About Skillet Diner - Capitol Hill
Seattle, WA 98122
The award-winning Skillet Diner opened in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle in 2011. We’re a neighborhood joint doing our best to make the place feel relaxed, service attentive and easy; the food approachable yet focused. We use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The style of food is similar to what we’re known for on the airstream …the difference? we have so much more room! Items range from our maple braised pork belly and waffle with a fried egg on top, to our burger with bacon jam, arugula, bleu/brie on brioche with beautiful hand cut fries, to our southern fried chicken and legendary kale Caesar salad. Our full bar hosts happy hour daily and offers hand-crafted artisan cocktails along with beer and wine on tap.
Seating policy: We require your whole party be present to be sat. We will hold your table for up to 15 minutes. If you would like a table on the patio, please specify in your reservation request. Patio is open with weather permitting.
Contemporary American, Northwest, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Su-Th 7:00am-10:00pm
Breakfast: F-Sa 7:00am-11:00am
Lunch: Su-Th 7:00am-10:00pm
Lunch: F-Sa 7:00am-11:00am
Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-11:00am
Brunch: Sa-Su 7:00am-3:00pm
14th Ave & Union
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We love great food served fresh, so we arrive on site with the truck and our team about 1.5 hours before food needs to be served in order to park, unload and start cooking!
As for our available service styles - 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!
Pay to park lot in the basement of our building... street parking is free-
Bus route 2, 12, 11, & 49 all come within blocks of the diner!
Private Party Facilities:
The Skillet Room seats up to 20 within a partially screened area of our Capital Hill Diner!
Private Party Contact:
Crellin Pauling: (206) 512-2000
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Skillet Diner - Capitol Hill Ratings and Reviews
Great as always. We are frequent customers that never seem to get let down. Not too busy for a long weekend Monday night prime time dinner. The Chimichurri wings were awesome and the Kale Caesar Salads fantastic. We did try the poutine and it was a hot cheesy spud mess the we couldn't stop devouring. The cheese curds were melted into the gravy. It was still great but.... I like to pick out the curds every now and then and munch them solo.
The food was pretty phenomenal. There was a bit overseasoning on the fried chx. Could've definitely done without the fennel. It's weird and can make food taste "old". The kale salad was good and the mac n cheese was a perfect al Dante. Words cannot describe the big boy biscuit!
Tried this place as our "last dinner of vacation", had decent reviews online. Ultimately it was rather cold inside for a cold January day, the menu was limited, food was too over priced. Had high expectations, we disappointed in the taste of the food. The chicken was over cooked, dry and way over battered. Staff was excellent though!
I've been to the Skillet a ton of times, every time has a been great! I love this restaurant and they're always good people. Be aware that the price is higher than your usual restaurant, but that's because you're getting the best quality food that's local and delicious. Great for special occasions.
Went on a Friday night at 7:30 and the place was not even close to full - that should have been a tip off. One in our party enjoyed his meal, but two of us got the fried chicken sandwich and were unimpressed. The chicken was good, but there was dry, undressed kale on it, and it was sorely lacking in flavor. We also ordered the Street Corn app and never received it - luckily they didn't charge us. Overall it was fine, but disappointing given its reviews and the number of other amazing, delicious places to go nearby. I'd skip it.
I went with my husband for dinner during restaurant week. We had just finished a 25 hour fast so we were looking forward to it. This place can't decide if it's a diner or a fancy restaurant. If you going to the ambiance of a diner have good diner food. They do not. If you are going to have upscale food and prices, have food worth the money and a nice dining room. They don't. I had the kale Cesar salad which was very dry. I make way better at home. The squash ravioli just tasted like they dumped a ton of cinnamon and nutmeg in. It was in this watery weird liquid that tasted strange. I almost thought it was a soup and they gave me the wrong dish. The vegetables in it were not great. The best thing was the cauliflowers and I hate cauliflower. I told the waiter it wasn't good and said would tell the chef but seemed unconcerned. I had the chocolate pie in a jar for dessert. It doesn't come in a jar sadly. It had a pie crust cracker as a garnish that wasn't great but the chocolate was pretty good. I highly recommend you anywhere else than this place for dinner.
