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
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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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle Ratings and Reviews
Good food. Great atmosphere
Good food. Great atmosphere
Kudos to the manager who saved my bacon ...
Kudos to the manager who saved my bacon by allowing me to print my concert tickets at the restaurant. I had left them at home and he was most accommodating by allowing me to use his MacBook and printer. Wonderful service!!!! Good was amazing, especially the baked Brie and the lamb burger.
We had the most wonderful server who met ...
We had the most wonderful server who met our needs, was attentive, friendly and provided us names of brunch places that were not touristy. She was great. The ambience was relaxed and lively which was exactly what we were looking for.
Service was quite indifferent. Usually s ...
Service was quite indifferent. Usually servers are less than interested when they don't expect you to order a lot. We ordered 5 drinks, 2 entrees and 2 desserts... Still... And portions were very small.
I love the purple cafe for lunch. Though ...
I love the purple cafe for lunch. Thought we'd try it out for dinner on our recent trip to Seattle. Good was good, the section we were in was a little chilly
Wonderful food and ambiance makes for a ...
Wonderful food and ambiance makes for a fantastic dining experience. If you're looking for great food that won't steal your monthly rent, this is it:-)
Service was excellent Server made appro ...
Service was excellent Server made appropriate wine recommendations Menu offered wide selection Lamb was creatively served with parsnips and delicious sauce
Restaurant is great, but it is too loud ...
Restaurant is great, but it is too loud to communicate with the people sitting at your table. I wish something could be done about the noise level.
Good for our get together, good service, ...
Good for our get together, good service, great wines, food OK nothing special.
Wide variety on the menu of really tasty ...
Wide variety on the menu of really tasty food choices.
Cute venue with nice ambiance
Venue is cute with nice ambiance, excellent service, food is good but nothing outstanding for the price
One of the Best in Seattle
My wife and I had a Birthday celebration at the Purple, everything, service, food, wine was exceptional. Truly and special occasion.
Had a great time at the Purple Cafe with a couple of gfs. Will def' be back there again!
A Fun Place When you are in Seattle!
We go here every trip and enjoy the food, wine pairings and the ambience. Its crowded, but worth it for the experience. Get a Reservation and have some fun!
Like wine? This is the place. Great wine flights available. 90% of the time, we drink red. The flights represent wine regions around the globe. I had Northern Italy, my wife, France/Spain. Turns out my wife like my Italian Nebbiolo; I liked her Tempranillo. Oh yeah, the food was good too. Loved the cheese and meat plates.
the baked brie is always a favorite and when you have lamb burgers, it is incredible. The tastes within the burger are phenominal. Thank you!
It was really good place to enjoy the seattle with great wines. Ambiance of restaurant was so romantic that I want to come again with my boy friend.
Very disappointed in the food. We had be ...
Very disappointed in the food. We had been there for lunch once before and it was great. This time it was very poor. Sent chicken back because it was undercooked. Wait staff was very good. We will not be back.
Amazing wine list and great food.
Often you can get a great selection of wines or great food but seldom both. Purple has a fantastic arrays of wines and some creative flights. In addition, the food is excellent. Not complicated. Excellent salads, sandwiches and soups along with some pastas and entrees. Not a gigantic menu but a good selection. You must have the homemade salted caramels for dessert.
Upscale venue. Trendy. Deco of wrapped m ...
Upscale venue. Trendy. Deco of wrapped metal everywhere made it feel slightly cold and unwelcoming.
As a first time guest, l was very disappointed in my visit. My sandwich was made with aioli, although l clearly indicated that no aioli be put on the sandwich, due to allergy. The replacement took quite some time to bring out, and by then my dinner was ruined. Our server was fine and professional yet witty.
Wonderful time with very attentive servi ...
Wonderful time with very attentive service!
Great food, Wine, and service.
Traveled to Seattle for my Wife birthday. We had look at many restaurants for her celebration but in the end settled on Purple Cafe. We could not have been more happy with our choice. The first inclination that we were in for a treat was our server. He was polite and very knowledgeable about all the menu options and the extensive wine lists. He took the time to answer all of our questions and made sure too comment on how our wine selections would go with our meals. The food was excellently prepared,the portions were perfect in size, and everything was very fresh and well seasoned. We truly enjoyed out meal from the starters to dessert. Great experience, would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a higher end place for dinner.
