Seattle >Food & Dining > Fox Sports Grill
1522 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.611813 -122.334968
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Business District
Great Place To Watch but BYOF – Great place to watch the game but BYOF - Bring your own FOOD - high priced and not very good
Sports bar? Try football only, on weekends, bar – Went to watch my home team play their opening game at this local sports bar. I asked if they could put on a hockey game and they responded that they could only use the over abundance of screens for Football on weekends. I looked around and was nonplussed with their inefficient use of these screens. I counted at least a dozen screens and they were all tuned to one of two games.
They couldn't even be bothered to show multiple Football games? I'm not a football fan, so I can't say if there were only two college games on. None the less, it was pretty ridiculous that a SPORTS bar would refuse to put on a Major League Hockey game, taking a single screen out of many, that were showing the same college football game. No Wings, Pens, Caps, Canucks.... nothing. Two college games though. HOG HEAVEN if you liked one of those four teams. I would bet that at nearly any location in that place, one could see at least two screens at a time, if not 3 or 4.
Fox Sports Bar.... Change your name. Or at least post a big sign on the weekends, every fall, to warn people off so they DON'T WASTE THEIR TIME WITH YOU.
BAD Sports – Fox Sports Grill is eerily identical in tone and attitude to everything else Rupert Murdoch has his finger in: cold, soul-less, pretentious, and superficial. It feels the same as Fox News/Fox Sports in that way; like there's an undercurrent of something that, at its heart, really doesn't care at all for you and me or anything much but The Agenda...which, in the case of the Grills, would be to separate you from your money.
I was dragged to the Seattle location by people at my GF's company who wanted a roomy place nearby for an impromptu birthday gathering. I found the food to be pretentious, overcooked, bland, and rather clumsy; like a less-experienced kitchen staff attempting techniques that they don't have a good handle on. None of it was wretched and inedible but every single item that we tried produced the very dictionary definition of that eloquent little term that you get on internet forums: meh. I've worked at Wolfgang Puck's Cafes, Planet Hollywood, and Et Cetera jazz bar in DC, so I know that informal food can have style and flair and great flavor. This was Meh-ville. The entire menu reeked of Just Getting By. Sliders, Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Crispy Calamari, Bleu Cheese Chips, Ribs, Baseball Cut Filet, Grilled Salomn with lemon juice and garlic aioli...Dear God, did they just cut 'n' paste menus from eighteen other sports bars? It screams of Lifestyle Button-Pushing, NOT thoughtful, exciting menu choices. And the chili was, hands-down, the WORST bowl of anything masquerading under that name I have EVER tasted in Seattle.
The staff, to be fair, was helpful, friendly, and personable to a fault. Of course, these are just nice young Seattleites working to make ends meet, so both times we tipped a bit more than everything else deserved. But the atmosphere was gratingly Fox-like; all dark wood, TVs, steel, too-bright mood lighting, and one of the oddest and least welcoming layouts in the history of restaurants. There is not a molecule of intimacy to be had at Fox. It looked and felt kinda like having happy hour in the display windows of Macy's. And the ubiquitous TVs, which I would have been interested in, seeing as they all had games on, were muted to inaudibility, unlike most sports bars, where they remember that having the word "sports" in the name means you actually pay some attention to SPORTS.
In the 60s, there was a quaint, generic term for things, places, and people who were thought of as fake and contrived: Plastic. That's Fox Sports Grill Seattle. Somehow, I suspect the folks who run the chain would probably take that term as a compliment.
Bar...Fox! – Use to love this place....but learning from what goes on behind the scenes(corporate)....will do my best to try to promote this place as should go where it belong's. I feel bad for the people that work there..and should probably look for somewhere else to work. It had potentiel, but when you need to cut costs every which way, you are only going to lose. It is sorta sad. Can you imagine if the server's will need to clean the toilets, and serve you food? Those are the things I am talking about. Yes, the economy is bad, but this is beyond. Ask to see the owner....I am sure management haven't seen him either.
!!Gonzaga Fans, Students, and Alumni BEWARE!! UFC fans...10 Dollar Cover Charge!?!? – - Terrible Reception: My husband, friend, and I went to FoxSport to celebrate my husband's birthday and watch Gonzaga and St. Mary's. After traffic and parking we arrived a little late for the game (the game started at 5:00pm and we arrived at 5:10pm). The receptionist informed us there was a 10 dollar cover charge to sit in the bar because a UFC fight would be starting at 7:00pm. The cover charge started at 5:00pm. We were 10 minutes late, knew nothing of said UFC fight, and the receptionist refused to let us come into the bar area to watch the game (BTW...the bar was nearly EMPTY). Out secondary option was to sit in the dining area. We decided to go with this option. The dining area had (precisely, because we counted) 5 tables open; HOWEVER, it took them 30 minutes to seat us.
