Staple & Fancy Mercantile
Staple & Fancy Mercantile

Staple & Fancy Mercantile

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stapleandfancymercantile.com/
  • Phone: 2067891200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
    Bar: Monday-Sunday 5:00-???
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Ethan Stowell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Restaurant buyout and off-site catering available. Please call 206-588-0030 for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Staple & Fancy is available for private parties. In addition there is a very private Cellar room with seating for up to 18 guests below the restaurant - perfect for celebrations, business dinners or other events.
  • Private Party Contact: Jen Osborn 2065880030x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 48th Ave NW
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot is available behind the restaurant and is accessed from Shilshole Avenue. Plenty of on-street parking is available throughout the neighborhood.
A word from Staple & Fancy Mercantile
Located in Seattle’s thriving Ballard neighborhood, Staple & Fancy Mercantile is the latest venture of celebrated chef Ethan Stowell. Housed in a beautifully renovated early 1900’s building, this intimate restaurant showcases Ethan’s simple Italian inspired cooking style. The popular “Chefs Choice” menu offers guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience with dishes created from uniquely sourced products, local seasonal ingredients, and house-made pastas. An a la carte menu is also available. The small bar is perfect for snacking and offers a tasteful selection of aperitifs and cocktails. The wine list is Euro-centric with a thoughtful selection of Northwest wines.
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Staple & Fancy Mercantile reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)special occasion (65)neighborhood gem (52)romantic (33)hot spot (26)notable wine list (25)good for groups (18)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (6)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • potential unfulfilled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our initial impressions were solid; the decor/ambience is interesting in an authentic/rustic sense, the noise level is about right, service was solid - never too pushy or too distant. Unfortunately the food was a huge let down. The hamachi crudo was solid but unspectacular; the pappardelle with pork belly was uninspiring - the pork was tough and fatty. For our entrees, we had the whole fish (bronzino) which was excellent and the NY strip which was a spectacular failure. When you order a NY Strip, you expect just that - a strip steak. This came out as a cold, filet mignon shaped round of beef with thick layers of fat more akin to a prime rib than a NY Strip. It was completely lacking in flavor and was easily the worst NY Strip I have had .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We came here for a special dinner with our daughter and her fiance and selected the "fancy" option, where the chef selects your dishes. The server was not helpful in shedding light on what we would be served...just said "Not things on the menu." We were served five appetizers, two pasta dishes, two entrees and two desserts to share. Nothing was tasty or remarkable in any way. The two entrees, salmon and steak, were bland and the steak was a bit tough. The two pasta dishes were prepared well, but were not very flavorful. The appetizers, save one, were also average fare. Desserts were fine. We had been to this restaurant before and had a better experience so MAYBE it was a bad night (chef gone?). We left feeling cheated.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could have been better Ethan
    UsedtoBGood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Kitchen servers couldn't follow directions. Disappointed and won't be returning for quite a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were a party of four and called to add another person. The restaurant would not accommodate us. Meanwhile the table next to us sat empty for the entire two hours we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasting Menu = Incredible
    bryntaylor
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We got the tasting menu and it was absolutely incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    Gen336
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were 3 friends from Montreal visitig Seattle and this restaurant was amazing! A real foodie place. We shared appetizers, pastas and the whole fish (dorade) and everything was delicious. Great wine list too, a lot of great choices at a good price. The ambiance was warm, fun, trendy but not too noisy. And the service was excellent with Mike! Strongly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food didn't live up to reviews
    travelingfoodie73
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our vacations revolve around eating so we looked forward to our evening at Staple & Fancy. The service was impressive, but the food was not as memorable. It wasn't bad...just boring.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, almost great
    Paul
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our second "Do it Fancy" dinner since March. While most offerings were tasty we felt the creativity slipped a little and some of the dishes were just so so. Most of the seven appetizers were good with the exception of the grilled octopus which seemed a little burned and tasteless. The veal chop was cooked perfectly and the desserts were excellent. We may wait a while before trying again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In a Class By Itself
    Snorkelalot
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Staple & Fancy is a restaurant in a class all by itself. What a fantastic find! I enjoyed the Chef's Choice menu - a variety of small plate starters - each one delicious and different. Following the many starters was a pasta dish with King Crab that was about the best I have ever had. A perfectly cooked steak was the entree. Dessert and coffee topped it off. My waiter helped me choose 1/2 glasses of wine that went with the parade of courses. He also gave me some good advice on where to taste wine in Woodinville (where I was going the next day). When I visit Seattle again, this will be one of the places I return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Staple & Fancy
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is one of my go-to spots for a special evening. Historic Ballard is charming at this end of town; there is a new bar next door, so that there is a lively scene with outdoor seating. Food is excellent; ambiance is comfortable but edgy and minimalist without being cold or modern. All around terrific place to celebrate an occasion, impress out-of-towners, or go late-night for a bite. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular experience
    culinatorVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    With some trepidation, we ordered the 4-course chef's menu as suggested on the menu without knowing what we would be served. Smartest decision we made the entire 8 day trip. The first "course" actually consisted of about 6 small plates, each of which was excellent. The fried oysters (with chili aioli) were the best any of our party of 5 had ever eaten. The pasta, fish, meat and 3 desserts were also outstanding. We had many fine meals on this trip, but this was the best, which is saying quite a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magical.
