McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

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McCormick & Schmick’s is a chain restaurant serving fresh seafood, steaks, poultry, and pasta. They have been around since the 1970s, and are committed to freshness. McCormick & Schmick’s is well-known for their famous happy hours, which places emphasis on their hand-crafted, blender-free cocktails, which consist of freshly squeezed juices.

 

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Happy hours are Monday through Wednesday (4 PM through 6 PM), Thursday through Friday (4 PM through 6 PM and 9:30 PM through 11 PM), Saturdays (3 PM through 5 PM and 9:30 PM through 11 PM), and Sundays (3 PM through 5 PM).

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What we love about their menu is that their food items range from $3 to $9, including such items as the seared ahi tuna, coconut shrimp, buffalo wings, ahi tuna poke, calamari, truffle fries, and hummus. It’s nice that they have such a large variety available for customers to choose from.

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Their alcoholic items include domestic drafts starting at $3.50. They also offer well drinks for $4, wines and specialty cocktails for $6 dollars, and martinis (our favorite!) for $7. They have so many choices, making McCormick & Schmick’s a great option for happy hours.

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TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Overall Experience

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Atmosphere

Inviting, classic, and comfortable!

Food

They had an excellent selection of food at an affordable price point. The food was eclectic and included some great seafood options. We had seared ahi and fish tacos which were huge! The seared ahi was great!

Drinks

I wish the martini was chilled a bit more!

Pricing

Good prices, large portions!

Service

Our server was nice, informative and helpful.

CAMI’S CORNER:
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Atmosphere

I love the decor! It was a very modern look–warm and inviting with a lot of eye-catching designs!

Food

There was tons of food. I ordered the fish tacos and ahi poke (both gluten free) and they were very tasty. The tacos usually come fried but due to my allergy, they made them gluten free. The fish was a bit rubbery but still tasted good. The tacos were huge!

Drinks

I tried really hard to only order from the happy hour menu. I got a gin martini which was a classic, nothing too special.

Pricing

Very good. Great value for the amount of food and the tasty, fresh selections that were offered.
Service

Our server Mackenzie was very attentive and knew the menu well. She was polite, friendly, and we never had to ask for anything. Top-notch service!

 

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Final thoughts: McCormick & Schmick’s has a fantastic happy hour. Something that might add an extra touch and enhance the atmosphere would be some music. Overall though, we were pleased by the great portions, delicious food, and decent prices!

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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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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!

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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!

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!

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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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Happy Hour at Pearl

Located in the heart of downtown Bellevue, Pearl is the kind of spot that you might miss if you don’t know exactly where to work. Aptly named, Pearl is a unique restaurant that serves delicious seafood and a variety of drinks. It’s easily one of our favorite happy hour locations.

The food tonight was outstanding and was delivered in a timely manner, there were even gluten-free options. Admittedly, the service was not up to its usual standards but we’re chalking it up to it being an off-night, and we loved our waitress anyway.  Pearl is still at the top of our happy hour list and we’ll definitely come back.  It truly is a beautiful establishment and both the food quality and cocktail choices are outstanding.

Taking everything into consideration, we had a fun experience and would certainly return!

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TERI’S THOUGHTS:
 Parking

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Atmosphere

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Food

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Drinks

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Overall Experience

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CAMI’S CORNER:
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Atmosphere

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Food

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Drinks

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Service

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Overall Experience

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