Bastille & Back Bar
$38 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu
Sampling of Bastille's most popular dishes. Additional wine pairings are available for $6 each.
Terms and Conditions:
Valid For: 1 - 20 people
Starts: April 5, 2019
Ends: April 6, 2118
Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:15PM
Excellent food, but extremely loud.
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.
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.
Magnifique! In soirée formidable pour ma epouse et moi. Merci.
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.
It is my daughter's first Christmas and we're hoping to make it a tradition.
Reunion dinner with old friends
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.
Always love this place! It’s excellent
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.
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
The service was impeccable, the ambiance romantic, and the food was delish! Couldn’t have been a better dinner out with friends!
Great service and food. They got everything right and were very attentive to everyone's needs. Always a good experience. We will be back.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Bastille is a terrific neighborhood restaurant that makes you feel like you might be in Paris instead of Ballard. Excellent felafel.
The restaurant has slipped. Limited menu, small portions, priced like an edgier, newer, more exotic, better place.
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.
Always a great experience
Bastille is one of our favorite restaurants in Ballard. The service is always excellent, as is the food.
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
1st time visiting. Great menu for Seattle Restaurant week, delicious food and wine pairing. Will be back.
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.
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.
Food Service was pretty slow and the ambience pretty noisy . Nice waitstaff and good food
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday!
The service wasn’t great and the menu was very limited. The food was okay at best.
Our birthday celebrating group was treated impeccably! Perfect balance between attention and hands-off allowing for all of our socializing. Beautiful.
Loved it - delicious and lovely
Bastille used to be a great little restaurant, but it's a shadow of its former self. The drinks are good, but the food has become mediocre, and the service is not great.
We loved it. I only very rarely give 5 stars for anything, so 4 stars for me is really really good. The food was wonderful and interesting, and so were the drinks.
Embarrassingly small portions on Sunday brunch specials this past Sunday. Pretty disappointed as we really wanted to love it!
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.
Nice service, great food, light portions