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Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

Cafe Juanita

4.8
4.8
3018 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 16 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 3,018 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

    Best Ambiance

  • Eastside

    Fit for Foodies

  • Eastside

    Healthy

  • Eastside

    Notable Wine List

  • Eastside

    Special Occasion

  • Eastside

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We kicked off our anniversary month with dinner at Cafe Juanita. The dinner was superb. The wine pairing is definitely the way to go, and if on a warm evening be sure to request sit outside on the patio. Joshua was our waiter and he provided amazing service. Highly recommend.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still my all time favorite. If you’ve been here before, then you know what I’m saying. If you haven’t been here, time to get the reservation booked!
  3. r

    raj77

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service - as expected. Our waiter/sommelier was superb.
  4. AB

    AndreaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A most incredibly exquisite experience in dining.
  5. R

    Richard

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Had the tasting menu without wine paring. The service was great, very prompt and polite. My feedback concerning the server is regarding how quickly the dishes were described. A single menu with the description of the dishes would have been very nice to allow us to review what we were supposed to be eating. The courses came out pretty quickly, especially at the end of the service. Overall the dishes were good, there was one that was particularly bland, the pasta tasted like it needed more salt or to be boiled in salted water. For the price of this menu, I would not return or recommend this to friends. The best part of the meal were the bread course and the panna cotta. The bread with smoked sea salt was very delicious and the panna cotta was excellent. Other than that the dishes were of high quality but (as stated earlier) lacked a little seasoning.
  6. SH

    StephanieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can i give this more stars than 5?! What a wonderful experience! Yes, a bit pricey for the average joe, but worth every penny. Please give it a chance, because it is worth it. The food, amazing, the service, impeccable, the atmosphere, beautiful. Need i say more!?
  7. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very much enjoyed the dinner and atmosphere. All around great experience.
  8. EM

    EdMenace

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Holly is one of the great chefs of the region, mixing regional ingredients in complex and interesting ways, to result in an amazing savory-oriented experience. Great wine list also, managed by Alexandra. Great staff, very coherent and bought into the vision of an excellent customer focused experience. I brought a group from Manhattan, potentially difficult to please with high expectations… and they were blown away. Overall an amazing time, I missed this place!
  9. TH

    TomH1

    Seattle

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful dining experience to celebrate my wife’s birthday. From the moment we entered and she was greeted with Happy Birthday to the final chocolate course it was perfection of exceptional cuisine and amazing service. Each small plate was a taste adventure. My martini was properly stirred and the Sommelier’s choice for an Italian wine to accompany our meal was perfect. Not inexpensive, but worth it.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    For the price, it was a bit underwhelming.
  11. l

    louiseg

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The service and the food were high level. Our expectations were exceeded!
  12. PB

    PBSn

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hardly a missed note in the 5 course tasting menus my dining and companion and I had. Well balanced menus with interesting ingredients and preparations, and flawless presentation. The oil-poached halibut filet was amazing! Servers were attentive and knowledgeable. Portion sizes were appropriate -- large enough to savor the flavors, but small enough that you can get to the end without feeling like you've over done it too much! Worth the wait to get a reservation and the expense.
  13. p

    pegg

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So many great reviews for the amazing food, personal staff and an experience like no other. A great place to celebrate our 40th anniversary
  14. P

    Peggy

    Seattle

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I love Cafe Juanita. They have been our go-to place for special occasions for a startling 30 years. And they virtually never miss a beat. So when a reliable "10" trips in even a small way, the rarity of it stands out. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. Rather than our usual impeccable experience, with phenomenal, creative food, knowledgable and personable service, and welcoming ambiance, we experienced two small hiccups. Neither was major but given Cafe Juanita's prices reflect their reliable perfection, I feel the need to mention them. The first: the main course, a lovely halibut dish, was lukewarm. Not cold. Just not hot. We probably should have sent it back. But it was so unexpected it didn't cross our minds until it was too late. The second item: while it wasn't on the menu, our waiter, the fabulous Christine, offered us a lemon gelato as a desert option. A bit later, she came back saying they couldn't find it and suggested vanilla gelato in its place. It happened fast and we trusted her suggestion. The desert just didn't have the creative touch that characterizes virtually every dish we've ever had at Cafe Juanita. Fortunately, we also had the spectacular panne cotta that is a specialty of the house. Since I'm being picky, I'll mention the near gripe that was averted. We arrived early and were the first to be seated in the back room. It was freezing! I said something about it and Christine put a cover over the vent. Within minutes, the room temperature was fine. With my nits named, Cafe Juanita remains my favorite place. My conclusion: Even a "10" gets to be slightly off its game occasionally. We'll be back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience as always! The service and food are both impeccable.
  16. H

    Hareesh

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an amazing place those rare special occasions
  17. SS

