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Wine, elevated comfort food and good vibes at Red House in Renton

If you live in the south end, you’ve most likely heard of Red House in Renton. It’s a community staple, and for good reason.

The overall vibe is super welcoming, and the food speaks for itself.

"I like to think of Red House as being laid back and relaxed with elevated comfort food, craft cocktails and a curated wine and beer list," said Red House Co-Owner Kessler Dixon.

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"Our goal is for every guest to feel welcome and at home while being attended to by our kind and knowledgeable staff. We have a modern but rustic take on our design that we hope appeals to all walks of life. Making the Red House a great place for your evening, whether that is a date night or playing games with cocktails in our lounge upstairs, throwing a large event or even just catching a game with some friends on the TV at the bar."

Red House, previously home to railroad workers and coal miners, has an undeniable charm.

Steven Banbury, Kessler Dixon, James McNaul and Jeff Essenpreis purchased Red House in November 2021 from longtime owners Gene and Huong Sens who owned the space for 17 years. Banbury serves as the head chef and Dixon manages the front of the house, "Gene and Huong are such wonderful humans and such a huge part of this community- we have very, very big shoes to fill."

When the new owners took over, they made sure to honor the previous owners' vision, "We started off slow with making changes to avoid shell shock. We had already changed the entire aesthetic on the inside while leaving the exterior appearance the familiar face of Red House," said Dixon.

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"Our opening menu had 15 of the favorite dishes from the former Red House to keep the familiarity for returning guests. Since opening, we have changed the menu seasonally to provide our guests with new flavors and the best the PNW can offer. We have also slowly removed the old standards little by little, introducing guests to our culinary dishes, craft cocktails, curated wine list, and craft beers on draft. Ultimately, cultivating our future vision for the Red House."

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The goal of changing the menu seasonally is to provide diners with the freshest, best-tasting ingredients to create a unique dining experience. "For instance, our Woodfire Roasted Herbed Half Chicken was a star during this past summer. That has currently rotated off but will return. We always have a seasonal salad on every menu that offers ingredients that will only be around for 2-3 months," said Dixon.

Some menu highlights include the Pork Belly Tacos, Fried Mac n’ Cheese Balls, Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon, Alderwood Smoked Brisket Sandwich, and the Filet Mignon, "We don’t like to stay between the lines and really bring in flavors from every corner of the globe," said Chef Banbury.

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Banbury has been a professional chef for 20-plus years. His thoughtfulness and creativity shine through in his dishes at the Red House.

In addition to a fab dining experience, there’s a Trivia Night every Tuesday and a beverage-focused happy hour from 4 pm-6 pm Monday through Friday.

"The City of Renton and its residents have welcomed us with open arms. We look forward to being able to serve them all for many years to come."

Plan your next meal at Red House, located at 410 BURNETT AVE S, RENTON, WA 98057.

Kate Neidigh is a freelance lifestyle writer for Seattle Refined. See more of her work on Instagram here.