Bateau

4.7
423 reviews
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Contemporary French / American
Located in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Bateau is a beef-centric, French inspired restaurant with fresh, local ingredients and bold flavors. Bateau has an extensive wine selection including local and imported wines.





Bateau's selection of steaks are butchered and dry-aged in house and presented on a chalkboard that changes daily. Steaks are butter basted and finished with your choice of finishing butter. Chef Taylor Thornhill also offers a 5 course beef-centric Tasting Menu with optional beverage pairings.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious!

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J
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steakhouse in Seattle!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The sweetbreads were cooked to oblivion and were covered in a overwhelmingly tart beurre blanc. The over cooked meat became soft and gray punctuated with a slap you in the face acidity. No bueno. The Aligot was delicious but was a dish of diminishing returns as it quickly cooled and turned into a fairly unappealing gelatinous goo. The steak was ok. I had a Bavette which was perfectly cooked but rather tough. As a steak goes for 47.00, it was uninspiring to say the least. Top marks for atmosphere and service, perfect martini and a decent half bottle of Bordeaux. All in with service 170 for one. I’d maybe go back for the burger as it looked great.

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WA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Like many restaurants in central Seattle "Bateau" is overpriced for what you get. The place, whose name implies is French for "boat", is on the other hand a steak house which serves several cuts of beef cooked French-style, pan fried in butter. The ambiance is nicely minimal and elegantly casual. My girlfriend and I got there shortly after it had opened and there was only one table seated. We had a reservation 15 minutes later. They didn't sit us right away mentioning that the waitress may have gotten overloaded and they suggested to go to the bar until reservation time.

The food was good but not great. Portions are somewhat small in size but not in price. I ordered a 77-day-aged steak, which was priced at $45 (plus tax and tip) and my girlfriend the vegetarian entree, a cannelloni stuffed with kale, priced at $20. We also ordered two appetizers and one serving of fries, which were probably the best among the rest of the food. The steak was ok but a little chewy. When I mentioned it to the waitress I saw the terror in her eyes probably thinking if I wanted to send it back. Which I didn't but thinking I should have as had to work my teeth through some of the bites. The service is attentive but a bit slow in bringing drinks and a bit too quick in taking away plates or glasses that still had food or liquids in them.

Last but not least, the bill can easily add up as a 20% service charge is automatically added to the already taxed subtotal of your bill, which I am not sure that that's how tips should be calculated (rather on the pre-tax amount) or even legal? Which also defies the meaning of "gratuity". So bear in mind that whatever you see on the menu you need to add a good 30% to the listed price as that is what you will be paying.

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BK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate our anniversary. We had the first reservation of the night at 5:00, to our surprise we were the only ones in the place for almost an hour ( it was a Wednesday night). Our waiter was very laid back but incredibly knowledgeable and explained the menu, etc. I had come specifically to try the burger, which he didn't try and talk me out of, but suggested the Oyster cut of beef to go along with it. We had the croquettes to start, and mushroom and kale gratin as sides.
Everything was incredible. Really one of the best meals we have had in a long time, the burger was done to perfection as was the steak. And contrary to many posts, our bill was reasonable, less than $130 including a glass of wine. Would highly recommend.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Uncomfortably packed seating, especially for a steakhouse. Slow inattentive service

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LE
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is amazing here. Probably some of the best steak I've ever had. Service was slow. I know it takes a while for the steaks to be cooked. It was the post dinner pacing that was exceedingly slow and felt like it was impossible to find our server to move things along.

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BA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came down to Bateau with my partner and in-laws on a Sunday night, got a 5:30 reservation knowing that the earlier you get there, the better chance you'll have to get the cut you want. We definitely scored with having Jamie as our server / expert on everything, especially since the dad in law is a self proclaimed "wine nut" and one of the most curious people I know. So he got to ask a billion questions and had them all answered. The food was top notch, we shared 3 different steaks, 2 of which I've never heard of and 3 sides (the mushrooms and the cauliflower dishes were my favorite) plus a starter for the 4 of us. Oh and we ended on the bread pudding!! <--- gaahh so goooood. The big take away from the night was that we all enjoyed ourselves while being able to learn more about a restaurant and their values than we expected, and that every detail was thoroughly thought out, from flavor & presentation, to timing and ambiance. Thanks to the whole team at Bateau! You made our night! <3

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KH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fine dining for the palette and wait service as well as Sommelier pairing recommendations

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was excellent. Environment was nice and cozy. It was expensive. Do you have lots of money sitting around from your tech job? Then definitely go eat here. Do you, like me, work in some other industry that pays you a normal wage for hard work? Then I'd think twice about going here.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As we expected food was good, the service was good and we had a enjoyable evening with a good meal. I eat here at least once every two or three months and is my go-to choice for where in Seattle to go when I want beef on the menu. I expect I’ll be back again soon.

On this occasion we had the tasting menu (my second time doing so) with pairing and added meat course picking from several of the cuts on the daily list. We enjoyed every bite and sip.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belated Valentines day

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D
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentines day dinner

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was extremely slow.. 30 minutes for drink/first order.. they felt understaffed, but it looked like it was only for us.. almost 3 hour dinner with only apps and entrees. Food was awesome. Extremely heavy, but awesome... Even just the mushrooms with the egg yolk were perfectly seasoned and cooked. We had a great time, but could’ve been a little tighter for $500

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing ambiance

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A
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our absolute favorite restaurant in Seattle. The quality of meat and the overall ambience, service, and experience is second to none!

