Food & Drink

The 10 Best Restaurants on Seattle's Eastside

Published On 05/07/2015 Published On 05/07/2015
Chona Kasinger/Thrillist
Chona Kasinger/Thrillist
Chona Kasinger/Thrillist
Cafe Juanita
Chona Kasinger/Thrillist
Chona Kasinger/Thrillist
Flying Saucer Pizza
Lot No. 3
Pomegranate Bistro
Bradley Foster/Thrillist
Cantinetta Bellevue
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1. The Commons 14481 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072 (Woodinville)

This restaurant boasts an extensive menu chock-full of unique choices (like a Whiskey BBQ burger and chicken sausage biscuits...), as well as well-priced, delicious libations.

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2. Tipsy Cow Burger Bar 16345 Cleveland St, Redmond, WA 98052 (Redmond)

The Tipsy Cow may serve some awesome and loaded, grass-fed beef burgers, but it certainly spreads the love over the entire animal kingdom. Chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, and pork are also along for the ride (and vegetarians can leave happy as well). Equally important are the truffle fries, obviously. Round out your meal with a boozy milkshake and you've covered all the major food groups. Right?

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3. Cafe Juanita 9702 NE 120th Pl, Kirkland, WA 98034 (Kirkland)

Chef Holly is large and in charge at Cafe Juanita, and is doing Northern Italy proud. Focusing on fresh, organic, and sustainable meat and seafood, you can dine guilt-free and high class. Throw in a wine list the size of a novella and some truly high-brow desserts and there's not much more you can ask for. But if you're gluten-free you can ask for that, too.

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4. Musashi's 3720 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 (Bellevue)

Every bit as good as the Wallingford location, this cash-only spot touts more parking (making it a good call if you’re over cruising the block), and once you get inside, you can’t go wrong with the Chirashi Bowl, which gets you a little bit of everything… and if you’re not into shrimp or what have you, you can always customize your bowl and sub something else in. Win win!

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5. Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar 205 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

This Bellevue spot serves oysters, ahi, and crab cakes galore, making it one of the best spots for seafood in Washington

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6. Flying Saucer Pizza 14712 NE 91st St, Ste 400, Redmond, WA 98052 (Redmond)

For out of this world pizza, Redmond’s Flying Saucer Pizza is the spot to have that appetite of yours abducted. Flying Saucer Pizza has 20 different beers on tap, as well as 18 different varieties of pizzas to choose from including its Asteroid Belt pizza, which has its trademark Flying Saucer red sauce, Italian sausage, and fresh mozzarella.

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7. Lot No. 3 460 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

Comfort food at its finest, Lot No.3 comes from the team behind Barrio and The Commons. From brunch to a late-night happy hour, Lot No. 3 hooks it up with offerings almost all the way around the clock.

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8. Pomegranate Bistro 18005 NE 68th St, #A150, Redmond, WA 98052 (Redmond)

Serving a hybrid of PNW-inspired dishes with a tinge of Southern influence, Pomegranate Bistro is the kind of place that grows its own herbs on its patio -- something we can totally get down with. You'd be remiss not to order the fried chicken, which is served with spring onion whipped potatoes and celery seed slaw.

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9. Volterra Kirkland 121 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033 (Kirkland)

The Kirkland location of Volterra boasts a 55-seat dining room set off with Dale Chihuly drawings, a sparkly Murano glass/Swarovski crystal chandelier in the entryway, and music chosen by a KEXP DJ.

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10. Cantinetta Bellevue 10038 Old Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004

The Wallingford mainstay's going Eastside with a 60-seat second location that boasts hardwood floors reclaimed from an old warehouse, old-growth cedar tables, and an imported-stone bar with space for 12.

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