Staple & Fancy Mercantile

New American
$ $ $ $
4739 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm

In the Seattle dining scene, Ethan Stowell essentially reigns supreme. He’s opening up new restaurants there all the time, but his most acclaimed eatery, Staple & Fancy, is in a league all its own. There’s an à la carte menu, but diners are encouraged to pay it no heed and leave their meal in the kitchen’s hands; for $50 per person, they’ll "Do It Fancy," preparing a four-course family-style meal for your table, and they feel so strongly that you should do this, they've said so right there on the menu in the past: "We would also like to inform you that you really should do this." So what can you expect? Perhaps a wood-grilled whole fish with brown butter, capers, lemon, and fried herbs, or perhaps a bowl of bucatini amatriciana with guanciale, tomato, and pecorino Toscano. Whatever you end up with, you’ll leave fully confident that your dinner was worth far more than $50, and glad that you put it in the kitchen’s hands.



  • Ethan Stowell offers a family-style multicourse option in his bedimmed and brick-lined Staple and Fancy, for just $45 per dinerand a whopping 80 percent of his patrons choose it...
  • Go for the four course meal if it's yr first time here
  • Try the Composed Salad Of Beets With Soft Bodied Egg, Watercress, Avocado, Radish - Dinner @ESRSeattle with @shehanikay!
  • Skip the menu and let them bring whatever the chef sends you!
  • Spied... A cow in the wall?
  • Get. The chef's menu. DO IT.
  • Get the Chef's Menu .. Just get it & don't ask any questions. It will be well worth it.
  • Get the chef's choice menu, no don't think - just get it.
  • Order the $45 tasting menu. Great deal for a lot of food!! 6 tapas-style apps, pasta dish, meat dish and dessert!!
  • I always enjoy sitting at the bar at this place. Great food and amazing staff.
  • If possible, try to avoid sitting near the door when it's cold - super breezy and uncomfortable since the door doesn't close very fast.
  • Must echo the other tipsters and recommend the chef's menu. It's a truly delectable experience
  • Don't worry about the menu- let the kitchen make the decisions
  • The clams with chorizo they served as part of antipastos for Restaurant Week are delicious, and I don't even like clams! Make sure to get extra bread for the broth.
  • do the four course meal! it's amazing. will not disappoint.
  • Honestly, just OK. Go to Walrus and Carpenter in the rear. Seriously!
  • Loved it! The fancy option is good, but a lot of food - come with an empty stomach. Ambience was great. Cocktail selection was limited. We got moscato on the house for a birthday celebration!
  • Tasting menu. Do it
  • The Chef's Menu is the way to go.
  • Great menu and our favorite place during restaurant week.

Nearby places

4743 Ballard Ave NW
5233 Ballard Ave NW (at Vernon Pl.)