Yummy dinner spot
I went there the other day to celebrate my birthday with a couple girlfriends. I arrived early and enjoyed a glass of wine at the bar. The bartender was really accommodating - when I asked for their most buttery, oaky Chardonnay she said that their wine director prefers French Chardonnay and they didn't really have one on the menu the way I like it. She let me try a couple first, which I really appreciated it. She also brought some bread and butter (no charge) so I could enjoy the wine properly. Dinner was fun, we had a nice table by the window and our server was polite and nice but a bit slower than I prefer. I ordered the special risotto & wine pairing and it was delicious. A great way to celebrate my birthday!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a tasty little lunch with
Had a tasty little lunch with a table just right for two. Good food, but a little noisy and the restaurant was not nearly full. Very light inside even when seated away from the windows.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, wine and weather
We were here for a birthday dinner and decided to eat outside which was great, because the sun was shining but the umbrellas provided some shade. We both ordered the $30 prix fixe menu and ordered the Baked Brie/stuffed dates to start (the baked brie was just the right consistency for spreading and the gorgonzola cheese in the dates was a delicious flavor combination), the free range roasted chicken (this was cooked to perfection, and the juices and flavors were literally dripping out of it) served with mashed potatoes in a mushroom gravy sauce, and grilled asparagus (the asparagus was a little dry but still tasty), finished with the salted caramels/triple chocolate truffles. The truffles were so rich, one would have been enough!
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent every time!
We've been going to purple for years and it never disappoints! Love everything from the cheese stuffed dates, crab cakes, shrimp and mussels. Our fav entrees are the chicken, any sandwich or pasta, the pork or the streak. Desserts are always Delish from the caramels to the ccream puffs. Everything is tasty!! ;)
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had an outstanding meal with excellent attentive service. Parking in adjacent building with validation. Easy access, pleasant surroundings, expanse menu, excellent service. Will revisit frequently.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
LOVE Purple- Will always recommend
I was recently at Purple for a business dinner and everything about our experience was incredible. From being greeted at the door to an an amazingly knowledgeable server to the INCREDIBLE food... everything was fabulous. The decor and layout of Purple is among my favorite restaurants I've ever been. Very well planned out restaurant for every type of meal or occasion. I will definitely be making a point to get to Purple any time I am in Bellevue/Seattle.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, Great Service!
Great food, great service. The trip to purple was excellent. Thanks, Dave Smith
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ths is a wine nut's place
We met here for a mid afternoon snack and glass of wine on a weekday. Parking was plentiful and free. A little confusing at the entrance because you have to walk through the wine bar called Lot 3. Limited menu but a great wine list. The waitress was knowledgable about wine so we talked about the wine and the winemaker. The sommelier stopped by with a bottle of an unusual wine that the same winemaker makes for a different winery and offered a taste. We enjoyed the small plates and a table by the window.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ironclad ambience, great wine list
Wonderful wine list including rare flights of wines, perhaps 10 different ones. Scrumptious salmon with green couscous. Steak, average. Good salads and soup. Attentive service.
Chairs too heavy to even move! Noise level could become a problem, due to iron surfaces and no fabrics to soften it.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and wine list
From the unique entrance doors, the wine cellar, the furniture, and great food that capped off the evening. We would definitely return here for a family dinner.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Menu With Amazing Pairings
This was my first time at the Purple in Bellevue but I had been to the one in downtown Seattle a couple of times before. Aside from the incredible steel interior, the menu had so many choices. I went with one of the daily specials and the waitress was great and brought me both the listed pairing and another to contrast, both working spectacularly. While the menu is on the pricier side, the meal and experience are well worth it.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find in Bellevue
After a number of disappointments at other places, Purple was a very nice and very good change. Just the right service approach, excellent food and drinks. (Also stepped into Lot 3; adjoining, the next night and had an excellent time, food, drink and a great bartender).
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service was excellent.
