About Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle
Seattle, WA 98101
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) 838-3853
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
First time at Purple in the downtown Sea ...
First time at Purple in the downtown Seattle location. The center circular floor to ceiling bar and wine storage is pretty cool to look at. We were early and they were able to seat us anyway. The food was very good and the service very prompt and attentive despite being a busy Saturday night.
I had high hopes for Purple Cafe and Win ...
I had high hopes for Purple Cafe and Wine Bar but they were dashed as soon as we were seated at the second worst table in the restaurant. It was right next to the host desk, by the front door, and my lower back and my butt were frozen by the constant draught. Horrible. I couldn't enjoy the dinner at all as I was wearing my winter jacket the entire evening. No one on the staff asked if the table was okay. I guess I should have asked to change but there didn't seem to be any tables available and I didn't want to wait for a new one to open up. The next big minus was the lukewarm Riesling I received. When will restaurants learn that white wine should be served chilled? Such an easy mistake to fix and yet no one does it. Food was okay, nothing to write home about. We had the cassoulet and the veal bolognese. The cassoulet was far too oily and there were no carbohydrates except for the cannellini beans. Total meat overdose. The sourdough bread pudding was actually tasty! Overall, I wouldn't come back here. Plus points for the extensive wine list but if you cannot serve it at the right temperature, there is no point in offering it. There are plenty of other choices in downtown Seattle.
I met my sister and son for dinner befor ...
I met my sister and son for dinner before a concert. The food was wonderful. The wine list is superb. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Our appetizers and drinks arrived quickly but our entrees were slow. As a result our dinner was comped. Totally unexpected as we hadn't complained but very much appreciated. They even sent us out with complimentary caramels. Wonderful evening.
My chicken was not cooked on my Ceasar s ...
My chicken was not cooked on my Ceasar salad so I sent it back. It elected to just have the salad with no chicken as a replacement. It took 20+ for just a salad dressing in the side....nothing to it and they still charged me for the salad. Though they did take care of the one order of sea salt caramels. The salad should have been taken care of 20 minutes plus is ridiculous. My friend was completely done eating by the time my replacement salad arrives.
An excellent experience from start to fi ...
An excellent experience from start to finish. Although we were initially ignored by the host stand upon entry, the staff became effusive with their apologies and subsequent attentiveness. Our waiter Treavor was excellent, recognizing that we would share our ordered items and splitting portions of them onto separate plates without even being explicitly asked. The sommelier was top notch, expertly guiding us to a wine that satisfied our particular tastes and interests. Ambience is excellent and we will definitely be returning for multiple visits.
Love the enormous wine menu (100 pages!) ...
Love the enormous wine menu (100 pages!) However a few times when I've asked for the more unique wines (i.e. from Georgia or Morocco), they don't have them. And then I just end up with a typical Italian, Californian, or Washington wine.
This was my 6th time dining at Purple, I ...
This was my 6th time dining at Purple, I have been twice to the Bellevue location and this was our 4th time at Seattle. We went for a quick date night, a glass of wine, dessert and our usual starter of the baked Brie.
Service was EXTREMELY slow and not because our server was busy, while trying to get her attention I often saw her just walking around. This was frustrating, it took too long for her to come back for our drink order and then another 20 minutes for her to take our food order. Not acceptable when it's not busy and people who arrived after us were already eating?!
I'm not sure if they're cutting costs but the baked Brie was much smaller than usual.
I don't know if I would return, which is disappointing because I always recommended Purple to friends and family visiting
Purple Cafe is one of Seattle's iconic r ...
Purple Cafe is one of Seattle's iconic restaurants. Known for their extensive wine list, unique atmosphere (there is a spiral staircase/wine case in the center of the room) and consistently good food. It is a restaurant you could go to once a week or once a year and the food, the service, and the atmosphere will be exactly the way you remembered.
On this visit, our server, Sandra, went the extra mile in finding us the perfect Pinot Noir for our meal. After tasting her first recommendation and finding it too light, she teamed up with the sommelier who took our entrees (Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza and Lamb Burger) and our budget to find a lovely match.
This is the type of experience I have at the Seattle location of Purple Cafe - I can't say the same for the other locations. But I'm biased - this was my first Purple Cafe and I have a certain allegiance to it. Enjoy!
First let me say the food and service wa ...
