Flo

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Flo Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar is arguably one of Bellevue’s finest Japanese restaurants. In addition to a full bar, Flo offers fresh sushi, sashimi, and teriyaki. Their delicious meals are served in a traditional style, though some dishes are infused with a modern flare. The decor is both fashionable and upscale. Those who have been to Flo IMG_8386will likely

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agree that they are a go-to place for those in search of high-quality sushi.

 

Flo’s happy hour is among the best. Driving up, it looks like a small hole in the wall kind of place. It is small, but don’t let that fool you–Flo also has an upscale/fancy vibe.  It’s a fantastic place if you’re searching for some delicious, quality sushi at a decent price.

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TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Overall Experience

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Atmosphere

The decor is fashionable and the atmosphere is quaint and intimate.

Food

There were a lot of items to choose from ranging from $5 to $11. This is one of the few restaurants where I ordered exclusively off the happy hour menu. The food was delicious–high-quality, fresh, and served beautifully.

Drinks

They had wines for $6 and a good variety to choose from.

Pricing

The happy hour prices were good, especially considering their dinners are more pricey. The happy hour pricing ranges allow you to try a variety of what they have to offer.

Service

We were greeted immediately by a friendly host. Our server was very professional and nice. I couldn’t decide on my wine, so the waiter let me try different kinds.

CAMI’S CORNER:
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Atmosphere

A cute, quaint restaurant with a comfortable and welcoming feel.

Food

Super fresh and well-made food with a beautiful presentation. I ordered a spicy tuna roll and edamame. They even had gluten free soy sauce.

Drinks

They had two white wines (a bit on the sweet side for me) and two reds plus a choice of craft cocktails.

Pricing

Great value, especially for sushi. Good portions at a great price. I definitely had more than enough to eat.
Service

Very attentive and knowledgeable about gluten free choices.

 

 

 

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Black Bottle

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Hi everyone! The Happy Hour Seekers are back! Tonight we went to Black Bottle, a trendy 21+ gastropub located in Downtown Bellevue between NE 8th and NE 10th Street running parallel with Bellevue Way. 18175932_10213300031477146_1239444765_o

You might be asking yourself what in the world is a gastropub? Unlike an ordinary pub, a gastropub often serves higher quality food. At Black Bottle, they offer a variety of champagnes, wines, beers, and cocktails. There is also an array of food to choose from, 18195561_10213300030757128_1203381335_oranging from meats to seafood to veggies.

Black Bottle has a rustic, casual vibe. Small plates can easily be shared. Their small Happy Hour menu has a very reasonable average price of around $5 for food and drinks.

We really enjoyed Black Bottle’s interesting selection and great service! Be sure to check out our comments below to find out more!

Click here to read our full Happy Hour Seekers profile on Black Bottle!

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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I had no idea where to park so I parked behind a building in another store’s lot. The server said there is parking in the Avalon garage which they will validate for two hours.

Atmosphere

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Definitely had an adult, clubby feel featuring popular music and industrial look.

Food

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Not a huge happy hour choice. There were only a few items so I ended up ordering off of the main menu and it was very good.

Drinks

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Not a lot of happy hour choices, especially for wine, so I chose a martini which was discounted. It was super good and fairly large. I love how they served it!

Pricing

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They offered $5 happy hour items but too few of choices. I ordered off of the small plates menu. My martini was $7 which I thought was a good price.

Service

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Great! Service was outstanding!

Overall Experience

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Because I came here for happy hour, I have to give them a lower rating than I would if I were here for dinner. It’s probably not the best happy hour due to the limited menu, but the food, service, and atmosphere were all great! I will definitely come back just to try more of their menu.

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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I have been here before so I knew to park in the garage although it’s not very clear from the outside.

Atmosphere

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The contemporary, open style is really fun. This is one of the few places where I enjoy sitting at the bar,.

Food

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Limited HH menu and only one gluten free item, bacon-wrapped jalapeños. They were so good–but not great right before bikini weather! I also had the beets gratin which were amazing but now I need to go on a water fast for the next several days!!!

