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2408 First Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.614484 -122.348193
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Belltown, Downtown
Cakes you can't count on – I had two birthday parties in a week and order cakes for both parties. When I stop by the bakery, my first cake was already gone. Probably somebody have sold it or something. The second one has wrong name on. It said "Happy Birthday Neil" Who is Neil?! We actually haven't noticed that until later. I'm a regular for their brunch and order cakes often. If one of those incidences happened, I would have just let it go. But two times in one weeks was alarming. When I called the store, the manager was pretty nice. He apologized and promised me to retrain his crews and give me store credits. When I went down to the store, I met a manager (who I think is a different guy). They did give me store credit for the lost cake. But apparently, if the cake has wrong name on, I was supposed to bring it back to the store. (don't mind the party...) He said it doesn't matter whether the party already has started and we found the wrong name on it. Since we ate it (what else was I supposed to do?), there's nothing he can do about it. Thanks to Macrina, there was no cake for one birthday party. And my other friend will have her 30th birthday party pictures with "Happy Birthday Neil" cakes. Although cakes taste pretty good, I won't be ordering for any special occasion in the future.
Get your wedding cake here! – Macrina recently supplied a wonderful lemon butter cake for my wedding. The cake was moist and delicious, and did not taste stale or frozen. Macrina decorated my three tiers simply with a buttercream frosting and little dots while my florist added flowers. They bake the cake the night before, and decorate it the morning of the event. It was just perfect. When you do sheet cakes with them to supplement, the per-person price is very reasonable. Plus they have free delivery in Seattle.
As to their bakery, I'd have to agree with other reviewers. Food = yummy. The chocolate chip cookies are to die for, especially when they are fresh and hot. However, the service behind the counter is hit-or-miss. Sometimes they are friendly and expedient. At other times they are super slow and don't really look like they want to deal with customers.
Overall, since my wedding cake experience was great, and the food is excellent, I'm giving them a Recommended.
Good food, bad service! – acrina Bakery in Belltown has excellent food. Breads, pastries, lunch specials are all wonderful. The dressing on the salad could have a touch more balsamic vinegar. The only draw back is the long wait for a table and some of the wait staff suck. I actual had a waiter argue with me that I order something with mushrooms when I am allergic to mushrooms. I think he's long gone, but they just replaced him with other mediocre wait staff. Even though the wait staff have sucked in the past its still worth putting up with because the food is divine.
Europe in Seattle – The level of excellence of this place as a hangout, as a bakery as a restaurant is not to be missed. For years I craved European breads and then Leslie delivered.
This is the bread baker for the best restaurants in town--and then some. – The Scene
Neighborhood locals stop in wearing sweats. Businessmen grab pastries and muffins for meetings. Smart tourists dawdle over slow, easy breakfasts of homemade bread pudding with fresh cream and berries before heading back down First Avenue. Somehow, while growing into the city's primary restaurant bread bakery, this small storefront cafe and retail spot still retains its understated, welcoming charm.
This is not a typical neighborhood coffee shop with muffins and scones shipped in from some anonymous source in the wee hours of the morning--this is a real scratch bakery. Breakfasts find Macrina at its best. Fresh-baked muffins, coffee cakes and pastries, paired with strong cups of joe, make it worth the effort to find spare time in the morning. Lunches consist of a daily selection of sandwiches, pastas, salads and soups--all are house-made, truly fresh and consistently delicious.
service fails to rise – If the service was comparable to the quality of the goods, I could recommend Macrina; unfortunately it doesn't even come close. I have been 3 times and have received poor service every time. I kept returning because their wares are very good; I kept wanting to give them another chance. But I was treated so rudely on my third visit that I don't think any amount of sweet pastries can counteract the bad taste left in my mouth. When I'm in the area again, I'll go to Le Panier instead.
Bakery Goods – These folks have set the standard for artesian bread making in Seattle. Beautiful breads and very tasty pastries, cakes and other assorted goodies.
So So Service – The food can be great, but quality control isn't. If a batch it burned, they'll sell it for the same price as the good batch from the day before. Also, they let friends jump ahead of you in line on busy days.
Best????? – I went to Macrina bakery because it was given such a good rating in terms of taste. I bought 2 items that added up to $30.00 Neither one was very good. I would not buy from there again. Its expensive and the food was nothing to go back for.
The one thing I can commend them on is their service. They were friendly and helpful.
Gotta say its good, with poor service – Its a good thing Macrina's food is so extremely good, or they'd be out of business. The breakfasts are delicious and the bakery is good enough to present proudly at your own dinner table. Just make sure you plan plenty of wait time to pick up your order or to enjoy your leisurely breakfast, and expect to be treated like a number by the cashier at best. Even in the late afternoon, when there is little/no line, it takes what feels like forever for them to cash you out. On Sunday a.m., get there before 10 a.m. or expect a 1/2 hour wait in line to get your great/worth it food. Pay attention to make sure you get the right food and the right change -- it seems clear to me that the staff there often gets it wrong and send an attitude that blames you for the mistake.
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