Bis on Main
10213 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004
|Mon - Thu:|
|Sat||Closed, 5:30 pm - 12:00 am|
|Sun||Closed, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm|
|Mon - Thu||8:30 pm - 11:00 pm|
|Fri||9:00 pm - 12:00 am|
|Sat||Closed, 9:00 pm - 12:00 am|
|Sun||Closed, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm|
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Caterers, American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Specialties: Spanish, French, Italian, Private Functions, European, Dining Room, Parties, Wine, Fireplaces
Pets Allowed: No
03/24/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The last review for this place was a couple years ago, so I'm assuming the place has taken a turn for the worse. Of all the French/New American places I've been to, this one ranks the lowest as far as the food is concerned. We ordered the Veal Osso Busco and rack of lamb and both were quite terrible in my opinion. The lamb was undercooked and the veal was one-note. First year culinary students know better than to undercook lamb and then serve without slicing the meat before serving. The price of the entrees were well within the range of good French restaurants but for the low quality food served here, it was exorbitant! If you truly care about food, please avoid this place at any cost.
12/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is a truly great restaurant. It is a formal setting with a tremendous wine list. The portions are resonable and the service is very good. I have been to Bis on Main for both dinner and lunch. The quality and service remained the same, either time of day.
10/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Up until last night, I didn't think anything in the area would compare to The Met for me--I'm a huge fan of high-end steakhouses (but not lame-ass pompous showoff places like el gaucho). However, last night the boys and I went out to Bis on Main and we all had great food. I had the duck, which was amazing. The boys had the cassoulette and the jirk prawns(mis-spelled on purpose since City Search didn't like the word), which were both extremely good, but it was agreed that I definitely had the winning dish. I've had some great meals at many of the restaurants in Seattle and other places, as well as some great home-cooked meals in our dinner club, but I can honestly say that this is probably the best meal I have ever had. The duck was prepared perfectly (which is not often experienced anywhere) and the root-vegetable hash it was paired with was incredible. We had a bottle of Syrah (very reasonably priced compared to the same wine at Seattle restaurants) and a few cocktails, all of which were excellent.
I'm not ready to call this the best restaurant in the area yet, but this was the best single meal I've had anywhere around here.
Appetizers included the Salmon Gravlax and the Ricotta & Spinach Gnocchi. The Gnocchi was okay, but the salmon was off-the-hook amazing. I'm not one to dole out words like excellent and amazing unless they are warranted, and Bis definitely warrants them.
Desserts were good, not great. Pecan pie was good, and the chocolate souffle was better, but these weren't up there in the amazing range....
Atmosphere: Classy and relaxed...
Service: Knowledgable, attentitve, but not in-your-face...
Food: Very good to Amazing...
Wine: Excellent selection at good prices...
Stay away from this place, so I can go back and enjoy it more.
08/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
A few things of note: house cured Salmon Gravlax - superb! Potato crusted goat cheese, crispy sweetbreads and pepper crusted Ahi Tuna: fantastic! All salads well worth it. Main Entrees are mostly executed at the level one would expect at a restaurant of this caliber. Usually busy, Bis on Main is one of Bellevue's, and increasingly, Seattle's favorite restaurants. Great wine list. Highly suggest for special occasions, business dining, dates or a great Friday evening meal...
06/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
If you live in Bellevue and don't want to travel far, this might be a good place to go to enjoy dinner with an older crowd and drop some cash, otherwise, skip it. The food is not the main attraction, nor is the privacy or wait staff to customer ratio.
The lounge area and bar are cramped. Bar seating is mostly in the walkway to the lounge or backed against a wall. Remaining restaurant is composed of two main dining areas in a non-private setting. Drinks are decent, though my second and third ""Perfected Manhattan"" came with lots of ice cubes floating on top with foam from the shaker.
Food is not extraordinary. The New York steak was thick, bland and tough even though medium-rare (some parts difficult to cut with the steak knife). The dry rub is apparently flavorless or washed off with the basalmic vinegar it is slathered in which makes the steak sweet instead of savory. Crispy chicken was decent, but nothing to write home about. Best meal was the Tamarind Prawns and it came with brown rice versus the plain mashed potatoes and broccoli that the other meals seem to come with.
I over heard that comment at a party. From my own experience - 3 occassions - I can say it's held up nicely. I have yet to have a bad lunch or dinner here. The best prawns I've ever had. And oddly enough - the best "starter" salad in my life. It was that good. Service was good!
06/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I live in Seattle and don't venture to the eastside of the lake very often but was told about Bis by a good friend who's opinion I value. She couldn't have been more right, my friends and I (4 total) decided to sit and have drinks and dinner in the new bar/lounge. They offer a full menu plus additional appetizers and I was amazed at how great the ""bar food"" was. I am a huge steak lover and ordered the Steak Frites and thought that it was amazing. The bartender was cute, funny and attentive. The owner was friendly and made it a point to make our first visit in enjoyable. I will definitely make more trips to the eastside to visit this charming establishment and will most likely always sit in the bar.
06/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
They lost something in the remodel. What used to be intimate and charming fine dining has turned into more of a ""scene"". It's much louder, a little colder and the food actually seems to have lessened in quality. The crab cakes were disappointing and the prices now seem overpriced where before they seemed worth it. Hmmm... I will give it another try because I used to love it, but I am saly disappointed.
04/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
As a newly transplanted citizen of Bellevue, i have encountered two great evenings at Bis on Main.
