Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Bellevue

4.2
1071 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Purple Café and Wine Bar pairs a global wine selection with a menu that combines classic American styles with seasonal Northwest ingredients.

We feature an expansive menu ranging from artisan cheeses, starters, soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzas to pasta and seafood. We take a great deal of pride in utilizing the freshest, local ingredients that change with the seasons.

On the wine side of things our wine list features over 80 glass and 600 bottle selections. Over the years our wine program has been recognized with various accolades that include an "Award of Ultimate Distinction" from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and being named "Best Wine Bar" by Evening Magazine's Best of Western Washington Viewers Poll.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Northwest, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday, 11am to 10pm
Friday, 11am to 11pm
Saturday, 12pm to 11pm
Sunday, 12pm to 9pm

Happy Hour: Daily, 3pm to 6pm
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Phone number
(425) 502-6292
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Enrique Reza-Moreno
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Private party facilities
Between Purple Cafe, Lot No. 3, and Cast Iron Studios, our "Bellevue Corner" offers a wide variety of group dining experiences. From large tables between towering wine walls, multiple private options, and full buyout opportunities of all three venues, we can accommodate groups of 10 to 500.
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Private party contact
Event Planners: (206) 838-3853
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Catering
We offer a variety of box lunches and a la carte platters; great for corporate events, parties, picnics and other get-togethers! Orders may be picked up at any of our restaurant locations and delivery is available throughout the Puget Sound. We recommend placing all orders with a 48 hours’ notice to ensure availability. Large orders may require additional lead time. We are available to place phone orders or answer any questions Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm. Please call 206.855.6118.
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Cross street
NE 4th St.
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Parking details
We offer 4 hours of complimentary, validated parking in the Bellevue Towers Parking Garage when you dine at Purple Bellevue. The parking garage can be accessed from both NE 4th Street and 106th Avenue NE. Many local garages also offer $5 parking evenings and weekends.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent—halibut seviche, calamari, and roast Brussel sprouts starters; pork tenderloin roast and pizza mains. All excellent, especially the roast pork. As lively as the atmosphere was, the concrete floors and high ceilings made it too noisy for me. At our table for 4 on the open main floor, it was hard to hear my friends just across the table.

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CC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great Service! Enjoyed open air seating in the summer.

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OT
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always a great place. Service not on par as usual. Will still come back.

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MI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Outside was super windy, which I gather is a constant problem. Perhaps something could be done to mitigate the wind. Metal chair tore a hole in my suit pant leg.

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Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Huge wine selection with excellent service. A little noisy but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I've been coming her for a few years, and unfortunately, the quality of the food has gone down but prices are either about the same or more. The food is OK, but not worth the prices for the most part. The service was good, but they automatically apply a 20% tip to the bill now, which doesn't feel right. What if you get lousy service? Tips are important, but they should be given when earned and deserved. They're not an entitlement.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Have had poor service my last two visits. Both times we had no wait staff check back in with us once we received our food. Food itself is delicious but frustrating with poor service.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, unbelievable wine selection, lots of seating options. Very good staff and management. Give it a try.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Purple is always a crowd pleaser, from the wine selection to the food and friendly wait staff. The drinks are done well, food is always delicious and I try to visit at least once a quarter.

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Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We visited the Purple twice this week with our friends. My wife an I chose the King Salmon, which was prepared perfectly - not overdone. I ordered the tomato soup which also was prepared better than I’ve ever had it anywhere.

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The wait staff are very helpful friendly and attentive. The food was very good but didn’t match the price point (quality/quantity)

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Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place. I will recommend.

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PW
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the greeting at the door to the final dessert, Purple Cafe exceeded our expectations. I now consider it to be my favorite restaurant in Bellevue.

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Sydney / NSW
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I ALWAYS ENJOY GOOD FOOD AND ROMATIC AMBIANCE AND THIS PLACE HAS BOTH.

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Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love eating at Purple. The cranberry chicken salad was not finely chopped as it had been before. I like it better than the large chunks of chicken and apple. The wine and ambience was fabulous.

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CG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic and made for a very enjoyable evening

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KL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Purple Cafe and Wine Bar is a wonderful place to have a date. The service was great and the food was outstanding.

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SW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty food and fast service. Smaller portions but perfect for a 3 course meal. They automatically added 20% tip to our table of 2 so something to note. We would have tipped the same for the excellent service.

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AH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. My wife had a vegetarian burger...The Impossible Burger...which was excellent. The featured Gin and Tonic was excellent too. Highly recommended.

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Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were inside of one of the swirly metal areas of the restaurant. The acoustics and lighting were horrible. The food was some of the worst I've ever had at Purple and it seems like the prices were higher. I was very upset to see that they tacked on an automatic 20% gratuity for our table of four. I will no longer be dining at any of the restaurants in the Heavy Restaurant Group because of this mandatory gratuity. A gratuity should be earned not demanded.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch outside on the patio. Wonderful service and healthy meal!

