About Art House Café
Located in the historic Stadium district of Tacoma, the Art House Café exemplifies the essence of Scratch American cuisine. The kitchen explores the bounty of the Pacific Northwest with an ingredient-driven menu. We invite you to rediscover what it means to cook and eat in Tacoma, Washington.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Tuesday: 8 am - 2 pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 8 am - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday 8 am - 11 pm
N 1st St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Friday Evenings we are graced by local musicians who wish nothing more than to share their musical talents with those around them. Come enjoy live performances every Friday by artists you surely will not want to miss!
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Art House Café Ratings and Reviews
We ordered pizza and salads and lattes ( ...
We ordered pizza and salads and lattes (which, they advertise as being famous for their coffee). The pizza came out first, and we had to continually ask for the lattes. After we finished the pizza, the salad came out, despite telling the server we'd like to have the salad anytime before the pizza was ready. We also had to ask for sweetener multiple times before just getting up, going to the back area of the kitchen, and getting it ourselves. Water glasses remained empty.
Very good, but the host was preoccupied ...
Very good, but the host was preoccupied and didn't listen to me when I told him I had a reservation so I didn't get my 100 points for making a reservation through Open Table. Since I am not able to go out a lot, it was important that I got credit for making the reservation.
There wasn't that many people in the tin ...
There wasn't that many people in the tiny restaurant, but you would've thought our waiter was slammed. We rarely saw him and had to ask several times for things. We've eaten there hundreds of times and have enjoyed it every time, but this was one of the worse service experiences I've dealt with. They weren't prepared for us, and like I said there was three other tables at the time. I will think again before coming back and honestly love this place, but tonight put a bad taste in my mouth.
The Art House Cafe popped up as a place ...
The Art House Cafe popped up as a place for lunch while searching Open Table in Tacoma. We are so glad that it did! My girlfriend had a pizza (cannot remember the name of it), and I had a burger. Both were so darned good! We even ordered a pizza to go so we could have it for dinner later. We'll be back!
The food was simply amazing. Everything ...
The food was simply amazing. Everything we had, and I do mean everything, was superb. The butternut squash pizza with sausage was to die for - literally the best pizza that I have ever had to date. The beet salad was also delicious along with the salmon crostini. Dave was our server - totally nice guy. Cocktails were perfectly poured and just right. Really, could not have asked for a better meal/experience. Went here just after doing the wine + painting event upstairs. Was a great date night with my wife - and - will definitely come back. Thank you!
The food was terrific and will definitel ...
The food was terrific and will definitely return. The only issue was that there is construction nearby which was VERY loud when sitting outside, so it hurt the ambiance. That was out of the control of the restaurant though :)
Service was very attentive, but slow which is a challenge when there for business which usually puts the diner on a strict time schedule.
Service and food are always outstanding. ...
Service and food are always outstanding. Occasion was dinner before movie at the Grand. Food was healthy and proportioned just right. Have eaten there for lunch and dinner. Next I want to experience their breakfast menu. I highly recommend it. Learned about it through the advertising at the Grand.
I love this place, the food is wonderful ...
I love this place, the food is wonderful, we have been blessed to have the same waiter several times and he always trys to make it a nice dining experience. This last time I appreciated the fact that through opentable I was able to request a quieter table because my husband is hard of hearing and when we walked in the hostess said I have a couple tables here that would be good and you can pick. They really tried to help us have dinner with good food, good wine and good conversation. Great neighborhood restaurant!
Well suited for whole party
We were warmly welcomed into the most European-like bistro I have seen in Tacoma. Our table was ready for us before we were there, complete with the toddler's seat, coloring book, crayons, and appropriate water cup with lid!
The food is excellent and mostly seasonal.
Service is spot on, no rush, but there when you need them.
The feel is relaxed and elegant. It is a great fit for everyone! And now with the deck open with warm weather, this will quickly become your new favorite neighborhood haunt.
No Burgundy in the Beef Burgundy
This was our first time at this restaurant, and it is a wonderful find. The service was excellent, and it had a nice menu and a very reasonably priced wine list. It among the first days of a new fall special menu, and the only problem was that the beef burgundy had no burgundy in it. This is a dish I make very often, and the burgundy wine gives it is wonderful and distinctive flavor but the dish here was completely devoid of that flavor. Otherwise it was a tasty stew.
I'll stick with dinners here...
I've been to the Art House twice in the evening and had AMAZING dinners there with fantastic service. Brunch on Veteran's Day, however, left a lot to be desired. I made a reservation for four but we only had three chairs. The server said she was going to come back with another but 10 minutes later no one had brought chairs or checked in and when the rest of our group arrived, my friend stood/crouched for another 6 or 7 minutes next to her daughter waiting for a seat.
The server was friendly, as they always are, but for an establishment with so few tables, I was surprised that she checked on us so infrequently.
One of my friends ordered the Omelette of the Day and said it was alright. I was excited for my pressed egg sandwich but the flavor combination was just a miss for me. I trusted the description because I have loved the various dinner choices here but just was not a fan of the pear compote on a savory egg sandwich. To be fair, though, I don't like blue cheese, so I subbed that for hollandaise sauce and that choice may have 'broken' this sandwich's magic. Although I didn't try them, the rest of the table really like the pumpkin bread french toast and the dutch baby crepe.
