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“Way too cool - and cramped for me”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Black Bottle

Black Bottle
Ranked #291 of 4,079 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Belltown
Renton, WA
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Way too cool - and cramped for me”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

I went there with a work gathering. We reserved the "large group" room which turned out to be a bunch of bistro tables lining the wall surrounding an open, empty space. The impression I got was that the tables that were normally there were needed somewhere else. There was a poorly supplied bar there which was helpful in increasing my appreciation the overall bleak decor. I found a drinkable beer on the menu and stuck with that.

Apparently our group had ordered the hors d'oeuvres menu because were presented a steady stream of hit-or-miss dishes of miscellaneous miss-mash. Some of it was actually surprisingly tasty, but much of it was just --- odd. Lima beans? On a plate? That's a dish? At least there was enough to share, unlike most of the stuff.

The restaurant is in the right place to find its audience and it seems to have done so, because it was packed to the gills with 20-somethting dinks, yuppies, Belltown grungies and whatever impressing each other with how eclectic they are.

I would not recommend this establishment for families, business groups or really anyone who isn't deep into the "Seattle scene".

  • Visited February 2014
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Barceloneta, Puerto Rico
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beer to desserts-it's all good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

We had squid or calamari and the presentation was far above the typical plate of tentacles in most restaurants. The batter was uncommonly light and the squid was fresh and tender.
I had the olive and leak flat bread which was perfect, and so rich with flavor. Then we tried a cocao nib mousse and chocolate gnocchi with a pistachio brittle. I think that tops my desert list forever. There is a full bar, an extensive array of wine, and for us there were several good beers.
Service was excellent, and e decor contemporary. If more restaurants were like this I wouldn't have to write so many bad reviews!!! Highly reccommend.

Visited November 2013
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Mercer Island, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“they need new management”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

very bad service and management there very sloppy to me seem like the worker had little to much to drink...

  • Visited November 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Very Relaxed Eclectic Light Dining Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

The Black Bottle was recommended by a friend who swears by their "blasted broccoli." As it turned out, the "blasted broccoli" was as good as advertised. The rest of the menu, primarily small plates i.e. tapas offered a very tasty offering of eclectic foods in a hip store front setting in the hip 1st Avenue area of Seattle. A great place to go for tapas light dinner or supper with wine and beer early or late.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Stephen E
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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

I love tapas and this place has a wide range of different types of food so it's perfect to be able to order small plates. If you don't like, not a big deal but you get to experience new flavors. My only problem is the size of the restaurant and the location of the door to the bar (especially in the winter). But otherwise - great ambience and food.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Tanya K
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