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First look: 15th Ave E’s Bar Vacilando

A completely overhauled 15th Ave E restaurant and bar began a new journey last week as Bar Vacilando made its debut.

The new Capitol Hill venue from the Black Bottle family of food and drink takes over after a long period of emptiness for the space formerly home to 22 Doors. Co-owner Chris Linker told CHS earlier this month his intention for Bar Vacilando at 15th and Harrison was not to open a fancy restaurant, but a bar with really nice food. “We want people to feel like they can disarm … let time slow down a little bit,” he told us. “It’s more of an analog restaurant than a hyper-digital restaurant.”

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World travel inspired Bar Vacilando’s name and chef Brian Durbin’s menu of “Meat, Seafood, Veggies, Crust, and Sweets” highlighted by offerings like “Slow-cooked Pork Jowl & Tokyo Turnip w Pickled Tops,” “Smoked Paprika Prawns,” “Green Bean Fries,” and a small selection of savory breads with craft cocktails, West Coast beers, plus wine and bubbly to wash it down. Saturday and Sunday brunch is coming.

The new space is bright and white — not Black Bottle here. The much-loved patio, meanwhile, has also undergone an elegant makeover.

Open daily starting at 3 PM, the new 15th Ave E offering joins 15th Ave E’s cluster of food and drink venues and fills in what had been a surprising two-year gap on this busy strip of Capitol Hill.

Bar Vacilando is now open at 405 15th Ave E. You can learn more at


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5 thoughts on “First look: 15th Ave E’s Bar Vacilando” -- All CHS Comments are held for moderation before publishing

  1. I walked by this early in the morning a few days ago. It looks good and the patio looks very inviting. I’m going to have to give it a try.

  2. We are so excited someone with vision and who is dedicated to executing it has finally done something special with this space! Welcome to our hood!

  3. Do they serve a short list of $15 cocktails? I won’t frequent a new restaurant unless I can get a legit artisanal organic exotic ingrediented boisson.

    • Looking at the photo in the article, craft cocktails range from $8-11. Seems very reasonable as does the rest of their menu pricing.

      I guess you’ll have to pass on this place given your criteria.

  4. Had a delightful time last week with a group of friends…great drinks, humor, and bites! Also, new space is conducive to winding down…