Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.purplecafe.com/
  • Phone: 206-829-2280x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday, 11am to 11pm
    Friday, 11am to 12am
    Saturday, 12pm to 12am
    Sunday, 12pm to 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Harry Mills
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, 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: We offer a semi-private room for up to 22 people seated or 40 for a stand-up cocktail style event. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Maly and Celina Schulenberg 206-838-3853x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of 4th Avenue & University Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the Financial Center Parking Garage located directly underneath our restaurant on the corner of 4th and University. Once on University Street heading East, the garage is on your right hand side just after 3rd Ave and before 4th Ave. Parking is available throughout the day; prices vary. After 4pm parking is $5 with validation from the front desk 7 days a week.
A word from Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle
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 most fresh and local ingredients.

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 WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
319 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (226)fit for foodies (174)special occasion (136)hot spot (96)good for groups (88)great for lunch (87)vibrant bar scene (84)romantic (81)neighborhood gem (53)late-night find (46)great for brunch (19)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (11)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • CT is fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My sister and I have dined several times at Purple Cafe/Seattle before our 5th Ave show and are always very happy with the food and service. We especially enjoy CT, the sommelier, who is consistently a delight. He is helpful, funny, interesting and goes above and beyond.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a date
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Was impressed with the wine selection and how helpful CT the sommelier was. He helped us pair wine with our food. Would recommend the mussels and chocolate tarte.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    With the exception of the hair I found in my pork chop, my dining experience was good. I had a group of seven and everyone had a great time. The food was good, service fast and it was dark but fun
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have never ever had a bad meal here. Our favorite is the baked brie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent service. Attentive. Knew exactly when we needed to leave and gave us update on time. Extensive wine list. Delicious salad. Perfect for our girls night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    hamckay
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was a busy Friday night but they are common is our reservation of six easily. I am disappointed they have updated the menu with different salad choices but only because I love their apple walnut salad which is no longer on the menu. My girls had the cheese pizza which tasted a little bit like Indian food. It was good but not to our children's taste. They were nice enough to remove that from our bill. My husband and I had cupcakes and a wonderful filet and a chop salad. That strawberry shortcake dessert was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful evening
    moongoddessVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I love the ambiance of this restaurant: nice but casual, modern yet comfortable. This is my second visit and came with three friends. We each had a different wine flight and were all happy with our choices. A lot of diversity on this wine list. We had the special of the day, a halibut dish with a sauce of local vegetables with a bit of spice that was truly special. Tried the grilled cauliflower appetizer which was unique and quite good. We ended with the sea salt caramels, creme brûlée and the waitress brought us a delightful port because she said we just needed it with the caramels. We were speechless and in bliss with our caramels and port. Truly divine and possibly the best caramel I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Winos and Foodies!
    MickyB
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We went for the wine list (any place with Jacquère, Rkatsiteli, Schiava, Teroldego, Liatiko and Vranec by the glass must be great, and the bottle choice is simply amazing) and the food also was great – almost impossible to choose what to have. I had an unusual calamari dish to start (with San Marzano tomatoes, Castelvetrano olives, chickpeas) that was delicious as was my wife’s Gorgonzola stuffed dates. We both had the duck breast with Swiss chard and smoked shiitake mushrooms that was divine. I ordered mine medium rare and my wife’s medium – and there was a difference! The place is large and was very busy on a Wednesday and the noise level was high – our only negative feeling, but not enough to spoil a wonderful food and wine evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch Spot
    Cara
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Quick and friendly lunch service. The Gorgonzola and fig pizza is especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    Dhpeter
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Literally everything we had was delicious. We had two different wine flights, we started with the cauliflower and Brie. I Don't usually like cauliflower but it was delicious! The Brie was also fantastic. I had the seafood stew and it was also generously filled with plump shrimp and fish. My wife has the salmon and it was cooked to perfection. We passed on dessert because we were so full. No skimpy portions here! Can't wait to be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Food and Service
    FGagoVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food and service were excellent. We had a pizza and lobster mac & cheese for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seattle Trip
    Bill
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We thought we were going to another restaurant and were surprised upon our arrival. The service was very good; especially the wine guy who truly knew his stuff. The food was good if not great. Unfortunately, the menu was not one that caused me to make choices between attractive options. I found myself choosing from a list of not so exciting selections that turned out to be quite good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice table for two !
