L'Oursin

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151 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
L'Oursin ("the urchin" en français) is a French restaurant and bar serving natural wine and aperitif cocktails in Seattle's Central District neighborhood near Seattle University. Our a la carte menu is available seven days a week, with a 5-7 course tasting menu available Tuesday-Saturday. Monday is burger night - burgers are available only at the bar, first come, first served. We keep our bar and patio open for walk-ins.
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4.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfection.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we entered L’Oursin, the team were all about making sure we had a great time and well looked after. We were there especially to enjoy the innovative fresh food with carefully selected natural wines and were so delighted we went back the next night.

JP
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, food innovative and quite exceptional, bold menu, executed appropriately.

RK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

real interesting and yummy dishes. cocktails were super fun to read and drink. highly recommended.

H
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had such a lovely meal could so clearly see how much care went into each dish! I had a note in the cucumber salad, to which you can obviously take as you wish, but it was pretty salty, the actual granulas of salt though nice intexture were kinda overwhelming in taste. Over all loved the lingcod it was beautiful and buttery and had such a beautiful contrast to the sweet and tangy cherry toms! Also appreciated the suggestions on wine, felt as though I got exactly what I wanted, even though I gave very vague ideas to my waiter. Beautiful restaurant and ambiance.

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great meal with excellent service

o
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing and fresh PNW products prepared in unique Franco-inspired dishes and a great wine list to accompany it all. We will certainly return.

s
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant food and wine. Extraordinary service. A true gem.

RR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We just found our favorite new Seattle restaurant!

WB
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was another superb dining experience at L'Oursin, which I highly recommend.

SC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Six of us had dinner on a hot Sunday evening. The dining room was lovely, airy, charming and very comfortable. Most of the items on the menu lend themselves well to sharing so we had everything served family-style. Everything we ate was fresh, well-prepared and delicious. The server was helpful with wine selection (an incredible, crisp rosé) as well as describing anything on the menu that wasn't clear. The noise level was pleasant--enough to feel festive, but allowed for easy conversation amongst all of us without straining. Dessert was delicious, though pretty consistently very sweet--it might be nice to have more of a range. The apple chestnut cider we had with dessert was wonderful. Overall excellent experience and highly recommend this restaurant.

p
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Every meal I’ve had here was delightful. It was a hot muggy night when I met a friend at L’oursin. It was wonderful and breezy inside. I had the scallops with mushrooms (served cold) and the potatoes leek soup. My friend had tuna and the cabbage salad with crab. It was perfect. The cabbage salad was so good I almost ordered one to go to e joy for lunch the next day. And I don’t even like cabbage. Great spot and easier to get street parking than most Capitol Hill restaurants. Love L’oursin —just remember “our sin” if you don’t know your french.

m
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great choice for shared small plates. Excellent cocktails and a unique wine list, focused on biodynamic wines. Main plates are small, so beware.

RC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

We had a great evening. Our server, Brianna was especially outstanding and very professional. She answered our questions and gave us great recommendations. Timed our food well even during a very busy night. The only disappointment was the "steak" entree. I think it must have been a top round or bottom round cut of meat, cooked medium rare as requested but a large fat cap and a very chewy piece of meat. I suggest they upgrade this cut of meat. Even with the steak, we had a great evening and will return especially due to the overall quality of the food and the outstanding service.

EH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We truly had a great time. The food was delightful, the drinks were spectacular and I loooooved the music. Margot Guryan, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood set the perfect mood for this funky but classy spot. I can't wait to come back!

M
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful in every way!
Charming atmosphere, great service and fabulous food! What could be better?
Brought a friend here for a birthday dinner on the recommendation of pals and it didn’t disappoint. A relief to be in an understated calm room with plenty of interest but no pretension. Our server was funny, efficient and knowledgeable and the food was so well done.
We suspected some sous vide preparations, which few restaurants have the time for anymore, and we were right because the beef and halibut were both delicious and perfectly done.
Lots of local produce and beautiful presentations. Can’t wait to return!!

