Central Bar + Restaurant

4.3
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245 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
Located on NE 6th Street between the W Hotel and Westin Hotel, Central Bar & Restaurant is a casual but luxurious restaurant with a lively bar at the center of it. Central’s vision, energy, and style completely focus on the atmosphere and the people, with attentiveness to prime service and stellar cuisine. In addition, the central location and venue design make for an outstanding space for corporate events, private parties, and celebrations.

When it comes to our guests, our goal is to exceed their expectations and transform their dining experience into a memorable moment. That is why the vision for Central has always been to be a social gathering spot and something uniquely Bellevue.

At Central, our menu honors the Pacific Northwest and our food is fresh, prepared in house, and a perfect complement to our welcoming atmosphere. As for the drinks, our bartenders pride themselves in making cocktails the way they were intended; just quality spirits, no bs.

Special Offers

Daily Happy Hour

Enjoy Happy Hour Daily from 3:00 - 6:00pm and extended Happy Hour on Sundays from 2:00pm - close!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 19 July 2019

Ends: 20 July 2118

Availability: Daily 15:00-18:00

What 245 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Y
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Rather than give the restaurant a 1 star rating, I wanted to leave all 3 stars (moderate) and write a detailed analysis. Two times we had OpenTable reservations at the Central, and both times we were asked to leave due to private events during December. The restaurant indicated they had issues with the OpenTable system, and I escalated those to OpenTable, who made it right. However, the restaurant indicated they reached out to my office on two occasions, but my IT, call center, and assistant had no trace of this call. Either way, if I make a reservation via OpenTable, and the restaurant needs to cancel, it should come via OpenTable notification. That is on both this property and OpenTable to figure out. Hopefully I will return to this great venue in the future, but I doubt I will book anything business related until the two systems are fixed.

Y
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Rather than give the restaurant a 1 star rating, I wanted to leave all 3 stars (moderate) and write a detailed analysis. Two times we had OpenTable reservations at the Central, and both times we were asked to leave due to private events during December. The restaurant indicated they had issues with the OpenTable system, and I escalated those to OpenTable, who made it right. However, the restaurant indicated they reached out to my office on two occasions, but my IT, call center, and assistant had no trace of this call. Either way, if I make a reservation via OpenTable, and the restaurant needs to cancel, it should come via OpenTable notification. That is on both this property and OpenTable to figure out. Hopefully I will return to this great venue in the future, but I doubt I will book anything business related until the two systems are fixed.

k
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Service was slow but food and attention was very good

JM
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Central is great. Good place to watch the Football game, but quiet enough to still talk. Great food, fabulous staff.

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Overall was great but the dish I ordered was not that great (halibut taco).

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice time. Thank you

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Food quality was very poor for a restaurant trying to compete in the upscale Bellevue restaurant scene. Ambiance is lively with a vibrant scene but that can't save the lack of quality in the cuisine. This was the third and last time we go back.

OT
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great dinner but so loud it is hard to carry on conversations.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

It is a very loud place. Been saying that since they opened and they havent done a thing about it. I ordered the sea bass and it came cold, no flavor. The waitress was very nice about it. Took it back and they made me a new one. Just ok, I wouldn’t order it again. It was bland.. it needs to be marinated or spiced up. The took a drink off. The other food was average but they charge above average prices. A good place for drinks.

FS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Overall I’d say the experience lacked attention to detail and polish. I’m sure others have better experiences but not for me and my business partner. We should have left immediately based on seating. When we arrived, we were walked to the very back of the restaurant to the most remote and uncomfortable tables pressed agains a wall beside exterior glass doors. Hostesses were surprised that we didn’t want to sit by exterior doors on a cold day or that people with reservations would find that section undesirable. Since there were plenty of tables we requested a different one. The server at the new table was pleasant. The kitchen experience was also lacking - despite giving my autoimmune condition requirements in detail, wings came out with a key ingredient I cannot eat in the batter. It would have been helpful to not bite into the food to find out. My business partner’s food tasted good but immediately at her hotel room she spent the night expelling the food. On my end, I had to take emergency medication to minimize an autoimmune flare up.

When attempting to split the bill at $75 and the rest to balance, and one card was charged $8.75 and the other $85.85. This, for me, was disappointing and just lacked logic. I follow the restaurant online and was dying to try it. Well, I did.

