Palomino - Bellevue

4.1
1567 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Business Meals
  • Comfort Food
Palomino - Bellevue is the upbeat city restaurant and bar famous for its rich and stylish ambiance. Guests love Palomino's European-inspired Contemporary Italian and regional American Cuisine. Only Palomino Rustico offers such a versatile menu in extraordinary surroundings at reasonable prices. They also feature a semi-private dining room for all your special occasions.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, American, European
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Hours of operation
WEEKEND BRUNCH: Featuring Absolut Bloody Mary Bar!
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-3pm
LUNCH:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
DINNER:
Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm-9:30pm
Friday and Saturday 4:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm-9:00pm
DAILY HAPPY HOUR:
3pm -close
Friday Happy Hour starts at NOON now through August 31st. Happy Summer!
Lounge open 'til 10pm Mon-Thurs, 'til 11pm Fri & Sat, and 9pm Sunday.
Lounge open until 11pm on Sunday thru Thursday
12 Midnight Friday & Saturday
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Phone number
(425) 455-7600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joey Birashk
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Catering
Need something catered? Contact Brad Craig to discuss our catering options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
NE 6th and Bellevue Way
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Parking details
Parking is available at Lincoln Square parking garage. We validate up to 3 hours.
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Public transit
Bellevue Transit Center is located 3 blocks East of Lincoln Square, with many other stops located near Bellevue Square/Bellevue Place/Lincoln Square.
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Entertainment
Palomino - Bellevue invites you to enjoy Lunch & Dinner on our Patio. (Happy Hour available on Patio during select hours only).
Reservations are not taken for patio dining--first come, first served.
Weather permitting, the patio will open daily at 11am.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1567 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined on July 31, 2018

My friend suggested we do Palomino's for lunch. Walking in, there were no servers, no hosts, no workers in sight at the swing of rush lunch (11:45am) which was the time of our reservation. It took a while for a hostess to greet us and eventually our server just seated us and tended to us (she was great). I think we were also a little confused as to how long it was taking the food because of how bare the dining area was. There were about four other tables besides us (two large parties, and two smaller tables). I ordered the mozzarella to start with and as I was eating through the second piece, I saw a piece of hair in between the mozzarella and the breading and stopped eating. When the hostess walked by, I notified her and she had the look of "What do you want me to do about it?" look on her face (so odd). So I in turn said, well maybe you could let our server or the kitchen know. The server came out and apologized and took the plate and asked if she could get another one out or if I wanted to order something else, I kindly rejected the offer. She actually ended up taking both ordered appetizers off of the bill (thank you!). So although the overall experience was pretty "meh", our server was really nice, attentive, and rectified the experience. I probably would not go back here though. The prices are quite high too for the food.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

I have dined at Palomino in Bellevue many times over the years as Bellevue Square is where I meet with my niece and great nieces. There is something missing from the downtown experience which is impressive.

The beverage service was fair, not great. I had the maple chicken salad which was god except for the over cooked chewy chicken breast. The kids were happy with their pizza, my nephew had salmon which was a bit dry.

The experience was unsettling as the table didn't get cleared on time, drink orders were not heard by the waiter and often I had to check with him.

Lunch was $230.00for all of us and the experience left me anxious. The waited tried and was apologetic. I had lunch downtown with a friend in June and the service was so smooth and pleasantly delivered. Often in the Bellevue restaurant I have felt that the I have to get up and look for the waitperson to get a bill. Once we had ordered lunch and after some time the waiter came by and asked me to change my order as the item I ordered wasn't sent to the grill and I would have to wait 20 min. without food while the others ate.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Service was a bit slow, even though the restaurant was not at all busy. Quite pricey for what it was.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Love Palomino! The menu is terrific and has a good variety without being overwhelming. Variety in type of food, pricing and size of portions. A perfect balance in service that is friendly and timely, nice atmosphere and great location. Nice without being stuffy. Every time I'm there I want to go back.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Very nice atmosphere. A quiet time with friends. The chopped salad was delicious! Enjoy!

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2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We frequently go to the Seattle Palomino location. We didn't feel like driving into Seattle and instead gave the Bellevue location a try.

