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Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

Cafe Juanita

4.9
4.9
2991 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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Booked 21 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. As a result, unvaccinated guests and children under the age of 5 are not be permitted to dine-in with us at this time. 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.

Menu

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What 2,991 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Service

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Fit for Foodies

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Notable Wine List

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Italian

  • Eastside

    Best Overall

  • Eastside

    Best Food

  • Eastside

    Best Service

  • Eastside

    Fit for Foodies

  • Eastside

    Healthy

  • Eastside

    Notable Wine List

  • Eastside

    Romantic

  • Eastside

    Special Occasion

  • Eastside

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  1. JL

    JamesL

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    My wife and I went to Cafe Juanita for the fir at time to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was recommended to us by many of our friends, so we had high expectations. We both had the tasting menu (omnivore and pescatarian). Overall, the experience was good, but not worth the price tag. At $250/person without wine, we expect Michelin star restaurant caliber food. Food was good and service was good, but not spectacular. I would rate it far lower than other Michelin 1 star restaurants that we have been to.

  2. MV

    MarcyV

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed birthday dinner celebration with my daughter. Special occasion; good food and service.

  3. AW

    AndreaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We’re foodies, and we loved to it. Excellent food, can’t wait to go back for our anniversary.

  4. K

    Kimm

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    The service was great. Our server was very attentive and stopped by to see how we were doing every course. I went with the vegetarian tasting menu and I was very underwhelmed. All the dishes were too rich for my taste and most of them had an overpowering rich white creamy sauce that I think took away from the other ingredients. I have been here a few times before COVID and have never been this disappointed. I don’t see myself rushing back here as long as they continue to only offer tasting menus.

  5. B

    Barbara

    Seattle

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow! They hit it out if the ballpark. Food and service were excellent. We chose the omnivore menu with lamb chops but our friend enjoyed the vegetable option quite well. Loved all if the flavors and all of the courses were inventive and well prepared. My only comments are that the broth for the soup was too salty. Our dinner companion received a double lamb chop; I only received one.

  6. GD

    GeorgeD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great and friendly service. Doesn’t get much better than this!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    With the exception of the halibut, which was good, all other items in the set menu were underwhelming, as were all courses of my wife’s vegetarian menu. Our first experience in Aug ‘21 was very good. So, we were very disappointed this time around.

  8. ES

    EmilyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My fiancé and I went to cafe Juanita for the first time to celebrate my new job. We were thoroughly impressed and had a wonderful experience

  9. MA

    MrsA

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Start to finish…perfection. One of my favorite restaurants to celebrate anything from a birthday or anniversary; even just a Tuesday if it feels right. Excellent on all levels and we look forward to our return!

  10. I

    Impressive

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An amazing night for a special occasion. Magnificent food with incredible imagination of flavors and presentation.

  11. J

    Joyce

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dining at Cafe Juanita on April 30, 2022, was perfect in every respect: the tasting menus were inventive and delicious, the presentation of all of the food was artistic and balanced, as well as refelcting a commitment to sustainablity and local organics, the inviting ambiance was impeccable, the wine selection superb and the wait staff attentive, yet, unobtrusive. Cafe Juanita, with chef-owner, Holly Smith, at the helm for decades, has continued to be a paragon for the finest Northern Italian cuisine.

  12. C

    Catherine

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cafe Juanita easily accommodated my food allergies by making substitutions from other parts of the menu. They then changed my wine pairing to suit my dish rather than simply sticking with the usual wine pairing for that course.

  13. D

    Darcey

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and every server we encountered was friendly, helpful and fun to interact with.

  14. AT

    AmitT

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful experience and amazing food. Thae server was very knowledgeable and attentive.

  15. T

    Triptek

    St. Louis

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious multi course dinner, great service, Vegan and Vegetarian options, great atmosphere. The Lamb chop entree was especially delicious.

  16. C

    Chelsea

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Service and ambience was very high end. They added little touches here and there to make the experience elevated. However the food was definitely lacking. My husband and I tried 1 omnivore menu and 1 vegetarian. With those two menus and 4 drinks (2 cocktails, 1 wine, and 1 N/A) our total was over $500. The food was okay but lacking cohesiveness in flavor and execution. Presentation was nice but we were overall not impressed considering the price point.

  17. IC

    ImogenCaroline

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing; deep and complex flavors and lovely, friendly and super professional service.

  18. M

    Maritaine

    Seattle

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exquisite in every way!! Our 1st time eating inside a restaurant in over 2years and worth the wait!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was a fun night out with friends. The noise level was very high in the beginning and quieted down later.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best restaurant hands down

  21. MD

    MikeD

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was easily the best meal we’ve had in 10 years. Both my wife and I are vegan, and the vegan tasting menu was stupendous. Just seriously good food, and I’d argue the best in Seattle (although we have yet to try Canlis since they’ve hired a new chef). You will not go away hungry. They could trim a course and we’d still be full. Value-wise it is of course a question mark. We did the optional one pairing, and had a pre dinner drink. This is the first time I’ve spent $600+, with tip, for a dinner for two. That said, if you can swing it, it’s totally worth it. You will not be disappointed.

