Seattle >Food & Dining > 13 Coins Restaurant
125 Boren Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.618787 -122.335882
Open 24 hours
Neighborhoods: Lake Union, South-Lake Union
MOST HORRIBLE PLACE I HAVE EVER BEEN DO NOT GO – ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THIS PLACE IS A SCAM !!!! THE PRICE IS JUST UTTERLY UNBELIEVABLE AND THE STAFF THERE I DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT TO SAY.... PLEASE PLEASE SAVE YOU MONEY , BECAUSE WE DID NOT EVEN GET OUR MONEY BACK... WE HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR OVER 4 WEEKS ... WE WERE PROMISED OUT 130 DOLLARS BACK BY 2 MANAGERS AND STILL NO MONEY BACK... PLEASE SAVE YOUR DOLLARS AND SAVE YOUR COINES NOT EVEN 13 TRY 1 COIN FOR THIS HORRID EATERY ...
TO TO DENNYS!! save your money – I have been going to 13 coins for a few years. The last 2 times I have gone have been just aweful. The prices have gone through the roof and the food has gotten BAD! My bill was $110.00 for 2 but the food was worth about $20.00. I will spend money on good food and not have a problem but I do have a problem with over priced bad food. My sever left in the middle of our dinner, our new server had no idea what was ordered so I recieved over cooked food and and VERY SLOW service. I called to complain once I got home and was offered a refund. Although this was not why I called, I gladly accepted. When I went in the office to pick that up, the General Manager had no idea what I was talking about but said she would look in to it and call me the next day. I never heard from her. Bad food, Bad service, Bad manager. Save your money and go to Dennys, they serve the same food.
Good late night eating – The first time I went to the 13 coins was after a monday night football game, and other than subway it was the only place open. The food was good, maybe a little over priced, but when it is late and you want a good meal you can't go wrong here, they have anything that you could want.
Good Food - At a price – the reviews are back and forth on this place, but I decided to give it a shot either way. I am happy I did. Lets get something out of the way - the food here is good. I didn't have any of the problems that some of the other people reported with things being poorly prepared or less then fresh. My food came out really fresh and was well prepared.
I agree that the cream based pasta dishes are probably more rich then most people are used to, I am Italian and the cream sauce was stronger then usual, but not negativley so. These dishes are prepared with rich taste and quality in mind, not being healthy. The easy solution is to order something that isn't cream based, they have such a huge menu you can find just about anything on it - and healthier dishes are included.
The main issue here is the price, and most people are right, most dishes are priced higher then they maybe should be, but not by much in my opinion. The plates are pretty large, which compensates a bit for the high price, I would say. Also, if you are driving, the location has an abundance of free parking (much of it right across the street in the Seattle Times lot), which saves you some cash.
The last stand out is the service and ambiance. From the chefs to the waiters, everyone is really nice, attentive and engaging without being overly so. The location is huge, super clean and well decorated. It's a really nice place and is really large, which explains the prices (in addition to the good food).
If you dont mind paying a little extra for great service, good food and a sweet location - this is the place to go. Suggest you come with a group or a date you are trying to impress, if you are going to spend this kind of cash for location and service - might as well bring some friends :-)
Nice ambiance and pre-dinner snacks. Underwhelming entres and REALLY overpriced – I picked out 13 Coins during a Google search for "Late Night Dining" and decided to give it a try. The ambiance of the restaurant was nice, and I was seated in a spacious booth. They waited on me immediately, and gave me an interesting snack combo of somewhat stale French bread and a mixture of olives, celery, carrots, pickles, tomatoes and salami slices. Not complaining though. The menu looked interesting, with a wide variety of stuff, but the prices were REALLY high, especially for a casual diner.
With such high prices I expected the food to be amazing, and sadly, it wasn't. My girlfriend ordered the salmon pasta dish, and what arrived was a basically generic piece of salmon with some fairly bland noodles, and the entire thing was DRENCHED in buttery sauce. This was unfortunate, since she doesn't like buttery things, but the truth was, it was too buttery even for my tastes. For a nearly $30.00 entre, it was really underwhelming.
