about us

The Ruins has been in operation since 1993. It was founded by internationally and Seattle-renowned caterer Joseph McDonnal as an establishment for parties, receptions, and celebrations of all manner. The Ruins is located in the lower Queen Anne Hill neighborhood near Seattle Center. It has four event spaces, of varying size and style.

The Ruins Seattle


Our Services



The RUINS creates each catered event customized to the client's wishes and to the nature of the celebration.  We have presented a wide variety of events, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, business events, and any other event a customer wishes to celebrate!  We pride ourselves on fine cuisine, attentive service, lively decorations in beautiful surroundings, fine beverage, and attending to any other service which may be requested, such as entertainment or equipment needs.  The four main party rooms each have a different look and feel, enhancing the feeling of individuality to each event.


Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration shared with family and close friends. It should be handled by professionals who care about its overall quality.  We attend to every detail, allowing you to enjoy your wedding day to its fullest. From coordinating the color scheme to planning each menu course carefully, our attention to detail is keen. Our baker will produce your wedding cake to your exact specifications. We strive to make your wedding celebration a memory you will always cherish.


Membership in The RUINS allows one to take advantage of our regular weekly luncheon and dinner service, as well as our holiday celebrations and individual club events.  The RUINS has approximately ___ members, with room on our roster for a few more.  There is a one-time joining fee, quarterly dues and a modest quarterly dining use minimum.  You may telephone us to learn these rates.  From each new member, we request a reference; either from an existing member of The RUINS, or two references in a combination of personal and professional capacity.  Please e-mail or telephone us if you wish to pursue such an association.



private dining club

A private dining club means a restaurant for members and their guests.  The RUINS serves luncheon four days per week, from Tuesday through Friday.  In the evening we serve dinner from Wednesday through Sunday.  In addition The RUINS offers dining service on the major holidays throughout the year, as well as a variety of individual club events, such as wine dinners and cooking classes.  We offer a discount to our members for our catering services at The RUINS.  You may patronize The RUINS for luncheon as a one-time opportunity if you are considering membership.

schedule a tour

We gladly offer to give you a tour of our house if you find you are interested in our services.  Simply telephone our receptionist to pursue a mutually agreeable time for our staff member to show you the premises.

Corporate Events

The RUINS is a perfect venue to host corporate events.  The surroundings are attractive, the cuisine is very good, and the service is always customized to your wishes and requirements.  Consider The RUINS for your next corporate event, either celebration or meeting or any special event you wish to hold.  We want to make your business look good!

The Ruins



Passed hors d’ oeuvres:

Deviled crab cakes with spicy pomodoro

Endive with grapefruit and feta

Taro chip with ahi poke

Carrot and scallion cake with crème fraiche and black olives

Golden beet carpaccio with burrata and micro greens /

Organic Spring mix with watermelon radish, shaved cucumber and pinenuts

Tomahawk ribeye with a red wine demi-glace, celeriac mash and garlic sautéed kale /

Pan seared ling cod with malt vinegar beurre blanc, fingerling potatoes, braised leeks and fried spinach

Lavender crème brulee / Apple tarte tatin