Brad's Swingside Cafe

Food & Drink
4212 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103 4212 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
83% of 83 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Italian, American, Traditional, Greek
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Italian, American, Traditional, Greek
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • Kids Menu
    Yes
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Tips

27 Tips
Report | 2 years ago
Get the Aolilio it is amazing!
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Report | 2 years ago
Try the burgers
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Report | 4 years ago
back room is fine - but work on the funky smells back there.
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Report | 4 years ago
Waitress wasn't very helpful when it came to choosing a wine. She admitted she wasn't very knowledgable but didn't offer to ask someone who might be.
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Report | 4 years ago
Yummy!
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Report | 4 years ago
Excellent food
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Report | 4 years ago
Awesome
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Report | 4 years ago
Even though it's a cute little restaurant, the food is not great and the prices are too high for the quality of dishes it has on the menu.
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Report | 4 years ago
Food very ordinary. I had a salad with everything init. And I mean everything: no decisions made on including and excluding. Pasta was nothing special. Prices are high for quality. I have been here in the past years and enjoyed good food,service and reasonable prices( not looking for cheap, just reasonable for quality). I have another Groupon that I will not use.
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Report | 5 years ago
I love the feel of the place. We were treated as if we were old long-time friends. Very well taken care of and the food is amazing!!!
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From Our Editors

Brad’s Swingside Cafe: A User’s Guide

Cozy Italian Trattoria | Aglio Olio | Local, Organic, Seasonal Food | Beloved Chef-Owner

Sample Menu

  • Salad: the Carlton—mixed seasonal greens topped with assorted vegetables, goat cheese, and roasted ground hazelnuts
  • Pasta: Aglio Olio—linguine tossed in a sauce with garlic, chili peppers, anchovies, and spices. It’s the dish "that made the Swingside famous."
  • Pasta entrata: wild-boar-and-venison bolognese, slowly simmered with chopped fennel root, and imported tomatoes, all served atop farfalle pasta

Who's Cooking? Brad Inserra. He founded Swingside in 1990 and has lived in its kitchen ever since. Just kidding. But he does spend about 70 hours per week in the kitchen and lives in the house right upstairs.

The Vibe: Homey, cozy, and a bit rustic. A bunch of knickknacks and pictures line wood-paneled walls, and room for 50 diners means visits are always intimate.

Inside Tips

  • Brad is legally blind, which makes the food he produces all the more incredible. Just don't be offended if he doesn't recognize you—he can't wear his glasses in the kitchen since they get all steamy.
  • Gluten-free diners: call ahead before your visit to hear about the gluten-free dishes that will be served that night.

Vocab Lesson
Bolognese: an Italian meat sauce, typically made from onion, celery, carrots, wine, tomatoes, and meat, such as beef or pork.

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