Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://seastarrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4254560010
  • 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 4254561892

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
223 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (138)fit for foodies (107)good for groups (64)notable wine list (56)great for lunch (51)romantic (50)neighborhood gem (37)vibrant bar scene (24)hot spot (23)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • 19 yr anniversary lunch
    Debbie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 19 yr anniversary enjoying lunch at Seastar. It was lovely. Our waiter was wonderful and very attentive. The food, as always, was delicious. We were seated right away. We brought along our picky 12yr old son who had no problem selecting a burger from the children's menu. We ordered oysters on the half shell. I had 2 appetizers (pesto clams and crab cakes) instead of a main entrée and they were delish. My husband ordered the crab and cheddar cheese sandwich which he described a lot like a tuna melt with crab, also tasty. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Thank you for a great dinner and special attention from Justin and Alana, We hope to come back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Client Dinner
    Hmeikle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was excellent food and excellent service. There were three of us and the bill was $600.00 Which, is fine, because I wanted to experience fine dining, but we were sat next to a screaming baby, which was very obnoxious. Ok for Dennys or McDonalds...but not when you are spending this kind of money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic !
    CeCe
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were vacationing and visiting friends in the Seattle area just last week and were recommended the Sea Star. The 4 of us all ordered different entrees and they were just outstanding. We paired those with some delicious wines and it was a meal and night to remember. Ther service was outstanding. Thank you Sea Star for a most wonderful meal.....we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first visit
    Chris
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Easy to find and park, service was great, food was excellent and no problem being gluten intolerant. Food presentation was beautiful. We had a wonderful raw bar appetizer and dessert too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seastar
    rc8647VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Very disappointing. Salmon was overcooked. Crème Brulee was runny. Not sure if I will return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in Bellevue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Seastar is simply the best place to dine anywhere! The food here is absolutely amazing. We were the first wedding they catered for back in August 2011 and the food at our wedding was as delicious as it is when you dine at their beautiful restaurant. The service here is first class, they make you feel special. If you are looking for a enchanting evening, with great food and awesome service, look no further than the Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar in Bellevue.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seastar Dining
    PlaneJ
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Seastar is always my go-to restaurant for the best seafood around. Lovely wine list, excellent service, and extraordinary food choices.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    Berto
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food and experience are always top notch at Seastar! One of our favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect blend: food and service
    Wildstar
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I chose to dine at Seastar for our anniversary based on word of mouth reviews from friends and colleagues. To sum up the evening: Car Valet - 5 Stars...witty, engaging, thoughtful Service - 5 Stars...Kelli was fantastic. Very attentive, open, conversational. Offered us complimentary desserts to celebrate our anniversary. Food - 4.5 Stars...We dined on an assortment of raw bar and cooked apps - all fantastic (especially Kalbi pork), desserts a bit underwhelming. Ambiance - 3 Stars...Nicely done for a restaurant wedged between office buildings. No view - unless you like to watch BMWs drive by the window. Overall - 4.5 Stars...Great find and a fantastic spot when in Bellevue.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unagi Portions - Small
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have been frequenting SeaStar in Bellevue for years, however the size of the Unagi the last few times I visited was really small and disappointing. The portions of vegetables was smaller on the Ahi (my favorite).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as always
    Kate
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We go for anniversary and other special occasions, great champagne, cocktails and entrées. The service is friendly yet impeccable. Very expensive but worth it..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ABTL
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food and service were good. Nothing was exceptional but everything was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold fish
    David
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    And I don't mean Sushi. The Sushi was fine but several of the dishes (Tuna and Quinoa for example) were simply cold by the time they reached the table.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy Dinner
    meganselVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    we returned to Seastar to celebrate a birthday this past weekend. The dinner was enjoyable and the food delicious. The service was good, but I continually got the impression that our server was overstretched and a bit stressed. She worked hard to provide good service but the extra attention/calmness that we usually experience, was missing. Overall a good dinner and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price point
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I are willing to pay for good food and a good experience. Unfortunately, SeaStar did not live up to the hype. Our table of 6 ordered sushi, which was good. Also crab. (At $80 for the plate, a friend said the best thing was the sauce?) Salad was fine. Our creme brule' was good and used real vanilla. I also liked the white pepper in my mashed potatoes- a nice surprise. However, we got one course per hour, so were glad we had some catching up to do with our party. My biggest complaint is that I actually really like vegetables. At $50+ a plate, these were really slapped on. That and my husband's rice were like straight-up cafeteria food. With so many other good restaurants in the area, I'd suggest skipping SeaStar.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but disappointing service
    Dessertfirst
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been to Seastar many times and love it - for the food and also the service. I had stated in the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, no mention of it when we arrived. I mentioned it again to our server - she said "happy birthday" but that was it. I expected more and was disappointed. The service was decent, but not what we have been provided in the past. As always, the food was outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Swing and a miss
    BellevueDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have been here before and had good experiences, but in this most recent case they missed. The waiter forgot my soup and then brought it with my meal. He covered the charge, but it still didn't flow very well. I had king salmon, mashed potatoes and green beans. The beans were the best part. The salmon was very fishy tasting (not fresh) and the potatoes tasted fishy as well. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining
    MG82
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    arrived more than 1/2 hr. early but got seated since it was early. Asked for a table by a window since my guest was from KC and had a nice table. Service was great! The crab cakes were good but seemed a bit too brown but with the sauce it was great. My main entree were shrimp wrapped with prosciutto (?) with a salad inside a cylindrical bread bowl. Nice presentation. Prawns seemed overlooked. Salad dressing was over powering. Too tart for my taste. KC guest ordered salmon but it was very well done and dry. She didn't complain but ate it anyway & enjoyed the meal. Coconut cream pie was outstanding, I took most of it home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seastar Restaurant
    MCarTP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food and service were very good (no complaints) but the dining area was so loud, we could hardly hear one another. Not the best place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressed the Canadian visitors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable for a fabulous meal
    Stork606VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good find
    lexien
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The Seastar was a great find. The food is really delicious and the service was great! We took my son for his 37th birthday and they were very cordial and brought some special caramels out. The presentation was excellent as well!! We will definitely return for our next special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One small misstep
    jeffmack
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HealthyDiningSnob1
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Felt like a hotel restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The place felt like something between a hotel restaurant and someplace specializing in early bird specials. Decor is dated. Food was decent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seastar Dining
    FamilyFoodies
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Seastar never disappoints! Our Friday evening dinner was outstanding and fresh - as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Presentation, Great Food
    sdavie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional in every way.
    Darrylsj
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Mickie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood!
    yummyseafood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The seafood was marvelous, amazingly fresh! The Ceviche was lovely, and the scallops were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As tasty as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • engagement dinner
    Chris7
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    balletbuff
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great place for dinner and a celebration. Also good for business dinners
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Roberto
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Good food, great service, friendly and very pleasant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KimoSabe
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    cavb1118
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.