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Hi-Life

Breakfast Spot and American Restaurant$$$$
Ballard, Seattle
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  • Katie Y.
    "Breakfast, pasta, fried chicken dinner, omelette, brussel sprouts"(5 Tips)
    Liz A.
    "Early Bird breakfast special '11 am is the best!"(3 Tips)
    Lyndsey L.
    "If you can find parking, the late-night happy hour is awesome."(17 Tips)
    Marie C.
    "The migas and salmon been were amazing and flavorful!"(4 Tips)
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  • Avneesh K.
    Avneesh KohliJuly 18, 2015
    Pancakes are delicate, fluffy and light. Waffles are golden. Potatoes are deliciously well-seasoned. Bacon was crisped to perfection. I can't recommend this place enough for brunch!
  • In Ballard
    In BallardJune 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great seasonal menu for any mean, but truly one of the best breakfasts InBallard! Great food served in a building that has been both a fire station and music venue, Hi-Life is about as Ballard as it g
  • Ron J.
    Ron JaMay 27, 2016
    I had the Croque Madame which was epic... Never a fan of over easy eggs, but the way the chef did this was on point-bacon,eggs,toast were just one delight after another for my taste buds. Go & Enjoy
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoFebruary 22, 2015
    Everything on the brunch menu is worth trying. French Toast and eggs scrambles were standouts. The red potatoes were also excellent. Stumptown serves as the house brew.
  • Jonny E.
    Jonny EJanuary 21, 2013
    Kids can "design" their sugar cookie for dessert with chocolate chips and sprinkles they bring out. Then they go bake it. Kids love it.
  • Kimmi G.
    Kimmi GibbsFebruary 26
    Omg... I don't even like sweets that much & the French toast I fantastic. My migas was delicious as well! The red potatoes were better than my meal. Amazing.
  • Seattle Happy Hour
    Seattle Happy HourApril 20, 2012
    Happy hour at Hi-Life is amazing! Happy hour all day on Tuesday and everyday from 3-6:30pm & 10-11pm, $3 drafts, wine & wells; $5 Bartender's Choice cocktails, $4 & $5 apps http://ow.ly/aoQnZ
  • Carrie T.
    Carrie TempletonJune 14, 2016
    Seriously yummy food. Good portions, basic American foods done really well. One of the top 3 corned beef hash I've found in Seattle!
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HackmeisterOctober 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Good rotating taps for lunch/dinner but this is one the best Ballard brunch spots. The french toast is massive and delicious. Plus you have to love the history of the building
  • The Seattle Times
    The Seattle TimesJune 2, 2010
    American-anchored menus influenced by the Mediterranean. 10-inch apple-wood-fired pizzas come out blistered and burnished, the thin crust still supple. Burgers and steaks benefit from the oven, too. Read more
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YeeJune 8, 2014
    Get the Ballard Market scramble. Chock full of tasty veggies and the potatoes are unreal
  • Jack S.
    Jack SafarMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    I love this place. The bartenders are fantastic. The food is awesome! The 100 year old firehouse makes it that much more unique.
  • Meghan
    MeghanMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour except that it is only served in the bar area, which is a bummer for those of us with babies.
  • Cora
    CoraJanuary 31, 2011
    Love the Sunday fried chicken dinner. Flavorful, not-too-greasy, moist chicken, yummy potatoes, green beans and gravy. Come early, they do run out.
  • Gina R.
    Gina RomaFebruary 24, 2016
    The Happy Hour was really really good, the pizzas are a really good deal and you get quite a lot of food
  • Scott H.
    Scott HoughtonMay 2, 2015
    Their eggs Benedict is wicked good, on a bed of spinach to do away with the English muffin works too!
  • Liz A.
    Liz AmillMay 13, 2013
    Early Bird breakfast special '11 am is the best! (Goat cheese & herb scramble with red potatoes and toast $5.75)
  • Lyndsey L.
    Lyndsey LNovember 30, 2014
    If you can find parking, the late-night happy hour is awesome. Try not to get lost on the way to the bathroom though! It's kind of a mission to get to it
  • Joonseok O.
    Joonseok OhJune 2, 2014
    The ahi sandwich was amazing. They also carry a good selection of local micro-brews on tap.
  • Andrew
    AndrewJune 14, 2012
    Even if you're a carnivore give the Black Bean & Quinoa Burger a try! It's incredible and it's on the happy hour menu!
  • Jack S.
    Jack SafarFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    You must check out the "Not so early-bird" breakfast deals. 8:30-11a M-F. I recommend the Rosa's breakfast panino sandwich..YUM!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DavidsonJanuary 3, 2015
    A place I would go to as my neighborhood spot if I lived in town. Great food. Especially breakfast.