T
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Stopped for a quick dinner while Christmas shopping. I had the prime steak sandwich which was delicious. My wife had the fish and chips which was really enough for 2. She enjoyed it. Lots of great choices on the drink menu. Service was excellent. Our glasses were never empty. The place was very energetic. We plan to go again.

H
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my 5th time here within the last couple of years and they haven’t missed a step. Service is very good, the food options are plentiful, prices are reasonable and it tasty. Great drink options and specials, doesn’t feel too crowded and it’s a great place for casual, romantic, group or solo.
Staff is engaging and super polite.

JV
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Amanda and Nicole took good care of me and my guest.

A
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was creative n really good

MS
Denver
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's a bit on the pricey side especially on drinks, but the food was excellent.

MT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibes overall!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

food was cold. eggs were overcooked. the ham on the eggs benedict was cubed with like 5 cubes per english muffin. pricey for crap food and cutting corners. nothing had flavor. will never return.

NG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Great environment and nice staff! The food is good too.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 31 October 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a kind review! I am thrilled you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon! :) Thank you, Amanda Robertson Assistant General Manager

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R
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go here a lot for everyday. Met a business associate there for dinner and he loved it as well. Excellent food, service and ambiance.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 31 October 2019

Hi there, Thank you for leaving us such an amazing review!! I am so pleased you and your associate had a marvelous time and exceptional service! Please come back and see us again soon! :) Thank you, Amanda Robertson Assistant General Manager

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l
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Meh. The location is solid in Bellevue and the atmosphere is good for an after-work get-together. The rest of the experience is mediocre. The food is average at best; either mass-produced/frozen/reheated or overly-sauced for many dishes. The cocktail menu is fancy and makes bold claims about itself but is middling at best.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 31 October 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am so disappointed to hear your experience was less than perfect with us. I would love to know what I can do to improve our food and your overall experience. Would you mind sending me a private message and include the food you had? Thank you for the feedback, we are always striving to improve!

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A
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

This is a visually beautiful restaurant/bar and great location. First time we were there our food and drinks were fantastic. A few weeks later we brought some friends on a Saturday night to enjoy dinner with us. Our server was very nice but service was extremely slow. We ordered the same thing we had ordered a few weeks before because we liked it so much, but it was like a completely different dish! Definitely not as good and very over "seasoned". We didn't know that the menu could vary so much based on different chefs? We will probably try again to see if that was just perhaps and "off" night.

UM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance, food, an server were amazing. I would have to say the two things that stood out the most were our server who was on point and attentive and the cocktails. The cocktails were different from other places we've frequented. The food options are plenty, making it a great place for diverse palates.

KF
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Appetizers and desert were awesome. The main meal was alright. Definitely have the caramel cheesecake, that made the meal fantastic!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

REALLY loud. Start with a calamari appetizer which was so bland we chose to leave and go elsewhere.

T
Miami
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience4

The menu on their website is very different than the actual menu. Open table lists that happy hour is daily until 6pm but we were never offered a happy hour menu. Definitely won’t be coming back.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 10 October 2019

Hi Tone, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am so sorry you had a less than perfect dining experience with us. Our happy hour is daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and I apologize you didn't receive a menu. I hope you decide to give us another chance to change your mind and I'd love to buy you a round of Happy Hour apps and cocktails since you didn't get to try them last time! Thank you, Amanda Robertson Assistant General Manager

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OT
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great breakfast. Good food good attentice service. Definitely recommend.

M
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Based on this last experience, I wouldn't recommend to a friend. I have frequented Central Bar & Restaurant 6 times and each time the service hasn't been great. During our last visit it was the worst. We kept having to waive down our server or asking others for water, black pepper etc. The food was just ok. Halibut was scorching and potatoes and vegetables cold. Server never came back to ask how everything was. Just to clear 1/2 eaten dishes.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 11 October 2019

Hi Marc, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am disappointed to hear you didn't get the proper service and attention a regular deserves. Your experience is very important to us and I have talked to both our head chef and your server that night to ensure this does NOT happen again. I would love to invite you back for an amazing dining experience on me!! Please feel free to email me at any time. manager@centralbar Thank you, Amanda Robertson Assistant General Manager

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Smooth reservation, prompt service and food was excellent

MT
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food, nice bar, picked the wrong time to go due to football game being on Tv and an extremely loud crowd of people sitting next to us

CG
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great, quiet restaurant. Has televisions on though when it's a game day but I liked that. Food was good. Roasted cauliflower appetizer and steak salad was delicious. I didn't have alcohol but their cocktail menu looked great.

p
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great breakfast, perfect service, great value for the area

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you Central! I came with my girlfriends for dinner before my bachelorette party. I left a note about it on my Open Table reservation and we came in to a table with balloons and a bottle of champagne to congratulate me! That was so wonderful, thank you so much for hosting us. I love this place.

