Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

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3392 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:00am-2:30pm; Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3:30pm-6:00pm
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Phone number
(425) 456-0010
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Howie
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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.
We also specialize in off site catering. We can bring Seastar to you, for all your special events. Please feel free to contact us via email at catering@seastarrestaurant.com.
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Private party contact
Rachel Lloyd and Shae McDougal: (425) 456-1892
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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. Please call or email us at catering@seastarrestaurant.com for more information!
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Cross street
2nd Avenue
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Parking details
Valet is offered for a $10 charge during dinner service, and is free of charge during lunch. Also offers validated parking (3 hours at dinner and 1 1/2 hour at lunch) for parking garage located below the building.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Seastar in Bellevue is a fancy seafood place where you should be using a corporate card.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My customers loved their experience and meal. As always scallop preparation is delicious. The meatballs and ceviche are terrific as apps for a group. We will be back!

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r
Seattle
108 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service but at the prices being charged I don't feel that he should be

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. Fantastic food and service. A bit pricey but great for special occasions.

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NP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my sister’s Birthday

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! The steelhead was delicious, as was the wild salmon. It’s a splurge but well worth it.

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F
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been loyal patrons since they opened. You can't go wrong with any item on the menu, but personal favorites include the salmon, the trout, sushi and sashimi, the scallops and the best deviled eggs in the world. Service is always superb - attentive but not intrusive.

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LV
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! Our server, Molly, was amazing and always there when we needed her. She made great recommendations. With a vegetarian, a pescatarian, and two carnivores there were options for everyone.

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CB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails! Every time I return to Seattle for a visit in my old hometown, we go to see SeaStar!

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We each chose something different from the menue and found all to be delicious. The Diver Scallops were the best I’ve ever had! Our waiter, Josh, was so good to us at this birthday lunch, and accommodated our different arrival times beautifully! Highly recommend!

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TB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb white table cloth restaurant. Excellent food. Vegan, Fish, and Steak options. Good for all!!

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e
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fantastic seafood and service. Always a big hit!

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WD
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Only thing was that they switched waiters on us and the new waiter got a little confused with our drink orders but other than that it was a good experience

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M
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was really good, but it was overpriced. For how expensive it was, I was expecting the restaurant to be more formal, so I was surprised to see the waiters in jeans. We ordered the smaller plates and shared so that we got to try many things. We are glad we did that. It was very fun.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pedro was our server and he was terrific! We brought our kids for the first time and they loved their food. We'll be back!

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GG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Restaurant, just wished I asked for a table away from the busy doorway.

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JF
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was extremely helpful in accommodating my business lunch for 10 and graciously made a last minute
Change to accommodate a change in the number of guests

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G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply great fresh seafood, sophisticated but accessible.

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EE
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to see star many times. The last of which was on September 26 of this year, for my birthday. In the past, the meal has been consistently fantastic. Our last visit left some of us less than impressed. The Parmesan sole, was not as crispy as it has been in the past. The Caesar salad was bitter, Showing that the kitchen didn’t taste it before they sent it out.The sushi was fantastic, as was the sashimi, but the halibut ceviche, had little to no flavor. Overall, it was a good meal, but for the money, I would have liked it, to have been a great meal.

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JW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ended up eating off the starters and tastes menu rather than the entrees. it was a great way to try several items that all looked good.

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EH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Nothing worse than cold fish when it should be hot, especially when we were there for our anniversary. I didn't send it back because it was so crowded that it would probably have taken forever. Also, we had to ask to be moved to another table because the AC was blowing right on me and I was freezing :(
Our server was lovely, though, and made sure we went away with a free dessert each.

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GP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I was very impressed with the food, wine and service.
The food was outstanding and they had an extensive wine selection as well.
The waitpersons were also incredibly attentive.

The only negatives I have to say about the place is that it is incredibly expensive and the decor is a little tired.

That being said, if you are not too concerned with price, then I would highly recommend this restaurant to you.
I had the Swordfish which was outstanding.

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RV
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is the best and their service is incredible. It is pricey but worth it.

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KM
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch! The mahi mahi is always a favorite!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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SP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have always loved sushi and enjoy it at this restaurant. An out of town friend ordered the 84.00 seafood platter which was underwhelming in presentation and taste for the price.
Nothing was melt in your mouth good, but it also was not bad. I have had much better for the price.

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We had not dined at Seastar for several years and were disappointed. The cedar planked salmon with grill blackened broccoli and room temperature rice was disappointing, overcooked and overpriced. Recommend ordering the small plate options. Wait staff were great but tables are very close together.

