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.

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!

Kicking off 2017 at John Howie Steak

 

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Hello Happy Hour enthusiasts, it’s been a while! We haven’t posted since, well, since last year but the Happy Hour Seekers are back and we thought the best way to kick off the new year was a happy hour at John Howie Steak.

John Howie Steak is known for their delicious steak (of course!) but we have also been hearing people bragging about their daily happy hours. So, we decided to check them out for ourselves. John Howie is located at the Bravern in Downtown Bellevue, next to all kinds of swanky stores like Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Salvador Ferragamo, and Neiman Marcus. John Howie is regarded as one of the premier and classiest restaurants in Bellevue.

Lucky for us, we had a pretty great time! We were a bit disappointed with some of the pricing and that John Howie didn’t clearly designate gluten free options on the menu. Maybe that’s something they could consider in the future. However, the atmosphere was sleek and inviting, our servers were friendly, and the food we ended up with had a good taste. Check out our ratings below. Also, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what places you think we should check out in 2017!

Click here to read our full Happy Hour Seekers profile on John Howie Steak!

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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Parking at the Bravern can be a challenge–and I’m not a fan! The garage is too confusing. They offer valet parking which is a great option.

Atmosphere

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There have comfortable chairs, TVs, and a nice sized bar. The lighting is great, nothing too fancy, just cozy.

Food

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They offered good choices that showcased the best of their meats, fish, and extras. I ordered off the bar menu instead of the happy hour menu. I had the Ahi Bowl which was excellent!

Drinks

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There was a nice choice of drinks. I had a delicious vodka martini. However, I did not see a lot of wine options on the happy hour menu–though there were plenty to choose from on the regular bar menu.

Pricing

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Pricing was reasonable for the quality and food choices. The average price was between $8 and $16.

Service

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Attentive, personable, and respectful. We had a server who was able to answer all of our questions. Very nice.

Overall Experience

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I would definitely go back. My favorite part was the comfortable seating. I had a nice experience overall!

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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Parking on a Sunday was a breeze!
Atmosphere
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It was very cozy! They had a small bar and a nice layout.

Food

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The menu has no designated gluten free options. I really wanted the steak bites but they weren’t gluten free. I had the spicy habanero butter shrimp which was very good. The deviled eggs were okay but a little bland for my taste and didn’t pair well with the shrimp.

Drinks

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I had the spicy basil lemon drop which I really enjoyed!

Pricing

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I have not dined here for Happy Hour in a few years but the prices have increased dramatically!

Service

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Our waiter was very nice but didn’t seem well-versed with people like me who have food allergies. I realize it’s hard to keep up with everyone’s different allergies/preferences. I just wish John Howie had better prepared their staff or designated gluten free options.

Overall Experience

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I used to rave about John Howie’s Happy Hour. However, this time, I spent over $60 with the tip and didn’t have the food experience I was hoping for. Probably an off night. I would try again sometime with different expectations.

We went to Earls!

What started out as a family-owned burger and beer restaurant has now grown over the years into a large chain of restaurants located across the United States and Canada. Today, Earls offers a diverse menu filled with fresh and innovative food options, often using local

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Happy Hour Seeker Cami!

food. Happy Hours are held daily in the lounge and on the patio—a definite plus for Happy Hour enthusiasts like us.

Earls in Bellevue is in a prime location, right across from the mall in downtown Bellevue.

It is within walking distance from several parking garages (Bellevue Square, the Westin, and Lincoln Square). Earls is super accessible and easy to spot from the street.

When we walked into Earls, we were met with a warm, inviting, and beautifully decorated atmosphere. This is definitely the sort of place that attracts young professionals in the area.

We had a great evening overall. Although the menu selection was somewhat limited, the foods and drinks tasted great. Plus, our servers were very friendly and attentive. We can’t wait to return to Earls!

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

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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Easy if you are a local. There is free parking at Bell Square or validated parking in nearby garages.

Atmosphere

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Love, love love!

Food

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Awesome. There wasn’t a big selection but the Ahi poke I ordered was so good. I also ordered a side of beets and carrots that were super yummy!

Drinks

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Limited but thankfully good choices.

Pricing

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You might have to venture a little bit off of the HH menu because it’s  a bit limited.

Service

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Outstanding. It seems all of the staff helps out. We had several servers in addition to our main girl and they were all great!

Overall Experience

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I love it here and will be sure to come back! It was super relaxing, the service was relaxed and everyone who waited on us were patient and genuinely helpful.

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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There are a few parking garages but you will have to walk no matter what.
Atmosphere
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The bar was super cute. It seemed like there were 4 different, distinct rooms to dine in.

Food

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Food was good but extremely limited on the HH menu. They do offer gluten free garlic French fries (crazy fattening but at least they are gluten free!).

Drinks

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Drinks are good but once again, very limited for HH. I ordered a gin and tonic which came with a special little bottle of tonic. Very nice presentation.

Pricing

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Pretty average for Bellevue.

Service

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Very attentive. All of the staff delivers food and checks in on you!!

Overall Experience

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It would have been a 5 if the menu was larger–but overall we had a great time!

Happy Hour at Bake’s Place

Bake’s Place is a local bar and bistro located in downtown Bellevue. Its atmosphere is fun, modern, and energetic. Music lovers are in luck because Bake’s Place regularly features live music. In fact, our favorite band, Shaggy Sweet, plays there often–we just wish the dance floor was bigger!

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Our awesome server Eric!

Happy hour tonight was quiet but our service was excellent. One of our favorite parts about happy hour at Bake’s Place is you can sit anywhere in the restaurant. There are only two house wines (one red and one white) which was kind of a bummer. However, there is a good selection of happy hour cocktails for $9.

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The happy hour food menu includes some foreign-sounding items mixed with some more common food choices. All that we ordered ended up being pretty delicious!

Bellevue needed a place like Bake’s and we are so excited to have them here. There’s outdoor seating year-round, plus really unique food! If you love live music and flavorful cuisine, consider making Bake’s Place a regular stop.

Click here to read our full Happy Hour Seekers profile on Bake’s Place!

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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Garage parking but it’s fairly easy to navigate.

Atmosphere

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Good music, beautiful decor, and outside seating.

Food

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Not a lot of healthy choices. I ordered the salmon poke and the serving size was small. However, it tasted incredible!

Drinks

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Not a lot of choices.

Pricing

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It was a little expensive for happy hour.

Service

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The service was excellent. Our waiter was awesome!

Overall Experience

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You have to try Bake’s Place with an open mind for the full experience. There was great music and excellent food!

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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Not a fan of the garage (but maybe that’s just because I’d been drinking).
Atmosphere
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It was quite but it was a Tuesday night. If you’re looking for someplace to unwind after a stressful day, this is a nice place. I can’t wait to sit outside when the weather warms up.
Food
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Limited options but super yummy and healthy. I appreciated that gluten free and vegetarian choices were designated on the menu.

Drinks

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Somewhat limited but the drinks at Bake’s are always fabulous.

Service

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Our waiter, Eric, was epic!!! He was awesome, attentive, and pleasant.

Overall Experience

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A quiet happy hour with entertainment on the weekends!

Fun at the 520 Bar & Grill

The 520 Bar & Grill is right smack dab in the middle of Old Bellevue. Although space can be limited and the restaurant can get loud, its welcoming, casual and classy atmosphere makes 520 one of Bellevue locals’ favorite spots. Year-round outdoor seating (covered with a plastic canopy) is complete with heat lamps and blankets, making it a great place to meet up with friends, coworkers, or even a date. An added bonus: there’s always a game on TV.

520 has pretty cocktails and a wine list full of a variety of Washington, Oregon, and California wines to choose from.  The food choices are interesting and have definitely improved over the years. 520 can be pricey but you’ll definitely leave fulfilled. We had a great time at and, although we were hoping for healthier options on the menu, our service was fantastic!

Click here to read our full Happy Hour Seekers profile on 520 Bar & Grill!

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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There are only a few spaces in the back of the building as well as some street parking.

Atmosphere

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Love the location and atmosphere! It’s very pub-like with a neighborhood feel.

Food

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It depends on what you order. The nachos are always delicious (too bad they weren’t on the HH menu!).

Drinks

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Delicious! Also, there were some great deals!

Pricing

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It was nice to get $3 off my favorite wine for HH!

Service

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Superb! The waitress was super friendly and smiley–probably the best I’ve ever had here. She let me taste the wine before I ordered.

Overall Experience

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Our waitress made the night! She was the best we’ve ever had here and very professional.

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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There is close parking but not on-site. Bellevue Park is under construction so no parking is available there.
Atmosphere
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We chose this Sunday because there was a Seahawks game so there were a lot of fans! 520 is a super cute environment (with some super cute guys)!
Food
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The HH menu is super limited although the waitress did offer some gluten free options.

Drinks

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I like the fact that you can order any bar beverage off the menu for some $ off!

Pricing

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An okay value for what you get. However, there aren’t as many healthy options as there are at other places.

Service

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Service can be iffy here but our waitress tonight was amazing!

Overall Experience

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A wonderful experience!