Bennett's Pure Food Bistro
Bennett's Pure Food Bistro

Bennett's Pure Food Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bennettsbistro.com/
  • Phone: 2062322759x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00PM - 9:30PM

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Kurt Dammeier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Cork Room at Bennett's Pure Food Bistro. This room seats 4-30 people and is available by private booking only. Please contact Bennett's to discuss details with Ryan or Andrea.
  • Private Party Contact: Ryan Shimabukuro 2062322759x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 77th Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bennett's Pure Food Bistro
At Bennett's we are committed to serving pure, all-natural food. Here you won't find artificial preservatives, colors or sweeteners, flavor enhancers or hydrogenated oils. What you will find are the freshest, most authentic ingredients we can offer.



Most of our ingredients are deeply rooted in the Cascadia region – an area extending from northern California to southern Alaska, and the coast to the continental divide, taking in Washington, most of Oregon, Idaho and part of Montana.



We buy from producers who share our commitment to whole foods and handmade fare. People dedicated to the simple pleasures of creating delicious food and drink the way it was intended to be made; fresh from the earth, the sea and the vine.


Kurt Beecher Dammeier – Proprietor
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Bennett's Pure Food Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)great for lunch (24)great for outdoor dining (21)great for brunch (16)fit for foodies (15)notable wine list (11)good for groups (10)special occasion (10)romantic (8)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (3)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • nicely done
    DBonMIVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I had friends from out of town show up so we went down to Bennett's and had a fantastic dinner and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Bennett's
    foodiefromSeattle
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I met a business colleague for lunch. We sat outside on a warm, sunny, Seattle day and were very grateful for the orange umbrella that shaded our table. The service was prompt and friendly. We had sandwiches and I had the gazpacho, which was very green. The gazpacho was topped with crème fraiche and bits of corn. The base of the soup was mostly cucumber and was very fresh. It could have used more garlic as I like my gazpacho with lots of garlic. Everything was quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great late lunch place!
    mangerbouger
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We went to a wonderful late lunch here for Bastille day, and got the Beecher's grilled cheese and tomato soup, and a pasta dish, both of which were lovely. We shared the rhubarb crumble and it was a delightful, filling lunch for 2 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    EEMountain
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This was the first time I have been there, but by far not the last. Everything was perfect including food, service, atmosphere and Ian who was my server. I had the Eggs Bennett (Benedict) and was so pleased. Eggs were cooked to my specs, Beechers cheese sauce... scrumptious, and the rest delightful. The "on the house" scones with sweet butter didn't hurt any either. Wish I'd tried there sooner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best tomato soup around
    MshbnyehudVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Went for lunch and decided on soup and sandwich. The Bennett's version of tomato soup is one of the best I've eaten, and combined with their grilled cheese sandwhich (suitable for frequent dunking in the tomato soup) is sublime. I was a bit less enthusiastic about the house side salad, just because I am not in love with field greens, as opposed to romaine. But the taste was also good, with a light vinaigrette style dressing. Service was outstanding, and we ate outdoors on the front patio street side on a gorgeous day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch - Fast and Delicious
    Byron
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I like to schedule lunches when I come from Seattle to meet Eastside appointment at Bennett's because the service is professional and fast; the food is delicious; and I can get out in an hour to get back to Seattle.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always great
    DBonMIVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Bennett's is always a great spot here on Mercer Island. The new menu is a nice change but I still go with the salmon (sans Blueberry sauce)...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good!
    MIlocals3
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Bennett's is our neighborhood gem, and possibly the only one. Always good, always reliable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for girls night
    outforthenight
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    always a fun place to be. Good food, good wine. Our server was attentive even when it became quite busy. We arrived at 4:00 p.m. when it was very quiet but it did not take long to become busy. Still service was good. Easy to get to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Solved
    seattlesun
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    A great place to go for lunch. Dine indoors or out. The varied menu has great choices using farm fresh northwest ingredients and fabulous Beecher's cheese. Enjoy great sandwiches, soups, salads and more hearty entrees. Works for business lunches or dining with friends. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch spot
    JanS
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Bennett's is a good place to eat lunch, but it is much too noisy for any table conversation. Food is good, but not exceptional. Too many tables crowded into a tight area. If you want to lunch alone or not talk with your companions, then by all means go. Service was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service has declined a bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Used to attend quite frequently but over the last few years not as often - service was friendly but was very slow at one point until our party made a note of letting our server know that we were short on time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I like small portions but 2 itty bitty yam chips and 3 pieces of kale for a slaw was ridiculous. For the price I thought it was poor. Service was ok but I would not come back here. I live on mercer island and was hoping it would be a good spot for special occasion. I was disappointed.
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  • not as good as it used to be
    BF786
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    food used to be fantastic, but now is bland and overpriced. $50 for a relatively plain salad, and a cake-like french toast, coffee and juice. Music is too loud for a brunch spot. This used to be our favorite brunch spot, but we won't likely go back. Service was very good however, from hostess to server.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lilydog
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    As usual, a very nice occasion. The mussels are outstanding, always plump and served with good toasted bread for sopping up the broth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice business lunch find...
    KatsVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We dined there as a midway point for a meeting... this was my first visit. The parking is a little tricky in that the retail complex has outgrown the parking deck and the side lot and there is spill over onto a dirt/gravel/field of a lot that wasn't very vehicle friendly- next time I will drive a ATV to the place. Our server was a little lacking in explanation- I do admire a server that can take an order and not write it down. He was very concerned with our entire table's hydration needs- I sloshed getting back to the car to said rocky lot as we left. I ordered the an apple salad and the Beecher's mac and cheese... both great choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skip the Halibut
