Central Bar + Restaurant

4.6
304 Reviews
$30 and under
Northwest
Outdoor Dining, Takeout, and Delivery available!
Central is a casual but luxurious restaurant with a lively bar at the center of it. Central’s vision, energy, and style completely focus on the atmosphere and the people, with attentiveness to prime service and stellar cuisine. In addition, the central location and venue design make for an outstanding space for corporate events, private parties, and celebrations.

When it comes to our guests, our goal is to exceed their expectations and transform their dining experience into a memorable moment. That is why the vision for Central has always been to be a social gathering spot and something uniquely Bellevue.

At Central, our menu honors the Pacific Northwest and our food is fresh, prepared in house, and a perfect complement to our welcoming atmosphere. As for the drinks, our bartenders pride themselves in making cocktails the way they were intended; just quality spirits, no bs.
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Offers

  • Daily Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Sat 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Join us for Happy Hour every day from 3pm - 6pm! $2 off Wine by the glass, $2 off Signature Cocktails, $2 off Wells, $1 off Beer

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 304 people are saying
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4.6
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Jonno
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with a great outdoor area during COVID. Very warm!
Drinks are fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve with friends

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outdoor seating was very good but it is a bit cold as they didn’t spread out the heating. Tables are a bit small for three or four to accommodate. Overall felt good and understandable due to pandemic.

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vipTylerN
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service : wonderful wine!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. And my girlfriend said yes to my proposal and the restaurant gave us free champagne! Wonderful memory and service thank you!

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vipAksnt11
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An amazing find across the street from Bellevue Square, we popped in for snacks and drinks. We had a reservations and were seated on time in a row of small tents lined up together that were white with heavy plastic sheeting, lots of lights and greenery, very festive overall. Warm and cozy. They also have a ring of tables and chairs outside, surrounding the bar itself in a semi-circle. Amazing service, very attentive. We ordered the specialty hot drinks with two appetizers, all were delicious. Highly recommend this place, we look forward to returning.

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Dana
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food and atmosphere were good. The waiter did take a while to come to our table.

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vipEdMenace
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service.

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vipEdMenace
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After patronizing this restaurant for about 15 times over the last month (over $1000 in spending), and routinely tipping over 20%, today they failed to seat me for my reservation despite taking my credit card to secure one. I arrived 12 minutes early and noted two tables open, one nicer one was clear and the other was being bussed. They told me to wait five minutes while my table was “being cleared”, so I sat next to the host stand. About five minutes later a couple walked in and asked if they could be seated without a reservation. The hostess said she had a table immediately, and that couple was immediately seated ahead of me! After waiting over 10 minutes I reminded them that I was still waiting for my table and that they had seated a couple ahead of me. They claimed they had not, then admitted that they had, and then said I still had to wait for the table which was “being cleared” (again!). But first they had to “check on it.” No apologies were given. Completely unacceptable service so I left. As I exited I saw that the couple seated ahead of me were at the nicer table and the other table had been set. Customer loyalty clearly wasn’t rewarded here.

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AngelaS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The bartender needs some practice on how to make a traditional cosmopolitan cocktail. it was very sour and almost clear...

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vipKimmie
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was fabulous. The halibut tacos were good but tiny for what they cost. The martini was bloody expensive. Nex time, I will have my drink at home. :D

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ShellyP
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Central Bar has been a great go to during this Covid Pandemic. The outside dining is covered and warm. I've had the opportunity to sample different items on the menu and all have delivered. As a person who tries to eat vegan when possible, the menu accommodated my desires with multiple tasty options. The cocktails were wonderful. And the wait staff very helpful and friendly. Don't let the cold weather keep you away, Central Bar will keep you covered and warm.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back!!

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Riri
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience good food

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vipFeliciaB
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We got there and it seemed ok. It was loud and the tables were extremely small. They did all they could to squeeze as many tables in as they could. We ordered 4 appetizers and the rest were drinks. Less than 3 hours and $200 later, Brooke, our waitress told us we had to leave. We weren’t drinking water. With a tab that high it was clearly alcohol. And not top shelf... if you open your establishment up to reservations AND walk in, and you can’t handle both, how dare you tell your table “we have reservations waiting to be seated” when we made this reservation in advance and you insured it with my credit card?? I’ll never go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor space was great - very warm and decorated festively!

