“Damn Good French Cuisine”
Ballard has been called “the most soulful” neighborhood in Seattle. We think of it as the 21st arrondissement of Paris: the Farmers Market, the boutiques, the little coffee bars and boîtes. We think of Bastille as a Ballard café that transports you to the City of Light. Everywhere your eye falls in Bastille, there’s a visual feast: 19th century sconces from a church in the French countryside; pendants from a school in Seattle; a clock that adorned a Paris metro station; a cozy “hearth” around which to gather on cool evenings; a host stand that once serviced a small hotel. It’s all about reinvention, rediscovery, restoration. In fact, that’s our aim—and the source of the word “restaurant”—to restore our guests to a condition of comfort and pleasure amidst the hubbub of urban life. The words we most often hear when people walk into Back Bar are, “Wow!” “Gorgeous!” Painted a rich dark chocolate, you feel as if you’ve entered a boîte à bijoux, a jewel box of delicious details: a crystal chandelier hangs from an arch salvaged from a French church; amber light glows from behind reclaimed grillwork; Art Deco sconces adorn the walls. And above it all preside two paintings recreated from the originals by French symbolist painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, with figures representing both the terror and inspiration of the French Revolution.
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Bastille Cafe & Bar
- Mon - Thu: 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
- Fri, Sat: 4:30 pm - 2:00 am
- Sun: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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