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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Coffee, Sweets, American

Mon–Thu 11:00am–11:00pm
Fri–Sat 9:00am–1:00am
Sun 9:00am–11:00pm

Features Date-friendly, outdoor dining, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


Capitol Hill
204 Belmont Ave. E.
Seattle, WA
(206) 322-5028
B&O Espresso
Desserts are so-so, coffee is better, and the pseudo-French vibe is easy to like

Sure, B&O Espresso offers brunch (fluffy omelettes, gooey chocolate pancakes, well-seasoned fried ‘taters) and dinner (so-so crab cakes, and grilled salmon salads), but what your average Seattleite loves most about B&O is its dessert selection. Cases full of old-fashioned cakes, most tooth-achingly sweet and a small step up from the grocery store variety, makes this local joint a popular choice for a little G-rated hand-holding on a first date.

Despite the mediocrity of its desserts, B&O seems to pack it in night after night. Perhaps it’s the comforting familiarity of its pseudo-French interior, the ridiculously dim lighting (just as effective as beer goggles!), or the fact that most of its patrons have been coming since high school—never discount the power of nostalgia. Or maybe it’s just because you’re PMS-ragey and really do need a 2-pound slab of the New Orleans torte—flourless chocolate cake with pecans and Bourbon—to chase that bottle of Yellow Tail. (Quantity over quality in times of distress is perfectly understandable.) True to its name, B&O offers a whole slew of coffee drinks, from espresso to Turkish coffee to boozy after-dinner drinks like B52 with Baileys, Kaluha, and Grand Marnier. Caffeine leave you too wired? There’s a full list of moderately exciting cocktails, wines, and beers, too.

B&O Espresso has found its niche as one of the most popular dessert spots in the city. Anyone who values food over feel may not know why, but one can’t dispute the facts.

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