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Bastille Café & Bar

French Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Ballard, Seattle
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Bon Appetit Magazine and The Seattle Times
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    • The Seattle Times
  • Paul B.
    "Hit up the back bar late--it's kinda hidden and completely awesome."(9 Tips)
    Yatharth G.
    "Steak tartare, Oysters & improved whiskey cocktail."(2 Tips)
    Matthew D.
    "Try the rabbit or the croque monsieur (with egg)"(3 Tips)
    Cedric R.
    "I really liked the frites and the mussels or moule en francois."(7 Tips)
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  • ⚡️Stephano T.
    ⚡️Stephano Theo📡📝🎬💿📷July 3, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Come enjoy a healthy rich dinner with friends, family or that special someone. The fresh sheet always has tasty choices to choose from. Trust me you can't go wrong! Enjoy your visit I sure did. 😃👌
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WeegerApril 24, 2014
    Half chicken is delicious. They have a big rooftop garden where the chefs pull fresh ingredients into many dishes. I guess in the spring and summer, you can take a tour of it with staff on Mondays.
  • John G.
    John GomezOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Late night happy hour 10p-12a Sun-Thu, in case you miss the regular one 7 days a week 430p-6p. Excellent place to chat after a show at the Majestic Bay, especially at the bar or firepit.
  • My Tam N.
    My Tam NguyenOctober 28, 2011
    Amazing brunch! Esp. The brioche French toast and lavender w/ hazelnuts. Duck confit hash is out of this world. And always deeply consider the special, best I've had was ramps, eggs, and potatoes.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 25, 2013
    Bastille recently lost bar manager Charles Veitch to New York, but it recruited Moshi Moshi's Erik Carlson to replace him. And Carlson ably fills the shoes. Try the Bankhead Cocktail, only $10.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FoleyMarch 22, 2016
    Bastille has Seattle's best French fries. You don't want to miss them. Love the hidden Back Bar and it's service- the bartender knew our order after only the second visit.
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BarronSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The back bar is my favorite spot in Ballard. Great cocktails, they even have pimms which is my favorite. They have a bartender that looks like kristen bell!
  • In Ballard
    In BallardAugust 19, 2011
    Can be a tough table to get, but completely worth the wait. If your thirsty, order the Bees Knees- a great cocktail made from honey harvested from their rooftop beehives.
  • Windermere Seattle
    Windermere SeattleNovember 7, 2014
    Perfect for weekend brunch, a light lunch, a simple French dinner or late night treats. Their enclosed patio makes outdoor a year-round treat.
  • Bridget
    BridgetJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always great brunch. The eggs Benedict on too of French bread with grilled red peppers was incredible. And great Bloody Mary!
  • KC S.
    KC StarAugust 4, 2015
    Get their French Toast for brunch. They use ingredients there in season. In photo: strawberry, hazelnut, vanilla cream French toast using brioche bread. So good!
  • Asma K.
    Asma KhanJune 28, 2013
    The high round table in the front boasts a small but toasty fire pit, a great vantage point for watching passers-by on Ballard Avenue.
  • Crystal L.
    Crystal LafataMay 24, 2013
    Mussels are amazing! I could drink the broth with a straw. Rooftop salad was also fresh and crisp. I will be back.
  • ⚡️Stephano T.
    ⚡️Stephano Theo📡📝🎬💿📷April 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The falafel is a great choice. It has a refreshing taste and light on the stomach.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineMarch 24, 2010
    Seattle Urban Farm Co. maintains the garden atop this Ballard neighborhood hangout where you're likely to find salads, herb-encrusted salmon, and rosemary lemonade made with roof-sourced ingredients.
  • Katie B.
    Katie BrownAugust 15, 2012
    Mucho delicious cocktails, and fries with truffle aioli. So good.
  • Lyndsey L.
    Lyndsey LNovember 30, 2014
    Go to the back bar for a bit of quiet time. Order a Manhattan and pray that the hipsters don't "Columbus" your hiding place
  • The Seattle Times
    The Seattle TimesMay 13, 2010
    Early or late, the enviable Bastille is packed every night. Happy-hour offers Croque Monsieur and the popular lamb burger. Try Chef Shannon Galusha's $4 fries. Happy hour 4-6, 10-1 SUN-TH Read more
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RobisonSeptember 3, 2015
    Love the ambiance of this place. So classy and the waitress was so good at her job. She knew her stuff.
