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Blackboard Bistro

#228 of 3,079 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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3247 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116-3304 (SW Hinds Ave)
+1 206-257-4832
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Tue 17:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Seattle, Washington
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I met another couple here for dinner early on a Saturday (5pm) - we had made reservations and they were needed! This is a small restaurant and the atmosphere is cozy and intimate. There aren't booths so you do see, and possibly interact, with other diners but they are also situated in such a way that you... More 

Thank Amy P
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small but uncrowded West Seattle bistro pays attention to detail as it mixes very imaginative, complex, recipes with chic decor. It serves a filling dinner in a family style. Groups of 3-4 are encouraged to order one plate each from several salads, vegetables, and protein choices and share. When in a group of 4, we have been able to... More 

Thank Tom K
Vashon, Washington
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Throughout Seattle there is a proliferation of high-end restaurants.These establishments seem to pride themselves on ultra trendy,pricey menus. Then, there is the Blackboard Bistro with its genuine flare for flavor, presentation and the kind of brilliance that holds both familiarity and surprise.Small, warm and welcoming neighborhood restaurants are hard to come by these days in Seattle's development crazed atmosphere. Everything... More 

Thank plumtart77
Craig, Alaska
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Jacob, chef owner, has the skill and practice to present a superior quality menu with incredibly creative combinations that work! The ambient has great potential to become a bistro (see title) as does the dining service. Family style execution requires rethinking plate size, frequency of plate changes berween courses, and even serving cutlety. are recommending Blackboard to all!

Thank 490default
Seattle, Washington
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641 reviews
398 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Jacob the chef is a kitchen genius, he creates thing you might catch yourself saying, "Really?" But then after you've tasted it, you're going to go wow, no WOW! We have never had a bad meal here. The food is outstanding and changes all the time so you don't get bored. Check it out and thank me later! :)

Thank ebcnaz
Issaquah, Washington
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102 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I travel up to 45 minutes (depending on traffic) to enjoy the food at Blackboard Bistro. I doubt that I've ever eaten at one establishment as many times as I have here. The food has always been excellent, and not what you'll find anywhere else. The creative chef uses what's in season so the menu is constantly changing. The dishes... More 

Thank Sand_Dollars_11
Seattle, Washington
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57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We haven't been in the Bistro in a few years. We had dinner there a few nights ago with some friends. For us it was a different style of eating, they recommended family style. Each of us order an entree, Gnocchi, seared scallops, braised pork cheeks and rabbit tacos. The menu has a limited number of selections and I wasn't... More 

Thank Verne J
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We had to make an unexpected stressful one day trip to Seattle. We were staying at the airport and didn't want to fight traffic downtown. We stumbled upon a great review and were not disappointed. Service was lovely and low key. I LOVED the white sangria. Everything we ordered were standouts, but especially gazpacho with heirloom tomatoes and geoduck and... More 

Thank hope n
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Saturday late afternoon celebration event was topped with delicious food, wonderful service, and a laid back and relaxing atmosphere. We ordered 6 different dishes, from roasted cauliflower (extraordinary) to NY strip steak (melt in your mouth good). We order all at once, and the chef decided the order of arrival, so each dish could be savor end family-style and on... More 

Thank Lisiscout
Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

I live in the West Seattle neighborhood where Blackboard Bistro is located; It's an easy walk for me to get there. I am drawn to Blackboard's intimacy without being necessarily "romantic." The level of service is professional without being stuffy. The menu is always fresh, with creative combinations that collectively bring back the olfactory experience of DINING. The chef is... More 

Thank katielaughs

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3247 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116-3304
    (SW Hinds Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: +1 206-257-4832
Simplicity and flavor. Seasonally and locally sourced ingredients with a constantly changing menu in a comfortable setting. Enjoy company, good food and something to drink from the bar.

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