Cafe Darclee

(206) 404-2233

100 4th Avenue N, Suite 165, Seattle, WA | Directions   98109

47.619718 -122.348247

 
Restaurants, Dessert Shops, French  more

Price: $

Tags: Breakfast, Date Spot, Family Style Dining, Lunch Spot, Romantic Dining

Payment Methods: MasterCard, Visa

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Reviews for Cafe Darclee

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Unsanitary/Bad Service – So, we had gone to the Lucy exhibit as well and had worked up an appetite. We wandered over to this cafe only to be EXTREMELY disappointed.

First of all, although there were not many people in the cafe, we had to wait several minutes before even being acknowledged by the three people standing behind the counter. The person that ended up helping us was very clumsy. Something was a little 'off', as it took him three tries to get our order straight, and he had a hard time counting the right change as we paid. AWKWARD!

I ordered a lunch crepe and a cafe mocha. As I watched them prepare my food, I noticed the cook did not wear gloves most of the time, and there appeared to be other people behind the counter picking at the food with bare hands as well ...GROSS!!!

Also, the coffee was very lackluster in taste and preparation. I watched the barista handle the espresso machine in an extremely unsanitary fashion...she dumped out the spent espresso by hitting the coffee holder several times on the inside lip of the garbage can behind her. She then turned around, and WITHOUT cleaning the thing, put fresh ground espresso into it. I could see brown streaks on the inside of the garbage can, which looked like it was from 1972. DISGUSTING.

By the time we finally got our food it wasn't very hot. The silverware was spotty and had dried, crusty food on it, so I ended up having to ask for plastic utensils instead. By this time, my appetite had pretty much disappeared.

I wanted to demand my money back but did not want to deal with the slow grease ball behind the counter again, who was in desperate need of a breath mint as well.

This place is just waiting to get shut down.

Don't waste your time and money here! Even McDonalds is far superior to this dump!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Friendly Staff and Great Food! – Stopped in for an Espresso and left there after having a Great Crepe to go with my coffee.. Yum! Great place to sit for a while or stop for a quick drink. There were others that were reading the paper I noticed as I waited for my drink. The staff is very friendly and quick. I had a banana and nutella crepe which was wonderful... as I just stopped by for a coffee, but I saw a crepe being served and I decided to have one too. I will for sure stop by again for more of the same...

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Very disappointing – Three of us recently chose Cafe Darclee as a meeting place and lunch spot because of its proximity to an exhibit we were attending at the Pacific Science Center. We were all very disappointed. Except for the initial delivery of food to our table, table service was virtually nonexistent. We had to go up to the counter several times in order to complete our order, get coffee refills, and pay our bill (maye it's supposed to be cafeteria-style?), and we had to wait a good while each time in order to get anyone's attention. The food was lackluster in terms of quality and price. We all ordered a panini with a small side of uninteresting salad greens, and a small bowl of soup. The bill with coffee drinks was nearly $50 for three of us. By the time the soup, panini, and coffees were served, they were all barely warm. The goat cheese and mushroom panini was mostly bread and very bland in flavor, possibly because it included only the most skimpy amount of goat cheese and mushrooms. The small side of salad greens included quite a number of rotted, slimy greens and had barely a 1/4 teaspoon of vinagrette dressing drizzled on top. We were definitely not impressed, and wished we had chosen someplace else to meet for lunch. We really enjoyed the Lucy's Legacy exhibit though, and we highly recommend that!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Pretty good – I wouild say for Seattle it's good! I mean we are by no means Paris!!

If you feel like a Crepe Suzette? Give them a try i don't think they are top of the line but it's pretty good for what we have to offer in Seattle...Crepe Wise i mean!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Met expectations – I've had better, and I've had worse. For being a pioneer in the creperie circuit here in Seattle, I think Cafe Darclee is a fine spot for a well made crepe with a contempo spin. I worked with the owners to throw a small party at Darclee, and they were very inviting and flexible. I was surprised, at my first visit, to find the space as small as it is, but we were accomodated to the best of their ability. I find it odd that another review said there was no liquor license....as we had the choice of several cocktails when I was there. I've had every crepe this town has to offer, and although I still prefer the creperies in Paris, Darclee makes my tummy happy.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

A little disappointed – When I got a craving for crepes while in Seattle for the weekend, I found Cafe Darclee listed in a restaurant guide and we headed over after dinner. To our disappointment, they had already closed (it was 9:00). We came back the next day to an empty restaurant, which was a shame because the ambience was quite nice, and the women running the restaurant were very friendly.

