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An Epic Guide to Readers' Favorite Eastside Dining Spots

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Eastsiders, with their eastside dining opinions, may not always get the attention of judgy Westside gastronomes, but they sure are a passionate bunch. After posing the question, "Where do you like to dine on the eastside?" last Friday, the comments and tipline were flooded with responses with not only where to go, but why you should give east a chance.

Here now, an alphabetical guide (including reader-supporting quotes) to the top 26 vote-getters. For a good read, and some dining destinations you may have never heard of, check out the rest of the suggestions in the honor roll directly following the map. Is your favorite eastside spot still missing? Let's cross that bridge in the comments. No charge.


Honorable Mention: Belle Pastry, Bellevue Brewing, Broiler Bay, Cactus, Cantinetta, Chace's Pancake Corral, Clay Pit (Mill Creek), Daniel's Broiler, Firenze, Garlic Crush, Golden Chopsticks, Izumi, King and I, Joey, Kukai Ramen, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, Little Taipei, Lot No. 3, Lynn's Bistro, Musashi's, Mediterranean Kitchen, Milagro Cantina, Plume, Preservation Kitchen, Purple Cafe & Wine Bar, Ranch Drive-In, Red Corner, Regent Bakery & Cafe, Ristorante Paradiso, Spice Route, Square Lotus, The Station Pizzeria (Woodinville), Sunset Alehouse, Szechuan Chef, Teapot Vegetarian, Teriyaki Madness, Top Gun, Trellis, Volterra, Vovito and Yummy Teriyaki (Redmond). Phew! Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bai Tong Thai Restaurant

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14804 NE 24th St
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 747-8424
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"Bai Tong was great. I asked for a 5-star Larb Gai and it was hot and delicious, huge menu and very tasty."
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2. Bamboo Garden - Bellevue

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202 106th Pl NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 688-7991
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"Bamboo Garden in Bellevue is my favorite; it serves a largely Chinese clientele. Spicy Talk and Spiced are good too."
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3. Bis on Main

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10213 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 455-2033
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"Bis on Main in downtown Bellevue is one of Bellevue's best restaurants, bar none. One of the best restaurants on the Eastside."
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4. Black Bottle Postern

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919 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 223-5143
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"Black Bottle is my go-to if I need a quick bite. Only place I've eaten on the eastside since I stay on the WS mostly."
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5. Cafe Juanita

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9702 NE 120th Pl
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 823-1505
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"It's one of the best restaurants in the country, much less in the Puget Sound region. It's a Big Night Out but it never disappoints. Have the rabbit. You'll be happy."
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6. Cafe Ori

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14339 NE 20th St, Ste I
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 747-8822
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"Cafe Ori is still an undiscovered gem for plentiful, tasty Cantonese. And if you love hot n sour soup, it's worth the pilgrimage alone."
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7. Chantanee Thai Restaurant & Bar

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601 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 455-3226
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"My personal favorite Thai is Chantanee in Bellevue, mostly because they have a lot of things on their menu that you don't see in most of the Thai restaurants in this area."
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8. Din Tai Fung Dumpling House 鼎泰豐

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700 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 698-1095
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"Din Tai Fung Bellevue has the best pork dumplings, especially the ones that have the wonton soup in them."
"If you have kids, love good food, and love drinking even more, go here. You can watch the chefs making noodles right in front of you (great for the kiddos)."
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9. Facing East

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1075 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 688-2986
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"Facing East for a young, upscale vibe and great Taiwainese street food."
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10. Flo

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1150 106th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 453-4005
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"Best sushi is Flo, without question."
"Absolutely do not miss Flo for sushi."
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11. The French Bakery

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909 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 590-9640
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"French Bakery in Crossroads area of Bellevue has delicious pastries and crepes."
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12. Ginza

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103 102nd Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 709-7072
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"Ginza (sushi/Japanese) in downtown Bellevue is fantastic. It doesn't even need a website or an ad campaign, it's constantly packed."
"I second Ginza not just for sushi, but for their inexhaustible menu of unique Japanese sides. Their Pumpkin Rice, Shishito Peppers and Ohitashi Spinach are divine. Never ever had anything but a superb culinary experience."
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13. John Howie Steak

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11111 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 440-0880
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"Not only a great happy hour, but great lunch with amazing prices for such a nice restaurant. And of course, the best steaks on the Eastside."
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14. JaK's Grill

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14 Front St
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 837-8834
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"Jak's for steaks and the best burger east or west; a half-pound of top Nebraska aged beef on a bun."