RH
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great experience on a Friday night. we celebrated our 22nd anniversary and had a wonderful time. our server was awesome and the hostess and management were great. I highly recommend Central for any occasion.

LB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had a wonderful meal. Everything was as ordered and our coffee cups were kept full. Our portions were just right, sometimes there is just too much food. The French toast was yummy and the scrambled eggs were done just right. It was nice to be seated in a timely manner and that the restaurant accommodates larger groups. We will be back.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 20 September 2019

Hi Linda, Thank you so much for all your positive feedback! :) I am so happy you had an exceptional dining experience with us and hope you join us again soon for breakfast!! Thank you, Amanda Robertson Assistant General Manager

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DV
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Services was very slow and not attending.
Halibut was super salty, tuna was very plain and etc...

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 31 August 2019

Hi Denis, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and some specific feedback. I am so sorry to hear that your dining experience was less than perfect with us. The specific feedback is extremely helpful and I appreciate it very much! I will touch base with my servers who worked that night and my chef to ensure this doesn't happen again. I hope you decide to give us another chance to change your mind! Thank you, Jess Malcham Assistant Manager

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m
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Loved our waitress

Appetizer was good- Flash fried cauliflower but thought they could have given more for the price that was charged

Food was good

Room for improvement- let your guests finish their salad before bringing out their entrees. They should be able to time it better. I still had half of my salad left and my husband wasn’t finished either.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 31 August 2019

Hi there! Thank you so much for leaving us a review with specific feedback. This feedback really helps us improve moving forward! We are always striving to improve at Central!! Please come back and see us again soon! Thank you, Jess Malcham Assistant Manager

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d
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took a group here after a fun day of wedding dress shopping. The service was great. We were 20 minutes earlier than our reservation but seated immediately. And the food... amazing! I had a cobb salad but made a few substitutions including adding quinoa. There were no extra charges and I couldn't even finish the portion. So great! Will definitely go here again.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 20 August 2019

Hi there!! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a great review! I am glad to hear we completely exceeded your dining expectations. We love big groups at Central and will always do our best to accommodate!! Please come back and see us again soon! Thank you, Jess Malcham Assistant Manager

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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Very disappointed in the food. Selection was average, rather boring, nothing exciting or innovative. Worse was preparation. Calamari was delivered cold, small portion, gloppy aioli with congealed crust from sitting around. Macadamia encrusted halibut was recommended as best dish. Fish was mushy, not flakey, macadamia not crunchy. Fish and chips reported as fine, not greasy, nor memorable. Service was fabulous, Nichole was professional, personable, and responsive. Ambience super cool. Work on the food Central!

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 20 August 2019

Hi there! I am so sorry to hear that your dining experience was less than perfect with us. While this is very unlike us, the feedback is always extremely helpful and appreciated. We are always trying to improve and make Central the best it can be! I am at least glad that Nicole was able to give you great service. I have connected with our head chef to report the issues to ensure this does not happen again. I hope you guys decide to give us another chance!! Thank you, Jess Malcham

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JK
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant in Bellevue. Terrific location. The Central has terrific food and a great dining experience. What makes this restaurant special is it’s people. They are extremely friendly, attentive, and they make each dining experience a good one. The Central always makes you feel at home.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 8 August 2019

Hi John! Thank you for the amazing review. I am thrilled to hear you had an exceptional dining experience with us! We pride ourselves not only on our food and drinks, but mostly on our team. They all play such an important role in who we are. Hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Jess Malcham Assistant Manager

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D
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A hidden gem tucked between hotels and across the street from Bellevue Square. A perfect location to meet up for a drink and/or dinner. Outside seating is limited but available. It was surprising light for a Friday night, but we arrived at 6:30 pm; started to pickup as the night went on. Drinks were unique and good; the food was amazing! Great service too. Definitely worth a visit.

Central Bar + Restaurant
Responded on 8 August 2019

Hi Dave! Thank you for leaving us such a kind review! I am so glad you had an exceptional dining experience with us. Please come back and see us again in the fall when we launch our latest craft cocktail and food menu! Thank you, Jess Malcham Assistant Manager

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