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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
Staple & Fancy Mercantile reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (98)neighborhood gem (69)special occasion (67)hot spot (38)romantic (36)notable wine list (31)good for groups (23)late-night find (10)great for outdoor dining (7)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Nailed it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was our second time at S&F. We did the chef tasting menu. There is no better food experience at this value anywhere. We got there at 7pm and shut the place down. We felt like the entire restaurant was taking care of us and were made to feel completely at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous variety and quality
    FoodMama
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The 5 of us had the tasting menu. What an amazing variety of really good dishes. And they kept coming! Soooo many appetizers, then pasta, then ribeye and smoked black cod. This is not just a couple of bites of food with each course. The fried oysters, steak tartar, bolognese with ricotta salata, fresh clam pasta, fig compote, and panna cotta were standouts. A great way to do a meal for a group of omnivorous diners. Really fun and very satisfying. The service was great. The only areas of improvement would be more room at the table -- we were a bit crammed in -- and bigger plates for dishing up the courses. It's served family style and there is not much room on those tiny little plates for all the dishes at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as usual
    jeffj
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Every time we go, we get the chef's menu for $50. It might be one of the best values in town. Food is amazing and service is friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A speciaL event - perfection!
    Bonnie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The event was perfect. The food was superior. The tasting menu allowed a wide selection for everyone's taste buds. It was wonderful! The service was responsive. I can only say good things about every aspect of the evening. Out for a delightful meal, give this a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value in the price-fixed meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Our party of five had the $50-per-plate dinner. Delightful dishes, and lots of food, AND we got to sample just about everything on the dinner menu, plus some, which we would not have happened if we'd ordered individually.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, as always
    aeflatley
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Seattle. I always try to make it during my birthday month - as a special treat for myself. Don't even bother looking at the menu - go with the Chef's choice. Best part is - they make sure to customize the dining experience to your table. Nobody will go hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the Tasting Menu!
    Nikki
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We have wanted to try Staple & Fancy for sometime because it is owned by a company that has a lot of other great spots. We went for our 3 year anniversary and had the tasting menu. It's all chefs choice and varies every day. Have a glass of great wine and let the chef choose, you wont regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Do it Fancy
    EDog
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The "Fancy" menu is the most under-priced meal in town. Four courses for $50... and the FIRST course was six different small plates. Every dish was tasty and the service was excellent. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Feel-Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I love this place. The food is right at the perfect level of "not too snooty" but fancy enough to make you smile and of course it all tastes great. Get the tasting menu, make a night of it and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing!!!!
    foodieatheart
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    had a great time here, brought husband for his birthday and we did the chefs menu & everything was soooo good, we couldn't stop talking about the food. We have been here several times but never have done the chefs menu, would definitely recommend this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had chosen this restaurant for a special occasion dinner and weren't dissapointed. Along with excellent food, the service was outstanding. Without being overbearing, we got plenty of attention, all of our questions were answered, and we even left with 2 bags of complimentary fresh pasta ! Even though Ballard is as long drive for us, I'd definitely go back. And our fish were placed just right on the table, so that they could "kiss" before we ate them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice
    digger
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This is a great place for sharing food with friends with the tasting menu item. Great atmosphere, friendly and attentive servers and great food. During the entree portion the meat was a little small to split with 3 people, but was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVED THE FANCY MENU! A MUST!
    jaspolintan
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have been wanting to eat here for awhile. It was my husband's birthday and we always try somewhere new for special occasions. I had to convince him to get the fancy menu and boy were we thrilled we made the decision. We had so much food and a great variety. It was the perfect amount of food and we definitely did not leave hungry. I would recommend this place for foodies and newbies alike!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum-eee!
    Hols
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I chose S & F for my B-day and I am so glad I did! I had the Fancy menu. Every single course was unique and delectable. Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Lifjejazz
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We ordered the tasting menu which included a number of appetizers -- fried oysters with a spicy aioli, tartare, and several others, including a nicely dressed romaine salad. The main was king salmon, perfectly seared medium rare. And for dessert, a raspberry cheesecake. All the while we could watch the chefs work in the open kitchen. No drama here. Just good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    NomNom67
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food and service is OUTSTANDING. The chefs picks was really enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night!
    MikeG
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was incredible! Don't bother even looking at the menu....just hand it back to the waiter/waitress and ask for the tasting menu. Will be totally worth it! Good variety of items in the tasting menu and the flavor and quality was exceptional! Staff is always friendly and provides top notch service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Outstanding meal. We had the fish the day grilled to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but noisy
    BD00
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our party of 3 had a delicious meal, choosing the tasting menu with wine pairings. The decor l- kind of old warehouse - is charming. The downside was that the room is so noisy that carrying on a conversation with table mates was a challenge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • potential unfulfilled
    lwocynVIP
    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
  • Just Hand Back the Menu
    seattle2VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had our first meal here and took their invitation to "hand back the menu" and get the unspecified tasting menu. It was a fabulous choice! We had a wide array of appetizers (great breaded oysters, among others), a great salad course, a good steak as an entrée (with a fantastic smoked onion puree), and a double chocolate pairing for dessert (cake and ice cream). The service was very friendly and efficient, despite it being a busy Friday night. The wine list is reasonably extensive for a relatively small restaurant and prices were quite good by Seattle standards. We liked being able to watch the open kitchen. The high ceiling keeps the noise to a reasonable level despite a full crowd. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    dinefine2
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • The MOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Staple and Fancy always delivers. The whole experience is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate