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Staple & Fancy Mercantile
Staple & Fancy Mercantile

Staple & Fancy Mercantile Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stapleandfancymercantile.com
  • Phone: (206) 789-1200
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
    Bar: Monday-Sunday 5:00-???
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Italian, Seafood
  • 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 (206) 588-0030

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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "we had a wonderful time. We chose the chef's choice menu. Everything was great!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Staple & Fancy is, hands down, my favorite restaraunt in Seattle. The staff there has made many a special night for me, even more special."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Go to Staple & Fancy. Pass the menu back and get the chef's tasting menu. End of Discussion. Period. Full Stop."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The mixed hors d'oeuvres were all superb, the mackerel sublime."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Superb food and great service, even during restaurant week. Definitely going back!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The tasting menu is excellent and gluten-free options no problem."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Dinner with adult children - all somewhat foodies -- couldn't have been a better choice for food, ambiance, special celebration dinner!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Wonder full menu. So many appetizers. I would go back for sure."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I think so! Set aside the menu and go with the Chef's Selections. You won't regret it! Best meal I've had in Seattle."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We have been trying to experience some new restaurants outside of our box of comfort and had heard of Ethan's restaurants around town. This place provides a hip ambience, nice casual dress (not stuffy at all), and yet feel like an upscale place-of-choice for a special occasion. The format of his 'approach' makes it very casual and almost demands all those in your party to participate family-style. We have yet to try the 'fixed menu' option - maybe for next time. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We loved S&F! We had an early dining time as we had a play to attend. Our waiter was very helpful with the menu since we had many questions and it was our first time at S&F. We decided to share a baby beet salad with anchovies, arugula, avocado, and toasted farro, followed by pasta, and then wood fired branzino. Our waiter suggested bringing each dish out separately to enhance out dining experience. He also suggested wines and brought us each a taste so we could decide. Since it was a whole fish, I asked to have the head removed, which they don't normally do. They not only removed it, but removed the bones as well. Everything was excellent - food, service, and atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The right elements are all there at Staple & Fancy, great service, beautiful food, an open kitchen and a small enough restaurant that you feel comfortable and relaxed there. I think it's one of the best Ballard has to offer."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I planned a family celebration for four at Staple and Fancy after hearing good things from friends. We ordered the tasting menu and enjoyed the variety and good quality of the dishes, although none of them had us craving more. Sadly, we really did not enjoy the occasion because of sound level in the restaurant. The open kitchen makes it noisy by nature, but very loud and jarring music really prevented us from having a conversation. I would love to give the food another try, but I found it too difficult to enjoy my companions."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We had a very difficult time hearing each other because we were crowded in next to other tables and it was very loud in the room. It was frustrating. The food and service were fine but expensive."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I'm a big fan of Ethan Stowell but lately have been shunning meat, which this restaurant has lots of. I got the potato gnocchi with abalone, which was really good and reasonable (under $20). But it makes me sad to see veal on any menu. I also don't eat rabbit and now I'm not eating steak (all three were offered as well as pork). There was also lamb bolognese. The menu changes every day so I would need to see the menu before going again. But service was awesome!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We were recommended Staple & Fancy to eat as well as the tasting menu. The menu had some great options that I was going to order but once I asked our waiter how the tasting menu worked we were swayed to do. Also I should note they accomodated my husband's no fish rule but I also had some allergies. We had 7 appetizers/salads that were awesome one after the other. The portions were great sizes that you got a sampling but not too full. There was some down time between the appetizers then a pasta dish, an entree and dessert. There was a bit too much time in between the pasta and entree (pork chuck) but could of been to help our stomachs to settle. Highly recommend this place to eat and would come back again when I come back into town."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The Chef's choice menu was expansive, the choices were not well suited for each other (felt as thogh the entire menu was not cohesive)."
    Dined on 3/7/2014