Seattle >Food & Dining > Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club
1303 Ne Boat Street, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810547.651669 -122.314268
Neighborhoods: University District, Northeast, Northeast Seattle
Tacos (cod, catfish and yam) are the tip of the iceberg at the casual Mexican bungalow. Just right posole, chicken mole, orange & almond salad, house made sangria and more attract throngs of fans to this waterfront joint. Perfect spot to satiate your hunger after a row or sail on one of the water toys they rent just below the dining room. Outdoor seating and a Monday - Thursday happy hour 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. seal the deal.
Summer time favorite, but yummy year round. Delicious, reasonable and authentic. Pluses also include: plenty of parking and dining with a view and margarita in hand, what's not to love!
FIRE YOUR WAIT STAFF.
CONS: STAFF. Rude, horrible, staff.
(Resteraunt Review only as the Paddle Club is AMAZING) The food is OK . Unfortunatly most of us got the mole which was bland. Otherwise, the food is pretty typical California Mexican fare.
Went on a busy summer day and was told we had a 45 minute wait for outside seating. Not a big deal, we expected as much. Except for the hostess was SO RUDE as we asked to be seated outside. She rolled her eyes, gave rude responses and once I had to ask her if she was evening listening to me.
We went for a birthday and once we get seated we see the perfect table right on the water. My mom sits there and the waiter pulls the chair out from under here. WTF. We are told we can't sit there. Even though it's ready and beautiful and we have been waiting and we have a birthday boy. They yell at us on the patio and force us into the corner. That's right, 5 large adults shoved into a corner. The perfect table sits EMPTY for 25 minutes until 2 adults and a baby are placed there. Again, 5 large adults shoved into a corner while 25 minutes later 2 adults and a baby are placed in a spacious table (no reservations either).
After another 25 minutes of waiting the waiter comes over to us. When asked if we could move she starts to yell at us as well. Finally my mom has told her that she's had enough of their attitude and the waitress literally holds up her hands and shakes her head as she starts to walk away. My mom had to stand up and remind her that she is our waiter and to take our order. The waitress rolled her eyes. She then told me nothing could be made vegetarian - I'd have to order the specific veggie menu item I wanted.... Odd for Mexican but OK.
Once we wanted water & I tried to holler at our waiter, the bus boy and the hostess each and got nothing. The whole patio area was looking at us but felt like the staff was intentionally ignoring us.
It was my dads birthday but we were literally told by the hostess that we weren't THAT important. Waiters pulled chairs out from under people, staff rolled their eyes. Fire your outdoor patio staff from 7/1/2013 and your HORRIBLE hostess and I'll be back. As someone who eats out frequently, i was DISGUSTED by the level of service. My parents never eat out and this was a treat for them; they felt belittled.
We were going to buy a paddle club punch card for my dads birthday but service was so traumatically bad that we won't even return to the paddle club. Yikes guys, get it together (wasn't even that busy - as someone in a Customer Service background).
I am shocked that I haven't gotten around to writing a review for the Agua Verde Cafe prior to now!
I come here several times a year, especially in the summertime, just for their fish tacos. They have several versions at any given day and all are lip-smacking good - you can't go wrong with fish tacos here.
What are you doing still reading this review? Go get some fish tacos already!
An oasis of good food and margaritas close to UW's South Campus Agua Verde has long been a favorite of students, faculty, staff, & patients
So so – The food was good but it does need more flavor. Not the worst I've ever had. I've been back a few times. Being from CA I wouldn't call this Mexican food though. More like a white persons take on it. Stay away from the salsa. It's bland and does not taste good. I've had better from a grocery store. The drinks are good.
Really fun times! – I think we may have lucked out and missed the busiest days, because our experience was great all around. The staff was quite friendly, even tolerating some stupid questions that I had.
If you go, be sure to check out the restaurant upstairs. It's delicious!
Moody and rude staff – Like many other reviewers, I went to Agua Verde on word of mouth. I love kayaking and Mexican food.
Plus my dad was visiting from California last weekend, and Agua Verde was on many to-do's during his visit., so I figured I couldn't go wrong.
Much to my surprise (all the positive reviews) we didn't make it past kayaking. The staff upon check-in was extremely snappy and patronizing, and while we did complete our very own fun kayaking adventure in Seattle, it was at no thanks to the staff at Agua Verde.
While checking in one of the male staff abruptly and aggressively approached me at the counter and asked, "how long were you guys waiting?!?!"...."Just tell me how long you guys were waiting?!?!" ...."You don't know?!?!"
YIKES! I was kind of shocked, and didn't know how to respond. Then the young lady behind the counter rolled her eyes at me for stuttering. It was all down hill from there. The whole time during check in she was as though she couldn't be bothered to be helping us, and any action on my part was up for grabs when it came to eye rolls and sneering glares.
Nevertheless, after a nice paddle on Lake Union, I thought perhaps I'd give Agua Verde a redeeming chance, but that was wishful thinking. The check-out staff was just as snide as the others. The young lady (a different one from when we checked-in) had just as bad of an attitude, with the same eye rolling issue, and again, seemed inconvenienced by our business.
I'll keep to NWOC for my kayaking needs, and my good eats to restaurants with helpful, happy, and friendly staff.
Dog Food for Humans – I will preface what I am about to write with this disclaimer: I only went there once (that was all it took) and that was some time ago. So maybe things have changed for the better since our first / last visit. I shudder to think they have gotten worse. The fact that so many people have rated this place as highly as they have proves either that they have never had really good Mexican food, or that all the reviews were written by the owners and friends and family of the owners. The food we had was just bad. And I will leave it at that. And if the $9.00 mango flavored frozen Marguerita had 1 drop on tequila in it, then I am a banana.
Great Taco's – I love the atmosphere, the food, the view. Great place to grab a bite to eat as long as your not in a hurry.
PADDLE CLUB – ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE service....will NEVER visit or send anyone I know to this business. It's a LONG story but I was treated and somewhat harassed for having a Gift Certificate with NO expiration from 2004 that I finally got the owner to honor.
ALL of my future paddling on the Lake will be with NW-OUTDOOR Center. WAY more professional and HAPPY to see you.
Good food, Great deck dining in Summer. – I have been here a few times, always in Summer, and it has always been crowded. Tacos Bacalao (fried fish tacos) are my favorite along with their cactus nachos and Mango Margaritas. Mmmm... Nice having a salsa bar (the mango salsa is my favorite). Try to snag a spot on the deck overlooking the water.
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