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/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
Delicious food; I had the steak and frit ...
Delicious food; I had the steak and frites and the fries were some of the best ever! Our server, Chris, was delightful. The wine choices were extraordinary and there is a real commitment to wine and food. The space is beautiful and the tall windows surrounded by trees made it a lovely dining experience, almost in the treetops. Highly recommend and I will return next trip to Seattle.
I would call Purple overpriced if the fo ...
I would call Purple overpriced if the food wasnt so darn good. While the food may be a bit pricey, every bite is delicious. Our party split 4 dishes and each dish was a favorite of one of us. I loved the burrata and peaches; the fig and gorgonzola flat bread was a close second. The wine menu is incredibly diverse and offers lots of fun flights. Prices on wine are high. Suck it up and drink it down. Our server was wonderful and allowed sampling of some wines before ordering. Fun atmosphere. Great for night out with small group.
Changed their menu and took off some of ...
Changed their menu and took off some of the best menu items. Steak was good but others didn't like the pasta. This was our go-to spot for dinner when we visited Seattle but in the future we will probably find another restaurant for dinner.
Being a wine bar, I was excited for know ...
Being a wine bar, I was excited for knowledgeable staff who might introduce us to some fun new wines. Unfortunately the staff we interacted with wasn't as knowledgeable as I had hoped and didn't give us a lot to work with in terms of selecting wine. The food was decent - the burrata and stone fruit and roasted cauliflower were very delicious, but the crab cakes and brown butter cake were only so-so.
It is always a wonderful experience dini ...
It is always a wonderful experience dining at Purple. It is my "go to" restaurant that NEVER disappoints! From the amazing food, ever changing wine selection and the great service.
My Favorite restaurant in Seattle!!
I cannot say enough about my experience ...
I cannot say enough about my experience with The Purple Cafe. My boyfriend and I went for our first anniversary, and it was one that we will remember forever. Immediately after checking in with our reservation, both of the hostesses made sure to wish us a happy anniversary (I put a note on the reservation) and sat us right away. We had a beautiful corner table next to the large street-facing windows. A few minutes later, our incredible waiter came over and poured us some water (which was never empty all night, you go Hugo), and then brought over some complimentary champagne to celebrate our anniversary. The food was impeccable, I had the lamb and my boyfriend had the steak fries, and we started with the grilled cauliflower. EVERYTHING was delicious, I do not have a single complaint. We will for sure be returning!
Great wine, the strawberry goat cheese s ...
Great wine, the strawberry goat cheese salad is very yummy. My husband said their crab roll was great and the French fries were some of the best he's ever had. This is my second time in Seattle (we live in FL) and my second time dining here. We'll be eating here again next time we come back!
CT was referred to us by a mutual friend ...
CT was referred to us by a mutual friend and he was so kind and attentive during our meal. The food was great. My Lobster Mac and Cheese was some of the best I have ever had. Definitely a great place to dine. If I'm ever in Seattle again I will go back for sure.
The Purple Cafe and Wine Bar was fantast ...
The Purple Cafe and Wine Bar was fantastic. The wine list, wine flights and appetizers are amazing. The restaurant, located downtown, is a visual treat too - a wine tower in the middle of the place is a focal point and anchors the bar area. The Baratta and Stone fruit is a must have!
My wife's favorite when we are in Pionee ...
My wife's favorite when we are in Pioneer Square area of Seattle. Extensive wine list from moderate to expensive. Wait staff really is attentive and knows a lot about the food and wine. Impressive interior and the food is excellent.
The two of us had an enjoyable meal at t ...
The two of us had an enjoyable meal at the Purple Café. The place was very busy, but the service was outstanding from beginning to end. We split a kale Caesar salad that was exceptionally good. We both had filet mignons that were wonderfully prepared exactly as we ordered. The wine list is huge. There's a selection for every taste. A great number of wine bottles are stored in a huge column going to the ceiling around the bar area. What an impressive center piece. I can't think of anything Purple Café could have done to improve our experience.
Enjoyed Purple Cafe very much, menu had ...
Enjoyed Purple Cafe very much, menu had unique selections such as: duck and lamb. The service was even better, because the server was able to guide us through the various options available for wine selection.
