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Brave Horse Tavern

Gastropub, Bar, and American Restaurant$$$$
South Lake Union, Seattle
  • Lucas K.
    "Shuffle board is a must!"(7 Tips)
    Crown Social Media Agency
    "Favorite Tom Douglas restaurant outside"(4 Tips)
    Elizabeth C.
    "Pretzel with peanut butter & bacon is always the right answer!"(44 Tips)
    Matt F.
    "Try the pretzel with the smoked peanut butter and bacon"(3 Tips)
158 Tips and reviews
  • pretzels
  • burgers
  • beer
  • tom douglas
  • happy hour
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  • Abdul H.
    Abdul HakkimDecember 31, 2013
    The outdoor patio is great, but if you prefer to be inside, there’s a huge skylight over the bar that fills the dining room with sunlight. There are plenty of great beers on tap.- © 2013 BuzzFeed, Inc
  • Drew M.
    Drew MilamOctober 29, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Great 2 pretzels and all the sauces! Good rotating beer selection from the northwest and beyond. Open, family-style seating with bar games and TVs.
  • Trevin C.
    Trevin ChowJanuary 7, 2013
    The brick oven pretzel has been recommended by the Chewsy community, Seattle Weekly, The Seattle Times and Seattle magazine. Intrigued? Click through to read their reviews:
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HoyosJuly 17, 2014
    Had a smoked ham sandwich special with pickles and BBQ - one of the best sandwiches I've had in a long time. Good beer menu, fries and curds were also good (almost WI quality curds😊)
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 4, 2011
    Brave Horse offers a well-curated list of local beers, amazing pretzels & impressive bar food. Check out the full calendar of special beer dinners and other events. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RodriguezJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I go here for lunch and just get the pretzel. They come out pretty fast, so it's convenient to just stop here quickly. Most of the other items on the menu take much longer, so plan more time.
  • Aena F.
    Aena FalcettiMay 5, 2013
    Sat by the dart boards in the back corner. Live listening to the revelry and cheers surrounding the shuffleboards. Burger was delish and get the Silver City Rootbeer if you are DD!! Yummy!
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreMay 18, 2011
    Yeehaw! Seattle has a new Texas-style bar in "Allentown" or South Lake Union corridor. Saloon-themed bar beckons near new tech offices. Gluten-free options limited to salads, slaw and Redbridge beer. Read more
  • Robert R.
    Robert RadichNovember 25, 2016
    My favorite place for drinks in South Lake Union. Plenty of free parking, reasonably priced drinks for premium micros, and they got darts!
  • Emily R.
    Emily RaderNovember 17, 2012
    Although you definitely get your money's worth with extras on the burgers, look out-- whether the black bean or beef patty, they fall apart in your hands.
  • Annie L.
    Annie LeeJune 11, 2011
    Gets really packed on Friday afternoon with happy hour-ers. If at capacity, they will not let people in unless more people leave. Avoid busy times and enjoy amazing burgers!
  • Erica G.
    Erica GametAugust 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The ham and cheese on pretzel bread is amazing! Fries are $3.50 extra and they don't offer free refills on soft drinks!
  • Elizabeth C.
    Elizabeth CaseOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretzel with peanut butter & bacon is always the right answer! Awesome beer selection too-when in doubt go with the bravehorse ale!
  • Yatharth G.
    Yatharth GuptaDecember 21, 2012
    Keep it simple with Beer & Fresh pretzels ... If you order a burger, remember to add the trimmings - they are not included by default :)
  • Chewsy
    ChewsySeptember 10, 2013
    Try the Brick Over Pretzel, it's recommended by the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly and Seattle Magazine. Can't go wrong! Read more
  • Kirk D.
    Kirk DangerSeptember 14, 2014
    The burgers are king don't forget to sprinkle you're fries with unicorn garlic. And the service is impeccable. Coming back for sure.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CaloMarch 26, 2012
    The house-cured smoked ham is the best pork sandwich I've had in a long time. The pretzel bun really makes it.
  • Kirk R.
    Kirk RappeMarch 5, 2015
    The deep fried cheese curds are pretty darn close to those you find in Wisconsin. Authentic batter-fried and all!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BelloFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Weeknights after the work shift this place is slammed with Amazoners. It's surprisingly not packed on my weekends. Also, put the low-carb diet on hold for a night and have a pretzel already.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RagleJuly 24, 2011
    Order the burger straight up and put some cheese on it. Mine came with too much lettuce, in a tight thick chunk, and it caused the onions to spill out an I could not enjoy them with the burger.
  • Ashley
    AshleyOctober 27, 2013
    Pretzels are great, but be prepared to share a table with people. Sat by two girls that said "like" waaaayyyy too much.
  • David N.
    David NguyenJuly 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times's favorite spot in Seattle for a burger. Beef chunk, applewood smoked bacon all on a brioche bun.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CamargoJuly 13, 2015
    An excellent burger. Great for lunch, and not too much food. Very tidy, very tasty.
