Bake's Place
Bake's Place

Bake's Place

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bakesplacebellevue.com/
  • Phone: 4254542776x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Garrity
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Craig and Laura Baker for any catering requests.
  • Entertainment: Live music seven days a week. No cover charge Monday through Friday. Featuring local and internationally renowned musicians Friday through Sunday.
  • Special Events: Live music nightly plus special weekend and holiday events.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Just blocks from the Bellevue Transit Center.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Validated parking after 4:00pm in the Columbia West parking garage on the corner of 107th Ave NE and Ne 2nd Street.
A word from Bake's Place
Craig & Laura Baker are seasoned veterans in the food, beverage & entertainment business. In the course of 14 ½ years, they have taken Bake’s Place from a small private jazz club to one of the top live music establishments in the world.

What sets Craig apart is his forty plus years in the music & entertainment business. Craig has a demonstrated talent & passion for presenting great music in an atmosphere where the music & the musicians are elevated & given the respect they deserve. Craig has a solid reputation for building strong rapports with both musicians & the audiences he serves.

Laura Baker has over 16 years of experience in the culinary industry. She was the founder of the successful catering business A Friend in the Kitchen which provided services for large weddings, corporate functions, small, in-home dinners & special events.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Bake's Place reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (45)great for outdoor dining (45)romantic (36)hot spot (36)neighborhood gem (35)good for groups (30)late-night find (27)vibrant bar scene (21)fit for foodies (15)great for lunch (8)scenic view (5)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Evening
    nov6diner
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This is a wonderful jazz venue. The background for the East-West Trumpet Summit quintet was perfect. I'll bet the next night's was sizzling there. I plan to return. Expensive for me but worth it Wednesday night. Food was delicious and we had a great table, too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 55 reviews are from the Bake's Place reviews archive.
  • Delicious Food - Good Price
    MrsSpearVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I loved the food here. It was definitely well thought out and very good. The service when I first walked in was not great. Nobody was there at the check in. There was a sign that said "please seat yourself" however how would we check in for our party? Now, I just made another reservation there...this time it made me put in my credit card to leave a reservation. I did do this but will most likely not do this again. Why would I have to put in a credit card number when they don't even take the time to greet you when you walk in and check you in. This is where I was hoping to meet my partners for biz but not sure with the above issues. With that little rant...the food was very good and our waitress was nice. Sonya
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Earth Wind and Fire cover band
    Felicia
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    was on fire, best sound and place for such a vibrant band, only thing missing was the dance floor but people didn't mind!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bakes review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Loved the music. Service was prompt. Food was good, but needed to have salt and pepper on the table, otherwise perfect!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be so much better!
    EmeraldE
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Menu changed, food quality degraded, prices tripled, $20 minimum orders per person + cover charge. I used to recommend this place to everyone. The inadequate staffing for waiting on the full floor is a serious problem. We've always spent far more than $20/pp to eat and drink, but the minimum is trashy and condescending. Many nights don't have a cover charge, but the multitude of recent dining related changes mean we will never be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • deedee2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had a great time. The restaurant was very accommodating for our party of six.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good music
    jbar
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The short ribs were delicious; I wanted to sub one of the very interesting & healthy salad options for $2, but gave into the fries. Will do the salad next time. Our waiter provided thoughtful suggestions and was attentive but not in our face. He seemed to really enjoy his job. We thoroughly enjoyed the jazz from little Bill. His special guest, Paul Green, was dynamite on the harmonica and worth a trip back. Apparently he plays the first Friday of each month with his own band.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss Greta Matassa
    nick
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food and service were fabulous but the music made the evening. All the performers were great. Don't miss Greta Matassa. She'll tickle your ear drums!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Russ
    Russ
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Good food and great music for a memorable night. I'am becoming a regular customer of Bakes Place.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Puts a smile on your face
    tryin2loosenmyload
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Bake's is that place that adds more to a good dining experience with bands that are fun and take you back to fun times. My filet mignon was great but my wife's trout wasn't so much. Molten chocolate desert and bacon wrapped dates appetizer were delicious. The $15 cover is worth every penny, and our waiter was great, keeping us informed when the kitchen got a little backed up. The band, Ventura Highway Revisited, does worthy covers of classics from Crosby-Stills, Eagles, America and others so just about everyone can enjoy the music (and I'm a Supertramp/Led Zepplin/Genesis fan). A great time for just about anyone!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great find!
