Bastille & Back Bar

4.5
998 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
Opened in June of 2009 and housed in an historic 1920’s building in Seattle’s Old Ballard neighborhood, Bastille & Back Bar is a bustling homage to a Parisian brasserie. Owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann scoured Paris flea markets and local salvage stores for vintage accessories to create a truly authentic feel. From the white subway tiles, antique mirrors, and Paris Metro clock to the zinc-topped bar and stunning crystal chandelier that takes center stage in the Back Bar; they’ve truly hit the mark. Chef Jason Stoneburner creates French focused cuisine inspired by the abundance of seasonal product found locally---and it doesn’t get any more local than the restaurants 4500-square-foot organic rooftop garden. The wine list is French focused with a smattering of NW wines and the bar offers an extensive collection of absinthe.

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$38 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu

Sampling of Bastille's most popular dishes. Additional wine pairings are available for $6 each.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 5 April 2019

Ends: 6 April 2118

Availability: Daily 17:00-18:15

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EG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Upon arriving, the hostess said we had no reservation. I showed her my Opentable confirmination and she still said there was no reservation. I had her pull up all her tables and it turns out she had already marked that she had sat us, but it was another party of 4. Not us. When we ordered, two out of the four of us dining ordered lamb burgers to be medium, and they were sent out practically raw. The waitress was very sorry but we waited 20 min + for our burgers while our friends were already done eating. When we got the burgers back they were well done and dry. Service was also pretty slow. Not a good experience, not coming back.

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KR
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Over the years the food at Cafe Bastille keeps improving. Had the mushroom gratin and it was gone in a flash. Atmosphere is always lively.. in a good way.

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent. The service was phenomenal (thanks Sarah!). We will definitely be back.

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C
Seattle
88 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We normally give Bastille 5 stars across the board but, this time, it wasn’t up to par. The frites accompanying the moules we so over cooked they were not edible. They were 1 to 3 inches long and dark brown, nearly black. Figure they dumped the end of the fryer basket and tried to pass them off as frites. Not good and not what we’ve come to know from Bastille. Disappointing.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance and vibe. Food is super solid. This year's Bastille day festivities better than ever. (only issue is that entries beat the beers to the table somehow)
Miss playing petanque too but I understand...no more empty lots in Ballard anymore!

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S
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've visited Bastille & Back Bar on several occasions. The food is excellent and reasonably priced and the service is excellent. We've always enjoyed very personable servers who add much to our experience. The music groups that play on occasion are excellent, and special occasions such as Bastille Day are, well, special...to say nothing of being unique.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great night at Bastille — the food and service continue to rank among the very best in Seattle.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We used Open Table to book the reservation, but the problem was that the notes I made there didn't transfer to the hosts and that was frustrating. A birthday celebration was not acknowledged.

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SL
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went with another couple to celebrate Bastille Day and a graduation. Such a fun experience! Food was fantastic!

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JP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service always attentive without being intrusive. The moule frit was great, the lamb burger delicious. And the salads are the best in town. Always imaginative and wonderful. Cocktails interesting and successful. The fries/frit over salted. Salt very lightly and leave the rest to the customer is our advice. This is a reliably great restaurant. We’ve been there many times and have never been disappointed. Downsides are shared with other restaurants in town —- noise level and parking challenge in the neighborhood.

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E
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love it there! Would love to have dessert too for brunch.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants Seattle has to offer. Definitely my favorite neighborhood place eat. Great for a place to go on a special occasion, like a dinner date or when friends visit from out-of-town. Been there multiple times already. Definitely will be back!

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CX
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The environment is good but the food is mediocre and overpriced

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LH
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We loved the atmosphere and booth seating. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I’d highly recommend the cheese platter as an appetizer. The mussels were outstanding and my friends enjoyed the chicken dish and the sausage with fava beans and leeks. We will definitely be back!

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NS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We were seated indoors by the window. It was fun to watch people walking by on a warm summer Friday night. There was a party of 8 seated next to us. A couple of the males were slightly intoxicated and were unable to use an inside voice.
I will definitely be back. BEST POMME FRITES EVER!!!!!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing, we had a lovely night, absolutely loved the steak and the shellfish were great!

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AK
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Keep up the outstanding work!!! We were sad that we didn't come on the night that you show obscure French New Wave films, though!!! ; )

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JB
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food, service and ambiance were very good and conducive to an unrushed and enjoyable business dinner. Service was in step with the pace of our meeting. Unfortunately, the only negative was the seating surface of the booth that was quite sticky due either a recent refinishing or breakdown of the varnish.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I ate here for our honeymoon. We received 2 celebratory glasses of wine as soon as we were seated. The server was very informative and attentive. Everything tasted amazing. The ambience is incredible. Would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting a fun/romantic dinner.

