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Zayda Buddy's Pizza - 27 Reviews - 5405 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA - Family Restaurants Reviews - Phone (206) 783-7777

Zayda Buddy's Pizza

5405 Leary Ave NW (at 20th Avenue NW)
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-7777
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Zayda Buddy's Pizza - Seattle, WA
Zayda Buddy's Pizza - Seattle, WA
Zayda Buddy's Pizza - Seattle, WA
Zayda Buddy's Pizza - Seattle, WA



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I misplaced my leather jacket when I was at Zayda Buddy's about a month ago. The staff and especially the owner, Joel, went waaaaay ouf their way to help me take care of the prob...


Zayda Buddy's makes pretty good Minnesota style pizza but I would recommend avoiding the sandwiches. Last night I had a tuna melt there, it was 1 piece of bread with tuna and chee...

Cheers for the owner!! 3/18/2011

I misplaced my leather jacket when I was at Zayda Buddy's about a month ago. The staff and especially the owner, Joel, went waaaaay ouf their way to help me take care of the problem. Grandpa Zayda would be proud of Joel. A classy place! more

just a great place with awesome food 2/5/2011

Seriously, I have enjoyed this place so much every time I've been there! It's clean and fun and casual and the food is INSANELY awesome. The veggie sandwich is my new favorite! Super gooey cheese and yummy grilled vegetables...and the last time we took a friend there (who also loved the place and the food) we all shared the ""twinkle misu"" ... Holy dessert nirvana. I had no idea you could do that with a twinkle. This place is fantastic, and I recommend it to everyone. more

Great concept 6/18/2010

Apparently this is a good place to watch a game, but if you are not expecting this it can be quite loud and crowded. Menu items and beer choices seem to be a little unusual which inspired me to seek this out. Whoever heard of a Midwestern themed restaurant? It is a great idea. Unfortunately they seem to have had some problem with thier beer distrubtion and most of the unusual beers I wanted to try were unavailable. Food was above average, I absolutely love my tapenade, hummus, veggie sandwhich (Joia Z?s Veggie Sandwich) and am not sure how I never knew these two things were meant to be together. They also have an interesting beer mustard. I hear the tatoer tot hot dish is delicious as well. And I did enjoy reading about fishing while I ate. Pros: Minnesotta theme, great sandwhich Cons: loud, out of most of beer selection more

Midwestern delights! 2/15/2010

Zayda Buddy?s is a great place to indulge your comfort food fantasies. If you dream of cheesy, buttery carbs served up hot with a side of dipping sauce, or dare I say tater tots, you must try Zayda?s. My favorites: the mac-n-cheese topped with mama lil?s peppers, the velveeta grilled-cheese sandwich, and the chicken tenders. Did I mention they do pizza? Round out your meal with an ice cold beer and you won?t want to leave the establishment. Wooden booths and flat screen televisions will keep you there for hours. Enjoy! more

Other than the pizza, not worth the price 6/7/2009

Zayda Buddy's makes pretty good Minnesota style pizza but I would recommend avoiding the sandwiches. Last night I had a tuna melt there, it was 1 piece of bread with tuna and cheese on top, a tomato, and a pickle on the side. I also had to pay 2$ extra for potato salad rather than pringles or fries for my side. Now that would be fine but the cost for this was $11 ($8.99 for the basic tuna melt plus two for the potato salad). This wasn't exactly a gourmet meal, I really wouldn't expect to pay more than $7 for half a tuna sandwich and a side. Comparatively you can get a grilled cheese and toato soup near by for only $4. There are much better and cheaper options in Ballard if you want a sandwich. Pros: Pizza Cons: Tiny over priced sandwiches, cheap beer marked up to 4$ more

Small Pints 3/17/2009

Hey, what's with the mini beers? I mean, C'Mon every bar in Seattle has at least the american pints and real pubs have the 20oz imperial. The mini 14oz beers here are just rediculous. At least have an option for someone who wants a real beer! Thanks. Pros: Location Cons: Small Pints more

Felt like a kid again! 10/12/2008

What a terrific place! Great location, yummy food, fabulous customer service, fun atmosphere...I couldn't resist eating like a kid (grilled cheese and tater tots), but had to have a MN beer for old time's sake. I highly recommend to everyone, regardless of your experiences (or lack thereof) with Midwest food and beer! more

