Palomino Rustico
Palomino Rustico

Palomino Rustico

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://palomino.com/page/home
  • Phone: (425) 455-7600
  • Hours of Operation:
    WEEKDAY BREAKFAST:
    Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
    WEEKEND BRUNCH: Featuring Absolut Bloody Mary Bar!
    Saturday & Sunday: 10am-3pm
    WEEKEND BREAKFAST: Sat & Sun 6:30am-10am
    LUNCH:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    DINNER:
    Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday 4:00pm-11:00pm
    Saturday: 3:00pm-11:00pm
    Sunday: 3:00pm-10:00pm
    DAILY HAPPY HOUR:
    3pm - 6pm and 9pm -close

    Lounge open until 11pm on Sunday thru Thursday
    12 Midnight Friday & Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, European, American
  • Executive Chef: Jobbie Domenden
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Need something catered? Contact Daniel Wilkins to discuss our catering options.
  • Entertainment: Palomino Rustico invites you to enjoy Lunch & Dinner on our Patio. (Happy Hour available on Patio during select hours only).
    Reservations are not taken for patio dining--first come, first served.
    Weather permitting, the patio will open daily at 11am.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE 6th and Bellevue Way
  • Public Transit: Bellevue Transit Center is located 3 blocks East of Lincoln Square, with many other stops located near Bellevue Square/Bellevue Place/Lincoln Square.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available at Lincoln Square parking garage. We validate up to 3 hours.
A word from Palomino Rustico
Palomino Rustico is the upbeat city restaurant and bar famous for its rich and stylish ambiance. Guests love Palomino's European-inspired Contemporary Italian and regional American Cuisine. Only Palomino Rustico offers such a versatile menu in extraordinary surroundings at reasonable prices.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Palomino Rustico reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (24)good for groups (23)fit for foodies (19)kid-friendly (12)neighborhood gem (11)special occasion (11)great for outdoor dining (10)great for brunch (10)hot spot (8)romantic (7)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Not the best experience.
    Libertastic
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Very slow service. Definitely not a "fine dining" experience. Our server never suggested anything, just asked what we wanted. We waited a long time for a server after being seated. I don't think I'd go back unless I wanted a quick meal at the bar.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Much Better
    DavidRVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Our visit to Palomino Rustico this time was a much better than the last few times. The food and service were very nice. The manager came to our table to see how we were doing. We'll come back to this restaurant.
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  • casual place with good food
    2dine4
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Even though I found the lady at the reception to be rather unfriendly, our server was friendly and we had a pleasant time. We enjoyed every dish. I'd recommend for casual setting meal with decent food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We were a group of nine and the service was horrible. Food was average at best. Olive Garden could have out serviced them and food would have been better too. That's not saying much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service could be better
    YOLO17
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Our waiter was very slow. He did not seem like he liked his job or wanted to wait on us. We had a big group and he was not impressive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Don't order the pizza!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Ordered a Margherita pizza - consisted if lots and lots of sauce, maybe 5 slices of cheese and some basil sprinkled on top. Basically it was crust and sauce. No tomatoes and very little cheese - very disappointing !! Or server was great though.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Good but not exceptional
    TwoguysVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is an Italian place decorated in dark woods as in a classic formal bar or steakhouse, though the place itself is casual. The tables are somewhat close together, get a booth if you can. Wait staff are attentive and friendly. Interesting cocktail list, try the Vesper. Wine list is so-so. The Portobello mushroom soup was good, and the paella was well seasoned and just the right portion. Desserts were fine, but not spectacular. Overall the food was good, but not exceptional. A fine place to eat, but there are more seriously Italian places nearby if that is your goal.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    For some reason I thought this was the Palominos that is in Seattle. Very limited menu and we were very disappointed as this was our anniversary. Would not go back.