  • Crown Social Media Agency
    Favorite Tom Douglas restaurant outside of Lola's patio in the summertime. The burgers are perhaps the second-best in Seattle.
  • Christina W.
    Christina Wei-lunOctober 6, 2016
    good beer and good food. brunch or happy hour, you really can't go wrong.
  • Eileen L.
    Eileen LambertApril 5, 2012
    1st time here -Sun early eve - lively crowd. Fried Chicken dinner underwhelmed. Gravy on mashed taters = heavy roll = meh, chicken really salty (pickle batter) -crowd = fun. (1 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Steph B.
    Steph BenecchiMay 19, 2013
    The bacon, onion and cheddar breakfast scramble on the kegs and eggs menu is delicious.
  • Josh P.
    Josh PhillipsApril 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the seared albacore tuna burger with some avocado on it. Also, if you didn't know: 24 taps and shuffleboard!
  • Elise F.
    Elise F.March 16, 2013
    Ask for your burger on one of their made in house pretzel buns. Delicious!
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PanoshOctober 27, 2014
    Get the corn dogs! The fries are also absolutely fantastic (and the orders are huge)!
  • Chris G.
    Chris GemmillMay 17, 2011
    Vegetarian? Get the black bean & green chile burger!! Not vegetarian? Get the black bean & green chile burger!!
  • Mike G.
    Mike GrafhamApril 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good selection of local beers. Darts and shuffleboard. Also, fresh pretzels!
  • Stefan
    StefanNovember 12, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Good beer selection, tasty pretzels. Slightly overpriced. Come back for the weekend brunch.
  • Dan I.
    Dan Int-HoutMarch 11, 2012
    The spiced rubbed grilled turkey burger is awesome, the spicy Dijon mustard is!
  • Chuck C.
    Chuck CaskerMarch 24, 2012
    Brave Horse is one of my favorites. Check out all the craft LOCAL beers. Try the pretzels!
  • pat s.
    pat swazeyNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you plan on staying a while or watching a game get the hams in a can. Save yourself a paycheck.
  • Caitlin O.
    Caitlin OlmstedSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try a pretzel with your beer - sour cream and onion dipping sauce is super delicious!
  • Felix J.
    Felix JodoinMay 8, 2013
    If you're international, they INSIST on a passport. Anyone else gets carded (even those with grey professor hair). Good otherwise.
  • Curtis J.
    Curtis J.March 5
    Happy hour on Saturday and Sunday from 4-6
    Upvoted Mar 19
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittNovember 3, 2015
    Good burgers, great beer.
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Christina T.
    Christina TroitinoAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious ham and cheese and great beer selection. It's basically an extension of the amazon offices
  • Kaitlin M.
    Kaitlin MartineauApril 3, 2016
    I had their quinoa scramble. Don't get it if you're not going to have the bacon. It needs to have the bacon
  • elizabeth S.
    elizabeth ScottOctober 13, 2011
    Get the burger, any burger. Wash it down with a beer, any beer. You're welcome.
  • Matt F.
    Matt FlorAugust 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the house-cured smoked ham sandwich, add a egg to it. Soooo good!
  • Katie B.
    Katie BrownAugust 15, 2012
    The soft pretzels are baked fresh in house, and delicious enough to live off of!
  • Nancy L.
    Nancy LeeSeptember 8, 2013
    Open space all the way with lots of exposed wood and sport fans.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HaleAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The pretzels are good; sauce varieties put it over the top!
  • Julia W.
    Julia W.August 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the steamed clams & pretzel. Ah-mazing. And the corn on the cob was delish!
  • Cheryl C.
    Cheryl CorbinAugust 20, 2012
    Great tasting burger for only $6.00! Plus wine on tap
  • Lucas K.
    Lucas KerperAugust 27, 2014
    Shuffle board is a must! Try an IPA and enjoy the music.
  • Marc
    MarcMay 7, 2013
    Tom Douglas choice for Best Happy Hour: For trashy, Brave Horse Tavern in South Lake Union.
  • Kate H.
    Kate HaileyNovember 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Burgers are great and don't forget the Sweet Potato Fries!
  • michael a.
    michael affrontiAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The breakfast short rib brisket hash is incredible.
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MacNovember 18, 2012
    Be cautious if you get a "scoop" of ice cream with your $2.50 cookie, said scoop will add an additional $3.00.
  • Buster B.
    Buster BensonSeptember 1, 2011
    Fanciest corn dog trio with 3 dipping sauces presentation in town. Plus, delicious!
  • Nancy N.
    Nancy NguyenJuly 22, 2013
    I had the pretzel with the peanut butter and bacon dip. This was a disappointment. Salty, bland, overrated and definitely over priced. Must I add it looked very unappetizing too. Save your money.
  • seadit
    seaditFebruary 8, 2013
    Cheese curds are awesome! Pass on the pork stew.
  • Josh M.
