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Oliver’s Twist

September 19th, 2008 · Comments

Oliver’s Twist (Lounge, Small Plates)
6822 Greenwood Ave N (map)
(206) 706-6673

Seattle Times: “Outside of Ballard, the best bar to grab a cocktail up north is Oliver’s Twist in Phinney Ridge.”
CitySearch: “An upscale neighborhood lounge with divine small plates and artfully composed cocktails…”
NWSource: “A menu of small plates that includes a mini-grilled cheese sandwich served with cappuccino-foamed tomato soup…”

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (68 votes, average: 3.82 out of 5)

dining · Food & Drink · pubs


  1. CJP says:

    Great sides and drinks. Not cheap, but tasty.
    The kale is wonderful. Popcorn is completely addictive. In fall/winter – mini grilled cheese with tomato “soup” – I belive it’s actually tomato cappucino – is amazing. Ambience is a little loud, but still a great place to go out.

  2. Bree says:

    This place makes me feel like I’m back in NY again. Trendy, hip, upscale, but not too pretentious. GREAT cocktails. It is overpriced, but one of the nicer options in the neighborhood.

  3. Brett says:

    Looove this place! Delicious small plates and tasty, unique drinks. Faves:Fingerling potatoes, garlic truffled popcorn, blue cheese bacon stuffed dates w/ marcona almonds…oh yummm!

  4. lynn says:

    Are you kidding me? This place claims to be a cocktail bar, and they didn’t even know how to make a decent Vesper? Hello? Hello? Oh, sorry couldn’t hear you shouting over all the noise.

  5. dawn says:

    I love Oliver’s Twist. Really, I do. But last Friday night, two friends and I made our way down there about 11:00. I was SHOCKED and horrified to get out of my car and be greeted by horible 89.5 type music that I could hear over a block away. Really people? This is a neighborhood bar. While we still went in and had a drink, the headache it left me with went along with the bad taste the new ‘scene’ left in my mouth. I guess I should stick to Tuesdays at OT.

  6. JJ says:

    I don’t know what is happening to this place. I used to really enjoy going here with friends to grab a cocktail, but lately, the place is changing for the worse. It is now a little piece of meat-market belltown right here in Phinny. I could be the minority, but that is not what I look for in a neighborhood place.

  7. Mike says:

    What is going on at Oliver’s Twist??!! My wife and I have been here countless times over the last two years and always loved it. Went last night, April 15th, 2009 around 7 (I’m being specific, cause I want the owners to know how AWFUL their staff was). Sat five feet from the bar and waited 25 minutes without even getting a “hello.” Apparently we were not alone. It seemed the waitress was avoiding helping any tables, as she poured two glassed of wine, stuck her nose deep into the glass to smell them, then looked at the bottle as if wondering “Dare I serve this or should I go ahead and open a new one?” Finally, she set the wine down, talked to the bartender for a while, then poured six glasses of water, stood around for a few more minutes, then went and brought the drinks to some table of long-suffering customers, before going back to the counter and fiddling with napkins for another five minutes, all the while avoiding our looks of “Can we get some drinks over here?” At one point, as we approached the 30 minute mark, growing more and more curious at what was wrong with these people, the bartender glanced in my direction and made eye contact, but never came over to help us. Finally, after around 35 minutes of sitting there, we got up and left as the bartender turned and watched two obviously pissed off patrons go off in search of another place to eat.

    We came in ready to have some drinks and food, even grab a couple of t-shirts, but we left feeling pretty pissed off. That crew last night was just pathetic. I hope this isn’t the future of Oliver’s Twist, but I’ll tell you what, we won’t be going back there ANY time soon.

  8. annika says:

    I love Oliver’s Twist. It’s my favorite place for a drink on Greenwood. Their Whiskey Sour is the best I’ve ever had. Mmm.
    I totally disagree with the meat-market comments. One of the reasons why I like this bar is that I can go for a drink with my girlfriends and not be bothered by dudes lookin’ for some ass. It’s a posh but comfy place to meet up with friends and have a well made drink and delicious bites to nosh. Plus, I can walk home afterward. Oliver’s Twist is a great asset to our neighborhood.

  9. anonymous says:

    I agree, the last time I was there (about a year ago) it was awful…it was about 11 p.m. on a Friday night and they had a DJ blasting awful music, which made carrying on a conversation impossible. I had been to Oliver Twists at least four times before that night, so I was really surprised by this change of atmosphere. We quickly ate our dessert and left. The DJ also had a small child in tow, about three years old, who kept wandering toward the door. The little boy did head out the door and I was just about to go lead him back inside when the DJ (his father?) noticed. Really, really inappropriate on so many levels. I hope the owners are reading these reviews and have returned to their original vibe. Otherwise, O.T. is crossed off my list of favorite neighborhood places.

  10. george says:

    fabulous cocktails and tasty dates! Love this place.

  11. Karen says:

    I was so disappointed in this place. From the outside, looks great.

    The waitress ignored our table. Provided “slam down” service. Gave us popcorn drenced in oil and charged us outrageous amounts for this “gourmet special.”

    Never go back. Get out of our neighborhood.