About Marjorie

Full Of Color

Funky, yet elegant…the unusual interior is bathed in color and warmth.

Grown With Love

Farmers and foragers deliver our ingredients!

Craft Cocktails

Generously poured, hand crafted… made with love!

Farm Fresh

The creative culinary process is driven by what the market offers.

Small Kitchen...Big Ideas

The magic happens in a small space filled with creative minds.

Party Planning?

The Turntable Room at Marjorie is a very comfortable place to gather.

Old School

Dine and play DJ!

Our Story

Originally opened in Belltown in 2003 and relocated to its beautiful, more spacious Capitol Hill home in 2010, Marjorie pays homage to owner Donna Moodie’s mom. A warm, welcoming hostess and inspired home cook, Marjorie delighted in bringing people together around the family table to enjoy delicious food and spirited conversation. Following Marjorie around the kitchen as a young girl growing up in Jamaica, Donna quickly gained respect for “scratch” cooking using only the highest quality ingredients, supplied by local merchants and farmers whenever possible. She also absorbed her mom’s ability to nurture a diverse mix of friends, family and guests with her unique brand of gracious hospitality. Over her 20-year career as a restaurateur in Seattle, Donna has always sought to emulate the values Marjorie instilled in her. Today she continues to see to it that Marjorie’s passion for entertaining informs every detail of the restaurant named lovingly in her honor.

 

Donna Moodie, the Owner


Portrait of Donna Moodie, the Owner

 

Born in Jamaica and raised in Chicago, Donna found her way into her mother’s kitchen at an early age. What left the biggest impression wasn’t just the food, but her mother’s gracious hospitality – always hosting dinner parties with a diverse collection of guests, always finding room for one more at the table, with the standard of perfection being the comfort and pleasure of those around her.

Donna moved to Seattle in 1993 and opened her first restaurant, Marco’s Supperclub, with former husband and business partner. It opened to great acclaim.   By 1997, the pair had a second smash hit on their hands with Lush Life, which featured regional Italian cuisine in a sleek, romantic setting. Both restaurants’ globetrotting menus and mix of sophistication and funky charm anticipated important trends on the Seattle dining scene, and their popular success helped revitalize the city’s then derelict and deserted Belltown neighborhood.

In 2003, Moodie branched out on her own, transforming Lush Life into Marjorie, paying tribute to the inspiration for her lifelong affair with hospitality. After enjoying five successful years in Belltown, Marjorie relocated to Seattle’s vibrant and eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, opening its doors in the spring of 2010.

Having clearly established herself as a trailblazing restaurateur, Donna is President and CEO of Mint Holdings, a food and design consulting company she created in 2008. Donna also serves as a Mayor appointed commissioner for the Seattle Center and has served on CDForum and Capitol Hill Housing Boards.

Donna enthusiastically parents her son Max, loves to bake (for the restaurant and friends), travels, occasioning boxing and yoga studios in Seattle and paddle boarding when weather permits.



Food and Drink

The cooking at Marjorie reflects the freshness and seasonality of foods primarily grown and harvested in the Pacific Northwest. Flavors and preparations from a wide range of cuisines come together to create a menu that is eclectic, globally inspired and always respectful of the simple perfection of natural, high quality ingredients.

The cocktails at Marjorie have earned a reputation as some of Seattle’s finest, from perfectly executed classics to creative twists on old favorites – always generously poured and expertly crafted. And the wine list specializes in respected producers and unique varietals from around the world that offer excellent value and superb food pairings.