Welcome to Tilikum Place Café in downtown Seattle. Located around the corner from Tilikum Place Park, the site of the statue of Chief Si’ahl for whom Seattle was named, this European-style bistro and bar offers a eclectic, seasonal menu in a casual, but stylish space.
According to co-owners Ba Culbert and Paul Dormann, the term Tilikum is a welcome or greeting. However in the still-used Chinook Jargon of the Pacific Northwest, the name also means “friends, tribe and relations” and has come to stand for “friendly people” - a fitting moniker for this cozy and welcoming eatery.
“We wanted the cafe to be a warm, welcoming place; somwhere for the neighborhood to come and enjoy some good food and good company.”
This warmth is exactly what you feel when you walk in, almost as if it were a family living room and adjoined kitchen. A brick building accented with plenty of wood and warm lighting, a splash of natural light offers an airy ambiance and makes for the perfect environment to sample the always-evolving and locally sourced menu.
By: Kerri-Lynn Swanson and Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco