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Dakota Cafe

Pearl, Ellensburg, WA 98926
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Ranked #23 of 90 restaurants in Ellensburg
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Soups, Sandwiches
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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36 reviews from our community

74% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is a quaint little bistro café. Some of the best seafood risotto I have ever had! I would put this little hidden gem cafe up against any restaurant in Seattle. Their food is fabulous!!! Loved the little private area in the back. Service was wonderful. How did I ever miss this place? I would drive over from the west... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Haven't been here since '06 or so, food was good, service a bit frantic - but damned if the cook doesn't still pile kale & limp sweet potato fries on every plate!!! With all the yummy veggies out there, there is absolutely no excuse for the same old thing after all these years. AND they don't seem to have air... More

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Let's just say that the food was fabulous, every plate was clean and there were 9 of us for my Mom's birthday. I arrived earlier and had dropped off a cake and candles and after dinner they brought it out, candles lit and all...it was a fun surprise and the staff did a great job accommodating all of us. The... More

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Ellensburg, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have never been disappointed with dinner at the Dakota. The menu is fairly short, but the food is excellent and inventively prepared. The chicken saltimbanco is terrific, the pulled pork on polenta is great (ask for extra chipotle sauce), and the spicy pasta is warm enough for my palate but not too hot for the faint-hearted. Breakfast and lunch... More

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Pacific Northwest
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43 reviews 43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is a cute little place in the older downtown area of Ellensburg, near boutiques and bars. The atmosphere is very casual - you order at the bar of the plastic menus, get your own drinks and utensils and sit where you wish. The food is then delivered to your table. We were in for lunch and it was simple...Tturkey... More

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Kent, WA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Even though this restaurant has been around for 10 or 12 years, I had not known about it until a friend mentioned it to me, as the restaurant is not on the main streets of Ellensburg. After a fly fishing outing, a fishing friend and I decided to give it a try for dinner. The restaurant is located in the... More

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Ellensburg, Washington
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Dakota café has a great croissant breakfast sandwich. Also, the dinner menu is fantastic. Staff is always friendly and the décor is definitely western. I eat there quite often.

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Green Cove Springs
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

What a lovely surprise to find such a very classy menu right here in downtown Ellensburg! Superb, well-cooked food, served beautifully in an enjoyable atmosphere made for a lovely evening. Not your average evening out! A big plus, I was able to get anything I wanted gluten-free!

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Othello, Washington
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Have read the reviews of others, most complain about the price, if you want fast food prices, go to a fast food joint. To the others, you should have paid attention to what you were ordering and ask questions if you did not understand the menu. (some people have trouble understanding what they read or plain don't know how) Have... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

The place is very cute and nice to look at, the space is very pretty. However, the service was confusing and rude. The woman behind the counter was not helpful at all and acted as if I was bothering her by trying to order from the confusing menu. The sandwich was okay, about average, but the soup was just not... More

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