    tdehan
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Been wanting to see what Bake's was like for some time. Finally had the opportunity a couple weeks ago and loved it! Wonder why it took so long to check the venue out. We went again this past weekend and also just loved it! Food was great! Wait staff super friendly. The music was awesome. Can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Bake's Place is a smaller version of the Jazz Alley in terms of ambience and lay-out (seating on the floor near the stage and balcony seating to accommodate a group). Too bad there is no dance floor. We did not dine at BP so can't comment on the food, but had dessert and drinks - the crème brule and bread pudding were good). As long as BP serves good food, provides good service, and continues to book talented artists who are enjoyable to watch and listen to, it has a good chance to survive.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What great fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Excellent atmosphere and entertainment. We enjoyed the service and music.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Bash with KALIMBA
    just4fun
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    7 of my girlfriends and I went here to celebrate my birthday and we had a fabulous time. The Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band KALIMBA puts on a wonderful show and makes it so entertaining. People can get up and dance too, which we did!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Tuesday at Bake's
    CL55VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Considering it was a Tuesday, Bake's was moderately busy. Love the atmosphere! The food was wonderful and there seemed to be some great choices. We had the Pork Nelly and the Duck Sliders. YUM! Drinks were good and our first server was very knowledgeable of food and cocktails. We did order wine, but our server noticed the cork was dry and thus the wine was not suited for drinking. Overall the service was good, seems like we caught them in some transition, as there was confusion checking us in and one of our many servers mixed up our bill with the table next to us. Fortunately, a nice young man noticed the mistake and saved me nearly $30! I'll definitely go back on a more lovely night and check out the music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent music
    Reviewer
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Love Bake's Place. We enjoy the late night shows after dinner when we can have a cocktail and enjoy the excellent line-up Bake's always seems to have. Excellent stage and sound. Best for people who really want to listen to music - it's a show, not background music so don't expect to do too much chatting while the show is going on. Staff are very amiable and efficient. We have eaten dinner there only once, and it was good. But we really go for the music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paperboy lovers
    groupdining
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Our group of 8 had great seating right near the stage, but a bit too near the speakers too. The smaller venue was great for the Paperboys though because they are so personable, and they love fans to sing along and dance. Dancing: space very limited and not really compatible with dinner/dining. The fine-dining was outstanding and the staff was able to keep up with the pace of serving during a lively concert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paperboys fan
    delphin
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Felt so spoiled getting to see a favorite NW band in such a lovely small intimate setting with really good food & service with a little space to get up and dance even when the right song played along! Enjoyed clams, pumpkin gnocchi, and mu shu to eat after lovely french onion soup-very fun and tasty all. Attentive server, even with large group also in his section especially since he and we recognized once the music starts the serving essentially starts so we can enjoy the show so he worked to get us taken care of before show. Love this band and can't wait to see them again at this lovely intimate music loving location.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The blues love company
    BMartz
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This was the right spot for a Friday with friends. The Gotz Low Duo played a mellow compilation of cover songs from modern artists. The tempo was upbeat and just right. No cover, but tipped the band for what it was worth. I got the feeling that there's an "in" crowd at Bake's. I was lucky enough to book a 6:45 reservation for 4 people the night before. I had broccolini and lightly battered fish while my wife had the seafood risotto. The bacon-wrapped figs were a nice appetizer, but there was unfortunately very little to them. Drinks and food were slightly on the high side, but tasty nonetheless. No mint for a mojito, so bring your own or order margaritas. I had a beer and a Hendricks & tonic. All together the bill ran us $$$107 with tip.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dancing
    Zapico
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    It would have been nice to have some open area to dance. We did dance but had to navigate tables. At one point, virtually everyone on the main floor was dancing but we had to navigate tables. One lady, who was there for her birthday, was a challenge to dance with and that combined with tables made me very concerned. Fortunately, I have dance experience and held her carefull y as we danced to the blues band.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great mellow. but hot place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    If that is possible. And it is there. Great find and a hot secret.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • St Patrick's Day
    stephanie
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    This was the best corned beef I have ever had. By far The best! The band was excellent, but was semi-Irish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went here for my husband's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Went here for my husband's birthday party. Great band Kalimba played. Food was awesome only drawback was they didn't separate the checks. A real pain when it comes to paying.otherwise, wait staff was patient and got everything right. Maybe they should let big parties know about the one check rule when reservations are made.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bake's Place Ambiance
    SahndyB
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Energetic, Fun, Lively, Classy, Entertainment for people of all ages
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went to see a musical group
    Jazz48
