Bastille Cafe & Bar
Bastille Cafe & Bar

Bastille Cafe & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bastilleseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2064535014
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Su-Th 5:30-10:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-11:00pm
    Brunch: Su 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: French, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Jason Stoneburner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Holly Robinson 2068615199

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vernon Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bastille Cafe & Bar
Opened in June of 2009 and housed in an historic 1920’s building in Seattle’s Old Ballard neighborhood, Bastille Café & Bar is a bustling homage to a Parisian brasserie. Owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann scoured Paris flea markets and local salvage stores for vintage accessories to create a truly authentic feel. From the white subway tiles, antique mirrors, and Paris Metro clock to the zinc-topped bar and stunning crystal chandelier that takes center stage in the Back Bar; they’ve truly hit the mark. Chef Jason Stoneburner creates French focused cuisine inspired by the abundance of seasonal product found locally---and it doesn’t get any more local than the restaurants 4500-square-foot organic rooftop garden. The wine list is French focused with a smattering of NW wines and the bar offers an extensive collection of absinthe.
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Bastille Cafe & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)neighborhood gem (68)great for outdoor dining (55)special occasion (46)romantic (44)great for brunch (40)good for groups (34)hot spot (30)vibrant bar scene (23)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (15)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food - will be going back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    LOVED how each dish was prepared. My husband and I had 5 different dishes and loved each one - could not rate one over the other because they were that good. Service was good, but not stellar. All else was memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yumm glad I went!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Reserved a table for a group. I was even a little late for our reservation but the table was still ready for us when we arrived. Food was fantastic. I had the salmon omelet special and it was delicious. I wasn't a huge fan of the bloody marry mostly due to the large amount of horseradish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    mcleanmanorVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I love a French café, I love France. This was not a great representation of either. The interior was very nice, but the food was overly salty and nothing to brag about. Brunch eggs were burnt and what was supposed to be poached were hard boiled with overly salty ham. The bread was so hard to chew for $4 I thought I needed to go to the dentist. The tab was $58, so not worth it, should have eaten the street food at the farmers market which looked much better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Likeable
    lolo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was good with some misses. Flat iron steak was awesome but ricotta tasted ok not particularly memorable. Toulouse sausage was hard but the accompanying sauce with chantrelles and corn was outstanding. Wine was excellent as was the waiter!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    all4food
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We visit this restaurant about twice a month. The service is great. The servers are not always super friendly but they do a great job. Food is always timely and delicious. We visit other restaurants in the area but Bastille remains on the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Storm the Bastille!
    RichardKelley
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have eaten at Bastille before, and it is always great. The only real failing is the very small number of entree choices, although the ones they have are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good
    Knittingninja
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Friends met up to celebrate a birthday. Loved the food, servings were just right for us, not super huge so if you've got a real hunger guy, you may want to get an appetizer. Not a place if you want a quiet romantic dinner due to the noise level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I came for dinner on my birthday. The food was very good but the overall experience was not worth $95 (the total after a weak tip). The entrees came out within 5 minutes of the appetizer, which is not terrible, but not the best timing for a nice meal. After we finished our entrees, we sat with empty plates and glasses on the table for at least 10 minutes. Finally, our waiter came back to bring a new bottle of water but did not remove the dishes. About 10 minutes later, he came to clear the dishes, but did not ask if we wanted more drinks or anything else. We sat at our table drinking water for at least 30 minutes after the meal until finally we could pay and leave. The waiter certainly earned his poor tip.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Susan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed food, wine-- service was great and knowledgeable! The only drawback is noise level-- pretty much had to lean in and speak in your loud voice!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was just okay
    augmom
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We love Bastille especially in the summer time. However our last visit wasn't the best. The food choices had few veggie orientations. Not that we eat only veggies, yet the wonderful grilled cauliflower or the shaved cauliflower and mushrooms were not an option. It was more on the heavy side. The fresh garden salad was fabulous yet the clams were just okay. This was a special occasion that was dented by the food choice. We ordered champagne- the lowest and highest price flute for comparison. At $16 a glass (the high side) was flat. The server was very kind and brought us another flute. It was nothing superlative, as French champagnes can be. The $11 glass was much better. Hopefully better luck next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    Happytodine
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was excellent and portions were very reasonably sized. We sat in the patio which was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommend
    FieldGood
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent food and great wine list and specials. I liked the tasting flight of rose wines. Our waiter was initially quite attentive, then seemed to disappear. Another waitperson picked up the slack though. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am a discriminating cook/diner...
