Capitol Cider

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516 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Founded in 2013, Capitol Cider is a restaurant, full bar, bottleshop and music venue located in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. It offers more than 170 hard ciders on tap and in bottles, 10 taps of craft beer, and features apple-based spirits including vodka, gin and Calvados. Its menu of modern pub fare is entirely gluten-free. The atmosphere is set with dark paneling, a master copy collection of famous paintings, old books and period architectural elements. Downstairs is home to shuffleboard tables, board games, trivia and TVs (hidden) for local sporting & cultural events. Owner Julie Tall has created a robust arts and events program featuring Drink and Draw, live music, art and literary talks, game night and more. With total capacity of 260, Capitol Cider is the country’s largest independent cider bar.
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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great Cider and burger, will be back!

BH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the fact that there is a completely GF restaurant that is fun to go to. It makes going out to dinner stress free. This is also a great place for those that do not have to eat GF - GF Fish and Chips are really good!!

AW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very quick service! Our server was really nice and informative but not overbearing. She was quick with our flights of cider and mead. Really liked the fact that they offered not only gluten free options but also dairy free as well. Great ambiance. Good place for date night

f
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent and portions were very good. Service was a bit slow but server was pleasant and knowledgeable. Noise level is high which makes conversation difficult.

g
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are so happy we tried this place. As a gluten free family, they have the most delicious food. We enjoyed it so much, after dining on Friday, we Uber’d Delivery on Saturday! Get the Cheese Curds and fish and chips!

e
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere. Great menu. Large taplist and bottle list. Reasonably priced. Very good service. The food was awesome.

JW
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were in Seattle to see a concert at The Moore. Capital Cider is always a go to spot due to the dedicated gluten free kitchen (and stellar bar choices!). Food was excellent; staff great; bonus, live music! It’s nice that the menu gets changed up! And it’s great that there are Small Plate choices.

R
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They do such a wonderful job making gluten free food!

FF
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As an individual with Celiac Disease, it's really refreshing to be able to go to a place where the kitchen is 100% gluten free. The food is delicious and you can enjoy things you can't at other places for fear of cross contamination (such as fried foods). The setting is nice and the staff are lovely. Probably my only complaint is that I wish you could build your own cider flight based on what's on tap. I'd love the ability to get 3-5 small pours of different ciders to try based on what's currently in rather than the prix fixe menu of cider flights they offer. I understand that there is some variation in the prices of ciders which is probably a factor in why custom flights are not offered - however the opportunity to explore these great cider offerings more would be lovely.

TE
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, cider and service

RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Got seated. Waited half an hour and no one ever approached to take our order. Servers and other employees passed by our table several times and never acknowledged we were there. Like we were invisible, while a table next to us got served. Felt like discrimination

GG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food. Excellent service. Fun atmosphere. We liked the schedule of events and plan on returning!

J
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as always. We shared our plates. The risotto was amazing and counterbalanced the spicy ribs. Service was friendly and we enjoyed Cider and Mead flights.

b
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

My sister and I had 1:15 reservations for brunch. We got there at 1:00 and knew we were early, so we checked in and then sat at the bar. Tables emptied and the staff reset them and they remained empty. It was after 1:30 when we asked if our table was ready and then were quickly shuffled to an uncomfortable corner table. We asked for 1 of the several booths open and were told it was for a party that made reservations. Ummm...we had made reservations, remember?

Long story short, we were seated in the booth and then waited another 10 minutes without acknowledgement before walking out. They weren't at all busy.

The bartender was awesome, so there was that. But I suppose I understand now why they were so empty compared to my (very happy) prior visits.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

We used to attend Capitol Cider regularly and greatly enjoyed the menu. This visit, is another ima recent string of lack-luster experiences here. I’m sad to say that something has clearly changed in the way food is prepared as all of our food was not what we have come to expect.
Before this experience the service had been spotty, but had noticed a change on our last visit, but the service could not over come the menu changes and clearly different cooking. Sad to say it is unlikely my wife and I will not be returning.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a wonderful time at Capitol Cider! The food was amazing! We ate off of the small plates menu and had a blast. The chicken wings were to die for, the olives were tasty, as were the cheese curds and the goat cheese dip! All while being safe (gluten free) to everybody (you honestly don’t really notice the food is done so well)! A fantastic drinks menu. If we weren’t from out of town we’d be back ASAP!

KW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience! Our server Jennifer went above and beyond with us and really made our visit exceptional. Will definitely recommend to friends and family!

