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The Best Local Restaurants in One Convenient Location

Explore locally owned restaurants that bring both quality and innovation to The Dining District.

Presented by The Bellevue Collection August 30, 2022

Dine in a vibrant, farmhouse-chic atmosphere at The Lakehouse.

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On Seattle’s Eastside, The Bellevue Collection is a brilliantly curated selection of more than 200 local-to-global shops, along with three luxury hotels, multiple entertainment options and 50 restaurants and nightlife spots in The Dining District

Among the more than 50 restaurants and nightlife spots in The Dining District are some of Bellevue’s most iconic dining spots. With deep roots and local ownership, they have a long history of delivering delicious food and stellar customer service.

A classic American steakhouse

Since 1970 when Bill and John Schwartz opened their first venture, The Butcher in Bellevue, their focus has been on local seafood, fresh produce and exceptional steaks. The tradition continues at Daniel’s Broiler, a classic American steakhouse that opened at Bellevue Place 33 years ago and quickly became the favorite of many local celebrities, including the Seattle Seahawks.

Meet Chef Antelmo who has been with Duke’s for over 30 years.  

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Fresh, sustainable seafood

In 1972 Duke Moscrip launched the first Duke’s Bar & Grill on Queen Anne Hill in 1977. His next venture, Duke’s Seafood in Bellevue, was a favorite with Eastsiders until the loss of its lease in 1994.  When Lincoln Square South opened in 2017, Duke’s Seafood returned to Bellevue and Duke continued to expand his local roots, opening more restaurants, leading Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and earning the Smart Catch award for sustainable seafood efforts. Chef Antelmo has been with Duke’s for 30 years and at the Bellevue destination since it opened, serving up fresh oysters, salmon, Dungeness crab and award-winning clam chowder.

Play a round of mini golf at Forum Social House.

Good times at this vibrant nightlife destination 

Local owners Noah Garroutte, Raj Tubati, and Roger Eng opened Forum Social House in 2019 and the huge entertainment space has redefined Bellevue nightlife. Guests enjoy virtual golf bays, mini golf and a sound lounge, along with classic pub fare like burgers, sandwiches, wings and beer on tap. Garoutte says all three owners had a dream to be in ownership and wanted their place to be more than just a bar. With no private investors or teams of ownership, they are hands-on with their employees and customers, focused on good times and warm customer service.

Enjoy the freshest sushi from Chef Charles at Japonessa Sushi Cocina.

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Traditional Japanese cuisine with Latin flavors

In 2008, Billy Beach, a renowned local sushi chef, first approached Jason Koh about the possibility of opening a restaurant together. They had partnered before with the Belltown restaurant Wasabi Bistro and worked well together. Their vision resulted in Japonessa Sushi Cocina, a casual spot that serves traditional Japanese cuisine highlighted with Latin flavors and ingredients. The daily happy hour, which starts at opening and goes until 5:30 pm, then again from 9:00 pm to closing, has become a must-visit for the freshest sushi and hand-crafted cocktails.

Farm-fresh craft cooking

Jason Wilson, owner and executive chef at The Lakehouse, has been in the area for more than 20 years and has received multiple awards, including the 2010 James Beard award and the Food and Wine Best New Chef honor. “I source ingredients from local vendors, finding the best possible produce, fish and meats and present them in ways that are fun, interesting and dynamic,” he says. With refined, farm-to-table cuisine in a vibrant farmhouse-chic atmosphere, The Lakehouse is a showcase for Wilson’s commitment to quality and an exceptional guest experience. “We are a wellness restaurant through and through and we all serve our guests in that frame of mind. The experience is not only delicious, it’s restorative,” says Chef Wilson.

Stop by Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub for a proper pint of Guinness.

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A bit of Ireland in Bellevue

Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub’s founder, Pat Coyne, migrated from Galway, Ireland in 1984 and moved to Seattle in 1992. Looking to bring a “bit of Ireland” to the city, he opened his first namesake bar in South Lake Union in 2004, and the Bellevue location in 2010. Coyne says, “I look at my pubs as my living room, so I want everyone who comes in to experience good food and drinks and also to feel at home.” The family-friendly spot features Irish and American favorites with a signature Shepard's Pie, Bangers & Mash, and Savory Lamb Pot Pie. Along with an extensive whiskey collection, imported beers and local brews, the full drink menu includes a “must experience” proper pint of Guinness.

Connecting through coffee and chocolate

Before launching Dote with pastry chef and master chocolatier Ewald Notter, Sarah Doud was one of the founding members of Seattle Coffee Company. After the business was sold to Starbucks, she began the search for her next venture and soon met Notter. “We decided together we could create a concept that was unique—a mashup of Ewald’s background in chocolate and my background in coffee,” Doud says. “We have become a community, connected through coffee and chocolate. The fact that we see people gathering around what we do and making Dote a part of their every day is absolutely the shop’s best feature.”

Foodies with cravings for fresh seafood and sushi, prime steaks, a special pint of Guinness, hand-crafted chocolates and even a round of mini golf — all under local ownership — will find it in The Dining District at The Bellevue Collection.

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