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The Pink Door
European Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
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1919 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101
1919 Post AlleyUSWashingtonSeattle98101
$$European Restaurant, BarToday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmSunday 4:00 – 10:00 pm
The Pink Door is an independently owned (never cloned, never genetically modified) restaurant that has been quietly dedicated to fresh & local Italian food since 1981.
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Italian restaurant with burlesque shows & trapeze entertainment plus terrace with Elliott Bay views.- Google
"The lasagna, risotto, fish of the day, game hen … everything's stellar."
"We went to the Pink Door for some nice Italian food."
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Kathy Salazar
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No pink door, the decor was cheesy thrift store and the waiter was snooty. We went with pretty high expectations. My best friend and I are both vegetarians and I am a cook (home cook) I'm all about value, flavor, presentation and service. There was no value, the waiter said the kitchen would make us something special, a bowl of rice noodles with a scant few steamed and mushed vegetables. No flavor, no presentation. I just can't say one nice thing about the place. It was incredibly noisy and I have to assume that the people eating there have no idea what good food is supposed to taste like. As a personal rant, why is it that vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free offerings are overpriced an lack any imagination what so ever. I'm just a home cook but truthfully i could run circles around that place with my cooking with out even trying. Let the Buyer beware
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Savanna Raynor
2 months ago
The Pink Door is a long-timer restaurant in Seattle that's often touted as being a classic American go-to. Maybe that's exactly the reason why it's not getting a raving review from me? Don't get me wrong, I think the ingredients are fresh and everything was executed very well. But in a city like Seattle with amazing, innovative food and restaurant scene, I just don't think The Pink Door measures up, at all.
Jamie Koehl
2 months ago
service is slow and food is mediocre. fairly pricy for what you get. Bolognese tastes like chef boyardee made it
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Swing Portland
5 months ago
The Pink door is located just blocks from Pike Place Market on Post Alley. To the surprise of patrons, the entrance door off post alley is oddly painted white rather than pink. Upon entering, the diner descends a full story down a long staircase to the reception. The dining room is a visually stunning masterpiece with lighting that highlights the pinkish hue of the concrete block walls. An empty swing hangs from the ceiling hinting at the weekly aerial acrobatic performances and cabaret that The Pink Door is famous for. The dining room is U shaped so the entry side of the restaurant has no live show view and muffled acoustics from the stage side. Diners should ask to be seated stage side if they expect to enjoy the frequent live music. Thursdays, The Pink Door hosts jazz trio Bric A Brac. The trio is one of the numerous bands fronted by Greg Ruby, one of Seattle’s preeminent jazz guitarists. Unfortunately, Greg Ruby was absent from the show on 3/26/15. An encounter with the subbing guitarist and bass player in the John revealed that accordion extraordinaire Maggie Kim was the bandleader for the evening and the accompanying musicians provided an impromptu band name, “The Maggie Kim Trio”. Whether Bric A Brac or the Maggie Kim Trio, the band was extraordinary and lively. The European string jazz filled the restaurant with excitement and life. The recognizable “La Vie En Rose” was exceptional and created the perfect background ambiance. Service at The Pink Door is near flawless. Courteous greetings and instant acknowledgement from the hostess staff transitioned to instant service from the busser to fill our water glasses. The menu was a bit overwhelming for a first time diner. Dinner entrees range from $15 to $40 and are generally served a la carte. The highly reviewed Lasagna Pink Door is $18 and a great choice for those new to the restaurant. Cocktails range from $8-$12. The Pink Madonna much like the entrance door was peculiarly not pink, but was plenty satisfying along with the limoncello and Moscow Mule. An order of Sauteed Calamari antipasti was served in a spinach, tomato, garlic, and wine sauce that was mouth wateringly splendid. The main entrees of Linguini Alle Vongole and Lasagna Pink Door arrived in a timely manner. The Linguini was served in a slightly over salted white wine sauce with pancetta, garlic, and pepperoncini. A healthy serving of baby clams in the shell were heaped over the noodles which makes the $18 meal price a fair deal. The Linguini was good, but not fantastic. Al dente is the worst way to cook noodles and it’s unfortunate that restaurants do not realize this. Fully cooked is the way to go. The linguini noodles were far from firm, just chewy and somewhat unpleasant. While the linguini was good enough, the lasagna was another story entirely. It is out of this world delicious! The fresh spinach is layered in a rich, creamy besciamella sauce with pesto and is covered in a flavorful marinara. Each bite of the lasagna is an indescribable experience of pure delightful pleasure. The meal is best enjoyed slowly with closed eyes while taking long deep breaths. The chocolate boobie cake finale sends the senses into overdrive with its multilayered chocolate exterior and mousse interior served aside a splash of caramel and chocolate syrup. The combined effect of the lasagna and cake is nothing short of spectacular. Come to The Pink Door for an amazing evening of entertainment, succulent menu selections, and wonderful ambiance.
