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Volunteer Park Cafe

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1501 17th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112-2808
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 16:30
Tue - Fri 07:00 - 21:00
Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

This is a great brunch/lunch place near Volunteer Park. It's frequently crowded with a line out the door, tables are communal. People tend to linger a bit but once you get seated, so will you. The food is done well, the protocol for how to order, where to when, when to sit not quite clear but everyone seems to figure... More 

Thank Jdw-ny
Seattle, Washington
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90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I have been going here for breakfast for years. Lovely old neighborhood store now turned into a restaurant. It has been on my to do list to eat dinner here for a while, but finally got around to going for my anniversary dinner. This was the best meal I have had so far this year! Quite delicious! Having just eaten... More 

Thank SeattleDoc2010
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Cool farm-to-table style place with a solid beer selection (Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale was stellar). All the food was delicious - especially the hollowed out pumpkin dish. The staff were friendly but the service was pretty slow. They weren't exactly amped about having kids come in but I don't blame them...

Thank Bryan B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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208 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

For me it was thumbs up for baked goods and thumbs down for atmosphere. After exploring Volunteer Park, the cafe offered a good nearby break. We had baked goods and coffee, both were excellent.. The music was loud and they kept the front door open even though it was chilly out so I had to keep my jacket on while... More 

Thank 662marc
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76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Cheerful, friendly service. Offers a gorgeous selection of homemade pastries and a variety of sandwiches, salads and quiche. Overall, a pleasant spot for a satisfying meal. Our cafe lattes were tasty and served with artful heart swirls. What you should know: - order and pick up your items at the counter. - pastries and breads are a feast for the... More 

Thank lisa028
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64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by the staff at the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Menu was limited. We ordered two quiche plates, pulled pork sandwich, and chicken noodle soup with matzo balls as well as a pumpkin cake. All was delicious but on the expensive side. Plan to spend around $15/ person for a light lunch. The... More 

Thank Barbara S
Issaquah, Washington
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

This cafe is in a great location and has great ambiance, being located in an old grocery store. The neighborhood it's located in is great for strolling around admiring the houses. The food is good but very overpriced. The staff also isn't the friendliest. A salad, a sandwich and two cokes cost $40 (with tip).

Thank Eric D
Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Welcoming, chatty atmosphere, smart, friendly staff, gorgeous food. Special orders (allergies, etc.) aren't a problem; the fresh vegs are grown right outside; great neighborhood place.

Thank elmhig
Shanghai, China
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107 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Volunteer Park Cafe (VPC) was one and one-half blocks from the house where our family stayed so it was very convenient. Ate lunch once; breakfast once; countless trips for coffee, muffins, and cookies. Grand daughter loved the blueberry muffins and I would wholeheartedly agree. Lunch was sandwiches...great taste...but 'spendy' as the kids might say. Sandwiches are on the order of... More 

Thank Mahoo95
Espoo, Finland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Had the chicken ceasar and chevre salad. Boyfriend gave 3/5 for ceasar but the chevre salad festured a tiny lump of chevre and a bunch of hazelnuts.. the rest was lettuce. Left hungry and 31dollars poorer having had only tap water with the food. You can do better.

Thank Gurumir

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 40
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:30
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 17th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112-2808
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle

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