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8230 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811547.689186 -122.290645
Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 10pm;Sat. - Sun. 8am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Wedgewood, Northeast Seattle, Northeast
When you are in the mood for old school. – Not updated for the 21st century but not everything needs to be. Salads come w/cheezits as croutons. Meat-lovers swear by the French dip. I happily increased my bad cholesterol with the Captain's Platter (a pile of various fried seafood).
Good food and service – My wife, father-in-law, and I ate there Tuesday night, 9/9/11, and were pleased. My wife and her father each had rainbow trout and veggies. I took a bite of the fish and found it to be good. My wife and her father were both pleased, as well. They said that the vegs ( broccoli for one, corn for the other) were good. I didn't try theirs. For my part I had a French Dip and onion rings. The sandwich was very good with plenty of meat, but the 8 onion rings were not worth the $7 that we paid for them. Otherwise, it's worth going back for another meal.
Circa 1960's, So-So – Upon entering the Wedgewood Broiler I was immediately taken back to the 50/60/70's era of the local All-American restaurant and lounge. The menu offered everything including hamburgers, steak, broiled and deep fried seafood, salads, chicken fried steak, French dip, London broil, to liver and onions. Seemed like the menu probably hadn't changed in 50 years or so.
The atmosphere was definitely old school but pleasant enough. Service was OK but nothing to write home about. The dirty saucers didn't help.
Unfortunately the food was rather disappointing. A nice touch is that the Broiler offers their Sirloin, New York and Filet Mignon steaks in four sizes; 6, 8, 12 and 16 ounces. My medium rare Filet Mignon was very good quality, cooked perfectly inside, but arrived almost cold with very little searing/browning on the outside as if it had been cooked over too low a fire. The fries were fine but my included salad consisted of a medium sized plate of somewhat wilted lettuce and nothing else. The Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing was not very tasty. The included vegetables were overcooked and soggy as if they had been sitting in a steamer for a long time. My side order of sauteed mushrooms were delicious.
My wife's seafood platter was just OK and typical old style deep fried cooking; not lightly cooked, delicate or flaky.
Overall, our experience was so-so and we would not give it a high recommendation to others. The Wedgewood Broiler has some old time charm with that nostalgic subdued light and brick/wood atmosphere. However, a couples notches up in attention to detail of the freshness and preparation of the food would be very welcome. This would be the perfect place to take Uncle Fred and Aunt Hilda who have lossed there taste buds but long for the good old time dining experience.
Family friendly restaurant - Love it! – Family Friendly, family owned! This place is a current day restaurant with a bit of the old school charm. Prime rib is yum! The staff is friendly and the owners even friendlier! Reminds me of the small town cafe I used to go to every Sunday after church with my family. Love it!
Tasteless and expensive – We've dined here twice and both occasions (one year apart) were below average experiences. Service is slow and for the food they serve, better off going to Applebees!
My favorite restaurant – My family and I drive from EVERETT every chance we get. to eat here. This is absolutely my favorite restaurant. Great service, everything on the menu is delicious, especially the French Dip. I would so recommend this place and wish I lived closer.
Best Bloody Mary In Seattle – The last reviewer is wrong and/or has terrible taste. Wedgwood Broiler has the best bloody mary in the city. Heavy on vodka and light on the horseradish and Worcestershire, just the way I like it. And the food is way better than Denny's. Order the London Broil, French Dip, Pott Roast or open-faced turkey or pork sandwich smothered in gravy and you're in for comfort food heaven. And the bar is the classiest joint 1976 ever saw. Sink into the couch at table 11, sip a stiff drink and you'll forget the rest of yuppified Seattle ever happened.
Good taste – My boyfriend and I were in the mood for some "comfort food" and we heard this was the place to try. Needless to say, we won't try it again. Service was ok but the food was mush. Leave your dentures at home, your gums should work just fine.
Big value, little price!
My roommate and I love the Wedgewood! And we've eaten at our share of restaurants over the years (1 star to 4 star). The Wedgewood is homestyle cooking, excellent service, and very reasonable prices! In the mood for a rib sticking breakfast on the weekend? Go the Wedgewood! $5.95 for an enormous breakfast. This works great for us as I can usually only eat about 3/4 of mine and my roomie (6ft 3) can have the extra! Most of the staff has been there 8+ years and the place has only changed hands 3 times in over 50 years!
Highly over rated...below average food – I have lived in this neighborhood for over 20 years and the food at the "broiler" is so tired. Their menu has not changed in any meaningful way in the last 20 years. Most of the servers have been there on average of 15-20 years and the majority of them are cranky. The service is subtandard as well. I can't imagine why it is on the "Best Steaks in Seattle" list. The food is more "institutional" than anything else. The only "fresh" vegatable they have is broccoli, all their other veggies come out of a can. What a joke. I don't mean to rip on the food, but there are so many other restaurants in the neighborhood that are so much better, the only reason to go to the Broiler is for their libations. The bar is where it's at.... the Broiler has Cristy and Kathy who are the real reason most come to this establishment. They free pour the drinks and you always get your monies worth especially during Happy Hour.
This place has so much potential, but the owner refuses to change the menu. Hey how about this...fresh local meats, seafood, veggies, and other ingredients. Get rid of all the institutional "Sysco" products and try going fresh/homemade. The NW has so much to offer and the Broiler is stuck in the 70's mentality.
I've already said too much, but check out the other great local North end establishments, because I feel you will be disappointed with the food at the Wedgwood Broiler.
I love this place -- reasonably priced, but excellent beef – Ragu Boy must have a chip on his shoulder (and no, I'm not an employee -- just a satisfied customer). This place has excellent hamburgers, and some of the best reasonably-priced steaks in town. It's certainly not fancy, but their hamburger dip is simply perfect (definitely my favorite) and the chicken fried steak is the best I've found in Seattle. We always eat in the bar (not the restaurant) and the waitresses know us by name and are always great.
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