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Purple Café & Wine Bar

Wine Bar and Tapas Restaurant$$$$
Seattle Central Business District, Seattle
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    K M.
    "Lobster Mac and cheese or the lobster roll are the way to go."(10 Tips)
    Ines T.
    "Love both the Spanish and the French wine flights - only $15 each!"(6 Tips)
    Malek B.
    "great as well as the basil pesto pasta"(2 Tips)
    Andy B.
    "worth asking the sommelier"(2 Tips)
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    ImpulseWine.comMarch 11, 2013
    They have a big selection of wine by the glass, so be sure and try a taste of something you're never had. Try a Soave, Chinon, Muscadet, or maybe something from the Jura in France.
  • Andy B.heart icon on user image
    Andy BurgessAugust 26, 2016
    Great wines (it's worth asking the sommelier over to suggest some), good food (for both vegans and meatatarians) and very good service.
  • David B.heart icon on user image
    David BentlerOctober 4, 2014
    The wine, the food, the service was incredible. Our waiter Chris made our simple lunch an experience to remember. His warmth, charm and level of professionalism were on-par with the finest restaurants
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    L bJuly 12, 2022
    Spicy shrimp starter was great- definitely to share (ton of fries). The fisherman’s stew will scratch the seafood itch- superb. Bartender can spin up a custom cocktail. Definitely recommend.
  • Ashley R.heart icon on user image
    Ashley RoseOctober 31, 2018
    Fabulous service- ask your waiter for recommendations on wine. Skip the lobster Mac . And if you’re sweet they will send you home with some Carmel turtles 🤗
  • Vivian R.heart icon on user image
    Vivian RamirezFebruary 4, 2018
    Probably one of the better places in Seattle. Beautiful room, great service, and great food. Also the wine menu is really entertaining/well written.
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    Johnnie SkywalkingJune 21, 2015
    Extensive choice of glass wine. Choose wine flights so you can enjoy 3 in one. You still have to choose from which wine flights to go though.
  • Ines T.
    Ines TucakovicJune 11, 2013
    Love both the Spanish and the French wine flights - only $15 each! Do yourself a favor & order the poutine and lobster Mac & cheese. You're welcome. End the night w/the espresso tart & coffee!
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    KellyOctober 6, 2016
    Great experience at the bar. 110-page wine list, inc rosé flight option. Awesome shrimp and grits. Crab roll a little celery-heavy. Brioche dessert a MUST.
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    Vivy LawJune 11, 2013
    The Anderson Ranch Lamb and Proscuitto Meatballs (Pappardelle, moroccan tomato sauce, feta cheese and mint) was the most amazing pasta dish there! It was more flavorful than the lobster Mac & cheese!
  • Tyler S.heart icon on user image
    Tyler SimmonsJune 24, 2016
    The lamb burger alongsidr the Bordeaux tasting flight was awesome! Great wine, cool vibe and tasty food.
  • Norbert H.heart icon on user image
    Norbert HuApril 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Like a bottle of something you just tasted? They offer 40% off if you buy the whole bottle to go!
  • Alyssa C.
    Alyssa ColemanJanuary 8, 2015
    Food is SO good here. I've had the cheese board, the Mediterranean salad, burgers and butternut squash soup. Everything is delicious and you can't beat the decor of the place.
  • Ricardo H.heart icon on user image
    Ricardo HernandezOctober 14, 2015
    Really nice place with excellent food/wine pairings. Come here late in the evening for an intimate diner.
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    X-tina 🦄August 19, 2019
    We had the tomato soup and shared a margarita pizza. For dessert we got the bread pudding. Everything was just perfect and staff was friendly.
  • Devora M.
    Devora McMurrayJuly 3, 2012
    Our waiter Justin must be a sommelier! He was thoroughly informed and informative about each wine. Choose a red or white "flight" and be prepared to enjoy!
  • Dana N.
    Dana NinoDecember 13, 2012
    Amazing food- had the filet mignon with Brussels sprouts which sounds boring but it was absolutely delicious- perfectly cooked ultra tender fillet and amazing tasting Brussels sprouts -
  • Kristenelle
    KristenelleJune 4, 2017
    We've never been here, but keep hearing good things from friends. They have a large wine selection and feature Northwest flavors on their menu.
  • Jeff B.heart icon on user image
    Jeff BuckleyOctober 29, 2016
    The wine tower is something to behold. We had a simple take out request of pate and lamb sandwich. Very good. We will return.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BurnsAugust 29, 2012
    Really cool place. I arrived to late to grab food, but with over 80 wines by the glass to choose from, I decided to stay, enjoy the atmosphere and have a glass of red!
  • Nick J.heart icon on user image
    Nick JordanAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best wine selection I've found in Seattle and great food. Service can get a little slow so you'll have to entertain yourself with the vino.
