With daily-changing menus, regular press in the foodie networks throughout the city, and a hold-no-punches, straight-up, intentional approach to good food, LloydMartin’s Queen Anne restaurant is the place to be to try something refreshing, tasteful, and creative with food.
Once Bricco, a wine and charcuterie/cheese bar, Chef Sam Crannell and his LloydMartin restaurant took over the space in October 2011 and turned it into a dinner restaurant and bar that locals and in-towners really must visit. He and his chefs work wonders from a teeny-tiny kitchen (can it really be called a kitchen?).
The menu features small appetizer plates to share, and heartier main dishes, plus unique desserts and sweet dishes to finish off your meal. It’s updated daily, and changes in large part based on the ingredients that Sam is able to access that very day. Wild mushrooms of different varietals make an appearance year-round, from various truffles to morels.
Some classic LloydMartin dishes over the past years of operation have included a flavorful white bean mousse appetizer, and delicious pork roasts. There’s almost always some kind of foie gras. On the ‘plates’ menu, LloydMartin is known for handmade pastas.
For an additional boost of freshness, LloydMartin hosts prix-fixe Farmers Market Dinners on Thursdays throughout the Queen Anne Farmers Market Season (June through October). The meal is a select offering of dishes made completely from ingredients gathered at that day’s market.
This summer, Chef Sam began offering a fixed-price three-course chef’s menu for $45/person. According to a feature in the Puget Sound Business Journal, the idea has been a smashing success!
To compliment their offerings from the kitchen(-ette), the Queen Anne restaurant has a pretty notable wine list, including sparkling wines, whites, rosés, and reds (both imported and domestic). Several bottles are offered by the glass, with a much bigger offering by the bottle and from LloydMartin’s cellar.
If you love Canlis for special occasions, you’ll feel right at home at LloydMartin for your more regular weeknights out. LloydMartin is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. until close. Social hour is from 5 – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, weekly, with small plates for under $10 each, $4 draft beer, $2 off wines by the glass, and $8 specialty cocktails.
Later this month, LloydMartin’s Chef Sam will be participating in the Cooking with Class benefit at Salty’s on Alki on September 9th. In addition, LloydMartin will host a Lamb Battle cook-off and later, a fall pop-up beer dinner with NW Peaks, featuring beer and pub food. Visit the restaurant’s events page for more details.