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Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar

92 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
(206) 624-3646
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Ranked #197 of 3,431 restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American, French, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: First Ave.
Transit: Metro Bus #16, Post/Madison stop
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English first
Portland, Oregon, United States
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I had the fried chicken and a dessert and wasn't impressed by either. I was there at 7pm for dinner and service was pretty slow. They could have used another server or two.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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139 reviews 139 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Stopped in for a night cap and dessert on way back to our hotel. Cozy cafe, personable service, good desserts & cocktails; can even grab a book from one the shelves to read while dining.

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

"Bookstore Bronco" drink is fabulous! So fresh a taste and surprisingly light. Not at all what I expected.

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Buffalo, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

One of the best restaurants we ate at during our trip and we hit many of the top restaurants in town

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Christopher G, General Manager at Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, Kyle! I am so pleased we could be a highlight of your trip to Seattle. I hope you are able to travel back to the Pacific Northwest soon! More

Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

This was one of the best hotel breakfasts ever. Frankly they had my three favorite breakfasts on the menu, so we ordered more food then we needed. The pork chop and eggs was a cut above, and the lox and bagel we excellent

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Christopher G, General Manager at Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing a review on TripAdvisor regarding your recent visit! We have some big plans for 2014 and hope to see you at the Alexis again soon. I have confirmed with Chef Chris that the Pork Chop & Eggs is staying on the new menu. Yay! (One of my favorites, too!) More

Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Bookstore is the bar at Alexis Hotel and is a great place to enjoy an after-work drink and a few minutes to recharge after a tough day. The bar is small but accommodating and has fantastic Happy Hour Specials. They have one of the best bourbon and Scotch collections I’ve ever seen at any bar and the food is also... More

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Christopher G, General Manager at Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar, responded to this review

Justin, Thank you so much for your review and recommendation of the Bookstore Bar! I hope we see you again the next time you're in Seattle. More

Bellingham, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We didn't eat here but had a drink. Our wait person was wonderful. I had an excellent martini. The ambiance is great. I love the idea of the 'book store.'

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Christopher G, General Manager at Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for stopping by our Bookstore Bar! I'm glad you loved the theme. I hope you'll come back to try the food - we just started our new Fall Menu and extended our Happy Hour(s). More

Buhl, Idaho
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Whenever we are in Seattle we have to visit the Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar. It has a fun, cozy atmosphere and is a nice place to have a quiet drink and visit with friends (hate the loud, thumping music so often found in bars). Sometimes the service is slow, but it's so nice being there...you can order at the... More

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This bar was next door to the Alexis, where we stayed, and we loved the bartender! She was friendly, made delicious cocktails and loaded us down with recommendations in Seattle as well as for the rest of our trip in Portland and Bend. Very cool atmosphere, with outdoor seating options, too. Highly recommend if you're nearby!

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Christopher G, Manager at Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping into the Bookstore and telling everyone about your Great experience! You'll be happy to hear that we will be expanding our Happy Hour offerings and hours starting this Thursday! Hope you can check us out again next time you're in town. More

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We had breakfast included with our room and we enjoyed the lox and bagels and eggs benedict in particular. The service was a bit slow though. We had dinner one night at the Bar and it was ok, my steak was a bit tough. It was also a bit slow.

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