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  • Food a draw
    imashopper
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We enjoy Palomino in Bellevue and like to dine there when we stay at the Westin. The reason for a four instead of a five in ratings this time is because even though we had a dinner reservation, we were seated in the bar right at the entrance. We had to ask to move, because the noise/music level was so high we couldn't hear the server or each other. Before we ordered, we asked to move. They placed us in a good seat by the outside window. The server was great and the food was good. I was disappointed we were placed in the bar in the first place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Jop Palamino
    5runner82
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Overall, my friends and I had a great time at Palomino's. The food was outstanding, but the menu was a little confusing. I also feel like their could be improvements in the enthusiasm of your waiters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great server
    enjoysgoodfood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One of the best wait persons I have ever experienced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for Friday lunch
    stonehousefan
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was quite filling and we tried one of their breads with salsa to share. Delish! I made a reservation thinking the place would be packed on a Friday, but it wasn't. Probably wouldn't be the case if the weather was nicer, but there you are. Our reservation was for 12:15 and we didn't show up until 12:40 PM. They still had room for us so it was no big deal. We were at a conference and the morning session ran late.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch Was Great!
    Francis
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A well known restaurant that isn't like one of the nearby national or local chain restaurants. Made reservation with Open Table, arrived three minutes early and was immediately seated. Good lunch selections that were nicely priced. My favorite at the Palomino Rustico is the Paella. They have everything else from full meals, salads, to soup, salad, half sandwich combs. Our server was Emma S. who was attentive, efficient, and sincere. None of that. "So how'd your day going?" I had a fresh glass of iced (new glass, lemon and ice) before I took the last drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Slow Service
    sford
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The service was very slow. We were the point of trying to find our waitress. The food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turn for the worse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Things seem to have changed dramatically and for the worse. Food was bland and portions tiny. What happened to the Palomino I used to love? Cant see me going back any time soon.
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  • Cold Food, Cold Service
    POINTEDhosh
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This is was the second time in a row that our brunch was cold. I hate being that guy, but I had to tell the manager. We got our meal for free, but that didn't dix the cold food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed again
    DavidRVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Again Palomino Rustico was a disappointment. I met a friend there for lunch because it was convenient for both of us. The $3. bread was stale, the chop chop salad had no flavor at all. I keep trying to get a good meal at this restaurant and am continually disappointed. Neither Open Table or Palomino Rustico have ever responded to my concerns.
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  • Tomas
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our waitress;Carolyn. Was Johny on the spot. She made wonderful food recomendations. She maden suren we nhad everthing we needed when we needed them. I am an ice-tea person and she made sure my glass was full.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was good, but expensive for the size of portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    Seattle98101VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Not sure what the changes are all about here, but since adding "Rustico" to the name they have ruined one of the things I've always loved most about Palomino - the bread and tomato relish. Seriously, I would pick this restaurant just to have that, it's so good! Now, they are charging for the bread (and it's not nearly as good) and you get ONE little pot of the tomato relish - they charge you again if you want more. The rest of the meal was ok, nothing special. Time to find a new favorite among all the other restaurants in the area.
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  • Good Location - Average Food
    Mukman
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went for a Sunday brunch with some friends from out of town. Staff was gracious, sufficiently attentive and food came out for a party of six in a timely manner. It is a leisurely place to eat and has both a an indoor/outdoor dining area along with a large bar space with TV viewing aplenty. Easy location to find across from Bellevue Square where there is parking aplenty and an easy walk across the street. The price point is reasonable for the American nouvelle fare offered. Only criticism is that crab cakes and truffle fries were both a little too salty for my taste. I tend to be a low-sodium intake eater, so it just stood out to me. I would recommend this for most anyone looking for a good meal in a somewhat upscale ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I suggested the location for weekday lunch with friends after viewing exhibit at BAM. Had dined there previously, but not for some time. I was totally underwhelmed. A simple lunch order - margherita pizza (flatbread). Barely warm, thin crust couldn't support the weight of the overly thick slices of mozzarella which were only slightly melted.
