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Cortona Cafe

Restaurants, Cafes, Food, Coffee & Tea, Coffee, Tea


A café in Seattle's Central District that puts community first. Now serving homemade waffles, Herkimer coffee, empanadas, and freshly baked pastries.

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139 Reviews

139 Reviews

May a


Best coffee house in the Central District… good people, great owner, lovely neighborhood vibe. The waffles and locally made empanadas are STELLAR. And they use really good semi-sweet chocolate & herkimer coffee. You really cannot go wrong here.

Victor C


Relaxing place to stop by for a cup. Good atmosphere and location. Friendly staff

Rowan F


This is an awesome little place! People are very nice and great food/drink.

Jaime H



Ankit S


Great service and great waffles. Waffles are quite filling.

Peter N


Awesome spot, really friendly staff, great food.

Seth T


Cozy little cafe with good coffee and waffles. They even have vegan options. This is very much a local shop so don't expect fast generic service. It's a great place to come and hang out. The parklet outside is nice on a sunny day as well. Highly recommended!

Kimberly A


Cortona is my favorite small business in the neighborhood. They have delicious food, excellent espresso, friendly service, and patio seating. Best of all, they're dog friendly and have a jar of free puppy treats inside and a water dish outside.

Jen L


Great locally owned cafe that has been here for years. They serve excellent herkimer coffee and have the friendliest service around. The wifi is very dependable as well if you're looking for somewhere to get some work done. They also serve Belgian waffles and pastries from Golden Wheat Bakery (instead of the usual Macrina).

Vance K


Cute cafe with good coffee and friendly stafff

marissa m


The waffles are sooo delicious!!!

Dale W


Tiny cafe, very much a part of the neighborhood. Menu is small, but food is excellent. They do know how to make good coffee, it's a very friendly place.

Amanda D


Small, quiet, cheerful neighborhood spot. Amazing chai!

Anna H


It's a neighborhood staple with great staff, fantastic waffles and excellent coffee!

Elyse A


Very good waffles and pretty good tea. The atmosphere is really chill. Perfect for a few calm, quiet, sit down minutes.

bean l


the staff is awesome, the coffee is good (herkimer never lets me down), and they've got waffles - fruit, tiramisu, and/or vegan. i also appreciate the milk alternatives; i come by often and get work done with the free wifi. swing through and support black-owned businesses!

Kyle B


Awesome coffee for a hole in the wall. Great place to get work done and get great coffee.

David P


We had some fantastic coffee and empanadas in this friendly charming local hot spot.

Krishna M


Impressive one man show behind the counter. Had a great vegan waffle!

Paolo B


Keijia does NOT look like a gargoyle but DOES have unicorns in and around the cafe. My pooch and I really are lucky for the open and friendly staff, space and opportunity to be around. Thanks Cortona, from day one til now!!

Ashley E


Yummy Belgians waffles. Great coffee drinks. Nice and welcoming staff! Cool neighborhood cafe.

Rosemary F


Great mochas. The empanadas are so good. Service friendly Baristas smile and seem to be happy where they work.

Kijia W


herkimer is a wonderful coffee blend that just drove past me on way for delivery Republican and Bellevue Seattle WA. :) Served everyday at Cortona Cafe, accompanied by Golden Wheat Bakery pastery options and home made Waffles.

Chris R


Chill corner cafe with good coffee and a nice homely-feeling space.

Maria R


Favorite coffee shop in the neighborhood.

Friendly staff, amazing coffee (Herkimer) and super yummy pastries & waffles!! ♡

Mozes M


Came in and was instantly greeted with a warm smile from the Barista. She showed me her selection of fresh teas she had available. When I asked her for recommendations she offered me the chamomile which was the one I was thinking about. It was excellent! Would definitely stop by again if I am in the area.

Kwai L


Great espresso, nice baristas--who own the place--and a very pleasant place to hang out. Small but good food menu.

