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Monorail Espresso

Coffee Shop$$$$
Seattle Central Business District, Seattle
  • Elizabeth
    "Espresso is delicious and you have to try a chubby!"(8 Tips)
    Angie S.
    "Try the Maple Bacon latte by Kosta (he works wknds only)"(5 Tips)
    Lauren S.
    "The espresso is delicious-- try a Burnt Cream latte."(5 Tips)
    Charles E.
    "Got served by Kosta today."(4 Tips)
103 Tips and reviews
  • chubby
  • hole in the wall
  • casual
  • authentic
  • kostas
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  • Murdo C.
    Murdo ConnochieSeptember 6
    Catch the Sunday barista for a unique experience. It’ll take a bit longer but he’ll explain his whole process for your chosen drink (e.g. how he uses sugar in an iced latter).
    Upvoted Oct 22
  • Jason K.
    Jason KJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    You'll wonder how you walked by for so many years without noticing this hole in the wall on Pike between 5th and 6th next to the Banana Republic. Maple syrup latte: just the right amount of sweet.
  • Cristina D.
    Cristina DordasSeptember 8, 2013
    If you are a coffee lover, that's your place! Excellent macchiato (the closest thing to our cortado / tallat) and great service. Kosta, the old guy that works there during weekends, is super friendly!
  • Charles E.
    Charles E.August 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Right around the corner if you are staying at the Motif Hotel. Great coffee and tea but a small is only 8 oz so go for a bigger size!
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezOctober 14, 2015
    In my opinion, the best coffee in downtown Seattle (business district).
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuSeptember 17, 2014
    Get the maple syrup latte! There's also a maple bacon latte option if you're brave.
  • Simon & Schuster M.
    Simon & Schuster ManagerNovember 8, 2011
    Duff McKagan says this is the first real espresso stand in Seattle. Now some 30 years old, this stand can’t be overlooked in its importance to the culture of coffee in this town.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BurrowsAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Best coffee in the retail corridor. Friendly baristas. And you get to sit outside for a few minutes and enjoy your drink.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WinikatesAugust 7, 2016
    It's cool-looking, and ordering at the street window and sipping your espresso while pedestrians walk by is pretty fun. My espresso was super bitter though, not very tasty.
  • Rania
    RaniaJune 30
    No fuss quick great coffee on the go. Made a point to pass by everyday when staying in downtown.
  • Emma A.
    Emma Arvanitas-MonahanDecember 13, 2011
    I'm a terrible coffee snob/ex barista and Monorail is the best place in downtown probably in seattle to get your fix. Usually have to wash bad shots down with syrup and sugar...not here.
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YamadaJuly 23, 2015
    The owner is such a friendly, hardworking man! The chubbies, like cookie blobs, are always delicious, he makes a mean espresso
  • Valeriy K.
    Valeriy KDecember 29, 2014
    Finally got here. It is indeed one of the best espresso stops, and not just in Seattle. Espresso macchiato is the best! Love this place.
  • Melinda M.
    Melinda MiracleNovember 14, 2016
    Truly superior Coffee. Even just the basic latte is perfect. Make sure to bring cash. There is no card reader.
  • John W.
    John WareAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect macchiato. Yes, even in a paper cup to go.
  • Kaitlin M.
    Kaitlin MartineauMay 19, 2016
    The lavender latte was unique and intrigued me to try other things, but one of the baristas wasn't very friendly. I was clearly a first time customer, but that wasn't a concern for her
  • Erin P.
    Erin PalmerMarch 10, 2015
    Triple shot 16oz latte closest thing to a large flat white I have found in Seattle! Very good!
  • Ryan
    RyanJuly 27, 2015
    Great hole in the wall (literally). Sit and enjoy the people watching on one of the benches
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CarterAugust 12, 2015
    Latte is totally legit. Best coffee I had in Seattle! Those cookies too!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SandersSeptember 9, 2016
    This hole in the wall coffee spot is cash only. The espresso is delicious-- try a Burnt Cream latte.
