La Medusa

4.7
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817 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
We create succulent Sicilian-inspired dishes using local organic ingredients and the finest quality imports from Sicily. Our menus change often to reflect seasonality in the Northwest and the Sicilian tradition.

Diners enjoy the freshest meats, seafood, organic produce, local artwork and outstanding service in the comfort of our warmly lit restaurant.

Our mission is to combine these specialties to impart our guests with pleasure, satisfaction and well-being.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and care. Lovely spot. One of our favorites.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reserving table Easy. Seated promptly. Lots of attentive help and counsel. Let us taste a few wines before we ordered a superb bottle. Cheerful help and animated patrons all around. Dinner really tasty and interesting. 100% thrilled!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, welcoming and warm—as always!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been coming to la Medusa for many years.

d
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A lovely mix of 'date night', families, and friends all eating delicious food with warm and pleasant service.

LD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! Upscale rustic might be a good way to describe their menu. Quality ingredients put together in a slight unexpected way that satisfies. And I am not a big dessert person, but if they have ricotta cake, GET IT! And the carrot and cheese appetizer, random when you read it, SO GOOD!

BE
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

La Medusa never disappoints! Fresh, local ingredients with expert preparation—yum! The only reason I gave 4 stars for ambiance was because the door opening and closing brought in a sweep of cold air every time and my feet got cold. What was particularly special on this evening was a hungry, down-on-his luck looking young guy came in and quietly spoke with the hostess. He was shown to a seat and treated, very graciously, to a warm meal. When we inquired about paying for his dinner, the hostess told us that wasn’t necessary as the restaurant staff was covering it. In most restaurants I suspect this poor fellow would have been shown the door. Heartwarming!

k
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had front row window seats for the Halloween neighborhood parade! So fun! Food was delicious!

j
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent service and food! We would highly recommend.

r
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely restaurant, great menu, wonderful food.

One suggestion - the white board menu is both attractive ... and annoying. The menu board really can only be seen from one table. Consider printing out menus or placing additional menu boards strategically throughout the restaurant. It is uncomfortable to hang over other diners’ table in order to read the menu!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Too loud to have a conversation. Food was just marginal. At 7:45 they were already out of all the non-pasta dishes. Disappointing.

SG
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The meal was excellent as was the service. Only question is why a dish whose main ingredient is pasta costs so much. Prices just seem a bit high. But still recommend La Medusa because the food is beautifully prepared and presented.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

the place was charming and the food was good not great.
We had reservations sat down at 730, waiter did not a knowledge us for 30 mins? He was just standing around doing everything but come over , restaurant was not full at all? The bus boy was filling our water to kill the time, I ask him to inform the waiter we were ready for service, another 10 minutes go by, with zero apologies took our wine order another 20 minutes goes by! All this time I can see him just standing there? Decides to bring us wine glasses but no wine! Another 10 goes by he brings the wine. Took our order, food came out slowly, never checked back, except for the bus boy! We had to ask him again to ask that waiter to come over! Ordered another bottle, 20 minutes later he shows up with wine? My friend complained to deaf ears they claimed there was no manager? Over all the worst service! Never going back. Tip him 0! I tipped the bus boy!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cool spot for a date or special occasion. Food, ambiance and service make it for a fun evening that is always unique from the typical Italian restaurant. The wine selection is reasonable in price and choice with high end and moderate wines available for all budgets. La Medusa does a good job every time.

DN
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovey food. Excellent service. Will be back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food. Best service (we love you Donna)! A neighborhood gem.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Unfortunately the meals were just OK, we had to return one to the kitchen. We were really hoping to have a good experience considering that we received recommendations for this place

A
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here several time. The food is always excellent and consistent. The service is superb.

DB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

We were unfortunately the only patrons for our entire visit. Service was maybe overly attentive for this reason which made it hard to sustain an intimate date feeling. Food was just ok.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been here so many times. Always have a reservation, don’t take any chances, everyone knows about this place. Food quality continues to amaze us, whether menu standards or seasonal new favorites. Wait staff have always treated us so well, nice balance of friendliness and service. We just keep waiting for them to bring back the olive oil cake for dessert...it’s incredible.

j
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfectly chilled gin martini started the fabulous evening. Then we had scrumptious cheese filled croquette with delicious marinara and Parton grilled peppers. Oh so flavorful! The black cod in brodo was amazing as was my husband’s pasta with clams. Service was excellent.

T
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A great neighborhood restaurant. The food has always been great and is consistent every visit. The service is also very good. I highly recommend La Medusa.

F
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food and service were both good. The take away feeling was that the price for what we got was not a good value. A little overpriced for what we received in a modest cafe setting

KK
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Oh! Great board...and it's always nice to be able to take a step or two right into the kitchen. Everyone is happy to engage...

J
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love coming to La Medusa on Wednesday night during the summer for its 3-course market meal. Everything about it is perfect.

ES
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Medusa is the best restaurant in the South End. It is a destination for many and a beloved local spot for many more.

J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite places in Seattle. Incredible pasta, service and ambiance.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Pretty good food but very noisy and a somewhat limited menu

j
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have loved this place since it first opened. Homemade pastas, complex flavors, good wine list, great meals. Where else can you find bagna cauda, orancini, baccala, and crazy water soup. Lobby for reprise of braised short ribs and tuscan rib-eye.

B
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, everything was perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Overpriced, but the food was good. Menus would be nice rather than reading the chalk board. Staff were courteous and helpful.

EM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service. Marinara sauce is excellent

h
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The only reason that I didn’t give it straight 5’s across the board is that the dessert was disappointing. But the apps and entry were incredible.

OT
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional in every respect. Always consistent from the kitchen to the wait staff at the very highest level.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience1

Extremely hot inside the restaurant, pasta was undercooked. Don’t try!

AT
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

We love your restaurant and have had many successful meals there in the past. However on Thursday night, the salads we received were badly over salted. And the pesto was really bland and totally unexceptional. A disappointing experience at a restaurant we think is generally quite wonderful.

RR
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great neighborhood gem that offers great Italian food! The food is consistently delicious along with great service. You should expect that dinner will take time - the kitchen spaces courses and doesn’t always serve all plates at the same time amongst different diner orders at the same table.

D
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant & everyone who works there!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome date spot in the heart of Columbia City. The food and service were excellent.

l
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

would absolutely recommend : great food, great wine, great service