Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Bellevue and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Hunan Garden thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Mediterranean Kitchen, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Cheesecake Factory
This popular chain's New American menu features a broad array of dishes, from avocado egg rolls and Mexican chicken pizza to Jamaican shrimp and shepherd's pie. However, desserts really steal the show, and it's easy to see why once you've taken a gander at Linda's fudge cake, white chocolate raspberry truffle, chocolate mousse cheesecake, and coffee Heath bar crunch cheesecake. The perfect setting for a late-afternoon respite, accompanied by gourmet coffee, good conversation, and one of 40 delectable cheesecakes. (425-450-6000)

9 Pasta & Co
Although take-out is the main business at this local chain, you can also dine in on fresh pastas, meats, sides, and scrumptious desserts. Seasonal changes keep things fresh; past favorites have included penne with smoked mozzarella, beef tenderloin grilled with an herb rub, and parmesan smashed potatoes. Already-prepared frozen foods like black bean lasagna and veal cannelloni are an easy solution for an impending dinner party. Save room for chocolate cupcakes, lemon tarts, and ginger crinkle cookies. (425-453-8760)

8 Shanghai Cafe
Surprising flavor combinations and innovative dishes break the mold of traditional Chinese eats at Shanghai Cafe, making it a welcome departure from the norm. The restaurant's strip-mall facade and casual decor belie the food's quality and presentation. Try an appetizer of chili-spiked cucumber or the "vegetarian goose," which pairs shiitake mushrooms and tofu. Enticing entrees include sautéed sugar peas, a cilantro-tinged dish that combines chicken and jellyfish, and the house specialty: addictive, hand-shaved barleygreen noodles with your choice of meat. (425-603-1689)

7 Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill
Contemporary decor with Southwestern flair enlivens this restaurant and bar, bringing a dose of sunny, sunbaked flavor to the Northwest. As satisfying for an after-work meal with colleagues as for a family dinner, the place issues a warm welcome with complimentary hot cornbread. It's a savory introduction to grilled chipotle beef tenderloin, wild mushroom enchiladas, or diablo chicken pasta. Pork medallions stuffed with chorizo and poblanos and served with roasted garlic cream sauce are also a delight. Gluten-free items are highlighted for convenience. (425-467-5911)

6 Sushiman
Freshly-prepared sushi and sashimi are served in a modern, classy space at Sushiman. Chef Robert Sugetsugu, a former sumo wrestler, offers delicious starters (like squid salad or spinach in soy-ginger dressing), nigiri, maki, house rolls, and a full roster of dinner entrees. Try Hamachi Don, fresh yellowtail served over a bed of sushi rice, or the California crunch — crab and avocado wrapped in tempura crumbs. A selection of Japanese and domestic sakes provides appropriate accompaniments. (425-391-4295)

5 Pagliacci Pizza
If you're in the mood for great pizza, head to Pagliacci's, where you can walk up to the counter and order a pie topped with everything from sun-dried tomatoes to goat cheese and roasted garlic. WIth over 30 toppings to choose from, you're sure to find something you love. In addition to great pies, the menu features fresh salads and calzones. Leave room for locally made gelatos, too! Besides standard sizes, the Bellevue location offers a 9" individual pizza. (206-726-1717, 425-453-1717)

4 Chace's Pancake Corral
For a down-home breakfast, this place is hard to beat. Known for scrumptious pancakes, it also serves burgers and sandwiches for lunch. If you can't decide among the ten different pancake choices, go for the "Joe Adams Assortment," which includes potato, buttermilk, buckwheat, and strawberry flapjacks. Chace's is located one mile south of Bellevue Square and is a great place for early risers. (425-454-8888)

3 12th Avenue Café
This open, window-lined cafe attracts a steady stream of customers. Shoppers, professionals, retirees, and families all attend, and the menu appeals to everyone. Dinner classics are available, along with huge omelets made with five large eggs and topped with cheese, vegetables, and chili. Also recommended are Mexican eggs, piled high with chiles, onion, cheddar, and salsa and served on a tortilla. Fluffy biscuits are also a hit, and breakfast is served all day. (425-392-5975)

2 Hunan Garden
For diners seeking traditional Chinese cuisine, Hunan Garden is a crowd-pleasing option. An old-fashioned setting and friendly service enhance your experience as you sample dishes like stir-fried chicken with mango or a vegetarian Buddha's Delight. The lunch special is an excellent value and comes with appetizer, soup, fried rice, hot tea, and a fortune cookie. (425-451-3595)

1 Sweet Addition
Take-out business is brisk at this combination sweet shop/restaurant, but the quaint dining room, with its soothing yellow walls and hardwood floors, is also a great place to enjoy a meal. Step up to the counter, peruse the menu on the chalkboard, and then settle into the rustic dining area with something delicious. Traditional breakfast favorites are available, but if you like starting your day with something sweet, pastries and baked goods are unrivaled. Great for coffee and dessert or for afternoon tea. (425-392-5661)

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Maps and Directions

Cheesecake Factory 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Pasta & Co 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Shanghai Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Southwestern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Sushiman 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Pagliacci Pizza 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Italian, Pizza
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Chace's Pancake Corral 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
12th Avenue Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Hunan Garden 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT
Sweet Addition 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - RNT