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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Joey

Originating in Vancouver, BC, Joey is a restaurant chain that has spread across Canada and the United States. In Bellevue, Joey is located in the Hyatt Hotel, boasting a spectacular view and a trendy, upscale atmosphere.

When you walk into Joey, there is an array of sleek tables and booths. Most of the restaurant goers were well-dressed in business casual clothing, contributing to the classy vibe of the restaurant.

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Sushi cones!

Happy Hour is everyday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to close. The Happy Hour Menu is small but fulfilling. The drink options are gin and tonic, sangria, pale ale, and beer for $4, and red wine or chardonnay for $5. For food, there are three options: tuna taco, sushi cone, sliders royale for $3.5.

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Hawaiian tuna taco

The tuna taco is tiny and adorable but absolutely delicious. The sushi cones are absolutely unique and delicious. Even though the portions are small, they are filling, so we didn’t have enough room for the sliders royale!

Our server was friendly and attentive, making it an overall great experience at Joey!

 

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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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Happy Hour Seeker Cami!

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!

Experiencing El Gaucho

El Gaucho, an upscale restaurant in Downtown Bellevue, is known for their exquisite

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steaks and delectable seafood. El Gaucho is an elegant restaurant with attentive service and exceptional food, making it an all-around incredible dining experience. Sometimes happy hours only have limited selections that do not fully capture the true essence of a restaurant. However, in the case of El Gaucho, I’ll go as far as saying any expectations of what a true happy hour should be were exceeded!

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The Happy Hour Seekers and friends!

Upon first walking into El Gaucho, one might not expect the expansiveness and luxuriousness of this restaurant.   The bar is furnished with comfortable booths and chair seating. Although the lighting is dim, the restaurant is still bright due to the huge wall of windows.

If you’re looking to treat yourself, we strongly encourage checking out happy hours at El Gaucho for a luxurious dining experience!

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

 

TERI’S THOUGHTS:

 Parking

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I parked in the garage next to the elevator that went straight up to the restaurant. They do validate your ticket. They also have valet parking.

Atmosphere

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Loved the big windows and luxurious atmosphere!

Food

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Great happy hour menu items that represented their entire dinner and lunch menu. It was nice to be able to taste what they are known for. Exquisite food and ingredients. I had the wicked shrimp which was spicy, flavorful, and filling. I also had the calamari which was some of the best I’ve ever had.

Drinks

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Nice wine selection and great happy hour drinks. Very good!

Pricing

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Prices range from just a few dollars to $22. A good majority of the items are under $10. This is what happy hour should be–very reasonable and comfortable pricing.

Service

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This was the most attentive service I’ve ever had at any restaurant. I was given water immediately, the service was personable and the waiter was outstanding, I was given a list of wine choices right away.

Overall Experience

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I think this has been my favorite happy hour so far, mainly due to the service and food quality!

 

CAMI’S CORNER:

Parking

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I have the worst luck finding parking here. I ended up paying $14.
Atmosphere
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A beautiful, charming restaurant with a gorgeous view of the courtyard from the bar. The crowd looked fun with lots of attractive men.

Food

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No gluten free designation on the menu, but our server knew the selections well. I had tenderloin diablo and mixed green salad. Both were amazing and it was more than enough food!

Drinks

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I love mojitos and they offered a vodka-based version that was so good and refreshing–I had to have two!

Pricing

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Not the most expensive Happy Hour in Bellevue. Worth the prices!

Service

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Our server was very attentive, knew the menu well, and was adorable.

Overall Experience

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Even though I couldn’t seem to find the parking, all of my friends could, so I won’t hold that against them. El Gaucho offers a great happy hour with a comfortable and unique setting. It’s my favorite so far! A great option if you want to treat yourself or take someone special to a Happy Hour they will remember!

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.