Seattle >Food & Dining > Betty Restaurant & Bar
1507 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.632704 -122.357173
Wed-Sat: 5pm-10pm, Sun-Tue: 5pm-9pm
Neighborhoods: Magnolia - Queen Anne, Magnolia / Queen Anne, West Queen Anne
Horrible Customer Service – Recently received request to dine at this Queen Anne restaurant. I had high hopes, but it fell terribly short due to the incompetent staff. I kindly & discreetly asked to speak to the Mgmt, but was told with an eye-roll that "they are never around." Nonetheless, chicken was moist, but nonthing memorable. Luckily there are other great choices in Queen Anne.
Deceptive Happy Hour – List Martinis as $6 on Happy hour menu... But only Martinis on menu do not count... False advertizing and they admit it...
boring – Betty has been on our list for a quite a while, and, sorry to say, the food was not worth the wait or the price. the appetizer goat cheese timbale was unappealing visually and was kind of mushy flavor mess. The duck confit in the confit salad fell quite short of what duck confit can be when prepared well. it was very moist, perhaps too much so, and lacked any flavor and skin/crispiness. the $13 betty burger should have been better than it was--you can buy a much better burger at 1/2 the price at a lot of other places in seattle. the mushroom and pea tagliatelli seemed to derive all of its taste from a swim in a sea of butter. our waiter was ok, but left us sitting for long stretches--maybe he thought we wanted a long romantic dinner, which was not what we were after on a "school" night. all in all, pretty disappointing and certainly not worth the price or a return visit.
Fun to sit at bar, a bit overpriced – We sat at the bar and it was really great to watch them cook. the service was impeccable, the wine was fabulous.
The avocado/prawn crostini was FANTASTIC, the lasagna was just OK.
I thought it was a bit overpriced.
It's worth trying a couple times, or for drinks at the bar, but I probably won't set out to go again.
I Heart Steak Frites – I made a reservation to take my BFF out to dinner for her bday at Betty last night. Maybe I was in a great mood because of the sunshine and the fact that I found an amazing parking space next to the restaurant but I had a lovely time at Betty. We really wanted to try everything on the menu and if I had a larger expense account, I would have! However, we decided to share the shrimp and avacado crostini, clams and chorizo and the steak frites. Everything was prepared really well. The shrimp was cooked perfectly and they were huge! I never would have thought to pair them with the buttery avacado and tomato jam but it was a perfect summer starter. The clams and chorizo came in a delicious broth and they kept bringing bread for us to sop it up with. And then came the steak. It was a larger portion than I had anticipated. Though there was more fatty bits than I would have liked, the mustardy gravy and the ginormo pile of frites rounded out the plate nicely.
As for the general ambiance, my friend commented that Betty might be a depressing place to be in the winter, with the slate grey walls and the industrial accents. The waitress seemed a bit awkward but she was knowledgeable. I was half impressed, half weary about the little bowl of sea salt on each table. Whose fingers have been in there? It looked okay- and it's just salt. Anyway, we were stuffed when we left and we had a good time. I hope you all have the same experience I did.
Flavorful food, wonderful decor and an inviting atmosphere – As we entered Betty, we were seated promptly and greeted by our waiter who had a delightful smile. the choices on the menu all looked fantastic, and as food passed out heading to other tables, the plating on each dish made us both want to order one of everything on the dinner menu. I decided to go with the 'Fish of the Day' (halibut) as my girlfriend went with the chicken. We sipped happily on our wine and cocktails as we enjoyed the warm atmosphere and the decor surrounding us. Dinner arrived in a timely matter, and the first bite of our dishes were followed by a 'Yum...' muffled under our breaths. The food was so flavorful, the chicken and halibut were perfectly cooked, and the seasoning kept us going back for more. The vegetables were fresh and everything on each plate worked harmoniously as one. Since dinner was so good, we both opted to try the pie of the day which was a wonderful rhubarb. What a way to finish an amazing dinner. The plate was cleared in minutes, and we could have gone back for even more. If you expect good food from Betty, that is what you will get. I take that back, if you want sensational food from Betty, that is what you will get there... and more.
Save your money - try some place else! – Poor service and okay food. Had heard great things and expected more. Big bill - tried everything - not too impressive. Waiter lacked knowledge of ingredients and preperation and became overwlemed as the dining room began to fill up. Uncomfortable chairs - but nice atmosphere. Wont rush back - too many other places we love.
food not worth the money – despite the inviting decor and friendly service we were disappointed with our experience because the food was really bland. we ordered the fried mozzarella appetizer, not flavorful. we also had the puttanesca paparadelle (totally bland), the roasted chicken w/ mashed potatoes (below average and potatoes were runny), the skirt steak (fatty, chewey but fries were pretty good), and the pork (flavorful and the best of the lot). for the price, the food is really unimpressive. we won't be back.
excellent service, delicious food. – food is delicious, casually presented. the menu is meat centric, but i love meat. i hear there's a veggie option too. staff are also excellent.
Same Menu, Same Bland Food, Same Mediocre Service – Went to Betty for the 4th time a couple of weeks ago. I live on Queen Anne and wanted to give it several tries before making a judgment. My friends and I have felt luke warm about the food & service but chalked it up to just opening the location& hoped they would become a reliable neighborhood spot like Crow. The menu is very limited and hasn't changed since they opened. For a neighborhood restaurant it's really boring to see the same things on the menu everytime when the selection is so small. The steak frites is tasty but has been overcooked evertyime. The service is casual and fairly friendly but the hostess seemed overwhelmed with the front door and clearing tables. The decor is very drab. why paint the walls steel gray? In the summer it's tolerable but in the middle of winter it's absolutely depressing.
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