Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Woodinville

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$31 to $50
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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 freshest, local ingredients that change with the seasons.

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s 40th bday celebration. Was an odd night as it was night before mandatory order to close for Coronavirus. Despite that we had an amazing time and absolutely will go back as soon as they reopen.

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vipTucker2
Seattle
64 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not as good as it used to be. Gorgonzola dates are great. French dip has horseradish and comes with BBQ dipping sauce which is a weird combo when you expect a French dip.

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OldPhotoDude
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Plesantly suprised of the quality of the food. and our server just toped it off with her service
and beautiful disposition. A wonderful experience which made my wife's birthday dinner very special. We drove from Lake Stevens to try our Purple, and we are glad we did. Just. moved to Lake Stevens and we simply cannot find anything of quality in the area...just FAST FOOD FAST FOOD AND MORE FAST FOOD.
Thank You, Paul n Beverly

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vipEllenH
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch place!

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KRRD
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to the Purple Cafe to talk and it was perfect for a quite lunch. Other days when I have been there it has been somewhat louder with more customers. Today was not crowded or noisy. The place is good for any occasion, but this time it happened to be just right for our conversation. They have good food and feature great wines. It is always a good choice, especially with friends or business associates.

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Snlg
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, very friendly service and accommodating to baby in tow. Nice atmosphere but a tad loud. Definitely recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu 🤗

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JosephM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! I hand the hanger steak and it was amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Waiter recommended a dish. I thought sounded great. He put in the wrong order.
My 8 diner companions finished their meals before I got my correct meal.
My dish was comped by waiter/restaurant.
The dish was delicious and fresh once it finally arrived.

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LisaR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a delicious destination. Whenever we go to Woodinville, we have to stop

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KirstenR
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chopped salad amazing. No extra charge to split a dish. Great interaction with staff.

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ReniM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. We sat at the bar and the server was very friendly, helpful and attentive. Food was excellent and we opted for an appetizer and to share an entree and she had it split into 2 plates. Love when servers add those considerate touches.

Nice location and ambiance. Highly recommend!

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience! Service, food and ambience were all top notch!

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vipBobpalms
Seattle
48 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service; a modern view of the American cuisine in the middle of the wine tasting locations.

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vipKathieO
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Our wait staff were very knowledgeable on the wines and food. Purple in Woodinville is always a wonderful experience!!

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vipRohey
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good selection of food and the waitress was quite attentive to our needs

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KatieG
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The menu selection, food prep and service were all wonderful but it is really loud. My voice doesn’t carry and one of our group has hearing aids and it was really difficult to talk. Busy place and fun but be prepared for it to be loud.

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NCA1
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding, and the meatloaf is excellent!

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ArtyD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just my birthday weekend, and I decided we needed to make a stop for food and a wine tasting before going to the Wine my fries were perfectly cooked, the dipping sauce flavorful and not too thin, the red wine flight was an excellent paring; and the brownie sundae, birthday compliments of our server, was the perfect compliment and way to finish off our meal. Definitely going back!

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Malbre
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was the day after Valentines (cos let's face it who wants to go to a popular restaurant with loved up couples lol) my 2nd time here & it was as i remember? Great food with a hint of over price-ness , but the food was good :)

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LamarL
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overall a good meal. The duck confit pot pie was amazing. my wife had the lobster mac n'cheese - it was ok. For dessert she got the salted caramels which I enjoyed. They were covered in chocolate which was not indicated on the menu so she could not each them.

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vipDCeater
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience5

We were very disappointed because we made a reservation for a group of 6 and had to wait 45 minutes past our reservation time for our table. We had based our whole day around our lunch reservation so we were disappointed in the poor operation of this business and it was a real inconvenience.

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vipSusanK
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and company. Can depend on this restaurant every time we return.

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WardD
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice restaurant with great ambiance. Excellent wine list, especially try the recommenced dessert wines. It's a bit noisy when busy. Food is tasty.

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CarlosR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice restaurant in a trendy area of Woodinville. You're surrounded by other wineries and bars for drinks, that it becomes a place to where you could spend the evening without even trying. The food overall was very good and the service was great.

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MichaelScores
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really Love this place. My wife and I have come here many times over the years. But, admittedly its been awhile. we were very pleased with the small revisions made to the chopped salad and really loved the Dates appetizer. We decided to share the Kobe beef dip and the Grilled Cheese w/tomato soup. lets just say the Kobe dip was our favorite, and it was not due to the beef, it had all to do with the dip.. a red wine Jus.. so good.. very nice very flavorful. my wife enjoyed a lovely glass of Merlot, while I sucked down a pepsi. not a wine guy.. but I support my wife in this indulgence. we made a reservation for noon on Saturday, while maybe not needed, was nice to have. if you go, prepare to suffer through a potential parking ordeal. but just relax, part in the gravel lot behind and enjoy the walk to the restaurant. I luckily had an umbrella, but the rain was not a bother at all. enjoy!!