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Jason Elkins
a week ago
Of coarse it was amazing! The food was tasty, the atmosphere was relaxed, and the service was top notch. If highly recommend this place. Be sure to make reservations to get on the patio. I'd recommend this place to anyone that wants to treat themselves to a really delightful cuisine 👍🏻👍🏻
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Rhonda Williamson
2 months ago
I was the noob that saw the pink door, didn't know if it was a real entrance...and walked downstairs to get inside. Then, I walked across the entire restaurant to find the hostess table, just to find out that if I had opened the pink door, I would have found my way in. Oops! I love the decor of the restaurant. It's pretty and romantic and just so much fun. Completely different than most of the other eateries near the market so I really enjoyed it. We came here for SRW (yes, this post is a little late) and ordered the Bruschetta del autumno and sauteed calamari to start. Really awesome way to start off the meal. The bruschetta was earthy and savory and the calamari was cooked really delicately so that there was no chewiness to the squid; both were really well-seasoned and I thought the calamari was quite a generous portion. For dinner, we ordered the pistachio crusted rockfish and cioppino. Again, both of them were hits and so much food! I couldn't even finish. We rounded off the meal with the shards of love (deconstructed cheesecake-type) and chocolate torte. I'd have to say I preferred the shards of love but enjoyed them both. The service was good and we had a great time at the restaurant. I'll definitely be going back.
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Lily Yip
4 months ago
I wanted to find a nice, romantic restaurant for a date night and was so glad I found this hidden gem in Seattle! This place intrigued me when I found out that they offer trapeze and burlesque shows on certain nights of the week. But what really drew me in was the reviews on their food and service! AMBIANCE: -Very romantic, dimly lit, great place for a date night SERVICE: -Very good. Our waiter offered great recommendations on the food since it was our first time. FOOD: -Cheese Board Deluxe (Artisanal italian cheeses, fig & chianti compote w/ housemade cracker & walnuts): Amazing! This was a real treat. We both loved sampling the different types of cheeses from hard to soft, and from different types of milk (sheep, goat), with different types of spreads (nuts, chocolate, fig, and fruit!). -Lasagna Pink Door (Fresh spinach pasta layered with besciamella, pesto and topped with marinara sauce): Delish! Very dense and rich. Loved the pesto and the spinach pasta. Very fresh! -Cioppino Pink Door (Prawns, mussels, clams and calamari in a spicy tomato and white wine broth): Tasty and fresh! I was pleasantly surprised by the freshness of the seafood and the yummy refreshing broth. It was well balanced and on point. I normally don't order cioppinos because I'm afraid of getting sandy seafood or watery broths but this was really good! DESSERT: -Cabaret "boobie" cake (chocolate cake with Theo's bittersweet chocolate, salted caramel sauce, edible gold leaf nipple): Very rich and chocolatey! Great way to finish a wonderful Italian dinner! Overall, we had an amazing dinner and loved our experience here. Make sure you make reservations beforehand. We would highly recommend this place to anyone who's looking for a nice restaurant in Seattle! :)
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Katherine Adams
7 months ago
We decided to go here to celebrate my friend's birthday because she said she loved the food here. The online reviews seemed pretty promising and we love trying new places, so of course we were all about it! The experience was a disappointment to say the least. We didn't plan our visit during a burlesque show, so my review is strictly on our meal and the related January. We arrived on time for our rez and were seated immediately. The tables are incredibly close together in an attempt to jam as many into the room as possible, but it really didn't impact the environment for us. Before we even ordered drinks, a server carrying food to another table dropped a plate on which promptly splattered through the back of the wooden chair and onto my abrupt "sorry about that" from him and it was forgotten - could it be that the tables are so close together there's no room for the servers to move about safely? I'm thinking yes. High points of our evening included: the oysters, they were delish; the drinks - the pink madonna hit the spot for me; and the garlic bread - good, but not great. We got our food and everything looked stunning, I was so excited to dive in...and then I did. I ordered the seared scallops, which tasted great, but were cold. Because the taste was good, I decided not to send the food back and end up with double warmed, almost certainly worse off scallops. At this point I was prepared to give this spot 3 stars, because things were good, but not great. Then my friend shared a shrimp from her cioppino with me and the chef had failed to devein the shrimp even slightly. Lazy and gross, but worth sending back? Nah. Then my boyfriend pulls a bone out of his mouth while eating the risotto. He wrote it off as a mishap, but our friend mentioned it to the server just to make the chef aware of the hazard, specifically stating that we don't expect them to do anything now that we've eaten everything. After Alexandra disappeared briefly, she promptly returned to tell us that the faceless manager disagreed with my boyfriend's assessment that the fragment that he pulled from his mediocre risotto was bone, and in fact the piece was bread crust. Really? Because you can't tell the difference between a bone fragment and bread crust when it's in your mouth? There's a right way to handle things and a wrong way, and whoever this faceless manager is, s/he obviously lacks competence and/or just plain doesn't give a damn. To add insult to potential injury, we were sent out cookies as a "sorry," which of course contained nuts - after we had made them aware of my allergy - and some bits of chocolate for me - gee thanks. Who serves cookies with nuts in them to the boyfriend of the person with an allergy? Someone who doesn't think or doesn't care. They would have been better off sending nothing - just like we requested! If no stars was a choice, I'd go with that. But the one star I am giving is for Alexandra, the server who was put in the awkward place of telling my boyfriend that the faceless manager says he's a liar. Awkward for us, awkward for her, and completely inappropriate. She was great considering the circumstances. All in all, the service was good, the management is atrocious and absent, and the chef is obviously doing something wrong. We came here with the intention of checking it out for warmer days and maybe planning a visit during a burlesque show with friends from out of town...but honestly, I'd be hesitant to return.
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