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Bastille Cafe & Bar

4.6
764 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Northwest
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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



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Phone number
(206) 453-5014
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Stoneburner
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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
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Private party contact
Elisabeth Spring: (206) 484-4982
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vernon Street
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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.
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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
What 764 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Good food. Really like the lamb burger. Wine is more problematic. Except for the house wine, which is cheap and good, the other bottles are expensive and the descriptions are inadequate.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great service and food

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Bastille knocked our date night out of the park.

The restaurant’s ambience and decor are fantastic. Our server knew the menu, knew the wine list, made helpful suggestions, and was exceptionally friendly and pleasant.

My wife’s chardonnay flight was three samples of fantastic and variety.

Chef hit French sweet and savory on the button. My wife had fresh, briny locally-sourced oysters from a small producer with a light and balanced peppercorn champagne mignonette. My smoked pork rillette was rich, smooth as silk, perfectly seasoned, and accompanied by a perfect mustard for heat and pickled fennel to brighten the pate and cut through the rich flavor; my only issue was portion size - this was an appetizer to be shared, but that wasn’t made obvious from the menu or the server. We chose a second course of fried greens with grilled onions and a perfectly poached egg. My wife had clams with decadent chunks of bacon and the best fumet broth I’ve ever tasted. After the rillette I opted for the MP halibut rather than something heavier, and it was perfectly cooked - flaky with a smashing crust - and laid over grilled onions, a light and creamy puree, and those perfect chunks of bacon.

We tested the chef’s claim to French technique with profiteroles for dessert, cut in half versus filling-piped to accommodate salted caramel ice cream, with a ginger spice crust on top, and dark chocolate to drizzle. The dessert was perfect. Crunchy, light pastry; sweet and salty ice cream and bitter chocolate.

This is a must-visit restaurant. Not a single swing-and-a-miss on flavor, flavor balance, or seasoning throughout the meal.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Sarah was the best! Complete knowledge of the menu & wine list. Made our first Moms Night Out exceptional and lovely. Thanks Sarah!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our waiter was outstanding! The service was excellent, the food amazing! Can’t wait to go again!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We were seated in the middle of the restaurant and it was loud. However, after 5 minutes I had tuned everyone else out and really enjoyed my group. We brought our own wine and in addition we did the wine tasting... it was excellent. Our service was great and the food was delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Very pleasant restaurant, friendly service, food was very good and wine great.
We were celebrating a birthday and had a great time.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Love this bar.
Since being here in Seattle I have to say this is my favourite place for brunch and dinner.
They do the best Bloody Marys and I have tried every other place even the stoneburner.
Will miss this place.
Highly recommend.
Food great, atmosphere great, wine menu great.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were very pleasantly surprised to find this local gem! The food was absolutely delicious, the house wine was excellent and our server had a wonderful personality. I am looking forward to going there again - - especially during good weather so I can sit in the outdoor patio!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

outstanding service, great attention to detail, and the usual flawless execution from the kitchen. A gem in the wilds of Ballard

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2.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Bastille has in the past been terrific. The food is still extraordinary, but the prices have risen significantly (though not necessarily out of line with the rest of Ballard Ave.) -- and the service tonight was abysmal.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Popped in with a girlfriend before a show at the Tractor Tavern. We just shared handful of small plates (oh the frites!!....)and a few glasses of wine. We did make a reservation and were seated right away. Our service was fabulous, our waitress was friendly, attentive (but not overly) and fast. Bastille has been a Ballard favorite for years and happy to say, it still is!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Bastille is one of our favorite brunch spots. Love to sit at the window and watch the farmers' market. Want to especially acknowledge the great service by Nick our waiter. He was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and a great communicator.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

This is one of our Ballard favorites. The BEST frites in the city!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great atmosphere -lively but not obnoxious

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2018

4 neighbors met there on a Friday night for drinks and dinner.3 of us had the 1/2 chicken which was delicious. We had a great waitress who was helpful with her descriptions. Our table was ready at our reservation time. The evening was very enjoyable. Will go back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food was excellent, staff very attentive. Courses were paced well, not hurried, not slow...

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

As always great!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Steak frites and banh mi were fantastic!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Lovely food and service. The duck confit is great. Too salty though. I was up drinking water for half the night. Also too noisy.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Excellent everything...

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Parking is a nightmare anywhere in Ballard. If you couple this with Sunday's farmers market, then you have a fairly effective deterrent for physically challenged folks to have an opportunity to enjoy the tasty, well executed and unostentatiously presented, comforting, and well-seasoned dishes. A number of staff (4) attended our table our table of two: this felt to be overmuch, even a bit underfoot.

Undoubtedly, I would recommend Bastille to anyone for the food and ambience-- hipsters notwithstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I come to this bar quiet often for drinks with friends, brunch on sundays.
Atmosphere is great, food is good.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We had brunch table by front window. Enjoyed watching the market crowd. Service was impeccable food is always delicious. One of favorite brunch spot on Sunday!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The side "covered outdoor" dining room is too cold in the winter - never took my coat off. They had overhead heaters, but never turned them on, despite the outside temperature being in the 30's. I would eat here again, but only in the main dining room.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Really nice happy hour three course menu, loved the mussels and beef marrow dumplings...so good. Great prices on the happy hour carafe of wine but felt scored by the waitress for ordering the carafe instead of the $60 bottle she recommended. Would go again and hope for a friendlier waiter.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Nice spot for a great French inspired meal in Ballard

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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 !

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

👍👍👍, that all.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Always a winner for date night

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Fun evening and the live music made it more special

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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