Every year we look forward to the largest storm water conference in the world. StormCon brings together thousands of professionals from the storm water industry. The organization does a great deal of research at choosing the location to bring out the best possible value to the conference. Like us, many of you might be unfamiliar with Bellevue so we decided to research top attractions, popular food spots and of course trendy bars to help you get the best experience out of this year’s StormCon.

Top Tourist Attractions

1. Bellevue Botanical Garden

12001 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005-3522 | 425-452-2750 | bellevuebotanical.org

The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. The living collections showcase plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest.

2. Downtown Park

10201 Northeast Fourth St, Bellevue, WA 98005 | 425-452-6885

A 20-acre oasis of green in the heart of Bellevue defines this elegant centerpiece of the Bellevue Parks System. A one-half mile promenade, bordered by a double row of shade trees, and a stepped canal, brings one to the 240-foot wide waterfall that cascades into a reflecting pond. A ten-acre lawn area invites one to pause for a picnic with Bellevue’s skyline and Mount Rainier in the background. The park’s delightful play area and formal gardens add to family enjoyment and serve as a backdrop for community events.

3. Bellevue Square

575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-454-8096 | bellevuecollection.com

Wether you lets an item at home or just looking to shop, this mall has 180 retail stores, with anchors Macy’s, Nordstrom, ZARA, UNIQLO and Crate and Barrel and specialty stores such as Tiffany’s, Hugo Boss, Armani Exchange, Lego and the Microsoft Store. Restaurants include P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Red Robin, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Bellevue Square was first opened in 1946, trading under the name “Bellevue Shopping Square”, with the first suburban department store opened by Marshall Field & Co. through its Seattle-based subsidiary, Frederick & Nelson.

4. Mercer Slough Nature Park

2102 Bellevue Way Southeast, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-452-2565 | parks.bellevuewa.gov

7+ miles trails, visitors center, environmental education center, picnic areas, waterfront, canoe launch, blueberry farm, and restrooms. Just minutes from downtown, the Mercer Slough Nature Park is the largest of Lake Washington’s remaining fresh water wetlands and is one of Bellevue’s largest parks. Explore over 320 acres of wildlife habitat, agriculture, and freshwater wetland ecosystems on 7+ miles of trails including a unique canoe trail.

5. Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM)

510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-519-0770 | bellevuearts.org

BAM is one of few museums that grew out of an art fair. Started by a handful of dedicated volunteers, the first fair was held in 1947 and eventually led to the founding of the Museum in 1975. After undergoing a series of transformations, BAM opened the doors to its first permanent home, designed by renowned architect and Washingtonian Steven Holl, in 2001. Exclusively dedicated to art, craft, and design since 2005, the Museum has grown to be an important contributor to the region’s cultural vibrancy and a leading institution in its field. The Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair continues to be a core community program, celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2016.

Top Restaurants

Fine Dining

1. Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

205 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-456-0010 | seastarrestaurant.com

Seastar is brought to you by renowned chef John Howie, formerly of Seattle’s Palisade Restaurant. Seastar provides guests with an amazing array of freshly prepared seafood, great steaks, poultry, pastas and raw bar items. Enjoy the comfort of the luxurious Seastar dining room or the upbeat Raw Bar. Either way, Seastar’s talented staff will help to make you feel right at home, and the food will keep you coming back for more.

Seastar’s private dining room and banquet facilities come completely furnished with everything you’ll need. The staff at Seastar can help you with every detail of your special event, from menu planning and scheduling to all of your special needs.

2. John Howie Steak

11111 NE 8th St Ste 125, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-440-0880 | johnhowiesteak.com

Chef Howie’s team includes Executive Chef Mark Hipkiss, formerly from the Metropolitan Grill, joined by Sous Chefs Tykey Aniol, Sergio Moreno and Dana Bjurstrom.

The team is rounded out with General Manager Annie Megofna, from Restaurants Unlimited, most recently Palomino, Bellevue. Wine Director/Sommelier Chris Lara who has created an award winning wine list with Company Wine Director/Sommelier Erik Liedholm. Operations Manager Tim Lodahl, long time Seastar team member, Chris Gallardo who has extensive experience managing local restaurants, and John Stevens completes the team.

Together they work to present a dining experience unlike any other. From the moment you walk through the doors you are made to feel at home. Whether you’re enjoying a night out with family or friends, or putting the finishing touches on an important business deal, the staff at John Howie Steak will cater to your every need.

3. Daniel's Broiler

10500 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-462-4662 | schwartzbros.com

Located on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building in the Bellevue Place complex, guests enjoy stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, downtown Bellevue, and the Seattle skyline from our outdoor decks while enjoying USDA Prime Steaks—the top two percent of all graded beef in the nation—as well as other traditional steakhouse favorites and a selection of high-end spirits from our
Prime 21 Spirits Lounge.

