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
We had a great experience here! We each ...
We had a great experience here! We each did our own wine flight which came out to a glass and a half. Wide variety of selections on wine flights to try! I got the lobster Mac and cheese, which was super yummy!! The portion looked small but it filled me up. My husband got the hanger steak and it was amazing! The steak literally melts in your mouth! Definitely a must go to place in Seattle!
This was our second visit to Seattle and ...
This was our second visit to Seattle and to Purple! We really liked the wine choices and small plates. Reservations are necessary. Lucky to be seated at front window where we could hear each other. I had the charcuterie and the salt roasted beets with smoked yogurt, pistachio granola and tangerine oil- very different and delicious! Hub had The cassoulet which he enjoyed.
We were seated at our reservation time - ...
We were seated at our reservation time - 5:30. When seated, I informed the server that we needed to be at the Fifth Avenue for a curtain time of 7:30 so timing of dinner was critical for us to make the show. For some reason, the kitchen and staff were off balance. First, we asked the server to send the somillier over to recommend a special bottle of wine - he finally arrived 30 minutes later, however due to the long wait, we ordered our own from the expansive list. We ordered appetizers, first course, and entree all at the same time - at around 6p. The appetizers came out at different times, then the salads around 6:15. The food was delicious. We wait and wait.....and wait....we call over the server asking about our meal reminding him of the show - around 6:45. He said that because we ordered salads, it delayed the firing of our meals. Seems odd to blame the customer but we were gracious. He assured us that dinner would be served soon. We wait......and wait....7:15 and still no meal. We contemplated what to do and decided we needed to leave so we would not be late. The GM did come over to our table and blamed the issue again on the salads and on Restaurant Week. I know Purple has been open for a very long time, so these excuses seemed very weak. Also it was too late for him to interject. While I appreciate the delivery of a $25 gift card for the inconvenience, leaving without our primary meal was sure disappointing. I felt very bad that we left in such a rush. We did pay for our wine and appetizers however, my family didn't leave a tip for the server. Not sure if this was the right thing to do but it felt right at the time. I will never go to Purple before a show again.
We were lucky enough to be in the city d ...
We were lucky enough to be in the city during Seattle Restaurant Week as my girlfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary away from home (Canada). The food was delicious, I found the Brick Grilled chicken to be a little under seasoned but the potatoes,greens and gravy served beneath it were awesome ! The wine list was very extensive and we were able to taste some of the buy the glass options before making our decision. My girlfriend's pesto pasta was very very good as well. I will re visit this restaurant again based on the excellent service we had alone, and we both were in the service industry for a number of years. 5 stars !
We had lunch here. The lunch special did ...
We had lunch here. The lunch special did not appear to be a real value given the smaller portions we were told were included, so we ordered from the regular menu. All the food was delicious - mushroom soup, chopped salad with chicken, quinoa salad, and vegetable main dish. My only complaints were that it took a long time for our food to come out and for the price, the portions were quite small, even from the regular menu.
Good interesting food options with the w ...
Good interesting food options with the winter menu edging towards "heavy" high-end comfort food, tons of great wine options leaning toward the pricey end. Service was only so-so, the waiter asked if we had a deadline (yes, theater) but the food came a bit slowly anyway and we were a little rushed at the end.
Service was awful. The server was rude, ...
Service was awful. The server was rude, never checked in, and acted like we were an annoyance. Food was okay at best but way over priced. For example, I ordered a dessert that had absolutely no flavor for $8. Will not be back anytime soon.
My overall experience at Purple was love ...
My overall experience at Purple was lovely. It was the first night of Restaurant Week so things were busy. Our waitress was very sweet but very distracted. At one point I was trying to take a picture of my friend and she came over at that exact moment to refill our waters and then put the water bottle down in the middle of the table, blocking my friend and I. It was a small oversight that we laughed at but still it was clear she wasn't paying attention.
Also, I had the clams for my appetizer and I am 99.9% sure that they gave me food poisoning. I was rudely awoken early the next morning and then 4 more times throughout the morning. It was a sad ending to an overall all nice evening.
This was our second visit to Purple and ...
This was our second visit to Purple and this time we were a bit disappointed. While the service was great - like last time (2 years ago), the quality of food was not as good as in the past.
Wine menu is very good - however due to a very high noise level in the restaurant I would definitely pick another place to enjoy a great glass of wine.
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.
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