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Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

kendra was awesome... food was awesome. will go again... reasonably priced..

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MS
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch was good, as expected. Service was great and kale Cesar salad is a hit!

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing; ahi poke, chopped salad, salmon bahn mi, dates with Gorgonzola, wine flights and Carmels. Couldn't have been happier with our meal.

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DW
Phoenix
64 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First thing you notice when you enter this place is the gigantic metal doors that seem to guard this place in case they are under siege. When you walk in you notice a huge space with a very industrial feel which I really liked. After checking out the menu I went for the wild boar bolognese and I will say that it was amazing. Just the right amount of pasta and boar which made the dish quite filling. My server was quite friendly and attentive which is always appreciated. The price wasn't too bad and just a bit of warning they will automatically add 20% to your bill to cover the tip so don't be caught off guard by it. I was for a moment but it wasn't a big deal to me since the service I received certainly was deserving of that amount.

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Take the time to sample the wine before ordering.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and service. One of my go to restaurants when back in the Seattle area. Goes without saying, great wine selections as well.

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place to eat. Took my husband here for his birthday

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BH
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

I’ve been a regular patron for two years and dine at purple cafe when I am in Bellevue every quarter or more frequently. My last visit was dissapointing, the New York strip was tough and my meal was topped off with a peach sorbe that was tasteless, somewhat sticky in texture and had big chunks of ice in it. They comped my wine and desert. It was an overall dissapointing visit.... won’t try it again for a while.

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TK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The owner decided that they rather autograt 20% on tax instead of paying their staff a fair wage. I get it if we were a party of 8+, or a tourist from a country that doesn’t believe in tips... But we were taking our daughter out for dinner ( a party of 3). and I feel that this ruined our evening afterwards. I don’t like to be told what or what not to TIP. I feel that this will be our last time until they remove the service charge.

Btw they even autograt the bottle of wine that we bought to go.

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Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good, the service was average & the wine list is extensive. We were, however, shocked to find a mandatory 20% tip automatically added to the bill. There was only 3 of us dining so we were surprised by this. The real problem was they added the the tax to the bill & then taxed you on that amount! Never heard of this before & we’ve been eating at 4 & 5 star restaurants for years. We didn’t know this was even legal & didn’t see this information in the menu. Must have missed it?

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amelia did a very nice job.
appreciated Scott’s wine recommendation.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my husband’s birthday! Our 8 year old came too! The atmosphere was nice and the service was exceptional! My husband enjoyed his dinner, so did my daughter and myself. My lemon drop cocktail was perfect! My husband got a complementary birthday dessert, which he loved! Great birthday dinner! Kid-friendly also! Thanks!

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St. Louis
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner with friends on a Saturday evening. Strangely, the place was not that busy. The service was good though the waitress was really focused on getting the napkin ring holders once they were removed from napkins.
Food was really good and Purple has a great wine list. Between the Bellevue, Seattle, and Woodinville locations, the Woodinville location is the best.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful and the waiter was awesome! Entire staff is friendly and helpful! Menu has a great variety of choices.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Purple is my daughters’ and my place to go. We have fond memories of eating there together. This last visit was on our way to a concert on a Thursday evening. I was very surprised to see included on the bill, a tip of 25%. I tip at 20% consistently unless something goes very wrong because I know the servers work hard. Being given no discretion, a mandatory 25% seems high. I will think twice about going there again when there are so many choices in Bellevue / Seattle or just stay home and make our own pasta, baked Brie and accompanied by great wine.

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VB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Purple is a fantastic restaurant in general but exquisite for wine enthusiasts. We enjoy & appreciate the art of pairing the perfect wine with high-quality & creative dishes, and the culinary & sommelier team at Purple do not disappoint! We agreed with all of the suggested pairings except one but our amazing server helped us make a better match for our tastes. We highly recommend Purple for a special treat or a regular meal out. The food was delicious, the wine was amazing & the overall service was top-notch. Can’t wait to go again!!!

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BV
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Just a family meal out. Really enjoyed the food( short ribs) sooo tender. We had 3 starters, dates with Gorgonzola, baked Brie, fresh bread. All excellent. Good wine pairing. Server was helpful with selections and friendly. Definitely will try again

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PK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I had the chicken marsala, but unfortunately the chicken was way overdone. Kind of like to chewing on leather. I should’ve sent it back, but by the time the waiter came by I didn’t have time to wait for them to cook it again. The wine was great, over all the service was good. Had our favorite appetizer the baked brie. If I come back I would not order the chicken marsala. Too bad, I’ve had it here before and it was delicious.

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