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Fonte Coffee Roaster Cafe

#181 of 3,557 Places to Eat in Seattle
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$$ - $$$
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1321 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101-2002 (Union and 1st)
+1 888-783-6683
06:00 - 18:00
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Washington, DC
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505 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I stopped in here before a visit to the Art museum and glad I did. The coffee is superb and exceeds its many competitors, in my opinion. Great choice of pastries. It appeared they also had more substantial, lunch time kinds of offerings later in the day. Had I been staying longer, I would have gladly returned. Highly recommended.

Thank Decoamie
San Francisco, CA
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had the good fortune of having breakfast twice at Fonte Cafe on 1st. It's a nice warm but modern space, with great music playing, delicious food and coffee, and a lovely and welcoming staff! A nice selection of gourmet pastries and a well rounded fresh breakfast menu. Grab the corner booth raised table and enjoy a relaxed and yummy... More 

Thank Travelingparents2
Calgary, Canada
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Lots of seating, good atmosphere and great food for a café. MUCH better than Starbucks! No pre-packaged, mass-produced snacks here!

Thank jjhrtraveler
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Delish. Coffee, tea and omelets. Get their house favorite. Next to the Four Seasons Hotel and across from SAM (Seattle Art Museum). It's the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Ketchikan, Alaska
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

The cafe is nice and cozy, the staff very friendly. I had a cappuccino and the yummy croque-monsieur which was served in a small cast iron skillet with a small salad on the side. A wonderful place, I will visit again.

Thank AKLish
Fort Worth, Texas
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77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for breakfast and we're not disappointed. The coffee was excellent, device top notch and good was great. I had salmon eggs Benedict and the teens had the croque monsieur. It was all super tasty. One teen said the salad was the best he'd ever had. Wow!!

Thank Talljoy
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We saw Fonte Cafe as we exited SAM. The venue was very inviting. We did not eat here but we found the Coffees and the Chai Lattes very disappointing. There was not very much milk in our lattes and the Chai lattes which our teenage kids had were made with too much water and too spicy. My wife an I... More 

1 Thank Ian G
Management response:

Ian, We're sorry to hear of your disappointing experience. We take pride in providing impeccable service and products to our customers. To reference the products you tasted, we use two shots as the base of all sizes of our espresso drinks, which will create variances in the milk to espresso ratio (more milk in bigger sizes, less in smaller). Our... More 

Seattle, Washington
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98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

After a stop at a well known bar just a block south (I won't mention the name V), we stopped in for a quick cup of coffee and ended up staying an hour. Excellent coffee selections, they even have the ability to mix in some select sprits...great snack plates, sandwiches and other goodies to choose. I, for one am done... More 

Thank SouthEndMCgang
Orem, Utah, United States
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107 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Wow! This place is killer! We came here for breakfast and left very impressed. Located off 1st this coffe shop/restaurant is quaint and comfortable. One half of the shop is for to-go coffee drinkers with bar tables and the other half is for people who want to sit and eat. Their menu is very big for breakfast or lunch but... More 

Thank disneyland1955
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

I went on the recommendation of a friend and was not disappointed. The coffee was excellent, the ambiance was relaxed but sharp in appearance - welcoming to professionals working in the urban downtown. I had a mocha with chili and black pepper - superb! Would definitely recommend.

Thank Duchifat91

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Restaurant Details

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American, Cafe, European
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Open Hours
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1321 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101-2002
    (Union and 1st)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: +1 888-783-6683
After 20 years of roasting premium coffee from its headquarters in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, Fonté Coffee Roaster opened its first café in downtown Seattle in August 2009.

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Seattle across from the Seattle Art Museum, Fonté Café is a European-inspired bistro serving specialty coffee, brunch or lunch café fare, and house-baked pastries and grab-and-go items. The coffee bar features varieties from Fonté's Special Selection Series, roasted at its own facility in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood.

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