Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

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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.
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EH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Ambiance was nice. The Charcuterie was on point. The other food was not great. We had the roasted beet salad, the roast beef sandwich, tomato soup and the crab roll. We didn’t like any of them.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

All was good, except food was a little disappointing compared to previous experiences.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience4

I did not appreciate the 20% mandatory service charge (taxed) which is "retained by the company"

BF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was so great! They were attentive and read the notes for the reservation, and were able to accommodate our short time frame for lunch, and even able to provide a fantastic birthday treat in addition!
Every bit was great, and timed well! Would definitely go back, and share with friends!! See you soon!

CP
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

TLDR: meh food, good service.
Went for a birthday lunch for a co-worker. I ordered the Purple chopped salad and mushroom bone broth lunch combo. Portions were small. The salad came in a small bowl and the soup in a standard mug. I was most disappointed in the soup as it was bland and did not have any mushrooms. They don’t do anything to celebrate birthdays but the waiter brought us yummy chocolate caramels.

KC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food & wine good. Service was poor. They were told we had a show at 7:30. It took so long to get our check we were late. Only saw our waiter when he took our order and delivered food. No check in and we had to flag down someone for our check. Still didn’t see our waiter

BP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious, the service was wonderful, but the air-conditioning vent overhead had me keeping my coat on and feeling like I was sitting outside the restaurant instead of inside! That was a shame, as the rest of the ambience was lovely. Would still go there again, hoping that someone at the restaurant will read this and adjust the heating controls accordingly.

LC
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious and delightful lunch with old friends! Thanks for not rushing us and allowing us to visit!

NE
New England
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff great and food options better.

EV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I'D recommend the Purple Cafe, but not the artichoke and pesto pizza. There
was far too much garlic and too little artichokes and pesto flavor.

The diner having spaghetti and meatballs loved it and the party who ordered
steak frites was pleased.

The atmosphere is a bit weird with the spiral staircase of wine bottles winding up through the
center of the room. The room's size made it pretty noisy but not unbearable. Hearing each other
and the waiter speak proved difficult at times. Nonetheless, I would try this restaurant again.

D
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous as was the service. Purple Cafe has a wonderful ambiance and is perfect for a date night. The noise level was a little high once the restaurant filled up but that wouldn't keep me from going back again.

LC
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was soooooo much better on the second visit!

JP
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

It was a busy Sunday evening with everyone trying to dine before their shows at nearby theaters. My date and I were in no rush and were enjoying ourselves and we were served in a timely fashion. While we were served as expected, the server was not friendly or welcoming and was annoyed to split our check. I was surprised by the experience but it will not keep me from returning to the restaurant. The food is great and the space is lovely.

SJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The meal started out well. The appetizers were delicious but then it took almost an hour for our main courses to show up. Two people in our group ordered Osso Bucco and said it was inedible. My sandwich tasted like it had sat in a warming area for a long time. At this point we didn’t have time for dessert before our show, so I can’t comment on that. After our delay, our waitress would not even make eye contact. In the end, we were left disappointed by our dining experience. We will not be eating at Purple again.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The servers are friendly and helpful. The food is fairly good. The restaurant needs help in a few areas, though. We waited 20 minutes to be seated with reservations, while looking at empty tables. The flow of traffic doesn’t work well—spacing of tables is tight. You sit fairly tucked in to your table so servers can pass by, which is constant. The noise level is loud—I could hear the person next to me but not everyone in our party of six.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Menu has changed and does not offer the same quality as it did two years ago. Be prepared fo a 20% service charge that they don't earn you about on the menu.

LS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The prices are way too expensive for the quality of the food and the small portion sizes. Also service is extremely slow.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Busy holiday season and food was slow coming out of the kitchen. Waited for 45 min for appitizers and they finally came with our dinner. Give yourself lots of time if you are going to a show. We did 2 hours and we had to rush out.

JW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Its extremely noisy - not a great place to have any conversation!

J
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was just ok. Pretty bland and basic. Beautiful setting and thoughtful service.

ST
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 4 for mother daughter night! Noisy but only the sound of fun, joy and celebration ! Our waitress was delightful and engaging. Wine steward was knowledgeable and helpful!

D
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food was tasteless and almost inedible. It was so crowded there were people everywhere and it was so loud I couldn’t hear anything my husband said. The tables were so close together that I could however hear everything the table next to us said. All in all it was a horrible evening. The food has been hit or miss over the years, this was definitely a miss. We won’t be back. Also, not much for vegetarians or celiac sufferers.

JM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Purple is a wonderful venue for catching a delicious meal before attending one of the many live theaters in downtown Seattle. Our waiter suggested some excellent wines to go with our meal and our personal preferences. His personality was kind and attentive really making our mealtime a joy.

OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall a nice dinner and wine experience. Had a lovely and helpful server who helped decide on what wine flights we wanted based on our taste preference. She was extremely knowledgeable and taught us a few things or two about wines which is good for a wine bar. The four of us shared a steak with potatoes in duck fat, delicious duck two ways (the celeriac purée was intense and apple compote was amazing) and lobster Mac n cheese. We also had three cheese and two meat plate and some Gorgonzola dates for appetizers. The dates were 5 small toasty delicious dates that melted in your mouth. And then wrapped all that up with a vanilla bean Creme brûlée. Food was great. Definitely a special occasion kind of thing. The place is packed at dinner hours so definitely would need to make reservations. Unless you’re going to the bar for some good extensive list of wines and knowledge and those Gorgonzola dates. That would be a good date.

AG
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience loved that they do a wine pairing for each dish. Also all the food was amazing. Loved the brussel sprouts and bread pudding.

T
Montana
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It is a cool place to go at least once. It would be nice if they would redesign the entry. The way the hostess station is designed is inconvenient for them and for the peeps waiting to be seated. Way too crowded...
Once seated, the food and wine was delish. Pretty small portions, which I actually like, but not for the price though. Also, the noise level is off the charts and I wouldn't call it "Energetic." It's way too loud and distracting. Hard to have a nice conversation without turning my head to hear my companion better. And I have no hearing loss!
So, yes I would recommend to a friend but with all the warnings listed above.

g
Montana
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waiter dropped one of our entrees—offered compensation but didn’t follow through. Long wait for order to be taken, long wait for drinks, long wait for everything. Purple’s been fine in the past. Not so great this time.

a
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My chicken sandwich was cold when it arrived, as were the sweet potato fries. Seems that the food is sitting too long at the kitchen before making its way to the customer.
The prices are getting higher, and the value isn't there.

OT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

rip off - I ordered a bottle of bubbly and wanted to pay for it myself separate from splitting the lunch tab with friends. $17 service charge on an $85 dollar bottle of wine. I think they should have rethought this - I will think long and hard before I ever go there again. We were out in time but the server was not friendly or accommodating; the bus person was extremely friendly and helpful. the 20% service charge was on the food bill as well. IF service is dreadful you still get dinged for the fees - on the bubbly I think it was very outrageous.

MF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations and were asked if we were attending a show or concert to ensure we would be on time. We were shown to our table without delay. Our server was excellent and attentive and the food was delicious. Will definitely come again.

DO
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Just a so-so experience. Wouldn't recommend. Food is overpriced, as is the wine. Atmosphere is open and noisy. Some may find it enjoyable but not my cup of tea. The waitress was the only saving grace.

PS
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We had reservations for 1:45 before the theatre....informed both the hostess and our server of our time constraint. We received our appetizers, but never got our entrees...had to leave for the show without dinner.

T
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Although I would recommend I would tell them that the food is good but the house red was terrible. For $11.50 per glass the quality should be much higher.
Basically this is a good cafe for a quickly served meal with friends in a good downtown location.

M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Wine Pairing Menu. Delicious, big servings. Great value and service.

JS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

PC&WB has a handy location and ample parking. The food was good and the staff was courteous and prompt. That said, it was really loud. We could hardly talk to one another. And, our table was VERY close to couple sharing a conversation with piercing voices I did not especially want to hear. Would I recommend PC&WB? Maybe.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

The service was super bad.

B
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Purple Cafe and I am sure we will return. The menu has a nice selection of small plates, salads, etc. with the option to add a choice of protein. The food was served in a reasonable time, service was attentive. It is very dark inside, although all the windows and winter bright outside lights let light in. The design is interesting and engaging. This restaurant is one that automatically adds 20% service fee. There is an explanation on your receipt saying the company uses it for staff salaries and benefits. So, that's fine. What we didn't quite understand is there is a line on your credit card slip indicating "additional tip" with space to fill in an amount. I'm sorry, but 20% is plenty. On the other hand, I do want to be sure servers gets paid well. It left us a bit confused.

a
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!! Such a great atmosphere! Enjoyed every minute of my visit!

J
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

This was my third time visiting and while the food was overall very good (especially the appetizers, tuna was fabulous!), the service was pretty dismal. The server was not knowledgeable about wine despite this being a wine bar and the wine I asked about being on the feature sheet. At my request she sent the sommelier Colin to us, but he completely vanished after bringing me a glass of wine and didn't return with a recommendation I asked for or even to follow up. This is certainly not acceptable for a WINE bar. It added insult to injury when the waitress showed up with the bill to tell us 20% tip was automatically added. Perhaps this is why she didn't care to actually provide service to us?

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and were seated almost immediately upon arrival. Service was good - not too much or too little attention. Food was good. Poke was not spicy, but sweet. Not expected and not the preference, but it was edible. Roast beef dip sandwich with bone broth dip was fantastic!
Huge wine menu and decent food menu. Prices of wine go from average to “wow! What do they do for a living?!” Ha! No, but really - there’s something to fit most budget levels.
I love Purple. It’s one if my favorites. I e been many many times and hope to keep going for many years to come!

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