This lovely airy space is situated between two fantastic cafes, Bar Melusine and General Porpoise on Union Ave. Side note, General Porpoise has some of the tastiest malasada inspired doughnuts with daily made seasonal fillings. But be warned they are on the pricey side. Totally worth it for a ‘treat yourself day’ though.
When we first walked in I couldn’t help but notice the amazing caged lights hanging from the ceiling. The interior decor is beautifully done, with a contemporary French farmhouse feel. The table settings are vintage inspired, and the tables are made from dark, unfinished stone slabs that make the rest of the decor pop.
Bateau has an excellent selection of cocktails and wine. Most of the bottles of wine start in the $70 price range, which was a bit much for our party of 2 so we opted for wine by the glass. The glass offerings are fantastic as well and the Reds pair perfectly with their meats.
In the dining area, two chalkboards list the daily cuts of beef available. Once you order your steak or another cut of beef, they cross it off the list and it is no longer available for the day. They have about 3 – 4 pieces available per cut. So my advice would be to make early reservations, that way you have a larger selection to choose from. We came at 6:30 pm, which were perfect because there was still plenty offerings left on the board.
I truly enjoyed my visit to Bateau. The service was impeccable and the ambiance really sets you up for a comfortable, unpretentious dining experience. While I wouldn’t be able to dine here regularly, I will definitely bring out of town Seattle visitors here and I look forward to celebrating more special occasions at this restaurant.
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Price Point: $$$$