  • fox
    foxJune 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    incredibly good coffee & fantastic service. this is a genuine taste of seattle.
  • Mary Jo
    Mary JoOctober 31, 2016
    The best caramel latte AND maple syrup latte❣️ we got a chubby cause of comments we read and's delish 😋
  • craSH
    craSHDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The best spot for an awesome espresso drink as you walk to work each morning!
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonFebruary 7, 2016
    The Burnt cream latte is just the right amount of a creme brûlée to drink
  • Michele P.
    Michele PiccaroOctober 22
    Must go on Sunday’s when the older man is working...he’s the best
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica G.April 5, 2011
    Cute little espresso stand in downtown Seattle run by the friendliest old man on the planet. "Thank you for letting me be a part of your day." *sap*
  • Dean H.
    Dean HudsonJuly 22, 2012
    Costa makes the best latte Downtown. Always super friendly as well.
  • Benjamin T.
    Benjamin ThompsonAugust 18, 2015
    Really cool hole in the wall coffee spot, with excellent coffee.
  • Cristina Z.
    Cristina ZSeptember 1, 2010
    try their original chubbies. cookies that are light and just melt in your mouth. and don't forget that it's cash only.
  • Damien I.
    Damien Islam-FrenoyJuly 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best espresso downtown and staff always very friendly!
  • Daniel
    DanielJanuary 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best espresso places in Seattle, quick and easy, designed for people on the go. Make sure you try one of their homemade cookies!
  • Sage G.
    Sage GatzkeSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The older dude on the weekend is insanely good. I have no idea what he does different with an americano than everyone else.
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkJune 28
    Cash only, walk-up counter. Grab a short latte on your way to work.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethOctober 11, 2015
    Espresso is delicious and you have to try a chubby!
  • Rick G.
    Rick GordonAugust 28, 2013
    Try the cold brew coffee for a super caffeine dose! Good flavor too.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MulhollandJuly 27, 2015
    Friendly staff and a great cream latte. Recommend!
  • Osman S.
    Osman SurkattyApril 19, 2015
    Great coffee from the world's sweetest old man.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 16, 2014
    Some of the best bought coffee street side downtown.
  • Jeffrey C.
    Jeffrey CantonAugust 12, 2012
    Grab an iced Cuban latte from the proprietor and be seriously, seriously happy
  • Jen C.
    Jen CunninghamMarch 28, 2016
    Excellent coffee and the cubbie was delicious!
  • Dee P.
    Dee PatienceOctober 14
    Chai latte was a winner. Nice baristas too
  • Sabina
    SabinaJanuary 20, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Get an Americano with cinnamon and honey. It's incredible
  • Judi D.
    Judi DeCiccoAugust 12, 2014
    Fastest, cheapest, & best Americano in Seattle.
  • Kate H.
    Kate HotlerJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I heart Aimee. She always makes a nice espresso & is kind & cheerful.
  • H K.
    H KFebruary 19
    Cash only! Grab a fantastic mocha on this street shop.
  • Diane M.
    Diane McClureAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the maple syrup latte...not too sweet, just right
  • Raquel
    RaquelJanuary 31, 2015
    café, servicio, precio, the whole package for 2.50😁
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle SFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    US Bank Center across the street is public space—great place to take your coffee out of the rain!
  • Jules H.
    Jules HughanJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    On the weekend Costa makes the best latte in town.
  • Holly D.
    Holly DowellJuly 31, 2016
    The lavender latte is absolutely lovely.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiDecember 15, 2015
    Really great hole in the wall coffee place!
  • Luiz E.
    Luiz EduardoOctober 12, 2014
    Great coffee, enjoy it and go back to work, they are looking for you.
  • James M.
    James MontemagnoJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Burnt cream latte, all you will ever need in life.
  • m d.
    m dFebruary 16, 2016
    Very kind. Beautiful espresso.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel ReichertAugust 8, 2014
    One of my favorite coffee shops in the country.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MejiaSeptember 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Burnt Creme Latte (via @Foodspotting)
  • Timbuk2
    Timbuk2May 9, 2013
    Best coffee in town. Cash only.
  • Dee P.
    Dee PatienceOctober 14
    I always go for the chai latte with soy milk
  • Jason T.
    Jason TFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Popular with Australians that appreciate a quality espresso.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HinesSeptember 4, 2011
    They have great humorous signs hanging around and super nice staff.
  • Michael
    MichaelJanuary 3, 2014
    Awesome coffee, hole in the wall place, to-go only.
  • Angie S.
    Angie StraderMarch 18, 2012
    Try the Maple Bacon latte by Kosta (he works wknds only)
  • Michele P.
    Must try a chubby with your coffee
  • Austin H.
    Austin HargartenDecember 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best espresso in the downtown area. Starbucks are everywhere, monorail is legit.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MirabellaAugust 14, 2010
    Get the frango mocha iced. It is the best coffee in Seattle.
  • hugo l.
    hugo liuNovember 21, 2014
    Burnt cream latte. Maple bacon latte.
  • Tara N.
    Tara Nunamacher-KnightMay 12
    Been here 25+ times
    Famous for Berry Hazelnut Latte
  • Wayne P.
    Wayne ProctorAugust 18, 2011
    Seattle classic coffee, consistently great!
  • Lee G.
    Lee GalliAugust 19, 2016
    Its history, plus great java.
  • Clint R.
    Clint RuleOctober 4, 2011
    Easily the best Americano in town. Read more
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherFebruary 1, 2015
    Ask about salsa lessons.
  • Denis S.
    Denis SosnovtsevAugust 15, 2015
    Really good Americano.
  • Nathan M.
    Nathan MercerJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee, why would anyone go to Starbucks
  • Stuart M.
    Stuart Moore3 weeks ago
    Coffee, all of it
  • Christoph P.
    Christoph PSeptember 30, 2015
    Perfect Italian coffee
  • Burny L.
    Burny LaiMay 6, 2015
    Love their latte!
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FoleyApril 30, 2015
    Great coffee, and then on your way.
  • Jason T.
    Jason TFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The BEST espresso in Seattle.
  • JUNE
    JUNEApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Kosta (weekends) makes the shit out of my coffee and also my day
  • Felicia M.
    Felicia MoeisJanuary 6, 2014
    Maple bacon latte. What else?
  • Ruben B.
    Ruben Barajas GonzalezNovember 24, 2014
    Best coffee in town!
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherOctober 6, 2013
    Ask about tango lessons.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 11, 2015
    Convenient and quick
  • Lewin H.
    Great macchiato!
  • Charles E.
    Charles E.August 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Got served by Kosta today. He's the man!!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MilesJuly 17, 2015
    Two very cute girls work here <3
  • Chaitanya K.
    Must try their chuubbies
  • Sandy T.
    Sandy T.May 29, 2011
    Best coffee, period.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethOctober 11, 2015
    Have a chubby! Trust me
  • Annette A.
    Annette AugerAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    best coffee downtown
  • Aysun B.
    Aysun BascetincelikJanuary 8, 2014
    It's cash only.
  • Daniel N.
    Daniel NormanJune 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the burnt cream latte.
  • Gabriela R.
    Gabriela RodriguezAugust 5, 2015
    Quick and easy
  • Nathan M.
    Nathan MercerFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Flat white = double short latte.
  • Wayne B.
    Wayne BennettAugust 18, 2016
    It's not Starbucks !
  • Zach N.
    Zach NegreySeptember 4, 2015
    Flat white
  • John B.
    John ButtJuly 6
    Cash Only.
  • Celeste T.
    Celeste ThayerAugust 12, 2016
    Eat a chubbie!
  • rik m.
    rik might beOctober 13, 2011
    Maple bacon latte.
  • Lance W.
    Lance WilliamsFebruary 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Americano in downtown Seattle
  • Shawn R.
    Shawn RoganJuly 22, 2011
    Gotta get a chubbie
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BrownApril 11, 2010
    Thanks Lance, good rec.
  • James G.
    James GreenFebruary 11, 2010
    Frango Mint Mocha--awesome.
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