101 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Isle, WA | Directions 9811047.624857 -122.520978
Average All-Around – We went on a weekday and had no wait. In fact, they were the only restaurant open at the time we were there (mid-afternoon). Prices were slightly high, but we all found something that appealed to us on the menu - great variety of food choices. Good service, as well.
The food, however, was greasy and bland. I left with an unpleasant heavy/greasy feeling in my tummy after eating the crab melt. My husband's sturgeon was slightly better, but still we weren't very impressed with the food. Also, there is only a single bathroom and it's tiny.
quant and intimate – Excellent food quailty, good service and nice interior.
Wlak to nearly the end of Winslow street and Cafe Nola will be on the left corner. Cute restaurant, but not over done. Fish & Chips, and the Chicken Club were good.
Cafe Nola is Overratted – Cafe Nola was featured on Food Network, which I believe has been the destruction of this cute little cafe. Food is pretty good, and so are the prices. But really the best part about this restaurant is the ferry boat ride to get there, and the walk from the dock into town. Even with a reservation wait times can be quite long on weekends, and just today I have found out that they lost the reservation I made in February for Mothers Day, leaving me high and dry with no plans. After being passed off to three different people ended up on the phone with frazzled and rude hostess, who didn't make any accommodations for their mistake of losing my reservation. My advice: Go on a weekday, make reservations, call at least once to verify reservations, and enjoy the ferry boat ride.
great brunch – the 5 of us ate brunch at Cafe Nola today. i had the eggs benedict, the lemon hollandaise was delicious, and the eggs were cooked perfectly. aside from my potatoes being a little too al dente, everything was great. other things that were ordered were the pecan french toast, crab benedict, the crab melt, and the fish and chips, all receiving rave reviews. we look forward to eating here and trying something new from their menu- everything sounded so delicious.
Fine casual atmosphere, delicious food, totally charming. – The place absolutely oozes charm and heart. First walk on to the ferry for the half-hour ride to Bainbridge and stroll the 1/2 mile or so the the cafe. (If you're of a mind to, have a cocktail at the excellent cozy little bar at the Winslow Cafe, right across the street beforehand). Feel the romance coming on? Everything I've had to eat there has been delicious, freshly prepared with top grade local/seasonal ingredients. Their deserts are WONDERFUL. Service is a little clunky sometimes, but mellow down easy and enjoy the excellemnt cuisine and real-world ambiance.
Quaint and Delicious – Thank you so much for the quaint atmosphere, awesome waiter, and delectable food! If we are ever back in this area, we will definitely stop in for another delicious meal. This was a 5 Star experience! I had the French Toast. Yummmmmmmmm! Bacon is really good. I had to order an extra side of it, cause my family was eating all of my bacon!
Definitely NOT worth the trip... – After seeing Cafe Nola's brunch featured on the Food Network, I was expecting great things. What I got was overpriced drinks, undercooked food, and an unimaginative and sparse menu.
My first disappointment was the bloody mary which I ordered off of Cafe Nola's specialty bloody mary menu. The drink was $8.50, and was served in a narrow glass filled to the brim with ice. The actual bloody mary mix they prepared was bland as well. Mrs. T's would have been better. I was even more offended by the inclusion of carrot as one of the garnishes. Any bloody mary connoisseur would agree that carrot is an unacceptable garnish!
When it came time to place my food order, I found there were few choices. I eventually chose butternut squash ravioli, only to find they were out of it. So instead I chose an omelet with feta, mushrooms and roasted red peppers. When the food came out, it looked great. There were nice thick slices of toast and a dish of strawberry jam to accompany it. But when I cut into my omelet, a puddle of uncooked egg mixutre poured out!!! How unappetizing! Seriously, if you can't get an omelet right, it's time to hang up your apron!
So, if you want a great breakfast, save yourself the time and inconvenience of a ferry ride. Some of my favorite spots are Cafe Campagne in Seattle, and Wild Wheat in Kent.
Pretentious - not worth it on Bainbridge Island – I won't ever spend a dime of my own money here. We stopped in for lunch and tried to get a table for 5 (4 adults & 1 child). We were told that they were too busy to seat us even though we could see empty tables at the back of the restaurant. I would rather have heard that the wait was 3 hours long for a table of 5 instead of 'we can't seat you'. I'm not sure if the food is good here, but I'm sure the pretentious and rude staff would surely spoil your meal!
WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER. – We went there on a Monday night and the restaurant was pretty full. We got sat at 720pm and we got our appetizer pretty quickly but our drinks didn't come until after we were done eating our appetizer (we thought it was weird to get the drinks after the food though). We kept hearing them apologizing to the other tables about being short staffed but they didn't say a word to us. At about 8:05pm, they still didn't get our dinner orders and totally were ignoring us. So we left a $20 bill to cover the appetizer and drinks and decided to go. We told the lady in the front what happened and that we were leaving and that was when she apologized to us and told us to keep our $20.
We went to all the trouble of taking the ferry to go to Cafe Nola (recommended by a friend) just to waste almost an hour of our time just waiting and being ignored and all the while we were starving. Nobody came to our table and told us the situation (short staff, etc) which is what they were doing at other tables. I've worked in a restaurant before and we've had situations like that but we NEVER ignored any of the customers and we took their dinner orders at a reasonable time. This situation is totally INEXCUSABLE for this kind of place ("nicer" place). The food may be good (we never got a chance to taste it though), and it seemed like they had some loyal patrons, but we won't be one of them.
GLAD I WENT! – I was visiting a friend in Seattle, and I saw this restaurant featured on "Giada's Weekend Getaways" on the Food Network. The food was delicious and filling. Very nice Decor, and its in a quaint little town. Easily accessable near the Bainbridge Island Ferry. Staff was plesant, tho it took about 15-20 minutes for the meal to arrive at the table. We went for Brunch on Sunday, then hopped the Ferry to Downtown Seattle. Brunch was a good way to start a great day.
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