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Restaurant Zoe

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2137 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121-2207
Seattle, WA 98121
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Restaurant Zoe - Seattle, WA
Restaurant Zoe - Seattle, WA
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Restaurant Zoe has moved and lucky me, right across the street! I just had the most amazing meal, awesome service and great dessert. Citysearch is slow on the update, but the ne...

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Having heard great reviews of Zoe, I tried it out with some friends during the Dine Around Seattle 30 for $30 special. Dinner got off to a promising start with a nice glass of ho...

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Heck Ya! 9/25/2009

Amazing atmosphere and the dishes. I will pay the price for it. Rabbit pate! Hmm..mm...mm! I will definitely go back again. more

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Thank you, Judy's Bookers! 5/14/2006

After reading all the wonderful reviews about Zoe here on Judy's Book, we decided to give it a try, and people! It did NOT disappoint! Fabulous, attentive, polite and fun staff (we loved our waiter!), delicious food, and a lovely atmosphere made this one of the best nights out I've had in a long time. We had a fabulous mozzarella appetizer that was their special, a delicious pear salad, and the halibut with cous cous that was to die for. We brought in our own bottle of wine, and had them decant it for us, but they had great looking wine & drink menus. Can't say enough about the service here. Outstanding. more

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I'd Name My Kid After This Restaurant 4/20/2006

But that would be weird. She would wonder why I named her after a restaurant. "Because it tastes so good!" I would tell her. Then there would be silence. Zoe rocks. For dates, For Girls Night Out. For Birthdays (like mine!). The staff is usually nothing short of charming and awesome. The chef is accommodating, but not in a doormat, customer service way...more like a 'you should enjoy your food' way. And I appreciate that. The specialty drinks are interesting and it's hard to just have one. I go early too because I like the attention from the waiters...and I like to eat early. more

Great Experience 4/19/2006

I really enjoy Zoe. THe ambiance is energetic. The dining room can get a little loud when it's crowded but I like the buzz of people enjoying their meal. The food is consistent (a good thing) and I particularly love the Hangar Steak, Scallops and Pork Tenderloin. The service is friendly and generally knowledgable about the menu. The wine list could use some attention but definitley doesn't discourage me from returning. I typically bring my own wine because i don't particularly care for the wine on the list. Cocktails are great too! more

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can we give 6 stars once a year 4/5/2006

if so, zoe would get it. just got back from there - thanks rahul! that was easily one of the best meals i've eaten in the almost 10 years i've lived in seattle. the restaurant itself is great - superbly personable host, equally fun and nice waitstaff. drinks are yummy, very inventive and tasty. parking is icky in belltown, even on a wedn nite, but if you are willing to pay a few bucks and/or walk a few blocks then you'll be ok. we tried the gnudi appetizer and it's the sort of dish where you just let it sit in your mouth and enjoy the flavors while you look at each other in disbelief that anything can taste that good. pretty darn orgasmic. for an entree hubby had the gorganzola risotto with pear. just the right amount of cheese - not overwhelming. and the red wine-soaked pear was the perfect complement to the tangy risotto. i had the highly recommended sea scallops, and i don't even like scallops but ended up just about licking my plate. 5 superbly cooked pieces of fish which surrounded a mixture of beans, carrots and bacon in an indescribable sauce. about 1/2-way through i was so full that i was beginning to get uncomfortable but i could not stop eating my meal. we were way too full for dessert but the dessert menu looked enticing enough to get us back there soon. delicious cheese plates, a pear trio were the pears are soaked in red wine, white wine and sparkling wine. and more. before i was finished with the appetizer i was already planning my next trip to zoe. more

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Tasty 3/30/2006

Visited Zoe for the first time a few nights ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The restaurant stayed lively through the night. Two standout dishes were the Gnudi and the pork tenderloin. You can't go wrong with either. more

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Got Gnudi... 3/15/2006

I had yet another amazing dinner at Zoe last night. We had 8.45 reservations, the place was packed and buzzing with energy and we were seated right away. The highlights of the 25 for $25 menu were: Ricotta Gnudi (pronounced nudie) which were fun to order and tasted exquisite. They are ricotta-filled dumplings drowned in two different butter sauces. So, skip them if you're dieting, but if not, they are ridiculously good. It's the sort of thing that makes you slow down, close your eyes and savor every bite. Seriously. Roast pork tenderloin served on a barley curry. The pork was medium-rare and melted in your mouth. The Talapia was also terrific, but not quite as good as the pork. Finally, for dessert, chocolate cake. Enough said. Zoe continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Rahul more

