Seattle >Etta's Seafood
As the name suggests, seafood is king at this bustling restaurant that's part of the Tom Douglas treasure chest. But there's also plenty of turf, too. Crabby Hour offers some fine bites at prices that won't bust your budget. And the Hangtown Fry at brunch is a tasty reason to roll out of bed for weekend brunch. Save room for dessert!
This is a great place to fuel up on everything from a burger to eggs benedict before perusing the Pike Place Market stands.
Delicious crab cakes and! Crabby Hour - crab deals Mon-Fri 3-5pm.
Douglas' Restaurants Marketing Miracles.
Two of my sons have worked as cooks in this joint (it belongs to their Uncle Tom) , so all I can say is watch out for snot in your seafood! Horror tales abound!
Seriously, Ettas and all of Tom Douglas' places represent a marketing miracle, because the food just ain't that great and ain't that cheap either. But, hey, give it a try!
In all seriousness, the restrooms, a fixation for Tom, who is fastidious in regard to bathroom hygiene, are spotless. So relieve yourself with confidence!
So-So Seafood. We really WANTED to love this place, because we love the Dahlia Lounge, but this was in a lesser league entirely. Located near the Market, the restaurant has a dining area crowded around a bar. While not noisy or obnoxious, the bar atmosphere detracts from the ambience. On the plus side, the service was friendly and efficient. However, the food left a lot to be desired. Having lunched late, we were only mildly hungry, so made the mistake of ordering only the entrees, as they were were advertised as coming with accompanying sides. The two tiny crabcakes seemed portioned as appetizers rather than a dinner entree, and tasted mainly of the cooking oil with which they seemed saturated, accompanied by nice crisp green beans and skinny french fries that also tasted mainly of oil. My husband's sturgeon was reportedly well prepared, but my daughter found her salmon undercooked although she had requested it "overdone". For the price, the quality was only passable and the portion sizes were stingy in the extreme. Had we dined with normal appetites, we would have left still very hungry.
What a Lovely Way to Brunch on a Sunny Saturday. Wow! Had Brunch at Etta's for the first time and was very impressed. After a lovely stroll through the Market on a beautiful Saturday (the place was PACKED), we wound up at Etta's looking for sustenance and a good Bloody Mary. We had to sit at the bar as the place was very busy, but the service was still great... the corned beef hash was a study in YUM and the Bloody Marys were just what the doctor ordered. Can't wait to do it again this weekend!
Great Dessert...OK Dinner.
On a recent vacation to Seattle we had the coconut cream pie for dinner. It was absolutely amazing! We even went back the next night just for dessert and drinks. We enjoyed this night better because we sat at the bar at the pantry so we could watch the food prep. We had the fried apple pie and it was shockingly good!
The dinner the night before was okay. Service was fine but not great. Atmospher is okay. Just go for desserts!
Hope dinner is better. Came to Seattle for my wifes birthday. My son fly in from Nebraska. We wanted fresh seafood. Made reservations for lunch (3pm), but didn't need then. First sign, the place was fairly empty. We were disappointed at the small lunch menu. Second sign. I had the tuna and my wife and son had the crab cakes. The food was ok but nothing special. One crab cake and french fries for $19 or two cakes for $32. Very small portions for price. Third sign. Service was good. Atmosphere was like a high end diner. I expected much better from a Tom Douglas restaurant.
Not one of Tom Douglas' best.
I'm obsessed with Tom Douglas' restaurants. We frequent Lola's and Dahlia Lounge quite often! Considering how brilliant his other restaurants are I was anxious to try his Seafood restaurant. For my husband's birthday I made reservations at Etta's.
Don't care for the location. Your view of the water is blocked by the Pike Place Market Park. It felt like a diner inside. And worst of all the food was simply okay. Nothing like the infusion of unique but perfectly Pacific Northwest flavors and atmosphere his other restaurants deliver.
innovative dishes, good service. We went here one friday afternoon with friends. we all loved our dishes. good option for vegetarians too. If you are tired of tasting same dishes over and over, you will find new dishes here. We would definitely go again!
There is no better Brunch in Seattle.
When we are in town, Etta's is the first stop on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The menu is broad. And everything is great. The hosts and servers are first class.
Make a reservation.
Tom Douglas is slipping badly.
Etta's is run-down at the heels like an old slipper. It's relies on location at the foot of Pike Market. It cooks seafood at a mediocre level and serves a limited seafood menu. The Crab Cakes are the one exception and they are terrific. It's Kobe Steak is pitiful. Served raw with a side of sliced semi-raw potatoes and his soggy corm bread, the over-all impression is shows a distinct lack of management and zero quality control. The wait staff was uninformed and hopelessly fielded questions. One must ask, "what does Tom Douglas bring to the party?" The salmon at $30 is over-priced.
So if you like the foot of Pike Market, High Prices, Dumb Waiters, raw steak and potatoes, this is your place.
Seafood, Tom Douglas.
Met friends who were in from Phoenix for the weekend (in January, go figure), who wanted to try a PNW standout. Always wanted to try Etta's myself being a Tom Douglas fan but coming from 40 miles south it took out of town visitors to lure me up. Parking was no problem, maybe because it was colder than all get out. We were seated instantly and had a friendly and competent server who answered many questions for our friends about the seafood. We all swapped bites but I especially enjoyed the crab cakes (enough to buy the cookbook on the way out!) and cornbread pudding. Definitely DON'T need to know how to make that at home. Had to order the coconut cream pie (my dessert weakness) to go because I was stuffed (complaints about 'small' portions are bunk, those are realistic, healthy portions as they should be, not the troughs we Americans have become used to).
Met the same friends in Portland this week for 4 days and they were still talking about the food at Etta's. It's about time for the hubby and I to hike up the freeway again I think.
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