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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Eastside

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Kro Bar restaurant
5 (539)
$31 to $50
Dining Bar
About the restaurant
The krō bär is an eclectic bar with a speakeasy vibe and a passion for spirits and great food with a nod to another era.

Tucked away on Main Street in Bothell, a walkable neighborhood teaming with local art, culture and food, the artfully handcrafted krō bär has been reclaimed from the bones of Bothell’s historic hardware store in the Mohn building. The 16-foot-high tin ceilings, a hanging catwalk and the original wood floors were uncovered and restored.

Please note we are 21 and older only.

Due to the size of our location, we are unable to seat parties of more than 4 guests.

Top review
Dined on May 3, 2024
Great Vibe and Atmosphere with Bartender Cameron creating a truly unique Experience with every Specialty Cocktail he creates.
A photo of Bake's Place restaurant
4.8 (1186)
$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 today
Great venue for music. Food and service outstanding. We had a large party and Bakes was very accommodating.
A photo of Bottle & Bull restaurant
4.8 (440)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Experience the travels of Ernest Hemingway through your palette; eating and drinking your way through the cities that Hemingway loved to frequent; Havana, Paris, Florence and Pamplona (where he discovered his love for bull fighting!) to name a few.
We focus on locally sourced, farm-to-table menus with hand crafted cocktails, as fluid as the seasons.
Like Ernest Hemingway our hunger knows no borders!
Open to those 21 and older.

Top review
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
We had a belated Birthday dinner for 4. We normally sit at the bar and enjoy the artisan bartenders and usually have appetizers / small plates; never had dinner. With the energetic and effervescent personality of Guest Experience Table Commander, Mary Jane, commenced with our appetizer (bread w/ black garlic butter, albondigas "winner", cheese plate), small plate (tempura asparagus "winner/ winner") and beverage orders...delivered timely and coordinated with other staff. Mary Jane, gave us lots of time to enjoy our starters and our lively convos, checking back frequently (w/o hovering) and maintaining the table. She was knowledgeable of the different offerings and provided great suggestions. We ordered the burrata salad, porcini and lamb ragu pastas....all delivered simultaneously by multiple staff. Flavor profiles of each dish was distinct and not overwhelmed by sauces or spices. Definitely a destination place in Kirkland!!!!
A photo of Von's 1000 Spirits - Woodinville restaurant
4.8 (183)
$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 on May 8, 2024
Fabulous birthday lunch. Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits - Kirkland restaurant
4.7 (64)
$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 4 days ago
Amazing ingredients pairings! The atmosphere is lively so don't plan on having a quiet intimate dinner, this is a place to have fun, sit close to others, and enjoy a great meal. The Sea Bass was outstanding! The small plates for sharing with so many different options to choose from were a fresh change from many other places. The wine list was great, and the cocktails were imaginative and exceptional.
A photo of Whiskey by John Howie restaurant
4.6 (104)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
About the restaurant
Whiskey by John Howie is the Eastside’s whiskey and craft cocktail destination for guests 21+ years old. The global selection of rare and well done whiskies has been thoroughly collected for the curious to the connoisseur by Whiskey’s in house curator, Tim Lodahl. The unique menu of delightful bar bites features new and favorite tastes crafted by proprietor John Howie and executive chef Jed Laprade.
Whiskey by John Howie is available for private events. This 1,420 square foot space - which can accommodate up to 84 people for private events - features rich, dark woods complemented by dark brick and gold accents that give the room a comfortable, stylish feel. Hundreds of rare and sought after whiskey titles elegantly adorn the main wall, just above Whiskey’s open kitchen space. John Howie Catering offers a diverse range of chef-designed specialty menus that can be customized to the unique needs and style of each event.

Top review
Dined on May 8, 2024
Their whiskey of the month for May, Barrell Amburana Cask, was excellent. It was better than anything in the flight.
A photo of McMenamins North Shore Lagoon at Anderson School restaurant
4.3 (70)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Potions and cuisine from the South Seas, Caribbean, South America, and those that once only existed in myth and books may be found. We're home to more than 80 rums. Discover coconut prawns paired with a Mango Daiquiri, and much more.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 2, 2024
Great service, cozy fun environment diverse whimsical drinks
A photo of Hanoon restaurant
4.3 (11)
$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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 22, 2024
Another great experience at Hanoon. Tried some different things today like the Haloumi and the Falafel … so good! Excited to come back again!
A photo of Fuji Steak House restaurant
4.2 (280)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Experience the excitement of Teppanyaki table-side grilling at Fuji Steak House. Guests dine grill side, experiencing the authentic cooking skills of our talented chefs who juggle hot flames and sharp knives while artistically creating a delicious.
Top review
Dined on May 2, 2024
Perfect for birthday celebration!!! Infact there were several other birthday happenings along with ours…. It made the atmosphere festive!
A photo of Moss Bay Hall restaurant
4 (22)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
This is my favorite place to eat! Brunch started 2 Sundays ago. My family and I went for Mother’s Day. Everyone agreed that this place is amazing and yummy!
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