The satellite city of Bellevue, ideally situated a short drive from all that Seattle has to offer, takes pride in having a strong identity of its own. As a result, it has plenty to offer its residents. Food is no exception.
Home to some of the most popular fast-casual chains, the Bellevue restaurant scene has pivoted in the direction of fine dining in recent years.Here are a few of the wonderful restaurants that have helped shape Bellevue’s reputation as an up-and-coming foodie destination.
One of the newer casual fine-dining restaurants in the area, 99 Park is representative of the direction the Bellevue restaurant scene has been headed. Now about a year old, 99 Park has garnered stellar reviews from foodies of all predilections.
The restaurant’s exquisite design offers an almost unparalleled setting for a fine dining experience. Chef Quinton Stewart’s experience and passion ensure the food you’re served will only reinforce this fact. The culinary tricks in his repertoire result in flawless variants of green papaya salad, pan-seared Alaskan halibut, and pork belly tacos. The cuisine can be described as Pacific Northwestern with an international flair. If you live at AMLI at Bellevue Park, the 99 Park dining experience is just a three-minute walk from your Bellevue apartments.
An award-winning wine menu and elegant atmosphere make Bis on Main a prime contender for bragging rights as the most romantic restaurant. Just a four-minute walk from AMLI at Bellevue Park, this mainstay on the restaurant scene fuses trendy New American traditions with rich European culinary traditions, particularly French. Bis on Main is definitely on the upscale end, but everyone deserves to splurge once in a while.
Seattle has the SkyCity restaurant in the Space Needle, and Bellevue has its own Daniel’s Broiler on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building. Breathtaking views of downtown Bellevue, the Olympic mountains, and the Seattle skyline are just the icing on the cake at Daniel’s Broiler, a world-class steakhouse that serves exclusively USDA prime beef steak, fresh salmon, and tender lobster. The ornate atmosphere, fine selection of spirits, and premium wine selection will make you feel like royalty as you eat and drink the night away. Daniel’s Broiler is a 15-minute walk from AMLI at Bellevue Park, and offers year-round outdoor seating.
The Pacific Northwest is known for having some of the best Asian cuisine in the country, and Bellevue is no exception. For evidence of this, look no further than La Bu La, a relatively recent arrival to the restaurant scene. Serving up authentic Szechuan cuisine and American twists on other East Asian classics, La Bu La is a mid-range Asian food lover’s paradise. Steamed dumplings, Kung Pao prawns, and sour-and-spicy jellyfish are a few of the dishes on the menu. Your next flavor-packed Szechuan meal is less than a ten-minute walk from the Lake Washington apartments at AMLI at Bellevue Park.
When’s the last time you treated yourself to world-class food in a lively or romantic setting? If it’s been a while, chances are you’ve missed out on some of the finest new Bellevue restaurants. Change that by reserving a table at the restaurant that most appeals to you.
What’s your favorite downtown Bellevue Restaurant? Tell us why you like it in a comment below.
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