Capitol Cider

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560 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Entirely Gluten-Free and Nut-Free Scratch Kitchen. Over 170 ciders + beer and full bar. Main dining room is all ages; downstairs is 21+ only, so please let us know if minors are in your party when booking a table.

Founded in 2013, Capitol Cider is a two-story restaurant, full bar and arts venue located in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Capitol Cider is the country’s largest independent cider bar. It offers more than 170 hard ciders on tap and in bottles w/ four cider flights daily. Additionally there are 10 taps of craft beer, gluten-free beer, and craft cocktails. Dark paneling, a master copy collection of famous paintings, old books and period architectural elements create a warm and inviting ambiance. Downstairs is home to shuffleboard tables, board games, and TVs (hidden) for local sporting and 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.
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4.2
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4.5
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4.2
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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was good. We shared Brussels Sprouts, which we have had a few times previously. This time it had a bit of vinaigrette, and it was still great if not better: crunchy, slightly blackened.

I had the cod cakes (Crab is so expensive that few restaurants serve it) and they were really tasty and filling.

My husband had the pumpkin risotto which he liked. However, he was really looking forward to the Bologna Spaghetti, but it had cream in it, which we were told, could not be deleted. Why the cream?

More non-Dairy would have been nice as well as more pasta options (same pasta but more sauces)
The expresso martinis were great, but not just for desert.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was very good. Portions were on the smaller side for the cost, but the flavor and ingredient quality seemed high.
I went with a friend who has very sensitive gluten allergies. She can have reactions from sharing utensils or cups with people who have eaten gluten, and she did not have any issues after our meal.
I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone with gluten restrictions and anyone looking for high quality food!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Brunch food was not terribly warm. The gravy on the biscuits was gluey, and the portion size surprisingly small. My friend complained that his hash was almost entirely carrots. We ended up going somewhere afterwards to satiate ourselves. Service was friendly, if not attentive.

DB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great.. The food was excellent and variety of beverages was huge. My wife found her new favorite cider/drink. Overall an awesome experience for Valentine's Day.

JM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent donner and well priced. Our server was delightful and even gave us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place great food

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Family Valentine’s dinner- a double-date with our son and his girlfriend. Capitol Cider surprised us in a good way! Both the small plates and the entrees were wonderful, the ciders were unique and the drink menu extensive! Capitol Cider feels like an old English pub- we sat at a comfortable long table next to a “fireplace,” cozy on a cold February evening. The food and drinks came out in a timely fashion, but we didn’t feel rushed. We plan to go back!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it!!!!!!! Definitely adding to the regular list!!!

SL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The breakfast options were great, but those GF cinnamon buns.... next level! Very good food and the service was on point.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

Horrible food, poor wait staff, didn't even log our reservation.... Do not recommend. Very disappointed because love to see a gluten free place but also not vegan friendly limited options very bland

y
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the marinated beets (slightly pickled flavor; delicious), the fried chicken sandwich (messy, and so tasty), and the cod cakes from the happy hour menu. The cod cakes had a tiny bit too much sauce on them (it made them a little soft if you didn't eat them right away), but they were really flavorful. Everything else was flawless. Our server was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. What a great find for GF eaters AND diners with no dietary restrictions alike!

PS
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tasting quality food and awesome service. Not inexpensive, but not too extravagant either. My gluten sensitive family can eat anything on the menu, but none of it tastes GF! I love the Hash and Poached Egg breakfast!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

Overpriced brunch and quality is not good.

KR
Austin
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food portions were good size but not worth the money you pay. On top of the high prices, you then get charged a “living wage tax” as the min wage in Seattle is more than the company wants to pay its employees and the way they offset this is to charge the customer. Really?! Although it’s not a large amount of money, it’s the principle of the matter and had I known that the company operated this way, I would not have eaten there.

WV
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love that everything on the menu (save the beers) is 100% gluten free.

W
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Noisy upstairs, but the front of house was great and found us a place down stairs. That was the last positive thing of the night. Slow menu service followed by slow food delivery. Terrible selection of beers on tap or bottle, great selection of coders which we had no interest in. Terrible crab cakes, indifferent beet salad with little goat cheese, mediocre pasta and meatballs. The fish and chips were ok, not great, but ok. Fast delivery of check. I would look elsewhere if dining on Capital Hill.

OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the fish and chips here! It was my birthday dinner and I got a delicious warm brownie for my dessert for free!!

LG
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Never got any food so wouldn't know if it was good or not. Sat for 15 minutes with no acknowledgment, no water, nothing. Servers walked by several times, guy behind the bar was in the corner texting. Understaffed?

l
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love coming here on a date or with our kids. The gluten free menu with other clearly marked options like dairy free and egg free make ordering for our family super easy. Everything is delicious. We always order a flight of ciders and love the variety available. We've also had fun with the games available to play and the crossword puzzle made for the brunch crowd (SO HARD).

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Two of my children and I have Celiac Disease so our options for dining out are very limited. Capitol Cider is 100% gluten free (except for their beer) and this creates an amazingly stress free environment for us to enjoy. We usually love to order the fried chicken sandwich (YUM) but they were out the last time we visited. We were bummed but decided on the fish sandwich and fish and chips instead. Our waitress brought out a tin of fries for us to enjoy while we waited on our food. The fries are so so good. We had a great experience, as always, and will be back!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Service was pretty slow and in-attentive
Had to constantly remind them that I was waiting on my reservation.

The cider on tap needs to be better, it’s a bunch of sour’s with no character or real jazz to them.

Food was good not great.

AK
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Unfortunately we had bad service (a server with a condescending attitude and unwillingness to help) and our meal was very lacking-missing 2 toppings in our salad (not a special request, but what the menu said it contained), and the avocado was brown. We only ate our app-that was good. We returned the food and went elsewhere. The manager was kind and took the meals off our bill

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Server seemed slightly impatient with us.

DB
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was GREAT...just a bit too salty. Also, tables are quite close together...and canoe very drafty and cold.

BL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

The food was incredible however they apparently are biased against single patrons. I was forced to eat down stairs and subsequently did not get the points for my meal. Eventually after some wrestling with the manager all was worked out. On an upside my server was incredible.

KL
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

It is not easy to find a restaurant with GF food that actually tastes good. I had high hopes for Capitol Cider and they delivered! I ordered the Mac ´n Cheese, my son had the Risotto. Delicious on both counts. I also appreciated the wine selection as I wasn’t sure if a cider house would even carry any. I enjoyed a perfectly chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Last but not least...the staff. Excellent. Attentive, warm, professional. Great place!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Server never came to our table. Waited over 15 minutes for menus from hostess. Left after another 10 minutes.

MH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and ambiance is always so lovely at Cap Cider. I love meeting a few friends there for brunch or dinner.

SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious gluten free fish and chips, charred brussell sprouts, and sweet potato fries. The server knows his ciders, too. We'll be back.

FF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal, as always. Knowing everything is gluten-free makes dining easier (but still quite tasty!)

AE
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was awesome! Dinner was really tasty, and I would kill for the recipe for the graham crackers. Looking forward to my next visit.

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have Celiac Disease and I chose this place because they are 100% gluten free kitchen. Some of the best food I have ever eaten. Our party had 2 others that are not celiac and they said the food was some of the best food they have experienced. I HIGHLY recommend

KD
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

This is one of our go-to restaurants. They seemed understaffed this visit so the service was slow. The food was good, as usual!

j
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is always pleasant. It’s not usually too noisy but I was seated near a loud talker. Great options.

f
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience4

It took 40 minutes for our food to arrive and it was cold. We were so hungry that by the time it arrived we just ate it. The table next to us sat down after us and received their food before us.

MS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We made a reservation, but ended up waiting for 30 min. My stake was burnt and cold; I asked for no onions, but they were all over the dish.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Incredible cider selection!

JH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Capitol Cider is a great place for delicious drinks and amazing, gluten-free food. If you don't want to wait for a table upstairs and want a quieter spot for conversation, head downstairs, grab a board game and enjoy the more laid-back ambiance!

DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place with phenomenal service!

LG
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend needs gluten free food so finding an entire restaurant that is gluten free was great. The food was delicious and the cider flights were fun.

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