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Our Story

Established in 1967, 13 Coins Restaurant is a cherished Seattle institution with locations in Seattle, Bellevue, SeaTac, and Vancouver. Renowned for its iconic high-backed booths and swiveling captain's chairs, 13 Coins has been providing unforgettable dining experiences for generations. Our diverse menu, featuring all-day breakfast, continental classics like Steak David and Clam Fettuccine, and signature dishes like Chicken Parmigiana, offers over 100 options to cater to every palate. We are proud and honored to be considered a beloved fixture in the Pacific Northwest dining scene.

Mission & Values

At 13 Coins, our mission is to inspire loyalty in our team and guests, by providing memorable dining experiences that exemplify our core values of love, care, and concern. Love for what we do, care for our guests, and concern for each other. Our team principles — Motivated, Kind & Considerate, Adaptable, and Dependable — are the foundation that shape our organizational culture. These traits are essential for the success of our mission and vision. We are dedicated to upholding these values in every aspect of our operation, ensuring a Guest-Focused approach that sets us apart.


At 13 Coins, people are at the core of everything we do. With a team that feels more like family, many members have been part of our journey for over 20 years. Nothing brings us more joy than seeing generations of customers create lasting memories with us. As Jessica C. beautifully puts it, "...I went on my first date with my husband at 13 Coins in 1997 (married 26 years.) Lots of great memories over the years... and now our daughter enjoys going with her friends. Always great service and great food."

Name Origin

The name 13 Coins originates from a Peruvian legend that embodies enduring love and commitment. In the tale, a humble man falls in love with a young woman. The young woman’s parents ask, “What can you offer my daughter if you have no money?” The young man reaches into his pocket and possesses only 13 coins, yet he promises to pledge his undying love, care, and concern. Touched by his sincerity, the girl's parents offer their blessing, and 13 Coins has since symbolized unwavering devotion. Embedded within many of our tables as a heartfelt promise, these 13 Coins signify the essence of care and concern infused into every aspect of our food and service, ensuring an exceptional dining experience for our valued patrons.