Cafe Presse

Clinton & Trump, head to head Monday

Join us for the first 2016 Presidential Debate

Monday September 26, 2016 6pm to 7:30pm

On the big screen over the bar at Café Presse

No reservations    No cover charge    Everyone welcome.

And if politics is not your thing, no worries, the back room at Café Presse will be a politics-free zone all evening (although we can’t control your dinner conversation!).

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We’re open on Labor Day

Both Café Presse and Le Pichet will be open regular hours on Labor Day, Monday September 5th, 2016.  Hope to see you there!

Cafe Presse open 7am to 2am
Le Pichet open 8am to 12midnight

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Presidential Debates 2016

Join us at Cafe Presse to watch
the 2016 Presidential Debates

Monday        09/26    6-7:30pm

Tuesday        10/04    6-7:30pm Vice Presidents

Sunday          10/09    6-7:30pm

Wednesday  10/19    6-7:30pm

See all the Presidential Debates live on the big screen At Café Presse.
No Cover.  No Reservations.  Everyone Welcome!

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Have you tried our Tuesday Prix Fixe yet?

Mardi Prix Fixe Menu

Fixed priced menu available every Tuesday from 11am to 10pm.

Entrée + Plat  -or-  Plat + Dessert    $19.00
Entrée + Plat + Dessert     $23.00

les Entrées

Salade verte
Bibb lettuce salade with hazelnut vinaigrette
Petite assiette de jambon de Bayonne
Appetizer portion of air dried country ham from the French Basque countries, with cornichons

les Plats

 Sandwich ventrêche et piperade, pommes frites
Seared house-cured pork belly and Basque sweet pepper ragout on baguette, served with pommes frites
Fallafels, salade aux melons, aux concombres et aux figues
Crispy chickpea fritters, summer melon, cucumbers, red onion, figs, yogurt-honey dressing and harissa

les Desserts

Glace ou sorbet du jour
Two scoops of ice cream or sorbet of the day served with a cookie; ask your server for today’s flavors
Assiette de biscuits sucrés
A selection of house made cookies

No substitutions for this special menu…thanks for your understanding!

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Menu for August Chef’s Dinner at Cafe Presse

Café Presse and Le Pichet invite you to fete

Summer in the Pays Basque

Tuesday August 30, 2016 6:30pm

Dinner including wine $75 per person

Les hors d’œuvres
Croquettas with spinach and Oussa Iraty cheese
Vinegar-cured anchovy filet, nectarine-basil tartare, sherry, hazelnuts, grilled baguette
Eggs scrambled with piperade, grilled jambon de bayonne, baguette slice

Salade aux tomates, a la morue, a la sarriette et ses œufs pochés
Mixed tomato salad garnished with salt cod, walnuts, summer savory, lemon-piment d’Espelette vinaigrette and poached egg

Calamars et palourdes à la sauce verte
Penn Cove clams and Pacific calamari sautéed with Txokoli and soft herbs

Haricots rouge mijoté aux blettes, garnitures au porc, piments en vinaigre
Red beans simmered with Basque cider, chard, peppers and smoked paprika, garnished with grilled pork collar, ribs, boudin basque and pickled guindilla peppers

Natillas aux pêches
Basque poured custard flavored with honey, lemon and cinnamon, peaches and almond short breads

Space is limited for the special event.  Please call to reserve your place.

Cafe Presse 206.709.7674



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Chef’s Dinner August 2016 – Summer in the Pays Basque

Cafe Presse invites you to celebrate Summer in the Pays Basque!

Recently, our Chef de Cuisine Patrick MacWhorter had the opportunity to visit the French Basque Countries for the first time.  While there, he toured the workshops of artisan cheese makers and charcutiers, shopped the farmer’s markets and sampled the rich culinary tradition of this amazing region (and also drank a couple glasses of wine, we suspect).  His travels, as well as a recent tasting trip to SW France taken by Wine Director Joanne Herron, have inspired our summer 2016 Chefs Dinner, which will feature traditional traditional dishes from the Pays Basque and wine from the surrounding regions!

What:     5-course family-style dinner featuring dishes
inspired by the Pays Basque
When:   Tuesday August 30, 2016, 6:30pm
Where: The back room at Café Presse
Cost:      Dinner including wine $75

Visit our website at for complete menu.

Places are limited for this special event.  Reservations 206.709.7674

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Summer Menu 2016

CP new menu July 2016  mackerel

House smoked mackerel, grilled and served on a salad of heirloom tomatoes, basil, shallots and orange-picholine olive vinaigrette.

The new summer menu at Cafe Presse started this morning, Thursday July 07, 2016.  We are very proud of our new dishes and hope that you will enjoy them as well.

Check out the new menu here.

Here are some photos from the Staff Tasting:

Butter milk fried chicken livers on a salad of green beans, snow peas, peas and roasted shallot dressing

Butter milk fried chicken livers on a salad of green beans, snow peas, peas and roasted shallot dressing

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Tour de France 2016

The 2016 edition of the Tour de France kicks off from Mont Saint-Michel on Saturday July 2nd and finishes on the Champs Elysée on Sunday July 24th.

Café Presse will be showing every stage on the big screen over the bar beginning at 7am when we open.  Check our out Weekly Event Calendar for full schedule.

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France v Ireland this Sunday!

Café Presse invites you to get up early for the EURO 2016 Round of 16 Match


Sunday June 26, 2016 6AM

*Morning Drink Specials
*Special Casse-Croute de Champion
(cheese, sausage, country bread)

No cover charge  No reservations  Everyone welcome

1117 12th AVE  206.709.7674

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Spring Dinner 2016 photos

Spring Dinner 2016 asparagus

Grilled Yakima asparagus with house-smoked trout, hazelnuts and tarragon-fennel pollen vinaigrette.

Our Spring Dinner at Café Presse on May 24th was a big success, our thanks to everyone who attended.  The dinner, which featured lamb, asparagus and rosé wine, was the second of our 2016 seasonal dinners, following the Jura Wine Dinner in February that featured the cuisine and wines of this lesser known alpine region of France (including Poulet aux Vin Jaune...check out my recipe).

These seasonal dinners are a ton of fun for us in the kitchen.  They allow us to use what I call “micro-seasonal” ingredients, things that won’t be in season long enough to find a place on the regular menu.  They also let us work with products that might be a little to pricey for the regular menu.

Anyway, we thought everything turned out great and hope that our guests agreed.  If you would like to attend one of our Seasonal Dinners, watch our website or sign up for our newsletter to get the latest info.  The next dinner will be in late August.

In the meantime, here are some pics of last Tuesday’s dinner. Continue reading

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