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Ugly Mug Cafe

$$ - $$$
University District
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1309 NE 43rd St, Seattle, WA 98105-5802
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Delicious pastries, homemade waffles with fresh strawberries, coffee roasted on site, and excellent espresso drinks make for a great breakfast when you're in the area

Thank Erin M
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

There is no shortage of good coffee on the Ave but Ugly Mug always impresses me. They have a great machine, naked portafilters, and they know how to use them. The smoked salmon dill bagel is also really good. Can be crowded inside, but if your lucky enough to get a table it's a comfortable place with good wifi.

Thank Kyle M
Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2015

There are good vegan, vegetarian and healthy options to choose from, and the drinks are very good (not too hot to burn your tongue but still hot). It's quite popular, so it gets crowded sometimes, but overall chill atmosphere. One time, my green tea latte wasn't mixed very well, but other times it was fine.

Thank fourtyfive45
Camas WA
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43 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2015

friendly service, lots of tables, good wifi. A good locally owner business to support. lots of quiet students and regulars.

Thank CamasFrank
Taipei, Taiwan
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81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2014

This place was not an obvious place to find, it's in a little alley. You'd have to hear about this place to know about this place. I went with my friends for a warm drink. We found it and the atmosphere inside was great, it felt warm and it was decorated nicely. I ordered the ginger tea, and absolutely loved... More 

Thank morganyyang
Tallinn, Estonia
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

I was there to work a bit on weekend on side project. The place just looks happy and light and bit yellow. The Wi-Fi worked good for me. They had a lot of options for lunch food and liked what I got. Not much for vegans though. I'm not very picky about coffee and it was high to my standards.

Thank Raimond S
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here briefly while visiting UW. We are pretty picky when it comes to coffee, and thought it was excellent--hot, perfectly foamy cappuccinos, artistically poured. Croissants and toast were fresh and tasty. The interior was a bit odd and there was a lot of road construction out the front door, which detracted a bit from the experience. Servers were... More 

Thank JLMueller
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012 via mobile

My favorite place to eat in U District. Delicious food and drinks, as well as friendly hosts. Very enjoyable !

1 Thank serenas630
San Diego, California
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

The food isn't amazing, but it's not bad by any means. It will do the job. The internet is free, but is not reliable. The coffee... I don't remember, so that says something. HOWEVER - I love the ambiance. It's a really quaint little hole in the wall place. Great place to frequent for that reason. It's cozy.

Thank MyAngel037
Seattle, Washington
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29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2012

Like getting ceramic cups for coffee here, although that was a long time ago. Liked the ambiance and the space.

Thank Neil C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1309 NE 43rd St, Seattle, WA 98105-5802
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > University District
  • Neighborhood: University District
  • Phone Number: 206-547-3219

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