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RR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Met my boss here for an informal dinner. Nice atmosphere and there was convenient parking underground, which the restaurant validated. We both ordered the salmon (different versions) and neither one was anything special. Not terrible but no better (or more interesting) than something I would grill myself at home. The dessert, crème brûlée, was quite nice. The service was indifferent as well. Overall very disappointing for an expensive place that bills itself as a top-notch fish restaurant.

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D
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fish was very fresh and very well prepared... garnishments were perfection... Kelly our server was professional and friendly and always on top of things... I cannot think of a single way that they could improve... Food and service was perfect...

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GK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very knowledgeable with food allergies and were able to accommodate my daughter's tree nut allergy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance.

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OT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was for my birthday, and I selected Seastar because I know the food is so good.

I had Meyer lemonade, crab bisque, blue cheese and pear salad, ancho chili steelhead, and raspberry molten chocolate cake. I honestly don't know how any of those could be improved. John Howie is a genius.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and great food.

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EY
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner with family and out of town guests. I've been to Seastar many times, though it had been a while. They had changed their menu months ago and took a favorite item off the list--a Hawaiian fish on sticky rice with macadamia nuts and cucumber in a beurre blanc. But it's back!! And it was absolutely delicious, along with a perfectly cooked Parmesan-crusted petrale sole. They also have my favorite crab cakes on a bed of greens with a delicious sweet and sour sauce and lime vinaigrette. The prices are on the higher side, but portions are generous, so it's not unreasonable to share an entree if also having an appetizer and salad or soup. It was pretty noisy for a Tuesday night, but usually it's not quite that loud. It seemed like there were several large tables near us with business dinner/drinks going on that contributed to the sound level. The service was friendly and perfect. The meal flowed nicely throughout the evening.

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DL
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUR SERVER RENATA WAS GREAT, MADE SUPER RECOMMENDATIONS TOO !
THE MENU HAD GREAT CHOICES, FOOD WAS FABULOUS AND PARKING WAS EASY TOO.

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t
Seattle
62 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We have been before and food and service are always very good. Not crazy about the ambiance, looking out on the street through large windows We had a bunch of small plates for lunch, which was fun. Beware that they have the same menu for lunch and dinner, so lunch can be a little pricey.

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SK
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

I'm a longtime fan of Seastar, but this visit was just off in so many ways. First, we weren't seated until >20 minutes after our reservation time. The hostess staff was very apologetic and professional about it, but it was disappointing. Then, the server took our order and apparently there were two King Salmon entrees on the menu, which I hadn't noticed, so when I ordered the king salmon she didn't clarify which one and brought me the wrong one. Probably as much my fault as anyone's, but it would have made sense for her to clarify. She handled it very nicely and brought me the replacement. However, both tasted bad. The first one was overly seasoned with a smoky flavor - main and sides alike - very overpowering. The second one was totally bland. No seasoning at all. For almost $50 for an entree, I was expecting better taste.
The atmosphere is lovely and the service is great. But the food left us feeling really unsatisfied and for those pries, we were very disappointed.

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F
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Have been a patron since they opened. Chef Howie runs a tight ship and we've never been disappointed in the menu or service. Sushi/Sashimi/Ceviche is fantastic. Don't overlook the BEST deviled eggs in the world! The salmon is done to perfection and SeaStar is our must go place when Copper River season comes around. When available the salmon carpaccio is a delight.

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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Wine list was pricey but we found a reasonably priced Oregon chardonnay. Overall, recommend for a nice evening out.

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R
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

I thought Seastar was supposed to be the Premier Seafood restaurant on the Eastside. It was terrible. We had the sushi tower it came with a fried shrimp, fried crab cake, and scallops that at least weren't fried. The restaurant was empty at noon on a Friday and it looked dated and run down. The staff was nice and professional but I will never go there again. I was embarrassed that I had taken our out of town business partners there..ugh.

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PV
Jacksonville
77 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

For fifteen years this has been our go-to spot for seafood in the Puget Sound region. Fresh local fish, exceptional raw shellfish, creative and well executed preparations and a competent bar and wine list with a few embedded bargains set an impressive table. Our party particularly enjoyed raw oysters, a very well-thought hot mushroom starter, the house salmon plate (served very rare) and crusted petrale sole. Our only regret was coming on Labor Day. Our wait and service team was not particularly interested in being at Seastar on a holiday (and ultimately neither were we). But we traveled 2100 miles to our former hometown and weren't going to miss a chance to enjoy a Howie curated experience (to be fair our first diappointment in years).

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