Drinks

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Limited HH menu so I ended up getting a mezcal margarita. Not my favorite but I’m glad I tried it. 

Pricing

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Service

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Our server, Kinsey, was very attentive and patient with all of our quirky/needy questions!

Overall Experience

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I really like this place. Just not the best HH choices if you’re looking for menu variety.

Purple

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Purple is a classy cafe and wine bar with locations in Bellevue, Kirkland, Seattle, and Woodinville. We must admit, we did not know much about Purple prior to our visit. We had driven by their Downtown Bellevue location so many times that we decided it was finally time to check it out for ourselves.

Purple is located at the Bellevue Towers on the corner of NE 4th Street and  106th Ave.

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They offer a daily Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m during weekdays and their menu includes a variety of American food as well as wine, beer, and cocktails.

We went to Purple on Sunday night, but didn’t realize that Happy Hour is not offered on the weekends. Even though we had food and drinks at their regular price, it still turned out to be a great evening with delicious food and drinks with a trendy, modern atmosphere. Purple offers an eclectic Northwest food menu and a wonderful wine list. The seating is comfortable and inviting and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. They have a selection of food which includes calamari, salads, burgers, fish and chips, and ahi. It’s a great place to try different wines to find out which wines pair with different kinds of food.

Click here to read our full Happy Hour Seekers profile on Purple!

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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There are a couple of different garages you can choose from so parking was a bit confusing. Once I navigated to the correct garage, it was easy to find the restaurant. Some additional direction signs would help.

Atmosphere

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I loved the interior and design of Purple. It was modern, industrial, and comfortable. We sat next to a wall of windows facing south.

Food

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I ordered the ahi and tartare and it was very good. I also ordered the beet salad and it was probably the best beet dish I have ever tasted. There was an eclectic selection.

Drinks

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Their wine list is extensive. I ordered a Malbec for $11 and it was excellent. Our waitress let us all try a taste of champagne and it was also excellent. They even have champagne flights, wine flights, and some awesome cocktails and beers to choose from.

Pricing

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My wine was $11 but most were higher. However, we found out there is no Happy Hour on the weekends and so the prices are probably lower during weekdays. I ordered my food from the starter menu. It was a little on the higher side, but the prices seemed average.

Service

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Our waitress was one of the best waitresses I’ve had so far since I’ve been writing happy hour reviews. She was friendly, professional, and really knew the menus for both food and drinks.

Overall Experience

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I loved the atmosphere, service, and drinks menu. It seems like a perfect place for lunch, meeting friends, dates, and special occasions. I’m so glad I tried it!

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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Even as a Bellevue native, I am still not used to parking garages. However, I thought this garage was fairly easy to navigate.

Atmosphere

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The decor is so beautiful and amazing. I love the spiral staircases, iron work, and modern open space. I could go here everyday!

Food

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There were a few gluten free choices, although they were not designated on the menu. I ordered a half of the chicken cranberry salad. It was very fresh and tasty with a beautiful presentation. Even the half-order was a lot for me!

Drinks

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I ordered the French Champagne–yum!!! (It’s not just for breakfast!)

Pricing

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My salad was $12 but my champagne was more expensive. I chose my libation knowing the price in advance.

Service

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Our server was attentive, knowledgeable, and adorable with super cool hair!!!

Overall Experience

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Even though we messed up and didn’t actually make it to Purple for happy hour (although their website says “happy hour daily”), I would highly recommend Purple cafe in Bellevue.

Paddy Coyne’s on St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and the Happy Hour Seekers celebrated by heading to Bellevue’s Irish pub, Paddy Coyne’s.

Paddy Coyne’s is not just a great place to visit on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s also the perfect place to go for happy hour or meeting friends. It’s like a taste of Ireland located in downtown Bellevue, complete with traditional Irish foods like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, Guinness-braised Irish beef stew, corn beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and macaroni and cheese with spicy chicken sausage.

Their happy hour menu ranges from four dollars to nine dollars. They also offer a full bar with Irish whiskey drinks and more. Happy hours are 3 to 6 PM and 10 PM to 1 AM. If you like Irish food, Paddy Coyne’s is a must stop.

Before we go, here are a few fun facts about Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day:

  • St. Patrick (according to legend) banished all of the snakes from Ireland after they attacked him during a fast.
  • St. Patrick was actually an Englishman. He was kidnapped by pirates and was sold into slavery in Ireland
  • The official state color of Ireland is not green, but St. Patrick’s blue.

We hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Click here to read our full Happy Hour Seekers profile on Paddy Coyne’s!

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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Easy garage parking. Free with validation. Valet parking available.

Atmosphere

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Beautiful bar. There was definitely an Irish Pub vibe. For today, the wait staff wore St. Patrick’s Day uniforms–super cute! Big screen TVs are visible. One drawback was that all drinks were being served in plastic cups for St. Paddy’s Day!

Food

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I ordered fish and chips and it was really good! Unfortunately, the menu didn’t offer that many choices. If I were Irish, I would have probably loved the traditional food they offered!

Drinks

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Very limited drinks menu that was served in plastic cups (for tonight only). My first server wasn’t familiar with the red wines, so I chose a martini which was $8.50. I was unimpressed with the presentation of the drink as it looked small in the plastic cup, though it ended up being definitely worth the price–a strong and solid drink!

Pricing

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I had expected lower happy hour prices–which I know they normally offer. Tonight ended up being a bit pricey.

Service

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They were friendly but not overly friendly. The waiters were helpful and knowledgeable–they seemed to like their jobs!

Overall Experience

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Tonight ended up being a great night overall. There were some bumps when we first arrived regarding a lack of seating after I paid a $10 cover charge. Also, there was a limited menu and everything was served on paper plates. In the end, though, everything turned out fine and we had a fun night. The service was good and I liked that they dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day! My fish and chips were delicious and my drinks were small but powerful! Being an Irish Pub on St. Patrick’s Day gave Paddy Coyne’s the opportunity to shine. My suggestion: serve your regular menu on regular plates and maybe charge a slightly higher cover fee. I couldn’t see or hear the live music from where I was sitting but all in all, Paddy Coyne’s is a great Irish Pub!

 

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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Lincoln Square is always busy.

Atmosphere

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It’s a Pub, but was really fun for St. Paddy’s Day!!!

 

Food

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There were 3 gluten free choices on their limited menu (which is actually really good!) I got the Shepherd’s Pie. It’s not my usual food choice, but great for soaking up alcohol!

Drinks

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I got a gin and tonic. Well, the gin was nasty but the drink was as strong as lighter fluid so I only needed one!!!

Pricing

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Menu pricing was good but we had to pay a $10 cover fee for St. Paddy’s Day.

Service

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It was a crazy zoo in there so the servers were not super attentive but our waitresses did a great job under the circumstances!!!

Overall Experience

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I had a great time and met a lot of new, fun people. I would definitely go back again–especially on March 17th!!!

13 Coins

If you are a native of Seattle, it’s very likely that you have frequented or heard of 13 Coins.  Everyone who has been there can probably recount a special memory or perhaps has even memorized their favorite menu item.

13 Coins is a Seattle institution in the restaurant scene that has been around since 1967.   Best known for their traditional cuisine, upscale bar and dimly lit, classy atmosphere, 13 Coins has roomy interior with high-back leather booths, which offers some privacy while you eat.

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The full bar, with seats that overlook the kitchen, has a 24 hour menu. They frequently have live music performances on the weekends.

There is a story behind 13 Coins’ unique name originating in Peru, one of love, care, and concern. Once, a young man wished to marry a wealthy man’s daughter. When the father of the daughter asked the young man what he had to offer for his daughter’s hand in marriage, the young man reached into his pocket and handed the father the only change he had: 13 Coins.

17121879_10212736237582651_1128805774_oEastsiders were thrilled with the opening of 13 Coins in Downtown Bellevue at the Hyatt Regency.  Happy hours are 7 days a week, 4:00 to 6:00 pm & 10:00 pm to last call, and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to last call.

