About Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Seattle
Seattle, WA 98101
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.
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 $15 when dining in the restaurant.
Westlake Center Station, University Street Station, 4th Avenue
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, 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 made reservations at the last minute so as to make it to Benaroya for a performance and were expecting the "usual Four Seasons fare" (awesome in and of itself). The waiter informed us of the unlisted "Chef's Tasting" menu which we rarely decline.
It was a good choice.
Four courses that were diverse, savory, quite well presented, and, um, large. After the appetizer course (six two-person dishes), we thought we were done, but were surprised by the pasta and meat. The personal touch was evident as the chef single-handedly delivered the appetizer, pasta, and meat courses.
We will definitely return.
A short walk up the hill from the Ferry dock for those who come from afar - to this wonderful place that serves fantastic local fare, offers attentive service and makes you feel at ease, is a place I we enjoy frequently as well as share with great friends. Always a favorite for us. A must in Seattle!!
We were 8 people. The food was delicious, but the services was terrible. There are enough waiters, however there was no evidence that someone has organized them and told them who needs to do what. One of our colleagues got his meal quickly and the rest waited nearly 45 min to be served. It was unpleasant experience. Same with the drinks and in the end 3 guys had to get engaged to find and bring us 5 coats.
Will never go there again, neither will recommend this restaurant.
Second time I have been to Gold Finch (first time was breakfast/brunch, this time was for lunch). Found the food underwhelming and overpriced. Also the portion size on the salmon dish in particular, was laughable. It has beautiful decor and gorgeous views. Could be a great place but the food needs a lot of work.
We took a friend here for Sunday brunch prior to a chamber music concert at Benaroya Hall as a gift for Hanukkah. I've been here twice recently for lunch, and had very good service and food. This time, however, was a disappointment.
It took awhile before we were brought water, and even longer before our server acknowledged our presence. When he approached the table, he said, "I'm ready to take your order." He didn't offer us anything to drink, or ask if we had questions about the menu. Our friend was slow making her decision about what to order, and he walked away twice in a huff. The restaurant wasn't busy, I don't know why he was so impatient; I thought he was rude.
My husband and I each ordered a cup of the butternut squash soup, and salad. He also ordered a fruit smoothie. My husband didn't like the soup as it was spicy hot; one of the staff came by and asked if he was still enjoying his soup, to which he replied he never enjoyed the soup and she cleared away the dish. I don't know whether or not we were charged for the soup as he didn't check the bill. He was also dissatisfied with his fruit smoothie because the glass it was served in was hot, which made the smoothie warm. Unfortunately he didn't send it back, or provide feedback to our server.
My crab and beet salad was delicious, as was the soup.
I felt badly that I had suggested the Goldfinch Tavern for our outing, and certainly won't take my husband there again. The experience wasn't up to par of Ethan Stowell's restaurants.
I am fully supportive of the 20% automatic gratuity, distributing it to all staff. However, when there's an issue, I feel it's unfair being charged 20% for poor service.
Service was very good, ambience is fine, food disappointing.
Wife had crab, beet salad which was good but not really special: sort of like I would make myself.
I had oysters which were delicious. Pretty hard to screw up plain, fresh oysters so I give no stars for that.
My mussels were almost disastrous. Close to 10 of then didn't open and with a few exceptions the rest were tiny, tough and grisly.
They were in a kind of wine sauce I think, and it was bland and uninteresting. I love mussels and I don't think that I've ever not eaten all on my plate until these.
Wife had mushroom pasta which was good, but again, nothing to justify all the hype around this place.
Desserts fine, but ordinary.
In sum, except for the mussels, the food was decent but certainly not of a quality that have us eager to go back.
Our server was great.
We were a party of six, celebrating a birthday as well as enjoying the visit with some out of town friends. I had also special-ordered a birthday cake for dessert in advance. Everything was excellent - the food and service were outstanding. The cake was really good, several members of our party said it was among the best cakes ever! All in all, a truly enjoyable evening on all fronts. Then, later it turned out there was a glitch with my credit card and the restaurant management was kind and patient as that was sorted out.
Great food and service! I went with a friend pre-symphony and Michelle, our waitress, was super. We shared the pork which was moist and tender, scallops perfectly cooked, carrots beautifully prepared, the bruschetta which was delicious with sour cherry and goat cheese and had the pistachio ice cream (made in house) and the lemon budino for dessert. I'd highly recommend it all. The only thing we didn't care for was a red cabbage accompaniment which was over-salted. Considering how good everything else was, it's a small complaint. We'd go back.
Family lunch, 3 families, 2 eniors, 2 little kids. The most wonderful and magical 4 hours. Like being in Italy. Food was great, pace was as fast as we needed to keep food on the table and slow enough for everyone to relax and join in the conversation. The table was perfect for 6 adults to convers and 2 little ones to do activities and feel included. Service was great, friendly accommodating yet gave us our space. Thank you for this gift!
Service was great and food was almost really fine. The pumpkin soup needed more pimpkin--to dilute, but still enjoyable. Ambience is welcoming though it's the holidays and people come feeling good before they walk in. Been here several times and always glag we came.
