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La Medusa

4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-1741
206-723-2192
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Ranked #384 of 3,387 restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Wonderful Italian restaurant in Columbia City. Be sure to make a reservation several days in advance, you'll never get a table otherwise. Changing seasonal menus and home made pastas bring regulars back over and over. It's a small space, beautifully decorated and the service is excellent. Worth the trip to the neighborhood if you haven't been.

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Seattle
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Love this restaurant; excellent food choices meu hand written on the board mkes for a unqiue dining experience. Earlier we brought our relatives from Portland here and they raved about this place; the staff always makes you feel welcome!

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Dartmouth, MA
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190 reviews 190 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We must have gone on a good night, because we had a wonderful first experience at La Medusa. We went with friends who had been several times before, but it had been a while since their last visit, and they were eager to try it again. Reservations recommended on a busy Friday night, but they decided they could seat a... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This apparently is Medusa before Athena did a number on her. No snakes, no ugliness, only beautifully crafted, beguilingly fresh, sumptuously seasoned fare that is a treat to all senses. I can't wait to go back and give myself to another of La Medusa's temptations. The experience recalled one in Palermo -- casual place, food for the gods, animated patrons.... More

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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

If you love Italian food, seek out this little gem in Columbia City. The pasta is made fresh in-house, and was cooked to perfection. It was topped with a beef and pork ragu that took me back to Italy, and just made me smile. I've read other reviews that were critical of the service, but that was not our experience.... More

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Seattle Area
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74 reviews 74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We enjoy Columbia city (just South of Downtown Seattle on Rainier) for its outstanding Columbia Bakery, very good meat shop (Bob's), pizza (Tutta Bella), and Geraldine's for breakfast and lunch. We saw good reviews of LaMedusa and wanted to try it before inviting friends there for dinner. We were the first to be seated (5pm) and were immediately told that... More

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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

La Medusa is in Columbia City a bit south of downtown and not a typical tourist destination but well worth the short trip. Everything fresh and homemade. Chalk board menu. A tad noisy - lots of lively conversations. Great people and food

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Seattle
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I will copy TA reviews an email just sent to the restaurant. It was a lovely place with delicious food, but a dis-ingeniousness server ruined our experience. Our rating would have been 4 or 5 stars given different service. "We had the opportunity to dine at La Medusa for the first time last night for our anniversary. You were chosen... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We went here for a big family dinner the night before my brother's wedding. It was a great place to try lots of different dishes, all family style. The greens were especially delicious! The service was terrific--prompt and very friendly. Nice neighborhood location. Would definitely return!

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

The rotating menu in a unique format can be a challenge depending on your seat, but this challenge is well worth the work. I'be never had a bad plate come out

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