Seattle >Food & Dining > Icon Grill
1933 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.613558 -122.338994
11:30a.m.-11p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30-midnight Friday; 5p.m.-midnight Saturday; 5-11p.m. Sunday; Bar open until midnight Sunday-Thursday and until 1a.m. Friday-Saturday
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
Icon Grill is a Seattle favorite of mine. The decor is fun, the service is good and the food is great. If you go you must try the mac and cheese... but it's pretty rich and cheesey so we tend to order one for the whole table.
Won't go again – Attended a dinner with friends to celebrate a birthday for someone we don't get to see often. I had the Blue cheese Medallions. They were so tough that I only ate one bite. I should have sent them back but the waiter was nowhere to be found. My wife had the Potato wrapped Halibut. It was cold when served and the potato was under cooked. One of the worst meals ever. Thank goodness for good company and weak drinks.
12/5/2011 Update: the manager Nick Musser called me to find out more information. I am impressed that he really seemed to care. He not only listened and offered no excuses he also offered to make good on our experience. He made me an offer that I felt was sincere and i agreed to except. To bad all service provider don't show how important their customer are. Thanks Nick
Funky yet Intimate Atmosphere – 4 of us dined here Friday night. Had 8:30 reservation which wasn't necessary as missed the dinner crowd but seated promptly. Was celebrating two 10 year anniversaries and said so when called, hoping that would've gotten a better table, but was seated next to the plates/silverware/cheese grater area so wait staff in and out. Not bad as our table was still cozy. Our waiter, Taylor, was awesome! We told him it was a night out with no kids and would be there awhile... and we were, over three hours!
Started with drinks, ordered nothing special (two wines, one beer, one cocktail). Appetizer was a fall special of walnut fried brie with chutney relish. Delish! They were a bit stingy on the accompanying bread crisps (only 5) so used the bread basket. Was a lovely treat.
Entrees - they have a wide menu ranging in price from $13.95 to $34.95. Each of us picked a few options and had the waiter help narrow it down. I liked that he was honest with his responses and offered up a better selection. My date wanted the stuffed chicken with mushroom special but Taylor suggested the goat cheese stuffed instead as the portion was larger and better flavor. So we ordered seared sea scallops with lemon butter (a fall special), goat cheese stuffed chicken, Texas fried steak and Mediterranean grilled shrimp. All were good with no leftovers. The portions definitely aren't large so you don't leave feel overly stuffed yet still satisfied.
Dessert - normally would skip but being a special night got two for the table, Texas Fudge Cake and crème brule. The fudge cake is seven layers and comes with a glass pitcher of cold milk. Pretty cool presentation but the cake itself was just okay. The Costco one is better! Crème brule came with little cookies (store bought) and three apples slices. Would've enjoyed more fruit and better cookies/pastry but the crème brule has a nice smooth flavor, not too sweet. While the desserts were good wouldn't order again and considered them over hyped.
So the tally $203. This being a special night out ordered appetizers and dessert which normally don't. The staff was wonderful and we had a lovely, lovely evening. Would return for special occasion but given the price probably not an every month kind of place.
Drinks - $39.80
Appetizer - $10.95
Entrees - $84.80
Dessert - $19.50
Tax & Tip - $47.51
Great Place! – My wife and I ate at the Icon this past Saturday, May 2nd. We were staying at a hotel across the street and after returning from the baseball game around 9:30pm, we were soaked (getting to the car) and famished. Sorry, garlic fries with 20,000 other people don't cut it so we wanted something solid but not too heavy. Well, at that hour, the hotel did not have any good options. We noticed the Icon on the way back from the game, so we thought we'd give it a try.
I must say that we were very pleased with everything. The ambiance, the food and Alfonso, our server was great. He could see that my wife wasn't feeling well and suggested some comfort foods that would be more agreeable for her. He was very personable, knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. Knowing this was our first time there, he took great care of us and that in itself was a comfort.
She settled on the Fettuccine and I on the Flat Iron Steak. We were both very pleased with our entrees - good flavors and well prepared. However, I have to tell you that I was blown away by the Cajun sauce that accompanied the fett. Our waiter raved about it, but warned not to dump it all on the pasta at once - good advice, as it is nice and sweet up front but has a wicked back-heat that shows up after about 10 seconds! I swiped it and used it liberally on my steak. It combined very nicely with the Roquefort sauce and the natural juices of the meat. We also liked the fact that the accompaniment sauces for both dishes came on the side.
Thank you again for a great experience. We look forward to our next trip to Seattle and another chance to enjoy the Icon.
