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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Kirkland

475 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Purple Cafe and Bar in Kirkland is a restaurant serving seasonal dishes with ingredients and recipes from the culinary traditions of the Northwest. While the food is delicious, the real star is the wine selection. Purple Cafe hosts an international wine list with hundreds of vintners from all across the globe. This becomes obvious as soon as guests walk in the door, as the dining room is built around a floor-to-ceiling circular wine rack that extends over 20 feet tall and houses hundreds of bottles of wine.

The Purple Cafe menu is full of simple yet delicious dishes, many of which take their inspiration from Asian flavors since that is such an integrated part of the culture in Seattle. There are several different noodle bowls, including a classic pad Thai with noodles made from scratch. There are also plates from the deep south, like the American classic chicken and waffles.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Northwest, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday, 11am to 10pm
Friday, 11am to 11pm
Saturday, 12pm to 11am
Sunday, 12pm to 9pm

Happy Hour: Daily, 3pm to 6pm
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Phone number
(425) 828-3772
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jon Langley
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Private party contact
Private Events Team: (206) 838-3853
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We offer a variety of box lunches and a la carte platters; great for corporate events, parties, picnics and other get-togethers! Orders are available for pick up and we ask for 48 hours’ notice on all pick-up orders 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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.1  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipScott (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

We are going to miss Purple in Kirkland!

vipRhoniG (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Although we didn't frequent the place often, we always enjoyed so made sure we got a table the last night they were open. Super friendly staff, and wonderful (actually perfect) service. It was early so there were families. The only negative is that it felt a little cramped like maybe they had a few extra tables out for this special evening. We look forward to returning when you all reopen!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

We were unaware that they were closing in two days due to construction. The menu was reduced and the food was marginal at best. We brought friends here from overseas so that made it even worse. We frequent Purple and always enjoy the food. I wish we would have known as we would have chosen the Woodinville location. Sad way to drop $250

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2015

The food and ambiance was amazing as usual. We went for an early dinner and the service was terribly slow. The food came quick but there was minimal checking in and a hard time getting the bill settled. Still one of my favorite places.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

The noise level was way too high for an older person. Other than that it was a good experience.

Judelval (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Purple is an area staple, and they continue to deliver great food and wine. The host and wait staff were fantastic this evening; friendly, helpful with suggestions, and continuing to make sure we were being attended to throughout the night's stay. The wines we tried were excellent, and the meals visually and aromatically enticing, and very flavorful.

I'm sorry to hear that this location will be long-term (but temporarily) closing for the redevelopment of the shopping and business center, but I look forward to their return already. Fortunately, the location on Woodinville-Redmond road is also excellent and easy to go to for us Eastsiders.

vipmadison1223 (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Overcooked and burned food! Constantly waited on server. Very disappointed

ksfood (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

Great food, reasonable prices, free parking, good service.

Kevin (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

Our waitress was the best! She was friendly, quick and knew the menu inside and out.

Henry (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

We've been fans of Purple in Kirkland for years. But our most recent experience left a lot to be desired. While service was outstanding - the food left a lot to be desired. $25 for 3 oz flank steak with soggy, not good at all fries. Add $ 17 a glass for wine. As my wife said - I think this will be the last time for Purple.

vipMolly (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2015

The noise level is extremely high. However, since there were just two of us, the hostess put us in one of the quieter areas of the restaurant. It meant that we had a delightful meal. The food was excellent, as was the service. I just hope we can always be seated in a similar section.

Sparky (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

We were seated a little ahead of our reservation time, and immediately were welcomed and served. The filet was prepared perfectly as ordered. I opted for some comfort food, lobster Mac and cheese, which my grand daughter would have enjoyed as much as I did. The restaurant was nearly full and the noise level was perfect for private conversation.

vipMMC2 (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 2015

We made a reservation knowing it would be crowded for lunch and were told we we're lucky we had a reservation as we got the last table. Unfortunately the last table was in direct sunlight, so not only were we extremely warm the entire time, but half of our group had to sit facing into the sunlight, which was uncomfortable for everyone. I couldn't believe that I walked out of there with a sunburn!

Yes, it is often gloomy here, but please look into shades for those rare days when the sun comes through!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

Great service from Seth and excellent food. Will go back...

vipJadooShona (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

We visit the Purple to celebrate special occasions like birthdays. This is my 5 year old daughters fav place. Great ambience, great service and they always make it special for us. Food is about the same in al Purple cafe's. We are vegetarians so nbot much choice we have but the menu is decent enough that we have a great time there. Coming back for the next birthday!