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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Eastside

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Eastside? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Bake's Place restaurant
4.9 (1200)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Bake's Place Bar & Bistro is a restaurant, bar & private event space in downtown Bellevue that exudes atmosphere and elegance. Bake's is also home to the largest, most unique patio on the east side. We feature outdoor covered & heated areas as well as being very dog friendly. During these challenging times, your health and safety are our top priority. We strictly adhere to all guidelines set forth by the governor. In addition, all tables inside and out are properly socially distanced, mask wearing is mandatory, tables and chairs are fully sanitized before and after each use. We feature a chef driven seasonal menu that is available for takeout, a well curated wine and spirits list that includes over 200 whiskies and an ever evolving craft cocktail to go program. Inside the restaurant, our high vaulted ceilings give way to a spacious, multi-level dining room making it one of the most ideal spots for private events in Bellevue. So come spend some time with us and let our enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly staff guide you through a one of a kind experience. Top it all off with free parking and who knows.we may just become your new favorite place.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
I loved the Chilean Sea Bass over vegetable tagine. The patio had a nice breeze even though the day had been quite hot.
A photo of Hanoon restaurant
4.8 (15)
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
About the restaurant
Hanoon is a captivating and versatile restaurant that gracefully transforms from an open and breezy cafe during the day into an elegant and casual dining destination at night. Hanoon's refined yet welcoming atmosphere is matched only by its expertly crafted levantine-inspired dishes and beverages. With an emphasis on hospitality and creating shared social experiences, Hanoon is the perfect spot for any occasion, from a relaxing solo coffee break to a vibrant dinner with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Excellent food! The labneh and humus as well as the side salads with the chicken and lamb were really nice.
A photo of Von's 1000 Spirits - Woodinville restaurant
4.8 (225)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Von’s Woodinville features true Seattle Sourdough, bespoke spirits, scratch cocktails, and the legendary Wagering Wheel. We are located down the street from Woodinville Whiskey, and next door to Novelty Hill Winery. Von’s features the city’s largest collection of spirits, over 1000 and growing. Our kitchen specializes in sourdough pizza and pasta, prime marbled hamburgs and made-to-order salmon chowder.

