Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Kirkland
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Kirkland

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Kirkland

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.purplecafe.com/
  • Phone: 4258283772x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday,11am to 10pm
    Friday, 11am to 11pm
    Saturday, 12pm to 11am
    Sunday, 12pm to 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Jorge Ruiz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer a variety of box lunches and a la carte platters; great for corporate events, parties, picnics and other get-togethers! Items are available for pick up only at all four of our locations. All orders must be placed by 4pm the prior business day. If ordering for Mondays, your order must be placed by the Friday before. Large orders may require advance notice. Orders must be picked up by noon or after 1:30pm.
  • Private Party Facilities: Purple Kirkland offers a variety of large party accommodations. There will be an automatic 18% gratuity added to all parties of 6 or more. Parties of 9 or more require one check. Please contact Group Dining & Event Planning for availability, minimums and menu options. We require preset menus for all parties of 15 or more. Some reservations may require a signed contract and credit card information for cancellation purposes.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsey Winters 206-838-3853x

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Kirkland
Purple Café and Wine Bar pairs a global wine selection with a menu that combines classic American styles with seasonal Northwest ingredients.

We feature an expansive menu ranging from artisan cheeses, starters, soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzas to pasta and seafood. We take a great deal of pride in utilizing the freshest, local ingredients that change with the seasons.

