French >Barking Frog
14582 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA | Directions 9807247.732845 -122.146978
Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm;
Sat-Sun 10am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Tourist District
One can not live by wine alone (sad, but true). Fortunately there are places like Barking Frog where you can find some of the best Northwest cuisine to forage. But if you are still looking for a little wine they can set you up with their award-winning wine list which features Washington wines and regions beyond.
Love the firepit seating & food, service & wine value ok – Seating at their center fire pit alone almost merits four stars - plenty of room and you can feel the heat from it which is wonderful.
The food is also flavorful, well-portioned, and delicious. $14 lunch lamb burger was well worth the value.
Where I drop stars:
I would only go when it's slow, like for a late lunch. Or possibly an early dinner. Request the fresh bread and sun dried tomatoes right away, mine came out 2 minutes before my meal.
Red wine by the glass averages $14-16, one option at $9. In this arena Purple really competes. At least two $8-11 local options would have been nice.
I posted a picture of their fire pit seating.
Citysearch Editorial Review – This casual, chic restaurant with extraordinary neighbors—Willows Lodge to one side and the Herbfarm to the other—is a destination in its own rite. Chef Bobby Moore treats the rustic space like his own dining room, regularly sharing a laugh with familiar diners and jovially creating a seasonally-changing rotation of dishes that highlight the best of what the PNW has to offer: seafood, farm-fresh veggies and locally raised meats. A circular communal table with fire pit makes the coziest of cold night seats, while the outdoor patio is filled on warm summer evenings. Don’t be intimidated by the wine-country location—this bistro is casual enough for a midweek lunch date but perfectly suitable for a date-night dinner (best paired with a stay at Willows Lodge so you can take advantage of the Washington-centric wine list).
AMAZING beat salad! – My husband and I keep forgetting to try out this place and I am sure sorry we'd waited this long! We had their Dine Around Seattle 3 for $30 meal + $15/person wine pairings. Everything was amazing - especially the beat salad (and I love beat salads) and braised short ribs! Their ginger scallops and beef tartar were also tasty! The wine pairings worked well. Yum! I can't wait to go back!
The only negative thing for me was that we said at their fireside table and felt many cold breezes from the front door being used. Service was also timely and friendly.
YUM!!! – LOVE The Barking Frog!!! Had the tasting menu which was exquisite!!! Some of my favorites... the Grand Marnier Prawns - too die for! - and there was a dish, I can't remember the name but it was a piece of Ahi and a house-smoked short rib. Honestly, I could have eaten the ahi and rib again for dessert - it was amazing!!! The wine was also fabulous. Top notch food and excellent service, not too stuffy, FABULOUS!!!!
The Barking Frog really barks – We don't quite know what to say about this restaurant. The food is quite extraordinary almost worth the price charged. Definitely not geared to a dinner for 2. It appears they cater to company dinners from conferences held at Willows. These tables for 2 are maybe 18 inches apart. There was a party of 20 & several parties of 6-8 and the noise level was horrendous, we were 3 feet apart & had to really raise our voices to be heard. Due to the large parties, our waiter had the 20 top, service was really terrible, finally a food deliverer took pity on us and asked if we needed anything and brought us water & drinks. Maybe during the weekend would be better. We were there on a Friday night. Again, we had trout & beef cheeks, both really good. Not what we expected for ambiance.
Great night – We had a great night there. The food was very favorful, the server was professional but not stuffy, and the wine list was good. Don't go there if you are in a hurry or don't want to spend 70.00 plus for dinner. But if you want a good dinning experience, I think it's in the top 10 in the Seattle area, and I eat out a lot.
Great expectations crushed – We came to the Barking Frog for our 25th anniversary with great expectations. The evening started off great - stylish room and a pleasant server who made an excellent wine recommendation. It all went for a dumper though when I had the gall to send back my raw pork chop for more cooking. The guy on the grill is obviously a passive/agrressive, because instead of cooking and re-plating my meal like you would expect from a first rate establishment, the plate came back with the pork sliced into 3 pieces and grilled black .. no cutlery. I guess he figured that would teach me. I did not eat the dinner and my husband ate his cold by the time I had a plate. The server then became defensive and avoided the table for the rest of the evening ... we had to pour our own wine and plead for coffee at the end 3 hours later! No one offered to adjust the bill or even said goodbye when we left. What a bunch of amateurs. There are many more deserving places to drop your $200.00 + per couple ... give this place a big pass. We re-celebrated our anniversary the following day at Mistral and it was fabulous.
Good Food... Poor Service – My brother and & stumbled upon here. We had heard great things and the food was good but...... worst service ever. The hostess was a snot, the server was too. Maybe you missed it but the guest it what your there 4. Oh and by the way most of us do have money to spend when we go out..........
Incredible all around – The Barking Frog is amazing. I brought my father here for his birthday and we did the tasting menu, a big splurge but so worth it! Each course was fabulous and paired with the most amazing wines! The service was so good, everyone was so attentive and knew all of the answers to all of my father's questions. The Chef even came over and wished him a happy birthday. It is definitely a cozy, romantic environment and would not be the best place for groups larger than about 10 or so. But I can see returning again with a small group of friends. As for previous complaints about it not being kid friendly, when I went there were a couple of well behaved children they had children's menu's for them to color on and kid's cups, so it is certainly family friendly. Its fine dining at its best with none of the snobbishness.
Au contraire to these bad reviews! – I can't believe that any of these people had a bad time at the Barking Frog! The food is amazing and the staff so friendly and helpful. It's so unpretencious - and comfortable. I dine there at least once a month and have never had a bad experience. They are always willing to correct an item if inproperly uncooked or if something goes awry. Their bar in the hotel is a fun place too - great wine and fun finger foods.
The bad review people can't afford the place - get over it.
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