BDAHautePicksWinners2012The Bellevue Downtown Association has announced the winners of the 10th annual Haute Picks awards.

The public submitted online votes for 20 categories in this “best of downtown Bellevue” contest from February through April 2012. The awards honor local businesses for helping make the community a great place to live, work, and play, according to a press statement.

The winners are known for offering superior customer service, products, and experiences.

The Haute Picks winners are:

Best Casual Business Meeting Spot: 520 Bar & Grill (6th-year winner), 10146 Main Street,
Runners-up: Bellevue Club and Starbucks Coffee Company

Best Place for Sushi: FLO Japanese Restaurant (3rd-year winner), 1188 106th Avenue NE,
Runners-up: Blue C Sushi and Sushi Maru

Best Cocktail (Drink and Place): “Gaucho Cosmopolitan” at El Gaucho, 450 108th Avenue NE,
Runners-up: “Appletini” at Parlor Collection and “Medina Martini” at 520 Bar & Grill

Best Power Lunch: El Gaucho (3rd-year winner), 450 108th Avenue NE,
Runners-up: Daniel’s Broiler and Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar

Best Coffee House: Starbucks Coffee Company (7th-year winner), 10 Downtown Bellevue Locations,
Runners-up: Café Cesura, Top Pot Doughnuts and Vovito Caffè & Gelato

Best Retail Boutique: Blue Luna, 10619B NE 8th Street,
Runners-up: Aritzia and La Ree Boutique

Best Happy Hour: Pearl Bar & Dining (3rd-year winner), Lincoln Square – 700 Bellevue Way NE,
Runners-up: El Gaucho and Palomino

Best Romantic Dinner: Daniel’s Broiler (3rd-year winner), Bellevue Place – 10500 NE 8th Street,
Runners-up: Bis On Main, El Gaucho and John Howie Steak

Best Lunch Under $10: Chipotle Mexican Grill, 10503 NE 4th Street,
Runners-up: Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches and MOD Pizza

Best Seafood Restaurant: Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar (6th-year winner), 205 108th Avenue NE,
Runners-up: Blue C Sushi and McCormick & Schmick’s

Best Place for a First Date: Parlor Collection (6th-year winner), Lincoln Square – 700 Bellevue Way NE,
Runners-up: 520 Bar & Grill and Black Bottle Postern

Best Steakhouse: John Howie Steak (3rd-year winner), The Bravern – 11111 NE 8th Street,
Runners-up: Daniel’s Broiler, El Gaucho and Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Place for a Haircut: 7 Salon, 101 Bellevue Square,
Runners-up: Rudy’s Barbershop and Salon Tewl

Best Sweet Tooth Fix: Trophy Cupcakes (3rd-year winner), The Bravern – 700 110th Avenue NE,
Runners-up: Belle Pastry, Cupcake Royale and Oh! Chocolate

Best Place for a Mani/Pedi: Gene Juarez Salons & Spas (4th-year winner), Bellevue Galleria – 550 106th Avenue NE,
Runners-up: Casabella Spa & Nails, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and Happy Nails and Spa

Best Uniquely Downtown Bellevue Experience: “Snowflake Lane” (6th-year winner), Bellevue Way NE & NE 8th Street,
Runners-up: Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Downtown Park

Best Place for a Massage: Herban Therapies Boutique Day Spa, 11000 NE 10th Street,
Runners-up: Massage Center of Bellevue, Truce Spa and Yuan Spa

Best Wine List: Purple Café and Wine Bar (3rd-year winner), Bellevue Towers – 430 106th Avenue NE,
Runners-up: Daniel’s Broiler and El Gaucho

Best Place to See and Be Seen: Munchbar, 505 Bellevue Square,
Runners-up: Blue Martini Lounge, El Gaucho and Parlor Collection

Best Workout Spot: Bellevue Club (4th-year winner), 11200 SE 6th Street,
Runners-up: David Barton Gym and Elite Fitness Training


  1. Congratulations to all, and much success!!!

  2. First date at Parlor? I will never…

  3. Downtown Matt Brown

    Congrats! Lots of familiar and friendly faces 😉

  4. Missed having you there Matt!

  5. The same people win this thing every year.

  6. No way, best drink in Bellevue is the ginger pear martini at Palomino. So fantastic I had it served at my wedding last summer.

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