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We went to see a musical group that was very entertaining. Unfortunately some of the patrons that night were not very considerate. The couple next to us alternated between whooping painfully loudly for the band and then talking loudly during the music. Several people danced between tables right in front of other diners, blocking their view of the performers. I would recommend the venue if they had a no dancing policy as there is no dance floor. Otherwise sit in the balcony where no one can block your view of the stage and there is room to dance behind the tables if you feel so inclined.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Kalimba Experience
    selfproclaimedfoodie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We went to have a fun date night and to go see Kalimba, this is a Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band. Kalimba made this experience 100% more fun. If this band comes to this venue again we will again make the hour drive to come see them again. The service is fantastic, and the food was yummy. I believe this was one of the top 5 calamari appies that I have ever had! Their brussel plates are amazing too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food isn't great but atmosphere
    Foodie78
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Food isn't great but atmosphere and wine list are good...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not enough lunch items on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Not enough lunch items on the menu and very little for pescatarians or vegetarians. I ordered the house salad with salmon and it was good. The salad seemed fresh. I presume it was farmed salmon. I would like to see them expand their lunch menu.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner and music
    Vetteman
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    First time visit for me and my special lady. We had dinner and stayed until closing to hear the music. We had a very enjoyable evening and plan to return on a regular basis. A friend of mine recommended Bake's and now I see why!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with intimate music
    Kenny
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    My family went to see Tiller's Folly perform on a Sunday night. The performance was fabulous with the stage close-up and personal without being overly loud, plus the food was scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bakes Place
    Valentino
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great band (Ventura Highway Revisited), Food, Drinks, etc. My only objection is making diners also pay a $15.00 cover charge for a "cover band". We spent a lot on food & drinks. I can understand if it was some big-name act, but we saw this same band for only $5 at another club, and they had an actual dance floor for patrons to cut loose on (as it appeared many people there wanted to do but there was no room).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Overall we had an outstanding evening! Our one complaint was that the lamb burgers (ordered by both of us) were not cooked as requested. They were both well-done when we ordered medium rare and medium. We ate and enjoyed them anyway but expect we would have enjoyed them more if they were made to order. The calamari, salad and wine were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood find!
    Machita1
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is an awesome jazz club that is an unknown gem. Baker gets great acts and the place rocks every night. The food is also surprisingly good! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was pretty loud could hardley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    It was pretty loud could hardley hear my wife sitting across from me. The food was great and the wine was wonderful. music was good and service great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and music venue
    OldJetJock
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Enjoyed a very nice New Year's Eve at Bake's. The food was very good and the R&B group that played was very enjoyable; talented and entertaining. Both my wife and I ordered a steak dinner as our entree and both were over-cooked beyond the doneness as described to us by our waiter. However, overall the food, from appetizer through dessert, was above average. I'm sure that we will go back and give them another chance.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    DaveJan
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    First time at Bake's. The food and music were much better than expected. Really like the balcony except for some loud talkers behind us who were able to be heard over an amplified 10-person band called Nearly Dan.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time there for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    First time there for dinner and show. Great viewing and sound quality. Quite a few servers and it was hard to keep track of who was taking care of us from initial order, delivery of food and bill. But it was fine and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best jazz club
    justus
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We have been searching for a good jazz club since moving to the west coast........over ten years ago! There are a few decent places around Seattle/Portland to hear good groups. We haven't found any that have gotten the feel down..........until Bake's Place in Bellevue. Bake's is what a Jazz club should be. Excellent atmosphere, great food, pricing that makes sense, fully stocked bar, courteous/attentive wait staff, off-street underground parking and amazing, amazing bands. Just go, experience, and come back here and copy-paste my review.........I'm sure you will feel the same. Have an amazing night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food just OK
    Jennifer
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Bakes brings in some great musical groups but the food is lacking in variety and serving size. The portions are small for the price so eat before you go. The venue charges a cover charge and has a minimum $20 service charge per person. The appetizer menu doesn't have much to choose from so you end up ordering an entree which will be on the small side anyways.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific late lunch to catch up
    GlnivenVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Three of us had lunch reservations at 2pm and spent a relaxed couple of hours catching up and planning. Great food-I had to share some of my parmesan kale salad it was so unexpectedly good! Soup was a corn and chili packed thai chowder, and my mates shared a wedge salad w bacon and tomatoes and more. Only the mu shu pork was really forgettable. Service was attentive and pleasant, and she had great menu advice while keeping coffee and tea updated as we talked. Ive been here before for dinner and shows, and love it. Knowing they are open all afternoon is fantastic! Oh, parking is only validated from 4pm on. Bakes was perfect for a long lunch to talk w great food in a great venue w a great Beatles' soundtrack on a sunny day. Thanks Bakes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.