The Best Bets for Lunches to 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.

Din Tai Fung
Photo courtesy of Din Tai Fung


Din Tai Fung was founded in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1958 as a cooking oil retail shop, before transitioning in 1972 into a full-fledged restaurant. It has since become world-renowned for its soup dumplings and noodles, and Seattleites are thrilled to...  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

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 minimalist decor is serene and upscale with white tablecloths, neutral colors and candlelight....  Read More



Lively, casual, welcoming. Wrought iron fixtures, poured concrete floors, and old-brick walls. More than 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...  Read More

LifeCafe Bellevue
Photo courtesy of LifeCafe Bellevue


Lunchtime diners on the Eastside love popping into Bellevue's LifeCafe (connected to Life Time's spacious health club). Here it's easy to pick up fresh and healthful items that are made using only real, wholesome ingredients—all free of...  Read More

Cépaé Tasting Room and La Parisienne French Bakery
Photo courtesy of Audrey Kelly


There's a cool new wine bar-meets French bakery in Bellevue that's proving to be an emerging hot spot, and for good reason. In the Cépaé Tasting Room (pronounced 'Seh-pay-eh), patrons enjoy the largest selection of wines by the glass offered...  Read More


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