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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

3819 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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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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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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3819 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

vipRobert (San Francisco)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined 4 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.

vipoverthehill (Seattle)
1.0  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.

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

5.0  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!

4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  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.