Seattle >74th St Ale House
TIP- Either add more help, or get nicer
employees! (check out YELP reviews)
My boyfriend and I went here for the first time yesterday. We experienced the worst service ever! It actually was the first time in my life that I did not tip the waitress. We waited 30 min to get our drinks, and did not actually receive them until we notified the waitress that four tables that came in after us had already received their food! Then once we placed our order, we asked for water...after 60 min we still did not receive any water. My boyfriend ordered two tacos, he requested some hot sauce....the waitress never returned. We had to flag down the bartender to actually get our bill. The waitress comp'd us one beer....but we will never return to this place due the the service! I was shocked. PS. We were no the only ones to experience this. There was a group of elderly folks behind us that experienced the same issues. They had to flag down the bartender to pay their bill...the same waitress never returned to them after providing them their plates of food.
It's in the neighborhood and it's
really good for a nice quick meal or if we don't happen to feel like getting in the car and driving somewhere for lunch or dinner.
Been here for both lunch and dinner and even when they are busy the service is great. We've tried the Mediterranean plate (fresh made muhammara dip, a traditional Middle Eastern dip made from roasted red peppers, red fresnos, feta cheese, cumin, garlic and walnuts. Served with grilled pita bread and Greek salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives and feta cheese), the blackened salmon sandwich (fresh salmon filet is coated in our spicy Cajun pepper and herb mix then "blackened" in a hot skillet and baked in the oven. Served on organic French baguette with dijon mayo, tomatoes and lettuce) and the fish tacos (our fresh "seasonal" fish is marinated in chipotle chiles, garlic, lime juice and cilantro then pan seared and folded into a warmed flour tortilla with lime-cilantro sour cream, shredded cabbage and corn salsa. Served with a side of wild greens tossed in our zesty chipotle chile and orange vinaigrette) - all were fresh, delicious and recommended.
Excellent food, excellent drink.
The 74th St. Ale House is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is excellent, they have a great beer selection and the service is always friendly.
This is one of the only places in town that you can get Hard Cider on tap (the other seattle ale houses also have cider on tap) and they also offer a good selection of local and import beers with a seasonal rotating tap.
The food here is always excellent. It's well-prepared and made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. The chicken sandwich is the best in seattle, the burger is great and so is the reuben. The pasta salad side they offer is very yummy and I prefer to the sides at the other Seattle Ale houses. They also offer a homemade soup of the day which is always fabulous. The specials are delicious and varied and often have asian or mediteranean influences. My favorites are the greek kretopita and lamb curry.
The space has a very pub-like feel and it is comfortable and clean, even when they are packed which they often are around dinner time especially on the weekends. There is not really any space to wait so if you come at that time be prepared to stand in the doorway or just outside for a few minutes. While the waiters and bartenders are always friendly, when the kitchen is busy the food service is sometimes a little slow.
Foodie loves her neighborhood Ale House!.
Who would have thought that an Ale House would be so....foodiecentric? Yes, that is me, making up my own word because every other fabulous adjective has been used to describe 74th Street Ale House.
From the street, it looks like a plain, "pub", nothing fancy, that many people might not give a second glance. Which, to the locals in "the know", is probably just fine since it means more room for them.
However, take one step into the Ale House and you are greeted with warm smiles from behind the bar and boisterous laughter through out the room as people catch up with their family and friends.
The beer selection is fare, with local, hand crafted ales at attention to quench your thirst and take your worries away. If you are a "Bud" man, this isn't the place for you, however they will server you a Miller Light in a bottle if you prefer. But I strongly suggest grabbing a Manny's, Boundary Bay or Hales Ale to go along with your fresh Ale House fare.
Did you know that they are the first Gastropub in Seattle? Starting in 1991, the owners took the Tavern state-of-mind to a whole new level with fresh-from-the- grill food. Never microwaving or frying - just using fresh, local ingredients in each dish.
My favorite would have to be the Mediterranean plate. Very simple, yes, but heaven when these ingredients are paired together: red pepper/garlic hummus, grilled pita bread and cucumber, tomato, olive and onion salad. My mouth is watering already!
I can go on for days bragging about the food at 74th Street Ale House, but since there isn't enough time I will leave you with this: they have been voted Best Ale House Fare by Seattle Magazine, and have the best Red Reuben sandwich and chicken sandwich in town.
No Need to Crawl with this Pub.
This is a classic pub. If you're sitting at the bar on a cold and dreary day, drinking
a hoppy IPA and eating the juicy chicken sandwich, there is really no reason to leave.
The Hill Top Ale House is equally as good.
Love the local place but the manager is #$@%. Love the local place but the manager or the man that has been there for years is a #@$#@. Lat night he cam out of the bar and yelled at the three of us about F-y about the tip? How can the owners of this pub have him there and it is not the first time. Get ride of that problem and the bar is nice.
I'm definitely a repeat customer, but....
The one problem I always have here is service. I know it's busy, the staff while shoot nasty looks at anyone who walks in the door on those nights!
That said, the food is consistently great and the chef designs creative and tasty soups, which I have even been known to order on a hot summer day because they're so tempting. Great specials sheet (although they run out quite often), and good brews. Annoying when customers sit at a table for hours on a busy night though.
Food , Beer: Top Notch. I am a repeat customer!!!!!!.
I have not ever had a bad meal here and the service, while not always perfect is pretty damn good. Service is much better if you sit at the bar, in my experience. I wish some of the specials were on the menu as full time menu items.
Menu items are a BIT more expensive than some pubs but worth it!
Best bar grub by far.. If you're looking for good brews in a casual atmosphere and the best bar food around this is the place. Everything on the menu that I've tried is excellent, but my favorites are the warm goat cheese salad and the gumbo. The only issue I have the wth Ale House is the noise. The place is always packed and the noise level is high... you'll have to talk loudly to carry on conversation with someone right next to you.
With an amicable crowd and a fine beer selection, it's easy to feel like a regular at this boisterous tavern..
There is never less than a full house here. Neighbors fill the deep, narrow storefront and raise the noise level to just south of painful, straddling bar stools or arranging themselves on ample wooden chairs. The pub grub is widely reputed to be the best in the city, and the careful selection of brews is first-rate.
Food choices include soups, salads, sandwiches and three specials that change weekly. No deep-fat fryers sully the kitchen. Each item is tried-and-true, polished by practice. Try the smoked-mozzarella ravioli in a sage and marsala cream sauce studded by nuggets of prosciutto--it would have honored any of the city's Italian emporiums. There are salads and veggie burgers for those who avoid meat, or try a hearty chicken breast sandwich paired with the garlic-anchovy Caesar salad.
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