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Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://seastarrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (425) 456-0010
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3:30pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: John Howie
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Weddings, private dinners, theme parties, cooking classes or special events. Seastar's professional off-site catering team can take care of your needs. Your menu will be designed specifically for your event by Chef Howie. We are a full service provider, taking care of all your tables, chairs, rentals, linen, service, entertainment and food and beverage needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Seastar Restaurant and raw bar offers several catering facilities. The Seastar Room, The Civica Room, The Fireside Room and for weddings & larger events we offer The Great Room and West Patio. Seastar will provide you with the attentive and detailed service that will make your event extra special.
  • Private Party Contact: Laurel Dosch (425) 456-1892

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is offered for a charge during dinner service, and is free of charge during lunch. Also offers validated parking (3 hours at dinner and 1 hour at lunch) for parking garage located below the building.
A word from Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
Chef John Howie's Award Winning Northwest Cuisine. Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar was voted "The best new restaurant in Western Washington by the viewers of KING5 Evening Magazine", and named the "Best new wine list in America by FOOD & WINE, July 2003". Chef Howie's menu offers fresh Pacific Northwest seafood, Kobe steaks, corn fed Nebraskan beef, pasta, salad and tantalizing raw bar items such as sushi, ceviche, poke and fresh shucked oysters.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "Hosted two visitors from Calgary who were in town for the BAM exhibitions. They loved it! Our waiter, "1279 R.D.", was excellent. Knew the daily menu and what he was doing with service."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The menu is always changing with new and exciting foods. I love the newer Japanese inspired dishes. When I want a special night, this is my Go To restaurant. My only complaint is the noise level so I ask for a peripheral table."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My wife loves salmon and so we chose to celebrate our 41st anniversary at Seastar. The service was was impeccable as were our appetizers and salads. She had the crab cakes and I had the ahi nigori sushi (both yummy). I ordered the swordfish and it was cooked to perfection and I literally savored every buttery bite. My wife ordered the applewood grilled king salmon, one of their signature dishes. Unfortunately, the salmon had none of that rich salmon flavor that she expected. In fact, it had zero flavor, much like a baked salmon that was left in the oven too long. When I noticed that she wasn't devouring it, I asked what was wrong and she offered me a bite. I didn't finish my bite because it was that bad. Desserts & wine were great."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I always enjoy Sea Star. Because I frequently take clients to lunch I eat there often because I find "healthy" choices and preparation in their meals. Not to mention they without fail are DEEEELICIOUS! The service is beyond special and I have come to know and like the staff. The food is prepared as you like, brought out hot, and the presentation is stunning. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The place felt like something between a hotel restaurant and someplace specializing in early bird specials. Decor is dated. Food was decent."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed a great dinner with a wonderful wine pairing. The service was excellent! We were not rushed and it all made the evening fun and memorable."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We booked our reservation thru Open Table and arrived at the restaurant on time. We were immediately seated at a window seat. At the time we did not noticed a party of 20 people across from us. They were very load and the more they drank the loader they got. This was our first visit to Seastar Restaurant and we had come to celebrate our anniversary. Our waiter was great and the food was outstanding including the coconut pie. When we were finished a manager stopped by and asked us how our dinner was and we mentioned the seating next to a large load group was very annoying as we could hardly talk to each other. His only comment was they would note on our reservation that we would like a more quieter location for future visit."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Seastar never disappoints! Our Friday evening dinner was outstanding and fresh - as usual."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food here is always a creatively combined fusion of seafood with other cooking styles and the presentation is fabulous. My favorite on the Eastside, we always bring out of town guest here."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our meal was great, seafood selection was impressive. We were glad we made reservations because it was really crowded. I highly recommend this restaurant for out of town guests."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My wife and I had a sensational meal here. The restaurant was extremely busy, but our server was friendly and attentive. Her knowledge of the menu, the preparation methods and the ingredients would make any owner, chef or maître d proud. We shared many smaller plates, each better than the last, and if we did that every night for a week I still would not have tried everything that caught my eye. The seafood was very fresh, beautifully presented and it was the star of the show - the sauces etc only there to accentuate. Mr Howie should be very proud of this restaurant. Clearly this was a restaurant filled with true professionals. Not only would we return if we are in Bellevue, we will be returning to Bellevue specifically to dine at Seastar."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It just doesn't get any better than this. The food, service and atmosphere was great. There was a bit of crowd noise but we will definitely return and hopefully many times. It is on the expensive side but considering the quality of the dining experience I would say it is reasonable and a good value."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The seafood was marvelous, amazingly fresh! The Ceviche was lovely, and the scallops were outstanding."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Seastar is one of my fave spot in Seattle/Bellevue. Excellent crab cakes.. Even though it is a seafood restaurant, the one entree that attracted me to this restaurant was the pork chop with cherries I tasted at my very first visit. Sadly I never saw it again on the menu... The truffle fries are addictive!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went to Seastar because we had relatives in town from Montana that had recently gotten engaged. They wanted to have seafood since they don't have much to choose from in that category in Montana. We all were very impressed with our food. We had the ahi tuna, mahi mahi, risotto shrimp and the talapia. We also had the crab cakes for an appetizer and the coconut cream pie for dessert. Everything was fabulous!!! Our waitress was excellent as well! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great place for dinner and a celebration. Also good for business dinners"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Good food, great service, friendly and very pleasant"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Seastar is the way to run a first-class restaurant. Excellent, creative offerings that stop short of being too cute to describe with a straight face. Every bite does honor to the chef and the ingredients. Service is balanced just-so between friendly and too-familiar. And it's a place for anyone who likes good food and can afford it. Not cheap but not snooty, either. We were there to celebrate our Anniversary and it felt like a special evening, though we hadn't told them. A table away was a family with five young children. Next to us, a couple of young men in jeans and designer tees, talking high finance. Seastar has broken the code. Turns out to have been simple: attend to every detail."