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Restaurant of the Week: Water Grill Bellevue

Water Grill has opened its doors in one of Bellevue’s most prime locations. Centerstage in the heart of Downtown Bellevue in Lincoln Square, Water Grill has settled into its new home and first location in Washington state. The California-based fine-dining restaurant is no stranger to top-quality seafood, making the Pacific Northwest an easy decision for a new expansion location.

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Custom decor throughout the space highlights the rustic feel of the Pacific Northwest mixed with an elegant, nautical vibe. Beautifully designed leather chairs, original artwork from the flagship location and stunning chandeliers deck out Water Grill Bellevue. Sip on a carefully curated cocktail while basking in the ambiance. The Lincoln Square, named after the building itself, is poured with vodka and mixed with strawberries, lemon and tarragon, served on the rocks. Refreshing and elegant, this vibrant pink cocktail can be enjoyed on its own or as a pre-meal beverage. It pairs well with a light bite or appetizer, like the wild Pacific bigeye tuna poke, plated with soy sauce, avocado, wasabi tobiko and sesame seeds, or crisp calamari, with a side of harissa aioli and cilantro-mint sweet chili sauce.

From the land and the sea, Water Grill Bellevue has an extensive menu highlighting rotational favorites and seasonal catches, like spiny lobster. This freshly caught lobster out of Baja California is char-grilled and served with a side of house-made coleslaw (and, of course, butter!). Stored in a saltwater tank, these lobsters are made to order and available through March.

For a land favorite, try the 12-oz. filet mignon sourced through Washington’s own Double R Ranch. Cooked to your liking, here you have a hand-cut steak prepared in a broiler set to over 1,600 degrees, allowing a perfect sear while keeping it juicy, tender and packed with flavor. Pair either dish with roasted Brussels sprouts tossed with chestnuts and bacon and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. All sides are easily shareable and complement any menu item nicely.

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Water Grill is well known for its raw bar, offering a variety of favorites between the Atlantic and Pacific. The Kumamoto, indigenous to Oakland Bay, are a great size for those who may not consider themselves oyster connoisseurs but want to experience the delicacy. Barcat, farmed in the famous Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, is also an excellent choice. Both of these options are also available on Water Grill Bellevue’s oyster sampler, all paired with a fresh horseradish, mignonette, cocktail sauce and habanero-lime radish.

To sample a variety of seafood delights, order Water Grill Bellevue’s iced shellfish platter. The Grand serves one to two diners, while the Deluxe serves three to four and the King serves five to seven. Filled with oysters, clams, shrimp, scallops and much more, add a platter to your order during a date night for two, group dining outing or special event for a true treat.

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Desserts at Water Grill Bellevue are made in-house including the daily homemade ice cream and sorbets in a range of flavors. The key lime pie is a true classic. This version will have you wanting to come back for more, made with an in-house graham-oatmeal crust and finished off with a toasted meringue and tangerine coulis.

Water Grill Bellevue is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., for lunch and dinner.

For more information, visit www.watergrill.com/bellevue.

700 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

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