    StevenS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily one of the (reliably) best restaurants in the Seattle metro area, though you pay for it. Dynamic and varied tasting menus that cater to multiple dietary traditions. Attentive but not overbearing service. Balanced and diverse cocktails. And perfect pacing (the kind where you don't notice it - things just show up right when they should). The space is also well done (you can see outside and you can see the kitchen).
  18. AH

    AdrianH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, it was awesome!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfection. The food is amazing, the wine list is incredible, the staff is charming. 10/10
  20. S

    Slownomad

    Seattle

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Tasting Menus were wonderful and every course was delicious and beautiful. Standouts were the Papa Pomodoro cold tomato soup, the foie gras, and, as ever, the risotto.
  21. s

    somc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great service, the waiter was so patient and explained every dish perfectly. we had the wine paring with each course, it was a bit pricey but the flavors were phenomenal
  22. j

    jamesa

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great. Good to mention a La carte options at start.
  23. S

    Shen

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food taste too salty. Both me and my wife had to eat lots of bread to avoid hunger. Some dishes taste amazing.
  24. 2

    2dine

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible tasting menu. Good and service were superb. The waitstaff was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine pairings. Excellent experience.
  25. JG

    JoeG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing thing to me about this fine dining establishment is how consistently excellent it is in all categories: service, food preparation, and wine pairings. Our dining experience last night was nothing short of incredible; the food was exquisite and the wine pairings divine. The service from the wait staff, the sommelier, and the hostess was impeccable. If you want an amazing night out with attention to detail and service that makes you feel like you're being pampered, there's no better place than here.....kudos to Holly and her staff for setting a high bar and always exceeding it.
  26. LL

    LilianaL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will definitely come back! Totally good foods and services.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Excellent service and ambience but our food was disappointing, especially considering the price point. Hamachi appetizer was too salty. Salmon was cooked properly but served in a sauce that resembled mayonnaise. Iberico pork entree was forgettable. Worst of all, I was hungry when I got home, which is really unforgivable in my book after spending $350 per person. Sad because it was our first time back in years. Loved this restaurant pre-COVID and hope they consider going back to their original non-tasting menu.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It’s was an overall great experience! Make sure you book it for your next special occasion.
  29. BK

    BruceK

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative, outstanding, tasting menu. Additional "supplemental" choices that can either substitute or add to what would otherwise be a fixed menu enhance the menu and provide potential choices for the diner that one does not typically have. Excellent service and ambience. Excellent wine list and sommelier to guide you if help is needed. Can't wait to have an excuse to return!
  30. EF

    EdFry

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food never disappoints! The service was attentive yet positively but invisible! Each course built up the next with complex flavors. Mouthwatering at each bite. Fantastic place to go if you have gluten allergies as they have refined their craft to offer high level food that is also gluten free! Will come back soon!
  31. JF

    JasonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was an absolutely incredible meal. My wife and I have loved Cafe Juanita in the past and since its move to a prix fixe menu, it has jumped up exponentially. That's high praise since it was already one of our favorite places to eat. Some of the dishes are rooted in the old menu but reimagined and heightened. For example, we added the foie gras as a supplement. The root notes of rhubarb, cacao nib, and cippolini are still there, but wow- this dish is now a knockout. They are still making their parmesan brodo, but the sous vide egg yolk with shaved truffles it was garnished with was divine. All of the dishes were incredible and left us with such a high after dining. I only dinged them 1 star on service because my wife and I don't drink and I specified no alcohol in the reservation. When we arrived, they explained there were non-alcoholic options on the first page of the wine list; the only ones I found were San Pelegrino, Mexican Coke/Sprite, and Dry Soda. If there was a section of alcohol free cocktails, I didn't see them. The mignardise were a couple of different chocolates with a sidecar of macerated fig- one of the selections was a chocolate with bourbon and the figs were macerated with alcohol (might have been calvados). Our server caught it as he was explaining the dish to us. He ended up bringing out another chocolate for us that was non-alcoholic. Were we upset? Not at all. Do I expect a little more for non-drinkers in 2022? Absolutely. I think we can do a non-alcoholic menu that is robust and isn't attached to a 10 page alcohol menu. Again, this is a very niche complaint and I understand that, but I think the age of welcoming non-drinkers into the menu is here. Final word- this is now a serious destination spot that serious foodies will need to experience!
  32. CM

    CarenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was exceptional as usual. Really enjoyed the new tasting menu.
  33. B

    Barney

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with the vegetarian tasting menu. We savored each delicious dish and would not be able to select a favorite. Carly our server was personable and knowledgeable. Chef Holly came to the table and shared the origins of many of the ingredients we had enjoyed. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
  34. YA

    YoukoA

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service but just for the rare special occasion.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

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

    SeattleMaisie

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    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.
  37. KO

    KevinO

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    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".
  38. S

    Schaah

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    9 year wedding anniversary - staff very professional and discreet. Food is amazing, pace of courses well balanced. Menu options is great from omnivore to vegan. Discovered a new white wine - great way to celebrate Love thank you Café Juanita!
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 3018 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 16 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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