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“Seductive, richly flavored food”
Review of Cafe Juanita

Cafe Juanita
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Ranked #2 of 272 Restaurants in Kirkland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Reviewed March 29, 2014

This restaurant tucked away in Kirkland has been a dining destination for decades. It deserves 5-stars for the consistency of the kitchen, the very professional service, and its extensive wine list. Holly Smith and her team prepare delicious, richly-flavored entrees. Nothing on the menu is nouveau or has crazy ingredients included. Chops may be served with well-reduced, rich sauces; octopus is grilled and tender; the fish is always pristinely-fresh and cooked simply. This is a place where you can eat fois gras or a treviso raddiccio salad to start. Because the food is so filling, I have never had dessert here. They do make souffles too. Wine list is heavily Italian and healthily priced. A meal here will dent your wallet, but will be satisfying and memorable. Celebrate an occasion here, take a date you want to impress, or business associates. Dim lights and low noise level. Consistently impressive.

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Reviewed March 6, 2014

This is the kind of place that you would go for a special occasion without the kids. Budget on about $100 per person including a cocktail and desert. The food is most excellent. The cuisine is Northern Italian, you won't find too many red sauces or a baked ziti here. Expect rabbit, lamb and beef dishes all prepared excellently. The servers are attentive without being burdensome and have an excellent knowledge of wine pairings. Be sure to make a reservation. This place is small.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

This little unassuming spot in Juanita is a hidden gem! Great wine options. Phenominal food! Great service. Great date or double-date spot!

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

While Café Juanita isn't within Seattle City Limits, it is certainly one of the jewels in Seattle's Restaurant Crown. Chef Holly Smith works magic with her menu, producing mouth-watering dishes to please even the most discriminating palate. Her dishes are imaginatively conceived and beautifully executed using only the best of ingredients. I love eating at Café Juanita because I have NEVER been disappointed. It is my favorite "go-to restaurant" for those special occasions.

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Reviewed February 22, 2014

Wow -- what a disappointment. What could have been a fantastic experience failed on nearly every measure. Plenty of wait staff, lots of chefs in the kitchen, not terribly crowded. But the seating arrangements are abysmal... vinyl bench seating on one side (at least 6" too low) and they put me on the crack in between two sections. Not very comfortable. And the tables were placed so closely together that any waitstaff or other clients ended up with their butt in my face when moving between the tables. Not terribly pleasant for anyone. We waited FOREVER for any one to come by to offer us water. The food flavors were nice, but -- come on, guys... nothing on the appetizer menu without meat? Not a single one? And only one fish dish? This is Seattle, not Omaha. My "silk handkerchief" pasta dish, for $17, had about 5 bites worth on a 15" plate -- no kidding. Lovely bites, but it wasn't even available as a full-sized portion, which some of the other plates were. We waited 20 minutes after the dessert menus were presented to get anyone to come back and ask if we wanted anything. Needless to say, we won't be back.

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Thank J C
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