    moandmo
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    ...and I highly recommend Bastille. The food [ingredients, preparation, and presentation] and service were of the highest order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for anniversary dinner
    workingclasshero
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Bastille is not only convenient after spending a long day exploring Ballard, but it is really a neighborhood gem. My husband and I were celebrating our one year anniversary, and while we are much more comfortable in a pub than a fancy restaurant, we felt totally comfortable in this really nicely decorated dining room in our jeans and tee-shirts. The decor is really beautiful, but the food is even more so. I had the fish of the day and I don't think I've ever seen such a beautiful plate of salmon. The skin was salty and crispy, and I would have called the experience good if that was all I got on my plate. I love that they have a rooftop garden and source their food from local farmers. The food is fresh, local and absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great date night!
    AprilVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We took friends here for a double date night and had a great time! The service was outstanding and the food was delish. The pork belly and tartines are a must to start with. We also had the salmon, chicken and a pasta dish that were all very good. Unique flavors and really fresh. The wine was also a good choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally good food
    Belle
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Sorry, but I find it hard to find realy good restaurants in Seattle, but this one made it to the best 10 so far. The salads were different and very yummy, even though they are a franch restaurant , they make excellent falafel and humus (and we come from Israel , were almost every place serves it) and the mussels were delicious ! Heartily recommended
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Have had the steak frites here twice. Comparable to the ones in Paris. Never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cafe and farmer's market
    froggy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were thrilled to find such a gem for a carefree delicious brunch on a busy Sunday. The choices were diverse and fun to choose from. The wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. We were happy with the fresh herbs and produce used in our dishes. We had a bonus with the Ballard farmers market going on right outside the door to enjoy after our meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were a party of 5 with a reservation and our table was not big enough. Our overall service was spoty we sat for a while with a lot of dirty dishes on the table which was awkward because there was not enough room on the table. I loved our server she was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good, as usual
    Heynow
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Bastille has long been a standby of ours, consistently serving very good food with nice atmosphere. This visit was no exception.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything is beautiful.
    NancyKick
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We ordered the mussels, the 1/2 chicken and the sausage and all were amazing with beautiful flavors. Plenty to eat as well. The service was spectacular as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Brunch was good, though not remarkable. Nice to have a reservation because Ballard is so busy with the Sunday market.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evelyn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food ans service was good. The pate made with chicken was really poor on flavor and too cold... We was glad to enjoy our meals with the company of the bees, keep those alive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Top Notch
    FrenchieinSeattle
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My husband and I made a last minute reservation. When we arrived I asked if we could be seated outside. The hostess indicated that we could not. She seated us in the main dining area. I noticed several empty tables outside and assumed they were reserved for other parties. As the evening passed, several tables remained open. Meanwhile we were inside and it was actually quite warm inside. We sat for a long time before our waiter came to the table to take our drink order. Our waiter was pleasant and relatively attentive. We both ordered the steak frites and both steaks were cooked to order; the frites however were extremely salty. The side order of baguette was very tough; not what I expected for the additional charge. Overall disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun venue with good food & service
    pansyollieVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Enjoyed another meal at Bastille. Our waiter was knowledgable and enthusiastic. In a non-annoying way. Mussels and frites were fantastic. Amazing carrot broth. I eat a lot of mussels and this was one of the best preparations I've ever had. Good wine. Nice people. Great fun spot. Parking is a bit of a challenge but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bastille on Bastille Day!
