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Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

Cafe Juanita

4.9
4.9
3085 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.

Cafe Juanita is pleased to serve prix-fixe multi-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings and other tempting possibilities to embellish your meal. Current menus can be viewed at www.cafejuanita.com. 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. Dress code is elegant, formal *no leisure or athletic attire please.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 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

  • Prix-Fixe Tasting Menus

    Multiple dates available
    Cafe Juanita is pleased to offer prix-fixe 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. Dress code is elegant, formal; no athletic or leisure attire please. Cafe Juanita does not have a kids' menu or special amenities for children. If you are interested in including a child in your group, please call us at 425.823.1505

What 3,085 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

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Service

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Romantic

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Special Occasion

  • 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

    Italian

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  1. KW

    KellyW

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous. An amazing meal, well-paced, attentive service.
  2. N

    Nicholas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious menu curated by a top chef. Superb flavors and textures.
  3. DF

    DonF

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent experience.
  4. M

    Magda

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place for special occasions. Really enjoyed the whole atmosphere. The food was great and interesting to explore. Decided to take wine recommended pairings as well and were very happy with it. Portions were sized well, so we could have enough appetite for all the courses. Service was also very good.
  5. ML

    MarkL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect, Kristen our server, and her team were exceptional!!! Thank you for a great evening with friends.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!!
  7. RF

    RobertF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dinning experiences that we have ever had. The food was amazing
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fun evening at Café Juanita. Loved everything about the night: the omnivore and pescatarian menus, the wine pairing for the pescatarian menu, the cocktails, the tartufo bianco d’Alba… and more than anything the service!
  9. L

    Lolo

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I have discovered I don't like a prefix meal. The choices for one course was radicchio or shaved beets on toast. None of the four of us liked either. And for an over $300 a person we should like our choices. To change one course was also expensive. The bread basked with five or six homemade crackers and breads was divine. You can really see the level of expertise in the baking and really the main course and other courses were beautifully executed. Still it's a place for the experience and not something to just pop in and grab a wonderful meal.
  10. PH

    PaigeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well tailored tasting menu with awesome dishes! I can’t wait to go back!
  11. E

    Eggs

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    For the most part Café Juanita is quite the experience. My fiancé and I went for our anniversary and by the end of the meal we were stuffed (more on that later) We were given a small plate of bites that originally we didn't realize was built in to the menu, only because it wasn't on the actually menu, we also got bread service with some amazing crackers, bread and butter. I guess these were "freebies". Not sure if this is the norm or they were doing something special because it was our anniversary, either way nice surprise. However with this in mind we probably wouldn't have gotten two supplement dishes just because at the end it was quite a bit of food. Nice thing though with the supplements they came in twos so the price could be cut in half for both of us. I personally loved every dish, especially the raw wagyu and risotto (I added truffles, which I'm always a sucker for). For the main my fiancé had upgraded to the Wagyu Steak which she loved however I could do without the char, I generally like a sear but this was very blackened. I had the lamb which was nice, not the best I've had but no complaints and would definitely order again. Main gripe is that this is a wine place, the spirits are on a shelf that looks like you're at a frat place and the cocktails are "meh". If you love wine, great, if you're looking for some amazing cocktails and an app or entrée, just not the place to go and I don't think that they mind that. Sticking in their lane and I appreciate that. Our server was amazing though, willing to deal with two kids who didn't have an idea what they were doing as this was one of our pricier meals and we were just having fun with the new food we loved. All in all an amazing experience. for someone who doesn't have a 1000 dollars (for 2 people) to blow there are several better options but definitely a moment that I will remember! Solid 4.75, if only they had better cocktails and a dedicated bartender would be 5.
  12. AS

    ArnelS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Juanita is my favorite restaurant in the Seattle area because the food is not only amazing but their service is top notch as well. Chef Holly Smith still serves the best Foie gras I’ve ever eaten and her tajarin with caviar is the best pasta in the state!
  13. KS

    KrutikaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Such a fantastic place to celebrate a special day! Our family had the best time and the staff were very empathetic to our 3 year old who enjoyed her pasta and sorbet! Every part of our meal was enjoyable - we had the vegetarian and pescatarian tasting menus at our table, delicious!!
  14. HW

    HungryWeGo2

    Seattle

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Most dishes were on point in focus on flavor and the creative blend of ingredients. Just one or two could be better in the taste profile. For example, the pineapple and passion fruit sauce with the panna cotta was jarringly tart for my taste. Service was excellent and attentive.
  15. Y

    Yarom

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Nice place with great service. Food was not at all as good as a few years back. A lot of super reduced heavy recipes with a lot of extra salt and parmesan everywhere. Risotto was great. The rest, not interesting. Tried both meat and fish menus. Would not go back.
  16. c

    crimsontide07

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food had really bold flavors but not being overpowering from the natural taste. it was unique. the staff were also really friendly. and it was very clean environment. the lights were also just right for the ambience. i love everything about the place.
  17. IH

    IvoryH

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner well celebrated with wonderful ambience, intimate setting, superb service and outstanding food and wine pairing. A phenomenal, top notch experience!
  18. TC

    TimC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals my partner and I have ever had together. Incredibly attentive service of perfectly prepared food, matched impeccably with the wine flight. I could not recommend it more highly.
  19. AD

    AdaD

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently amazing food and service. Perfect for any special occasion!
  20. JM

    JoMM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and ambience was great. The price was a little more than expected (like Alinea expensive)but it was a special occasion. Go with an empty tummy because the food is flavorful and hearty.
  21. G

    Golfinflyfisher

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you're on the fence....wondering if Cafe Juanita is worth the drive or worth the money... It is!!! Each course was creatively presented and the flavors were amazing! The servers were attentive and well-informed about how each course was assembled. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience! Highly recommend.
  23. BP

    BruceP

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service food and ambiance. $$$$. A once in a year experience for me. The $10 valet parking experience seemed over the top.
  24. ES

    EdwardS

    London

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! By far the best dining experience in Seattle!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    For the price I expected more from a tasting menu. There wasn’t continuity in the menu items or a basic progression. Food was average, service was slow, and the vibe wasn’t great.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was special and customized to my family.
  27. CR

    ColeR

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Juanita is my favorite Seattle area restaurant. The food is excellent and the service top notch. Relaxed unpretentious ambiance. Easily the best Italian restaurant in the PNW.
  28. p

    pokano

    Seattle

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE Cafe Juanita. We had a 5:15 reservation but got there early, so we were seated shortly after 5. There was a wall between us and the party to our left and several tables to our right were empty until just before we left, so we felt extra safe, plus the waitstaff were all wearing masks. I've often said that I would go to Cafe Juanita even if all they offered was the bread basket, which contains at least 3 types of bread and a couple of different types of crackers, all house made, and served with delicious butter. I still stand by that. Amuse bouche comes with the meal--a small bite of caviar (and for the vegetarian a perfectly sweet tomato), 30 yr aged Parmesan, and a small cracker topped by two wafer thin slices of truffle. Sublime. There are 4 tasting menus-ominivore, pescatarian, vegan, and vegetarian. My partner had the pescatarian and I had the vegetarian menu. Neither of us was disappointed. Service is completely professional and knowledgeable. The kitchen will also do their best to cater to food allergies or dietary restrictions. The restaurant is expensive, but worth every penny.
  29. BW

    BarryW

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Kristen M. was amazing, took the time to not only tell you about what the dish ingredients were and how they were per paired, she also took the time to interact with you. You felt like you were in her kitchen for dinner.
  30. CM

    CdMlocal

    Los Angeles

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Think French Laundry with a local Seattle / Kirkland approach, and you begin to understand. Wonderful, relaxing, fun, delicious, new. Enjoy.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Want to thank Nick for his incredible hospitality and warmth during our dinner. Always have such an amazing time dining with you all. Chef, you are clearly the standard for excellence.
  32. S

    Saddi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    Food was a bit overpriced. The food had quality ingredients but the blends of the flavors didn’t really impress. I felt like they could have focused more on seasonal inspirations. Not many wine options as well. Overall I was actually disappointed.
  33. JQ

    JacquelineQ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, so impressed by the entire experience- food was amazing, service incredible and atmosphere divine! Can’t wait to go back.
  34. E

    Erock

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good restaurant but in my opinion its priced a tad high for what was provided.
  35. B

    Bird

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For over 15 years this has been an outstanding place for us to celebrate special occasions, enjoying exceptional food, service and atmosphere.
  36. k

    kevin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food is not as good as expected, and some dishes do not taste good and do not look creative. The environment is noisy and parking is compulsory valet. It does not deserve the price compared with other similar restaurant. It requires to show the vaccination card and the waiter recorded the personal information including the official name in his computer. Not sure why it is necessary. Not recommended.
  37. Z

    Zkn22

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

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

    BaiNJ

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    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.
  39. AK

    AlbertK

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great tasting menu. We got the foie gras and the pasta specials. Foie gras was out of the world good. Pasta was also good Their desserts and chocolate at the end is so yum

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

FAQs

Cafe Juanita is rated 4.9 stars by 3085 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 15 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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