West Seattle’s next new restaurant, Westcity Sardine Kitchen, opens Friday at 3405 California SW, and will serve dinner seven nights a week. We’ve been watching this one for a long time; check the backstory:
December 2010 – The Bohemian abruptly closes.
August 2011 – The site sells to an “experienced restaurateur” (eventually revealed as the owner of Bick’s Neighborhood Grill in Greenwood).
January 2012 – A liquor-license app spills the name “West City Sardine Kitchen” (the first space has since been removed).
September 2012 – After months of attempts to get more information about the future restaurant and its status, via phone calls, in-person visits, notes on the door, we receive a postal-mailed letter from its proprietors, explaining their plan of a “simple neighborhood dinnerhouse” in the vein of Bick’s and co-owned, nearby Saltoro.
June 2013 – A help-wanted ad for the new restaurant appears on Craigslist.
We’ve gone by almost daily ever since, hoping to find someone to follow up with. And today, we connected with staffers who tell us they’re opening Friday, August 2nd, and will be open 5-10 pm daily thereafter – the “simple neighborhood dinnerhouse” as explained in that September letter.
Read on for photos of the menu, and more info:
The menu has lots of seafood, but they do also have chicken, steak, and burgers. They want to stress that the pricing will offer something for everyone. As for the beverages – full bar, with six beers on tap, and a wine selection.
Here’s the menu, photographed in sections:
And going back to that letter they sent in September – looks like they’ve stuck with the plan:
… We plan a simple neighborhood dinnerhouse, just like Bick’s and Saltoro. Both of those restaurants have a core menu that rarely changes, and a large chalkboard menu that continually changes, depending on seasonality, availability, kitchen interest, and what our guests like! We plan the same for West Seattle, with the menu ultimately determined by what our guests will order. …
So what took so long? The space apparently needed a LOT of work. But they say good things come to those who wait – so go try for yourself, and wish them well, starting Friday night. (Their phone: 206-937-0155.) We’ll be adding a page to the WSB West Seattle Restaurant Guide, too.