Bateau

4.7
469 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
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience but can be expensive. Save for special occasions. Many unique items here and new tastes.

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DG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There’s no other steakhouse like it. Getting to try different cuts than one would normally get at a typical steakhouse is not only fun eating but it also suggests they are truly using the whole animal as much as possible. Bravo!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Helpful, knowledgeable, courteous wait staff.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Seattle by far! The food is always delicious and perfectly and thoughtfully prepared. The ambiance is lovely. It’s my favorite place to bring guests visiting Seattle.

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

We came for my partner’s birthday and the service was outstanding as well as the food!!!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We are used to typical steak cuts, but wanted to try something new since this restaurant had so many new ones to try. However the waiter just told us to get what we already knew and did not offer to explain any of the unique cuts with us. Many of the specials and the drinks on the menu were sold out or unavailable (told they were in the process of changing their drink menu). Waiter stopped coming to our table despite attending to other tables the whole time we were there. Hostess ended up handing us our check. Chef’s tasting menu also does not include steak despite this being a restaurant that advertises its steaks. We were told about this ahead of time however so we decided to order steaks instead.

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Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A party of 3 1st timers. Service was fantastic. The steaks we shared were also fantastic and came out perfectly cooked. Ordered the tucson, underblade & top sirloin round. I liked the butters that we picked as well. Listen to your server if you are not sure what cuts to order. They know. Overall pricey but worth it. Take an Uber, parking is difficult.

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JH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time visiting and this time we brought friends. We raved about this place for a while and probably over sold it to a few. But it does not disappoint. The beef-centric story, experience and menu isn't heavy, isn't fatty and there are times you think you might be eating something else and are blown away when you hear how the plate is broken down.

We loved the Heirloom Tomato BLT salad when we were there last Sept, and although understood it was seasonal was bummed when we couldn't experience it this time... BUT, the asparagus with trout roe is the new BLT!!! It was one of my favorite dishes this time, really amazing.

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BC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

I wouldn't actually. I'm afraid the food just wasn't worth the price.

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome and super unique dining experience. Would recommend to any foodie carnivore any day!

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and knowledgeable staff.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was “ok”—it should be reliably good if a restaurant is going to charge a mandatory service fee in lieu of gratuity. Our server sort of disappeared on us after the meals were dropped and it took us about 10 minutes to flag someone down after we had finished our entrees. Thankfully, the hostess, Maddie, was very kind and helpful and bussed our table and closed out our bill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we have had at Bateau

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

That burger!

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere is nice and laid back. Food was amazing and our waiter was incredible.

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J
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

All but a couple dishes very under seasoned. Service feels contrived, not pretentious just awkward. Felt there was a constant attempt to up sell. The Reuben Mille feuille was Delicious. Steak cooked well but under salted. Tartare beautifully presented but under seasoned.

Go for steak and frites - spare the rest.

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JF
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great. We highly recommend eating here. We split the 18 oz ribeye - it was so good. We would also reccomend the mushrooms, mashed potatoes, sidewalk salad and to finish things off, the bread pudding.

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M
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Bateau is not your traditional steak house and if you prefer grass-fed beef to commodity, go here. A wide variety of cuts are available as well as interesting takes on classic sides. The steaks are very rich and flavorful, due to the grass diet, so you can go a bit smaller than corn fed. Service is attentive and particularly shines if you respect what makes Bateau unique.

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CA
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing restaurant with good selection of butchered cuts. Limited amount so best to dine earlier.

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The food was fine -- pretty much what we expected.

However, the room acoustics are very harsh (high ceilings and hard surfaces). Unfortunately, the three of us were seated next to a rather boisterous 8 top, even though there were a number of other tables available. Being unable to converse made the evening difficult and tedious. We will not return.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food, snobby waiter.

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V
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bateau was a great experience with amazingly delicious food! A great way to celebrate our one year anniversary. Will be back for sure.

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j
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Incredibly well informed staff who really know the offerings. The cut of beef I had was lovely and the savoy cabbage side was a novel take on a classic that just paired unexpectedly well. Love it

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SE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, but the best part of our visit was our server. She was awesome, full of knowledge, recommendations and didn't talk down to us when we had a question.

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l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My 4th visit with consistent impressions. It is a lovely room with good light and reasonably comfortable seating. But it certainly doesn't have an ambiance in keeping with the prices. Having a server thrust an eight foot long pole over your head while dining to wipe off steak choices from the chalk board seems silly, and is certainly an interruption when paying so much for a meal.

The service is like a French cartoon. Less than friendly inflexible but well versed in the menu and for sure, the rules..of which there are many.

The wine list is short, expensive and lacks many recognizable labels likely making it a bit intimidating for many. This would be fine if the staff were ready and willing to jump in recommending interesting value driven choices. Not once was this the case.

