Bateau

4.7
412 reviews
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Contemporary French / American
Located in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Bateau is a beef-centric, French inspired restaurant with fresh, local ingredients and bold flavors. Bateau has an extensive wine selection including local and imported wines.





Bateau's selection of steaks are butchered and dry-aged in house and presented on a chalkboard that changes daily. Steaks are butter basted and finished with your choice of finishing butter. Chef Taylor Thornhill also offers a 5 course beef-centric Tasting Menu with optional beverage pairings.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belated Valentines day

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Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentines day dinner

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was extremely slow.. 30 minutes for drink/first order.. they felt understaffed, but it looked like it was only for us.. almost 3 hour dinner with only apps and entrees. Food was awesome. Extremely heavy, but awesome... Even just the mushrooms with the egg yolk were perfectly seasoned and cooked. We had a great time, but could’ve been a little tighter for $500

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing ambiance

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our absolute favorite restaurant in Seattle. The quality of meat and the overall ambience, service, and experience is second to none!

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IN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bateau was amazing. We went for Valentine's Day dinner and were not disappointed. We do not know much about steak, or fine dining, but the staff was very helpful and provided background that helped us make choices we were very happy with.

The four courses offered were all food I'd never had before and honestly would never have ordered on my own. However, they were absolutely delicious and gave me an appreciation for things like tongue and ox tail that I never thought I would have. Of course, we also ordered the filet mignon. Quite simply, it was the best steak I've ever had and it was enough to change my view on steak completely.

Yes, the restaurant is very expensive, but you should know that by now if you're reading reviews. If you make a reservation, know that you're going to drop some money and that gratuity is included (which seems to be the new Seattle standard). If you have this mindset, I sincerely believe you won't be disappointed. Be as open-minded as you can be regarding the menu, especially if you're like us and have not had a lot of fancy food before. Everything, and I do mean everything, is delicious. Splurge. You won't regret it.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! An incredibly well cooked filet, plus a tri-tip steak outstandingly flavorish! I'd recommend it to anybody, though I hear the real star is the burguer. Next time I go (because there will be a next time!) I'll ask for it.

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Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. This was my first time dining at Bateau and I had a spectacular experience! Our server was extremely informative and helpful with going through the menu. I ordered a port at the end of the night that was out of stock, and the bartender came to our table and offered server all suggestions on its place. I would definitely come again for the food, but I was really impressed with how well taken care of we were.

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s
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and excellent service. Our 2 person meal with wine and drinks was $400 so this is not an inexpensive place to eat, however, I also had the best steak I’ve ever eaten there. I plan to go back.

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JF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience. Great food, service, and ambience. Will definitely return.

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful country French decor and vibe but clearly American. Astonishing choice of meat cuts. Knowledgeable waiters. Sides were spectacular. Not inexpensive but worth it.

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AL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable food. Enjoyable service, very smooth and non intrusive. Maybe a little slow.

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SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This intimate, destined-for-greatness restaurant is, in a word, perfect, and the quality of its food more than justifies its prices. There are no words to fully describe the sublime steak, which is chosen from a rotating selection of house-butchered and aged cuts, then listed on a wall-length chalkboard and crossed out as they become unavailable - if you have your eye on a particular option, order quickly or you may well miss out.

The life-changingly good meat is accompanied by a selection of no-nonsense side dishes and simple (yet delicious) butters, and can be washed down with locally-grown wines. I can't comment on dessert, but I have no doubt that it would live up to the hype. If you're visiting Seattle, reserve a table ASAP. If you live in Seattle, I'm jealous that you can experience such flawless cuisine anytime you choose.

Spectacular.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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ND
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a good dinner, good quality meat. We really enjoyed our dinner experience. However, I would not rush to go back. Honestly I prefer Metropolitan Grill.

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k
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly delicious range of cuts, flavor, and ages of beef - cuts I've never heard of before, let alone tasted. Warm, friendly, very professional staff who patiently walked us through the menu, teaching us about the various cuts of beef and which flavors/textures to expect. They also added some nice touches to help us celebrate a momentous family milestone. Beautifully designed interior and ambiance, as with all of Renee Erickson's restaurants - I've always been jealous of the patrons on the inside of this restaurant as I walked by on the outside. Oh yeah, and their frites are pretty darn good, too.

