About Sip Restaurant - Issaquah
Part cultured wine bar and part neighborhood restaurant, Sip is the kind of place designed to feel as though it’s been here for years. Come to Sip to relax and unwind, to enjoy an unforgettable meal, to savor the perfect glass of wine, and to feel at home.
Sip’s warm atmosphere evokes the feeling of a Napa Valley tasting room with a unique 30 seat bar, an outdoor trellis covered patio with a stone fireplace, and cozy and stylish indoor seating. The diverse menu features an array of tantalizing appetizers, savory entrees, and unforgettable desserts, as well as an elaborate selection of hundreds of extraordinary wines by the bottle and over 50 by the glass.
Issaquah, WA 98029
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Open 7 days a week
Friday & Saturday 4:00pm-11:00pm
Every Day 4:00-6:00
Every Day 9 - close
$5 House Spirits, $7 featured martinis & wines by the glass, & $3 off ALL small plates
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music every Thursday, 6:00-9:00pm
$5 House Spirits, $7 featured martinis & wines by the glass, & $3 off ALL small plates.
Sip catering offers full service off-premise catering to private homes & event sites. Call the restaurant for details 425.369.1181
Nearby complimentary street parking and a parking lot are available.
Private Party Facilities:
Sip is the perfect location to celebrate a special occasion, host a luncheon, or hold a business function. Our managers are there every step of the way to guarantee the success of your event & to create a memorable & successful experience for you.
Our Rainier Room accommodates up to 40 guests & is the perfect place for a business or social gathering, featuring old world sheer curtains to provide privacy & a drop down screen for audio visual needs.
The Owner's Booth is set aside from the hustle of the main dining room. Enjoy a private & comfortable dining arrangement that seats 8-10 guests, with a drop down television screen.
Our patio offers a cozy outdoor dining space & accommodates 25 people. A large stone fireplace & overhead heat lamps take away the evening chill.
Full Restaurant Buy-Outs available for your large party needs.
Inviting. Relaxing. Alluring. Visit our website at www.siprestaurant.com.
Private Party Contact:
Call the restaurant for information & details: (425) 369-1181
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Sunday-Tuesday - Spanish Paella Dish - $28 for two $15 for one person.
Dine with us on Tuesdays for a 10% discount for men and women working in the service industry plus VIP rewards card members earn double points.
Winedown Wednesdays offers 1/2 off all bottles of wine valued at $100 or less.
Live Music and Ladies Night Thursdays! Listen to live music from 6 to 9pm & ladies enjoy happy hour drink prices in the bar all night long!
Join us for Happy Hour in the bar from 4 to 6pm.
Sip & a Show - movie tickets to Regal Cinemas are just $8.50 with any Sip purchase.
Sip Restaurant - Issaquah Ratings and Reviews
Nice decorations for Valentine's Day that gave a great festive feel . Restaurant itself was packed and the noise level high. Ambience was energetic but not romantic. Child crying at the next table, etc. Had to wait more than 15 minutes for a reserved table. Some food items were very salty. Staff were attentive and friendly. Overall, had a good time.
This was dinner on Valentines Day. When I made the reservation I had to provide a credit card number, which I didn't like but understood, given the day. Checked in and was told that it would be 20-30 minutes until we could be seated. So much for the reservation. Service was atrocious. None of our items arrived together, with long waits in between. Food was OK, but the special Valentine's Menu was essentially three appetizers. Last time we go there.
For the expense, the salads could certainly use some spicing up......very bland. The main entree was ok but not great. The wine again was fair but not as good as expected for the cost. The waitress was nice but service in general was very slow.....never saw her for long periods of time.....especially when we wanted to get her attention. The atmosphere was nice however and the manager seemed very friendly.
Small menu, didn't take my passport on the excuse that we had a special valentine dinner that did not count as an entre? Noisy as they seated us with my pre-special flowers for valentines dinner right next to the bar and the bartender was very noisy yacking all the time. Food was just OK and the Lagavulin 16 yr was over priced and served in a martini glass?.
Food was excellent.
Service was poor. There was little to no effort made by our server to interact with us beyond asking what we wanted to order. It's an expectation the server will be social and interactive, especially when you've come in for a late night dinner to celebrate New Year's eve.
The music being played the two musicians was great for dinner, however it was dull and boring for ringing in the New Year.
I'd come back to dine, not to celebrate or bring the new year...
I went to Sip for New Year's Eve dinner. When the restaurant confirmed our reservation I was told that there would be a special prix fixe menu, which was fine. The menu, however, was completely different than the regular menu and was a complete disaster. The amuse bouche was the best thing I ate. The remaining four courses ranged from inedible to underwhelming. For example, the second course, lobster bisque, was completely inedible and the third course, steak tartar, nearly as bad. The filet mignon resembled a regular cut of steak in both shape and taste. My husband ordered a few different items from the prix fixe and disliked them all as much as I did mine. All-in-all this was the most expensive terrible food I have ever had. The kitchen should avoid fancier menues if not up to the challenge and stick to the basics.
What happened to SIP? SIP used to be our 'go to' place in Issaquah. Our most recent trip, New Years Eve, was an unpleasant shock. The ambiance and décor is as cozy and welcoming as it has been for years. The service was above standard. The quality of the food has plummeted. The portions were small, not necessarily a bad thing when you're having to work to finish each course. The offerings were combinations of odd tastes and flavors that didn't 'work' and we left more puzzled than satisfied. As happy as we were a few years ago when we found SIP, we are now equally disappointed over its inexplicable direction.
We had the prix fixe menu on New Years Eve. It was a delight! It included gluten free options for each course with the exception of the appetizer. The restaurant staff was kind enough to offer us a gluten free version of the dish and it was just as good. We skipped the wine pairings and went with champagne. A very lovely evening.
Sip has really gone down hill. It use to be one of our go to places with great food and service. Now it just does not measure up to other restaurants in the area. Very disappointing. Management changes seem to have taken it in the wrong direction. No longer on our list for places to go...and we eat out a lot.
Love the atmosphere and wine and service but the food; really not good. We ordered the paella and it was bad; really bad. It was a plate of undercooked Rice A Roni with a sparse sampling of overcooked white fish and two scallops and four pieces of chicken. For two people. Ick. Way different from the SIP food I remember from years ago. Won't be back.
The ambiance is decent. We reserved a high table in the bar and were seated at a 4 top away from the bar...less than romantic for a date. The restaurant is not spaced well- difficult to make your way to the restroom winding through tightly arranged tables (and I'm small). I also don't like washing my hands and looking in the mirror at myself with men--but that's a personal preference. I think the menu variety is decent- but I think they try too hard to be unique and miss the mark on many of the items...it's average quality. I like that this place is very close to my house (for babysitting reasons) and is a decent scene for date-night (but that is with my husband of 11 years--not sure it would be interesting enough for first date). I think it's overpriced for what it is--but because of it's convenience, we've been here twice on dates.
Decided on Sip for my grandfather's 70th birthday on a Friday night (table of four). We were treated by the serving staff with the utmost attention and they facilitated an ideal experience. Chef Emran's food is artistic, created with passion, and locally sourced. Oh, and Chef Karen's deserts are delectable! We did not have wine or spirits but I would imagine their selection is great. I highly recommend this restaurant as they are well-established, with fresh ingredients on a menu that never goes stagnant (Emran changes dishes based on what is seasonal), warm & inviting atmosphere.
I have been to Sip several times and always found it good but not exceptional. This time the food - the presentation, the flavors, the textures - was at a different level. In fact it was so much better that I asked if there was a new chef in the kitchen which, it turns out, there is. Sip still isn't a Michelin-star gourmet restaurant but it's now well beyond most neighborhood eateries and while not cheap it's worth it.
My wife and I had a great time there (date night). The décor is nice, not too loud, and a nice location in the highlands. I had the filet and my wife had the lamb shank, both were really good. They also have Irish Death on tap! The service was OK, a little slow, and had to ask our order 2x, the waiter seemed a little tired, but he was very pleasant and by no means was it bad service.
We've eaten at SIPs several times a year over the past several years and have rarely been disappointed- until tonight. It was my husband's birthday (I didn't tell the server - no fuss necessary) and normally we won't need to say a word because service is great. Tonight our server was not very attentive (no, the restaurant wasn't full). The food was just ok and we had a challenging time getting our bill.
Bummer- we will give it another try but probably stay at the bar.
We had a reservation, but were still seated at a bar table. The service was poor - took forever to get our meal and barely saw our server. We were never asked if we wanted more drinks after the first round. I could not have the lentils served with the halibut, but "the chef was not doing substitutions at that time" (direct quote from the server) so I had to pay full price for the meal and then pay to have an additional vegetable side. Basically I had fun with my friends despite the restaurant service and policies.
Not long ago Sip was a good place to go for a nice meal and great wine selection. 6 of us dined there on Friday, Oct 28th and it was a poor showing by the restaurant.
Our sever was cold at best and mildly rude. She seemed to have little interest in serving a table of six who were ordering multiple bottles of wine.
Next they were out of the wine we'd originally ordered even though it was still available on the iPad their wine list is presented on. But OK, you run out. I get it.
But next they were out of filets! On a Friday night. When there are roughly 6-8 entree options. Additionally this too was met with a sterile apology. Nothing more.
To sum it up, it was an expensive evening with poor results from this establishment. I really want to like Sip. I do! Location is great and they have tons of potential but they really need to get it together.
We had a very pleasant time at Sip. Great wine list which we used to hunt for a special bottle for a special occasion. We shared a Paella, appetizer, salad and dessert. Service was great and the manager even moved us to a new table and fired up the fireplace at my wife's request. That's why it's our favorite place to go in the neighborhood.
This place should be a frequented neiborhood restaurant. Somewhat upscale, but they get lost between regulars willing to skip cooking and go out for a nearby meal and a restaurant you only want to visit for a special occasion. Let's get it straight... Sip your a neighborhood eatery! You don't have a view, you're not on the water, you're barely quaint, the food is pretty good but not consistent. Charging $20.00 for a corking fee is ridiculous! Not having a reasonable fee to add protein to a salad is again just stupid! You're not an ala carte high end restaurant! If you continue to nickle and dime guests your restaurant will, as it was, continue to be empty on a Saturday night!! Hello...volume is profitable!! Also, your whites by the glass needs improvement! It's been forever and many of us have given up coming here and it shows...
You can do this!
Checked in 10 minutes before my reservation. We sat at the bar waiting for someone to get is a table. The place was pretty empty however the 3 people at the host stand forgot about us. When we finally said something 30 minutes later we were told we could pick any table so we picked a nice little spot by a window. A few minutes later we were told we had to move as that table was reserved. Wine ap on the iPad was usless and crashed twice. Search function did not work and User Interface was not friendly. Basically just a huge list of wines to scroll through. When we asked about wines we were told they should have it but nobody could find it on the wall. For location and price I was expecting a whole lot more.
We eat at Sip on a regular basis and it is a go-to for all our out of town guests. We have always had great service (especially from Marietta!) and have always had great meals. The menu changes regularly and all their food is sourced hyperlocally, including from their own organic garden.
I've gone to Sip on the Issaquah Plateau a few times, each time hoping it shows more of itself than the time before, but each time disappointing me more than the last. Only reason I continue to go, every now and then, is that it is a Prime Card restaurant, which means I hope to get value for a sit down meal. The service is good - I've never had a problem with service outside of last Valentines Day, which even with an Open Table reservation, I waited an additional 50 minutes for my table. Beyond service, food is trying to be upscale, but not achieving it. I get just as good of quality food at the local Coho. Portions leave you hungry when you are supposed to be done - if you are going to serve that little, go ahead and put it on a relevant sized plate, and even with the Prime Card, there is no value, as I walk away spending more than I should have for what I got. SIP implies it is a place to go for great wine, yet they have been out of what my wife wanted the last two times we were there. Another 6 months will go by before I think of this place again, and I only hope to remember why I don't go here more often.
With a reservation we were seated right away which was good. The server came by quickly and our drink order was taken. Our drinks came quickly and our food order was taken and the food arrived sooner than we expected. Which was good as we were seeing a movie afterwards.