  • Yatharth G.
    Yatharth GuptaApril 29, 2013
    Steak tartare, Oysters & improved whiskey cocktail. Pomme Frites if you need carbs :)
  • Chewsy
    ChewsyAugust 22, 2011
    Get your carb on with the Grand Central Baguette! Click through for the full review of this tasty must order side dish along with a photos... Read more
  • Cathy M.
    Cathy MabeeApril 19, 2012
    Not only do they have a great dinner menu, their breakfast menu is delicious!
  • Danette S.
    Danette SusanneJuly 18, 2016
    Order the tartare when available and don't pass up the truffle fries.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RadichNovember 25, 2016
    Back bar for drinks following your meal is essential to the whole experience.
  • Fiona C.
    Fiona ChenMarch 30, 2015
    authentic french cuisine. went there during Seattle Restaurant week, pretty good deal.
  • Katie D.
    Katie D'AmatoAugust 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    A Seattle favorite! Amazing for brunch. Divine for dinner. The bar is always an option and the back room just seems to have a bit of luck for me! ;)
  • Mouni R.
    Mouni ReddyMarch 7, 2015
    That egg in a pot with kale was amazing!!
  • Todd A.
    Todd AlexanderSeptember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great French bistro. So far it's been my best brunch spot too
  • Nat M.
    Nat McCullyApril 18, 2016
    Not much. Went for restaurant week. Tough beef cheek, strange curried mussels, profiteroles with chocolate ice cream and salty caramel sauce. Nice service but won't be back for food here.
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DulasApril 28, 2011
    Amazing food. Amazing. Try the rabbit or the croque monsieur (with egg)
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HerndonFebruary 17, 2014
    Try the salted caramel Creme brûlée. It is really good
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanAugust 25, 2014
    Get the mussels in carrot ginger broth and frites.
  • Seattle Met
    Seattle MetAugust 27, 2010
    Bastille delivers a lively shot of Paris to Ballard Ave. This bistro is at its best the farther it ventures from the bistro classics. Read more
  • seadit
    seaditJanuary 3, 2010
    Order 2 entrees & split them - one as an appetizer the second as the main course, saving room for dessert (try the eclaire de jour).
  • Vicki T.
    Vicki TranMarch 2, 2015
    Get the mussels, creme brûlée and pork belly.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork belly for brunch, meet my belly.
  • Sum W.
    Sum WongSeptember 9, 2016
    Mussel and frites!
  • Chairman T.
    Chairman TingAugust 27, 2013
    The food is amazing here. You can't go wrong.
  • Anthony N.
    Anthony NguyenAugust 7, 2014
    Probably the best happy hour in town!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CrothersJune 11, 2011
    Leave yourself in your server, bartender, and Jason's hands. You won't be disappointed.
  • Susan Migas D.
    Susan Migas DolceMay 26, 2013
    If you like vodka, the painted daisy drink is yummy.
  • Micah S.
    Micah SpielerOctober 11, 2014
    There's a cozy back bar area perfect for cocktails.
  • Jennifer B.
    Beautiful interior and relaxed environment with French delights.
  • Cedric R.
    Cedric RossSeptember 5, 2011
    I really liked the frites and the mussels or moule en francois. Read more
  • Akvile
    AkvileMarch 13, 2011
    Grab a drink at the bar, super nice bar tenders who make great drinks!
  • Shannon K.
    Shannon KaneAugust 5, 2009
    Try Bastille in Ballard - looks amazingly like Balthazar in New York and deliciously divine. Try the Octopus Appetizer and their fresh Formage.
  • Adrian B.
    Adrian BirkaApril 14, 2013
    Their roasted chicken is so delicious!
  • Jerin S.
    Jerin SchneiderOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The lamb burger is really good and only $7 during happy hour.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BalcerakAugust 7, 2010
    Hit up the back bar late--it's kinda hidden and completely awesome. Great atmosphere.
  • Angie
    AngieFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Order an improved whiskey cocktail. Enjoy a modern old-fashioned.
  • Abdulrahman A.
    Abdulrahman AlshuraymiOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The best burger the man can get in Ballard
  • Dylan I.
    Dylan IwamiSeptember 5, 2013
    Went to the back bar with some friends, the three of us sat at the bar for 15 minutes. Both bartenders never took our order or even acknowledged us so we ended up leaving and going somewhere else.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DresslerJanuary 31, 2010
    You have to try the Eggs en Cocotte--it is amazing as is a nice bloody mary to go with it!
