Bateau

4.7
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573 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French / American
Located in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Bateau is a beef-centric, French inspired restaurant with fresh, local ingredients and bold flavors. Bateau has an extensive wine selection including local and imported wines.





Bateau's selection of steaks are butchered and dry-aged in house and presented on a chalkboard that changes daily. Steaks are butter basted and finished with your choice of finishing butter. Chef Taylor Thornhill also offers a 5 course beef-centric Tasting Menu with optional beverage pairings.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.7
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4.1
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JG
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this experience. Everyone was nice- hostess, server and other staff were friendly, accommodating and made great menu recommendations. Both of our steaks were perfectly seasoned, cooked and I loved the lemon butter! Highly recommend

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Impeccably done but maybe too many deconstructed flavours and some of the food is great but not yummy! Fab frites.

DS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Please note that if you get reservations later in the evening you will not have many cuts of meat available to you.

V
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best steak I've ever eaten! We had the best experience and will for sure be back for our next special occasion.

CS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best aged steaks I've ever had. Would definitely come back in the near future.

C
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The most fantastic hamburger I've ever had! Absolutely phenomenal! The place is super nice for date night, the steaks are cooked excellently (if ordering them might be a little daunting), the drinks are all very good & the place is cozy but not all crammed up.

CF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, but the price once you receive the bill is a bit overwhelming so be prepaid to save up before you dine here.

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, as always! This is our go-to for date night and we are never disappointed!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great place, was more than what I expected! We will be back!

OT
Cancun
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience! Would highly recommend!!

B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Good but overpriced - enjoyed my steak but felt prices were a bit high. Portion size of sides was not large enough.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best steak of all time was the table consensus

RO
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Most amazing steaks and knowledgable staff. Had to tell the waitress she was "amazing". The pine ice creme is a little weird, but everything knocked my socks off.

c
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and fantastic service. 5 stars.

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

If you like steak and you're not a good cook and you're willing to pay A LOT for a piece of steak and you like knowing where the cow lived before it became your meal, you will like this place. The food was very good. But we make steak that tastes just as good or better at home with no special equipment and no relationship with a farm. I was also pretty flummoxed by the fact that the chef refused to remove the rye cracker from the "Rueben" to make it GF. We ordered it anyway and removed the rye ourselves but it would have been easy for him to do in the kitchen. It indicated a complete lack of interest in us as the customer and just reeked of snobbery. We will not go back.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Mediocre steak that comes precut if shared. Decent price for the amount of steak and good wine selection.

J
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

I am so upset about our experience last night. We’ve been hoping to try Bateau for a few years and thought for my birthday 🎂 we would book ahead of time. The restaurant is charming in appearance but don’t be fooled. This is a warning. The food and prices - especially the wine are obnoxiously priced. $100 per bottle of wine. The rude stuck up waiter who knows nothing about wine and didn’t even offer us bread- i guess you need to ask for it. For 4 of us our bill was 750$! I’d rather go to Canlis or better yet get a new purse. The salad was the best thing on the menu. Steaks are sliced but somewhere in the kitchen the juice is left behind. When plated its dry chewy and who needs butter slathered all over your steak? The desserts are strange. What about a chocolate gateau, Bateau?
Oh! When we quickly left to go home to drink one of our nice bottles of Leonetti together- we saw a plant based ice cream shop! That looked much better than a $700 meal at Bateau that was in unsatisfactory, unsatisfying and upsetting. I wish we could have a redo on my birthday dinner but sadly I cannot. Lesson learned the hard way. IF you ignore this review- my advice- ask for free bread and a hamburger that’s apparently NOT on the menu and maybe 1 glass of wine $22 which will make me and your wallet feel much better.

SO
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Get there about an hour after it opens so you can have more meat choices! The burger reviews are the real deal. It's not on the menu but it is really good. They use the scraps of all the cuts that they have so it's quality and delicious meat. We had a ribeye (w/bone marrow butter) and a Denver steak (with brown butter) and I would have to say the bone marrow steak is extremely good and completely makes the steak. The drinks are a bit pricey. Overall it's a great experience and definitely worth it. There are also alot of variety cuts to choose from (ranging from $20-$150+), so the price is what you make it.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

BYOB - $30 corking fee.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most amazing dinner in a super classic, understated, open, airy restaurant. I booked it for my husbands birthday. We loved our food! Our waiter was very nice and made us feel so comfortable. Best filet I’ve every had. We split an order of mashed potatoes which were so tasty, and also got the salad and pickled veggies - so so good! I highly recommend this restaurant for a special date. Pricy, but entirely worth every penny.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you’re a steak lover, then this is the right place for you! Customer service is excellent and nice overall environment. We will definitely going back to try a different cut!

