Located in the heart of the city since 1924, and a home-away-from-home for generations, Fairmont Olympic welcomes both long-time patrons and new guests to The George for a modern dining experience in downtown Seattle. The restaurant’s new name pays homage to the history of the cherished dining room, while evolving into a new era and introducing fresh traditions. The George, which opened this month, completes the hotel’s $25 million restoration that kicked off in January 2020. The project also transformed the grand lobby, added a new Olympic Bar and one-of-a-kind kinetic art installation, updated event spaces, and created an intimate spirit drinker’s enclave called Founders Club.
Under the helm of Restaurant Executive Chef Thomas Cullen, The George shines a spotlight on Seattle’s culinary scene through its brasserie-inspired menu. The 4,500 square foot space seats 100 and offers bar and lounge seating for 20, as well as a private dining room for 12. Open daily, the restaurant serves breakfast daily and dinner Tuesday–Saturday with weekend brunch and lunch service commencing later this spring.
As a showcase of the Pacific Northwest, The George offers the freshest seafood straight from local waters and dry aged meats sourced from farms across the state and region. Artisan cheeses are provided by local dairies, and seasonal Pacific Northwest fruits and vegetables from local farmers and sustainable foragers. Signature dishes include a traditional French bouillabaisse, The George seafood tower featuring a selection of Dungeness and king crab, oysters, prawns, mussels, clams, geoduck and bay scallops, and Painted Hills bone-in short rib with heirloom carrots and natural jus.
Chef Cullen draws on his rich experience at world renowned restaurants, his commitment to quality ingredients and sustainability, and his heartfelt connection to the Pacific Northwest to create a new dining experience.
“I have curated a menu that is both approachable and memorable,” said Chef Cullen. “With our access to the best this region has to offer, we welcome guests to experience this classic dining room in a new way, with visually stunning dishes that tempt the senses and feed the palate in a thoughtful and respectful manner.”
An extensive bar program that features hand-crafted signature cocktails created by Jesse Cyr, the hotel’s award-winning Beverage Curator. The menu highlights spirits from local distilleries and around the world, a selection of local and domestic beers, and a substantial wine list with an extensive wine by-the-glass program with a large focus on Pacific Northwest winemakers.
The George made its debut with a stunning new look by Spanish design studio Lázaro Rosa Violán (LRV) that honors the space’s famed history and soaring classical framework, while incorporating fresh and timeless interior designs, as well as a new beautifully crafted bar and a dedicated street entrance from Seneca Street at the corner of 5th Avenue. Still guided by the vernacular of the building’s original architect George B. Post, many of the unique design elements remain the same, while bringing in a new overall interior aesthetic.
Opened in 1924, Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s dining room has served as the social hub of Seattle for many decades. From hosting fashion icons and legendary musicians to top philanthropists and tastemakers, the space has been a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Through the years, the classic dining room has been the setting for generations of events and has become a memorable part the Seattle dining scene.
The George is located at 411 University Street at Fairmont Olympic with a dedicated street entrance at 5th Avenue and Seneca. Guests can make reservations through Open Table, at www.thegeorgeseattle.com, and visit the restaurant’s Instagram page @thegeorgeseattle, for updates and an inside look at the space.