Bastille & Back Bar

4.6
967 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.

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

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Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, service was slower than usual (but it was Friday evening)

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S
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single thing we had from salads to entree and wine was perfect! Our waitress was knowledgeable and gave us great service including a free very interesting dessert!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was definitely good, but the portions were a bit small. I got the duck the leg and my fiancee got the mussels. The taste of both was certainly very good, and service was prompt and friendly, but neither of us was full at the end. I think if they just provided free bread, it would be enough to fix it. But it feels bad to pay $80 for a meal and not at least leave full.

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MR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I really loved the atmosphere and the menu at Bastille, the food was very good however, for the value - I have a lot of options in the area where I feel that my dollar goes further with food, service, and atmosphere that is equally as good.

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d
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious as always. My frites were good but some were mashed together and had the appearance of mashed potatoes.

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m
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Great service, excellent food from the starter “frites” through the cocktails then the main course of “Chicken Oysters” and Halibut - both items outstanding. Love the atmosphere - distinctive with a touch of energy. A Ballard gem.

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C
Seattle
85 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Introduced friends to Bastille and they loved it just like we do!

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PC
Salt Lake City
70 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit to this restaurant. We tried a variety of both small and large plates. The Eacargot was uninspiring in a bland pasta presentation. I really thought the Duck Confit was excellent and cooked perfectly with the skin crisp and the meat tender. My wife had the Falafel which was large enough she could not finish it. My daughter had the Roast Chicken which was very good. The ambience was good. Arrive early on a weekend as finding parking takes some effort or a walk of a few blocks.

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JC
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This our good to restaurant. It's always great and you can always count on a good meal.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as was service. It was our 36th anniversary and they gave us a glass of Prosecco. Restaurant is a little loud for us. We like the Ballard area.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! Great service, great food and really enjoyed the live music, we’re planning on making Bastille a destination for special occasions throughout the year.

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LE
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and we will be back! The cabbage salad and croques madame were amazing.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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RV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I took my mother-in-law and wife out for Mother's Day brunch and between the ambiance and the vibe in the restaurant it was a good. Our server brought a good energy to the table and most of the time made sure we we're doing ok. However, I was really disappointed in the restaurant's presentation and preparation of their food. 1/2 the food we ordered was fair but the other half was not prepared with pride nor presented as such. I could come back maybe for a drink but with so many better restaurant experiences, I probably won't return. :(

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JB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious— well-prepared with fresh ingredients. The service is friendly; they don’t make you feel rushed but don’t leave you waiting for the next course.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had family in town and wanted to go to a brunch with a little French flair— it was delicious!

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SH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food! Loved the Croque Madame!

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L
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in California, but are here several times a year to visit grandchildren. We try to go to Bastille each time. This last time was the best! The found was absolutely outstanding, the service was perfect as usual, and the atmosphere so very French!

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C
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Great meal, great service, fun vibe. An all around perfect time.

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DG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great

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CM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Maybe I would go back for Happy Hour, but $32 for 3 scallops? They were good but not great.

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P
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Salty, Salty.... they must have MCDonald people cooking on Monday night. We ordered most expensive dish and it was terrible, fish was over seared, too salty, and served cold. It’s not the same Bastille.....

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SC
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Bastille! I recommend Sunday brunch as the Ballard Sunday Market is happening. Great people watching and post-brunch meandering and shopping. Did I mention that the food is always wonderful?

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l
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a busy Easter Sunday brunch and quite noisy, but the food was excellent - nice variety of choices - and our server, Sarah, was outstanding, even though it was crazy busy. We'll be back!

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Easter brunch. In hindsight, we should have asserted ourselves to avoid being relegated to the outdoor dining area/greenhouse, which was where they seated families with babies and old people (we're in our 60s and presentable, we like to think, but apparently didn't make the cut here). The greenhouse was hot and very loud -- all those babies. Service was inattentive and slow, and the food was lukewarm when it arrived. We wished that we had just grazed at the Farmers' Market instead.

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KW
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always a very consistently great quality. We both have the hell of it, followed by a cheese plate for dessert. The service was prompt, but respectful and that we did not feel rushed at all. Highly recommend.

