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About Bastille Cafe & Bar

Opened in June of 2009 and housed in an historic 1920’s building in Seattle’s Old Ballard neighborhood, Bastille Café & Bar is a bustling homage to a Parisian brasserie. Owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann scoured Paris flea markets and local salvage stores for vintage accessories to create a truly authentic feel. From the white subway tiles, antique mirrors, and Paris Metro clock to the zinc-topped bar and stunning crystal chandelier that takes center stage in the Back Bar; they’ve truly hit the mark. Chef Jason Stoneburner creates French focused cuisine inspired by the abundance of seasonal product found locally---and it doesn’t get any more local than the restaurants 4500-square-foot organic rooftop garden. The wine list is French focused with a smattering of NW wines and the bar offers an extensive collection of absinthe.

5307 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Northwest

Hours of Operation:


Happy Hour: Everyday 4:30-6pm

Dinner: Mon-Th 5:30-10:00pm

Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:30-11:00pm

Dinner: Sunday 5:30-9:00pm

Sunday Brunch: 10:00am-3:00pm

Late Night Dining: Friday & Saturday 'til 12am



Cross Street:
Vernon Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 453-5014

Website:
http://www.bastilleseattle.com/

Executive Chef:
Jason Stoneburner

Private Party Facilities:
Bastille offers various formats for large parties. We are able to accommodate parties of up to 16 guests in the Dining Room. Private events of up to 60 guests can be held on the Terrace and private events of up to 100 guests can be held in the Back Bar. Additional information can be found at http://www.bastilleseattle.com/private-parties

Private Party Contact:
Elisabeth Spring: (206) 484-4982

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Christmas Eve dinner is served from 4pm - 8pm. The regular menu will be available in addition to an extended plats du jour menu.
New Year's Eve dinner is served from 5pm to midnight. The regular menu will be available in addition to caviar, oysters, flights of Champagne, and more special items to keep the evening festive. The Back Bar will be open until 2am for revelers celebrating along Ballard Ave.

Bastille Cafe & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (32)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Special Occasion (31)
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Good for a Date (29)
Bar Seating (21)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Romantic (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Cozy (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Fun (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Authentic (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Casual (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Seasonal (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Business Meals (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Healthy (7)
People Watching (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Tapas (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

I was very impressed with Bastille! I had heard good things, but often places disappoint. Bastille did not! We ordered one mocktail, bread, the chicken entree and the bone marrow dumplings entree. Both were super good, the dumplings a little on the salty side but still delish. Loved the overall ambience, our server was very nice and we were in and out in an hour !

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was great. Everyone for hostess to wait staff were friendly and accommodating. Cocktails were unique and well balanced.
Great food as always with good daily specials.
Love the ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 4 days ago

We always enjoy Bastille they provide the perfect spot to have fun and be in an environment that's upbeat and beautiful!

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

👍👍👍, that all.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

It was our first time here and the food wasn’t excellent but it wasn’t terrible. My fiancé said his steak was kind of chewy even though he got it rare but other than that, no other complaints.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Our server was knowledgeable and was able to effectively read our body language, one of the best server experiences I’ve ever experienced. The atmosphere was a chic industrial, and there was a modded turn of the century oven (I believe) turned into a bussing station. The food was excellent, my girlfriend claimed to have had the best scallops dish there, as well as excellent whiskey cocktails. We will definitely come back for another date night down the road.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

The only time we could get a Valentines dinner reservation was 5:15 but, it turned out just fine— great food great service!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Fun evening and the live music made it more special

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Bastille has been my favorite place to go for years and I cannot imagine any place that comes close. The food, the crew, ambiance keep me coming back. Thank you.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Plane was nice and food was okay nothing I was thrilled about it.. maybe Hapi hour next time.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The wagu steak was outstanding and the artichoke salad was very creative and yummy. The French Onion soup was flavorful but a bit burned and overdone but still quite good. The service was great and the atmosphere was worth the limited parking.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

AMAZING!!! JUST AMAZING. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS FOR DATE NIGHT OR ANY SPECIAL OCCASION.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a wonderful time that was shared with, I am sure, by most of the other dinners in the room.
Thank you for a fine meal and a relaxing atmosphere.

Margarete

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Server was arrogant and put off by a question regarding substitution of one part of the dish due to a food allergy. She did make an adjustment with the chef which was appreciated, but also expected, frankly. She was condescending to my guest who was visiting from France when he did not take her suggestion on temperature to cook his steak. The very expensive wine was wonderful but a different vintage was served than what was on the list. The sommelier was most gracious and handled that well. Food is so good, but this night the attitude of the server really left a "bad taste".

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Looking for casual and delicious meal in a French Bistro setting?! Creative drinks and extensive wine list with classic French cuisine. Moules-Frites, Steak-frites and several pate options .

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It is always nice at Bastille. The food is reliably delicious. It is our favorite brunch spot.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great service and excellent food, the baguettes are the best.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food wasn’t very good. One person in our party didn’t eat her meal at all. Expensive and loud, I was embarrassed having recommended we go to our guests.

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 (London)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My wife and I used to live in Ballard so we would come to this restaurant very frequently, now we live in West Seattle but this is still a place we regularly make the trip to, even if we can no longer walk home. The service is always fantastic, and they must treat their staff well because they all seem to have worked there a long time. Best place to come for a steak, head and shoulders above a so-called "steak restaurant" with the prestige and the pomp, this is good food in a good setting. I don't leave reviews, revisiting is the best review, but I can't say enough good things about this place.

