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Zig Zag Cafe

#123 of 3,079 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1501 Western Avenue Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98101
+1 206-625-1146
17:00 - 02:00
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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very cute, rustic ol' time bar with cheap $7 manhattans on their happy hour!! Good nibbles to accompany. Loved the atmosphere

Thank jjpdx123
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Zig Zag is part of Seattle history. Great cocktails, good food, a cool patio, it's a favorite for Seattle locals. Seattle best bartender ever - Murray - is no longer there, yet they seem to have kept up his stellar bar program. A perfect spot in warmer weather.

Thank Ughhh
Greenwich, CT
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119 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

After an excellent birthday dinner for our daughter, we chose to take the entourage (11 strong) to Zig Zag. They accepted a reservation and kept their word, even though the place was packed. Our server (a sultry brunette who had previously served us) and identified on the check as "Server" handled the order with panache and aplomb. The drinks were... More 

Thank RockridgeC
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Actually, the secret was out about the ZZ about 10 years ago. Articles in Seattle Times and Sunset didn't help. Yet despite all the press, the ZZ consistently mixes the best classic cocktails in town. Don't come here looking for Cosmos. Oh, they'll serve you one, and a very fine one at that, but what's the point when you can... More 

Thank Ruth V
Olympia, Washington
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a drink and a bite based on reviews I'd seen in TripAdvisor. The menu didn't do much for us in terms of appetizers-we weren't super hungry so settled on the feta/blue cheese spread with pita wedges and salted almonds. Not bad but probably wouldn't order it again. They have a super interesting drink menu and the staff... More 

Thank cwinkelman1
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Tough to find, but so worth it!I live part time in Seattle and do urban hikes often in downtown Seattle. Years ago, i even lived at the Pike Place Market, just blocks from Zig Zag Cafe - and STILL had difficulty finding this hidden gem in the middle of a staircase!

Thank nisiHawaii
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This place is awesome! I was visiting from San Francisco and we were looking for tasty cocktails! Came across this place which is walking distance from Pikes Market Place. Our server was amazing! Told her it was my birthday and she surprised me with a Mezcal Old Fashioned! Definitely check this place out!

Thank Nabil S
Wellington, Florida
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped a guy on the street and asked for a recommendation for a good, non-tourist place to get good food. This was a great find! It's halfway down a flight of stairs so if you don't know to look for it, probably won't find it! Got there while it was still happy hour. They had a great selection of small... More 

Thank Carole W
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A really nice experience for my husband and I. We sat outside later in the evening, had appetizers and drinks. Staff was so friendly and helpful, just a cool vibe. Its sort of hidden so you'll have to look for it, but well worth it!

Thank Jackie C
Centreville, Virginia
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174 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Took the stairs up from the true waterfront and stumbled on this place. Got a few drinks and an appetizer. Food and drink was very good. They up charged us for some extra pita bread for our dip but overall, a nice experience.

Thank Travelinto25Cities

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, International
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 Western Avenue Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 206-625-1146

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