My own dish was the Crab Louie, and while it wasn't bad, there was nothing exciting about it either. It was served on a bed of lettuce with a few stray olives and pickled artichoke hearts, all of which tasted old. It also had two hard boiled egg halves, which were undercooked, overexposed to air, gelatinous, and totally nasty. I've had better hardboiled eggs in the salad bar at a fast food restaurant! The entre was a solid 4 out of 10, and it cost $25!
We only ate about half our food before asking for the check, and the entire meal cost over $70.00 including tip! And we didn't drink any alcohol, and I had water. I expect food of this quality to cost around $10-12 per entre, so the prices are just ridiculous. I definitely won't be going back.
Great atmosphere and the food is beyond compare! – I went to 13 Coins early on a Saturday evening (before 6 pm) and was seated right away. We sat at the counter so we could watch them cook. We ordered the Calamari for an appetizer and it was WONDERFUL! They did not overcook it as most resteraunts like to do and the dipping sauce was perfect! For entrees I had the Steak David - Filet mignon topped with fresh crab and served with Hollandaise sauce on the plate. I could have had just the filet and been just as happy. The Filet was cooked perfectly and it practically melted away from the knife. It came with pasta which I don't eat. But I'm sure if I had asked for a substitute it would not have been an issue. Also ordered by my party was Veal Parmagiana and another steak. Everyone raved about thier food! Desert was Creme Brulee and I couldn't have asked for better. They fired the top so that there was a nice thick shell. No soft spots which always leaves me a little disappointed.
The highlight was being able to watch the kitchen staff cooking. We were seated near the Head chef and he was entertaining and didn't seem to mind answering our silly questions about what they were doing. He cracked a few jokes and the whole staff seemed to be having a great time working, which really goes a long way in the overall dining experience.
I will definately go back... and soon!
What We Expected -- Not Great – We visited the 13 Coins, Downtown, on 11-15-07. We had read a number of the reviews, so we were not surprised at anything. We arrived for an early dinner (4 PM), and as we expected, the hostess tried to seat us at the counter. Noting that the place was virtually empty, we asked for a booth and were seated at the only one without a window and with such a dark lighting that it took us nearly 5 minutes for our eyes to adjust enough to see our menus (yeah, exaggerating just a bit). We ordered couple of pasta dishes, both of which lacked much quality for the price -- thin sauce, bit overcooked, too salty. Also, my coffee was lukewarm, which I really hate. Wait staff was adequately attentive. It is classy looking place, for a diner, but with the price, I would not recommend the restaurant except for one visit ... just to verify what others say.
Fun place to visit, wouldn't want to eat there. – I cringe when this place is suggested...the furniture is the only appealing part of the experience. Food is to die for...and not in a good way. Horrendously overpriced for the cheap ingredients and snotty service by bitter servers. The last time I went, the 11-teen-year-old hostess was literally leaning against the wall with one leg up, and didn't even look us in the face when she asked "how many?" Grease grease grease is the overpowering taste of EVERYthing. Be sure to keep the salt shaker close. It will help give the impression of actual flavor.
loooooonnnnnngggg Wait!!! – Came in on a Saturday at 6:30 pm...realized that the wait would be long so we took the bar option (full service menu). We waited over an hour and 15 minutes for our meals to arrive! And when they did....one was totally wrong! When we asked to have it fixed, the server said she would and did....the same time we got the check we got my guest's corrected meal request!!! No apology, nothing taken off the bill....not going to be back!!!
Expensive Garbage – We arrived at 11pm on a Tuesday night (2 of us) and had to wait 15 minutes before we got seated. We found this quit unusual considering we saw several booths open and plenty of counter space. After the wait we where to our amazement, seated at the counter instead of the booth we requested. Asking about this we where told that the booths that where available where for 4 people only. (we where the only ones waiting)
After being placed at the counter we noticed the cooks where very dirty, in fact the entire kitchen was a mess. Dirty towels laying on cutting boards, cooks using dirty knives to cut food. Garbage everywhere. Needless to say we decided not to eat there and left.
I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone!!
You would have a better time at Denny?s
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