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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle, Seattle, WA

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

4.5
4.5
4787 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 96 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 4,787 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle

    Notable Wine List

  • Seattle

    Most Booked

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  1. A

    Anonymous

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Would come here again. The vibe is v. conducive to a leisurely, sophisticated dinner. Kudos for creating such a terrific atmosphere while hiring staff who are well-informed and 'chill'. Great place for foodies who enjoy paring wine w. an outstanding meal and attentive but no over-baring service.
  2. ML

    MeganL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was delicious! We arrived early for our reservation and were seated promptly. Our server, Morgan, was friendly and very attentive.
  3. K

    Kathleen

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed a special Sunday out. Varied menu, good service.
  4. DR

    DanR

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Creative food. Good value. Of course extensive wine choices with center of one room seating area dominated by a spiral staircase wine storage tower.
  5. AF

    AdrienneF

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was there for lunch before going to the 5th Avenue Theatre for a matinee. It was the perfect place to go since only up the street. I love their grilled cheese and soup combo that comes with fries or a salad. I was able to substitute the seadonal asparagus soup instead of the tomato (which I also love). I do not drink alcohol but they give you a carafe of water and yummy iced tea.
  6. MM

    MikeM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Server grumpy and slow. Chopped salad mushy. Pasta with asparagus flavourless.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Poor service, our waiter couldn’t be bothered. Food was hit and miss. Great prime rib, ok steak, terrible Thai salad. Wine was also hit and miss, we enjoyed 2-3 out of the 8 glasses at our table. The ambiance is strange, the roof too high to feel like an intimate dining experience, feels more institutional. I wouldn’t go back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  9. SM

    ScottM

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Alberto was the perfect server. We booked well in advance before attending 5th Ave Theatre. As our granddaughter is Celiac there we’re ample options on the menu; or so we thought. We arrived at Purple only to be informed that due to the heat the grill was closed and thus our gluten free options were not available. Alberto came to the rescue working with us to figure out something our granddaughter could eat. I this day and time having someone with such astute customer service was admirable!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Limited menu due to heat. Food was okay but not great. Very warm in there. Had to ask for waiter to take our order
  11. CF

    ClaireF

    Grand Rapids

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an awesome time with our server Morgan let her pick pairing for each course she was awesome
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Waiter didn’t seem like he wanted to do his job . Would give an eye roll if asked to replace a drink that my friend didn’t like .
  13. WJ

    WestportJen

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Loved the space, vibe & food. The baked Brie was exceptional. And there’s a nice selection of wines. Only negative was that I found our server to be a bit aloof.
  14. SD

    SuzannD

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always sit at the bar if possible…. Great service and just continually have excellent food. Some of the best in downtown.
  15. JM

    JimM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent chopped salad. Glad to have a restaurant close to the 5th Ave. theatre, that is open before their Sunday matinees.
  16. AS

    AlbertS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service we received was excellent. The food was hot, the wine came quickly, we got good suggestions. It was clear that the staff enjoyed serving us. Thank you.
  17. C

    Cindy950

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, wine and service, great space and atmosphere, very convenient location.
  18. SF

    SeattleFoodie

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Food tastes okay overall but AMAZING place for wine!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Our waiter was great! It’s very dark inside, you can’t see the food. The fried artichokes were bitter & inedible. They tasted soapy. Good wine !
  20. LB

    LaineyBo

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic service. Food was great - my husbands pasta a little too spicy but we should have asked first. Server was great recommending drinks, wine etc. My only complaint is I'm not a fan of QR codes for menus - especially when trying to pair drinks, food etc. Sitting at a table watching people scroll an extensive menu on phones is not my idea of socializing. They did however provide a paper menu when asked, but I heard others around me saying they were challenged with reading everything on their phones as well.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I used to love Purple, I used to go por special ocasiones and with friends. My last time there was before COVID. I know the menu always changes but this time ( first time) I didn’t like the menu and the food was ok, it was not amaizing as it used to be.
  22. KS

    KristenS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. Our waiter and the sommelier were also fabulous!
  24. SA

    SherriA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The service was disappointing for such a nice restaurant. Blame it on lack of training
  25. EH

    ErinH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks. Outstanding service. Really enjoyed our time.
  26. M

    Mango

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Disappointed in menu choices and pricing compared to Woodinville location Will not be back
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious but especially the braised short ribs! Such a cool spot for a semi-fancy night out.
  28. JS

    JohnS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, but the real stand out was the service. The two of us decided to buy 2 entrees and split them, creating a two-course meal. The server was enthusiastic about this and offered to have the kitchen split the entrees and plate them separately for us. The sommelier paired wines with them and split the pours for us. Buttery scallops, tender pork with a delicious chutney, surprising and delightful Washington State wines. It was a bit pricey but for once, worth the price--a meal I'm savoring the memory of as I write this. Well done, Purple!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our server was lovely - attentive and helpful! The food was outstanding. The openness makes it very very loud and so it’s a bit difficult to have an intimate conversation…
  30. ML

    MikeL

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great location in downtown Seattle. Not as loud as one would have thought from prior reviews. Maybe that was because it was a Sunday evening, but it was still busy. Very good beverage pairings. Wait staff a little aloof but not the end of the post-COVID world. I’d still come back.
  31. FT

    FirstTimer

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was okay. Disappointed that menus were digital, waitstaff wasn’t all that helpful. They did answer our questions, but we were looking for a different experience. Food was good, but nothing to write home about.
  32. EW

    ErikW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wine! It’s a bit noisy at times, but still one of my favorites in Seattle. Baked Brie was fantastic. Waiter was very helpful with wine selections including selling me a bottle!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    We came upon Purple Café as it was closest to our hotel during our stay in Seattle. The menu sounded great with a wide range of options that were familiar but seemed to have a twist to make it unique
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious! We tried two dishes from the featured menu (cold spicy Thai noodles as an appetizer and then the spicy shrimp linguine as an entree). We also shared the cheese and meats appetizer and another pasta entree, the pea pesto linguine. Everything was seasoned to perfection.
  35. E

    Eric

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loved the cassoulet and the salmon was cooked to perfection. The crab mac n cheese was a tad bland. Very attentive and personable without being intrusive server.
  36. BE

    BobE

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It is very noisy when everyone showed up.
  37. BK

    BexyKrampusPants

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very knowledgeable staff. Tasty menu offerings and fun, delicious cocktails. Perfect location for a date night before going to Beyonara Hall.
  38. OP

    OnixP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good environment and a very nice place with good food
  39. MH

    MichaelH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It was generally a mediocre experience. The service was slow and some of the food was overcooked (probably left too long under the warmer, which might explain both the slow service and the dry food). The wine selection was too limited for a wine bar. Pigalle in the Markets was a much better experience in every respect.
  40. KW

    KendallW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had such an amazing time at the purple cafe + wine bar! The food was amazing, and definitely the right setting to celebrate a special occasion or set the tone for your trip if you’re visiting. Our waitress Stephanie was delightful, made us feel taken care of even when they got busy, had excellent recommendations and the simulée really helped narrow down the right wine choice. If you’re thinking of having a nice dinner in Seattle, definitely do it here! Thank you.

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 4787 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 96 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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