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“Adequate however nothing to rave about”
Review of Restaurant Zoe

Restaurant Zoe
Ranked #978 of 4,304 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 14 Ave
Transit: Bus #2
Description: Recognized as one of The 10 Very Best Restaurants of 2005 by Seattle Magazine and one of the top five for new American cuisine by the 2008 Zagat Survey, Restaurant Zoe is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. Located on the corner of 14th and Union St on Capitol Hill, Restaurant Zoe's lively urban setting provides the backdrop for Chef Scott Staple's seasonally crafted, produce-driven fare.
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Went with three others on a saturday night and none of us were overly impressed. Although we had a reservation we were seated at the table right inside the door which made us feel like we were on a runway when the other diners arrived or left. Food was ok but nothing outstanding. Presentation of food was good. Beverages were ok. None of us would return.

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Sublime cuisine in a funky, relaxed setting. Great vibe.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

The new Restaurant Zoe on Capital Hill Seattle is just as delicious as at the former location in Belltown. Everything is fresh, as local as possible, a nice variety of ingredients and preparations. Small plates go a long way satisfying hunger for yummy food. The non-alcoholic drinks were super refreshing on a hot summer night. Desserts to die for. Bit pricey (like many Seattle restos that serve great food) but worth it for a special dinner.

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Thank Ellin B
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

My wife and I went to Zoe's restaurant when they were in Belltown several times and things were good. We recently visted their new location with our family with five people and quite frankly were very dissapointed. First the service was extremely slow. Some of the food was overcooked and the fries were cold on one of our parties plate. To add insult to injury, they tacked on a 20% automatic tip which has turned us off to Zoe Restaurant completely. They evidently do not understand the competitive nature of the Seattle restaurant scene. We dine out at a minimum of twice per week and Zoe will not be on our radar.

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Thank John H
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

We dined on Monday ... often an off day for restaurants. Our wait person made a good wine recommendation (a $54 rose), but our first course came long before they could find the wine in their storage area.

Had small plates of sweetbreads and steak tartare. Sweetbreads were a bit overcooked and heavy with salt and the preparation harmed the normal delicacy of sweetbreads. The tartare did not have much of a beef flavor and was not up to the standard of something you would do at home.

Had the boar ragu on pasta course. The presentation was like our grandsons ... dump sauce on pasta and no garnish to add color. No thought or care. The boar flavor was good but much too much salt. (I have had this general dish perhaps 10 times or so in Italy and have made it at home. Easy to make, took some effort to harm it.) Duck leg was substituted for the seared duck breast that we ordered. They were out of the breast and did not seem to know it ... guess the kitchen does not keep server staff informed. The leg was far overcooked, tough, dry. Some care comes with preparation of duck ... and no care was shown. Should have just returned it but by this time we had given up on the kitchen.

A side of frites was fine and was maybe the best part of this $122 meal (excl tax/tips). We asked the server if the cooking staff on Mondays was different than the other days of the week. No answer was given so we don't know. She offered to take the duck off our bill ... but we declined because we don't expect to return. Other reviews were so positive, we are really unhappy things were not acceptable.

The table next to us returned their main "big plate" because it was not cooked correctly. So something in general was going on. Neither guest on the other side of us finished their dessert and complained about them .

Generally a nice wine list, however. The prices of the courses were very decent. If you go perhaps you should ask the server to tell the cook to take it easy on the salt, and to take food off the heat before it is overcooked.

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Thank rockySeattleArea
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