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4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-1741
206-723-2192
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 2
    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
Excellence in Columbia City

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
GeoffRandal
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Canberra, Australia
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  • Families with children
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Canberra, Australia
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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Tacoma, Washington
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

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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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I have been to La Medusa 3 or 4 times over the last several years and it is wonderful. This is a small, intimate yet casual place. It has a chalkboard menu because their offerings vary according to what's available. Their hallmark is serving fresh Italian/Mediterranean fare that is creatively prepared. Service is pitch perfect. The wait staff are professionals... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Whenever we visit Seattle dining at La Medusa is a must. Their menu is a mixture of Italian and Mediterranean. The staff is friendly and even though we don't get to Seattle often, we are treated like regulars. The kitchen is willing to work around the diner's palate so if you like the way a particular entree sounds except for... More 

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Washington
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

La Medusa has been there, serving large portions of Sicilian themed, strongly flavored, dishes that rely on fresh, locally sourced, ingredients for 17+ years and shows no signs of slowing down. This is a trattoria with multiple posters advertising Columbia City events in the entryway. As well as market produce, it also features produce from an owner's farm. The space... More 

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healdsburg, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

+) good ingredients, large portions, friendly competent service, cozy space, cloth napkins, clean restrooms with cloth towels, sturdy comfortable seating, happy crowd, welcoming casual vibe. -) salty and garlicky, somewhat heavy handed cooking style, pricy for what it is, ($11 for a small glass of soave, usually under $10 a bottle), no AMEX, challenging parking. Most people really seemed to... More 

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Seattle WA
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Great service Wonderful glass of wine that was comped when the wait for the Magnificent Zuppa di Pesce was long. Best meal in months!

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St Croix Virgin Islands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

this is a small bustling room with a blackboard menu, a decent wine list and adventurous menu items. we were there with friends who were frequent visitors there and so had a head start on what to try. We had olives (3 kinds) and Macrona Almonds with powdered chili,Grama's greens which was kale with all sorts of additions you might... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Three of us visited for the first time. I had read the reviews, so made a reservation and was glad I did. We shared three appetizers: the fried risotto cheese ball (was very big, and hard to share), the goat sausage pasta (oh wow, that was just great! Very robust favors) and the lobster mushrooms (mixed review on that one,... More 

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Additional Information about La Medusa

Address: 4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-1741
Phone Number: 206-723-2192
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, American

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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

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?