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.
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/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. The two spaces can accommodate up to 16 guests for intimate gatherings or 20 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 very pleased in that our last vi ...
We were very pleased in that our last visit was one that fell short for the reasons explained. David and his team were spot on this go-around (like every other visit excluding the one we had some issues) and even went out of his way to make an in-person stop to our table. At times you wonder the reaction to negative feedback and sharing a poor experience and in this case David was very concerned and invested in ensuring they exceeded our expectations with every visit and they they appreciated the straight-forward feedback.
We went along to the Goldfinch Tavern on ...
We went along to the Goldfinch Tavern on our last night in Seattle. The food was excellent, we had the 'Trust the Chef' option which gave us a range of food to try. The service was outstanding with all staff very friendly and helpful and our specific waiter (Patrick) really making the meal an enjoyable event.
It's actually a family date night, so we ...
It's actually a family date night, so we had our 4-yr old with us and he has been here before, he loves it and we love it, we always feel welcomed and well taken care of ! They also have the best King Crab Pasta, a must-try! And the cocktails, were just amazing! What a great way to end the work week!
lovely atmosphere. We wished we could ha ...
lovely atmosphere. We wished we could have tried everything on the menu. the service was perfect - very attentive but not overwhelming. We highly recommend Goldfinch for a special occasion or for anyone who appreciates fabulous food. It is expensive but truly special.
Great spot. We had the chefs menu, whic ...
Great spot. We had the chefs menu, which is always a favorite thing for us to do when we go out. I highly recommend it. The chefs take pride in the food and it shows in the presentation and the taste. Loved every course and bite.
Seattle is a great town for foodies, but ...
Seattle is a great town for foodies, but this place had our favorite happy hour!
The food was all amazing!
We worked our way through nearly all of the happy hour. From our first time, it was love and we weren't going to go elsewhere until we tried as many items as possible.
We also spent one night on property, which was pricey, but AMAZING!
The facility is great, but the people make it over the top!
If you get the chance, stay, play and enjoy!
I am saddened to report that we visit th ...
I am saddened to report that we visit this spot at least 2 times per month but perhaps more and the latest visit was a nosedive. We arrived ready to go and then sat there and sat there while having to suffer through watching a family next to us wait and wait- complain and then eventually get their food but all the while their young children were miserable and let the entire room know it. We finally were allowed to order and she completely blew the order, waited for 20 minutes until my wife's martini and my ginger beer arrived, ordered our food and sat for nearly 40+ minutes only to have the entree arrive (we split a burger), NO Bruscetta and NO Salad delivered, the Mussels made it but the sequence was all out of whack and the two missed items really created a dysfunctional experience. The Manager, David has always ran a very tight operation with his staff attentive and professional, our favorite waiter, Jaylin was at the other end of the room so we only watched him care for the customers while we sat and labored through what is always a great spot...
We are making a monthly date based upon ...
We are making a monthly date based upon the Seattle Times article, Friday, June 10, 2016, "The Secret to living large at a swanky restaurant? Order the burger". We found the article a bit false as the thinly sliced red union was the perfect match for this burger. However, the crux of the story was true as the burger did tower, the beef was served as asked-medium-rare, smoked onion marmalade was tasty to perfection and the bun was so nice. The fry's were tasty, crispy on the outside and hot and soft on the inside.
We do have to say a significant focus on Goldfinch Tavern was the waitstaff. What a great team. They made the event even more special.
Make it a point to go to Goldfinch Tavern!
This was our first visit to the Goldfinc ...
This was our first visit to the Goldfinch Tavern and what an experience. We ordered the "Trust the Chef" four-course dinner. What a delectable dinner by an incredible chef. We started with an array of appetizers - crab, salmon, halibut, octopus and pate - followed by a pasta course, main course of duck and dessert. Without a doubt, we will be eating at the Goldfinch Tavern our next trip into Seattle.
Super fun location and atmosphere! Lots ...
Super fun location and atmosphere! Lots of variety on the menu. Everyone at our table loved their own dinner choices and the desserts we shared! Friendly and courteous employees! It was an excellent dinner experience!
We were flying in for a cruise the night ...
We were flying in for a cruise the night before and only had time for ONE dinner while in Seattle. Decided not to chance it and choose this restaurant since we love Four Seasons. We were married at the Four Seasons in Hawaii, so they always hold a special place in our heart. Much to our surprise the food is average to poor, the ambiance is loud and unpleasant and the service is not at all to the Four Seasons standard. Everyone is very nice, but we had to "ask" for every bit if service we received. When we sent back food uneaten, they didn't even ask why. Such a disappointment
We were celebrating the completion of my ...
