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Virginia Inn

#208 of 3,542 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown
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1937 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
206 728 1937
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mussels the Best in Town (and the service fantastic)

We recently moved to downtown Seattle and started visiting the Virginia Inn, a Seattle long-time institution. I remembered it as a great local bar, but the owners (since 1981) redid it a few years ago, and it is now a wonderful restaurant and bar. We go whenever we can for the mussels (local... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Christine C
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Medina, Wa
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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80 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Medina, Wa
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We recently moved to downtown Seattle and started visiting the Virginia Inn, a Seattle long-time institution. I remembered it as a great local bar, but the owners (since 1981) redid it a few years ago, and it is now a wonderful restaurant and bar. We go whenever we can for the mussels (local, Taylor shellfish) in a wonderful savory broth... More 

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California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Good location, good food, enjoyed small plates menu. Nice glass of wine. Perfect place to take a break and rest while enjoying the shopping and sights downtown.

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Came in on a Wednesday around 1:30pm very few people. Had the fish and chips. It was a huge portion (3) large pieces of fish on a bed of fries. $14. A great bargain. Nice music and super friendly waitress! You have to try this Seattle classic.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Didn't stop to eat here, but was a great place to stop and have a couple brews while walking around and learning the area. They had a number of great microbrews, and the staff was more than willing to provide different suggestions

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Mukilteo, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Have driven by the Virginian Inn many times, wondering if it was a 'dive', or a 'find'. It is definitely a 'find'! We were going to the Moore theater and needed a close restaurant we could walk to. I called the Virginian and was directed to a perfect parking lot by the person on the phone...he even gave me a... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My husband loves this place as he remembers it when it was much smaller than it is now. The woodwork in this establishment is impressive. The service is great and they have a big selection of spirits and beers. We only stopped in for drinks on previous trips but this time, we had an appetizer. I have food allergies (soy,... More 

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Seattle
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I had dinner at The Virginia Inn on new years ever this year and all I can say is WOW! My wife and I joined some new friends who had made this into a yearly tradition and we had a fantastic time. The food was excellent and as folks left the restaurant the staff cleared the table and cranked up... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Our original plan was to grab some crumpets and tea at the Crumpet Shop in front of Pikes Place Market. The ship wasn't what I expected as we peered through the long lineup into the tiny space. We decided to pass on the Crumpet shop even though watching them make the fresh crumpets was so enticing. We decided to look... More 

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Everett, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We were at the Pike Place Market and went looking for a place for a small meal. We walked past the Virginia and realized we had never ate here together. It was a pleasant surprise...good food, good service and very reasonable prices. We met the owner's son who was very personable and helped us choose a couple of appetizers. It... More 

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Stopped in here for a drink and snack during our grand tour of Seattle. The atmosphere is great for pulling up to the bar or grabbing a seat to people watch or just to have a nice lunch/dinner. Their beer selection is enough but the waitresses help out a lot. We ordered some soup and olives to snack on. There... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1937 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 206 728 1937

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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