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IN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bateau was amazing. We went for Valentine's Day dinner and were not disappointed. We do not know much about steak, or fine dining, but the staff was very helpful and provided background that helped us make choices we were very happy with.

The four courses offered were all food I'd never had before and honestly would never have ordered on my own. However, they were absolutely delicious and gave me an appreciation for things like tongue and ox tail that I never thought I would have. Of course, we also ordered the filet mignon. Quite simply, it was the best steak I've ever had and it was enough to change my view on steak completely.

Yes, the restaurant is very expensive, but you should know that by now if you're reading reviews. If you make a reservation, know that you're going to drop some money and that gratuity is included (which seems to be the new Seattle standard). If you have this mindset, I sincerely believe you won't be disappointed. Be as open-minded as you can be regarding the menu, especially if you're like us and have not had a lot of fancy food before. Everything, and I do mean everything, is delicious. Splurge. You won't regret it.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! An incredibly well cooked filet, plus a tri-tip steak outstandingly flavorish! I'd recommend it to anybody, though I hear the real star is the burguer. Next time I go (because there will be a next time!) I'll ask for it.

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A
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. This was my first time dining at Bateau and I had a spectacular experience! Our server was extremely informative and helpful with going through the menu. I ordered a port at the end of the night that was out of stock, and the bartender came to our table and offered server all suggestions on its place. I would definitely come again for the food, but I was really impressed with how well taken care of we were.

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s
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and excellent service. Our 2 person meal with wine and drinks was $400 so this is not an inexpensive place to eat, however, I also had the best steak I’ve ever eaten there. I plan to go back.

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JF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience. Great food, service, and ambience. Will definitely return.

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OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful country French decor and vibe but clearly American. Astonishing choice of meat cuts. Knowledgeable waiters. Sides were spectacular. Not inexpensive but worth it.

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AL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable food. Enjoyable service, very smooth and non intrusive. Maybe a little slow.

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SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This intimate, destined-for-greatness restaurant is, in a word, perfect, and the quality of its food more than justifies its prices. There are no words to fully describe the sublime steak, which is chosen from a rotating selection of house-butchered and aged cuts, then listed on a wall-length chalkboard and crossed out as they become unavailable - if you have your eye on a particular option, order quickly or you may well miss out.

The life-changingly good meat is accompanied by a selection of no-nonsense side dishes and simple (yet delicious) butters, and can be washed down with locally-grown wines. I can't comment on dessert, but I have no doubt that it would live up to the hype. If you're visiting Seattle, reserve a table ASAP. If you live in Seattle, I'm jealous that you can experience such flawless cuisine anytime you choose.

Spectacular.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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ND
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a good dinner, good quality meat. We really enjoyed our dinner experience. However, I would not rush to go back. Honestly I prefer Metropolitan Grill.

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k
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly delicious range of cuts, flavor, and ages of beef - cuts I've never heard of before, let alone tasted. Warm, friendly, very professional staff who patiently walked us through the menu, teaching us about the various cuts of beef and which flavors/textures to expect. They also added some nice touches to help us celebrate a momentous family milestone. Beautifully designed interior and ambiance, as with all of Renee Erickson's restaurants - I've always been jealous of the patrons on the inside of this restaurant as I walked by on the outside. Oh yeah, and their frites are pretty darn good, too.

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M
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating wait staff. Superb service and delicious food. Cool ambiance. Highly recommend.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

service was great, the space beautiful. our server was extremely knowledgeable and helped guide our steak and wine selection. with the number of beef cuts I had never heard of, this was very helpful. steaks were perfectly cooked, but were undersalted. Great earthy and beefy flavors on the more aged cuts.
starters and sides (sweetbreads, aligot, and roasted mushrooms) were very mild in flavor and tasted underwhelming. none of them complimented the beefy richness of the steaks. it felt like some part of the cooking was forgotten or abandoned.

my date and I left feeling disappointed with what had the potential to be a great meal.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was spectacular except it was loud. They were nice enough to move us to a quieter table for date nite. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and are happy to help guide your food decisions without making you feel dumb.

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m
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was very good, but Canlis prices in a casual environment is not really worth the expense.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We knew it would be good, and it far exceeded our expectations. Loved it and will go back again.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time here for our anniversary dinner. Wish we had informed them of our anniversary before I booked the table as they take special note for couples celebrating to make them feel special.

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s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best experience possible. Every single member of the staff made us feel like they had waited weeks for our visit. The food was delicious. Everything was wonderful. We'll be talking about it for a long time - at least until our next visit :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Meat was just excellent. Wine by glass very bad.

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NR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for our anniversary. Flew in from Italy to come hear for our first dinner back in 3 years. Definitely worth the visit. Will come again.

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c
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the atmosphere to the service and the food it was a magical experience. The service staff was really knowledgable and helpful navigating the menu and everything was just so delicious! For a steak restaurant, the approach was creative and worked well. All the appetizers and side were on par with our main dishes and the wine list was awesome. Really a dream meal!

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MR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time at Bateau. It was our first time dining there and the experience of ordering off the meat board (and the knowledgable staff guidance) was wonderful. The steaks were phenomenal. The sides spectacular.

The food is expensive. But worth it.

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JL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service! Never disappoints! Try other cuts of beef each visit. And always leave room for dessert- potato ice cream!!!

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Miami
31 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was outstanding! But we waited way too long with our menus before anyone came up take our orders!

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