Seattle >Food & Dining > B & O Espresso
204 Belmont Ave E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810247.619833 -122.323886
Mon. � Thurs. 11AM-11PM, Fri. � Sat. 9AM-1AM, Sun. 9AM-11PM
Neighborhoods: Broadway, Capitol Hill
Ilove this place – This place is so cool and has wonderful apple crisp. Love them
great place for coffee, studying, ambiance – unique decor/table setup. love the personal that frequent this spot. definitely one of my favorite coffee sports in seattle.
Food is good waitstaff is not – We live really close to here and used to go here all the time for meals, coffee, and desserts. The last two times we went the service went from bad to terrible. The previous time we went it was freezing outside and we were seated in the bar for dinner pushed up against the outside door. During dinner our waiter pushed around me and opened the door, letting in bitter chilly air, right on me as he went outside to smoke. We tried again the other day for breakfast, I took family there from out of town and was so embarrassed, the waiter right off the bat acted like he was terribly inconvenienced to be waiting on us. I have worked in customer service for 12 years and would never act like that, I would be fired. He did not come over once to ask if we needed anything. I had to track down another waiter to get something. While leaving. we even left a good tip, I said "thank you" to our waiter and his response was "um hum." I used to love this place with its delicious food and French decor but even the waiters in France are not anywhere near this snotty. I'll never go back.
great desserts! – I went there with a friend last night for dessert and coffee. I got a nonfat latte and the espresso mousse torte and my friend got the apple crisp ala mode. We both enjoyed what we got, but they definitely weren't the best desserts we'd ever had. Prices, service, and ambiance are all just ok. I wouldn't make a trip just to go there, but if you're in the area I'd recommend stopping by.
Overpriced, under-flavored, small servings – The last time I went to B&O was the LAST time. I used to live across the street from them, and would always walk right by on my way to Glo's for breakfast. The food is overpriced, and not that flavorful. Not worth it, in my opinion, and hasn't been in a long time. For breakfast/brunch, try Broadway Bar and Grill (shorter wait). For drinks, try Cafe Metropolitan. For dinner, throw a rock.
High Tea is Over – Sadly they no longer do high tea at this shop. I still always enjoy their coffee and the atmosphere is always pleasant.
Beautiful, great environment – I have been to B&O only about four times, but each time has been exquisite! They have the best eggplant sandwich in town, by far, and fantastic desserts. Also, they are fast! It is a wonderful place to just sit around and talk to friends while enjoying a thoroughly tasty meal. (Prices are reasonable, too.)
Bland, Slow and Overpriced – We went in for an early breakfast on the weekend and it was only moderately busy - plenty of open tables. It still took a few minutes to be noticed and seated. Then about 5 more to be asked what we wanted, another 15-20 to get our drip coffee (which was burnt and overly bitter) and again 20 minutes to get our food. I had gotten the "petite breakfast" consisting of a pancake, an egg, and bacon. I expected a small meal, but the "pancake" was a joke. It was not an average pancake of any reasonable 4-6 inch diameter, rather it was one of the tiniest silver-dollar pancakes I have ever seen. I ate it in two little bites and then used some of my fiance's toast to stop my hunger and sop up my egg. My fiance's meal was a decent size, but tasted horrible. He ordered the corned beef hash (which he loves for breakfast) and got the blandest, mushiest mess of potatos and what we think was cornmeal. It tasted like soggy bread crumbs while being dry and gritty. He had to hunt for a few tiny bits of beef - which had none of the pickled flavor of a good corned beef. I think their chef must be an idiot who thinks "corned beef" means beef with cornmeal. I'm just happy we didn't wait to try this place with our guests from out of town next week! Talk about an embarrassment to the cuisine of Seattle. $24. and an hour and a half = depression about the state of breakfast in this town.
good coffee – If you are like the out of the way independent type coffee and dessert place the B & O is a sure bet. You can't go wrong with the Valencia latte.
still undecided on this place – I remember LOVING B&O ten years ago when my friends and I used to come here for dessert and coffee. Nowadays I walk by and get the impression that it's a pricey place, by the look of the customers. That was proven on my first trip back about 3 months ago when we stopped by for dessert and coffee. The bitchy wait staff pretty much just pointed us out of the way, to a table in the tiny, empty bar off to the side. The drip coffee sucked but the dessert was good. Then there was that holiday review about the B&O having the best hot cocoa in town, and we thought about going again, so we did - on Valentine's Day at 10:30pm. The service was decent, the food a decent price for the quality and quantity. I had a milky way espresso which was small but yummy. My boyfriend had some awesome lamb kabobs. Did B&O always offer Mediterranean fare? Seems like such a weird mix - french decor with a focus on desserts, and a Mediterranean menu. Oh well. It was pretty good but nothing so special that would make me go back for more than picking up a dessert or espresso drink to go. I'll be the first to admit that any kind of even slightly pretentious atmosphere turns me off a bit.
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