If you are in Seattle and craving pizza, you are probably headed to Delancey. While you wait for a table there, take yourself next door to Essex for some appetizers and a few drinks. It is an inviting, comfortable neighborhood bar with impeccable food and beverages with such friendly service you may stay longer than you planned.


The snug dining room has a long bar along the entire right side, where you may find yourself in conversation with the bartender. Seating is quite close together, but not at all intrusive upon other diners. Often an “oldies” type radio station plays classics from yesteryear. Past visits have had an 80s or Beach Boys bent which contributes to the lively ambiance.


Essex’s door is surrounded with tiny lights and the candles spread throughout the tables emit an enticing glow.

Essex Seattle

The bar feels masculine in its decor, with gorgeous wooden frames, dark wallpaper and matted silver touches.

Essex Seattle

A handsome marble bar sets off the unique glassware selection to great effect. Handwritten specials on the chalkboards lend a homey touch.


Some of the best cocktails in the city reside here.

Essex Seattle

A few classics, with special touches, litter the menu along with a few tiki drinks and barrel aged cocktails. Many ingredients are made in house, and some sparkling cocktails are on tap.Essex Seattle

Various wood fired vegetable dishes are served with sauces that can cause the kindest among us to become quite selfish. There are also toasts loaded with crispy cheese and charred vegetables which are quite filling. My favorite dish is a wood fired radicchio with anchovy, preserved lemon and breadcrumbs. You won’t regret ordering it, just sharing it.

The bar is used as a sounding board for dishes that wouldn’t fit into the pizza menu next door. Essex boasts a legendary burger that was experimented into perfection. Tuesdays are Taco and Tiki Night which boasts a incredible lineup of tacos, dips and rum themed cocktails.

1421 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Seattle, WA
(206) 724-0471
Sunday 4:30pm-11:00pm

Tuesday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday 4:30pm-11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-12:00am

Abby Cerquitella


Abby and her foodish proclivities have traveled from the bustling city of Budapest, to the cornfields of Indiana and are now nestled between mountains along the Sound in Seattle, where it doesn't rain as much as they tell you. She works as a production assistant for Spilled Milk Podcast and at The Book Larder, a community cookbook store. She collects Agatha Christie books, wants to be Jennifer Lawrence and requests to be buried with her Arrested Development DVDs.

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