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, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Skillet Diner - Ballard Ratings and Reviews
The food was hot, seasoned eell, fresh a ...
The food was hot, seasoned eell, fresh and delicious
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.
Get the kale salad! It is delicious wit ...
Get the kale salad! It is delicious with the fish and cheesy grits. My husband and I always share those two items and then get another side. This time it was artichokes and olives. Don't bother! The other two dishes are so wonderful that the side dish was a complete let down. I hope they bring back the fabulous Brussell sprouts and the cauliflower dish they have had in the past. Since we are vegetarian, there aren't as many options for us; but I hope they will include more. We will go again. :)
Excellent family restaurant. I have alwa ...
Excellent family restaurant. I have always had superb food and service at past visits. For some reason, Mother's Day dinner wasn't the same. It was very busy and we waited almost 15 minutes to order. The food came fairly fast though. The quality of the king salmon was good, but the biscuits and gravy were soggy with very salty sauce. Also the ling COD tasted 'gritty'.
More than just The Burger...
Skillet's famed Burger with bacon jam and blue cheese is the thing that lures me to the Skillet locations, and it's darn good. But when going with a party of five, we sampled salads, the soup.... and, yes, The Burger. Everything we had was fresh and inventive. The desserts were a bit larger than we needed, so my daughter asked if she could just get a scoop of ice cream... it was not on the menu, but our server quickly assured us that if that's what we wanted, of course they'd do that for us. The ambiance here is clean and modern, but with a lot of hard surfaces reflecting sound, it does get noisy at times.
I ordered the deconstructed corned beef and it was ok. Felt like it was missing something.
We've been to Skillet several times. Th ...
We've been to Skillet several times. The food is great, we've never had anything bad. Chilaquiles on weekends are great, the donuts are also amazing. We've tried all the weekly specials, all excellent. I hope the brung back the original Brussel sprouts and sloppy joes sometime!
Best Breakfast in Ballard
The only downside is that everyone knows it's the best breakfast in Ballard, so make a reservation! It was great that we had a reservation because there were people lined up in the rain waiting to get a table! Very efficient servers. They work SO hard to make sure everyone has a great experience. Definitely try the cinnamon roll...
On reservations and big bread
Two points: 1. A reservation where they seat you directly by the door anyway is a pretty lackluster way of treating reservations. 2. The Serious Toast should just be called Big Bread. Quite a trend to have these big brioche bread dishes but this makes it so dry in the middle, that I had to pour some syrup on there.
Great comfort food in Seattle. I had the ...
Great comfort food in Seattle. I had the fried chicken sandwich and it was fantastic! The chicken was tender, juicy and super flavorful. It was served on a brioche bun with kale and a delicious homemade sauce next to a mountain fries. I couldn't finish most of my plate and I came starving. If I lived in Ballard I would definitely stop by on a Tuesday to try their slow braised beef ragu pappardelle.
Came here for brunch with a party of 6. The hostess sat us promptly as was extremely understanding about the fact that part of our party had not arrived yet. Our waitress was awesome--so friendly and attentive. Food was great, arrived quickly and hot. Would definitely come back and would keep it at the top of my brunch list for larger parties.
Comfort Food at its Best
Went in for a weekday lunch when I was in the need of some serious comfort food. I had made a reservation via Open Table but it really wasn't necessary - lunch hour had plenty of open seating. We were seated right away but it took a bit for our server to check with us though she seemed to be the only server at the time and had a group of 6 ladies at one of her other tables. She was friendly and I don't fault her the wait. I wish she had some help! I hope next time there is better service coverage. And I will DEFINITELY be back. Despite the wait this place is great! I love the laid back environment and the food is exactly what the doctor called for. Started with 2 boozy shakes - colonel parker and jesse's peppermint patty - and they were thick and the liquor really pulled thru. I've had a lot of alcoholic shakes where the liquor gets lost in the ice cream but not here. Order it...now...calories don't count in boozy shakes. I ordered a cup of the day's soup with the fried chicken sammy for my meal. The fried chicken is super crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside plus its slathered in aioli. It's a hard to get fried chicken so right and I'd return just for that. My husband had the grilled cheese with bacon jam. It comes on thick lightly golden toast and piled on with a blend of perfectly melted cheese. Honestly a solid meal all around and I can't wait to make my way thru their other dishes.
