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Bastille Cafe & Bar

#164 of 3,095 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
French, Bar, Pub
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5307 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4061 (Vernon Street)
+1 206-453-5014
16:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 02:00
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have eaten here several times over the last few years and have never been disappointed, the staff is great, food really good and the bartenders are all masters of their craft. The food here is classic Bistro, I like the specials they have but their Steak Frittes is worth coming in for, always perfectly cooked and the fries are... More 

Thank Jon F
Seattle, Washington
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293 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hubby and I were waiting for a table at a nearby restaurant, and decided to get a drink to pass the time. We found Bastille around the corner and decided to give it a try. Hubby ordered an Agave Sour and pronounced it quite tasty. I had the Lily Fix, and it was so good I ordered another. We didn't... More 

Thank wearymom3
Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Bastille is my favorite restaurant in Ballard. I love to come here with friends, when family is visiting (my parents from out of town LOVE this place), or for a romantic dinner with my husband. The ambiance is lovely, the staff is professional and friendly, and the food is creative and ever-changing. I can eat amazing food without breaking the... More 

Thank smashmcgee
Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Fabulous French restaurant (which is no surprise given its name). I had the oysters, pâté and the marinated beets for appetizers followed by salad, chicken and dessert. All excellent. A couple of cocktails rounded out the mix and made for an enjoyable evening. Not exactly inexpensive but worth the price for a special occasion and they do have some budget... More 

Thank mondorbn
Seattle, Washington
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66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

First of all, the decor is perfect. You feel like you just walked into a Paris restaurant. Very French. It is also quite loud, so not the place for quiet conversations. I rated it "average" because there was nothing between "average" and "very good". The food was tasty, but the chef was a bit heavy-handed with the salt. The portions... More 

Thank FoodFan1966
Shoreline, Washington
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86 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Popped in with a couple of buddies on a Tuesday night (Tuesday nights are great nights to go out in Ballard - lots of availability in restaurants and bars), and we passed two great hours over good food and good conversation. I started with a tiki-style cocktail of 5 yr old rum, three different fruit juices, vanilla, and bitters -... More 

Thank Andy C
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

We arrived and were quickly whisked to our table. We had prompt, discreet service from our waiter. The food was excellent, especially the frites! We will absolutely visit again soon.

Thank Jonessquared
Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

My friend and I came here for happy hour and I have to say it was amazing! The food is French and was so good! Happy hour is only served in the bar, so come early...this place fills up fast! The waitstaff was attentive and super nice and always noticed when we needed more water, never had to ask! Happy... More 

Thank LyndseyKnoy
Seattle, Washington
1 review
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Good spot to bring visiting family from out of town. Feels fancy and like a "city" restaurant. Fun atmosphere and bar in the back too.

Thank Adam Z
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Took customers to Bastille's tonight. We were very pleased with the entire experience. Great atmosphere in front and large bar in back. Played jazz music that set a nice tone. Had the liver pate and smoked tuna for apps. Everyone liked them both. The chicken dish was very flavorful. Had a nice crispness. Customer had the trout in some sort... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
French, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 02:00
16:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5307 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4061
    (Vernon Street)
  • Public Transportation: Metro bus service is available two blocks north of the restaurant on Market Street. The #15 bus runs from Market Street to downtown Seattle. The stop located on Market also offers transfer service to the #17, #44, #46 and #48 lines.
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Ballard
  • Neighbourhood: Ballard
  • Phone Number: +1 206-453-5014

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?