O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

It is great with a kitchen that is entirely gluten free, so there is no question of that to worry about, and there is nothing that screams ”special meal” about the place - the ambiance is pretty cool. The selection of drinks was huge, and the ciders in particular were what was interesting. We took different so called ”flights” (selections of three small glasses) which was a great way to experience different ciders. It looked like the kitchen had a reasonable handle on (greasy) comfort food, but the other selections (I had a completely tasteless vegetable risotto) were dull, especially the vegetarian options. Food came in way too quick. Appetizer was immediate while the drinks took a good while. Then the main courses arrived when we were maybe 1/3 into the appetizer. I was practically called an idiot by the person checking IDs for the downstairs section when I went to the restroom because I didn’t have my passport on me. I’m 53 years old, so I don’t generally expect to be carded anymore....

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Make sure you have the iced cinammon rolls !!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I wasn’t expecting the poached eggs to come in a bowl with water, which made them taste watered down when eaten because the yolk and water mixed. Beyond that the home fries and other parts of the dish were fantastic for brunch!

PR
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Burger and sweet potato fries were OUTSTANDING!! They were LITERALLY the best tasting things I've ever eaten! Fantastic ciders too! We've gotta go back!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The fish and chips and cider pairings were amazing. Even if you don’t eat gluten free Capitol Cider is worth the trip. Some of the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We adore Capitol Cider. My husband is gluten free, and it's such a luxury for him to choose anything off the menu. We've tried several appetizers and entrees and always love our food (get the brussels sprouts!). We also love all the cider flight options - makes for a fun tasting experience.

BL
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Have been going to Capital Cider for a while. Service has dropped significantly and is not consistent. Long wait times on service, food, refills, and items ordered. I will no longer consider Capital Cider as a place to dine...one too many poor dinners.

RP
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I asked the server er for a cider choice for someone who doesn't like cider. He made a recommendation that was very good, and his description was spot on. Food was very good - much better than the appearance of the place suggests

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was very good, but service was slow.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The surcharge on wages is completely unacceptable

M
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

So nice to have a place that serves an entirely gluten free menu that isn’t all paleo and trendy-diet oriented. Celiacs want to eat a broad variety of foods and this menu offers it — especially things like fried Brussels sprouts that are so broadly available but are seldom gluten-free. Service was pleasant, didn’t feel rushed.

N
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

as an all gluten free option they rock. The menu was not as good as last time we were there. I don't eat beef or game and 80% of the main courses were one of those.

The cider/drinks list was extensive but our waiter was not much good at recommendations, didn't really have many opinions, and didn't know the answers to most of our questions.

EH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So grateful to have a restaurant where my gluten-eating friends enjoy their meal, and I can order ANYTHING on the menu! Delicious food, good atmosphere, and helpful staff all make this a favorite. We’ll be back!!!

L
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

We happen to visit twice while visiting and both of our experiences were the same. Nice host, unfriendly waiter and delicious food. Besides the unfriendly wait staff this is a tasty restaurant (and 100% gluten free... although, you wouldn't know it) with an extensive cider menu. Just wish we could have learned a little about the cider from our waiters.

p
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is definitely our favorite restaurant. The entire menu is gluten free which makes it such a treat to be able to eat anything! Plus the desserts are incredibly delicious.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the assortment of Ciders on tap. Food was awesome as well. The Art work was a plus.

GG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Great beer. Great food. Excellent Service!

C
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance is terrific, the food was very good and the house band and jam session was excellent!

JS
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had just enjoy Wicked at The Paramount and were looking for something new and gluten free. We have been GF for a long time so we are very able cooks and bakers and are often disappointed by GF restaurants. That was not the case with Capitol Cider. The food was delicious!

OH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a No Fail place to eat gluten free in a great atmosphere with amazing service. I reserved a tiny intimate table for my wedding- and it was everything I had hoped for.

JR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks. I recommend the wink and a shrub drink. So delicious!

D
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

My reservation was around 10:30pm, it felt unessecary to make a reservation since the place didn't seem full at all. We were told to go downstairs (why?) to be served.

I had ordered the prawns and pasta. My plate was lukewarm, and the prawns themselves must have been old. A very fishy aroma came off them while exhaling on the food when I was putting it in my mouth. Fresh seafood is not supposed to be fishy. I almost gagged on my last few bites of food but still ate it against my better judgement.

Thankfully I didn't get sick. Unfortunately this is the worst resturaunt experience I've ever had as far as the food quality goes.

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