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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
  • Email: jhowie@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 WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "For my 51st Birthday, we met up with our adult kids for drinks and dessert at Seastar, 5 in total. Our server was a delight, very caring and friendly. She was helpful in keeping us informed of the status of our order. Beverages were replenished in a timely manner. Everything was very nice and very pretty. The napkin rings were gorgeous! When our order arrived, I appreciated the artsy candle that topped my Birthday dessert. It was a really pleasant and beautiful place."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were celebrating our annual birthday dinners at Seastar and were surprised at how delicious the special priced dinners were. The server was exceptionally helpful and courteous. We enjoyed ourselves very much and had requested a window table for the birthday people and got one."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great east side restaurant. I only go during the promotion weeks. Husband didn't order from the fixed price menu. All entrees were delicious. The size of the zucchini pear salad was plenty & would recommend taking half of it home. Chose the steelhead, served with roasted asparagus & mashed potatoes. Serving size looked small but was perfect size which allowed more room for the to die for coconut cream pie for dessert! Excellent service. She put the cloth napkin on my lap. Questions were answered knowledgeably. A bustling place... Not a place for a romantic dinner. Ceilings are really high and noise can get lively. Overall, still has a classy feel and provides for a special evening... During happy hour, the bar was full and thriving."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We chose to dine at Seastar during the Dine Around Seattle restaurant bonanza. We had the most wonderful meal and a excellent bottle of Malbec that was very affordable. The bar is fun and offers a nice array of happy hour items and beverages."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had dinner in Bellevue to celebrate a birthday. We both had the tropical fruit salad with candied macadamia nuts, which is one of my favorite things about Seastar (I've had other variations in past years). My entree was sea scallops with blood orange gastrique, which was wonderful. Birthday boy had cedar plank roasted king salmon with Chef Howie's salmon rub and smoked broccoli. He loved the salmon but rated the smoked broccoli as "okay"; I tasted it and thought it was horrible. Dessert for him was the molten chocolate turtle cake, which he loved; for me it was chocolate/chocolate pie ice cream, which I swooned over. Service was top notch; attentive without being intrusive. All in all, a wonderful evening befitting a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Another outstanding dinner at Seastar! You have yet to disappoint in any manner. The food was fresh, tasty, beautiful and interesting and the service was exceptional!! You hit it out of the park!!! Many thanks."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food at Seastar was delicious, but the coconut cream pie, featured on the Restaurant Week menu, was THE BOMB!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This was so spectacular, better than many regular menu items! Many choices in each category. It was hard to decide. Neither of us was disappointed with our choices. Would go back a second or third time."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Very good food (entree & dessert) & excellent service."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "we went out for restaurant week. I love seafood, so this place seemed like a no brainer. The food was amazing and the restaurant was nice. Our waitor could not have been better. He made us feel like we were the only ones in the room. On another note, the restaurant was extremely loud. I felt like I oculd hear everyone in the room. It was like being in a mess hall. The hostess could learn some manners. She represents the establishment and is the seastar's first impression. She was rude and didnt seem to eant to help us even though we had an appointment. Not sure what the issue was."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "This is our fave restaurant in Bellevue for sure and we love everything! Great seafood tower, terrific halibut, and you must get dessert if you go!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "One of the things that happens when you visit a "new" area is that challenge of finding the local great places to eat. Our search was for Pacific NW seafood and we struck gold here. The choices of "local" fish were great and done in a most enjoyable manner. Fresh oysters from local waters. Halibut from "up the way" and King Salmon from the nice, cold, deep blue Pacific."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent seafood AND other choices for those who do not appreciate seafood selections. Nice sized portions and extremely flavorful food."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This used to be my favorite restaurant but it seemed to me that the menu has changed, leaning heavily to Asian. I understand this as their clientele is very Asian but there did not seem to be as many menu choices that appealed to me as in the past. The service, quality of food we ordered, and the ambiance was still as good as ever. I have to say I cannot call it my favorite restaurant anymore."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Seastar was wonderful! The food and service were amazing. The fish is very fresh and perfectly done. We highly recommend this restaurant to foodies and to anyone who wants a quality, relaxing and fun dinner out."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Seastar has always been a favorite of mine because of the consistently great food. The crab cakes, which are my favorite are incredible with a sauce I really love. My husband had the poke which convinced him we need to go back more often."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We went on a busy Saturday night, but still received the usual excellent, personal service and outstanding seafood dishes. The food is always imaginative, well presented and delicious and the selection of wines most appropriate. I especially like the choice of wines in 4 or 8 ounce servings, allowing for a mini tasting or a different wine for each course. For my wife and I, this is a must go-to restaurant every time we are in Bellevue."