    Spike
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Captures the feel of a Parisian bistro .....in Ballard. Similar fare to Luc's, but trades Luc's intimacy for a louder, energetic, locale. Depending on your mood, one or the other fits the bill for simple, but excellent, French food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Consistently good food, good service, good atmosphere, at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Autumnn
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This restaurant was a pleasant find. Coming from Austin, it proved to be a foodie hot spot to see. The scenery, as well as the inside, was completely breathtaking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We enjoyed our evening with our close friends & our waiter Paul was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • couple of food notes
    Stephanie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    the croque madame wasn't as great as previous visits. i've dined here many times, and will continue to, and LOVE Bastille, but this was kind of a bummer - not served in the cast dish anymore, was a bit dry and had to ask for sauce mornay on the side to add to it. there also weren't any beans in the 'eggs en cocote' not sure if that was an oversight or a menu change but it was preferable the previous way. service was good, drinks were good, just a couple notes on the food. ;)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I Love Bastille
    MooseCatel
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I always try to bring out of town visitors to Bastille because I think it is a great representation of Seattle's love of good food, local sourcing, in house made specialties, and fantastic cocktails. The brunch menu is delicious and all the food is beautiful. Did I mention the yummy cocktails? Bastille also poaches eggs just right!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food in a great setting
    Tommy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    When the meal started, I was slightly disappointed that the baguette we ordered showed up room temperature, but I didn't need to worry. I didn't have another complaint the rest of the night. The mussels were fantastic! And the profiteroles to die for. Bastille came highly recommended to me from a friend and I will surely recommend it highly to others
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Friends, Great Dinner
    SeattleVanGuy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My friend, who was my Best Man, is getting married soon. We decided to go dinner with his Best Man. The groom chose Bastille. As it turned out, my friend's Best Man was a no-show. So, the two of us had a fantastic dinner. We started with the house-smoked salmon appetizer, on to the house salad with lardon. We both chose the Steak Frites accompanied by a fine Corbières. Dinner was followed by a couple of rounds of a nice Armagnac. Overall, a great dinner, with a great friend. We are looking forward to returning. Next time with the Best Man.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding restaurant
    Foodie33
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My partner and I are avid foodies. We try to go out somewhere new at least once a week and try out all types of cuisine. Bastille is one of those go to restaurants where we know we are going to be happy! Everything is outstanding from the wine, cocktails, apps, entrees, and dessert to the service and ambience. I highly recommend it for your next date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous brunch!
    GoodEaterKim
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had a fabulous brunch on a sunny Sunday with the farmer's market buzzing on the street outside the restaurant. Our server was terrific and took very good care of us. There were four of us and we each had a different dish and each of us loved what we ordered. We were never rushed even though there were people waiting to sit out on the patio where we were seated. It was a wonderful experience all the way around. I also highly recommend Bastille for happy hour as I believe they have one of the best burgers in the city and there food and drink prices are a deal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A perfect Sunday morning.
    susieq
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Like a mini-vacation in Paris. Great ambiance and spectacular food. I wish we could eat here every day. We drive from south of Seattle all the way across town to the north side to have Sunday brunch here. It has the added attraction of being next to the Ballard Farmer's Market, which is open all year.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlohaCho
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have been eating at Bastille since it opened. It is our favorite restaurant. We brought our friends here and it is now their favorite place too. We have never had a bad meal or bad service here. I don't think I can say that about any other restaurant. Whenever my husband and I are celebrating a special occasion Bastille is our go to place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    fairbad
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My wife and I appreciated the first class dining experience at Bastille and look forward to going again soon
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheMOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I really enjoy the ambiance, the service is great and the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Bistro w/ an American twist
    chemixen
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Large portions of excellently prepared food. Come hungry. Not traditional French cuisine but very close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic