McMenamins Elks Temple

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$30 and under
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American

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McMenamins Elks Temple Pub serves classic Northwest fare in a room with a view. You can’t help but gaze through the soaring windows toward Foss Waterway, but be sure to look up, too, for a fantastic display of chandeliers. From early breakfasts to late night cocktails, the pub is open to all ages serving breakfast classics like benedicts and scrambles, and for dinner elevated burgers and pizzas with an ever changing seasonal menu inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
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4.7
Ambience
4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely no complaints!

j
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Our service was horrible. The staff did not come back to refill drinks. Food came out incorrectly and we sent it back. Came out incorrectly again and the manager got involved to get the food to come out correctly after everyone already finished their food.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Best shrimp and grits!

BL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

The overall location and venue is awesome! However. The service was terrible. It took 2 hours to get through breakfast and there was no one to greet us, the waitress was not engaged in her customers etc etc. lots of work to be done on the customer service level side of things.

TM
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great venue for a dinner and concert. Will be back.

SL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

They did not have enough staff. Service was inadequate. Our server was also responsible for two large groups. That was so unfair to us. She was unable to provide even basics timely, and she was not paired with a partner. They need a better manager.

GH
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderfully eclectic and colorful place! Love all of the fabulous chandeliers, stained glass, paintings and photos. It's always a fun experience to visit a McMenamins!

NG
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is of very good quality - we are enjoying the seasonal menu items! Service has been very good - they have been accommodating and friendly.

JW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

80 dollars was a bit much for a hamburger and bowl of soup. the food was good atmosphere was outstanding.

DD
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elks Temple was an excellent, beautiful atmosphere. Even though it seemed busy, we were seated right away with our reservation and service was fast!

AL
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful, tasty, served hot (everything) and brought in a timely manner. We had a lovely view of the water and the sun setting on the mountain. Perfect!

DR
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Thanksgiving

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We had breakfast for Thanksgiving. Beautiful view, good service and the food was excellent.

KA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent environment, great music, beautiful job - thank you

CF
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu in all of the different venues. Loved the Nachos in the Tiki bar!

TM
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful place! My first time there and I will definitely be back! Great food, atmosphere and staff!

M
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We loved our first dining and bar experience! Yummy food, beautiful lodge with such fun decor and very romantic! What a great place for a date night or for a celebration. Going up and down the levels to find other bars was such a fun time! We loved hunting for the hidden/secret bar too. We were successful on finding it but that’s all that I’ll say 😉
We cannot wait to come back!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Not enough servers but we had a lovely dinner. No comeback at all until we were done. No refills until we were done although were asked just never got it. Pleasant enough

f
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience from start to finish.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family and I were gathering to celebrate my cousin’s birthday and we had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic.

ME
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

I have been here 3 times. The food is excellent the decor is outstanding but every time the service has sucked. Luckily I loved spending time with my companions and we were all pretty laid back about it.

w
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience5

Love, love, love the entire McMenamins concept, and just enjoy the atmosphere at them. This one was a very nice venue. It was highly anticipated by our party, and did not disappoint in that respect. Love to stay in a place that has so many adult entertainment options. However the food was spectacularly underwhelming. I can handle bland flavors (pass the pepper flakes please), but cold food? We stayed 2 days with all meals in house (both evenings we had a party of 7+ in the Pub), and there was not one food item that was served hot. Some items were warm, some items were served lukewarm and very quickly became cold (health code violation??). Seriously my eggs and sausage were cold on a slightly warm plate. How does that happen? I understand the logistics are challenging, but we waited 40 minutes for a pizza late one night that our waiter finally went to check on at 35 minutes, and it was served cold. Ok, apologize and have a fresh one made and serve it warm. Really simple. We are not ones to complain to a busy staff, but a suggestion... they need to spend more time on customer service and less on appearing cool to the young crowd and entirely not enough carding going on. We did have a couple awesome outstanding waiters...one awesome young lady in the Pub, and another in the Tiki lounge. We also had some service that skirted being rude. Not openly rude but since we are not in our 20's or cool with plugs or ink well...maybe just ignored enough to make the point. One bartender did not even ask if I wanted change for a $20 when I purchased a $14 drink?? I waited at the bar for 5 minutes being ignored then just walked away. Will I recommend it as a place to stay, drink and party at...heck yeah, but find other restaurants to eat at. There are a ton of high quality restaurants to eat at within a few blocks. Used to live nearby so its a fact.

