Seattle >Food & Dining > Zig Zag Cafe
1501 Western Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.608380 -122.341478
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Pike Place Market
Murray (the highly regarded and celebrated bartender) may have left the building but this Seattle gem is as good as ever. Tell the barkeep what you like and trust them to deliver. The happy hour Monday - Friday also has a great list of featured cocktails and bites. Outdoor seating is a plus!
If you haven't been to Zig Zag in a while you need to remedy that. Eric & Ben are doing an amazing job whether you order on the menu or off. Still one of the very best in town!
Excellent cocktails; at the end of a day exploring downtown and the market, grab a drink here.
I love to bring my friends here when I'm showing off how great the nightlife can be in Seattle. As my friend put it, "Murray is God." He's a great bartender, makes any drink you can think of (contrary to the review by tummyphat...you can order any coctail you want, it doesn't have to be on the list to be made), and he's a great conversationalist. Some days, I just walk in and tell him my mood, and he will make the best drink to fit it.
The food is so good! Try the calamari. And make sure to at least go once during Happy Hour. This way you can get a large assortment of the appetizers. My favorite drink is the Moquito. Everthing is made from fresh ingredients, and the drink turns out to be the best thing you've ever tasted and the most beautiful drink you've ever seen! Nothing compares! (Just keep in mind that you may never be able to drink a Moquito anywhere else.)
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One of my Fav's – The Zig Zag Cafe is one of those great little gems that, if you didn't know where to look, you'd walk right by it. Located between Western and the water, we walked right past it the first time we went there (and we had directions and an address!). Once you find it though, you'll be greatful you took the time - it is fantastic. I went with a group of 4, we each got a couple drinks and food. Usually when one orders food from a bar, its either really greasy comfort food or tiny little gastro-plates. Zig Zag offers the best of both worlds. I had a grilled cheese sandwich that was too die for, while the others in our group got a large caesar salad, a calimari dish, and some sort of spicy panini. All were amazing. The drinks were good as well, although nobody ordered any of the speciality cocktails (although I've heard they're good, except for the Devil's Soul Patch). Our server was also very nice and very helpful, and I loved the interior of the bar as well as the relaxed atmosphere.
Terrible, Awful Service and Tasteless Food – When we arrived we were pleased to see that there was an open deck where we could sit out side and the establishment was not over crowded. To not much of our surprise the deck was full of people chain smoking and drunk people begin very loud and spilling their drinks. When we ruled out the deck we decided to sit inside.The menu had no organization or theme. The food was all over the place from seared albacore tuna to lamb burger to chips and dip. The menu looked like it had no consistent thought to its design and no creativity just the same old same old. Nothing about this restaurant/bar differenced itself from the other establishments in that waterfront area. After about 20 minuets our waitress came back and asked what was my drink and my partners drink order. We then proceed to order our food. I order the seared Tuna and my partner order the high anticipated linguini with clams and my friend order the special the salmon. few minutes later our waitress brought out our drinks to our table. My drink order was incorrect and when I asked the waitress to send my drink back she lied and told me that was the correct drink. I didn?t want to be a bother About 15 minuets later the waitress come back and tell my friend that they are out of the salmon special so, not all of our meals are not on a timely manner. After about 10 minuets our food had still has not arrived I decided to notify the owner, I told him that our waitress has not check on our table in awhile my drink was empty and another friend who join us later that night wanted to order and my partners drink was empty. He then caught this unnecessary attitude really made me loose my appetite. When our food finally arrived my tuna was ice cold full no flavor, my partners linguini noodles were over cooked and my other two friends were waiting on their meals, we could not have eaten together. Our entire bill was over 250+ dollars more on drinks
Nice drinks, no atmosphere – The Zig Zag has a nice menu of cocktails to try, and pours a good drink and if that was all one wanted when they went out that would be great but this place lacks what most places in Seattle lack, atomsphere. The place lacks the friendly, warm feeling that a bar should have, meaning, unless you are with people to talk to, you won't find any good, friendly conversations. Of course, if you like to drink alone, this place will be perfect for you. Still, this place does do a good job on cocktails so I would recommend this place to others.
Good cocktails, great people – Have been a regular here for a couple of years now. My wife and I are big fans of Murray the bar tender. Its a pleasure watching him make his Mojito and other creative concoctions. The cocktail list is extensive and creative and served up in a great Its a great place for after work meet up and their happy hour food is awesome (havent tried the other stuff). If you havent been here, you should definitely check this place out
Cocktails, yes, but also food! – After years and years of coming to the Zag, I'd have to say that recently I have been really impressed with their food as well as their amazing talent with the Spirits. The specials have been warming and comforting on these rainy days, and the new bread salad is one of my current favorite additions to the menu. It's nice to know that my favortie place to be, and partake of the beverage, also believes that the food should be of high quality. Way to go!
best cocktails and bartenders in the city. period. – simply put, this is THE place in seattle for cocktails. kacy, ben and murray are expert craftsmen and enthusiasts and we are lucky to have them in our city. their research into classic and forgotten cocktail recipes is what i love most. as a bartender, i usually sit at the bar and just soak up everything i can from them, and i'm not the only one. every bartender in the city should make it a point to sit at the bar and see how it should really be done.
Best Bartenders – This place is fantastic. I find myself forgetting about it often though, likely due to it's "hidden-gem" of a location--perhaps this is just part of the charm. Happy hour is nice out on their shady terrace, but my favorite seat is right at the bar--their infamous bartender is friendly and fun to watch as he dishes out banter and creative cocktail creations. The owners are super friendly and the red lighting gives the place a very seductive vibe. Hands down probably my favorite bar in Seattle.
The finely crafted cocktails are the draw at this classy downtown escape. – In Short
The atmosphere is upscale stylish without losing its welcoming air; fresh flowers decorate the bar, and candles provide much of the light. Famed drinks from this established watering hole are made with exotic liqueurs and fresh-squeezed juices. Bartenders chat easily with the crowd--mostly regulars, spiked with an occasional well-dressed couple. Share the sauteed calamari with a friend, or try the alligator gumbo for a hearty meal.
Good for after work... – A co-worker and I stopped by here for a drink after work recently. I wasn't too impressed with the happy hour menu, but I tend to like fruity drinks better. The atmosphere was nice, not as upscale as I had imagined but a good place to meet someone for a drink. I thought it was a little hard to find as it is on a different level than the street. Overall I would recommend it but it wasn't amazing.
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