Maximum Comfort Food
Meeting our Ballard friend on her side of town because traffic back to Capitol Hill is crazy for her, we wandered in on a Friday night. Our waiter was attentive and funny but not intrusive. The beets and oranges salad was enough for all three of us and quite delicious. The entree portions were huge and certainly enough for leftovers at home the next day. Our friend loved the pot roast, proclaiming it far better than anything her mom ever made. My petite steak was savory and definitely not small; making a terrific sandwich the next day. Our daughter's fried chicken and waffles was delicious, gigantic, and completely decadent. My husband choose the nightly special (lamb's neck) which was less meat than the other entrees but tasty, with creamy polenta on the side. For dessert, my chocoholic spouse loved the salted dark chocolate pudding, and the portion was so generous that he actually shared! Altogether, it was a great way to come in from the traffic and cold rain to begin the celebration of the weekend.
Can't say enough about how excellent eve ...
Can't say enough about how excellent everything was! Some of the best food I've ever eaten. P.S. If you like a bit of the South, try the chicken and waffles - you won't be disappointed.
Alright for dinner, probably better for brunch
We were five and as I was able to get a reservation for 6:15pm at 5:40pm, we were seated quickly. Okay, it was a table near the employees' room, but it wasn't too bad. The drinks were served quickly and maybe 10 minutes later our orders were ready, so that was quick. The southern fried chicken was great, the braised lamb was good but lukewarm (even the skillet in which it came was lukewarm!), the falafels were a bit small for an entry (only two small patties), but with a desert it was okay. So overall okay, but I would likely try them for brunch instead of dinner for a really nice meal. Dinner was alright, but the menu for the brunch looks delicious and if their fried chicken is as good for brunch than it was for the dinner, it can be a wonderful outing (for a brunch!).
Skillet is a favorite go to comfort food ...
Skillet is a favorite go to comfort food spot. Vday felt like they had the customer service turned to maximum churn mode. Not bad on any way, just not as good as they usually have been.
This was the first time we came here for ...
This was the first time we came here for dinner. I was not impressed with the quality of the food. I think it's best for brunch. The fried chicken could use more flavor.
First time and it was amazing. Very high ...
First time and it was amazing. Very high quality. We will definitely come back!
We went for Valentine's Day Breaky and had Serious Toast (the biggest plate of french toast I have ever seen, my teenager loved it), the Grits and Belly , the Cornmeal waffle with pork belly, the donut holes. It all was really delicious and I thought, a great value. The portions were generous. I would highly recommend a visit soon!
Never disappoints in upscale comfort food. Pot Roast is always a winner. Innovative, but not too fancy schmancy.
Great Menu and excellent food
Excellent food and interesting menu. Choose from the daily special and you can't go wrong.
I made a reservation, but they didn't seat me until about 20-25 minutes after we arrived, so I was a little disappointed with their timing.
Good Food, Service was Subpar
Had dinner here for a family member's birthday, host was pleasant when we arrived. The food tasted great and the service was prompt. Only downside was a few of our orders never came (though we were still charged), and we opted for add-on's to a few dishes that also weren't included in the food- but were in the bill.
Yummy Comfort Food
We had a great dinner at Skillet a few nights ago! It was our semi annual date night with our son and his wife:). We had a lovely server and the food was fabulous!! We had the Southern Fried Chicken, Pot Roast, and the Mac & Cheese. All were excellent! The Bloody Mary was great!! Our only semi complaint would be that the food is quite expensive when you think about what you are getting. A skillet of mac & cheese shouldn't cost $16.00.
Third time at Skillet: Good as the first!
One of Ballard's best "go-to" dining facilities! I would recommend The Skillet to everyone.
