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J & M Cafe

#481 of 3,305 Restaurants in Seattle
#575 of 3,718 Places to Eat in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Bar, Pub
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201 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 402-6654
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good food

Atmosphere:good Service: good Food: very good burgers and beers (recommended from the staff). Price: On the average. Cheaper than The Central next door.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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114 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Atmosphere:good Service: good Food: very good burgers and beers (recommended from the staff). Price: On the average. Cheaper than The Central next door.

Thank Heytraveller
Anthem, Arizona
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105 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Loved, loved, loved this place!!! Noted as Seattle's oldest bar built in 1889... This place is quaint and classy. Showed up to finish watching Thursday night football sat up at the bar and caught the live band at 0930! Bartender recommended the artichoke dip with warm pita chips.....awesome! I could eat this everyday!

Thank KristenS_11
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Not many places where you can grab a beer and burger in the same place as Wyatt Earp. This is the oldest bar in Seattle and Wyatt ran card games out of the back room near where the pool tables are now. The burger was good and a big size, although a bit overcooked. I sat at the bar and... More 

Thank Pepper P
Park Rapids, Minnesota
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207 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Interesting ambience, large selection of beer, wood fired pizza, friendly staff but for all that, the four in our group all agreed that the food left much to be desired. Mainly, not enough flavor. The pizza was flat, the Black and Bleu burger likewise. The fries and roast beef sandwich were OK.

Thank OliverandLisa
Ironbridge Shropshire
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60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

There's alot said about Pioneer Square and feeling unsafe and vagrants. I dont agree. Its the oldest part of Seattle and has the most character and charm and great bars such as this one. You are not far from the football stadium and station and ferry terminal. Its a place that has earthy down to earth stuff going on. Its... More 

Thank houghielizzie
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I had stopped in for a quick beer but our server Anthony got us to try a bloody Mary which was fantastic and he also recommended a local vodka called 3 howls. Their blood orange vodka was absolutely outstanding. He also recommended we try a burger which again was outstanding, we were so thrilled with the j... More 

Thank R3lax
Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Went for a late night meal after flying into the city and was welcomed with some great live music (every Thursday). Food was tasty with big portions. Could have split one meal between two of us but both were great and servers were great.

Thank LoganNiehaus
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We stayed at the Seattle Courtyard Marriott at Pioneer Square and they referred us to this cafe. It was fantastic!! It is old and rustic and obviously a favorite local hangout. The food was so good!! We ate here twice. The first time we had lunch and the burgers were HUGE! Easily would feed two people. Homemade fries with tartar... More 

Thank DQP1
Irwin, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We were walking back from a ballgame at Safeco to our hotel when we came upon J&M Cafe. The band was playing inside, so we sat outside to eat. The food was good, service was fair, too many french fries, and a lot of people begging on this corner!

Thank Sanj2561
Port Moody, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Quickly went in for some appy's & beer and we were pleasantly surprised. The food was really good, and not overly priced. The local craft beer was excellent as well. Location is great, close to the city and the stadiums. We'll be back.

Thank Kevin R

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (206) 402-6654

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bar, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining


Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?