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.
Pretty well worth it. – My wife and I were just there for our anniversary. Our initial impression was that it was a bit loud for our tastes. The restaurant is pretty much one room with high ceilings, so the chatter of hungry couples gets reasonably loud. It's not like you have to yell to hear each other, but don't expect to be whispering to your love. The parmesean salad was unique and delicious. My wife had the chicken, and I had the steak. The steak's flavor and texture were very good. The peppercorn sauce was also very good. The chicken was perfectly prepared and super juicy.
The side items that came with our dishes weren't terrific. My red skinned potatoes were overcooked and a bit bland, and I love potatoes. My wife ordered the side of smashed potato pancake, and it was decent but nothing earth shattering. Included veggies were pretty good. The deserts were perfectly portioned and flavor was solid. I wouldn't go just for desert (as I would some places), but it was a nice way to cap off a good meal.
Overall, We were happy, and would likely visit there again for another special day. It's a little bit expensive for an every week treat.
Smart, Casual Dinning – Crow is consistently one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Honestly the best chicken in the city. The prosciutto wrapped pan roasted chicken with green beans in an exquisite au jus (sauce of pan drippings) always wows me. The chicken, perfectly crisp on the outside and tender and moist throughout the inside. Order a side of the smashed potato cake and you are golden for an delicious meal. The menu frequently changes highlighting seasonal ingredients with the chicken and lasagna being cornerstones of the menu. Portions are decent sized so if you want you can share with a friend. Usually we share an appetizer, salad or soup and entree so we can sample different parts of the menu. Desserts also tend to be delectable, so save room! Affordable for the quality of food, Crow is your neighborhood restaurant or a special place to bring out of town guests.
The space, large industrial style with open ceilings and brightly colored walls, is quite sleek and sophisticated. However the drawback is on a busy night it can be very noisy. My experience with service is usually positive, wait staff are knowledgeable about dishes, suggested wines that pair accordingly and mostly friendly. Consistently busy may be hard to get a table at the last minute without a reservation, however if you like, sit at the back kitchen bar and watch the chefs work their magic.
Neighborhood dining at its Best. – The Crow is close to downtown and the Seattle Center, and all other attractions the city has to offer. And certainly is a deluxe American neighborhood bistro.
The Mediterranean platter worked well for starters. The Kumamoto Oysters were superb, and three of us had the chicken (which I will certain repeat next time around). Generally oysters cost about the same, big or small. Smaller oysters are usually tastier.
The wine list worked well with the food, complementing the entire dinner experience. Let them help you select, and you will probably have a bottle both better and cheaper than if you go it alone. As stated in the Seattle Times "They do everything absolutely right."
If Alone, Don't Expect a Table – The first and second time I tried to go to the Crow, I was alone. I was not allowed to make a reservation over the phone for one person, so I thought I'd go later and grab an empty table. When I got there, several small tables were empty, but I was told I had to sit at the bar. Well, alone with a book, it was too dark to read at the bar, so I left.
I ran into the same problem at Betty, the Crow's sister restaurant on Upper Queen Anne.
I've since been to Crow (and Betty) with other people and have had pretty good experiences. The service was a bit slow, but our waiters and waitresses were very cordial.
Bottom line, if you're alone and don't want to sit at the bar, go somewhere else.
Don't Ignore the Bad Reviews on this Site About Crow... – We had two birthdays yesterday, and out of several suggestions, we decided to go to Crow to celebrate. My partner called earlier that morning to make a reservation for 4 at 7:30 pm and told them that we had two birthdays. We showed up at 7:30, and weren't seated until 8:00 pm (my partner wondered why they took the reservation in the first place if they couldn't seat us.) While we waited, we weren't invited to get a drink at the bar, or even spoken to until our table was ready. When we were seated, our bored server said, "I apologize for the wait," but by her tone, we could tell she didn't care. The food was alright, you can get the same "foodie" items in other restaurants, but frankly, it was the service that drove us away. My friend was offered cracked pepper, but it wasn't offered to me. When my partner asked the server to bring pepper - she brought a ramekin of already crushed pepper (umh, I had to restrain myself from saying "what the hell?") Oh yeah, forgot to say that there was absolutely no mention of our birthdays at all. My partner quietly informed them when we got there that we were celebrating two birthdays, and our server said nothing, and neither did the 3 other people who interacted with our table badly. When the dessert menu came, we politely declined, paid our bill, and went to Molly Moon's in Wallingford for ice cream. I might be a bureaucrat now, but I've waited tables before, and it's really not that hard to be nice and welcoming to people, even if you're having a terrible day. Overall: Food = okay, ambience = attractive, service = pretentious and bad.
Good dinner, weird about seating – My fiance and I decided to try out Crow on a Friday night without reservations around 6 pm since it's nearby where we live. When we walked in, half the tables were empty but the hostess--after looking at her list for a good 3 minutes--wouldn't seat us because she said that people were coming. So we sat at the "chef's table," which we ended up liking better anyway. I had the gnocchi, which I loved. My fiance had the roasted chicken. It was good except for the sauce, which lacked taste. We kept seeing a lot of the steak over salad dish (not sure what it was) but it looked amazing. Overall, we enjoyed our meal and chit chat with the chefs. When we were leaving we did take note that 7 of the so-called reserved tables were still empty. Like I said, we ended up liking the chef's table probably more than we would have liked a booth, but I still found it odd.
Regular Favorite – I eat at Crow 2 to 3 times per month. I usually sit at the food bar because it is really fun to watch them prepare the food. The servers and chefs are friendly and attentive. I love that Crow's menu changes every month or so and there is always something new and great that is reasonably priced. Lately, there have been a couple of great salads, a crab salad and beet salad, each of which I had a couple of times. Last month, I had a great hangar steak served on a watercress and tomato salad with blue cheese on top. Recently, I had the gnocchi with brown butter, corn, and morels and it was a little bit of heaven. Their gnocchi is flour based - not potato - and melts in your mouth. I'm going to try the lamp chops and ribeye they just put on the menu next week. Crow may get a little loud and busy on the weekends, but it is always a sure bet for a great meal.
Terrible – NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!
The food is tasteless and the main ingredient in every course is BUTTER
and chef when asked questions is extremely arrogant....
Stay away from this place!
Best chicken on earth – A friend took me there for dinner a few months ago. I was really disappointed when I saw how small the menu was. I ended up ordering the chicken and was blown away. Hands down, it was the juiciest, tenderest, piece of poultry I have ever had. The martini I had wasn't to shabby either.
Great Food, Great customer service – Our first experience with Crow was a total success...We had heard so much about if we made a reservation and went on Wednesday night a few weeks ago. We were greated at the door with a big smile from the hostess. We chose to sit at the bar and soak up the atmosphere and some delicous oysters and bread. I had the best mojitos ever in the history of the drink. We moved on to a dinner of divine scallops and perfectly cooked lamb...WOW...it was so much fun to watch the 3 women chefs at work... It was easy to tell the staff really enjoys working threre by how well they all did their jobs! really a special night...I highly reccomend it! My favorite neighborhood restaurant in Seattle!
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