    Settingiano1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Nothing about out experience could possibly have been any better . The evening began and ended with the best possible server, Nicole. She made the "fancy" understated yet exuberant, serendipitous, anticipated our every thought. The food, fast, furious and incredible . Wine pairings also great. Best Dining Experience-quite possibly ever. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jw40
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    we had a wonderful time. We chose the chef's choice menu. Everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Ravish
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I spent our Anniversary dinner here, and couldn't have been happier. We did the tasting menu which came with 8 small plates (oysters, sea bass, fresh mozzarella, salad, soup, bread, prosciutto, , a gnocchi dish, a steak, and a delicious chocolate cake, ice cream combo! Every plate blew us away and we the whole experience was A+. The only disappointment was that its taken us this long to go here, will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW! No complaints, just accolades.
    FreakwentDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I picked Staple & Fancy on a whim for a dinner with several colleagues whom I was traveling with. We were not disappointed. We took a leap of faith and chose the Chef's Selection. The Chef's Selection is a four course meal of whatever the chef wants to prepare and served family style. The first course consisted of 6 small appetizers ranging from smoke salmon on a crostini to a green pea soup to fried oysters. The second course was an amazing homemade ravioli in a brown butter sauce. The entrée was a piece of perfectly cooked steak and a large fish filet. Dessert consisted of 4 small choices which included a lemon cake with olive oil...simply amazing. Did I mention, they matched wine with each course...5 different wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not great
    Fortysomethingguy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Having just been to Red Cow I had high expectations for Staple & Fancy. While it was overall good I had expected to be really impressed and when you pay a premium for dinner that would seem justified. Might be time to revisit the menu and cut down on the salt. Ambiance and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't be back
    pdxoriginalVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband and I have eaten her on multple occasions. We decided to go back to celebrate our anniversary. I have to say we were disappointed in the overpriced salad, the entrees were so-so and due to the price point $$$ we won't return. There are just too many other options in Ballard.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    LgeeVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Staple & Fancy is, hands down, my favorite restaraunt in Seattle. The staff there has made many a special night for me, even more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had the tasting menu and it was fantastic. Everything was delicious and the portions were just right. We felt taken care of and really enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No way to say how much we enjoyed!