  • Jessica P
    Jessica PMay 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Dining with squirrelly kids? Get the "design your own cookie". They can decorate a raw cookie while you wait for your meals and then they'll bring it back cooked at the end of the meal.
  • Tim C.
    Tim CordodorOctober 25, 2011
    The Happy hour burger is worth every penny. If your hungry, compliment it with one of their flatbread pizzas!
  • Ales
    AlesSeptember 3, 2014
    You have to try their dark and stormy it's delicious! Make sure you come during hh.
  • Steven H.
    Steven HaberJuly 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Their specials sound great but I've never been able to order one because they are always sold out.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HApril 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Holy hells, the Spring 2013 breakfast special croque madame with bearnaise is phenomenal!
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReevesApril 26, 2016
    This is a cool spot. Expansive bar and creative menu. Plus, they let me control the tv.
  • Norbert S.
    Norbert SzilagyiJanuary 2, 2013
    Captain's Bounty is an amazing cocktail. Caramel and cinnamon in one drink can't get any better.
  • Richard P.
    Richard PalmerOctober 25, 2010
    Try the burgers! Their beef is wonderful and melts in your mouth. Another thing you might like are their soups. Wonderful!
  • Clara T.
    Clara TMay 15, 2013
    Happy Hours:: Not-so-Early-Bird Everyday Tuesdays- All Night Mon-Fri, 8:30am-11am 3-6:30pm & 10pm-close 3pm-close
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SmithAugust 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Not so early bird breakfast specials are bomb. Try the corned beef hash. Do it.
  • Anne M.
    Anne MartensOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Biscuits are meh, but the Sunday fried chicken is excellent. Moist, not overspiced, not over-greasy, just really flavorful fried chicken. Get there early, they do run out.
  • Sarah
    SarahNovember 6, 2011
    Get here when they open to avoid crowds. If you hit a long wait, steal a seat at the bar for no wait!
  • dee r.
    dee raoJuly 7, 2012
    You can get a half order of French toast if you're too stuffed for the real deal.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrahamAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fried Chicken Dinner on Sunday is all you need to know. Get here early dinner time, they do sell out!
  • Scott A.
    Scott AnstettJuly 11, 2016
    The bacon is phenomenal. They fry it in a glaze and cook it to perfection-not overly crispy or dry.
  • Marzanna
    MarzannaOctober 22, 2011
    Stationhouse # 18 is so much food; share with someone! Their biscuits are to die for!
  • Ty G.
    Ty GarfieldSeptember 20, 2013
    I love this place; they don't bitch when I ask to hold the toast and taters.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RadfordAugust 13, 2013
    The lamb burger and steak fries are out of this world!
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RoseAugust 28, 2014
    They made it easy to adapt a breakfast option to being a vegan meal...very accommodating and delicious.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HeimerleOctober 9, 2010
    The pork chop is outstanding! Cuts like butter and the collard greens are awesome. Beware, it's a lot of food.
  • Drew L.
    Drew LuperJanuary 30, 2016
    The waffles are amazing! Seriously, Leslie Knope would eat here if she lived in Seattle.
  • Shannon N.
    Shannon NortonMay 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The mac and cheese is legit, especially if you love a little spice (as in spicy)!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenOctober 6, 2014
    Most exquisite French toast I have encountered
  • Eric B.
    Eric BergmanMarch 10, 2013
    Enchilada Stack for breakfast and Boundary Bay always on tap! Great combo!
  • Sandra S.
    Sandra SampsonJune 10, 2013
    Love sitting at the bar for a late breakfast. Love the one dude bartender...super nice.
  • Marie C.
    Marie CFebruary 3, 2011
    The migas and salmon been were amazing and flavorful! Great way to start the day!
  • Kitri M.
    Kitri McGuireJune 24, 2010
    Go on a weekday for their 6 amazing early bird $5 specials. It will change your life. Thank me later.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LundhApril 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic late night happy hour from 10pm-midnight!
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle D.January 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Winner winner chicken dinner. Do it.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SJuly 7, 2015
    Happy hour starts at three! Good menu!
  • Lorien G.
    Lorien GruchallaFebruary 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The late-night happy hour is divine; not crowded, not loud, great drinks, even better cheap eats. The butternut pizza is fabulous.
  • Frank F.
    Frank FaniDecember 23, 2010
    fish small awesome, MAC and cheese small, too small, ribs, dry, but big n awesome
  • George L.
    George LeeMarch 18, 2016
    Seasonal smoked pork pizza was amazing! Lamb burger is not too shabby either. A delicious place.
  • Brooke A.
    Brooke AndersonJanuary 4, 2012
    The quinoa-black bean burger is so tasty! And only $5 for happy hour. <3
  • Holly C.
    Holly CameronAugust 15, 2014
    Great for (boozy) brunch! 😁
  • Monika S.
