West Seattle restaurants: Arthur’s announces March 30th opening date

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

All-day, all-night breakfast and lunch … plus shuffleboard. (And dinner.)

That’s part of what you’ll find at Arthur’s, which has just announced it’ll open March 30th at 2311 California SW.

We first told you last November that Rebecca Rice and Sara Levin were bringing Arthur’s to the former location of Angelina’s, which had been closed six months by then. After hearing at last night’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting (full report to come) that they had set the date, we arranged to talk with them this morning.

They’ve been spending months revamping the interior, which for one has been brightened dramatically – a boon during this very long, dark, rainy winter.

Though some things are different – new wood table and bar tops, new concrete floor – the layout is much the same as you might remember, with the addition of the shuffleboard table.

The 14-foot, fifth-of-a-ton shuffleboard table on the dining-room side, not the bar side – intended as what Rice calls an “interactive space – shuffleboard, to me, is easiest for everyone to play.”

Back to what you’ll be able to eat and drink at Arthur’s. The concept, Rice says, was inspired by her dad, the namesake of Arthur’s – a diner-type situation with lunch available at breakfast and vice versa, but not greasy diner food. The food will be “hearty and nourishing … not biscuits and gravy all day every day,” Levin smiles. “Though we reserve the right to do that sometimes,” Rice quickly adds. Their chef is Ian Welch, who you might know from venues elsewhere in Seattle such as The Great Nabob and Leary Traveler.

Beverages will include a “full coffee program” – espresso as well as drip – with coffee roasted by QED (which, you might recall, opened a shop in north Morgan Junction last year). A full bar, too, and since their concept comes from Australia, and the name is in honor of Rice’s Australian dad, they’ll offer some Australian wines and beer. As well as Rainier Beer in a can, which she says was her dad’s favorite.

Hours will be 8 am-10 pm Sundays through Thursdays, 8 am-11 pm Fridays and Saturdays. As mentioned earlier, breakfast and lunch items will be available at all times; the dinner menu will be available starting at 4 pm. All prepared for, and served to, you by “an awesome staff,” Rice promises.

For her and Levin, it’s been “an adventure and a learning experience” – they have both been in the industry for so long, working for others, that they decided, “why can’t we do it?”

Yes, they’ll have a website up soon, menu and all, at arthursseattle.com. And soon the hand-painted sign in our top photo atop will be out front as they prepare to open on March 30th.

45 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants: Arthur's announces March 30th opening date"

  • newnative March 15, 2017 (4:17 pm)

    haha, “oh yeah, all day, and all of the night!”

    Can’t wait.  #wheresthemasonjarofmerlot

  • HelperMonkey March 15, 2017 (4:27 pm)

    could not be more excited for Arthur’s to open! welcome to the hood! I’ll see you every Sunday for boozy brunch. :) 

  • CR March 15, 2017 (4:47 pm)

    Sounds awesome! Can’t wait!

  • DaveB March 15, 2017 (4:54 pm)

    Welcome to the neighborhood. Looking forward to your opening. 

  • Jake R. March 15, 2017 (5:03 pm)

    Disappointing to see yet another restaurant with big TVs  dominating the space. One of the reasons we love Itto’s, West 5, Locol, Mao Ono (most of the time), Rocolto, Pizzaria 22, Bang Bar, etc. is that you can eat in peace and have a conversation without the constant video interruption or distraction. I don’t think any of these restaurants are hurting for business because of that decision.

    • WSB March 15, 2017 (5:31 pm)

      Hi – The photo with the TVs is the bar, not the dining area, though I believe bar patrons will be able to order food too.

    • jtm March 16, 2017 (3:58 pm)

      You literally listed 7 alternatives to TV bars/restaurants. So you aren’t without options. 

  • wsres March 15, 2017 (5:05 pm)

    this sounds great!!

  • KSA March 15, 2017 (5:54 pm)

    Any hope for a vegan item on the menu? Something besides granola, like a tofu scramble? There are no good options for vegan breakfast in West Seattle so that would be a huge selling point.

