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The glasses of light-colored wine on a candlelit table at Baker’s.
Baker’s in Sunset Hill serves a carefully-curated selection of natural wine.
Matthew Lombardi

9 Fantastic Places in Seattle to Sample Natural Wine

The trend keeps on growing

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Baker’s in Sunset Hill serves a carefully-curated selection of natural wine.
| Matthew Lombardi

The term “natural wine” doesn’t have a clearcut definition, but it usually indicates a cluster of characteristics: organic or biodynamic farming, fermentation using yeasts that develop naturally on the grapes, and a production process that emphasizes minimal intervention from the winemaker (here’s how to shop for it). The result is idiosyncratic, sometimes “funky” wine that takes the concept of terroire to its logical limit. An ever-increasing number of Seattle bars and restaurants are getting in on the phenomenon, and like the wines, these places tend to be quirky, often serving novel food pairings and sometimes featuring inventive cocktails and beer as well. These aren’t your parents’ wine bars.

Note: These places are ordered geographically from north to south, not ranked by preference. If you think we missed a spot or want us to consider adding something for a later update, send us a tip.

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1. Baker's

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6408 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 327-9408
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Bustling, candlelit Baker’s in Sunset Hill calls itself a cocktail bar, but it’s also deep into natural wine, with an extensive list curated by Molly Ringe, who runs Molly’s Bottle Shop next door. On Natty Wine Mondays (which are most Mondays; check the Facebook page to confirm), she pours a themed flight and tells the story behind each glass.

The glasses of light-colored wine on a candlelit table at Baker’s.
Baker’s is one of the newer Sunset Hill bars.
Matthew Lombardi

2. Vif Wine and Coffee

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4401 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 557-7357
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The multidimensional Vif has been on the forefront of the natural wine movement in Seattle. Regulars come to this stylishly redecorated former Winchell’s doughnut shop for espresso drinks, tasty snacks, and a vigorously vetted list of all-natural, mostly European wines, which are also available to go. Vif keeps coffee-bar hours, from morning through early evening, except on Thursday and Friday, when it stays open until 9 with an expanded menu.

The racks at Vif Wine and Coffee displaying different wine bottles.
Vif offers wines by the glass and bottles for sale.
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3. Champagne Diner

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945 Elliott Ave W #201
Seattle, WA 98119

The novelty of natural wine feels right at home at this high/low concept restaurant in Interbay, self-dubbed “Seattle’s original grand cru cafeteria.” It turns out an unfiltered syrah-grenache blend happens to be a great way to wash down a slab of meatloaf or a pork belly BLT. As an added bonus, wines by the bottle, including champagne, sell at bottle shop prices.

4. Vinnie's Raw Bar

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2505 2nd Ave Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 420-7043
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Christopher Elford and Anu Apte-Elford, the masterminds behind Belltown drinking institutions Rob Roy and No Anchor, pair natural wine and seafood at Vinnie’s, located on 2nd Avenue adjacent to their tiki bar, Navy Strength. Keeping with the Elford style, Vinnie’s is high concept but low pretense, with colorful, homey decor, an open kitchen where you can chat with the oyster shucker, and knowledgeable servers to guide you through the offbeat wine choices.

Two glasses of wine on a bar: one red, one orange.
Vinnie’s Raw Bar pairs natural wine and seafood.
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5. Marseille

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1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 659-1845
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This 20-seat wine bar tucked into a niche of Melrose Market manages to pull off a tricky, decidedly French sensibility: unpretentious sophistication. The wine list feels refined by natural-wine standards — selections tend more toward the elegant than the funky, though there are still plenty of novelties to discover. The changing food menu, mostly of small plates, reflects a similar attitude of refined simplicity.

The brightly lit bar at Marseille in Melrose Market.
Refined simplicity is key at Marseille.
Matthew Lombardi

6. La Dive

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721 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

Beaujolais slushies and champagne bongs capture the playful spirit here, but the star attraction is a menu of soul-satisfying bar food, including pork and potato dumplings, kielbasa toast, and roasted cauliflower. The wine list is conveniently annotated to indicate which selections drinkers are likely to find weird.

A candlelit table at La Dive, with a green menu displayed.
La Dive takes a playful approach to its wine offerings.
Matthew Lombardi

7. L'Oursin

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1315 E Jefferson St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 485-7173
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L’Oursin’s pretty, bistro-inspired decor sets the mood for exploring its French-focused list of natural wines. The dinner menu features seafood (the name, after all, means “sea urchin” in French), as well as a few carnivore classics such as roast chicken and cote de boeuf. Diners should take time to read the playful wine descriptions, then pick the server’s brain for proper pairings.

A view of the warmly-lit dining room at L’Oursin, reminiscent of a French bistro, with wood-paneled booths and retro lamps.
L’Oursin is inspired by French bistros.
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8. Petite Soif

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3309A Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 420-7131
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The owners of Vif have captured a similar vibe at this Beacon Hill spinoff, with a clean-lined design and an adventurous selection of wine. Instead of doubling as a coffee bar like Vif, Petite Soif has later hours and placed more emphasis on food. Tapas-like snacks are available throughout the day, and sophisticated salads and a changing selection of warm dishes are served in the evening until closing at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays).

