer. With an abundance of good energy, loud music and all doors open to the fresh air, each morning, twelve hard workers are sanitizing every square foot of our restaurant from faucets to chairs to banquettes, to walls, to stairs, to railings; and of course every inch of the kitchen. Hand sanitizers are placed on all work platforms and computer monitors throughout the restaurant for continuous sanitization during the shift. Signs of colds or flu among our guests are met with polite requests to leave." (March 9)
Sound & Fog
Notes: "Since COVID-19 made its presence known in the Seattle area, we’ve taken measures to sanitize the café on a set schedule. The best defense against this novel coronavirus is a sanitizing offense. We appreciate your commitment to a green lifestyle and bringing in your own mugs and tumblers, but until further notice we’ll be serving all coffee and tea beverages in paper cups to maintain a sterile environment for everyone’s wellbeing." (March 6)
Elliott's Oyster House
Restaurant notes: "In light of these circumstances and to show our appreciation for your loyal patronage, we would like to offer you a complimentary lunch or dinner to enjoy with a guest when dining at Elliott’s Oyster House. We hope this goes without saying to do so only if you are feeling well and safe. Purchase one lunch or dinner entrée during March 13th - April 15th and receive one on us (lowest in value)."
The pastry shop has introduced a new piroshky option called the "Catch 22," featuring 22 immunity-supporting ingredients such as ginger, garlic, garbanzo beans, carrots, and spinach with the intention of boosting health.
Mamnoon, Mamnoon Street, and Anar
Restaurant notes: "As a special incentive for your participation in the good fight, we will add 20% more to the balance of any mama gift card purchased between today and May 31st, 2020. For example, If you pay for a $500 gift card you will receive one worth $600! These mama gift cards can be purchased and used at any of our restaurants and also for catering services!"
Marination and Super Six
Marination and its Columbia City sibling restaurant are offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on loco moco (a Hawaiian comfort food favorite with rice, Spam, an egg, and gravy) for Monday, March 9 only on UberEats.
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizza
In addition to providing free meals for employees, the local chain is providing a 10% discount for all healthcare employees who show a badge, business card, or pay stub, as well as free delivery for all orders over $25. Their mobile food truck, the D’Asporto, will also be visiting various neighborhoods.
White Swan Public House
As of March 9, the South Lake Union seafood spot known for its chowder poutine is offering 15% off its entire menu in order to offset some of the financial burden for its staff.