The Hardware Store

4.3
314 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Comfort Food
  • Lunch
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We invite you to come on down for a great meal, the perfect martini, or a fantastic bottle of wine from our cellar. Experience our full service espresso bar and take a stroll back to the Art Gallery which showcases island artists. Meet your family, friends or business colleagues at The Hardware Store Restaurant (we offer free Wi-Fi). Most of all…enjoy your time here and soon you will see why we call this “the heartbeat of the Island.”

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Wednesday, 27 November, 2019

What 314 People Are Saying
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EH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My only problem was my reservation (which had been verified} could not be found at the front desk.

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JC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Everything was great except for the hostess. We showed up a little early, and even though our table was ready, she wouldn’t seat us until our reservation time. We sat in the lobby looking at the empty table with a reserved sign on it. I go to the Hardware Store several times a month, and most of the staff are excellent. Our server, Molly, was awesome! The hostess put a damper on the evening, and should be better trained. She wasn’t friendly at all.

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

Terrific food, service, and atmosphere. We have eaten here before, but brought out of state guests this time. They also enjoyed themselves.

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k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Basically, we didn't understand the hype. We went on a weekday evening in the summer and the restaurant was busy. However, the service was quite poor-- we stood around for 5 minutes just waiting for the host to greet us, then everything else followed the same trend-- slow. The food itself was okay, but it did not feel like a $50 pp meal, which is what it turned out to be.

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M
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A favorite Go To choice on the island. Comfortable, pleasing atmosphere, good food for
many different tastes and convenient hours. What is not to like?

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JT
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Cod sandwich had way too much shredded lettuce. Very sloppy and hard to navigate. Over cooked. The kids meal and spicy Chicken sandwich both very good. They have many great items but just wouldn’t get fish sandwich again. Server very nice

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C
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants on the west side of Seattle, this was my choice when asked where to go for Father's day.

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DS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Overall experience was good however the table we were at wobbled causing water to spill whenever we cut our meat.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Very slow service tonight.

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D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I absolutely loved this restaurant. The food was great and the atmosphere was lovely. I will definitely return if I find myself on the island again in the future.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

I was disappointed especially with our burgers, which both tasted burnt, acrid, like charcoal...even my husbands who was cooked properly at medium inside. The waitress never checked on us once after we started eating. Cleared our plates when we were done but never brought a check, although it was clear our 3 kiddos were restless and ready to go when she cleared the plates. The place is nice and the food seems great on paper, but was really basic in reality. I would try a different place next time I am on the island.

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TH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I’ve been to the Hardware Store many times and typically enjoy it. And I did this time too, with one caveat — the exceedingly loud live music made it very difficult to have a conversation. THS, you might try turning the amps down on the musicians, and/or choosing musicians who are more aware of the situation they’re in and the people they’re playing for.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Restaurant was very noisy. Server did not smile, our make eye contact while at my table.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Good try... the heart is there but the know how is lacking

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B
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

St. Patrick’s Day!

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MO
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love this place! One of the best restaurants on the island!

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P
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just across the sounds and a quick Carrey ride to Vashion Island and your a world away. The Hardware Store has a small town feel with a big city taste. The mood is welcoming and the staff warm. I have been here for breakfast and dinner and always leave feeling taken care of and have enjoyed each bite! Make reservations for dinner as the seats for fast. Take time to check out this hidden gem!!!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had another wonderful experience. Our waitress, Jana, was such a pleasant professional on both of our visits to The Hardware Store restaurant. The food was delicious and well prepared. We weren’t rushed with our courses.
We highly recommend THSR!

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DE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite places. Service and food always great and we feel right at home.

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DN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, excellent food, outstanding service. My husband I ventured to the Hardware Store on Friday night for a one-day "late" Valentines dinner and had a fantastic time. The server made us feel very taken care of and let us take our time when we couldn't decide what to order - seriously felt no pressure at all, and that she wanted us to have all questions answered, etc. The food was delicious - husband ordered buttermilk fried chicken dinner -which came with mashed potatoes, gravy and an assorted vegetable side with several types of squash and peppers stir-fried to perfection. I ordered buttermilk fried chicken salad, that came with avocado, bacon bits, fresh little cherry / grape tomatoes and dressed with just the right amount of dressing. We ended the meal with a salted peanut butter frosted chocolate cake slice for dessert, with hot coffee for me. We've been here several times for special occasion dinners - if we lived closer we would probably walk to have dinner here several times a week! I love the Hardware Store on Vashon!

