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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle, Seattle, WA

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

4.5
4.5
4763 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Northwest, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 829-2280

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Keta Newhouse

  • Catering

    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. Please visit www.heavyrestaurantgroup.com

  • Private party contact

    Private Events Team: (206) 838-3853

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    University Street

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the Financial Center Parking Garage located directly underneath our restaurant on the corner of 4th and University. Once on University Street heading East, the garage is on your right hand side just after 3rd Ave and before 4th Ave.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,763 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Most Booked

  • Seattle

    Most Booked

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  1. SS

    ScottS

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique ambience, great wine selections, knowledgeable servers and somalier. One of our guests had an overdone portion and they adjusted. Highly recommend you give it a try
  2. K

    Kenny

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and wine is always great. Great service always. highly recommended.
  3. H

    Heyo101

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    This was a horrible dining experience and I will not be returning.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wine and service. It is a bit noisy.
  5. CM

    CrystalMcL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My only issue was that my Manhattan came just as a bourbon neat. But it was an excellent bourbon anyway. So I still sipped it at will and enjoyed it very much. Waitress was apologetic and I said nothing upon delivery as I’m not super picky. I love their food overall and their pairings. It was an excellent date night and I will be back again in future.
  6. M

    Michele

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing. The calamari did not quite meet our needs and the waiter took it back and took it off of our check. Excellent service and such good food!!!! Great way to celebrate Father's Day.
  7. DF

    DouglasF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I will definitely have Purple on my list of restaurants to return to.
  8. VT

    VernonT

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, from the drink serve to food server. We were there for a bite to eat before the 5th Avenue Theater. We chose many appetizers, like tapa and really enjoyed the Thai noodles and beet salad.
  9. UT

    UsuT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Our server was not very friendly at all. We have been told by so many friends to be sure and eat at Purple Café if ever in Seattle. So we made a reservation during our vacation, but were very disappointed in our service.
  10. RC

    RossC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Server were disengaged, advised it was my 75 birthday and no recognition of the occasion. Crab cakes cold, salad out of this world. Wife had pasta, very good. My beef. dip tough and bland. Wine was misrepresented. Had to ask Barman. for the bill, our server left our table when we inquired about wine choices. No one acknowledged that we had been quests.
  11. LB

    LaurieB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The server seemed confused about the wines. It's a big selection but I would think the servers would be trained in the basics.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. Great food, great service, fun atmosphere. Highly recommend!
  13. LS

    LisaS

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food and great wine! We will be back!
  14. MD

    MiniDiva

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our first time in Seattle before our Alaska cruise . We were tired and hungry from a long travel day. Food was very delicious, wine was good- we tried the wine duos which were interesting. Service was excellent, our server was very knowledgeable. We were early but could tell it would be very noisy as it started to get busy.
  15. ET

    ETSEA

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Really enjoy Purple. We had a new employee lunch and there are some good food choices for different tastes.
  16. LS

    LaShona

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great lunch with a colleague! Portions are large and good selections.
  17. EE

    EdmundoE

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great choice! Would come back every chance.
  18. JU

    JUDYl

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved coming back to your Cafe - Haven't been downtown for a long time, and loved the food, as always.
  19. JP

    JimP

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Server was sullen and dismissive. Clams were excessively chewy.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Wanted our experience to be better. Willing to give another try, but was disappointed in my dinner. Ordered grilled cheese w/ tomato soup. Soup was great, cheese was not melted on the grilled cheese and cheese was cut too thick. Heal of bread was used and size wasn’t half as big of the slice of bread used on the other half.
  21. P

    Pizza

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were delicious! While we were in town, we went here 2x! Would have been 3x but they were fully booked. Def make a reservation ahead of time, you will not be disappointed!
  22. C

    Chassidi

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad a local recommended this restaurant! The baked Brie was a great starter. All the food was excellent.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our service is s good, would have been great if didn’t have to ask the server for water throughout out dining experience. Had to ask for the ticket. Never offered us dessert. So service was okay meals were delicious
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Wait staff were not friendly. They messed up our order and were pretty slow considering they weren’t very crowded
  25. RS

