Plum Bistro

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    ( 84 reviews )
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1429 12th Ave (at Capitol Hill), Seattle, Washington, USA, 98122

From the owners of Hillside Quickies, Plum's menu features changing menu of salads, main entrees, sandwiches, burgers, sweet potato fries with Southern and Caribbean influence. Offers Sunday brunch. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat 10:00am-10:30pm, Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Caribbean, Southern

84 Reviews

First Review by Soules

Pricey and poor service - Edit

We thought we'd treat ourselves to this place, as it was relatively expensive but had good reviews. It was such a disappointment! Having arrived a good half hour before last orders, we had outrageously poor service - the rude wait staff rushed us through the meal and even started the end-of-the-night clean up before we'd had our meal served (stacking chairs and everything!). The food was average quality - fairly uninspiring vegan food with not much flavour. It represented very poor value overall, but it was the bad service that made the experience completely disappointing. Maybe it would have been different earlier in the day...

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Wonderful Southern Breakfast - Edit

We came here for brunch, and I think we all ordered the Southern Slam. Biscuits and gravy were amazing. Service was very slow, so don't go here if you are in any kind of hurry. Our server was very nice, but it took a long time just to get our mimosas, and much longer to get our food.

Pros: Excellent food, and everything is vegan.

Cons: Slow

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The best! - Edit

I am from NYC and was visiting Seattle for a few days. I saw that this place had amazing reviews and I knew I had to check it out. I had the tempeh vermouth and it is simply one of the best things I've ever eaten. I had the coconut cheesecake for dessert and I was basically licking the plate. The ambience is very cute and chic as well, and service was fast and friendly. I've been to countless vegan restaurants and this is definitely in my top few. I am going to go again when I am in Seattle! I am super jealous of the people who live close to this amazing gem.

Pros: Drink selection, Ambience , Unique food selection

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Decent food but way overpriced. Crappy service. - Edit

Just had dinner here with my partner. We got the mac n cheese, sautéed maitake, the portobello burger, and the almond peach galette for dessert. Food was decent for the most part, although I didn't find the "famous" mac n cheese all that impressive. Dessert was a huge letdown. It was too thin, almost crustless, and looked nothing remotely like a galette. The execution was downright sloppy. Even the ice cream on top was bad; it was icy and crunchy. If you came to me with this thing, I wouldn't even know what to call it, let alone pay $14 for it.

Prices were way too high. We didn't even order drinks and paid $76 for our meal. That $14 lousy dessert aside, the two apps were $12–14 each. The burger at $18 suddenly seemed like a great deal. Oh, they also put a mandatory 20% service charge on all bills. This together with the 10% sales tax mean everything you see on the menu actually costs 30% more, which is absolutely ridiculous!

Had the service been excellent, I wouldn't have minded the 20% charge all that much. But our waiter was cold and brusque. It was like pulling teeth to get a word out of her. I asked what one dish was like, she basically read out the written description matter-of-factly as if I couldn't read. From what I saw, the other waiter seemed much friendlier, more talkative and personal, so YMMV on this.

All in all, food was pretty good but prices were overblown at the outset even before the 30% surcharge. Service left much to be desired. Cheaper and better eats abound in this city. Don't waste your time and money here.

Cons: way overpriced, subpar service

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Nice place and friendly staff! - Edit

I would love to get back here and try some other items. I ordered mostly off the happy hour menu the Seitan fingers and sautéed Maitake mushrooms were fine but underwhelming the tacos were amazing would love to try more entrees

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perfect nice vegan dinner - Edit

The photos don't do this restaurant justice. It's really nice, moderately expensive, elegant but still hip and casual enough. You could wear pretty much anything and fit right in. Really gorgeous and awesome dining area in an apparent refurbished warehouse all wooden with totally open storefront . And... the food is very very excellent foodie level food! This has to be the nicest restaurant in town! (?)

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amazing food and lovely atmosphere! - Edit

My husband and I absolutely loved this restaurant! We had the sautéed maitake mushrooms and Mac 'n' yease for apps - which were both outstanding! He had the Cuban black beauty and I ordered the grilled pesto tofu with purple potatoes. The server mistakenly brought the tempeh vermouth, so we did not want to waste and took that entree. It turned out to be the favorite dish of the night :)

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Classy Bistro - Edit

The food is high quality. I got a veggie pizza and the vegetables on top were cooked perfectly. It's a little pricey for me but it's so good that it is worth it every once in a while.

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My fave Vegan restaurant in Seattle - Edit

I love Plum Bistro! It is my go to recommendation for any fellow vegan new to town or just visiting. They have delicious food, and best of all they do brunch on both Saturday and Sunday! I always have such a hard time deciding what I want becasue everything is delicious. However, my favorite brunch item is the bottomless cup of Stumptown coffee and the Southern Slam; panko crusted seitan, biscuits and gravy, grits and collard greens. (seriously drooling thinking about it.) The happy hour is also great, if you can find a seat in the bar. It's a great time to go if you're indecisive, the portions are smaller so you can have a little bit of everything.

Pros: Brunch, Happy Hour, Delicious food

Cons: limited seating

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Trendy, cozy, amazing food - Edit

Brunch as it should be! :-)

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yum yum - Edit

Quaint little bistro with really upscale and delicious food. It was a busy lunch and the service was fantastic! I will be back!!!

