Bastille & Back Bar

4.5
833 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Opened in June of 2009 and housed in an historic 1920’s building in Seattle’s Old Ballard neighborhood, Bastille & Back 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
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
What 833 People Are Saying
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Seattle
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Bastille does not usually disappoint. This past weekend, however, it did. While the food was to the normal high standard, the noise was nearly unbearable. It was extremely difficult to hear each other speak. Our server was brusque to the point of rudeness. She was also quite inattentive. Hopefully, this is an aberration and not the wave of the future.

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MB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had the steak fr. which was good but small portion for $38.

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good but our server was excellent! Knowledgeable about the menu, attentive without hovering and so very gracious.

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BC
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Bastille was unbelievable. We got eggs Benedict, steak frites, creamy polenta, and spätzle and everything was exceptional. Fantastic place with great service and atmosphere too.

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DH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food as always, but way too noisy for a romantic dinner.

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always had great meals, great service and a wonderful time at Bastille.

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OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. We weren't rushed and enjoyed the meal.

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BB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, good drinks in wonderful Ballard area of Seattle.

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SW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Happy vibrant place. Excellent food. Wide variety and options. Excellent waitress.

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CL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food and service in one place! I’ve been up in Seattle for two months now and this is the first place to really satisfy my foodie and wine drinking needs. After being spoiled in the Napa Valley for so long, it was nice to come across Bastille.

Looking forward to coming back.

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L
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The delicious moules frites, porfiterols and French 75 cocktail are the perfect combo! We had terrific service, and even though it gets very loud in there, my 94 year old mother still had a great time with me an my friends.

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O
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the bistro atmosphere. Food was delicious. Enjoyed the mussels and frittes. Service was perfect.

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D
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great menu, great food, kinda loud though so conversation a little difficult. But we managed!

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M
Dallas
154 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bastille is a special pub-like restaurant with excellent service and very high quality food, featuring mostly locally sourced food items (especially their rooftop garden items). We loved the Zucchini starter -- pan fried with a paste of bread crumbs with a slight anchovy flavor. My Carbonara pasta had lots of wonderful chunks of bacon in a light cream sauce, and my spouses roasted chicken was very tasty.

The place was busy but our reservation was honored on time and we had a wonderful booth. The bar area is also great for drop-in dining.

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GL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Interesting location. Average food. Overpriced. For much better tapas at a more reasonable price try "Harvest Vine"

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D
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great.
Hostesses were awesome.
Server was mediocre.

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks. Rachel took excellent care of us!

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M
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Terrible experience. Starting with the Hostess Most unfriendly and we felt like a bother. Food was not great. Duck Confit was missing elements as described on the menu. Tough and dry on parts. Yikes. This place has fallen off a cliff. What happened to this place ? Used to be so much better.

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JF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Highly recommend.

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PO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday breakfast, lovely experience. Well be back soon. Disappointed by salad had way too much salt by everyone who tasted it and potatoes were uneventful with a JoJo style cut and seasoning. The menu has several choices for all food loves taste with the falafel a nice surprise. Thank you for making it a destination spot.

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MR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best steak frites I have ever had. Amazing salmon as well. Wonderful service, intimate atmosphere. Best date night restaurant.

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n
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummers I loved it it was much better than cats I’m going to go here again and again.

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MP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Its French theme gives Bastille classiness. The open side of the covered outside dining room keeps the air fresh and the echoes down. The staff was attentive and friendly. I enjoyed tasting three regional wines (two white, one red) but Bastille could easily offer instead three wines more suited to menu items, such as three red wines to accompany a red meat entree. The small range of menu dinners was disappointing. The menu provided no obvious information about calories, sodium, etc. My open-minded and Europe-experienced teen was disappointed by the beets entree. I didn't see a dessert cart; that would be a good addition. My party went instead to a gelato service down the street.

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JA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is clean and good looking. The food was delicious. The server we had was exceptionally sweet. The service was slow. We enjoyed ourselves, taking our time with no rush.

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A
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I had reserved a table noting this was for my wife's birthday. We arrived early and sat at the bar. The bartender made my wife a French 75 which is now her favorite drink. After discussion on the beer glass sizes, I was told that the restaurant serves a "14 oz pint". The bartender did oblige me with a full pour however.

Dinner was Steak Frites for my wife and I opted for the "3 for $35". The 1st course was a salad and was crisp and well dressed. The 2nd course was Pasta Carbonara which was underwhelming. It appeared to be an appetizer size, not a dinner portion. My wife's steak was perfectly grilled and the frites were some of the best we have had. The dessert - I think was a blueberry torte - was dry. I "paired" the entree with a wine, which is a mistake. I would recommend pairing with all 3 courses ($18) or omit altogether.

Service was punctual and professional, but at the end I felt as if our waiter couldn't wait for us to leave and felt hurried to do so.

Overall, I would recommend this restaurant. ambiance is upscale, food is well prepared and service staff attentive.

I gave only 3 stars as no special mention was made to my wife on her birthday even though noted on the reservation, and the poor value of the "3 for $35".

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant perfect in every way except for noise level.

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WT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants ever! I go here every time i'm in Seattle. The flavors have never been anything short of exquisite. The service is just as good.

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DH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid food, decent service, lively atmosphere. Noise level pretty high.

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VR
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor and exquisite food. Highly recommended!

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ML
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lives up to the hype. Truly fabulous food. Great cocktails. Lovely atmosphere.

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TO
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic place. Friends and I had the lamb burger, mussels, duck confit, and grilled beef tongue. Not a single dish disappointed. Will definitely come back.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tonight was Bastille Day, July 14th. Kind of a big deal in France. If you're not familiar, look it up. The band was awesome, the service (once seated) was stellar. If you have food allergies or sensitivities, say so no they can help a great deal. If peanuts are a no-no, don't eat here. I recommend the establishment for HH and wine tasting, too

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T
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Bastille is our place to go. Always great service and super good food!

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a
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! We ordered duck confit and king salmon. Both are very tasty. Also loved the ambience and live music. The only downside is they were out of mussels, which I really wanted to try. Overall is fantastic!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Our food took over 45 min to arrive but restaurant managers and our server apologized gracefully and gave us entrees and appetizers free of charge. We had never waited that long for food, but we had also never been treated so well.

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k
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We had a 7pm dinner reservation on a beautiful Saturday evening and were able to be seated outdoors. Once our server arrived at our table, the service was very good. The noise level was pretty high, which wasn't a big deal. What I didn't like is the family next to us allowing their kids to run around the restaurant as though it were a playground. It's disrespectful to the other diners. The food was excellent. My husband had a perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned steak, and I had the salmon. The wine selection was very good. We shared a crème brulee for dessert which was fantastic.

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s
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was amazing, a little pricey but about the same as a moderate special occasion restaurant. The waiter was very good and answered any questions we had about the foods. Actually getting our entree took some time. They were pretty busy. It was a bit noisy.

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PN
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasant setting on Ballard, simple but fun Parisian train station theme, unexpected dishes with excellent flavor, very good prix fix 3-course deal special with two very different alternatives. Attentive but not over-bearing service with a casual French back theme to it - in short, everything we like about dining in the Ballard district

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and friendly, hospitable, welcoming. In peu de France!

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m
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I’ve been coming to Bastille since it opened in, what...about 2009?, and it’s been a go to place. Consistently good with great ambience and well done sums it up. Over the years the lamb burger has gone from pretty rubbish to rather good, and the falafel has gone from amazing to what I had last Friday...which was pretty rubbish. It used to be a wrap, full of falafel, and salad, and dressing, all tied together in some paper. But Friday was half a shop bought pita, with some wet stuff at the bottom and a a couple falafel balls in it. I asked the bartender about it and he said that it’s changed, and that there was nothing he could about it. All in all, weak food and weak service. Do me favor, please...make the falafel great again. Please.

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