  • fabien P.
    fabien PichardDecember 19, 2010
    the food is top notch for the French guy that I am, but the customers are LOUD!!!!!
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HackmeisterJuly 4, 2011
    Great brunch, you'll probably need a reservation Read more
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YeeOctober 12, 2013
    Royal scots sour ... Pear's in season!
  • Angela G.
    Angela GeeDecember 18, 2011
    Try the Duck Confit - Nom worthy
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Veggies/herbs grown in their own roof top garden.
  • Hema
    HemaJanuary 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sounds like a no brainer, but seriously....pay the extra two bucks for truffle oil on the frites. YUM!!
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YamadaDecember 24, 2014
    Wine, steak frites, Burger
  • Seattle Met
    Seattle MetJune 30, 2010
    What an allstar game is to a sports fan, Bastille is to a Seattle restaurant geek like myself. Read more
  • Kurt X.
    Kurt XystMay 28, 2011
    The steak is divine. Every time.
  • Steve S.
    Steve SApril 7, 2010
    If it's cold out, you can't go wrong with the cassoulet.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Dana Tough, chef of Spur, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Farmer's Lunch. Read more
  • Clara T.
    Clara TSeptember 7, 2013
    HAPPY HOUR: M-SU 4:30-6PM, SU-THU 10PM-12AM
  • Henny R.
    Henny RebodosJune 1, 2013
    Profiteroles were deeeeelicious!
  • Lee V.
    Lee VerberneAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't come here for the wifi. So far I've been unable to get it to work.
  • cynthia w.
    cynthia wangSeptember 8, 2013
    Hail yes steak tartare.
  • Candice H.
    Candice HaysJanuary 12, 2012
    Try the gnocchi, so amazing !
  • Joe G.
    Joe GoldbergAugust 4, 2009
    Eat the local, organic chicken. Say "yum". Give a terrorist fist jab to the closest person.
  • Jasper C.
    Jasper CroomeFebruary 13, 2016
    Falafel for Brunch!
  • Cassie W.
    Cassie WallenderMay 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Did you know there's a bar hidden in the back? It's rad.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 30, 2014
    Amazing happy hour
  • Seattle Met
    Seattle MetDecember 7, 2010
    Bastille Café and Bar was of a place where diners could decide for themselves what they wanted to eat, no expectations... Read more
  • isabella
    isabellaJuly 26, 2014
    Yummy mussels.
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItMay 29, 2011
    Found Morrocan Juice as Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com Read more
  • Grant R.
    Grant RobertsNovember 27, 2011
    OMG DON'T TOUCH THESE LAMPS THEY WILL BURN YOU SO BLISTERED AND RAW
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItMay 29, 2011
    Found Croque Madame as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com Read more
  • Carly
    CarlyDecember 30, 2009
    order the gnocchi if it's on the menu
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItJuly 3, 2011
    Found Bee's Knees as Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com Read more
  • Tina V.
    Tina VaamondeJanuary 29, 2016
    Lamb burger
  • Maca E.
    Maca EscuderoMay 23, 2016
    Eggs in coccotte
  • Tom M.
    Tom McCannMay 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the back bar.
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItMay 29, 2011
    Found French 75 as Yawn. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com Read more
  • Brian M.
    Brian MooreJanuary 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is great. Hit it at happy hour.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MacAugust 25, 2009
    House poached tuna sandwich changed my life! Amazing.
  • Benjamin W.
    Benjamin WintersMay 7, 2010
    If you go, go to the back bar. Just don't tell anyone else. Read more
  • Suresh
    SureshApril 20, 2012
    Good salads.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MooreFebruary 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 Happy Hour menu is great.
  • Robi G.
    Robi GangulyAugust 4, 2011
    Get the falaffel
  • Brian M.
    Brian MooreFebruary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak Frites.... Wow. Damn. Good.
  • Keith D.
    Keith DanielsMay 16, 2010
    Get the pulled pork sandwich!
  • Matthew E.
    Matthew EvansJune 18, 2011
    No Lamb Burger now or ever again...
  • Dave C.
    Dave C.September 16, 2009
    Reminder: don't eat here again, it was awful.
  • Clara T.
    Clara TMay 15, 2013
    Mon - Sun - 4:30-6PM. Sun-Thurs - 10pm - 12am.
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