Cepae L’Experience Paris - Bellevue

4.4
57 Reviews
$30 and under
French
To each wine an emotion...

Our inspiration is the emotions of men and women working their vineyards year-round to craft a wine they are passionate about. Emotions of wine tasters enjoying a glass, bringing back flavors of a unique moment of their life, flavors of a travel, or providing new unknown sensations.

The concept behind Cépaé is to convey these emotions to you representing winemakers who for the most part who would never have dreamt of even reaching the US shores. This, combined with bringing you simply the best traditional French fares and pastries in the area made by hand each day, aim at giving our customers an authentic slice of French culture in the heart of Bellevue.

When people leave our tasting room, we hope they enjoyed both the experience of fine, traditional French pastries and savory food along with the diversity of the wines offered. Nowhere else in Seattle, or the surrounding area, can you find such a massive selection of wines by
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vipVeritas
Dallas
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the duck burger with Foie Gras, and wife had the halibut. We also ordered the roasted potatoes. Two glasses of white wine. Dessert was a chocolate/hazelnut eclair. Everything was good, but the dinner items were extremely expensive and small. As an example, while the duck burger was flavorful and well prepared, it was about two inches in diameter and a little less tall. It was supposed to have a slice of foie gras (at $12) but I couldn't find it. This tiny duck burger was $38 and likely the most money per volume of food I have ever paid, and I have been to many fine restaurants around the world, including France. All sides were extra, about $10 each.

As I stated, the food is quite good but the price for what you get is also very high.

Service was pretty good but not stellar (Bellevue location).

AK
AjithK
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Food was alright, a bit overpriced for what it was. Service was atrocious. We ordered wine flights and it took them forever to bring it. They forgot to bring one of the wines we asked for. And they were super non knowledgeable about the wines, brought them out in random order and didn’t even talk about what the wines are. Same for the cheese platter, they brought it out and didn’t know what the cheeses even are. If I could give negative for service, I would’ve done that.

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BriMars
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The service is atrocious. The service wasn't rude, it was just nonexistent. There were 4 servers, 2 busboys and 12 tables...they were not understaffed. We were there for 1.5 hours and the servers were hanging out in the kitchen instead of tending to the tables. The food was really good. This is one those places that manages to get repeat costumers only because the food is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is incredible. I was unsure I made the right choice for date night as it was not very busy but the food did not disappoint. The server struggled a bit to explain some of the items on the menu but again the food made up for any questions we had. Still could add a bit more truffle to the black truffle pasta 😊. But compliments to the chef!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The server forgot us and might have forgotten to hit send on our order. Many around us got their orders in after ours and received food before us. It took 15 min to get our wine after ordering. I get that it was busy, but, since it’s a wine bar, you’d think that it should be a bit quicker.

The food was fine; I probably won’t return, since I felt ignored by the staff.

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Joy1
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burger was excellent but if foie gras was available ~ it'll be FANTASTIC

JM
JMed
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for awesome wine and very select but delicious food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always friendly. The barista already know my coffee preference. Waiters are nice and diligent. Food is really good, simple dishes with high quality ingredients. Wine selections is awesome and great value.
From a simple cup of well brewed coffee to a nice get together with friends, this place is perfect.

EG
EllyG
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Great wine with awesome sommelier but poor service… such a shame

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ambience was good. Wine was great. Food was so so. Duck burger was seriously undercooked.
Will probably go back, but for drinks and dessert after dinner somewhere else.

JS
JanS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finding this hidden gem was such a happy surprise! Everything was perfect…from the food (risotto and rabbit gnocchi) to the ambience to the service. Can’t wait to go back!

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Sophie1
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service. I always love this place.

PN
vipPNWFoodie
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall nice experience - food was excellent as was the service. Check was slow to come but asked a person in French and it came immediately…. C’est la vie!

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Desertsdiner
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice wine bar with the perfectly limited menu. We had the black truffle pasta, (could of had a little more truffle flavor), which was well prepared and perfect portion. Great place for a date.
Reservations are very important.

TE
vipTechExechTransplant
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a remarkable find. Authentic French, right here in Bellevue. The proprietor is French and so are many of the staff. We enjoyed every course. Our evening brought us back to memories of our trips to Paris. May28 - 2021. Yes - they are open again !

EM
EmilyM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Excellent service. Food is as delicious as it is pretty. Staff is French with a gastronomy culinary background. Magnifique! Great wine selection from France.

KF
vipKevinF
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A few missteps - since this was only their second night post Covid shut down, is understandable.

Staff, beyond the owner, needs training on dishes (ingredients, preparation) and proper service.

But all in all very good and we will be back.

SC
SamChan
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic wine bar with terrific food. The steak (while not the best cut) was seasoned beautifully. The scallops were light (just a tad undercooked) but cleaned properly and of good quality. Wine was excellent and very reasonable prices. Great view too, specially in a sunny coronavirusing day (low traffic).

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TVEV
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Valentine's Day dinner was wonderful. We arrived on the early side for a pre-dinner glass of wine and then our waiter Dragous (sp?) did a very nice job of guiding us through dinner and the wine pairings. Dinner was wonderful and the red wines were fabulous. It was a little chilly when we first got there but it warmed up soon enough. Have recommended it to friends and are already planning on going back.

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

No-- we were served a few wines that had gone bad. They replaced it, which was nice. But overall, concerns about wine storage.

Also, was nearly empty on a Saturday evening-- felt very sad.

