Seattle Eater’s Food Experts call Café Presse a “Go-To” restaurant….yes its there, way down at the bottom!

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French Conversation in 2019

2019 Dates for the French Conversation Table at Café Presse:

January:           02, 16, 30          July:               03, 17, 31
February:         13, 27                 August:           14, 28
March:             13, 27                  September:    11, 25
April:                10, 24                 October:         09, 23
May:                 08, 22                 November:    06, 20
June:                05, 19                 December:     04, 18

Every second Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm, please join us for French conversation in the back room at Café Presse.   At each meeting, a French speaking facilitator will be on hand  to get the discussion rolling.  The Conversation Table is free and open to French speakers of all levels.  Hope to see you there!

And don’t forget that every day from 4pm to 6pm (including during the French Conversation Table!) you can enjoy our VinExpresse Happy Hour, when all in-house bottles of wine are available for take-out prices as well as special prices on wine-friendly snacks.

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Special today at Café Presse: Axoa d’Espelette


Axoa is a stalwart of good Basque country cooking. Our version is made in the style of the village of Espelette, with ground beef and veal simmered with sweet peppers, onions, garlic, tomato, thyme and Piment d’Espelette,served with pommes frites. Miam miam!  Available while supply lasts.

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Holiday Hours

Café Presse and Le Pichet will observe the following special hours during the 2018 Holiday Season so that our hard-working team may spend time with their families.

Le Pichet:
Christmas Eve, Monday December 24             Open for breakfast and lunch, closing at 2pm
Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25            Closed all day
New Year’s Eve, Monday December 31            Extended dinner hours from 5pm- midnight
New Year’s day, Tuesday January 1                  Closed all day

Café Presse:
Christmas Eve,Monday December 24             Open for breakfast and lunch, closing at 2pm
Christmas Day, Tuesday December 25            Closed all day
New Year’s Eve, Monday December 31           Open from 7am to 2am
New Year’s day, Tuesday January 1                 Opening late at 10am until 2am

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Another French Holiday classic

FG terrine 2019

In France, it wouldn’t be the Holidays without foie gras. So throughout December, Le Pichet Chef de Cuisine Dave Cooper is making his terrine of whole duck foie gras, made with humanely-raised Hudson Valley foie gras, marinated with sweet wine and pimente d’Espelette. Right now he is serving this terrine with spiced apple compote and grilled country bread..perfect with a glass of Sauternes!

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Its Auld Lang Syne Time!

New Year's Eve 2018

Ring in 2019 at Le Pichet!

Extended dinner hours from 5pm to midnight

Live dinner music beginning at 9:30pm
with  The Rosenblatt Duo

Festive appetizer, main course and dessert specials

Special selection of bubbly

Hats –  Noisemakers –  Confetti – Midnight toast

Reservations by phone only, call 206 256-1499

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Vin chaud for the Holidays


It’s that time of year again for our house made Vin Chaud, French-style hot mulled wine made with brandy, lemon, orange, honey and sweet winter spices. Just like at the Marché de Noël in France…Now at Le Pichet and Cafe Presse!

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Chocolate Truffles for the Holiday Season at Café Presse

Truffles Dec 2018

Our house-made truffles are dark chocolate ganache made with rich bittersweet chocolate, butter and cream, then
rolled in pure cocoa powder.

Chocolate-Chèvre or Chocolate-Grand Marnier

$1.50 each or 12 for $15

Try them at Café Presse while supplies last!

Gift boxes available with 24 hours notice.
Ask your server or call at 206 709-7674

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New Year’s Eve Take-out Dinner from Café Presse

Thinking of a romantic New Year’s Eve at home?
Let Café Presse do the cooking!

Ring in 2019 chez vous, away from the crowds
Choose dinner only or add a bottle of sparkling wine
Includes party hats, noisemakers and confetti!

Special Take-Home Menu for two:   $60.00
Menu with a bottle Sparking Wine:  $78.00

(Martinolles Blanquette de Limoux NV sparkling)

Available for Take-out only.  Not available through any home delivery service.
Pre-Order required

Order at  206.709.7674 before 4pm on Sunday December 30th.
Your dinner will be ready to pick up at the time you choose
between 5pm and 10pm on New Year’s Eve.

Menu for Two

Sardines grillées, salade aux endives et aux oranges sanguines
Grilled Spanish sardines, salade of Belgian endive, frilly red mustard greens, blood orange supremes, candied peel and blood orange vinaigrette
Poulet rôti, pommes frites et mayonnaise
Whole Washington State free-range chicken, roasted to your order, with pommes frites and mayonnaise
Truffes au chocolat faites maison
A 6 piece selection of our house-made chocolate truffles rolled in cocoa:
includes Chocolate-Grand Marnier, Chocolate-Chèvre, and Chocolate-Espresso

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Roasted fish: quick and easy supper

Dorade Oct 2018 4

The Tuesday market offered up a beautiful dorade royale, from St.-Jean-de-Luz.

It is not that often that one really gets the chance to let what’s fresh in the market determine what’s for lunch. However, a Tuesday market day in Orthez, with no obligations and no plans imposing, offered just such a chance.

This Dorade Royale, also known as Atlantic Sea Bream, had the clearest eyes and reddest gills of all the fish on the stall at Poissonnerie Otano, a permanent stand in Orthez’s covered market.  With stands in both Orthez and Bayonne, Otano is family owned by a Basque family that sources out of nearby Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Lets face it, there is no substitute for really fresh fish. Continue reading

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