- RUDE Management: I asked to see a manager to discuss our experience. The manager was non-sympathetic and curt. He stressed how much UFC fights meant to the bar and grill and how a cover charge was needed. He did not address why my group and I were seated after such a long period even though 5 tables were open in the dining hall. He did not address why my group and I could not wait in the bar area while our table was being prepared. He did not address why our waitress took so long to take our orders.
- FOR COLLEGE SPORTS FANS: Please do not let the same experience ruin YOUR college game. I advise staying at home, where you can get a better view of the game or going somewhere like SpitFire where the servers are friendly, accommodating, and willing to take special orders for picky eaters. SpitFire has more TV's in their eating area and an all-over better game viewing experience.
- UFC Fans: Why are you paying a 10 dollar cover to watch a game at the grill? You will all surely pay the grill back in your drinks and food that you order during the game
Eh???????????????, Large portions but tecnnique is lacking! – First off the service was good. We went on a Tuesday afternoon and there were only a few other customers. I ordered the ribs,the menu say they "fall off the bone". Well, NOT THIS TIME!!!!!!!!. I had to cut the meat off the bone with my knife. So, for 19 smackers the ribs were very disappointing. They were no where near what was described on the menu. My wife ordered the Rueben and it was a bit soggy. The fries with both of our meal were spot on, though.
The waiter lost interest in us after we were served. The place has a decent selection of (expensive)beer probably due to the downtown local.
Awesome Customer Service – Some friends had invited me to go check this place out. I almost didn't after reading some of the harsh reviews that I read on this site. I am glad I did not let them influence me. Our waiter, Brandt, was excellent, the service was phenomenal and our food was cooked to perfection. I would definitely recommend it and I will be coming down here with my friends more often.
ruined birthday party! charged 20%tip for no service,no good foor no profesionality! – Hi everybody!I just wanna share with u all my bad expirians.I've been there twice!The first time i went there i liked the interior and would say the place is good!the drinks-week.i ordered grey goose redbull and got something tasting like just redbull with a lot of ice! next time i went there for a surprise b-day party and so we(20people)reserved the little room for private parties they have!1.THE 2 HOSTESES THREE TIMES GAVE ME WRONG INFORMATION.They didn't know if there is a reservation at all.then,bcouse i was the first who got there they told me the party starts at 9.00 then while i was there waiting they three times came to me wit diferrent information!2THE DRINKS WERE HORRABLE WEEK,so we asked them to make doubble drinks and got-no difference!3.DURING THE PARTY,RIGHT BEFORE MY FRIEND ARRIVED THE MENAGER CAME TO US AND WITHOUT ANY TRY TO BE POLITE OR EXPLAIN TO US ANYTHING SAID WITH A VERY loud TONE CAMERAS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE RESTOURANT AND HE DOESN'T WANNA SEE ANY PHOTO CAMERA OUT!we were pretty disapointed becouse nobody told us that in advance! then we tried to talk to him again and explain that we wanna take just pictures and we are not gonna recorder or take pictures of the tv-screens(i think that was the reason of not allowing cameras there) but very unprofesional the guy seemed not willing to talk at all basiclly said"the cameras are out or you are out"can u beleve that?we were gonna leave but then we were told that it's against the policy to leave before we order food and pay for it!3.WHEN MY FRIEND ARRIVED INSTEAD OF HAPPY SMILING FACES SAYING HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALL HE SAW WAS THE BACK OF THE MENAGER!the whole thing made people not wanna purchase anything!those who did had to wait45min.for the salads.one of the dinners was missing and the waitress answer(no appoligy)was"they forgot!4.IN THE END WE WERE OVERCHARGED 2DRINKS!the waitress agreed and said she'll take'em off the bill.when she came back the wrong drinks were still in the amount,so we just paid
High-tech sports bar has the appearance and menu to redefine the genre. – The Scene
Those expecting walls cluttered with sports memorabilia and beer paraphernalia are in for a huge surprise when they enter this outpost of Fox's burgeoning chain of 21st century sports bars. Sparse decoration, stylish couches and soft lighting give the space a European vibe, though the 32 flat-screen plasma TVs all tuned to football will quickly alleviate any confusion. Predictably, the central downtown location lures mainly shoppers and tourists.
Despite the understated decor, things can get raucous here during a big game, making it an attractive gathering spot for serious sports fans. Less-sporting types are made to feel welcome too; one-third of the space is a traditional (TV-free) dining room with a full menu. The food succeeds--particularly the starters and selections from the wood-fired grill--in surpassing the standards of typical bar fare.
Seahawks fans....DON'T BOTHER! – Seahawks vs Cardinals, 17 September 2006. Game started at 1, but not a single TV was turned to the Seahawks game until there was only 5 minutes left in the first quarter. Now, I know there are fans of every team, but WE WERE IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE! The bigscreen wasn't working, either. Food was tasty, but this is not a good spot for a Squawks fan...check out a local bar where the fans are all wearing blue.
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