We were celebrating the completion of my husband's scholarly book and planned to go to the symphony after dinner. We ordered the rib steak, the most pricey on the menu. We know steak and did not believe it was a rib steak, it tasted more like a sirloin. overall, the food was not as good as it should be for an Ethan Stowell restaurant. We ar a big fan of his restaurants, especially How to Cook a Wolf. We ordered a total of three glasses of red wine betwen us and it turned out that the wine cost more than the steak, about $78 for 3 glasses of wine! We were shocked. We had asked the waiter for a recommendation and did not ask the price. We felt ripped off and the wine was not all that special, no real finish to it. I think he said it was Dead Horse, which was how we felt about it. We will not go back to this restaurant. It is over priced for what it is and it's not an honest business. The waiter kept asking how we liked everything and seemed over solicitous and when we told him what we thought, he was defensive. Not a very good celebration.
This prettily redone restaurant has a ni ...
This prettily redone restaurant has a nice view over the water and very attentive service. Food is somewhat hit and miss. The artisan bread is not worth the expense, and is served with unsalted butter with no salt along with or on the table. A vegan carrot soup was richly flavored and a lovely hue, with crunchy bits for contrast. Really wonderful. Their take on a nicoise salad was not as good. The tuna tasted too strongly of fennel pollen, and the ice cold plate and cold hard boiled egg (beautifully cooked with a custardy yolk) dulled the flavors. A pistachio rhubarb brulee (I believe they called it a tart) was as flavorful and interesting as it was beautiful.
Excellent visit from start to finish! En ...
Excellent visit from start to finish! Enjoyed two lovely glasses of Grüner Veltliner, and the salmon with morels was outstanding! We tasted a variety of appetizers that were all better than the next. The service was impeccable. I was in town from Chicago visiting friends and recommended this hot spot to lots of friends and family! We valeted and it was only $15 so very reasonable and convenient when just popping in town for dinner. What a view to enjoy as the sun was setting...all around a fabulous experience!
My salmon dinner came nearly cold and th ...
My salmon dinner came nearly cold and the morel mushrooms were not only cold, but beyond salty. After 20 minutes watching my husband finish his dinner, I called it quits. The manager wanted to pack up my new dinner, that never arrived, but who wants to eat soggy food in your room? Our waiter barely talked to us after I returned my cold dinner. This restaurant was highly recommended to us. I would recommend skipping it all together!
all fine. except I ordered a second glas ...
all fine. except I ordered a second glass of winr and our waitress poured it into the same glass as the first (different wines) I protested and was told "It's ok I am a sommelier and as long as the wine is "the same color, you do not need to change the glass." I have dined all over the world and have never heard that!
The waiter on this return trip (we go at ...
The waiter on this return trip (we go at least two times per month) was weak, he just created a urgency to select the "Chefs Choice" or the package of trust the chef items- we are very much satisfied everytime we go and told him so in a joking manner- he was not impressed. I would say that the waiter just had a very odd-affect and made is feel off-put. We really enjoy David (Manager) and Jamal one of their top-notch service staffers!
The food and ambiance really is great and despite the oddball waiter we came away ready to return soon.
I always enjoy my meals at the Goldfinch ...
I always enjoy my meals at the Goldfinch Tavern. The service is impeccable and the food is outstanding. The location is pretty difficult to beat, too. Just a couple of blocks from the market and the view is spectacular. I recommend this restaurant wholeheartedly. They also cater to gluten and dairy free upon request.
GT is another Ethan Stowell restaurant. ...
GT is another Ethan Stowell restaurant. When compared to his other locations, this is the worst. It is too loud, the layout is absolutely terrible with the bar being in the middle of the floor space. There are no real bar tables except for three uncomfortable tables. As for the food, it is traditional Northwest, but, with a little twist. The seasoning and preparation was up to "foodie" standard and everything tasted wonderful. Ethan has always been terrible at desert and this is not different, but, get the donuts and ask for caramel sauce. The Halibut was very tasty and an excellent dish. Again, the food is great, the space is terrible. Too loud, too DARK, did I say dark, small bar, and all the tables seem to point you away from the view.
My wife and I were disappointed on our d ...
My wife and I were disappointed on our date night at Goldfinch. The room was very noisy and we were at this oddly placed table with an oval wood wall that just seemed to magnify the noise. One of us had a nice view but the other had no view, so we kept trading places. We asked to move to a quieter table but were simply assured that this did not exist. Service was otherwise good. The food was vey good, but we were disappointed not to see more seafood options in a room overlooking the water. It's basically a high end steakhouse menu and my $65 steak was good, but no better than steaks I've eaten at a fraction of the cost.