It was very quiet inside, maybe 2 other tables and that was 7:00pm on a Saturday night. Yet the Seattle location would be standing room only at the same time. Turns out there might be a reason for it.

More importantly while some items are on the menu at both locations, many are not. I had planned on ordering the filet mignon, one of my favorites at the Seattle location. Not only was that not on the menu at Bellevue, quite literally no steaks were. They had "steak frittes" basically thin deep fried steak strips. Not at all what I wanted and not what I would call a steak. In all fairness I probably should have looked at the menu. But usually a restaurant with multiple locations will have matching menus, or close to it.

I reluctantly ordered the chicken parm, the accompanying pasta tasted good but was a touch on the cold side. The chicken was covered so thick in cheese that the fried crust was soggy and lost in the cheese goo.

My wife ordered the prawn scampi which she said tasted great, however the accompanying garlic bread was placed in the bottom of the dish with the prawns and garlic butter on top so that when it arrived the bread was soggy and limp. Not exactly what you want for garlic bread.

We each ordered drinks, I went with the Margarita, my wife with just a cranberry and vodka. Both tasted fine but there was so much ice in each drink that there was less than 3 ounces of drinkable liquid in each short glass. That's fine maybe if it was happy hour priced drinks but for $10 you'd expect more than 3 or 4 sips.

The restaurant decor is nice, feels upscale and warm. Service from our server was very good, he was clearly trying hard. Overall though the food quality was so sub par and the menu choices so limited compared to Seattle that there just isn't a reason to go back.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

This was my first time dining at Palomino. Everything was far beyond expectation! The asiago-almond crusted scallops were some of the best flavors I’ve ever experienced...absolutely delicious. I had a glass of barbera and another of malbec (they ran out of the barbera); both were superb. That (and the beautiful company) made for a perfect evening. Recommend highly.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Service slow and too loud to talk with client

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

We love Palomino's! It has great food, atmosphere and our kids love this place.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Ate dinner here before going to a graduation celebration, the staff was friendly and accommodating. The only shortfall, the menu has become too limited, they used to offer more variety, and unfortunately many offerings that used to come with an entree now need to be ordered separately ala carte. The food was good, just small in portion size, a bit overpriced and again selections limited. We would encourage Palamino to revisit their "GLORY DAYS" and bring back more variety, better pricing, if they hope to stay in the game especially competing for customers in downtown Bellevue, where so many other restaurants of equal or higher caliber are offering more for less.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Celebrating a friends birthday! Easy to get to, food selection for all and prices reasonable.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Service was great, the environment is quite nice. The food itself was a bit disappointing, as was the dessert menu. As someone who doesn't drink alcohol or coffee, it limited options available. I imagine the pizza is a lot better than the specific pasta dish I got. I imagine others will enjoy it a lot more.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The seafood salad was great. It would be difficult to eat vegan, gluten free here.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great evening spent with family. Been here many times and rarely disappoints. Service was solid and food was good. Love the chop chop salad!

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had an excellent waitperson who was attentive but not intrusive, friendly but not overbearing; knowledgeable. This is one thing that we think Palomino does well: hires and trains the best wait staff. The find today was good but not great - it was just lunch. Attractive atmosphere in a good location right across from Bellevue Square. We will be going back again for dinner some time.

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2.0Dined on May 22, 2018

As a downtown resident I often skip over Palomino because of the poor service I typically receive there, and my last experience was no exception. If you aren’t prepared to have decent service outside, don’t bother. While the server was genuinely kind, it took 15 minutes to be approached, and another 15 minutes for my first beverage other than water. The whole lunch experience was nearly 90 mins and both my dining partner and I had to get much of our food to go so we could get back to work. That said, the new pizzas are great and the chop salad is a solid “go to”, but the service really needs work. Still.

