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Volunteer Park Cafe

Coffee Shop, Wine Bar, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Capitol Hill, Seattle
61 Tips and reviews
  • sandwiches
  • pastries
  • breakfast food
  • paninis
  • coffee
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  • Heather A.
    Everything’s quality here. For food? Big fan of the quiche. Doesn’t get much better. But. I just had the French dip and it’s in the top 3 in the city. I forgot the world around me. Do it.
  • Charles K.
    Charles KohJuly 17, 2013
    Make sure you try the 'hard to find' Stumptown Coffee Roasters Cold Brew and a BIG cookie while you're in the neighborhood!
  • Amy L.
    Amy LakhaniSeptember 28, 2011
    Dreamy, rustic ambiance & delectable brunch every time. The central communal table brings an intimate neighborhood party feel, and the freshest of fresh ingredients make me thankful this place exists.
  • Charlotte P.
    Charlotte PiwowarJune 15, 2013
    Get the apple brie panini. The hint of lavendar honey adds a nice touch...and at only $5.50 for a good sized portion, it's one of the best deals on the menu
  • Eric V.
    Eric VealJanuary 29, 2017
    Good French dip. Make sure the jus is hot. Get a side of chips or something. Somewhat pricey at $13.
  • Alex A.
    Alex ArmstrongMay 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Open faced mushroom sandwich is great! Cappuccino is pretty good (8/10). This is slow food, in a good way. Don't eat here if you are in a rush!
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonJuly 16, 2013
    An absolute gem- great for lunch/brunch or coffee meets. My favorite place to catch up with an old friend. (strangely enough- go for the BBQ sandwich)
  • Amir B.
    Amir BaharlouJune 1, 2016
    The banana French toast was awesome. Quaintness of this place is amazing too.
  • Dana D.
    Dana DonovickMarch 21, 2011
    favorite neighborhood cafe for breakfast and lunch! exceptional comfort foods, home-like atmosphere, and great service make this cafe one-of-a-kind!
  • Aly
    AlyFebruary 1, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    It's all about the chocolate croissants and the toffee chocolate chip cookies. And the ambiance. And the people. And... well, I'm in love with the VPC.
  • Alex A.
    Alex ArmstrongMarch 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Lots of great changes! VPC now opens at 7am M-F, and my Cappuccino didn't have meringue on top!
  • Alex E.
    Alex EdelmanJuly 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    You can't beat warm baked goods eaten 10 feet from where they were baked. Everything is good, but my faves are the figgy maple scone and the banana bread.
  • Stefan
    StefanNovember 24, 2015
    Good quality ingredients but probably the most expensive cafe in Seattle. $14 sandwiches.
  • Eva S.
    Eva SNovember 1, 2015
    Perfect breakfast! You should try the veggie quiche!
    CameronNewland.comJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The coffee (Stumptown) on offer is mind-blowing, as are the stratta (day-old bread drizzled with eggs and other ingredients--sort of like a quiche). You won't regret trying a meat stratta.
  • Brian
    BrianJuly 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    North Capitol Hill/Washington Park. Amazing food, beautiful space, and endless coffee refills.
  • Bill C.
    Bill ChiNovember 13, 2010
    the beauty of this place is great noshes and a self-service model, which allows u to pay upfront, savor delicious eats and exit quickly.
  • Charlotte A.
    Charlotte AbramsJuly 18, 2017
    Alea and I got the garter with egg. It had mustard so that was disappointing. Michael got the panini with apple and Brie. I think I'd want to try that one next
  • Yiling W.
    Yiling WongApril 27, 2013
    Warm hazelnut crusted chèvre salad with pears is delicious, and light!
  • Crew
    CrewDecember 4, 2014
    "Good number of outlets. Free Wi-Fi, ask for password at the counter." Read more.
  • Travis W.
    Travis WalsAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this place is amazing. Great people, delicious food, stellar coffee and amazing wine. Can't say enough.
  • Allen C.
    Allen ChanMay 9, 2015
    The paninis are great! Got the bacon & poached egg. So happy : D
  • Pablo T.
    Pablo TrejoOctober 24, 2013
    Since they close at 4:30, it's a great place for late brunch/lunch on a weekend.
  • Crew
    CrewDecember 4, 2014
    Good number of outlets. Free Wi-Fi, ask for password at the counter. Read more
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PlemmonsOctober 14, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome little cafe. Love the Apple Brie Panini.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ColbertMarch 7, 2015
    Great atmosphere and the lemon blueberry muffin is spectacular
  • Jason H.
    Jason HorowitzDecember 15, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Ultimate Seattle vibe! Food is very good; service, "unhurried."
  • Philip S.
    Philip SeifiMarch 13, 2015
    Cozy and delicious, great location between two parks.
  • Toma K.
    Toma KraftDecember 26, 2012
    The waffles are awesome so is the French dip sandwich
  • Kathleen M.
    Kathleen MulcahyJune 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the brie and apple panini on a baguette. End with a chocolate toffee cookie.
  • Mouni R.
    Mouni ReddyMarch 7, 2016
    The Chicken is a great dish served for dinner.
  • Meg O.
    Meg O'BrienJanuary 17, 2015
    Great neighborhood spot. Quiche, sandwiches, soups. V chill 😎✌️
  • David R.
    David RosenthalJanuary 22, 2016
    Best baked goods + atmosphere in Seattle
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BreunichAugust 19, 2014
    The banana brioche French toast is spectacular
  • Gordon W.
    Gordon WernerNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Extremely limited on street parking in a residential neighborhood ... take Metro rts 10 or 12 instead.
  • Antje B.
    Antje BrewerOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Please clear your table, this is a self-service restaurant/cafe.
  • Milo P.
    Milo PriceMay 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The apple brie honey panini made a believer out of me.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Molly Moon, chef of Molly Moon's, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Chocolate croissant toffee bread pudding. Read more
  • Lindsay S.
    Lindsay SpecterMay 5, 2013
    Open faced mushroom sandwich and raspberry mint lemonade
  • The Seattle Times
    The Seattle TimesMay 26, 2010
    We went kooky for fork-pressed peanut butter cookies and fragile, jam-filled thumbprints frilly with toasted coconut. Read more
  • Jan G.
    Jan GrodeckiNovember 29, 2014
    Overrated place. Very noisy and crowded. The space is maxed out so people are constantly running into you. The food is ok. Staff rather unfriendly for Seattle standards.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out Volunteer Park Cafe as seen on Unique Sweets Read more
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WrightOctober 29, 2016
    Comfort food + good coffee 👏🏻
  • Seattle Met
    Seattle MetNovember 17, 2010
    Such extreme locavorism, admittedly, is rare—but many regard farm-to-table dining an essential part of their job. Read more
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JoshiMay 7, 2011
    Great atmosphere, even better chicken apple salad.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BaccusApril 8, 2013
    Do yourself a favor and order the French Dip
  • Logan K.
    Logan KerrSeptember 24, 2015
    Feels like eating a meal at your mothers kitchen table...if your mother was a hipster Martha Stewart.
  • Diana F.
    Diana F.November 18, 2011
    Strawberry Nutella Panini. Do it!
  • Glenn N.
    Glenn NewcomerAugust 10, 2015
    Having no vegetarian food outside salads is very 90's 😲
  • Mouni R.
    Mouni ReddyMarch 7, 2016
    The place is beautiful during night.
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