This place is totally misnamed: it's way ...
This place is totally misnamed: it's way too upscale to be considered a tavern. There's nary a pool table in sight! The window tables do offer great views of Puget Sound. The food was inconsistent: Dungeness crab & beet salad was terrific; King salmon was good, but the side veggies were too tough to eat; Dungeness gnocchi with leeks were much too doughy & heavy; toasted marshmallow ice cream was yummy. The service was uneven: wait staff was not aware when colleagues had brought things to the table.
Overall pretty disappointing and overpriced.
Service was slow with mistakes to our order and one dish arriving cold. Bread was uninspired, especially wheat bread which was also dry. Halibut was overcooked. Crab pasta was a little bland and didnt include much crab. Cocktails weren't particularly interesting. Overall very overpriced given the quality of the food and the service. music way to loud to enjoy conversation - more like a 'W' Hotel than Four Seasons atmosphere...Was quite disappointed.
Spectacular view and great cuisine.
This place looks like a standard lobby bar, but as we were guests at the Four Seasons, we decided to try it anyway. Seating is an obstacle, but once seated, we were delighted with the friendly, personal service and especially the cuisine, yes, cuisine, not food. Perfect seafood as you might expect a block from the best market on the west coast, perfectly prepared by a very talented and respectful crew. There is an oyster menu, inventive appetizers and bar snacks, a steak and a hamburger that looked great, but if you are in Seattle in the hands of a great chef, and perhaps on expense account, go for seafood, wine, or a perfectly concocted cocktail and stare out into Elliot Bay, one whole wall of the place is glass facing a Puget Sound view, hence the rarified pricing. You are bound to love this place as we did...many times!
Met friends here for lunch. The lunch m ...
Met friends here for lunch. The lunch menu is short, but everything we tried was excellent. And the service was superb. We have been looking for a new venue for our monthly get togethers, and I think we may have found it!
Excellent Seafood and View
We are staying at The Four Seasons and this is the lobby bar restaurant. It looks institutional, like a bank lobby, but the cuisine is inventive and delicious and the service is usually first rate and friendly. The oysters, the salmon, halibut and salads are all fantastic. Beware, they add 20% to every guest check, not just the big ones. We would tip 20% anyway, but if you didn't notice the fine print on the menu, you might pay 40% tip. The service is great, but not 40% great.
Best Salmon on the Planet
We Stayed at the Four Seasons for a week of Seattle Symphony festivities and dined at Goldfinch Tavern often during our stay. Jacob often served us and he is spectacular. The seafood is all fresh from the market, probably Pike Place Market a block away. The restaurant is huge, with a commanding view of Puget Sound along the entire western wall, but the decor is sadly drab, colorless and commercial. That is this restaurant's only flaw. The chefs are the among the finest in Seattle. The appetizers are inventive and different, the oysters the best anywhere, perfect drinks from a convivial, bar center stage, great steaks and fresh produce. We highly recommend it. BTW, they add an automatic 20% gratuity to every check, not just large parties.
We were staying in the hotel, but based ...
We were staying in the hotel, but based on the reviews for the restaurant, we had decided in advance to have dinner there as well. The food was excellent, and the portions were bigger than we expected. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to travelers and locals.
The service and food was excellent. As ...
The service and food was excellent. As a single female dining alone, I felt welcome and a valued customer.
I was pleasantly surprised when the bartender stopped by to ensure the cocktail (new on the menu) was OK and she provided great information about the cocktail and an opportunity to return and try it out.
We celebrated 2 birthdays at Goldfinch T ...
We celebrated 2 birthdays at Goldfinch Tavern this past Saturday night. Our waiter was very attentive. We all opted for the Chef's Taste menu and were blown away by the food!! I knew our meal was going to be amazing when not one but about 6 first course seafood dishes came out, everything from king salmon, to crab bisque, butter poached oysters, grilled octopus. We had a perfectly al dente vegetable pasta with goat cheese and the most melt in your mouth piece of beef I have ever had. Dessert was also spectacular. The chef came tableside and presented the 1st half of our meal. The view is less than stellar depending on where you are sitting. The only other disappointment was that the birthdays were never acknowledged despite my calling ahead and everything. I do find this a problem when you choose to celebrate somewhere & the occasion is not recognized. It was a very expensive meal in the end, some of the best food that I can remember but Goldfinch needs to sharpen up on the details!
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