Cepae L’Experience Paris - Bellevue
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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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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
Burger was excellent but if foie gras was available ~ it'll be FANTASTIC
Great place for awesome wine and very select but delicious food!
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.
Great wine with awesome sommelier but poor service… such a shame
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.
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!
Good food, good service. I always love this place.
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!
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amazing food, wine and staff! I highly recommend this place to everyone!
Nice to have a proper French restaurant in Bellevue.
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.
Wonderful special wine tasting event!
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.
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.
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!
Beautiful place, very open and airy. Amazing wine selection and delicious deserts.
Outstanding food and service
Love this place!
Good place for small bites and excellent selection of wines
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Amazing food, did not expect the quality or ambiance. Our server was excellent both knowledgeable and attentive.
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.
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.