Food and service was excellent. Chairs are heavy and uncomfortable.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
love the place, great place
love the place, great place to meet before a play.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Purple is one of our local favorites - always treated to great food (custom on request) and friendly service. Great selection of wines and flight samplers. Give them a try!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Both my husband and I had
Both my husband and I had outstanding meals (chicken and halibut had wonderful flavors) with great service. Ironically, can't comment on the wine list since we don't drink wine (and this spot is know for its wine!). Tables for outdoor dining although we choose inside since it was one of the very few evenings in the summer in the Seattle that the skies sent some sprinkles. Noise level is high, but we asked for a quiet table and got it. We definitely will return!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not what I expected
When I first looked at pictures I assumed this was a romantic couples spot, but it is actually much more flexible. We dined along side families and friends just out for dinner. The food was decent and the wine list was phenomenal. I will definitely be returning, if for the wine and dessert alone. Worth the on par, not spectacular, food.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have yet to be disappointed in any aspect of my dining experience when I've gone to Purple. From just popping in for some bites at Happy Hour to a full on late night experience, it always rises to the level of outstanding flavors I have come to expect. The service is always friendly and robust and they always take great care of me no matter how crowded or busy they are. Definitely on my top ten list for places to take out-of-town guests or just to go hang out with friends.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and wine
The lobster mac and cheese and appetizers were terrific. I appreciated being able to taste wines before deciding on a glass. Both my bordeaux and chardonnay were delicious. Our waitress was hard to find. I'm not sure whether she was trying to give us room, have us linger to drink more, or forgot about us at times. When we showed interest in a second glass of wine, she was more customer service orientated. Perhaps she was less busy as well; it was hard to hear so there were a fair amount of tables in use.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid choice for lunch.
Purple is well located, and ready for you for lunch whether you only have your lunch hour or want to linger awhile. A wide variety of great food and great wines by the glass (it's lunch, remember) sure to please everyone with whom you are dining. I do not tire of Purple; too many choices to do that.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was excellent,
The service was excellent, the food superb, but the noise level was such that it made it difficult to carry on a conversation with our friends at a table for 6. Strongly recommend the tasting prix fixe menu, don't miss out on the steamed clams, the creme brulee or the sea salt chocolate caramels! Also the steaks and the rack of lamb, superb!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once again I wasn't disappointed at Purple. Our food was excellent and we had a great waitress who made my father with hearing problems feel at ease.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything on the menu is delicious but you really can't go wrong with the daily seasonal specials!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time Purple Cafe Experience
My co-worker and I enjoyed our birthday lunch at the Purple Cafe in Bellevue. The service was quick and friendle. The food was delicious-we ate the whole thing! We will definately go back-the lunch menu was quite good.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Wine
Always great food and wine and a nice selection of both so you have plenty to choose from. Very limited spirits, however which is kind of a disappointment.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to several Purple Cafe's, and this was the first in Bellevue and everything was great. We were entertaining out of State guests and Purple came through.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great wine and cheese flights
We had friends from out of the country that wanted to go somewhere with a good selection of wine and fun atmosphere. They enjoyed the cheese fights and appetizers with their wine.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good ambience and service
I took my wife to dinner here on her birthday. We loved the food, the ambience and the service. Overall it made a good evening for us.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner w/out of town guest
Purple is one of my favorite restaurants. They have a great wine list as well as they always are able to accommodate my special request. I tried a wonderful beef tip risotto one day when it was on the "specials" list. From that day on, the chef accommodates my request as long as they have the ingredients. I took a friend of mine from out of town (Michigan) there on Sunday Night. We had a wonderful experience, and she loved her meal. Always great food and service.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best food of our vacation
Delicious food. Fish, pizza, salads excellent. Superb sauces. Scott was a perfect server. Can't wait to return!!!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The waiter was so nice and
The waiter was so nice and courteous! I had the Ahi Tuna special and it was very very good.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
My first Purple experience
The waitress (Marry) was exceptional. I had simple wine requests and she brought me samples of what I asked for as well as others to try. And I actually decided on the one she suggested. I will definitely be returning. I have to say that the Salmon was cooked perfectly- not overdone as is often the case. You could easily feel overwhelmed with the extensive wine list but again, the waitresses and the staff make it a pleasurable and exciting experience.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food with relaxed atmosphere
