Seattle >Food & Dining > Poppy
622 Broadway E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810247.624461 -122.320928
Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 12:00 AM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Broadway, Capitol Hill
Hands down one of the coolest dining experiences in the Seattle, that checks pretentiousness at the door and welcomes in foodies and newbies alike. Many vegetarian options and mocktails to match the meat offerings and cocktails, wine and beer lists.
This bright and lively room serves a modern take on the thali and is an exceptional value at happy hour when mini thalis, naanwiches and signature cocktails are just $6.
Don't miss checking out the lovely herb garden in the courtyard.
What I love about Poppy are the exotic flavors layered into each bite. Unique craft cocktail pairings tantalize your taste buds as they play off the inventive cuisine. Ever changing thalis mark the seasons and keep you coming back to see what Chef Traunfeld has come up with next!
Love the concept of bringing together all sorts of different tastes on one plate, but if that seems like too big a commitment to make, head for the bar. Great cocktails and super-tasty bar snacks combined with a lively vibe make this a fun place to hang out and people watch.
Don't miss happy hour where you can get a $6 mini thali & fantastic drink specials!
ditto on the other reviews – the food is good but not worth the price. the highlight of the meal was probably the "eggplant fries" appetizer with honey. wonderful. the thali itself was good, the large plate had a large amount of food but still quite pricey and the flavors were decent but not over the top. i have a hard time remembering anything specific. i LOVE indian food and also generally love indian fusion but this did not stand out for me as excellent. on the plus side, service was attentive, the space is fun and festive and seems like a good venue for both a bigger group and an intimate dinner for 2.
Good, but not Great Food. Worth trying once. – As fans of the Herbfarm, we were eager to try Chef Traunfeld's new restaurant Poppy. Getting a reservation a week in advance was surprisingly easy (via the web site). Parking was not so easy. The staff was extremely attentive and knowledgeable about the food. However, the food itself was average to good. The starters (quite small) were delicious and the first few items of the thali (Green Gumbo, Mashed Cauliflower, Black-Eyed Peas) knocked our socks off. As we progressed through the thail, we were disappointed. The salads (Endive & Celery) were bland. The short rib and stuffed onion were OK. The bread was tasteless. We added the wine flight to our dinner and the pours were quite small. For dessert, we tried the lemon frozen yogurt which was good but not something I'd crave again.
The concept of the thali is fun. However, I probably won't go back anytime soon since what I really want to order would be a bowl of the gumbo and that's not an option. We will be far more likely to visit the bar for the fun cocktails and great appetizers.
Wonderful thali, skip the dessert – My wife and I recently visited Poppy because we are huge fans of The Herbfarm. The thali and appetizers were absolutely lovely, but the evening ended a selection of bland and uncreative desserts that we normally wouldn't expect from a restaurant owned by Jerry T. Although I do not recommend the dessert course, the thali is a delicious experience not to be missed. Thank you, Jerry for bringing culinary life to Broadway on Capitol Hill.
Great Birthday Celebration – I would reccomend this place to anyone that wants upscale restraunt cuisine at a quarter of the price. What keeps the price down, probably the modern- cafateria like ikeish atmosphere and cheep utencils (definetly ikea). While still more expencive then the typical capital hill eateries (Fixed $32 plate or $22) + appitizers and then Drinks-- the food is amazing and you get to try a ton. The fixed plate is a circular tray that has 5-10 different meals (changes weekly)- we had Quail, Shrimp & Scallops, Potatoes, 2 types of salad, etc... etc...Also- you can just go get drinks & appitizers (the Zuchini Fries are AMAZING!!!)
Poppy - short on ambiance and taste while delivering an overpriced meal – We went to Poppy to celebrate a birthday with some friends, and were sorely disappointed by the food. While the concept of small taste-sized dishes is fun, the dishes themselves were bland and ordinary. The menu is limited - either a single entree item for $22, or a combination plate for $32 (per person). With drinks, expect a party of 4 to spend almost $200 with tip.
The atmosphere isn't intimate at all - almost corporate. Not a great place for a date.
We had high hopes for Poppy given the fact that the Chef was from the Herb Farm ? but he didn?t deliver.
We gave it a 5/10 for taste / ambiance, and a 2/10 for cost - much too overpriced for the value of the dining experience.
Lovely Restaurant, Shame the Food – We were very excited to try Traunfeld's food and terribly disappointed. The setting and service were all great, but in the end, we go to restaurants for the food experience and frankly, it was awful!! There were only two choices for dinner, vegetarian or not. There was no harmony among the dishes and they made no sense to be served together and they tasted like they were prepared the previous day and just heated. Even the wine list was a mixed up and limited collection. In a city with culinary talent such as Scott Staples, Maria Hines or John Sundstrom, Mr. Traunfeld needs to up his game to be taken seriously.
Never Again – I find it hard to believe that in the minute I arrived after my Asian friends that a table suddenly opened up. We spent the first few minutes of our evening talking about that... not a good start. The "bartender" brought our drinks to the table and split before asking whether I would like a drink too. 10 minutes after ordering another drink we had to track down our waitress, who we only saw maybe 3 times all evening, to see what had happened. Finally the drink came in a glass that was cracked from one side to the other. I was wondering if anyone was paying attention to their job. The kitchen did. The food was good, but I just can't get over how poor of an experience everything else was. The service was so poor for such a hyped restaurant and chef. I see no reason at all to go back. There are so many other great places to go and have the staff participate in my dining experience. Very very disappointing service.
Great cafeteria – The food here isn't terrible and sometimes quite good. But the cafeteria ambiance -- very noisy, tables close together (there's no ignoring your neighbors here) and overhead lights above every table -- makes it so unappealing, that the food would have to be sensational to make this place worthwhile. It isn't. While there were some standouts, the main entree -- quail -- was overcooked. One of the salads was chopped raw cauliflower. Many of these dishes you could prepare at home.
Bad manners – Did not want to accommodate children. The food was bland and portions very small. Wait staff and management were cold and rude.
I will never return.
The worst new place to open – The worst place to eat
I found the good place lacking in taste buds. It does not like to accomodate large parties, children, or believe that it should be paid a sum of money and not be asked do anything more.
Sterile. For my money I will be happy to eat at Chutney Mary than here.
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