cafe & marketplace OPEN DAILY SERVING ESPRESSO, cocktails, breakfast & lunch.

From 2009 until 2019, the historic building on Ballard Ave housed James Weimann and Deming Maclise’s first restaurant together, Bastille Café & Bar. The upscale French eatery opened in the midst of a national recession but quickly gained a loyal following across the city. After 10 years in service, in March 2020 the restaurant closed due to a global pandemic, but ever the optimists Weimann and Maclise have revitalized the space as Sabine Café Bar & Market. 

Sabine co-owner Deming Maclise opened the third location of his organic coffee shop Caffe Fiore in 2007, just one block from Bastille. After taking over as owner and CEO of Caffe Vita in January 2020, including the Caffe Fiore locations that had sold to Caffe Vita in 2015, Maclise was excited to reinvigorate Caffe Fiore in Ballard. However, with a soon expiring lease and a pandemic upending the best laid plans, Maclise decided to pivot and close the Caffe Fiore Ballard location (the other three Caffe Fiore locations remain open) to build a coffee counter in the Bastille space, with business partner James Weimann. The name for the new Café comes from Deming and his wife Michelle’s eldest daughter, Sabine.

Chef Jacob Dunkelberger started his culinary career at Spinasse and Portage Bay Café in Seattle, before heading to San Francisco to open MH Bread and Butter in Marin Valley and eventually to Los Angeles to open Jaffa. His culinary curiosity has taken him on international travels to South America, Israel, and the Mediterranean. Pulling from those experiences, Sabine’s menu is heavily influenced by his love for seasonal flavors, fermentation, and spices. With each dish, he strives to be innovative, thoughtful, sustainable, and delicious.

The front space includes a small market where customers can purchase many of the house-made jams, nut butters, salsas, sauces, and spice mixes made and used in the recipes at Sabine. It also includes takeaway salads, sandwiches, and roasted chicken with a variety of sauces and sides to accompany the meal. Wine, beer, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages by the bottle are available as well.

General Manager Kathryn Meyer leads a team of experienced baristas preparing espresso beverages on a top of the line La Marzocco espresso machine, using Caffe Fiore organic coffee, roasted at the Caffe Vita Capitol Hill headquarters.

Sabine is part of the Weimann Maclise Family of Restaurants, which also counts among its collection Ballard’s Stoneburner and Macleod’s hot spots, Capitol Hill’s Poquitos and Rhein Haus, and White Center’s Beer Star. For more follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

WHAT about the back bar?

The Bastille Back Bar remains closed for now – while we work on something new! We have some fun plans up our sleeve to revitalize the late-night cocktail vibe of the Bastille Back Bar. Unfortunately, with the current restrictions on bars it doesn’t make sense to re-open quite yet, but we will still be here when it is safe to do so!

WHAT ABOUT THE rooftop garden and bees?

The Rooftop Garden is still there! Although closed for the season, the planning and planting for the next growing season will begin in early 2021 and we will continue to use the bounty of the urban garden in our recipes at Sabine and Stoneburner. The bees were hard at work this summer and the honey we harvest from them in August is for sale in the Sabine Market. Next spring, we’ll add a few more hives to the roof so we can make even more. 

open for takeout and outdoor seating

monday–thursday | 9:00 am—5:00 pm

friday & saturday | 9:00 am–6:00 pm

sunday | 9:00 am–3:00 pm

5307 ballard ave. nw

(206) 432-9986