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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

4.4
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4677 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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 most fresh and local ingredients.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 4677 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.4
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4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chowdown
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tempura fish was excellent. Light crispy coating, very warm silky cod on the inside. Friends enjoyed chicken Marsala. Noise level was low unlike pre Covid times.

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DanielHD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat! We were so surprised when our host walked us up the wine tower to our secret seats inside the top! We went to celebrate our two year anniversary and had the time of our lives! Such good hospitality and great food and wine.

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sugdaddy
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. Nice decor service and food. The olives and the bread pudding were phenomenal.

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CharlesG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pete was our server for the evening. I must say of all the times I've visited I'm always blown away by the food quality and service. I can't say enough good things about Purple Cafe, it's a go to for special occasions!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Didn't care for the fish and chips thought the meal was over priced, I did manage to taste the chicken marsala was amazing. The decor was good just the right amount of fancy. Tried the sauvignon blanc Kerloo Cellars love the crips and slightly bitter taste.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Friendly staff and our sever was the best. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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StaceyB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been out to a sit in restaurant since COVID. The food was great, but what really sold me was the care taken to ensure social distancing, the staff was focused on safety and still have five star service! Great experience.

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SuzanneS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting.

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ThomasW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Come here and enjoy fine food, remarkable wines and attentive unobtrusive service. Excellent experience. Will be back.

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MARS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Purple for our anniversary this year, and were treated so well by the staff, who took special care to make us feel welcome and ensure we had a delightful time. Outstanding service, and delicious food. Will certainly visit again soon!

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iVurbs
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot. They are super careful with all the necessary COVID-19 protocols so you can feel safe dining out. All the main plates are good, but the best thing to me is the baked Brie appetizer.

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CarlosV
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice! Try the fig pizza with balsamic vinaigrette 🙏

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for amazing experience, you guys really are doing a great job with COVID 19 social distance!

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BrizzyWinestain
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was great about following all the new protocols. All tables were spread out throughout the restaurant. Staff was amazing.

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vipMona
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. As always!!

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viphillsdalefoodie
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and great drinks. Service was prompt and the waiter knowledgeable. Great wine selection as one might expect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Stunning restaurant! Best wine I have ever had!

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SanketS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried steelhead and roasted chicken. It came out good.

RK
vipRonK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Purple right after the pandemic was formalized. The food was fantastic as always and the service top notch. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was almost empty and so I think it is going to be a challenging time economically for them. I would recommend them most highly and wish them all the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We went here for a friend bday dinner. Service was very slow. The steak was cold and undercooked. When they brought it back out it was better, but the whole table had already finished by the time I got my meal and the servers started bussing the table so after 4 bites my plate was taken away to get boxed up. No body acknowledged that we were celebrating a birthday and over all we all left very disappointed.

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SpeedRacer
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place but a little loud. I highly recommend it if you don't need to have an intimate conversation.

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

While I do love the Purple Cafe, and service was good, the food left much to be desired. The roast beef sandwich was cold and I left most of it on my plate. When the desert menu came out, there were only a few items and none that anyone at the table (5 people) wanted so we went elsewhere.

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RainLover
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Purple Cafe has always been a popular restaurant, from inception in Woodinville. And rightly so. Excellent food, amazing wine selection, and a staff that can help to choose a wine that pairs with your meal. In our price range, we had an amazing Bordeaux (left bank) that went with our meal perfectly, and chosen by our server. Fantastic.

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Angela
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in Seattle for a conference and a local friend said I HAD to experience Purple. I had no idea the treat I would be for. I'm pretty particular about service and I have to say we experienced some of the best service I have EVER had in a restaurant. We were celebrating my friend's birthday and they brought us champagne to celebrate. Then we had amazing wine flights and wines specifically paired to our meal. The scallops were out of this world! To top off the meal, we ordered the homemade caramels. OMG. I live in California and want to fly my husband up to Seattle for the weekend just to take him to Purple. It's an AMAZING experience.

JJ
vipJJDo
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The purple chop salad was very good. I recommend ordering the full size.

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MatthewFrank
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It was okay, but I wouldn't recommend it or return.

Three things always come to mind - ambiance, food, and service. Here, you're paying a steep premium for ambiance and the downtown location, but the food and service are lackluster given the expectations and price, and you can easily find something smaller, better, and cheaper.

