Seattle >Bars & Clubs > Ferabend Inc
422 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.622383 -122.330427
Neighborhoods: South-Lake Union, Lake Union
Fry your own pork. – I gave Feierabend two stars instead of one because the beer selection is good and makes for a reasonable happy hour option.
However, my fiancee and I went to Feierabend last night for drinks and dinner and received some of the worst service we've ever gotten in Seattle.
We were seated at a table with friends, waited for over 20 minutes for a server, and eventually had to take the menu up to the bar to order food. After waiting another 5 minutes at the bar, I gave the order to our server (who had finally appeared), and instead of apologizing for ignoring us, she huffed and rolled her eyes, etc., apparently annoyed that I wasn't willing to wait another 20 minutes for her to make another round.
A few minutes later, this same server (short haired blonde woman, in case you decide to make a visit) was taking orders from an adjacent table, and suddenly reached between the friends at our table to grab the drink menu--while we were actively looking at it. I held on to the menu as it started to slide away, and she kept pulling at it. When I asked her if we could hold on to the menu (since we were about to actually order more drinks), she squeezed her eyes shut and gritted her teeth as if it were everything she could do not to punch me. This is our server. No "sure, no problem, I'll be right back to take your order"--no, just a tug-of-war and a scowl that would curdle milk. It was unbelievable.
Needless to say, we watched her closely when she picked up our food and drinks from the bar and brought them to us. She was actually pretty nice, in a schizophrenic sort of way, at that point, as if her other personality had realized that her tip from our large table of patrons (about 12) might actually depend on her treatment of us. So that's the service.
As for the food, my fiancee ordered a chicken salad that she couldn't start, much less finish. I tried a bite of the chicken and had to put it in a napkin. Horrible (not spoiled, mind you, just horrible). I ordered a burger, and it was fine. We also had the pretzel with three mustards, and it was good. But overall, this food is not "good," in a way that makes you want to come back. If you're really craving a schnitzel sandwich, then I suppose Feierabend is one of the few Seattle options, but those occasions for me are limited.
As I said, a good beer selection makes this an option for happy hour, but I'd steer clear for any other occasion.
Fantastic beer!!! – I've been here twice and both times, the service was really good and both times, the beer was off the hook! I ordered a bowl of tomato basil soup the first time - OMG!!!! The BEST tomato soup I've ever had. It was a hearty bowl with croutons and Parmesan cheese. The second time, I ordered a pretzel with the spiciest wasabi mustard I've ever had. The food selection didn't have too many healthy options, but that's what I'd expect from a German pub. I'm sure I'll go back!
It Isn't That Hard to Run a Restaurant Right – I have been twice. The first time a lunch took 1 hr and 45 mins. I complained in writing and was given a $25 gift card by Chris Navarra. We went to use it tonight and sat for 20 minutes unnoticed by staff. We went to complain and they were rude, so we just asked for the money from the card. Their food is good and so is the beer, but the service is terrible and is mostly the result of being understaffed, but they are rude also. Chris - it's not that hard to run a restaurant right. You've got a cute place that could be successful, but it won't last long or make money this way. Too terrible for me to return.
OVER IT! – I have given this place a try a few times and after last weekend I will never be going back! The entire staff (less the cooks) are rude!! The place is standing room only pretty much all the time, this could be why the wait staff feels it is ok to be rude. Guess what..its not! You people need to learn to smile or at least be nice when someone comes in to spend a buck! Never again...
Best in bier and food in Seattle! – Of course it's superbusy! It's the best. If you are a wuss, come in mid-afternoon. If you can handle a crowd and know what you want then go anytime. It's way better than Peoples Pub
Most rude place in Seattle – We tried to have a coworker going away party at the restaurant (she is moving to Germany), called to try and reserve a table and were told "No, we don't take reservations. We are always crowded too, so good luck getting a table." We went anyway in hope of finding a table and were truly given such a brush off that I felt like I was not in Seattle. Another waiter told me that they were too busy and did not need the 30 people that were bringing into the place.
Since this restaurant does not need business, is rude to customers, I say don't supply them with any. In this economy let our feet do the talking with this sort of treatment!
have fun trying to get a table...let alone a chair to sit in. – i understand the place was crowded. but that doesnt make up for the horrible wait staff. rude is an understatement. stood by the door for ten minutes as countless waitstaff walked past giving us rude looks. not a single one said a thing to us. finally a waitress came up and said the only way you can get a table is if we sat across from another couple. said no thanks we'll wait. she says thats how we do it here its open seating thats how they do it in germany. YES I KNOW THAT. I lived there. last time i checked we're in america. and as for german bier selection, not too great. didnt have some of the most popular biers from germany that i've found at tiny restaurants in leavenworth...my recommendation? dont bother. go down the street to Paddy Coynes Irish pub. and if you really want german...it's worth it to go to leavenworth.
German food is somewhat authentic- biers are great – I lived in Germany so once in awhile get a craving for some real German food. Feierabend is pretty close to what I remember. Great place for a group to get together and learn sign language so they can converse because it's pretty dang loud. Servers weren't exactly friendly, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they're going for the Northern German chilly attitude I remember fondly. The whole no-smile thing is super German, I will say. You crazy Americans and your silly smiles.
Good Beer Good Food – This is a great placed to come and have some drinks with friends. I have been going to this Pub since it opened and make it a point to take any of my friends who really love good beer to Feierbend. At night this place can get crowed but it has great atmosphere. By the way the curry ketchup is awesome and so is the burger. They also got the boot which a fun novelty to do in a group.
I live above Feierabend in the Cairns Apartment, and I will never go there again. I keep going as it is so convenient, but I am so over the terrible service, rude staff, and ok food. For instance when I asked for a wine list the snotty blonde waitress looked at me and said "this is a German bar" ... I was like sooo you don't have wine... The entire staff needs to learn how to smile.
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