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 WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Kirkland reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (34)fit for foodies (23)neighborhood gem (21)great for outdoor dining (18)special occasion (14)great for lunch (14)good for groups (14)romantic (10)hot spot (8)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • I had never been to the Purple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/26/2009
    I had never been to the Purple Cafe and Wine bar. It was absolutely amazing! The food is excellent, everyone is super friendly, and the atmosphere is so fun! I can't wait to return to try the dinner menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Husban and I had been to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/27/2009
    My Husban and I had been to the Purple once before, but it has been at least two years since we got a chance to go back. It was better then we remembered. We had a bottle of wine from their "Odd Balls" list. A La Costa Malbec blend. Amazing. The warm goat cheese and honey is fantastic! Dinner came promptly, and was also amazing. Our waiter was very knowledgeable, from the wine to popular music. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Purple always does Ahi in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2009
    Purple always does Ahi in marvelous preparations. I am never disappointed here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/19/2009
    Always a great business lunch location. The meatloaf sandwich fell flat this time around.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My family and I had a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2009
    My family and I had a great time. Our waitress was very polite and helpful. I will dine there again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The crab cakes tasted more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    The crab cakes tasted more of cumin than of crab, the pizza was bland, one appetizer, the underheated baked brie came with only the grapes and crackers, not the other items noted on the menu, and we were seated in the blinding sun with no offer to move to a different table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For a Saturday birthday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/7/2009
    For a Saturday birthday lunch - our server was wonderful, food was great. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waiter was very friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/4/2009
    Our waiter was very friendly and perfectly attentive during our lengthy lunch (willing to let us visit, but checking on our needs appropriately). In my online reservation I mentioned it was a birthday lunch and at the end of our meal, a lovely and delicious creme brulee sampler with a candle was brought to our table compliments of the house. We both had the soup and salad lunch special. The salad portions were quite small; both soups were delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I took my wife here for her
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/29/2009
    I took my wife here for her Birthday and it was fantastic! The food was great and service was outstanding. There are very few places where you can go for a meal where every part is satisfying from beginning to the end. This is one of those places. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/24/2009
    We had a wonderful experience for lunch at the Purple Cafe! We had a great server! Ihey had a good selection of lunch specials which were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a great place to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/23/2009
    This was a great place to meet someone for some small work talk and conversation. I have since used it several times for the same!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent wine bar, with first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/2/2009
    Excellent wine bar, with first rate food, and wonderful service. Highly recommended as a casual dinner place, or for a special event. Never disappointing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The only complaint we had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/13/2008
    The only complaint we had was the restaurant has a small tea selection and they were out of, not just one, but 3 of them and on the coldest day so far this year. Teas seem like the easiest thing to keep in stock.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were seated by the back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2008
    We were seated by the back door and it was cold every time someone came in. Definitely get a seat away from the door.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Haven't had dinner there,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/24/2008
    Haven't had dinner there, but a great place to meet for lunch. Food has been very good the 2 times I've been there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Purple Café in Kirkland is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/14/2008
    Purple Café in Kirkland is great for an early dinner as it gets busy later on in the evenings & can be a little noisy but overall good for intimate conversations amongst friends. I enjoy the menu as it offers a variety of foods, from casual to more refined, so it suits assorted preferences. Great selection of wines too! The staff is always friendly & is willing to make fantastic recommendations. Parking can be a bit tough at times. Be sure to try the warm bucheron goat cheese, & the brownie parfait with “fudgy brownie pieces, rich espresso cream and house made fleur de sel caramel sauce” is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Negative... Tables are very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2008
    Negative... Tables are very close together... In fact all within an arms reach away, so you don't feel like you are by yourself and can have conversations without being over heard. If Server is taking care of table next to you, you will have a butt right in your face. Takes any romance you maybe wanting away. Positive.... Food choice is good and very tasty. Well prepared and presented. Wine list and paring is excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal & friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2008
    Excellent meal & friendly efficient service. Halibut & risotto special prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've never been disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/23/2008
    We've never been disappointed with the food. The pork loin is amazing. We've had outstanding service and very poor service...not consistent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had the braised lamb and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2008
