Dilletante Mocha Cafe & Martini Bar

Written by on November 12, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(dilettante.com) – Capital Hill

Dilettante Mocha Cafe

How I heard of this place: Years ago, before Dilletante became a martini bar, it was a comfortable, casual, staple late night cafe and hang-out spot in Capital Hill. I am certain I first went to Dilletante during my first summer in Seattle, but do not recall the details of the outing.

Type of cuisine: While the establishment does offer food (sandwiches, salads and other such fare), it seems most patrons go for the coffee, hot chocolate beverages and truffles, sweet cakes, tortes and other chocolate delicacies.

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Cake Display

By combining rich, melted chocolate with carefully selected blends of coffee, Dilettante Mocha Cafes have created a truly unique concept. Founded on Capitol Hill in Downtown Seattle in 1976, 3rd Generation Chocolatier Dana Davenport set out to differentiate himself from the bustling cafe culture of the Emerald City by bringing his decadent chocolate recipes to the forefront through cakes, truffles & the now celebrated “Mocha Menu.” 

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Inside

Visit one of our six locations to try one of our signature Mochas and sample an Ephemere truffle, or sip on a rich Midnight Espresso Martini at our Broadway Mocha Martini Bar. The options to indulge are endless. Come in and explore…

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Inside Right

Ambiance: While the previous location had a cozy and laid back feel, with a lot of open space and friendly staff, the new venue is more swanky, cramped and often full late on Friday nights. Floor to ceiling windows along one side of the establishment, tables/chairs as well as booths available in the front and the martini bar in the back, the space is packed with seating options in close proximity. Blacks and dark wood tones in the dimly and candle-lit space keep people sitting for long hours in the loud, bustling space.

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Bar

Opened in the Fall of 2008, Dilettante Broadway is the bigger and better version of the small storefront where the company was founded only a few blocks away in 1976. Still offering all of the same Mochas and Desserts as the original, this location offers a full service restaurant and a sleek Martini Bar with over 15 original concoctions to choose from (many of which are of the chocolate variety.) Savory dishes carry a European flare and perfectly compliment the robust dessert menu.  Stop by our ever popular Happy Hour (5-7 daily in the bar), sample the Martini of the Month, sit back in a secluded booth until the wee hours of the morning… just be sure to follow it up with our heartwarming weekend brunch.

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Window Seating

What I ordered: Of the six of us there, five stayed for drinks and desserts and four of us ordered. The dining companion to my right selected the seasonal special: pumpkin cheesecake ($6) with a side of chocolate ephemere sauce. i selected the signature hot chocolate ($3.25) with 52% chocolate giving it a buttery, creamy, slightly sweetened taste. We had one order the Mexicana ($3) and another order for the Copenhagen ($3.50).

On a return visit, Sunday, May 4, 2014I was invited to return with two good friends to indulge in some cake sampling for their upcoming nuptials. It was an invitation I would not refuse! We sampled six slices – all of which ended up being complimentary (normally $8 per slice) due to the fact that we placed a large order for six cakes for their wedding! We started with the Mocha Praline ($7.75 per slice), a pecan crust layered with Ephemere Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Mousse & Espresso Chantilly.

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Mocha Praline

Continued with the Rigo Jancsi ($8 per slice), Dilettante’s signature Hungarian Classic Torte with Chocolate Mousse between Chocolate Genoise, with Raspberry Preserves & a Truffle Glaze,

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Rigo Jancsi

Midnight Cream Mousse ($7.50 per slice), a dark chocolate mousse with a cookie crust,

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Midnight Cream Mousse

Strawberry Chantilly ($8 per slice), three layers of vanilla Genoise frosted with whipped cream, strawberries and white chocolate shavings,

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Strawberry Chantilly

Carrot Cake ($7.50 per slice), spice classic carrot cake with plenty of cream cheese frosting, dusted with toasted coconut,

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Carrot Cake

and the  Cake of the Month: Rose Cake, vertical layers of chocolate and butter almond cake frosted with whipped vanilla buttercream.

Dilettante Mocha Cafe Rose Cake Special of the Month

What I loved: Having sampled the signature hot chocolate and the pumpkin cheesecake, I have to admit that the small, dark chocolate decorative piece atop the cheesecake was my favorite! The texture and flavor of the chocolate beat that of the others. The fluffy cheesecake, with light pumpkin flavor and a pumpkin-hinted graham cracker crust nicely complemented the sweet and dense chocolate sauce.

Why I loved it: Despite the long wait for a table, we were not rushed out and our friendly server on top of it.

Cost: Average to high ($6-$8 per dessert; $3-$5 per hot chocolate beverage)

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