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Staple and Fancy

#105 of 3,076 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4810 (48th Ave NW)
+1 206-789-1200
17:00 - 23:00
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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service was poor probably due to the mandatory 20% service charge. We poured our own wine and had to grab someone whenever we wanted something after our entrees arrived. The whole fish wasn't dry, but it wasn't moist and flaky. No need to return to this restaurant with the array of excellent choices nearby in Ballard.

Thank Ted S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

If you visit Seattle this is a must! Get the chef's tasting multiple course meal, it is unbelievable. Great service and really good food! Will be back again for sure.

Thank Jeeperdawn
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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462 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Three of us went for the tasting menu. It was a great evening. We started out tasting seven appetizers. A salad, ahi tuna, Prosciutto, parsnip & pear soup, Broccoli Rabe, Fried oysters and steak tartar. Next was a pasta with snap peas. Then there was sea bass and pork loin. Finally dessert consisted of panacea with pineapple and caramel pearls... More 

Thank 2Travel-4funNow
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138 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

A lovely spot for a delicious meal. Service was attentive but not rushed. Nice wine list. Warm, cozy atmosphere. Ordered off the "staple" menu and had the mushroom pasta dish which was amazing. Next time will try the "fancy" menu for sure!

Thank Jennifer H
Bellevue, Washington
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Went there for a nice dinner with my wife, who is vegan. Wait staff was super accommodating, pointing out menu and tens like the beet salad with raddiccio (wow), roasted brussel sprouts (with anchovy dressing on the side), and they made her a vegan rissotto with mushroom that she thoroughly enjoyed. Impressive wine list, although I went with the Taylor... More 

Thank Pete B
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Went with a girl friend, had the Ravioli. Enjoyed the meal IMMENSELY (who'd have thought ravioli could be "fancy"), service was terrific.. wasn't s fan of the mandatory 20% gratuity. I would've tipped 20% happily by choice, but was annoyed at being forced to do so.

Thank Lorelei T
Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is my favorite, go to restaurant in Seattle. The food is always excellent and the space is nice and cozy. Great wine selections as well. I recently ate at the bar with a friend and the service from Kelly was superb! Kelly and the rest of the staff really took care of us. Unfortunately the service at some of... More 

Thank Chasing_the_Sun_2011
Seattle, United States
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

9p on a cold rainy Monday night, what a port in the storm. Staff markedly friendly and relaxed. Champagne, Hamachi, scallops, squash ravioli, and winter Brussel sprouts. 2012 Barolo. A beautiful date. It doesn't come much better.

Thank H S W
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1,641 reviews
1,016 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Ethan tears it up in this classic joint where he combines proteins, starches, vegetables, and spices into edible meals.

Thank Alzor S
Westminster, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We went after spending a whole day at Pikes place and worried that we would be so tired and full eating here but we were not disappointed. At the advise of all the previous reviewers, we chose the family style menu and were blown away by the innovative menu and presentation. The portion size was perfect. I think any larger... More 

Thank Ann L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-4810
    (48th Ave NW)
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: +1 206-789-1200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?