James Beard Award

2000 Best American Chef Northwest”

James Beard Foundation

★ ★ ★ ★

Mobil Travel Guide
Fodor's Best

★ ★ ★ ★

Best Places Seattle
Best Places Northwest

★ ★ ★ ★

The Seattle Times

★ ★ ★ ★

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

★ ★ ★

Frommer’s Washington State
(highest rating)

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

AAA 5-Diamond Award
(1 of 50 in America)

2007 Award of Excellence


Fine Dining Hall of Fame

Nation’s Restaurant News
since 2003

#1 Destination Restaurant in the World

National Geographic

Top 40 Restaurants in the United States

The Restaurant Issue 2007

2005 Restaurant of the Year

Seattle Times
Washington Wine Commission

America’s Top 10 Restaurants

Zagat Survey 2007

Top 50 Restaurants in the World

Travel & Leisure

Best of Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator 1997 - 2007

Best Northwest Wine List

Wine Press Northwest
2000 - 2007

Ultimate Award of Distinction

Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2006

Futile search for synonyms for bliss.

Seattle Weekly

You can’t help but applaud at the end.

Financial Times of London

An unparalleled dining event.

The Seattle Times

A must-experience. The fastest five hours you’ll ever experience.

Best Places Seattle

The Northwest’s most-celebrated restaurant; the ultimate expression of the Northwest’s bounty.


A Weekend in Woodinville

In January 1997, a fire destroyed the original Herbfarm, in Fall City, Washington, which had become one of the Northwest's most celebrated restaurants. This past April, however, after years of planning and hard work, husband-and-wife restaurant owners Ron Zimmerman and Carrie Van Dyck resumed staging their acclaimed dinners.

Dinners at the Herbfarm are a celebration of Northwest bounty, with regional wines for accompaniement and fresh herbs flavoring unusual dishes such as nettle soup, salmon with wild ginger sauce, risotto with fiddleheads and morels, and Douglas fir sorbet (which is made with a syrup flavored by fir needles). Call it performance art for the palate.

The new Herbfarm restaurant is adjacent to the luxurious Willows Lodge, which opened last September. Set on the banks of the Sammamish River, the lodge captures a Northwest aesthetic with its beautiful woodwork and Asian-inspired gardens--and high-tech amenities such as digital showers and high speed Internet service.

Though dinner at the Herbfarm and a night at the Willows Lodge are more than enough to compose a great getaway, a ftrip to Woodinville can also include an afternoon of wine tasting, a spa treatment, a bit of bicycling on the paved Sammamish River Trail (Willows Lodge bike rentals are $5 per hour for guests), or--for green thumbs-- a visit to some of the area's plant nurseries. You might even consider a morning hot-air balloon flight, though the crack-of-dawn wake-up required for that might start to sound less appealing when you know that dinner is likely to last until almost midnight.

If you're like my wife and me, you'll like opt to sleep late, enjoy a generous breakfast buffet, and then go for a leisurely ride on the bike path. (We did so thinkng we might pedal off a few of the previous night's cslories. Fat chance.)

After lunch at Redhook Ale Brewery's Forecasters Public House, head out for an afternnoon of wine tasting and plant shopping. WSoodinville is home to half a dozen wineries; the two largest, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Winery, ar a short walk from the lodge.

For a more personal experience, search out the area's two smallest wineries. Facelli is hidden at the back of a business complex. In its tiny tasting room, you're likely to meet winemaker Louis Facelli, who produces some of the best red wines in the state. Nearby is DiSteg=fano Winery, which specializes in traditional Bordeaux-style wines.

If the gardens at the Herbfarm and Willows Lodge have you thinking about doing some gardening yourself, stop by Molbak's Nursery in downtown Woodinville.

In business since 1956, Molbak's boasts greenhouses filled with ornamentals, houseplants, vegetable starts, and garden-related gifts on its 13 acre grounds. Don't miss the tropical conservatory area.

More tropical plants plants, this time exclusively orchids, can be seen (and purchased) at nearby BAker