The food service was very slow. We had no appetizer, waited 55 minutes for our main dishes. Our waitress did not come over and offer an explanation, ask if we wanted another round of drinks, no apology....
It was Yom Kippur and mosts of the restaurant was trying to get to the synagogue on time. But really...talk to us.
too bad. convenient to where we live. Probably won't come back.
there was a lot of hype for this restaurant but the food was just ok. I don't think it was worth the hour drive we made to get there. if we lived locally we may eat there again but not at the top of our list. the service was good. the price was a bit more than I think it should be for the actual overall taste. they do give large portions which is a plus.
We had considered Skillet excellent after it's opening years ago but were horribly disappointed. Food was pathetically mediocre. The BBQ rib chile was a joke and consisted of brown sauce and beans. Not a hint of BBQ or even chile. Short ribs were lousy -- and cold! Mac & cheese uninspired but the hamburger was good.
I was disappointed by both the menu selections and the food. The "Serious toast" sounded delicious but the actual "toast" was dry and tasteless. If it had been soaked in custard, it wasn't evident by the dryness of the bread. The bacon, while greasy, was tasty and the eggs were fresh and nicely scrambled. The service was good but felt rushed. I probably won't be returning.
I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. The food is rustic as if you went for a country drive and stopped off at a small town diner. Great place on Capital Hill very cozy and the waitress was cordial. I would recommend making a reservation especially on weekends. My favorite item on this visit was the cinnamon role they are huge and delicious.
5 of us met up before going to live bands playing at Chop Suey down the street... perfect vibe for us-- transgenerational, multiethnic, high on culture low on pretension. Scuttlebutt porter, summer skillet, pouting, blackened peas, Muenster Mac, beet cured salmon & cauliflower steak, pork belly & cornmeal waffle, ginger beer... each one both passionately shared (you have to try a bite) and hoarded. Glad we could reserve a table via the phone since we were meeting from different compass points for 8pm eats before 10pm gig. Some of us got theree about 15 min. early and staff was exceptionally accommodating within a whirl of an impressively integrated front and back of the house choreography. Kudos for grace and style both. In the unlikely event of hot weather, the walls of glass doors should open, which I hope we can experience. The neighborhood is in transition... not so gentrified as to be Dulac, not so geriatric as to be grim, mature landscapes and old houses alternating with trim and understated NW contemporary condos; an expert balance of what makes Seattle home and what makes it survive. The spirit and character of the old school Wally Byam lives on with the best of form and function.
I made a reservation for 2 and we were seated immediately upon arrival. The table we were seated at was not acceptable to me it was cafeteria style where you have a long booth seat along a wall and the person sitting across from you sits in a chair. Unfortunately the first women sitting next to me which is literally like twelve inches kept moving and this made the seat booth move, it was very annoying. Those people left and a family sat at the table next us with two children the mother of the children kept raising her voice at her young children and it really ruined my dining experience. I would demand when you make reservation (and you need to make reservations because the place was packed) that you want a private table or outside dining and not to sit where it is cafeteria style seating where you have tables going down a row and a long booth. The food was delicious Biscuits and gravy with hashbrowns is what I had. I would definitely recommend this place! Keep in mind there were several children there so be aware that the place is noisy and some parents do not have the parenting skills necessary to take their young children to a restaurant and you will have to deal with that on top of paying for an expensive meal. BTW my son loved his dish but I'm not sure what he had he kept taking bites of my meal. The waiter did a fair job.
Quirky fun local little spot tucked up on Capital Hill. We always enjoy going. The Beef Hash is a must. Beware you may catch Steven in a mood. It is hit or miss if he decided to be nice. This is too bad as usually we turn him around but the customer shouldn't have to. The customer is why Steven has a job but he doesn't understand this and they keep him employed. So if you get past the potential attitude you will enjoy breakfast they serve the usual and the creative twist on the classics. Always fresh and hot.
I ordered the kale caesar with fried chicken. The salad was a bit overdressed for my tastes and the anchovies on top were nearly tasteless. The chicken was very tasty but the batter was soggy and greasy.
My wife's eggs and bacon were nice but nothing special.
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