Editor's Choice Restaurants

Chef Seattle Editor's Choice awards are seletively given out to restuarants that made our reviewers go "Wow". Whether the food was delicious, the dining experience top notch or the portions staggering in size, we consider these as some of the best restaurants in the Seattle area.
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Ponti Seafood Grill
3014 3rd Ave N
Seattle WA 98109
206-284-3000
Great views, excellent dining and friendly service is the standard at Ponti Seafood Grill, which has been serving Queen Anne residents for decades. ($$$)
8.4
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4 Reviews
Chandler's Crabhouse
901 Fairview Ave. N
Seattle WA 98109
206-223-2722
Chandler's Crab is the seafood branch of the Schwartz Brothers Restaurant chain. In business over 20 years, it is one of the best places for crab you'll find in Seattle. ($$$$)
8.8
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2 Reviews
80 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland WA 98033
425-739-0033
A variety of every possible burger and a bit of quirkiness is what you'll get at this popular Kirkland waterfront burger joint. ($)
6.9
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3 Reviews
Malay Satay Hut
15230 N.E. 24th St Suite K
Redmond WA 98052
425-564-0888
Featuring uniquely Malaysian dishes that combine Chinese, Thai and Indian influences, the experience is unforgettable and sure to keep you coming back. ($$)
7.7
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3 Reviews
Pomegranate Bistro
18005 NE 68th A-150
Redmond WA 98052
425-556-5972
An offshoot restaurant of Lisa Dupar's catering, Pomegranate brings life into an authentic Eastside bistro that draws up seasonal ingredients and recipes into delicious dishes. ($$)
8.0
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4 Reviews
4510 California Ave SW
Seattle WA 98116
206-932-8209
Simple, healthy and flavorful Chinese food is the successful formula at Lee's, where West Seattle and downtown locals descend to get great food. ($$)
7.7
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3 Reviews
The Oceanaire
1700 7th Avenue
Seattle WA 98101
206-267-2277
Centrally located in downtown Seattle, The Oceanaire is extremely well known for fantastic seafood, excellent staff and an amazing variety of fresh fish. ($$$$)
8.5
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2 Reviews
O'Asian Kitchen
800 5th Ave
Seattle WA 98104
206-264-1789
Dim Sum takes on a new meaning with O'Asian, a chic and trendy spot in Seattle downtown's financial district. Sporting impressive architecture and fine tasting dishes, O'Asian impresses on all levels. ($$)
8.2
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4 Reviews
16480 NE 74th St B225
Redmond WA 98052
425-558-4044
Probably the best known Thai chain in Seattle, Thai Ginger consistently delivers good Thai food in presentable atmospheres. ($$)
7.3
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3 Reviews
Tropea Ristorante Italiano
8042 161st Avenue NE
Redmond WA 98052
425-867-1082
Near perfect Italian experience with sumptuous classic Italian cooking, seasonal menus, excellent service and intimate dining atmosphere. ($$)
8.8
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4 Reviews
Pomodoro Ristorante
2366 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle WA 98102
206-324-3160
Chef Antolin Blanco presides over Pomodoro, crafting Italian pastas as well as Spanish tapas in a charming and romantic getaway in the Cascade neighborhood. ($$)
8.2
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2 Reviews
14459 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE
Woodinville WA 98072
425-483-7129
By subtly blending American, Northwest and Mediterranean cuisine themes, the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar promises a great culinary experience set to candles and chic wrought iron furniture. ($$)
7.5
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3 Reviews
Tangos Tapas
1100 Pike St.
Seattle WA 98101
206-583-0382
Waltz to this Latin inspired restaurant that serves a delicious mix of tapas and some of the best paella in town. Flashing a rustic, yet modern decor, the urbanites and mojitos flow freely at Tango. ($$$)
8.3
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3 Reviews
Rover's
2808 East Madison Street
Seattle WA 98112
206-325-7442
Chef-owner Thierry Rautureau, winner of the coveted James Beard award, has been wowing Seattle for over two decades at Rover's. Serving dinner French cuisine in a cozy home, be prepared to be awed. ($$$$)
8.8
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4 Reviews
14314 Greenwood Ave N.
Seattle WA 98133
206-364-0681
Authentic hand made dumplings and other specialty Chinese dishes are served up at this incredibly popular yet tucked away hole-in-the-wall in North Seattle. ($)
8.4
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2 Reviews
Restaurant Zoe
2137 2nd Avenue
Seattle WA 98121
206-256-2060
Nestled in central Belltown, Zoe offers plenty of contemporary American food in a comfortable, gregarious atmosphere while the bar provides tasty, unique concoctions like sage margaritas. ($$$)
8.1
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4 Reviews
Red Mill Burgers
1613 West Dravus
Seattle WA 98119
206-284-6363
Offering two locations in Interbay and Phinney Ridge, Red Mill has quietly built up a reputation of delivering superb burgers and unique milkshakes that give Dick's a run for their money. ($)