    Monika SalitaFebruary 18, 2012
    The BBQ sliders are divine, as is the sangria!
  • Stephen F.
    Stephen FisherJune 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit with your kid at the pizza counter, and they can watch their own pizza blaze in the wood fired oven
  • Jambles H.
    Jambles HamblepantsFebruary 22, 2011
    My tip is to stay away at dinnertime and not to get attached to any particular item. If something gets popular, their response is to make the portion smaller.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CordellAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the fancy French toast. Just do it.
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy RodriguezOctober 23, 2014
    Love their "not so early bird" specials. Especially the flapjacls
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YamadaFebruary 16, 2015
    Breakfast, pasta, fried chicken dinner, omelette, brussel sprouts
  • Marie C.
    Marie CFebruary 3, 2011
    The migas and salmon bene were amazingly flavorful! Great way to fuel up for the day!
  • Derek P.
    Derek PunsalanOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Not so early bird breakfast before 11am on weekdays. Big breakfast portions for $5-6.
  • Kate P.
    Kate PerryJanuary 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the buttnernut squash pizza they have for lunch and dinner. Plus the happy hour rocks!
  • Jeanette K.
    Wonderful outdoor seating!!
  • Jeb S.
    Jeb SpenglerDecember 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A Firehouse Bloody Mary plus the Nighthawk is always a good combo.
  • Benson K.
    Benson KalaharSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out the "brisket for two". It's phenomenally good.
  • Jenny H.
    Jenny HunterJune 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Croque Madam - deeelish!
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherJune 9, 2015
    Corned beef hash with a side of bbq sauce.
  • Ron J.
    Ron JaMay 27, 2016
    The staff was awesome and the overall ambience is just kool
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan ClarkJanuary 24, 2015
    The French toast was okay, but the crushed red potatoes were the best thing on the menu. Choose wisely.
  • Henry C.
    Henry ChouMarch 15, 2010
    Sunday night fried chicken dinner is awesome...get there early though. They run out
  • Akvile
    AkvileMay 16, 2011
    Try the Migas! Great for breakfast, brunch, or lunch!
  • Paul R.
    Paul RosenbergAugust 8, 2011
    The bread pudding is a buttery wonder not to be missed. Belongs on your bucket list.
  • Karene H.
    Karene HillSeptember 5, 2013
    They are really great about modifying for special diets!
  • Tyler W.
    Tyler WainFebruary 22, 2015
    Red breakfast potatoes are incredible
  • Katy W.
    Katy WilderJune 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Fancy French Toast is diabetes on a plate.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrallOctober 15, 2009
    The burger is the way to go here. Wife opted for the chicken sandwich and ended up swiping half of my burger. ;)
  • Jen K.
    Jen KeelerFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Gluten free menu options are great!
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuMarch 10, 2015
    $15 fried chicken supper on Sunday nights!
  • Tara W.
    Tara WhitfordAugust 27, 2014
    Awesome brunch spot! Old fire station turned restaurant.
  • Fitch ♚.
    Fitch ♚July 17, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop in on a weekday morning by 11 for a filling $5 not-so-early bird meal
  • Hillary E.
    Hillary ElizabethFebruary 2, 2014
    Butternut pizza is the best!!
  • David B.
    David BusbyJanuary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy Pizza, wood fired! What!
  • Robby D.
    Robby DelawareJuly 4, 2012
    This place used to be a rock n roll venue. It's ok as a restaurant.
  • Jamie D.
    Jamie DespresMarch 4, 2010
    Menu changes seasonally, so always something different to look forward to. The seared tuna was delicious!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HerrinAugust 8, 2011
    Sunday night fried chicken is a must.
  • Megan R.
    Megan RussellJuly 23, 2016
    The French toast is delicious :)
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SkoknaFebruary 24, 2012
    Love this place!! Look out for velociraptors!!!!
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle SNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried chicken dinner Sunday night!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 10, 2011
    Try the Cleanup On Aisle 12 (w/ Biscuit & Extra-Crisp Bacon)
  • Debbies A.
    Debbies AsheOctober 23, 2016
    Lamb burger n fries..enough said !!!
  • James C.
    James CannariatoApril 27, 2012
    scotch and soda for $4
  • Scott P.
    Scott PhelpsMay 31, 2009
    Simple Cotes du Azure style French food. Nice atmosphere. Small and large plates and great price!
  • Camille S.
    Camille SchottMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the biscuits and gravy...SO LEGIT! #nomnomnom
  • Tim T.
    Tim TullisMay 13, 2010
    The springwhich is good and its a baby friendly place
  • Amber H.
    Amber HSeptember 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    They should call them OMFG mashed potatoes... delicious!!!
  • Forest K.
    Forest KeyJuly 25, 2010
    Good kids menu, $5 bfast is great value
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