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#204 of 3,057 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
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5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4809
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 10:00 - 02:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Cleveland, Ohio
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198 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I was surprised to see this place be a BBQ joint, but I decided to give it a try nonetheless. I was very impressed with the quality of gluten free eats at a BBQ spot and it was all very delicious! I would recommend... well everything. Definitely not a place to count calories, though.

Thank Lulu2828
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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174 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We had pulled pork dinners and drinks. Great selection of whiskey, good side dishes, delicious pulled pork. I like that you can get it as a dinner or as a sandwich. Nice sauces on the table. Good cornbread. Service was great. One of the best barbecue places I've been to.

Thank TravelinJabbo
Seattle, Washington
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706 reviews
380 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Bitterroot is a nice place to go after a workout at the gym. My experience of the service is that it is consistently good. Had a pulled chicken sandwich and a beer on my most recent visit. I will be going back again soon.

Thank Alec D
Ketchikan, Alaska
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Service was great. Drinks were great. Meal was good, but nothing special. I can make better at home. The ribs bordered on dry, with a snap to the skin when you bit into it. The grits tasted like they had flour in them. The greens were really good.

Thank goodfoodie54
Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

I have eaten here twice and we tried to celebrate a birthday here today. The waitress Shawn was so incredibly rude to one if our elderly guests when asking about a substitution....there is just no excuse. Besides her attitude being extremely rude she got our bill wrong twice.

Thank Michelle P
Bellevue, Washington
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I LOVE this food. You can't go wrong with any order here. We had this catered for lunch at my work yesterday and I had two sandwiches of pulled pork. The pickled onions on top and the mustard BBQ sauce made me go cross eyed it was so good. Once, for Thanksgiving I told my mom forget the turkey i'm... More 

Thank BaggaDonuts
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We really enjoyed the beef brisket and macaroni and cheese. Good sized portions at a reasonable price. This restaurant is just across the street from Hotel Ballard.

Thank CherylO60
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

When I arrived, I was worried I wouldn't fit the scene, but I was pointed to the back (bar area) and the bartender greeted me warmly and asked if I was hungry. The macaroni and cheese was what I had read about and it didn't disappoint. Thanks, TripAdvisor and to my waiter Kyle! He recommended the onions (which I normally... More 

Thank Beth T
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

The food here is really good, and it's location is also excellent. The beers on offer here are really good and they offer a good selection of beers from nearby breweries. Ballard is a really great suburb, love it

Thank Graham H
Seattle, Washington
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619 reviews
390 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

A very popular local BBQ restaurant in the heart of historic Ballard. Not your standard smothered in BBQ sauce place, this restaurant serves great sides, clean meats, and great BBQ sauce for you to add as desired. Do not skip the jalapeño hushpuppies or the coleslaw! Tip: This is a very small restaurant so if you don't have time to... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4809
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: 206-588-1577
In a great neighborhood for walking, shopping and terrific food.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?