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GaetanoD
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Purple Cafe is a favorite stop of ours and always delivers...nothing different this past Friday. Hosted two couples, one from Woodway near Edmonds and the Sound and the other from Coeur d'Alene...first time visit for them. We started at our home in Redmond for appetizers and had to delay our arrival...original reservation was 7:30 and as we got caught up in the Lakers home game and tribute to Kobe Bryant found ourselves running late. A phone call and request to push back to 8pm was accommodated and we had a terrific dinner...entrees were terrific, 3 got Filet, 2 Bolognese and 1 a Salad plus and two bottles of Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir topped it off. I wish I could remember our servers name as she was phenomenal...cordial, attentive, conversational while working hard to care for other tables. Really awesome. See you again.

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AndreaM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

It took an hour and a half to get our food. The server was nice but it should never take that long for dinner.

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Not what it used to be! People are nice, but service is limited. Waitress was nice/pleasant, but she wasn't very attentive; never checked back with us after the food finally arrived. Also, she new it was my wife's birthday and I had asked in the OT reservation if they had a special dessert for such an occasion to present that me when we got there, but no one made an effort to do that. We saw 2 birthday cakes come out of the kitchen, but the best our waitress could come up with was dropping off a couple d. menus. Really?!
As I mentioned, the food and drinks took forever to come out and I hate to say that it wasn't worth the wait. They sat us near the front door and it was cold that night. It was very busy so the front door was constantly opening and closing, that coupled with the high noise level made for an uncomfortable dining experience.
The kicker for me was seeing on the check that they gave themselves a 20% tip ($41 + tax)! That's the sort of thing you expect on large groups (usually 6+), not a 4-top. They explain on the bottom of the check that they're now paying employees insurance, 401Ks, etc., so they're passing those costs onto the customer's. I am all for service people earning a living wage, but this is a new thing and the restaurant should take steps to notify customers about the change ahead of time. There are no notices that I saw. Had I been assessing the tip, she would have earned something closer to 10%. Moreover, I watched the way our wait person worked. Never did she look like she was in the mood to hustle, but why should she if she's guaranteed at least 20% on every table?!
No one in my group much enjoyed the experience. Taken altogether 2 stars is very fair. Needless to say I probably won't return. There are too many other great options to choose from that we don't have to suffer the mediocre establishments. Enjoy that 20%... it's the last one you'll get from me.

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vipKatLittering
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

This is the first time we haven’t had the best service or meal at Purple. We have enjoyed many fine meals with great service in the past at this location. Although the restaurant wasn’t full and we had a reservation our server was slow to attend to us. She also smelled strongly of cigarettes when she did show up. Our appetizer order was completely forgotten and our meal was warm instead of hot when served. Diners who arrived well after us were served first. The server also did not deliver our food as it was brought by someone else. We will pause our support of this location for awhile. The guaranteed service fee may make some servers lazy because they know we are paying 20% regardless of the service.

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CharlieR
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quick seating, great service, great food a little spendy for lunch but all in all well worth it!

CB
CathyB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Dissspointing birthday dinner. Pasta barely had any sauce. Veg burger was tough like rubber

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EllynS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience1

Good food but expect to pay A LOT! I like going there but then i always walk away telling myself I’ll never return because it’s so friggin expensive! Seriously!! Two ladies having midweek lunch and the bill was $150! Yes we had a glass of wine but for soup salad and a glass of wine?!

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KelseyH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Server was fantastic. Sat upstairs since it was a little warmer. Brunch is the perfect way to start a woodinville day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Even with a reservation there was a long wait and service was slow. Given that this is a wine bar in wine country, servers were inexperienced in serving wine. But this is a long time favorite and perhaps they were unexpectedly busy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience1

The food was outstanding and pretty tasty. I ordered the steak and fries fritters with extra shrimp it was pretty good. But the fries could have been more hot and used less oil. The volume was also pretty loud in the restaurant, other than that I had a good time and enjoyed the food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late happy hour. Great service!

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LeslieO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find! Due to the nasty weather, it was easy to get a reservation-but I’m sure it’s difficult on a fine day.
Highly recommend. Delicious!

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Wendo
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants. Very good food, service and comfortable. However, due to the snow, the restaurant was almost empty and was very quiet and intimate until a big group of very loud people came in and completely changed the atmosphere. It's nothing that the restaurant did wrong, but it put a damper on our evening.

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MikeL
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent salads and entrees. Always come here when in town and this trip was special because our server (from Oklahoma) was awesome and very knowledgeable about wined and menu. Definitely made it an extraordinary meal.

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