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“Great Neighborhood Restaurant and People Watching”

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
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Ranked #9 of 542 Restaurants in Bellevue
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Contemporary, Wine Bar
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Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: NE 4th St.
Description: Purple Café and Wine Bar pairs a global wine selection with a menu that combines classic American styles with seasonal Northwest ingredients.
Fairfield County
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142 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Great Neighborhood Restaurant and People Watching”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

I've been to Purple Cafe and Wine Bar several times over the last 2 years in visiting Bellevue. It reminds me of a good NYC type of restaurant in a smaller town. And that is good. Food wonderful and they have an excellent selection of small dishes to share. Dinner menu offers small dishes plus sandwiches and salads. Good selection of wine by the glass. Not all outdoor restaurants are good in my opinion but this one is. I like the high tables and regular tables outside--all spaced nicely so you have a feeling of space. It is located in a busy business and shopping area of Bellevue and great for people watching. Plus you can see the new Bellevue park, Lake Washington and mountains on a sunny day. Service a little slow but very friendly and basically good.

  • Visited July 2013
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Northern California
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Carefully constructed and perfectly executed dishes keep pace with a phenomenal wine list!”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

My friend and I enjoyed lunch here on their patio. Our server suggested a flight of sparkling wines to complement both our baked Brie appetizer and delicious chicken sandwich. We were not disappointed! Our server, Annie, was attentive without being overbearing and helpful in selecting wines we would most enjoy with our meal. The only negative were the ladies restrooms. I "get" the industrial vibe they aspire to create, but with remnants of paper on the floors, it devolved to a decidedly unpleasant gas station feel. As we were having lunch on a Saturday, it's hard to imagine how the restrooms could already be grungy.

Dirty restrooms aside, it was a terrific food and wine experience!

  • Visited July 2013
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Bellevue, Washington
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707 reviews
544 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Nice food in a party atmosphere”
Reviewed 28 June 2013 via mobile

This is a good place for a group looking for wine , cheese, starters, etc. it is not a great place for a quiet dinner.
Purple is popular so make a reservation. The starters and salads are good...the entree of rock shrimp and sausage is good, too. It is very noisy because of the high ceilings and metal furniture. If you want an after work atmosphere, it's good, but don't go here for a nice dinner out for two. Service is hit and miss, but they do serve your starters and entrees soon after you order.

Visited June 2013
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Bellevue, Washington, United States
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Purple wine and dining is fine”
Reviewed 5 June 2013

Excellent selection of quality wine. Great selection of menu items for both appetizers and full dinners.

Visited June 2013
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“Very enjoyable and good food but we felt rushed”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

We went with another couple. My wife ordered the 3 course meal and I ordered the brie appetizer and walnut salad with chicken. Both were outstanding. Wine selection was excellent. My only complaint was the check arrived with dessert giving me the impression they were trying to push the 4 of us out the door so they could turn the table. This caused me to feel rushed and hurt what was otherwise an excellent dining experience.

  • Visited May 2013
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