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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
238 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (152)fit for foodies (127)good for groups (74)notable wine list (66)romantic (57)great for lunch (50)neighborhood gem (41)hot spot (27)vibrant bar scene (24)kid-friendly (15)great for brunch (12)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great service, exemplary dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our first visit, and we'll definitely be coming back! Our server Kelly as well as Ari, were very attentive and Kelly took special note of one diner's food allergies. We especially LOVED the Ancho Chili Smoked Steelhead as well as the Hardwood Grilled Swordfish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    SEASTAR IS ONE OF OUR MOST FAVORITE RESTAURANTS. BEST FOOD IN BELLEVUE. LIKE ALL OTHER RESTAUANTS IT IS NOISY BUT YOU CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION IF THERE ARE ONLY FOUR AT THE TABLE MOST OF THE TIME
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • unhappy dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Loudest dinner dining experience in memory WILL NOT go back or recommend to another , food was fine. Had lunch at the Barking Frog in Woodinville the next day, great environment, much ,much quieter, food was better, service equal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Foodismyfriend
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I can't say enough, Chef Howie and his team do an excellent job all around. Warm inviting environment, attentive and gracious service and the food is high quality, delicious and beautifully presented. We were repeat diners at the Bellevue location. I had the Cedar plank roasted wild salmon with Chef Howie's salmon rub and it was just the best and cooked to my perfection. I always order it a little on the well done side and they hit it right on, not dry but firmer than some like. Nice selection of desserts as well. Can't go wrong with a Howie establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made our anniversary special
    PNWKay
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We celebrated our 15th anniversary by going for the first time to Seastar's Bellevue location. The ambiance was elegant but not fussy, and the service we received acknowledged the occasion very nicely. The gentleman who waited on us was truly outstanding, and his recommendations for both dishes and portions were spot on. The seafood tower and coconut cream pie for two (make that "for six") were heavenly. My only suggestion would be to avoid the street-side window tables unless you're prepared for chillier air.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    bobo
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to SeaStar to celebrate his birthday and we had an amazing experience! Our entrees were quite possibly the best seafood we've ever had! A little pricey but would definitely recommend for any special occasion and can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Yum
    Devi
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I frequent the Seattle location pretty often but this was my first time to the Bellevue location. It was still beautiful and the service I come to expect. The menu was different and that was refreshing. The food was delicious. Consistent is the word that comes to mind, and although that doesn't sound like a compliment. It very much is! It's assuring to know that I can rely on Seastar to have excellent service & food no matter what location I visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Seafood
    Joepinky
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The seafood bisque is excellent; This is one of our favoriet resturants to eat with friends and family. Plenty of variety in food to choose from and besides I have never had a bad meal at SeaStar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at Seastar
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dined with friends who were visiting from Victoria. This was the first time for all of us, and we all enjoyed our meals. My salmon was a little dry, but still tasty. All the other meals were good as well. We will go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Reastaurant
    David
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Menu choices were varied. Flavor and spice combinations on small plates and entrees alike were very imaginative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seastar is consistantly fine.
    makalu2
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Always a fine time at Seastar. to our family they are always on point and go out of their way to make it a relaxing time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    foodfan
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was my first raw bar experience and it was a great one. The food was amazing and they have this carmel banana desert with a hint of orange that will blow your mind. Thanks Seastar restaurant for making my eleventh anniversary a great one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters, Sushi, Seafood!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner - almost. After waiting forever for the waitress, we ordered appys first - dozen oysters followed by various sushi rolls and ceviche. Waitress was going to bring all together - we wanted to enjoy the oysters first, then sushi/ceviche, followed by salad and entrees. Baring that, food was absolutely delicious (oysters were the freshest we've ever had). When the bill came, we were SO glad we looked it over - had a charge of a $72 bottle of wine we didn't order (in addition to wine we had ordered) which we brought to the servers attention and she promptly said the wine steward must have done that and had it removed. Overall a great meal! Would love to have their cookbook so will be looking into that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best option in Bellevue
    WendyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were recommended to try this restaurant by our cab driver! We checked it out on Open Table and Trip Advisor and they were right! We had a great meal. We especially liked the Salmon dish infused with a lot of Asian and local influence. The crab cakes were delicious as well. The service is good and the wine list is good. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vanessa
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a double birthday party and we sent a message about our event and we requested a birthday cake at the end of dinner. I checked with a girl at the front desk that they have received my message. She told, yes, everything is ok. We DID NOT get our bd cake, we ordered deserts and we got it with a candle. The quality of dishes getting worse. The stake was dry, calmary was too spicy, oysters not fresh. We paid $230 for 4 person (2 kid/2 adults) family dinner and were really disappointed. I would not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not a Star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    no good. I am a foodie and was looking forward to what I hoped would be a fine dinner. I like all aspects of dining. Ambience was that of a hotel right down to having to leave the restaurant to use the attached offices restrooms. Service was fair to ok no personality no sell of the food no connection. The food, ok here you go. Two people 155.00. Appetizer 5 shrimp shared salad and two entrees 38.00 dollars for a small dry portion of salmon and a little broccoli and yes are you ready a scoop of "rice pilaf". I'm sure they have done better with the raw food that they don't need to cook. Overall it was a place foe the old people of bellvue to get sauced. And the younger crowd of bellvue to being their noisy kids. Yes
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  • Our server
    Likeornot
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Her service was very timely and was easy to discuss our favor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Steelhead Meal
    Steelhead
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The first time I've had Steelhead, and it was phenomenal. Great meal, with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    acaman
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Experience
    Miamaria
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We can always count on an exceptional experience, whether it is just the two of us dining or when entertaining guests from out of town. It is a rare find in the many restaurant offerings available. Seastar will deliver the best food, service and atmosphere every visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    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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    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in Bellevue
    Richardb161
    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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
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    notable wine list
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate