Seattle >Food & Dining > Caspian Grill
5517 University Way Ne, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810547.669055 -122.313198
Sun 12pm-7pm, Tue-Sat 12pm-8pm
Neighborhoods: University District, Northeast, Northeast Seattle
Really good Persian food – My first visit to Caspian Grill. Nice place, well decorated, and I was greeted by the owner as I walked in. My friend and I were treated well, sat right away, and walked through the menu. The food was excellent. My lamb shank fell off the bone and practically melted in my mouth. Paired it with the hummus, feta and veggies, a dish of eggplant with tomato puree (forgot the name of it) The prices were very reasonable. I would take off 1/4 star for the paper napkin and the paper place mat. other than that great dining experience!
Don't waste your time with this dump – One star is really too generous. This place is some cheesey gross rip off of what middle eastern food is supposed to be. Seattle is a town of amazing, affordable restaurants and its really a shame that this place is still in business. The chicken tastes rubbery, the sauce had this weird chemically taste even though it had obviously been filled with butter. Water glasses go unfilled, waiters have to be chased down when your'e ready for the check. The table next to us warned us as they were getting ready to leave that this place was bad news but unfortunately, we stayed for a meal. Big mistake!
Worst Resturant ever – I order Kobba lamb. It was NOT well done. I called the waiter and told him it wasn't well done. The owner came by looked at me in a very condescending way. And then said OK. It felt one more word and things would really get bad! This guy should be running a prison NOT a restaurant. 15 min later came by and it was still not well done.
The food tasted like rubber. The experience was very bad.
I do NOT recommend this place to anyone.
Seattle's best Persian food is just down the street! – The food from the Caspian Grill Persian Cuisine is beautifully conceived, elegantly presented, and as varied as the colors outside a window pane in spring. The chemistry of Persian food is not so foreign to me and just because the restaurant is not complete fine dining does not alter the dish placed in front of me, but certainly it reinterprets the fundamentals of cooking. The food is anything but simple. It is worldly, ancient, historically organic and honors the art of Persian Cuisine in its wonderful taste which is flavored like Grandmas home cooking during the holidays. When the gloves come off and every herb and spice is specifically placed to perfection so that every bite has exactly what the chef intended you taste, a little bite of Persia.
Caspian is KICKIN! – I have been dining at Caspian Persian Grill for years. Every Caspian Experience gets better and better, which is uncommon in any establishment. The staff is considerate, accommodating and friendly. The food (Platter #3 is a personal favorite) melts in your mouth and is truly authentic Persian Cuisine. To top the evening off, they provide their clients with Professional Belly Dance shows. I was just ad Caspian a few nights ago and was welcomed by a talented Belly Dancer. She involved the audience in her show, brought her strong talent to the Caspian Stage and added to the venue’s Flavor!
Caspian is KICKIN…keep up the stellar job!
The only good Persian restaurant in Seattle – I love this place. The service is friendly, and the food is great. I grew up with my grandmother's Persian food and this restaurant takes me back to being seven years old. The khoobideh kabob is spiced just right, the rice is buttery and fluffy, the geimeh has the right amount of lemon and the portions are truly Persian. You will never leave hungry. The only criticism I would have is that the atmosphere feels a little cold. A bit more adornment to the walls would be nice. Even if you are a vegetarian, there is good foor for you. Try the Shirin Polo (sweet rice) or the geimeh badamjoon (eggplant stew) and you won't be disappointed. Truly. I've eaten here for years and never been disappointed once.
Do not consider this if you are a vegetarian – I had eaten some amazing vegetarian persian food in Cleveland, OH. I was excited to see this place in Seattle serving persian food and it had 4+ stars and so I decided to check it out. Their bread was so-so - cold and hard. The waiter told us that that's the way its supposed to be. I kind of disagree that any cuisine calls for cold, hard bread.
I cannot comment about the kebabs and other meat dishes since I am a vegetarian. The vegetarian dishes were okay. The salad was hideous - too much vinegar. Eggplant dishes were not very bad but not great either. I can get a similar tasting canned Babagannoush . Serving portions are large. Basmati rice was awesome. If you are a vegetarian, you're better off avoiding this place.
Seattle's Finest Persian Food restaurant celebrates its 17th year! – My family and me have been a customer of the Caspian Grill Persian Cuisine in the University District for as many years as their restaurant has had its doors open to the Seattle food critic community and the Persian community. As an American having visited Iran and tasted its food truely believe that food that they cook is just as authentic as that served at some family friends we stayed with there. I have been reading some the reviews below and feel a bit taken to hear some criticizing their beautiful dancers, the staff and the food. Shame on you. You call yourselves food critics but after looking at your critique of other restaurants found none. Funny to call yourself a food critic. Seems to me you have a personal problem. Frankly, you haven't lived until you taste this Persian cooking. It is home cooked Persian food provided by a fine family who have been serving Persian food to the Seattle Persian community for more than 17 years. They must be doing something right.
My Worst Persian Cuisine Experience Ever – The belly dancers are absolutely inexperienced and the management and staff are extremely rude and unprofessional. Beside all of this, the food is not authentic and is way over priced.
Over priced and Unbelievably Unprofessional – I ordered the fish and rice dish, however, my salmon was raw/red inside, I asked the waiter to cook it more. After 15 minutes, they come back with a black fish, so dry my fork wouldn?t even cut it and it was burnt all over. I showed the fish to the waiter, and he called the manager. The manager came over and looked at me very condescending and all he said was ?I?ll take care of it?. At that point I asked him to make the order to go since it was too late. I sat there for an hour that night, without food and without any apologies from the restaurant staff. As my boyfriend and I were coming out of the restaurant, the owner ran after us, called my boyfriend a Mother F***er and me a bit**! He grabbed my boyfriend?s collar to threaten him and told him to go to the back alley so he can show him! We ended up calling the police and we filled an assault case against the restaurant. I do not recommend this restaurant due to bad service and overpriced food. This happened on Friday night December 12. The Seattle Police Incident # 2008-464069
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