8.1
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3 Reviews
86 Pine St.
Seattle WA 98101
206-728-2800
Considered by most to be the grandfather of fine dining in Seattle, Campagne has been a common starting point for both romantic French evenings as well as some of Seattle's best chefs. ($$$$)
8.2
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4 Reviews
Green Leaf Restaurant
418 8th Avenue South
Seattle WA 98122
206-340-1388
Truly authentic Vietnamese cuisine that reaches far past the typical pho variety, Greenleaf surprises and delights with new and classic concoctions of native dishes. ($$)
8.3
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3 Reviews
Mixtura
148 Lake St. South
Kirkland WA 98033
425-803-3310
*** Closed 5/08 *** Tasty food in an upscale, but unpretentious, atmosphere make Mixtura a Kirkland favorite known for its adventurous emphasis on Peruvian and Andean Cuisine. ($$$)
8.1
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3 Reviews
2241 148th Ave NE
Bellevue WA 98007
425-643-4144
Travel down the Spice Route and flavor the taste of both Northern and Southern Indian cooking at one of the best Indian restaurants on the Eastside. ($$)
8.0
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3 Reviews
Rocking Wok Taiwanese Cuisine
4301 Interlake Ave N
Seattle WA 98103
206-545-4878
Hidden deep inside Wallingford, this Taiwanese eatery delivers some mighty tasty dishes that aren't found readily elsewhere, if you can stand the service. ($)
7.2
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3 Reviews
Cafe Ori
14339 NE 20TH St Ste I
Bellevue WA 98007
425-747-8822
Simple, yet flavorful Taiwanese influenced cuisines make Cafe Ori an extremely popular with Bellevue locals as well as from the Greater Seattle area. (Cash only!) ($)
8.1
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3 Reviews
4114 University Way NE
Seattle WA 98105
206-548-9461
A University District classic know for its excellent fries, tasty sausages, and fine assortment of rotating taps. That pretty much says it all. ($)
7.9
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2 Reviews
Mikie's Brooklyn Bagel
16640 Redmond Way
Redmond WA 98052
425-881-3344
We don't know if Mikie is really from Brooklyn, but based on the great bagels that come out of the oven, we're willing to believe it. ($)
7.3
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3 Reviews
Wann  Japanese Izakaya
2020 2nd Avenue
Seattle WA 98121
206-441-5637
A modern styled izakaya, Wann serves a delicious mix of contemporary Japanese cuisine in a dark and sexy atmosphere. Traditional and sushi are still here, but don't expect California rolls. ($$)
8.4
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1 Reviews
2 Boston St
Seattle WA 98109
206-282-0142
In the heart of Queen Anne, Opal distinguishes itself as a worthy newcomer to the contemporary American and Northwest dining scene. ($$$)
8.0
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3 Reviews
35th Street Bistro
709 N. 35th St
Seattle WA 98103
206-547-9850
Welcome to a bistro that is not too good for burgers. Modest, yet elegant, 35th Street Bistro proves that gourmet American fare can be had while avoiding the bells and whistles of contemporary dining. ($$$)
7.7
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2 Reviews
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
4918 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle WA 98118
206-721-3501
Part of the new look of Columbia City, Tutta Bella stays true to the tradition of Naples offering up Neapolitan style pizza. Simple, rich, and delicious. ($$)
7.8
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3 Reviews
16244 Cleveland Street
Redmond WA 98052
425-867-1914
Great sandwiches in a historic, restored downtown Redmond house which was once a bootlegging operation during the heydays of Prohibition. ($)
7.9
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4 Reviews
Santorini Greek Grill
106 Central Way
Kirkland WA 98033
425-822-0555
Simple yet incredible is the name of the game at Santorini, where delicious gyros, Greek plates and desserts are served at very reasonable prices. (Cash only) ($)
8.0
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2 Reviews
Meze the Mediterranean Bistro
935 6th St S
Kirkland WA 98033
425-828-3923
A bistro in its truest form, Meze offers up some great hummus, borek, and babaghanuj with one of the friendliest owners we've ever come across. ($$)
