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 35 for a stand-up cocktail style event. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsey Winters, Ashley Williams, Libby Isenmann 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
342 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (249)fit for foodies (196)special occasion (135)hot spot (108)good for groups (91)vibrant bar scene (90)romantic (87)great for lunch (82)neighborhood gem (56)late-night find (46)kid-friendly (13)great for brunch (13)scenic view (12)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • shonney
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great Atmosphere ! Interesting wine selection and the spicy shimp is a most have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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.
  • 5 star experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I had a friend in from out of town and wanted to take her somewhere downtown with good ambiance and even better food. Purple filled all of my requirements and then some. Not being very knowledgeable in wine, the waiter helped us pick two delicious ones. I loved everything about it, definitely will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great way to celebrate my birthday! Intimate and delicious food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place before the theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Enjoyed this restaurant very much for a good meal before going to the 5th avenue theater for the show. You also get a discount for showing your theater tickets. Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but slow service
    Barbara
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We like to come here for lunch because the food is good but the one big drawback is that the service is not good. I do not think it's the waitperson's fault - I believe it's because they are short staffed in the kitchen. I just wish we could get in and out of there in an hour's time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love purple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Second time here and just love this place. My favorite in Seattle and one of the best anywhere.Just wonderful ambience and quite unique atmosphere. Food was quite innovative and so tasteful. Although the waiter was quite professional, he could have been a little more attentive and responsive. All in all, outstanding. The hostess, Madeleine was so very personable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service fun atmosphere
    KFMurray
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a group of five dining here before a show at the 5thbAvenue theater which is a short 5 minute walk away. Our waiter was cheery and effiecient. Some of us had the chopped salad which was delicious. The pasta was also very good. I had the filet which was unfortunately cold, but I did not send it back due to lack of time. The restaurant was every attentive however and our overall experience was very positive. The wine selection is extraordinary
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food and wine
    Trumpetman
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was fantastic as was the wine. Our server did an excellent job recommending wines to pair with different foods and was especially helpful in identifying a wine for someone in our party who knew what she liked in a wine but not what to choose. She liked the selection so much she ordered a second glass. We definitely plan on returning and highly recommend the Purple Café and Wine Bar to those looking for excellent food and outstanding wines. It is a wonderful choice for those who are seeing a show at the 5th Avenue Theater given its close proximity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    KC11
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food, server had great wine knowledge, liked the ambiance... but was way too loud for us. We couldn't even hear each other talk without feeling like we were screaming, especially when the table beside us was occupied. Maybe it was just a loud crown that night, but I would be willing to go again one day and hope that it is not so noisy, you never know. Overall great, other than that :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place, though check the prices
    Dario
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have been back to Purple Cafe countless times, though this last time I was not happy with some of their beer and wine prices. I think this place has crossed the line from upscale, expect it to be expensive, to ridiculous and now being abusive to their customers. $12 for a beer? Less expensive wine selections at $85? Not good, and it will negatively impact their return business. I will certainly reconsider before I decide to go back....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good pre-show dinner
    Tucker2VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The Gorgonzola stuffed dates were great. The steak frittes was good. The service was average to spotty. Server was cold and aloof until she brought the check. It's a block from the fifth avenue theater so good for a pre-show dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had an important lunch meeting. We had a great window seat. My friend is used to eating at exclusive resteraunts and was dissapointed that he had to keep asking to have his ice tea refilled. This should happen automatically. Othewise, our meal was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative and colorful menu
    anonymous09
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Purple for our anniversary. We had been here before and really enjoyed the pasta menu and wine specifically. It does get a little loud during the late hours. Our waitor was very attentive during the first half of our dinner but upon finishing our entrees it was a long time before we were checked on and brought the check. But with that said we had a lovely time and enjoyed the food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Night Out
    Kayla
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our dinner at Purple was one of the highlights of our vacation in Seattle. The wine list was very impressive and we had a lovely time chatting with the sommelier about the wine flights. We ordered the Cab Flight which was amazing and the food was equally delicious. We can't wait to come again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dining in Seattle
    Lovetogrub
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Everything was delicious from the chef cheese flight to the mussels and crab cakes to the filet mignon. The pairing of the wine with the dishes certainly brought out the delicate flavors of each plate. It was a little loud but the food easily consumed your attention and drowned out the noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience!
    MissbooVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to my husband and I early last year, but we chose the Pink Door instead..(Pink door is amazing as well!) We found Purple on the walk back to our hotel and decided to try it. What a fantastic experience! Our servers (wish I remembered their names) were amazing! Nearly everything on the menu has a wine pairing.. and we were allowed to share our pairing so everyone at the table had a few sips of the wine and we could taste/share everything! (We're all family) The wine pairings were yummy! The dates were awesome! The kale caesar was soooo good... and the Lobster mac & cheese was to die for!!!! Don't forget dessert: the salted-carmel pairing & PB cookie pairing were AAAMAZING! We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We keep coming back...
    DavidRVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had another lovely meal at Purple in Seattle. One of our favorite 'date night' destinations! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Excellent service, excellent food. My wife and I were in from out of town, this place came highly recommended. It delivered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience.
    diningfan
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great menu. Awesome salads. I really enjoyed the Select 2 option with the Quinoa and Arugula salad and Fig and Gorgonzola pizzette! The server was very knowledgeable about the wine selection and it was great to be able to try a few before selecting a bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite spot in Seattle!
    Jessiefoodie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This place has a vibe unlike any other! Impeccable wine list with specific pairings, great young vibe (May be noisy for an older crowd), and the best food I tasted during my extended stay in the city. A must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Will never go back due to horrible food-- the salad was over dressed and poor quality Soup watery and zero flavor
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Noisy!!
    mek919VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The high noise level was a significant detraction. We left right after eating a nice cheese plate and tasted wine from an excellent selection.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for Casual Bachelorette
    nwfoodiemom
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a party of 7 this past Saturday night for a Bachelorette dinner. Not only did the waitstaff and sommelier do a great job serving our group in a timely and courteous manner, but they separated the bill 6 ways without even batting an eye (a rarity for a group our size, I've found) and took a group photo of us on the spiral staircase to capture the feel of the evening. Have been to Purple many times before with excellent service and cuisine, but this experience stood out in how seamless and pleasant it was for us. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    WineTime
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Purple Cafe in Downtown was wonderful. I went with my aunt who was visiting from out of town. Everything we ordered was delicious. Between the two of us, we had the crab cakes, salmon with curried corn and onions, and the scallops in oxtail ragout. The service was perfect. Our server was always at hand when needed and quite knowledgeable. She helped us pick a bottle of wine that paired well with both of our dishes. I would highly recommend Purple Cafe to anyone that loves good food and good wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Was there with my wife and 2 and 9 years old kids. Great and tasty eclectic menu. Kids friendly (home made delicious Mac and Cheese and great real mozzarella with fresh basil kid pizza). Noisy but with kids, it's perfect :-) Not for a romantic get away but their food and wine list are a hit. The service is friendly and pro. I ordered a great Tuscan 2009 red wine (at $38 only, a steal :-) and they came and decanted it. It was great and needed to be decanted and I didn't need to ask for it. The ambiance is great and the decoration is just dramatic enough with the extra large bay windows, high ceiling and amazing central and circular wine cave. Take your time in looking at the wine card and may find a jewel like I did :-) Enjoy...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • well done!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A nice surprise for our stop over in Seattle on the way to see the Mariners. Service was good. Managed to fit our selection of shared appies plus the evening special, scallops. Nice wine recommendation from our server. So nice we consumed two bottles of the Sparkman red blend. Definite revisit when we return to visit Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and wine list
    Hadley
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We have gone here for lunch in the past and really liked the food, service and wine list, this visit left us a bit disappointed...great service and wine, and food was just okay...friend had the Lobster Mac and Cheese which lived up to the reputation...both my husband and I had the steak ...not the best cut or seasoning, fries were soggy...felt a bit disappointed in recommending this to our friend visiting from out of town...maybe just an off night in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but...
    LouLouBelleVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our dining experience confirms all the previous positive reviews about this restaurant. The one caveat from my personal experience was the price vs the portion of the dish I ordered ( steak & frites ).The size of the steak was almost equal to the amount my husband had on his dinner salad, which one can has an option to add as a side for $6 extra. In other words, I was paying $19 for the fries by ordering an entree. Something's amiss---I could have ordered my own salad w/ steak & ordered a side of fries & I would have come out ahead food-wise . Other than that, the food is great & the service oustsanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    danielle
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Enjoyed a lovely dinner before an event downtown. Wine was fantastic. Get the gargonzola dates to start. The handcut fries are really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We went to the Seattle location for a client dinner. They were impressed by the beautiful space, wine list and decor. Appetizers and most main dishes were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Nice Night
    DrJoe
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I have frequently dined at Purple in Kirkland and Woodinville. This was my first visit to the Seattle site. THe night was all I expected. Fine food, superb service, and a window table combined for a relaxing and enjoyable evening. Nicely done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service. Vibrant.
    hillsdalefoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    No real complaints for this place. Food and service are all excellent and the wine selection, as one might expect for a wine-focused venue, is very good. It's difficult to pick a bad glass of vino. As for the menu, it has some real gems, especially on the starters such as the crackers and the filo pastry encrusted brie. The venue itself has what is probably a 30' ceiling with a central bar with a truly impressive corkscrewed wine rack as its centerpiece. The atmosphere, especially in the evening is vibrant - loud even (accentuated by the polished concrete floors). So great for a semi-formal dinner, eating out with friends. Probably worth a pass if you're looking for a venue which is intimate or romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful Pre-Theater Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We did the food with parings. In one case I thought another pairing might have been better and mentioned to the server, she went back and got a quarter glass of what I thought would go better and brought it out to try. The glass she brought wasn't exactly what I'd thought would work better, but it was close. Their pairing was better. I like service like that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FIND IN SEATTLE
    lindafoodie
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My daughter recommended Purple Café to us and I was amazed at how much fun it was! The tower of wine bottles is most impressive, but the food and service was what we will remember. All of us had different entrees and they were all innovative and delicious. Our waiter made the evening a lot of fun with good wine recommendations and excellent service while not being overbearing. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    sonumom
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The service was not what we expected but it was still ok. The food was outstanding. The baked brie and Lamb Tagine were both delicious and incredibly flavorful. The wine pairings also were great. Each went well with our courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only If you like Curry !!
    diana156VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We order 3 different dishes and for my taste all the dishes had too much curry.. The pizza with sausage was the only one I could eat ! Great wine selection ..
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for dinner!
    pickybuthappydinner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Had a great meal at this place and our wait person was very much a pro. I highly recommend it. We had the lobster mac n cheese and the fish stew, both were great. Went with the special appetizer of locally sourced beets, blue cheese and walnut crumbles, wow, that was awesome. Finished with a cheese course, again, awesome...they pick your cheeses, do it with a nice chardonnay...very good. Most of the summer menu was locally sourced and we like that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine bar
    Taryn
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    excellent food & wine with plenty of options for everyone to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    6ogmama
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We dine here fairly often, usually before seeing a performance at the 5th Avenue. Both the food and the service can be counted on to be top notch. Try the grilled cauliflower!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Removed best appetizer off the menu
    Fooodeeeeee
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our 4th time going to this restaurant. The goats cheese and honey appetizer was our favorite. We were quite dissapointed that it had been removed from the menu. Why would you remove the best thing on your menu!! As well my partner ordered the lamb meat ball pasta and it had a weird taste to it. We will be trying somewhere different the next time we return to Seattle.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic