Bastille & Back Bar

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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.

Specials

$38 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu

Sampling of Bastille's most popular dishes. Additional wine pairings are available for $6 each.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 5, 2019

Ends: April 6, 2118

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:15PM

What 1018 People Are Saying
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Denver
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Embarrassingly small portions on Sunday brunch specials this past Sunday. Pretty disappointed as we really wanted to love it!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great as always, but the chicken dish (Poulet Roti) has a new recipe and is not nearly as good as the dark sauce that used to come with it.

MT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and unique takes on classic brunch menu items

AB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overpriced and small portions. However, nice ambiance and service.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal and service at Bastille! We will be back soon!

C
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My father, my friend and I really enjoyed the jazz performance on Sunday. It was a very wonderful experience to be dining too.
The check in stuff and the waiting staff were very kind and accommodating.

DD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

It’s so beautiful , it’s worth it to go just to see the interior ! Brings us back to our trip to Paris !

But the food was a rip off . We had good pasta but for $22. it was appetizer size at most . Our friend ordered “ half a chicken “ & it was half a baby game hen !

We were outside on tall stools & my friend’s stool had no bar for her feet so her legs were uncomfortable the whole meal , which was loooong . We had to flag down ( literally ) our waiter to get the check .

Great ambiance 👍🏼
food 👎🏼

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Solid food. Wine list is poorly constructed. Out of approximately eight Bordeaux selections, only one was priced below $300! Even at restaurant markup of 100 - 200%, not difficult to find solid selections in the $100 - $150 range.

JB
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like Bastille for its outstanding food and great service. This visit did not disappoint. My hubs and I split several dishes and the server didn’t object at all. It was a great experience.

AW
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love coming to Bastille for dinner or brunch. The food is always phenomenal and the service matches.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, service and experience.

BE
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent wine pairings, and a very knowledgeable waiting staff.

MB
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I went with my husband and a friend. The food was generally delicious although I thought the sauce on the chicken was a little bit salty. I was disappointed that the printed menu didn't indicate gluten free even though the same menu items were labeled online. The Toulouse Sausage dish was labeled GF online but our server said it was not.

B
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We've been a number of times and always like the experience. The cocktails were amazing and the wine list is very nice and well curated. I had the chicken liver pate as a starter which was excellent. Great flavor and texture with the apricot jam on the top off-setting the fat nicely. I had the falafel and was underwhelmed. The flavors were muted for all of the components. The falafel themselves were quite bland and the outside crust was overdone. I would not order that again. My dinner companions were very happy with their gnocchi and lamb burgers, though.

DF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Unfortunately Sunday brunch in the atrium was less a French brunch, but more like a noisy night at a bar. Your guests may be loud, but why add additional loud rock music to the mix?

T
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I absolutely love this place and have since they first opened. Their food is always, always excellent; their service is always top-notch; and it's such a beautiful space to spend an evening or brunch. Love love love Bastille!

DT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were early, the staff was very accomodating in seating us appropriately

OT
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Always a good meal although the menu is not French it is decent food

CA
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice place with a good vibe. The sommolier Sarah was awesome. She's made a nice cost conscious selection for us. The mussels were really good and the fries were delicious.

EG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Upon arriving, the hostess said we had no reservation. I showed her my Opentable confirmination and she still said there was no reservation. I had her pull up all her tables and it turns out she had already marked that she had sat us, but it was another party of 4. Not us. When we ordered, two out of the four of us dining ordered lamb burgers to be medium, and they were sent out practically raw. The waitress was very sorry but we waited 20 min + for our burgers while our friends were already done eating. When we got the burgers back they were well done and dry. Service was also pretty slow. Not a good experience, not coming back.

KR
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Over the years the food at Cafe Bastille keeps improving. Had the mushroom gratin and it was gone in a flash. Atmosphere is always lively.. in a good way.

OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The service was phenomenal (thanks Sarah!). We will definitely be back.

C
Seattle
91 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We normally give Bastille 5 stars across the board but, this time, it wasn’t up to par. The frites accompanying the moules we so over cooked they were not edible. They were 1 to 3 inches long and dark brown, nearly black. Figure they dumped the end of the fryer basket and tried to pass them off as frites. Not good and not what we’ve come to know from Bastille. Disappointing.

AB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance and vibe. Food is super solid. This year's Bastille day festivities better than ever. (only issue is that entries beat the beers to the table somehow)
Miss playing petanque too but I understand...no more empty lots in Ballard anymore!

S
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've visited Bastille & Back Bar on several occasions. The food is excellent and reasonably priced and the service is excellent. We've always enjoyed very personable servers who add much to our experience. The music groups that play on occasion are excellent, and special occasions such as Bastille Day are, well, special...to say nothing of being unique.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great night at Bastille — the food and service continue to rank among the very best in Seattle.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We used Open Table to book the reservation, but the problem was that the notes I made there didn't transfer to the hosts and that was frustrating. A birthday celebration was not acknowledged.

SL
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went with another couple to celebrate Bastille Day and a graduation. Such a fun experience! Food was fantastic!

JP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service always attentive without being intrusive. The moule frit was great, the lamb burger delicious. And the salads are the best in town. Always imaginative and wonderful. Cocktails interesting and successful. The fries/frit over salted. Salt very lightly and leave the rest to the customer is our advice. This is a reliably great restaurant. We’ve been there many times and have never been disappointed. Downsides are shared with other restaurants in town —- noise level and parking challenge in the neighborhood.

E
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it there! Would love to have dessert too for brunch.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants Seattle has to offer. Definitely my favorite neighborhood place eat. Great for a place to go on a special occasion, like a dinner date or when friends visit from out-of-town. Been there multiple times already. Definitely will be back!

CX
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The environment is good but the food is mediocre and overpriced

LH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the atmosphere and booth seating. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I’d highly recommend the cheese platter as an appetizer. The mussels were outstanding and my friends enjoyed the chicken dish and the sausage with fava beans and leeks. We will definitely be back!

NS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We were seated indoors by the window. It was fun to watch people walking by on a warm summer Friday night. There was a party of 8 seated next to us. A couple of the males were slightly intoxicated and were unable to use an inside voice.
I will definitely be back. BEST POMME FRITES EVER!!!!!

PM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, we had a lovely night, absolutely loved the steak and the shellfish were great!

AK
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Keep up the outstanding work!!! We were sad that we didn't come on the night that you show obscure French New Wave films, though!!! ; )

JB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, service and ambiance were very good and conducive to an unrushed and enjoyable business dinner. Service was in step with the pace of our meeting. Unfortunately, the only negative was the seating surface of the booth that was quite sticky due either a recent refinishing or breakdown of the varnish.

CG
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I ate here for our honeymoon. We received 2 celebratory glasses of wine as soon as we were seated. The server was very informative and attentive. Everything tasted amazing. The ambience is incredible. Would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting a fun/romantic dinner.

DA
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We each chose the moules (mussels) and frites... served European style. The Special included a scrumptious beet salad and a delicious cherry ice cream/pastry dessert. The mussels were large, tender and served in a wonderful broth. The frites could have been crisper, and the baguette less chewy, but they were not a distraction. Our waiter was prompt and helpful, answering all our questions, and suggested the wonderful white and sparkling wine flight (we finished one, then enjoyed a second). A rich cappuccino rounded out a nearly perfect lunch.

JL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food not to my taste. Back bar was ridiculously cold.

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