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NW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

On Valentine's Day, we wanted to do something special as a family, so we went to OpenTable to make a reservation at The Hardware Store. The only times available were 8:30pm and 8:45pm, so we reserved the 8:30pm time slot. My partner and I were taking our 3 kids to dinner, and they were all VERY hungry, but we told them to wait to eat because we had made reservations at 8:30pm.

When we arrived at The Hardware Store, our table was not ready, and we were told that it would be awhile. THEN, while we were waiting, they gave us the "bar menu" because dinner was no longer being served. We said that wasn't right because we had made dinner reservations at 8:30pm! No luck... so we left and ate somewhere else. It was NOT a good experience!

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SP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Not good this time. Prime rib was ordered medium rare, and was medium at best. Also was not very warm. Also not very tender like prime rib usually is.
Fish was over cooked. Risotto was great.

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EP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Unfortunately we were turned away when we came, even though we had reservations (and there were many open tables and nobody waiting or coming in). We were told that opentable was taking reservations even though they were full and that they weren't coming through on their computer. It seems highly unlikely to me considering that we made our reservations that morning and 5:30 was the only available time slot. I wish I would have got the name of the hostess (was a teenage girl). Situation was fishy and she made us uncomfortable.

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

Great as always. Enjoyed the Valentine Day Specials. Service was attentive.

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SP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It was good. My food could have been warmer. Waitress forgot a few things but nothing major. Didn’t receive bread, which was OK. Bottle of wine opened before it was brought to the table, but not a big deal.

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V
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The waiter and the host were passive aggressive to me and my guest, and seemed like serving us was a hassle and we were burdening them

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SM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We always have exceptional service and food!

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TM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful and drinks. Service was great! Not too expensive!

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SG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hostess and servers took good care of us! Delightful experience. Food and drinks were great. Thanks also to the chef!

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AC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never anything except an excellent meal served by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. The daily specials are not to be missed.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

TBH If it wasn’t one of a teeny handful or niceish sit down table service restaurants on the island I would probably come here even less than the once every few months that I do. The food is meh at best, the service is always up for grabs and it’s expensive for the family restaurant quality. I did have the Impossible burger which they’ve improved on since my last visit. But really for me, the service is the deal breaker. You never know what you’ll get; some days you can wait twenty minutes before someone comes to your table after you’re seated. I’ve had my order lost more than once and I’ve never had the check come in a timely fashion.

I’d rather go to SnapDragon or Casa Bonita for huge plates of food.

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S
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We all had a marvelous time. Everyone's meal was exceptional.

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LM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was a busy night, so our reserved table was not immediately available, but staff did make us comfortable and we waited at the bar until there was space for us. Food was great, and service was awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was great! Veggies with my steak were a bit skimped on for the money I feel but the quality and taste was great.
Service was very good, very polite and friendly.

Only issue I had was the front and back door has no wind barrier and you get a cold draft every 5 minutes. I would recommend they put a curtain in front of the doors like most places in seattle that have this issue.

Will come back soon but with a warmer jacket.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Lavosh was fantastic. Burger was very dry. Fries where same as any other place. Beer and cider was great.

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J
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

I have eaten at the Hardware Store many times. On a typical visit the service, food and drink are great. On this particular Saturday night, we made a dinner reservation for 4 through Open Table. We were seated in the back of the restaurant near a door (one that I had never noticed before). People were coming and going through this door creating an arctic blast of cold air each time because it was a very cold December evening. We asked the host to be moved before our drinks arrived. For various reasons we were not able to move to an open booth or other available table at that time due to other reservations (we too had a reservation and a poor table assignment). After being served only our drinks, the table next to us but further away from the door opened up so we asked to be moved there. We were told that there was a reservation for that specific table. This seemed suspect and no one ever showed up to dine there. Our server later told us while giving us our bill that the reservation had been cancelled. We were very disappointed with the inability of THS to accommodate us. I will think twice before taking guests there in the winter.

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AB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience. The menu had so many delicious choices. I had the shrimp and grits which were delectable. Excellent seating and table service by the wait staff!

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AC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This Vashon mainstay continues to amaze! Wonderful new menu and the always surprising specials carte make for a special evening even if there's no occasion. The service continues to be five-star. The best restaurant on Vashon just keeps getting better. It's worth the ferry fare to try out for Holiday dining. Lunch is also served.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food was good as usual but the music they had playing was way loud. Restaurant was very noisy, more so than usual. We quickly asked for check after we were done eating and skipped more drinks and dessert . We could barely hold a conversation.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

If you are going to take the trip to Vashon, the Hardware Store is a must stop.

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