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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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Overall Rating

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4.7

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4.8

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4.7

value

4.4

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Cozy (13)
Bar Seating (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Business Meals (5)
Casual (5)
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Hot Spot (5)
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Seasonal (4)
Fun (4)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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 !!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Hot Spot, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The food was fantastic!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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 (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!

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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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