Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

4.6
4731 Reviews
$31 to $50
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 4731 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.7
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Celebrating college grad

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vipMarley66
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I've been coming here since they originally opened. However, this is the first time back in 2-3 years. The food is not as good as I remembered it to be. I had a spicy chicken sandwich that wasn't spicy and just plain ordinary. Not bad in any way but just ordinary. Two others at our table felt the same way about their burger and caesar salad with shrimp. The one person who really liked their meal got the chopped salad. Aside from the food, the ambiance and service was great but it is quite loud, even at 50% capacity.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Wine selection was not as diverse as I had hoped. The duo glasses of wine were a great idea. Food selection was fair and was good.

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ErinB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love the ambiance here, and always dine while in Seattle. This spot is beautiful, and the staff has always been great. Wonderful small plates to share and fun to explore local wines.

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TinaP
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables were well-spaced so it didn't feel crowded, servers wore masks, and the food was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

They seemnto be struggling with COVID like many. The food was just OK - over seasoned steak frite; served the wrong temperature; the apple/cherry tart was served in a little foil baking foil that resembled school lunch fare and was hard to eat from. Service was strained but pleasant. The ambiance is loud due to the cavernous space and people not using indoor voices.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with great food

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RichardS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. A wonderful atmosphere and lovely waitstaff.

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StevenS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Loved the place. Very “instagram” worthy. Ambience was really nice. Me and my friends got the chicken marsala, fried chicken burger, hamachi (hamachi crude?) and pesto. For the price of these food, i expected the food to taste better

Conclusion: i liked the food but didnt match the value

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, awesome food, such a cool atmosphere— love it!

DB
DavidB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Getting shabby in there. Indifferent service. Very good food but, really, so many better places in town for same or less $$.
Unless you absolutely love the look of this place it’s just not memorable or special. Unfortunately.

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vipRichardI
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space! Great service! Great food! Great wine! What else do I have to say.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The bar tender was super awesome!!!!! He made our night! :)

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Diana
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My Chicken Marsala dish was delicious but my husband’s meal was mixed…halibut was delicious and hot but the vegetables were cold. We let our waiter know.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They need to serve olive oil with the appetizer bread. Even when we asked for it they said they had none.

Other than that, phenomenal place. Would revisit again and again.

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vipTimothyR
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our second visit to this restaurant and it did not disappoint.

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KellyR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional as well as the wine list. Food was excellent. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Side salad was unadorned... just lettuce and almost nonexistent dressing... could have used at a minimum some parmigiana shavings. Vodka pasta was too spicy. It would have been nice to have been warned that it would be spicier than normal. Appreciated advice on wine selection.

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HeidiJ
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t remember our waiter’s name but he was outstanding! Knowledgeable about wine pairing as well as food..

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Rubydcapt
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Definitely, not worth the wait time for the reservation at 9:30 p.m.. Food options were limited. Halibut was over done and over salted. Nothing really available for a 12 year old except an expensive adult dinner of a hamburger. Maybe people come for the wine options.

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tcadz
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best spot in downtown Seattle - beautiful restaurant, beautiful ambiance and service was fantastic

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vipRik777
Las Vegas
111 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Cutest place and yummy food

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and ambience! Great date place!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lucked out with end of the night reservation and everything was great. We loved all items ordered from drinks and appetizer to main dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jacob was an awesome bartender!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the duo wine options. Great selection! Food was delicious, highly recommend the halibut!

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vipErichG
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a family vacation dinner in this impressive space with floor to 25 foot ceiling windows and a huge iron door. Behind the bar is a cylindrical wine storage area that divides the room. Our salads were amazing, the Caesar with a hint of spiciness and the Purple chopped salad with sunflower seeds, followed by delicately fried and tender calamari with aioli spicy mayonnaise. Grilled cheese with tomato soup and vegan loaded sweet potato were very good. Basil pesto pasta with peas and shrimp added was amazing (next day as leftovers as well) and top awards went to crab macaroni and cheese with grayer and loads of crab. Large, perfectly-cooked chocolate chip cookie was a perfect companion to vanilla bean creme brûlée . Wonderful wines and drinks as well.

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DavidB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow fantastic wine at fair prices combined with simply outstanding service. How can you beat this place? We stayed next-door at the Fairmont and walked over and it was a great decision. The crabcakes were the best we’ve ever had and we are out of San Francisco area so we know crab cakes
Highly recommend is fantastic wine bar restaurant with the most amazing interior
Our young waiter was so nice and so knowledgeable. This is a destinations stop

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vipFrequentDiner
Seattle
108 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We certainly understand that things are a little complex during this Covid time, but service was very slow! Took awhile for our server to come and welcome us and take our drink order and then it took quite awhile for our drinks to come! Food order came out in a timely manner! Overall our server just did not seem interested in giving good service! Purple is a great place and we will certainly come again, and hopefully service will improve as things get back to normal!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Nice atmosphere.

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GalustG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Woww what a service Eddie and Carolyn there were amazing the food was wonderful I’ll definitely coming back again. Never had Profecional service like this

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SorakphykunB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Purple Cafe and Wine Bar carries a large selection of wine and other beverages. I love all the wines we tried and the staff was super lovely in recommending us to his personal favorites. The food, in my opinion, is slightly overpriced. I would come here for a few glasses of wine and a cheese plate to pair.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was throwing a bday dinner. We initially had a reservation for 6. But had to increase the party size to 10. The host was very nice to accommodate the request.
The ambience was amazing and so was the wine suggested by the steward

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Jackie
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Although we had a reservation, we were seated upstairs in the bar. Chairs very uncomfortable, bar-like atmosphere for an expensive restaurant. Service slow, food over salted. Had dined there previously but would not return.

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Jenniferochoa
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place very friendly and great drinks. Would definitely come back.

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vipBethK
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had three appetizers that were out of this world!! The mac&cheese was delightful.
The service was excellent and the ambiance was very nice.
The spicy scrimp and fries has this sauce that I would take a bath in😂

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potterjd
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

No explanation regarding digital menu. Paper card that included menu did not include reference to the digital symbol -- rather, it invited diners to visit the retail wine shop. Given that the restaurant was not busy, long wait for server to visit our table. Earlier visit would have (at least) cleared up confusion about menu. The description of the "Duo" wine option was not made clear by the server. The digital bill-pay option did not work (at least based on the message displayed.) My credit card was still charged, but it's possible it was only a credit hold. Overall, we were not taken care of, which is a baseline expectation when we dine out. The experience was not special.

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jsa69
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent, but my medium rare steak was actually at the far side of medium well. I’d gladly return based on the service alone, but I’d avoid the steak.

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vipQueenB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Purple never misses. The entire experience was great!

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VarunH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing Food! Service was little slow. I got my desert spoon 10 mins after getting dessert and dessert was bought alongside Mains. May be one odd day for them. Would definitely give them another try as food and ambiance is amazing. Loved their Chicken Marsala and Basil Pesto Pasta.
Good collection of reds!

FAQs

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 829-2280.

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle is rated 4.6 stars by 4731 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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