This luncheon was an annual Christmas luncheon with my daughter in law. For this even I always take great care to choose a special place. We were both so excited to be dining at the Goldfinch Tavern. Wow, what a disappointing visit!
It took 10 - 15 minutes after being seated before the server came to give us some water. He poured the water and left - no offer to for us to order a drink, etc. After about another 15 minutes we called him over and asked him if we could order a cocktail. He brought the cocktail after a long wait and did not return.
Finally we flagged him down AGAIN to ask if we could order our luncheon. We ordered and it came in a timely manner. We noticed that someone (who appeared to be a Manager) delivering bread to some tables but we were never offered the option.
Considering this was a $250 lunch with cocktails and wine it was a terrible experience. I really expected more from this restaurant, hotel and E Stowell! And ..... we arrived at 11:30 AM when there were only about 6 tables full....so being overcrowded was no excuse!
Plates are very small which make the value for money pretty mediocre. In addition, our server was not very good. She was nice but incredibly "green"... spilled water across the table a few times, dropped a platter of server ware onto the floor and was unfamiliar with the specials list... which almost led to two of our dinner party members getting the wrong meals. For the Four Seasons... perhaps I had higher expectations.
Not a good holiday experience as they stuck our table for 5-- reserved four weeks in advance-- on the edge of the restaurant/bar area, and the bar was crowded and overrun and we could not hear each other nor were we served our drinks and even water for at least 30 minutes. The hostess said she would see if she could move us to a booth, but NEVER got back to us even to apologize that she could not. So, poorly handled (poor training?), poor special touch, not the experience these long-time Seattle residents would expect at the Four Seasons for a special holiday meal.
This was my first time to Goldfinch and I had high expectations since it's the restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel. Ambiance was good, service was excellent, but I wasn't really happy with my meal. What I ordered was a chicken club sandwich and I expected sliced chicken, cheese and bacon. What I got was a deep fried chicken patty sitting on melted cheese in artisan bread. I know it's labeled a "tavern," but a deep fried chicken patty? Every time I took a bite, my hands were covered in grease. What I liked about my lunch experience was the choice of wines.
I've heard many good things about this restaurant and was excited to try it for a nice dinner out prior to a show downtown. The ambiance was very comfortable and the staff was friendly and attentive. The drinks and appitizers were very good and promising, but my partner and I were very disappointed with our meal. The lobster pasta was extermely plain, there wasn't a sauce to the dish. It seemed like it was just a few pieces of lobster was tossed with unsauced pasta. Not horrible, but not as appetizing as one would hope. I ordered the waygu ribeye which I was very excited about and I have to say, my favorite part was the side of grilled green beans which I subbed instead of the brussell sprouts. The meat was actually well cooked, exactly how I would expect medium rare to be served, however, the steak itself was lacking flavor. I would equate it to a steak I could get at a chain restaurant (think Applebee's). We did discuss our disappointment with our waitress and she was very understanding, but did not enquire too far, and no corrective action was really offered. I did appreciate the great service and atmosphere, but I do not think that we will be dining here again as did not have the experience we expected to have at the price point we paid. Maybe our expectations were too high with all the rave reviews we had read and been told, but I really have to say the restaurant missed the mark on the most important part of the restaurant experience, the food.
Beautiful location, probably no bad tables. No wait for our 6:15 Saturday reservation.
Lovely cocktail, wine and dinner menu, with something for everyone. My husband enjoyed the pumpkin soup followed by the mussels. My choices were both off the daily special menu. The sautéed shaved Brussels sprouts were nicely seasoned but in an overly filling quantity of butter, and my pasta with shaved black truffle was disappointingly flavorless. The server would likely have offered a substitute but I had lost my appetite.
Will certainly try again as great location menu & atmosphere for out of town visitors.
We were at Goldfinch for lunch. The albacore tuna salad had two very small pieces of tuna and for the price of $21 was very meager. Not even a piece of bread or cracker to accompany it. The crab cakes were quite tasty but also quite small with a tiny portion of slaw . Our waiter was excellent
My friend and I had a leisurely lunch seated by the window. She's hard of hearing and the quiet restaurant was welcome.
We had a gracious helpful server. He split the pumpkin soup for us. The crab and beet salad was delicious and flavorful.
Overall it was an enjoyable experience.
Don't let the "Tavern" in the name fool you - this is fine dining. We had the 4-course tasting menu and were blown away by the appetizers (5 in all!) This restaurant is in the same space as the Four Season's old restaurant, it's been updated in the interior, and with a new menu and chef.
poor service. booth on east side was like a racetrack, service people running back and forth constantly. restaurant managers were fawning over some customers while others were ignored.
food did not match the menu descriptions. I ordered what I thought would be sliced salmon and it turned out to be a cheap salmon pate which they sell at qfc for $3.99.
Would never recommend or go back. the Brooklyn, wild ginger and schuckers are within a few blocks, so forget about the goldfinch.
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