The Hi-Life

Neighborhoods: Adams
Cuisine: Bar, Breakfast, Cafe

The Hi-Life is a Bar, Breakfast, and Cafe restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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  • 2/11/2015

    A Bar food lover from San Jose, CA tried it.

  • 4/24/2014

    A Bar food lover from Seattle, WA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/23/2014

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/27/2013

    A Bar food lover from Seattle, WA tried it.

10 / 20
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 San Jose, CA

Upscale-casual in an old firehouse

I’d been wanting to try The Hi-Life for some time now, and I’m happy to say that it’s a place I’d readily return to whenever I’m in or around Ballard.

The location is ideal for stopping in for a bit when walking around the core of the neighborhood, and the decor within this old firehouse is casual enough for most any group, but is still spaciously and artfully decorated enough to make you feel like it’s not just another regular meal.

We were seated by the window which turned out to be pretty chilly. The service was prompt and friendly, and overall the small taste of the food we had was tasty. There were a lot of things on the menu that looked good, so I’ll definitely be returning in the future.

Penne Sazonada

I wasn’t digging the creamy tomato sauce (too creamy), but the very generous portions of chorizo sausage made up for it in my mind. The added peppers also gave the dish a nice kick.

Petite Ahi

A fairly generous portion for being called “petite”, this came with ~5 pieces of fish that were perfectly seared on the outside while still tender and tasty on the inside. This would be a great starter if you’re into tuna.

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 Seattle, WA

Great pizza, pretty good breakfast

We used to go here for breakfast pretty often last summer but have cut back a bit due mainly to the big wait to get in.

Breakfast is good in general and a step above many places. Bacon is way above average, potatoes are good and flavorful yet sometimes burned in places and a bit oily. Coffee is strong.

Excellent unique atmostphere. Really love the bar. Recommend this place for happy hr especially. See a movie at the nearby theater and then go enjoy the late night happy hr. They have outstanding small pizza’s, some other good hr specials – no drink specials. Boundary Bay beer on tap.

Blueberry Cakes

Pretty good overall. Nice big blueberries, not too heavy but still substantial cakes. Decent flavor. Not that memorable but good nonetheless. I’m going to try the Corn Cakes Suzette next time.

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 Seattle, WA

Former Firehouse Fare Fair

This Chow Foods installation is nicely done in the fromer Ballard Firehouse (it really was built as the main firestation). The huge firehouse garage is hung with works by rotating artists. Nothing is done to induce intimacy. It’s a big, busy breakfast spot. It’s open morning noon and night.

I go there for the Firehouse Mary. If I’m hungry, I’ll order some more substantial food.

The dinner menu rotates through themes of foods of the world

Firehouse Mary

This is a bloody mary worth traveling for. I’m a spicy food fanatic, so the habanero-infused vodka is a huge turn-on for me.


k s.

from KidScore
August 13, 2012

The Hi-Life (in Ballard)

I have been to this restaurant several times over the years. My child has been 2,3,4 yrs of age. The kid menu has a decent selection. The place is fai...
April 24, 2011

It's time for a retry folks!!

The Hi-Life has stepped up its game. The service has gotten better and more responsive. The quality and taste of the food has completely improved. It's a good value meal and a great atmosphere. Plus, the best burger in town in my…
September 28, 2009

Hi Life is great

This is a great restaurant. Very family friendly with a good kids menu. Always clean. Staff has always been very helpful and friendly. Definitely recommend checking this place out.

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Ballard Bar Breakfast
  • Leave room for dessert: The kitchen transforms ordinary leftover bread into a palate-blowing pudding, flavored with caramel, espresso and cream.
Sun-Sat 08:30AM - 03:00PM (Blunch)
Fri-Sat 05:00PM - 11:00PM (Dinner)
Sun-Thu 05:00PM - 10:00PM (Dinner)
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