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Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

Cafe Juanita

4.9
4.9
3058 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Cafe Juanita features Executive Chef and Owner Holly Smith's award winning Northern Italian cuisine prepared using the freshest Northwest ingredients and complimented by an award-winning wine list. We are 90% organic in raw ingredients and strive to use sustainable products throughout our menu.

Cafe Juanita is pleased to re-open offering only multi-course tasting menus. We are happy to modify dishes for dietary restrictions; please advise when making reservations. We offer four tasting menus from which you may choose: omnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian, and vegan. We require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all guests.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Organic, Northwest

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (425) 823-1505

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Holly Smith

  • Catering

    The restaurant is available for parties up to 90. We have two private dining rooms available. One, the Winery, seats a maximum of 16 guests; the other, The Fireplace Room, seats a maximum of 14 guests.

  • Private party facilities

    We have two private dining spaces available. One, the Winery, seats up to 16 guests and features a deck overlooking the creek and yard. Our other private dining space, the Fireplace Room, seats a maximum of 14 guests. Custom designed tasting menus are available. We are also available for restaurant rental for parties up to 90.

  • Private party contact

    Holly Smith: (425) 823-1505

  • Neighborhood

    Kirkland

  • Parking details

    On-street parking is available in our neighborhood. Every night we offer valet parking at $10 per vehicle.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Cafe Juanita Tasting Menus

    Multiple dates available
    Cafe Juanita is pleased to offer multi-course tasting menus only. The tasting menus have four iterations from which you can choose: omnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan. We are happy to modify dishes for dietary restrictions; please advise when making reservations. We strive to use organic and sustainable products throughout our menu. We require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to dine-in with us. When you join us for dinner, please present your proof of vaccination and your government-issued ID to our host. A photo of your vaccine card will suffice, as will documentation through the CLEAR app or myIR.

What 3,058 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Special Occasion

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Italian

  • Eastside

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Eastside

    Best Service

  • Eastside

    Best Ambiance

  • Eastside

    Fit for Foodies

  • Eastside

    Healthy

  • Eastside

    Notable Wine List

  • Eastside

    Romantic

  • Eastside

    Special Occasion

  • Eastside

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  1. Z

    Zkn22

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! We had a wonderful experience there for our first time.
  2. BN

    BaiNJ

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Cute little place that manages a high-end feel without much in the way of pretense. While the food was the highlight, the staff was a perfect complement. Each dish was served every bit as well as it was prepared. Server Nick led his team to the right balance of attentiveness and timing. We appreciated the prix fixe menu having 3 options to suit just about any diet preference, and the service staff a did an excellent job of fully introducing and explaining each course as it was presented. We also took advantage of the wine pairings, which couldn't have been more well selected. This place is a great option for a special occasion.
  3. AK

    AlbertK

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hostess, Emma, was very accommodating in meeting my wife's diet. Chief, Holly, provided her with a tremendous feast as a modification to the Tasting Menu, Pescatarian.
  4. g

    gythiosmom

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was one of the very best meals I’ve ever had in my life. It was also the absolutely most expensive. I knew that going in but the $600 + bill was still a shocker. But I am very glad we went and the experience and food was probably the best I’ve had in the U.S. My husband and I were trying to decide this morning which was our favorite course but we had to decide instead which was our LEAST favorite (which was only least favorite by a tiny bit). Everything from the tuna crudo starter to the intense balanced chocolate dessert was harmonious and interesting without being over the top. We also didn’t leave feeling unpleasantly over fed…. just poor😉
  5. K

    Keith210

    Austin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The service was excellent! The food is good, very unique. $$
  6. D

    Dubs

    Seattle

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heartfelt thanks to Chef Holly and her Team for continuing to offer a stellar experience we can always count on for special celebrations. Everyone was so engaged. The food was divine as were the wine pairings. Once again, a gourmet night to remember. Thanks again!
  7. E

    Ed98208

    Seattle

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic evening at Cafe Juanita. The menu and wine pairings were exceptional tonight. We all got the Omnivore menu and shared the Seared Foie Gras and Caviar as supplements. The Waygu carpaccio was simply amazing. My wife substituted the pork with the halibut, very good choice.
  8. BM

    BobM

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Probably the best meal I’ve had in the USA but easily one of the most expensive; but I’m worth it.
  9. PT

    PatTT

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm a gluten free pescatarian and my wife is a vegetarian and both of our meals were outstanding. Cafe Juanita was very flexible and served wonderful food to accommodate our needs.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food.
  11. G

    Grasshopper

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Cafe Juanita never fails to impress us. The tasting menu was incredible and each course was as wonderful as the next. It is the perfect place for a special celebration.
  12. CH

    ClydeHillBen

    Seattle

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian restaurant on the Eastside! We first dined at Cafe Juanita in the late 1980s. Chef/Owner Holly Smith is a rock star.
  13. T

    Tiffanyd

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences I've had. The staff is incredible and attentive. Every dish on the tasting menu was an experience. I loved that you could also swap things out to make a perfect tasting menu. The A5 Wagyu entree was amazing. Each dish was like a work of art.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! This is by far the best restaurant in Washington state!
  15. JV

