Cedars Restaurant - University District

Cedars is named after the famous cedars of Lebanon. Cedar trees are the national emblem of Lebanon, mentioned often in both religious and historical texts, and even appearing on the Lebanese flag. Cedars, the restaurant, began as a Lebanese deli in 1975, offering a variety of Middle Eastern dishes. Five years after opening, the renowned Indian Chef Gupta joined the establishment and introduced Indian and Pakistani cuisine to the menu. Our combination of Mediterranean, Indian, and Pakistani dishes have been a rousing success ever since, from our original University District location and now, from our new restaurant on Broadway on Capitol Hill. Cedars has been owned and operated by the same family for over forty years and two generations. At both locations, we try to maintain an atmosphere that makes every visitor feel welcomed as a guest in a family friend’s dining room. Our mission is to have every guest experience the same hospitality we would give them in our own homes, and we serve our food like we would serve at home, as each one of our customers is our extended family. At Cedars, our menu is a unique blend of Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Cuisine. From Baba Ghannoj and Hummus to Shish Taouk and Shish Kababs, we offer the best of the Mediterranean and Middle East, and also all the different regional favorites of India, including vindaloo, korma, rogan josh, palak paneer, and a variety of curries! Our butter chicken is probably what we’re most famous for, and we guarantee you won’t find a better selection of naan anywhere in Seattle! Our chai tea is another point of Cedars’ pride—chai is the heart of every Indian restaurant, and has to be made to perfection each and every time. The chefs at Cedars simmer a secret blend of tea, spices and milk in each brew until the flavor, texture, color, and aroma are perfect. And with free refills, Cedars is a perfect place for Indian chai lovers– your cup is never empty at Cedars. Our spices and Indian fare are sourced directly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore, and New York, and we hand-grind our fresh organic spices daily with a mortar and pestle to achieve the freshest taste. Some of our chefs have been with us for over twenty years, and their training and eye for quality is unparalleled. We invite you to step into our family’s kitchen and join us for a meal. The Cedars guarantee is not only some of the finest Indian and Mediterranean fare, but also some of the best hospitality you can ask for. Students, faculty, neighbors, businesses, and tourists are all welcome at Cedars!

Cedars is named after the famous cedars of Lebanon. Cedar trees are the national emblem of Lebanon, mentioned often in both religious and historical texts, and even appearing on the Lebanese flag. Cedars, the restaurant, began as a Lebanese deli in 1975, offering a variety of Middle Eastern dishes. Five years after opening, the renowned Indian Chef Gupta joined the establishment and introduced Indian and Pakistani cuisine to the menu. Our combination of Mediterranean, Indian, and Pakistani dishes have been a rousing success ever since, from our original University District location and now, from our new restaurant on Broadway on Capitol Hill. Cedars has been owned and operated by the same family for over forty years and two generations. At both locations, we try to maintain an atmosphere that makes every visitor feel welcomed as a guest in a family friend’s dining room. Our mission is to have every guest experience the same hospitality we would give them in our own homes, and we serve our food like we would serve at home, as each one of our customers is our extended family. At Cedars, our menu is a unique blend of Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Cuisine. From Baba Ghannoj and Hummus to Shish Taouk and Shish Kababs, we offer the best of the Mediterranean and Middle East, and also all the different regional favorites of India, including vindaloo, korma, rogan josh, palak paneer, and a variety of curries! Our butter chicken is probably what we’re most famous for, and we guarantee you won’t find a better selection of naan anywhere in Seattle! Our chai tea is another point of Cedars’ pride—chai is the heart of every Indian restaurant, and has to be made to perfection each and every time. The chefs at Cedars simmer a secret blend of tea, spices and milk in each brew until the flavor, texture, color, and aroma are perfect. And with free refills, Cedars is a perfect place for Indian chai lovers– your cup is never empty at Cedars. Our spices and Indian fare are sourced directly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore, and New York, and we hand-grind our fresh organic spices daily with a mortar and pestle to achieve the freshest taste. Some of our chefs have been with us for over twenty years, and their training and eye for quality is unparalleled. We invite you to step into our family’s kitchen and join us for a meal. The Cedars guarantee is not only some of the finest Indian and Mediterranean fare, but also some of the best hospitality you can ask for. Students, faculty, neighbors, businesses, and tourists are all welcome at Cedars!

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    Really good food. Love that the menu had everything label gluten-free.

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    Delightful little Indian restaurant. Good food, friendly staff.

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    Great food, well worth our detour through traffic. The butter masala was amazing and the shish taouk was fantastic. The garlic naan was outstanding and huge!

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    Fantastic service and food one of the best!!

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    I eat at or order takeout from Cedar’s about 2-3 times a month. I love their food and generally order from their selection of Indian entree’s, more specifically, curry dishes. I’ve never had a bad experience with the food. Also, if dining in with friends we order chai (which is refillable) and totally overstay our welcome, but that’s what dining is all about, enjoying good food with friends. What I will say about the service is that they really do try hard to make sure you are satisfied, that is an honest answer. I’ve had some snags with online order for pick-up and showing up to find my food wasn’t prepared. This is why I’m rating them 4 stars. Also, they have to price their food accordingly, which I understand, but realistically because this is not fine dining, it is a bit on the expensive side to have regularly. A curry with chicken + tax/tip (20%+ always) ends up nearly $20. I can assuredly say that I would choose Cedar’s over any other place in the U-district.

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    Nice food.

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    Can’t say this food is authentic but it sure is tasty and plentiful!

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    I can't tell you how much I love this place! The masala is amazing and so is the curry. Hands-down my favorite thing is the naan! They have so many flavors and it is HUGE. It comes with a sweet sauce and a spicy sauce and is my new favorite food ever. Definitely give this place a shot when in town!

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    Been going for years

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    Delicious Indian food

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