Seattle's Bateau Acts on Its Farm-to-Table Menu With a Rustic Design

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It's hard to imagine rolling green pastures beyond city lines when surrounded by crowds and concrete, but at Bateau, the elements of wide open spaces are on display for the discerning comforts of city folk. Set in the densely-populated neighborhood of Capitol Hill in Seattle, this bright steakhouse embraces a homespun design that's in keeping with a fresh menu. That was the intention of owners Jeremy Price, Chad Dale, and Renee Erickson, who looked to their property outside of the city — a farm romantically named La Ferme des Anes — as inspiration for the look and taste of their eatery. Erickson and Price's eponymous design firm partnered with Heliotrope Architects and Method Construction for this task, starting with the restaurant's wraparound white siding and walnut floors. Lantern chandeliers and chalk drawings continue that rustic quality, while repurposed slate tables and traditional brass fixtures keep the overall look from getting too kitschy. In the end, the Bateau is a calming blend of both worlds: it has the modernity of city living and the warm approachability of the country.

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Bateau dining room.
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Dining Room

White is the overwhelming shade of the restaurant's color palette, which allows the darker accent colors and metallics to stand out. The whitewashed wood in the dining room is a recreation of siding found on the trio's 20th-century farmhouse. Argent Fabrication was behind the inky leather-upholstered banquette.

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Bateau dining chairs.
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Dining Room

Bateau's dining chairs are the Salt model from Design Within Reach, which are repainted in "Serpent" by Sherwin-Williams. Price also repurposed the 20-year-old black slate tables from Boat Street Cafe for this restaurant.

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Bateau bar.
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Bar

The daylight that streams in from the plate-glass windows brings out the sparkle in the bar's metal details. It's the perfect balance to the white siding and the dark wood of the counter and stools.


Zoe Lance is a writer and editor interested in all things art and culture. She earned her bachelor's degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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