15. Le Grand Bistro Americain

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2220 Carillon Pt
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-7778
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"A big shout out to Le Grand Bistro Américain overlooking the lake in Kirkland for their gorgeous dining room, excellent Beef Bourguignonne, shellfish, and onion soup to die for."
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16. Lunchbox Laboratory

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989 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 505-2676
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"Good burgers. Great shakes. It's my lunch stop when I want to spoil myself."
"Lunchbox Lab, Jak's and John Howie Steak for burgers, no question."
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17. Monsoon East

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10245 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 635-1112
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"Vietnamese would be Monsoon East, and they have a really good cocktail program also."
"Solid food, always. Ambience is some of the best on the eastside. Incredible cocktails, too."
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18. Noodle Boat Thai Restaurant

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700 NW Gilman Blvd, #E104
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-8096
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"Noodle Boat in Issaquah is the best Thai in the region."
"Noodle Boat in Issaquah is some of the best [Thai] you'll find anywhere."
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19. Pogacha Restaurant & Café

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119 106th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 455-5670
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"Pogacha Restaurant is a great find in Bellevue & Issaquah. Cafe Pogacha is great for breakfast. Unreal prices for the quality."
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20. Pomegranate Bistro

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18005 NE 68th St, #A150
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 556-5972
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"Best all around good food experience is Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond. The menu is small but everything is top notch. The main dining area has an industrial feel that puts a lot of people off, but the recently added bar area is very nice."
"Pomegranate is amazing. Unassuming location and simply delicious food with a great staff!"
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21. Santorini Greek Grill

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106 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 822-0555
"Everyone that has been knows it's the best Gyro in the Seattle area. Perhaps not as well known is that the Lamb Souvlaki, Spanakopita, and Mousaka are also all five star!"
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22. Seastar Restaurant And Raw Bar

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205 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 456-0010
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"Seastar Restaurant for seafood is unbeatable in Bellevue for consistency, quality and value. Always packed."
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23. Spiced Chinese Cuisine

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1299 156th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 644-8888
"Spiced is great on 156th in Bellevue. It has the edge over Szechuan Chef for heat."
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24. Spicy Talk

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16650 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA
(425) 558-7858
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"Spicy Talk, for their hand-shaven noodles."
"The chef at Spicey Talk started in Greenwood, then 7 Star in the ID then Szechuan Chef, so he is old school great."
"Spicy Talk in Redmond for noodles, dumplings and Szechuan pepper dishes."
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25. Yea's Wok

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6969 Coal Creek Pkwy SE
Renton, WA 98059
(425) 644-5546
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"You need to order the Taiwanese stuff. Skip the standard Chinese-America."
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26. Yeh Yeh's Sandwiches

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14339 NE 20th St
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 644-5273
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"Yeh Yeh's - great tasting Vietnamese sandwhiches minus the health code violations you would find in a Seattle joint."
"I have to second Yeh Yeh's, best bahn mi hands down."
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1. Bai Tong Thai Restaurant

14804 NE 24th St, Redmond, WA 98052
"Bai Tong was great. I asked for a 5-star Larb Gai and it was hot and delicious, huge menu and very tasty."
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14804 NE 24th St
Redmond, WA 98052

2. Bamboo Garden - Bellevue

202 106th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Bamboo Garden in Bellevue is my favorite; it serves a largely Chinese clientele. Spicy Talk and Spiced are good too."
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202 106th Pl NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

3. Bis on Main

10213 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Bis on Main in downtown Bellevue is one of Bellevue's best restaurants, bar none. One of the best restaurants on the Eastside."
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10213 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98004

4. Black Bottle Postern

919 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Black Bottle is my go-to if I need a quick bite. Only place I've eaten on the eastside since I stay on the WS mostly."
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919 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