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Tasty - Edit

I ordered a quiche for lunch and it was really tasty but a smallish serve. My partner had a wrap. He really enjoyed it too. Service was good and the ambiance was nice. It was in a great area too!

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Amazing vegan spot! - Edit

I loved Plum Bistro! I had bought a Groupon for the restaurant a very long time ago and never used it, so it expired. So I decided to just go solo and use what the value of it was (25$) because it was enough for one person. I ordered an Orcas Island Iced Chai tea, the chipotle avocado sandwich, and the rosemary fries with dill aioli. OH MY GOSH it was ALL so incredibly good! Like others have said, there's so much to choose from so I just picked something off the menu and was extremely pleased. Although I loved everything, I have to say my favorite parts of the meal were the dill aioli and the chai tea! They also serve you water with orange and cucumber in it which was a pleasant combination that I've shamelessly been drinking ever since my visit. Depending on what you order it can be pricey. With a drink order, entree, and appetizer and it put me right at 25$.

Pros: Excellent food, Great atmosphere, Friendly staff

Cons: Somewhat pricey

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Small, Loud, Busy, & Totally Worth It - Edit

I'm not a fan of loud & crowded places to eat, so was a little apprehensive when friends took me to Plum on a Saturday evening & I saw that the small space was heaving with people.

We were told that only large parties should book tables, so it was disconcerting to arrive & be told we had an hour's wait. If my hosts hadn't eaten there before & been so enthusiastic, I would have left & gone elsewhere, probably never to return. Luckily, they convinced me that it was worth the wait. They were right.

Though a little cramped & rather noisy, the atmosphere was friendly & relaxed. The menu was overwhelming - making a choice from such a wide selection of dishes was nearly impossible. It was a case of just picking something & turning the menu over to prevent further shilly-shallying.

The food came surprisingly quickly & was superb. All our dishes were beautifully presented & incredibly tasty. Who knew that the good old veggie lasagne could taste so heavenly?

This isn't a disability-friendly place, which is a shame. The loo is outside the restaurant on a shared area of the building down a steep flight of steps & requires a passcode.

Takeaway is available.

Pros: Gorgeous food, Friendly, helpful staff, Takeaway is available

Cons: Not wheelchair/disability friendly, Lack of reservations means long waits

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Gourmet Vegan Fare - Edit

Plum Bistro is fantastic. Gourmet vegan food that will please every palate. The following is highly recommended: Cuban tofu, veggie pizza, purple potato taquitos, Caesar salad, mushroom french dip.

Pros: So many great choices.

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Best breakfast! - Edit

Their blueberry pancakes are delicious and so are the waffles!! I was not in favor for the eggs Benedict very salty. But another favorite of mine is the Mac and cheese! So good! The staff is nice but doesn't really come to the table a lot kind of have to wave them down.

Pros: good food, clean

Cons: pricey, slow service

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Favorite Seattle spot! - Edit

I went here for dinner on my own, and it was absolutely wonderful.

The food was delicious - starter and main, and my server was supernice and attentive.

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Oh yeah! - Edit

Order the Mac and "yeast", is the best one I ever had. Enjoy!

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Amazing and Delicious! - Edit

This place accommodated my food allergies so politely. Even with changes in the menu, they were friendly, and delicious!

Pros: Nice ambience, Tasty food, Filling and Good option

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love it - Edit

nice place and super yummy! i just love the mama africa salad

Pros: all vegan

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Great food! - Edit

Great food and great drinks! Service is not the greatest but the food makes up for it

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Elegant and Yum! - Edit

Went without reservations on a weekend night and were VERY lucky to grab last two stools at the bar. Ordered a few appetizers and were really impressed. The Max and Yeaze was the best vegan dish I have had in a restaurant, to date. It is super decadent. My boyfriend couldn't get enough of it. Sauteed mushrooms were really good too. The avocado roll was a little uninspired compared to the rest. The rest of the menu looked great and we will be back (with reservations).

Pros: creative menu, willing to modify (no salt), excellent food

Cons: long wait without reservations

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Great for Brunch - Edit

This is the in place for a weekend brunch. Busy, but worth the wait. A bit on the expensive side, and the management/servers are not as friendly as I prefer, but still an enjoyable treat.

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amazing! - Edit

Great service & amazing food. We started with the mac & cheese, cauliflower bites & the broccolini and wanted more than 1 serving of all of them. We also had the veggie monster pizza which was one of the best vegan pizzas I've ever had! They make daiya cheese taste like heaven, & have gluten free options for everything! 10/10.

Pros: amazing food , friendly service , gluten free/oil free options

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Really Terrible Lunch - Edit

First let me say the server was very nice. The lunch however was awful. I ordered the humus sandwich and the humus had gone bad, which rendered the whole sandwich inedible. Any restaurant should know better than to serve items that have gone rancid. I didn't bother saying anything because I lost my appetite and was disgusted that the people preparing the food don't know enough to either rotate or know when something has been sitting too long. I wouldn't give this place any "cows", but this option not available.

Pros: Nice server

Cons: Food terrible

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Good food and good service! - Edit

Nice atmosphere as well, near Seattle University and in a cool area. Food was very good, I will be back next time I'm in Seattle!

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great lunch - Edit

Good service! Great food! My hubby enjoyed the burrito. The sauces were amazing!! I had the Ruben sandwich, I would add more sauerkraut:( We splits bowl of great(but salty) French onion soup. We also split the brownies and ice cream! Yummm

Pros: service was great, all vegan

Cons: parking

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