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“A outstanding meal!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Corson Building

The Corson Building
5609 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 (Georgetown)
+1 206-762-3330
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Ranked #634 of 3,492 Restaurants in Seattle
Cuisines: American, Organic
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Seattle, WA
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19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A outstanding meal!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

Located in a industrial part of Seattle, The Corson Building is a excellent blend of earthy foods in a cozy environment.

When we arrived we were greeted my Mark, our server for the evening. The Sunday dinner we enjoyed included wine in the menu.

Atmosphere at the Corson Building is incredible, though it does get a little loud during dinner. The tables and chairs are antique and add personality to the establishment.

We enjoyed 6 courses, of which 4 were incredible.

Overall, I recommend you visit the Corson Building on a Sunday evening ($60/pp), as the menu is only slightly paired down from the previous nights and it includes wine.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hilo, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A great idea, poorly executed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

First let's start with the good - what a great idea for foodies to gather for a carefully, thoughtfully prepared meal of local fare... unfortunately that is all I can say complementary about this experience.
We went for the Saturday night experience of fixed menu with wine pairings. The venue: the Corson Building is a brick and plaster echochamber - it is the loudest eating environment I have ever experienced. Nothing has been done to control the sound reverberation, at a minimum, tapestries should be hung to capture some of the noise. Seating is on wooden benches akin to a Dickensian child's boarding school. We cringed as after we arrived they squeezed approximately eight more seatings into the already tight space.
While I think it is nice to share a meal with strangers, it is quite another thing to have your thighs, shoulders, elbows, and knees in constant contact.
To the food: the poetic description of the coming courses did not live up to the final result. To quote one of my companions: "Nothing hits your mouth and made you say OMG". Not a single course was memorable. We opted for the wine pairing, which we mistakenly assumed was included in the $90 price and was also forgettable. I would not seek out any of these wines for purchase.
All in all, entirely disappointing experience and a disaster for value. Hopefully some other chef in Seattle will run this idea and excel as we have seen in other cities.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“We went during the heatwave Friday July 31st, 2009”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

They grow much of the herbs and vegetables that they use on premises. We went on a particularly hot day and the tables were outside which was a beautiful setting. Seating is family style and you eat whatever they are preparing that day. I found the food delicious, as did everyone else within ear shot. We had the wine pairings along with the meal and I think it was only $90/person total.

I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation. I thought it better than Canlis that we ate at the following night and half the price.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Sad”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2009

We went to the Corson Building with high expectations. We enjoyed the European-style seating. The food itself was beyond disappointing. We went for the Wednesday a la carte menu, which is similar to their main menu. Some of the flavors were good, but in particular the main courses- chicken and crab- were awful in just about every way. Chef Matt apparently doesn't know how to select, cook or serve crab. Half-crab main courses were served with 1 claw cracker for 3 people and no dish to place shells. Neither of these are a big deal, but the center of two of the 3 crabs we had were inedible and jelly-like, either from it being the wrong time of year to harvest or poor cooking technique. We commented on this and the chef told us 'we probably ate the gills'. I've eaten dungeness crab for 40 years and I know what a gill is. It's one thing to serve inedible food; it's another to blame it on your guests. Reports of his arrogance are underrated. Ridiculously small portion sizes ( we are not heavy eaters) and no starch on any plate, from appetizer to dessert (we asked for and received small portions of broken up bread pieces). We will never go back to this or any other of his restaurants.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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