Also, I will not be taking children there again. I normally wouldn't anyway, as I don't consider this establishment aiming anywhere near that target market but I didn't have much of a choice due to the holiday closure of his daycare. My 5-month-old was in his carrier, tucked half way under the table, and the server brought two cappucinos to the table and served them over his head. Halfway through she realized her mistake and rerouted but only after dripping coffee over the canopy of his carrier, which I am glad was up because hot liquid would have hit him square in the face.
So overall, I will still recommend for dinner and still love the restaurant but I wasn't a fan of the breakfast menu or the surprising degradation of service on a mildly busy day in such a small establishment.
So glad I found it...
My sister took me here and based on food and service I immediately changed my birthday plans so I could go again the following week. My husband and I enjoyed a late night dinner on Halloween. The pear gorgonzola ravioli was phenomenal and my husband really enjoyed his prime rib. The gimlet was made perfectly and with a nearly empty restaurant due to the holiday, and the server knowing it was my birthday, he gave us dessert on the house! It was a chocolate cake with ganache layers in which I detected a hint of grand marnier. The food both times has been fantastic but the service really tips it over for us. We've both worked in food service and customer service and it's nice to see them dedicated to a positive experience for their guests.
Fantastic for brunch
We've eaten here several times and their brunch is fantastic! Today we came for dinner and forgot that the menu at night is basically just sandwiches and pizza. Which are also really good, if you want a light dinner. We'll be back - for brunch again!
Great little cafe!
We had a delightful dinner here. The baguette with truffle butter reminded us of Paris. The Cobb salad was fresh and delicious. We had the Berry Crisp for dessert, but were so full that we ended up taking 1/2 of it home to eat the next day. We will certainly go back the next time we are in Tacoma.
I took four of my staff to lunch on a Tuesday and we couldn't have had a better experience! We all had various salads, which were delicious (the Chilled Watermelon with Prawns was to die for!) and the service was fantastic. The comfortable atmosphere and friendly nature of their team the belies the 'foodie' quality of the menu.
I love the relaxed atmosphere of this lovely restaurant. You feel like you are having a meal with friends in family on your back porch. The butternut squash pizza was FABULOUS and the spinach salad with the grapefruit was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family. Can't wait to go back!
Art House Cafe
This was a great find through open table. The food is delicious and creative. The staff was always available and did a great job. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends and family. I had the salmon scramble with small red potatoes and my friend had an egg whit omelet with a side salad. All of the dishes were exceptional. We sat inside, however a covered patio was available, even though it was raining people were able to sit outside and enjoy the Northwest weather.
The last time I wrote a review for AHC, ...
The last time I wrote a review for AHC, I could not give enough praise. However, Saturday night was the antithesis - at least regarding the food and the new menu. Several of my favorites i.e. the beet salad and one of the pizzas is no longer offered. I settled for the ahi tuna salad and it was a joke! The tuna was overcooked and meager (looked like cat food) and the portion for the price was robbery (basically, I paid 15 dollars for a few pieces of tuna "chunks" and a hard boiled egg). My husband had the salmon with orzo and it was acceptable. The atmosphere and the music and the service were all on point - as usual. However, we are looking for a new neighborhood favorite as AHC is no longer my first choice.
Quality and fair price
Great Duck, Great Salad, good wine/beer options. The ambiance was inviting, clean and modern. The outdoor eating space is nice and the indoor area is open and comfortable. Service was good but it was pre-dinner rush. I'd go 3.5 of 5 stars.
Night out at the Art House Cafe
I enjoyed my first dinner at the Art House Café. The ambience is casual, modern and open. We were there on a Friday night and the live music was pleasant (guitarist). The menu was not extensive but all of the choices were tempting.
I learned about AHC while watching the advertisements at the Grand Cinema. Thought I'd pay it a visit. So glad that I did. I have been back with spouse, relatives, and friends. I recommend AHC every chance I get. The food, service, and attention is consistently excellent. The atmosphere is inviting and convivial. I always feel like an honored and valued guest.
I do wish the wine (red) list was a bit broader...
Nice early weeknight dinner
We'd been here for brunch, which was worth the wait (the place is SUPER popular on weekends), but this was a lovely early weeknight dinner for my husband's birthday. It was nice that we made it in before the crowd. I was disappointed in the limited menu, mostly pizza, but my husband really enjoyed it, and the chocolate cake was delightful.
This was our third visit and unfortunately the experience was not positive enough to return. The staff is very inexperienced: slow, inattentive, lacking in knowledge. Our server meant well, but that only goes so far. The menu has so much potential, but execution isn't there. Pizza that is undercooked and bland, lentils seasoned like cup-o-soup, salad with giant lettuce leaves that you have to spend minutes chopping up to eat with too much bacon and nuts. It's really disappointing because the atmosphere is great and the concept as well. We had similar issues on the first two visits but have been hoping they were anomolies.
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