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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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4.4

service

4.5

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4.4

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4.0

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (98)
Good for a Date (66)
Special Occasion (62)
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Great for Lunch (54)
Fit for Foodies (49)
Vibrant Bar Scene (44)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Business Meals (42)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Fun (40)
People Watching (37)
Casual (35)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Hot Spot (34)
Romantic (33)
Bar Seating (29)
Good for Groups (29)
Happy Hour (27)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Worth the Drive (21)
Tasting Menu (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Quick Bite (16)
Late-night Find (15)
Tapas (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Cozy (12)
Seasonal (11)
Authentic (10)
Healthy (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Brunch (6)
Scenic View (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

My wallet was stolen out of my purse while on the floor below my seat.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Attentive efficient service since we needed to get to the Fifth Avenue Theatre in an hour. Delicious food. Very dark at the table and in the ladies room.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

The baked brie appetizer is our favorite as it never disappoints us. Our meals tasted great, especially my Lobster Mac & Cheese (with large bits of lobster!). Our server, Aubrey, was attentive, friendly and did a great service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Why mess with a good game plan. Was here two years ago. Just had dinner and things were as good as we recalled, actually better. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

I wish they were more organized with their seating at opening. They let everyone pack in the front lobby like cattle, but wouldn't seat anybody till noon(which was fine because it was the time they opened). People were packed in so tight that employees couldn't get in the front door to go to work. Customers were snapping at each other and getting snarky. It started the experience off on a real negative. Put out a red velvet rope(or purple!) or something to give some kind of order. Once they got everyone seated my personal experience was excellent. Our server and the food runners were so friendly. Food did take a bit of time to get out, but not bad considering the number of people who all arrived at the same time(there was a show at The 5th Ave). The food was really good, but not so good that I thought "I've got to come back again" I would go back, but not when I had somewhere to go after(we made it to our show on time, but I was worried the whole time that we wouldn't make it-fyi our reservations were an hour and a half prior to showtime.) and definitely not at opening.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was great, was a little loud and crowded, but food and wine was excellent

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. The food is incredible, the atmosphere delightful. A must go to restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent, however the whole process was slow. We had to wait a bit for our reservation before being seated. Once seated we had to wait 5-10 minutes before even getting any water, the service speed did not ever pick up. Sitting by the window had a bit of a draft but I noticed a good amount of people in the restaurant wearing their jackets while eating, so it wasn't just us who were thinking it was a bit chilly in there. All total, it took an hour and 10 minutes to have lunch (main course and dessert). The food was very good and cooked well, but kinda pricy for what it was. I would go there again but not for quick meal or any time its not a special meal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

A friend and I visited Purple before a concert at Benaroya Hall. I live in the neighborhood, so frequent Purple, but my friend had never eaten there. We were both impressed with the delicious food and extensive wine list. Our server also was attentive without hovering. I also commend Purple for letting us stay at the table for 4, near a window, after informing them that the other 2 potential dinner companions had decided not to join us, at the last minute. Purple staff were considerate.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Went before the theater. Always a good pick. Relaxing with good wine and good food.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The lamburger was absolutely delicious, though a little smaller than expected. The garden salad was pretty skimpy. Quality of food was great, quantity a little lacking.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This was a group get together for a show at Benroya. We had some vegetarians included and they were happy with the selection. Our waiter Adam was awesome through out the evening, while also making sure that we made the show on time. Thumbs up!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Purple is one of our go-to places for dining before performances at the 5th Avenue Theatre. The food and service are always excellent and the wine list has something for everybody. This time, I really enjoyed the trout stuffed with smoked salmon. Yummy!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It took 50minutes for a lamb burger and lobster mac and cheese but it was good. Our server was none existent, which was annoying. We couldn't flag him down to find out where are food was or get the check.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great but expensive. It’s communal dining and packed so it can be awkward for conversation.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very nice and relaxing place to go.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The place noise level was unbearable. Reservation seating was late. I would not return.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