Great place to get together with co-workers or a grab a glass of wine with that special someone. Would not be the ideal setting if your looking for quiet and romantic. Otherwise, great atmosphere, good food, knowledgeable and personable service.
I choose to visit Purple with family and ...
I choose to visit Purple with family and friends for my birthday. I was craving your wonderful lobster mac and it didn't disappoint! We had a table upstairs and we all loved sitting up there. It was more quiet and a more intimate setting than the main floor. Always amazing food and service.
We had a great experience here. I had r ...
We had a great experience here. I had read about this place online and am not familiar with Seattle, but was looking for someplace fun to have dinner with friends we were meeting in Seattle from Vancouver. It was relaxing, the food was good, the service was good, and we ended up having the bonus of a great view of the parade too! One person in our group was a vegetarian, and they had a lot of options that worked for her on the menu. Our son is going to be starting school at UW, so we will definitely visit this place again.
A surprising find. The ambiance is reall ...
A surprising find. The ambiance is really nice and relaxed, vibrant without being noisy. The waitress was the best part, she was really professional, very knowledgeable and made the whole experience really classy. The wines are varied and interesting, and the waitress was really helpful in inviting guests to try new wines with a taster before committing to a whole bottle. I'll definitely be visiting often.
It was very loud and difficult to hear f ...
It was very loud and difficult to hear for conversations. The food was quite good. The real negative was the hostess did not seat us for 20 minutes b/c we were 20 min early -- no traffic when we anticipated some -- (5:55 for a 6:15 res) even though there were MANY open tables of four and ours was empty the whole time we stood. Had to ask if we could have a glass of wine while we were standing -- never offered. So, not likely to return.
The food was delicious and the service w ...
The food was delicious and the service was superb. The lobster mac & cheese was spectacular and the brie appetizer was amazing. My husband's filet mignon was extraordinary and the desserts were to die for. An amazing pre-theater dinner. Really appreciate the discount with our theater tickets. Our waitress made sure our dinner went smoothly and we got out in plenty of time to make our show at 8:00 PM.
The Purple is one of my favorite restaur ...
The Purple is one of my favorite restaurants here in Seattle because of the food. However this trip wasn't up to the usual standards. The service is always great but that noise level is a bit overwhelming, especially if you're trying to have a private conversation. We both ordered shrimp and grits. My expectations were probably already set so when the dish arrived, it was quite different than what I was looking forward to. The dessert was not the best we've had either My friend expressed the same sentiments. This will not deter my returning since I love the food here.
It's a good date night spot if you want ...
It's a good date night spot if you want a lively scene and wine; the whole restaurant was booked up on a Friday night so reservations were a good idea! The current (July '16) menu is a bit schizophrenic - I'm not sure what they're trying to do here, and my husband and I both thought it was all over the place. Still it's a solid spot to meet up for a glass of wine and a bite to eat within the downtown core. For travelers in nearby hotels it's a great resource within walking distance, and one I'd be happy to find in any other city (we're spoiled by our local options here!)
Best dinning experience in a long time! ...
Best dinning experience in a long time! Great service, decor, atmosphere...everything. The food was divine , not to mention the wine menu. Although it is 100 pages, it is very well organized. I was able to navigate and find the red blends from Italy. We had an amazing bottle of wine and finished with dessert. I recommend the Brioche with berries. We will be definitely be back!
Major disappointment this time with our ...
Major disappointment this time with our lunch experience at purple. We had good friends come in from out of town and I was excited to take them to a great lunch spot. Eating here previously I thought it'd be great. I was wrong. I ordered the chopped purple salad in a full size, and medium cooked steak. What came to me was a half sized salad and meat that was pretty much well done. Anyone who knows meat knows flank steak over cooked is tough and rubbery. Needless to say I hated my salad. I only ate it because I was starving and already had to wait when they brought me the wrong size salad. My wife got the BLTA and she didn't finish it. The bread was stale, and the bacon was chewy and excessively greasy. Our friend didn't finish her quinoa salad as she said it was the worse quinoa she'd ever eaten. Pretty bad to screw up quinoa. To be honest I was embarrassed and ashamed for bringing my good friends to purple. Overall not impressed and I frankly do not see myself spending $20 on a mediocre salad. I'll take my business elsewhere.
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