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About Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Seattle
Approachable sophisticated Pacific Northwest cuisine, simply prepared using the finest regional ingredients and served in a dining room with maritime-inspired design and sweeping views of Elliott Bay.
Ethan Stowell and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle are thrilled to announce the name of their new restaurant collaboration: Goldfinch Tavern. Named for the state bird of Washington, the American goldfinch.
The upscale tavern pays homage to the city’s pioneer days, when taverns catered to lumberjacks and sailors alike, providing a place for travelers and locals to both socialize and conduct business, all while enjoying drinks and food.
Seattle, WA 98101
Northwest, Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Open Sunday through Thursday 6:30am-12:00am,
Friday and Saturday 6:30am-1am
Breakfast: Daily, 6:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: Daily, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Daily, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Happy Hour: Daily, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is $17 when dining in the restaurant.
Westlake Center Station, University Street Station, 4th Avenue
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Let Goldfinch Tavern make your next celebration or meeting unforgettable in one of our two private dining rooms. Either room can accommodate up to 16 guests for intimate gatherings or 25 guests for a standing reception. Valet parking, coat check and AV are available for all events.
Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Seattle Ratings and Reviews
We were six with a reservation two hours before a Sunday Benaroya show. The restaurant was not full, and there seemed to be plenty of staff, but the service was spotty. It took about forty minutes for our cocktails to be served. The staff were pleasant, and attentive, but orders were given to the wrong patrons, and no one offered pepper for anything. Simple conversations like, "yes, leave the wine glasses, we are looking at the wine menu" had to be reiterated. Despite having planned 1.5 hours for the meal, we ran out of time for dessert/coffee. The food was good, but not remarkable, with creative recipes, local provenance, and careful preparations. The portions were ample, making the price point reasonable, but the wine was overpriced. It was noisier than we expected, making it difficult to hear from a centrally located table. There are so many really good restaurants in Seattle, when I'm this underwhelmed, I'm unlikely to return.
I had wanted to visit Goldfinch for some time. My friends and I came for Brunch last Sunday. Our waiter was pretty awful. I realized that every check automatically includes gratuity and that may be one of the reasons the service was so bad. Our waiter would never check on us or offer to refill/ replenish beverages. His mannerisms were so strange his service- or lack there of- ruined an important milestone. And the food- was good but not great.
Although in The Four Season's hotel, we have routinely enjoyed a relatively inexpensive dinner during happy hour which ends at 6:00. They take reservations for 5:45 and I request a window table for the lovely waterfront view. Service is impeccable with 2-3 servers following up with beverages, food, and service clearing. My husband enjoyed the happy hour Unusual Margarita while I had the prosecco for $7. We shared dozen oysters for $18, split the burger which was perfectly cooked rare, and the mussels. The latter was such a large portion that we only got through half. IMHO Taylor Shelfish has better prepared steamed mussels. Great overall experience.
Attentive service, beautiful and tasty salad. Other appetizers and entrees are decent given the price tag. The house-made ice cream was delicious, especially tart cherry and coffee.
My dining partner had a shellfish allergy reaction immediately after tasting the hamachi crudo...
Outstanding. The burger was astounding, the fries delicious and ample (we just warmed up yesterday's leftovers to have with lunch). We will definitely go back and look forward to working our way around an exceptional menu. Thanks to Massimo, our thoughtful waiter, and to the kitchen crew!
We had another excellent meal at Goldfinch Tavern this past week. The halibut was especially good and the goat cheese salad is definitely worth ordering. Service, as usual, was efficient and friendly. We had a new dessert, a multi-layer chocolate concoction with accompanying amaretto-flavored ice cream, which was phenomenal! The wine list covers a good range of offerings and prices.
We enjoyed our dinner - great vibe and great service. Prices a bit steep but the restaurant is in the Four Seasons Hotel, so not too surprising. My halibut entree was excellent but my husband's steak was average and a bit tough, especially given the price. We will try again and perhaps stick with the fish.
Goldfinch Tavern is a great spot to grab a bite before going to events at Benaroya. Happy hour is short but the food is very good. Well-designed space surrounding a fireplace, with a view overlooking Elliott Bay. Staff friendly and attentive. Will definitely go back.
