Solarium Kitchen & Bar

4.1
128 reviews
$30 and under
Northwest
Inspired by our local farmers the menu spotlights the best northwest ingredients executed in simple, fresh, craft cooking.
Solarium provides a large, open dining area with vertical glass ceilings which allows for a safe and welcoming atmosphere to gather together and enjoy the best in northwest cooking served alongside craft cocktails and an extensive list of local beer and wine.
Located on the 3rd floor of the Hilton Bellevue. Free parking.

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Romance Package

    $134.00 per person

    Feb 12 - Feb 14, 2021

    Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Hotel romance package you can't miss! Stay at the Hilton Bellevue and enjoy in room dining with Solarium Kitchen. Package includes strawberries & sparkling wine upon arrival and a $60 credit towards dining. Visit Solariumkitchen.com for more details.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 128 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
3.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hawkeye
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We took advantage of restaurant week, 3 courses for $35 and will definitely return during the rest of the year. Popcorn shrimp appetizer was very generous and tasty, short ribs were tender and delicious and the chocolate dessert was fantastic. I’ll admit, going in my expectations for hotel food were not the highest....well, I was blown away. Taste and presentation were 5 star. Looking forward to returning.

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vipAnna36
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

I read the comments about this restaurant being in a hotel
Lobby, so we were prepared for that. What I wasn’t prepared for was how cold it was going to be because the front doors were constantly opening. The server was very kind and surprisingly present even though she was the only waitress covering about 6-8 tables. Food was good enough considering the SRW 3-course for $35 deal. I don’t think we will be back but it was nice to try a new place.

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PatS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We went for the restaurant week special. This is a Hilton hotel restaurant in a soaring atrium area.. The food was plentiful enough for us. There were 4 seniors. The coconut sesame chicken appetizer was just ok. None of the flavors were particularly obvious. Most of us had the 72 hr. Beef short ribs over mashed potatoes with a dark sauce over them. They were very tender and it was only the meat, no bones which was nice. It was good but nothing to rave about.

I had a very good syrah with dinner. The dessert was really good. It was an individual cake with flour less chocolate cake on the bottom, white chocolate ganache next and coated in a hard chocolate shell with a strawberry and whip cream garnish. Yum.

Our server was super nice and attentive. The restaurant space is on the other side of the main entrance and reception area of a Hilton hotel so the ambience could have been better. But due to COVID and less people eating there it was nice and quiet so conversation was enjoyable. We enjoyed ourselves but would probably not make a point of going again.

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Kersi
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Solarium is a restaurant in a hotel lobby. The restaurant was short staffed, though very polite. Food was below average with low presentation skills. There were a couple of sauces that were thrown together and very much needing to be tweaked. Desserts were also a let down, with a final crumbly half broken wedge of chocolate cake capping off the meal. The pomegrante cheesecake and the short rib entree were the highlights of the meal amongst 12 total items that we sampled..

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The 3 course dinner during Seattle Restaurant Week was amazing! The dessert captured my heart! Our server was great and attentive.

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Traveler
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was very good, better than expected from a hotel kitchen
Service was great, it was one person covering tables and the bar and she did amazing with a very kind attitude and cheerful personality.

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Traveler
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Server was great, with covid-19 she was the only server who was also the bar tender ! Food was good which we don't always see in hotels.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience

LE
vipLove2EatAndTravel
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner and so accommodating for our friends birthday! Thank you!!!

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johnw
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Terrible, setting is in the lobby of the hotel! We left !

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Sandra
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were the only people not he dining room. During this corona Virus the restaurant and bar was virtually empty. We decided to eat in the bar. Our waiter was super, visited with us, made us feel very comfortable. Our dinner was outstanding, especially the salmon!! Best ever!! She also made me a perfect martini!! We will definitely return! Thank you !

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

The restaurant is at the Hilton hotel and There wasn’t a checking table at the restaurant so, had to go talk to the hotel front desk clerk who called someone at the restaurant come get us seated. Waited 5 minutes and no one came so, the clerk took the liberty to seat us. We were immediately waited on by one of the best waitress we’ve encountered in a long time. Zoya was very helpful and patient with us especially with my wife who is a picky eater. She periodically checked on us and made our experience wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Valentine’s Day dinner! Food was tasty; the ambiance was okay given that it’s a hotel restaurant. The service was excellent - our waitress was nice. Not the fanciest or classiest or most modern place to be in town, but it was a good experience considering we booked our reservation last minute, and not many other restaurants had availability!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The location is right in the lobby. A divider would be nice. Service and the food is incredibly tasty.

KM
KateM
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I must admit my friends and I were surprised to realize we had made reservations in a hotel lobby restaurant. We were skeptical at first. But the service was great and the food was actually quite amazing. We ordered a variety of dishes -- salmon, curry, flatbread/pizza -- and everything was phenomenal. The surprise dish that we all loved was kung pao cauliflower. Great attention to detail here, and great people watching as people came through the lobby for different events hosted at the hotel. We also had a toddler with us, and it was nice that we were in a place where we could take him out of the high chair and let him run around (supervised!) for a bit.

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RODE
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Food, very open yet has class. Great service!!

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LAL01
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was fabulous and the food was delicious. I was there for a business lunch and the staff accommodated me in a variety of ways. I was able to preorder our lunches and they had them ready on time. I requested a quiet table and they found the perfect spot. The staff was friendly and eager to please. The food was delicious and the portions were generous.

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Diner1
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

While the food was good, the service was not-so-good. BAD actually. When we got there, about 5 mins before our reservation, nobody assisted us at the reservations check-in. The lady at the front desk helped us out and even helped set our table (where was the actual staff doing this?). Our table wasn't ready and I noticed that about 4-5 tables were uncleared from previous diners; bad first impression. We got seated by the front desk rep lady, again not a waitstaff member. We didn't get served water/bread for about 15 mins AFTER we've been seated. Seriously? Even for water? Awful! Throughout our meal, no one came by
to check on us to top waters, etc. They didn't clear our plates until the next meal was ready to be served. For instance, they came out with our dessert but had to set those down at a nearby table to clear our entree plates so they could serve our dessert (I'm banging my head against the wall at this point).

Other things I noticed: 1) There was a male waitstaff (maybe the bartender?) walking around the place but not helping. He took care of ONE customer at the bar. He did ask us if were were taken of for water/drinks/bread but that was it. He definitely could've pitched in and helped the waitstaff even if it wasn't his "job." What happened to being a team player? 2) We were seated apart from the rest of crowd which made getting service that much more difficult. I believe we were seated where we were b/c the other tables around us were left uncleared. 3) About half way through our dinner, an older couple was seated a table away from us. They were served promptly and had 2 waitstaff serving them (out of nowhere)! They must've been 'special'...

I do want to mention that this was for Christmas Day dinner so that may explain the lack of staff and service. And I assume they weren't motivated to be there on Christmas Day. Even still, that's no excuse to not have a table ready for folks who made reservations days in advance. Would NEVER go there again.

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Limeygal
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to the Christmas buffet lunch. The food was wonderful and there was a huge variety. I would certainly recommend to friends.

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mikew
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice buffet with a good selection of dishes and everything was well prepared & presented. I would go again.

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Guest
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We went for the Christmas Day brunch. Lots of food; none of it bad but none ultra-remarkable. Everything was nicely presented and there was plenty to choose from. All staff were kind, courteous, cheerful and very helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Christmas brunch is totally worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

A great brunch option for Christmas Day in Seattle area! Loved the omelette station and bottomless mimosas!

PY
PaulY
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

We realized we needed a place to have dinner with family late and made a reservation here based on what we saw on Yelp. We were the only ones there, the service was slow and couldn't answer basic questions about nut allergies. The food was mediocre and the ambiance was non-existent.

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limeyle
Denver
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience1

I didn't realize this restaurant is in the lobby of the hotel. It has no ambiance and food and service were just ok. Probably fine if you were staying at the hotel and needed a bite to eat.

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DanuM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

We had never been to this restaurant and chose it because of its location; we would be avoiding the festive Candy Cane Lane chaos and have easy parking. The reviews were positive so we were all hopeful it would be a secret find!
We were so disappointed. The fact that it is inside a hotel was fine... BUT we should have known by how empty it was that this wasn't a good choice. The service was HORRIBLE. And we were the ONLY table! The food was almost inedible. The steak was like a Salisbury TV dinner. The scallops were in some weird mush that was supposed to be Risotto and the fish and chips- which you would think would be the safest option- gave me GI problems that night and next day! Total fail.