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The halibut I ordered was quite small. There were 2 very small pieces of purple potato and they were cold! The 2 pea vines were little more than decoration. The sauce was skimpy and the pistachios not to be found. What a terrible disappointment and ripoff!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small portions and overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Small portions and overpriced. Starbucks would have been more exciting and satisfying.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing brunch
    lisalewalso
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Bennett's Pure Food Bistro offers a relaxing brunch atmosphere. The menu offered both breakfast and lunch times, so you have a choice on which part of brunch you would like to celebrate =) Their gluten free selections are slim, but there are some available. I chose the chicken chilaquiles, which is gluten free, and requested they not bring the complimentary scones to the table. The coffee was dark and robust, without being acidic. The staff was friendly and helpful, accomplished without visiting our table every five minutes and disrupting the flow of our conversation. Very enjoyable meal and dining experience
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good spot
    katwa
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Happened to find this on open table. went with friends and had a great time. food was great and restaurant was lively!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 216 reviews are from the Bennett's Pure Food Bistro reviews archive.
  • Sunday dinner
    Robert
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We've had dinner at Bennett's many times before. Apparently they just remodeled, but it doesn't show. Compared to many previous times, the experience wasn't pleasant and the NEW menu was very limited. I was disappointed and probably will think twice about going back. Bob Mesher
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  • Nice Brunch
    TimOC
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Bennett's has a niche all to itself on Mercer Island. Very reliable, good food with good service. Never inexpensive, but the product never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extra helpful service
    Julie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I went to Bennett's on Saturday night with my elderly parents, who use a wheelchair and a walker between them. The staff and our server were especially patient and considerate with the extra time they needed to get seated, as well as stowing away their gear. Thank you for making it easy to take them there; it's one of their favorite places to go to dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for girls night
    outforthenight
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We were celebrating a special birthday and it was so nice at Bennett's . Food was good, service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour. Easy I-90 access
    nextguitar
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The happy hour offerings are high quality. Much better than the deep fried food typically offered in bars. The happy hour menu is good at any table in the restaurant, and they accept reservations. Table servers have always been excellent. My family members are spread between Issaquah and Seattle. Bennett's is a great central location for us to meet for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mercer Island Gem
    Out2Eat
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Bennett's is a must enjoy, the space is casual and welcoming. Wines from local wineries and what seems to be farm to table menu. There is something for everyone. Appetizers, small plates, salads, entrees. The staff is helpful and encourages you to try new wines, suggesting pares to go well with your meal. We always have a great time and walk away wanting to go back. I suggest reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just not impressed with the food
    cableguy
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We ordered grilled mussels that seem steamed to me- I could see no sign of them touching a grill- the crab on the Cobb salad was less than fresh- the wife's burger was good, however. I found the 42 dollar charge for a 15 dollar bottle of apex chard a bit excessive
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  • Good lunch spot
    JanS
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Four of us meet at Bennett's for lunch every other month. The service is pleasant, the food is good, but the menu is quite limited and could be a bit more adventuresome.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best on Mercer Island
    SharMarVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    It's the best restaurant on Mercer Island so we frequent it often. They ran out of oysters and the waitress had to be brought our credit card as she disappeared after the meal, but given the options, it's okay for casual, easy to get to dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had indicated when making
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Had indicated when making the on-line reservation that we needed gluten and dairy free menu and we were not advised that they did not have one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best of Mercer Island
    MIHungry
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Of course, the best of Mercer Island is not saying very much… But Bennett's has filled a void, and we are grateful for the good food and service they provide.
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  • Didn't know they stopped using
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Didn't know they stopped using coins...bartender rounded up from under 50cents & totally annoyed our guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place on the Rock
    MIFreqDinerVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Excellent happy hour, great service, and outstanding food. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a nice place to go
    DBonMIVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Always a nice place to go for a quick meal here on the Island
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best places around
    Amazing
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The salmon, brocollini, risotto was phenomenol. I actually finished it and didn't feel overly full. The lighting and atmosphere was so romantic. Perfect for a valentines day dinner. I could go every day if I were rich.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    MJR569
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Very nice restaurant on Mercer Island. Small but adequate. Food and service were excellent. Cheese seems to be a specialty. Great place. Try it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour
    MIFreqDinerVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Food is always excellent, and their happy hour prices are pretty good. Last few visits the service has noticeably improved and is now very good (used to be pretty slow). Our kids like it and they have a few spots for larger groups (like my family of 6), but really recommend it for 'Date Nights.'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert
    Nikeeboy22
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Ordered the Caramel Cheesecake. The cayenne pepper on the popcorn and in the dessert was over powering which made it inedible. Worst dessert ever. The chocolate chip cookie and ice cream on the other hand was really good! Definitely will not order the cheesecake ever again. Ruined the dessert portion of the meal. Our guests were not impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    MeKSVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner here, will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood place, good happy hour
    Steve
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Bennett's was really busy during happy hour on Friday so I was glad to have a reservation. I ended up ordering three plates from the happy hour menu, which was plenty and very reasonable. They are known for their macaroni & cheese (made with Beecher's Cheese), which is best as a side dish because it's so rich. Since the place was full, it was a little loud but we could still talk. The staff is friendly, and the service was attentive, except they didn't take away our plates after they were empty and I ended up stacking them on the table. In general, it's a warm, homey place in downtown Mercer Island with free parking in the garage.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.