I'm no stranger to paying top dollar for a special meal but Goldfinch really missed the mark. The chicken was dry & over cooked and about 15% of the mussels and frites were undercooked and unopened.
Very expensive "foodie lesson" at $375 bucks for 4 people
-A disappointed local.
It was clean, Great service, the waitress was very friendly, and gave exceptional service, she made sure we had everything we needed at all times. The menu options were great, the buffet had alot of great choices for different types of eating habits... The prices were good for what you got.. Only thing I would complain about is that they don't give you a choice for the tip amount.. They automatically charge you 20%.. .. Which is a great amount for the great service in my case, but in some cases the service might not deserve a 20% tip
Went for Seattle Restaurant Week menu, which was superb (the shellfish bisque was sublime, the spot-prawn gnocchi wonderful, everything else delicious and well prepared). Our server was expert and hit just the right balance of attentiveness and timing; the "suppert" waitstaff was also excellent. We're making plans to go back!
The service was good and the food was tasty but the big downside was that the portion was way too small. They offered no bread, the drinks were full of ice cubes, the soup was under 50 ml, the halibut and steak cut too small and the desserts were tiny. Overall I wouldn't think it's good value but may be good for dates.
Lovely ambiance and location, good service, but the food was just OK. Rather bland and uninspiring presentation and the food tasted fine but nothing you couldn't do yourself at home. If I go out to a "4 star" restaurant like Goldfinch and pay accordingly I expect to be impressed and leave feeling like I got something I either couldn't, or wouldn't, prepare myself.
The food was amazing. Our meal started out with great servoce, but then fell flat very quickly. Our server left and no one told us. we had to flag down another server after about 30 mins of not being checked on. I had been told about the awesome brunch experience, and the amazing service. I was really disappointed.
I was there for restaurant week. The menu choices were many which sometimes is not the case. I had the shellfish bisque, the Halibut and the strawberry rhubarb tart. All were very tasty. My only criticism is that I thought there was too much crumble on the tart. The fruit was excellent, however.
Went there for Seattle Restaurant week, 3 course for $32. Food was quite good. Ambiance very nice, and wait staff did a good job. Would definitely return to this restaurant.
Concerns: I thought the wine pours (wine by the glass) were somewhat minimal in size, also I still am not used to the fact that automatically they put a 20% surcharge on the meal....it is hard to express ones satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the service if a 20% tip is automatic.
As big Ethan Stowell fans we were excited to test the Goldfinch out during Seattle Restaurant Week. Came away thinking we had a meal with good and bad dishes and found the total bill was way higher than expected.
My husband had a really nice raw salmon and beet starter and my main course halibut was very good. I had the lamb terrain as a starter. The terrain was dry, and in texture reminded me of canned corned beef from my childhood. Flavor was lacking. I put it down to a bad choice on my part, but then my husband had the shrimp gnocchi dish as a main which he said was lacking in flavor, he had to ask for salt to pep it up. Chocolate hazelnut cheesecake for desert was OK.
Our main reason we will not return was all the extra costs, water at $9, coffee at $5/cup and a fixed 20% service charge added to all bills(we were only 2), along with alcohol we ended up paying way more than at similar quality restaurants during SRW.
There were a lot of wait staff, but service was nothing special but adequate. Our spoons for desert were delivered while we were still eating our main course, and then I watched our deserts come from the kitchen, and as the waiter reached our table he realized we hadn't quite finished our main course so circled around the dining room with them in his hand until we had.
The service and setting were excellent. This was a Seattle Restaurant Week visit, so the value was also really good. The food was not quite what we'd normally expect from an Ethan Stowell place, but we think that can be chalked up to the aforementioned SRW where they're trying to provide a lower cost than usual. The lamb terrine was a little dry and crumbly, the stinging nettle pasta's strongest flavor was butter, and the cheesecake dessert was on the small side. We would definitely go back and try the regular menu for a special occasion.
I had a great first experience and then the second time was only an average experience. I had the halibut during Seattle Restaurant Week and it was a bit too salty and dry. The shellfish bisque was incredibly overpowering with a flavor that wasn't desirable. Our waiter never came by which kind of sucked since they get an auto 20% gratuity no matter how small of a party. The food was only OK and parking is expensive unless you are able to find street parking. To me, not worth the hassle.
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