    Cindy8000VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our second visit to Staple and Fancy and it will be on our list now every time we come to Seattle. You must do the Chef's Surprise menu. It really exceeded our expectations. It's about $50.00 a person and would be worth it at $75.00. There are lots of great things to try and more food than you can eat. We loved everything! The wine was great too, and not overly pricey! Go there now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Tasting Menu
    MicheleVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great tasting menu option. Offered to accommodate our guest with some good allergies--unusual for a tasting menu. Very impressed with their flexibility and the nice pace of service. Everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    Ronald
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Four of us ordered the "Fancy" menu. They just kept bringing good food. The wait staff was delightful. Good wine list. All in all, a really good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Damn Chef Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Go to Staple & Fancy. Pass the menu back and get the chef's tasting menu. End of Discussion. Period. Full Stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhere between staple and fancy
    foodie2
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The decor, ambiance, and preparation here were good. The challenge seems to be to maintain the allure of a fine dining experience amidst rustic interior and Ballard funkiness. Some of these challenges were met. The food, though tasty, is a tad over-priced for the servings; the $50 per person offer is absurdly overpriced for the "small bites" of many dishes; and the special fish we ordered (an entire fish) provided, perhaps, a total of six bites of fish. Delicious bites, true, but tiny. That was one skinny fish. Overall, we will wander somewhere else in the future.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and Fantastic Food
    Hooba
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Came here for a girl's night dinner and we all loved it! I ordered to Campadella pasta, which was full of flavor and amazing. Would definitely order it again. The others order the veal chop and whole fish - both said the same thing. The service was quite impeccable as well! Only con of the experience was the length of time it took to get a drink - took at least 20 minutes for us to get another round after ordering. The restaurant is also in a fantastic building with a few other restaurants. You could really eat your way through the building in one long night starting with appetizers at The Walrus & Carpenter, dinner at Staple & Fancy and after dinner drinks at Barnicle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    PickyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Ballard. Most things I've eaten here are absolutely fabulous. I love the whipped ricotta and grilled bread. I have many pasta favorites as well. Fish dishes I've eaten here have been delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Life- changing good
    bryntaylor
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We got the tasting menu and every course was amazing. It was a bit too much food for two people, but we ate it all anyway because it was that delicious. The pasta, in particular, was incredibly flavorful and creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spoil yourselves
    bill
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    this is the second time for us. even better than the first (which was outstanding). go for the chef tasting, and bring an appetite. take your time and savor every morsel. ambience, character, freshness, innovative. great staff. you will soon call this your secret find. it truly is that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodies Fav
    LoveDiningOut
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Absolutely fabulous. Four of us dined on Saturday evening, including my 91 year old mother. We chose "fancy" and had the chef choose our food for the evening. It was so delightful! And so much food! We all enjoyed our evening very much! Highly recommend! A slight drawback for some, it is a little noisy for those with hearing aids, but even given that we would all go back again! We loved this gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 69 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 750 reviews are from the Staple & Fancy Mercantile reviews archive.
  • chef's menu
    Iheartsushi
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Wonderful meal once again at S&F- chef's menu did not disappoint. Amazing antipasti dishes, gnocchi was outstanding, veal shoulder was a bit heavy handed with the salt, but that did not stop us from enjoying it all. And amazing chocolate gelato. look forward to going back soon. And our server Lino was terrific.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Put yourself in the chef's hands!
    Stardestroyer
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Don't even look at the menu - just hand it back and let them take care of you! Excellent family style, four-course service with fun wine pairings. Great service and upbeat atmosphere. Everyone is having a great time and you can't help but have a great one, too!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Stuff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We went there for Seattle Restaurant Week and have been looking forward to trying it for a long time. We weren't disappointed in anything. It was all wonderful. The cocktail, the food, the service, the ambiance, the everything was fantastic and I will definitely be returning for future non deal meals as well.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was subpar --
    hoggenhoff
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We were really underimpressed by the food. I thought a number of the dishes we chose were not nearly as good as they should have been-- the potato gnocchi in lamb ragout reminded more of beefaroni than anything "rustic". We will not be dining here again-- but, the drinks were fantastic. Service was warm and pleasant-- so much so that we didnt complain about the food.
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  • Fantastic restaurant
    allaboutfood
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We had an amazing time on Tuesday night. The service was really good and the food was just awesome. We loved every bite. I love the ambience and lighting of the place and free street parking is always a bonus! We will definitely be coming here again
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The mixed hors d'oeuvres were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The mixed hors d'oeuvres were all superb, the mackerel sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    EvaX
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Superb food and great service, even during restaurant week. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The tasting menu is excellent
    BelAirVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The tasting menu is excellent and gluten-free options no problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this evening!
    PegB
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Dinner with adult children - all somewhat foodies -- couldn't have been a better choice for food, ambiance, special celebration dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonder full menu. So many
    erin
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Wonder full menu. So many appetizers. I would go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Dinner!
    BellevueWorkingMom
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    A group of four of us decided to do the Chef's Choice menu, which is where you get what you get - and it was fantastic! None of us had any food allergies or aversions, but I got the impression they would happily accommodate anything we needed. The food we got was delicious and varied, and there was plenty of it, which made for a very fun, interesting, and wonderful meal. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.