With the opening of stunning Seaplane Kitchen and Bar in Kenmore today, the Weimann/Maclise Family of Restaurants adds a promising new restaurant to its strong portfolio, which includes Rhein Haus, Stoneburner, and Poquitos. Chef and co-owner Jason Stoneburner, whose namesake Ballard restaurant is a superb place for pizza and pasta, oversees the menu at the expansive, aviation-themed Seaplane. The selection features the kind of crispy, thin-crust pizzas the chef is known for as well as roasted vegetables, a few larger plates, and local beer and wine.
The sprawling restaurant at 6704 NE 181st St. seats 125 in the dining room, 25 at the bar, and 50 at an outdoor patio. There’s also a mezzanine that can fit 50 for private events. Much of the restaurant uses reclaimed materials, like wood from Ballard High School bleachers and lanes from a Capitol Hill bowling alley. Antique light fixtures, maritime and aviation art, and a large model seaplane hanging over the kids’ play area drive home the theme.
The crowd-pleasing menu dabbles in the aviation theme, too, with pizzas sporting names like joystick (with prosciutto, red wine salami, red sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano) and glider (with fennel sausage, red sauce, Ligurian olives, kale, mozzarella). Given the quality of the crispy, thin-crust pies at Ballard’s Stoneburner, it’s a safe bet these will be a highlight at Seaplane too.
Other dishes include local cheeses and cured meats, ling cod sliders, Washington oysters, cauliflower tabbouleh, blistered carrots, meatballs with polenta, and a burger. The restaurant will have to-go items, too, which diners can order online for pick up. Weimann/Maclise promises to add brunch eventually.
The bar has 12 taps, several of which feature Washington breweries, plus seasonal cocktails and a mostly Washington wine list developed by Master Sommelier James Lechner.