    • Moji March 15, 2017 (6:20 pm)

      Agreed!! Vegan breakfast options please :)

    • Mary March 15, 2017 (7:11 pm)

      Another +1 for vegan options!

    • Vinay Ramasundaram March 15, 2017 (9:29 pm)

      Have you tried Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe

      • Sheeba March 15, 2017 (10:25 pm)

        +1 for Chaco Canyon. My fav vegan food!

      • KSA March 16, 2017 (10:59 am)

        I haven’t had them for brunch. I am actually not vegan, but my husband is. I love a traditional brunch with eggs, etc, but there is no place for us to go together where he can get a good brunch too. Hoping this place is the solution!

  • WSEA March 15, 2017 (5:55 pm)

    Dibs on the shuffleboard table. 

    Love the idea of the place. 

  • North of Admiral March 15, 2017 (5:57 pm)

    Love the interior design and excited to try it!!

    With such great places up north here as Copper Coin, Mission, New Leaf, Irashai, Mioposto (at there last night) and now the Nook, Arthur’s is making it again easy to not have to travel to the South junction for good food and drink. 

    Welcome to the NAd Hood! 

    • Foodie March 15, 2017 (10:04 pm)

      Don’t forget Pizzeria 22. So many good restaurants in the Admiral District.

      • North of Admiral March 16, 2017 (11:11 am)

        Foodie you are right. I overlooked 22 and sadly I haven’t been in recently. I love their food too. I’m going next week!

  • Swede. March 15, 2017 (6:08 pm)

    Sounds and looks great! 

    Breakfast for dinner is a thing in WS now too. 

  • KD March 15, 2017 (6:39 pm)

    It looks great. A little off Arthur’s subject, but WSB, curious if any time line schedule for the opening of Drunky Two Shoes in WC? You’d covered their announcement last year and they were aiming for a Nov.(2016) opening. We sure miss good BBQ since Uncle Mikes closed. Drunky’s looks no where near opening. Thanks!

    • WSB March 15, 2017 (6:46 pm)

      Got a long list of inquiries out re: restaurants in progress and whenever we get new info, we publish it. Meantime, they replied to a social-media inquiry two weeks ago by saying they’re aiming for April 1st.

      • KD March 16, 2017 (6:18 am)

        Thankyou.

  • Holly & Paul Seim March 15, 2017 (7:07 pm)

    Cannot wait! Love having another breakfast place as well as lunch and dinner! AND close enough to walk to for breakfast!!

  • Joe K March 15, 2017 (7:31 pm)

    Sounds good! Someone save me a seat.

  • T Chief March 15, 2017 (7:46 pm)

    Can’t wait to come check it out! 

  • Pizzeria 22 March 15, 2017 (8:11 pm)

    We are very excited for Becky and Sara! These girls have been working their tails off building what will be a fantastic addition to Admiral and West Seattle! Can’t wait for breaky mate!

    • Becky March 18, 2017 (1:28 pm)

      thanks guys!  and thanks to cary and the team at pizzeria for keeping us fueled and happy during the buildout!!

      • Scott March 30, 2017 (7:26 pm)

        Hoping for some paleo options too. 

  • Brenda March 15, 2017 (8:31 pm)

    Great concept,  I love me a little lunch for breakfast! Are minors welcome?

    • WSB March 15, 2017 (8:56 pm)

      Yes, this is all ages.

  • k.davis March 15, 2017 (11:26 pm)

    God I love reading the comments every time a new restaurant opens – betting how far down I get before the requisite “vegan” gripe shows up.  Not hating on the vegans … but it is pretty funny.

    • WSB March 15, 2017 (11:47 pm)

      It’s actually a valid question and I’m sorry we didn’t include more details about the food. As noted, they expect to have a website up soon with menu info. Given that their sign includes an avocado and our original report on their plan included the phrase “clean eating,” I doubt the V’s will be disappointed. – TR

  • AdmiralNeighbor March 15, 2017 (11:27 pm)

    This sounds amazing!  I am very happy for another breakfast place, can’t wait to try it!