EW
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food, service and choices - it was a lovely date night overall

RH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall outstanding. We had stopped for a drink a week ago and bar service was excellent. Came back for dinner and had greens salad, halibut, and black cod. Salad was great, local berries were a nice touch. Fish was perfect. Bottle of wine was very fairly priced. House Mont Blanc cocktail was outstanding. Would very much recommend and we will be back. Thank you

A
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An excellent bistro/cafe....relaxed, yet sophisticated food. The service was outstanding....friendly, informative and professional. The presentation of the individual dishes was outstanding. The wine offerings tend toward 'natural' but the choices are excellent. The only negative....I could not convince them to relocate from Capitol Hill in Seattle to my neighborhood in New York City.

NC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time I go back they surprise me with new flavors expertly paired with local seafood and produce. They also had a hopped white wine from Portland that blew my mind.

JQ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Creative menu that changes on the regular. Incredible selection of natural wines. Great service, well executed dishes, and french casual ambiance.

TR
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the beverage program here so much and can always rely on something excellent to drink whether it is wine, beer or cocktails. Food menu is seafood-heavy with french influence in preparation and choice of ingredients which at times is a bit out of my comfort zone though always well-prepared and at a good value for the quality and portion size.

LC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Nice ambiance, good service. Food is just good, not great. The plate of bread and butter is $6, but the amount of butter is small. So when we asked for more butter our waitress said "of course" - and then when the bill arrived we had been charged $3 for the butter (about the size of 4 "pats"). That was ridiculous - we were $9 in just with bread and butter! The half chicken is not an actual half chicken and was a little over cooked, but the sauce and the whipped potatoes were delicious. The mushrooms were vinegary which was jarring against the simple flavoring of the sauce. The fried oysters and housemade tartar were great. TINY glasses of wine and very small selection by the glass. Automatic 20% tip added.
Will most likely give it another try as that was our first visit.

9
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I like the staff, good knowledge of the local natural wine producer, tasted some excellent wines 👌🏻

LZ
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We liked the decor, and the menu looked promising. Unfortunately, the portions were small, far less than promised when we asked, and the cooking uneven. Will not return.

ET
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

The food was average to a little boring.
Server didn't know the menu or the food.
Felt like Americanized French food. Had the tasting menus and found them to be repetitive in flavors.
Both my wife and I were sick after.
On top if it the meal was $420 for three.

OT
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful service and authentic French food. We ordered the tasting menu and it was excellent

m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly one of the best newer restaurants in Seattle.

B
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The care with which they do everything is just wonderful. The tiny little garnishes and the other tiny little touches are so welcome.
The by the glass list is fantastic and Kathryn's descriptors are genius.
Drinks are delightful and delightfully named.
Food is perfectly balanced and bright when it needs to be.

I only wish that this restaurant transported me actually to France, because it basically feels like that, without traveling.

CB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

The restaurant decibel level is too high. Service was okay but I think the restaurant was short staffed. Our waiter deducted from our bill

RC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Brasserie feel. Loved it.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Loved this restaurant, amazing food and experience! Highly recommend.

C
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Met up with some old friends and had a wonderful dinner! We can’t wait to go back

NC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you want some of the most interesting dishes made from local pacific northwest ingredients paired with natural wines all served by the kindest folks in hospitality -> Go to L'oursin

LC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Wine program more "creative" than "good." Food was ok - a few hits, a few misses. Service was generally aloof. All in all, too expensive for the experience. Disappointed.

b
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious and we have been welcomed very nicely. We will come back!

KB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Service was horrible. Wait staff seemed imposed upon right when we arrived. This sentiment continued throughout the evening. Like we were a burden to them. The restaurant was less than a quarter full. We spent over $300 for two.

GG
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The cocktails, the food, the atmosphere, the service. everything was top-notch and it was a memorable experience. Just go.

FS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent and well thought out. Kathryn the Bar tender was a joy to talk with and made exceptional cocktails. Would come here again. Also the use of great butter and the duck pate was amazing.

s
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! The seafood tower, negronis, and halibut were all incredible. Great service. Lovely ambiance. Will absolutely be back.

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