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: North, Maple Leaf, North Seattle
Relaxing Evening Out – I have been to the Jones several times, weeknights and weekends both. I have always had amazing food there. In reading some of the reviews it seems there are a lot of cranky, impatient jerks that don't cook FRESH food with REAL ingredients or they would know that a good meal takes time. Yes entrees take 40 to 50 minutes...order an appetizer and enjoy the company of the person sitting across from you! Thier kitchen is very small for the seating capacity, so go easy on the servers, the kitchen can only cook so much food at once. If you don't like the person you are there with, you will not enjoy this place. If you like delicious food, cozy atmosphere, friendly service (and your date) the food is totally WORTH THE WAIT!!!!
Great Food! – Dinner is always amazing. Love that everything is freshly made daily, including the bread and pastas. I've been there multiple times and I'm never disappointed.
Friendly SLOW Service..not for kids – The service and food were good. We were there on a week night, the place was a third full and our food still took 40 min. There is no kids menu. If you bring kids, feed them first. Try the Maple Leaf Grill if you have kids and not a lot of time.
"Slow food" done right! – I've never reviewed anything on CitySearch before, but I had to throw in my two cents about The Jones. My husband and I have been there twice and had great experiences both times. (We are total foodies and impressing us isn't easy.) Every dish was superb, the service was friendly and relaxed, the drinks were great and their wine list is quite impressive for such a neighborhood place. If you love great food and you're not in a hurry, you should definitely make a reservation and try The Jones. If you're looking to get your food in a hurry - then go somewhere else and I'll come take your table.
Nice residential place – Food is alright and very easy location. Kid friendly, variety of food, great drink list. Service was alright.
Not Kid Friendly – The food is very average. The big problem for us whenever we go to the Jones is that the food takes 30-40 min., no matter when you get there. We have gone there at 5, when the kitchen opens and been the only one in the place, the food still takes forever. If you have kids, you know that this makes going out very tough. It is clear that the food takes a long time by design, The Jones is going for the crowd that sits around and piles up a big drink bill.
Excellent Food, Very Slow Service – This is a great place to go if you have the entire evening for dinner. The food is always amazing, and I hear that the chef used to work at the Herbfarm. However, the service (while very friendly) is always slow. When we get there it takes us, on average, 50-60 min. to get our food. On the flip side the mojitos are to die for and the food (again) is top notch. Go here if you have some time on your hands and be pleasantly surprised.
Crowded but SO worth the wait! – Finally made it to The Jones this past weekend after wanting to try it for some time now.... it was packed! We were told it would be a half an hour wait to get a table, so we settled in at the bar for a drink while we waited. Two delicious cocktails later (I had a ginger & pomegrantate martini, my friend had their margarita) we were seated. The servers were hustling around the room, and it took a few minutes for ours to come over, but that's easily overlooked considering how busy they were. We ordered a scallop appetizer and for dinner the ravioli (so fresh and tasty!) and the paella (a rich and hearty meal) and shared everything. The food did take longer than expected to arrive, but we had a couple more cocktails and were enjoying ourselves, so it was fine. Once it did arrive though... wow! We loved everything and joked (seriously) about licking our plates. Even dessert was amazing - we had the huckleberry cheesecake (so light and creamy) and the black tart (tangy blackberry curd).
I highly recommend The Jones, but only if you have time to kick back and relax. It's not the kind of place where you're in and out in an hour (not on a Friday night, anyway... maybe it's faster on weekdays). I will definitely be going back!
Disappointed – My husband and I went to THE JONES totally on City Search reviews of 9.8. After visiting, I'm convinced they had a staff party and they all wrote these stellar reviews. Had I stumbled on to this place by accident, I may have been happily surprised, but having read all these reviews first...it was very disappointing.
Service was slow. We liked our waitress, but we were twiddling our thumbs for a long time before a waitress came. We of course gave her our drink and dinner orders having had too much time to debate everything. While she apologized for our wait, the rest of the meal continued to be that way. She was fine. She just seemed to have way too many tables to look after. We felt ignored.
The Food: I ordered the house salad to start. It was like someone emptied a half bag of bagged salad mix in a bowl and put dressing on it. Nothing else was added. It was gigantic. I certainly couldn't finish it. I would have preferred a much smaller salad that was more special. My quickie salads at home are better than this was.
I had the sturgeon which was pretty good...not great. My husband had the beef that everyone raves about, again, pretty good, not great.
My wine came after my salad, and my second glass came after my meal, so that didn't make me happy.
We ordered dessert because of the recommendations on the site, and again had to wait forever, and had some kind of gelatin dessert that was supposedly a tart.
We saw a lot of families there, and could see that if you ordered the cheaper foods, and you lived in the neighborhood, this could be a great place for many occasions (perhaps going on a weeknight would make the service better).
But, we live on Queen Anne, and we would not go back. We have better restaurants at less expensive prices and better service that are probably not rated nearly as well in City Search to choose from. This was far from the 9.8 this restaurant was given. To each, his own.
It's Ok....... – A bit pricey for the portions & quality of food. Service slow, booths uncomfortable. Easy parking. The desserts are were the BEST items we ate. Don't miss the Chocolate Terrine.
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