Great drinks 9/5/2008

This place is a fun place to have a casual drink and meal. One of my friend's had the turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce, delightful! One had a chicken burger, delicious. And my other friend and I split a pizza. The crust was perfect and the toppings were great. I had roasted garlic on my side it was great while I was eating it and I eat a lot of garlic. But seriously you should probably avoid the roasted garlic if you have to go out the next day or two. I was sweating garlic for at least 24 hours, it was insane and I'm certain there was not a vampire in the greater seattle area after I ate that. But like I said, it was good and I guess its just the price I had to pay. Also the drinks are fantastic! I had an awesome grape sode cocktail and my friends had some other cocktails off the inventive cocktail list. This place has a fun atmosphere and great bar style food. :) Pros: Grape soda cocktail Cons: a little noisy, but adds to the atmosphere more

It is all in what you like 6/28/2008

First things first, I grew up in the mid-west, so the pizza here is the style I grew up with. Having been consistently disappointed with the pizza this far west, I am always looking for new things. (I should probably mention that I lived in Chicago and like more than one pizza style.) Zayda's has been constantly improving since I first went in, and by no means have I exhausted the menu, though I have never had food I considered merely passable. Every restaurant has good and bad nights, and if you don't realize this you shouldn't dine out. more

Unique Yummy Pizzas 6/2/2008

locally owned zayda buddy's brings Minnesota style pizza to the already eclectic neighborhood of ballard. fresh ingredients, sauce made daily, even the grenadine is made lovingly on site. during football season, you can find many relaxing in the bar drinking pints brought specially from the Midwest watching their favorite teams. more

best thin crust midwest pizza in town!! 5/11/2008

beautiful ambience and very relaxed and comforatable atmosphere. awesome service. pizza is the best. i loved the ballard bridge. the cocktails were done with all fresh ingredients and damn does it show. the margaritas and the bloody mary are the best i've ever had. never had bratwurst and cheesecurds that are this good either, and i get to enjoy them with a leinenkugel's beer which my boyfriend tells me is the best beer from wisconsin. more

Family Friendly? 4/10/2008

This place is fine, it really is, but I don't know why they keep saying they are family friendly when they don't even have highchairs or booster seats. I guess they are family friendly for those with kids aged 8 and up?? more

Cheese curds! What else is there? 3/4/2008

The thing I like about Zayda Buddy's is the fried stuff and beer that reminds me of, well, the midwest! Now, obviously you can't eat it every night, but if you need something deeply fried, the cheese curds are the best (closest to the real Wisconsin kind I've had out here) and the tots are killer. If you're in the mood for a meal, the burgers are solid and the sloppy joe is outstanding. The drinks are super good (great bartenders). But don't expect ""Seattle"" fare. It's not that way and it doesn't pretend to be. It's definitely midwest, and not Chicago or even Minneapolis midwest, but small town midwest. I still think people may come in and not know this, so I felt I had to say it! I've never had a problem with the service, but then, I usually go late on the slow nights. Pros: Cheese curds, Tots, Sloppy Joe, Fun beers Cons: No mac and cheese yet! more

great pizza and bar. 1/13/2008

love this place. more

Great Pizza, Swanky and Fun 12/11/2007

I came all the way from the eastside to try the ""new pizza place"" in Ballard with friends. It has swanky and fun atmosphere. The dark wood booths are cozy, and the overall atmosphere is sophisticated and stylish. Don't miss Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck in the ladies' restroom. We shared the cheese curds with a yummy dipping sauce, and two pizzas- tapenade and a traditional margerita. Both had thin, crispy crusts, which I love. We took the leftovers home, and they were great the next day too. I didn't try the cocktails, but saw lots of fun choices and great Minnesota beers. Next time, I'll have to try some of the fun cocktails and home-cookin' dishes on the menu. Despite what some other reviews said, our service was great. The place was busy, but not packed, so we were seated immediately. The waitress was quick to take our order, and refill our drinks (without our needing to ask). It's a cool place to hang out with friends or bring the family. Pros: Stylish and Fun Atmosphere more