It was my first time here, I 've been meaning to come for years. I'm glad we came. We made a reservation, our table was ready when we arrived. Our server was GREAT, he was super knowledgeable. I'm not a picky eater, but I unless I'm craving something in particular, I HATE making meal decisions. LOL! I begged the server to pick something out for us, he asked us a few questions, I assume to get a sense of our taste preference. And he said No problem! He suggested our meal and our wine and it was AMAZING!!! He also over heard my business partner wish me a happy birthday and he showed up later with a surprise dessert.
We'll definitely be back. Outstanding service and outstanding food. I thought the prices were "slightly" on the high side, BUT for the experience overall, I would say that it was worth it. Thanks Purple!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent Food and Service made this an enjoyable evening, the 10 percent discount because of our association with the 5th Avenue Theater was an added bonus.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 27, 2017

While the food was good, we were seated upstairs where nobody else was seated. I thought others would start to be seated upstairs after we were, but that was not the case. While eating, a few staff members sat at tables around us to eat their dinners and complain about something. I would've preferred to eat downstairs where all other guests were eating...it almost made us feel unwanted when we were placed upstairs all alone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I forget how much I love Purple. We don’t go out much so when we do, it needs to be above par. And boy, it it ever! Appetizers are the BOMB! Chop salad to die for. I want to go tonight please!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Casual, Fun, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I brought 6 ladies together to thank them and celebrate life.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Chris was our waiter. We are so impressed with the Service he gave. Knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. My husband and I will ask if he is on duty when we return for our next Dinner.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

All around good. Food was ok this go around

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Beautiful ambiance. Enjoyed a nice dinner before heading to the Fifth Ave for a play. We had a great server. Would do this again in a heartbeat !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a wonderful evening dining at the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in Seattle. The ambience was perfect which created a beautiful evening to be in Seattle! The glimmer of the holiday lights shimmered through the window at the table where we were seated.

The food was amazing! We started with the Warm Medjool Dates, which were absolutely delicious! Our dinner was well prepared just as we had ordered. The Classic Cheeseburger had just the right combination to make it one of the best burgers I’ve tasted in a long time! To add to that, an addition of sweet potato fries was the perfect side! The Purple Chopped Salad was delightful. The sweet Italian Vinaigrette added to the perfect balance of flavors. Dessert was delectable! The Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee had a creamy and rich flavor topped with a perfectly caramelized sugar. The Dark Chocolate Brownie was melt–in- your mouth wonderful! It had a rich, fudge flavor, topped with a light and delicious whipped cream!

The service was incredible! Shandrea (sp.) was most attentive and ever the professional! She was knowledgeable, friendly, prompt, and quickly available! She was lovely.

We booked our reservation through Open Table. Planning made easy.

We couldn’t be more pleased with our evening!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My friends raved about the delicious food, wine and wonderful treatment they received while dining at Purple. They said they would highly recommend this restaurant and it is there new favorite place and can't wait to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to celebrate our engagement. They were very happy for us and gave us glasses of sparkling wine and a dessert on the house. Portions were large and a surprisingly good price. Wine list is huge and daunting, and the specialty wines had a somewhat high markup. This was an excellent dining experience and would highly recommend.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Exceptional food, service and ambiance. Love this place.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Had a much better experience last year and was hoping for the same on this visit. Unfortunately, the food was average and the construction on the 2nd level was loud and disrupting, especially on a Saturday night!

The service was excellent.

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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always great food and service.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Lunch special was skimpy. Had to order twice because we were still hungry. Came out to $30pp and we didn't have drinks!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Purple is one of our favourite places to have lunch before a play or a visit to the Seattle Art Museum. Our last visit was unusual because it was not as good. My Berkshire Stew was great but my wife’s Crab Roll should have been named a Celery Roll due to the lack of crab. The place was packed with the lunch crowd but even then our service was unusually slow. Still a great place to eat inspite of a disappointing g visit.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I've been to Purple in downtown Seattle a few times and each time I have LOVED it. Great food and wine in a beautiful atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

It was my first time dining at Purple and I truly enjoyed the Gluten-free Pesto Pasta with smoked chicken. I will visit again with out of town guest.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great service and recommendations. Great food too. Wine recommendations paired well with food and dessert.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

It was a little loud, and the food was okay. Our server was excellent, and had great wine recommendations. Will be back next time I’m in seattle

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Purple was great, I really appreciated the wine list being so diverse and affordable. They have a lovely Cote du Rhône selection which can be rare to find where I live in California so it was greatly appreciated. Also having the wine director there to do wine service was a nice touch.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Comfort Food, Healthy, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Fun, Tapas
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

They changed their legendary chopped salad. Nooooo!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waitress was fantastic. She read the situation and was proactive about giving us the best experience possible.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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