Even though Seattle, with its great dining scene, is a very short drive away, Bellevue has some great culinary gems of its own that will impress even the most discerning diner. We check out 10 of the best restaurants in the area.
Eclair | Courtesy of Belle Pastry
Belle Pastry is a delightful bakery where folks can sample French sweet and savory treats alongside other sweet confections. Founded in 2003 by pastry chef and chocolatier Jean-Claude Ferré, this neighborhood bakery offers guests everything from croissants and cookies to desserts and quiches all within a friendly atmosphere. Specific treats to note include Parisian macarons, which come in a variety of flavors such as lavender, pumpkin and Nutella, raspberry cream-cheese croissants, cherry Danish rolls and pear caramel mousse to name but a few. Savory options include individual quiches in salmon, vegetable and the classic Lorraine varieties.
Signature sandwich | Courtesy of Bellevue Brewing Compnay
Bellevue Brewing Company
Bellevue Brewing Company is a locally owned venue with a great assortment of locally brewed beers, both flagship and seasonal varieties, and fresh food. The tasty menu features New American cuisine, which complements its craft brews wonderfully. Try the BBQ chicken stone fired pizza, the B.E.L.T. sandwich with egg salad, apple-smoked bacon, lettuce, and tomato and the steamer clams in a flavorful sauce of white wine, fresh herbs, butter and garlic.
Black Bottle Postern has a minimalistic chic interior, complete with a lofty ceiling, and is a perfect space to suit a group outing or a romantic rendezvous. Procuring the best ingredients from local sources for its made-from-scratch dishes, the culinary team creates something for everyone. Pork belly paired with kimchi, bacon-lemon scallops with frizzled kale, broccoli blasted and bourbon sauced bread pudding are just some of the mouthwatering highlights. This gastrotavern also features 12 beers on tap plus a selection of wine and handcrafted cocktails.
Owned by Chef Khalil Akl and Tamila Timm Akl, Byblos Deli is a café and grocery rolled into one. Featuring Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, the café also carries a host of halal meats, cheeses, produce and unique pantry items so that visitors can create their own Mediterranean meals at home. Wanting to offer diners the best tasting cuisine possible, the culinary team seeks out the freshest items available and never uses preservatives. The varied menu serves wide range of tastes, including vegan and gluten-free diners, with flavorful options such as man’oushe za’atar, flatbread topped with thyme, sesame, sumac and olive oil. A selection of sweet and savory crêpes and baked goods are also available.
An elegant steakhouse specializing in USDA Prime steaks, Daniel’s Broiler is a true meat lover’s paradise. It is not only the steaks that are top-notch but also the location, the 21st floor of the Bank of America building, which offers breath taking views of downtown Bellevue, Seattle’s skyline, plus the Olympic Mountains. Open daily, guests can visit for lunch on weekdays, which features a host of dishes from appetizers to salads, sandwiches to steaks, or partake in dinner any day of the week. Succulent offerings include Dungeness crab, stuffed prawns served with garlic-roasted potatoes, asparagus, and herbed lemon butter sauce and the 20 oz. bone-in New York steak. A host of delectable side dishes are also available, including truffle fingerling potatoes and jumbo onion rings, plus an award-winning wine list.
FLO is a multi award-winning venue featuring Japanese cuisine and a full sake bar. Guests will not only be impressed with the culinary offerings, including traditional sushi and sashimi alongside modern varieties and classic entrées, but also the romantic and stylish interior. Discerning diners can order the omakase in which the chef takes control, or they may choose from the à la carte menu full of delicious options. Notable highlights include chirashizushi,sushi rice topped with an assortment of sashimi and vegetables, and broiled black cod marinated in saikyo miso sauce served with light-tempura enoki mushrooms.
Local Burger, as the name suggests, specializes in juicy and oftentimes messy burgers. With an emphasis on sustainable practices, the folks at this burger joint procure the best ingredients from local farmers and purveyors when available. Within a modern-rustic interior, complete with a laid-back vibe, guests can feast upon an eclectic array of burgers, including vegetarian options, with one highlight being the hillbilly, which is a ground beef and bacon patty topped with house-made BBQ sauce, fried red onion, baby greens, and aioli. A variety of starters, salads, sides and desserts round out the culinary offerings while the beverage selection comprises wines, cocktails and 24 taps.
Lot No. 3 has been serving American comfort cuisine, classic and seasonal cocktails, and craft beer to locals and tourists alike since 2010. Open for lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, they have a closing time of 12am, later on Fridays and Saturdays, making it a perfect place for a late-night outing. Within an urban space strewn with vintage touches, diners can savor a host of deliciousness, including mac ‘n’ cheese with red Leicester and Monterey jack cheeses in a wine-herb sauce topped with toasted bread crumbs and chicken and waffles with house butter, fleur de sel and bourbon-maple syrup. Desserts are also a must-try at this spot with the spiced jar cake being one excellent choice.
Located in Old Bellevue, Monsoon East specializes in flavorful contemporary Vietnamese cuisine blended with Pacific Northwest culinary innovations. It also has a cocktail lounge, which features an array of specialty drinks plus an award-winning wine list, and an ocean bar serving seasonal oysters. Within a modern and elegant environment, guests can savor a delectable array of starters, rolls, seafood and meat entrées, which will satisfy many palates. Enticing dishes include crispy vegetable rolls served with nuoc cham, Washington veal with seasonal baby greens and cherry tomato and mustard greens with seasonal mushrooms and ginger. Monsoon also partners with area wineries to host monthly wine dinners and offers weekend brunch.
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
Opened in 2002 by renowned chef John Howie, Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar is an upscale restaurant focusing on fresh seafood, succulent steaks, poultry and pasta. A multi award-winning venue, the culinary team seeks out top quality seasonal ingredients available from local sources for its exquisite fare. Open seven days a week, the menu will appeal to many diners from meat lovers to vegetarians to those who are gluten-free. Delectable options to note are the lobster macaroni and cheese with fontina, onion cream sauce, Maine lobster and an asiago-cheddar topping and the cedar plank roasted NW king salmon served with smoked broccoli and citrus rice with wheat berries. Tantalizing desserts and an extensive wine list are also available.