On the wine side of things our wine list features over 80 glass and 600 bottle selections. Over the years our wine program has been recognized with various accolades that include an "Award of Ultimate Distinction" from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and being named "Best Wine Bar" by Evening Magazine's Best of Western Washington Viewers Poll.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Kirkland reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (32)neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (21)great for outdoor dining (20)good for groups (14)special occasion (14)great for lunch (14)hot spot (11)romantic (10)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Great food, better wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Visited Purple for the first time. Won't be our last. The concept of the flights is superb...we got to taste a variety of bubbly and red wines...all do which were unknown to us but were excellent. The servers were very knowledgable regarding the wines and made excellent recommendations. We had the baked Brie appetizer which was perfect for 4 to share. Dinner was the crab cakes, spicy shrimp, grilled asparagus, and the grilled cauliflower. Plenty of food for both of us with leftovers to boot! Each dish was prepared to perfection!!! Dessert was the German chocolate brownie with ice cream and the salted carmels. Plates were licked clean....need I say more??? We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable as always
    MaggieJaneVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    When we got to Seattle or surrounds, we always stop for at least one meal at a Purple because the food is great and service is always professional, friendly and prompt !! We have never been disappointed . Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious to the last bite
    Funwithfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Don't expect to leave anything on your plate when you eat at the Purple cafe. The food preparation is creative as well as tasty. The use of vegetables,spinach in the potato salad, carrot curls on the Mac and cheese, adds taste treats as well as visual appeal to the food. Portions were ample, meats were seasoned nicely, the ambience was casual,neighborhood-friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our first time here and we really enjoyed ourselves. The location wasn't the best, but once inside you could sorta forget you were in a strip mall type of environment. The outdoor seating was basically on the parking lot/driveway so we sat inside. Our waiter was a little slow at first but by the end of the meal he was doing great. The food was very good. My wife had a BLTA sandwich and said it was one of the best she have ever eaten. I had wild boar ragu on pappadelle and it was excellent. As first timers, they comped us on a desert which was very nice. All in all a good experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to catch up w/ friends
    BrianC
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had a great time with a friend catching up. The baked Brie was perfect and the wine selection is incredible. They even honored my request for a "quieter" spot so that we could talk. Our server was beyond incredible with an incredible personality and thoughtful suggestions
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    AnnK
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Perfect lunch or dinner spot with something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OU812
    OU812VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Kale salad under dressed so very dry and chewy. Cauliflower soup showed promise but served on the underside of warm. Chicken with Marsala sauce very tasty and well prepared. Service was noticeably poor from strange server (stoned?), to disinterested person serving food (not server) to person wandering around to clear dishes and fill water but not doing it. Took advantage of half price wine night. Solid Malbec for $17.00. Purple has potential but on this night it was at best average.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dinner place!
    Triton
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We always love going to purple cafe! I especially love their appetizers - spreads, roasted cauliflower, yummm!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Purple Cafe wonderful again!
    Marc191VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We pretty much enjoyed flavorful salads and sandwiches--but, lived it up a bit w/a delicious ice cream & brownies dessert. Very enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • our neighborhood gem
    food4thought
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We love to walk over for dinner on the weekends when the spring weather is pleasent. Nice selection of wines along with your choice of patio or indoor seating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Purple
    BellevueJim
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is one of 4 such restaurants in the Seattle area, and, like the others, this Purple is a great-looking restaurant with a very respectable wine list and good-to-excellent menu. I've eaten at 3 of the four locations, and the service and food are uniformly very good. I enjoy bringing friends to Purple, and several of them have become big fans also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to meet friends
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food and service were outstanding! Every time I took a drink of my water, the glass was filled. I had the lobster mac & cheese - really good! I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent & Dependable
    BoardofDirectors
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Purple Cafe is always a great spot for lunch or dinner. The food, service and experience are consistently good. Wine selection offers diversity for any palate. Sometimes can be a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable evening
    lbdb
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    great wine list, delicious food and excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Gem
    Aero66
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The dinner special was excellent and included the best lamb chops that we have ever had - cooked perfectly, tender & delicious. Paired with the recommended red wine, it was a memorable ending to a perfect day. And, did I mention the wait person? Friendly, efficient and always came to our table just at the right time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    eatf00d
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    My experience at Purple Café in Kirkland was delightful! The food was delicious; the flavors were distinct and were very complimentary. The dishes were unique and fresh and the portions were really appropriate - it was filling, and not overly indulgent. The waitress we had was fabulous; classy, gracious, confident, attentive and not at all suffocating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not so great a place
    fabulousStoneHouse
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The service was good, but we were very disappointed about the food. I ordered the pumpkin ravioli; the flavor was good, but it was drowning in oil, which made it messy and somewhat oily. My husband had the basil pesto pasta, which was also too oily. My daughter had the fresh grilled asparagus; that was also too heavy in oil. I do not recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 329 reviews are from the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Kirkland reviews archive.
  • Fun times friend's birthday lunch
    PammaWamma
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We really enjoyed our experience overall at Purple Kirkland.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    One thing I appreciated very much was the choice of music played and the appropriate level of it and speaker quality. When conversing, the music was not noticeable. when not speaking, I would notice the music, be intrigued by the selection and soothed by the quality of the sound. Our waiter, Ryan, was very personable and attentive and the food was delicious. A GREAT find!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Purple Perfect!
    BRC2272VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our post-symphony early evening dining experience at Purple in Kirkland. We prefer this quieter location over the more hip and busy Bellevue restaurant. The menu is amazing and so varied, but we always seem to end up ordering from the Prix Fixe menu as it is so good and a great bargain! My husband loves the steamed clams starter, and I am in heaven with the calamari, so tender and spiced just right. The main courses of chicken marsala for my husband and lamb ragu for me were wonderfully prepared and presented, but the dessert is always the best! The sea salt caramels to die for, and my husband is raves about his german chocolate cake!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    MarkyMark
