Food Porn: Restaurant Zoe

Restaurant Zoe. Photo by Michael Lee.

Restaurant Zoe offers contemporary and seasonal cuisine.

In this edition of Food Porn, we feature Restaurant Zoe, which relocated this past Spring from its original Belltown location to Capitol Hill. The restaurant has a refined rustic feel with a menu of carefully sourced, Northwest-focused cuisine. With a reputation as a special-occasion place, this new location is still a wonderfully elegant, but familiar experience.

Restaurant Zoe.’s Roasted Padron Peppers Photo by Michael Lee.

Chef de Cuisine, James Sherrill, has created a menu offering a selection of small plates, large plates, and a five-course tasting menu. His dishes are created with a keen attention to detail and a complex layering of flavors. Pastry chef Andrea Terrenzio creates a well-rounded dessert menu, including Cheescake Macarons, a perfectly sweet bite to finish the meal and melt-in-your-mouth Apple Cider Caramels.

Corn Soup with diced smoked scallop and a pumpkin seed pistou is a creamy and delicate bowl of fall comfort. A pristine Painted Hills Steak Tartare served with stubby, crisp cornichons and a rush of housemade chips cut from fingerling potatoes was terrific, as was a gorgeously oiled salad of fleshy, split radishes and white anchovies. Roasted Padron Peppers are mostly mild and sweet, but if you get a spicy one, it supposedly means good luck.

Their house specialties include the Spicy Wild Boar Bolognese, which is cooked just right in a hearty sauce with wide housemade arugula pappardelle and the addictive Ricotta Gnudi, reminiscent of a gnocchi, with acorn squash puree, balsamic onions, and pancetta.

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Photos by Michael Lee.

Owners Heather and Scott Staples, who also own Quinn’s Pub and Uneeda Burger in Fremont have created an urban bistro atmosphere in the new space. The restaurant is divided into two sections — an enclosed patio with oodles of bright natural lighting to the left and a classic dining room with dark wooden tables, dramatic ceilings, and a tall window to the right.

Creative cocktails and mocktails, thoughtfully compiled Euro-American wine and beer lists. Sunday through Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 pm features Oyster Hour, where Oysters on the Half Shell with a Buttermilk Horseradish Granita is offered for $1/each and Mussels and Pommes Frites paired with a smokey Fresno Pepper Rouille for $10.

Dinner is served 5:00-10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 5:00-11:00 pm Friday and Saturday evenings. With a spacious feel, delicious and beautifully plated food, and flawless and friendly service, Restaurant Zoe is a fabulous place for a date or just a casual and simple, yet refined meal. 

Restaurant Zoe    |    1318 East Union St., Seattle   |   (206) 256 – 2060