8.2
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2 Reviews
11520 Northup Way
Bellevue WA 98004
425-828-2460
Based out of a converted auto shop, Dixie's BBQ has become a Seattle BBQ icon known for great food, good prices, "The Man" hot sauce, and the rascally, good humored owner, Gene Porter. ($)
7.9
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3 Reviews
La Casa Del Mojito
7545 Lake City Way NE
Seattle WA 98115
206-525-3162
Having a craving for good Latin American food? This hidden find is about the best you can find without having to trek to another country. ($$)
8.7
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2 Reviews
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15400 NE 20th Street #6
Bellevue WA 98007
425-641-4442
Tucked into a yet another Bellevue strip mall, Mayuri breaks through its bland surroundings with its rich and tasty food that earned it a spot on our "Ten Best Indian Restaurant" survey. ($$)
7.5
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3 Reviews
8412 164th Ave. NE
Redmond WA 98052
425-861-4099
(Closed 2/08) Winner of multiple awards, this Redmond (and Kirkland) restaurant delivers old fashioned home cooked meals with a focus on hearty breakfast portions. ($)
7.9
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3 Reviews
Bamboo Garden
202 106th Pl NE
Bellevue WA 98004
425-688-7991
Authentic and flavorful Szchewan style replaces the plain Chinese buffet that was offered by the previous occupant at this Bellevue eatery. ($$)
8.0
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2 Reviews
Sazerac
1101 Fourth Avenue
Seattle WA 98101
206-624-7755
Contemporary Southern inspired cooking comes to Seattle at Sazerac. Located in the Hotel Monaco, the ambiance is both classy and charming, yet unpretentious to chow guilt free on fried catfish. ($$$)
8.6
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3 Reviews
2043 Eastlake Ave. E
Seattle WA 98102
206-323-0807
Located in Eastlake, Serafina offers amazing Italian and American influenced food coupled with exceptional service. Its neighborhood appeal is a great spot that is sure to leave a lasting impression. ($$$)
8.6
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4 Reviews
Agua Verde Cafe
1303 NE Boat Street
Seattle WA 98105
206-545-8570
With amazing views located right next to the UW South Campus Center, Agua Verde serves up amazing tacos, delicious fresh salsa, and even some kayaks for those looking to explore Lake Washington. ($)
7.9
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2 Reviews
Szechuan Chef Chinese Restaurant
15015 Main Street Ste 107
Bellevue WA 98007
425-746-9008
Located in a under developed area in Bellevue, Szechuan Chef provides great Chinese food with its pungent spices and taste. Injecting a little bit of life in a relatively little known strip mall. ($$)
7.8
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2 Reviews
2001 4th Ave
Seattle WA 98121
206-682-4142
The first of many Tom Douglas restaurants in the Seattle area, Dahlia Lounge proves to be worthy of the reputations of its much celebrated chef. ($$$)
8.1
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3 Reviews
Le Gourmand
425 NW Market St
Seattle WA 98107
206-784-3463
When you want to enjoy some of the most pleasant French cuisine in town in a relaxing, intimate setting head straight for Le Gourmand ($$$$)
8.5
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4 Reviews
Manzana Rotisserie Grill
610 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue WA 98004
425-455-7600
(Closed 5/08) Stylish Americana comes to Bellevue in the form of Manzana, which offers up fresh seafood catches, featured rotisserie chicken and classic rib and steaks. ($$)
8.0
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3 Reviews
119 106 Ave NE
Bellevue WA 98004
425-455-5670
Oven baked European flat bread is Pogacha's winning secret, serving up a variety of bread like pizzas, sandwiches and pastas. ($$)
7.7
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3 Reviews
Il Fornaio
600 Pine Street
Seattle WA 98101
206-264-0994
Located in Pacific Place, this Il Fornaio offers a fine dining service and ambiance with surprisingly good eats for a mall restaurant. With a beautiful interior and views, it's great for dates. ($$$)
8.6
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4 Reviews
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1936 Harbor Avenue. S.W.