We had a great experience at 13 Coins the other night (as we always do!) and are thrilled to share it with you!

Click here to read our full Happy Hour Seekers profile on 13 Coins!

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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Garage parking is clearly marked and free with validation. There is valet parking available as well.

Atmosphere

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There was classy, dimly lit, and comfortable seating in the bar and throughout the restaurant. I love the leather high-back booths and chairs, as well as the couches and the lounge!

Food

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There is no designated happy hour menu. They offer $2 off on the drinks and appetizer menu. The selection of food choices is good, but the seared ahi I had was chewy and fatty. I tried it here several times and had hopes that it would be better this time. It sure looked pretty though!

Drinks

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Some great cocktails choices and a variety of wine and beers.

Pricing

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The prices are high for happy hour, even with the $2 reduction.

Service

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Okay, but having been to the Sea-tac 13 Coins a few days prior where the staff knew the drinks and menu very well and presented it with enthusiasm, I was a little let down.

Overall Experience

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I’ve grown up going to the 13 Coins, so my expectations are always high. I definitely miss the quality of food and service 13 Coins is known for. I hope they get back to the standards most of us remember. However, I love the atmosphere and will probably continue to frequent the 13 Coins.

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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At 4:45 on a normal weekday, the parking is really easy before the Bellevue dinner crowd arrives!
Atmosphere
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The decor is so nice and the couches are so comfy–more so than what we normally see in the lounge when we go to watch bands.

Food

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Since the chain was sold, the food has not been as flavorful as it once was. They had no gluten free options on the HH menu. They did have a specific gluten free menu for the dining room, so I ended up ordering a frittata from there.

Drinks

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They offer $2 off their specialty drinks. I ordered the Brazilian Sun Spot, a cachaca-based drink  so I knew I was in for a surprise. Spicy and yummy!

Pricing

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This is not one of the less expensive Happy Hour places in Bellevue. My drink was $10.

Service

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Our waitress was mostly attentive. We ordered at different times depending on when we arrived. For those of us who did not order right away, we had to wait a bit for her to come back to our table even though she was nearby. All in all, she was one of the better bar servers we’ve had here!

Overall Experience

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I’m given it a 3.5 because there were no gluten-free choices on the happy hour menu. This will be only a cocktail place for me from now on, but I can live with that!

A Night at Suite

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Hello, Happy Hour Seekers! It’s been awhile but we’re back and tonight we went out to Suite–a trendy restaurant located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Bellevue. It’s a sleek and hip lounge that becomes somewhat of a nightclub on the weekends.
img_1506Walking into Suite, we were wowed by the vibrant lighting and unique decor. Soft, neon lights created an intriguing, fun, and energetic atmosphere. There is even a small dance floor and Suite regularly showcases a variety of music and entertainment.

One of the most unique aspects of Suite is that every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., there are live performances by members of Seattle Aerial Arts. We don’t know of any other place in Bellevue where you can enjoy some food and drinks while also watching a fascinating acrobatic show!

Suite definitely offers great happy hours, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday through Friday and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The food was reasonably priced and really demonstrated the variety they have to offer!

Click here to read our full Happy Hour Seekers profile on Suite!

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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I parked in the garage under the Hyatt, took the elevator, and Suite was right there! Parking can be validated but there is also valet parking.

Atmosphere

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Beautiful, sexy, and modern. There were very pretty colors, patterns, and lighting!

Food

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I loved the selections! I had Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna for $7 and Rock Shrimp Tempura for $5. They had bruschetta, calamari, chipotle, tacos, and a wide variety of tasty choices.

Drinks

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I had a vodka martini for $6. The specialty cocktail selection was superb. Lots of choices!

Pricing

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I thought the pricing was very good. The price matched the portion size.

Service

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Service was slow to start but the waiters were polite. They were knowledgeable about the food but not so much about the happy hour red wines. They didn’t hesitate to split our bill for us which was nice! The service seemed appropriate given the atmosphere.

