Solarium Kitchen & Bar

4.2
76 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Brunch
Inspired by our local farmers the menu spotlights the best northwest ingredients executed in simple, fresh, craft cooking.
Solarium, meaning (a room fitted with extensive areas of glass to admit sunlight) provides a welcoming atmosphere to gather together and enjoy the best in northwest cooking served alongside craft cocktails and an extensive list of local beer and wine.
Casual, Fresh and Local, Solarium features a daily breakfast buffet with fresh made omelets and waffles. Lunch and Dinner feature Northwest inspired entrees and small plates and we offer happy hour daily from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
Free parking.

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Sun 9:00AM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Sat 9:00AM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 8:00PM

What 76 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
3.9
Service
3.6
Ambience
3.8
Value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Denver
33 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Irina was great

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MT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Wished we had a better table instead of behind the half wall

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Good value and food. Felt that buffet could be kept tidier. Lots of spills everywhere.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Overpriced for a hotel lobby that needs major updating. Food was pretty good for a buffet breakfast.

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Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was good, but a $6 local wine costed us $40. Almost 700 percent markup is a bit much.

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K
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very spendy but the quality and selection of food even the display was fantastic

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Has always created a special Mother's Day experience for the whole family. We had 21 family members age 3 to 76 this year. Everyone felt special, found food they loved and enjoyed the warm friendly atmosphere.

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F
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

This is the lobby of the Hilton Hotel. Nothing about it was good. I will not go back.

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HE
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Terrible service - I went for the Easter buffet, and the staff treated me like it was a hassle to (a) order a glass of wine, (b) get new flatware when they took away my used flatware, (c) get the check. Also, the food, while fine, was nothing special for the price. I would not go again.

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S
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Ok for brunch but not great service. No one checked on us for beverages or anything else.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 1

For such an event you'd think there would be signage for first timers directing you on how to get the Solarium - there were none. We had to ask members from a church on how to get to the restaurant. However when going up to the floor with the restaurant my first impression was "wow"! The view was lovely and I had high hopes for enjoying a nice Easter meal, until the hostess walked us into a conference room that was set up nice but was so secluded in a back corner. We felt some what out of place and neglected as there were no windows and no view. The waitress we has was nice and checked on us, but no one wanted to sit so far away. For the amount of money folks are paying at this restaurant you'd expect a little more, the food was just okay, but the service was nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Easter Brunch

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CK
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 1

Website directions and description do not clarify that this us a Hilton Hotel lobby restautant. We drove in circles looking for the restaurant and saw no exterior signage. The seating is in open space in the lobby. But the food quality was excellent! Salmon was done oerfectly.

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f
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Surprised to find it in a hotel with no outside signage. So much better food than I ever expect at a hotel! We both enjoyed our courses and felt it was a good value.

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SH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really good food, great service, and nice quiet atmosphere perfect for an intimate date.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Server named Kelly K. charged my card incorrectly 3 times (2 checks that did not belong to me). She did not voluntarily admit the error...I receive an alert each time my American Express card is charged, thankfully, and knew the error had been made before she came back to my table. When she came to present me with my check, she said nothing until I raised the concern. I told her mistakes happen but also told her the right thing to do would have been to let me know she made the error. I asked for her to bring me proof that erroneous charges had been cancelled. When she returned to the table she handed me not one but two slips stapled together that were unrelated to my dinner or my american express which simply displayed a zero $0.00 total. No table number, no check number, no indication of a charge reversal, no connection to my american express, hoping that I again wouldn’t notice? I again called her out and said this was not acceptable. Several minutes later another server came to my table to apologize on behalf of our server, which was nice but didn’t solve the issue. Meanwhile our server never came back and instead began to serve the table right next to us. She was clearly embarrassed I assume and did not know how to handle this situation. Obviously this problem could have easily been avoided had she taken more care when swiping someones credit card, or at the very least admitted to her mistake instead of hoping I would not notice. I left her an 18% tip in cash this time, since I didn’t want to risk her using my card again. Considering the situation I just described, someone else probably wouldn’t have left her anything. The way some families travel these days, some using their debit cards, an over authorization could really put a hamper on their plans. Thankfully this was not the case for me. I’m very disappointed, especially considering I was sitting in a @hilton hotel, a leader in hospitality. I will have to find somewhere else to dine this evening.

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OT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Sunday brunch. The staff is very friendly and efficient.

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SO
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lunch was fantastic! The Kung Pao Cauliflower was amazing. Compliments to the chef! Service was fast and food was great.

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OT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place to come for after church brunch. The staff are always helpful and friendly.

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FJ
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We were not acknowledged when we arrived and had to find someone and ask to be seated. We were a table of 5 with reservations ahead of time. The staff were nice, but slow, maybe they were short-staffed. It didn't seem like it as there were only a couple of tables to serve. We asked for a dessert menu at the beginning of our meal but did not receive one and had to ask again near the end of our meal. The salad greens were fresh and the dressing was light and didn't drown the greens. There were crab shells in the crab cakes, which they did apologize for and offered to bring something else. The ravioli filling was flavorful but the pasta was overcooked to the point of being hard to chew. The fillet mignon was cooked perfectly though, and my mom loved the sauce. We has to get up and find someone to clear our table and bring the desserts ordered. Overall, the experience was disappointing.