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  • It works!
    dedejoss
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The service and staff were great which made up for the food only being okay. Appetizers are way better than the dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new menu
    Elena
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I really liked the new menu they had for dinner. I had a good time on our girls night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • met special occasion expectations
    ladyluvsfud
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Enjoyed our light salads and salmon spread white we milled over the menu. I was more thatn satisfied with the selection of enticing seafood selections. I chose the Fresh Hawaiian fish of the day, with green beans. I thoroughly enjoyed my choice. It was fresh and flavorful. My husbands chicken and mashed potatoes was a little plain he thought but every thing that proceeded it and dessert made up for his choice. My lavender martini I'd definitely have again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Patti
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The service was very good. The food was just ok. Menu has changed and not for the better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Hit and miss
    inofoodnwine
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I took my dad here for Father's Day and my daughter for graduation, and a friend from out of town on another occasion. The first couple of dates were wonderful, around lunch time. The last date this week could have been better. The waiter seemed to be rushed, sarcastic and pushy, and did not ever refill our water. He seemed irritated we only wanted water to drink. Anyway, the food was not great but warm and came in a timely manner. It was about as good at the Cheesecake Factory but more expensive ($105 for two without beverages...too much for mediocre food). The salmon was medium rare though, which isn't easy to do, and that was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, but slow service
    AmandaMVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food here is good; everyone in my group enjoyed their meal. However, the service was really slow. It was during lunchtime, and I was amazed by how long it took to get anything. I would consider going again in the evening for dinner, but I'm going to avoid during lunchtime when I usually am on a time schedule.
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  • Great food but pricey
    Dano
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    As much as I love Palomino, I'm near my breaking point on the value proposition. Even the salads for lunch at approaching $20; too much to pay when I'm hungry again 3 hours later.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    One guests food was cold. The rest of the food very average. Our waitress was very nice and apologetic for the cold food. We would never go there for breakfast again.
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  • Not the old Palomino
    DavidRVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were incredibly disappointed in the service on Sunday. Either the restaurant was understaffed or the server didn't care. Part of our order was missing, we had to wave down the server numerous times to get her attention and she never checked on how we liked our food. A little disappointed that we had to pay for the bread, not a common practice in nicer restaurants in the Greater Seattle Area. It was good, but not $3. good. We have been faithful patrons of the R-U-I chain and sometimes when we make a reservations through Open Table, we are seated in a less than premium table. We really liked the old Palomino and if this is what R-U-I is going for, we probably won't be back.
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  • Great Spot
    niceguy206
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went here for my friends bachelor party dinner. The folks here were very accomodating and helpful with coordinating things which made for a wonderful evening. Making reservations online was a plus. Definitely will do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, loud outdoors
    snowmel
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great food, good service, and we sat outside because the weather was gorgeous. But with all the construction going on down the street on the new Lincoln Square addition, there were really loud trucks going by constantly which kicked up dust and were really distracting during our lunch. Suggest you sit inside until the construction is done.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Palomino
    wiztodine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Scallops, portabello firies, brussel sprouts and salmon were all fabulous. Pasta faglio was just OK.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Foodlover72
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have eaten here before, but they have re-imagined the whole thing, and it was incredible. I had the lavender martini (well, 2 actually) - soooo good! The flank steak with warm potato salad was incredible, as we're the mushroom frites. Got my favorite donuts for dessert - so glad they stayed!! I will definitely be back - SOON!!! Yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1027 reviews are from the Palomino Rustico reviews archive.
  • not a big fan of the changes
    11111VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have loved the chop chop salad for years. During my last visit, I ordered the large size portion but I swear this is 1/2 the size the salad used to be. The server was friendly but seemed scattered. It was lunch time and she was taking the time to put candles on the outdoor table while we will still waiting for our drinks/bread. I would think this could be done later in the day when the restaurant is slow?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, bad service.
    willow
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was very impressed with the food, it was impeccable. The service, however, was horrid. This made me very unhappy. The server was not too helpful at all, she was also extremely rude and inattentive.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service bad food
    SaoirseVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I don't know why I come back here... My crab cakes were too salty, so much so I wouldn't have eaten them if I hadn't been so hungry. My ten year old's cheese burger 'tasted average' according to him. I really won't come back...
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  • Celebration lunch disappointment
    jan6868
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I've eaten at Palomino in Seattle and love it! The wait staff is engaging and well trained, the chef creates tasty, attractive dishes. I can't say the same about Palomino Rustico in Bellevue. Our celebration lunch was less than a great event. Food was not well seasons (the tauted Portabella mushroom soup was tasteless). Our server was not familiar with the menu and provided awkward guidance (at best). Next time we celebrate, it will be somewhere else.
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  • Not what it used to be
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The host staff was rushed and inexperienced. The food was just OK and nothing really special on the menu. I won't go back anytime soon.
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