The Seaplane Kitchen & Bar is now open in the heart of Kenmore!
Located across from the Hangar at Town Square, the neighborhood restaurant features a Northwest-inspired menu centered around stone hearth pizzas, shareable roasted veggies, and product from Northwest fisheries, farms, breweries and wineries.
“We found many of our regular guests were traveling from north and south of Seattle for a quality meal, and we wanted to bring that experience to areas outside the city like Kenmore. We’ve done this with Rhein Haus Tacoma, Poquitos Bothell and now Seaplane,” said James Weimann, co-owner of Weimann/Maclise Family of Restaurants, which includes Bastille Café & Bar, Poquitos, Rhein Haus, Stoneburner and Macleod’s. “Our hope with this restaurant is that our regulars from other restaurants come experience what we’re all about, and residents of Kenmore and surrounding communities visit us for a variety of dining experiences from date night to a family dinner – we want them to make our restaurant what they want it to be.”
Leaning on relationships with local vendors and purveyors, Seaplane will feature a menu with family-style, sharable and big plate offerings. In addition, the restaurant will offer a to-go program where guests can place an order online and pick up a variety of menu items, including beer and wine. A sampling of menu items include the following:
- A selection of local cheeses and cured meat from a hand-cranked slicer
- Ling Cod sliders – savory cabbage slaw, cucumber relish, potato roll
- Oysters on the half shell from Washington waters
- Cauliflower Tabbouleh – cherry tomato, mint, parsley, green onion
- Gem Lettuce – tahini ranch, bacon, avocado, sunflower seeds
Pizza inspired by aviation and mechanical terminology include:
- Joystick – prosciutto, red wine salami, red sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, oregano
- Flying Wires – Bianca sauce, mushrooms, Fontina, confit garlic, ricotta
- Glider – fennel sausage, red sauce, Ligurian olives, kale, mozzarella
- Cross Wire – beef meatballs, roasted peppers and onions, Provolone and house cheese whiz
- Blistered Carrots – lime, honey and coconut dukkha
- Roasted Broccoli – lemon tahini and sumac
- Roasted Brussels – fig balsamic, lemon, Washington hazelnuts
- Seaplane Burger – a diner-style burger with two dry-aged beef patties, shredded lettuce, slow-cooked onion, cheddar, dill pickles, umami ketchup
- Crispy Long Bone Short Rib – potato and Kuri squash mash
- Super Good Meatballs – slow-cooked kale, creamy stone ground polenta, grilled bread
“To create the Seaplane menu, I looked to some successes I had at Bastille and Stoneburner while trying out a more playful approach,” said Co-owner and Executive Chef Jason Stoneburner. “Many dishes were inspired by my appreciation for the abundance of ingredients harvested here in the Pacific Northwest, and certain dishes, like the Ling Cod sliders, came from my childhood fish shop, while others are simply what hungry diners are craving. Our hope is this menu gives something for all guests to love and keeps them returning.”
On the beverage side, the bar program, headed by Bastille and Stoneburner Bar Manager and Seaplane Co-owner Erik Carlson, will feature 12 drafts with a heavy tilt towards regional breweries, and food-friendly cocktails highlighting agricultural spirits and seasonal ingredients. The wine offerings, hand-selected by Master Sommelier James Lechner, showcase Washington state’s award-winning growing regions through an approachable bottle list, glass pours and two wines on tap.
The newest restaurant will feature a 125-person dining room, 25 seat zinc bar-top, 50-person outdoor patio with fire feature and buddy bar along with a mezzanine accommodating up to 50 guests for private events. Seaplane Kitchen & Bar will also be available for private parties, events and buy-outs.
The large light-filled interior features an abundance of rustic wood re-purposed from the Ballard High School bleachers and lanes from a bowling alley on Capitol Hill and dark metals, aviation and maritime artifacts and artwork, and antique lighting fixtures. All the elements combine to make guests feel like they are dining in an Alaskan lodge. For families and their little ones, the kids’ dining and activity area includes a giant model seaplane hanging from the ceiling plus a giant chalkboard covering an entire wall for little artists to showcase their skills.
Seaplane Kitchen & Bar will offer dinner daily from 3 – 10 p.m. on weekdays and 3 – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and happy hour daily from 3 – 5 p.m. A Saturday and Sunday brunch will launch at a later date.
Seaplane Kitchen & Bar
6704 NE 181st Street
Kenmore WA 98028
Lesley is the founder and editor of What’s Up NW. Prior to creating WhatsUpNW.com, she was the Seattle city editor for AskMissA.com. For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events. She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local.