4. El Gaucho

450 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-455-2715 | elgaucho.com

Walls of windows let in the light by day and candles sparkle at night as we set the stage for the ultimate Eastside dining experience, including the attentive tableside service that is the El Gaucho hallmark. Our commitment is to sourcing the finest ingredients – and we proudly source the best products in the world. Join us for lunch, happy hour or dinner service, as well as holiday brunches and exceptional private dining.

5. 99 Park Restaurant

99 102nd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-999-3991 | 99park-restaurant.com

99 PARK opened in the Summer of 2014 with the goal of serving an approachable, yet contemporary menu. Using only the freshest ingredients from farms in and around our local countryside, Executive Chef Derek Bugge and his team have put together a unique, constantly evolving menu with grace and casual elegance at it’s core.

Cheap Eats

1. MOD Pizza

317 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-455-0141 | modpizza.com

MOD is the original superfast pizza experience – a pioneering fast-casual concept that puts you in the driver’s seat. Artisan-style pizzas and salads are individually sized, made on demand, and ready in just minutes. Choose from over 30 toppings – the price stays the same no matter what you pick. At its heart, however, MOD is a platform for doing good. The idea? If we take care of our employees, they’ll take care of you, and our business will take care of itself. We call it Spreading MODness, and after opening stores across the U.S. and U.K., we think it’s working.

2. Lil' Jon

10606 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-827-9566 | burgermaster.biz

Burgermaster has served burgers, fries and more to the Seattle area since its founding over 60 years ago. To this day, Burgermaster remains a family-owned business. At Burgermaster’s 6 locations – Aurora, Bellevue, Everett, Mill Creek, Mount Vernon and University – we provide healthy, quality options including grass-fed beef in all of our hamburgers. Our Alaskan cod fish and chips are breaded in-house and served with house-made tartar sauce. We believe the effort to make great food in Burgermaster’s own kitchens results in better quality, and happier customers.

3. Wibbley's Gourmet Hamburgers

2255 140th Ave NE Ste B, Bellevue, WA 98005 | 425-747-7818 | wibbleys.com

Wibbleys is an old fashioned burger restaurant located in Bellevue, Washington. We have been serving burgers and shakes on the eastside since 1992.

Our 100% fresh ground chuck beef is char-broiled to perfection for that distinctive flavor. We got your classic burgers (cheese and bacon cheese) as well as must-try burgers (South of the Border and Century Burger).

Once you walk in to the restaurant, the décor of the restaurant feels more like an old English pub. Has a European style to the restaurant. Come and eat a great burger in a neighborhood like environment!

Best Places to Grab a Drink

1. Suite Lounge

10500 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-679-6951 | suitebellevue.com

Popular nightspot situated in the heart of Bellevue’s shopping district and is conveniently located on the lobby level of the Wintergarden in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Chef Larry Gislason has created a menu that offers sharable and portable small plates for large parties to enjoy as well as delectable entrees and desserts for finer dining experiences.

2. Civility & Unrest

10455 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-454-7076 | civilityandunrest.com

This sophisticated lounge from Jason Wilson (Miller’s Guild, the Lakehouse), housed on the street level of the W Bellevue, serves up small plates to compliment Northwest-inspired craft cocktails fortified with spirits from local distillers and a large champagne and sparkling wine list. The entrance features a massive, custom mural; beyond the dining room’s long bar, an opulent chandelier shines light on plush banquettes and tall tables.

3. Lot No. 3

460 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-440-0025 | lotno3.com

This two-story 100-seater sports exposed brick and metal, lordly pub fare like duck confit sliders w/ golden raisin-verjus jam, and whiskey braised short ribs w/ parsnip-potato puree.

4. Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

430 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-502-6292 | purplecafe.com

It’s “all about the wine” at this Pacific NW mini-chain with a “fab” selection of bottles and tastings, plus a small-plates menu that encourages “upscale grazing” and makes it easy to “eat light or run up a tab”; “knowledgeable” servers guide the uninitiated and the “funky” design helps attract a “hip crowd”, though it’s “fun to bring the kids here” too, to sample the “special milk flight service.”

5. VIVO 53

504 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-274-9165 | vivo53.com

Our theatre kitchen and bar is a constant hub of activity that will entertain and delight. Abundant fresh herbs, dried spices, seasonal fruits and vegetables are used in both our entrees and our craft cocktails!

Our attention to your culinary experience is wrapped in a design of authenticity, freshness and honesty. Come in and experience our provincial yet modern Italian charm.

Enjoy StormCon!