About Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle
Purple Café and Wine Bar pairs a global wine selection with a menu that combines classic American styles with seasonal Northwest ingredients.
We feature an expansive menu ranging from artisan cheeses, starters, soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzas to pasta and seafood. We take a great deal of pride in utilizing the most fresh and local ingredients.
On the wine side of things our wine list features over 80 glass and 600 bottle selections. Over the years our wine program has been recognized with various accolades that include an "Award of Ultimate Distinction" from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and being named "Best Wine Bar" by Evening Magazine's Best of Western Washington Viewers Poll.
American, Northwest, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday, 11am to 11pm
Friday, 11am to 12am
Saturday, 12pm to 12am
Sunday, 12pm to 11pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer a variety of box lunches and a la carte platters; great for corporate events, parties, picnics and other get-togethers! Orders are available for pick up and we ask for 48 hours’ notice on all pick-up orders to ensure availability. Large orders may require additional lead time. We are available to place phone orders or answer any questions Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm. Please call 206.855.6118.
Parking is available in the Financial Center Parking Garage located directly underneath our restaurant on the corner of 4th and University. Once on University Street heading East, the garage is on your right hand side just after 3rd Ave and before 4th Ave. Parking is available throughout the day; prices vary. After 4pm parking is $5 with validation from the front desk 7 days a week.
Private Party Facilities:
We offer a semi-private room for up to 20 people seated or 35 for a stand-up cocktail style event. Please call for details.
Private Party Contact:
Private Events Team: 206-838-3853x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle Ratings and Reviews
I've been to the Seattle location on 4th ...
I've been to the Seattle location on 4th Ave for late dinner twice early August and Late September 2016. There is a good wine list; it is one of the few places with a decent list to have survived the recent spate of good wine bar closures. The full kitchen is open past 10:00pm on weekdays - so civilized! The shrimp and pork small dish is delicious and there is a good selection of GF options. The dinner menu was nearly identical during both visits, so it doesn't change that frequently. Like most places, it is way too loud to have a real conversation across the table. If you want to put your phone away and talk to your date, then ask to sit next to your companion. The staff accommodated this request both times I was there.
I've dined here before with better resul ...
I've dined here before with better results. On this occasion, the room was uncomfortably loud. The table service and the food were fine. However, there is no greeting that passes for a welcome. The receptionists are reasonably efficient, but early on a Monday evening seemed stressed by what I can only assume is a normal level of busyness.
Nice big restaurant in downtown Seattle, ...
Nice big restaurant in downtown Seattle, across from the Fairmont Hotel. Very good wine selection, by the glass or the bottle. This was my second visit- we shared small plates and salads. Food was very good, service was excellent. Wait staff was very very polite and friendly. I would happily return to this restaurant.
We went to this restaurant as part of a ...
We went to this restaurant as part of a girl's weekend to Seattle. From the start our server was not knowledgable about the wine (despite it being a wine bar). When we were served our meals, one meal was cold. The server fought with my friend about this - and then finally agreed to take it back. She requested a different meal (a salad) with a substitute feta cheese. The salad came with goat cheese on it. Again the server laughed. She asked to have it brought back again - and it was quickly back at our table with goat cheese feta. At that point, my friend requested that he take it back and she just wouldn't eat. The rest of the table ate and then we left. The wine we had wasn't very good either....likely because we couldn't get the sommelier to come to our table to suggest a wine. An all around terrible experience. Thankfully, the rest of our dining and drinking experiences were good during our girls weekend away.
We were drawn to have lunch here by the ...
We were drawn to have lunch here by the soaring, unique interior, and by the positive remarks of others. We opted for salads each and a shared margherita flatbread, and were happy with our selections, and felt that the meal was generally healthful.
We had a reservation, arrived 15 minutes ...
We had a reservation, arrived 15 minutes early, there were empty tables when we got there, they would not seat us early, party of 2. We ate at the bar, same tables were still empty when we left. Don't know what the problem would have been seating a party of 2 a few minutes early.
We had a lovely meal, but got off to a b ...
We had a lovely meal, but got off to a bad start. We had a reservation but receptionist tried to put us way in the back in small split Booth when there were several empty tables available. She then tried to put us upstairs which was practically empty. I asked her why she didn't put us in main dining room and she said those were saved for reservations. After I reminded her we had a reservation she grudgingly put us where we should have been seated to begin with! We didn't appreciate being treated in such a poor manner.
We went here for our anniversary. From ...
We went here for our anniversary. From beginning to end everything was beyond incredible. We started with the Brie app, then the strawberry goat cheese salad., main course was pork chop with peach purée. Then ended with a chocolate trifle. The wine pairing was perfect. Our waiter was very attentive and gave great recommendations.
My husband made a special birthday reser ...
My husband made a special birthday reservation through my Open Table account on Sept 4th. It was my birthday and we have celebrated there in the past.
Once we arrived we were seated by the hostess and welcomed by the waitress. My husband ordered an iced coffee and I asked for a taste of two specific red wines. When the drinks came, I was swirling both and enjoying the differences, when i noticed the pours were quite different in volume and one was really too small. We waited for awhile for our server and finally i just got up and headed to the bar. The bartender could have waited over to me but instead she just shouted over to me and asked if i needed help. Again, not coming to me, I loudly asked for more wine for my 1 taste. She just looked at me. I told her that it was too small and it wasn't adequate. She (still not moving any closer to me) told me it was a 1 oz pour & that's what we serve.
So i said, okay, thank you, and told my husband that i would use the restroom and then we need to leave. When i came out of the restroom, we left and went to the Pink Door a bit later and had a wonderful experience.
Note: Besides a rude bartender and mildly slow server, noone bothered to wish me a happy birthday even though it had been noted on Open Table and i was wearing an almost neon pink dress- something that at 3pm on a Sunday should have been picked up by staff as possibly special. The bartender was female, big boned, short hair. Someone there most definitely should have at least tried to fix the situation. It was as if WE were doing the favor of dining there. I also opened a wine bar on Capital Hill in 2001 & I absolutely know what a pour size is. A fact I didn't share with the bartender due to her obvious attitude she displayed toward me. NOT a good moment for us on my birthday.
Way too loud in there. I can always tel ...
Way too loud in there.
I can always tell a truly fine dining restaurant because they go that extra final step and install good sound dampening material in the ceiling etc. this allows for a reasonable level of conversation.
At purple my wife and I, sitting directly across from each other, had to shout to be understood. And when we left, our heads were ringing from the massive constant noise in there.
I won't ever go back.
All that noise ruins a good meal.
And it shows that the ownership is cutting corners.
I wonder where else they cut corners?
Outstanding overall experience! Despite ...
Outstanding overall experience! Despite being a fairly large establishment the service was personal, quick and engaging. Our meals were delicious and served promptly and efficiently. Starters were tasty with the grilled cauliflower being great and unusual. Mains also very good with my hanger steak being tender and flavorful. My wife enjoyed the duck although she expected the dish to be a bit sweeter than was experienced. One enjoyable aspect of the evening were the wine flights. A nice idea for those wishing to try several choices.
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar is a location t ...
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar is a location that my wife and I make a point to frequently dine at when we come to Seattle to visit. Possessing an array of wine flights, exploration of various wines is a must. We have dined at Purple over a half dozen times and each time each menu item ordered is created with excellence.
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