Just outside of Seattle lies the city of Bellevue. While many think they have to travel to Seattle to sample a wide variety of culinary fare, Bellevue has plenty to offer in its eateries. Make sure to try these restaurants on your next visit to the Emerald City.

Belle Pastry, 10246 Main Street
Sweet pastries and savory French foods make Belle Pastry a favorite among locals. Founded in 2003 by chocolatier and French pastry chef Jean-Claude Ferre, the friendly atmosphere of the shop has a cozy feel. Patrons enjoy the many different types of homemade macarons, raspberry-cream cheese croissants, and salmon quiche with a coffee to start (or end) their day.

Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, 205 108th Avenue NE
Being so close to the Pacific Ocean means fresh fish and a plethora of seafood options. Eat the best at Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar. The upscale restaurant is the perfect place for a business lunch or a first date. Try the crab bisque or mahi-mahi that is sure to win over even the most adamant non-seafood lover.

Bellevue Brewing Company, 1820 130th Avenue NE
Local craft beers are becoming increasingly common these days. This Bellevue bar takes its brews to the next level. Bellevue Brewing Company is locally-owned and operated. It has a wide assortment of locally brewed beers and fresh food. Popular menu options include barbecue chicken pizza, the steamer clams tossed in white wine, or the egg salad sandwich with applewood-smoked bacon.

Monsoon East, 10245 Main Street
Fans of Vietnamese food frequent the eatery where classic Vietnamese fare is given a modern twist. Much like its twin restaurant on Capitol Hill, Monsoon East on Main gives diners the Vietnamese food they crave in a smaller, cozier atmosphere. Be sure to try the drunken chicken and the clay pot catfish when visiting. The restaurant also hosts a daily Happy Hour with 19 different food specials and signature cocktails.

Black Bottle Postern
Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two or a group outing this gastro-tavern, with its lofty ceilings and minimalist interior, is the perfect space. They serve delicious made-from-scratch dishes that are locally sourced to provide only the freshest ingredients. They also feature handcrafted cocktails, wine, and 12 beers on tap.