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About Staple & Fancy Mercantile
Located in Seattle’s thriving Ballard neighborhood, Staple & Fancy Mercantile is housed in a beautifully renovated early 1900’s building. This intimate restaurant showcases Chef Ethan Stowell's simple Italian inspired cooking style. The popular “Chefs Choice” menu offers guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience with dishes created from uniquely sourced products, local seasonal ingredients, and house-made pastas. An a la carte menu is also available. The small bar is perfect for snacking and offers a tasteful selection of aperitifs and cocktails. The wine list is Euro-centric with a thoughtful selection of Northwest wines.
Seattle, WA 98107
Northwest, Italian, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Bar: Monday-Sunday 5:00-???
48th Ave NW
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Restaurant buyout and off-site catering available. Please call 206-588-0030 for more details.
Private parking lot is available behind the restaurant and is accessed from Shilshole Avenue. Plenty of on-street parking is available throughout the neighborhood.
Private Party Facilities:
Staple & Fancy is available for private parties. In addition there is a very private Cellar room with seating for up to 18 guests below the restaurant - perfect for celebrations, business dinners or other events.
Private Party Contact:
Toby Kemple: (206) 588-0030
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Staple & Fancy Mercantile Ratings and Reviews
The Staff! the FOOD!!! What a great dinner. We had the tasting menu, champagne, cocktails, and every bite was amazing. The staff was professionally knowledgeable, passionate, and just awesome. The Chef even came to greet our table and talk about how excited he was about what he made, and that excitement was reflected in the food.
My boyfriend and I recently dined at Staple and Fancy to celebrate our anniversary, and we actually flew all the way in from Hawaii to do just that. As usual the tasting menu was superb and the staff went above and beyond to ensure that our evening was as memorable as we hoped. Seriously from the host podium, tableside service, and then even the chef came out from the kitchen to greet us- just an awesome staff. Out of all the tasting menus I have experienced in the pnw, theirs has to be the most eclectic with seasonal changes and courses upon courses. Nothing short of spectacular from beginning to end.
We ordered the tasting menu as usual and they were very accommodating to our lactose intolerant friend as well. The pork and beef pasta was my favorite but the salad and cod (entree) was exquisite as well. They never disasapoint with their tasting menu and the server's service is always very friendly and professional. I would be back again for any special occasion and would recommend to anyone that is looking for delicious and creative food with a great ambience.
This is an Ethan Stowell restaurant, all of which now charge a 20% service fee,, minimum, no choice in the matter. Our server certainly did not provide service at that level. I requested a bottle of wine to placed in an ice/water bath at tableside to cool it quickly after the bottle was placed in a cooled non-bath container, which was inadequate to cool the wine in the time I wished. My request was ignored. A more important issue which will result in me NEVER again eating at an ES restaurant is the 20% charge on food and wine was added to the total, then tax was applied to that total including tax on the service charge. That is OUTRAGEOUS, and probably illegal. If I were to leave a tip based on total check, it would not be taxed.
Went for an anniversary dinner and did the tasting menu. Four courses - a variety of appetizers, a pasta, a protein and dessert.
We probably had 6 different appetizer tastings in the first course, and I'd say that 2/6 were worth telling about - the carrots with ricotta and burnt honey, and the fried oysters. The others fell a little flat, nothing too noteworthy.
We had a delicious rigatoni pasta as our main dish, with an incredible sauce. However I'd say the serving was about twice as large as it could have been. Great value, I suppose, but after getting hit quickly with appetizers one after another, this large pasta dish was a little menacing and our self-control was not ready, so we over-ate prior to receiving the protein and dessert. Pace yourself on the pasta course and maybe bring home 1/3-1/2 of it in a box!
The protein was a very tender braised pork shoulder, served with a puree and balsamic reduction along with seasonal mushrooms and the like. Great flavor and quality again.
Cheesecake with a home-made strawberry jam for dessert, the best strawberry jam I've ever had. Always thought strawberry jam was a little boring, and prefer nearly any other flavor, but I am converted for this one alone. Great finish to a quality meal.
The Seawolf Baguette was great- so was the butter, but was seriously over salted with Maldon.
The steak dish was atrociously rare and tough- and it wasn't wagyu. I cannot believe it wasn't comped, as we had to send it back the first time because was so incredibly rare- and I like ate steak. It was nearly still breathing. Second time around it was still tough in addition to now being well done. We wanted medium rare. No mention of it at the end and we left almost the whole second plate unfinished. And sill paid $28 for it; this is one of the ttackier hospitalitty experiences I've had. At a place like this I honestly canttt believe they didn't take it off the tab....it's principle. This was quite possibly the worst steak I have ever had; and absolutely the worst wagyu. Howwwww do you mess that up??anyyway the only thing saving the night was the ravioli with pepitas, squash and mascarpone. I won't be back and will never recommend.
Splendid time. I went for Seattle Restaurant Week. Always a divine coming here. There are many factors to why this is my favorite restaurant.
They accommodated and modified the SRW menu to fix my preference for no cheese.
We are greeted by several staff members. They really do work as a team.
Each course was brought out by a different team member.