C
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

The food took a really long time to come out. The waiter was not attentive at all. We had to hunt him down to pay our bill. I order a salad it was just a bunch of lettuce with very little toppings.

JL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening and venue to take guests after visiting the LaMay Car Muauem.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner of salmon and then explored the other floors... to capture the chandelier collection as well as the secret bar... Fun evening.

MR
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I’m so glad we made reservations because it was packed with an hour and half wait. We were seated right when we arrived at a window seat as requested and our waiter was at our table to greet us within a few seconds. He was great! Our service was excellent, food was great, atmosphere was interesting but fun and our drinks were always full. After dinner was like a maze...walking thru halls, upstairs, downstairs and in hidden rooms. It was as crazy as it was fun.

TL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had breakfast & it was fantastic. the cheesy jalapeno grits & Cajun tots are a must try!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a wonderful weekend. The room was very comfortable and clean. Delicious food and drinks. Enjoyed drinking my morning coffee in front of the chimney at the lobby.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really fun atmosphere and great service on the 4th floor with Rose as our waitress. 5 bars total in the building and live music made for a super cool experience, will definitely be coming back.

SJ
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a blast on our date night. We started off with really good food, drinks and then wandered the faculty and even found the secret bar. It was a night to remember. Now we want to travel to some of the other McMenamins too! I had the cedar plank salmon and it was really good. My husband had the wings and loved them.

F
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful building and they seated us where we could look out over the water. I had the queen Isabel pizza which was wonderful except it could have used 2 more minutes in the oven. My husband loved his shrimp and grits and my son thought the fish and chips were satisfactory. I believe the menu is a little difficult for picky eaters but the beer selection was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing overall experience! Be sure to explore the first 3 floors too! So many cool hangouts and over the top eclectic detail!

l
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Lunch isn't served until 1PM. Service was very slow and incomplete (no silverware until requested. Food was only OK. Building itself is a nightmare trying to navigate from one area to another and limited parking outside. Not their best effort.

CS
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The venue is amazing. It's our "Go-To"place when entertaining or showing off our city to out of town guests. This visit was celebrating a friends birthday. After dining and finishing our amazing desserts, we got to explore with them and show them the amazing building. My favorite space is the Tiki Bar in the basement. The attention to detail is really mind blowing. I think the funniest part was having to say to a guy "sorry to be looking at the back of your head while using the urinal, but I wanted to show my friend the pipes"..

This will be a great source to entertain and show off to friends and family. Thank you and welcome to Tacoma. You've made this city a bit better for being here.

T
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful piece of history joins an amazing collection of unique emotional excuersions for the soul. Definately bring friends!

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Well lit and nice ambiance. The noise level is moderate but conversation is still audible. Tasty food that is well presented.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Date night! Great food, good view with a reservation. The only thing that was difficult was finding parking and even that wasn’t too hard.

M
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun place to visit. We went to every floor (1-4) to check out the bars and just had a great time. Server was super nice and attentive, truffle fries were a must and beer list is top notch as always.

SL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Food was not good and service wasn’t that great either. The ambiance was fun and different, they should spend more time on the quality of their food and service than on the atmosphere.

p
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We celebrated 2 anniversaries at the restaurant. They wanted special comments on our reservation so I noted this. Nothing was mentioned at our dinner so I was little disappointed. But overall the food was very good, the service was great. the ambiance can't be beat with the amazing décor that is so interesting. It was during the week so didn't need a reservation since it was not busy. We started out at the Tiki bar and ordered tropical drinks that came in artistic glasses which added to the experience. We then went upstairs to the Pub restaurant. We had the hummus plate to start then one person had the elk burger which was plenty to eat and delicious. We also had the shrimp and grits which were more than one person could eat but also delicious. Pizza was good and the Aztec salad was very good also. We tried the beer sampler and the blend wine was delicious too. Overall the experience was very enjoyable and would recommend this gem in Tacoma to anyone. The different bars and rooms are so inviting. Next time we will spend longer there possibly experiencing another bar.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent decoration & the food was very good