    JulieV

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and ambiance were amazing. Our evening was special and memorable!
  16. CH

    ClydeHillBen

    Seattle

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I first dined at Cafe Juanita in the late 1980s when Peter Dow was still in charge. Best restaurant on the Eastside!
  17. e

    enjoygreatfood

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Amazing food and exceptional service. Every bite was filled with so many unique flavors. Never disappoints and always wanting to come back for special occasions.
  18. CD

    CathyD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just keep doing what you’re Doing ! Fabulous!
  19. D

    Dirtboyjr

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A tantalizing dining experience! Truly a masterpiece!
  20. b

    bajenby

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff, service, food, and ambience! Love the different tasting menu options with flexibility to add-on and substitute for a delightful dining experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend for a special occasion!
  22. AK

    AmyK

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to Café Juanita, and it was outstanding. We went to celebrate an anniversary and enjoyed the pescatarian tasting menu. The food was unbelievable. Staff were passionate about food and knowledgeable about each dish and the wine we were enjoying. Our server took his cues from us as to how fast to bring out each plate. But the food, I just can’t say enough about the food. It really was worth writing home about!
  23. E

    Elba38

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Delicious and creative dishes though some were slightly salty. Service was fine, but nothing exceptional or especially memorable. Interior design was disappointing as was the surrounding area this restaurant is situated in. While the food was delicious, the whole experience was not worth the high price. Would recommend with many caveats.
  24. D

    Dennis

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely our go to for special occasions. Holly wows with amazing food/wine pairings. Flavors abound and surprise!
  25. GI

    GIOVANNI

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    It was almost a perfect evening. We were surprised and disappointed , no table cloths. We expected more and still checking if we are vaxed, makes no sense. Marvin and Julie Miller
  26. E

    Emgarr

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Juanita is an experience; a vacation for your sense. They offer a thoughtful prefix menu, but stay flexible and communicative. It was a three hour journey for the heart & soul with stunning flavors, beautiful colors and the perfect wine pairings. We make an annual trek to Cafe Juanita and it's worth every cent.
  27. KH

    KandH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, creative, and overall an amazing dining experience! The wine pairing took it up another notch to one of the best dining experiences in years!
  28. BS

    BrendaS

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and the service was excellent. the serve staff are very knowledgeable.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am so thankful for Holly and her crew of fine dining staff at Cafe Juanita. We were celebrating our anniversary and everything on the tasting menu and wine pairing was so refined, packed with flavor that I literally felt like we were dining abroad. The ambiance in the new addition was so sleek, and the table spacing was spread out enough to really give an intimate feel with plenty of privacy to hold hands and have a romantic experience. And the food, well…. let’s just say I can comfortably tell you this was the best most refined/seductive meal I have ever had in my entire life. Better than the Herbfarm. Hands down. Thank you Cafe Juanita. I can not wait to come back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch everything
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The best way to describe our experience is "religious experience." The food and service were phenomenal and I cannot believe it has taken me this long to dine here!!
  32. MK

    MaureenK

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Juanita is perfection from the waitstaff to the food to the ambiance.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, awesome food. My girlfriend and I look forward to our annual anniversary dinner at Cafe Juanita.
  34. GC

    GlennC

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    $660 for two people, give me some food and some to go. Six course meal, two bites per course. Ate two baskets of bread to help with the meager portions. Drinks at $28 each were not amazing. Pasta course was really good, but they could have doubled the portion to make the meal a hit and the value would have not been so lost.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will go in the top for best dining experiences around Washington. Amazing service and the food was absolutely delicious. The vegan tasting menu was highly appreciated.
  37. KG

    KirklandGuy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Elegant dining in a romantic setting. Great food and expert service.
  38. T

    Travis

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner from start to finish, the service was attentive yet seamless. Wagyu ny with potato was the absolute star of the show! Perfect way to celebrate an anniversary. Thanks cafe Juanita team :)
  39. D

    Diane

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You ever have food so good you tear up a little bit? We'll definitely be back.
  40. CM

    ChristinaM

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our wait person, Kristin (so?) was fabulous and we felt so pampered!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Cafe Juanita is rated 4.9 stars by 3058 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cafe Juanita

9702 NE 120th Place, Kirkland, WA 98034-4206

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kirkland

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Organic, Northwest

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Parking details

    On-street parking is available in our neighborhood. Every night we offer valet parking at $10 per vehicle.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Holly Smith

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (425) 823-1505

  • Catering

    The restaurant is available for parties up to 90. We have two private dining rooms available. One, the Winery, seats a maximum of 16 guests; the other, The Fireplace Room, seats a maximum of 14 guests.

  • Private party facilities

    We have two private dining spaces available. One, the Winery, seats up to 16 guests and features a deck overlooking the creek and yard. Our other private dining space, the Fireplace Room, seats a maximum of 14 guests. Custom designed tasting menus are available. We are also available for restaurant rental for parties up to 90.

  • Private party contact

    Holly Smith: (425) 823-1505

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