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

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Kirkland Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.purplecafe.com
  • Phone: (425) 828-3772
  • 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) 838-3853

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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Diner Reviews
  • "We always love going to purple cafe! I especially love their appetizers - spreads, roasted cauliflower, yummm!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We pretty much enjoyed flavorful salads and sandwiches--but, lived it up a bit w/a delicious ice cream & brownies dessert. Very enjoyable!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "great wine list, delicious food and excellent service"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our experience overall at Purple Kirkland. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Nice restaurant in a mall, great list of wines to choose from and the food was pretty good."
    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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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?)!!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Very nice, relaxed dining. Very, very long wine list. Excellent low key service. Nice offer of 50% selected wines on Sunday."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "It is a must stop for me each time I am in Kirkland or Seattle, which is usually a few times in a year."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Variety and interest of menu is intriguing. Food is good and moderately priced. Atmosphere is cozy. Enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Love Purple Café!!! Delicious food and great ambience ....what else can you ask for?"
    Dined on 9/10/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2013
  • "I ordered the soup and half salad. The soup was tasty but lukewarm, and the size of the salad was closer to a side than a half. Not worth the money."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "Thank GOD for purple café. not much option in Kirkland. great wine list, good food, always glad to meet friend or family there."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Great meal celebrating a dear friends birthday. Our server Elliott was outstanding, in fact I would return to this specific Purple just to have Elliott as my server. He made our night. Amazing food, always love the brie in pastry, fabulous wine. Love Purple! Also thought the table next to us with the two young girls with the milk flights was so clever I want to bring my kids in just for this."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "We had the best meal of our 3 week trip here. Wonderful cuisine, great flavor combinations. Got an authentic rosé wine from Provence. Our server was polite and efficient, all the staff friendly. Chic but friendly decor. So many restaurants disappoint, at any price. Purple exceeded our expectations a a reasonable price. ."
    Dined on 7/10/2013
  • "made a reservation for our 23rd anniversary ... however, they did not mention anything while we were there. Would have given them 4 stars otherwise, as the food was good and overall service as well. The little things make a difference, and this is such a "little" thing deciding whether to come back or refer to friends... we'll probably check out some other places first now."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "We went to Purple Kirkland to celebrate our 43 anniversary. We chose Purple Kirkland because we had a gift card, and because we can walk to it from home, and because we love the food. The food didn't disappoint. We were there for happy hour so enjoyed a white wine, beer, and bruschetta off the happy hour menu--all wonderful. For dinner I had the special pan seared halibut--amazing; husband had scallops linguini--also amazing. Our waiter was delightful. He was getting married the following week so we shared that we were celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary. He was most impressed. He also compted us a dessert--the chocolate bourbon cake that was delicious. A very nice evening!"
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "OUTDOOR DINING YOU ARE SITTING IN A PARKING LOT WHERE IT IS NOISY. MOTOR CYCLES REVING ENGINES AND CARS CONSTANTLY GOING BY. HARD TO TALK. FOOD WAS OKAY BUT HIGH PRICED."
    Dined on 6/18/2013