  • Holly March 16, 2017 (11:29 am)

    What a great concept and a lovely tribute. I can’t wait to come eat brunch and love that you’ll have shuffleboard. I hope you are wildly successful and that our neighborhood treats you well! Welcome. 

  • West Seattle since 1979 March 16, 2017 (4:44 pm)

    This sounds great! Can’t wait.

  • CaliAve March 16, 2017 (6:22 pm)

    i hope they serve breakfast all week long! most of the places within walking distance to our location only serve it on the weekends… i know, we could always drive & we do on occasion 

    • Becky March 18, 2017 (1:29 pm)

      all-day, same menu–eggs at 9pm!!

  • kdog March 17, 2017 (5:10 pm)

    so since food is served does this mean kids are allowed? regardless, i cant wait. something other than pizza in the admiral district is exciting!!

  • JD March 17, 2017 (9:01 pm)

    Shuffle board !!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  • WS Guy March 20, 2017 (7:40 pm)

    Just read about a great dish called Shakshuka. Sounds like a perfect item for both breakfast and dinner. Tasty, nutritious, inexpensive.  Maybe they could put that on the menu. I do not see others in the area serving it, however it sounds like a popular dish elsewhere.

  • WS Guy March 20, 2017 (8:08 pm)

    I look forward to Falafel Salam too. I loved them at the Farmer’s Market. It would be great if they offer Shakshuka.  I know new places can’t do everything all at once. But I put my vote for something different. They can always take it away if it doesn’t sell.  We have quite enough burritos and pizza.

  • Concerned April 2, 2017 (9:15 am)

    We tried Arthur’s for breakfast today and were the second table through the door.  It would have been a good idea to comp food or coffee for today’s customers or have done a week of soft open.  Our breakfast took nearly an hour.  Tables arriving after we did were served first without apology.  Our waitress apologized for being absent and said she was asked to help in the kitchen.  

    • Max Allen April 2, 2017 (4:56 pm)

      always leary of comments that want free food…..

  • Patrick April 3, 2017 (12:28 pm)

    Really dissapointed by our experience at Arthur’s.  We were Angelina’s regulars for years and tried out Sunday brunch for my father-in-law’s birthday.  As we came in the host (owner I believe) told us the lead times were running long since they had only been open 3 days.  Fine, we thought (both my wife and I worked in the industry for years), can’t be that bad, we don’t have to be anywhere until 2pm (it was 11:30).  First red flag was when we asked our server what her favorite dish was, her answer, “Honestly, I haven’t tired anything on the menu, I can’t tell you”.  That’s “opening a restaurant 101”, you always have the waitstaff try everything out so that they know what to tell clients!  When we were being seated, the host told our server that we had drinks coming from the bar.  After not receiving them for 45 minutes,  we had to ask her where they were and had to keep reminding her to bring us water (6 empty glasses are pretty noticeable).   Our waitress would be gone for 20 minutes at a time and no where to be found.  An hour went by, finally got our drinks, still no food or even an ETA on when it would come out.  Our waitress dissapears again.  I would think at this point they would bring us something to tide us over or tell us what’s going on, nope.  An hour and a half goes by, no food, no waitress, drinks are empty.  At this point, I’m telling my wife to go to Circa and order food with the family and I’ll stay behind to cash out and leave.  The waitress finally appears once again to tell us the food is coming (so we stay).  Fifteen minutes later, we receive two out of the six plates of food (but no utensils) and then it takes another 15-20 minutes on top of that to receive the other four plates.  By this time, the first two plates are cold and soggy and half my order was wrong, and the waitress never comes back by to ask how everything is.  She hides again for another 20 minutes before coming back to our table so that we can yell, “Check!”  Mind you 75% of our meals were toast with a spread, how in the hell that takes two hours is beyond comprehension in the restaurant industry.  I paid $100 for soggy toast (and not the one I ordered) that was two hours late, talk about peeved.

    Suffice it to say, we won’t be back or at least not for a year or so when they have gotten the kinks worked out and some better wait staff!

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