Bastille & Back Bar

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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.

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AlisonB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was as always super loud, I forgot how loud it is in this restaurant. Our salads came so late, they didn't charge us.

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DarrylL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I wish their menu had a broader selection but what they do, they do so well it's hard to argue for change! I've had the pleasure of going twice in the past month and it's hard to go somewhere else knowing I've got a sure thing at Bastille. Their recipes inspire me to improve on my own cooking skills--I feel like I'm wasting opportunities daily at home!

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vipAmyB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, but extremely loud.

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Epotato
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Super slow but friendly service. Food was OK there were some low points like the ham slices, the muscles were tasty but a little cold, the roast chicken was ordinary. Fries were very good. French 75 cocktail was very very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

This experience happened on New Year’s eve. We decided on Bastille after previously having a good experience during restaurant week. After being seated we were greeted in a timely manner by the server and then asked a few questions about the menu. One of the questions we asked was “what kind of fresh oysters do you have today?” The answer was “wild ones”. We press for more information asking from what region the oysters came and were told “the wild, they come from the wild”. We ordered drinks, then asked a few more questions about the menu when the drinks were brought to the table. Specifically “what is the fresh catch?”and we were told scallops. Then we asked how the scallops are prepared and were told “in a sauce”. It became obvious to us that the server had no knowledge of the food or the preparations. Lack of preparation by the server is both the restaurant’s and the individual’s responsibility. We did order the scallops as one of the entrees. The entree portion of three scallops did not warrant the price of $34.
We like Bastille because the food tastes good, but overall this dining experience was disappointing.

While there we noticed two other tables adjacent to us both complained that they had been there a while and their food had not come to the table. Quite possibly our dismaying experience and other customers in the restaurant were the result of a holiday dining experience. We understand it’s difficult for a restaurant to staff a holiday event as many employees want holidays off. Thus it becomes even more important to let all the employees who do work on special days know that customer’s expectations are no less than on every other day of the week.

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DougM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnifique! In soirée formidable pour ma epouse et moi. Merci.

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vipMarla
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here on Christmas Eve. Food was delicious as usual. Service was excellent—not rushed with just the right amount of attention. Bastille has become a favorite Christmas Eve choice for our family.

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AlanG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is my daughter's first Christmas and we're hoping to make it a tradition.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion dinner with old friends

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vipmrcballard
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

It pains me to write this, because my family has been dining at Bastille for over ten years, but the quality has dropped significantly in the last 12 months. The last time we visited, our entrees arrived very late and were terribly undercooked. The waitress disappeared at some point and never returned, leaving other servers to cover for her. Almost the exact same thing happened this time. The waitress forgot to fire our food, never apologized, and left the manager to pick up the pieces (he's the one who informed us of her mistake, and to his credit he did comp our entrees). Bastille used to be a reliably above average bistro, where the steak and lamb burgers were always cooked perfectly and the service was excellent. I'm not sure what happened, but we don't plan to return. Very sad, because we are their neighbors and have fond memories of meals past.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place! It’s excellent

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AqeelH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

They are always running out of stuff on Sunday. I couldnt get a ice water for 20 minutes. The service pure well sucks when it is busy. My friends order was screwed up.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was awesome. The noise level is always too much but I guess that’s what restaurants like these days ... not so great for older people with hearing issues but oh well, the food and service were excellent

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CLou
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable, the ambiance romantic, and the food was delish! Couldn’t have been a better dinner out with friends!

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markb
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. They got everything right and were very attentive to everyone's needs. Always a good experience. We will be back.

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vipLily
London
128 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Such a disappointment. We were there for steak frites. We went to Bastille last year for the same, and one of our party ordered her steak “blue” and it was served medium.

She wanted to use the gift card they sent her, so we returned. Not only was her steak cooked medium rare instead of blue, another person’s steak was cooked medium rare instead of medium. That’s 50% of our table’s food cooked wrong.

Three of us sat waiting for the fourth to be cooked the right temperature, our steaks and frites getting cold.

Basically, no one seems responsible:
Our server took our order.
Someone else delivered the food but didn’t check the ticket before serving it.
The cooks got 50% right, 50% wrong.
Who’s overseeing it all to ensure we’re happy with our food? No one.

They gave us a small credit on the bill in addition to the gift certificate for last year’s mistake.

Although MY steak frites was perfectly cooked, I don’t plan to return next year. It’s too stressful.

P.S. It’s 2:45 am. It seems the decaf wasn’t.

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JEM99
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Bastille for several years now and we are consistently satisfied and impressed. The quality is very good, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the servers are always helpful--especially when I bring one friend in particular who has a number of dietary needs. Thank you, Bastille!!

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GingerF
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service is good but disruptive. I’m the middle of my sentence the server would approach the table and say “ sorry to interrupt but do you want to see the dessert menu?” I really don’t like that. The service at maximillian’s just happens. It’s seamless and we are never interrupted while talking. I wish I could find that level of elegance at the Bastille.

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vipSeattlefoodlover
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the years, Bastille has remained a dining mainstay for family dinners, date nights and special occasions. The food, while not exciting, is always reliably delicious and perfectly prepared. The ambiance is great and service is always attentive and friendly. On our last visit, we were comped a drink when the bar was extra busy and ran behind. It wasn't necessary but it was really appreciated, and definitely reminded us why Bastille remains a favorite.

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vipLizFromSeattle
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Bastille is a terrific neighborhood restaurant that makes you feel like you might be in Paris instead of Ballard. Excellent felafel.

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RobertR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The restaurant has slipped. Limited menu, small portions, priced like an edgier, newer, more exotic, better place.

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