Violet

4.7
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133 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Violet, voted Best New Restaurant 2019, by Seattle Magazine, is the newest concept by executive chef William Belickis. Violet offers a unique American Omakase dining experience influenced by French, Italian, and Spanish cuisine.

Chef William Belickis emphasizes a strong dedication to seasonal and local ingredients grown in our own rooftop farm and sourced from trusted farms/purveyors, as well as the finest ingredients the world has to offer.

Our menu is seasonal based on Chef's choice of the freshest ingredients available to create artistic flavors. Put trust in Chef William Belickis's hands and experience the American Omakase, a personalized 5-course seasonal tasting menu. Wine pairing is available and our knowledgeable staff can help you customize your dining experience.
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Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Fancy dining on the hill! Good food, decent ambiance. Overall I recommend this place. My only gripe is the restaurant should let diner know when they ask for a basic Manhattan (house liquor) that they'll be charged $40 per drink. This left a bad taste for me.

KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High-quality food, excellent service, and a gracious host. Highly recommended. We definitely will be back.

G
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner as a group. Octopus was great as appetizer. We ordered NY steak which was decent, but not great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Small portions with a high price

AG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was extremely good. The service was good overall but the entrees took a long time for a party of 3. Like almost an hour. Good thing the cocktails kept coming out quickly. We were celebrating a birthday and got some free champagne with our dessert

CR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Violet was amazing. Every dish is so thoughtful and perfectly prepared. I thought the menu selection was excellent, small well curated choices. I wanted one of everything. We can’t wait to go back!

KT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the American omakase tailored to our specific dietary constraints (pescatarian, non-dairy). William the chef conjured a dinner of five such dishes. The first and last were vegan, with three seafood dishes in the middle. All of them and their wine parings were near perfect. Violet will be a regular return experience!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time here and it was as great as the first. The menu is amazing and the specialties that Chef William gets and prepares are out of this world. This has very quickly become one of my favorite restaurants anywhere and anytime!

PU
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous place, superb service, dreamy food.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance. Definitely coming back with our friends.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service. Great space - seems to be somewhat of a hidden gem. Highly recommend dining here.

AV
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best spot to impress out-of-towners! Our friends from SF loved this place. The Violet Martini cocktail is one of the best I've ever tried in my life and I'm not even a martini drinker. And then food-wise, anything on the menu will blown your mind.

NP
Seattle
71 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's sad more people don't come here. We've had several dishes on the menu and have never been disappointed. You can tell the chef cares about the food. You can watch as he teaches a young protege how to nurture it. The short rib is delicious. We like the octopus and risotto as well. The chef's menu is great because of the subtle tastes that are woven throughout. Tonight was a refreshing citrus.

l
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was unbelievable and the service was great! Will be back to try the tasting menu option.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner with friends. William never disappoints. Had a bottle of 2012 Gemola to go with the great food (highly recommended)

S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality of food was excellent and so the variety and sophistication of dishes and ingredients.
Capers purée was a pleasant novelty . Very delicate.
Chef William and his staff courteous and very attentive.

BM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious and vibe was fun.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new Seattle favorite!!!
Great dishes from a great chef whose passion is obvious in every bite.

JD
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time here and had the chefs tasting menu. The food was good. The sardines were great, the beet dish was flavorful; and the wine pairing was on point.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, light, relaxed and cozy environment

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is really good but they haven’t really changed the menu or cocktails since it opened from what I can tell. The cocktail menu is a little basic and could be upgraded for sure. The chef/owner is a very nice gentleman who really cares about his customers. I voiced my thoughts to him. We’ll see what happens!

CP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was absolutely amazing! Went with the Omikase menu and was blown away. This is my new favorite restaurant

j
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was prompt and not over bearing. Romantic place for sure.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an anniversary not fully knowing what to expect and we were blown away! The American Omakase was a journey, and we loved every minute of it! Attentive service and even better food (highlights were the beet carpaccio with burrata, seared foie gras, and panacotta with amaro gelee). Will absolutely come back!

