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Blackboard Bistro

#223 of 3,032 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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3247 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116-3304 (SW Hinds Ave)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Seattle, Washington
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470 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jacob the chef is a kitchen genius, he creates thing you might catch yourself saying, "Really?" But then after you've tasted it, you're going to go wow, no WOW! We have never had a bad meal here. The food is outstanding and changes all the time so you don't get bored. Check it out and thank me later! :)

Thank ebcnaz
Issaquah, Washington
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102 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I travel up to 45 minutes (depending on traffic) to enjoy the food at Blackboard Bistro. I doubt that I've ever eaten at one establishment as many times as I have here. The food has always been excellent, and not what you'll find anywhere else. The creative chef uses what's in season so the menu is constantly changing. The dishes... More 

Thank Sand_Dollars_11
Seattle, Washington
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We haven't been in the Bistro in a few years. We had dinner there a few nights ago with some friends. For us it was a different style of eating, they recommended family style. Each of us order an entree, Gnocchi, seared scallops, braised pork cheeks and rabbit tacos. The menu has a limited number of selections and I wasn't... More 

Thank Verne J
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

We had to make an unexpected stressful one day trip to Seattle. We were staying at the airport and didn't want to fight traffic downtown. We stumbled upon a great review and were not disappointed. Service was lovely and low key. I LOVED the white sangria. Everything we ordered were standouts, but especially gazpacho with heirloom tomatoes and geoduck and... More 

Thank hope n
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Saturday late afternoon celebration event was topped with delicious food, wonderful service, and a laid back and relaxing atmosphere. We ordered 6 different dishes, from roasted cauliflower (extraordinary) to NY strip steak (melt in your mouth good). We order all at once, and the chef decided the order of arrival, so each dish could be savor end family-style and on... More 

Thank Lisiscout
Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

I live in the West Seattle neighborhood where Blackboard Bistro is located; It's an easy walk for me to get there. I am drawn to Blackboard's intimacy without being necessarily "romantic." The level of service is professional without being stuffy. The menu is always fresh, with creative combinations that collectively bring back the olfactory experience of DINING. The chef is... More 

Thank katielaughs
Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

I've been here twice, but need to go more often. First time was about three years ago and have been wanting to return ever since. Finally got a chance to this past Saturday with my family to celebrate some birthdays. It was as good as I remembered. I'd go back for just the bread and brown butter that served with... More 

Thank Wen206
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016

Came for Mother's Day Dinner. Was in a larger group so ate family style. Every plate brought out was great. The roasted cauliflower is a must. Every thing tasted good with great presentation. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Nora D
Seattle, Washington, United States
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150 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016

The Blackboard Bistro was a very pleasant surprise as we begin our exploration of places to dine in our new West Seattle neighborhood. From the outside, The Blackboard looks cozy and enticing, but we were not expecting the lessons they were preparing for us inside. We started our evening with cocktails to warm us up after the 3/4 mile walk... More 

Thank Al D
Portland, OR
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55 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

We found Blackboard Bistro by "accident". We wanted to try someplace different from downtown Seattle. What an amazing find. The meal started with bread and a brown butter and pumpkins seed spread that was very good. We ended up ordering two vegetarian options. Brussel sprouts with pecorino and pickled walnuts. I had no idea you could pickle walnuts or that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$29 - $31
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3247 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116-3304
    (SW Hinds Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: 206-257-4832
Simplicity and flavor. Seasonally and locally sourced ingredients with a constantly changing menu in a comfortable setting. Enjoy company, good food and something to drink from the bar.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?