One to watch 12/9/2007

I apparently moved out of Ballard just as all the new condos and restaurants started opening up! I headed back over to my old neighborhood this past weekend and saw that even Leary Way has some hip new places. Friends and I went into Zayda Buddy's and were happy to find a unique spot. Their menu is an original take on pizzas and sandwiches (though I'm not sure I'm going for the deep fried burger any time soon . . . . one of you guys can go for that). We tried the thin crust tapenade pizza which was really flavorful. The drink special was a funky margaritta which also went down well. They also had some guilty pleasures like tater tot casserole and cheese curds (a mid-west take on mott sticks) on the menu. The cheese curds were great comfort food in the rainy season. I'll have to go back for the 'tots. The atmosphere was funky and comfortable. Nice big booths and cool old picturess on the walls. It was a great place with a little attitude to get together for a casual dinner with friends. Pros: great atmosphere and unique drinks, good comfort food Cons: little lighter fare more

Best Atmosphere & Pizza 11/22/2007

My friends and I were there on Sunday night. The place was very cozy, trendy, casual, and hip. The service was exceptional and pizza was very flavorful and delicately cooked. Salad was very classic. Try Minnesota Pop for a drink. It is very clean and fresh. The whole experience was very pleasant. You've got to check out this place. more

Comfort food, comfortable atmosphere, and pleasant service. What more could you ask for? 11/5/2007

I started off the meal with the much hyped Northstar, and was not disappointed, very tasty indeed. Our party of 3 shared an order of chicken wings and a mixed green salad. The chicken wings were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Accompanying them was a creamy barbecue dipping sauce which helped to dampen the spice of the wings so that they made your mouth tingle, but not flame. The salad was a bit boring considering the price, but was plentiful and the vinaigrette was nummy. We finished with a large number 1, and while I think this pizza could be good, I think the trick is to not have too many toppings... This was too many toppings and so the middle of the pizza ended up like soggy cracker, not crispy. All in all, it was a nice experience, and I'm sure I'll be back to try other comfort fare. more

Great atmosphere and cocktails to match 11/1/2007

I tried out Zayda Buddy's a few weeks ago, on a weekday afternoon. I brought along my laptop to work on some homework and took a seat in the bar. The bartender was very friendly and helpful. I tried one of their specialty drinks which was very good, and as a bartender I can be pretty picky. I think it was called the Lone Star? It was made with their own infused brandy. It was fruity but not overly sweet, and the different flavors were well balanced. The pizza was good, although I tend to prefer a thicker crust. I'll definitely have to bring my hubby and kids in, they love thin, crispy crust. It even came out without the cheese as requested. I've had to send back pizzas at other places because they've neglected that detail. My only complaint is that the cold breeze from the front door made my pizza cold far too quickly, but I can't really fault the restaurant for that. Pros: Cocktails, Service Cons: Parking more

Totally dissapointed 10/30/2007

Stopped by Zayda Buddy's for Saturday evening meal. We wanted pizza and I foolishly suggested ""that new pizza place by Ballard Ave"". The service was really horrific. Extremely slow, it took 30 minutes to get our drink order. Then 10 more to order our meal. Another 40 to get our pizza. Pizza was totally gnarly and not in a good way. Cheezy bread was subpar and they never brought the other appetizer we ordered. The prices are insanity. We spent $90 on food and really really regretted it. Two of my fellow diners are pizzaholics and pretty much would eat any pizza and be totally satisfied with it, hated it and said it was worse than pizza inn. that is not a good sign. Hopefully this joint will be replaced with something much tastier and a little more interesting. Pros: the atmosphere was ok Cons: food, service and prices. EVERYTHING?! more
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  • In Short
    Sit back in tall booths or grab a seat at the bar to watch a game with a can of Hamm's, or for the more refined, a Minnesota martini (whisky and a beer schooner). The backbone of...

  • 12/10/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily: 11am-2am All-Day Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 11am-6pm, Weekends 11am-3pm Late Night Happy Hour: Daily 10pm-2am Kitchen open until midnight Monday-Friday, 1am on the weekends!
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Adams, Ballard