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Poor service, Luke warm food, salad with little or no dressing which took10 mins.to correct. No, after many years of eating here we are through with Palomino!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I know it’s Mother’s Day, so the restaurant was busy. It we were seated by the kitchen, so it smelled of eggs the entire time. It took a long time to receive our order. One person ordered the steak and eggs, and it was a ridiculously small portion, especially for $19. Once it came out, I was embarrassed bc I chose the restaurant to go to for Mother’s Day. Another person ordered an omelet, and the eggs were so over cooked. Luckily, I ordered something from the regular menu, soup and salad, and it was only okay. It’s sad that for a special occasion, a time when there’s more of an excuse to go out for a meal to celebrate, the restaurant experience goes down bc of it being busy.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We were there on Wednesday. They have half price bottles of wine which are a great deal. Food was good, but we did not have a very attentive server. The table next to us was getting good service so we just had bad luck.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Friendly service and a really nice menu to choose from. The atmosphere is relaxed and service is efficient.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Miss the bread pudding.. they should bring that back!!!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was very good, priced reasonably and service was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The food was wonderful as it has been every time I've dined at Palomino. In addition to that, our servers were fantastic. Very attentive without being too attentive, and handled a rather complicated bill split at the end on their own with a smile.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We returned to the Bellevue location because the bar service was great. Unfortunately, the family dining was bad. The appetizers arrived after the entree. They also forgot the other orders.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We were not impressed. The choices of your happy hour menu did not offer much that we would eat. Service is slow and not the first time that's happened. Asked for dinner menu and that wasn't appealing either. Tracking down a server and then have the orders take so long from a drink to a appetizer. I won't be back.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Very nice waiter, good recommendations re: foods he recommended

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Very good service and the food was good. Nice atmosphere for a date

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great Easter brunch - French toast was exceptional.

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

So disappointed. For over 20 years Palomino has been my go to place for casual place to get together. My boyfriend who is a fussy eater even loved the pizza. Not anymore -- the both pizzas we ordered were soggy and the 2 desserts we ALL were looking forward to having were taken off the menu. The wait staff was great and when the manager came over to ask how our meal was and we told him about the pizza he removed them from the bill. We were told that upper management made menu changes last week. We won't be going back unless they return the donuts and lemon cake to the menu and return the pizza to the original recipe.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Ordered their sole and I think they got it off the bottom of a shoe. Tough, chewy, fishy.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We really enjoyed our whole experience. We had a very cordial greeting from Pierre when we arrived and experienced excellent service from Evan! We definitely enjoyed the new pizzas offered by Palomino!!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Delicious Sunday brunch!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was great We had the infamous chopped salad and the chicken blue cheese salad. Both were delicious. Our server, Melissa, was sooooo good! I would ask for her again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The service was prompt, quick and friendly!!! She was amazing and excellent especially when we mentioned we had about 45 min. To make our conference on time 😆👍🏽💗

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Little girl in booth behind me was pulling my hair...
I had a great coupon - group of 4, save $50 if you spend $100.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Two of us arrived early, went into the bar to have a drink. The bartender was on break, wait staff seemed to be on their own to make drinks and deliver to their tables. Took a long time for us to get served. When others in our party arrived, we checked in and went to table. This also took a long time as there wasn’t a host, we were eventually greeted by a waiter who took us to a table. Half our menus were lunch menus, causing confusion. Waiter must have had too many tables, as he was always in a rush on the rare occasion he was able to visit our table. Not likely to go back.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Loved he host and the server.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went to Palomino Bellevue for Valentines dinner. We've both been there many times for lunch/dinner/happy hours. Server was great. Very friendly, funny, attentive, etc. I had the scallops and risotto which was excellent. My wife had the Seafood Louie salad and was disappointed. The crab had absolutely no flavor and a wet mushy texture. First time we've ever been disappointed with the food there.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Bologenese was just pasta with a tiny bit of red sauce and basically no meat with some cheese on top. Not worth it at all.

The prime rib was a bit tough.

The sever, Becky, was very good and polite.

Overall probably won’t go back for that quality of food for the price.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Palomino is one of our go-to's for a casual dinner out in Bellevue. We went early for a cocktail in the bar before dinner and had such a cozy table in the back, we decided to stay put in the bar for dinner. Fun evening. My husband's salmon was perfectly cooked; my parmesean-crusted sole and brocolini were a bit greasy, so not my best meal ever. We shared the double chocolate truffle gelato for dessert, which made up for my main!

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