Went for Restaurant Week, and was pleasantly surprised to realize that our special menu included a number of appetizers. It felt like we were provided an opportunity to try a lot of the food items and they were all so amazing! This was my second timing going to Staple and Fancy and I can't deny how great the flavors are in each dish.
This was our second time dining at Staple and Fancy and this dinner was just as good as the first! We never order, just go with the Chef's menu, so you never know what you're going to get but it's all good! And so much food we could hardly keep up! Highly recommend!
I was there was seattle restaurant week and they killed it. Everything I ordered was delicious! I loved that they give you a little bit of everything for appetizers. I think my favorite was the bruschetta. The goat cheese and grilled pear was everything! The rigatoni was so yummy! My friend kept taking some off of my plate. I finished the meal off with the panna cotta ❤️
We went for Restaurant Week and received ALL of the listed appetizers in addition to our choice of one entree and one dessert. It ended up being more than we could eat, but it was all delicious and well worth the cost for Restaurant Week. We will return sans event to try the restaurant's full menu.
Went there for our anniversary (noted in our reservation). Loved that when we walked they wished us a happy anniversary, had a card on the table for us, latter brought us each a glass of champagne. Nice extra touches!!! We did the tasting menu and based on all the food you get - we felt it was reasonably priced. All the dishes were very tasty. Loved the surprises and not knowing what was coming next. All the servers were very friendly. Service was excellent. Would return!
After dining at this restaurant in July, a number of Seattle-ites praised me for my dining choice and followed up with, "You went fancy, right?" or "Did you do the tasting?" When I responded my friend and I ordered some apps and the salmon, they seemed a bit disappointed for me.
Back in town again over the weekend, I decided to right my apparent oversight. This time with my girlfriend, we went all in on the tasting menu with wine pairings. We did not regret it. Based on other reviews, I knew it would be a lot food, but we were still surprised. For the amount of food - pig's face sausage, hamachi crudo, fried oysters, carrot salad, tartare, salmon, pasta, gazpacho, dessert. etc - I considered the final check more than fair.
Service was also very good. They explained everything they served, checked in, and wiped the table after each course. A lot of contact, but they were never intrusive. I also found the wine pairings imaginative (rose with pasta, Italian red with salmon) but on point. If I were to find fault with anything, I would say the roasted salmon was left on the heat a minute too long, but the chanterelles and chorizo that accompanied it were still great.
The next time I am in Ballard, I really ought to see what all the hype is about next door at Walrus and the Carpenter, but until then I am going to be dreaming about the tasting menu at Staple and Fancy.
Another stellar experience at Staple & Fancy. The entire table ordered the chef's menu and we were not disappointed. Great variety starting with a gazpacho, selection of salads, pasta, and excellent trout and steak combination at the end. Always a great experience at this restaurant.
My husband and I had been here before with some friends and we all had the chef tasting menu. We were all completely impressed and delighted with our experience.
This last week we were celebrating our 25 year anniversary. We already had a big party on the weekend and wanted something special for just the two of us. Again, we were smart enough to know we wanted to the chef tasting menu, and we loved it even more than the last time we were in.
We can't recommend Staple & Fancy enough. It has been remarkable both times, the staff were incredibly attentive, and because they knew it was our anniversary everyone was coming over to congratulate us.
We have our Seattle favorites, Poppy, Momiji, Canlis and many more. S&F is becoming one of our go-tos in Seattle, special occasion or not!
The Chef's Choice dinner is amazing - 4 courses of amazing food. The first course, consisting of 5 or 6 small plates can seem like an overwhelming amount of food, but you still manage to eat every delicious bites. They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients and the offerings can vary per season. The second course is yummy pasta - one or two depending on the size of the party. The third course were main entrees - there are usually two types of protein. On Sunday, we were presented with Salmon and Wagyu Skirt Steak - both cooked perfectly and full of flavor. To end the meal are two delectable dessert offerings. It was such a relaxing meal, and it was wonderful not to have to choose just one app, one pasta or one entree, or one dessert. I will definitely be coming back!!
Staple and Fancy Mercantile was all around a great place for a date night. The environment was less intimate but more energetic and enthusiastic. My wife and I loved how casual and welcoming Staple and Fancy was. We felt so comfortable to just hang out, chat, drink and enjoy some great Northwest inspired Italian food. We enjoyed the tasting menu but I must say, bring an appetite cause the main dishes are hearty! We loved how fresh and robust the vegetable/complimentary flavors were throughout all the dishes but make no mistake and get the columbia river king salmon cause it was absolutely to die for and by far our favorite dish! I would say be sure to ask lots of questions if you are particular about what you are eating cause we felt like they were very bold in their produce choice, but if you are relatively adventurous with your food endeavors like my wife and I, you won't be disappointed.
Wow, was this tasty! We went there as a group of four for a birthday and got the tasting menu (or whatever it was called). That was an amazing choice. We got a lot of different things and while it was little pricey ($55 in 2017) it was so worth it. We all got to try to so many things!
And EVERYTHING was amazing. This place really knows how to wow in the kitchen. Every course impressed us all.
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