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife and I have made the SeaStar our special occasion restaurant when we travel to the Bellevue area. The food is exceptional and the service is the best around."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We frequently chooses Seastar for special occasions and when we have guests from out of town. Always great service and a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We love Seastar and it's our go to Eastside restaurant for a nice spot to take clients, supporters and board members. The food is always excellent, the service is always stellar."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal - sandwiches and salads were delicious! Lots of food!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I had friends visiting from out of town One friend is hearing impaired. We needed fine dinning with a quiet table. We we're very nicely accommodated The food and wine were excellent!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Very good, well prepared food. Fish was fresh, vegetables not overcooked. If you're in to this, several wines over $1,000 per bottle, but some reasonably priced ones too."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Superb as always. Halibut new in season and wonderful"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The mahi mahi was tasty on its own, but the cucumber/mango relish and sauce made it absolutely yummy. My companion loved the smoky flavor of the steelhead trout. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful about wine selections, offering tastes of several to help in our decisions. She also steered us to sharing the decadent but delicious warm chocolate cake with caramel sauce and dolce de leche ice cream - glad we indulged, it was worth the calories."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a larger group for my parents birthday and the service was outstanding. Everything from decanting wine before we arrived to make the check easy for a large group was perfect. The food was outstanding as always. I hope they never take the maui maui cucumber macadamia nut relish off of the menu."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our favorite seafood restaurant- ancho chilli rubbed steelhead is the best!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great food and service. We were in no rush and the service was very attentive, but not overbearing. Fantastic experience!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "first lunch there less than 4 or 5 stars. The salmon portion was small and very salty and the rice was dry. Server was excellent."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I took my wife here for our anniversary and had high expectations for the restaurant. Recently we've been to John Howie's steak house, The Metropolitan Grill and C.I. Shenanigans. I was extremely happy with the food and service. I'm looking forward to going back soon"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Went to Seastar to have dinner with a friend who was in town. Seastar has always been solid when it comes to seafood so I did not hesitate to choose this restaurant. All in all, not bad but not as good an experience as I would have thought. The food was quite good although my king salmon was a bit overcooked even thought I made it clear that I wanted it on the rare side. It was also not as buttery or flavorful as I would have expected with king salmon. My friend had the mahi mahi that he thought was delicious. The service, although friendly, was less than expected. It was slow and we didn't see our server very much at all. Our water was not refilled very promptly. It feels like the place is getting a little tired and needs a change."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was some of the best grilled King Salmon I have ever tasted. Served with wonderful fresh and perfectly cooked green beans. It seemed a who's who of Bellevue at lunch."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We had the best dinner at Seastar since it opened. Service was professional, portions ample and the food very tasty."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Always wonderful food! We are never disappointed with the food at Seastar, other than having to choose what to order. So many great options! This time scallops in blood orange preparation, lobster Mac & cheese & Ancho Chili Steelhead - all fabulous! Blue cheese and pear salad, bisque and molten chocolate cake all wonderful too!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Atmosphere was calm and quiet. Multiple staff members greeted and cared for us. The Ahi and Tuna steaks were crusted imaginatively and delicately seared around the outer 1/8" inch, giving the center portion a amazing sushi-like quality. Beautifully garnished with decorative wasabi-soy sauce art. Truly amazing meal with complimentary breads. The Caesar salads came with hand-made sand-dollar crackers artfully decorated with toasted anchovies. What a delight this place is!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Fabulous Maytag salad (as always), Seared Scallops w/blood orange, and the Bellevue cocktail. Service was lovely. No complaints except for the 20 minute wait for my 8:00 reservation."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We dined at Bellevue Seastar on Saturday, March 8th as a group celebration of 50th birthdays from college roommates. We had the most delicious dinner, and our service was impeccable. Wish I would have noted our servers name as he was so accommodating and patient with us! The food at Seastar is always outstanding and we all loved our meals."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Outstanding personal service from server. very attentive & made us feel special. Food was excellent. Love the variety of dishes!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our first trip to Seastar was excellent. My wife and I are both anxious for an excuse to return. The bar before dinner was hopping - the bartenders were great. Our dinner meals were exemplary. My wife thought the swordfish was the best she had ever experienced, and I thought the sesame crusted Ahi was wonderful. Brian, the sommelier, chose a delightful new chardonnay which was delicious, and Evan, our server, did a great job. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "All four of us had the Cedar Plank Roasted Alaskan King Crab with oven roasted vegetables. The service was professional and attentive as always and the food was fantastic. We shared the Tower Seafood Appetizer which included shrimp, scallops, and crab cakes and they were all wonderful. We shared an Apple Tart and a Crème Brulee and they were amazing too."
    Dined on 3/7/2014