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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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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (86)
Good for a Date (64)
Special Occasion (61)
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Fit for Foodies (49)
Pre/post Theatre (44)
Romantic (41)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Vibrant Bar Scene (33)
Fun (32)
Hot Spot (32)
Great for Lunch (32)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Business Meals (31)
Casual (29)
Good for Groups (29)
People Watching (27)
Worth the Drive (26)
Tasting Menu (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Cozy (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Happy Hour (15)
Late-night Find (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Authentic (13)
Healthy (13)
Seasonal (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Quick Bite (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Tapas (11)
Scenic View (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
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 3 days ago

Food and wine bar. Exceptional list of wines, food...not so great. Everything was over cooked and dry. I ordered the braised shortrib paired with the recommended wine. The shortrib was too lean lending to it's stringiness and dryness. The wine paired well with the sauce on the plate.

My date had the seafood stew. Good amount of seafood wetted with a small amount of stew. The seafood again was overcooked and tough. My date really liked the stew's flavor though.

Service was good and the restaurant was beautiful. For a place named purple, there weren't any purple menu items.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. Great service, delicious unpretentious food, impeccable wine pairing and quite possibly the best apricot baked brie I’ve ever tasted.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyed some of the entrees but service problems spoiled the meal. I received the wrong entree so the waiter offered to replace it or send it in addition to the entree they delivered, but we had waited so long that I declined and took the plate they brought. After the server left, I realized the entree was barely warm.
When they delivered the entrees, I ordered another glass of wine. It was delivered as we finished our meal, with no apology for the slow service.
I would not return to this restaurant because the service (and some of the food) did not match the atmosphere or prices charged.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Seafood stew was a very small portion for $29 and the mussels were bad. Wait staff was helpful and brought me replacements but not impressed with Purple. Used to dine at Purple when they had a Kirkland location and it never disappointed.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

We went for a girls night dinner celebrating a friends birthday. The service was incredible, C.T. went above and beyond making our experience fantastic. The wine pairings were amazing and we will definitely be back.

Thank you for one of the best meals in a very long time.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Not a place for quiet fine dining. The noise level was higher than that which we heard just before the opening of Mama Mia at the 5th Avenue with a full audience. I can't recall having been in such a loud and noisey restaurant. When trying to order wine and a meal with the waiter, I had to raise my voice and speak the same request multiple times. Unbelievable. I'm a fan of Bolognese so ordered that for my entree. I've never had Bolognese which wasn't made with a tomato base and Purple's Bolognese is very different with a flavor I was unable to identify. I didn't care for it. We have never paid $12.50 for a glass of wine but being my birthday, why not. The Pinot Grigio was so-so, as I've had better. The bill came to $95 before tip. Given the experience we endured at Purple, I should have reserved a table at Il Terrazo Carmine where for a similar price, we could have enjoyed a quiet, fine dining experience like the many we have enjoyed at Carmines before. Purple is a place for the 20's, 30's and maybe 40's generation, not for seniors desiring an enjoyable dining experience where one can actually hold a conversation with one's bride.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Server was fantastic. Went above and beyond. Best dining experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 5 days ago

Purple is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Seattle! Boasting a stunning view and wine collection, this restaurant is perfect for a date, special occasion, or just a beautiful dinner. Top notch service, food, wine, and atmosphere. Can't say enough good things!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 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 5 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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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 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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 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food choices

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·Dined 7 days ago

Way overpriced!!!!!! For what we received it was too dark could not see the cost menu print very small

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 7 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 7 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 7 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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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

Great place to have a unique experience and great service.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 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 11, 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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food as usual. Will go back again.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was amazing!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything good, except server mixed up our wine

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 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 7, 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 7, 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 4, 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 4, 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 3, 2018

Dinner and a show with adult children

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 2, 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 2, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Birthday dinner

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 1, 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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