Staple & Fancy Mercantile

4.5
1333 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Northwest

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Bar: Monday-Sunday 5:00-???
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Phone number
(206) 789-1200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ethan Stowell
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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.
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Private party contact
Toby Kemple: (206) 588-0030
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Catering
Restaurant buyout and off-site catering available. Please call 206-588-0030 for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
48th Ave NW
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Parking 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.
Additional
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
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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AB
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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m
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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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K
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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K
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LF
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CF
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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ET
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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R
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic!

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Portland
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RP
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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b
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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ED
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

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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A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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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R
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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f
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

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PI
Seattle
70 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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e
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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