Open Hours: Lunch: 11a-2p Mon-Fri; noon-2p Sat; Dinner: 5p-9p Mon-Thu, 5p-10p Fri, 4:30p-10p Sat, 4:30p-9p Sun; Brunch: 10a-2p Sun
As you enter this seafood restaurant, you walk onto a suspended bridge with iron railings. Starfish, crayfish and other marine life swim to greet you. ... More
Palisade Waterfront Restaurant
As you enter this seafood restaurant, you walk onto a suspended bridge with iron railings. Starfish, crayfish and other marine life swim to greet you. Lights dot the high ceiling for a starry quality. Blown glass hangs delicately from the ceiling to complement the warm, upscale Polynesian-style surroundings. Seafood specialties include Opah (a Hawaiian fish also known as Moonfish), served with a papaya, mango and pepper salsa, and apple-wood-grilled Hebi (Spearfish). More standard dishes include Ellensburg Lamb and New York Steak. The view of downtown Seattle is hard to beat.
I had the prime rib and my husband had the NY steak. We also ordered a sampler of the appetizers. All of the meat was prepared to perfection. My husband had the chocolate moussecake. I did not like it because it was the bitter, very rich chocolate. I had the bananna sundae- very good. Others had the creme brule- very good.
If you arrived at the first seating, you get a 3 course meal for $30.00 if you choose, which includes dessert. For 4 people drinking cocktails, appetizers, and 1 ordering on the regular menu, the bill was $198.00. I thought the food, ambience, and service were worth it.
The food is outstanding with an excellent variety of dishes available on the menu.
The ambiance of the facility itself enhances the dining experience tremendously. You have a full view of Alki, Harbor Island and downtown Seattle to stimulate your senses outside the floor to ceiling glass that makes up the whole south and west sides of the building. Inside, the seating is very comfortable and you can watch the full size salmon swiming through the indoor stream there in the restaurant..
The only thing I don't like about this place is the knowledge I can not go there every day. I love the view, the food, and the service. I think about Palisade all the time and can not wait for my next experience there.
My family has eaten here several times over the last couple of years -- it's been one of our "celebration" restaurants. When we first started going, we thought that the food was quite good. But this is a very pricy restaurant and the food is going downhill. Yes, the view is great but the food is not worth it. As others have noted in their reviews, the servers are always wonderful -- that's the best aspect of Palisades. Now they seem to be just cruising on the "view and ambiance" thing, and need to refocus on assuring that the food is top notch and worthy of their steep prices!
Specifically. In March we celebrated my birthday there. I ordered abalone. It was generally okay but the breading was soggy and it was on the greasy side. Not very appetizing. The side dish was some kind of weird mystery fish mush thing. There wasn't a single green spear of asparagus or anything remotely resembling a vegetable. I borrowed some from my mother and found them dull -- basically a grilled piece of zuchini and a half-raw onion chunk.
They are known for their Sunday brunches and last summer we had one that wasn't bad. HOWEVER, we ate there last Sunday and it was terrible!! I ordered a scrambled egg dish that promised shitakes and sweet peppers. No shitakes. Button mushrooms and the eggs were dry and unappealing. Denny's could have done better. My husband had a bacon/sausage scrambled egg breakfast that he said was equally bad. My guava mimosa was flat! The only good thing going for the brunch is you can get all the smoked salmon and cold shrimp and fresh fruit as you want. That's the only thing I'd go for in the future, but I won't go back.
Been to Palisade many times over the years. Sometimes service can be hit or miss. Last night (7/11/07) was most assuredly as miss. Took fiancé for her b’day @ 7pm and low and behold no a/c in the place. Outside temp 90+ F. Inside was approx 82F. Did not give much thought to the heat as we entered as you cannot really expect the entryway to be that cool given the outside temp. Once seated, it became apparent that the AC was non existent. I inquired to our waiter about the AC and he claimed he did not know there was a problem. This was definitely going to require some tequila as I am not fond of being played for a fool. We ordered, food was good, that is never really a problem at Palisade. I spoke with a busser on the way to the restroom and made the same inquiry about the situation and the reply was that they were not aware of the problem. Hmm let’s see, employees working in an establishment that is consistently 68F every day of the year and the do not even perceive a problem. I am not a big fan of employee ignorance so I am a tad bewildered at this point. Upon exiting the restroom, I asked the hostess why am I feeling like I am having stroke or hot flashes. At this point, I am feeling restored in humanity as she informed me the AC had not been working ALL day. Although pleasant, she did seem like she was being asked this all evening and offered to get the manager. My reply was no need and that I could write the owner at a later date. The manager did come to the table and make apologies and asked for some “human understanding”. I smiled without comment and we continued to finish dinner. Looking around the room I could see may people fanning themselves as the beaded perspiration was flowing to the skin surface. It was a lost cause of an evening. What is so dismal about this situation was that at no time did staff offer to explain the situation PRIOR to seating anyone. Additionally, it is clear that the manager is not really one to provide leadership to her staff. A minimally skilled Red Robin manager would have gathered the staff or posted an FYI on how to respond to the situation. As a side note, I took a client to lunch one Saturday at Maggie’s Bluff (the burger place adjacent to Palisade and owned by the same company). At that occasion, we were seated in a booth that was under some pipes being snaked out by a plumber while we were eating. Not only was the noise horrendous but the thought of plumbing activities overhead was unappetizing. Guess what? The SAME Palisade manager came down to see what all the customer complaining was about. I have serious doubts as to this woman’s skill-set in managing difficult circumstances. Well, at least she may have a shot in local politics.
I went to Palisades in Aug. of 2005. The experience from the reservations to the end were impeccable. The memory from that nights experience was the best restaurant experience I've had to this day. The only complaint was that I should have gotten what my girlfriend got,( the swordfish) not to say that my dish wasn't delicous. The service, atmosphere, and food are all remarkable. As far as prices go it's worth it. Finding it is a little tricky, just follow there directions carefully.
Once upon a time, this was one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Boy how things have changed. We went for my husband's birthday, and while the service was impeccable..the food was a different story. The caesar salad tasted as if you had eaten a spoonful of anchovies, the salmon came in a bed of oil and my husband's garlic prawns were dry to say the least. I was so disappointed, because he had never been and was looking forward to a decadent experience. Like I said however, the service was great..just wished the food would of matched the service.
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