  22. MC

    MichaelC

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    As prix fixe menus go in Seattle, Cafe Juanita is at the top for us. My wife and I had the spring 2022 prix fixe menu. It did not disappoint. Service was excellent. And the ambiance is quite nice. Nice sized tasting portions. Bread course was nice and fresh. Small add-on courses were nice touches. Highlights for me were the first course (seafood misto) and the lamb. Wife loved the burrata and the halibut course. Overall would recommend. Also business casual dress wear is preferred. If you wear ripped jeans and a t-shirt they will put you in the back dining area (as they should).

  23. L

    Leila

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cafe Juanita isn’t just a place to have a nice dinner but rather an amazingly exquisite culinary experience. I can’t wait to go back.

  24. GP

    GlenP

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing tasting menu and wine pairing

  25. T

    Tkrug

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dining experience. Fine food, exceptional wine and unmatched service. All the details are thoughtful, the dining room lighting and acoustics are so comfortable without feeling precious. Always makes for a special evening. Exceeds in all categories!

  26. BB

    BenB

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely outstanding on all levels! We have eaten here twice now, and the experience has only improved.

  27. TG

    TicaG

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We’ve been enjoying Cafe Juanita since the early 80s and it never disappoints! Scrumptious food, impeccable service, great wine list, and a wonderful place to celebrate and feel special!

  28. JC

    JanC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed a wonderful evening of food, wine and friendship! Impeccable service, beautiful setting and fabulous food artfully presented.

  29. JL

    JoyceL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best meals we've had in terms of taste and experience. Easy to find parking. Great for special occasions.

  30. SW

    SherryWoods

    Las Vegas

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful as always. We had a table in front of the fireplace which was lovely. We added the wine package to the meal which was great. Service was perfect. Expensive but with it.

  31. GG

    GregG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As good as ever, dishes went from great to amazing. I do miss the a la carte menu, but the food was outstanding.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    The ambience was great and I could see it a perfect spot for special occasions. But I’m personally not a big fan of the food or the service here. Don’t get me wrong - everyone was meticulously polite and no mistakes were made. But that’s the point - there’s no personal touch. It was very professional but distant (and even maybe indifferent). I think there are so many better places in town that offer a more intimate enjoyable experience in town. We wouldn’t come back.

  33. AN

    AbiN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Purpose: business/team-planning dinner. Reservations: Found a decent time slot via open table. We received a call confirming our reservation; staff also walked thru vaccine verification expectations. Also checked on our party's tasting menu preferences over this call. Logistics: Used valet parking (nice and courteous service). At the front desk, beyond the coat check and id/vaccine verification, there was no wait whatsoever. We were seated right away on time. Food & Dining experience: Well.... if I have to pick one word, the food, service, ambience and whole experience - outstanding. Food is phenomenal. Not only the depth of each dish but the ingredients are varied and best of quality (i know i know... one would expect that from high-end restaurants. But not every high-end restaurant holds that bar for quality of ingredients). Staff is incredibly knowledgable and attentive. Our waiter Nick was attentive and conversational but all within pleasant boundaries. We loved the service. We tried omnivore and vegetarian tasting menus. My carnivore friend was in heaven thru out the meal. I was somewhat skeptical (going in) about vegetarian menu. But my inner skeptic was shut down very quickly. The vegetarian dishes were equally superb and creative. Much respect to chef and the rest of the kitchen staff. Ending the meal: After finishing all the amazing courses, and a palette cleanser (wanted more that just for the zing), we moved on to dessert. We went with panacotta. Which was a perfect ending to the whole experience. Our car was pulled up front at the door (thanks to our waiter for organizing that). And when we left, we were already making plans for our next visit. Cafe Juanita has enough street cred when it comes to "fine" dining. But, in my experience, there was a sense of authenticity through out every aspect of guest experience. No pomp just graceful, authentic and phenomenal dining.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love Como. Everything is perfect.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Food was good and of a high quality but not worth the value. Portions were small and nothing out of the ordinary.

  36. BB

    BBoop

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Oscar was so very responsive and patient. The meal, as expected, was totally unique. We enjoy Cafe Juanita to experience foods we would never eat otherwise. Excellent

  37. M

    Michele

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat in a wonderful table, just the people beside were too loud.

  38. h

    howardc

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service. Holly has consistently provided a great experience for many years. In my view, the best restaurant on the Eastside

  39. i

    ianockerby

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best place to eat and an extensive wine list 🤤🤤

  40. KM

    KyleM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing dining experience from the moment we walked through the door. Amazing waitstaff that are knowledgeable and friendly. This was a fantastic first trip with a perfectly curated tasting menu with delectable wine pairings.

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 2991 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 21 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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