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

What 1045 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
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

L
London
124 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
17 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
San Francisco
26 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
31 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
2 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.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday!

JR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service wasn’t great and the menu was very limited. The food was okay at best.

AB
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our birthday celebrating group was treated impeccably! Perfect balance between attention and hands-off allowing for all of our socializing. Beautiful.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it - delicious and lovely

NW
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

RL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

F
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Embarrassingly small portions on Sunday brunch specials this past Sunday. Pretty disappointed as we really wanted to love it!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice service, great food, light portions

MT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and unique takes on classic brunch menu items

AB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Overpriced and small portions. However, nice ambiance and service.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal and service at Bastille! We will be back soon!

C
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My father, my friend and I really enjoyed the jazz performance on Sunday. It was a very wonderful experience to be dining too.
The check in stuff and the waiting staff were very kind and accommodating.

DD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

It’s so beautiful , it’s worth it to go just to see the interior ! Brings us back to our trip to Paris !

But the food was a rip off . We had good pasta but for $22. it was appetizer size at most . Our friend ordered “ half a chicken “ & it was half a baby game hen !

We were outside on tall stools & my friend’s stool had no bar for her feet so her legs were uncomfortable the whole meal , which was loooong . We had to flag down ( literally ) our waiter to get the check .

Great ambiance 👍🏼
food 👎🏼

OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Solid food. Wine list is poorly constructed. Out of approximately eight Bordeaux selections, only one was priced below $300! Even at restaurant markup of 100 - 200%, not difficult to find solid selections in the $100 - $150 range.

JB
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like Bastille for its outstanding food and great service. This visit did not disappoint. My hubs and I split several dishes and the server didn’t object at all. It was a great experience.

AW
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love coming to Bastille for dinner or brunch. The food is always phenomenal and the service matches.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, service and experience.

BE
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent wine pairings, and a very knowledgeable waiting staff.

MB
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I went with my husband and a friend. The food was generally delicious although I thought the sauce on the chicken was a little bit salty. I was disappointed that the printed menu didn't indicate gluten free even though the same menu items were labeled online. The Toulouse Sausage dish was labeled GF online but our server said it was not.

B
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We've been a number of times and always like the experience. The cocktails were amazing and the wine list is very nice and well curated. I had the chicken liver pate as a starter which was excellent. Great flavor and texture with the apricot jam on the top off-setting the fat nicely. I had the falafel and was underwhelmed. The flavors were muted for all of the components. The falafel themselves were quite bland and the outside crust was overdone. I would not order that again. My dinner companions were very happy with their gnocchi and lamb burgers, though.

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