Seattle >Food & Dining > Dahlia Lounge
2001 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.613056 -122.340300
Neighborhoods: Belltown, Downtown
Home of the deservedly famous triple coconut pie.
T.D's first restaurant and still has it going on! I'm a fan of their brunch in particular. It may be a simple menu but perfect execution trumps complexity any day in my book! Homemade jam and biscuits replace conventional toast, yes please!
The pie is way over-rated!! – My wife and I have wanted to try Dahlia's Bakery for some time after having read the many outstanding and glowing reviews. At last, we were able to get ourselves downtown to sample the much lauded coconut cream pie and were very much disappointed. To those who rave about this product, I can only assume that you have never tasted a proper pie crust - rich, light, and flaky. The crust on this pie had the consistency and texture of dried plaster and had little flavor as well. While the filling was creamy and had an abundance of coconut, it too lacked flavor. The mini pie is 18 bucks and does not come close to being worthy of the accolades it receives. Don't bother!!
Oldie but a goodie – Took a big group of out-of-towners here a few weeks back and the food was exceptionally good. The service was very good, but the waiter seemed like he was new and still getting his footing. It's easy to get jaded about Tom Douglas and his "empire", but this place still has it.
I [heart] Tom Douglas – If you are a Seattleite, a transplant, or a visitor, you MUST eat at any of Tom Douglas's restaurants while you're here. I'm only doing one review but I'll cover all my bases. Tom Douglas creates masterpieces for the palate that you cannot create at home. . . even with his cookbooks. All of his restaurants have great ambiance and a unique flare in the decor. Their bakery also offers mighty fine bites.
Dahlia Lounge: hearty meals and you have to stay for dessert. I recommend the doughnuts.
Etta's: In the market, great seafood.
Lola's: Go for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. Fantastic.
Serious Pie: If the name included "yum" it would say it all.
Palace Kitchen: Go here for cocktails and light appetizers. You may make a habit of it.
Make reservations and enjoy. There's no way not to enjoy what Tom Douglas has created.
Great service, average food, overprized – The high expectations we had due to the great reviews were somewhat disappointed. While the service was great and the restaurant offers a a nice ambience the food was average at best . The seafood sampler tasted as it was prepared much earlier and was sitting a fridge for quite a while. The menu leaves the impression it is created to get the maximum throughput for the restaurant . The wine list does not seem to be paired to the menu at all.
Amazing Food at Great Prices – This was an amazing final stop in a recent trip to Seattle. The sandwiches (I had the apple/brie/walnut sandwich and my partner had the turkey sandwich) were among the best deli-style sandwiches we've ever eaten. The white bean soup was perfectly seasoned. The baked goods (chocolate chip cookie, oatmeal apricot cookie, fig bar and triple chocolate tart) were also perfect. A great place, with outdoor seating. My only regret is that we didn't have time to try the main lounge next door! Next time...
Very Memorable – I ate here with my daughter (age 15) at the end of a weekend spent in Seattle. The menu seemed rather limited, but we both took the plunge and ordered things we normally wouldn't order. The braised short ribs that I ordered were fabulous. She stills talks about the meal and especially the donut dessert. This is a great place for a memorable meal.
Glorious Donuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – I'm not going to lie. I was only interested in the donuts. Anyway, it was a Saturday night, and my boyfriend and I were driving through downtown looking for a place to eat. Since I work in downtown, I can honestly say I wasn't thrilled being in the area. We happened to pass Dahlia lounge and I remember someone raving about their donuts- I've only had their cupcakes from the bakery and those are little sparks of happiness. Again it was Sat night and since we didnt have reservations, I wasn't even sure we'd get in. The place was packed but the people at the front actually had an opening. Score! Anyway, with my mind on the donuts, I pretended to be interested in the rest of the menu. The waitress brought us a cute little dish slice of daikon with mushroom on top to wet our appetites...not bad! To start, my boyfriend had the bacalao to start, which he loved and I had the dungeness crab which was good as well. Shared the grilled bread salad, DELICIOUS. Main dish: king salmon for the boyfriend and spiced berkshire pork for me. We sampled each others dishes and everything was on point! And on to the glorious donuts!!!! They are as good as it gets folks! As far as the service goes, the place was packed and our waitress couldnt be as attentive as we'd like, but we didnt mind at all considering they were able to seat us immediately and without reservation. And they did keep our drinks filled.
yummy! – I grabbed an early morning treat here just a couple of days ago. I was overwhelmed with my options, and ended up deciding on the apple dumpling. So yummy, with a nice doughy taste and nut butter hidden inside. I will definitely be back soon to check out the chocolate mint cookies and also the pistachio topped pastries. If you have not been here, and are in the neighborhood, stop on in and grab something delicious!
Wonderful flavors but a few shortfalls – We went to Dahlia Lounge for my birthday celebration. With an 8:30pm reservation on a Saturday night, we were not seated until 9pm. The mussel in chowder appetizer had great flavors, and the bread at the bottom of the dish was soaked with all the essence of that dish. I had the Pacific black cod, which was pink in the center when it came. I asked another server who passed by about the pink color. He said with a sorry smile on his face that their cod is usually cooked through and should not be pink. He took the dish back but 10-15 min later I received another cod that was even more pink in the center with very crispy outer skin. I inquired our server about the pink color, and she checked it with the kitchen. The reply I got was the fish was pink because it was very fatty, but it was properly cooked. So I ate the fish, along with the lemon grass and mashed celery root that had great flavors. They did not charge us for the cod at the end. I've never had a white fish that was pink in the center when properly cooked, and as far as I know cod is not very fatty on the fatty fish scale. It felt like very high heat was used to cook the fish, so the outer skin was very crispy but the inside was still pink (not done?). My boyfriend had the medium rare sirloin steak, which was very "moo" (rare) when it came. The creme caramel dessert was very dense and tasty. All the dishes had excellent flavors and were very tasty. Granted I do not know if fatty cod should remain pink in the center when properly cooked, but this still poked a hole in the overall dining experience. I probably will not visit Dahlia Lounge again, but will probably try Etta's (another Tom Douglas' restaurant) that is more specialized in seafood. If incident similar to "pink cod" happens again, I'll probably not visit any of Tom Douglas' restaurant ever again in the future.
Yeah, it lived up to the hype – The coconut cream pie that is. Let's start from the bottom. The crust is a wonderful compliment to the coconut, a crispy brown crust with finely chopped nuts mixed in. The pie filling is firm but silky smooth, and packed with ribbons of coconut flakes. And the top? Why mounds of whipped cream of course, with a heavy-handed sprinkling of toasted coconut flakes, and white chocolate flakes. It's the perfect cream pie. I also bought a small piece of brown sugar cheesecake, which wasn't quite as good. I'm still deciding whether it was too salty, or just innovative. I lean toward the latter, because I did like it, but it wouldn't be suitable for everyone. Just know: If you hate the sweet-salty thing (think bacon and maple syrup), get the pie, or try a cookie. I hear they're fab!
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