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Candle Cafe West
Posted by Sharon & Mary from Seattle on 04/03/2013
Love them. When we go to NY we have eaten at their comfortable cozy Candle Cafe on the Upper Eastside. We have eaten at their more formal restaurant, Candle 79. Candle Cafe West is the culinary experience between Candle 79 & Candle Cafe on Upper Eastside. We were here for our 29th anniversary, had reservations and was seated in one of the more private sections. I like to think of us as high quality with no tolerance of pretentiousness. We felt welcomed and the people who work there are focused, sweet and efficient. My sweetheart stated she wanted to quit her profession and work here at Candle West. Seriously we are considering relocating to NY because of the Amazing Vegan restaurants and consciousness. We had the Chimichura skewers. OMG!!! At home I have made a version of this and oh I tell you, the lime sauce, the grilled seitan is REASON ENOUGH TO LIVEIN NY! The cajun seitan sandwich was savory satisfying and Delish. I had the special which had mushroom gravy cauliflower mashers kale and marinated grilled seitan dish. Oh FABULOUS. Their Candle Colada refreshingly tingles beverage. Excellent coffee. BTW the five full days we were in NY we ate here Three of those days including our family came for Easter dinner here and they all enjoyed it. I would love it if they would open up an experience here in Seattle. Go Eat and Enjoy!
Posted by Giorqi on 03/10/2013
We were so happy when we heard there was a Candle outpost coming to the west side, as we've been fans of the east side branches for years. The food is almost as good as the E79th St. Branch, but the overly solicitous service can be a buzzkill. It's the sort of place where the hostess has attitude, and will harumph that you don't have a reservation when you come in at 5:30p to an empty restaurant. Irritating, to say the least. But we continue to go, though not as often as we would if the service was more laid back.
Posted by sandra on 07/27/2012
Perhaps in response to the critical review Candle has added several good, affordable wines to the menu. I tried them out the other night and learned from Cynthia the sommeller, that they have corrected the problem. They will continue to offer a variety of wines all vegan .
Posted by cornelia on 07/15/2012
My friends and I none of us vegetarians nor vegans ate here several times from the day they opened, and were thrilled with the food. Since opening their wine selection has been totally inconsistent, meaning that rather than always offer one or two affordable wines like when they first opened, 9.00 a glass and 35.00 for the bottle, every few days they change the wine menu and often have only expensive wines listed. As a person who eats out every night it is unacceptable, no restaurant does this. I have spoken to staff on several occasions and told they think it's important to keep making changes. This is true for the food menu and perhaps the kinds of wines, but you always have to have a range from low end up. Until this is corrected unfortunately we won't return for the wonderful meals we had.
Posted by lucia on 04/21/2012
We stopped in for an early dinner the other week after a friend (a non-vegan) raved about the food. Candle did not disappoint! The Indian plate, a special that evening, was nicely spiced and flavorful. Our waitress was very accommodating and efficient. We had an A+ first dining experience. (As of now, you can also order food for pick-up, but the restaurant does not deliver. Perhaps that will change in the future; it will be a great help to those of us who come home too late and tired!)
Posted by Nellie on 04/13/2012
I have been trekking over to the East Side for years for this delightful Candle Cafe fare! This is a great new addition to the Vegan offerings on the UWS. If you are familiar with Candle Cafe and Candle 79 think of this as the perfect love child of both restaurants with the atmosphere of candle 79 with the menu and pricing of Candle Cafe. The only thing that was missing was the daily specials, but I'm sure that will come once they have their footing in the new location.