Kirkland >Food & Dining > Slip
80 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA | Directions 9803347.675416 -122.207233
11a.m.-10p.m. Sunday-Thursday until 11p.m. Friday-Saturday
Neighborhoods: Moss Bay
Sun + Kirkland waterfront + The Slip = Perfection – There's not much in the way of hip decor at Kirkland institution The Slip. IIn fact, you should know that most tables and chairs are actually of the plastic variety. But walk outside onto the water-facing deck and you'll see why this popular spot is packed on sunny weekend days.
I would go with burgers over anything else on the not-so-fussy menu. There are plenty of ways to make your plain burger a bit more exciting (think grilled red onions, Colack cheese, guac...) If you're looking for something a bit more original, try the Kirkland Shrimp Burger. And the kids' menus is fantastic.
Excellent Hamburgers in the heart of Kirkland – First of all, I need to state that I am sorry for those people who have had a bad experience at the Slip. Stay home and cook yourself so you have good experiences and we have less wait for a nice juicy hamburger.
I moved her 6 years ago and from the first time to the last time that I ate at the Slip, it has been excellent!!! :) Great service, friendly waiters/waitress, excellent beer and drinks and the most tasty burgers in the state of Washington. I have to say that I fell in love with this place from my first experience. The spinach dip as an appitzer is amazing! Then move on to one of their tasty burgers and enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Washington. Nothing beats the slip!! You never know tell you try it yourself!!! Life takes paitence and those who are will enjoy this place. Check it out for yourself!
Raw chicken – The two times I've eaten there my chicken sandwich was raw in the middle. Get me once, shame on you, get me twice, shame on me. I'll never eat there again.
Good burgers and beer; perfect for the casual diner. – So I read all the reviews from other folks, and felt compelled to counteract some of the negative posts. While the service isn't great, and if you're older than say 35 you might feel a little ancient (as I did), the food was frickin' awesome. I'd been told that the hamburgers were the best in Seattle and though I've only been here a year I'd say it's the best I've had. I had TheSpecial, which was darn tasty. I was diggin' the Hale's beer selection too; good IPA's and Pale Ales. The young thing managing the seating was very friendly to us, put us on the list for outdoor seating and called our cell phone when a table became available, no problem. I think if you come in with a bad attitude you're going to get it right back at you. I and my party of 2 others had a great experience, and I'll definitely be back.
A bare-bones burger joint with a breezy, beach club attitude wedged into Kirkland's waterfront. – In Short
Diners squeeze into tiny tables and servers hustle wicker baskets of food through the small maze of tables. Inside, a full bar and five wooden tables are packed into an area smaller than many restaurant lobbies; outside, everyone crams around the coveted, plastic tables with a partial view of the water. Burgers made with a quarter pound of chuck and served on soft, grilled kaiser rolls are the primary draw.
Awesome menu and the staff is exceptional with a gr8 outdoor deck in the summer! – It has to be one of the best places to eat in Kirkland for the money along with a gr8 outdoor deck! The prices for what you get are affordable along with a very nice staff and just purrs with awesome energy on a summer day or eve!
Yes, they can be a bit slow in service but just flag down one of the many servers to remedy that small problem!
It's always pretty packed for so many reasons so disregard those negative reviews and try it at least once for yourself and you will find a nice surprise nestled in downtown Kirkland with views of Lake Wa!
Over-hyped – I heard about the Slip from Citysearch, and I thought enough of the reviews here to give it a try with some friends. It was so disappointing that I had to sign up for a Citysearch account just so I could write my two cents here. I don't want others to make the same mistake. None of my friends particularly enjoyed the food. My whole earth burger had no flavor, and my mixed drink was so awful that I didn't finish it. We had to wait over half an hour to be seated at a non-peak hour because the waitress mistook a group of 2 for our reservation for 5. I just moved to Kirkland and have been scoping out restaurants to bring visitors to. The Slip is off my list.
Disappointed – Having heard that even PNW guide books recommend the Slip, I tried it out with 4 friends. First, our waitress was nice, but unexperienced. She seemed to have no knowledge of the menu, had to be reminded to bring my drink after 20 minutes, and got one order wrong. My friends that ordered a Creamsicle and Strawberry Lemon Drop martinis found them terrible and undrinkable, and the waitress did nothing when politely told about this. The hamburgers were fair, but the salmon and shrimp burgers were rather unsatisfactory.
A RARE FIND – In a sea of expensive albeit very fine restaurants in the downtown near waterfront area of Kirkland, The Slip is in a class by itself. Good food, great service, friendly people, incredibly reasonably prices, and location, locatation, location, what more can you ask for? After a summer afternoon of boating, waterskiing or just exploring downtown Kirkland's shops and fine art galleries, The Slip is a rare find indeed. Considering its space limitations you feel among a lucky few to enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at The Slip. There is a full bar along with several very acceptable wines, even available by the glass if you wish. CHEERS!
worst service ever – I can't tell you about the food here because TWICE I have entered this restaurant to be ignored. I sat at the bar the first time watching the little 21-year old waitresses (who wear as little as possible) prance around and not even look at me before I left. The next time we seated ourselves the snot in charge told me they had a "list" and promptly kicked us out. I had looked right at her as we came in and she gave us a dirty look to begin with. I get the feeling that we were not young enough or dressed provactively enough to warrant service here. I guess if you're 21 years old and don't care about service this might be the place for you.
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