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1225 First Ave. Send to Phone

Lunch & Dinner daily

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Wolfgang Puck Cafe Restaurant Review

: Wolfgang Puck’s second beachhead in Seattle has lasted longer than his first. (Obachine closed in May 1999). This casual, colorful eatery atop the Harbor Steps, convenient to the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market and not too far from Pioneer Square, must benefit from tourist traffic. Most natives have concluded that one visit is enough. The café’s bright mosaic motif looks like an explosion of confetti. Windows run down one side of the room; the exhibition kitchen is opposite. A seafood bar and cocktail lounge are in the rear. The menu is all over the place. We like the pizzas and the soups, especially butternut squash and thick, spicy tortilla soup, but other appetizers-peppery East Coast-style crab cakes, greasy spring rolls, nondescript chicken satay, clunky and tough grilled artichoke-leave us unimpressed. Things improve a little with the dinner entrées. Pepper steak is just as it should be, tender in a thick, savory gravy. Meatloaf, a little dry despite its bacon wrap, is helped by a fruity port wine sauce. Pepper-crusted filet mignon preens under a peppercorn and brandy-spiked cream sauce, but doesn’t always arrive done as ordered. Our best advice: go for lunch and have a pizza, a bowl of soup, or a smoked turkey sandwich on herbed foccacia, and leave dinner to the tourists.


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