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Bastille Cafe & Bar
Bastille Cafe & Bar

Bastille Cafe & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bastilleseattle.com
  • Phone: (206) 453-5014
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Su-Th 5:30-10:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-11:00pm
    Brunch: Su 10:00am-3:00pm
  • 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 (206) 861-5199

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food was excellent and portions were very reasonably sized. We sat in the patio which was very pleasant."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "...and I highly recommend Bastille. The food [ingredients, preparation, and presentation] and service were of the highest order."
    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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Have had the steak frites here twice. Comparable to the ones in Paris. Never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Consistently good food, good service, good atmosphere, at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening with our close friends & our waiter Paul was great."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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. ;)"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I appreciated the first class dining experience at Bastille and look forward to going again soon"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I really enjoy the ambiance, the service is great and the food."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Large portions of excellently prepared food. Come hungry. Not traditional French cuisine but very close."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Waitress was barely there. I had a cocktail and wanted another but she literally did not check in until we were done with our meal and the moments had passed. Many of my mussels were undercooked and I had 3 shells that weren't even open! I know it will sound snobbish but most places will pick those out. My partner's salad barely had any dressing and his salmon was undercooked as well. With such great hype I feel bad hating it but I do. Will not go back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Bastille for our birthdays, and we were not disappointed. Our server was so sweet, efficient and smart, our food was delectable, and the atmosphere romantic. I would highly recommend Bastille anytime!! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This place has terrific food and great service. The menu is rather limited but ok."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I took my parents here for a night out on the town. We had an incredible server who was extremely well-versed in menu options and food preparation. He made great wine and absinthe recommendations, as well. The food was impeccable. All four of us loved our meals. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Even though it was already the middle of the day, I made a reservation on Open Table at Bastille, and left a note saying, "sweetbreads?" My wife and I arrived at a perfectly renovated building in the Ballard Avenue historic district. The room was a bistro to die for, and the music, at just enough volume to be made out above the conversations in the large room, was French with a small dose of Madeleine Peyroux. When the menu arrived, there was a daily specials sheet which included ... (wait for it!) ... sweetbreads! The woman working the front of the house saw my joy and came over to say that they had gotten my message. The sweetbreads were perfect- just crunchy enough on the outside to have that nutty taste. We will be back soon. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Really nice dinner. Food we were able to order was terrific. Unfortunately, the kitchen ran out of several choices, which seemed a surprise at 7:00 pm. Granted it was a Sunday night, but it was a holiday weekend. Wait staff was good, but seemed tired and ready to go home. Too bad, because this is a fantastic restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014