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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
This rating is just for the Easter brunch. I had been here before and was always pleased until Easter brunch. The food was average. The price did not include complimentary mimosas or champagne for this special occasion., as experienced at other restaurants. I did not get my money's worth at this brunch. I wouldn't recommend for this event, but for dinner.
The food was delicious. The service was lacking. I booked a dinner reservation, upon arriving at the restaurant I was informed they were no longer serving dinner. Please keep in mind this was my wedding anniversary dinner. They had run out of several items on the small plate menu. They had run out of several desert items, we were informed they did have ice cream and donuts. Then we attempted to order donuts, we were informed the guests at the table next to us had ordered the last one.
We then attempted to order pistachio ice cream. Which was gritty and not tasty, I requested to switch it to vanilla. Which had been a option, after several minutes the server returns to say "they couldn't find it I guess we're out".
Then to top it off, I realize after leaving I was charged the full price for "small plate" items, when small plate items were on Happy Hour special at $3 off. The server never mentioned Happy Hour special or whether you needed or not to be seated in the bar. But the restaurant was only serving small plates at that point. Furthermore, I asked the server if they had a happy hour, she didn't know when it started or ended. She then returned with a nonsense answer. So needless to say this wasn't the finest dining experience we've had.
I went to Sip for my 10 year anniversary dinner. No one asked if we were celebrating anything, the server had zero personality and almost all of the entrees had pork in them which I don't eat. I also recall that we used to get bread/crackers and homemade butter in the past but I guess that is no longer part of the experience.
I took out of town guests who were very impressed with the excellent food, wine , service and music. Very accommodating and friendly staff to move us closer to see the musician as we ate. A wonderful experience. It was a little noisy, not from the music but just level of noise in general.
We went in for a send-off dinner for a friend leaving town. The service was good, but not hovering, minimal interruptions of our conversation. They have great wine selection, although they were out of my first two choices of red, which is odd for a wine bar. We ordered a mix of food off both the standard menu and the nightly specials. Everything was tasty and fresh.
Insanely overpriced for what you get. I ordered the crab cakeS (plural). Within the description of the dish, pork belly was mentioned. When the dish arrived, A crab cake (singular) was on the plate along with a rather large piece of pork belly consuming the plate. I had asked the waitress when I ordered what would be a good wine pairing with that dish, and she said there were none identified. I guess sommeliers are still debating about which grape pairs best with large hunks of fat.
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.
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