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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Happy Hour Seeker Cami

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.

Experiencing El Gaucho

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

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El Gaucho himself!

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.

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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99 Park

Conveniently located on a corner lot, across the street from the downtown Bellevue park, 99 Park is a new, exciting, and innovative addition to the restaurant scene,  It offers a cozy, yet fashionable, dining experience. We chose 99 Park for happy hour because of their location as well as the local, seasonal and innovative menu items.  Besides, the food looked great!

99 Park offers happy hour every Tuesday through Saturday, ¬†4 to 6 p.m., and Sunday/Monday, 4 p.m. to close, served in the bar. We 15622044_197572137371020_3291703023766202387_nwere apprehensive about coming here at first because the prices are a bit on the expensive side and they don’t have a designated Happy Hour menu.

Happy hours are intended to draw in customers and offer menu items at discounted prices.  The menu at 99 Park limits you to the small plates, which range in price from $13 to $16, which is a bit pricey compared to other places.

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99 Park is trendy with a rustic sort of feel. It is really a one-of-a-kind spot in downtown Bellevue. Unfortunately, when we got our bill, the 25% happy hour discount was not included. Even though we ordered during happy hour time (between 4 and 6 p.m.), we left after it had ended (around 7 p.m.). Therefore, we were not given the discount. We are not sure if this was an oversight or a general rule.

All things considered, 99 Park was better than expected. Our food was great, the atmosphere was lovely, and the servers were very helpful and friendly!

Click here to read our full Happy Hour Seekers profile on 99 Park!

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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Street parking and some designated spots. I was lucky to get a spot right out front.

Atmosphere

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Pretty. Love the shiplap siding. Cozy. I love the old fashion light fixtures.

Food

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I ordered the beets–superb! So fresh. They reminded me of my grandma’s farm.

Drinks

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Fun, exciting cocktails. Good wine and beer choices.

Pricing

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Too expensive for happy hour, and they forgot to include happy hour prices on the bill.

Service

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Very good service. The waiters knew their menu and were able to describe the food  in great detail.

Overall Experience

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I thought I would need an interpreter for some of the HH menu items! However, I absolutely loved it here! Because of the pricing, I would recommend reserving this place for a special occasion.

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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The park being under construction doesn’t leave a lot of parking options.
Atmosphere
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I really like the atmosphere. Elegant and contemporary with a comfortable feel.

Food

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The food was very good and creative. There were a lot of gluten free options–always a plus in my book!

Drinks

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Old classics made to perfection. I chose a Bitter Wife and French 75–loved both!

Pricing

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A bit higher and no specific Happy Hour menu. The do offer 25% on small plates as well as on the cocktail and wine menu.

Service

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We had two waiters that paid the most attention to us and were quite charming. The other servers checked on us and cleared our plates.

Overall Experience

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I would have given 99 Park a much higher rating, however, we were not given the happy hour pricing we had anticipated. I would go here to enjoy time with friends but would not recommend for happy hour.

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‚ÄĒa 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!

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

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Our first thought before visiting Ruth‚Äôs Chris Steak House was what‚Äôs with the name!? It‚Äôs a bit of a tongue twister but after reading up on the history we have to give kudos to the gal who added her name to what was originally known simply as ‚ÄúChris Steak House.‚ÄĚ The restaurant chain can be traced all the way back to the 1920s and today there are over 100 steakhouse locations all across the United States. Tonight, we decided to stop¬†by the

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Happy Hour Menu

Bellevue location.

At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, we had an easygoing and elegant happy hour experience. Though the crowd was older (50s), there was also a mix of 30 to 40 year olds who appeared to have just wandered in from Bellevue Square. After waiting through a long line to get in, Ruth’s Chris Steak House offered quality food and drinks which we both agreed were well¬†worth the wait!

Click here¬†to read our full Happy Hour Seekers¬†profile on Ruth’s Chris Steak House!

(Always remember to drink responsibly. Uber is a great way to go!)

TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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Bellevue Square offers free parking which is a plus. However, parking can get crowded. I recommend parking at the top of the garage and taking the stairs or elevator down.

Atmosphere

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The restaurant is pretty and elegant. Although it is a little dark which can make reading the menu a challenge.

Food

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Delicious and gluten free choices. There was seared ahi, shrimp, salad, and more.

Drinks

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The drink I ordered was delicious but there wasn’t a huge wine selection which was a bit disappointing.

Pricing

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Drinks and food costed $7-$8 on average.

Service

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Our servers were attentive and friendly.

Overall Experience

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One of my favorites. I loved the food, the atmosphere–everything!

CAMI’S CORNER:
Parking

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Parking is available at Bellevue Square.


Atmosphere
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It’s really dark but super cute. We sat at a two top table and could hear each other really well.
Food
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The food is amazing. It’s a pretty basic menu but done well. The ahi was the best I’ve ever had! This time I had BBQ shrimp and a caesar salad–both gluten free and super yummy!

Drinks

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I chose the French 75 because I generally love them. However, this one was just okay. I have had the HH lemon drop before and it was yummy.

Pricing

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It’s a bit more on the expensive side but worth it for the portions and atmosphere!

Service

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Our waitress was great and very patient when I asked about gluten free options (they have several and can modify food from the HH menu).

Overall Experience

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I feel like I had a very healthy meal in a sophisticated atmosphere. All in all, this place is a keeper that I’m going to add to my regular HH locations!

Wonderful Night at Wild Ginger

Tonight, the two of us Happy Hour Seekers headed to Wild Ginger, located¬†in the Bravern shopping mall. We love the Bravern’s unique architecture, boasting a European vibe and northwestern flair.¬†We were both super excited to visit the award-winning Wild Ginger, an Asian restaurant with a tempting happy hour menu!

Walking into Wild Ginger, you are met with a beautiful, modern-meets-industrial atmosphere. The authentic Chinese/Southeast Asian food is delicious and pricing is

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Happy Hour Seekers selfie!

reasonable, especially given the serving sizes.

We had a fantastic time at Wild Ginger. Although the drink selection was somewhat limited, there was¬†some fantastic cabernet wine.Our waiter was super friendly¬†and even exchanged one of our fellow Happy Hour Seeker’s food, free of charge. They also split the bill for our table, which is not normally an option for¬†larger parties.

The only thing we might warn you about is the confusing parking garage situation (it’s not very SUV-friendly). Though, that’s not something the restaurant has control over. Overall, we had a lovely time at¬†Wild Ginger. We enjoyed the delicious food and great vibe!

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TERI’S THOUGHTS:
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