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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.

4739 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Bar: Monday-Sunday 5:00-???

Cross Street:
48th Ave NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 789-1200

Website:
http://www.stapleandfancymercantile.com/

Catering:
Restaurant buyout and off-site catering available. Please call 206-588-0030 for more details.

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.

Executive Chef:
Ethan Stowell

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

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

Staple & Fancy Mercantile Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (40)
Good for a Date (40)
Tasting Menu (38)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Local Ingredients (25)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Romantic (20)
Notable Wine List (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Cozy (13)
Casual (12)
Fun (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Seasonal (11)
Authentic (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Comfort Food (5)
Organic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Business Meals (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tapas (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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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·Dined on November 6, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Organic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Casual, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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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·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A Seattle classic maintains its high standards. If Seattle were NYC, this would be Union Square Cafe. If this were SF, it would be Gary Danko's. Relentless excellence.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great service!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Ordered from the Seattle Restaurant Week menu. Getting to sample 4 separate appetizers was great! Entrees and dessert were excellent. Really good service too!

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Came for restaurant week! Such a great deal!! Will definitely be back again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very generous tasting menu with seven appetizers, one pasta, one main and one dessert. All for $55 only. Delicious too. Will go back again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Would come back in a heartbeat next time we're in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Staple and Fancy does what they do well, and with panache. Great venue and the food is very much above just good. Not quite in kneel down and pray territory, but worth the price. It's fun, it's cool - it's definitely worth the trip.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything from the drinks to the entrees to dessert was fantastic. I definitely recommend trusting the chef and doing the tasting menu - best value out there for the quality and quantity of food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The chef’s menu was innovative, delicious and beautifully presented. The staff was attentive and was able to accommodate a vegetarian in our group with food equal in quality.

An overall enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

We were new to the Seattle area and read the website and decided to try the restaurant. Great waitress with more than good wine knowledge. The menu was very creative and beautifully presented. Will definitely be back! Thank you!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had the tasting menu which was an extravaganza of tastes, styles, and ingredients. Amazing value for the grand multi course experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We enjoyed the amazing tasting menu with added wine pairings and the best was having the pleasure of chef David singing along with the music. Great staff!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 25, 2017

This was a delightful evening out to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was delicious and the service impeccable.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Tasting Menu was delicious. Especially the huge variety of appetizers.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The tasting menu was amazing! Come hungry, as it is a lot of food - and so worth the $55 charge. You won't be disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date
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