850 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811747.690760 -122.367456
Fabulous breakfast, brunch, lunch, or Friday dinner at this friendly local restaurant – Excellent breakfast and lunch spot. Soon to be open for dinner too. Friendly, warm ambiance in this local restaurant.
I strongly recommend it.
NEW OWNERS FABULOUS EXPERIENCE~ – Ok, so I made this post a few weeks ago and I was more than a lil harsh to the old owners. I wont give an excuse, it just wasn't right. So I'll amend the previous post I made. For a restaurant that had absentee owners, and from owners who didn't really know the restaurant business very well, they had a great idea. I think they had a good start on what coulda been a great idea. Though I do have to admit to absolutely adoring what the new owners have done. Its less cluttered, things are moved around a bit, and otherwise all they did was expand on what was already there. They've done some simple things like bringing in a certified chef from out of state and the food went from done as quickly as possible to having just a bit more care put into each plate. The service has been worked on too, even with the old staff, they're attentive, they actually Smile, and they are always right there when you need them. To make it even better I went to their opening for dinners last night? They have a new server running the night time shift for the time being and she's all smiles and giggles, a pleasant breath of air after a long day. The dim lighting is perfect for a quiet night of knowing you're going to be served. I'd Highly suggest it!
Great soup and sandwiches – I visited the Library Cafe recently for lunch with family from out of town. I ordered the tuna melt with clam chowder. The best tuna melt I've had in years, not the overly-mayonaissed runny stuff you get at most places. Chunky and delicious on fantasticly tangy sourdough. The chowder was chunky as well, with lots of juicy clams! My companions enjoyed their sandwiches as well. The atmosphere is cute, the fireplaces are just the right touch for a damp Seattle afternoon. And let's not forget the waitstaff, our server was busy decorating for Valentine's day but dropped what she was doing and was at tableside before we had a chance to summon her. Way to keep an eye out!
Comfortable and Inviting – Being a few blocks from our house, this is where I take all my business lunches as well as eat regularly on the weekends... The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and all the books on the wall make for excellent decor. (We have purchased many of our books and artworks here.) The Library Cafe feels like an extension of our home, and the waitstaff are like family to us.
The food is always tasty, with both breakfast and lunches available.
Best Breakfast in North Seattle – I was so impressed with the warmth and hospitality of this small cafe that I had to comment. I had the biscuits and gravy and while not traditionaly a gormet entre it was a delight on this cold rainy morning. The fire place and the people made me feel at home without having to do the dishes. I wish I could stumble on a place like this more often.
Absolutely the worst breakfast experience ever – Had breakfast this morning. Waitress was disinterested and rude. When asked if there was a choice of bread for toast, she answered "yes." Then when asked if we could have rye, we were told that that was actually a special bread, only for a certain sandwich, but ok, I guess it would be ok. Hmmmm.
Service was appalling but the food was was even worse. Sausage, while the largest patty I've ever seen, was chewy. Gravy on biscuits was overloaded with cumin and tasted like bad curry, tofu breakfast was awful.
There was a discrepancy on the bill. I had asked if sausage could be subsituted for eggs, told yes but they'd charge 1.50. Fine with me. Then, the bill came and I was charged both 1.50 for the substitution plus 3.50 for the sausage. I complained, they protested, then said they'd take off the subsitution fee, I said take off the sausage fee. They agreed, then while running my card, the waitress turns to me and says "you don't have to come back, you know." I won't, told her so, and whatever was left of a tip coming was immediately erase.
I've heard nice things about this place but it was a terrible experience.
Cozy as a home, this odd spot serves its neighborhood as an all-purpose gathering place. – In Short
Combining a used-book bookstore, antique shop, espresso stop and fireplace-warmed cafe, just about everything visible is for sale: the tables, chandeliers, books--and, of course, the pastries in a front-counter case. Nearly everything on the menu is made in-house, including sandwich and burger buns, pastries and waffle-cut potato chips. Breakfast fare includes egg dishes. Sunday brunch expands to include Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict, French toast, quiche and corned-beef hash.
Awesome waiter, increadibly tasty food – This cozy little place on 85th has only recently started serving dinner thursday - saturday, and I really hope they continue! The waiter Andy is funny, warm, welcoming, and very knowledgeable about the food and wine. I had the coq au vin with the best mushroom/ wine sauce I've ever had! The bread, which is baked locally is great, and if you ask nicely Andy will wrap up a half loaf for you to take home with whatever is left of your generously sized meal.
I recently had a dinner party there with a party of 8 and everyone enjoyed their meal
Go to keep it open, and I bet you'll be back!
Great Little Place – I love the Library Cafe. My wife and I have been there only a couple times, but each time it has been great. While the menu is quite limited, what they do, the do well. They have some of the best omelets around and the coffee (La Vazza) is outstanding! The prices are no more or less than any other diner in town and the amosphere is always relaxing.
It's not a big place, so if you have a large group, you might consider calling ahead to see if they can accomodate you.
Less style, more substance needed – Don't go here expecting to get a real plate of corned beef hash...everything has been made to be a little too "fancy" and loses a lot in translation.
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