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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

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Good for a Date (22)
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Bar Seating (19)
Romantic (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Casual (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Authentic (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Cozy (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Business Meals (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Fun (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
People Watching (8)
Seasonal (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Great experience. Comfortable seating. Our server was very personable and attentive. The environment was very welcoming and classy. Food was creative and delish! Roasted cauliflower and falafel sandwich are great! My water was always full. Loved this Ballard gem!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

First time here (Saturday night) and really enjoyed almost everything. Our table for 4 was great. Our waiter could not have been better. Friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Cauliflower dish and beet salad so yummy. Mussels large. Steelhead perfect. Only disappointment was steak frites. Steak a little tough and frites and sauce overly salty. This from someone that adds salt to everything. Overall I would definitely return and recommend.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always a great place to go! Just make sure to make reservations

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food was overwhelmingly salty. I've heard nothing, but great things about this restaurant, but we both couldn't finish our meals with the amount of over-salting. I won't be coming back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2017

the moment we walked in the door we where greeted by a very helpful staff member, we had booked but where early and waiting on 2 of our party. We asked if we could sit in the bar and get a drink first (They where happy to sit us at the table if we wanted) and we did. The bar staff had good knowledge and where helpful and fun. The rest of our group arrived and we moved to the table where once again we had amazing staff. The Service and food is amazing here we will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

always a delicious sunday farmers market detour

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great reunion with friends. Bastille is our go to place for special occasions.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Hosted an account review with a company who's president lives in Ballard. Second time we've done it here. Last time was with 3 of us, this time we had 5.

Each time, the menu has some very unique, and delicious items on it. For this trip, there were some new items, that were wonderful. Chicken Oysters, with Gnocchi, WOW!

I had the grilled Ahi Tuna, on a delicious bed of something yummy! It was very good, I would have licked my plate clean, if it was socially acceptable.

Cocktails, and beers, we're equally amazing.

Thanks for the great experience.

Cheers, KevinM

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wonderful rich food!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Moules frites entree was excellent!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Disappointed. It was a hunt to find any mushrooms in my mushroom ragout and the polenta was very bland. I was also disappointed that when I offered some feedback to our waiter, he just dismissed me. Won't be back anytime soon.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food and service was excellent. Very nice and friendly environment.
Parking was a challenge but worked out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Loved our dinner at Bastille.. Great people for Service and the food and Wine was fabulous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Beaujolais day. Jillian and Alex were great. Food was wonderful. The menu for the day and the tastings were all put together by champs. Cheers to you guys for acing your jobs.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Very Romantic!
The ambiance is very European. Almost feels like we are in Paris, Prague or Vienna.
The food and service is great too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Romantic, Business Meals, Tapas, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our waiter was great but the reception person appeared totally addled. This really put us off from the start. Not my favorite dining experience at Bastille.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Prices have gone up here substantially and portions are much smaller at the same time. $19 for a burger? And you have to pay extra for cheese? Come on!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Bastille has a partial outdoor seating area that they use year round. While it's great in the summer, it's not that great in the winter. When we made reservations I had no idea we'd be sitting in that area. The temps that night got into the low 30s. Even though they have heaters all over the place, it was still cold, and the cheap outdoor wicker chairs don't make it any cozier. We all ate our very expensive meals with our coats on. It doesn't make me feel welcome, nor relaxed and comfortable. We finished as fast as we could to find someplace to warm up. I expected more from a somewhat higher-end restaurant. Maybe offer blankets to patrons and comfier seating.

The waitstaff was very attentive and nice, but at some point should have noticed how cold we were. The food was OK, but again I expected better for the price. I probably won't be going back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our meal was exceptional! Perfectly prepared steak and duck confit ! Paired with a wonderful wine and great service , our evening was perfect. Definitely one of our very favorite restaurants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

I will recommend this restaurant to my most picky friend, it combines ambiance with great food. The service is good without hovering and bring annoying.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was great! Our service wasn’t favorably memorable but it was a weekend brunch (and a holiday one at that), so it’s totally understandable that they weren’t super friendly.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Sarah's service was amazing! So sweet and timely. She made us feel special.