Retro style diner from the 60's
A little noisy but friendly and attentive staff. Good drinks, food and service in a retro style "diner"
It was a good choice as there are a few items on the menu for non meat eaters or selectively meat eaters. The focus is on bacon, but you can easily request that your dish be modified to exclude pork or whatever food listed is not desired. So they are flexible. My dining partner and I enjoyed our meal and it was reasonably priced. An overall good choice but not a true "diner" in the New Jersey/New York sense.
Ok but no excitement
Our dinner was OK, but portions were small, expensive, not very exciting. Fish and grits was the best and very tasty. The baked squash was overwhelmed with way too many spices. Ling cod was good, although some of the accompanying sauteed/ roasted vegetable were still hard. Falafel came with no pita. The menu was more interesting than the actual food, although the drink recommended by the waiter was wonderful. The space is wide open and feels spare, maybe like a train waiting room? Service was friendly and knowledgeable. it would be nice in summer with the windows open up. It is not cozy in winter.
I rarely eat meat, so when I do it must be very good. The burger with the blue cheese did not disappoint. My only regret was the table of mothers and kids nearby who allowed their toddlers to scream. This is not the fault of the Skillet Diner, but expect kids here due to the neighborhood and the menu. Went home with a jar of their bacon jam for a Christmas gift.
Great service - pretty good food
Cheesy grits are great - lots of favor and big enough for two. The grilled cheese sandwich was a little oily and heavy. Fries are a little limp. The breakfast skillets and waffles are very good.
Diner with a twist
If you like great diner food, but are also a bit of a foodie, Skillet Ballard may be just the place. While the back part of the restaurant is a little barren, the front part is active and fun. And the food is consistently delicious. They have a special every night (kind of like a blue-plate special!) and old stand-bys like mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, and my favorite, the pot roast on mashed potatoes - so good. They also have a creative cocktail menu, and make some of the stiffest drinks around. Skillet isn't cheap, but it's worth the little extra you'll pay for the quality and creativity of the food, the service and the overall experience.
Good food but this is now the 3rd time I ...
Good food but this is now the 3rd time I've had a reservation and not had a table ready within 10 minuets. Please stop over booking.
Breakfast or Bust.
I love this spot for breakfast. The grits and belly is delicious. I've also had the scramble. I went the other night for dinner and was not impressed. I ordered the Fried Chicken and Waffles. Now I am from Texas so I have a high bar, but the chicken was poorly breaded and over fried. The veggies underneath it were overdressed and soggy and the waffle was just poorly made. We also had the Asparagus Risotto. It was decent at best. Service at the bar was way better it seemed. The speciality drinks are wayyyyy overpriced. If the food was great and the service was better maybe they could get away with it.
Odered the fish and grits. It was so salty, only got 3 bites in and couldn't finish it. Wish I could have tried something else.
Good food, poor service, meh atmosphere.
Will try again sometime for breakfast or brunch as that definitely seems like the vibe. Poor service from a server who really lacked professionalism and knowledge about the drinks and food. The food was good but at those prices, I expect a waiter who knows what a gin martini is.
Not completely overwhelmed
Food was a tad bit expensive for what you got. They need to refresh their menu- exactly same things available last time I was there months ago. Starting to feel like a "formula" restaurant.
We went for the dine around seattle menu. It was fabulous! Food was fresh, flavors were incredible and ambience was fun. We will be eating here more often.
Food is always good! And they were nice ...
Food is always good! And they were nice enough to accommodate our reservation despite us being 30 minutes early. Much appreciated!
Home cooking but out
Arrived after the scheduled reservation but they were very accommodating and we were seated on arrival. I ordered the pot roast which was so tender I never picked up a knife. The mashed potatoes were delicious. Overall I'd say it was a meal that reminded me of my moms cooking.
Great brunch spot
We've brought several people from out of town to the Ballard Skillet for brunch on the weekends, and we're never disappointed! It's a great option for brunch in Ballard if you're looking for a cute/unique ambience and something that's reasonably priced. The biscuits and gravy and the "chub" are our personal favorites, but everything else I've seen people order has always looked delicious, too. Definitely make a reservation before you go - it's been packed every time we've eaten there, but we never have to wait more than 5 minutes when we have a reservation.
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