A group of bottles sit on a table next to a Petite Soif bag.
Petite Soif is a more food-focused spinoff of Vif Wine and Coffee.
Matthew Lombardi

9. Left Bank

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8526 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 257-5052
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This tiny hole-in-the-wall, located across the Duwamish River from Boeing Field in South Park, probably does the best job in Seattle of capturing the anti-establishment spirit that spawned the natural wine movement. It’s 100 percent pretense-free, with the casual vibe of a basement rec room, and it’s singularly devoted to exploring the far reaches of the wine world. With its comparatively bargain prices, it also replicates some natural-wine makers’ nonchalance about profit margins.

Customers sit near the dimly-lit bar at Left Bank, with a bartender tending t them.
Left Bank offers natural wine selections in a laid-back setting.

1. Baker's

6408 32nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
The glasses of light-colored wine on a candlelit table at Baker’s.
Baker’s is one of the newer Sunset Hill bars.
Matthew Lombardi

Bustling, candlelit Baker’s in Sunset Hill calls itself a cocktail bar, but it’s also deep into natural wine, with an extensive list curated by Molly Ringe, who runs Molly’s Bottle Shop next door. On Natty Wine Mondays (which are most Mondays; check the Facebook page to confirm), she pours a themed flight and tells the story behind each glass.

6408 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Vif Wine and Coffee

4401 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
The racks at Vif Wine and Coffee displaying different wine bottles.
Vif offers wines by the glass and bottles for sale.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

The multidimensional Vif has been on the forefront of the natural wine movement in Seattle. Regulars come to this stylishly redecorated former Winchell’s doughnut shop for espresso drinks, tasty snacks, and a vigorously vetted list of all-natural, mostly European wines, which are also available to go. Vif keeps coffee-bar hours, from morning through early evening, except on Thursday and Friday, when it stays open until 9 with an expanded menu.

4401 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Champagne Diner

945 Elliott Ave W #201, Seattle, WA 98119

The novelty of natural wine feels right at home at this high/low concept restaurant in Interbay, self-dubbed “Seattle’s original grand cru cafeteria.” It turns out an unfiltered syrah-grenache blend happens to be a great way to wash down a slab of meatloaf or a pork belly BLT. As an added bonus, wines by the bottle, including champagne, sell at bottle shop prices.

945 Elliott Ave W #201
Seattle, WA 98119

4. Vinnie's Raw Bar

2505 2nd Ave Suite 103, Seattle, WA 98121
Two glasses of wine on a bar: one red, one orange.
Vinnie’s Raw Bar pairs natural wine and seafood.
Morgen Schuler/Eater

Christopher Elford and Anu Apte-Elford, the masterminds behind Belltown drinking institutions Rob Roy and No Anchor, pair natural wine and seafood at Vinnie’s, located on 2nd Avenue adjacent to their tiki bar, Navy Strength. Keeping with the Elford style, Vinnie’s is high concept but low pretense, with colorful, homey decor, an open kitchen where you can chat with the oyster shucker, and knowledgeable servers to guide you through the offbeat wine choices.

2505 2nd Ave Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98121

5. Marseille

1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
The brightly lit bar at Marseille in Melrose Market.
Refined simplicity is key at Marseille.
Matthew Lombardi

This 20-seat wine bar tucked into a niche of Melrose Market manages to pull off a tricky, decidedly French sensibility: unpretentious sophistication. The wine list feels refined by natural-wine standards — selections tend more toward the elegant than the funky, though there are still plenty of novelties to discover. The changing food menu, mostly of small plates, reflects a similar attitude of refined simplicity.

1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

6. La Dive

721 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
A candlelit table at La Dive, with a green menu displayed.
La Dive takes a playful approach to its wine offerings.
Matthew Lombardi

Beaujolais slushies and champagne bongs capture the playful spirit here, but the star attraction is a menu of soul-satisfying bar food, including pork and potato dumplings, kielbasa toast, and roasted cauliflower. The wine list is conveniently annotated to indicate which selections drinkers are likely to find weird.

721 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

7. L'Oursin

1315 E Jefferson St, Seattle, WA 98122
A view of the warmly-lit dining room at L’Oursin, reminiscent of a French bistro, with wood-paneled booths and retro lamps.
L’Oursin is inspired by French bistros.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

L’Oursin’s pretty, bistro-inspired decor sets the mood for exploring its French-focused list of natural wines. The dinner menu features seafood (the name, after all, means “sea urchin” in French), as well as a few carnivore classics such as roast chicken and cote de boeuf. Diners should take time to read the playful wine descriptions, then pick the server’s brain for proper pairings.

1315 E Jefferson St
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Petite Soif

3309A Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
A group of bottles sit on a table next to a Petite Soif bag.
Petite Soif is a more food-focused spinoff of Vif Wine and Coffee.
Matthew Lombardi

The owners of Vif have captured a similar vibe at this Beacon Hill spinoff, with a clean-lined design and an adventurous selection of wine. Instead of doubling as a coffee bar like Vif, Petite Soif has later hours and placed more emphasis on food. Tapas-like snacks are available throughout the day, and sophisticated salads and a changing selection of warm dishes are served in the evening until closing at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays).

3309A Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

9. Left Bank

8526 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Customers sit near the dimly-lit bar at Left Bank, with a bartender tending t them.
Left Bank offers natural wine selections in a laid-back setting.

This tiny hole-in-the-wall, located across the Duwamish River from Boeing Field in South Park, probably does the best job in Seattle of capturing the anti-establishment spirit that spawned the natural wine movement. It’s 100 percent pretense-free, with the casual vibe of a basement rec room, and it’s singularly devoted to exploring the far reaches of the wine world. With its comparatively bargain prices, it also replicates some natural-wine makers’ nonchalance about profit margins.

8526 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

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