Keri A


My friends just moved to this neighborhood so I've only gotten to visit once so far. Great pastries, happy vibes, good service and coffee that hits the spot. Look forward to coming back. (I live in central Oregon so I am not a local, though have been to many neighborhood Seattle coffee shops and cafes)

Ryan M


Everyone working here are amazing people. Food/coffee are v tight ✌🏻

Elaine S


The one person on staff was such a sweetheart! Super patient with my questions and great at offering suggestions. Perfect venue for this lovely spring day and the rice tea I got was fantastic! Just what I wanted, I suggest you get a little steamed almond milk in it! Delish!

Nisha J


Nice little coffee shop serving coffee, desserts, waffles and empanadas. Good service. They also have an outdoor patio which would be great seating on a warm sunny day.

Arianna W


Incredible waffles and friendly staff. Shop is a little small but I loved the layout.

Kelly M


Some of the kindest staff EVAR, delicious coffee, and a ridiculously comfortable and warm space with a super strong neighborhood and community vibe. Thank you for always being amazing!

Aura B


I went here several months back and this was such a homey little cafe! They serve pretty good coffee and their waffles are amazing! Nutella waffles are so good, I would come here again.

Mathew M


Cozy spot with ample indoor and outdoor seating. Upstairs is a loft area that's perfect for some seclusion to read or write. Espresso drinks and snacks are quality. Service is great.

Alex C


Friendly staff combined with great coffee, what else could you ask for in a neighborhood coffee shop. Cortona has a wide assortment of food choices. If you're looking to snack on a enpanada, a bagel, or a muffin you've come to the right place. Though I highly recommend you try a waffle with fruit or Nutella, either way it's delicious!



I like this little place. It's a tiny hole in the wall with good coffee and fresh waffles. There's not much seating inside but it's got a little mini park right on the street that has plenty of seating for when it's nice out.

nick s


Great coffee and waffles in a nice down to earth atmosphere. Only real complaint was that coffee was served in a plastic cup. Not a lot of character to that presentation.

Brandon S


Cute little cafe with a lot of options and a cozy atmosphere.

Nash P


Friendly and warm place to go. Great coffee.

Rota T


Cozy cafe with great options for dairy intolerant people. Excellent service too.

La-Keonna W


My daughter and I had breakfast here Friday morning and will definitely be coming back. The owner was sweet and made us feel so welcome while providing great food and service. The waffle was easily the best Belgian waffle I've ever had, and the drinks are amazing. Great selection of non-dairy milk alternatives too, which we appreciated. So happy we found this spot.

Dhulipala S


Amazing breakfast place! The food is amazing so is the atmosphere.

Vrunda T


Lovely cafe in a quiet neighborhood. The coffee was amazing and they serve great breakfast too (try their ham and cheese quiche is so light and fluffy!).. tasteful decor with outdoor seating.

Emily T


Perfect espresso. I could have eaten a hundred more empanadas. The owner is fun and kind and clearly knows her stuff. Wish I could give more stars.

Jane B


Perfect! Friendly! Delicious waffles and coffee! Thank you guys!

Tom J


Get the cinnamon waffle and the Nutella waffle and slap them together to make the most amazing waffle combination ever

Mark F


Wonderful neighborhood cafe with a relaxed vibe, delicious food and tea. Quiet and laid back with indoor and outdoor seating. Fantastic!

Anthony M


Wonderful, inclusive cafe in a neat space. I've always had good service here. Tasty drinks, neat treats. 10/10 recommend to all my friends.



Pretty good. Waffle was very filling and dense. Coffee was okay. Staff was friendly



I love this spot, it's actually one of the main reason we moved to the CD. I do wish hours would go back to closing at 6:00 p.m. though - We tend to come in around 3:30 - 3:45 after my husband gets home from work for a snack and the waffle makers are already turned off even though the cafe doesn't close until 4:00 p.m. which is my one and only complaint.

Aa B.



There is non better in Seattle. Intimate little spot with amazing energy. Used as an office by many, because of the waffles, coffee and the best this and 86 more

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