Both evenings i had a wonderful meal at the bar, the bar tenders were attentive and made me feel welcome. I often dine alone, and the staff was entertaining enough to make me feel as though i were dining with a group of friends. They made some great menu recommendations and were knowledgeable of the wine list. Bis is a great place for formal dining. The owner turned me on to the place down the street, Porcella Urban Market, and i have been frequenting that spot as well. Old bellevue is quite the destination for east side foodies.
04/08/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I went here for my 50th birthday and we were the youngsters in the crowd. This is a rare professional restaurant in the greater Seattle area, with professional waitstaff. The new remodel is modern and a little austere. My mushroom tart app was wonderful, my wife's endive salad was too sweet, should have had more bitter. She had the Halibut special, I the Delmonico. Both were wonderful. We each had wine by the glass at about $10 each, and well worth it, not like the rip-offs one usually gets on expensive wine by the glass. We were very happy and felt we had been very fairly treated overall.
My husband and I live nearby this restaurant and enjoy dining out a few times per week. I can tell you we have tried this restaurant 4 different times with equally as miserable results. I have never written a review, but felt compelled to do so now.
The first time we went, we were a walk-in (on a whim), and stood in the front for about 10 minutes while the waiter/host was busy visiting with a large party (7 people) currently dining. This was the only table seated in the restaurant. It went from bad to worse when we were finally seated, and ignored after we were rushed to place an order. We ran out of wine, completely out of water; our half-eaten sub-par entrees were left to spoil under our noses. Being a bartender/waitress in my previous life, I will not snap or wave my hand to get attention, but wish I would have done so, so that we could have paid our bill and left. We waited patiently for over an hour in this tiny restaurant while the waiter sat down and visited with the other table.
The second time we went with another couple, and were at least seated promptly, but that's where the favorable dining experience went south. I ordered the salmon, and received swordfish. When I approached the waiter, he flat out denied that my fish was swordfish, insisting it was the salmon, and on making a scene at our table arguing with me back and forth (no it is not, yes it is) in front of our guests for dinner.
I was absolutely mortified!
I have travelled around the world and have never had as poor of service as I have had in this teensy, pretentious restaurant. Which would have been okay if the quality of the food had made up for it, but it did NOT!!
I am a forgiving person, so I have actually tried (again) twice to dine here, with similar disappointing results.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY IN THIS RESTAURANT, IT IS NOT WORTH IT.
I steer all of my friends and family (even strangers!) away from this restaurant every chance I get.
03/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I finally got a chance to try this place. It's right down the block but for some reason I kept missing it when thinking of places to try.
We arrived after 9. The menu is surprisingly large for such a tiny place and meal I had was absolutely wonderful. It was incredibly flavorful. The prices are reasonable. The prices in relation to the food's quality is simply incredible.
I wanted to Yelp about this place because I think Joe deserves to have plenty of business. I implore everyone to go here and try it, at least once. This is definitely going to be my new spot.
01/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This modest sized bistro has consistently great food, and is a welcome departure from all the giant, corporate eatieries on the Eastside. Fish specials are a particular favorite, and they serve the best Caesar I""ve ever eaten. Since reopening after an expansion in October, a new quaint bar now offers the ideal spot for a glass of wine and delicious crab cakes, or steak frites! Service is generally very good, although I have had to wait for a table a time or two, even with a reservation. Worth the wait in my book! Try the chocolate soufle dessert, it's the BEST! Cassoulet is new to the menu and rivals the best in town. Pork lovers must try the pork Osso Buco...crispy garlic chicken is comfort good better than my mom's.
08/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
After getting a recommendation to this establishment, my gal and I stopped in on a Saturday evening (with reservations). The best part of the meal was the table bread and salad... to say we were disappointed would be an understatement. This place is nothing but hype, a wasted time/meal with a looooooooong wait time for, seating, service and food. My gal, who is a vegetarian, had to send back her veggie dish because it smelled like bologna and it wasn't al dente as she asked, after a new dish was made... the dish was practically the same thing as what she just sent back. She just pushed the plate away. My meat dish was average at best and would rival a piece of red meat from Sizzler; it was humorous how much they actually charged for it. At least the waiter tried to make up for our lousy meal by comping us a desert, a BURNT Crème Brule... we had enough bad food that night and promptly left.
08/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I made a reservation for 7:30 and arrived promptly, at which time we waited ten minutes for the host to acknowledge our presence. We were offered a glass of wine while we ""waited"" for our table, which we were told after another fifteen minutes had passed was available because they had a ""no show"" (lucky us?) We then proceeded to endure course after course of below average quality food, ill prepared and served with ""ze attitude!""The salad was limp, the fish was over the hill and masked with a sauce that originated in the Del Monte canned fruit factory. My husband's lamb was thirty minutes behind our salads and upon arrival, was tough, overcooked and badly cut. The waiter informed us that he ""only brings the plates to the table"" when we complained. A subsitute New York steak was ordered meduim rare and arrived quivering rare on its cold plate. Another uncomfortable confrontation with the waiter and we were promptly ushered out of the restaurant at no charge . At least they got that part right. My husband and I live across the street from Bis and were hoping for a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere in old Bellevue, but were treated perfunctorily and rudely at this ""tendy, upscale bistro"". I have spent years in Paris and have never experienced such a culinary debaucle until venturing into this Bellevue restaurant masquerading behind its trendy address.