Seattle, WA 98103
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.
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
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.
So glad found this little place! It is absolutely worth the drive.
The food was outstanding, each dish had something altogether unique about it, and I really felt like I was tasting the roots of the chefs and also the local environment. All the flavors combined so well! The open kitchen and the chef's bar really allowed the kitchen to entertain the guests and have real conversations too - they were more than happy to answer any questions, explain a process or dish, and would usually end up providing a little tidbit of one of the other dishes during the wait between courses.
Absolutely recommend mkt. - it was well worth a 10 minute drive out of the city!
Had another great dinner at mkt. I really like "small plates" style dining. The menu is limited but we always find something we like, even though we're not too adventurous. The green beans are always a highlight, the dahi vada fritters were interesting but I probably wouldn't order again, the grilled wagyu beef is delicious (could do with a bit less pepper). The surprise star of this visit was the carrot puree accompanying the lamb shank - I'm not even a big vegetable fan, but I was wanting to lick the plate, it was so rich and velvety. Our excellent servers not only brought me an extra scoop, they gave me the ingredients list - not sure I can recreate it, but I really appreciated it. A 20% service charge is automatically added to the bill, and they deserve it. Not a cheap meal (two small main dishes + 2 sides, a dessert, and 4 glasses of wine came to $190 including the tip) but very enjoyable.
Whenever anyone visits Seattle, I take them to MKT. Dining there is an experience. All of the dishes are served family style, with 2-3 dishes recommended per person. They then come out as they are cooked in an order determined by the chef. The menu changes often, though I have gone a couple times with 3 other people, so I have eaten almost everything on the menu. I have not had one thing I did not find delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Waiter was super and attentive - but not overly so. Offered to make gluten-free recommendations, which is always such a breath of fresh air because I always feel like a big nuisance having to admit to being gluten-intolerant. Food was fresh, quick to arrive to our table, artfully presented, and thoughtfully composed. Would absolutely come back again!
Few negatives (since I guess this is a review): It's small and a tiny bit cramped. Not fit for big groups. But its size also contributed to a cozy and intimate atmosphere, which I think was one of my favorite features of the whole place. So negative, not really.
I met a friend here for Seattle Restaurant Week. The ambiance is cozy and hip. Neither of us had been to Mkt. and we were excited to try this neighborhood gem. Every course we ordered was truly delicious, but rather than the tiny gourmet portions I was expecting, they were very generous! We started with the creamy bacon and cauliflower soup (so good we considered ordering a second bowl)Then, we had the jumbo scallops wrapped in prosciutto and the incredible pork tenderloin in a gorgeous quince sauce. However, the "piece de resistance" was dessert. We both ordered the same dark chocolate brownie with a crumbled dark chocolate butter cookie and mint sauce for dessert. Truly amazing... Paired with a cup of coffee, it was heaven. I will be back SOON!
We had a most delicious dinner. Mkt is practically the only restaurant where I trust our server to select a glass of wine to pair with the meal. Typically I ask for a taste as you never know what you'll get. At Mkt they've always done well. Friday was a Sangiovese which complemented the duck breast with elderberry sauce beautifully.
My friend and I love eating at Mkt. The staff takes such good care of us.
Super helpful and kind front of house that let us taste every red wine while we were waiting!!!! So sweet.
I thought it was slightly pricey for what I ordered but the flavor: presentation/ variety on the menu was great. Curated wine list was amazing. Don't miss the ESR wine - notes of burnt sugar and it's awesome for dessert! Great ambience for a small dinner party of two or four. Super intimate space. Overall ESR does it again. :)
We have never been disappointed by an Ethan Stowe restaurant. The goal is to try them all. I made a reservation on Open Table and they called to confirm the day before. The only problem was I thought I made it for the day they called. Luckily they were kind enough to accommodate us and said we would have a place at the kitchen counter instead of a booth. I really appreciate the effort to make up for my mistake. The food was excellent. Quality ingredients, spot-on cooking and beautiful presentation. I don’t consider this a inexpensive dining experience but the quality and attention to detail makes it well worth it.
Mkt is in a very intimate setting with outstanding food. Outstanding!! They recommend order multiple dishes and sharing family style. The portions are small so consider trying at least 2-3 for 2 people.
The marinated green beans were out of this world amazing!! You will not be disappointed.
Two of us had salmon which was overcooked and dry. The hamburger was also nothing special or unique considering the higher expectation when ordering such an item in a gourmet neighborhood restaurant. A previous experience there was much better, so perhaps this time it was an exception.
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