Seattle >Arts & Entertainment > Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
2033 6th Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.614745 -122.339339
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
Premier room to see top tier jazz acts from around the world. Fair cover charges and no drink minimum make it a great deal for an evening out.
Called me a "BITCH" – Okay, it all started the night we had snow. Living on the East side it was impossible to make the show. I called in and requested a refund and was told there were no refunds. Since this was an act of God situation I thought that was very rude and not at all in the interest of their business. I sent an e-mail to John, the owner, saying I didn't think it was a good policy to expect client's to risk their lives trying to get there inspite of travel advisories to the contrary. He wrote back saying he didn't understand where I was coming from but that he would agree to a refund. Now, Here's the thing. His assistant, Rachael, was trying to send him a message about me and accidentally sent it to me, as well. In that e-mail she referred to me as a Bitch and said the only refund she would give me would be in a gift certificate (so not a refund at all, really). Way to go Jazz Alley !! Just what I was saying. You don't value your clients at all. As I told John, even if you don't agree with someone, to resort to name calling...really? Rachael is obviously a real winner to have sent me this e-mail where-in she refers to me as a bitch. Hard to believe a so called professional organization could do something so sloppy.
Wouldn't do business with them ever again. Draw your own conclusions.
Nice Venue – Let me say this, so far, with every visit, we have been real pleased with the musicians. My contention is with their pricing on dinners. Their prices are way too high ($29-$32) per entree for food that is average--not spectacular, not on the same level as Applebee's. When we went there, they asked if we wanted bread. We said "sure, of course." After we finished the small amount they gave us for a party of 4, we asked for more, and they brought us more. What they DID NOT TELL US, is that they CHARGE for their bread! OMG, how many restaurants on this level of entree pricing charges for bread? NONE, that I know of, but Jazz Alley does. Not only that, their music starts on time, but not this night. The musicians were caught in traffic, and started 30 minutes late, which we as customers had not planned for (we had to leave for another commitment at 9:15 p.m.-which normally would have been plenty of time to hear an entire set). So, thumbs down for Jazz Alley's overpricing and no integrity to credit us for the lost half hour of time.
Great Music Venue with BAD food, drinks and service – It's a wonderful sounding room with lots of great talent on the roster. Room feels good too. But I have to tell you that every single thing we ate was bad. The steak didn't have enough sauce, the salad was bitter with not enough dressing, the potatoes were tasteless.. the house wine was VERY low end.Hummas wasn't too bad. They are clearly looking at food cost and profit...they need to add a little to their budget that would go a long way. I will be back, but I won't ever eat there again. I'll drink something they cant screw up like a Budweiser.
I'm a night club owner, audio engineer and musician myself and I really appreciate the job they did with the
sound rig, It's beautifully smooth. The engineer did a great job of capturing Chic Corea's piano sound as well as Stanley Clarkes Bass ... all of the depth and harmonics were captured well.
The food's not cheap, but if they need to add a couple of bucks to the menu to make their dishes better and improve their guest experience, they should. I was was with my daugter so I didn't want a whole bottle of wine. The house wine was disasterous. There is nothing worse than bad wine, yuck. I had the merlot..then I got the pinot noir..it wasn't much better.
The servers were spread too thin. If I had wanted to send anything back, i really didn't have the opportunity to do it. The bussboy filled our waters up about 10 times. He was all over it. But the pleasant server had WAY too many tables to do her job properly.
The club is much more comfortable and better sounding than the Blue note in NYC but the food is MUCH better at the Blue Note...
Have I made my point yet, LOL...
Mr. Dimitriou, please increase your food quality to match the quality of your fantastic room!
How is it not great? – I love that I can see an amazing big jazz name in a beautiful, classy venue for less than 20 dollars as a student. I love that Jazz Alley also goes above and beyond just jazz concerts and also includes more eclectic names as well. All the shows are top quality, and the food is pretty good as well. If you're planning on having dinner, it will set you back a little though... plan on upwards of 20-30 per person.
Students, make sure to ask about student discounts. Such an amazing deal!
A complete evening of food, wine and music – My wife and I have gone to Jazz Alley numerous times over the last 18 months. We have consistently had great evenings of entertainment and dinner without a single disappointment.
