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La Medusa

#575 of 3,031 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-1741
Tue 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

My husband and I selected La Medusa, which we had had difficulty getting in for dinner, for our anniversary. Though we were really looking forward to the dinner, we were underwhelmed. Yes, the food was ok but overpriced. We were hoping for more than pasta dishes I can make at home. It was home cooking style Sicilian with lots of... More 

Thank Pat G
Seattle, Washington, United States
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Make a reservation in advance as this is a delightfully small place. The greens are probably my favorite starter-seemingly so simple, but so packed with intricate flavor. Any of the pastas I've had I would order many times over. Friendly and appropriately attentive service. Love that I can walk here for a special dinner out!

Thank Jess R
Tacoma, Washington
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325 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2016

It had been several years since my last visit to La Medusa. When it first opened 20+ years ago, I lived in Columbia City - which was a sleepy inner city neighborhood trying to find its footing. I was very grateful La Medusa came to our neighborhood with its refined take on Sicilian cuisine. Flash forward and Columbia City is... More 

Thank jay s
seattle, wa
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100 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016

Went here with a group of friends, it's a little neighborhood spot, a little romantic in feel. Very small, I recommend reservations. The menu changes and is on a chalk board. We shared several starters and all of them were phenomenal. Honestly I wish I just made a meal of starters. We did the beet salad and roasted brussel sprouts... More 

Thank seattlesuzanna
Seattle, Washington
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89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2016

Both the food and atmosphere in this little neighbourhood restaurant is great. The menu is on the wall and it seems anything from "grandma" is golden.

Thank Macabebe
Seattle WA
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2015

We are becoming frequent patrons of this wonderful restaurant. The service by Donna and the other staff is most excellent. Last evening they offered their delightful Suppa de Pesce, which was generous enough to share, as are all of their dishes. Between two hungry adults, three dishes were more than enough. We always have a great wine, too, due to... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2015

A modest location on a busy street, without own parking. The menu chalked on a blackboard, unavailable on the web, apparently owing to frequent changes. The dishes mostly differ from the standard “Italian” menu, which makes a visit here more interesting. The dishes are complex, frequently prepared according to “grandma’s” recipes. There are no other amenities, and the prices are... More 

Thank alex b
Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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271 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

A quaint and cozy restaurant outskirts of Seattle offering super fresh and delicious dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Pretty much everything we ordered was excellent and the service was attentive and friendly. What a delight of a restaurant!! Definitely will go back next time in Seattle!!

Thank WSS64
Lakewood, WA
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132 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2015

I wish I had the food vocabulary to do justice to this place. The menu is on a blackboard, and the wait staff patiently answers any question as you try to sort through the 1/10th of it you don't understand but adore learning about. The bread is fresh from the bakery two doors away. We had the grilled broccoli and... More 

Thank TheBlitz
Canberra, Australia
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128 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2015

Turning up without a booking we snared a bar-style seat at the entrance to La Medusa. There was not much space, though we had a good view of other customers coming and going, plus evening pedestrians in a very diverse part of Seattle. The food was excellent: flavour full, well conceived and well presented, with generous portions. The service backed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Italian, Mediterranean
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118-1741
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: 206-723-2192

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