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With just 28 seats, mkt. - pronounced "market" - is an intimate restaurant in an cozy Seattle neighborhood know as Tangletown between Wallingford and Greenlake. It gets its name from Meridian, the traditional name for the neighborhood; the historic Keystone Building that it’s housed in; and Tangletown, as the area is now known. Chef Alvin Go's kitchen serves thoughtful, contemporary American fare with a dedication to Northwest products. The menu is intended to be served family style, so come prepared to taste a variety of dishes and perhaps meet some friends next to you.
Seattle, WA 98103
Hours of Operation:
Fri & Sat 5pm-11pm
Happy Hour Sun-Thurs 9pm-10pm
Keystone Pl N
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Mkt. Fresh Monday- every Monday our chef Alvin Go curates a dish that highlights the wonderful farms that we have access to in this city. Join us on Mondays for a variety of different dishes that will excite and delight you.
mkt. Ratings and Reviews
Outstanding, well-balanced, spot-on seasoned & executed food. If I could give 4.5 stars for food, I would, but I'm very stingy with 5 stars for food and creativity and presentation were 1/2 star less than perfect. Issues to note: tight space, less than ideal chairs, and poor pacing from the kitchen for a romantic date. If the dishes arrive like machine-gun fire, guests feel rushed and unwelcome. Tell the server to slow the chef down and you'll have a great meal.
Every dish we tried was outstanding! The oysters, wagyu beef, ravioli, etc. I absolutely loved the bottle of wine we tried (Le Temps Est Venu) as well as the port I had with dessert. The chocolate dessert was delish! The restaurant is very small and intimate. Excellent meal.
Nice hidden little gem. Place is really small which makes it very intimate and good for small groups but also got a bit warm at our furthest table from the door. Server was a little odd in that she somewhat mocked my husband who didn't know the correct way to pronounce some of the food ingredients. She was attentive though from a service standpoint. Would definitely return given the enjoyment we had sharing 6-7 dishes between the four of us. Tasty!
Ethan Stowell restaurants seldom disappoint. The food is always rich and creative, the service is almost always professional and attentive. Love the menu and the execution here. Great wine recommendations from an excellent server. Not crazy about the mandatory 20 percent service charge. We always tip that or more. But being forced to do it seems tacky.
Amazing meal, coursed out really nicely. The staff was incredibly accommodating. The only call out would be around the table at the back where we sat. It is right in front of the door to the restroom (the non-booth seats are literally blocking the door to the bathroom). It's not a huge issue because of how small the place is but I would just suggest requesting any other table.
My wife and I pride ourselves in the fact that we live in a city where there are so many great culinary chefs and restaurants. We have been to so many great restaurants but we continually come back here week after week! We love bringing friends from out of town or just showing up here for a wonderful date night!
This restaurant is NOT kid friendly. So come and enjoy a night away from yours if you want to; or need to!
FOOD!!!! We seem to have our own prefix when we show up that consist of:
~Grilled and marinated green beans, sea salt, lemon
~Porcini ricotta ravioli, grana padano, mushroom butter sauce, marjoram
~Hamachi ceviche, citrus-cucumber ice, coriander, pickled red onion
~Grilled wagyu beef crusted with peppercorn, rosemary, fingerling potatoes, fried onions, red wine sauce
We of course have tried all of the items on the menu but we find ourselves coming back to these staples. You really cant go wrong with whatever you choose on the menu.
STAFF!!! Any restaurant should be able to make you great food. However, to be an exceptional restaurant you have to have more!!!! Head Chef Alvin and Sous Chef Mark are a great team. They are very friendly and are excited to interact with those who sit at the chefs counter. And man, can they cook! We have never once received anything from them that wasn't cooked to perfection.
Manager Sara is such a joy to see when we walk in the door! She makes sure all guests are taken care of and everything is to their satisfaction. She has a great staff who are as unique and amazing as Seattle is.
