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La Medusa

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4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-1741
206-723-2192
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Hours:
Tue 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pastas Made In-House and Deceptively Intricate Sides

It had been several years since my last visit to La Medusa. When it first opened 20+ years ago, I lived in Columbia City - which was a sleepy inner city neighborhood trying to find its footing. I was very grateful La Medusa came to our neighborhood with its refined take on Sicilian... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
jay s
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Tacoma, Washington
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Tacoma, Washington
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155 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It had been several years since my last visit to La Medusa. When it first opened 20+ years ago, I lived in Columbia City - which was a sleepy inner city neighborhood trying to find its footing. I was very grateful La Medusa came to our neighborhood with its refined take on Sicilian cuisine. Flash forward and Columbia City is... More 

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Thank jay s
seattle, wa
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84 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here with a group of friends, it's a little neighborhood spot, a little romantic in feel. Very small, I recommend reservations. The menu changes and is on a chalk board. We shared several starters and all of them were phenomenal. Honestly I wish I just made a meal of starters. We did the beet salad and roasted brussel sprouts... More 

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Thank seattlesuzanna
Seattle, Washington
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89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Both the food and atmosphere in this little neighbourhood restaurant is great. The menu is on the wall and it seems anything from "grandma" is golden.

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Thank Macabebe
Seattle WA
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We are becoming frequent patrons of this wonderful restaurant. The service by Donna and the other staff is most excellent. Last evening they offered their delightful Suppa de Pesce, which was generous enough to share, as are all of their dishes. Between two hungry adults, three dishes were more than enough. We always have a great wine, too, due to... More 

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Thank BizTravelerSeattleWA
Seattle, Washington
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

A modest location on a busy street, without own parking. The menu chalked on a blackboard, unavailable on the web, apparently owing to frequent changes. The dishes mostly differ from the standard “Italian” menu, which makes a visit here more interesting. The dishes are complex, frequently prepared according to “grandma’s” recipes. There are no other amenities, and the prices are... More 

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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241 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

A quaint and cozy restaurant outskirts of Seattle offering super fresh and delicious dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Pretty much everything we ordered was excellent and the service was attentive and friendly. What a delight of a restaurant!! Definitely will go back next time in Seattle!!

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Thank WSS64
Lakewood, WA
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103 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I wish I had the food vocabulary to do justice to this place. The menu is on a blackboard, and the wait staff patiently answers any question as you try to sort through the 1/10th of it you don't understand but adore learning about. The bread is fresh from the bakery two doors away. We had the grilled broccoli and... More 

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Thank TheBlitz
Canberra, Australia
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79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Turning up without a booking we snared a bar-style seat at the entrance to La Medusa. There was not much space, though we had a good view of other customers coming and going, plus evening pedestrians in a very diverse part of Seattle. The food was excellent: flavour full, well conceived and well presented, with generous portions. The service backed... More 

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Thank GeoffRandal
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

An escapee from San Diego, I enjoyed an extraordinary, multi-sensory experience at La Medusa. Street parking was easy among its surrounding tree-lined avenues. The eatery’s unassuming frontage folds neatly into the early 20th-century appearance of its historically preserved neighborhood. From the number of personal greetings by the host, I gathered half the clientele were repeat business if not old friends.... More 

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Thank Art C
Tacoma, Washington
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Three of us went for dinner and WOW was it yummy. I had the set meal they have on Wednesdays. Very fresh pasta. Wonderful fresh desert. My friend had tuna - perfectly prepared. Other friend had steak ... it was a little chewy . . . TOO chewy for the price! Overall though, a great spot, great food, great use... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-1741
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: 206-723-2192

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?