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Nice restaurant in a mall, great list of wines to choose from and the food was pretty good.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food & wine, but a bit pricey
    tequilalover
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Had a nice French sauvignon blanc for $12. Not a huge pour, so really had to sip that one to make it last. Had arugula and quinoa salad. Maybe too much quinoa and not enough larger vegies cut up in it. Was very homogenous looking, not the most tempting thing to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Pat52
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Both my friend and I had cauliflower soup, chopped salad, and salted caramels. Oh and two different white wines. All was wonderful. Great server who was there when needed but did not interrupt our conversation! We thought we both loved the tomato which we usually have but I would have to say the cauliflower soup may be our new fav! All in all a very nice way to spend a lunch hour (or was it 2 hours?)!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service? Nonexistent.
    KirklanderVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The service? Nonexistent. The food? Only so-so. And we were really looking forward to our dinner at Purple Cafe! Clearly, the waiter had never received training in customer service; I've had better at McDonald's. The mushroom gnocchi was good; the lamb ragu was a bowl of penne with a few pieces of lamb tucked inside. Really. We had two glasses of wine and two restaurant week meals, and I expected a lot more for $82.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, relaxed dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Very nice, relaxed dining. Very, very long wine list. Excellent low key service. Nice offer of 50% selected wines on Sunday.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been to the Woodinville
    RTwo
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We have been to the Woodinville and Seatte locations and like Purple because the menu has something for everyone. Instead of a meal, we shared appetizers/small plates and sandwiches. We especially liked the hummus trio and cheese platter. Everyone at our table decided to drink wine by the glass to try something different. Our server was outstanding and cheerfully answered questions and made recommendations. This is not a place to go to have a quiet, romantic conversation, but rather, a place to hangout and have drinks and something to eat with friends. We'd go back, but might try the Bellevue location for fun.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay
    Eastsider4life
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The restaurant was good - the server had no personality and was almost too attentive. Wanted to clear our plates literally as soon as we put down our utensils. The food was good. Too much aioli sauce on the sandwich - bacon not cooked enough and kind of fatty. The chicken cranberry salad had gone down hill - used to be better again too much dressing on it - I want to actually taste the food. The Woodinville Purple is way better! The chairs are very uncomfortable seating in all the restaurants. Bad choice by the designer. I really like their food but with all the choices in Kirkland...I think I may go elsewhere. Time to change it up Purple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favourite dinner spot
    Vancouverite
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    It is a must stop for me each time I am in Kirkland or Seattle, which is usually a few times in a year.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I've been to Purple in Kirkland twice recently. The first time (Dec 2013) was ok. My friends both were not impressed w/ the rosotto they ordered, but my burger was good. I went again on Valentine's Day and my friend ordered gluten-free pasta ($4 extra) and compared to my pasta dish, there was barely any pasta in it. The table we were seated at was also not suited for how we were seated (and there wasn't room around the table to change how we were seated. I had to put my silverware on the left because the table was so narrow it wouldn't fit on the right and still allow her to have a plate on the table. We each had pasta and a flight and spent $130+ after tip. Not worth that in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to dine!~
    DK725
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Nothing to complain about. Came here with my girlfriend for her birthday and they accommodated us with free dessert. Service was awesome and food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service (in a dark room)
    wildernessarts
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The wine and the service are the reasons to go here, but the wine is also what will inflate your bill. The food is good, and well-prepared, but not very memorable. The service is the best aspect of the dining experience. Excellent! This Purple is located in a strip mall-type situation, so you will likely have the headlights of SUVs shining through the large and lovely windows from time to time. The low lighting level was also an issue; I like to actually see what I'm eating and drinking, but if you're just there for a romantic drink, don't worry about it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Purple Cafe has become one of regular dinner spots. The food is consistently good, the wine excellent and the service attentive. Overall it's a great experience for the price.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent lunch!
    BothellShopperVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    The crab cake sandwich was very good, and the kale Caesar excellent! We did not have any wine but the selection is always some of the best around. The spacing, layout of the tables allows for dining privacy which is appreciated. We were well-cared for, server/wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Favorite Kirkland Spot
    Kirklander
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We are never disappointed at Purple, especially the Kirkland location. It is close to our house, and this has became a go-to place for dinner for us. We go in once a week. We love the wine list and have discovered a few new wines there. We like that we can also bring our own bottles in. We always have excellent service and have enjoyed both appetizers and entrees each time we have come in. We really enjoy coming in with friends. We never feel rushed and the wait staff never is impatient when we take our time and linger.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid place
    DamayVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Have eaten at Purple many times ( the pizza is always a good deal) The lamb meatball risotto special was very tasty. The one dish that fell flat was pumpkin ravioli. Thick pasta, small amount of filling and absolutely swimming in butter....not the restaurant's best effort
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Menu
    pippen
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Variety and interest of menu is intriguing. Food is good and moderately priced. Atmosphere is cozy. Enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waitress was great, the
    Eastsider4life
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    The waitress was great, the food was okay but honestly has gone down hill a bit. The Woodinville location has better food, the Kirkland location is a better location and better wait staff. The pizzas should be thinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased with Purples as always
    westvalleydinerVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    My friend and I went here for lunch during Restaurant Week this week. One of my favorite menu items was one of the special menu, so I choose that of course. Can't go wrong with their BLTA. The daily soup, a potato leek, was delish. The bread pudding was good, but honestly I was anticipating something larger than the size of a scallop. Really? But I was pleased nonetheless and will return, time and time again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesone
    Cindy
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    Love Purple Café!!! Delicious food and great ambience ....what else can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch
    molly
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    Took my GF to lunch for her birthday. We enjoyed the small chopped salad and the chicken salad, also small, which were both adequate. The server, Brian, was very courteous and offered us a dessert on the house for our celebration. All in all, a very pleasant experience. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.