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

They need to work on quality control, we first got a cup with hot water for tea with lipstick so super-dirty! After that, our sale had plastic wrapping right on top of it. We were expecting an apology and a discount due to the dirtiness and plastic in the food but they gave us the full price check. I won’t be returning regardless if they change the name of the place from Basil’s to Solarium or whatever.

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t
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Reservation was for Basil Bistro but upon entering the Hilton Hotel, we were informed that the name changed and the menu offerings were new. We decided to stay and sample the new menu. We were not disappointed. All of the ingredients are local and fresh. We had the Claim chowder which is right up with the top 10 we have tasted. I had the Chinook Salmon and my wife had the clams. Paired it with a local beer and wine and this was a very nice dining experience. There is audible noise from the Hilton itself with the foot traffic but not enough to spoil our experience.

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanksgiving Buffet was perfect!

We were looking for a straight up, straight on Turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. No herb crusted fancy, flair food - yet flavorful. At Basil's Bistro we found it.

Carved turkey, ham + roast beef with flavorful gravy + au jus that was clearly made from the drippings (vs processed goo.) Then there was salmon, a selection of salads and vegetables and delicious vegatarian ravioli with mushrooms.

And the dessert buffet tables... Lots of chocolate as well as an assortment of pies + cheesecakes. Heaven!

All at a very reasonable price with sparkling service. We will be back again!

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CE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We were six adults over 60. This was the perfect venue for a Thanksgiving dinner-- we were in a quiet side room with several other tables, but they didn't pack all the tables, so movement about and noise were both very manageable. The range of food on the buffet was amazing, and all very tasty. The dessert buffet was too much... one loses one's appetite with that many sweets, all in various conditions after guests have attacked them. It was the biggest downside to the meal.
The staff were all very accommodating, but they seemed so tired... one wonders if they are remunerated adequately for their work

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MW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Granted this was a buffet, but the ham was dry, there was no gravy for the turkey and the pecan pie was very runny. We were seated in a bright ballroom down a long hallway. the food wasn't bad, but not worth a return visit.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for thanksgiving buffet. Great atmosphere with live music on the piano. Linen Table cloths, cloth napkins, and very attentive servers.

We liked it so much we came back later during our stay in Seattle.

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W
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the Thanksgiving Dinner Buffett. Good selection, good quality and nice ambiance. Loved it!

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WI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very satisfied and found this experience was the Better Alternative over buying groceries and preparing our Thanksgiving meal ourselves; we found the quality, variations, tastes, selections and overall price outstanding enough for a repeat performance and a standing ovation!!!

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S
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We ate here for the Thanksgiving buffet. There was an extremely wide choice of dishes. We appreciated that every offering was labeled with the food's name and if it was vegetarian, vegan, etc. For large quantity cooking, all of the food was well prepared and kept as hot or cold as possible. The kitchen and service staff kept the buffet well supplied i.e. no empty serving containers waiting to be refilled. The service staff was very professional, attentive and pleasant.

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KS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Basil's was very nice overall. My food was just okay in my estimation, but my boyfriend LOVED his food. The service was wonderful, but the atmosphere was just alright as you are essentially dining in the hotel lobby. It was great for people watching though.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food! We would come back again for sure! The server was friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was VERY quiet, like we felt a little awkward talking above a whisper or even clinking silverware or anything. But the food was delicious, definitely worth a visit!

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KE
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was very tasty. It is in the lobby of the hotel.

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AM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Went to Basil's Bistro during Seattle Restaurant Week. Absolutely delicious food and the waitress was delightful. The steak and salmon were superb!

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RM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was ok. The knife they gave me for the steak didn't cut and when I asked for a steak knife I was informed it was one. We were there for restaurant week and although the dessert was ordered at the same time as the entree it didn't come out until more then 20 min after we had finished our meal.

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t
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Pleasant enough, but nothing special. Ambiance is everything and the ambience was below average for us. Service was lovely though.

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Came for Seattle restaurant week. We arrived & our table wasn't ready, the server said they don't do swr on a Sunday. What!!! I rsvp & it was confirmed for Sunday the 21/2018 for a party of 8. So we had to pull tables together. We sat down & they told us some food on the menu is limited. There was only 2 steaks left. Anyways we ordered our food. I got the second steak & I said medium rare, it came out cooked. The mash potatoes was so salty I didn't eat it. Sorry out of all Seattle restaurant week this one is my least likable. I see why it only has 2 stars. Usually I don't like giving bad reviews.

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SS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

was surprised by the good reviews for Basil's. this is in the lobby of the hotel, and used to be really good. maybe it still is when busier, like brunch? Everything sounded great, but was just so-so. we were there at dinner time on a Saturday night and basically had the restaurant to ourselves. Our server was enthusiastic and attentive so we did tip well. Not her fault the food was mediocre.

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PK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pleasing ambience. Good service. Food was tasty. Wish they would have more vegetarian options.

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PK
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice, quiet restaurant in the Hilton. Great place to grab a quick bite.

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v
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never too crowded

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