First of all, I requested a quiet spot for 2 when I made the reservation on opentable. They gave us just that! The young man waiting on us was very helpful with food and wine choice, plus knew the answer to a music question. :-) the bottle of wine was lovely, yet reasonable and the food was great. My friend and I went for a fun evening, but it actually turned out being a nice place to enjoy each other's company. We left really full, but not full enough to keep us from having another drink at the bar!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
a glitch despite great food
I made a reservation (via Open Table) for my guest and myself. i arrived first and was seated. I waited twenty minutes, and finally, my guest called me and asked if she was at the wrong restaurant! She had come in and asked for my reservation, and three separate front end people said i didn't have a reservation, was not there, and no one was waiting for a second person. She had to find me herself. i went out to the desk and asked two different people about it. Neither one had a clue as to the reason why my reservation disappeared once i arrived, although i was obviously waiting for a second person. No apology or fault accepted, either. A real surprise for a normally great-service restaurant.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesomes service; Great Atmosphere
I've always loved Purple for the atmosphere, the energy in the restaurant. Food is good but can't say it is outstanding. The wine collection is quite impressive. Service, however, has always been exceptional.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice atmosphere and excellent
Very nice atmosphere and excellent food. So many wine selections.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a business lunch. We all commented on how good the food was......salads, pizza,dessert....Service was present, but not "in your face".....All in all a very good experience.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch was great, I should
Lunch was great, I should say it was a hefty lunch. Very nice experience as this was our first time here.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great. The service was also great. My date and I accidentally burned the specials menu but our server was really nice about it. Hopefully it had happened before. The noise level was kind of loud, and it got kind of dark after a while, but in general it was really good! Love the décor and the feel of the restaurant (stairs going into nowhere, really big medieval doors, etc)
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overwhelming wine list
Fortunately, our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the wines, had tasted everything we asked about, and made a recommendation after asking the three of us what we liked. In the end, we went with a different choice, but did appreciate his expertise and recommendation. Food was wonderful and just the right amount for lunch...
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bellevue Purple has good chef
In the past, we have most enjoyed the food at the downtown Purple, but a recent dinner in Bellevue's showcased a really good kitchen. They were superb with roasted fall vegetables, one of which (squash) also appeared in the special that evening, a risotto with bite-sized cubes of that perfectly roasted squash and tender full-of-flavor pork tenderloin. The wine list, of course, is just right.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls Night Out
Had a fantastic time at Purple with my friends. The duck was especially good as were the clams and the crab cakes. Accompanied by flights of reds, who could go wrong?Our waiter was also a great sommelier!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great dinner and excellent wines
Dinner at Purple's bellevue was great. They have an extensive list of unique wines by the glass (no 14 Hands here!!!!). The bartendes are excellent at suggesting wines based on your preferences. The duck confit was fantastic and the bread pudding was outrageous.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love Purple
Wine list has changed fairly dramatically and not for the better. I still really like this restaurant and have never had anything but great food, service and experience in general. Love Purple!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were celebrating a birthday and was wished 'happy birthday' by the receptionists and server! We had a delicious dinner at Purple! The New York steak was grilled perfectly and the wild salmon sandwich and salad and fries were yummy! Our server was engaging and fun which always adds to the dining experience.
We'll definitely come back for another meal! Thanks!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Service, Good food, good wine
Once again, Purple delivers - good food, a wonderful selection of wines, and outstanding service from our server Stephanie. We had a wonderful evening - thank you! Thoroughly enjoyed the crab cake sliders, and the mahi mahi - the roasted vegetables were a great side dish, and the chocolate cake and port were an excellent finish. Thank you Purple and Stephanie!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I am sorry I don't remember
I am sorry I don't remember our server's name, but she was fabulous. Food was great and the wine flight was nice
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Diner meeting daughter's boyfriend
Seating was on time no delays with reservation, poor seating, every time the huge metal doors opened a blast of cold air swept by us. I got an old menu so I asked for a new one which was promptly replaced. The selection I wanted said crab cakes but meant one crab cake. The steak was very good, best I have had in a while. Service was very good and friendly. Our bill for four was just at $200.00 plus tip
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
food and service was excellent.
food and service was excellent. Loved this restaurant.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Interesting & Excellent Dishes
We let the waitress determine what were her favorites and did small portion wine pairings with each. We ended up trying 6 different dishes all different and each one prepared well.
Would recommend to anyone who enjoys food and some variety in their dining experience.
Reasonable bill for what we enjoyed!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM