Over the past several weeks, there has been a slew of anticipated new restaurant openings around town, and Phinney Ridge now welcomes another. Pasta pro Brian Clevenger — of restaurants Haymaker, Vendemmia, and Raccolto — has opened Autumn, his sixth restaurant in Seattle, at 6727 Greenwood Avenue N.
The new place has a similar vibe to Clevenger’s other locales, with an emphasis on handmade pasta dishes, as well as entrees that highlight three main seasonal ingredients, such as duck breast with sunchoke, apples and bee’s wax, and ahi crudo with turmeric, capers, and rhubarb. Chef Nick Chiaro, who was a sous chef at esteemed Canlis and spent time at award-winning restaurants in San Francisco and New York, will run the kitchen.
With restaurant capacity restrictions recently lifted across Washington, the airy Autumn — with space inside for 39 guests, plus a patio opening July 9 — will lean on a more traditional dine-in experience, including both a la carte and eventually a tasting menu, the latter of which will launch August 1.
Despite the restaurant’s name, cocktails to start are on the summery side, including a concoction called Strawberry Spiced, with strawberry-chili infused Aperol, vermouth, and prosecco, and Loose in Palouse, with tequila and pink grapefruit. The beer and wine list includes a substantial amount of Pacific Northwest purveyors, as well as global selections.
Clevenger’s addition to his General Harvest Restaurants’ portfolio is the furthest north he’s gone thus far, and represents a steady expansion for the group during what’s been an enormously challenging year for many restaurants. The chef also appears to be taking a hands-on approach across the General Harvest properties, since he designed the bright interior of the new place himself.
Autumn is now open daily from 5-10 p.m., with a happy hour menu from 5-6 p.m. and delivery through Doordash and Uber Eats.