Thanks to eight inch pestle, we had a lovely lunch here yesterday. With the block undergoing major earthquake retrofitting, we weren't sure if it would be open but it was. We didn't have reservations and it's a small space (probably temporarily smaller now with the work being done) so we gladly took seating at the bar. The bartender, Robbie, was very engaging and knew the menu well. We shared one of their specials which was steamed Manila clams in shell, with pancetta and small cubes of fingerling potatoes, fresh herbs and some cream. It was the best prep we've ever had and something I want to try to duplicate at home. Every flavor was perfect. We also shared a salad of baby arugula with Dungeness crab, avocado, mixed citrus, Marcona almond and a slightly citrusy dressing. There was enough crab that even sharing it we didn't feel like it was skimpy. Bob had a glass of rose' and I had one of a sparkling French rose'. And some slices of bread for dunking in the broth from the clams :) The bartender commented that when people clean their plates as well as we did, they don't even bother putting them in the DW. This place definitely has the feel of a locals hidden jewel. If you don't know it's there (upstairs and across the street from Pike Place Market), you'd not stumble upon it. I recommend this place highly and SO glad to have had the rec. BTW, lunch with wine was $43 before tax and tip.