The vegetarian and vegan menu changes frequently at Café Flora, but the chefs tend to keep things simple, with dishes like black-bean burgers topped with spicy aioli, polenta with leeks and spinach, and the popular "Oaxaca tacos" (corn tortillas filled with potatoes and four types of cheese). You can eat in the Atrium, which has a stone fountain, skylight, and garden-style café tables and chairs, or try the weekday happy hour in the bar or on the garden patio. Brunch
is a big draw, too—try the fantastic waffles served with fresh seasonal fruits or the hoppin' john fritters—but the scene can get a bit hectic with the mass of families. The restaurant is just outside Capitol Hill, a short cab ride down Madison Street from the top of the hill, toward Lake Washington.
Apr 28, 2006
Cafe Flora, a favorite for all seasons brunch!
Jun 21, 2000
We (wife, mother-in-law, and I) went to Cafe Flora for the first time recently, and we weren't disappointed. We sat in a pretty room with a fountain in the middle and lots of big windows to look out on the street scene in our Madison Park surroundings. It's nice for a vegetarian to be able to look at a menu and not have to be concerned about whether a particular dish contains meat or not. Cafe Flora is all veggie, all the time. I'm pretty sure they
always include some selections for vegans. Our salads included a nice mix of greens. For our main courses, we enjoyed the Portabello Wellington, the Oaxaca Tacos, and (don't remember the name) the polenta-and-peaches dish. My wife loved the garlicky mashed potatoes on the side. My tacos were stuffed with the mashed potatoes and were delicious. The presentation was beautiful, with flowers garnishing two (and maybe all three) of the dishes. They rotate the menu regularly, although a few of the dishes are always available. The prices for our main courses were a couple or a few dollars more than we pay at more pedestrian restaurants in the Seattle area, but not out of line given the quality--around $10-$15 apiece, as I recall. The staff was cheerful and attentive without being overbearing. They went above and beyond the call of duty in cleaning up after a young child (who really was too young to have been expected to behave himself) left his table looking like a war zone. Our desserts, while good, weren't particularly memorable. I had a chocolate fudge dessert, my wife had (I think) a marionberry crisp, and my mother-in-law had some ice cream or gelato. All in all, a pleasant experience. We plan to return for another wonderful meal on some special occasion.