DG
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were greeted warmly when we walked in the door of Bateau. The welcome continued for the entire time we were at the restaurant. The food was glorious and our server, Jessica, was knowledgeable, friendly and timely as she checked in to make sure the food was to our liking. What a treat!

MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal I’ve ever had in Seattle. Joshua our server was A+

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pricey, but absolutely perfectly cooked steaks and definitely worth the price. I’d recommend you let the staff walk you through the cuts based upon your personal tastes, I’m glad I did. Overall great experience, good vibe, and great service.

JD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The appetizers and shared plates were excellent, but the steak was mediocre, especially for the price. The model is interesting, but difficult, with dozens of cuts to choose from, many of which I'd never heard of, so I let the server guide me to a choice, and we ended up sharing three cuts between four of us, and none were great. And of course we spent over $600 for the 4 of us, so I'd prefer a more traditional steakhouse where instead of selling the whole cow, they are only selling the best cuts.

G
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The rib-eye steaks were really delicious as well as the starters we ordered.

SL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

This is an interesting place that emphasises that it is a different steak house. I do however think that good steaks don't need to be drowned in butter sauces, and that the natural flavours should be allowed to shine. For me: butter doesn't make everything taste better.

j
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Steaks and carbs are fantastic at Bateau. But where are the green salads? The salads they have are also rich and they should offer more simple vegetables as well. The yellow beets weren't very appetizing and weren't soft enough either (surrounded by butter/oil also). Why rich brioche toast vs. bread on the bread/butter request? Everything is WAY too rich on the menu.
The tables are WAY too close together so it is hard to have a romantic or intimate experience. The waiters have a really hard time getting in AND everyone around them gets to here the long lecture on the meats of the night.
Cocktails are out of this world. Red wines not so much. Very surprising that they don't have more than one Cab. The one they offer is a Cab-Merlot and is $22/glass, thank you very much! The other red wines per glass aren't great with steak. What are they thinking?
We used to come here for special date night occasions but will be looking around at other restaurants now. Kind of sad about that.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I went in expecting great things but, it was ok. I learned aged meats are not my thing, but I was glad I tried them. But I think I’ve checked this box and will move on to the next spot.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience at Bateau! From the moment we walked in, the customer service was great. The food is fantastic and the steak ordering experience is truly unique. We shared our entire meal, including apps, a Top Sirloin and Denver, and the pine shoot ice cream for dessert was the perfect ending. A bit expensive, so wouldn't go often, but for special occasions, I would strongly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience3

Do not get the 5 course meal. They basically serve you the parts of the cow they can’t sell, its EXTREMELY salty, flavors are not balanced at all. It’s only strange cuts of meat and pickled anything, you really just want a piece of bread by the end of it. Then you get charged an arm a leg and 3 fingers. We made a mistake and should have gotten a steak.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bateau is one of favorite places. The food and the experience are excellent!

CM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service experience. Delicious menu and super unique approach to serving beef. Food was appropriately seasoned and the steak we ordered was perfectly cooked. I hope I have the chance to visit Bateau again!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was wonderful from start to finish. We had 3 different types of steak and several sides. The accompanying drinks were tasty too. Must try!

JB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely perfect , salads apps to the unique steak cut we enjoyed. To the kitchen if you ever read this, y’all rock. I’ve been a chef for 23 years and I’ve never come across a restaurant so focused on a singular ingredient. Incorporating it throughout the entire menu, just stellar work

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience4

The service was good at first but as it got later it really fell off. Don't seat us at 9:45pm if you're staff is going to all leave and not pay attention after 10:30pm. The food was almost great except for someone got a hold of the salt shaker and had a party. Every dish at the table was over salted and one was so bad we had to send it back. But despite those 2 things it really had the potential to be a great meal.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was incredible!

SC
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Did not enjoy the experience... felt overly pretentious and stuffy. The wait staff basically told us what to order even though we asked for other items and the food didn't even taste that great and left us feeling sick after. It was not for us and won't be returning.

P
Anchorage
8 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bateau never fails when it comes to great food and service!
Our server did an excellent job answering our questions.

j
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and atmosphere