We are equally excited to introduce Northwest Spirits (now open!), our family craft distillery, which will be intimately situated next door. Come sample our Bar Boss and Savor Spear collections. Rich in flavor and aroma, these are reward spirits for your Halcyon Days.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Have not ordered anyrhing that hasn’t been great. Amazing food, fantastic drinks, great atmosphere and always great service. Brandon as always is fantastic and takes good care of us! 5 stars!
A photo of Naan N Curry - Issaquah restaurant
4.8 (70)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Seattle's premier destination since 2005 for authentic Pakistani and Indian cuisine. Our Halal menu offers traditional dishes such as Biryani, Haleem, Seekh Kababs, and Malai Boti. The restaurant's vibe is perfect for a date night, family gathering, bringing guests from out of town, and special occasions. Our goal is to provide a modern vibe while preserving our classic Pakistani and Indian fare.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
As always, excellent food and excellent service . The whole family enjoyed great entertainment to eat in.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Bellevue, WA restaurant
4.7 (603)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
My absolute favorite restaurant of all time for the past 20 years. I lived in sourhern California for 13 years and they have many Gyu Kakus there. This is the only one in washington and it never disappoints. Everytime i take someone new there, they say its their favorite after as well.
A photo of Japonessa Sushi Cocina - Bellevue restaurant
4.6 (394)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Japonessa Sushi Bellevue is traditional sushi, sashimi, and specialty rolls with a Latin twist. In addition to an extensive happy hour, Japonessa Bellevue offers semi-private and banquet dining, as well as an exclusive omakase section of the sushi bar with Chef Masa Nakashima.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
As always, food was delicious and service spot on!
A photo of Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits - Kirkland restaurant
4.6 (125)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
RockCreek Seafood & Spirits is now serve Kirkland community and beyond! With over 10 years of serving globally sourced seafood to the Seattle area, we are thrilled to expand upon our RockCreek classics!
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Having been to the Fremont location for many years, we were excited to see the Kirkland location was at some point going to provide a lunch option. It's finally here!!😍 So we went at about 1:00PM last Friday, there were about 2 other tables occupied at the time. We receive immediate service, orders taken, wine brought out. Everything moving smoothly. About this time, the place started filling up, with 2,3,4,5 sized groups; all siiting down as we had and going about ordering. Our starter arrived as expected on time. An amazing version of Caprese salad that you must have. Then, the oddest thing happened to us. We became invisible. Orders for other groups at other tables that had sat down 10 minutes after us were receiving their amazing dishes. Occasionally, a waiter would put something on our table only to retract it since it was allocated elsewhere. We remained invisible for about 45min. No apologetic service staff approached. No explanations asking us to be patient. Just invisible. Imagine our hunger as plate after plate of amazing food went past us, titillating our noses but ignoring our table. Then, an unknown hero, a person we had never seen, dropped our dishes off. The food was amazing as expected from Rock creek; my wife's was hot as expected, mine a bit warm. Overall, a satisfying meal one I could recommend to anyone.
A photo of Legion Bellevue restaurant
4.3 (188)
$50 and over
Sports Bar
About the restaurant
Legion is an upscale Sports Bar with elevated soul food and crafted cocktails.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
I really appreciate reviews when I'm looking to make a reservation at a new to me location; so here we go with mine. Although a reservation was made for 6pm, it wasn't needed due to several open tables and there wasn't a host. Instead there was a sign to seat yourself. There's a nice mix of bar, table and booth seating; also a private event room. We were there during the Copa América Semifinals. They had plenty of TV's showing that and other local games and while the volume was loud, we didn't find it to be too much.   Drinks were good. I had both the signature Bammarita which was very good and I'd order again. I also had the special Sun Glow Margarita which had a good amount of heat to it. Normally I drink beer and they had a nicely curated local tap list.  We ordered a little bit of everything for food. Steak Bites had great flavor with the garlic and chimichurri, but were overcooked. All were well and tough; we still ate them, but would request no more than medium next time. My Husband enjoyed the Gumbo (Spicy) and added shrimp, but never found any chicken in it which was listed as an ingredient. My Jerk Chicken Sandwich (Spicy) was delicious, but was missing the green tomato chow chow and was chicken chunks not shredded. The highlights for me were actually the sides. The collard greens were flavorful and full of smoked turkey and the side Caesar was fresh and could have been a meal of its own (it does have kale in it, which I like, but some may not).  Service was quick at the bar where we originally sat until a booth was cleared, but quite a bit slower once there. Because I had read reviews beforehand, I was prepared for a leisurely meal so it didn't bother us, but if you are looking to get in and out quickly, I'd let your server know when you arrive.  Overall we enjoyed our visit and return even with the missteps we experienced. We felt like the value and quality of the food was there, they just need to pay a bit more attention to preparation and service.
A photo of Poquitos - Bothell restaurant
4.1 (417)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
At Poquitos we strive to present authentic Mexican cuisine prepared with ingredients that are the best of both worlds- outstanding local sourcing for our meats and produce; unique and direct sourcing for items essential to honoring the culinary traditions of Mexico. Our menu features fresh local tortillas, guacamole made to order only from fresh avocados, Mexico City-inspired tacos al pastor, coastal ceviche, and seasonal specials.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Beautiful presentation of a perfectly cooked braised short rib. The sauce was authentic and delicious. I enjoyed the veggies too. We got to sit outside and seating was very comfortable and the service was great. Finder was a great value
A photo of Moss Bay Hall restaurant
3.9 (23)
$30 and under
Beer Garden
About the restaurant
Nestled within the stunning Marina Park in Kirkland, Washington, Moss Bay Hall is poised to become your go-to destination for communal dining, sports viewing, and unforgettable social gatherings. Our spacious 8,000 square foot venue has been designed with both families and friends in mind, offering ample seating for groups of all sizes – yes, even your well-behaved dogs are welcome!

Top review
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Fantastic brunch! My family all really enjoyed their meals. This is a place we will frequent often in the future.
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