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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Upmarket restaurant

Mon–Fri 9:00am–10:00pm
Sat 9:00am–2:00pm
Sat 5:00pm–10:00pm
Sun 9:00am–2:00pm
Sun 5:00pm–9:00pm

Features Date-friendly, kid-friendly, veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted


Madison Park
2901 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 325-9100
Café Flora
Vegetarian that’s low on gimmicks, high on flavor, with a flowing courtyard too

Café Flora is warm and approachable, and when not full of young families, it’s even romantic. The interior courtyard, with its fountain and foliage, has the most personality of the various spaces here, and is the best bet for date night.

Brunch is fantastic. Try the egg scrambles, cheese grits, “Hoppin’ John fritters” (made with black-eyed peas), or biscuits and mushroom gravy. Be forewarned, however, that during this busy time, it often feels like dining in the midst of a giant play date.

At dinner, Portobello mushrooms are, for better or for worse, a go-to ingredient; one of the best dishes turns them into the fungal equivalent of beef Wellington. Café Flora stuffs ravioli, quesadillas, and crêpes with roasted seasonal vegetables, and sculpts veggies and beans into pâtés, crumbles, and risotto cakes. Seasonal specialties usually shine, especially in autumn, when the kitchen has hearty things like pumpkin and foraged chanterelles to work with. Pizzas round out the menu, making it a kind of meat-free free-for-all, but then again, when you’re accommodating so many different tastes (veggie, vegan, gluten-free, skeptical omnivore), that’s understandable.

Café Flora recently jazzed up its cocktail menu with fun specialty ingredients like Bison Grass vodka, elderflower liqueurs, and house-made ginger beer. This is good news, as the wine list is terrible.

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