Tags: Healthy, Late-night Find, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We wanted to get brunch with my friends and that's always a very difficult situation as some of us are meat eaters, some vegetarian and some vegan. But at Bastille we had a wonderful experience as our server was very attentive and the chef accommodating. I loved the food and the ambiance, and we'll definitely go back soon.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food, will be going again soon. Already picked what I am going to have. Will also come back to try bar.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and wait staff. Lovely experience. Will look to go back, no question.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was our first time to Bastille and I can guarantee it won't be the last. We live in Snohomish County and don't get to Ballard very much but Bastille was such a special find that I'm sure we'll be back. We both tried the 3 for $35 menu BUT had cocktails before, I had to have a dozen oysters, and we did the wine pairings so somehow we ended up with a $200 tab. My Jerusalem Artichoke soup was great, her pate was eaten at the restaurant and the next day as a snack, the mussels were fabulous, her pasta was a minute shy of al dente, and our desserts were both delicious. We shared mine and snuck her cheese plate home with the pate to enjoy on Sunday.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

we have been coming to Bastille for some years and like it very much. Our favorite is the moules/frittes. This time the moules were great, but the sauce was very spicey--like 4 at a Thai restaurant. A small quibble, was that a wipes are usually served after shell fish, and they were not provided. Otherwise, it was a great meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The brunch selection was perfect, the food fabulous, the cafe au lait just as I remembered it in Paris, and the service was exceptional. A lovely experience. On top of that, Ballard’s Sunday farmers market was right outside the door. Bliss!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Once again exceeded expectations. Excellent food and service as always.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food as always was prepared just right. (I had the delicious lamb burger)We shared the beet salad and enjoyed a glass of wine.
For some reason I felt sick during the night with an attack of grand malaise.
I wrote a note to the restaurant just to let them know in case other customers had similar experiences.

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fancy place and great food I will be back soon.
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Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Vegan, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Restaurant's last night at Ballard location. Food was average but over-priced. Ate at bar, excellent service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing service- very professional. Outstanding food from appetizers to desserts.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My son and I loved food and service. We had roasted rainbow potatoes and turnips, both were good. He had steak and fries with truffle sauce and I had pork belly and Brussels sprouts. All excellent. The service was timely, attentive, warm, just perfect. There was a party at the bar. One of the female voice burst into laughters frequently with decimal points out of the roof, — seemed a little too much vino. We decided not to have dessert and leave. We didn’t say anything because it was holiday time and SHE was really having fun.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Tapas
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great service. Comfortable room. Great wine list. I would recommend it strongly.

Tags: Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Never disappoints, and this time, we got the table near the window, with light snow falling on Christmas Eve. :-)

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Authentic, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Bastille is certainly a very popular eating place in Ballard and an obvious attraction to the young professional crowd.
Both of our meals were OK but nothing special. My wife asked for her steak to be medium rare and she was served a well done piece of meet. My duck was again OK but lacked any flavor apart from being over salted. All of this would have been more acceptable if not for the high prices.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Absolutely perfect, as usual! Bastille is my number 1 pick for great food and drink in Ballard :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We celebrated my wife's birthday, and the whole family enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

With the exception of an unspectacular greeting at the front reception, service here was impeccable. I really found that the staff found a great balance between friendliness and letting the customers have their peace. Furthermore, the wait staff were very attentive and we found ourselves wanting for nothing during our short stay. The only downside was that the food here was quite unremarkable, with the cod fish a bit dry and somewhat tasteless (excepting for the crispy outside, which was well flavored), and the duck I had was very overcooked and again not exceptional. The entire Place had a great atmosphere, and so I would say it still would get our recommendation. However the food was mediocre.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I have had nice enough experiences at Bastille before. It's pricey, and so I don't think any but the most special of entrees is worth $30, but that's just my own valuation. I don't mind paying the extra money for fair value if the overall experience is lovely.

This time, it wasn't. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about all of the food and beverages, but came across as very condescending with an abnormally slow and deliberate speech pattern and a fake smile that she would flash at us after each sentence. When it came to assistance in ordering, she drove us towards the pricier selections in every case. Three of the four of us asked for assistance in selecting a dish, and to be pushed towards a $30 entree over a $20 one each time gets you to dial in on the up-sell strategy real fast. Tacky.

But again, I can get over some up-selling for outstanding service. Great service ended at the barbie-doll smile and $16/glass chardonnay recommendations. We were a polite table, I mean SUPER polite, and we told her that we were there for my SO's birthday. We wanted it to go well, so we were careful not to do anything that we read about that annoys servers expecting a 20%+ tip. After taking our drink order, she let us sit there for 20 minutes. No eye contact, no drinks, no bread, no nothing. I really wanted this to be a nice experience for my SO, and the evening was starting to tank.

She finally brought our drinks out, and I'm pretty sure the glasses of wine that my SO and I ordered were not what we actually ordered. A $7 glass of Columbia Crest at the Indian place up the street would have been better. Maybe it was tacky on our part to order wines by the glass ($16 a glass or not)?

For the rest of the evening, we sat around a lot waiting for orders to be taken and food to be brought. The food was decent, but not spectacular. The bill for 4 of us turned out to be $250 with the 20% tip. I don't know that I'll ever go back, and I wouldn't recommend it to others.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food was delicious and our server was so warm and inviting!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Overall my partner & I very much enjoyed the evening, and the food was wonderful! However, service was unexpectedly poor: our appetizer was completely forgotten, and we were left unattended for long periods. Dessert & second rounds on drinks took an extremely long time to arrive. Staff was apologetic, gave us free dessert, and we were in no hurry, so overall positive experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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