    RonScott

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Can’t comment on the wine pairing - our server forgot to deliver the glasses.
  26. MA

    MikeA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Great atmosphere and wine! Server was very friendly and helpful with the menu. Food tasted as described. Server was busy with a larger party and took a lot of time to get our check.
  27. JC

    JaneC

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was very good and the service was excellent...our waitress was very nice...helping decide what we wanted and describing meals in a manor that helped l us decide. Overall a wonderful experience!
  28. F

    Foodieforlife

    Atlanta

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Nice ambiance, food was ok, service was slow. This was on a Wednesday night.
  29. BH

    BeaconHillRR

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was a first visit for all four at our table. We all agreed that our food was excellent, as was the service. The only negative in our experience was the noise level, which is to be expected in a large and open space surrounded by hard surfaces. If you're looking for a quiet, intimate dining experience, this in not where you'll find it. But if you're seeking a festive room with an urbane crowd and an exceptional food and bevrage menu, you won't be disappointed.
  30. SB

    SheriB

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I had clams they were wonderful! wine selection was outstanding!
  31. P

    Peaches

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Enjoyed a lovely meal. Glad we had a window seat. Seems a bit packed and loud. Wine pairings excellent.
  32. AD

    AmberD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! Great service, great ambiance, great meal!
  33. EU

    EUGENIOC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    Pasta without a taste and a mix of ingredients without purpose
  34. J

    Jackpot

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Atmosphere was nice, service great and waiter made good wine recommendations. Was with 3 friends who ordered entrees: pea pasta with shrimp, burger, and the cauliflower hash. They all raved about their meals being delicious. I ordered halibut entrée. The halibut tasted nice as well as the purée on the plate. Unfortunately the garnish of mushrooms were seasoned with way too much chill oil which overpowered the delicate taste of the fish and ruined my palate. The potato “chips” on the side were not very impressive and seemed like an odd pairing with the fish. When asked I provided feedback to the waiter, he apologized for my experience and that was about it. I ended up eating the fish only and left the rest so it was an expensive piece of fish. Disappointed with the meal but I’d go again to try something else on the menu.
  35. 5

    50th

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Had reservations, was sat upstairs and it was warm. Service was a hit and miss. Food was not as flavorful as I expected but was told after chefs move around in the city frequently.
  36. W

    Winelover27

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Loved the beet and goat cheese salad and fresh pea shoot pesto pasta with shrimp. Fun wine by the glass program. Definitely recommend!
  37. BH

    BHK1

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We've always enjoyed going to Purple, but there were a couple of disappointing changes. The host brought us to our table and when we asked about menus, he said we were to click on the QR code. We said we'd like to have menus instead and he said something flippant about needing to move away from the past. Scrolling through a small phone screen and only being able to see a couple of items at a time takes away a lot of fun of looking at the menu plus it's harder to decide when you can't look at everything at a glance, etc. They should have menus available for people that want them. We noticed that others had also asked about menus. The other disappointment was the wine menu. A big draw for us has been the wine flights. They only had one. They had a few duos to choose from, but not that many. Our server was very nice, and the food was very good.
  38. P

    Paddleboardgirl

    Seattle

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short rib risotto was outstanding with an excellent wine pairing! Beautiful restaurant. Server was fabulous and attentive. Thank you lovely evening!
  39. a

    annie

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I like the Purple Cafe and was a little disappointed but I chalk it up to the pandemic and inflation. Menu seemed lackluster. Missing the lobster mac and cheese and chop salad I’m used to. This isn’t the end. I’ll be back to try again.
  40. SM

    SueM

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Going to the theater with my friend. Server was knowledgeable about wine selections

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables

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 4.5 stars by 4763 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

1225 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    University Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Northwest, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the Financial Center Parking Garage located directly underneath our restaurant on the corner of 4th and University. Once on University Street heading East, the garage is on your right hand side just after 3rd Ave and before 4th Ave.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Keta Newhouse

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 829-2280

  • Catering

    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. Please visit www.heavyrestaurantgroup.com

  • Private party contact

    Private Events Team: (206) 838-3853

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