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hartlbb
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice place, decorations are nice and the food was good but not excellent. The french onion soup was outstanding though. Service left a little to be desired as our waiter left for a long period while we were waiting for our check.

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WineDieter
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cépaé is so inviting, so pleasant, 2 of us spend 4+ hours, sitting at the bar, tasting wine and having great conversations with 2 very knowledgeable sommeliers working that night.

We each had 8 wines by the glass, starting with 2 outstanding cab franc from the Loire Vallée, a Brut de Franc Rosé and a Chinon Clos de l’Echo.

Our ‘intermezzo’ was a little Rosso Bruno.

Then came heavyweights from Southern Rhône, a Gigondas and a Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Empire, both very well structured and delicious.

A first-class Oregon Solomon Hills Estate Pinot Noir followed.

To round out the evening we enjoyed 2 Bernard Magrez wines, a classical Herencia del Padri (carinena/garnacha) from Priorat, and a most-interesting Domaine Excelsio (grenache/syrah) from Morocco.

Those wines - and many more to choose from - are from small producers, hand-picked by the owner and his associate.

Order La Mixe before 6 pm (happy hour). You will get a huge, magnificent charcuterie & fromage board that matches very well and lasts throughout the tasting.

CB
ChanteleB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine and staff! I highly recommend this place to everyone!

r
vipross
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to have a proper French restaurant in Bellevue.

FK
vipFoodiewithKids
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Enjoyed the evening. Great to meet the wine maker. Wine pairing was well aligned with the meal. Service was exceptional. The main reason I did not give 5 stars overall is the cost relative to the meal. I would have expected higher quality food ingredients and more complex preparation. For $120/person, I expected higher quality plates.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful special wine tasting event!

SP
SimonP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The staff there are in capable of handling the most simple of tasks there. It was just a terrible experience in terms of service, and I will never go back. I can’t be bothered to get into specifics because I don’t wanna spend the energy, but I do want to warn others. Avoid.

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Aldona
Nashville
20 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was good. The Duck Burger was amazing (with Fois Gras). The Salmon is actually Salmon 3 ways, two of which are excellent. The main problem with this restaurant was the very uncomfortable chairs. Neither my wife nor I found them comfortable. I had much trouble trying to figure out how to sit on one (we were at a high table). I eventually turned the chair around with the chair back at my stomach. Otherwise, I didn't fit (6' 2" 200lbs - so I'm not THAT big).

The other issue we had was that I had gone to the trouble of making a reservation - it was my wife's birthday. When we arrived at the restaurant, our mention of a reservation was dismissed by the initial wait staff. I had hoped to have a more special event and that was definitely not delivered. The food was good, but not enough to justify going again. Lynn's in Kirkland is better and a better value.

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Nat0
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met up with a friend for Sunday brunch. She had salmon eggs Benedict and I had Chevre quiche! We loved our brunch and best coffee also I might add.
I also got some pastries to go, and they were absolutely beautiful and yummy!
Such an enchanting place!
My husband and I will be going for wine tasting this Saturday and we are super excited! Their wine tasting menu looks amazing!

AK
AnnaK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, very open and airy. Amazing wine selection and delicious deserts.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

B
vipBumblebee
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

SL
SweetnLo
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good place for small bites and excellent selection of wines

o
oldfashioned
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends and I enjoyed our first visit very much! A casual yet refined atmosphere set up for a nice couple hours of food, wine and chatting. We were happy with the choices of champagne and white wines, followed by reds, finished up with a sweet champagne - well done. The server explained the choices of wines very well, with a great knowledge of wine growing areas as well as how to pair a wine with a particular food. The lovely cut meats, cheeses and breads were a rustic and pallet-cleansing finger food. Merci beaucoup for a refined and easy, at the same time, evening!

BB
vipBobBlair
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We walked in and stood there for quite a while and no one acknowledged that we were there for a good while.
We had made a reservation and there were no tables to sit. So we told one of the people there that we were going to leave, which we did.

NG
NGDS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We were not greeted when we arrived and waited unattended for several minutes. Then our table was not ready even though we had reserved in advance so they knew we were coming. Very noisy and cold in restaurant, and waiter forgot part of our order. This was our first visit and we will not be back and we would not recommend to friends. Quel dommage.

G
Gabyfe
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Came here with a large work party and their service, wine and food are outstanding. Adam who served us was incredibly knowledgeable about the extensive wine menu and had great recommendations for everyone on the table. The food was out of this world delicious, I shared a truffled croque monsieur and a classic galette with a friend and everything was delicious!! Highly recommend this place!

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viph28koala
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

I think the wines available for tasting are fantastic. Great opportunity to try different regions. I did not think service was very good. I appreciated the sommelier wine advice but they came to the table very infrequently. I was often without anything to drink waiting to order my next flight. The place was not busy on a week night. I ended up ordering glasses of wine instead of tasting more because I wanted to have wine to drink. This defeated the entire purpose of my visit to this restaurant.

AH
vipArthurH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, did not expect the quality or ambiance. Our server was excellent both knowledgeable and attentive.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good not great. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Real downer for the evening was the bottle of wine we ordered. Now mind you the wine was very good, it was the $30 “corking” fee!! This was charged in addition to the price of for the entire bottle. If you’re taking a group, take your wallet as well but honestly we would not recommend taking anyone here.

FAQs

Cepae L’Experience Paris - Bellevue offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (425) 429-6961.

Cepae L’Experience Paris - Bellevue is rated 4.4 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

Cepae L’Experience Paris - Bellevue does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.lexperienceparis.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.