Mkt was a big, expensive, disappointment. We have enjoyed many of the Ethan Stoel restaurants and had high hopes for this one, but those were dashed by the absolutely miserable service. The wait was long, half of our food never came out, and the waiter was oblivious to the oversight (clear by the way our oyster forks came and left, but no oysters were served). Hard to believe considering there are just 10 tables or so. When we politely pointed out the error (and that our other food never came out), he didn't seem to care and just offered us a free desert to make up for it. Then, to top it off, they charge a 20% non-negotiable service fee instead of a tip (which is totally fine, assuming you actually receive something resembling service, which we did not). I wouldn't not return to this place or suggest anyone else go there. We ended up out $125, unhappy, and still had to go out somewhere else afterward to get enough to eat. All that said, ambiance is nice, Brussels sprouts were good, as was the Char.
Went to mkt. for the second time - reinforced my first impressions that this place is one of the best restaurants in the city. All plates are for sharing, and each dish is singular in its creativity, flavor, and presentation. Two of us shared five plates and that was sufficient (although we both got tempted by the dessert menu). The pacing of the dishes could have been a tad better (we had three dishes on the table at once early in the meal), but the serving staff was very attentive to clearing space at the table to make room for fresh plates and new dishes. It is a very small place, but somehow the acoustics don't require you to compete with the table next to you.
Simply, the food is fantastic! My favorite plate was the squash salad. It was absolutely delicious harmony with sweet roasted squash, pine nuts, leafs (I believe it was arugula) a vinaigrette, etc. The ceviche is very good, but it was untraditional, it was more of a sashimi with what seemed to be a mignonette. The chocolate pudding was exquisite and left a cool fresh mint after taste. Overall, people treated us very well. A good to know fact is that gratitude is included at 20%.
Fantastic selections for a pescatarian diet! My friend and I weren't very hungry...nicely charred brussel sprouts appetizer, beautiful presentation and delicious layer of flavors with the trout bruschetta, and the cheese plate made a perfect dessert. Nice to see ESR partners with wineries; the Mark Ryan viognier and Frank the Tank cab (can't recall the winery), were divine. I look forward to their spring menu!
Overall it was creative and tasty. Cauliflower truffle soup was amazing. A few of the other small plates were really good but missed one thing here or there like, the ceviche needed a bit of lime to elevate it to perfect, beet salad was slightly off and the chèvre was mostly on the bottom of the plate instead of on top so many bites missed it. Scallops while fresh and cooked to perfection missed a bit of flavor including salt. I'll definitely be back to try other things and as the seasons change. I definitely would recommend MKT.
Every dish we had: charred Brussels sprouts in black umami sauce, roasted winter squash in a maple sherry vinaigrette, truffle cauliflower soup, seared sea scallops with apple and parsnips, pork tenderloin with grilled pear and Marco a almonds, and finally, porcini ricotta ravioli were out of this world. Even the bread, which came with herb butter and a spread which was delightful, was above par. Finally, the malted dessert was just the right ending to a fabulous meal. Service was perfect, too. Our water glasses never reached empty. Also, there were 4 of us and we split everything, including ordering 2 soups to be split 4?ways. They were cheerfully accommodating to our request. And, lastly, while I walked away full, there wasn't that overwhelming fullness from a too heavy meal. You can tell the best ingredients are going into the meals they prepare. This is the best restaurant I've tried in a long time on all counts!
The food was amazing. We got three veggies, the bread, two entrees and shared a desert. It was just the right amount of food. The truffle cauliflower soup was out of this world. The biggest surprise was the black garlic jam that came with the bread - made the $4 bread one of my favorite things we tried. I'd plan on spending at least $75 a person, so it might be a special date spot instead of an everyday kind of restaurant. I will definitely go back again.
This was our 2nd visit to mkt. and we look forward to many more delicious meals. Our daughter and her boyfriend were our guests. She is a vegetarian who also does not eat cheese or mushrooms. There were five dishes on the menu which were all delicious and all met my daughter's restrictions. All the descriptors I listed above really tell the whole story! Plus, we had two wonderful, well-priced bottles of wine,selected from a very nice wine list.
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