Dogwood Cafe & Lounge
fresh baked breads, cakes
beer, wine, craft cocktails
soup, salad, sandwiches
stay or grab & go
I booked a reservation through OpenTable (and received an email confirmation) for our Mother's Day brunch for four. Upon arriving, the manager's greeting was, "Are you the one who booked a reservation at 9:30 last night?". She said that she had texted me. I told her I had not received a text. She disappeared and came back with her phone to 'prove' she'd texted. She asked if the phone number was correct. It wasn't. She then wandered over to a table for two, calling over if it would be ok. Not wanting to wait without reservations elsewhere, we opted to squeeze in. Here's how the remainder of our time at Dogwood Cafe went (brace yourselves - I truly am not exaggerating) : *Not ADA friendly - a woman in a automatic wheelchair tried to back up from her table, the control got stuck under the lip of the table, pulling her into the table behind her (she was pretty shaken). *The pergola is not secured to the cement floor - when one leans on it, as our neighbor did when trying to help the woman, it slipped a bit across the floor. *The cafe offers brunch, so one would think they'd anticipate a hectic Mother's Day brunch. However, when one group went to the buffet, people stood & waited for more food to replace what had been depleted. When staff did come, guests repeatedly had to inform them there were no plates. *If one wants coffee refilled, be patient. While taking one's cup away, one guest at a time, to refill it behind the counter is lovely on a typical day, this was really not the day for it. When the sweet waitress brought my dad's coffee, she noticed there were lots of grounds, so she took it away immediately. About 10 minutes later when we could catch her eye, she brought back a new cup. *Some of the food was good, like the blintzes, other food was laden with cheddar cheese. *We know to wrap things up on such a busy day. No kidding, the manager asked us to move to the bar to finish our almost full cups of coffee. Great reviews on Yelp - surreal experience.
First time eating here...tried the Sunday brunch around 10 AM. It's nicely decorated with a few small tables and a bar. The food is good and I would go back to try other menu items in the future if in the area.
We were there after the 5K race. The place is super cute and the food was fresh and delicious. Since we were seated upstairs it was a bit dark and we had to run down for more coffee. It was a bit chilly in the old building and close to the train tracks. But oherwise, I will come back again!
This place is amazing. Best breakfast in south King County!