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Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

Cafe Juanita

4.8
4.8
2990 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

10:00 PM


Booked 18 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.

What 2,990 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Italian

  • Eastside

    Best Overall

  • Eastside

    Best Food

  • Eastside

    Best Service

  • Eastside

    Fit for Foodies

  • Eastside

    Healthy

  • Eastside

    Notable Wine List

  • Eastside

    Special Occasion

  • Eastside

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing. A truly special dining experience.
  2. SM

    SeattleMaisie

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is creative and tantalizing. Our waitress met all our needs. She was flexible about switching courses between 2 menus and sharing a wine flight between us. The hostess sat us in a quiet room that met our hearing limitations. Our favorite selection was the tuna starter, but we enjoyed everything, and the pace of service was perfect.
  3. KO

    KevinO

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    For the price, thre could have been more substance to the tasting menu and the tables spread out a bit more. The dishes ranged from good to very good, but nothing was a "wow".
  4. LG

    LaurieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Juanita is a gustatory experience- from the service to each bite of food. There is a tasting menu for all foodies- vegetarians, pescatarians, vegans, and omnivores. It is expensive so we waited for a very special occasion.
  5. r

    rubypie

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the most memorable dining experiences I have ever had. Every employee was spot on with service is a manner that is friendly and knowledgeable. They create the experience along with the food. Simply amazing. Beautiful restaurant and ambience too. Our lead server was Oscar and he was a joy. I let him choose my glass of white wine and it was perfection. What a treat.
  6. SM

    StirlingM

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food. I wouldn’t choose the wine pairing next time as it seemed like they were going for unique rather than for great pairings. But the food was top notch.
  7. LJ

    LewJ

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, interesting wine pairings, the perfect date night restaurant. No detail was overlooked. Highly recommend.
  8. SB

    SusanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we entered to the time we left we were pampered and pleased! Service outstanding, food incredible, and ambiance soothing, relaxed but not 'stuffy' at all.
  9. SR

    SudarsanR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Booked an anniversary dinner here for me and the wife. The tasting menu was brilliant. We liked every single item and left completely satisfied.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience here was amazing- the service, ambiance, and our meal - we are so happy we came to Cafe Juanita to celebrate my fiancé’s birthday. The tasting menus offer guests many options to choose from and the wine list is extensive with so many wonderful options. I love that they offer other options to substitute a specific course within a tasting menu. The sommelier was very helpful and knowledgeable. Our server Oscar and service staff, John, were exceptional.
  11. DO

    DavidO

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were pretty much everything you would expect from a restaurant in this class.
  12. SA

    StaceyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    All the food was good but quite pricey for what it was, we didn’t like our cocktails but we liked most dishes but they did feel overly rich and lacking in acid. The petit fours were not to my liking at the end they tasted like dots gummy candies.
  13. FR

    FrankR

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff prepared and served a great meal. Enjoyed the quiet woodsy atmosphere.
  14. T

    Theo

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Food has been innovative and delicious
  15. AD

    AdaD

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite special occasion restaurant on the Eastside. The food is consistently high quality, fresh and seasonal. And the experience is elevated by the friendly and attentive staff.
  16. b

    bobkins

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Fantastic service, but we felt the food was not innovative relative to the cost/hype. Many redundant flavors occuring throughout the menu.
  17. RC

    ReturningCustomer

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for our wedding anniversary. The food was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner. Great experience. Everything was full of taste and interesting. Sommelier was terrific. Highly recommend for a special occasion.
  19. K

    Kristin

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing & unique food & wine experience. Take your time and savor every bite, and sip.
  20. BL

    BrianL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit in three years. It was everything we had hoped for. Exceptional food, exceptional service.
  21. SW

    StevenW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! True special, even if extravagant, occasion meal to be had by everyone.
  22. A

    Abnabn

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night done to perfection. Great service - food- everything!
  23. SB

    StephaneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think that’s the best fine dining restaurant you can find on the eastside. And I even prefer it to Canlis. Very tasty food cook to perfection. I asked for the lamb to be cooked rare + and it was perfect. I took the omnivore menu with seared fois gras supplement. Could deserve a Michelin star.
  24. P

    Prentice

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply phenomenal creativity in cuisine. Outstanding service. Perfect wine selection. Understated unpretentious yet perfect in every way
  25. JL

    JamesL

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    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.
  26. MV

    MarcyV

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed birthday dinner celebration with my daughter. Special occasion; good food and service.
  27. AW

    AndreaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re foodies, and we loved to it. Excellent food, can’t wait to go back for our anniversary.
  28. K

    Kimm

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    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.
  29. B

    Barbara

    Seattle

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    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.
  30. GD

    GeorgeD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great and friendly service. Doesn’t get much better than this!
  31. 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.
  32. 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
  33. 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!
  34. I

    Impressive

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing night for a special occasion. Magnificent food with incredible imagination of flavors and presentation.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. DB

    DBarker

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and every server we encountered was friendly, helpful and fun to interact with.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 4.8 stars by 2990 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 18 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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