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Bastille Café & Bar

French Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Ballard, Seattle
  • Paul B.
    "Hit up the back bar late--it's kinda hidden and completely awesome."(8 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)
93 Tips and reviews
  • back bar
  • happy hour
  • cocktails
  • French food
  • good for dates
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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 F.
    Sarah FoleyMarch 22
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Lyndsey N.
    Lyndsey NNovember 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Danette S.
    Order the tartare when available and don't pass up the truffle fries.
  • Yatharth G.
    Yatharth GuptaApril 29, 2013
    Steak tartare, Oysters & improved whiskey cocktail. Pomme Frites if you need carbs :)
  • Fiona C.
    Fiona ChenMarch 30, 2015
    authentic french cuisine. went there during Seattle Restaurant week, pretty good deal.
  • Nat M.
    Nat McCullyApril 18
    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.
  • Todd A.
    Todd AlexanderSeptember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great French bistro. So far it's been my best brunch spot too
  • Mouni R.
    Mouni ReddyMarch 7, 2015
    That egg in a pot with kale was amazing!!
  • Cathy M.
    Cathy MabeeApril 19, 2012
    Not only do they have a great dinner menu, their breakfast menu is delicious!
  • 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
  • Katie B.
    Katie BrownAugust 15, 2012
    Mucho delicious cocktails, and fries with truffle aioli. So good.
  • Vicki T.
    Vicki TranMarch 2, 2015
    Get the mussels, creme brûlée and pork belly.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherJanuary 25, 2015
    Pork belly for brunch, meet my belly.
  • 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.
  • 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 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! ;)
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DulasApril 28, 2011
    Amazing food. Amazing. Try the rabbit or the croque monsieur (with egg)
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Micah S.
    Micah SpielerOctober 11, 2014
    There's a cozy back bar area perfect for cocktails.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Susan Migas D.
    Susan Migas DolceMay 26, 2013
    If you like vodka, the painted daisy drink is yummy.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CrothersJune 11, 2011
    Leave yourself in your server, bartender, and Jason's hands. You won't be disappointed.
  • Cedric R.
    Cedric RossSeptember 5, 2011
    I really liked the frites and the mussels or moule en francois. Read more
  • Adrian B.
    Adrian BirkaApril 14, 2013
    Their roasted chicken is so delicious!
  • Sum W.
    Sum WongSeptember 9
    Mussel and frites!
  • Akvile
    AkvileMarch 13, 2011
    Grab a drink at the bar, super nice bar tenders who make great drinks!
  • 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
  • Jerin S.
    Jerin SchneiderOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The lamb burger is really good and only $7 during happy hour.
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YeeOctober 12, 2013
    Royal scots sour ... Pear's in season!
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