Our Story

Brimmer [brim-er] n. A cup or glass so full that its contents touch the brim.

Heeltap [heel-tap] n. An amount of liquor left at the bottom of a glass after drinking.

We never tire of talking to our guests about how we got our quirky name. Inspired by two British drinking terms, Brimmer & Heeltap seeks to celebrate the moments that exist between the first sip of one’s libation and the last drops lingering at the bottom of the glass.

Since late 2013 we’ve delighted in creating an environment that is inviting, lively, and comforting. A sense of playfulness is present in everything we do, from the inventive dishes our culinary team prepares, to the friendly, genuine hospitality we provide. We’re a bistro that takes pride in being a neighborhood place – the kind you can escape to at day’s end for a delicious meal shared among friends.  

Our Space

Located in the former Le Gourmand space in beautiful Ballard, Brimmer & Heeltap offers an intimate, cozy atmosphere complete with an open kitchen, full bar, and multiple sections to drink and dine in. Our garden patio is one of the best-kept secrets in the city, offering a dreamy place to dine outdoors during Seattle’s spring and summer months. We also have a tucked-away back studio that offers the perfect setting for special, private gatherings year-round.

Just how many pennies does it take to cover a floor? Just ask Brimmer & Heeltap’s proprietress Jen who collected tens of thousands of them from family, friends, and the community to help execute the vision of a cool gathering placed dubbed, naturally, the “Penny Room.” This dining room, beloved for both its wall of menus and its shining penny floor, is a favorite place to break bread with loved ones, and plays into the restaurant’s blend of nostalgic and contemporary design.

The restaurant was designed in collaboration with Sean Sifagaloa of KRFTWRK and local builder Mike Marian, owner of Marian Built. Light, texture, metal, wood, and floral elements are all at play here. This historic building possesses a playful, familiar charm that we wanted to preserve in its latest incarnation. Come in soon to see for yourself. 

Our Team

Brimmer & Heeltap is spearheaded by Jen Doak, a Seattle local with over two decades of experience in the wine and hospitality industries. She is an avid menu collector, ordained minister, and a collector of new experiences locally and globally. Jen thrives on bringing people together and truly cares about being surrounded by good people and quality interactions.

The kitchen is led by Angela Ortez-Davis, a California native that is excited to bring her techniques together with team collaboration, and amazing local ingredients. “It’s about simple elegance, sustainability, beauty and respect for all that it takes to bring food to our table."

Our culinary and service teams are rounded out by curious, passionate, and authentic individuals who have helped shape the restaurant into the exceptional place that our neighbors have come to love. At Brimmer & Heeltap, we’re proud to be a team comprised of professional, deeply multifaceted people that possess a shared love for food, libations, and hospitality.  



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