Blackboard Bistro: New West Seattle restaurant is about to open

August 12, 2010 at 11:32 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 19 Comments

Just five weeks after first word that Blackboard Bistro would replace short-lived Eness at 3247 California SW – it’s Grand Opening Eve for proprietor Jacob Wiegner (above left) and his team. Friday night, they’re officially open; tonight, they welcomed food writers in for a “media preview”; we don’t partake during such things but we did drop in for a few photos. Blackboard Bistro actually has been serving guests in “soft-open” mode for at least a week; as promised, the menu’s on a blackboard:

Here’s a closer look at the “savory” side (as opposed to the right side of the photo, which was the “sweet”):

You can also see the opening menu in the news release we published July 28th. And here’s a food photo, tweeted by @valentinavitols during/after tonight’s sneak peek. Per the Blackboard Bistro website, Friday night’s grand opening is 5-11 pm and you should have made a reservation by now – but you can always check tomorrow to see if there’s room left (or make plans to visit on subsequent days/nights).


  1. TR…link to food pic is not working :)

    Comment by JanS — 2:11 am August 13, 2010 #

  2. I like their raw food disclaimer! :lol:



    Comment by miws — 3:07 am August 13, 2010 #

  3. Yum. Sounds delicious!

    Comment by slh — 4:32 am August 13, 2010 #

  4. can’t wait to try it! best of luck to chef wiegner and his staff!

    Comment by k — 7:00 am August 13, 2010 #

  5. Wish they had gone with a slightly different concept and called it the “Dry-erase Deli”. Oh well.

    Comment by Sage — 7:44 am August 13, 2010 #

  6. droool. We walked by last night and took a whiff :)))) Prices look VERY reasonable. And there’s no more pepto-pink on the walls :)

    Comment by grr — 8:22 am August 13, 2010 #

  7. My wife and I ate there last week and it was ABSOLUTELY fabulous. Best food in West Seattle, bar none. What’s more, the prices were extremely reasonable for the quality we got. We ended up with 3 dishes, a mixed drink, a soda, a dessert and bread for the table for $52. Awesome!

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 8:27 am August 13, 2010 #

  8. Mike, I burst out laughing when I read that disclaimer. I already like these guys!

    Comment by Sue — 8:31 am August 13, 2010 #

  9. Looks great! Can’t wait to try it. Good luck to the Blackboard team!

    Comment by add — 8:48 am August 13, 2010 #

  10. Boyfriend and I dined there last Saturday – we split two dishes: watermelon salad and gnocchi w/ house-smoked trout. Both were delectable!

    Comment by squareeyes — 9:15 am August 13, 2010 #

  11. The chef looks trustworthy to me :)!
    It’s a good sign!!!
    Good luck!

    Comment by Baba — 10:16 am August 13, 2010 #

  12. Looking really good. Like the offerings, prices and decor. Will definitely check it out soon.

    Comment by odroku — 10:40 am August 13, 2010 #

  13. I’m hungry already……!

    Comment by Vanessa — 12:10 pm August 13, 2010 #

  14. By the way, the folks working there were all terrific as well. Their customer service really stuck out for me. Excellent staff.

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 3:25 pm August 13, 2010 #

  15. We visited on Opening Night and the food was absolutely fantastic!!!! Everything that came out of the kitchen was stupendous!! Highly recommended!!!

    Comment by Bryan Hendrickson — 10:47 pm August 13, 2010 #

  16. Went for opening night. Incredible food, excellent service. Had a young child us — they were very nice and her dinner was excellent too! What a great, great addition to the neighborhood.

    Comment by J — 9:03 am August 14, 2010 #

  17. Ate there on Saturday night. We did the “name your price” menu, and WOW. The food was excellent! We said $35 and ended up with, I believe 8 courses (yes, 8!) and there truly was not a single dud in the lineup. That is an impressive feat. Almost every multi-course or chef’s menu I’ve ever tried has at least one dish worthy of a “meh”. But they were all tasty! Portion sizes were perfect – felt nice and full, but not bursting by the end. And they were great about asking if we were getting full or if they should slow down the pacing.

    We will definitely be going back. A lot.

    Comment by mike — 8:27 pm August 16, 2010 #

  18. We went here last night…the food was incredible…every dish was tasty and generous helpings all around. The service was spotty. We noticed other servers doing a really great job, unfortunately ours did not. It’s a slower paced restaurant so not great for small children or people in a hurry. We will definitely go again and we will be more prepared to relax and enjoy!

    Comment by Suzanna — 9:40 am August 22, 2010 #

  19. We ate at Blackboard last night, it was our second time. There were four of us, so we shared four different plates. Everything was great. We all agreed that the sliders are some of the best we’ve had. We also enjoyed the Gnocchi with Lamb. The service was outstanding, very friendly and knowledgeable. We’ll be back and we’re bringing friends.

    Comment by Chris Schroeder — 10:36 am August 27, 2010 #

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