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When you think of a travel destination to the Pacific Northwest, the first city that comes to most people’s mind is Seattle, Washington. An often missed opportunity is to visit the nearby upscale town – Bellevue, Seattle. As the name implies, it has a French origin, “belle,” meaning beautiful and “vue” meaning view. The simple translation is a lovely view.
The best place to see the view of the city and Lake Washington is at Daniel’s Broiler located at 10500 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004. The restaurant is in the Bank of America, building on the 21st floor of the building.
How to Get to Bellevue, WA
The easiest way to get to the city is by car or public transportation. If you drive and are coming from Seattle, you can take I5 South, connect to I90 East and head north on I405. If traffic is bad, you may want to use the toll bridge. In that case, head north on I5, connect to 520 and exit to I405 South and there you go, you will be downtown Bellevue. Public transportation is a stress-free way to get to the Bellevue. It’s cheap, only $2.50, be sure to have exact change, and fast since the buses can use the toll bridge without any additional cost to you.
Once you are in Bellevue, parking can be a pain since most places are metered. Be sure to pay for parking if you drive and do not park in a retail parking lot after hours as you most likely will get a $50 ticket. There is free parking at Bellevue Square and also across the street in Lincoln Square. You will need to have your parking ticket validated, so have it with you. If you used public transportation to get to Bellevue, then using a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft will be the best way to get around town.
Where to Eat in Bellevue, WA
Bellevue like Seattle, is a very diverse city. According to Thrillist, Bellevue is one of the Country’s best suburbs for people who love food. There are several options to choose from, depending on your taste, preference, and budget. However, the top 5 places you absolutely need to eat for dinner include:
Daniel’s Broiler ($$$$) // Enjoy the stunning views of downtown Bellevue, the Olympic mountains, and the skyline in Seattle as you enjoy a prime steak and high-end spirits
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar ($$$$) // Offers a diverse specialty menu and have received raving reviews from the toughest food critics in the area. Be sure to try the Washington Maki.
John Howie Steak ($$$$) // Is the go-to restaurant for a high-end steak dinner. You cannot go wrong ordering the Steakhouse Salad. The marinated mushrooms and grape tomatoes make this salad irresistible.
Mox Boarding House ($$) // Seeking a full-service restaurant for dinner? This will be an excellent choice. You can play your favorite game as you munch on the mouth-watering Thai Yellow Curry, a vegan and gluten-free meal.
Broiler Bay Hamburgers ($) // Is a casual restaurant. Since you are in the Pacific Northwest, try out the Fish and Chip for dinner. If you are on a diet, watch what you order.
You cannot go wrong with any of the restaurants above since over 500 locals have rated each of these places highly.
Things to See in Bellevue, WA
Once you have dinner out of the way, you can spend some time exploring the city. As you would expect, there are plenty of things to do in Bellevue. Visiting the museum, kayaking or backcountry skiing, rugged hiking, luxurious shopping or relaxing in a spa, to name a few, are things you can do in Bellevue. Be sure to try one of these top things to do in your city after work in Bellevue.
Bellevue Downtown Park is right at the heart of downtown. You can bike, walk, or run and enjoy the weather on a beautiful day. If you want a higher difficulty running or hiking, you can choose from 80 plus trails in the area. Another great outdoor activity is exploring the Bellevue Botanical Garden. The best part is the ticket cost-free! You cannot beat that, and it is open all year found. From late November to the end of the year, there is Garden d’Lights in the Botanical Garden with half a million-plus sparkling lights on the plants and waterfalls.
On a rainy day, activities indoors will be the way to go. Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) is an excellent option for those that appreciate art and design. Shopping at the high-end stores like Louis Vuitton at the Bravern is another superb option.
One tip you need to know is that most people that live and work in Bellevue do not like commuting to Seattle and vice versa due to traffic. During your trip, if you hear someone saying they do not want to drive to the “Eastside.” They are referring to any area in the Greater Seattle area East of Seattle which includes Bellevue.
Bellevue has it all! From outdoor activities like hiking to laid back activities, you would be making a grave mistake not to visit Bellevue if you are in the area. I am confident you will have a spectacular time.
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