About Skillet Diner - Ballard
Seattle, WA 98107
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
I have been to Skillet diner many times and it is good solid upscale diner food. I have to say, though, that for the first time, I noticed that they charge a 5% service that is automatically added to your bill. Your server never says a word about it (on any of the 4 or 5 times I have been there), so I assume it has always been there and I just never noticed it. I'm totally fine with a service charge, I actually prefer when restaurants just straight up charge the 20% that gets distributed to both front and back of house, but I have never had a place where it is charged and the server does not mention it OR there is just no spot for gratuity on the credit card receipt. Then, Skillet puts the various amounts for 15%, 20% tip etc. listed on the bottom as many restaurants do (AFTER tax, I might add, which again, I don't think is appropriate). So, I tipped 20%, then noticed the small print that they had already charged me 5%. Seems a bit unfair that they didn't mention that in the first place. I left my tip as written, but left with a not great feeling about the place.
Overall most of the food and atmosphere of this restaurant are great. I think we struck a never of the hostess however when we had two extra family members join us at the last minute. She passive aggressively paced around us unsure what to do and repeatedly asking if this was going to be everyone but then walking off before we could answer. Eventually we were able to let her know this would be everyone and that we understand reservations and could go somewhere else if she would just communicate with us. Overall, the restaurant was completely empty so our waitress said it wouldn't be a problem. It just set a weird vibe going into dinner, most likely won't be going back.
We were seated in the very back of the restaurant in a sterile, charmless alcove between 2-sets of swinging doors into the kitchen and a door to the restroom (despite have a reservation and tables being open in the front part of the restaurant). Chairs were the small, wooden chairs you had in arts and crafts class in elementary school. Not sure what that was about, but they were uncomfortable! Service was not good - it took over 25 minutes and 3 requests to get my drink. I was then brought the wrong salad - my kale slaw salad which was supposed to have pistachios, cherries, fennel, and brussels sprout had -- kale. I later realized they'd probably brought me the kale Caesar. I was not impressed by this restaurant and will not be returning.
I've always enjoyed Skillet for their great brunch selection (can't speak to any other meal time). The Chub or PorkBelly & waffles are our favorites!
I'd recommend using the reservation process for a larger group, however due to the way the hostess is situated in the restaurant, you may end up waiting for a table regardless. We (bf and I) had a restervation at 10:45am-- walked in at 10:35, waited in line to be checked-in, watched 3 walk-in couples ahead of us in line get seated immediately (two at a table, one at the bar). By the time it was our turn in the growing line, (10:51am) the hostess said we'd have to wait for a free table and the bar was full (wait, what?! You just gave 3 settings to walk-ins...) Anyway, we were seated by 11am no biggie since the food is consistently good, the line is always a grab bag at brunch time. Side note to Staff figure out the check in system, because it does impact our likelihood to visit.
My husband and I sat at the bar and had dinner at Skillet Diner before a show. It was not crowded at all. The menu was diverse and the food was really good. I had a very tasty lemon drop; would have had another cocktail but the bartender who was serving us never offered one. He was great with food service though. Overall we liked it and would go back when in the neighborhood.
The food was great, as always. They were busy, which I understand since it was the day after Christmas, but the service was disappointing. We made a reservation, but they had not reserved a table for us, so we ended up waiting anyway. Once we were seated, it took longer than usual for our server to greet us. After we received our food, which was delicious, the server dropped off the check without asking if we wanted anything else. We would have ordered another round of drinks, but we felt we were being rushed out. I'm sure I'll eat at Skillet again, but I feel the service has always been better at the Capitol Hill location.
We had family brunch here and it was a great choice. It was like being in a family kitchen, so perfect for my noisy toddler. My kid loved the pancakes and all of our dishes were yummy. The service was great and the staff was knowledgeable when asked about nuts for nut allergies.
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.
This was the third time we visited the Skillet Diner, despite being unimpressed the first two times, we decided to give it another go to see if it was just bad luck and hoping the third time would be a charm. Unfortunately we were disappointed. From the time we arrived and were seated at a table in a direct draft, with glasses from the previous diners, to the cold food, poor, delayed service and frankly inattentive servers, I would entirely recommend people stay clear from here and go eat elsewhere. I ate here when 9 months pregnant (which is pretty obvious!) and despite requesting well cooked burger, the burger arrived very pink. When I requested it be returned due to my pregnancy, the server was clearly irritated and then left me waiting for 20 mins to replace my food - particularly irritating when I could see it literally sitting in the serving hatch for at least 10 mins!! Needless to say, we're not heeding back!
Ordered a "basic burger" and got " the burger" instead. Tasted good, was $1 more expensive on the menu, but I still received something I didn't order. I was pressed for time and didn't have them remake my order. It wasn't busy that night so it was just being careless. My receipt verified that the server rang up the correct burger. Kitchen made wrong one. Server or expeditor didn't catch the mistake and it ended up on my table.
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 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 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 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!!!
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.
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 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, 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 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 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.
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