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Ideas for first time visitor to Bellevue?

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Making a midweek, 2-night visit to the Hyatt (across the street from Bellevue Square Mall) and looking for noteworthy, local (no chains please) dining options. Won't have a car, but willing to walk for an worthwhile meal. Will be traveling solo, so a lively atmosphere would be a plus. Have heard Seastar might be a fit, but looking for all your experienced opinions. Thanks!

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  1. Facing East serves very good Taiwanese food and is only a few blocks north of Bellevue Square. The dishes are such that you can generally get away with ordering 2-3 just for yourself.

    1. +1 on Facing East. Seastar would also be really good.

      Other great options within walking distance from your hotel: Mediterranean Kitchen (You have to have a high tolerance for garlic though), Monsoon East for Vietnamese fusion, Ginza for Japanese, Chantanee for Thai, and while i've not been I have heard good things about John Howie Steak for really high end steaks and a good happy hour.

      Enjoy your stay.

      103 102nd Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

      Mediterranean Kitchen
      11412 NE 124th St, Kirkland, WA 98034

      Monsoon East
      10245 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

      John Howie Steak
      11111 Northeast 8th Street, Suite 125, Bellevue, WA 98004

      1. The suggestions made by lavaca and eat.rest.repeat are all very good, although I've never thought much of Med Kitchen. Tangerine is also a good Thai restaurant. Across the street from Monsoon East is La Cocina del Puerco, a worthy Mexican restaurant. Although Ruths Chris is a chain, don't discount their great happy hour (their burger is excellent).

        1. You have to try Monsoon East. It is in a quaint section called Old Bellevue (Main Street). There you will also find Bis On Main. Unfortunately, most everything within a four block radius of your hotel will be corporate food.

          Welcome to Bellevue!

          Bis On Main
          10213 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004

          Monsoon East
          10245 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

          1. Bamboo Garden for Szechuan...we have a whole thread on it if you want to know what to order. I also like La Cocina del Puerco if you just want quick and good Mexican.

            Bamboo Garden
            202 106th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

            1. Pearl in Lincoln Square. Daniel's Broiler for all things beef. Bis on Main for great American food!

              1. If you like cheese then you might want to check out Artisanal Brasserie. It is a little bit of a walk, but worth it if you are a cheese fan.

                I second the recommendation for Monsoon East. Good place to dine alone too. Nice vibe.

                Monsoon East
                10245 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

                Artisanal Brasserie
                11111 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

                1. In Old Bellevue, visit Gilbert's on Main for scrumptious soups, salads and sandwiches. Not sure how much is house made, but I think the soups, salad dressings and breads. Anyway, even if it comes from off site, it is good.

                  Flo is a few blocks walk from your hotel, but good Japanese.

                  We are Facing East fans too.

                  1. Regarding La Cocina del Puerco, it is a mediocre and not at all authentic Mexican restaurant, although the flavors are fine and the price is reasonable. I wish the food were tasty, but it has consistently disappointed.

                    Right near there however, there is a terrific sushi restaurant, Ginza. And in the alley next to La Cocina del Puerco, there is an interesting bistro, Cafe Pirouette. It is owned locally, has an interesting twist on several dishes and is one of those places that you would never walk into without somebody telling you. Look at these reviews:


                    The other suggestions so far seem about right on, except Gilbert's (and La Cocina del Puerco).

                    Happy eating.