Th e food was exceptional.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Bastille is my new favorite restaurant in the Seattle area!! We met friends, had a lovely booth, a wonderful waitress (Sarah) and some of the best food and wine ever. We had a lovely time and enjoyed appetizers followed by delicious meal entrees. All four of us agreed that Bastille is a total keeper and we have already planned a return visit. Keep up the great work!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Best food I’ve had in years. Looking forward to our next visit!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Second time dining at Bastille and again, I’m more than satisfied. The ambiance is amazing and the servers and service is always impeccable. The kimchi polenta I had the first time was so unique and delicious, and the rock fish dish this last time was cooked to perfection—buttery like lobster! Amazing crime brûlée. Will be a life-long patron.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Don't skimp on the portions or anything! We ordered off the restaurant menu and (this is a compliment) was burping all night because I ate sooo much!!! I could not deny myself! The pate - YUM! Beet Salad - YUM! All of it YUM! Mussels and Cassoulet then being forced to eat dessert! Torture, wonderful torture!

We did restaurant week at another place that I do love but left hungry and slightly disappointed that I didn't even get a cookie with the gelato dessert. Bastille does it right!! That's why we love Chef Jason so much! No one out does Bastille & Stoneburner for hospitality. Always fantastic service and generosity. Thank you!

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner here, by which I mean we showed up with reservations, were seated right away, and had a server bring us drinks shortly after being seated. Our appetizer was the pork belly, which was delicious even though we thought the poached egg was slightly over cooked. Ordered the half chicken and the steak frites. Both had wonderful flavors and excellent preparation. Our server was cheerful, informative and attentive through out the meal but we never felt pushed or over-served. Solid on all counts, but I did feel it was maybe a little over-priced or perhaps I'm just getting cheap as I get older. That said, I have been disappointed at much pricier places so I left feeling contented and happy. We look forward to our return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Mixed experience. Plusses: The frites with aioli are addictively good. The roasted cauliflower with tahini, pumpkin seeds and dates was a tasty combination of flavors and textures. Misses: The duck confit was listed as a "Large Plate" dish. The duck leg served was the smallest portion I've ever seen. Two bites and that was it. At $27, way overpriced and disappointing. Shared experience with management of restaurant. If you are hungry, make sure you ask about portion size. Apparently the restaurant appears to be combatting rising costs by downsizing portions.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love Bastille. Usually dine on the patio. Tried inside this time and was WAY too loud inside. We could hardly hear one another.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Nice restaurant, a little over priced. Service is second to none.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Really liked sitting out on the covered heated patio with rain popping on the roof and the fire blazing. Just a warm cozy place.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Had the mussels - good, but have had better. Overall did not care for the menu

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good food, good service. I was dis appointed, having made a reservation, to be given the worst table in the house. Host was not interested in my request for a nicer table for my daughter's birthday.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I love Bastille for its ambiance and wonderfully creative menu. We go for brunch but dinner is even better. I don’t generally like Brussel Sprouts but the way they do them shaved with pork belly bits and a poached egg is to die for. Very accommodating staff too, nice manners.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were put at a table outside, where families were, which made it more noisy.
The Fall Tomato soup was good, steak frites, well, the steak was just OK. The aioli with the fries was bland.
Service was satisfactory, but the server was busy with other tables.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 3, 2017

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5 Stars

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were seated by a large group of people who were having a birthday or anniversary event, we received very little service from the waitress our food arrived cold and the entire evening was mediocre. That said, the staff put an awful lot of attention to the large group of people seated next to us and they seem to be having a great time. Which is why I recommend it for large groups. If you're going there for a romantic dinner just the two of you, you might want to try A different restaurant

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We enjoyed the meal and the wine recommendation. Service was also very good.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always an enjoyable meal, with fantastic service and a very fun wine list. Already looking forward to our next visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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