Overall Experience

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It’s unique to any other restaurant in Bellevue. It’s a great place for happy hour, work meetings, or to bring a date. There were good drinks and happy hour food items to choose from!

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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It’s by the Bellevue Collection so there’s tons of parking and tons of cars. I forgot to get my parking ticket validated but they were able to use my receipt so plus 1/2 martini glass for the parking 🙂
Atmosphere
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I think the decor is very attractive. Suite has an upbeat feel that makes you want to have fun. I love that they have a place where you can watch aerial performers in Bellevue–and it’s complimentary!

Food

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Very limited Gluten Free choices but they were able to make my shrimp tacos with corn–they were worth it! (Though three tacos was a bit too much for me!)

Drinks

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I had the Suite 75 which looked like a glass of champagne. It was made from gin, St. Germain, lemon, and champagne on the top. It’s my favorite cocktail!

Pricing

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They offer some of the most affordable HH pricing in downtown Bellevue!

Service

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It took us awhile for our server to greet us but she was very nice, knew the menu well, and offered some great suggestions.

Overall Experience

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The Suite is definitely going to become part of my regular HH rotation! I was surprised at how bright and beautiful the decor is, as I usually hit this place around 11 for dancing!

Seastar

Owned by chef John Howie, Seastar is one of Bellevue’s most luxurious and much loved restaurants. Held in high esteem for their variety of steaks, seafood, pastas and more, Seastar is a great stop for happy hour seekers who love delicious seafood and a high-end atmosphere.

One of the reasons why we enjoy Seastar is that they are very involved with charitable organizations, working closely with communities to improve the lives of others. Seastar gets involved with many different organizations, offering donations and free thanksgiving dinners to those in need. Besides, Seastar philanthropy, they have a great happy hour menu every Monday through Friday filled with delicious menu selections.

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Happy Hour Seekers Cami and Teri!

Although the food leans on the more expensive side, the HH menu offers a good selection of food and drinks for more reasonable prices. Although the food servings are small, they are both filling and delicious. The food is fresh and cooked to perfection.

Tonight, we visited Seastar the night before Christmas Eve to celebrate the holidays. We were pleased to see that the bar was decorated with some likes to make the atmosphere a bit more festive. Our server was nice and attentive throughout most of our meal, though there was a bit of a wait for the bill.

Overall, we enjoyed the atmosphere and the service and will definitely be returning to Seastar sometime!

Click here to read our full Happy Hour Seekers profile on Seastar!

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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Fairly easy garage parking that can be validated. Valet parking is $7. The stalls in the garage are designed for compact cars.

Atmosphere

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Upscale, comfortable, and elegant. I loved the candle holders, which appeared to be a Glassbaby.

Food

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Great selection and representation of the menu items. Outstanding quality!

Drinks

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Delicious and good choices.

Pricing

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Great happy hour prices on food and drinks!

Service

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Attentive waitress when we first got there. She easily let us split our bill and our waters were filled frequently. Service got a little slower towards the end when it was time for the check.

Overall Experience

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One of the best happy hours I’ve been to.

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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There is a parking garage off of 108. Seastar validates up to 3 hours and you can take an elevator up to the restaurant.
Atmosphere
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Very beautiful. The artwork is creative and it was very festive for the holiday weekend. A good amount of seating which was spaced out well.

Food

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The food was tasty and you can share with your friends. There are gluten free items but I actually got really sick after so maybe some cross contamination happened. Bring your GF enzymes if you are sensitive!

Drinks

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There was a small selection of beer, wine, and well drinks and martinis. If you purchase heir specialty cocktail, a dollar goes to Food Life Line and Kick Hunger Challenge which is cool.

Pricing

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Very moderate and typical for Bellevue. I ordered a martini, deviled eggs, and an Arnold Palmer (my go-to so I don’t order a 2nd cocktail!) and my bill was $21.

Service

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It’s a great place but because I did get sick, I can’t give it a 5.

Overall Experience

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