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Bastille Cafe & Bar

5307 Ballard Ave. NW Send to Phone
A bistro bringing Ballard diners classic dishes from the City of Light.


Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late

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Bastille Cafe & Bar, Seattle, WA

Bastille Cafe & Bar Restaurant Review

: Although the dining area can be noisy, its dark woods, white ceramics and indoor fire pit provide a welcoming touch to this Parisian-style bistro, made authentic with clanging plates, subway tiles and steak frites. Start with a fresh salad made with greens plucked from the restaurant’s rooftop garden and then tossed with a hazelnut vinaigrette. Small-plate favorites include the baked onion soup with cave-aged Comté, and a poutine variation of fries with sauce mornay and cheese curds. The Bastille burger with harissa aïoli is a favorite, but the ham and cheese croque monsieur can be hit and miss. Among favorite entrées are the house-made goat cheese gnocchi and the flatiron steak with mushroom confit. End your meal with a treat: Meyer lemon crème brûlée or salted caramel macaroons. A pricey wine list focuses on the Northwest and France, but a carafe of house white or red is a modest $15. For a more informal bite or drink, take a stroll to the secluded backroom bar where a large chandelier hangs from massive steel arches.

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