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“interesting menu, tenuous execution”
Review of Trellis

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Ranked #18 of 273 Restaurants in Kirkland
Price range: $5 - $38
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 3rd Street
Transit: The Public Transit Mall is 1/2 block from the hotel's front door.
Description: At Trellis, the menu is crafted around what's fresh for the season. Food to make your taste buds happy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether sharing plates with friends, or enjoying a casual dinner for two, the atmosphere is lively and the service welcoming. A popular neighborhood destination for locals, as well as guests of The Heathman, Trellis is also a prime hot spot for Kirkland Happy Hour. Try a craft cocktail featuring house-made infusions on the patio that's open year round, or a glass of Washington wine at the bar. (Pairing that glass with food works too!) Speaking of food, the menu is inventive and flavorful, and not at all stuffy. Trellis works with local purveyors that specialize in all the amazing ingredients that are available in the Northwest. And with food, there should always be great beverages. Trellis partners with local wineries, breweries and distilleries for an authentic regional experience with tastes that you can't find just anywhere.
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We spent a weekend in the Heathman Kirkland and had an opportunity to experience Trellis in several forms during that time. While the menu always seemed promising, unfortunately execution seemed to consistently miss the mark. For example, happy hour Fried Pig's Ear with Arugula. Kudos for offering pig's ear. But it was far more breading than ear. And no arugula, but rather frisée. OK, I'm flexible, and even prefer frisée to arugula in general. But nothing at all on the frisée? Fried oysters … again more breading than oyster.

Late night drinks. Is there a list of whiskies? Yes, we have an excellent selection. Menu arrives and indeed it is fairly impressive. I'll have this one. Excellent choice … tick, tick, tick ... sorry, bartender says we are out of that one. No worries, how about this one? Another excellent choice … tick, tick, tick ... so sorry, bartender says we are out of that one as well (see "Shop, Cheese" -- Monty Python). But we do have this one here …

Breakfasts were the best meals (especially croissants and scones), although coffee was incredibly weak for being within sight distance of Seattle. We've only dined at the restaurant over the course of a single weekend and we sampled only a small subset of the offerings. But there seemed to be some sort of miscue with nearly everything we did have. Lots of potential for this restaurant and I would give it another try if in Kirkland, but this weekend at least there seemed to be a definite lack of attention to detail.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Everything prepared is grown locally, much in the chef's own organic garden! This hidden jewel is located inside the hotel on the ground level. The staff are excellent, can inform you about the origins of each food item and make great suggestions for those with dietary limitations or concerns (we wanted low sodium).
Breakfast is HUGE and very fresh, exceptionally tasty. Worth the visit. Will make this one of our usual spots.

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Thank lokisdottr
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

As usual, the service was adequate and the food fresh. The selection is not huge, but always well prepared and presented. We sat on the outside patios, which had a clear plastic screen to protect from a breeze. The tables were too close together to be enjoyed (maybe adequate for happy hour, but not dinner). The chocolate cake was great, but the chocolate mousse a real disappointment (it tasted strongly of over-preserved whipped cream)

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Thank J C
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We went on a Sunday night in early June. The place was less than half full. There was a three course menu very fairly priced at $33. Some nightly specials were offered, some with an add on fee to the $33 (such as $6 additional for the seasonal salmon). For the quality and selection, this price was very good. In addition, on Sunday night, bottles of wine are half price. On price alone, this place would be 5 stars on Sunday night. Unfortunately, the food was just average to good. Note that the rating system on tripadvisor goes from average (3 stars) to very good (4 stars). While this place isn't exactly "average," it isn't "very good." Why not very good? They were out of the first bottle of wine we asked for and recommended another. There were four of us so the chances we would get a second bottle of wine were pretty good. When we ordered a second bottle of the recommend wine....no luck....they were out of that too. On this alone, I could not give a restaurant four stars.

As for the food.....the portions are large. The food ranges from OK to good to very good. The caprese flat bread is huge and is a meal, not a starter. The beet salad is OK, nothing special. The mussels were good. The pasta was overcooked and nothing special. Both the trout and the salmon were good but not great. As for desserts, the lemon flan was delicious and the lemon tart was OK.

Trellis is in a hotel. The atmosphere is OK but nothing special. You feel like you are in the lobby of a hotel, very institutional. There is outdoor seating which might be better but we did not try it so I cannot really say.

The place seemed to have much more potential than it showed us tonight. We might go back and try it again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends until I tried it again.

BTW....if you are reading Trellis.....I strongly recommend that you keep your wines in stock or update your wine list. Really.

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

We have dined at Trellis many times and probably will again. The menu is eclectic, seasonal and well conceived. The ambiance reminds me of a Courtyard Marriott; nice but institutional. The outdoor seating is a mixed bag, it is great to be outdoors (even in winter with the industrial strength heaters overhead) but the street noise is overbearing. Service is crisp and professional. I'd recommend it to try at least once.

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