Montlake Cut Is a Cut Above the Rest

06.15.2016 by: Allison Turpin
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Nick Baldovinus can do no wrong. With a track record like Neighborhood Services and Off-Site Kitchen, the expectations for any restaurant of his are extremely high. If you've been, you know Montlake Cut hits the mark.

Named after the easternmost section of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which passes through the city of Seattle, this restaurant features fresh, quality seafood in all its forms. The decor is somehow both kitschy and classy with over-the-top marine decorations, a fish tank, and large rope shelves. The atmosphere is fun and energetic at night surrounding the large full-service bar that is first-come, first-served, while still maintaining an atmosphere for a great date spot. The lunch crowd is largely made up of business meetings and was completely full on a Wednesday.

Hidden at the bottom of the menu is the Cucumber Lemonade. Sweet, tart and fizzy all-in-one, this refreshing drink will hit the spot on a warm day. They also have a great selection of wine that will pair perfectly with the robust seafood menu.

The cucumber lemonade was tart and sweet and utterly refreshing.

A great way to begin your meal is with a selection of their oysters. They have options from the "Right Coast" and the "Left Coast," but the way to go is Nick's Picks, where the chef chooses a baker's dozen from both coasts. 

Selection of fresh oysters

A highlight from the lunch menu is the fish tacos. There are three options, including white sea bass, BBQ spiced gulf shrimp, and crispy gulf snapper. We tried the sea bass tacos at the recommendation of our waiter and were not disappointed. The quality of the fish shines through, and the cabbage slaw with the avocado and crema makes for one of the best fish tacos in town. They were a little messy to eat, but who cares about the juice dripping down your hand if it's a tasty taco?

Fish tacos with white sea bass

Fish & chips with halibut and crispy fries

Shells & cheese is gooey and delicious.

Most of the appetizers and entrees are seafood-centric, including the N.W. clam chowder, ceviche, big eye crudo, fish & chips, and a variety of simple fish preparations. One constant runs through all of the dishes: the quality of the seafood.

The fish & chips were crispy and light and prepared with a buttery and fresh halibut. The accompanying sauce paired nicely with the fish. If seafood isn't your dish of choice, try the shells & cheese or the Tillamook cheddar burger. You can be confident a burger from Baldovinus will do more than satisfy.

Banana pudding with pretzels and butterscotch

If you can manage it, save room for dessert. The banana pudding came layered in a jar with salty pretzels, butterscotch caramel, and a toasted meringue. Alongside a nicely brewed espresso, it was the perfect end to a delightful meal.

This restaurant has a committed following, so we highly recommend reservations for lunch or for dinner. Parking can be difficult during peak times in Preston Center, so plan accordingly. Montlake Cut is a refreshing spot with a fun atmosphere, delicious food, and classy clientele.

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