About Skillet Diner - Ballard
Skillet Diner's mission: Great food prepared with care, technique and the best of ingredients; an innovative experience that consistently surprises and satisfies; and a feeling of being personally connected to Skillet, in all its manifestations. Skillet Diner Ballard is the latest addition to the Skillet family, located just north of Market Street. Come on down and visit!
Awaiting your experience is a 40-foot curved counter, full restaurant and a killer patio for enjoying handcrafted cocktails and contemporary comfort food. The diner is housed in the Greenfire Campus, a new eco-friendly building doing its part to keep Seattle green.
Enjoy all of the skillet classics like the maple braised pork belly and waffle, our skillet burger with hand cut fries, southern fried chicken, legendary kale Caesar right here in Ballard!
Contemporary American, Northwest, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Happy Hour! Daily 3-6 pm
Dinner at 5:00 pm daily.
On NW 56th by Ballard Library
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We approach food service a couple of ways: buffet or family style, sit-down service, "heavy apps" with passed and stationed appetizers, or sometimes we have guest come out to the truck to grab their grub and chat with our chefs!
We love great food served fresh while using quality local and organic foods as much as possible, and we try to keep it as green as can be with compostable wares or restaurant quality wares at no extra cost.
Our Catering Sales Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 10am to 5pm, with some exceptions due to off-site event management.
Ballard has plenty of street parking in addition to many public parking lots surrounding Skillet Diner.
King County Metro bus service from downtown: 40, 62, 17, 18, 29. Please double check as routes do change.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Skillet Diner - Ballard Ratings and Reviews
We have eaten at Skillet Diner in Ballar ...
We have eaten at Skillet Diner in Ballard many times, and the food is always great. However, this time, even though we had a reservation, we were seated at a table in full, bright sunlight. It was very hot after awhile, and hard on the eyes, to say the least! Our server, while cordial, seemed very distracted and slow (we've had great service in the past). Not our best experience at this location, but we will definitely return.
I want to love this place, but it's just ...
I want to love this place, but it's just okay. We went for dinner. The chicharrones appetizer had a few really gamey bites. The Kale Caesar was so salty it was inedible and we had to send it back. The server was nice, but we waited a long time for drinks. I've been twice and don't need to go back with so many options in Ballard.
I was really impressed by this tasty res ...
I was really impressed by this tasty restaurant. We made a Sunday morning brunch reservation and was glad we did--we had to wait about 5 minutes while they cleared the table, but that was much shorter than most waited without a reservation. The service was prompt and attentive (although not too attentive), food was yummy and was well paced (we had doughnut holes before main dishes) and it was a great and comfortable atmosphere.
We had a weekend dinner with our daughte ...
We had a weekend dinner with our daughter and friends at Skillet last weekend. The girls really wanted fried chicken and we had heard that Skillet had a great option. The service was terrific, the drinks great but the food was not. Everything was overly seasoned and so heavily coated you could not taste the main ingredient in the dish. As an example, the sweet corn was barely discernible under the large amount of spice, cheese, other toppings. The chicken was heavily fried with thick coating, completely overwhelming the actual taste of chicken. I have read and heard much better reviews of the food at Skillet so am hoping this was an off night in the kitchen. Unfortunately with so many other options in the area, we are probably going to pass on trying this one again.
Skillet never fails to provide an outsta ...
Skillet never fails to provide an outstanding meal. We bring all out of town guests to the Ballard location and there is always something for everyone. My husband is vegetarian and I eat Paleo and we both get an equally satisfying and delicious meal with many options to choose from. And they do a great job catering to kids and families too. We love Skillet!!!
Went for my birthday brunch with a group ...
Went for my birthday brunch with a group of friends, we had a reservation but the place was packed so we had to wait half an hour for our table. Once seated food came pretty quickly and was delicious. Try the cold brew cocktail it's amazing!
My two friends and I had to shout to hea ...
My two friends and I had to shout to hear each other - and had to ask the wait staff to repeat themselves. you'd think they would understand how noisy the place is and make the effort to be heard. the food was okay, but not so good that we'll be rushing back. in fact, all three of us left food on our plates - it was all starch that none of us wanted or needed to eat, but that they were happy to stretch the meal with.
Girls night out We tried a new place to ...
Girls night out
We tried a new place to eat and we were so happy.
The food is wonderful. So are the drinks and services
I had previously eaten at their food truck and knew it would be good. Go for the nightly specials.
Seated quickly. Sound system modulated i ...
Seated quickly. Sound system modulated in area we were sitting due to my request for "less noise", great customer service. Menu items allow for portion control, small plates to dinner size. Breadth of offerings allow for many tastes to be satisfied.
It took a very long time for our server ...
It took a very long time for our server to take our order, although the restaurant was by no means full. Then an additional long wait until we finally got our food - before our drinks had even arrived. My chillaquiles were disappointing, the eggs and other toppings were tasty, however, the overly big pile of mushy tortillas they were served upon, was not only unnecessary, but also unappetizing. We had been excited to try Skillet, but left unimpressed. Had our server bothered to check on us, we would have probably ordered several more drinks, but alas, that was not to be. We will not return.
Waiters and waitresses are very nice! If ...
Waiters and waitresses are very nice! If you don't have a reservation though the host seemed a bit annoyed. Also she called out the wrong name twice so it was like yay it's my turn and then she had to say oh sorry I meant so and so. Food is delicious though. It's reasonably priced too - like I said, just make sure you have a reservation.
Awesome food. Super hip, foodie friendly ...
Awesome food. Super hip, foodie friendly, Sunday brunch spot. We had friends from Hawaii visiting and they thoroughly enjoyed their dining experience. Super friendly service with coffee at the counter while you wait to be seated. I highly recommend making reservations and enjoy delicious food that comes from service with a smile.
Made a note on Open Table that it was my ...
Made a note on Open Table that it was my husband's bd and there was a birthday card WAITING for him at our reserved table! And i t was a cool bd card as well! Really good brunch & always constantly delicious. The only caveat was the loud table right next to us. That was the first time that's happened to us tho. We'll be back!!
While the fried chicken on waffle and th ...
While the fried chicken on waffle and the ribs were very good, the watermelon gazpacho was wildly spicy (we were not told it contained jalapenos) and watery, and the ling cod was dry and the artichoke hearts on which it sat came with sharp edges (leaves) and dry, woody stems that left us choking. So, it was a mixed bag.
We had a late lunch/brunch at Skillet Di ...
We had a late lunch/brunch at Skillet Diner in Ballard on a Sunday. Had a reservation. We were seated by the window and when it started to get warm, VOILA! The window/sliding door was opened and it was just like al fresco dining. The food was GREAT. All of us raved about our dishes. The waitress was spot on. Altogether, a wonderful meal. I want to go back soon!
Service was very good, very friendly. O ...
Service was very good, very friendly. Olive-artichoke appetizer was disappointing. Fried chicken was way overdone. When replaced, was just the same, way,way overdone. Kale caesar is always good, but I'd like to see something new done with kale.
Waited at the reception desk for several ...
Waited at the reception desk for several minutes before someone acknowledged my party (even though servers saw me standing there for a while). Got seated in the back which was cold, noisy, close to the restrooms, i.e. not so pleasant. I had the fried chicken sammy which was excellent. The potato of my daughter's breakfast was way too salty. Some select food is good, just don't expect too much from the service.
This is one of our favorite places for w ...
This is one of our favorite places for weekend brunch in Ballard - and make sure to make reservations! Great for two people and for groups.
I would definitely recommend the chub (breakfast sandwich), the biscuits and gravy, and the cinnamon roll!
Satifies a wide range of pallats
Our group of 5 included a small child, a vegetarian, meat eaters, the less adventurous and the ravenous. The menu at skillet has something for everyone and the daily specials keep it fun and interesting. Everyone enjoyed their meal, cleaned their plates, and the service was quick and friendly. We return to Skillet again and again and are never disappointed.
Great place for brunch on the weekends o ...
Great place for brunch on the weekends or a quick spot during the week. The food is great, the ambiance is like a diner. It's a lot of comfort, but they have lighter options too. Love the Cobb salad and always get a fried chicken thigh! On the weekends the chilaquiles are my favorite.
We were very disappointed in the service and amount of time it took to receive our food. I think it was under staffed for a busy Memorial Day, which made it a poor experience for us as well as our waitress. She seemed over worked! Not only did our food take a long time to arrive but we had to ask multiple times for extra condiments.
loud but comfy
Went here on a Saturday and was so glad we made reservations. By 10:30 am there was already a 45 minute wait for walk ins! My mom was surprised with her meal, thought the pancakes would be on the side...not the buns of a sandwich, she was so so on that. otherwise, food came out hot and was good. Definitely unique. It was pretty loud in there. But had a good time. Would not recommend if you are on a diet or sorts unless its gritz, carbs, and good eats.
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