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "A friend and I were visiting Seattle for the first time and Seastar was recommended by some friends who live in the area. Every bite of food was delicious. We had the Sea Tower appetizer for 2 with shrimp, scallops and crab cakes. It was beautifully presented and every piece was outstanding. We then shared an entree which was the Hawaiian fish over sticky rice. The server plated the dish separately which was very much appreciated. The blend of textures with a cucumber, mango and nut salsa over the fish with a Thai inspired drizzle was fantastic. We'll be back to Seastar the next time we are in Seattle!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed a meal here with out of town guests and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The server was really professional and friendly and she really added to the overall experience. All of our food was of high quality, fresh and expertly prepared and presented."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I'm a frequent Seastar restaurant goer. I have my favorite table. I routinely book reservations through Open Table. I dined at Seastar three times last week. There has never been any recognition that I am a frequent diner, not even a "welcome back", or "thanks for coming back". On Monday, our server was too personal--making assumptions and using the "are WE having dessert tonight?" It felt over the top. On Wednesday, we were seated, water was poured, bread was brought but our waiter didn't show up for over 10 minutes. Yes it was busy, but this has NEVER happened to me at Seastar. I kept trying to get someone's attention to no avail. On Friday, our server seemed like she did not want to be there. Food is great; service is slipping."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "John Howie has done it again! The choice, presentation and quality of the seafood at Seastar is superior to anywhere else. A must visit for anyone living in or visiting the area."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food was great but the noise was way too loud to enjoy any conversation."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Sea Star was an impressive new find for me in the Bellevue area. It was recommended to me by a friend who after hearing someone on the hotel shuttle talk about going 3 nights in a row, had to give it a try. He and his wife also loved their meal. There were 3 in our party and everyone loved their meal. I had the Copper River Salmon and it was not only delicious, but melted in your mouth. The meals were not only excellent, but were reasonably priced as well. I will definitely be back to Sea Star on my next visit to the area."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Overcooked fish is dry and not what I expected. The server offered to bring me another that had not been overcooked--she could see it had been badly done--but I didn't want to inconvenience the others in our party. Or kill another fish."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Most previous us experiences very good, with the exception of this visit and our last visit. Hawaiian opa dish very tasty, but fish was quite overcooked, bordering on dry. Appetizers of scallop ceviche and seared scallops done 3 ways were outstanding. A complimentary dessert (birthday) was substandard-coconut cream pie with too sweet thick, pasty,floury custard, hard tough crust. Looked like it belonged in a cafeteria line! Lovely waitress, good service."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Tad noisy. But can get used to noise. Good food. Good service. Amazing innovation in food flavors for "boring" seafood. Pesto clams and ancho rubbed steelhead were out of this world. We did the same treatment to copper river salmon (in season) and blew me away."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Seastar never disappoints. It's a great place to take people from out of town who want to experience a local restaurant and want the best of what the NW offers in seafood."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "great food. great wine. great service. overall a very nice experience."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We dined for Father's Day and Graduation. The food was superb and we would highly recommend this for seafood. All of the staff was knowledgeable and made great recommendations. The evening was an exceptional wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "John Howie has consistently kept the quality, taste, and value of his creations at the highest level. I always enjoy going back for a delicious meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Everything was great. My only complaint was that we ordered a second bottle of the same wine ($99. each) and didn't receive fresh glasses to drink from or even sample / taste the second bottle."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Not right change waiter would not come back to table after"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife and i celebrated her birthday and were treated to a wonderful evening. Her cousin tagged along, and the three of us enjoyed great food, a lovely atmosphere, and the right amount of attnetiveness from our waiter Evan."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife and I had a great time being surrounded by great food and wonderful service. Does Howie not offer dinner specials? We were not offered one by our server which is to bad cause I'm usually a sucker for the chefs creation. All in all, we will return!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food simply couldn't have been better: perfectly prepared vegetables and crab, artfully delivered, and in almost unbelievably ample portions. This is honestly some of the best and freshest-tasting crab I've ever had, and even the veggies alone could have been stars in their own right. The service was without fault on many dimensions: attentive, timely but not meddlesome, caring, fun, and professional. I'm sure that if I thought long enough I could think of how things could have been better, but right now, nothing comes to mind. Well-done, Sea Star team!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This was a birthday's celebration and everyone was excited to go here. The food was great from appetizers to desert and the server didn't skip a beat. The best meal any of us had had in a long time. The scallops, swordfish and steak were all cooked to perfection. You have to start with their tower and you have to try their Banana Spring Roll Sundae! This will be our new place for those special occasions."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We went here for lunch on our wedding anniversary. The food and service were great. The food was perfectly cooked and yummy."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food was very good but expensive. The special Copper River Salmon was dry and not near as good as the usual King Salmon from Alaska. The wine list contained few affordable wines and was so esoteric that most people have never heard of the wineries that were the source of bottles that cost hundreds of dollars."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Seastar and we will definitely be back. The service was top notch and the food was amazing. They have a large assortment of fresh seafood and the Ono was the best I've ever had! Even better than the preparations I've had in Hawaii and that speaks volumes. Their scallops were flavorful and tender. This is our new favorite special occasion restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014