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5327 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810747.666880 -122.384192
Neighborhoods: Adams, Ballard
Bringing Personality back to Ballard – I love the gals that WORK Madame K's - yes, they work it! All of them have been really sweet with a side of sass that makes us laugh and enjoy our meal more. There is no shame in the Madame's game. Though, even at home the food is INSANE. That ceasar salad makes my tongue tingle. The Bad Boy and Cheeseburger pies are guilty pleasures that make me want to grap my purse and rush over now. I am not a crust eater - but I make this an exception.
I also love the small - and authentic - wine glasses. Reminds me of Italy and the groups chatting and hanging out wacthing the sun set. Plus, it kinda makes it seem like the wine will last longer...HA! Anyway.
It is a great place to start a memorable night in Ballard. Missing it, would be as sad as dying a virgin.
Best service from Virginia – We have been to Madame K's a few times before. This visit in December was to celebrate my sister & housemates birthdays. We had so much fun!!! The food was great but most importantly our service was one of the best we have ever experienced. We had a group of 9 people and the resturant was almost full but our server was very attentive. My parents who are in their 80's had a great time and enjoyed the food very much. I crave the Ceaser salad....if you like garlic you will love this and the Artie pizza. We returned a few weeks later for more......
This Ballard Avenue former brothel entraps its clientele with flirty service and first-class pizza. – In Short
Madame K's pizzeria makes its home in a former (circa 1800s) brothel--hence the flirty waitstaff and clever selection of bawdied-up classics. A loyal 21-and-over crowd swears by the deep dish pizza specials, however the beer and wine bar and live jazz on Fridays are great extras. The menu includes pastas, bruschetta and some inventive antipasto, but the main draw is still pizza, an incredible variety of toppings, and the sexed up atmosphere. perennially
On October 3rd, 2001 my husband and I had our first date. He told me he wanted to take me to Ballard to a place called Madame K's. Unfortunately, that night, Madame K's was closed, so we ate at a place up the street. It was our first date and I already loved this man with my whole heart. Even the parts that are less bold. So Friday, October 5, 2001, Madame K's was open and he took me on our second date. We sat in the back in the first booth on left as you're facing the back of the restaraunt. We ordered a caraffe of red wine and the Artie Parmie. I was born a foodie. I kid you not, it was THE BEST food I have ever had. I have yet to taste food so satisfying and naughty and sultry as the food at Madame K's. For desert, we had the most intense DESERT I had ever had.......if you don't get that.......I beg you to go to Madame K's. During the next four years, we went to Madame K's every chance we got. We were served by many a sweet and wonderful server. Not one....I mean not even ONE time was our server less than PERFECT. Honestly, you all who write this establishment bad reviews need to take a break from it all. Really, take a break. Realize there is more to life than granite counter tops, serious servers, and bistro atire. If you can't enjoy Madame K's then don't bother coming to Ballard, because most of the casual, classic charm will be lost on you. My husband and I now live in a small Colorad town where we both attend graduate school. Although the town is small, it has quite a few lovely restaraunts. None of them, not even one, holds a candle to our Madame K's. It is our dream someday to move back to Ballard, find a house, and spend ever single Friday night with the wonderful, hardworking, stunning women at Madame K's. If you live in Seattle and you haven't been there, GO. Thank you to all of the wonderful women who make Madame K's our very favorite place.
Leah and Nick
Since October 5th, 2001
Excellent pizza, below average service – First of all, I love, love, love the cheeseburger pizza at Madame K's. It keeps me coming back even though every time I've been the waitstaff is less than attentive, and boarding on rude. I think its because they are trying to project an image of "sass" but it comes off as irritable. For example, a group of friends and I were there on a late summer evening, and were seated outside. The breeze picked up, we all got cold, and asked if we could move inside. The waitress refused to seat us inside, saying there was no room, as we all gazed at the empty dining room. We actually thought she was kidding, but alas, she was not. On another visit, my friend and I met and were waiting for one more, so we thought we'd sit and order drinks and the before mentioned (to die for) cheeseburger pizza until our third arrived. The same waitress from the above incident refused to seat us until our third arrived, even though we knew what he wanted. I think the thing that gets me about the service at Madame K's is that they are completely unaccomodating. So go prepared for rude, dismissive waitstaff, but also be prepared to be blown away by the pizza. Yum!
Just a little feedback from a small business owner – I'm not sure if Citysearch will put this up, but I hope so. I am the owner of Madame K's and I am very proud of my staff, amazing customers and my own good fortune. I think Citysearch is great, but I also feel like it's a place where distorted truths become huge exagerations! My wish as a small business owner is that if a table has any type of complaint, that before they go and hide behind their screen name, they actually take the time and give their constructive criticism to a manager or owner before they head into cyperspace land. You see, had you talked to me, I would have immediately taken care of any situation. My server reported to me that never once did mattymatilda mention a hair in the food. I actually came to your table and asked how everything was and I remember hearing laughs and giggles and good comments. At any point, you could have mentioned a problem. I believe that, in actuality, you were upset that after over two and a half hours of sitting at a table on a busy Saturday night, you were asked to move up to the bar as I was trying to seat the guests that were still waiting on a table. I believe I was polite, but because we are such a small house, and sometimes guests have no idea how a restaurant makes it's living, some people get offended! I challenge each and every one of those people to go and take their life savings and open up a business. I apologize if you didn't have a great visit. Although I strive for excellence, sometimes fine tuning needs to be done. I just wish you would have had the maturity to talk with me instead of spreading your anger....
going downhill – We used to live in Ballard and would go to Madame K's frequently for the (at the time) awesome pizza and charming service, but sadly it appears that things have changed quite a bit. During a visit last weekend we were treated to rude, abrupt, unprofessional service and mediocre food. We ordered two pizzas - but our waitress got one of the orders wrong (which she did comp) and we found a hair in the other one! When we handed over the hairy plate and asked for a clean one we didn't get any response out of the waitress.
She was rude and condescending to one of our guests - maybe in an effort to seem "cute" or flirty? Having some personality can be great (and the waitresses at K's used to understand that) but having a bunch of attitude just makes you a lousy server.
Amazing food and fun atmosphere – My husband and I have been regulars at Madame K's for several years now. The place has great atmosphere. I love the old jazz music, the burgundy-colored walls decorated in pretty nighties and corsets, and the waitresses are always fun, sweet and sassy. Everything on the menu is homemade with quality ingredients. They have the best ceasar salads in the city. They also have an amazing rasberry vinagrette salad that is really good with gorgonzola added. We've tried all the pizzas and love them all but most especially their Go Go Chick pizza which has marinated chicken, gorgonzola, mozarella, red onion, black pepper and comes with balsamic vinegar on the side to compliment. The Spinnacoli pizza is also amazing which has brocolli, spinach, and garlic. Sounds too veggie, I know, but we ordered it one night to try something new and now it's one of our favorite pizzas if not the best veggie pizza I've ever had. Sometimes we add pepperoni to it if we feel like some meat which is also very, very good. The pastas are also wonderful and come with a side salad. The Mac and Cheese is made with several different cheeses which makes it rich and decadent. If I don't feel like pizza though I usually get the Artichoke Lasagna which is sooo good and made up of artichoke hearts, wheat lasagna, yummy marinara, and mozzarella cheese. And of course, no meal is complete there without having an Orgasmdessert to share. It's a deep dish chocolate chip cookie served hot, freshly baked, slightly underdone, and with a big scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream on top. It's out of this world. Overall, our dining experience there has always been wonderful. I'd recommend Madame K's to anyone seeking amazing food and a fun atmosphere.
YIKES!!! – The gals are dressed in lingerie, but only like 3/4 of the way. Done properly, the place could be really, really classy and rad and respectful... but, instead, the waitresses have major 'tude, rush around like they're working the dinner shift at Mel's Truck Stop, and their outfits are half lingerie, half I don't care. Yay. We had a drink at the bar, and the waitress there gave us SUCH trouble for not being back at the table- i'm talking first rate passive aggressive rhetorical questioning that you can't do anything but GAPE in response to because you can't even believe someone in the service industry would so quickly and thoroughly THROW away their tip. They brought out my salad TWICE, they just about forgot a friend's drink, the appetizer came out after our dinner... and the best part: my friend stabs his lasagna, and the whole thing comes up on the fork, en masse... and then the bottom piece of pasta slowly, like as in eerily slowly, peels itself away from the cheese and falls in a puddle of oil on the plate. Now, it's whole wheat pasta, so it's brown. (Side note: if you're going to make lasagna with a pound of cheese anyway, just give up the ghost on the "healthy" whole wheat pasta. Save yourself the twenty cents and spare me your "concern" for my arteries and just use the semolina.) We all stare at the pasta, and for a second, all of us think the same thing: somehow, a piece of cardboard was left on the bottom of the pan and was accidentally baked with the food. It's not true, of course, but it was enough to make me lose my appetite. The only redeeming thing about the whole meal is that they gave me a CARAFE of soda (for the price of a glass) to wash down the metric ton of salt i consumed. At least at RedRobin the waitstaff are trained to bring you consistently mediocre food that doesn't resemble packing material.
So much fun! – I will never forget our experience at Madame Ks! We went there for dinner for a bachelorette party and had a *blast*. Thankfully, the crowd was very relaxed, and everyone seemed amused rather than annoyed by our bachelorette fair. The waitress only encouraged us, allowing us to dress up in these brothell outfits they had on hand and even took pictures of us playfully posing in the front window. They stayed open over an hour late for us just so we didn't have to rush, and at the end of the evening even got the bachelorette to pose on the bar, to the amusement of pretty much everyone left in the restaurant...We even have a few of our waitress on there with her. It was hilarious. So basically this is a really low key, tongue-in-cheek, playful type restaurant. The only thing they take seriously is the excellent food and great service! I'll be back!
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