Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

  • 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 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
267 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (178)fit for foodies (170)good for groups (87)notable wine list (86)romantic (81)neighborhood gem (55)great for lunch (44)vibrant bar scene (28)hot spot (24)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (10)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great atmospher
    Daniel
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Always love Sea Star. Everything on the menu has a unique twist, the deviled eggs with ahi tuna tartare and truffle oil come to mind. Wine list is exceptional and covers the price map!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everyone has an off night
    Spoiledrotten
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Service was slow, we'd ordered wine and it took a long time for our server to return to take our meal orders. There were overly long spaces between courses so that we all were looking around for our server. Food appeared as if held under the warming lights just a little too long. We've eaten there before so anticipated better but maybe it was just an off-night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fabulous place for a Celebration
    Jonet
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday with friends. The service was very good. Alana, our waitress gave great recommendations and gave us just the right amount of attention. The food was incredible--everyone loved what they ordered. The Coconut Cream cake was to die for. Definitely would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service all around.
    Sunstorm
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our server was outstanding in providing recommendations for all facets of the meal and the table service was great. Every dish stood alone as being a great offering of flavors and color. Really enjoyed every aspect of the meal. Be prepared to spend a few dollars, but well worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seastar scores again
    Wine46lover
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We took good friends who were visiting from Ohio and wanted a Seattle Foodie Experience. It truly did not disappoint. From the Ahi to the Pacific NW Seafood Stew everything was wonderful. If I had to criticize anything it was that on of my mussels in the stew had broken shells. This should have been caught by someone prior to being brought to the table, but that is a minor deal. We also brought some special wine with us to celebrate with our friends and the $25 corkage was reasonable. Seastar will continue to be one of our "go-to" places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience!
    mruth
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The service, food and wine were outstanding! The wine steward suggested a wine that went perfectly with our dinner. I ordered the mahi mahi with the cucumber macadamia nut relish and I loved it! Dessert was a molten chocolate that was to die for. I highly recommend Seastar! My only complaint is it did get a bit loud in the dining room so conversation was a bit tricky at times. It's a bit pricey but honestly worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic spot for small group!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We ate here for my husband's birthday with 6 people. The noise level in the restaurant never impeded our conversations. Our waiter was superb! My husband received a free dessert for his birthday. Thank you, Seastar, for an excellent celebration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Delish!
    Lovethedeal
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I wasn't disappointed. I brought a out of town business associate for dinner. We started with the oyster sampler and they were very good. I had the swordfish. It was a nice thick fillet, perfectly cooked and well seasoned. The presentation was nice and it tasted as good as it looked. My associate had the scallops. Interesting that they were breaded but he said they were very good. His dish didn't look like a lot on the plate but he said he was satisfied. We ended the meal sharing a creme brûlée. It was big enough to share and was excellent. One if the best I have had. I would definitely go back - it was expensive $95 for my part and I had only one drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    geekhuh
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I've been here 3 times in total, and I tried the seafood bowl ($72) this time. It has 6 king crab legs, 6 dungeness crab legs, 6 scallop ceviche, and 6 grilled tiger prawn. Oh, and also 6 oysters. It's prepared on a big bowl of ice which is very presentable in my opinion. And since I like the original flavors, I ate them without dipping in the sauce. They taste good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    MapleValleyGirl
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was fantastic. Service could have been better. Our waitress was very friendly and pleasant but disappeared for long periods of time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An absolute favorite!
    choosebliss
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Seastar is simply top notch! The service is second-to-none and the food, from the presentation to finish is incredible. We were there this time for my son's birthday celebration. It could not have been better. The Seastar Tower for a starter is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good.
    SeattlelocalVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I find Seastar less pricy than other seafood restaurants and the food has been consistently good. I do recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • europeanfoodlover
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Second time at Seastar. First time was in Seattle and now in Bellevue for the Seattle restaurant week. Very good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love restaurant week
    Love2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We visited Seastar Bellevue during restaurant week. I was quite impressed with the portion size. One never knows if, during restaurant week, the restaurant will scale down the serving sizes--Seastar did not. The food was very good, I particularly enjoyed my app--jalepeno sushi roll--and my dessert--coconut pie, which was earth shattering good. I like the fact that parking is validated in the building that contains the restaurant. Since it was pouring rain the night we went, it was nice we didn't have to go outside to gain access to the restaurant. The one draw back for me is it is a large restaurant and, of course, was full to overflowing; hence, very noisy. However, we still managed to have a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food was great and served fast! The atmosphere is good for family instead of couple though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seastar shows its need for profits
    eat2live
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Seastar began as an excellent foodie gem dedicated to seafood, created by chef/entrepreneur John Howie. Now it struggles for profits and the food shows it. No more bread sticks, much smaller fish portions, and weaker drinks. The space is very inviting, albeit noisy, due to so many hard surfaces bouncing diner's conversation off the walls. Our table was particularly noisy. We had a good time nevertheless.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine food & overall experience
    Luncher
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Food is great. Service is great. Ambience is very nice. Great place to go for celebratory dinner or just anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Gem
    ucmc
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I really enjoy the trout and salmon. Overall great experiences every time I come. Oyster could be better though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Raindrop
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We came here for a special occasion. great food. great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    kate26
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Excellent food and service!! I plan to return on another occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Enjoyit
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food was great, the service was wonderful and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptionally good food
    fussey
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I don't impress easily when it comes to top restaurants, but the Seastar is a top pick!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious seafood
    corkmonkey
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Seastar has a beautiful setting, very inviting, and the staff is friendly and helpful. We were guided on both food and wine selections, and loved them all. The pumpkin seed crusted scallops and the ancho chili smoked steelhead were our choices, and they were both incredible. It was the kind of food that when you take the first bite, you let out a little happy moan because it is so good. Then you say to your partner, "you have to try this!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunate, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have been to Seastar many times and always love it. Unfortunately, this experience did not live up. After sitting for 15 minutes without a server coming by, we finally had to ask someone to get our waitress. We then finally ordered and our food came before our drinks did. When our drinks were empty we had to again, ask someone to find our waitress to get another round. She never came by and asked if we needed anything, how are food was, or to apologize for being absent. It was not busy so that was not the problem. I would have given the service rating a poor, but the bus boy worked very hard and was attentive. The food was overall good, but the scallops in the Seastar tower were cold, and the Hawaiian fish was overcooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    RarelyDineOut
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Don't eat out a lot and rarely at a place as upscale as Seastar. That said, the entire dinner experience was wonderfull; the food was both unique and excellent (might have to buy John Howie's cook book to get the recipe for the zucchini/pear salad). As for the table service, I haven't been pampered like that in years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUSIE
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    EXCELLENT FOOD AND PRESENTATION, NICE SERVERS, WE GOT TO EXPERIENCE RESTARAUNT WEEK AND ALL THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS AND LARGE PORTIONS.............
