Seattle >Food & Dining > Crow Restaurant & Bar
823 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.627095 -122.347525
Sunday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Magnolia - Queen Anne, Lower Queen Anne, Magnolia / Queen Anne
The quintessential neighborhood joint, this inviting space is usually packed before and after shows at the nearby Seattle Center, so make a reservation if you're going in prime time. Long time menu standouts include the super-satisfying lasagna and the prosciutto-wrapped chicken, but the offerings shift with the seasons and regulars look forward to chilly weather and the arrival of the cassoulet. The wine list has interesting selections and at least one night a week, there are a number of bottles going for just $20.
Great neighborhood restaurant – This is my kind of place. With a simple and limited menu, Crow is great bistro food done right! My husband and I ordered the soup of the day, a yellow split pea with creme fraiche and it was delicious and comforting ( and piping hot - how it should be!) The lamb kebabs were fantastic and are pretty much a meal in itself. The lamb was perfectly cooked - still red inside (love rare meat!) and served with a cool, tangy plain old yogurt and tabbouleh flavored with harissa. So freakin' good. The pan roasted chicken was exactly what it was - perfectly cooked moist chicken with a crispy skin and a savory pan sauce. We were too full to order dessert but the chocolate bread pudding looked tempting enough to bring us back just to order it. Oh yeah, the service was great too! We will be back!
loved it – this place sat well with us. the menu is limited but the food was really good...back to the basics style. the lasagna was divine and they had a few specials to choose from. we tried one of them that had a nice combo of seafood and sausage. both dishes were rustic, not too overdone and very tasty. nice little touches like good bread and delicious balsamic to start and big big wine pours! good service and though the place is a little loud it felt cozy enough to our little party of 2. might have to yell a little with a bigger party given the acoustics.
Menu Needs More Variety – Crow was alright. We were seated right away (we had reservations), our server was nice and patient with our group. I agree w/ other reviewers, the acoustics are terrible, the torchiere lighting is bad. I was disappointed the menu was so limited. The right side of the menu offered all their salads, apps, and dinner. The left side: BLANK. Seriously, seven entrees to choose from! There wasn't even a special of the evening. The best thing about Crow was the nice service, the bathrooms, and the company.
Maybe worth a little Seattle hype... but not a New York-Style Haunt – Let me start of by saying that I am a Chef. I've worked in Manhattan, the Seattle area, and other big cities in the US and Europe. Crow was recommended to me by a couple of people here, so I went to check it out. I had the opposite experience from many of the people that have posted here. I thought the food was mediocre, and the service was rather OK. My problem with the food is that there are many glaring errors in the composition of the menu. Several main courses are served without a starch or without a vegetable. I find it interesting that no one here has commented on that. A non-cook friend dined with me, and that was her first comment upon receiving her food. We sat at the cook's bar, and while the kitchen was clean and flowed acceptably well, many errors were made from dish-to-dish that I found unacceptable for how slow-paced of the evening was. Every lasagna that went out was burnt, and the sauce ran watery on the plate. Several of the "famous" chickens were also burnt, and no effort was put into at least scraping off the char before sending them out. Also, everything was garnished with parsley. No real effort was put into plating sauce so plates going out looked messy as opposed to classy, and the sauces that did come didn't necessarily compliment the dish. Portions by and large were enough for two. Our service was friendly and professional. My complaint is that the server was not knowledgeable about the beverage menu. Food took an acceptable amount of time, but the order in which we received things was off. We found ourselves watching the other person eat, and even items from the same course arrived 10 or more minutes after the first was finished. We also noticed people waiting for a table when a whole section of the restaurant was not being sat. Another complaint is that the beer list is lacking anything of interest, and most of the beers were so similar to one another. I doubt if I would return. If the beer menu were better I might go back for Happy Hour.
We go to Crow once a week if we can – So far, we haven't had a visit that we haven't enjoyed. We've had the chicken and lasagna and never go wrong with those choices. Their other dishes rotate and so far, we haven't been disappointed. The heirloom tomato bread salad is fabulous, love the gazpacho, the mediterranean plate is always yummy. Some of their fish specials are really just amazing. We've had nights with long waits but often we go to sit at the food bar with no reservation at all - we typically go midweek and rarely have we waited longer than 10 minutes, assuming we're flexible with where we sit. We haven't gone on weekends, and find if we go with more than just the two of us, a reservation is essential. We'll go back, and back, and back - our favorite in Seattle right now! The new Betty up on Queen Anne, run by the same folks, is also very good and worth a try.
Wonderful experience!!! – My husband took me to Crow last night for my birthday and we had the best time. The atmosphere was very warm, the service was excellent, and the food was out of this world! I highly recommend the duck breast with creamy polenta. My husband had the pan roasted chicken which was also fabulous. For starters, we shared only a crab salad (very delicious as well) to make sure we left enough room for dessert and was I glad we did. Their ice cream sundae is easily the best I've ever had. Our server even brought it with a candle. We also enjoyed a very nice bottle of Pinot Noir that complemented our entrees perfectly. Both of us can't wait to return. In fact, on our way out of the restaurant, we had the host make reservations for next Friday for my husband's birthday. Perhaps next time I'll try the lasagne that I've heard so much about.
Disappointing (but healthy wine pours!) – Finally after much anticipation made it to Crow, and I couldn't have been more disappointed. Despite the lovely space (with terrible acoustics), we waited more than 30 minutes after our reservation for a table. After finally being seated, the food service between courses was notably slow (if this had been an awkward first date it could have been disastrous), and the food was unremarkable (we had the halibut special--good sauce but it didn't marry that well with or infuse the fish, which was bland, and the lasagna (good, not exceptional); the lamb skewers were decent though as was the crab/avocado salad; I generally liked their selections on the small menu.). I could understand the delayed seating if Crow had just opened, but the service has been complained about on this site for the past 2 years. I won't recommend or return to this unremarkable restaurant when there are so many others that eclipse it in Seattle.
Reservations not honored – Irregardless of the actual dining experience (great salad; everything else mediocre and overrated), we made a reservation for 7:15pm on a Monday night and were seated at 7:47. No explanation, no comped drinks, no warning that we would be made to stand in the cold for over a half an hour. Instead of an honest answer when we checked in on time so that we could've gone next door for a drink, we watched as several couples were seated ahead of us only to hear..."your table will be ready soon." There are lots of places in this city to eat on a Monday and I look forward to going everywhere else but here.
Great dining and pretty good food – On our first visit we sat at the bar with the chefs. This was a very great experience for my wife and me. The chefs were friendly and fast. We got to watch them prepare everything. My wife enjoyed an Italian soup with beans that was very fresh. (A+) Then we shared a Mediterranean plate with many different marinated vegetables. (A) Next was the chicken with pancetta. It was fantastic. (A+) Many people ordered the chicken and the mashed potatoes. For dessert, we tried the apple walnut cake. It got high marks with both of us (A+). It was warm with very distinct flavors.
On our second visit (our anniversary) we sat at a table. My wife ordered a summer drink that they came back later and said they couldn't' make, but they made a substitute drink that was ok. My gin and tonic was very good. I started with the mint and pea soup. Though the mint brightened up the soup, it tasted alot like mashed peas; very thick soup with no other hints of flavor. I wouldn't recommend it unless you really like peas. (C) For an appetizer, we tried the Mediterranean appetizer with feta, a roasted garlic clove, pitas and hummus. It wasn't the best I've had but it wasn't bad. (B+). My wife had the portabella mushroom with polenta. She loved it as did I. Complex flavors. The texture of the polenta kind of disturbed her but she ate it all.(A+). I had the pork stuffed with wild rice. The pork was good, but a little over cooked. The stuffing was ok, but nothing too exciting. The dish was topped with diced beets which added nothing to the flavor, and eventually turned the dish bright red. Not as great as I had expected. (B+). We also ordered the mashed potato dish that everyone has mentioned here. It was ok, but not as great as we had wished. I found it to be just mashed potatoes with bread crumbs on top. Not great at all. (B). For dessert, we tried the Guinness ice cream. It was surprisingly good and included three scoops with two small brownies (also good). Just right for sharing. (A).
OUR NEW FAVORITE RESTAURANT!!! – I visited Crow for the first time the other night and was thoroughly impressed. My girlfriend and I dine out regularly with another couple and this time we decided to try Crow as we had heard rave reviews about this restaurant from several of our friends. Our reservations were for 7:45. We arrived a few minutes early but were seated almost immediately. Our server greeted us with a wide smile, informed us of the specials, and took our drink order. We all started with martinis and then moved on to wine from a very reasonably priced and comprehensive wine list. Our server helped us pick out a wonderful Italian red that in retrospect, I wish I had written down. The night progressed with some of the best food I've had in a long while. We started with curried mussels, antipasti, and a dozen oysters - all of which were outstanding. For main courses, we each got something different and shared around the table. The hanger steak and Black Cod were excellent and the lasagne was very good as well. The pan-roasted chicken however, was unbelievable (I would go back to Crow just for the chicken). For dessert, we ordered one of each of the four choices along with two glasses of sherry that our server also recommended. Overall, our dining experience at Crow was exceptional. The service was flawless and the food was amazing. I will say that on busy nights (like the night we were there) it does get quite loud in there - but this is the only negative I could find.
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