5. Cafe Juanita

9702 NE 120th Pl, Kirkland, WA 98034
"It's one of the best restaurants in the country, much less in the Puget Sound region. It's a Big Night Out but it never disappoints. Have the rabbit. You'll be happy."
[Photo Credit]
9702 NE 120th Pl
Kirkland, WA 98034

6. Cafe Ori

14339 NE 20th St, Ste I, Bellevue, WA 98007
"Cafe Ori is still an undiscovered gem for plentiful, tasty Cantonese. And if you love hot n sour soup, it's worth the pilgrimage alone."
[Photo Credit]
14339 NE 20th St, Ste I
Bellevue, WA 98007

7. Chantanee Thai Restaurant & Bar

601 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"My personal favorite Thai is Chantanee in Bellevue, mostly because they have a lot of things on their menu that you don't see in most of the Thai restaurants in this area."
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601 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

8. Din Tai Fung Dumpling House 鼎泰豐

700 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Din Tai Fung Bellevue has the best pork dumplings, especially the ones that have the wonton soup in them."
"If you have kids, love good food, and love drinking even more, go here. You can watch the chefs making noodles right in front of you (great for the kiddos)."
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700 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

9. Facing East

1075 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Facing East for a young, upscale vibe and great Taiwainese street food."
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1075 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

10. Flo

1150 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Best sushi is Flo, without question."
"Absolutely do not miss Flo for sushi."
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1150 106th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

11. The French Bakery

909 112th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"French Bakery in Crossroads area of Bellevue has delicious pastries and crepes."
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909 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

12. Ginza

103 102nd Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Ginza (sushi/Japanese) in downtown Bellevue is fantastic. It doesn't even need a website or an ad campaign, it's constantly packed."
"I second Ginza not just for sushi, but for their inexhaustible menu of unique Japanese sides. Their Pumpkin Rice, Shishito Peppers and Ohitashi Spinach are divine. Never ever had anything but a superb culinary experience."
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103 102nd Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98004

13. John Howie Steak

11111 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Not only a great happy hour, but great lunch with amazing prices for such a nice restaurant. And of course, the best steaks on the Eastside."
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11111 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98004

14. JaK's Grill

14 Front St, Issaquah, WA 98027
"Jak's for steaks and the best burger east or west; a half-pound of top Nebraska aged beef on a bun."
14 Front St
Issaquah, WA 98027

15. Le Grand Bistro Americain

2220 Carillon Pt, Kirkland, WA 98033
"A big shout out to Le Grand Bistro Américain overlooking the lake in Kirkland for their gorgeous dining room, excellent Beef Bourguignonne, shellfish, and onion soup to die for."
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2220 Carillon Pt
Kirkland, WA 98033

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16. Lunchbox Laboratory

989 112th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Good burgers. Great shakes. It's my lunch stop when I want to spoil myself."
"Lunchbox Lab, Jak's and John Howie Steak for burgers, no question."
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989 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

17. Monsoon East

10245 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Vietnamese would be Monsoon East, and they have a really good cocktail program also."
"Solid food, always. Ambience is some of the best on the eastside. Incredible cocktails, too."
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10245 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98004

18. Noodle Boat Thai Restaurant

700 NW Gilman Blvd, #E104, Issaquah, WA 98027
"Noodle Boat in Issaquah is the best Thai in the region."
"Noodle Boat in Issaquah is some of the best [Thai] you'll find anywhere."
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700 NW Gilman Blvd, #E104
Issaquah, WA 98027

19. Pogacha Restaurant & Café

119 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Pogacha Restaurant is a great find in Bellevue & Issaquah. Cafe Pogacha is great for breakfast. Unreal prices for the quality."
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119 106th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

20. Pomegranate Bistro

18005 NE 68th St, #A150, Redmond, WA 98052
"Best all around good food experience is Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond. The menu is small but everything is top notch. The main dining area has an industrial feel that puts a lot of people off, but the recently added bar area is very nice."
"Pomegranate is amazing. Unassuming location and simply delicious food with a great staff!"
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18005 NE 68th St, #A150
Redmond, WA 98052

21. Santorini Greek Grill

106 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033
"Everyone that has been knows it's the best Gyro in the Seattle area. Perhaps not as well known is that the Lamb Souvlaki, Spanakopita, and Mousaka are also all five star!"
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106 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033