About Steelhead Diner
Owner operated by Chef Kevin Davis and wife Teresa, The Steelhead Diner is a smart casual restaurant located in the heart of Seattle's Pike Place Market. Come visit our modern take on the classic American diner - and enjoy contemporary comfort food created with a Northwest twist. Soak up stunning views while enjoying our exclusively North West wine and beer list. Also available: a full bar, and a large selection of non-alcoholic choices. Watch nightly as Davis and his crew create menu items in the restaurant's interactive open kitchen surrounded by views of neighboring Puget Sound. Kids welcome. Family friendly.
Northwest, Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Open Seven Days a Week: 11a.m. until 10p.m. Brunch Items Available on Saturdays and Sundays.
$30 and under
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Street parking is available in addition to several parking lots nearby. We validate parking after 5pm at the Pike Place Market Parking Garage on Western Avenue below the Market.
All downtown bus routes end near or around our address: 95 Pine Street.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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We have a private dining room with a separate entrance that seats between 30-40 people and offers views of the Pike Place Market and Puget Sound. It also features an adjoining outdoor patio which will seat 20+ people.
Steelhead Diner Ratings and Reviews
There is a good variety of entrees and p ...
There is a good variety of entrees and prices (our group had a burger, steak, salmon and halibut). Our server was terrific, full of fun personality. I ordered a featured cocktail and while it was really good, I did not order a second one because it cost $15. This was not our first visit, and certainly we'll dine there again. Our reservation through Open Table allowed us to be seated immediately. However, it is worth the wait if you just walk in.
Brought out of town visitors to one of o ...
Brought out of town visitors to one of our favorite seafood restaurants in Seattle. The visitors marvelled at the fishing ties and the choices offered up for dinner. Black cod was succulent and surrounded by a summers bounty of veggies. Another proclaimed the fish and chips some of the best ever, undoubtedly due to use of higher than usual quality Alaskan cod. And who would not go for the halibut as one knows that seas so can't last forever. By the way,the table shared 2 salads, which was more than enough due to very generous portions. Once again the neighborhood joint came through and impressed the guests from the Midwest. But if you're local, support this gem when the tourist season ends.
Love the Steelhead Diner. Food is amaz ...
Love the Steelhead Diner. Food is amazing every time. When dining this time we enjoyed the seafood gumbo, a weekly special, and the trout (serious yum). Also enjoyed cocktails and wine with dinner. Note that we find the tables in the dining are more comfortable than the booths.
Perhaps because we ordered the Fish and ...
Perhaps because we ordered the Fish and Chips, and not a pricier entree, along with a $12 house salad, we found the overall food quality only satisfactory.
Our server was pleasant, however, after spilling soy sauce on my brother, his professional skills were in question...
Nice enough place, but for the price, there are some better alternatives in the neighborhood.
So disappointed by the entire experience ...
So disappointed by the entire experience. The temperature of the restaurant was too hot. The water glasses were too small and infrequently refilled. The beer I tried to order was out, the two choices I asked for. Our appetizer was underwhelming and my meal was bland and overpriced. And our waiter was inattentive. And to top it off, I was forced to pay 20%. Will never go back. Will never recommend.
The atmosphere is something like a diner ...
The atmosphere is something like a diner, with Formica table tops in the large, 4-person booths, but not really like a diner in that the bar was well-stocked, the crowd generally well-heeled, and the food not like any diner I had been to.
One area where Steelhead Diner lives up to it's name is the myriad hand-tied flies and homages to great (I suppose) fly fishermen adorning the walls and barriers between the booths. The display at our booth included beautiful flies with descriptions of the materials used to make the flies and the tier's name.
We generally enjoyed our food, my date had a bowl of the Alaskan Razor Clam Chowder and I had the Kasu Marinated Oregon Black Cod, but felt both dishes were a bit salty for our tastes. I had an Elysian Men's Room Red, which was tasty, but a bit strong for my food. It was my choice, and I goofed. A blonde or pilsner would have gone much better with the cod.
The 20% service charge in lieu of a tip was somewhat surprising to us, but we found all the restaurants we visited during our stay had similar charges (ostensibly, this service charge is to cover Seattle's $15 minimum wage). One thing that was different was the division of the charge. The menu stated the service charge was divided as "at least 60%" (12% of total) to the server, 30% to the other "hourly team members" and the rest to "employee benefits", whatever those are. Other restaurants we visited indicated 100% of the service charge goes to the server. I applaud paying a living wage, but I would prefer it be included in the price of the food, as it is done in Europe, and allow me to tip as I see fit.
Overall, a nice experience, one we are inclined to repeat on our next visit to Seattle.
Our third evening at Steelhead during ou ...
Our third evening at Steelhead during our month long stay in Seattle. We really enjoy the laid back diner atmosphere. The staff were friendly and attentive. But the food is the star ... great clam chowder and outstanding fish specialties ... this evening we had the Black Cod. And you can't leave without dessert ... tonight it was the orange cheesecake and the Cherry bomb. If you can time your dinner around sunset, request one of the corner tables overlooking the Sound.
The food here is so good you want to ign ...
The food here is so good you want to ignore anything else. The staff is friendly, attentive and accommodating. This is a popular spot and gets crowded, so make a reservation . Visited three times, twice for lunch and once for dinner with a party if nine. Was only in Seattle four nights, so that should tell you something. The clam chowder is to die for. My personal favorites: salmon cake appetizer, red beans and rice. A friend from New Orleans had the salmon entree and said it was the best she'd ever had. It's not a dark, intimate place to have a quiet or romantic or business discussion type of dinner. It's an upscale diner done right. Definitely worth a visit.
