Staple & Fancy Mercantile

4.5
1331 Reviews
$31 to $50
Northwest

About

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.
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an anniversary date-night here. We opted for the prefix menu and it was fantastic!! So much variety and different flavors. If you want a quieter table, ask for one further from the kitchen. However, we enjoyed watching the chef and staff cooked and sang all night.

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AmeliaB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the staff was very courteous. The restaurant is beautiful and very open. Amazing meal all around!

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Mmfoodie
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had the tasting dinner. My husband ordered an entree and salad. He sampled my courses which were generous and quite delicious. The service is excellent. We will definitely return.

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my02worth
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

second time, birthdays both times. tasting menu + wine pairing + attentive staff = wonderful experience.

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RickD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef’s menu is the way to go. The food just keeps on coming and each plate is top notch with a bit of adventure thrown in. The service has been excellent both times we have been there and since we usually tip 20%, we have no problem with the tip included in the bill.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

we had the chef's menu with wine pairing
the wines were very good...
the fried oysters were so plain.... didn't add... actually detracted from the very high quality of all the other food

serves were perfectly prompt and attentive.... patient... the best

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K1234
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For those that bring their own wine and are paying a corkage fee why not offer to decant the wine or offer decanting for all bottles of wine whether purchased at restaurant or brought from home.

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Krystal
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my first time and both my boyfriend and I had a wonderful time ! Tom and Chance where amazing. We did The Tasting menu . Way to go !!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was a great value, 4 courses for only $55. The food was excellent and plenty of it. We hadn't been here for a few years and had out of town guests, they thoroughly enjoyed dining here. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with excellent service. We had a multitude of food items that needed to be avoided and they accommodated all of them easily with tasty and attractive entrees throughout. Not our first time nor our last. Highly recommended!

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LocalFoodie
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic service. Excellent food and drinks. I would go there again without hesitation. Definitely one of Seattle's best.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife there for a surprise romantic dinner and we really enjoyed the service and food. Would highly recommend to anyone that wants to treat your spouse to a great all around experience in fine wine and food.

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vipCFosterKane
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tasting menu is what we come for and it had never disappointed.

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Brie
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu is excellent. It’s a lot of food so come hungry!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the tasting menu and it was exceptional. Our favorite was the gnocchi in a white meat sauce, but almost every dish was incredible. Our waitress was really friendly and provided great service. Definitely a new favorite spot for us.

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ETSEA
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered chefs choice, gluten free, fish and four legs. All the food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Great - sat close to the door and when people would come I. It would get really cold

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Rosebuttons
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything I had was delicious, it was an great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic!

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vipLisa
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were told by others that Staple and Fancy has two options: you may order directly from the menu (the staple) or you may hand the menu back to the waiter for a fixed dinner (the fancy), which changes daily. Everyone told us to go with the fancy and were not disappointed! We were told it would include 4 courses, consisting of an appetizer, pasta, entree, and dessert. From start to finish, the food presentation was amazing and there was not a single thing we didn't like. The only critique was that we were so full by the end that we could barely eat dessert (but somehow...managed!).

Highly recommended and definitely go with the fancy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, not many vegetarian options. Also 20% tip is included in your bill.

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PnTAstoria
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

S&F has yet to disappoint! We got the tasting menu, chefs choice, and loved every dish. Just an exceptional experience that we've now shared with friends twice and making new fans!

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Maggie
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our anniversary, and the wait staff made us feel feted and special!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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RamonathePest
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience the food and service was second to none. We generally go to Staple and Fancy for occasions but recommend it for a great dining experience.

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baysidedolphin
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favourite place. We had the tasting menu at it did not disappoint. It was an amazing experience and we look forward to visiting again!

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vipEDavis
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great service and the food was amazing.They kept the bread coming which is always a plus! I love the atmosphere and music was really good haha will be back

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RyanS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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Brian
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Wouldn’t accept our Open table reservation and put us at the bar. Hostess didn’t ask to take our coats so we had to sit with wet jackets. Order a $7.5 glass of wine but was charged $15 and 20% service charge which came to $19.

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Alanak1987
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall2food1service4ambience4

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.

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vipuccR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love their tasting menu, very creative and tasty. Will go back again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JessicaA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Miranda
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Staple & Fancy for a group dinner and a date night, and both times it was amazing. The pasta was delicious and the service was stellar. They are really on it here!

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fricard
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They always do a nice job and the waitstaff is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.

PI
vipPatI
Seattle
84 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipelle89
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 ❤️

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