Seattle >Food & Dining > Steelhead Diner
95 Pine St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.609556 -122.341197
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Pike Place Market
Do not miss the caviar pie at this Pike Place Market staple!
Crab and shrimp tater tots? Yes please. Also to some of the city's finest fried chicken, greens and gravy, "rainbow" caviar, approachable wine list and even a lengthy "mocktail" menu.
Huge fan of the Pike Place Market destination restaurant and chef de cuisine Anthony Polizzi's clever renditions of classics. Don't miss the Dungeness crab tostada if it's offered. During the summer months, the kitchen does beautiful things to veggies. A beet tartare with blue cheese was beautiful to behold and even better to taste. For dessert? Two words: Pecan Pie!
Whether you're shopping in the market or not, this is one of the best spots to go when you want a big ol' plate of comfort food. The menu tilts towards Southern fare, but this is some of Seattle's best seafood, locally sourced, with a long list of Washington wines to match. The decor is cheery and will put you right at ease. This is Seattle's version of a modern diner.
Well, I was raised in Chesapeake Bay country, and I have to say these are the best restaurant crab cakes I've had since I left home . . . and maybe better than most of them there! But besides the crab, I think that these people have a great handle on what makes a "diner" a restaurant. It's relaxed and easy, but the quality of food that comes out of the kitchen is on par with any place in Seattle. I wouldn't disagree that sometimes you gotta wait for your server, but I suspect that's more a matter of the crowds of locals that fill the place . . . they must know something, huh? I'll be back . . .
over priced and too slow – The food was good, but I don't like cold bread. This place was fully staffed but lacked service and speed. They were so slow and were not very busy. I would not recommend because it's over priced and slow. It you do want to go there the chowder and crab cake is good.
Okay place – I really felt like we were in a club and it didn't set a great vibe for us to stay long and spend a bunch of money. The lobby was PACKED and there was barely anywhere to sit. The music is straight out of a club for young 20 somethings and loud (and I'm still in my 20s!). When we were seated we were wedged in the corner between two larger tables. I actually brushed the guy behind/beside me several times during my meal and my husband had to move the whole table so I could get out to use the restroom.
Otherwise, the server was nice and knowledgable. The salmon on polenta was cooked perfectly and very yummy. The wine was good. My husband's steak was a bit overcooked but still very good.
I'd go back but not for a special evening...just if I happened to be in the area.
How is this restaurant in business? – Went for lunch and felt prices were too high. $10 for a bowl of soup, $8 for a cup. Disappointed in the food. When I pay $18 for fish & chips I'd like to have halibut, not cod. No view of the bay. Staff acted as if they were doing us a favor by waiting on us. Don't waste your time. Go to Elliot's for great seafood, view and staff.
Good Crabcakes, but Fried Oysters are better – This is not a tourist trap even thought its close to the MArket.
The food quality as excellent, good wine list (but pricey), service was good, facility is average, bathrooms are clean.
The food was really good, but not sure why I would return. There is not a differentiator in the facility, the service or the Food that draws me back.
Try the fried oysters and the Samon. Crabcake was good as well, but I've had better. I have not had better fried oysters. Try the Wild Ginger restauraunt for more seafood variety.
PLEASE READ-- Seattlelites and Visitors – Warning:
Don't eat here this was 2nd time to go to this place - giving the establishment the benefit of the doubt and again the service and food are awful -- There are many other eateries than this to visit in Seattle around the Pike Place Market- Don't waste your time...
Hopefully the management will wake up and train their staff on some 'basic' customer service skills and have their cooks take some cooking classes!
Would go back for the food as long as we had another waiter – Went to Steelhead whle on vacation in Seattle based upon their menu, recommendations from co-workers and the Fairmont Hotel staff. We were looking for local flavors and were not disappointed. The appetizers and entrees definitely reflected Steelhead's proximity to Pike Place Market and we would definitly go back for the food. Now the disappointment with the evening, our waiter, Nathan. Overall, we are farily knowlegeable about wines and what we like. However, our knowledge is somewhat limited to the local boutique Washington State wineries and we always appreciate staff, at the restuarant, when they can provide some recommendations. Well, you would have thought we had asked for kool-aid to go with our meal. The attitude was rude and we were directed to the high end wines on the wine list. In the end, we made our own decision and were not disappointed with the wine but I certainly would not rely on Nathan for wine suggestions.
Wait staff, owners and managers, please do yourself a favor, listen to your customers and provide feedback and attitude that fits the atmosphere of the restaurant you think you are or want to become.
Crabcakes: Good, Hostess: Bad – My wife and I had one night in Seattle after a grand tour of the West Coast. A bartender recommended Steelhead Diner. We arrived without reservations. The hostess told us she needed the table back by 7:30. Since it was 6:10, we thought it not a problem, provided the service was reasonably prompt. We told our waiter of the deal we had made with the hostess. He said not to worry. We proceeded to order and had a delightful meal. The crabcakes were outstanding. But the plot thickens. Faced with the decision whether to order dessert, we asked out waiter whether we had time. He assured us that we did. There was a delay in bringing it out. While we were in the middle of dessert, AND BEFORE WE HAD THE CHECK, the hostess (who we discovered also owned the place) came to us and rudely ousted us from the table. We had overstayed our welcome by 15 minutes. It did no good to tell her that we had emphasized to our waiter the issue of the time. I had to ask our hostess to have the check brought to us. We paid it promptly and departed. Despite the fact that we had dropped well over a hundred bucks in this place, our hostess insisted that she had done us a favor by letting us in the place. Thus I have mixed feelings about this place. If it were not for this rude treatment by no less than the owner, I would recommend the Steelhead Diner and return on my next trip to Seattle. But as it is, I cannot and will not.
Great Food, cant believe it took me so long to find this place! – Everything I have eaten here is supurb. I would describe it as Diner food with an upscale flair. (The fried chicken sandwich is sooo good!) although this is not the healthiest of restaurants, at least its diner food that is perfectly prepared!, not at all greasy and disgusting. SErvice is usually great, however, certain members of the waitstaff could use a reminder on politeness. The chef is friendly, as are the bartenders. Service was a little slow, but it gets quite busy at lunchtime, so I dont hold it against them too much. Mostly it was the hostess who left room for improvement. Location is right near the Pike Place Market, very convenient .
Average food with poor service – I was excited to go to this place, but they are not sure what they want to be. Upscale diner is one thing, but with the upscale must come good service. So when they tried to deliver the sides after we had finished the main course and the snarky waiter said "Either you are going to eat it or I will" - and then the owner tried to defend the waiter's behavior! This was just too ridiculous. For the price, I'd rather go to Etta's for seafood or any of a number of other Pike Place establishments. There was one appropriately apologetic member of the wait staff and the mains were good (just not great). With so many choices in Seattle, I'd wait a couple of years to see if this place changes into something worth trying out.
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