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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.
Tacoma, WA 98403
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
1st time here. I loved the vibe. Food wasn't quite as good as I expected, based on reviews. Started with the house salad, all wonderful ingredients, presentation, but overdressed. Uncle Val's gin and tonic was lovely, spaetzle was killed by too many strongly flavored ingredients.....could not taste the sage butter .
Service was fine, although not notable.
I'll try again, though !
I had a green salad before dinner which I split with a friend. The server kindly asked if she could split this for us which was great. The salad came with a wonderful balsamic dressing and was sprinkled with cashew nuts, fabulous! For dinner I ordered the polenta cakes which were served over pea greens, also very tasty! This beautiful space is filled with art, thus the name. There are pretty pieces of art every place you look. The fire place kept things warm on the cold night we were there. I loved my meal and hope to return to try their brunch!
Had the Flank Steak with cauliflower au Gratin and grilled Brussel sprouts. Outstanding! The Gratin is really really good, and the steak tender and cooked to perfection. Service was cheerful, prompt and knowledgeable. Dinner for 2, without drinks, was about $40. Had wine after, and found the staff knowledgeable and wiling to offer suggestions.
This was my second visit to Arthouse Cafe. The first time, the service and food were great! This time, we waited for 20-30 minutes just to have our order taken and then another 30 to get our food. Breakfast was mediocre this time. Unfortunately, we probably won't go back.
We came here the day after Christmas. We were sat right away because of our reservation. There was a longer than normal wait time for our food so our server brought us a complimentary cinnamon roll! More than one server kept our water glasses and coffee mugs full. I ordered a pressed egg sandwich on sourdough. It was homey and delicious. We will definitely be back.
We really enjoyed our meal- we shared a bunch of small plates among our group of 4 so that we could sample more things on the really delicious menu. Everthing we ordered was great but the table favorite was the gnocchi with bacon- will get that again if it's on the menu in the future! Desserts are also worth the calorie splurge. Service was outstanding.
We've been to breakfast and lunch at Arthouse in the past but this was our first dinner. But definitely not the last. The neighborhood is becoming a restaurant destination and as a bona fide foodie I must say this has become one of the best in this hood.
The Art House Café has a great menu with many choices for all different type of eaters. I had the gnocchi with bacon and I finished every morsel. The dinner salad was excellent had a nice balsamic dressing. My friend who had the polenta dish was practically licking her place
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 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 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 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 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 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. 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, 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!
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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