    Cooksnightout
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our dinner was amazing and service first rate. Crab cakes to start with were outstanding ! Really could have been a whole meal !!We also had the Halibut special and the fish stew... All very perfect ! Only complaint was we did two wine flights and REALLY did not care for the Pinot flight. My husband ordered a single glass of wine later on that was very great, Our sweetest waitress imediately ,without us even mentioning anything removed the uncared for flight from our bill. Very thoughtful service. We will always make Purple Cafe a visit on our Seattle stops !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and mediocre
    JillVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We used to love this restaurant and after spending almost $85 with tip for two salads and two glasses of wine, we left starving and disappointed. We sat for almost an hour before actually receiving food, and by the time we did, I couldn't believe how tiny my $30 salad with the smallest piece of over cooked salmon was. My other friend got the pork chop and it was so salty that it almost wasn't edible. I never give bad reviews but after this experience, I had to.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable as always
    Jason
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My family and I have been visiting Purple for over three years now. The food, service and over all experience was as good as the last time we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Tdog
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a fun dinner for a birthday here this week. Adults meals were almost all fantastic. Crab bad mushroom pasta was amazing, prawn appetizer is spicy and early big enough for an entree. Meatball pasta tasty too. But the lobster Mac n cheese leaves something to be desired. Way too rich and heavy and unfortunately this time with not enough lobster. Chopped salad and the apple cranberry chicken salad are delish. But my 6 yr old buddy had the chicken n fries and the grilled chicken was too salty for him. Had to douse it in ketchup to get it down him. Service was good, drinks awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, difficult to converse
    annie7
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food as usual, for lunch. A little slow from order to the table, so not easy to fit within an hour lunch. But, conversation is very difficult - it is so LOUD, which does not make for a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful menu
    Betsy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was a pleasure to discover the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar and have to thank the 5th Avenue Theater for it's recommendation. The menu was not your run of the mill restaurant food and the flavor combinations were heavenly. The portions were just right, although I did take home part of my entree to enjoy the next day. Having lived in France we are used to fine dining and this ranks right up with our favorite French restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect option before the theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We go here before shows at The 5th Ave Theater, and always find they are great about timing to reach the show on schedule. The food is reliably good, if not memorable - tasty and well prepared. The wine list is outstanding, and on a recent visit our pregnant diner enjoyed a house made "fizzy" soda with fresh fruit.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food but pricey
    food42emerys
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Met some locals here for dinner during our visit to Seattle, including one who works at their Kirkland restaurant. It was as good as advertised by our friends and the reviews I read beforehand. It was pretty noisy and a little difficult to hear with six people at the table. The food was outstanding but very pricey for the quantity served. Although my husband and i appreciate smaller servings, we decided to split the halibut. It was delicious, but seriously A very small serving for nearly $30. The wine list was extensive and expensive. All in all though, I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    cashoreline
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been here twice, both during visits to Seattle for PAX, and both times have not disappointed. Great food, drinks, service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent ambiance!
    Dinejunkie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I am a foodie and was content with most of our food choices, however I wasn't "wowed" by it. I highly recconmend the lobster/crab cakes (can't remember which it was) as well as the quinoa salad. The cakes had a spot on fresh flavor with a perfect balance of richness. I don't recommend the margarita pizza, the breadcrumbs smothered on top were overwhelming taking away the majority of the pizzas flavors. Great spot to go with friends perhaps not a first date kinda place(a bit on the noisy side.) I would defiantly go back to Purple!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Space!
    larryVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Purple is the coolest restaurant space we've experienced in a while---absolutely incredible. The whole experience was great, we all loved everything we ordered and our wines were fabulous. Server was very present but not intrusive, had great recommendations. Highly recommend do not miss this when in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Blackenedtrout
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food and wine were both on point. Service was impeccable. My husband and I are still talking about it all. Catered well to my gluten allergy and I had lots of options. Best dining experience we have had since moving to Washington in May. Will definitely will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service and Food
    Slowdining
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Starting with the service -- Our server was top notch. Nicole L had an excellent knowledge of wines. When we couldn't decide, she brought 4 tastes including our "thought." Nicole provided information on each and her favorite which is a nice add. Nicole assisted in our selection of the second glass of wine with thoughtful suggestions and information on each. Both wines were divine. At the end of our meal only finishing half due to the portion, a minor breakdown in communication from our side not her's, the doggie bags were not keep. The fix was a gift certificate to return and dine at Purple. WOW! The food -- For two foodies, it was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family friendly + good food
    jsdavis573
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great place for parents who want good food + kid friendly (+ child menu). My son loves their butter noodles!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food - loud
    HungryAZ
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I like the food at Purple but the noise level will prevent me from going for a business lunch. The chairs are also a bit uncomfortable and heavy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Purple never disappoints!
    DebsDelights
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Our experience at Purple was typical of every time I have been there, amazing! The food is unbeatable and the wine pairings are magnificent! If you go, don't miss the chef's flight cheese and wine pairings. It's a little on the pricey side, but well worth it! I do a little happy dance and clap every time I have it. Yum!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Visiting Dr for lunch
    DocDine
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The Washington State wine flight as well as the chicken cranberry salad were spectacular. Although I was there by myself for lunch, the noise level was moderate enough that you could have a conversation with other lunch mates without having to raise your voice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, atmosphere, but noisy.
    CarlP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I've eaten at this restaurant many times. The food and service never disappoint. My last visit was a business lunch, and it was a little loud. However, I will surely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service. Great seafood.
    Foodie71
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We were visiting Seattle for business and our friends recommended The Purple Door. The food was great: interesting, fresh, delicious. Everyone in my party was excited about her choice. The wine list was amazing and the decor was awesome with the wine pillar taking up all of the center of the restaurant. Best of all the service was great. Attentive but not too much. He was charming and quite sweet. Next time in Seattle, I'd go back. Apparently others feel the same way about the restaurant as it was packed at lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Wine Pairings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is a charming place in downtown, a nice change from mostly spots that cater to business dinners. The menu is great and each item offers a wine pairing which was very helpful. The starters even feature a mini (3 oz) wine pairing. Try the salted caramel for dessert.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vibrant!
    cre8iv2VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Energetic atmosphere - several special occasions being celebrated! Very nice menu and excellent wine list with knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More flights please!
    Hapagirl808
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We arrived when the restaurant opened and within 15 minutes it got packed! The flights is something you must try and I am still craving the baked Brie. They had so many good dessert options it was hard to choose so ill definitely come back for more. Our sever was very friendly and promt if we asked him for anything. Coming back soon with more friends to enjoy this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    PurpleInSeattle
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was my first time at Purple cafe in Seattle. I had gone to the one in Woodimville before. Great food, wonderful wine. Price is the only drawback, but enjoyed the experience very much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in downtown
    Lkm27VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It is convenient place in downtown. The food are always great. I love food from seattle location then any other branch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Victor
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The experience was great, I love the taste and the ambiance The service was spectacular and booking through open table facilitated me to get a table in advance Thanks!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and friendly
    ACCPA
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Nice wine list and good menu for vegetarians and meat eaters too. Entrees were presented well and were also very tasty. The restaurant is comfortable and fun. But, it is open and somewhat loud. So, it is a little hard to carry one conversation without speaking pretty loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Gem
    CJStavertVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Consistently great food and service. I have been dining here for several years, and am never disappointed. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Everything was wonderful about Purple Cafe and Wine Bar. Our server was the best. She was respectful of our privacy yet always there when we needed her. She had wonderful suggestions and the food was superb. The wines and drinks were great and the moscato for dessert was the best I've had. So was the sorbet. It was the perfect way to end a wonderful vacation. The only negative...it's 3000 miles away from where we live!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.