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Address: 506 2nd Ave, Ste. 220, Seattle, WA 98104-2343
Phone Number: +1 206-624-0414
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We're thrilled to announce the new Smith Tower visitor experience is now...

We're thrilled to announce the new Smith Tower visitor experience is now open! Experience the world-famous Smith Tower Observatory with its historic Otis elevators, stunning, 360-degree views of Seattle and open-air viewing deck. On your way to the top of the tower, enjoy amenities bound to delight visitors of all ages and explore some of the stories and moments that have made Smith Tower a beloved Seattle gem via The Legends of Smith Tower exhibit. Take your time perusing the exhibit or head straight for the elevator to get up to the Observatory. The journey begins at Smith Tower Provisions general store - a charming spot to sip and snack, browse and shop, or purchase tickets. All tickets include access to The Legends of Smith Tower Exhibits beginning at Provisions general store and continuing through the second and Observatory levels. Providing a glimpse into a time when Seattleites were coming to terms with early prohibition and technology that would soon transform their city, the exhibits take you on a journey through time through the lens of Smith Tower. Linger as long as you like at the exhibits before riding up to thirty-fifth floor Observatory in our historic Otis elevator. The experience culminates in Smith Tower Observatory, now featuring speakeasy-inspired Temperance café and bar. With an intriguing and fun menu offering a pinch of Prohibition and a twist of Asian influence, Temperance pays homage to Smith Tower's rum-running roots and Chinese Room history.

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The Legends of Smith Tower - Observatory Access - Adult Ticket
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Killer views of Seattle in a historic office building

Beautifully restored and renovated Smith Tower in downtown Seattle is a MUST for visitors and locals alike. A ride in a manually operated restored elevator complete with a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully restored and renovated Smith Tower in downtown Seattle is a MUST for visitors and locals alike. A ride in a manually operated restored elevator complete with a "elevator boy" is half the fun! On arrival to the top, the views are amazing and the interior of the bar & lounge have been restored faithfully to their original concept. Think... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a hidden gem! Our first skyscraper has the best view in all of Seattle! Definitely worth a visit if you're in town.

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review! I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Smith Tower and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Jeff More 

Gibsons, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a four day visit to Seattle in October and instead of doing the space needle we decided to tour Smith Tower. It cost twelve dollars each and was worth every bit of that. Lots of great history, a neat old elevator ride. I would highly recommend this.

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Smith Tower and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Jeff More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

While the history of the Smith Tower is significant, unfortunately it help the issues plaguing Temperance. For starters, this is not a speakeasy. The lighting is harsh, it is cold and it lacks the intimacy you would expect for something billed as a special place. The drinks and food were good as well as the service. The vibe itself unfortunately... More 

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Kirkland, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Get more for your money and don't stand in line. Enjoy a drink in the newly renovated bar at the top with great views over Seattle. Beat's both the eye and the space needle in my book.

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Thank Nick H
Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed Temperance cafe and bar and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Sincerely, Jeff More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

This is a fantastic building with a self guided tour and great views of the city from the bar and observation deck at the top. If you're in the Pioneer Square area make time to visit.

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Thank Paula W
Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for review. I am glad you enjoyed the Smith Tower Visitor Experience and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Sincerely, Jeff More 

Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Seattle's Smith Tower is back to it's original splendor! This gem is definitely shining again! From the moment you enter the street-level provisions shop (with an abundance of locally-purveyed items, and a delicious deli) the attention to detail is evident. The self-guided walking tour was on point and hit on many elements of the city's past as it relates to... More 

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed the Observatory and Temperance cafe and bar. I particularly enjoyed your story about the dark photo! I apologize for the interaction with the elevator operator as pictures are certainly welcome throughout the entire experience. Thanks again and I hope to welcome you back again soon. Sincerely,... More 

Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

A great piece of architecture that dominates the Pioneer Square area. Very clean and surprisingly modern looking.

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoy the unique architecture of Smith Tower and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Sincerely, Jeff More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

You can grab a drink and look out over the city. Small, quiet, one comfortable table if you're fortunate to get it.

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and the original, antique Chinese room table. Please be assured we continuously address the furniture needs to ensure there is adequate seating for everyone to enjoy. Thank you again and I hope to welcome you back again soon. Sincerely, Jeff More 

Snohomish, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We got married here 22yrs ago. hard to believe its been that long. We had heard that it had a bar and were serving light meals. They did a great job of remodeling the remodel. Still kept the feel of the Chinese room and up scale. beautiful views, service was a bit lacking.

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Thank monikaannette
Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit, but I do apologize service was not up to standard. Please be assured that all feedback is reviewed with our staff regularly to ensure constant improvement of the Smith Tower Visitor Experience. I hope to welcome you back again soon. Sincerely, Jeff More 

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