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Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle, Seattle, WA

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

4.5
4.5
4720 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Northwest, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 829-2280

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Keta Newhouse

  • Catering

    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. Please visit www.heavyrestaurantgroup.com

  • Private party contact

    Private Events Team: (206) 838-3853

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    University Street

  • Parking details

    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.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,720 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    So visiting from out of town. Combine travel, exercise and walking and I was very tired. Your restaurant was across the street and the menu looked inviting. Easily booked a reservation for one fully expecting to sit at the bar. Here is where it gets interesting. I suffer from chronic insomnia and take thc oil to sleep and only take it right before bed. Well feeling as I was I took a little before going to dinner. I arrived and it appeared to be very busy (although my waitress said it was not) and the bar was full. You graciously gave me a table. As I sat down the oil kicked in and I became higher than a human should. Well you restaurant is completely open and the people watching is quite spectacular. I quickly ordered since you had so kindly gave me a table. The crisp asparagus was unique and delicious and I bet I looked wonderful as my munchie driven appetite cause me to shovel it down with the marvelous paired wine. Next was the clams, thank god I wasn’t high enough to just lift up the bowl and drink it as it was that good, again paired with a wonderful wine. Thank you… thank you… for taking care of me at my heightened state and not letting me forget my iPad. I did make it safely back across the street so all is well.

  2. AH

    AnneH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Would have 4 stars except: -scallops were only browned on 1 side. -Greens with tuna has 3-4 large dead and yellowed pieces.

  3. E

    Elena

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    The food was 10/10! But the noise level and service was bad. Our server barely came around and ignored us when we tried calling out to him. Leaves a bad feeling in your gut.

  4. R

    Rosiec

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our server Morgan was outstanding. The food was very good. I was glad to be sitting toward the front. The back of the restaurant was pretty dark.

  5. KH

    KurtH

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great meal before seeing a show at the 5th Ave Theatre. The cassoulet with a huge duck confit leg and thigh was so good. Too much food and so well-priced. They had a special scallop saffron risotto which was also delicious and cheesy. I was completely surprised by the whole experience and we will be back soon.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All around fantastic experience. The wine pairing is really well-crafted, and the food is rich and delectable.

  7. KP

    KellyannP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and attentive, kind waiter:) Food was amazing

  8. ER

    ElizabethR

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A pleasant venue for lunch before the matinee at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Love Purple! Service was excellent and ambiance brilliant. Everything was tasty. Halibut dish was sparse and more brussel sprouts would be nice in the brussel sprouts dish and less of the other. Cocktails are small pour. We will definitely go again and enjoy as al! Great burger and yummy dessert combo dish!

  10. M

    Mojo

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We've been to Purple many times. It never disappoints. Today we had the gorgonzola dates to start at they were AMAZING! Wine duo pairing was delicious. Wait staff gave me and my colleague plenty of time to chat w/o feeling pushy or rushed.

  11. c

    christine

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was wonderful. The food was delicious.

  12. b

    badgera2

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love Purple. Great overall experience.

  13. SH

    SusanH

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The menu offers a variety of light meals to heartier meals, so it is ideal for a wide variety of eating preferences. We will be there again.

  14. BA

    BruceA

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  15. LW

    LaurieW

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The servers could have been more attentive, but they were probably short staffed. My husband and I don't really like fried foods and so probably shouldn't have ordered the shrimp or the chicken sandwiches which were fried. Flavors were good though. The clam special was heaping with ample and delicious clams.

  16. JC

    JamesC

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Seated at a wonderful window table. Our server was busy with the lunch crowd but sufficiently attentive to our table. Wine selection was great as was the diversity of lunch time meal offerings. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit on a cold and rainy day.

  17. n

    nursara

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary lunch was amazing!

  18. RO

    RobO

    Baltimore

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were in Seattle on vacation to celebrate a birthday and new beginnings. We had good references for Purple and they were right! Excellent wine selection. Excellent service. Excellent food. Highly recommend!

  19. ES

    ElsaS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    It’s been a while since I have been here and like most Seattle restaurants prices have gone up and portions are smaller. I still enjoyed the meal but miss the wine flights.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The menu offers lots to choose from, the wine list is carefully curated, and the service was pitch perfect.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Overall it was a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the portions very large. I would recommend the Purple Cafe for a any occasion.

  22. MS

    MaryannS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The whole experience was very nice, enjoyed our meal and the server was amazing.

  23. B

    Bill

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Our server was excellent--very pleasant and attentive. Appetizer and salad were good. The halibut special was fair at best--over-cooked and mostly dry, and at the same time served only lukewarm, as it must have been cooked too long, and let to sit too long before being served--a real disappointment.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Art show exhibit

  25. GL

    GraceL

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our waitress was outstanding! She was friendly and efficient. She checked on us but gave us time to visit. She was so very kind when my daughter spilled her wine. She ran and got a "wine be gone" spray and help blot it off her jacket.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere and quality food. Nice for casual or business dining

  27. BC

    BontheC

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Best part of dinner was the wine. I had the Halibut special. It was well seasoned but dry. My friend had the fish stew and she said the seafood was rubbery but the dish was well seasoned. Waitress was s.l.o.w. and didnt really pay attention. Our appetizer of olives came out exactly 2 minutes before our entrees. Because olives take sooooo long to cook. Oh yeah...the olives were good. Bottom line- would I recommend....only for apps and wine not dinner. There are so many other great restaurants in the area.

  28. PJ

    PJain

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Historically, I had great experience at Purple, but not this time. The service was not good, had to wait for 15-20 mins to get server's attention to get salt and pepper. I was there for a friend's b'day celebration, and called ahead of time to make sure they bring a desert with candle in the end as did not want to order while we were all at the table. But server just brought check post dinner. Would not consider going back.

  29. T

    Tilt

    Portland

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good service and food. One of few nice yet affordable options in downtown Seattle (lots of empty buildings). Bar service also good.

  30. k

    kyyl79

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    A little loud. Was sad to see the meatballs are no longer on the menu - please bring it back!

  31. K

    Kier

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Server was new and that is always hard. But he did a good job! No concerns.

  32. JJ

    JJHill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and the wine service impeccable. If you get a chance to eat here it's a nice environment, knowledgeable staff, and nice place to eat without having to dress to the 9's. The wine selection was amazing and the food was simply divine.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Roberto was an excellent server.

  34. CG

    ChristalG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great wine and bubbles selection! The baked brie and charcuterie meat and cheese platter is a great way to pair.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    For the price, the main course was a bit underwhelming.

  36. B

    Booka

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So fire! Everyone is super nice and welcoming the food and wine and cocktails were fantastic!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was wonderful

  38. B

    Beau

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food and service.

  39. SG

    StephanieGFM

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very enjoyable! Lovely service in a funky, open space. We highly enjoyed the food and wine selection.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful atmosphere and great food!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 829-2280.

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle is rated 4.5 stars by 4720 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

1225 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    University Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Northwest, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Keta Newhouse

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 829-2280

  • Catering

    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. Please visit www.heavyrestaurantgroup.com

  • Private party contact

    Private Events Team: (206) 838-3853

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