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DA
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We each chose the moules (mussels) and frites... served European style. The Special included a scrumptious beet salad and a delicious cherry ice cream/pastry dessert. The mussels were large, tender and served in a wonderful broth. The frites could have been crisper, and the baguette less chewy, but they were not a distraction. Our waiter was prompt and helpful, answering all our questions, and suggested the wonderful white and sparkling wine flight (we finished one, then enjoyed a second). A rich cappuccino rounded out a nearly perfect lunch.

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JL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food not to my taste. Back bar was ridiculously cold.

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b
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I really like the ambience of this restaurant group. Each restaurant decoration is thoughtfully made and has character. It also is a great place to have large groups.

Everyone at the table thought the food was overall good and perfectly cooked (the fish and the meats) but everything was extremely salty. Even for people who love salt, they found it salty.

This is in general for all the restaurants in this group but I think the prices are a bit too high. Feel like each dish can be reduced by $3-$5, however the portions I think are very generous.

The server was friendly but, it was a surprise that upfront upon arrival we were told that the cake cutting fee was $30. But yet, the cake was brought out in the box, with the top flap open and a couple candles lit. It could have at least been taken out and placed on a plate...it was quite awkward and we really questioned why there was a cake cutting fee. Also, turned out that the cake cutting fee was $2 per guest, not $30. Nonetheless it was a strange moment.

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T
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was as always great. The hostess was very pleasant and knowledgable about the wines. I love it here!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful brunch with exemplary service.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great food but always too noisy for visiting with dinner companions. We had a great time; better after some tables cleared.

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KI
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great food, excellent location, and superior service.

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SL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The overall meal was great. Service was very good. But the place was crowded and very noisy. We’d a hard time just trying to catch the waitress telling us the day’s specials. It was hard to hold a decent conversation.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food was great, but the service was just terrible. We waited almost an hour for our main course and our waiter just shrugged and said, “I forgot to have them fire it.” No offer to bring out anything or comp anything. Refills on drinks were also slow, and their is a strange section strategy where the other waitresses wouldn’t help us, they just would just go tell our inattentive waiter we needed something, which he would then ignore. It’s too bad, the ambience and food are quite good, but there are too many other places to eat with better service.

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JP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Reliably excellent food and service. The salads are always imaginative and the lamb burger and steak frite just right. Service attentive, pleasant and non intrusive. We come here regularly and like it. Noise level a little higher than usual which made dinner conversation a challenge.

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LC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu and was gracious in allowing us time to to decide. The Sommelier did an excellent job of recommending various wines that would pair nicely without food choices. Food service was very good and allowed enough time to enjoy our meal. The food was delicious. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.

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I
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was great, service was slower than usual (but it was Friday evening)

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S
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every single thing we had from salads to entree and wine was perfect! Our waitress was knowledgeable and gave us great service including a free very interesting dessert!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was definitely good, but the portions were a bit small. I got the duck the leg and my fiancee got the mussels. The taste of both was certainly very good, and service was prompt and friendly, but neither of us was full at the end. I think if they just provided free bread, it would be enough to fix it. But it feels bad to pay $80 for a meal and not at least leave full.

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MR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I really loved the atmosphere and the menu at Bastille, the food was very good however, for the value - I have a lot of options in the area where I feel that my dollar goes further with food, service, and atmosphere that is equally as good.

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d
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious as always. My frites were good but some were mashed together and had the appearance of mashed potatoes.

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m
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Great service, excellent food from the starter “frites” through the cocktails then the main course of “Chicken Oysters” and Halibut - both items outstanding. Love the atmosphere - distinctive with a touch of energy. A Ballard gem.

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C
Seattle
89 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Introduced friends to Bastille and they loved it just like we do!

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PC
Salt Lake City
71 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First visit to this restaurant. We tried a variety of both small and large plates. The Eacargot was uninspiring in a bland pasta presentation. I really thought the Duck Confit was excellent and cooked perfectly with the skin crisp and the meat tender. My wife had the Falafel which was large enough she could not finish it. My daughter had the Roast Chicken which was very good. The ambience was good. Arrive early on a weekend as finding parking takes some effort or a walk of a few blocks.

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JC
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This our good to restaurant. It's always great and you can always count on a good meal.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent as was service. It was our 36th anniversary and they gave us a glass of Prosecco. Restaurant is a little loud for us. We like the Ballard area.

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