Bar Melusine

4.7
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212 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Bar Melusine is a French-Atlantic fusion restaurant that offers a casual, chic atmosphere and a menu that focuses on seafood. The restaurant frequently hosts events for diners such as educational classes. Come in for happy hour and dinner at Bar Melusine.

The menu at Bar Melusine changes every single day to take complete advantage of seasonal ingredients. Meals often include oysters in a cucumber and lemon sauce, Manila clams with purple potatoes, smoked leg of lamb and buckwheat crepes filled with smoked ham and camembert. Don't leave without trying the apple butter cake or the canel de Bordeaux with an ounce of dark rum.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Seattle
84 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great Cap Hill dining spot with interesting menu and outstanding friendly service. Many fresh oyster choices and nice selection of small plate offerings.

HI
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The oysters were great, fresh and great presentation. The beet salad was also quite good. The frites and crepe were a tasteless disappointment. I won’t go back, I felt it was overpriced and not worth the money or the aggravation of trying to find parking.

M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

We had reservations for an early dinner so we could catch a movie, the staff seemed annoyed that we were there so close to the time of opening. We asked the waiter a couple of questions about the decor as that was a major draw to the restaurant and his responses were “I don’t know”
This is an expensive restaurant with a 20% tip included in the bill. I guess that answers the question “what is the incentive to provide good service if the tip is included?” Response “ none”
Will not go back

BN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely evening and the premium price is justified by the quality of the ingredients and the august service.

d
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If was real good. You should go to there

KK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is ALWAYS GOOD at Bar Melusine but it was especially a treat to be having dinner with 3 different tastes of Pierre Gerbais Champagne AND meet the producer AND buy a bottle at retail prices is I chose! Thanks again!

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything is amazing and unique on the menu. The hamburger is the best I've ever had as far as flavor and what happens in your mouth: Love!

AB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Epic fail on service

30+ mins late on holding reservation

T
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

A group of four went before the theatre and tried several items - shared everything. Very small portions so not that easy to share. Liked the house made chilli sauce. Creative recipes for some items such as the carrots and the radiccio salad. Good but not great food. A pleasant environment with good service.

JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service, cool ambiance, in a great location in Capitol Hill.

KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food - very well paced and outstanding service.

RP
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience1

cramped, small tables. Waiter didn't seem to care. very noisy. food was good but overpriced, even for seattle

AT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Amazing meal and wine. Get the melon and roasted fennel salad. It's divine! So are the fries.

PK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WoW. Fantastic experience from start to finish! Outstanding French inspired tapas menu with wonderful dishes and wines, great ambiance and outstanding service. Couple highlights were seasonal tomato salad with nectarines in a fromage blanc sauce; Dijon sauce steamed local clams and smoked lamb!!! Delicate Peach tartelette finished off the feast. A++. Great for dates or just a nice meal and glass of wine at the bar.

EP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Horrible service. Food took 90 mins to come out and server was rude and when we asked to see a manager and they said she’d be right over she never came.

SE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Forgot “seafood “ as a Seattle genre (of the past). This is Seattle locals’ local Locavore neighborhood destination/ destination neighborhood haunt to relish delectable shared plates of....yes, the very best damn fresh shellfish prepared simply and tastily and exquisitely. I should know. I live several blocks away. I’m a locavore growing my own produce. Renee E. is the “it” girl of our town. It doesn’t get better.

E
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and a fun variety of food!

RP
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Our server was unfriendly and cold. You could tell she didn’t like her job and it , sadly, negatively affected our dining experience

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place, great food, great service but the noise was too much.

