We look forward to making your pizza party a great experience.
Here are some common questions:
Do your locations take reservations?
South Lake Union takes large group reservations—these tend to be most popular in the afternoons for work happy hours or casual wedding rehearsal dinners. They offer two indoor bar-top tables which can accommodate 20-30 guests standing, as well as the outdoor patio which can be rented out in full for seated dinner or a standing reception. We run one group tab, and arrange a pre-order of foods, and run a beverage tab on consumption.
The Ballard location has a backroom which can be booked privately for up to 40 guests. For Friday and Saturday events, we have a food and beverage minimums of:
$750 for 4:30pm-7pm
$500 for 8pm-11pm
or a $1,000 minimum for 5pm-11pm
These prices do not include tax or gratuity. Events in the back room Saturday/Sunday at lunch, or Sunday through Thursday evenings do not have a minimum to book the room. Weeknight parties must end by 10pm.
What if we don't want the whole Ballard location backroom to ourselves?
We always do our best to accommodate! Please drop us a line to check on availability. If you are amenable to using part of the back room with lower minimums, we can arrange just a section for you with a pre-order and not hold the full room privately.
How long is the wait for a table if we don’t have a reservation?
Depending on the location, we have typical wait times of around 15 - 45 minutes for small groups on Friday and Saturday nights. At Frēlard, large party drop-ins sometimes have wait times of up to 90 minutes for enough space to open up. All other days and times of day average times should be around 20 minutes for seating except during special events or sports games.
What is your policy for seating large groups?
If you do not have a booked reservation, we will wait to seat your party until everyone has arrived in your group. Frēlard Pizza Company has standing room space where you can enjoy a beverage while waiting for your table. If you are trying to plan a casual meet up where multiple tables are held and people can come and go at different times, we require advance notice and a food/beverage minimum purchase.
Does the bill include an automatic gratuity?
No, your bill will not include an automatic gratuity or service charge. Typically, 18% gratuity is a common figure for large parties and each guest is encouraged to determine a fitting gratuity for the service staff and hosts who helped execute your event.
Can we split a large party on multiple checks?
More notice is always best! If you need to pay for items separately, it’s a lot easier to set up multiple tabs at the beginning of a meal, then go back to split payments at the end. Tabs for big parties can be tough, and hosting can be even more difficult — and that's why we're here to make sure your event goes as smoothly as possible. We find if you’re not hosting the full bill, that what works best is to instruct guests to bring cash so they can all chip in towards the final bill, but the check and gratuity is all handled on a single payment card for efficiency. This also allows for guests to arrive and depart at different times throughout the hosted party. In some circumstances, we can also arrange for hosted food with guests opening separate beverage tabs.
How much food do we need?
Let us know if you are pre-ordering for a group reservation, and we are happy to propose a menu based on your headcount. Our appetizers and large pies typically feed anywhere from 3-4 people, while medium pies and small salads feed 1-2. For a wider variety of toppings, we can make half-and-half pies to provide a larger sampling of our menu. You can always order more than you think your party will eat, as no one has ever complained about having to take leftover pizza home!
We recommend starting with the following guide:
Menu for 10
Mixed appetizers 2/ea – olives, flatbread, salumi - $52
3-4 Pizzas (24-32 Slices) ~$72 - $92
If they want Salad. 1 - 2 Large Salads (Serves 4 - 8) ~$9 - $18
Total: ~$133 - $162
Menu for 20
Mixed appetizers 3/ea – olives, flatbread, salumi - $78
6 - 8 Pizzas (48-64 Slices) ~$144 - $192
Salad 3 -4 Large (Serves 12 - 16) ~$27 - $36
Total: ~$249 - $306
Menu for 30
Mixed appetizers 4/ea – olives, flatbread, salumi - $104
9 - 12 Pizzas (72 - 96 Slices) ~$216 - $288
Salad 5 - 6 Large (Serves 20 - 24) ~$45 - $54
Total: $356 - $446
Menu for 40
Mixed appetizers 5/ea – olives, flatbread, salumi - $130
9 - 15 Pizzas (72 - 120 Slices) ~$216 - $360
Salad 7 - 9 Large (Serves 28 - 36) ~$63 - $81
Total: $409 - $571
Plain cheese - $15M/$20L
Pepperoni/cheese - $18M/$24L
Do you have any gluten-free or vegan options?
Though we tried very hard to come up with a tasty gluten-free option for pizza, we do not have any gluten-free dough available at the restaurant and we are a generally gluten-rich environment. Items from our appetizer and salad menus can all be made gluten-free or vegan on request.
Can we bring in our own desserts or wine?
Not a problem! We just charge a cake cutting fee of $3 per person for bringing in outside desserts, and a $25 corkage fee for outside wine. We can also order you a personalized cake or cookie/brownie platters from our very own Ethan Stowell Restaurants bakery. Just let us know in your inquiry if and we can send you pricing
What are your Audio/Visual options?
Frēlard and SLU have large HD flat-screen televisions with basic cable provided by Comcast, as well as an HD antenna featuring local station broadcasts.
The Ballard back room has a large HD flat-screen television with basic cable, as well as an HD antenna for local station broadcasts, and HDMI plugin for connecting a laptop or tablet to play movies/presentations. We also have a sound system featuring some great Internet radio stations and input options compatible with an 1/8" audio jack we have on-site, should you prefer your own party playlist.
We encourage party hosts to pop in ahead of time if you plan to use the plugin, and test your media to ensure it will play.