I enjoyed the ambiance - there's a huge, multi-floor, cylindrical wine rack in the middle of the restaurant, and as we were walking in we saw someone exiting the wine rack through a door built into the shelves on the second floor. Pretty neat!

It's dark without being too dark, nicely appointed without being overly fancy or excessive, and seems to have its own distinct character. In short, stylish, but relaxed.

But, it's also larger, seats a significant number of people, and you're going to have noise from all those tables. The tables are appropriately spaced and not jammed together. It's appropriate for a casual date or funner night out, and not so much for a quiet, intimate, or romantic evening.

It falls down on food and service.

The cocktails and drinks were standard. Nothing blew us away, which is an issue at a nice wine bar. These days it's not hard to find exceptional wines, and curating a consistently great selection is very doable - but we didn't experience that here.

The food had a few great highlights, like my scallops being top notch, and a fantastic hard-bread as part of an appetizer, and some other individual pieces from each dish. But overall the dishes were the epitome of food trying to be classy without being done well. You can have a fancy menu, but if you don't execute well...it's still "meh" food.

The service wasn't bad, but not what I would have expected. It goes back to size - they're serving a lot of people. We had a rotation of 5-ish people helping us instead of 1-2. At certain points we joked that we had been forgotten, and we even wondered if our dessert order was unwelcome. And again - at a place

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WestSeattleite
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Highly recommend the “Wine Bar Experience” menu. Staff were welcoming and service was prompt despite every table being occupied.

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new2ballard
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Purple in a couple of years. I went with a male friend of mine who is visually impaired. The waiters, staff, and other customers were courteous and friendly. We both had the lobster mac & cheese and it was fantastic.

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RobertD
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, food and service! If you are looking for an elevated meal with amazing wine pairings, this is the place for you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot. Lobster Mac and cheese was to die for. The sommelier came over and poured us complimentary wine that went with the lobster Mac and cheese and it was such a special touch! We were not expecting that!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Purple for our wedding dinner and it was excellent. The manager even surprised us and brought up to a special room in their wine tower that is hidden from the rest of the restaurant for a special dessert. It was very unexpected and extremely nice of them. A great gesture from the restaurant and manager. We highly recommend them as the food is very good but the overall experience was soo great because they went our of their way to make
our dinner special. We will be back. Thanks Purple!!

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HaydenP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food was amazing, service was terrible. Our server was inattentive, didn't listen, and was a poor communicator. One of the orders given out was an allergy risk and it took 45 minutes to replace the meal, everyone had received boxes before the last person even had their meal in front of them.

After alerting a manager, she took care of all of our appetizers, the 20% service charge (which was ridiculous), and the messed up meal. We appreciated her efforts and were super grateful that she was understanding of the situation.

I would love to try to visit in the future, but not anytime soon.

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Ajgb
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with my boyfriend and a close friend visiting from NYC. Very cool interior space, friendly staff. All the food we ordered was so delicious we did not get any pictures! We ate it too fast!
We had calamari, crab cakes,
pork shank, charcuterie board, duck, NY steak, and peanut butter mousse and caramels. Great pairings with all the food.
We will be back to try the next seasonal menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

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JamieL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We waited quite a while for our food to arrive while other tables (seated after us) were served. I don't appreciate the 20% automatically added to the check--that coupled with the noise level--once the place filled up we had to shout at each other (there must me something that can be done to dampen it in that cavernous space) we will think twice about lunch here when the Capitol Grille is right across the street for a comparable value with MUCH better ambiance....

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We had hamburger with fries. The fries were over cooled.
A shared creme brûlée for dessert has burned sugar on the top. I have eaten there many times before and this was a disappointment.

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vipTisa
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food with great wine pairings. Exemplary service.

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NBSp
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Being seated in the middle of the restaurant in front the door when there are empty tables (plenty) around the room was a judgmental offense. We won’t be back again. used to love this place. No longer

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TerriS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was good, the portions a bit large. Great wine. The high ceilings make it always rather noisy, but for a late lunch after 1pm, it was a quiet as it can get. Service was attentive but non intrusive.

FAQs

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 829-2280.

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle is rated 4.4 stars by 4677 OpenTable diners.

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.

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