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So accommodating... and delicious!
    VeganDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I eat vegan & gluten free, and frequent fine dining establishments in Bellevue with clients. Ordinarily in the ordering process my guests' attention is drawn to my food choices which, depending on the restaurant, can be quite awkward. Not to mention it is not the reason for our time together. I was thrilled to discover Seastar had a menu item I could order without having to modify in any way, which kept the focus on my clients and their business - and we all had fabulous meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience!
    liv2eat
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My bf and I had the most amazing meal there. Tiffany was our server. I have not had such stellar service in the past 3 years. She was attentive but not overly. Helpful in her suggestions and humble at the same time. In regards to the food, --phenomenal. The Lentil soup was perfectly flavored with a great kick at the end that was not too strong. We couldn't believe the soup was vegetarian! I have been to Seastar a couple handful of times and the Steelhead fish with the mushroom mashed potatoes this time blew me away. Since my dinner 2 days ago, I have since convinced 4 couples to consider restaurant week at Seastar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nickbaxter
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My wife and I went to Seastar for a date night. We don't go to fine dining often, so when we do, we have incredibly high standards. The appetizers and desserts were tremendous. All the flavors and textures were nice, but the main dishes had some flaws. The smoke on the salmon in my linguine was too strong for my liking (perfect texture though) and my wife's chicken came out way overcooked. The calamari ceviche and jalepeno sushi rolls were our favorite dishes of the night. The chocolate cake a bit dry but perfect with the accompanying creme sauce. The creme brule was delicious, just too rich for my liking. Overall, I would recommend Seastar. Food is above average and it was very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lives up to its reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We visited Seastar for the first time and really enjoyed it. Service was very good - attentive, but not overly and annoyingly so. We had an ahi poke appetizer that was delicious - the ahi was very fresh and the taro chips that came with it were crisp. The steelhead was well-prepared, but the chicken entree we had was a little overdone, but still flavorful. Overall we would stick with the seafood that seems to be the specialty of the house. We're ready to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 for $30
    Larry
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We always come to Seastar for special occasions and the great deal during restaurant week. For the appetizer, I had Calamari Ceviche with Roasted Tomato, Chilies, Lime and Cilantro. Completely tastless in spite of the ingrediants, should have sent it back. My steelhead was amazing as was the White Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie and Creme Brulee. The Tillapia was perfect as usual. Our server was less than helpful about wine selection but otherwise was attentive to our needs. We recommend SeaStar to all our out of town visitors and friends.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seastar never fails to impress
    Molly
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Birthday celebration at Seastar with 5 people. Everyone loved the food, they brought a complimentary dessert and they waited on us perfectly. I love this place and you will too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner delux
    FineDiner
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went to Seastar Bellevue for our 33rd wedding anniversary and ordered the 3 for $30 meals. Both the Steelhead and Rainbow trout were fabulous as were the spicy lentil soup, Treasure Cove oysters and the creme brule and coconut cream pie. We ordered the Mark Ryan Merlot which accompanied the meal perfectly. Our hostess remembered it was our anniversary and our waiter was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    our first visit - saw online reviews - atmosphere very nice and food was excellent - great service - would recommend
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoveToEatGoodFood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a very nice time. The food (which is the main reason we came) was wonderful. Everyone was very polite. Thank you
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    RichardnConnieMarie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Delicious plank salmon, halibut both perfectly prepared. Great salad. Sommelier suggested an excellent local wine. Tables are large which detracts from intimacy. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful dinner at Seastar
    TGF58VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    As always, Seastar delivers a great experience. Our group's food choices were all hits - the Ahi Tuna was incredible! And we also truly enjoyed the halibut dish and the cedar planked salmon. For something a little unusual on the appetizer side, I would suggest the cedar planked mushrooms -- very tasty. Our server was of great help in guiding us through the menu and her service was very attentive - we had three different sommeliers our wine at one point or another. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a gem!
    Wendy
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I recently had the pleasure of dining at Seastar on my business trip. Excellent experience, amazing food and excellent service. A true gem in the heart of Bellvue. I will definitely be coming back on my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One if the best waitresses!
    Drmpdx
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A great hidden spot in Bellevue. We had a wonderful meal and a great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit, won't be the last
    DebiM
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was our first visit to SeaStar and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere was quiet but welcoming. Our entree choices were exceptional. Our anniversary was made even more memorable by our wonderful server.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet