Seattle >Food & Dining > Hattie's Hat Restaurant
5231 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810747.666061 -122.383223
3:00 PM ? 2:00 AM Mon ? Fri
9:00 AM ? 2:00 AM Sat & Sun
Neighborhoods: Ballard, Adams
big suprise – this place surprised the hell out of me. I came not suspecting a good meal but the food is great. I highly recommend the chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes and spinach side. plus a mac an jack!
sometimes you get the impression that your server would rather talk to her friends but that only happens most of the time.
Sloooooowwwww kitchen. – Went there for breakfast/brunch. The breakfast menu was interesting, not just your standard fare. I had migas, wife had eggs accompanied by a deep fried chicken breast topped with gravy. The food was excellent. Also, htey have a really good bloody mary The wait staff was decent. I would have rated them higher except for the kitchen prep time. I swear they must cook just one table's order at a time. We literally waited for 50 minutes from the time we placed our order until the time we got it. Normally you would expect that the food would have gone cold or sat under a heat lamp with a wait that long, but it was hot, just cooked. Go figure.
Hattie's Rocks! – It's barely above a dive bar, but that's what I like about it. The drinks are stiff, the food is yummy, (the Salmon Club kicks a** and the burgers are one of the best kept secrets in Seattle!) the music is always good (I hear T-Rex on a regular basis. YAY!) and tons of low key locals hang out here. The service is sometimes a bit slow, but it's generally on the dining side and during the weekend brunch time. There is one server there that has waaaaayyyy too much attitude, but all the others make up for her.
Additionally, I recently took my promise ring off in the bathroom to wash my hands and forgot to put it back on. When I remembered, 20 minutes later, that it wasn't on my finger and RUSHED back to the bathroom and it wasn't there, I almost burst into tears. But then I asked the bartender and someone had turned it in!! I don't think most places have patrons or staff that cool. Suffice to say, I love Hattie's!
hang with the locals for beer and burgers – good place to get your greasy fix...and have some alcohol with it. i like the location as i can go to this place before a show at the Tractor which is right nearby. it can get smoky in here sometimes....but overall, strong drinks, good people, and a neighborhood vibe make this place a cozy spot to chill.
Okay Food, Bad Service – I went to Hatties for a late Sunday Brunch. I was expecting a hole in the wall with greasy, hearty bar food. The food was fine, nothing to write home about. But the service really sucked. The waitress was nice but largely absent, even thought the restaurant was less than half full, The meal took about 5 times longer than it needed to, due to unnecessary wait time for everything from coffee to the check. Also, I was told they had run out of knives, so I couldn't have one. I was forced to stab my slab of ham with a fork and tear it with my teeth, caveman style. Cool when you're 6 not so cool when you're 24, and in public.
Love Hattie's -- but only kinda like the food – Great atmosphere! This could be my favorite bar environment in Seattle -- but the food is only so-so. Its good if you're drunk and need a snack -- but notsomuch if you're sober. The sweet potato fries sounded delicious -- but they were dry, tasted more like regualr potatoes - and had barely a pinch of the blue cheese and pancetta promised on the menu. When I asked for a bit more cheese -- I was charged! The salmon club is not bad -- but tastes like something Id make at home.
Stiff drinks, excellent pub grub and a neighborhood feel have earned this Ballard diner legendary status. – The Scene
From the classic wooden bar to the friendly bartenders and loyal neighborhood crowd, this is Ballard the way it should be experienced. Much of the decor has gone essentially unchanged over the years, but this has nothing to do with carelessness--the owners take pride in preserving the rich flavor of this vintage institution.
Many treat Hattie's as a bar first and a restaurant second, but the full menu of classic diner fare shouldn't be overlooked. The Hat Burger is a well-executed version of the common staple, with a slice of cheddar and meaty peppered bacon spicing up the grilled beef patty. Create your own meal with a few of the stellar side dishes--don't miss the butter-laden creamed corn or the jalapeno and spinach casserole. Weekend brunch attracts the hungry and hungover for standard breakfast fare: cheesy eggs, griddle pancakes, thick-sliced bacon and homemade shredded hash browns.
Drink here, you fools. – How to respond to a critic who, bereft or irony, is paid to write, "Don't miss the... creamed corn"? Will I create an exclusive place in Hell for you or give you all my money?
tasty late night chow – My date and I stopped here for some late night chow. There is a small but quaint dining room in the back. The menu is rather limited but they have some good basic items. The sweet potato fries are scrumptious. I got a salmon club sandwich type of thing which was pretty tasty. I liked the unique atmosphere and decorating of the dining room.
Don't Eat Here- Smoke and Drink Only – I can't vouch for the drinks, but I can say the food was overpriced and the service was SUPER slow. I've gone a couple of times during happy hour, and still the two appetizers I ordered were $5/each. And the portions are VERY small. The service was slow both times. Even though we were the only people in the dining area. By the time the food got to us, it was cold. And it didn't taste that great anyway.
Looked like there was only one "chef" back there so that might explain why the food took so long. We didn't sit in the bar area and we still went home smelling like cigarettes. Recommended for people who just want to smoke and drink at the bar.
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