Steelhead Diner was packed with large gr ...
Steelhead Diner was packed with large groups when we ate there last Thursday night. The restaurant was loud; loud as in you have to raise your voice so the person across the table can hear you loud. My son really liked his fried chicken. My gumbo and salad were mediocre. Prices are high. For my money, Tavolata in Belltown was a much better value.
Outstanding menu featuring local special ...
Outstanding menu featuring local specialties and Southern Fried Chicken with brown gravy and the perfectly baked (with crusty edges) mac and cheese. End with Theo chocolate pecan pie and orange creamsicle cheesecake.
We were seated at the seemingly second w ...
We were seated at the seemingly second worst table in the whole restaurant, right where the servers walk to go into the kitchen & right next to the thermostat. It was like eating next to a busy highway - always someone rushing by, a server hiding in the corner from their tables, servers chugging giant bottles of water as they walked by, or someone messing with the thermostat. There were plenty of other tables open - we should have asked to be moved but didn't. :(
Fries were terrible but the other parts of dinner were good. Drink menu is bizarre. I settled on plain water out of desperation.
The location was conveniently close to o ...
The location was conveniently close to our hotel and the food was good (not great). The biggest disappointment about the restaurant was the cleanliness. Both my wife and my silverware was very dirty and we had to ask for new settings. Additionally we were given dirty plates and cups that had to be swapped out as well. In general the appearance of the restaurant didn't seem very clean either. Lastly, like many Seattle restaurants they automatically add the gratuity to your bill so the service was so-so. I wouldn't go back or recommend this place to a friend unfortunately.
We went to Steelhead Diner for a brunch ...
We went to Steelhead Diner for a brunch double-date. The crab and shrimp tater tots were to die for and our server was impeccable. The bloody marys are on point and the view across the sound over the top of the market made for a great backdrop to a fun, low key but delicious meal. It was easy to get in and didn't feel too crowded, even on the same day as the Pride Parade, when the rest of the city was slammed. I would definitely recommend Steelhead Diner, especially for weekend brunch!
We booked a lunch at Steelhead Diner whi ...
We booked a lunch at Steelhead Diner while on vacation based on reviews we had read. Our lunch crowd included children with parents and grandparents as well as local businessmen/women. The food is delicious. The portions are generous. The service is impeccable. If you are in Seattle, go here!
Good food, questionable service We were ...
Good food, questionable service
We were staying in the Waterfront area and I'd been to Steelhead diner before on a previous trip to Seattle, so thought it would be a good place to meet a friend. I'd forgotten how slow the service was. The food was very good though.
We were seated and asked about initial d ...
We were seated and asked about initial drinks quickly. However, after that the service waned. While the waiter was informative and polite, once the food was served he did not return to the table to see if we were satisfied with the food or refill drinks. The check was presented after several attempts to gain his attention.
I took my family here on a Sunday aftern ...
I took my family here on a Sunday afternoon to celebrate my son's college graduation. They set up our tables in a quiet, out of the way corner so it was quiet and relaxed. Our waiter, Bobbie, was absolutely phenomenal, the food was outstanding and the whole experience couldn't have been better.
What happened to one of my favorite spots?
I have eaten at Steelhead many times over the years and have become less impressed lately. The menu still features an eclectic mix of great food but has become stale in my opinion. Service has continued to decline, with my last experience leaving the server's attention woefully lacking. The small number of patrons apparently left staff bored, so they stood around talking with each other instead of providing all but minimal service. When the check came, it was a slap in the face to have a mandatory 20% service fee and a spot for an additional tip. Time to take a rest from Steelhead.
Perfect meal. The chef and staff are hig ...
Perfect meal. The chef and staff are highly skilled and the seafood fresh as well as paired well.
Michael is the best of servers and his 2 partners discreet and pleasant. Perfect timing
Love our local restaurant. We'll be back.
BEST Fish I have ever tasted!
Chef Tony created the most amazing Halibut I have ever enjoyed, or any fish dish! I have traveled the world several times over and hands down, the Best! Our server Bobbi, was a hoot and made our mother's birthday very enjoyable. Wines, dessert, special salmon fin starter, just simply incredible experience. The restaurant is casual chic and very inviting.
The overall dining experience was the ex ...
The overall dining experience was the excellent. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. The kitchen was slow but our party was large and the restaurant was busy. We've eaten here before and this experience fortified our positive opinion.
This restaurant is located at Pike's Pla ...
This restaurant is located at Pike's Place Market with a great view of the street - nice ambiance. The food was ok, but my husband had been craving cioppino and we have never had this dish served with celery and carrots, so the flavor was a bit off. I had the pasta which was tasty.
Not what I had hoped for
Read really good reviews on Trip Advisor. So my wife and I thought we'd give this place a shot before going to a late show. We each ordered fish and chips. What we received was not what I had hoped for. on each plate, there were 2 pieces of fish, with batter so grease soaked that the supplied napkin was just not up to the task, paired with what looked, smelled and tasted like a large order of McDonald's fries.
A couple of positives..
1. I told the manager about my disappointment, and even though I told her that I was not asking for a discount, she discount the bill (the service rating of 3 stars). However, I can't believe the kitchen manager would allow this food out of the kitchen.
2. My wife likes McDonald's fries.
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