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TASTE Restaurant

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American, Organic
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1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (Union)
Bus 10, 12, 15, 18, 21 & 22
+1 206-903-5291
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: We are a downtown gathering place, where soul-satisfying foods radiate...
We are a downtown gathering place, where soul-satisfying foods radiate with the intense flavors of seasonal ingredients from our favorite local farmers and producers. Executive chef, Craig Hetherington, can make tomato soup with griddled cheese sandwich seem just as refined as his Dungeness crab tagliatelle. Pastry chef Will Fausser explores variations on classic desserts such as Theo chocolate cake with marshmallow topping and graham cracker ice cream and milk and cookies. A choice of large or small plates makes exploring and sharing the menu a breeze. Our wines come exclusively from the Northwest and are priced to purchase by the glass or bottle. Our beers are also brewed here in the Northwest. We are located at the Seattle Art Museum, which is a block away from the main entrance of Pike Place Market and a short walk from the downtown shopping district.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Private Dining

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Eating with Art

" Taste" is a great restaurant that can stand on its own merit, but being a part of SAM ( Seattle Art Museum) makes it a fabulous experience. Great food, service, and ambience, plus a fun bar. This is a destination restaurant even when the museum is closed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
innfan2013
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Manhattan Beach, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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Manhattan Beach, California
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

" Taste" is a great restaurant that can stand on its own merit, but being a part of SAM ( Seattle Art Museum) makes it a fabulous experience. Great food, service, and ambience, plus a fun bar. This is a destination restaurant even when the museum is closed.

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Nice, but noisy, restaurant in the Seattle Art Museum. As museum restaurants go, this is most pleasant, and one would have to travel to MOMA in New York or Tate Gallery in London to find something better. That is to say, it is a well-thought-out, but not gourmet menu, well presented, and reasonably priced. I had a shrimp salad with... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The restaurant has been open a week and it is beautiful at first glance. The owners spared no expense on decorating and the atmosphere is probably amazing at night. The food presentation was also lovely, but that's where it stopped. The food was horrible. We ordered something simple. Pork was so overcooked it actually cut my gum when I bit... More 

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Seattle, WA
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I have eaten here twice and both times found the food fairly good but not remarkable and the service lacking. The ambiance is pleasant and it is ideally situated for catching a bite before or after a museum visit. Of the food I found the clams good, the roast chicken very good, and the herb cookies fair. Another diner ordered... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Really excellent organic food. We had the burgers and the butternut squash soup. We were there for lunch. The prices were reasonable and the food and service were both great. You have got to try the soup. It was sooooo good.

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Federal Way, Washington, United States
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

TASTE has been on our 'to eat' list for quite some time. Recently we made reservations for a Sunday afternoon (unnecessary) and headed downtown. The service was exceptional and the food was delicious. We shared a few items - the Eggs Benny and the yogurt were fantastic! They offer a full menu with lots of variety and something for everyone.... More 

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Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

See its review on the Seattle Art Museum review. Great meal of Pacific North West Wild Salmon on farao grain. Husband also had a great meal. Both meals ranked very high on list of all meals we had in Greater Seattle Area during 7 night stay

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

After a morning of climbing all over downtown Seattle, we were hot, exhausted travelers who felt like we had just finished the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Despite our disheveled spirits, the wait staff was wonderful, seemed to understand exactly what we needed, magically restored our souls, and fed us a lovely meal that allowed us to enjoy the museum. After... More 

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Varese, Italy
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The restaurant is conveniently located within the Seattle Art Museum and has a very interesting design. As the menu didn't offer many choices I picked a Louie salad with bay shrimp, even if I'm not a big salad fan. The salad was absolutely delicious and the service was really good. The restaurant also has really good prices for what it... More 

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you're near the Seattle Art Museum and feeling peckish, duck into the museum restaurant, TASTE, and order any of the starters or sides. It won't take long. There's a list of delicious wines-by-the-glass to accompany. And, at least on the night I was there, the server was fast, friendly and helpful. Didn't order from the main menu, but that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
    (Union)
  • Public Transportation: Bus 10, 12, 15, 18, 21 & 22
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: +1 206-903-5291

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Organic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

We are a downtown gathering place, where soul-satisfying foods radiate with the intense flavors of seasonal ingredients from our favorite local farmers and producers. Executive chef, Craig Hetherington, can make tomato soup with griddled cheese sandwich seem just as refined as his Dungeness crab tagliatelle. Pastry chef Will Fausser explores variations on classic desserts such as Theo chocolate cake with marshmallow topping and graham cracker ice cream and milk and cookies. A choice of large or small plates makes exploring and sharing the menu a breeze. Our wines come exclusively from the Northwest and are priced to purchase by the glass or bottle. Our beers are also brewed here in the Northwest. We are located at the Seattle Art Museum, which is a block away from the main entrance of Pike Place Market and a short walk from the downtown shopping district.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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