My boyfriend and I are from Portland, so perhaps we are naive by the cost of things, because when we opened our menus, we were both shocked to see that the savory crepes were $12 and up, paninis were $10, and sweet crepes were $6 and up. The crepe restaurant that we frequent in Portland costs far less, so we were a little blown away. The crepes themselves were good, not extraordinary, but good. We also ordered two coffee drinks that were served in to go cups, which I thought was a waste. Perhaps the high prices go along with the upscale building they occupy or the fact that they are near Seattle Center. Overall I felt that if a crepe costs that much, it should be super good or you should get two.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Not that romantic – After reading the great reviews, I decided this would be the place to celebrate my first birthday in Washington. I was looking for a hip, upbeat, romantic restaurant. My husband and I made reservations to ensure us seating, since the reviews said it is quite a busy place. We were quite pleased to find parking right across from the restaurant. As we walked up to the restaurant, we could see through the windows there weren?t any other customers. We weren't sure they were even open. We went in and were promptly seated, obviously being the only couple there. I really didn't find the atmosphere very romantic. It wasn't dimly lit and there wasn?t a candle in sight. The menus were printed on folded paper. I ordered a Panini that was quite bland. We decided to stay for dessert because of the great reviews. We had the banana & nutella filled crepe. It was very good; I was however disappointed I couldn't have a glass of wine with it due to the lack of a liquor license. I would recommend this place as a great place to have lunch but not as a place for a romantic birthday dinner.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best place ever seen in Seattle!!!!!!! – I finally had the chance to dine at the esteemed Cafe Darclee and now I understand what all the fuss is about. Given its reputation for culinary excellence with a price to match, I was expected more pretense.

But upon entering, immediately, it became obvious that Cafe Darclee was the sort of place that welcomes you in and makes you feel like a regular right away.

Half the fun was checking out who else was dining that night - by the looks on their faces, everyone was celebrating something, a birthday (me, at least), an anniversary, something special. The couples near us became quick conversation partners, as we discussed the menu and the atmosphere, swapped favorite restaurant hidden gems, etc.

I'm not sure what I can add to the comments on the food but my only advice is go for the full shebang. It's a tasting menu, so come prepared to eat. We actually sat down around 6pm, and left around 10pm, so I'd actually advise an early table reservation to enjoy the whole experience.

So you know the food is good. What really set apart for me was our outstandingly impeccable and friendly service. Our main man made us feel right at home, and we felt like our table was the only one in the house.

Excellent service, dedicated chef, perfect location.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

the best cheap, romantic, and tasty cafe in seattle – spectacular! here's all you need to know:

1) cheap! under $30-40 easily for you, your woman, your juice and a tasty crepe.

2) romantic as a walk on the beach. and less of a hassle! nice low-key lighting at night, beautiful sun magic filtering in during the day.. classy pillows seats in some booths. super friendly staff that really CARES about your experience. beautiful glass artwork..

3) TASTY FOOD! i am pretty much set on the beef and pickle panino + banana and nutella crepe. life does not get better than that. everyone can find something they will like, veggie dishes available.

4) friendly staff! i've always had excellent service. some reviews have complained it was too busy. I've never seen this place "too busy". call ahead if you are concerned, they WILL save you a seat.

overall: one of my favorite places to take hot chicks. i found this place by searching google for something like "good date spots in seattle" and it turned out perfect.

p.s. the parking validation for fischer plaza is just for $1, and its $7 for an hour. I suggest you park near a meter or somewhere free.

Recommends
over a year ago

Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Treat someone to a sweet or savory crepe at this Euro-style cafe.

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