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Good food, but overpriced & with an attitude. 2/27/2006

The food was very good (I had the skirt steak), albeit some of the menu items were a bit over-priced. The appetizer special (fresh mozzarella over a bed of arugula on a crisp piece of bread) was $12.50! Our waiter was very nice until my dining companion and I didn't order more cocktails or wine with our dinner. All of the sudden he turned rather haughty, which really put a damper on what would have been a nice dinner. Given that they're on the 25 for $25 list, I may try this place again. I'm definitely not a cheapskate, but I'm not sure if this place is worth the money. more

Yep it is great 2/15/2006

Always hear about this restaurant and have lived here a long time so last Thursday my wife and I finally got it done. Yep, its great. Food, ambiance, service all super and my expectations were high. Its a very Seattle place so good to recommend to friends visiting town too. more

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One of the (relatively few) stars on the Seattle dining scene 1/30/2006

At the high end, new restaurants tend to flame out pretty quickly. After the initial rush of local buzz and gushing reviews, cracks start to appear - usually driven by real gaps between lofty prices (and expectations) and the inconsistencies that tend to bedevil such a complex product. So when a restaurant starts out great and stays that way, it's something to celebrate -- especially in a town with relatively few strong contenders. My wife and I have eaten at Zoe a half-dozen times over the past several years (most recently this past Saturday night), and our respect for the place has only grown as Scott Staples and his crew have delivered a great experience, time after time. From food to service to wine to overall ambiance, Zoe is the Energizer bunny of Seattle's best restaurants, still going strong long after many of its flashier contemporaries have fallen on hard times. As some previous reviewers have noted, the experience at Zoe isn't about flash or "high concept" cooking, and that's exactly the point. Doing something difficult very well night after night is what separates the great from the well-promoted, and Zoe has earned its place on the list. more

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Overpriced 11/30/2005

Nice and cozy place, good ambiance. Food was good but not great.I don't think it was worth the price (my wife disagrees). more

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Zoe's House Smoked Hangar Steak 10/21/2005

Hopefully the house smoked hanger steak is still as I I remember it. The aromas that waft up from my plate were clear: charcoal, meat juices, roasted tomato, fresh rosemary and thyme. The well-marbled steak was cold-smoked and grilled rare. A savory cabernet veal jus eliminated any call for table salt. Side dishes included a radicchio cup that looked like a catcher's mitt full of buttery mashed potatoes served atop grilled zucchini and a roasted tomato ragout. Dinner wine was an easy choice. The deep, ruby McCrea Ciel du Cheval syrah from Washington was perfect with that steak. Normally I eat fish on Friday...perhaps I will make an exception tonight. Cheers! more

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Great Atmosphere, Better Food... 9/8/2005

Zoe's is a great downtown restaurant. The space is elegant and upscale but still feels casual and down-to-earth and the new American fare is terrific. I had a seared foie appetizer and steak for my main course and both were tremendous. As someone who moved here from NYC, Zoe stands up to anything in that dining mecca. I'm not sure if it's the quintessential Seattle dining experience, but it's a great meal out. Enjoy. Rahul more

Restaurant Zoe 9/23/2004

Zoe is my favorite Seattle restaurant. I like it so much that we often arrive before dinner starts just to sit at the bar and relax. Food is always impeccable, service as well. Owner Scott Staples is almost always there. more

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Great service at Restaurant Zoe 9/15/2004

Our first visit last Saturday night, and the service was awesome. Host was friendly, personable, and made sure we had a great time. Waiter was also good. Food was good, very light on the heavy sauces which made us happy, we don't like food where all the flavor is provided thru some heavy sauce or pool of butter. more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    High ceilings help the small space feel less crowded, but tables are slightly cramped; happily, the crowd is too busy smiling and eating to get too loud. The casual feel is dressed up slightly with white cloths and heavy tableware, but it's clear that food, not fancy decor, is the focus. Servers are supremely dedicated and informed, offering personalized suggestions with every course.

    The Food
    The menu changes often to accommodate what's freshest. A starter to share is the ricotta-stuffed raviolo; rich and herby, it feeds six people nicely. The seared scallops are an ideal version of this simple dish: smoky bacon, peppery watercress and sweet, perfectly cooked meat. Braised veal cheeks are lean and tender, a textural complement to crisp pea vines and chewy spaetzle. Of the desserts, the tiny fried apple pies topped with creamy house-made ice cream are the hit.

  • 6/2/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Belltown, Downtown

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