Bastille & Back Bar

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1079 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.

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CharlesF
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ENTIRE staff was amazing! They were very pleasant, helpful and made our evening out very special! Starting with the baguette (which was warm and amazing), then to the kale appetizer which was a fantastic taste and blend of flavors to the Cassoulet which was a "Circ du Soleil" of flavors - exciting and wonderful! I highly recommend a night out to Bastille for a fun flavorful evening!

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vipHotsauceHank
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall, good food and service. I would recommend it and also go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Overall the experience was mediocre. As much money as we spent I’d probably go elsewhere next time. I ordered the French onion soup which came out without cheese and with a burnt black piece of bread in it. For $15 I expected better, so sent it back. This came out within five minutes and had the look of a typical delicious French onion soup. Service was slow but waitress friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service I've had on a long time. Koji was amazing.
The food and wine was also extremely delicious

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vipjjsalome
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant is quite lovely to look at… And our waiter was quite nice. However, two of us ordered the falafel and they came out as a little rock hard hockey pucks. I hate sending things back but I had to… And when they were returned they only brought enough for one order. There were five pieces in each order and they only brought us five pieces. So I had to ask again if they could bring us enough for the second order. Really? My friends really enjoyed their appetizers and they did comp us a lovely dessert. It all ended up OK, I’m just not sure I would go back.

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MagDave
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Haven't been for a few years. Have very fond memories of great food and amazing service. Both of those lacked on our last visit.

Server was relatively new, and had to go check on just about every question we asked. Not a huge deal in itself.

Ordered some appetizers for the table at the same time as our entrees. Entrees arrived first. They didn't seem to believe we'd ordered apps when we asked about them.

$37 steak tasted good, but honestly no better than I've done at home with a grocery filet and a bobby flay recipe. And I'm no chef.

Wife's falafels were overdone, hard and crunchy.

Still had a great time - but it didn't seem like the same restaurant I remembered.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First two course ( oysters and pâté ) were delightful. We hoped to buy a pate in the glass jar to take home but were told the chef does not allow the jars to be taken out. Okay
The main course arrived very slowly with my Brussels sprout accompaniment to the sturgeon cold. My wife’s steak and frites was on a cold plate and cool steak ( frites were hot) I assume both meals had been assembled over a long period. We pointed out to our server who apologized and took our meals away to be heated. My wife’s steak was now at least warm my sprouts were hot but now the sturgeon was tepid.
Life is too short to get further frustration so we just ate our main course, paid the bill without our usual tip and I left a note on the bill.
PS we were seated in the conservatory and it was very loud. Beyond lively.
Will not be returning even though the food was potentially interesting.
Miles Drake

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AWHKirk
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Noisy, energetic, with good bistro food. Charges for bread and butter, which is a bit strange. Parking in the area is tiresome to find, but the after dinner stroll is charming.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent. Charming and funny and gave great recommendations. The value of the wine carafe was good too. The food was lackluster compared to what we heard from others who had been there. The quality of ingredients seem good, but the execution was not. I had. $15 onion soup gratin (French onion soup) and it was broiled so long it was burnt a little. It was also pretty small for the price. The falafel was not constructed well, and we found it to be over fried. A friend had the special and it was quite small as well. I will definitely give this place one more shot, but was not impressed with the first time. I have heard brunch is great here, so that will likely be what I try.

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vipStephanieN
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

It was a cute restaurant with nice decor in a good location. But there were two different hairs in my food and the service was just odd. They did comp my meal which was nice, but it wasn't even a yummy meal. It was pretty over priced for what it was. Probably will not be going back.

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LEWL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was great except for the family with 6 noisy children. So much for a quiet Valentine's day dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and an amazing ambiance as always. So happy to have chosen this restaurant to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

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TatianaL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and location definitely will try and be back soon.

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ABarwick
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for Valentine’s Day, service was excellent and the food was delicious. Menu was limited but excellent wine service

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Willy
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner. Entree (chicken) was prepared wonderfully. Our waitress was great - attentive but not overly so. Everything about the meal was perfect. This is one of our fav places to go. It never disappoints.

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Justanopinion
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I don't know that I would seek out a meal here again. The service was slow and it took nearly an hour for two meh burgers and some mussels. Definitely not what you want for that price.

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vipCassiecat
Seattle
240 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at Bastille. C appreciated that they clearly marked menu items that are gluten-free. The one criticism I have is that their menu is quite limited. And if you are interested in the set menu, the items are even more limited - to two first courses and two seconds to choose from. The food is well-prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience celebrating our 1 year anniversary.
The staff were excellent and the food sublime.
Thank you for a great evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Potatoes were really dry and the food was otherwise mediocre for the price. I have really enjoyed the food here in the past.

AB
AlisonB
Palm Springs
1 review