About Us

Our Philosophy

Food is about more than just what you eat, it’s about who you share the experience with. At the Stumbling Goat Bistro, we believe that the best experiences come from the knowledge that you are choosing to support your local community.

How did we come up with the name? One of the most frequently asked questions by our guests is how did we come up with the name Stumbling Goat Bistro? When we opened back in 2000 we had originally wanted to call our place “Drunken Boat” (“Le Bateau Ivre”); the title of a poem by the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. This, however, was not to be. The Washington State Liquor Control Board informed us that due to a prohibition statute (prohibition, by the way, ended in 1933), we could not use the word “drunken”.

Hmmm… when in doubt! Open a good bottle of wine. So as any thoughtful folks might do with less than 2 days to name a business, we opened a bottle of wine and proceeded to cull our creative juices and come up with another name. After SEVERAL unsuccessful combinations we started rhyming things with “Drunken Boat” and finally came upon “Stumbling Goat”.