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StacyL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great Service; Great food.. did a good job with setting up a winter outside area that was comfortable.

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vipJackiJ
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s outdoor dining only we made a reservation for 4 people but we were seated at a table outside the tents . Because we were proactive and made a reservation we should have priority to a table in the text it was cold out . We should be able to specify that on the reservation I only want to eat there if I can be in the tent with the heaters I know it sounds entitled but just being realistic

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vipfunkyjunky
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always good. Love the atmosphere and decor.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always exceptional and the restaurant is filled with fun ambiance.

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CaroleC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and comfortable place with great wine and food. I definitely recommend it!
The service is excellent and it's so easy to go there thanks to the free parking in the evening.
The perfect place to go without kid to relax. Love it!

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JAMESC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, but not last time at Central Bar + Restaurant. Will definitely be a go to place when in Bellevue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this place! Their skillet cookies and espresso martinis are to die for! Love this place!

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vipGreatDrinksFabFood
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to try a new place and fond Central Bar & Restaurant for Brunch which was fabulous and then ended up going back again later that night for dinner because the menu looked delicious. Bar is super swanky and sad we can't enjoy it right now in COVID, TVs throughout so we got to enjoy the Sounders match and NCAA football, food was outstanding (we had the Burrata, Salmon and Quinoa salad - all were amazing). We will definitely be returning and bringing friends with us in the future as well.

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DebB
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. We had attentive but not officious service. The food was very good; so was the wine

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vipMashaC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Nothing special and very laud place, we will not be back. The only positive the service, the server was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there to celebrate my birthday. They had balloons on the table which was so nice. The food was really good and so were the drinks. There was four of us and we all ordered different things. The server was great and the ambience was cool. I will for sure go back.

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mooncake
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Extremely off putting and bewildering experience at Central.

Made reservations for Saturday night, two days in advance. Someone even called from Central to confirm my reservation. When I arrived no reservation was found on their system. We were seated outside in the chilly unheated patio and told we would be moved in as soon as a table cleared up. We received our drinks order but no other interaction from them. 30 mins pass and no indication of being moved. When we inquired about the wait, we were told the dining room was hectic and other guests had accidentally been seated first. 10 minutes later, another group that had been seated long after us on the patio were moved indoors first.

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Cindyw
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal at Central. It was very nice inside. I have also eaten on the patio and enjoyed it as well.

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vipvegbev
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

blah. that's all i can say for the experience, service, food , and drink.

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vipStephenH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was extremely good truly enjoyed it. The staff overall was more than accommodating especially the waitress Dalia. Appetizers, drinks, food, was all phenomenal.

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vipcasinojoe
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks for a wonderful value in downtown Bellevue.
We felt very safe during the pandemic, every one was masked and staff was visabliy cleaning and wearing black gloves to go with their outfits.

They even went so far to cover the foods as they are delivering to your table.

Great experience with friendly staff, we will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great job keeping customers safe. Extra precautions and attention to detail.

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KatrinaD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff went above and beyond to ensure an enjoyable dining experience, even with the state restrictions. The wine selection was very nice and the food was delicious. Everything came to the table in a timely manner.

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StanleyS
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were exemplary, especially non alcoholic cocktails. The staff were friendly and provided great service. Music was outstanding, felt like dancing!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Central. Lamb, Salmon and Sea Bass were tasty and cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fun 8 person party for a friend get-together. We were accommodated nicely

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The house salad was not good
Salmon was excellent
Server seemed not thrilled to be there

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on February 23, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the house salad. We hope to see you in again soon so that we can find a dish that you like better. Thank you, Madison Vinson Central Management Team

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and vibe! Love this place!!

FAQs

Central Bar + Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Central Bar + Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (425) 578-7878.

Central Bar + Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 304 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.