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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

4.5
3945 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Northwest, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday, 11am to 11pm
Friday, 11am to 12am
Saturday, 12pm to 12am
Sunday, 12pm to 11pm
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Phone number
(206) 829-2280
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Harry Mills
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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.
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Private party contact
Private Events Team: (206) 838-3853
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University Street
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3945 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on October 22, 2013

Nice vibe here - lots of variety of offerings (including lots for vegetarians), The food quality was a bit uneven - some very good items, and others just so-so (A proscuito pizza - shouldn't that have been fabulous? Was actually bland..). But the wine flight I selected was very good - wait staff nice (a fan was blowing on us and he couldn't get it turned off so he brought us a complimentary dessert!) It was fun and enjoyable evening- room was buzzing, but we could still talk.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2013

Food was amazingg! On the pricy side but well worth it. Lights were dim and service was speedy and freindly. Constantly pouring water and asking if we needed anything.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2013

Purple is always a good choice, but I picked it for a special outing for my Mom's birthday before a show at 5th Avenue Theater. Crab cakes are the best and love their combination "this and that" - always allows you multiple choices. Service was outstanding - even better than usual. Once the server knew we were going to a show, she made sure to pay special attention to timing. Food came fast and was delicious and we were out with enough time to easily get there and get seated. Thank you!

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3.0Dined on October 19, 2013

Went with a group of friends and we were excited to try this restaurant. Here are some quick thoughts:
1. Very nice looking restaurant with soaring ceilings, but
2. It was SO COLD in there. Half our group kept our jackets on the entire two hour meal.
3. Great wine list, really really great, but
4. The printing was so small and the restaurant so dim that it was very challenging to read the wine list.
5. Starters were delicious, we loved everything we ordered and wanted more, but
6. Entrees were only so-so.
7. Service was decent, but it took a while for our server to check on us.

I feel badly not recommending this restaurant, but I wouldn't (unless they were total wine fiends). It was too $$ for what we got (or didn't get) out of it.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2013

It's delicious, great vibe always! Our family loves it and we make sure we eat there every time we are in town. It's a can't miss eatery you will love!! The glass windows and candles add a warmth and glow that is spectacular.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2013

Our favorite lunch stop before the theater or the symphony. Only sad that they not longer offer Cedergreen Cellars by the glass! Other that that...the place never disappoints!!

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2013

Friend from out of town wanted to try Purple Cafe after walking by on the way back to his hotel. Snagged a reservation and we were treated to a wonderful evening of inventive food pairings in a hip and happening scene. The pumpkin and apple ravioli was the hit of the night, along with the caramelized apple cheesecake- perfect way to end the night! Our reservation was late and it was a perfect way to end a great day exploring Seattle.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2013

My fiancee and I had a fantastic romantic dinner here. We arrived a bit early but only had to wait about 5 minute until our table was ready.

When we sat down we were handed a large list of the wines available. They have a very good selection with prices that are very reasonable. Our waiter seemed to know the perfect pace at which to ask us for our order and bring everything out. Both of our meals were fantastic. However, my pork chop was bit undercooked. I asked our waiter to cook it a bit more and he did with graciousness and without question. Once it came back from the kitchen, it was cooked perfectly. It did not loose any of it's moistness or flavor.

I highly recommend this exceptional restaurant.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2013

You can't help but notice the unique way they store their wine when you walk by. My wife and I selected this spot for a nice dinner and weren't let down. You can dress up or stay casual, but we dressed up. It was a bit loud inside with all of the conversations but it fit the location. We didn't have to talk loud to be heard. The wine flights were an awesome way to try a bunch of different wines and the selection of wines were great, from local to exotic. The food was extremely delicious and it was nice to have a selection of cheeses to start our meal. The food we selected had a Pacific Northwestern vibe that was what we were looking for and weren't let down with the tastes. Whether visiting Seattle or a local, I would recommend it!!

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2013

Great crab cake app - from the east coast so had to try the west coast version. The lamb chop entree delicious. Don't miss their chocolate covered caramels. Wow!

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2013

I love Purple. I bring all of our visitors here to the city, the food is always excellent and the servers are great at recommending a bottle for the table.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2013

A favorite! Great wine, wonderful menu that satisfies all, light and heavy eaters.