    Josh McDonaldApril 10, 2011
    Try the Brave Horse Tavern Pale Ale, a pretzel and the burgers. Excellent work Tom Douglas.
  • Caitee M.
    Caitee MccormickJuly 14, 2011
    Ask for light mayo on your burger... It's seriously enough for a lifetime!!
  • John T.
    John ThorburnJune 3, 2012
    When they have it, definitely get the PB @ bacon pretzel dip!
  • Michael S.
    Michael ShenJune 24, 2014
    Get the brisket sandwich. Incredibly fatty. Incredibly satisfying.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SJuly 26, 2014
    Delicious pretzels & all food. So yummy!
  • Carly H.
    Carly HSeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The tater tots and the salmon burger are delish.
  • Brad D.
    Brad DJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always check the menu for the "Burger of the Month" - generally a solid local choice.
  • skinny_cyclist
    skinny_cyclistMay 25, 2013
    Peanut butter and bacon pretzels. Good stuff.
  • Doug H.
    Doug HamlinSeptember 21, 2014
    The Friday night crowd reminded me of a college bar and the quality of the food matched that. The menu has no focus. Oyster sandwich was underdone and BBQ platter was disappointing. Not recommended.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BeaumontJuly 18, 2013
    The pretzels are really good as are the corn dogs.
  • Bonus H.
    Bonus H.October 25, 2014
    The peanut butter bacon pretzel was TERRIBLE! What the heck were u thinking Tom? Swing and a miss.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HackmeisterSeptember 13, 2011
    Great beer selection! Order the bratwust and something local Read more
  • Garrett O.
    Garrett OlsonMarch 24, 2013
    Great burgers however they're on the smaller side.
  • Ash V.
    Ash VijayMay 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice place in south lake union . Good for happy hours after work. 24 Awesome yaps
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItApril 15, 2012
    Found Beer Steamed Clams With Soft Pretzel as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at Read more
  • Hop Geek
    Hop GeekNovember 8, 2012
    Washington Beer Lover members, be sure to bring your passport to get a stamp.
  • Peter T.
    Peter TrapassoDecember 29, 2012
    Great beer and pretzels 4 lunch!
  • Aya Z.
    Aya ZookAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Brisket Hogey is to die for. Everything really. Read more
  • Andre W.
    Andre WyattAugust 6, 2014
    Pretzels and beer. Can't go wrong with either.
  • seadit
    seaditJune 12, 2012
    Kalua Pig lunch plate is awesome. Service? Today, not so much...
  • Matt F.
    Matt FaureJuly 10, 2011
    No matter what you get (everything is good) be sure and ask for the curried ketchup.
  • Elliot M.
    Elliot McDonellOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Hangover Burger (a special). So good!
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KingmaDecember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Peanut Butter, smoked... With Bacon... On a Pretzel... I love it!
  • Matt G.
    Matt GamboaNovember 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place for a casual get together in SLU
  • Shannon P.
    Shannon PerezApril 5, 2012
    Great for groups...brunch is really good.
  • Faith Y.
    Faith YiNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sour cream and onion dip rocks my world but not so much the natural peanut butter, too dry and flavorless.
  • Jon K.
    Jon KOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun concept. Great service. Delicious food.
  • Eric C.
    Eric CrozierOctober 4, 2013
    Pivo Pils Firestone Walker is excellent pre-noon beer!!
  • Craig D.
    Craig DamloMarch 31, 2013
    Calling PBR beer is being kind.
  • Luis A.
    Luis AntezanaJune 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the three dart boards in the far back corner.
  • Dwight G.
    Dwight GautMay 18, 2011
    Gotta respect a joint that has a fried egg on the burger menu.
  • Seattle Happy Hour
    Seattle Happy HourOctober 5, 2011
    Every Day 4pm-6pmDrink:$5 cocktails; $2 cans of beer
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KimFebruary 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Their Bravehorse Ale is the best
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25September 12, 2015
    Pretzels during happy hour
  • Florian R.
    Florian RichterJune 22, 2011
    Drink the la folie.the taste in your mouth before throwing it up again won't be much different than after.
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WAugust 27, 2011
    The sangria is good but it's a wine cocktail not real sangria.
  • Jacquie R.
    Jacquie RooneyMay 16, 2016
    Food is good but beers are overpriced. Unless you specify, they'll bring you a 20oz pour for$9+.
  • Frank
    FrankMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a pretzel... (bet you haven't seen that on tips here yet) cmon ppl
  • Sherry R.
    Sherry RenApril 22, 2016
    Just not a place for food... food is very average... dessert is good though you can get the coconut cream pie from Dhalia Lounge/bakery.
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReevesJuly 12, 2015
    Small but cozy outdoor patio.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SJuly 6, 2012
    Any pretzel. Can't go wrong.
  • Matt F.
    Matt FlorJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the pretzel with the smoked peanut butter and bacon
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Thierry Rautureau, chef of Loulay Kitchen & Bar, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Brick oven pretzels. Read more
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