First let me say the food and service was outstanding. Only complaint was our table was by the kitchen entrance. My husband, who was facing the entrance found it distracting and ruined the overall atmosphere for him. The occasion was a pre theater/family of 6, Christmas celebration. Management needs to screen the entrance off some way or move that table to another location. If my husband choses where we dine next, I am afraid it won't be at "Purple" because of his experience.
Poor service, mediocre food and a very l ...
Poor service, mediocre food and a very loud room did not make for the best pre-Christmas experience. We arrived right on time for our 6:00 pm dinner as we had an 8:00 pm concert to attend at Benaroya Hall (about a block away). Our thought was that 2 hours was plenty of time to eat a leisurely dinner and still be at the concert in plenty of time. We were wrong. Even though we were right on time we weren't seated for at least 10 minutes. Why do we have reservations then? And it's not like we were waiting for a table to be cleared. When seated, we were taken to a table that had been empty and set prior to our arrival.
Once seated it took almost 10 minutes for our server to stop by. We were totally ready to order by then. A split appetizer, two entrées and two glasses of wine. The appetizer (roasted beets) was excellent. It showed up not very long after we ordered. The wine did not get there before the appetizer and neither did the bread service we had ordered.
Our entrées (both steaks, my wife the filet, me the NY) arrived. She loved hers. Mine was fatty, gristly and had our server checked in with us even once after the food arrived, I would have sent it back. One of the worst steaks I have ever had. It was also supposed to come (according to the menu) with a tomato-type sauce. It didn't. It came with a white sauce. Had I know that, I would not have ordered it.
No one ever asked if we would have liked more wine...we would have. By the time the table was cleared our server stopped by to leave dessert menus (time at this point was 7:15) we were already running behind. Our server did not return to check to see if we wanted dessert (we did) until 7:35. At this point we said don't bother and asked for the check. That took 10 more minutes and we walked out the door at 7:45. Ridiculous!
We have eaten at all the other Purples, Lot 3, The Commons and Meet the Moon and loved them all. This was our second bad experience at Purple Seattle. It's just sad.
That was the second time I ate there. I ...
That was the second time I ate there. I ordered the same meal--crab roll with fries because it was excellent the first time I had it. However, the fries weren't as good the second time. They were a little soggy and not as well seasoned, but it was still okay.
Service was great, food just 'ok'. I've ...
Service was great, food just 'ok'. I've been here a few times as my nieces love it, great wine selection, friendly wait staff, but the food wasn't great- especially given the price. My dish was lackluster and dry.
Purple has always been a favorite for us ...
Purple has always been a favorite for us, this time - not so much. We arrived early so we sat at the bar. The bartender was yawning repeatedly, didn't provide eye contact , therefore we weren't able to order an appetizer easily. When our table was ready, the host said "close out your tab at the bar and we can seat you". Well, we couldn't get the bartender's attention! Finally, we were ready and the host didn't offer to carry our drinks or our appetizers to the table. We looked like low class customers. So, service really failed us at Purple. Our dinner service was excellent, but my pesto pasta was lukewarm upon arrival. Ordered a coffee for two and the french press didn't even fill our two cups.
I just love going to Purple during the h ...
I just love going to Purple during the holiday season! We are a group of friends who go to see the Seattle Men's Chorus every year and we always have a fabulous dinner before the theater, which is only a block away. The lights everywhere inside and outside of the restaurant are just magical and reflect off of all the glass and metal of the décor and the spiral wine tower inside.
We've always had excellent service and the food is wonderful. I like that I can get an appetizer (I had the grilled cauliflower) and a half a salad (cherry, goat cheese and pecans) and still have a little room left for dessert (chocolate trifle). And their coffee is great!
Go to Purple - you will love it!
The food and the service at Purple were ...
The food and the service at Purple were top notch as always. And we appreciated the sommelier's suggestions for what would pair well with our varied menu selections. Since they didn't have any black tea in stock (not all of us are coffee drinkers), I opted to try the sherry they recommended to pair with their chocolate trifle for dessert. This was the only misfire of the evening as the sherry was way too sweet and overwhelmed the nuanced flavors of the trifle. However, bonus points go out to to our server, Becca, who made it right. This is why, whenever we're attending a concert or other event downtown, Purple is usually our first thought for fine dining.
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