Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

4.5
4080 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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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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
Reviews from verified diners
4,080 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
67%
Very Good
23%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HS
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ,drinks, ambiance, bar was cool looking

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Seattle
3.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My friend and I had dinner here before a show - we both had salads (radish and arugula and the cranberry chicken salad). The wine makes the restaurant appealing; the food is nothing special and the service is fine. I used to really like their cranberry chicken salad but this time, it was kind of bland.

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OT
Seattle
2.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Noise level / echo was loud. Auto gratuity so our service was super sub par from the rude hostess, to servers, to the sommelier (when they were out of our wine he only suggested one other wine that was 3x more expensive.)

I’ve been frequenting this location for a decade but everything has slid way down hill. Will never ever ever go back to this location.

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Phoenix
3.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit slow. Music was okay for caring on a conversation

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RH
Chicago
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service suffered. It was a late lunch and we did not feel taken care of. Our server disappeared for long periods of time. She didn’t deserve the automatic 20% gratuity that was added onto bill

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LH
Phoenix
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very noisy and somewhat pricy. However food and beverages are grwat

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Washington DC
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. The pasta and the steak were absolutely delicious. High-quality food, high-quality ingredients, high-quality service. Highly recommend.

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Milwaukee
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This would be a definite recommendation for anyone looking for fun and hip spot in Seattle. Amazing wine list which is really well organized and contains some really different offerings you don't find in many places. Staff were all really helpful, friendly and most important knowledgeable. We went for dessert and after dinner drink. After our experience we could not wait to go back for dinner. Vibe of the entire place is fantastic. Just great energy you want to absorb. Interior is beautiful.

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GD
Seattle
3.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The hostess was super busy and couldn’t check us in for about 5 minutes-which would have been ok if she hadn’t told Open Table that I was a no-show. Dinner and service were excellent. Bill was DOUBLE what we owed. Manager explained that it was a “computer glitch”. Corrected bill arrived promptly.

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M
Seattle
3.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Usually we love Purple but this experience was lacking. We got stuck in a back corner next to a loud event even though the restaurant was mostly empty when we arrived. Then the waitress was no where to be found for most of our meal and we had to go up to the bar to get our check.

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Philadelphia
2.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Horrifically slow service, especially considering the fact that it wasn’t that busy. Had to track down waitresses twice. Forgot about us numerous additional times... no reason for it, and unforgivable. Yet, they added in 20% gratuity for a party of 3!

Wine selection was good. Food offerings were small, under-seasoned, lacking flavor... not up to par. Taking more time to review is just a further waste of my time.

Bottom line- Steer clear!

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Vancouver
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening here was wonderful! Aimie was excellent. She was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. She definitely made our night extra memorable. The food was incredibly delicious, the kitchen was great at accommodating my allergies - much appreciated. The menu had so many food and wine options. The wine flights are brilliant! The ambiance is perfect, beautiful decor, wine everywhere and friendly staff.

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r
Seattle
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very impressed with our waiter Scott. He was on top of everything and so cordial.

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RK
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Purple Cafe was recommended by a friend that had eaten there on a trip to Seattle. Her recommendation was dead on - excellent food and wonderful service. We would return on our next trip to Seattle.

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Seattle
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food and wine

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HP
Seattle
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Save your money and don’t come here, unless for wine. We made the mistake of ordering entree’s and they were unexciting for the price. Maybe order a pizza or pasta and don’t make the mistake we did.

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CD
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a delightful night out with friends - Brian was a great waiter. Highly recommend eating here!

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New England
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing, as was the service. Our server was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Our party of 6 shared 3 appetizers: crab cakes, beef tartare and baked Brie. All were excellent. We also loved our meals, ranging from crab cakes to pizza, sandwiches, pasta and fish. The one minor complaint was about the prosciutto pizza; the peppers on it were so spicy it was impossible to taste anything else. Once most of the peppers were removed; however, it was quite delicious. The suggested wine pairings were perfect as were the cocktails and desserts. Our only complaint was that for the first part of our experience, our table was in the full sun, blinding the three on one side (even with sunglasses) and making everyone very warm. We were told the sun screen was broken. Otherwise, the ambiance was great.

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Miami
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place! I’m glad we went!

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DK
Seattle
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took friends visiting from Austin. They were impressed, especially with the service. Wish I knew our server’s name; she was outstanding!

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Dallas
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always.

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London
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent place to celebrate a special meal, they delivered a complimentary dessert with a Port paring as a birthday gift, top service and great atmosphere

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Charlotte
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had in Seattle. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Will definitely come back. I wish we had another opportunity on this trip.

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Sacramento
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Collins, was awesome, and the food was great!

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Los Angeles
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabulous wine selection and display. Would have preferred lower level seating where the acoustics allowed us to hear one another. Pizza was excellent!

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CC
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I don’t feel that the 20% mandatory service charge was fair, and it appeared to result in apathy from the staff.

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BG
Seattle
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Purple has long been my favorite restaurant in Seattle, and it just seems to keep getting better! Try the Impossible Burger.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine and atmosphere. The food was great. I’ll go back for sure.

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Seattle
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was a amazing young lady. She knew her whine and most helpful. Great service Food was wonderful.

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DL
Philadelphia
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The baked Brie was the highlight of the meal. We tried one of the wine flights as well

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ML
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came for a romantic date before seeing the Seattle Symphony. Wait staff asked if we had anything time-wise we were trying to run off to afterwards (which we did!) and were accommodating to that timeline. Wonderful wine suggestions.

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JM
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Purple! The server was amazing!! I love how they put a wine that would go well with each item of food on their menu! Super helpful. I will definitely be going back!

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BT
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Wonderful wines, as matched to tapas sized plates from all over Europe, and as poured by our Sommelier-Waiter Ben. The starter plates are nothing short of small miracles! Ben paired these with a most unusual Fina "dry" sherry to great & good effect. The larger hors d'oeuvres also very special, we really enjoyed the goose live pate with home made toast. A wonderful dinner was completed with local chocolate and fine Port. Thanks, Ben: We'll be back!

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y
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, the staff was very friendly and helpful, 10/10 would go again

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MM
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Fantastic pasta and lamb! Accommodating to a vegetarian and a person on a Keto diet.

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San Francisco
1.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

An ordinary restaurant which food meets expectation for the prices they charged.

When we checked out, the bill was exactly twice the amount it should be. When inquired, I was told that they have a "gitch" in the system. And I should sign the credit card slip that has the incorrect amount. Of course, I did not do it.

I asked to speak to the manager and she told me the same thing - sign the incorrect amount and everything will be fine. I declined and offered to pay cash. I was given a dirty look by the manager and everyone ignored me. I left cash on the table and no one even cares.

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Charlotte
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on a trip after my daughters graduation from college, and it did not disappoint. Excellent food, ambiance, and service.

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l
Seattle
2.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Really overpriced, included an almost 25% tip on bill. Food was good ok but only ok. interior is cool though.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cool place!

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B
Seattle
3.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Members of our group arrived individually and surprisingly were seated at different tables although under my reservation. What's up with that.

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