ST
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is not a $30/person dining option unless all you get is one of the cheapest entree and no apps or drinks. I’d say it’s more $60/person at least.

The restaurant is beautiful. Really great for a dinner to catch up with friends.

The food was super delicious, especially the scallops.

My main problem with our dining experience was that there were a couple of times it seemed like they were trying to up sell options - and not just like $5 or $10. More like $30-50.

It’s just creating discomfort when the pricing is not up front.

PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always superb food and attentive, knowledgeable service.

CC
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Based on Seattle Magazines selection of Violet as the best new restaurant of 2019 we had high hopes for our meal,p. Our server was over wrorked so it took a while for us to get his attention to finally order our meal. We ordered two appetizers and two main dishes to share between two people. I happen to love white anchovies. Sadly the ones we received were just so so, they were a bit mealy which suggests that perhaps they might have been frozen at some point? The texture just wasn’t reminiscent of my previous experienceS of anchovies in Spain or Italy. The other appetizer we ordered was the scallops. They were cooked to perfection but there was no sweetness to them, in fact the whole dish was just lackluster. For our main dishes we ordered the duck and the branzino. The duck was again cooked perfectly, it was a bit chewy but of all of the four dishes this was stood out as the best. The duck was presented on a luscious layer of creamy sweet potato with a deeply flavorful Demi glaze sauce which complimented the richness and flavor of the sliced duck. Contrasting this dish with the branzino is difficult because the flavor profile of this dish although again beautifully cooked simply lacked flavor. The branzino was served with an herbaceous sauce,, clean and sparkling but overall the dish lacked personality. We’re small people but we left, walked a couple of blocks and got a slice of pizza. We won’t be running back for more it’s good but Violet didn’t bloom for us.

Violet
Responded on 28 November 2019

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p
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere with food and service to match. Great wine. Perfectly prepared food - not too fussy and not too plain. Server and owner chef were friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. My new favorite spot.

Violet
Responded on 28 November 2019

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal! Probably the best scallops I have had recently. The lamb chops were perfectly cooked and had a delicious jus on them. The caramel panna cotta was delightful and went perfectly with the recommended cocktail pairing. Even as good as the food was, the ambiance bears mentioning as well. It is a great little neighborhood place with casual yet sophisticated vibe. Considering becoming a regular!

Violet
Responded on 28 November 2019

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is GREAT! Love the music selection and ambience too :)

Violet
Responded on 28 November 2019

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H
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some initial confusion with our reservation, which was quickly resolved. What a great experience!.
The food was very well-made, clearly the chefs skill and joy in cooking shows through. The scallops were exquisite!
The steak was perfect cooked. My only quibble was the green sauce served on the side with the steak, it was weirdly flavorless and tasted “green”.
Everything else was just perfect. Also highly recommend the chocolate soup dessert. The berries were perfectly formed, and the chocolate in the soup was a delicious complement.
Sat at the bar, our server/bartender was attentive, checked back frequently, and was genuinely friendly.

Not inexpensive, but not Altura level of extravagance, either. Will definitely be back.

PK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service. Great date night!

GS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the American Omakase. It was excellent.

SF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable restaurant! Perhaps the best dinner I've ever had. Amazing selection of dishes you can't find elsewhere, great cocktails. Everything is fresh and delicious. Must try!

H
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience all around! we are coming back for sure.

a
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good but the portions were small ordered 3 apps and 2 entrees for 2 people left still hungry and took long to get food to the table

f
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Amazing food but very small portions.

MS
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both enjoyed the omakase dinner. The courses came at a perfect frequency and we’re all delicious. Even items we wouldn’t normally order, anchovies on sweet peppers, were delicious. The scallops were my favorite. Great staff, very attentive, personal and pleasant. Even the cocktails were great. Neither myself or my date usually have two cocktails but we both enjoyed a second. Truly a unique and wonderful meal. Highly recommended.

AS
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent and simple food, wait service was friendly and professional.

B
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite newish restaurant. My good fortune it’s very close to home, so I can walk there. I’ve loved everything I’ve eaten there. I highly recommend it. You’ll be glad you went there.