Seattle >Food & Dining > Taste Restaurant
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.607222 -122.337802
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Business District
overpriced, good food but not great – After reading the review in the paper I thought the food would be much better. We had the tuna melt an dit was good, but not exceptional. The flatbread with onion lacked flavor. We had a raddichio salad that was bitter and overpriced. Since we were still hungry we ordered the scallop dish - two small overcooked scallops for $13 - I was not impressed. We were still hungry so finally asked for the bread dish which every table but ours had received. The beer was quite tasty and a good deal during happy hour at $3. Maybe would go back for happy hour, but otherwise would try something else.
The art isn't just in the museum! – The art is in the food, drink and decor! Let's start with everything visual. The lack of color is actually quite inviting. From the modern disco ball-esque light fixtures to the warm wooden tables and chairs to the wall of wine your eyeballs with be filled with modern delight. The plates are great to order family style as the portions are not huge but almost perfect as to not make you uncomfortble after your meal if you eat it all. My favorite part of TASTE is the Sunday brunch! Typically the boyfriend and I like to post up at the bar and sketch and knit. The bartenders (Tiffany rules!) keep our livers happy and we typically just order sides. 60% of the menu is made with ingrediants from the PNW which is another reason to like this place. Both bartenders are very friendly and have a fabulous knowledge of mixology. And this brings me to my last point. TASTE offers the BEST bloody mary. Fire Roasted Mary. Order it. You will not regret it!
Dismissive Staff, Not Worth Long Wait – My 13-year-old daughter and I ordered the noodles with cheese and the mini burger. 45 minutes later the couple who arrived after us were served an order they had changed twice. When I got my 2-inch burger I realized "mini" stood for "miniscule." I asked for ketchup and the waitress laughed and went to take the order of a table of 6 other patrons. The fries were soggy anyway, and noodles and cheese were DRIPPING in a good quarter cup of grease. We left frustrated, dismissed, and still hungry.
HORRIBLE SERVICE!!!! Pathetically small portions... – We went to Taste to celebrate Valentine's Day. What a joke. The food was less than stellar...way to little for your buck. The portions were laughable. We were ignored by our waiter the entire evening and were never once asked how the meal was or how we were doing. We did not get the paired wine tasting with our meal which seemed to be the only way the restaurant staff would pay any attention to you. After scanning the room and other tables it was obvious that the only tables that got good service were the one's who chose to add on the $30/person wine tasting to an already $50/person joke of a meal. Will never recommend to anyone. This place is awful; service is HORRIBLE!!! And to top it off, we weren't even acknowledged when we left or thanked for coming in. DO NOT go to this restaurant!!!
Not cheap, but really yummy! – I love this place...I find the service to be warm and friendly and the food is reliably good. I particularly like the desserts - they make a carmel corn that is unbelievable and the cookie place is worthy of Santa. The cocktails are also good. For a best prices and deals, go during happy hour.
Miniscule Portions and S L O W service – My kids and I ate there on a recent First Thursday. The waitstaff was slow to approach and slower in the service. The kids' "mini hamburgers and fries" meal was a joke. The patty was literally the size of a silver dollar. Despite the fact that the menu says hamburgers (plural), it came with only one of these doll-sized sandwiches. I asked the waiter if there should be more than one and he said, "Oh, the menu is misleading, because it only comes with one." I am not sure what age they think they are serving this to, but a toddler could eat three of these burgers. On the upside, my son said it tasted very good (and the rosemary fries were divine), so I decided we'd better order another round of this mini burger. Somewhere along the line, the order never got placed. Finally, I asked for the bill and asked to have the second burger wrapped up to pick up later, as my son was still hungry (tiny portions!).
Granted this is not a "kids" restaurant, but if you have a kids menu, you ARE trying to cater to families. My kids are seasoned in nice restaurants and we avoid fast food places. They are not noisy or messy and they use very nice manners. We were expecting normal food portions and normal, respectful service, as we are respectful patrons.
I have loads of patience at restaurants, as I used to wait tables. However my patience was used up at TASTE. The service overall was horrible and slow and the portions miniscule. I will never eat there again, even if they have some of the best rosemary fries in town.
Best dinner I've had downtown in a long time. – The only thing keeping me from giving them 5 stars is the decor--which is just not my style--and since I've only been once I want to check on their consistency. Otherwise, the meal my wife and I had the other night was perfection. Each course was better than the last. All entrees come in half or whole portions. The ingredients are all very local, and very fresh. Our server Andy was terrific. Very knowledgable and enthusiastic about everything on the menu. The decor is just right for a museum restaurant, it's just not exactly warm and welcoming, but don't let that stop you from trying them. It's a gem. The happy-hour is a foodie's delight.
Amazing, creative, delicious, concientious – From the attractive, minimalist environment to the knowledgable staff, to the creative and thoughtful menu, everything about Taste is perfect.
While dining there recently, we sampled the asparagus, steamed clams with chips, scallops, beet and pomagranate soup, beet and three cheese ravioli, lamb (with chorizo and mint salad) and a heavenly pizza with carmelized onions and roasted yellow peppers. All of the dishes we tried were truly spectacular. For dessert, we had the peanut brulee, a flourless, dark chocolate cake served with mojito granita and cherries poached in a local sake, served over ricotta cheese. The desserts were not only beautiful and delicious, but also unexpected in the sauces and flavors combined.
Unlike many upscale restaurants in which the food is well presented but not necessarily well conceived, the menu at Taste has obviously been very carefully constructed using local ingredients, including produce that is only utilized in season. I asked the sous chef, Craig Heatherington, about the sweetness in the pizza and he explained that the cheese was purchased from the Pike Place Market (only a few blocks away), made on site, mixed with local honey.
Our waiter, Sam, could tell us where all of the ingredients came from. He and the other wait staff were incredibly professional and personable. For the food-concious individual looking for an exceptional dining experience, Taste makes the perfect experience.
The Seattle Art Museum's elegantly modern restaurant highlights local ingredients across the board, from the salad greens to the dessert menu. – The Scene
Spare, modern and spacious, the single room is framed with oversized windows looking out over First Avenue-it makes for great people-watching, but doesn't offer much privacy for a romantic evening. Locally made glass votives add a touch of warmth to the sleek tables. The staff is welcoming and helpful, but details are not their strong point: Menu substitutions might not be mentioned until after the food has arrived, and there are more timing problems than there should be.
With a strong focus on local sources, the menu emphasizes fresh seasonal ingredients, and during dinner service, most dishes are available in both large and small portions. Thanks to plenty of experimentation, th menu has a mix of delights-beet ravioli-and disappointments, like lamb overwhelmed by chorizo and olives. Desserts are as seasonally-focused as the rest of the menu, but expect well-prepared, decadent treats like peanut crème brulee with a Theo chocolate terrine and pink peppercorn caramel sauce.
Hits: Desserts are worthy of a special trip, blending seasonal ingredients with unexpected spices.
Misses: Small portions, which are suggested for family-style service, arrive on the same oversized plates as full potions, so tables get overcrowded to the point of absurdity.
avoid this place – I should have realized when presented with their minimalist menu that it wouldn't turn out well. But we were literally shocked when our food arrived - very tiny portions on a large plate. The food was fairly tasty and nicely presented, but they're basically providing appetizers and calling it dinner. We'd paid a tidy sum but went away hungry and unhappy! Very disappointing, I cannot recommend this place to anyone. I was also unimpressed with the sterile atmosphere which is very noisy, and the inexperienced waitstaff.
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