Seattle >Place Pigalle - Pike Place Market
Great French inspired Pnw food, wonderful views and friendly service. A gem hidden in the market. Don't miss those mussels!
Oder the mussels and a bottle of wine and soak in the lovely Elliot Bay views at this market classic.
Nothing will make you fit in more than pronouncing the name of this restaurant correctly -- something even Seattle natives can't always do. It's 'plahs pih-GAHL'. As in, "mise en place" and "you've got a lot of gall!" Probably not what the name actually means, though.
Rude, Pretentious, NOT PET FRIENDLY.
Some of my friends were visiting from out of town and they brought their two small dogs. We stopped here and simply ASKED if we could dine out on the patio with our pets (mean while the dogs were outside.)
The hostess flipped an attitude and said "Dog's aren't allowed in restaurants."
And when I went to grab a paper menu that happened to be the drink listing she said, "Oh are you going to take that?"
My response was, "Is that a problem?" Her response was, "well it's only the drink menu not the dinner menu."
She was so rude. Acting as if my fellow pet owners and I should not dare set foot near that place.
Needless to say we'll never go back even without our pets.
It looks like, from the other ratings, that if you get a chance to get past the troll guarding the front door it may be a nice restaurant. Maybe they should consider hiring a new hostess.
One Word "WOW". First off, the service is exceptional. They were very tentative, never let our wine glass empty, checked on us occasionally to see if we needed anything, and we were the last people to leave so they were having their dinner I assumed and they got up just to thank us for coming in. Now let get to the food, we had the escargots and the sauce was so good that we asked for more bread so that we can dipped. The beets salad was fantastic and I wouldn't recommend the sautee seasonal greens (it was just so-so). The seafood in Saffron Tomato broth was awesome, very flavorful. The venison medallions (deer meat) was great if you like that kind of exotic meat but for me it was the taste that needed to be acquired but I love the sauce. The best that night was the Carlton Farms Pork Rib Chop. It was so tender and juicy that it just melted in your mouth. We were too full by the time for desert so will save it for next time. : )
Delectable Food and View!. What a great little romantic restaurant! It was recommended to me by a friend... I had never seen it before; tucked away behind Rachel the Pig (and the "fish throwers") at Pike Place Market. The food is delectable! If you go you MUST try the mussels (the best I've ever had....in a bacony balsamic brew that was out of this world) and the scallops (simmered in a pomegrate sauce that was truly amazing). The beet salad with goat cheese was scrumptious too! We couldn't get a window table (first come first serve) but still had a wonderful view of the sun setting over Puget Sound. The service was great as well- very professional but not too over the top. I'm surprised this restaurant (and chef) isn't more well known in Seattle....I guess it's been there in the market for years. This was truly the best meal (and dining experience) I've had in Seattle in a very long time!
Don't trust this place for a special occassion.
We recently went to Place Pigalle for my boyfriend's birthday. They didn't deliver on any of their promises, a window table, candle in the dessert, all things I discussed with them on the phone that same day. The waitress was rude when we arrived, our table near the window was taken, and there was an inordinately long wait between the salad and entree (over 30 minutes). This wouldn't have been bad but the temperature in the restaurant was officially freezing, we both froze. The was a staff shift in mid-evening, at the end someone we hadn't seen before took our plates and reluctantly (we had to ask) offered dessert. We chose the Cherry Torte which arrived so cold (sub zero, with no candle) that it had no flavor, and after asking for no dairy (soy for our coffee) the waiter still brought heavy cream to put on the dessert. All in all it was a horrible, freezing, three hour flop that cost waaaay too much ($150 for two, with one glass of wine.) I feel reall ripped off.
I feel like I have to warn friends and family about Place Pigalle - to spare them a similar experience.
Thanks for listening, hope your dining experiences are bright. Happy holidays!
One of the best dining experiences ever. My wife and I have several years of experience working in restaurants, so we tend to be pretty tough critics. We both agree that our dinner at this unassuming little place is one of the best dining experiences either of us have ever had. All of the dishes--sauteed calamari, beet salad, sea scallops, Columbia River Sturgeon, po de creme--were perfectly portioned and prepared. The sauces--a dijon vinaigrette and a grapefruit butter sauce, among others--were unbelievably delicate and exploding with flavor. The prices are a great deal considering the higher prices at most nearby restaurants, the atmosphere is very romantic without trying to be, the service (by our server and the owner) was thorough and expertly paced--I can't say enough good things.
Fresh, elegant seafood and a rustic-yet-romantic setting make this one of Pike Place Market's best-kept secrets..
If this dining room were a movie set, the two strangers would certainly fall madly in love, gazing at the ferries crossing Puget Sound at sunset. Since 1982, diners have stumbled upon this black-and-white tiled, linen-tabled bistro only to discover a taste of romance. Gracefully attentive servers are consistently well-informed about the revolving menu.
Take the hint as you make your way past the fish-mongers--seafood is your best bet. The day's fresh sheet can be playful: On one evening, reduced balsamic syrup was striped over strawberry-topped ono. Notable starters include terrific mussels steamed in balsamic and bacon; an onion soup laden with Gruyere; and perfectly bitter, wilted greens. Carnivores should choose the tender lamb chops or the hoisin-laced rare duck breast.
Sound views, good food, white table cloths, pleasant atmosphere. We came on a Saturday night after a movie at Pac Place. The place is not obvious, behind the pig in pike place, which is nice. We sat indoors, a four-seater by the windows. The food was good, though the sommelier was a bit peremptory with wine suggestions. I had the red coconut curry seafood bisque. Our friends had the pork mole, cooked medium rare, which was perfect; and a vegeterian dish, also good. For atmosphere (after-hours, easy to overlook place) this place is up there with Chez Shea. For food, it's good. I'd recommend to friends.
Lovely bistro with a view. Lovely, tiny spot that makes us feel like we're in Paris, but with a fantastic view! Place Pigalle is a French gem--and definitely more French than a "seafood" restaurant. It's a small menu but inventive. I think their best offerings are in the appetizers- every one is beautifully prepared, creative, and delicious. Fairly light too- petite portions (just like in France!). Wine list was good but more weighted to WA and Cal vintages rather than French. I'd definitely recommend reservations. It's wonderful and romantic, definitely a bit expensive, but worth it for a special occasion or a romantic evening out. Especially during the summer!
great place, pity about the service. nice spot in a great location with nice setting, grat food and good wine list ; I've never actually written a complaint about service in a restaurant but my experience here prompted me to do so. I liked the person that sat us, good sense of humor and understated but our waitress was terrible. Shortly after 9: 30 on a friday night and we were the only people left there much ot her apparent annoyance, cleared our plates away pretty quickly and the empty bottle of wine without asking us if we wanted anything else and decided to sit down with other staff, hav esomething to drink and eat and left us hanging ; after a while all that could be heard in the place was her talking loudly about her difference of opinion on politics with the other staff, finally got the check and got out of there.
A special treat. I looked on citysearch for a restaurant befitting a romantic weekend in Seattle and stumbled across Place Pigalle. After making the reservation, I was dismayed to learn that the restaurant was located in the marketplace - I was sure it would be touristy with overpriced, mediocre food. Boy, was I wrong. The atmosphere was magical (I loved the bistro tables and the black-and-white checked floor) and the food was elegantly prepared and delectable. When I asked the waiter for a dry white to pair with oysters, he brought the perfect wine. With the main course (halibut in a flavorful sauce), he selected a gorgeous Oregon pinot within our limited price range. We ended the evening with a masterful pairing of pot de creme and tawny port, and creme brulee and orange muscat ... and then went at midnight to the Space Needle. What a memorable experience!
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