Love, love, love! – After a long day of shopping downtown my husband and I stepped in for Happy Hour then decided to stay for dinner. The best take on comfort foods I've ever had! I couldn't stop eating!! Should have ordered the mac 'n cheese, we saw every table order it and throughly enjoy it. Would definitely go back!
Special place to enjoy a meal during the holiday season! – I took my niece and nephew for lunch here after spending the day in the city. This place is really beautifully decorated for the holidays! They have Santa Claus visiting during their lunch hour for pictures. I love their holiday wreath salad which comes served in a shape of a wreath. A great dessert that will wow anyone is their hot chocolate fudge sundae. It is a huge dessert and easily can feed 3 people. The dessert has 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream surrounded by large cookie wafers. A cookie wafer shaped as a cone is filled with hot chocolate sauce. The server will drizzle your sundae with the cone of hot chocolate sauce and then sprinkle a generous serving of mini m&ms, nuts, and bits of chocolate chip cookie, and then top it with a dollop of whipped cream. It's quite a display for children but I was impressed myself. If you are going to indulge I would highly recommend this dessert. It is one of my favorite places to go during the holidays.
Save Your Money! Go some where else. – Where would you like me to begin? How about the sad excuse for a wine list, only two worth drinking on the entire list. My friend ordered a starter for the entire table, the Fried Mac n' cheese, apparently the chef never was taught that the frier oil needs to be change regularly. It was over done and tasted like every thing else that had been fried in there. As for the entree's, well again if you like over cooked duck breast ( way to much salt) and dried out duck confit you would have enjoyed it. Not to mention the coconut rice that was served with it, was more of a rice porridge. As for the Reiner Cherry Glace, was more a flavorless acidic water, not the reduced down traditional glace that every chef learns in culinary school.
And no it was not just one entree that was Oh so not delectable! My friends meat loaf looked and tasted as if it was made last week and left in the sun to dehydrate.
Never once did our server return to ask us if we were enjoying our meal. Never saw a manager so we could voice our concerns. Was incredibly disappointed in this restaurant, especially after we spent $181, not including tip, for dinner for three people.
I strongly urge you to seek out alternative places. You don't get what you pay for at this dump.
Fabulous private room for parties! – I recently had a party for a friend at the icon and it was fantastic. We couldn't have picked a better spot. The room is upstairs, overlooking the restaurant, and decorated in fun bright colors. Everything from the service, to the food, to the decor was perfect. Not too fancy and not too cheesy- like so many similar restaurant options in the Seattle area. The comfort food inspired menu has a little something for everyone-- I'm a total foodie, so I have pretty high standards. Brenda, who booked our party, was so accommodating and made sure all the little details, from the decorations to the cake, were taken care of. Thanks for making our party such a success!!
Uh Oh! :-( – We dined on May 2nd, early evening. Well...Let me start by saying that I've been saying that the Icon Grill is my favorite restaurant for the last 5 years. To be fair, 5 Years is how long it's been since i've ate there as well. Unfortunately I was very disappointed on this occasion. I remember the artichoke dip they used to serve in the a real artichoke with center filled with creamy goodness...gone! It's been replaced with some Red Robin type dish filled with Parmesan, canned marinated artichoke hearts with burnt hard to the roof of you mouth toast... you all know what i'm talking about. sad! The mac and cheese was decent still but just "decent". Grilled asian pear salad would have been good if the pears were ripe, tasted like chalk. (New Chef Maybe?) I'm angry and want my restaurant back.
Also, maybe the staff should start wiping the lip-stick off the glasses before serving the drinks. In professional establishments (which i'm assuming this place is trying to be) they don't miss this. Especially when the customer are capable of spending over $50.00 on a meal and appetizers and $30 in drinks each.
Also, Somebody needs to let one of the waiters know( in the bar ), that it is not ok to google over a guy's butt in front of the customers they're serving. It's very rude and not funny, No matter your sexual preference. Straighten yourselves up or you're finished.
Some professional advice,
If you change out the MR16 Halogen bulbs in the track heads on the ceiling, you can create a more inviting dramatic environment. Jump up some wattage and switch to a "Spot" beam spread. Since you have the height with your ceiling, the light will not dissipate as much and make your blown glass and food "pop" to the admirers and diners. You want that food to "pop" when you set it on the table. The Pink Glow doesn't work very well. Your Marquee is ugly as hell too. Is that laminated printer paper? c'mon! spend!
Overrated – This place is overpriced and the service I've experienced has ranged from indifferent to surly. The food is mediocre, at best.
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