See inside the Pacific Room, getting ready to open on Alki

(WSB photos)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Kurt Niemeyer has a degree in marine science.

His love for sealife is visible throughout his new restaurant/bar on Alki, the Pacific Room.

The ex-Hawks Nest West/Bamboo space at 2806 Alki SW is now totally transformed into a classy – but not overly high-brow – dining, drinking, and entertainment space, three months after we reported the Pacific Room was on the way. Until its grand opening next Tuesday, it has soft-opened by reservation. We stopped by this afternoon for a preview.

Kurt, a West Seattle resident, explains that his restaurant career started as something he did between maritime gigs from diving to piloting. He found himself in management, and eventually had a idea for his own place – now the Pacific Room.

If you visited the space in its previous incarnations, you wouldn’t recognize it now.

Electric fireplaces line much of the west wall, until the row of elegant black-upholstered booths. Nautical and sealife decor graces the walls over the booths; the theme continues on the patio, where fish and turtles are among the designs inset in the patio just outside the floor-to-ceiling front windows with a view out across the street to Alki Beach Park and Elliott Bay. The prototype designs are also visible on this piece just inside the entrance:

Kurt and family members designed and built the renovations.

As for the food – they’re serving a limited soft-open menu for starters, lots of seafood – though you’ll also find meat, from burgers to filet mignon, and vegetables including a vegan salad. We photographed test platters of coconut shrimp and seared salmon:

Executive Chef Warren Akana, from Honolulu, and his team were at work in the kitchen, also overhauled in the transformation.

Even the restrooms were renovated, now highlighted by stainless steel and mirrors. Perhaps the only original features you’ll find in the Pacific Room are the exposed beams:

For starters, they’ll be opening at 11 am and staying open until things slow down, likely in the 9 pm hour, seven days a week. They’ll have music on Friday and Saturday nights to start, beginning June 14th/15th, working up to seven nights a week eventually; the performance area’s at the back of the house.

The Pacific Room is all ages, though you have to be 21+ to sit at the marble-topped bar.’

The soft-open nights before Tuesday are by reservation only – email Kurt at

16 Replies to "See inside the Pacific Room, getting ready to open on Alki"

  • sam-c June 7, 2019 (5:01 pm)

    Wow- It looks fantastic !  Looking forward to trying it out.

  • Steve June 7, 2019 (7:28 pm)

    Wow, you’re right…unrecognizable!!  I wish Kurt luck and look forward to checking it out!!

  • Marcella Perillo June 7, 2019 (8:00 pm)

    Cool! Excited to try it out! :)

  • David June 7, 2019 (9:04 pm)

    The last time I ate at The Bamboo I had a cockroach in my nachos. This place looks wonderful and worth a try.

  • Mark Won June 8, 2019 (7:18 am)

    Any background on the chef Warren Akana from Honolulu?  The place definitely appears inviting, also like the patio furnishings and seascape lanai flooring.  Hopefully the food and service will rise to the occasion. Best wishes for a success!

  • Admiral Mom June 8, 2019 (9:42 am)

    Wow! This is a beautiful transformation. I’m so happy to have a nice restaurant like this in West Seattle. I’ll be visiting soon!

  • Andrea Rouleau June 8, 2019 (12:03 pm)

    Beautiful! I cant wait!

  • Julie June 8, 2019 (2:24 pm)

    Wow, this place looks amazing!  We look forward to checking it out.

  • Calista Munnell June 8, 2019 (3:03 pm)

    I walked in with a friend this afternoon just to see their menu, since it wasn’t listed online yet, and was greeted by Kurt. He couldn’t have been nicer, and he showed us all the special touches and thought that they put into the place. It sound like they have a great jazz/blues/bluegrass music lineup coming up. We made a reservation for their official Grand Opening on the 14th. They take reservations and walk ins.  Looking forward to having them in the neighborhood! 

  • Winston Smith June 8, 2019 (10:09 pm)

    My group and I attended the soft opening and were thoroughly impressed with the simplistic perfection they attained with their seafood dishes. They have managed to create a unique venue on Alki that rivals Saltys. If you want to support local guys that have literally put their blood, sweat, and tears into a business,  please consider The Pacific Room.

  • Kam June 10, 2019 (9:06 am)

    These guys nailed it!! The food and drink is on point and the ambiance is fabulous. My new favorite place on the beach! Shout out to Dan, love the candy arm cocktail!! 

  • Laura J Larson June 10, 2019 (12:02 pm)

    How about some discounts or special deals for local West Seattle folks? For those of us that have been living here awhile, we’ve been gentrified and would love to be able to afford to eat in our own communities. Throw us a bone ( Just thought I’d ask).  Place looks wonderful. Congratulations on your new home and we wish you all the best and the greatest success! success 

  • Laura June 13, 2019 (7:35 pm)

    I read an article on and decided to
    do a bit do research. Who are these people and where did they come from?  There comments about Alki seem quite arrogant.  I’ve lived in West Seattle for over 40 years
    and frequent Alki often, there’s no lack of sophistication.  There are amazing entablements on Alki with hard
    working people putting out a great product!  Pegus, Christos, Dukes, Alki Café, El
    Chupacabra, Sun Fish, Spuds, Pepperdocks, West Seattle Brewery, The Beach Pub, Cactus,
    Salty’s and Top Pot! Most of these businesses have been around for over 20
    years! Yes, they’re all not white table cloths with a wine Somalia, but all
    have their own identity and great people that work there.  Perhaps there are referencing the 1970’s

    My husband and I frequented the Hawks Nest a few times for SeahawksHawks
    games and a great time. They obviously ran into trouble as did B’s PoyBoy. Both
    had a great staff and were upgrades to the prior enablement’s. I was sad to see
    them go.

    I will definitely check them out. Excited about the music. The
    prices do seem very steep.  We dine at Jack
    sand Dukes often. Hopefully this will be a good third option.

  • Megan June 14, 2019 (11:07 pm)

    We just tried to get dinner at this restaurant but after waiting 2 and a half hours no food came. We finally left. It was a complete cluster. Hopefully they will get it together.

  • Holly June 24, 2019 (10:23 pm)

    Went there on Sunday for a date night. The halibut with risotto was amazing and I tried the “arm candy” cocktail. So good I had to get two of them. The setting is beautiful with white washed seashore decor and soft blue lights. A little piano with a velvet curtain in the back. This is a special place that was worth the dough for a fun night out. Can’t wait to swing by on a night they have live music. 

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