Last night Gio, Lauren, and I checked out the very newly opened Anchovies and Olives. Nothing on the website, all we knew is that it was the latest addition to Ethan Stowell’s growing list of Seattle eateries (Union, Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf).
It’s located in the Pike/Pine corridor, which seems to be the latest hotbed for new Capitol Hill restaurants. Look up the address in advance, as it’s very easy to just walk right on by. Inside, the decor is fairly generic, with an open kitchen that feels more Food Network-y than enticing.
Staff was very friendly, though a bit pushy and only marginally helpful with the menu. Turns out that the menu is entirely seafood, mostly fish. I personally love seafood, but have some friends that don’t and for them dinner would be relegated to foccacia and wine (though there are worse things in life).
Overall the food was just ok. The fish, cooked in aluminum foil to “bring out the flavors” was still pretty bland. Gio’s scallops were fine, but forgettable. Prices are mid-range, around $40-$50pp for food and wine. Overall it was an uninspiring experience, especially with the likes of Lark, Presse, and Spinasse right around the corner. It’s possible that our experience reflected some early-opening jitters, let me know if you have a distinctly better experience.
P.S. My apologies for a lack of pictures recently. Our Elph has been finicky lately, but a new one is on the way!
Anchovies and Olives
1550 15th Ave.
Dinner: Daily 5:00PM-midnight