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Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Ballard
1.4 miles from Woodland Park Zoo
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Reviewed October 22, 2019

Really smooth coffee and great almond milk. Lots of people making use of the big laptop counters but could use a bit more comfortable non technology seats. Really friendly service

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed July 27, 2019 via mobile

I‘m from Europe, so I thankfully won‘t be at this coffee shop ever again. I‘m 22 and ordered two beers at the bar for my father and me. Server didn‘t want to see an ID. Later my father, he‘s 53 years old and definitely looks...like that, went in to grab one more beer. Server wanted to see his ID but he left it in the car and after arguing with the server if he‘d look like a 15 year old he went out without getting a beer. We then came back again. I said that he can’t be serious about that. Not asking me for an ID but my father. A friendly customer next to me heard that and told me that it‘s the law to ask for an ID. That‘s absolutely okay but shouldn‘t the server then have also asked me for my ID? I could easily be 20 years or younger! I‘m not familiar with the law in the States but I guess they‘re pretty strict in terms of alcohol an minors. One of the two servers just smirked, the other one didn‘t really took me seriously an mumbled „Sorry...“ while doing other stuff. That‘s the part that upsets me the most, you just don‘t treat customers like that, no matter what. I‘ve been polite and firm the whole time. After saying that I‘m probably gonna give them a bad review he said that he couldn‘t serve us a beer or anything else anymore. He more or less kicked us out. Besides the fact that not in my wildest dreams I‘d ever visit Ballard Coffee Works again anyway, that‘s not how an employee should react to criticism. Absolutely shocking and poor behavior from the employees!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 27, 2019

Dedicated and knowledgeable staff, great coffee selection. True coffee experts. Forget Starbucks across the street!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 4, 2019 via mobile

There are a lot of good coffee shops, but this is the best consistently in town! Large patio, lots of indoor seating, good pastries & sandwiches. With lots of milk variety you will find something for everyone.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 17, 2018

Like a lot of folks in this pet and child haven of a neighborhood, I like to take a walk into Ballard with my dog and my teen daughter and enjoy a coffee at a local cafe. My dog, an elderly golden, loves to hang...out outside and court admirers or, at 16, just sleep. They called animal control and reported him "abandoned"! I was 10 feet away, inside the coffee shop. No one bothered to ask in the shop "Is this someone's dog?" My dog also has a collar with his license and an ID tag with my cell number, which I had next to me on the table. When I asked the barista if there was something wrong with my dog, some reason to call animal patrol, he said the manager felt the dog was "not good looking". I'd have been happy to take my ugly dog elsewhere had she simply asked. I will definitely be taking my business elsewhere and I suggest you do as well.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed September 8, 2018

Running way behind schedule, four of us ducked in here for a quick lunch before going to the Majestic Bay Theater next door to see a film. Though there was not a huge selection of sandwiches in this coffee shop, I found a very good...one in the small display case with turkey, cheese and a jam that give it a distinctive, delicious flavor. The barista toasted it for me, which made it even better. I would have preferred whole wheat rather than white bread, but that was not an option. As I did not order coffee, I cannot comment on this shop's focus, but my friends seemed quite satisfied with their coffee selections. The shop is clean and nicely laid out, with outside seating available. Staff were friendly, efficient and helpful. A sign indicates that no tips are accepted.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed June 8, 2018

I stopped here several times on a recent trip to Ballard and Seattle. The drip coffee is excellent. The shop is clean, the service is friendly and fast, and the atmosphere is nice.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

We came here for a hot beverage on a cold day and enjoyed our coffee. The coffee had great flavor, the service was fast and the price was reasonable. I found this to be more enjoyable than Starbucks.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed May 30, 2017

This place definitely lets you know that you're in Ballard, you would never confuse it for Starbucks in some other city. The espresso is very good. Lots of places to sit and hang out or work.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed May 22, 2017

Skip the Starbucks across the street and try this place. Great coffee and wonderful, friendly staff.

Date of visit: May 2017
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Yes, Ballard Coffee Works offers takeout services.

Ballard Coffee Works is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4