The Lockspot Cafe


  • THE GOOD: great location. Next door to Ballard Locks.
  • THE BAD: soggy bread.
  • THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Ballard, Seattle.

Lockspot Cafe stands next to the Locks.

A local joint reminiscing Ballard’s blue collared past. The neighborhood, along with the city, has changed in the past few years; but Lockspot remains a familiar place, with low ceilings, brick walls and friendly faces.

It’s more a bar than a restaurant.

Game day crowd, big screen TV, late hours, pool tables and such; but families are welcome, and seatings are comfortable.

A likable server took little time with our orders, and arrived with freshly-brewed coffee and cups with lids for kids. She also gave the little ones crayons and drawing pads, curtesy of the Army Corps of Engineers.


A look around took us back to the 70’s.

Or perhaps the 80’s? Or the 90’s? Or some time in yester-year. And it felt so good–NOT having to squeeze into another boxy compound of a restaurant, most likely made of composite material, catering more to Seattle’s yuppy transplants.

Fries arrived first.

They lacked flavor, but were fresh out of the fryer.

Then came Chicken Fried Steak. (10.50)

A sizable patty, consistently-breaded and resting under creamy gravy, accompanied by country potatoes, whole wheat toast and eggs over easy.

The steak was tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. It was chewy and flavorful, and paired well with gravy. One less pinch of salt in the gravy would have been nice though.

Potatoes were well-seasoned and texturized by chopped onion and pepper, and became perfect partners to eggs.

Not impressed with the toast. They tasted store-bought, and turned soggy.


I didn’t acquaint myself with my husband’s Ballard Burger (8.95).

According to him, it was moist and filling, and quite delectable with cole slaw.

The Lockspot Cafe is neither the newest nor the hottest brunch spot in town.

It did offer comfort food and comforting atmosphere; and sometimes, they are all a person wants.

Plus, you can’t beat the location. Literally, right next to the Locks.

By the way, parking at the Locks is free on Sundays.

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Lockspot Cafe

3005 NW 54th St, Seattle, Washington 98107
Phone: 206-789-4865


Monday 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Tuesday 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Wednesday 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Thursday 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Friday 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM

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