Seattle >Food & Dining > Roosevelt Ale House
8824 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811547.692620 -122.317610
Mon. - Sat. 4pm - 10pm;Sun. 4pm - 9pm
Neighborhoods: Maple Leaf, North Seattle, North
The Best Budlight – I've visted this place many times before. I must say, the service is great. The bartenders know how to make a drink and the chef makes a great meal. But most of all, The Jones has the best Budlight in Seattle. I have drank budlight for the past 5 years and my family has drank Budlight for many years before me. But no place has ever served such a bottle of greatness. The Budlight is absolutely amazing. I especially recommend getting the Budlight in the bottle. So if you are looking to have a great night and have some Budlight, go to The Jones for the best Budlight in Seattle.
Glad I went - you should be too! – I went to The Jones on Sunday, 1/18/09 with two friend after reading the CitySearch reviews, and had a great overall experience.
Some notes: overall the food was good. They were out of an appetizer and entree, neither of which I would have ordered, but I'm not a fan of hearing "before you look at the menu, we're out of this and that."
The menu changes, and the Sunday night prix fixe menu no longer exists. Our server said that it just flat-out didn't work, so they canned it and went back to the regular menu. The menu on their website wasn't current but it did provide a decent idea of what they'd be serving.
I had the Reuben with fries, and it was good and filling. Not the best I've ever had, but certainly enjoyable. One person in my group had the Tagliata and really enjoyed it, particularly the preparation of the barley risotto. She loves to explore food and cook, and I tend to think that when she commends a preparation, it's deserving of it.
The third in my party had the Caesar salad with chicken - nothing remarkable, but by no means bad.
We split the chocolate terrine dessert, which was a bit underwhelming upon presentation - it's two pieces of swirled chocolate - but certainly didn't disappoint upon tasting. I had forgotten how good sea salt can be with chocolate and this promptly reminded me.
While I only had a glass of wine with dessert, the wine list is lengthy, which surprised me given that they only offer six entrees or so and three or four casual fare dishes. A healthy amount of appetizers as well - I would personally like a bit more balance in the menu choices, or at least more of an explanation as to why what is on the menu is there. Beer and cocktails seemed adequate.
Our waitress was very nice, although she seemed to struggle with refilling our water glasses at times, and one person remarked that she was sharing a bit too much cleavage. I must have missed it.
If you're in the neighborhood, I recommend stopping by The Jones.
Tremendously disappointing – I *wanted* to recommend The Jones. Heck, I *have* recommended The Jones. But it will be a while before I give it another shot after what I experienced tonight. For the first time in my life, I walked out on a restaurant after ordering. Not on a whim, after waiting 40 minutes without getting my entree.
In the meantime, the bartender was nice and the drinks pleasant. Probably at least seven or eight times the bartender gave me the, "Uh oh, that person is *still* waiting for their food" look, and walked back to the kitchen to check. After about the seventh time he told me, "It's coming out right now." I waited another ten minutes before walking out.
In the middle of this, the cook came out and surprised a few of his friends at the bar with some surprise dish he'd whipped up for them. You can imagine just how delightful this seemed after I'd been waiting 20 minutes for my pork loin. The place was not busy and I might chalk the terrible experience up to one bad cook, but as nice as the bartender was and as many times as he went back to check on my food, if you're a professional service person, you have to demonstrate a little more concern for the quality of the service -- not just continually checking, but raising a little hell after the 4th or 5th time, issuing an apology, and probably telling me you'd comp the thing after the first 20 minutes.
I'd love to tell you how good the food at The Jones is. Maybe if you can find out for yourself if you have a couple hours.
Not what it used to be – Went their recently for happy hour and was extremely disappointed by the quality of food. Now, I know this is cheap happy hour food, but I've had much better for cheaper. Outdoor seating is nice, but on busy and noisy Roosevelt. Staff was okay, but a little slow.
Liked this place a lot better when it was Joes. Now they are trying to be upscale, but fail at it. Just not my kind of atmosphere.
A Jewel, take your time and enjoy – I should keep this place for myself I liked it so much. But I also want it to be in business forever and I cant do it alone! DO go there if you have TIME to enjoy. I would never go to The Jones to just eat and run as if I have a ferry to catch. Save this one for when you have the time to dine.. Every step was a bit slow but not overly. It's not as if the staff does NOT want to turn the table . They need to, to stay in business.
The food is very very good. Service was attentive, and never snobbish. Service to me is more important that anything when I dine. The Jones now holds my record for best Martini. Suburb! I love the look of the place, & the lighting. The high booths are nice, plus they have a few tables too, which I think i prefer. We had so much fun at The Jones.
Great food, small portions, slow service – The food is quite tasty at the Jones, but the portions are quite small. Often I go away still feeling hungry. The service is always slow, but usually friendly. When the owner is around, you can tell. The staff appear more attentive and the ambiance is warm. On a bad night, you might get paired up with some of the lesser skilled service staff. One server in particular never manages to outfit himself beyond a wrinkled t-shirt, and apparently has another part time job of watching t.v. Stil, most servers shine and frequently go the extra mile to chat with customers and pay attention to detail. The service is often slow, but seems to stem from the back house more than the front house. The Happy hour offers some excellent deals, while the specials are sometimes amazing. I had one of the best lamb dishes I have every tasted.
Perfect night out! – The Jones Bistro is the perfect restaurant for a night out, whether it's with friends or for a romantic date. The staff are friendly, the drinks are delicious, and the menu is mouth watering - it's hard to pick just one entree! I loved the tagliata and my husband could have eaten 4 of the grilled cheese sandwiches. If you go, make sure to leave room for dessert, especially if chocolate terrine is on the menu. Yum!!
over-rated – yeah everyone talks about this place, but it's not much to speak of. Food was pretty much blah and really not very interesting. Even the basics should be done with some class and style; not so sure Jones matches up.
Great food, a little slow – The food is always excellent, and I have to say the Risotto is to die for!! I always get great recommendations from the staff, who are super friendly too. My only complaint is how slow they are sometimes. I sat and waited for a burger for 45 minutes. I try not to be in a rush when I am out to eat, but if I was this place would not work for me.
Orgasim on a plate – WOW WOW WOW!!! This place is no doubt the best food I have had in a long time. Tagliatta was amazing highly recommended, also try to the halibut and the chicken. The staff was so friendly and personably, our waitress's name was Cara and I felt like she totally paid attention to us and our needs. You do have to wait for good things it takes an average of about 40 min. for dinner. This is my new favorite so I probably should have not written this review because I don't want my new favorite restaurant to become overcorwded but I felt complelled to say something about this place.
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