Acquabar Bistro and Lounge – Seattle, Washington

Acquabar Bistro and Lounge - Seattle Washington

Acquabar Bistro and Lounge - Seattle Washington

Acquabar was a nice joint located just across the street from the hotel we stayed in.  The server we had actually mentioned that the bartender lived in one of the extended stay portions of our hotel.  It took us until the last night to make it over and I am glad we did.

We were walking back from Capitol Hill and nothing was looking good that night.  We decided to just try this place, figuring it would be typical bar food.  It was bar food, but it seemed a little bit better then what you would find in most sports bars around the country.

The atmosphere was.. well… morgue.  There was nothing going on.  A few people were eating and drinking but it was quiet.  It was fine by me and expected for a week night I would guess.

Because we came in later in the evening we found that Happy Hour was on and we could get some decent drink and food specials.  We looked over the options and settled on a few things.  Because we were one of the few people around we were given great service, although I am sure our server is friendly all of the time.

Acquabar Bistro and Lounge Salad - Seattle Washington

Acquabar Bistro and Lounge Salad - Seattle Washington

Acquabar Bistro and Lounge Fish Burger - Seattle Washington

Acquabar Bistro and Lounge Fish Burger - Seattle Washington

I order up a Cod Burger and a salad for my side of the table.  The salad came first and was really good.  Fresh, no signs of it sitting around.  The burger was also fresh, the fish was good and the bun was excellent.  The food was hot and the fries were crisp.  I am not sure there is much more I could have asked for.

I didn’t experiment with the drinking.   I just got a few rum and Cokes.  They were strong and tasty – the only two things that matter in a simple drink.

With good service and good food I certainly liked the place and would go back anytime.  Their Happy Hour Menu does not hurt things either!+

MELISSA:  We passed by this restaurant/bar numersous times and would look at it, maybe make a comment, but never really stopped to check it out.  After wandering all over the city trying to find a place (nothing looked good to me, however, I was tired and just wanted to sleep), we ended up here.  Some of the best finds are always right in front of you the whole time!

It looked like a fairly new establishment and there weren’t too many people so we had our pick of just about any seat in the place.  The waitress was very nice and was quick to take our orders.  They had a great Happy Hour menu with plenty to choose from so the regular menu was not necessary.  To start out with, I enjoyed a lovely strawberry infused martini.

Acquabar Bistro and Lounge Martini - Seattle Washington

Acquabar Bistro and Lounge Martini - Seattle Washington

It could’ve used a bit more strawberry flavor, but I drank it.  :-)

From the Happy Hour menu, I went with the Fried Mac & Cheese (always a fav) and the Chicken Skewers.

Acquabar Bistro and Lounge Fried Mac And Cheese - Seattle Washington

Acquabar Bistro and Lounge Fried Mac And Cheese - Seattle WashingtonAcquabar Bistro and Lounge Chicken - Seattle Washington

Both items were really good.  The sauce that came with the chicken had a great flavor, definitely a very well doctored-up teriyaki.  Everything was very filling.  I find it very interesting that all the bars/restaurants have divided up Happy Hours (like 3pm-5pm, then 8pm-10pm….or something lik that).  You can get a great, filling meal during Happy Hour, why would you go during the dining hours and pay full price?? Time your meals properly and you can eat good food for a low price…oh, and good drinks, too!

I really like this place.  The atmosphere was relaxing, not sure what “style” they were going for, but I am sure they will grow towards something.  The music didn’t match the place, though.  I would recommend they make a change there.  Perhaps it was bartender/servers choice since there were hardly any customers, but that would be the only thing I would change.  Will definitely be back next time we’re in the city!

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