Seattle WA 98126
206-937-1600
Known for its fantastic weekend brunch and top notch seafood options, Salty's is undoubtedly a Seattle institution perfect for locals and visitors alike. Just make sure to have those reservations. ($$$$)
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16101 Redmond Way
Redmond WA 98052
425-869-9182
Serving some of the best Chicken Tikki Masala and Chicken Tawa, Kanishka in Redmond offers some of the best Indian food that you can find on the Eastside. ($$)
7.5
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3 Reviews
Yea's Wok
6969 Coal Creek Parkway SE
Newcastle WA 98059
425-644-5546
Among the best Chinese restaurants on the East side, this hidden strip mall gem is hugely popular with locals. Yeas cooks up a range of styles, including Hunan, Szechuan, Mandarin and even Taiwanese. ($$)
7.3
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3 Reviews
Yarrow Bay Grill
1270 Carillon Point
Kirkland WA 98033
425-889-9052
Tucked away on Carillon Point, this contemporary restaurant features elegant Northwest creations from chefs Vicky McCaffree and Jessica Campbell, while offering spanning views of Lake Washington. ($$$$)
8.3
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2 Reviews
10107 Main St
Bothell WA 98011
425-398-7800
Fabulously delicious and authentic Thai food from classics to new inventions are crafted at this sleek sister restaurant of Chantanee in Bellevue. ($$)
8.2
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3 Reviews
Kallaloo
3820 S. Ferdinand St
Seattle WA 98118
206-760-7766
Delicious Caribbean and creole dishes are cooked up at Kallaloo, a fairly new establishment in the upward moving area of Columbia City. ($$)
7.6
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2 Reviews
Patty's Eggnest
402 164th St. SW
Lynnwood WA 98087
425-743-0428
With an offering of Swedish Pancakes, large servings of eggs and hash browns, and a variety of sandwiches, Patty's Eggnest serves some of the best breakfast in town ($)
7.7
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2 Reviews
7845 Lake City Way NE
Seattle WA 98115
206-527-8888
Voted the best Chinese restaurant in Seattle by the UW Chinese Students Association. Chiang's offers up savory, authentic Sichuan cooking in tiny green building on Lake City way. ($)
7.8
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2 Reviews
Delfino's Chicago Style Pizzeria
2623 NE University Village
Seattle WA 98105
206-522-3466
Located at University Village, Delfino's Chicago Style Pizzeria is one of the few local pizzerias that specializes on the classic American favorite, the Chicago Style Pizza. ($$)
7.9
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3 Reviews
Kikuya Japanese Restaurant
8105 161st Ave NE
Redmond WA 98052
425-881-8771
Authentic classic Japanese meals with an emphasis on quality and service. A Redmond icon for nearly 30 years, Kikuya carries a tradition of outstanding food. ($$)
7.6
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4 Reviews
15802 NE 83rd Street
Redmond WA 98052
425-702-1645
Fresh grilled Mexican foods like tacos and burritos are to be had at Oobas, which uses homemade sauces and quality ingredients to bring some mighty tasty treats. ($)
8.0
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3 Reviews
Sages Restaurant
15916 NE 83rd Street
Redmond WA 98052
425-881-5004
Vying for the position of top Italian restaurant in Redmond, Sages features classic dishes alongside custom creations from owner and lone chef Bart Kuliczkowski. ($$)
8.3
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3 Reviews
Taki's Mad Greek
8539 15th Ave NW
Seattle WA 98117
206-297-9200
Authentic Greek cuisine with hand cut meats and music starring Taki himself, though he leaves the weekend belly dancing to the ladies. ($)
8.3
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3 Reviews
16556 NE 74th St
Redmond WA 98052
425-861-4230
Cooking up simple but tasty home styled plates, Pasha Grill is a quick, friendly, and cheap option when you're in the mood for Greek or Mediterranean cuisine. Located in Redmond Town Center. ($)
7.2
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2 Reviews
Tulio Ristorante
1100 Fifth Avenue
Seattle WA 98101
206-624-5500
Located in the heart of Downtown Seattle, Tulio Ristorante offers up some of the best Italian-inspired food and is only a few minutes away from 5th Avenue and Benaroya Hall. ($$$)
8.3
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4 Reviews
Volterra
5411 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle WA 98107
206-789-5100
Italian and Northwest at the same time, Volterra crafts unique dishes with seasonal and uncommon ingredients to delight the senses in a chic, yet warm setting. ($$$)
8.0
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4 Reviews
121 Park Lane
Kirkland WA 98033
425-893-9799
A unique blend of Mexican, Southwest and Indian American style cooking in a stylish yet casual environment, with both good food and drink. ($$)
7.9
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3 Reviews
Cedars
4759 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle WA 98105
206-527-4000
Offering up tons of tasty food options in a cozy, converted house at the edge of the University District, Cedars is a local icon for quality Indian cuisine. ($$)
7.8
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3 Reviews
Maneki
304 6th Ave S
Seattle WA 98104
206-622-2631
Recently celebrating it's centennial anniversary, Maneki is both one of the oldest restaurants in Seattle and one of the few Japanese businesses to survive World War II. Perhaps the food is that good. ($$)
8.3
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4 Reviews
120A Park Lane
Kirkland WA 98033
425-889-8601
Tasty and authentic Italian cuisine hides in plain view along this side street in downtown Kirkland. Great for a classy and intimate night out with that special other. ($$)
8.3
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3 Reviews
Chantanee
150 105TH AVE NE
Bellevue WA 98004
425-455-3226
A highly popular Thai restaurant in Bellevue, though tucked away in a hard to find location. Chantanee consistently serves up tasty dishes and even offers a full wine menu selection. ($)
7.5
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4 Reviews
Top Gun Seafood Restaurant
12450 SE 38th St
Bellevue WA 98008
425-641-3386
Easily one of the best Chinese restaurants in Seattle and on the Eastside, serving weekend dim sum and focusing on authentic seafood dishes. ($$)
8.1
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3 Reviews
15230 NE 24th St #H
Redmond WA 98052
425-373-1888
Contemporary Asian vegan delights are crafted at Teapot, which serve up unique food crafts that include meatless 'meat' dishes. ($)
8.1
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3 Reviews
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