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

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TL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

W
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

J
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.

C
Seattle
236 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.

OT
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.

OT
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
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.

DL
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!

AB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, but extremely loud.

E
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.

OT
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.

DM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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M
Seattle
28 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.

AG
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.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion dinner with old friends

m
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.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place! It’s excellent

AH
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.

OT
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

CL
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!

m
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.

L
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.

JE
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!!

GF
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.

S
New York Area
10 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.

LF
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.

RR
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.

WS
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived we were met by exceptional employees and the food on the restaurant week menu was stellar! Can't wait to eat there again.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great experience

RW
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille is one of our favorite restaurants in Ballard. The service is always excellent, as is the food.

l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Very loud bar atmosphere. Service a little slow busy Saturday. Odd wait staff roles keeps things slow. Food is a touch above pub but flavorful

D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time visiting. Great menu for Seattle Restaurant week, delicious food and wine pairing. Will be back.

TW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Asked for a booth even though there were just 2 of us. Maitre’d asked if we could wait 5 min so they clear a table. Kept updating us and had it ready in minutes.

L
27 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had an order each of the mushroom and sweet potato cocotte; baguette with jams; chanterelle mushroom omelette; and, coffee. There were two of us, and we enjoyed the food and service that we've come to expect - wonderful. We make reservations through Open Table and it always works well.

IB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food Service was pretty slow and the ambience pretty noisy . Nice waitstaff and good food

M
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Atmosphere and service were great. However, food portions were VERY tiny for the price. Ordered the $40 steak frites and I thought the presentation looked pretty bland. It was just a small steak slapped onto a plate. No presentation whatsoever. Honestly felt overcharged for the meal.

BW
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner! Service was terrific. Food superb. Chicken liver pate was to dine for. Lamb burgers stunning. I had the chicken dish, which was outstanding. Desserts were very tasty and delightful. Great evening.

KW
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is one of the few places that I can honestly say I have never had a disappointing meal at. The food is always terrific. Service is excellent and atmosphere is pleasant.
As much as I love dinner, it is a good to place for Sunday brunch.

M
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

After 1.5 hours we still not had been served our meals. In the end we left. More details: We had reservations and arrived on time. No server contact for 30 min. Ordered entrees from the daily specials with no modifications (soup and salmon). After 45 minutes no food had arrived. Others seated at same time had completed their meal and had left. Complained to Manager; meal was to be free. Waited another 20 minutes. No contact and no meal. We left.

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