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About Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

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.

1225 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Northwest, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday, 11am to 11pm
Friday, 11am to 12am
Saturday, 12pm to 12am
Sunday, 12pm to 11pm

Cross Street:
University Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 829-2280

Website:
http://www.purplecafe.com/

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. 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.

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. Parking is available throughout the day; prices vary. After 4pm parking is $5 with validation from the front desk 7 days a week.

Executive Chef:
Harry Mills

Private Party Facilities:
We offer a semi-private room for up to 20 people seated or 35 for a stand-up cocktail style event. Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Private Events Team: (206) 838-3853

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle Ratings and Reviews

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (84)
Good for a Date (62)
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Fit for Foodies (50)
Pre/post Theatre (45)
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Creative Cuisine (36)
Vibrant Bar Scene (36)
Fun (34)
Great for Lunch (34)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Casual (31)
Hot Spot (31)
Business Meals (31)
Good for Groups (28)
People Watching (27)
Worth the Drive (26)
Bar Seating (23)
Tasting Menu (22)
Comfort Food (20)
Cozy (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Happy Hour (16)
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Healthy (13)
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Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Quick Bite (11)
Tapas (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Scenic View (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Food and service were both outstanding. Our waiter even gave us several recommendations for where to go next since we were visiting from Out of town. We will definitely be back next time we are in Seattle!

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·Dined 2 days ago

Dinner was great. Loved our crab cake appetizer. A perfect evening.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a very good pre Hamilton dinner here:) Good service, good food and the prices did not make me want to cry. Amazing selection of wine by the glass. I had the lamb burger and it was fantastic. The restaurant should pay a little more attention to the bathroom facilities, it was not gross, but it was not supper clean and there is some shelving falling down in the Men's room. Also I noticed boxes of wine stacked on the really cool wine staircase/cellar centerpiece of the restaurant, which seems a little tacky for a restaurant in the high rent district.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Simply an awesome dinner before a show. Creative Calamari, wonderful Cauliflower and the Veggie Burger was delightful. Then we had to do the Apple Crisp, the best ever. Our server was completely engaged with us with top-notch service. A great value!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Good food choices

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 4 days ago

This is a great restaurant for a random fancy treat. However, there are much better food options in Seattle for how much money you would spend here. Wine selection is spectacular and the ambiance is amazing with great service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful evening out! Of the several Purple locations around the area, this one stands above the rest!

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was amazing, the staff was very helpful in finding us the perfect wine, and the service was outstanding. This was our Valentine's and vacation dinner, and I can say it was the perfect choice. If you get the chance, go.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Great place to have a unique experience and great service.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

When Purple called to confirm they asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. I told them that it was my husband’s birthday. Unfortunately, the caller didn’t make a note of that and they gave us about the worst table in the house. We were right by the door and had people milling around our table and despite the tenting felt the draft from outside. I continually feel that booking via OpenTable guarantees that you will get the worst table in the house.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

I always like going there, but it is very loud to have a conversation. The food is always good and so is the service.

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·Dined on February 12, 2018

Very disappointed! I have been to this restaurant on prior occasions and it was wonderful! During this visit however, the trout and pork chop were extremely salty. Purple also used to take great pride in their plating. These were not attractive plates as the food resembled a good day at Denny's. Sorry Purple, we will be seeking alternative dining options.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We went for my husband's birthday. They treated us like royalty, and comped a dessert and two glasses of port wine to have with it. Everything tasted so incredible, and the wine pairings they recommended were spot on.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great food as usual. Will go back again.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was amazing!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The ambiance was great. The appetizer was undercooked . We had the baked Brie. This is the 2nd this has happened so we will stay away from the baked Brie. The dinners were decent. There are dEfinitely better options in Seattle for the food.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Lots of variety both in food and drink options. Nice dining for pre-show but allow plenty of time since service seemed to lag as business picks up. Even so, we’ll be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything good, except server mixed up our wine

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was really tasty. Everything I had was a pleasure to the taste buds. The staff was very attentive and provided excellent service. However, this location when busy becomes cacophonous; to the point of being unable to hear what my girlfriend was saying some of the time. Another thing to note is how cold this location is, with the heavy doors opening and closing and the waitstaff unable to change the thermostat it results in a very frigid environment. If you eat be sure to bundle up! Overall I would have to rate this restaurant 3 stars out of 5.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The food was good, the service was great. The only place that they fell down significantly was in non-alcoholic drinks. There were house made shrubs, but other than that it was slim pickings on tea or fast food style fountain sodas (coke, sprite). If you go with a designated driver or anyone under 21 it's a problem. My daughter and I both tried a strawberry basil shrub, but vinegar drinks aren't for everyone.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious food, great service. The brie appetizer is absolutely amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 7, 2018

First time to Purple. Great service and great food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We love visiting Purple whenever we’re in Seattle. This time as usual was lovely. Super nice waiter & staff. Missed Janice who was off this night.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the Purple after attending a show at the 5th Avenue. Our waiter was excellent with suggestions and attentiveness. Look forward to a return visit!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We had a lovely lunch before seeing Mamma Mia! At The 5th Avenue Theatre.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Dinner and a show with adult children

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was fantastic and the wine selection incomparable. Truly a great evening. Ashley was a spectacular server

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Got there about 30 minutes early and got seated right away. Great service. Great food. Need more option for desserts

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Birthday dinner

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It took 20’ for our waiter to take our drink order. Dishes were over-salted. The duck was so tough could not cut it. (They did take it off our bill.). Beautiful space and glorious wine love st.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Fabulous dinner with excellent service! And so handy to Benaroya for a concert afterwards!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Purple has always been on my top ten list. It can be casual or you can step it up, they don't care if you don't. Food is always great, although next time I promised myself to branch out and try some of the other specialties, but it hard to beat their chop salad and turkey sandwich for lunch.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The chairs for the tables aren’t very comfortable. But the service and food was excellent!!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We go there often before or after the show. love the wine flights. We buy the gift cards at Costco and always have a few in our wallet.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service very very slow, excruciatingly slow, sat for 15 mins before server appeared, food was not very good, had to ask 2 servers for a wine refill before original server re appeared, will not be back much better places for food and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner this past Friday night. Our waitress was fantastic and went out of her way to acknowledge and help celebrate his birthday. We are out of towners so my selection of Purple Cafe was based on other reviews, the choice did not disappoint. Great location, great ambiance and beautiful wine tower, amazing wine selections and delicious food! Thanks for a great evening Purple Cafe!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Good food, Great wine, and Fantastic Service. The salted caramel as a desert was a favorite.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wine excellent. Service very good. Food good with the exception of the GF pasta. Little flavor and texture soft.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a lovely early dinner with our kiddos. Great food, wonderful wine and a good kids menu.

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