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M
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating wait staff. Superb service and delicious food. Cool ambiance. Highly recommend.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

service was great, the space beautiful. our server was extremely knowledgeable and helped guide our steak and wine selection. with the number of beef cuts I had never heard of, this was very helpful. steaks were perfectly cooked, but were undersalted. Great earthy and beefy flavors on the more aged cuts.
starters and sides (sweetbreads, aligot, and roasted mushrooms) were very mild in flavor and tasted underwhelming. none of them complimented the beefy richness of the steaks. it felt like some part of the cooking was forgotten or abandoned.

my date and I left feeling disappointed with what had the potential to be a great meal.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was spectacular except it was loud. They were nice enough to move us to a quieter table for date nite. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and are happy to help guide your food decisions without making you feel dumb.

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m
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was very good, but Canlis prices in a casual environment is not really worth the expense.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We knew it would be good, and it far exceeded our expectations. Loved it and will go back again.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time here for our anniversary dinner. Wish we had informed them of our anniversary before I booked the table as they take special note for couples celebrating to make them feel special.

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s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best experience possible. Every single member of the staff made us feel like they had waited weeks for our visit. The food was delicious. Everything was wonderful. We'll be talking about it for a long time - at least until our next visit :)

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East Sussex
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Meat was just excellent. Wine by glass very bad.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for our anniversary. Flew in from Italy to come hear for our first dinner back in 3 years. Definitely worth the visit. Will come again.

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the atmosphere to the service and the food it was a magical experience. The service staff was really knowledgable and helpful navigating the menu and everything was just so delicious! For a steak restaurant, the approach was creative and worked well. All the appetizers and side were on par with our main dishes and the wine list was awesome. Really a dream meal!

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MR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time at Bateau. It was our first time dining there and the experience of ordering off the meat board (and the knowledgable staff guidance) was wonderful. The steaks were phenomenal. The sides spectacular.

The food is expensive. But worth it.

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JL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service! Never disappoints! Try other cuts of beef each visit. And always leave room for dessert- potato ice cream!!!

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Miami
31 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was outstanding! But we waited way too long with our menus before anyone came up take our orders!

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MP
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible dinner with my son! We had a 29 oz ribeye & 18 oz chuck eye - both perfectly cooked and succulent beyond belief.

The staff is outstanding- we were guided through the evening by 3 knowledgeable and attentive caretakers. We felt spoiled from the minute we stepped in the door.

Cheers!

Mike P

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DS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience. Next time we’ll have our steak cooked a litte more done but flavors were spot on for every dish including cocktails and wine.

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NH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu and service. Very creative. Will return.

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING. Expect it to be spendy - it was $320 for the two of us, with both of us doing the tasting menu, splitting a 5 oz steak, and we each had 1.5 glasses of wine. THAT SAID. Completely worth it. The staff knows their stuff (thanks, Mario - you’re an absolute gem), the ambiance is lovely, the food is out of this world, and any other beef is ruined for me for the foreseeable future.

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M
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best Sirloin I’ve ever had- served by people who are knowledgeable. Do get the potato ice cream for dessert!

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak, sides and cocktails. Staff was very friendly and let us sit early at the bar while table was being prepared.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great! The portions were a decent size. The menu could have used more appetizers and sides that paired along with main courses of meat, instead of just trying display meat creatively. Overall a good experience and the cuts of meat for the main course were great.

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AY
Singapore
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is out of this world! Staff and service are superb.

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k
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was very nice and very fun for our special occasion. But is grass fed rib eye really worth $100 a pound? Not really, but still worth the one time splurge!

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San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic steak. Some of best I’ve had in Seattle. And so many unique cuts. Great wine. Appetizers and desserts also delightful.

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SM
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come every year when we visit Seattle. I look forward to it all year. So perfect and wonderful! Thank you for working so hard to make the best food!

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