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Martbigee
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

The Solarium is a restaurant in the lobby of the hotel. It seemed to us that the food was not a major priority for the hotel, though it would be good enough to meet the need of anyone who was staying there. As a destination for locals looking for a good place to eat out, we did not find it either particularly good or worth traveling to. We've eaten in many places where the food, and the ambiance were much more inviting. We won't be coming back.

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Tinav
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

We've done holiday buffets in the past and had great experiences here. So we'll probably visit again for other occasions, but not return for Thanksgiving. Our server was sub-par, didn't ask for drink orders or refill waters (which is pretty much all you have to do at a buffet). Food was abundant, but mixed reviews from our table. The ambiance was okay, we were able to enjoy each other's company as it wasn't too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent buffet with wide selection. A very tasty and enjoyable experience. So glad we had our Thanksgiving here!

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have already told family and friends how incredible our experience was at your restaurant and recommended that they try it next year. We are even contemplating coming over again for Christmas. The staff was professional, yet warming and the food was absolutely delicious. Even my children enjoyed everything. Thank you!

RH
RebeccaH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I'm never disappointed with the Thanksgiving buffet. I was pleasently surprised that sugar free and gluten free dessert options were offerred.

PB
PabloB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Thanksgiving buffet should’ve been priced closer to $29 than $50. Service was exceptionally friendly and attentive but food quality was average. Buffets are tough to manage for sure, and many serve average food quality. The atmosphere is interesting - in a very-well-sunlit room adjacent to the lobby of the Bellevue Hilton. Can’t say enough great about the service - off-the-charts well done.

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Browniebear
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We went to the Thanksgiving Buffet. There was a large selection of food, and if you like seafood there was some. The food was rather bland. They only had Turkey Breast which was dry. The deserts were kind of meh. Some had some artificial flavoring type taste. The cheesecakes tasted like it was from a boxed mix. Just overall a mediocre experience

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DrDee
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

We went for this year's Thanksgiving buffet. The food choices were diverse and very tasty. The price was reasonable, and the setting was very pleasant.

The service was a bit slow, i.e. to get refills on drinks. And the kids' food was tucked away, which we didn't know about until I hear a hostess tell another group.

All in all, I would definitely consider going again, especially for a holiday buffet.

CG
vipChadGW
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was presented well and tasty. We went on a Friday night. Not at all crowded which had me worried. The restaurant is open to the hotel lobby. You see everyone who walks in and out of the hotel but the lobby is nice and mostly quiet. The only disappointment was the server was pretty slow despite not being too taxed with tables.

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vipEnriqueG
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The food was tasty although the items we wanted to order were sold out for the night so we had to go with out second choice.
Ambiance could have been a little bit better. Service was okay. Our waiter checked on us constantly to see if we needed anything else. The pumpkin spice cream brûlée was amazing! We’ll be back soon.

JC
vipJCDEFG
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Given the high ratings for this restaurant at OpenTable and the appealing Restaurant Week menu, we decided to try them. We’re always looking for a nice restaurant close to home.
We didn’t realize this restaurant was located just off the lobby of a large upscale hotel. The lobby is vacuous. The ceiling is very high so the open dining area was brightly lit, a little echoing and completely the opposite of cozy. The food, however, was very good, especially the main courses we chose ( flat iron steak with a rich Demi-glacé like sauce and jumbo shrimp curry). The appetizers were good, not exceptional (seafood chowder, pork spring rolls). All portions were generous. The desserts were okay ( chocolate cake, White chocolate mouse, pumpkin spice creme brûlée).
Service was very good, friendly but I wish the server didn’t come around quite so often. Maybe it was because we ate early and there weren’t many other patrons there.
Overall, we had a pleasant and surprisingly tasty meal. If the ambience was better, I would have rated this restaurant higher.

KT
KayT
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Open floor plan, the hotel lobby bleeds into the restaurant. Feels like a cafeteria which is fitting to the ambiance of the quality of food served. No clear "enterance" and feels ackward trying to figure out how to get seated.

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MichelleG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Dinner was outstanding and would definitely go back. The wait person Sue double charged us and we didn’t notice until looking at credit card statement. After a few calls, Kamin, the manager straightened everything out.

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Solarium Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 128 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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