Seattle >Arts & Entertainment > Spitfire
2219 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.614936 -122.343453
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
The fact that my friend and I were seated, served beer along with two decent brunches from a bright-eyed server wearing high-heeled boots during one of the biggest NFL playoff games of the season speaks volumes about this place. It's pretty much standing room only when the Big Game is on, but the service is friendly and the energy is contagious.
Yummy Margaritas, funny bartenders!!! – After reading some reviews, I find it hilarious at what some reviewers write. It makes me wonder how much they really get out and if they are aware of how to act in bars. I have never been intimidated by large breasts and its funny that some people would be and would judge their service on that. Is that a service issue or a insecurity issue.
Great food, yummy weekly specials, any sporting or competition event that you want.
Great Place – My new favorite place downtown - My company had an event in the backroom which went off great - good catering, great service and cheap. Since then I've been going back for lunch. It has a good daytime environment for business lunches or a beer, great happy hour and great hang for football and basketball games with the added pleasure of Soccer/ Euro Football thrown in. A 'sportsbar' with great food, and non jock climate. Nice.
Inspirational and Inspired – I was really getting tired of the same old hyper-"market targeted" restaurants and bars popping up all over Seattle then Spitfire saved my soul. This place is beautiful and unique. What a way to watch a game and the food was surprisingly good. I went back for lunch and it was a great way to take a break and the food was really tasty and a good price. The staff was friendly. This place is not going to work for you if you're an uptight bleep but I'm inspired and I'm not even a big sports fan.
If you are over 40 or dress 'Seattle Casual', don't bother opening the door – I wandered into the Spitfire for the first time about a year ago. It was pretentious, the patrons were not particularly friendly, and the bartenders were horrible. I returned because it was the best place to catch a game on t.v. - especially the more obscure games because they have so many t.v.'s, and they are nice ones - and because the food was above average for a sports bar: soft tacos for happy hours, grilled asparagus, and everything on the brunch menu is good.
Because of the decidedly unfriendly atmosphere, I made it a practice of only going there if it's raining (it's nearby), or to say hello to a friend who works there. After a recent experience where I was basically asked to leave at noon during a Seahawks game, after rushing breakfast and only halfway through a cup of coffee, because there were some serious potential boozers who did not have a seat (call me crazy for my habit of not beginning my drunken rampage until noon)....well, even I know when enough's enough.
I really hate to say that the bartenders are snobbish and ineffective, because they have two GREAT bartenders, but they also have some very, very poor ones - snobs and posers who are too young to have figured out that there is a direct correlation between service with a smile, and tips - that's service with a smile to EVERYONE. I've seen them go out of their way to serve their friends, the people who fit their 'trendy' customer requirement, etc., so I suspect that explains the huge dichotomy in the reviews of this place.
Intelligent sports bar – I love this place! I live down the street and stop by for a stiff drink and good, cheap food from time to time. The staff is great, (and cute!) they remember me and even what I drink! The space is beautiful and the art is amazing. It defiantly does not feel like a sports bar, more like a good neighborhood pub. I have had Intelligent conversation with the other regulars, too. I am glad it is in my hood and only wish it was closer to my work so I could go there for lunch. I love you meatball sandwich!
Lazy servers and bartenders, weak drinks, lousy food – For starters, I am a bartender and server for very exclusive private events. I do not understand why the staff at this place cannot find the connection between good service and tips. The must get good hourly because they are not working for tips. Or maybe, it was because the reservation we had for 15 guaranteed them a big fat gratuity on our bill whether or not they served us well. They take advantage of 6+ tables.
We only had one server, for over 15 people! My water was only filled, oh wait, I never got water until I ASKED, and then it was only filled one time. I ordered my drink and after the server returned several times without it I asked her about my drink and she told me, "Oh, they're up there at the bar" so I had to excuse my self and go to the bar where my now watered down ice drinks had been abandoned on the counter waiting for their pickup. And why am I tipping you to get my own drinks, when I am sitting at a table?
I ordered a second drink later (at the bar because our waitress dissapeared on us after serving our food). The lady at the bar poured me the worst dirty martini I have ever tasted in my LIFE, she did not even attempt to get the right/equal amount of each ingredient, too much vermouth, tooooo much olive juice, yuck!
No one liked their food, except my friend who enjoyed his steak. My tacos were itty bitty and cold. They were so rude. The only good thing about it was the private room in the back where my friend had her party, it was very nice.
Who manages this place, they should resign, I know they don't rely on regulars, because anyone with a sense of taste who goes here once will surely never return again, at least based on what I saw and heard from everyone I was with. I WOULD BE EMBARRASSED TO ACT THE WAY OUR SERVER DID!
Love! Love! Love! – I am a margarita girl from So Cal. Whenever I'm in town . . . which is every couple months, I can't not visit Spitfire.
LOVE the margaritas!! . . . fresh fruit & traditional. . . all are great. Some say they're a tad on the pricy side, but you get what you pay for and they're worth it!
LOVE the food!! My absolute favorite is the Roasted Chili Quesadilla - AMAZING! The flautas & tamales are also delish . . . and who doesn't love chips & margarita guac?
LOVE the staff!! The bartenders, especially Steve, are always super friendly & actually remember me (with a hint or 2). James, the chef, is also fantastic! He explained his whole menu & gave me a tour of the bar.
I feel at home at Spitfire . . . no fuss, no muss. . . just great food, drinks & company. What more can you ask for?
TOUGH CALL – The price is good for happy hour(50% OFF),but I don't think the food was good. We ordered 5 items off the "small plates" section.The fish tacos had an strong ammonia smell, the mini burgers were probably precooked and heated up to order they were too tough.Sorry but this place didn't do it for me.
Fantastic – Great place! There are high quality TVs visible from every table. The happy hour is great - $2 beers. We split some nachos with big pieces of marinated grilled chicken that was amazing. The service was great too, even splitting our tab up for us. There was no sound coming from the tvs, just music playing, but this could be because there were a few big games going on at the same time. The space was large and not cramped - even when it was full - which allowed us to really watch the game. The only down side is parking, but that's belltown for ya. I will definitely be back!
great happy hour – Food is great, but a bit spendy. 10 -12 at night though, everything is half price which makes it awesome. Lots of tvs, staff pretty friendly, often not crowded... I'll be back to this place a lot
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