Boat Street Café

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TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 10:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M., 5:30 – 10 P.M. | SUNDAY - MONDAY: 10:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
206.632.4602 | WEBSITE

Boat Street Café is the original outpost of Seattle’s most exciting homegrown chef and restaurateur, Renee Erickson (of The Walrus and the Carpenter and The Whale Wins). There’s a full menu of Mediterranean-inspired plates that borrow most heavily from Provençal cooking traditions, with glimmers of Moroccan and Spanish influence. The wine list, however, reads primarily like a who’s who of small, artisanal French wine producers and regions—all priced very, very reasonably. No first growth Bordeaux or fancy Burgundy here—just delicious and diverse table wines. The list also includes a smattering of small Northwest producers as well as a thoughtful selection of after-dinner wines by the glass. Easily one of the best all-around casual restaurants in Seattle.

Known For
  • natural wine
  • low wine markups
  • full menu
What to drink
One of the best places to try Washington and Oregon wines in Seattle, since the few producers they do represent on the list are among the best of the Northwest avant-garde.
If you can’t make it to Boat Street Café, Erickson's hip cocktail and oyster spot, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and her second full restaurant, The Whale Wins, are both excellent.