The menu is "challenging". We dubbed the first course choices as "adventure dining" there are no easy choices. Things like beef heart and tongue just don't appeal to all on a weeknight. When asked if the items next door, which is actually part of the same room, such as oysters might be available we received a curse no.

The steaks are both cool and nicely done. The biggest bright spot is the opportunity to discover new cuts of meat from a staff that does get this part of it. The sides are a mixed bag. All nicely done but often feel contrived. The cabbage with fish roe seemed over the top as did several of the other choices. Such as stinging nettles, so burried in butter and cream it was a challenge to eat more than a bite Sides normally are intended to compliment a meal. Ours all seemed to compete.

If this was our only trip, I would not comment, but business trips have had me here 4 times and the impression is the same. If you feel the need to go because of the press and the cool factor rock on. If like me you had hoped for a great steak and creative sides rather than the a baloney we get at the corporate steak joints, keep looking.

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DA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, fantastic meal and the desert bread pudding was worth it. Fun times. Will return when visiting Seattle.

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SG
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place gets starts all around. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable about all aspects of your dining experience from wine to cocktails to the food itself. They have a menu that is inspiring and changes seasonally. Don't miss an experience here!

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HB
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Overall a very disappointing experience for many reasons: 1) We had a 5:30 reservation and arrived 7 minutes early. There were only 2 occupied tables, but the hostess said “We can’t seat you yet so you’ll have to wait at the bar.”. Really? We waited 15 minutes and were finally allowed to be seated at a table. 2) The menu is not well balanced - very few greens/veggies to balance out a very meat-heavy menu. We ordered the Ruben appetizer, which was so salty we couldn’t eat it. We shared the salad of the day, which was fresh greens loaded with a salty tuna on top that overpowered everything. 3) We had an early reservation and they were already out of many of the smaller cuts of steak. We didn’t get our first, second or even third choice. 4) We ordered our steak medium and it came out medium well. At $125 we expect perfection... and it absolutely was not (and our server didn’t come back to ask if it was cooked to our liking. 5) To the last point, the service was cold and not terribly friendly or efficient. 5) The ambience is cold an uninviting - hard wooden cane chairs, no warmth whatsoever. There were also several families with kids, which made it feel like a cafe vs. a $300+ special dining experience. We were super excited to try this place but sadly won’t return, nor can we recommend it to others.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bateau was the last stop of my big birthday surprise day for my boyfriend. I’d been to Bateau before, but this was his first visit. He loves steak so I knew Bateau was the perfect place. The entire experience was AMAZING!!! The service was beyond expectation. Not just from our server, but from every employee we encountered. And the personalized happy birthday note waiting for us on the table was such a fun surprise. The food was so delicious, I know I’ll be thinking about this meal for a while. All in all, this place never fails to amaze me. Thank you!

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YN
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the service outstanding! Definitely a great place for a date night.

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DJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Raises the bar every time.

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S
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of the top rated restaurants in the country. If you love and appreciate food and where it comes from, especially beef, Bateau is a must. This is a fun concept and you can see, and taste, the care put into their food. The staff is extremely knowledgeable in the cuts of beef and are very helpful when making your selection. Chef Renee is absolutely brilliant... and that’s even more solidified being a James Beard award winner. I wish she would extend her restaurant family to a location in Florida. Bateau is as much an experience as it is a wonderful meal.

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RB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Who knew that there were so many delicious parts to a cow that I'd never heard of? Me, I'm a pretty average guy, know what I like when I taste it and generally go with the flow. My dinner mate - foodie. Big foodie. He said that the sirloin was the best he had ever tasted. I agree. The Bread and Butter starter? Delicious. The Frites and Mushroom sides? Delicious. The steaks? Extremely delicious. This is not your Father's steakhouse. No bearnaise, no oscar, no A1, just meat, butchered and cooked to perfection. Take your Father (or your Mom, sister, neighbor, guy who calls you "Bud" at work). But go.

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AT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an incredible experience from start to finish!

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L
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go early for the best parts. They only have one or two of each kind everyday so go early to get the parts you like.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just delicious. Steaks were wonderfully done, the wine list was incredible and the cocktails were variations on the greatest classics. Would definitely recommend.

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TR
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

28 day aged ribeye was outstanding. Pleased to see them offer several natural wine options by the glass. Also had the Reuben mille feuille which was remarkable and would have again.

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

For the price, the quality of the steak was not what I was expecting. The music was also oddly generic, almost elevator-style. While lovely, it's a bit austere; maybe better for a nice dinner with coworkers or parents vs. a date. The special "sidewalk" salad was a standout, with an ultra lemony dressing and salt-cured egg yolk.

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was very good. However, the taste of food was way below the bar. Steak tartare was lack of flavor. The ribeye and filet were full of butter flavor, it covered all the original beautiful taste of the steak. The meat itself was probably very good, but the way they cook was not able to shine the value of the steak.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner. Exceptional service. Everything was perfect.

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