AM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The oysters were amazing! I had to get the best part out first.
We are from out of town and had dined at 3 of Renee Erikson's other establishments. When making travel plans the memories of her seafood were in my head so I decided to try another of her restaurants. Bar Melusine did not disappoint. As stated above the oysters were to die for. They had 6 varieties on the menu and we had several of each. We had multiple other items on the menu which were all great. The only item that made a few people in the group a little hesitant were the fries with eyes. They are fried smelt. They tasted great but you had to be OK with the whole fish. Cocktails were great. The service and the ambience were both wonderful. All in all it was a great experience and I am hoping to get a chance to go back.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Charming, delicious,, environmentally and socially conscientious, a fave

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

So yummy!!! We went on Moules Frites Monday and it was so good. Our table tried pretty much everything and we were not disappointed. Very pleasantly surprised by the cod cakes- I thought they tasted better than most crab cakes I’ve had. Highly recommend for an early or late night date or girls night!

G
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great oysters and wonder fried oysters too rivals Florida oysters

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was attentive yet relaxed. The food was awesome, so were the cocktails. Took my parents, they can’t stop raving about it.

AC
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, excellent recommendations, unique menu options, very cool vibe.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Oysters were amazing and varieties were plentiful. Small plates like the frites, peach ricotta crepe, roasted carrots with sheeps cheese and cod cakes were equally as good. Cod cakes could have been a bit bigger for $16.00 for two small cakes. Service was outstanding - we will come back for sure!

WT
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal and service as always, shared with foodie friends visiting from Tokyo. Wonderful time enjoyed by all.

BT
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great small plate food selection, best time to sample is during one hour happy hour when the fried oysters (4) are $7. The discounts on beverages are minuscule ($1) and the $4 oysters are $3 during HH. The full menu is an interesting read but if you want to order a drink, glass of wine, beer, you must rely on your server to cut through the cute drink copy not to mention a very precious wine list only a sommelier would enjoy (and could interpret). Great smelt dish, very good steak tartare, burger very tasty but almost laughed at the small size, looked like a burger for the children's table. Big flavor though. We'd reorder it at another HH. Pleasant, bright surroundings, Attentive service when we arrived at opening. Hostess very cheerful.

LW
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and unique brunch fare! We shared the salmon rillette, buckwheat crepe with grilled peaches, cod cakes, and croque madame and all were delicious. Plus we had some delicious oysters. Great service, nice ambiance, a great brunch experience!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner was excellent! Oysters were a highlight, cocktails are pridefully crafted and delicious, and our tapas bites were very enjoyable. Highly recommend!

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was wonderful.

j
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time...excellent food and service...we'll be back!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, beautiful atmosphere and delicious food!

i
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a delightful find. The decor is light and airy, and the noise level was reasonable despite the fact that the restaurant was full. All of the flavors were so fresh and interesting. We shared the buckwheat crepe with peaches, the cod cakes, and the octopus. All were fabulous, but I especially liked the crepe. Not cheap, but also didn't feel ripped off. Would love to try their happy hour sometime.

S
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We went for the Monday night Moules-Frites special. $30 for 2 people, plus $20 for a bottle of perfectly drinkable rosé. This is a bargain. We also had delicious cocktails to start, a green salad, and an incredible cherry galette. Good service, we will be back.

LK
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time here! The restaurant is adorable, drinks amazing, and wait staff was kind and friendly! They knew it was our anniversary and went out of their way to make us feel special! We are not from Seattle but will now visit each time we are in town!

BK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience5

We love Bar Melusine and go there often! This time was just not a great experience. They forgot our coffee then never returned to fill it, forgot to bring out the bread and butter that we ordered until we reminded them and finally received it at the end of our meal. The salad that I always order hardly had any bacon and seemed to lack something. The oysters and cod cakes were superb as always. But, having raved about Bar Melusine, we brought friends who were less than impressed. The service is what made the experience so blah. Bummer.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent drinks, food, and service! And such a lovely space!

k
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

The food was terrible and it was rather shocking how bad it was, frankly.
Limp old salad greens, slivers of octopus and poorly prepared fried food.

MK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I LOVE Bar Melusine. The staff, the food, the drinks, the vibe...all of it is spot on.

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