Great Neighborhood Joint in the Heart of Old Ballard.
I have been going to Bad Albert's for well over a decade, and will continue to go for a long time to come. Steve the owner is simply a great guy, who clearly cares about his staff and customers. The staff is always super cool and make time there a lot of fun.
Bad Albert's is in Old Ballard so there is a lot to do once your done eating or drinking. Simply put the food is great! I love most of the items on the menu, some of my favorites are the Cajun Chicken and the Dock Street Burger. They have wonderful breakfast too!
I highly recommend this place to just about anyone who loves a good neighborhood pub. Whether you're meeting a couple friends to bar hop Ballard, or just want a chill place to grab a bite, you really can't go wrong.
Great Breakfast!. This is my go to spot for breakfast. It is really good, and somewhat undiscovered, so I can always find a seat for me and my friends. Friendly staff and tasty food- and booze if I need it! I recommend the Breakfast Sandwich (aka the Camper Special).
Best pub lunch in Ballard.
I work in Ballard and was one of the first customers for lunch when Steve opened Bad Albert's 13 years ago.
I love the food. But I do miss the shrimp poorboy and the oyster poorboy sandwiches. I highly recommend the Chicken Albert's with garlic mashed potatoes on Wednesday lunch special. The soups here are to die for. I've tryed them all and every one of them is delicious but my favorites are the Tortilla soup, Andouille Sausage & bean soup and Tomato soup. The Friday night Prime Rib special is excellent and a perfect lead-in to the live blues music. Ive never been there for the breakfast on the weekend but have heard nothing but good things about it. Great place, great staff. Kudos to Brian and Mary on lunch duty and Steve is super cool, always chatting and joking with every customer.
Best Burger in town for real. The Best Burgers in town!! and they are huge!!! the fries are good too... lunch can be busy but worth the wait!
Good place; friendly people. This is a good place to go and touch base with real down to earth people and strike up a conversation on the latest topics over a nice cold draft.
Good Bad Albert's Good. Still a great place to go for a great burger and a pint. Bacon, Good Burger, Good Beer, Good Albert's
IMO the Dock Street Burger is absolutely the best burger in Seattle. Hand formed patty, white cheddar cheese, two bacon slices, and dill pickles. YUM!! For those on low carb diets they now offer a bunless version of the burger on the menu.
Breakfast is good to very good. My only complaint is the potatoes at breakfast are mediocre.
If it was a non-smoking joint I would move in!
The only thing lacking was a good happy hour/appetizer menu. They recently remedied that by adding a good happy hour selection.
Tucked away on Ballard Ave - Albert's brewing a multitude of beers, a full bar and a better than pub-grub menu..
Deep in the heart of Ballard's old business district, this remodeled, single-room pub brings to mind the Garth Brooks song about "friends in low places." Despite its name, Bad Albert ain't that bad after all. Social status aside, Albert's welcomes all types: Hard working locals and yuppies unite. Plop down on a stool at one of the many tall tables or slide into a chair at a low table.
Besides the usual pint-accompanying fare, the menu includes treats like pan-roasted mussels, fried oysters, pot stickers, buffalo wings and even cheese blintzes, all sizzled up at the open kitchen in the back of the room. The lip-smacking oyster po' boy is a good way to soak up some of those pints of brew. The tavern offers 14 taps (nine craft brews, Guinness Stout and three North American megabrews) and some tasty pub food.
shhh!!! let's keep it a secret!!!.
I'm hesitant to give them the review they deserve because what makes this place so perfect could be ruined by having too many people...
Low key and friendly, with amazing service, fabulous food ---no argument, it's the best burger you'll eat in Seattle and we highly recomend the weekend breakfast--- and it's so clean!!!
Way better than average 'bar food'. I've eaten here COUNTLESS times almost since they opened. I don't work in the area like I used to so go less frequently but still go out of the way when I'm visiting friends. The food is GREAT bar food. Somewhat imaginative and different but also excelling at the 'common' things. Their burger, for instance, is one of the best at any bar. Don't miss the cajun crawfish, either. If you live in the area be sure to check out their weekend breakfasts. Spectacular. Dungeness crab and artichoke eggs benedict? Yum! I'm giving it a 9 for food judging against other bars and pubs. The ambience is a little bland IMO but certainly not terrible. I'd eat here any time but it wouldn't be my choice for having a few pints unless I lived very close. Bottom line is GREAT bar food.