Seattle >Bars & Clubs > Barking Dog Alehouse
705 NW 70TH St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811747.679482 -122.364868
Neighborhoods: Northwest, Phinney Ridge, Northwest Seattle
It's O.K..... – I have tried the Barking Dog several times, and the experience has been consistently disappointing. I have several friends that rave about the place, which is why I went. There are some good things. The food is edible, and the menu has something for everyone. The beer selection is above average, but that should be expected from an "alehouse". That said I would likely avoid another experience at the Barking Dog. The staff has really rubbed me the wrong way on a couple of occasions, and at best seem like they just don't care. I realize everyone has off days, but why spend my money where people don't seem to care?
Thumbs Down – This place has a decent beer selection. I've gone a few times, wanting to try different ones. The servers know nothing about beer. Nothing. And they are S-L-O-W and not very friendly. I've eaten there once or twice. But if I go to meet friends, I eat before I go. One word..lousy...and not cheap.
I had a better experience than those below me – Went here for dinner for the first time last night. My friends and I all got some kind of sandwich/burger, and we all rather enjoyed them. Kinda messy, but still good. The waffle fries are fabulous.
Great selection of beers on tap, and apparently Monday nights are $10 pitcher nights. What a deal!
Service was friendly and prompt, and we had no problems getting our waiter's attention.
Save Your Monday – I had not been to the Barking Dog in a couple of years and not sure what came over me to try it again. I think I was craving the waffle fries which while good, could not overcome what a terrible dining experience this was. You have to really wonder about a restaurant that can embarrass themselves on the salad they served me. I also recall this being a kid-friendly restaurant the last time I was in and even my son wouldn't touch his food this time. To top it off, this service was lousy with attitude. Save your money and enjoy one of the real restaurants in Ballard.
Downhill – This place has gone downhill. Gone are the days of unique menu items, now you get a barely warm piece of premarinated chicken slapped on some wilted lettuce. New ownership took over a while back and things have never been the same. The service was never spectacular, but now you have to actually jump up and down or go up to the bar yourself to get someone to help you out. This place had such potential and now I hope I never have to go back again.
Best Neighborhood Pub – The Barking Dog is a wonderful little neighborhood pub/cafe. It is open, with nice light, and usually the sound of happy children and families. The food is traditional pub fair but the variety of beers, local and foreign is inspired. Mostly, it's just a wonderful place to sit, relax, and enjoy life. It reminds me of Hemingway's A Clean, Well Lighted Place.
The end is near.... – We had been huge fans of the Barking Dog for many reasons; The food was always great, the service used to be excellent and the location is fabulous. Now, we have decided that we will not return. We ate there last Sunday afternoon for the last time. For some reason they have "temporarily" stopped making pizza's, which used to be great. We arrived at about 1 and there was one other party in our waitressess section. Despite that, it took her about 10 minutes to come over and bring us water, menus's etc. The funny thing was there were about 3 other employees sitting around just watching people. When we finally got our order of Nachos and a Southwestern Salad with Chicken we were VERY disappointed. Neither dish had a trace of cheese on it and the black beans were literally spooned out the can and onto a pile of lettuce/stale chips. We also had requested some salsa and napkins and finally my husband had to walk up to the bar and get the supplies. Not once did the waitress return to ask if we needed anything or how the food was (she probably already knows it's bad). I know ownership changed a year or two ago, but now I think that the inmates are running the asylum. Too bad for a place that was and could still be very cool.
This Place Has Gone Downhill – I used to love this local hangout. Great food, great beer, even great wine. My biggest complaint however is the service. What happened? Please get it together.
Awesome fish & chips & beer selection – This place has an awesome beer selection, along with a fantastic fish & chips basket. The seasoning they use on their fish & fries is very tasty. They also have a very good portabello mushroom burger. Cool atmosphere as well.
Not worth it – We've been going to Barking Dog since it first opened and boy has this place gone downhill. I miss the old menu with items like the Vietnamese Sandwich, wraps and creative salads. Now each time I order I get the same horrible pre-marinated chicken slapped on some lackluster lettuce and called a salad.
The new owners should really rethink the changes they've made because at this point the only thing going for this place is that it is the only family friendly restaurant in the neighborhood.
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