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    The Seattle TimesMay 26, 2010
    More than 80 wines are available by the glass many organized into four 2.5-ounce tastes. Has an eclectic menu that encourages sampling as well. Try something from the "Tasting Bar," available after 3. Read more
  • Michelle L.heart icon on user image
    Michelle LeeFebruary 7, 2016
    baked brie is really good. i like the unique way it is wrapped in filo dough. lobster mac and cheese was a bit salty for me but not bad overall.
  • Tenielle G.
    Tenielle GoldlistDecember 29, 2014
    APFM: Huge selection of wine, offered in flights by–the–glass selections, with cheeses or with nosh trios and popular comfort foods.
  • Allie C.
    Allie CaudleAugust 17, 2018
    If you love wine, this is your dream come true! An extensive wine list is a huge understatement. Try the Kale Caesar salad.
  • Nils
    NilsJanuary 16, 2013
    Just plain awesomeness! Great food, great wine and really good service. Whenever I come back to Seattle the first place I will visit is the "purple"!
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    Silvia AdrianaDecember 18, 2016
    Great service and atmosphere. Pizzas are really good and the variety of wine, specially from Washington, is amazing.
  • Naureen K.
    Naureen K.April 30, 2012
    The small plates are where it's at! I sampled The Beef Carpaccio, braised beets, curried lamb empanada & Gorgonzola stuffed dates. I'm in heaven... Must try for all!
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreJanuary 27, 2011
    The cavernous glass curtained Purple Cafe in downtown Seattle offers good dining for lunch or dinner. Upstairs in the bar and away from the bustling main floor, enjoy a salad and a glass of wine. Read more
  • K M.heart icon on user image
    K MJune 17, 2016
    Lobster Mac and cheese or the lobster roll are the way to go.
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    MaganApril 18, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    The baked Brie and grilled cauliflower are amazing appetizers. Had the cassoulet and it was terrific!
  • Brad A.
    Brad AndersohnAugust 9, 2013
    The Halibut is out of this world. Goes great with a Nice Oregon Pinot J. Christopher.
  • Peter H.
    Peter HannaJanuary 19, 2014
    the lobster mac and cheese may look small, but it is a substantial dish. fun place.
  • Roman B.heart icon on user image
    Roman BedinerOctober 20, 2016
    Nice spot, martinis are well made sit at the bar if you can.
  • Sadie Y.heart icon on user image
    Sadie YAugust 15, 2015
    Enjoying the Blanc Limé summer aperitif. Tried the Grilled Cauliflower at the server's recommendation. Very tasty!
  • Brook S.heart icon on user image
    Brook ShelleyNovember 8, 2016
    The crab sandwich is quite good, and goes well with a housemade shrub. Try the strawberry basil.
  • Rebecca M.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca MazzaSeptember 10, 2017
    Great wine list but the food could be better. Lamb pizza is the best option
    ImpulseWine.comApril 20, 2013
    If you're a fan of sparkling wine, odds are they have some great Champagne and other traditional style bubbly available by the glass.
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    KristenAugust 12, 2012
    Great blood orange soda. Try the salted caramels. One of the best desserts I have had.
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    JeffDecember 14, 2013
    You MUST try the spicy mushroom soup! Try it with a flight of sweet white wine of your choice.
  • Kevin H.heart icon on user image
    Kevin HuJuly 21, 2013
    can't go wrong with the lobster Mac and cheese! grilled salmon sandwich was also a delight! great ambiance!!!
  • Diego H.heart icon on user image
    Diego HMDecember 11, 2017
    Its a nice and big restaurant with the best service!! I had a delicious basil pasta.
  • Ly L.
    Ly LeAugust 20, 2019
    Lovely staircase of wine. They would have pairing recommendations for all your food even dessert
  • Brian B.heart icon on user image
    Brian BilboApril 26, 2015
    Wine flights let you try 3 wines of a particular type, pretty cool.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RayDecember 15, 2013
    Fab wine selection! Menus looks wonderful too. About to tuck into short rib and a seafood stew
  • Lydia W.
    Lydia WeemsFebruary 19, 2016
    The wine, the food, atmosphere and service are all incredible!!
  • Corey P.
    Corey ProtinMay 19, 2014
    This place has an enormous wine selection and pairing suggestions for every appetizer and meal.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DrellMarch 15, 2013
    The Brussels sprouts are incredible, and the cranberry chicken salad is delicious (despite not having lettuce)!
  • Tyler S.heart icon on user image
    Tyler SzaboJune 1, 2016
    The creme brulee is quite nice. Wine with a cheese plate is also a great choice.
  • Candice C.
    Candice CruzDecember 30, 2013
    Great place for drinks, apps, and dessert! Try the Syrah brownie or sea salt caramels.
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