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MS
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the charming, sunny, covered patio during Happy Hour, there is heat if you need it. The dining room is dark but lovely with very cool booths. Fabulous food - Croque Madam, a chick pea pancake, fantastic lamb burger, with fresh local salads (and this is just the happy food), special was scallops - Very nice wine list, great cocktails - The desserts are so worth it! Every staff member was attentive and professional (informative, they know their products, no fawning or taking over our conversations, no hard selling, very observant). Bathrooms are very cold and dark but well stocked. This delightful place reminded me of the Bastille neighborhood in Paris, very 'cafe society' with really great food! We'll be back!

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent and imaginative menu. They are superstars with salads in particular, but have never had anything poor or mediocre there of any kind. Parking is the biggest challenge but early on this Sunday night was much easier than other nights. It is a noisy restaurant with all the hard surfaces but the food quality is great and service always excellent so we put up with the noise once in awhile to go there.

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NM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved it! Enture staff were wonderful. The food was spot on perfect, not a missed note. Thank you so much!

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

The hostess sat us on the patio at our request which was delightful. Every bite of our meal was delicious.

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AK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

This was our first visit to Bastille. It is a lovely place location wise as we were enroute to the Tractor for a great show by Smokey Brights. The restaurant is fair priced and the halibut they had was well executed....the lamb burgers were less astounding but very large. The fries were excellent. The service was good.

We had hoped for a venue with less noise. The restaurant is large and popular, and should consider noise dampening additions like fabrics or other means to keep it from feeling like a train station. It has lovely architecture and so this would have to be done with sensitivity. But our conversations over table were tough with the echoing noise of the very large and densely seated room.

Overall it was convenient....but loud. Service was really good but felt impersonal given the atmosphere. I would recommend this as a place to get good entrees, good wine, but be prepared for echoing noise which detracts from the strong efforts of the kitchen. I also enjoyed the screening of Julia and Jacques...provided interesting talking points as we ate our meals. Thanks

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PG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my 3rd or 4th visit. On previous visits the food was without exception memorable. This time around, I would say it was very good, but somewhat inconsistent. I ordered the duck confit for example. The duck was OK. The accompanying greens and sweet potato puree were 5-star good. A companion had the Parisian dumplings - OK. I had the chicken pate, and another companion had another pate, both of which were 5-star good. Etc. The wine list is good, and good value. The desserts were all-around excellent.

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EP
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wish they would bring in another type of beef for Steak/Frites. And have more than one Fish main course.

Excellent wine choices by the glass. Best in Seattle!

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BM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was awesome. Food, service and ambiance were great. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Ordered several things from the happy hour menus. Muscles were good. Some of the others were a joke. The cheese and cracker baguette plate was a plate of crackers and a mini wedge of cheese that might cover 3 of them. That was very disappointing. I see better on alaska airlines flights.
Even with happy hour the drinks are still pricy but at lease they are well made.

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KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a magical space. A wonderful meal we will be back.

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V
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had left a message that it was our anniversary. There was no mention of it and nothing special done . There was a table that was more romantic by fire but we were seated near busser station not best view. Also my husband asked to substitute a vegetable instead of potato ... the server said “ we are not a substituting type of restaurant, we can omit the potato.”

I work in the food industry for a high end property. I know how important customer care is . Not Subbing a vegetable for potato these days with all the diets out there is unacceptable. Something so simple as a lovely table or acknowledgement of a special occasion is so important and doesn’t cost the restaurant a penny .... but, it will gain a life long customer.

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L
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Bastille is our go-to breakfast place on Sunday. One of us had the Classic Breakfast which she said was good. I usually have the Falafel, but ordered the Polenta Aligot instead. It was very good, but very rich. I was surprised to really enjoy the crunch of the hazel nuts. I will likely go back to the Falafel semi regularly, though.
Bastille was really busy and had temporarily run out of baguettes. Had to wait about 15 minutes for the next batch to come out of the oven.

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JF
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the roasted chicken and my friend got the special of the day, halibut. The food was amazing. The service was great. Each plate was about $30. This place is a favorite restaurant to go to occasionally.

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RH
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so good!! Great service, very knowledgeable about items on menu. Made great wine suggestions. Will definitely go back

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