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Zig Zag Cafe

#123 of 3,102 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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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in on a sunny day. They soft red lights above the bar drew us in. Their cocktail menu is extensive and their bartenders know their stuff. Their bitters are good and they make a mean craft cocktail. Most drinks are on the pricey side but for an adventurous drinking, this is a great place! It well hidden on... More 

Thank dandscross
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68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Zig Zag Cafe is located right by the Pike Place market, just off the main drag. While it is hidden out of the way, this is the perfect spot to stop for cocktails after a day of exploring. The ambiance can't be beat, and there is a great list to choose from for drinks. While we did not eat, the... More 

Thank missg920
Denver, Colorado
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Picked this place based on Yelp reviews. Got there around 8pm, free parking on the ocean side-bonus! Asked a few questions about dishes on the menu, then made choices. Somehow the order did not get put in as we ordered, the appetizer came with dinner and my dinner was not ordered at all. We ate the appetizer, while my husband's... More 

Thank jak-2008
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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815 reviews
585 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 401 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Located just behind the Pike Place market across the road and down the steps. We came for happy hour - late afternoon and left quite happy.

Thank chepaddy
Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 March 2017 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
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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121 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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
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Reviewed 10 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
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
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Reviewed 30 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, International
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
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?