Seattle >Food & Dining > Cafe Septieme
214 Broadway E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810247.620211 -122.320870
Neighborhoods: Broadway, Capitol Hill
Love (Almost) Don't Live Here Anymore – Once upon a time, Café Septieme was fun, funky, tasty, and reasonably clean. The staff were terrific, the service quirky but good, the food always good, and the menu consisted of some good buys.
Then it changed hands, purchased by the owner of the resoundingly mediocre "La Cocina" further down Broadway. The new guy immediately fired many of the interesting staff, began incrementally redecorating the place toward ever-increasing hideousness, and increased his profits at the expense of food quality, tables clothes, tolerable noise levels, and edible desserts.
At any given time, half the staff mean well but are so badly trained you wonder if they have themselves ever eaten in a decent restaurant. The few good waiters do the best they can to compensate, sometimes with extraordinary style and humor. They're like rock solid scrub nurses working in a doomed public hospital. I adore them.
All in all, it's a shell of what it once was, but still not a bad place to have a drink or five. By all means order food, but be prepared to send it back if you receive an $18 plate of swill. Avoid the desserts, which look ok but are in fact all variations on sweetened, whipped air. The coffee is still very drinkable, though if you get one of the lower waiters you may have to demand a fresh pot. But whatever you do, don't enter the men's room, where the leaking urinal has been rotting through the floor for years. The stench is sometimes truly gut wrenching.
There's still much Bohemian charm to be had, but when that wears thing, check out Table 219, right across the street. You'll find a more coherent and interesting menu, better realized, with prices commensurate with the quality and good service.
I love Café Septieme, but then I'm the kind who adores all my exes no matter how badly they treated me.
Always charming but food's been slidin' for years – I've been going here since 1995, I love the place. I don't mind that it's always a bit of the fugal gourmet, but I recently got a very insipid hummus platter that had bar olives on it (c'mon you guys!) and they served me some skanky previously frozen processed fries instead of their awesome home cooked potatoes. I'll still go, but I'm not not not getting those fries again!
The cocktails, however - the bartenders here are always super friendly and enthusiastic to make you a drink just the way you like it and they don't charge you an arm and a leg just to specialize it for you.
Worst Place – Worst place ever. The place smelled. The pasta was watery, more like mac&cheese with no cheese. My chicken was pink, not even cooked. My broccoli was old. This was the worst food ever. I will never go back. Bad service, bad and old food.
a classic – i don't know what i would do without this place. septiemme is appropriate for the most awkward meeting with the ex and is comfy for the sexiest date. you can get lots of stuff done there in groups, have two hour long existential conversations, and mull over your bottomless cups of coffee with a rotating cadre of friends. you never get pressured to leave before you are ready.
the service is usually pretty good, esp eves and weekends.
i consistently get the open faced flank steak sandwich (cheesy and yummy with a side sept. salad) which is a deal. anything with the septiemme salad is good too (walnuts, gorgonzola, and pears oh my!). most of all, they make their own ketchup which i could eat on its own, it is so delicious.
sure, the place is kind of dark and the cheaper part of the menu is too sandwich-y - but i can't think of a more lovely place on the hill to get together with friends.
Wow. This place has seriously gone down hill with new ownership – I've been a regular at Septieme for over 5 years now. For nearly all of that time it has remained my "default" (i.e. favorite) restaurant on the hill. However, earlier this year a new owner took over the place and has essentially ruined it. The first thing he did was fire all of the best wait staff, save one, and basically run off all of the regulars. This was followed by an increase in prices and a decline in quality.
Nevertheless, I've continued going there for some time to see if it will regain some of it's former appeal. Sadly, it has not. Last time I went there, I ordered a simple hamburger (they used to have some of the best burgers in town). After screwing up my order (and that of my dinner companions) not once, but twice, each, my food arrived overcooked, with wilted lettuce and generally lacking in all respects.
Also? The coffee is awful. There's no excuse for bad coffee in Seattle. None.
Sadly, I've come to the conclusion that I need a new 'regular' place as Septieme is no longer a viable option. Right now, the front runner for a replacement is the 1200 Bistro.
Best Dining on Capital Hill!! – LOVED IT!! The menu choices are amazing. Absolutely delightful brunch, lunch and dinner menu. Whatever you wish. Their desserts are fresh and decadent. Great happy hour drinks. A sexy spanish ambience. Great place to take a special date or meet friends after work. Suggest it highly! This is a class act.
It's just okay – The food at Cafe Septieme is solid, but not worth the price. The attitude is kinda stuck up and makes you feel out of place. There are restaurants nearby for any meal of the day with better value and service.
Quintessential Bistro – I love the beet salad for dinner and brioche french toast for brunch.
Sleek, stylish and comfortable as old boots, everyone on Capital Hill stops in for cocktails--and breakfast the morning after. – The Scene
Tall ceilings, red walls, local art and crisp white cloths topped with scribble paper: This cafe is a classic setting for hipsters, couples, students and everyone else who lives on the hill. The outdoor seating area is popular even if it's damp outside, while less scene-oriented folk hole up in the back and slouch the day away. Service has a reputation for attitude, but actually shows plenty of care with prompt orders and frequent refills.
The biscuits and gravy are justifiably famous, combining crumbly, tender biscuits with rich gravy. The burgers are topped with provolone and bacon, and condiments come in little dishes so everyone can customize. Dinners should start with the hors d'oeuvre plate, which is piled high with pickled vegetables, peppers, cheese, olives and spreads. Desserts are baked daily, and always include choices with toasted nuts, dark chocolate and seasonal fruit.
everybody loves septieme – i go to septieme aobut 3 times a week. sometimes for a coctail, sometimes for food. the staff is great the food is good. its a great atmosphere for a date or to meet friends and chat.
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