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5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4809
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good45%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“cornbread” (19 reviews)
“pulled pork” (21 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (21 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Bar
$$ - $$$
5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4809
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cornbread: crispy, made in an iron skillet, but far too dry. Collard greens: super tasty Fries: excellent Brisket: very good Pulled pork: a little subdued on flavor, too dry.

Thank paxx_2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pulled pork is delicious and their Carolina mustard sauce is fantastic. Good sides- roasted root veggies and collard greens with bacon paired nicely. Ordered through DoorDash, so can't speak to the service or atmosphere, but the food was delish!

Thank Wanderlust3483
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time at Bitter Root because it is close to The Tractor Tavern and convenient for a meal before a musical show. Expected BBQ, but pleasant to discover good southern style food. Jalapeño hushpuppies were excellent without being overly spicy. As a "son of the...More

Thank LeeLibby
Reviewed 18 January 2018

Five of us had dinner here on a Saturday night. It's a fairly small restaurant and it was packed. We shared the Cowboy Killer which was a giant platter (a large metal butcher's tray, actually) of every meat it seemed! Delicious. The sides were a...More

Thank carrigancourt
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Friendly little place with great food and atmosphere. Their house drinks are great! The bbq sauces are awesome, shame the don’t sell them....

Thank Thomas K
Reviewed 29 November 2017

We were hunting for a place for dessert and coffee and red wine. Two restaurants that promised a late-night bar menu told us their kitchens had closed, but referred us to Bitterroot. We went into the little bar and the back, still open at 1.15...More

Thank 09876
Reviewed 20 November 2017

My wife and I recently stayed at the Hotel Ballard and the front desk recommend Bitterroot and for good reason, it was absolutely dynamite! The food, drinks and service was a total package and we loved it so much we came back after our show...More

Thank jjling79
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Yummy BBQ with all the southern sides you could hope for. Small bar in back. First place I've seen with flights of hand-crafted cocktails. Good way to try them all without getting hammered.

Thank KimBigBearLake_CA
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

If you like BBQ must visit! Pulled pork was delicious. My husband had a huge pork shank. Yum yum! Toddler friendly. Great drink selection!

Thank keen72762
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Had a nice lunch, pulled chicken sandwich was great and their sauces are good. Restaurant was very cold inside, and seating is very tight so the place probably feels cramped when it is really busy.

Thank USR1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4809
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: 206-588-1577
In a great neighborhood for walking, shopping and terrific food.
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