The service is friendly, understated and efficient-a phenomenon of its own in Seattle. Food is reasonably priced, and the food is good. I don't understand why anyone would go somewhere else to eat first. There are several rather nasty reviews that seem to be written by the same committee, so I would take them with a grain of salt.
The entertainment speaks for itself. Top rate performers, every seat has a first rate view, plenty of room for singles.
I'm looking forward to my next visit.
Another wonderful night – A night at Jazz Alley with Dr. J was like going back in time to the small club - unique energy and intimate connection with the performers. People were so high on Dr J's music and personality they danced with him. He sure seemed to feel the same about the audience.
I don't understand the gripes about the food. I have eaten at Jazz Alley 6 times in the last few months and the food has been wonderful and served quietly and with graciousness. I wonder if those reviews are from competitors not patrons.
A memorable night! – My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here, and, tho we dropped a load of cash, it was worth every cent! We were seated immediately, after getting to choose our favorite table, which was lit by a small, glowing lamp. Negroni cocktails appeared quickly as we perused the menu. Succulent lamb curry was so good that I contacted the chef for the recipe! Capped off the meal with chocolate volcano cake and port. Terrence Blanchard and his band pulled off a captivating, flawless performance, and the whole evening was lovely. We look forward to returning soon for another great experience!
Eat elsewhere first – We visited Jazz Alley last night to celebrate by brother in laws 60th birthday. He flew in from New Jersey a few days ago. Kevin Eubanks was headlining and is an amazing artist. The music was great.
The food was terrible. I had the salmon salad, my wife and daughter had the cesar salad. We also had the chicken drum appetizer and Pane bread. The food was the worst quality and highest price I have seen. The only potential spotlight is the lack of light which prevents you from seeing what they are serving you.
My salad was made from old salad greens, the dressing was tasteless, I think there was something on the plate that resembled canned artichoke hearts, and the salmon must have just fallen out of its vacuume pack.
The other salads were just as bad. Really, smuggle in a Cesar salad pack from Safeway and you'll be the envy of the restaurant.
Service was little better as my bother in law asked for butter for his bread and was told they didn’t have any. Later the waitress shows up with one pat of butter like she had done a big favor. At the end of the show they basically said get out, we have another show to set up for.
My advice, eat anywhere else in the city, have a couple of drinks with your dinner, and then watch the show only if it is an artist you must see.
So so... – They sort of got you by the(Male anatomy plural)if you love music the way my significant other and I do. They tell you one thing over the phone only to arrive and hear something entirely different. I have been to many many performances and sometimes eat and sometimes not. You definitely are treated better if you make dinner reservations then if its just for cocktails but even then you might get treated like junk. I think they have a problem with people who are in their early thirties as if they are not worthy of the music that is played there or as if they are to young to really know what it is they are seeing, therefore it is alright to treat them badly. Sometimes I feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when she goes into the store and they wont wait on her because they are total snobs. They food is also waayyyy over priced and its always cold and its never something I am overly thrilled about. It fills the belly and looks pretty but its ehhh, just so so.
Great Jazz club but don't order dinner. Overpriced, unorginal, lacking inspiration and creativity and taste. – I wish I had read the reviews here before ordering dinner because the food is a bad joke without delivery. The menu select is unoriginal and lacking inspiration and creativity. A nightly special would be a nice touch.
I ordered the Rigatoni with pancetta; butternut squash and mixed braising greens in a light cream sauce topped with freshly grated Parmesan. The pasta was overcooked, and the entire dish spoke more of a giant salt lick. I didn't even know what the butternut squash was until later. Originally we thought it might be polenta but not in a good way. My friend ordered the grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon topped with a lemon buerre blanc sauce and served with a side of mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. It wasn't wild; it was farm raised and severely over cooked. The vegetables were frozen, undercooked, and unidentifiable. My ear caught wind that the Jazz Alley Caesar Entree- Traditional house specialty served with a choice of marinated organic chicken or poached shrimp was the worst salad they had ever tried.
Clearly Chef Ramsey was not in house, as he would have sent every order back for an overhaul. The bread was the only bright spot that came out of the kitchen.
The service was decent, but they made an error and charged us for the show that we had already paid for which was quickly corrected. The show was amazing, Al Di Meola. We will be back for the Jazz, but next time either we will eat before hand or settle for an appetizer and have dinner afterwards.
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