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4.0Dined on October 16, 2013

Great dishes, but a little pretentious in the presentations. Gorgeous wines, with an ecclectic range. Noise level: overwhelming.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2013

Husband and I had lunch there. Very nice spot, great decor. As for the food, we think it's expensive for was it is. The food was really not impressive. It was kind of tasteless !!! We do not recommend it !

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2013

Great location, a touch expensive for my taste but we had a wonderful set of charcuterie and varied entrees. Great ambience (just a bit too dark to read the menus) although it was a bit loud.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2013

We live in Tokyo, but we are regulars at Purple on our short monthly visits to Seattle. We always enjoy the lively atmosphere -- everyone looks like they're having a good time -- and we usually have a light dinner of small plates to go with several wine flights. We noticed a recent change in the menu offerings: a reduced number of "tapas-like" small dishes, which we love with the wine flights, so that took a little adjustment on our part when we saw the new menu. But the food is still good despite the more limited offerings.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2013

My wife and I were in Seattle for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary and go to the Seahawks game. We walked past Purple a couple times on the way from our hotel to the popular restaurants and bars on First St. We noticed it was busy for lunch and dinner, and the diners looked like they were having a good time. We decided to get reservations for the next night so we could be close to our hotel after the game. From the time we were greeted to dessert, we were very happy with our dining experience. The Dates with Gorgonzola Appetizer and the Catalan Seafood Stew were the highlights of our locally sourced food and beverage weekend.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2013

My girlfriend and I are both vegetarian and neither of us has much experience with wine, but this was still a great place for us. There weren't a huge number of vegetarian options but what they did have was delicious - we loved the stuffed dates appetizer, the chop salad (which they happily made sans bacon), the pear pizza, and our desserts. We also got the wine pairings with the dates and the salted caramel dessert, and both were excellent. The service was a bit slow, but understandable since the place was packed even at 10 on a Sunday night. And the ambiance was exquisite - we were both marveling at the huge pane glass windows and the giant tower of wine in the center of the restaurant. Hope to be back someday!

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2013

The best part about our dining experience here was our server Chris Collins. He made the meal that much more enjoyable with his knowledge about the food and his recommendations. He was a pleasure to be around and to talk to, without him being too dominant.

The food was also incredible. Next time I would recommend getting a bunch of their appetizers and sharing them with everyone at the table. There were so many options, and all were delicious.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2013

We wanted a nice restaurant...with good food and great wine. Purple was the perfect compromise for a nice night out with a family friendly aspect. I love that they have a kids menu...my son's favorite meal is buttered noodles (win win). We had a lovely evening.

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3.0Dined on October 11, 2013

Purple provides a nice downtown ambience and practical location close to theatres (ACT, Paramount, etc). The menu is overpriced with food being just okay (my starter soup had little flavor and no garnish). We could have dined at the Capital Grille or Metropolitian Grille for that price and had twice the amount of food and flavor.

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3.0Dined on October 10, 2013

This is a very convenient place to meet people before the theatre or symphony or after work. But after four $15appetizers we didn't want to order dinner--food was good enough but not great. While very cool ambiance noise level was deafening by 8 pm on a Thursday. Really wish it was better. Service was fine.

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2013

When the wait staff tells you the specials of the day they should also give you the price of the special. Not let you be surprised and not make you ask. This should be a requirement. And please do not roll your eyes at two women having lunch and not ordering wine or dessert. We can leave a nice tip if you are nice to us. We know how to do that.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2013

Food great, really good local wines. Great place for our group! Lots of fun.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2013

My boyfriend and I wanted a change in dining option while on a weekend visit to Seattle. Seafood is great but we opted to have meat on the last night of our trip. We didn't want to splurge so much on the city's notable steakhouses so when we saw plenty of great reviews for Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, we decided to give it a try and we were glad we did. Our food was great and he was definitely satisfied with his filet mignon. My pork porterhouse was definitely juicy and not dry at all. It was the perfect meal and the perfect way to end our little getaway.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2013

Purple Cafe has been my wife's favorite place to eat for sometime, and this was no exception for her birthday. Our server did a fantastic job, and presentation of the cake (we brought in) was delightful. We had great seats reserved and waiting for us, seated right away, and felt every need/want was taken care of right away. Great service, great atmosphere, and great food.

