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Jeffo405 May 12, 2010 06:59 PM

It's been forever since we've been to Cafe Campagne, and we've never been to Bastille. I'm a big concerned about the mixed reviews I've been seeing about Bastille, but always interested in trying something new.

Could anyone who's been to both fairly recently please chime in with your thoughts?

Thanks!

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Cafe Campagne
1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

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    akq May 13, 2010 10:30 AM

    Cafe Campagne. Never been disappointed with service or food there. I've tried Bastille a few times and been seriously disappointed with both every time. Limited menu, food is inconsistent (severely undercooked burger, then severely overcooked, etc.), very LOUD and cramped restaurant when busy, and service is snooty and dismissive. I live in Ballard within easy walking distance of Bastille, but I'd drive to Cafe Campagne waaaayyy before I'd go to Bastille again. Last time I went to Bastille I was so disappointed I talked to the manager and he gave me a gift cert for a return visit. It's been a couple months and that hasn't even been enough to get me back in there. No contest, imho.

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    Cafe Campagne
    1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

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      Lauren May 13, 2010 10:58 AM

      Bastille without a doubt. I go there a couple of times a month and have never been disappointed. Their frites and aioli are no comparison to Cafe Campagne's. Their pate and french onion soup are fantastic. I had the rabbit pasta last time I was there and it was the perfect spring entree. Tried the beef cheeks as an app and they were so rich and unctuous - I was in heaven! The steak frites are always a winner.

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        cvn66 May 13, 2010 12:03 PM

        I have to agree with akg - go with Cafe Campagne. I also live withing walking distance to Bastille and I prefer Campagne. I have been to Bastille 5 time now and the service has been all over the place from almost non-existent (on a fairly slow night) to very good and the food has run from average to very good, depending on what you get. I have always had consistently good service and food from Cafe Campagne - and they have a better wine list with more choices for under $50 a bottle. That is my biggest complaint about Bastille, if you are trying to be a bistro, you should have a more affordable wine selection - I don't want to drop $50 -$100 on a bottle of wine at a bistro.

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        Cafe Campagne
        1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

        Campagne
        86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

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          Jeffo405 May 13, 2010 06:51 PM

          Looks like Cafe Campagne is the winner - dare I add Place Pigalle to the mix?!

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          Cafe Campagne
          1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

          Place Pigalle Restaurant
          , Seattle, WA 98101

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            DonJ May 14, 2010 01:43 PM

            Two different places...both good IMO. Pigalle is dressier, smaller, little more upscale. Very pleasant. Cafe C is greatr busy consistent place. Both beat Bastille big time in terms of ambiance and food quality,IMO. (Unless you are 23 and cruising!)

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