We were disappointed in the serving size competed to the plate size. The plates were huge compared to the food. The food itself was very good but the plate size made it seem as though I was eating small cheese crackers off of my parents plate.
The 4 of us gathered for a birthday celebration; we had the paella-for-two, which was the recommended special. It was disappointing--the grain was undercooked so as to be chewy, it was dry and there was not much in way of meat and vegetables. (Three prawns for two people??) The portion was meager. Since this was a birthday celebration, I was especially disappointed. We probably won't return.
The menu has completely changed since the last visit. There is barely anything vegetarian friendly on the entire menu. What is alarming, was learning that they cook absolutely EVERYTHING in this restaurant in duck fat. This came from our server, who also stated the duck fat is vegan. I was at a loss for words about that statement.
They were out of several wines and all of the sparkling wines on their menu (excuse: too many ladies nights).
Our server was a pleasant fellow, but he did forget the olives I ordered.
Definitely will not go back here.
Overpriced with terrible service. Waited 20 minutes for drinks to be delivered and then only after we asked. One of our party did not receive their meal until the rest of us had finished. When we complained to manager, he did not even offer an apology. Second and last trip to Sip.
I've met my girlfriends here many times. We like the food and the wine and cocktail choices. Our server this time made several mistakes. First he brought a glass of white instead of red to one friend before we ate. After we ate another friend had ordered a "summery" red and he brought her a glass of white Vinho Verde. When she said, "I'm sorry but I was really expecting a red," he said, "But this is delicious," instead of saying, "I misunderstood; what can I get you instead?"
Something was off with Sip this weekend, unfortunately it happened to be the time where we brought our friends to Sip for the first time to have them try the paelle.
Even before the food, the service was very sub par. Waiters seemed like they were doing everything they can to avoid looking at tables to see who needs attention. We constantly had to get somebodys attention to put our order in, ask something etc. It wasn't a particularly full time as well.
Appetizers were great and to continue we ordered 2 paelle dishes. Ours were really good, everything was cooked perfectly. Our friends however was cooked really unevenly and some of the shrimps, scallops were undercooked which we could tell both from color and texture (they were translucent in some parts and very chewy). Parts of the rice was also burned and stuck to the pan which suggests uneven cooking. I normally don't mind such issues since things can go wrong but this is where Sip lost us. When we finally got a waiter and told her about the dish, we were told that this is how it is supposed to be cooked but they can redo it if our friends preferred a more cooked version. This didn't make any sense since we had another paella on the table that was cooked correctly where things had the proper texture. To make it even worse though, what they brought second time was left overs from original plate reheated in a new smaller pan which obviously didn't taste good at that point and as they were overcooked.
I hope this was just something off with Sip that day as it is a good restaurant to have in the neighborhood and we enjoyed the service and food before many times. But this time they pretty much ensured that our friends would never visit Sip again or recommend it to anyone.
Went to SIP on Mothers Day as my wife was craving one of their food dishes. Neither my wife nor my daughter were able to have that favorite dish as they were out if it by 5:00pm, note that it was early in the evening and there were only a few guests already dining. After ordering the meal we watched the host try to sit three separate families at the table by the fireplace which was evidently too hot for them to tolerate. Unfortunate for the last family that has no other option but to sit there. Surprisingly early after we order dinner the staff delivered a healthy serving to my daughter...and only to my daughter. After several minutes waiting for the rest of our food I asked the wait staff to return it unless the balance of everyone food was on the way. They took back the partial order and said that they would bring back a fresh serving with the rest of the families food. Later we received three of the four servings and this time my daughter was lucky enough to be omitted. Waited several minutes then asked the wait staff to check on her food so we could eat together. They missed it and rushed out a 1/4 sized portion compared to the previous serving that they delivered way too early. We shared our dishes with her to make the best of it and carry on. To conclude the fine service we received our check and I provided my card. When I go to sign the bill I see that they did comp my daughters meal however they also added items to the bill which we did not order nor consume. Instead of dealing with another mistake I just deducted the value of items we did not order from the tip. It is a shame as we like this restaurant however this was not a good showing.
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