Café Nordo is a place where the intersection between food & art is cultivated & mined, where artists create & play while audiences are cared for with seamless service.

In our home artists serve one another & the broader community. We believe in our artists being paid fairly, our food being sourced locally, & our work being brave, educational & always entertaining.

OUR HISTORY: In 2009, Café Nordo launched a hybrid of the pop-up restaurant and underground theater. Relying on relationships with local farmers, ranchers, fisherman, composers, actors, and visual artists, Café Nordo serves up modern cuisine while thrilling audiences with the history, myth, science, and politics of food. Each show, performed at venues all over the Seattle area, ran for 6-8 weeks for an almost always sold-out crowd.

Previous venues have ranged from the warehouse of a chocolate factory to a former museum and each has provided a unique backdrop for an immersive experience. Our audiences have enjoyed a 1960’s spy farce in a 737 headed for the Seattle World’s Fair where they learned the secrets of convenience food and the Green Revolution (To Savor Tomorrow,) learned the history of the cocktail in a jazzy speakeasy in the 1930’s (Sauced), and took a tour around Café Nordo’s timeless museum of food, eating each of five courses in a different local artist’s installation (Café Nordo’s Cabinet of Curiosities.)

In 2015  Nordo's Culinarium opened in historic Pioneer Square. Committed to the intersection between Art, Performance, and Cuisine, Nordo' s Culinarium provides a playground for the imagination where flavors and stories come alive in an intimate, immersive setting. 

Nordo's Culinarium not only hosts Café Nordo's immersive theatrical experiences but is also a crossroads between the culinary and performing arts.The Culinarium is open year round with two “Main Stage Shows” and other exciting programs that are a playground for other artists and chefs to come together, creating an unparalleled arts experience in Seattle.

Awarded the Seattle Times’ prestigious Footlight Award for Excellence in Theater six years running, Café Nordo has become a Seattle institution.

Café Nordo is part of Ripple Productions, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. With a commitment to new and innovative storytelling, Ripple Productions seeks to push the boundaries of innovation by integrating the performing, culinary, and visual arts. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


Our venue and all shows are 21+. A full service bar menu is available an hour prior to most shows. Here we tempt you with innovative craft cocktails and fine wine offerings specially chosen for each experience. 

All menus are specially designed as a part of the Nordo experience. Everything on your plate is chosen for a reason by Chef Nordo and is intiegral to the storytelling at the Culinarium. While we are unable to offer "show-only" tickets, a vegetarian option is always offered on the menu. Just notify your server upon arrival.

If you have other dietary restrictions or allergies we may be able to accommodate on a case-by-case basis. A surcharge may apply, as special diets require speciality ingredients and prep time. Email chefnordo@cafenordo.com at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival.


Our historic building is ADA friendly and wheelchair accessible via our secondary entrance on Nord Alley. The main entrance on Main Street has a four inch step-up that we are happy to assist you with, or we have a detachable wheelchair ramp for your convenience. Our secondary entrance has no step with a 36 inch wide door. All seating and restrooms in the venue are wheelchair accessible. 

If you have any questions, concerns or would like to inquire about how we can assist you, please contact info@cafenordo.com 



Due to the intimate nature of our performances and food preparation all sales are final. In the event of a cancellation for which there is no rescheduled date, a refund may be issued at the option of the management. 


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