99 Park Opens in Bellevue Today
With a late night menu and a gorgeous patio right by Bellevue's Downtown Park.
99 Park, a stand-alone restaurant in the heart of Bellevue, has a roster of modern northwest dishes and a gorgeous patio right by Downtown Park. Its vibe is upscale but it's aiming for a casual dining experience—the proverbial white tablecloth restaurant (without any actual tablecloths). "We want to be the kind of place where people come for anniversaries and for happy hours," said executive chef Quinton Stewart of the desired vibe.
Here's what to expect when the restaurant opens today for dinner.
Eat: "Local ingredients with global influences," according to Stewart, whose menu is influenced by his time at Seattle favorites like Tilth, Spur and Coterie Room, as well as New York's Scandinavian brasserie, ACME. Bahn mi shows up next to Mexican black mole, Japanese katsuobushi, French leek soubise and Middle Eastern tabbouleh on his menu. "The tough thing is, 'where's the focus?'" admits Quinton. "But the common thread is we focus on great locally-sourced ingredients and just go wild with it." A $65 5-course prix fixe is in the works too.
Drink: The classics, like Tom Collinses, old fashioneds, daiquiris and vespers from the well-stocked bar—bar manager Jason Saura estimates there are close to 150 different bottles. In time, fresh market ingredients, housemade bitters and gomme syrups will show up on the cocktail menu too. The tap pours Bellevue Brewing and Seattle Cider along with a rotating cocktail, and the wine list is pretty extensive too.
Sit: With a view of downtown park, either in the patio or along the telescoping doors. On a chilly night, though, stay indoors at the leather-lined booths and eat by the light of Edison bulbs and candles. There's also a distinct bar area with its own booths, standing tables and counter seating.
Bonus Intel: The place is tricked out with a whopping $2.5 million worth of renovations, all by LA-based Balian Architects, who've worked on hotels, residential projects and commercial buildings but never a restaurant before 99 Park.