    I had the braised lamb and it could have just as well been pot roast. It had no flavor except that of salt. My wife had the Sesame Ahi and it was excellent until she found that her plate had a crack running from one side to the other. That is not a healthy way to serve a meal and it seems like the artistic presentation kind of lost its appeal. The wine was excellent and our waitstaff was very attentive. The appetizer - Calimari was to die for and we had a great time but I would not use the computer to get a reservation next time as it gave us two options extremely early or late and we chose early and had the restaurant nearly to ourselves.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The overall experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/12/2008
    The overall experience was great! I got there early evening (for Seattle, 4:30) and the bartendar wasn't as attentive as I was expecting. Purple had an overwhelming selection of wines from around the world as well as local. I chose the "off the beaten path" wine flight which came with a card for comments (always a nice feature so you don't have to try to write down or remember your favorite wines). The dining service was great and the food was excellent! Our waiter was able to make good wine recommendations to accompany the respective meals ordered. Went back for dessert...creme brulee' trio. The dessert wasn't as impressive as the meal but they had a good selection of ports that were tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great wine flights, yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2008
    Great wine flights, yummy appetizers. It's in a plaza which seemed weird to me at first but is not unusual in Seattle (I'm from the east coast). Friendly service, cool vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We requested a quiet table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2008
    We requested a quiet table as my senior mother is hard of hearing - they placed us right in the middle of all the tables - very noisy, music became louder. The hostess said they couldn't change tables on us that they were all pre-reserved. I stated that I had a reservation too. She was reserving the tables that they could slide together for larger parties. As we left there were not larger parties but 4 tops. VERY disappointing. Service was a little slow - a large party placed an order prior to us. Food was great, that's about it. Heavy chairs, tables ontop of one another and the tempature was cold.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The wine steward and wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/28/2008
    The wine steward and wait staff was GREAT! Food spectacular! We will go again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It is always a pleasure going
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2008
    It is always a pleasure going to Purple. Food was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tables/seating to close together!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/14/2008
    Tables/seating to close together! Service good and not so good at various times.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always enjoy going to Purple.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2008
    We always enjoy going to Purple. It is a bit cold this time of year - a better bet in the summer. Service and food are always great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was superb -- pasta,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    The food was superb -- pasta, salads and desserts. The risotto special was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was really great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/30/2008
    The food was really great and inexpensive as well. They had an extensive wine selection and great assistance from our server. Nice atmosphere and great service. We would definitely recommend this place! And we're most definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu was a good concept
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    The menu was a good concept and "sounded" delicious but a lot of the dishes we had were bland. We started with the coconut shrimp which was the same coconut shrimp you can buy in a box at Costco, we also ordered the baked brie, good but served with a flatbread cracker (it was already wrapped in puff pastry) and some halved grapes. We all ordered the Stilton, Apple and Walnut salad which came with a very bland champagne vinaigrette. The risotto special I had was watery and tasted like a frozen dinner (not good at all). The coffee at the end of the meal was great! The service was also great although it is a wine bar and our waiter knew nothing about wines. We liked the atmosphere and the wine list but the kitchen needs a lot of changes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I always enjoy the Purple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/21/2008
    I always enjoy the Purple Cafe. I consider it a "special place" to have lunch. This was the first time I used the reservation system online and it worked great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The only noise problem was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    The only noise problem was the cars driving by, which you can't really do anything about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It would have been nice to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    It would have been nice to be seated right away instead of having to wait, since we had made a reservation. Otherwise, very nice.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would recommend getting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    I would recommend getting soap dispensers in the bathroom that match the quality of the bathroom/restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We usually go to the Woodenville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    We usually go to the Woodenville or downtown Purple as they are closer to our home but Woodenville was closed on Mondays so we went to Kirkland and were very surprised to find we liked it even more. The restaurant portion didn't have the tables as crowded together so you don't feel like you are sitting with the people at the next table. Also, our waitress, Kasha, was outstanding with her recommendations on cheeses, wines, and food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the waitress did not ask if
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    the waitress did not ask if i liked the choice of wine that she had recomended and i had tried. i did not like her recomendation and expected her to check with me on it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate