The Best Bets for Lunches You'll Love in Bellevue



The Bellevue culinary scene offers an abundance of options from quick takeout snacks and food truck treats to sit-down, luxury-style feasts. The downtown area boasts hundreds of restaurants, ranging from casual sandwich spots to four-star chef-owned destinations (and of course we can't forget about those national chains, most of which can't be found within Seattle city limits).

While seafood reigns at kitchens across the Pacific Northwest, Bellevue also features a bounty of ethnic eateries, with Asian cuisine often stealing the show. (The Northwest may be known for salmon and Dungeness crab, but cultural foodies from across the region often trek to Bellevue to explore and expand their mealtime horizons.)

And for the carnivores out there, a selection of steakhouses serves up top-quality beef and unique dining experiences. When the sun shines, Bellevue diners seek flock to counltess outdoor dining options that pop up on patios and along sidewalks. For a quick lunch, stop by one of the many food trucks scattered throughout downtown Bellevue during the week or frequent a fun, whimsical spot like Lunchbox Laboratory. Added bonus: If you'd like some music with your meal, you'll find a range of options from jazz and pop to bluegrass.


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...  Read More


Bellevue Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Courtesy Visit Bellevue


The Bellevue Brewing Company is a locally-minded venue that serves up tasty brews to complement the tasty food. In their own words, "One of our main goals here at the Bellevue Brewing Company, in addition to brewing world-class beers, serving...  Read More


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...  Read More




Whether it's rare or well-done, prime beef is this steak house's trademark. A favorite of the business set, the place exudes class with its soft, rich carpets and paneled private rooms. Each sublime cut of meat boasts sensational flavor and...  Read More


Top Gun Seafood


Admittedly, picking one or two top-notch restaurants from the many located throughout Seattle can be a daunting task. Top Gun, though, makes at least one of the choices a no-brainer; its famously tasty dim sum and traditional Chinese fare...  Read More


Pagliacci Pizza


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...  Read More


Lunchbox Laboratory
Photo courtesy of Courtesy Visit Bellevue


LunchBox Laboratory got its start in a 400-square-foot building in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood "by the MacGyver-like culinary vision of Food Alchemist Scott Simpson. The original concept was born of Scott's love for his mother." The quirky...  Read More


Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar


Emphasizing seafood from the Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest, this innovative, upscale restaurant is one of the best reasons to make a short trip east to Bellevue. Featured main dishes include Columbia River white sturgeon with huckleberry...  Read More




This simple, elegant bistro offers an appealing mix of American favorites with a menu showing influences from France, Italy and South America. The minimal decor is serene and upscale with white tablecloths, neutral colors and candlelight. Start...  Read More




Lively, casual, welcoming. Wrought iron fixtures, poured concrete floors, and old-brick walls. Over 70 wines available by the pour or in flights. It's an excellent destination whether you're on a date, meeting with friends or holding a business...  Read More


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Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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