I really really wanted to like this place. The garlicky smell, the nifty decor and the history of the location is so fun and funky that you would think that the food would match. But... no. I really don't get why this place is always packed, and gets good reviews. The salads aren't any better than I'd get at McDonald's, and the pizza is ... well, for lack of a better word, disgusting. The thick crust is okay, but that's where the good stuff ends. The sauce tastes just like they poured it out of one of the cans "decorating" the place, and has no flavor to it. Okay, I take that back. It does have a flavor. GARLIC. So much garlic that you'll be finding yourself burping it up for days afterwards. So much garlic that your spouse or partner will refuse to kiss you. So much garlic that even I, a person of Middle Eastern origin (who grew up dipping my chicken in a puree of garlic and lemon juice), finds it too garlicky.
In addition to the mountains of garlic on/in the pizza, another upsetting thing about it is the lack of fresh ingredients. I mean, c'mon-- Canned mushrooms? In Seattle? If it was dead winter and we were in the Yukon, I'd understand compromising on ingredient quality. But here it just doesn't add up.
And then there is the infamous "Big O" dessert. People rave about it. Me? I don't understand the hype. I like warm gooey cookies just as much as the next gal, but again, the quality of the ingredients were sub-par. I think they just buy a tub of cheap cookie dough from Sysco, and call it good.
All in all, I don't think Madame K's is a very good resturant. Maybe if they spent just a little bit more on better quality ingredients and maybe tried to put some other flavors besides garlic in their food I'd be more impressed. But for the money you'll be spending, there are better places to go.