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“Not only one of the best, maybe the best meal we've ever!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Four Swallows Restaurant

The Four Swallows Restaurant
481 Madison Ave, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-3397
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California
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207 reviews 207 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Not only one of the best, maybe the best meal we've ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Just walking up to the Four Swallows you get the feeling that this is going to be good....and it was! Four of us in our party all agreed that everything from the food, to service to the ambiance was top notched. Started off with a smoked duck appetizer that was so tender and had cherry mustard on the side. Oh....before I forget....the wine list is incredible! We each got either a salad or the soup of the day. The salad had more variety of greens than I could name and just the right tang in the vinaigrette. Each of our entrees were superb with the scallops being incredible....tender, meaty, tasty and just beautiful. But the desserts....wow! Their bread pudding won my husband over as he has never liked bread pudding. We also tried a dessert that was like a mousse (sorry I can't remember....been a while since we went) and we all literally licked the bowl to get every possible drop. Waiter was quite a character and had a charm about him that made you smile each time he came to the table. Restaurant & bar was packed. We will be back!!!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta
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113 reviews 113 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“The Best Restaurant on the Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We went here on advice from the Chamber of Commerce. Food and service was outstanding. Started with mussels. They were served hot. Then had salad, yum, then had homemade pasta entree. A good bottle of wine and dessert of bread pudding. Everything was so good. We went back after dinner the following night for port. We wished we had skipped NOLA and ate here both night. GO

Visited October 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Fantastic homemade pasta!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Four Swallows continues to be the best restaurant on the island. Great service and fine food. Their homemade pastas are always light and creative.
Michael is always is always a gracious host.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
“Consistent quality and a pleasant setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Bainbridge has some new restaurants that get attention, but Four Swallows is consistent for the quality of its food and its comfort. Seating is in a variety of settings in this old house -- our preference is the booths in the bar. The menu is not long, but our meal the other night included a beef carpaccio, mussels (excellent preparation with bacon), a perfectly-cooked tenderloin and a clam linguine. They now have a full bar, and the wine list is lengthy enough to be interesting with a nice emphasis on Washington wines, often unknown ones. We had a half bottle of Chester-Kidder, a Washington blend that is quite wonderful. Although in this instance we had to wait too long for our check the service is consistently friendly and attentive. In short it's a welcoming, likable place with predictably excellent food. Not bad for a little neighborhood pop-in place.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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71 restaurant reviews
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“Favorite restaurant on Bainbridge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We eat here every couple months and always love it. The staff is always very attentive whether you eat in the restaurant or the bar. Don't be afraid to make special requests as they are very accomodating. A very friendly place with excellent food and wonderful service.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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