My first time at Purple, and I enjoyed it a lot. Had the classic "steak frites" and very nicely prepared. Great list of wine and cocktails as well. Lots of things on the menu I'd like to go back and try! Service was a tad slow...I'm thinking because the wait staff was stretched too thin? But all in all a good evening and I'll be back.
LOVE the Purple in woodinville. Brought my 5 BFFs in from NYC, first time in Seattle for dinner, and we couldn't hear ourselves over the noise. Would not go back with a group.
The thing that stood out to me was the s ...
The thing that stood out to me was the service - our waitress was amazing! She took the time to get to know us, introduce us to the menu, and she even had great wine recommendations. I went with a group of friends for a night out and she really accommodated us with everything we needed. The food was okay, but the ambience is beautiful. I loved the whole look of Purple and I will definitely be back!
The food will not knock your socks off, ...
The food will not knock your socks off, but we had a nice meal. The waitress was helpful. She suggested a drink for my husband after he explained what he was looking for and he enjoyed what she brought for him very much. However, we expressed some disapproval of our brussel sprouts (which were overcooked and bitter) and she seemed to get defensive. Just politely say 'sorry you didn't care for them' and take them off of the table. I was hoping for more from this trendy little chatted about place, but overall I wasn't impressed enough to want to return. Trends come and go.
Great location. Seems pretty full especi ...
Great location. Seems pretty full especially because of restaurant week. As such service maybe not as attentive. But it was lunch hour during the week. Can get fairly loud. But good quality and reasonable prices.
Not my best visit here
I came here during restaurant week, and ordered off the menu. Since I've been to this restaurant several times, I know that it is usually delicious. I ordered the trout, and didn't really care for it. The server was amazing, and offered to get me someone else. The service here is wonderful, and normally the foodis as well. I will definitely be back:-)
A great experience
Was traveling on business dining alone rather late. Had the pinot noir flight and steak salad. Both excellent and so was service. Would go again.
We celebrated our anniversary at Purple Cafe last week. I'd never been, but reviews were favorable. What a great choice it turned out to be! Wonderful food, wine and service. We'll be going again!
Wine list far better than the food
A friend and I dined here one recent Friday night. Great wine list with very good BTG choices and many flights to choose from. However, fresh trout was bludgeoned to death in a sticky sweet pandering sauce and my lamb shank tasted like braised beef stew (instead of a lamb shank). Cheese plate was left with no real explanation, no explanation of wines, service definitely was uneven. and the noise in the place was deafening! Not intimate conversation applicable. Yelling at top of lungs required.
A Lovely Evening
We were visiting Seattle for the weekend and stayed at a nearby hotel within walking distance of Purple. We started with the brussel sprouts - a favourite of mine. It was excellent albeit a bit creamy for my taste, but then it was a night on the town, so why not. I had the duck and my wife had the Halibut. Both were very well prepared and nicely presented. Normally, we'd try a flight of wine, but this time, we had a bottle of Cristom that was excellent. Best of all was our waiter who really went above and beyond. All in all, it was a lovely night. Highly recommended!
wonderful food and service
Our server Aaron made sure we had plenty of time to make it to the theater on time and spaced our meal perfectly. We started by sharing the calamari and stuffed figs, both delicious! My halibut was the best halibut I have ever had, both the freshness and the preparation! Our desserts were wonderful also. And the extensive wine list, too good to be true! A five star meal, we can't wait to go back!
Wonderful wonderful food and service
Impeccable. Can't wait to return. It was so important that everything was just right for this work dinner and it was. The food and service are terrific. I didn't even have to ask for a thing. Rare.
This is a wonderful place to eat!!! The service was perfect! The food was delicious! Highly recommend!!!
Seattle REstaurant Week
Went to Purple for Seattle Restaurant Week before catching a show at the 5th Avenue Theatre Selection was great and wine was fantastic
restaurant week gem
went for restaurant week. 30 bucks for a 3 course meal. had the trout and was surprised by the size of the portion. very large and very tasty. the desert was slightly disappointing but I am not supposed to eat it anyway! the service was good and the wine "flights" fun and a great way to try several wines without being too loaded to drive home safely. I will return to purple!
Perfect pre-theater dinner spot
We often dine at Purple before a show at 5th Avenue. The food is always wonderful and the service is attentive but not "pushy." This time yummy calamari to start - cooked with olives and broth, not frite - and the spring vegetable pasta. Who knew English peas could add such a velvety texture and fresh flavor to pasta? Excellent. Purple is one of our favorites.
Service was not friendly. Food was over salted
Service was not friendly. Food was salty and expensive.
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