3601 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.651638 -122.350149
gross – OH MY GOSH WHY IS THE LINK TO THEIR WEBSITE A PORNO SITE?!?! EWWWW....i wanted to try this place but my appetite is kinda ruined....
Excellent Food, Atmosphere, – We had 4 put of 4 hits with the dishes we ordered!
Amazing, authentic, and intimate – My wife and I love this place, they have live jazz on Sundays and some of the most mouth-watering pasta in Seattle. I love the gnocci, and my wife usually stays on a risotto tip. These are not standard Italian fare, but the other dishes look good too. All in all, a great experience.
Terrible Experience with Mediocre Food – I will start with the positives. The food was okay...moving on.
When the food arrived I was told that the cook had gotten our order wrong and had cooked us the steak that was on the weekly or daily special menu. I couldn?t remember how that steak was prepared, but it came with a different potato side and it was more expensive. The waitress said that this one was only a little more expensive and asked if I liked this instead, telling me that it would take much longer if I wanted the meal I had ordered. I would assume that it would be common courtesy for a restaurant that cooked a meal different than the one ordered, would, at the very least, comp the difference between the meal ordered and the meal actually prepared in a situation like this. Apparently this wasn?t a big deal to them. I politely asked for them to take the other steak back. The waitress looked at me like I was an idiot. I was annoyed, but decided not to make a big deal about it. The same could not be said for the staff at the restaurant. When the waitress went to one of the cooks to explain situation, I was able to hear the cook's ten minute temper tantrum loud and clear. He whined that the steaks were essentially the same and that I was an idiot for sending it back. This tirade went on for a pretty long time. Now, if they were essentially the same meal, it was news to me. When the waitress finally returned fifteen minutes later, she said that the chef sends his apologies. I guess I must have missed his apology somewhere between his tantrum, and his tirade of excuses to his superior about how I was being unreasonable (I wouldn?t have been so mad at the restaurant as a whole if it wasn?t for the fact that the supervisor and the waitress seemed to be agreeing with him). The waitress didn?t return to our table until we asked for the check. I dont think we will ever be returning, and I think the same can be said for the customers sitting around me. They were uncomfortable with the situation as well.
great neighborhood place; good Italian food and wine; fabulous service – Asteroid has been a favorite for years. The transition from Wallingford to Fremont took a bit of getting used to, but the new(er) venue is warm and welcoming (sit by the fireplace or the front windows). Live music and art (some for sale) are just a few examples of Marlin's commitment to community and the elements of graceful living. He has created an straightforward yet interesting Italian menu with the pasta standards and some fun fresh sheet items. Being vegetarians has never been a problem for us to find a tasty appetizer or meal (ravioli and gnocchi are great) and there have been occasions when the kitchen prepared something that was not exactly on the menu upon request. Marlin's wine choices, heavy on the Italians, have never left us wanting. They have affordable wine tastings on Thursday evenings with appetizers. And Asteroid is one of the few places in Seattle that you can actually get a limoncello or a choice of grappa. The service is gracious, prompt, and informative (we've never had problems with service noted by other reviewers). Asteroid is a special place that may not be absolutely perfect every time out, but it is always a place where you feel like your entertainment dollar was exceedingly well spent supporting a local, family owned, neighborhood place, with a big heart and huge commitment to people, arts, politics, and good eating.
Bad food, bad lighting, not worth the price tag – Here's the thing, we thought it was a "cozy & omantic" place to spend our evening. From the moment we walked in, we knew we were in trouble. We were sat at a table that faced the open-wall kitchen. Within minutes of trying to look at my love's face, my eyes started watering due to the high powered flourescents in the kitchen. After we were moved to a better table, I saw that the menu had very few veggie options. We had a simple salad & marinara pasta. Believe it or not, both were horrid. The pasta was so soggy, I couldn't really believe there were noodles in all that mush. The salad was so over dressed- with what tasted like a mustard dressing as opposed to the balsamic it claimed to be- that we couldn't eat a second bite. The one plus- great service. The wait staff was lovely, recommended a great wine, and promplty took the offending salad off the bill.
wanted to love it... – the service was wonderful, our waiter attentive and gave a great presentation and nice on top of it! the food however was really not good. we ordered the roasted wild boar stew and the spinach gnocchi. the roasted stew tasted like cafeteria food with too much cinnamon and and the gnocchi could have been a lean cuisine microwaveable dish. bad flavors! we were so disappointed.
Very good italian food in a cool neighborhood – This is a great place to eat. My wife and I have been there a few times and really enjoy the food and the people. The staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and most of them seem to have been there for some time (which is generally a pretty good sign). They have a pretty good wine selection, mostly Italian wines.
We are vegetarians and so the things that we have tried there are pretty limited. They use in season vegetables so the menu changes with some regularity. We have had the Risotto at two different times and it included different ingredients each time (seasonally available selection). The first time it was an apple, mushroom and onion risotto that was fantastic. This time it had chevre cheese, english peas fried leeks and truffle oil. It was fantastic. My wife ordered a baked pasta dish with roasted eggplant, sun dried tomatoes and basic. It was also wonderful.
For an appetizer we had an heirloom tomato caprise salad.
Amazing! – The Asteroid Cafe is a gem! The service is outstanding and food beyond compare. The Asteroid experience includes refreshing ambiance, fabulous and friendly service, and fresh ingredients. We dined there tonight in the midst of a major Seattle fundraiser and were still treated as though we were the only diners present. We dine out often and would recommend The Asteroid above many of the most famous Seattle restaurants. You can't beat the Fremont neighborhood and this intimate dining experience.
Incredible food, friendly staff, great ambiance – The Asteroid is incredible, my favorite Seattle restaurant, bar none. I?m a former Seattle resident who now lives an inconvenient 160 miles away, but I regularly make the 2-1/2 hour drive just to eat at the Asteroid. I?ll be sitting at home, obsessing about, say, the Penne Sorrentina al Forno (roasted eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, all perfectly seasoned in a perfect sauce, baked with a crust of smoked mozzarella cheese?), and next thing I know I?m in my car. When I arrive, I always feel welcomed. The host will ask me how my drive was. I?ll have a choice of sitting at the long wooden bar, at one of the many spacious tables, or at the counter flanking the kitchen (a fascinating spot from which to watch culinary artists at work). My server will invariably be friendly, enthusiastic, and attentive. Bruschette will appear promptly (with various toppings ? I like the chickpea best). I might follow the bruschette with Insalata di Spinaci, a mouth-watering blend of fresh spinach, toasted walnuts, and creamy goat cheese. And then it?s on to the main course ? if not the Penne Sorrentina al Forno, then one of the many pasta dishes or the meat or seafood specialties of the house. All of these can be complemented with an amazing choice of wines (Marlin, the proprietor, has visited wineries in Italy, has had extensive conversations with winemakers there, and could probably give a course on wines). And then, to top it all off, I?ll decide that yes I do have room for tiramisu, or creme brulee, or raspberry-and-whip cream-topped chocolate cake? Wow. I can?t wait to get back there? Maybe, next time, for lunch AND dinner (they?re now open for lunch, too).
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