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Toy and instrument collections from the Northwest's most famous glass artist add a whimsical note to this airy café.
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Collections Cafe Restaurant Review

: Don’t expect to see any glass sculptures in this light-filled café at Seattle's shrine to Northwest native and internationally-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The décor is actually taken from the artist's personal, quirky collections, which range from vintage radios to tin toys. Adding whimsy, squeeze box accordions are suspended high overhead, while blond spruce plank walls and bright green plastic chairs add modern accents. While refreshing, the café’s casual ambience and playful accents seem a bit mismatched for its pricey bistro menu and the drab view from its windows. Perhaps it’s best to wait for a sunny day and eat outside on the patio. Food-wise, thanks to consulting chef Jason Wilson from Crush, the menu is solid and well thought out, with interesting flavors and artistic presentations. For starters, try light and crispy cheese curds from Seattle's Beecher's Handmade Cheese served with bourbon tomato jam, but beware the chewy grilled octopus. Entrées include a nicely grilled chicken breast complemented by melted leeks and a farro risotto; a pork chop glazed with apricot sauce served with an arugula salad and a zucchini cayenne muffin; and a grilled New York strip paired with a zingy horseradish potato cake. Lunch is less expensive, with items such as a chopped salad, pressed pork sandwich, or sun-dried tomato and goat cheese ravioli. There’s a fine selection of craft beers and a thoughtful list of Washington and Oregon wines. Admission to Chihuly Garden and Glass is not required to dine at the café.

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