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“Great view. Fabulous experience.”
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Ranked #89 of 4,169 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $100
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Buffet, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great view. Fabulous experience.”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

My wife and I are not foodies but we like great restaurants. You will not be disappointed.

Tremendous ambiance. Goldilocks vibe...not too quiet, not too loud...HUGE expansive room with floor to ceiling windows. We got lucky and got a window but there's not many bad tables.

Great service. Prompt but gave us space. Great recommendations.

Food & Wine--killer crab and lobster dip (was a favorite on Yelp). The seafood is pricey ($40/plate) so I went more turf..wife went shrimp route..both were very good. Wine list was solid and reasonable. Both were really good.

  • Visited July 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Hasn't improved”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

We started by taking my own advice and stopped in the bar for a quick drink and snack (previously I had suggested staying away from dining here and just having drinks to enjoy the view.) Unfortunately, we had been sailing all day and decided to have dinner after all. Things have not improved at this once very good restaurant. We seated ourselves at one of about 10 tables in the bar, with only 1 other couple in the bar at 6pm on a holiday evening. We had to ask for menus and ordered a bottle of wine. The bottle arrived, was opened, and left with two empty wine glasses?? We don’t have a problem with pouring our own – if this were a pub – but at an upscale restaurant one normally expects the wine to be served. We then ordered dinner. Salads arrived, no utensils; utensils arrived, no napkins; asked for water – gave up. Mains arrived and halibut was very tasty but the sauces were very odd for halibut, bright yellow and tobasco flavored (HOT) and did not work with halibut. My wife’s salmon was well done and ruined. We overheard an adjacent table with the same issue – salmon over cooked. We asked for the bill after a considerable wait. Of course, there were now all of 3 tables filled in the bar so why would you expect good service. The prices are ridiculous for the poor service and bad food quality. With the great view and location, we just hope the restaurant will go broke soon and have a replacement restaurant with higher standards soon.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Boscorelli53
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Reno, Nevada
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“When in Seattle you must visit”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Your trip to Seattle would not be complete without a visit to Palisade restaurant at Elliott Bay Marina below the cliffs of Magnolia. Sitting on the edge of Smith Cove, Palisade provide a magnificent view of the Seattle skyline, great any day, and spectacular at night. Entering the restaurant you will be impressed with the live aquarium which contains most of the species found in Elliott Bay, including salmon, dungeness crab and shrimp. And then there is the wonderful food prepared by inspired chefs. Must have items include: Dungeness crab cakes; Yellowtail Maki Roll; Apple Smoked Salmon Chowder; and when in season, Copper River Salmon Belly - YUMMY!

I have taken several guests to Palisade and never had a bad experience, and impressed everyone. I can't recommend Palisade too highly. Love it.

  • Visited March 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Prime View.”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

The location is excellent. On a clear day, one can look across Elliott Bay towards downtown Seattle and it's iconic space needle. Further east and south, Mt. Rainier is absolutely beautiful. The restaurant itself has a very open feel. Very casual. No white linen on the table though which was surprising to me. Service was efficient and friendly.
Food was fine. Seafood was cooked well, seasoned well, presented well. There was no wow factor however. There was nothing original which was ok since I was more enthralled with the view. Giving it 4 stars mainly because of the view. Worth the trip out in Magnolia on a gorgeous summer day. Try the very inexpensive 3-course lunch and early dinner.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank gingerinseattle
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Mercer Island, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and service in a gorgeous setting”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Palisade last night. Our waiter provided great service. We were especially impressed that when I ordered an appetizer with brie and my husband ordered a salad with tomatoes and mozzarella and we mentioned that we were planning to share them, our waiter offered to split them each on to two plates and serve one as a first course and one as a second course, before our entrees. This worked out perfectly and made for a very pleasant dinner. And I don't want to forget that the food was outstanding as well. After we ate, we took a stroll along the waterfront (it is paved) and looked at all the boats in the marina. A perfect way to finish the evening. It was my first time at the restaurant and we definitely plan to return on special occasions, especially when we have out- of- town guests visiting.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank JSCNewton_MA
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