Seattle >Food & Dining > Dilettante Chocolates
416 Broadway E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810247.622555 -122.320594
Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Broadway
Nice desserts – I've been to Dilettante on Broadway a couple of times on weeknight evenings. It's cozy, well lit and usually packed. The booths are much more comfortable than the tables but they sometimes don't let 2 people sit in them.
The Strawberry Chantilly cake is very good and fresh although a bit heavy on whipped cream. My friends like the Chocolate Cheesecake and the lemon tart is sometimes delicious (other times so so). The tea is also good, I think it's Mighty Leaf.
I've never had the food although it sounds tempting nor have I tried any of the alcoholic drinks. Overall it's a nice place to hang out with friends and catch up over dessert, although the service is sometimes a bit slow.
Chocolate martinis – oh the chocolate martinis are so yummy! They use fresh oranges and are just a perfect girl's happy hour. The drinks are $5 and just as good as the $10 normal version (i hate it when bars make a not as good happy hour version of their drinks) I have never bought any food and rarely get the cakes but for drinks I HIGHLY reccomend it!
Wonderful Restaurant. Everyone should go. – The new Broadway location is so nice! It is a great small cozy atmosphere, and the food is to die for! This is a definite must try. There are very few places around like this, and this will be a one of a kind experience, from the great dinner food, to the full bar, the chocolate martini's and the amazing Desserts! (Not everything is chocolate, I recommend the Fruit Crisp) I highly recommend this restaurant, and if you haven't been before, you are missing out on a unique experience. They also have a Happy Hour from 5-7 every day with $5 martinis! Can't beat that.
Delicious Martinis – I went with about 5 or 6 girlfriends here for some martinis. I am pretty sure we tried everyone on their menu. They were so good! The only problem is when a martini is that good you just want to drink shot style, so they do go fast making it a bit hard for the bartenders to keep up!
We did something that I thought was fun - we all ordered a different one, and then passed it around the table. That way we got to try everyone, and figure out which ones we personally like best.
We didn't order any food, so I can't comment on that, but will definitely be back sometime. The seating area for the bar is quite small, so it was a little difficult to fit all us girls at a table. We made it work though.
Definitely a fun place to go for a girls night out!
Good place to spend time but bad customer service – I've been to Dilettante several times and have always enjoyed their store on Capitol Hill as a great place to go after dinner. However, I tried to order a cake from them yesterday and found them completely difficult to work with.
In anticipation of celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday, I wanted to order a nice cake from Dilettante to surprise him. I called yesterday (27 hours before I needed the cake) and requested the flourless chocolate mocha torte. I was told they usually request 48 hours notice but that they already had one made which I could reserve. The cake in questions was larger than I needed (and $50) but I was willing to splurge. I gave them all my information and requested they write “happy birthday” on the top. Unfortunately, I was quickly told that if I needed something written on the top, I would need to call 48 hours in advance for the bakers to bake the cake.
Now, I get the 48 hour request if the cake isn’t already baked but why do they need that much time just to write “Happy Birthday?” I asked the women this and she told me the bakers get very angry if they take orders with less than 48 hours notice. All I needed was some white frosting added to the top of the cake. It is upsetting that a high end bakery can’t accommodate a simple request like this.
Having a birthday cake with nothing written on the top seems somewhat lackluster. Instead, I cancelled my order and called QFC across the street. In contrast to Dilettante, they accommodated my request, asked what colors I would like on the cake, and are only going to charge me $14.99. It won’t be as tasty as the flourless chocolate mocha torte but just as exciting.
Bottom line, Dilettante is great if you need to spend those awkward hours after dinner but before the clubs but their service as a bakery leaves a lot to be desired.
Awful food, bad service – Three friends and I went here one night during the big Broadway Blackout this past December, since we all wanted coffee and it was the only cafe with power. The boys ordered their drinks, then my friend and I each ordered a mocha. It was bland, somewhat grainy, and burnt at best. Mere hours later I was sick. It must have been the mocha, since that was all I'd had all evening. My other mocha-drinking friend was equally ill. I can understand a one-time fluke, but this wasn't the first time I'd been severely disappointed with the quality at this place (Borscht with a scalding-hot outer edge and an ice-cold center, clearly pre-made then microwaved.) I haven't been back since.
Mediocre confections for a premium, not going back. – We just returned from this place and were mournful we chose to go there. The german chocolate cake was dry (crazy isn't it, how do you manage that?!), the mocha mousse number my husband had was as he described "mocha flavored whipped fat" because it was so oily it coated your mouth with a fatty film, and the tall young man on staff at the counter wearing a beret was walking around the shop talking on his cell phone, loudly! To top it all of we paid $7 each for our slices of mediocre confections and $3 for 1 glass of milk. Corporatized crappy recipes, overpriced, and unprofessional staff. You are better of going to Costco for the goods, at least you'll get a quantity of mediocre confections.
Never cared for this one... – I've been to the Dilletante in Westlake Mall and have liked it a bit more than the Broadway location. The service at Broadway always struck me as a little snotty. It's also kind of dingy and dark in here- I never found the atmosphere very charming. Believe me, I've given this place many a chance and was never impressed.
The dark choclate truffles are the very Very best – I have searched far and wide, and I can't find a better dark chocolate truffle. It's a stop that I must make when traveling to Seattle.
Relaxing, fun atmosphere – 3 of us were there on a Saturday night. The place was packed but we got a table rather quickly - in 10 minutes or so. We had the tiramisu, black forest cake, 2 cups of hot chocolate and a glass of merlot. The tiramisu was my favorite - it was moist. The black forest cake was a little dry. The drinks were good. The cakes came in huge slices - they were pricey (almost $7 a slice). We spent almost $40 in all. I would go back once in a while...to share some desert and to enjoy the atmosphere.
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