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2.0Dined on October 5, 2013

Service spotty, we were shown to a table right next to the service station the worst table in the restaurant and we complained we were sent back to the front until a table could be re-set. Waiter wanted us to order right away and was put off when we were not ready. Not a great experience

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2013

Was in town for a wedding and this was recommended as a place we must eat. Truly enjoyed the pairings and food

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2013

Wonderful dinner and wine. Best squash soup in the world. Pumpkin ravioli special delicious! Would return in a minute! Don't miss this experience

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3.0Dined on October 3, 2013

I liked mine less than my partner. He really enjoyed his turkey -havarti sandwich. I had the chopped salad, which was great, but added a chunk of salmon for $9 that was tasteless and overcooked unfortunately. Other people in the place look like they ordered better than me, so maybe it's worth a second chance. I had to ask for salt... :(

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2013

Between the four of us, we had the lobster mac&cheese, an entree salad, halibut with clams, and a steak. It was all totally awesome, we cleaned our plates with gusto, and if we'd had room for more we would have ordered it all again. The service was swift, pleasant, accommodating, and earned a good tip. The atmosphere was very noisy though, and we couldn't hear the person across the table, so conversation was limited. I understand that a restaurant or bar measures it's success to some extent by the noise, but I was hoarse by the time I left just trying to carry on a conversation.

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3.0Dined on October 1, 2013

This was not a good choice for conversation or for training ears for the intricate and beautiful tones from Keith Jarrett at the Symphony Hall. Sorry, but way toooo noisy. We were two tiny women who might have been able to talk if seated at the corner of a table. We had to shout across a huge table and it was very difficult to hold a conversation. Is it more quiet upstairs? Is it designed to be so noisy? Waitress was super, by the way.

Food choices were too esoteric for me, I like plain food I guess, All I ate were the two pork chops and some sorbet and had a tasty glass/ of wine. Not much for the $50 I laid out. I have been to the Woodinville site and found it too very noisy. I will not frequent,

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3.0Dined on September 30, 2013

Go here for the wine selection and tolerate the rather pricey yet mediocre food.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2013

Our waitress was extremely helpful in guiding us to some great dinner options. We really enjoyed our goat cheese appetizer, my cabernet sauvignon flight, and our pasta and halibut dishes. Their bar and wine display is gorgeous and we would love to come back again.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2013

It was a Sunday at 8pm and this place was full with lots of energy. The waiter helped us pick out some great wine to celebrate and was really helpful with the menu. There are a lot of options but don't be scared off by the wine list. And they do have beer for the non-winos. I had the filet mignon and my husband had the Lobster Mac & Cheese - both were delicious. Would highly recommend this place to friends and family!! It is a bit on the pricey end but worth every penny for a special occasion. It also didn't hurt that it was two blocks away from our hotel (Hotel Monaco)

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2.0Dined on September 28, 2013

This no ones issue but mine. I'm 29 & have the surprising news that I will be having brain surgery on Friday. I'm seeing this as
a reason to eat delicious food & splurge. I had my birthday at Purple
a few years ago, had a good time, & decided to come back. This time around was met
with snobbery. We spent over $100 on dinner. We wanted to be treated. The restaurant was cold
& so was our server. It's not a big deal if we hold hands across the table or
ask of you have espresso. Chill out. Eye rolls are not a valid response.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2013

Over the past sveral years my husband and I have visited Seatlle annually to take in a Mariner's game. The Purple Wine Bar has beome part of our tradition and our trip to Seattle wouldn't be complete without a meal there. We have always had a great meal and wonderful service. Anyone that tells us they are going to Seattle, we recommend he Purple Wine Bar. Hoping it becomes a tradition for their future trips. See you next year!

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2013

The waiter was knowledgeable about wine and the food they serve. He suggested a fruity concoction for me because I don't like wine and champagne is too dry and I loved it. The chicken dish was superb and the substituted potatoes seemed like they were meant for that dish. My companions loved their entrees too and the beer selection seemed to please their different palates. Once the lunch crowd cleared out it quieted down. The only con, as always, are the heavy chairs and awkward tables.

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3.0Dined on September 26, 2013

Ambience, for a place that was that expensive, was lacking. Perhaps a trade-off for being more of a "hot new spot", but the hustle-bustle and openness was not conducive to settling in for a nice long, lingering dinner. It was not "intimate" for lack of a better term. Service was excellent, though.

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2013

Unexpectedly, I ended up as a solo diner when my friend had to cancel. I went ahead with the reservation, and had a really lovely time by myself. After a very hectic week, it was a great experience. The service was incredible, the waiter adapted to me perfectly. I loved my meal, my cocktails, and more importantly, my renewed sense of relaxation.

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