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: (206) 232-2759
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Bennett's Pure Food Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)great for lunch (25)fit for foodies (24)great for brunch (12)great for outdoor dining (12)special occasion (10)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Beecher's mac & cheese is a winner!
    oldschoolfoodie
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Bennett's has a variety of good lunch options but what I love best is that you can order Beecher's mac & cheese in about five different ways. I had mine with kale and spicy peppers and it was so delicious! My friend had the tomato soup with grilled cheese, which was also excellent. The waiter easily accommodated the request for a different bread than was listed on the menu for the sandwich. This is a great neighborhood spot. It's lively but not too loud, the service is warm and friendly, the food is fresh, well made and tasty. It's my go-to spot on Mercer Island and it is a great place for a Seattle resident (me) to meet my Eastside friends who can't get into the city half-way. I recommend it. I've been several times and will continue to go.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice brunch
    DBonMIVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I hadn't been to Bennett's lunch in awhile and it was very nice. Just wish it opened a little earlier
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another pleasant lunch
    JanS
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I have dined here with friends on numerous occasions. Only once was the experience less than favorable and that was due to a bad server. That problem apparently was fixed and the service on this most recent visit was excellent! And the veggie grilled sandwich and cup of corn soup were memorable! OH! Yes, this was the day that the fire alarm went off just as we had ordered. The staff did an excellent job of keeping diners informed as to what was going on--someplace else in the building. This was much appreciated since I am on a walker and do not move in a hurry! Moving was not necessary.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Old Reliable on Mercer Island
    SidLee4VishusVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Bennett's is a great place for a more upscale family dining experience on Mercer Island. The placed was packed the night we were there, but the wait staff kept things moving along, and there were no delays in getting our order placed or food received. The lamb shank was a winner: meat was tender off the bone. The tomato bisque was delicious. Bennett's stocks Martinelli's Apple Cider, which is tasty and always a hit with kids. For those over 21, there are some good wines to be had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I loved the connection to local farmers. The food was very good and the service great. We had a nice meal with wine. It may be a little too noisy for folks with hearing issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very tasty
    ltd515
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We ate very simply and it was very tasty. The server poured us a little taster of wine without us asking. It was really good, but we had just had wine before going to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent food/service
    robinsnestVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Neighborhood restaurant with acceptable food and decent but not great servicve. Location more a draw than the food although it is the best(and really the only!) Sit down restaurant on MErcer Island
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We enjoy going to Bennett's especially on Friday afternoons with friends for Happy Hour. The food is always good and a fair value. The only minor glitch on this visit was that the waitress brought the wrong salad but offered to exchange it for the correct one. Bennett's is a real Mercer Island treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great
    SFgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The ambience and decor felt a step above a sports bar with a large tv and bar dominating the small restaurant. I had the kale salad which ended up being overdressed and just boys of kale mixed in with romaine. The mussels appetizer was good, however.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We enjoy Bennett's regularly. Great organic or local food focus, wonderful seasonings and sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; unfortunately noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    It could use some noise attenuators. It was hard to hear the two companions seated across from me. We were in the middle of the main area. Despite that, I will be back for certain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise
    decrepit
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Enjoyed everything but the noise level. Our foursome was all elderly and had great difficulty hearing each other. We were former demesne of Mercer Island and had a lot to talk about, but alas, we couldn't hear
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Date Night
    JeffandCharlene
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a very nice date night with appetizers, salad, soup and crab cakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovely neighborhood spot
    adog49erVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food here is delicious and has a twist to it, making for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meeting spot
    MIBusinessOwner
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very special service and a great menu make this an easy business go to place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican Monday
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Very very tasty posole! Loved this delicious hominy and chicken soup!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 237 reviews are from the Bennett's Pure Food Bistro reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent cheese and superb menu
    jsdimerVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Whether it is a casual family dinner or a larger celebration with friends: this is a great spot for a gathering.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!!
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.