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About Bennett's Pure Food Bistro
At Bennett's we are committed to serving pure, all-natural food. Here you won't find artificial preservatives, colors or sweeteners, flavor enhancers or hydrogenated oils. What you will find are the freshest, most authentic ingredients we can offer.
Most of our ingredients are deeply rooted in the Cascadia region – an area extending from northern California to southern Alaska, and the coast to the continental divide, taking in Washington, most of Oregon, Idaho and part of Montana.
We buy from producers who share our commitment to whole foods and handmade fare. People dedicated to the simple pleasures of creating delicious food and drink the way it was intended to be made; fresh from the earth, the sea and the vine.
Kurt Beecher Dammeier – Proprietor
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Northwest, American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00PM - 9:30PM
Friday - Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary 2 hour parking in the garage directly behind the restaurant.
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Cork Room at Bennett's. This room seats 4 to 30 people and is available by private booking only. Please contact Bennett's to discuss details with Adam.
Bennett's Pure Food Bistro Ratings and Reviews
We were able to get out for a rare parents night out and were very excited to have cocktails and appetizers before our meal with a bottle of wine. We ordered our cocktails and our appetizer (the mussels) and we were told that they may not have any mussels left but that the waitress would check for us. When she came back with our cocktails she didn't mention anything, so we assumed our mussels were on the way. Not long after our meals arrived. We had yet to finish our cocktails and would have liked to have an appetizer even if it was not the mussels. We were unable to have a bottle of wine with dinner and just finished our cocktails. When we mentioned this to the waitress, she said she had forgotten and that they did have mussels. She did not offer to take the food back or bring the mussels. Luckily the food was good but we were VERY disappointed with the service and wish we had the opportunity to enjoy our night out more. We will likely not be returning.
Disappointing dinner at Bennett's on Friday. Had reservation for 6pm. Tables were available/open when we arrived. Hostess staff seemed overwhelmed with a woman dropping off a request for charitable contribution and other guests arriving for dinner. Arrived at 6pm and seated around 6:15. Notwithstanding that we arrived first, we were asked to wait for them to seat a group with a 6:15 reservation and a group without a reservation. Staff seemed more concerned with getting the larger groups seated (with or without reservations) than getting us to a table. Given the restaurant's configuration, there is really nowhere to wait when the bar is full and several groups arrive at the same time. Like the restaurant, but won't be back on a Friday evening with or without a reservation. Other better options available for a nice dinner out.
I have gone to Bennetts’s since it opened. it’s character has changed entirely since then, and for the worse.
Despite a reservation, we were seated adjacent to the bar where a loud and large set of Happy Hour patrons were clustered. There was a quieter table available but we were told it had been reserved. Of course we had a reservation too; for some reason the people coming in an hour had higher precedence.
Discussion with the waitress was fruitless. When a slightly better located table came, she did move us there. But her message the whole time was “there’s nothing I can do.” We learned also that listed dishes were correctly described: it made no difference to her that one eater’s kale salad was half romaine; or that my arugula salad was all kale. She explained this was how they were always prepared (wrong; previous visits were correctly constructed).
The assistant manager came by, with the same message. As he was leaving, one of my companions called out to him, “if you had any respect for your customers, you’d buy us a round of drinks.” Her drink alone was removed from the tab.
If you’re reading this, Bennetts, please understand you have alienated long-term customers who do not intend to return.
I have been coming here for years and the service and food has been hit or miss in the past. Last night, I had a wonderful dining experience. A gentleman whom I presume is a manager took great care of us and recommended a pinot which was excellent. Our server Emily was attentive and very friendly. Salmon was delicious! Great experience!
The service was great! Our waiter was super friendly and attentive. The restaurant looks stuffy from the outside but it’s not at all. The vibe on a Saturday evening was pretty laid back and fun. And most importantly, the food doesn’t skimp on portion size or flavor! All around great place.
Bennett's is a solid experience. It has a limited menu, but I find that neighborhood gems do better when they're focused on quality. I appreciate the consistently pleasant staff... and my friends (older retired couple past their 60s) was pleasantly charmed. I was so proud that they had a good experience there.
Bennett's happy hour food menu is limited but good, well beyond pub food. The regular menu is decent but is pricey considering the crowded, noisy ambiance, as are the wines. Benetts does fine since Mercer Island has limited nicer dining...Good note, since this is a neighborhood restaurant, chances arestrong that you will run into someone you know. I recommend reservations. Happy hour is popular.
The food is usually good, reasonably priced, and they have good service as well. Our only complaint, which is a strong one, is that it is very noisy. Its very difficult to have a conversation, and we get frustrated because of it. Its typically busy, as the Island has very few good restaurant choices. The design ( high noise level, hard surfaces including the chairs) encourages customers to make your visit a quick one. We would go more often if they could make corrections.
High noise level ( I think you refer to it as energetic) seems to be favored by many new restaurant owners/designers, and the dissatisfaction level is a frequent topic among friends.
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