Photo Credit: Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas and Nordstrom are partnering to open Douglas’s first Eastside restaurant. Department Bento will be replacing the Nordstrom Grill, located on the second floor of the Bellevue Square location.

According to Puget Sound Business Journal, Japanese bento-box inspired Department Bento, will have customizable bento boxes including protein, rice and pickled vegetables, plus beverages and alcohol.

Nordstrom Bellevue also has other food and beverage options, such as; Espresso bar, Ebar, Marketplace Cafe and Habitant. The most recent addition, Habitant, a lounge offering cocktails and food, opened back in 2013.

The Grill is set to close its doors on March 4 to make way for the new quick-serve restaurant opening in the spring.


  1. EXTREMELY disappointing as Nordstrom Grill was one of my families favorite places to eat. It gave us a reason to go to Bellevue Square, plus it was somewhere good to eat out of the hustle and bustle of the mall. My young children won’t eat this type of food so Nordstrom has lost our business.

  2. Wow! What a shame. Nordstrom grill was always busy. Why take away something that customers like? There are enough Asian type restaurants. From disposable clothing to encouraging customers from not coming into the store by having curbside service to a takeout restaurant, are you just catering to the younger generation that “Doesn’t have Time”

  3. I just wish he’d open a burger joint here. No one’s gourmetified burgers on the E. side yet.

  4. What a shame. The last quiet place to eat on the Eastside and mall, with good American food. The last thing we need in this area is another Asian type food restaurant. We won’t be going there with the children, or friends.

  5. So sad to hear. Our grandchildren’s favorite mac and cheese and as others have mentioned a place to settle in with great service and our family. If they could remake the confusing 3rd floor restaurant into the grill where you wouldn’t have to order in shifts and maybe get your food at the same time? Way too confusing and disorganized.

  6. I am not too keen for the Bento concept either – since when did Tom Douglas become a Japanese chef?

    But to the people complaining above… aren’t there a billion other American grill restaurants around the area? Bellevue is literally overflowing with medium-quality restaurants like this, you will have plenty of choices.

  7. I don’t like it. Didn’t Nordys take a customer poll before deciding this? As far as I know…in the mall there is no other restaurant like the current Grill.

  8. I am so bummed. That is my favorite place to go! Great service great food every time! ☹️

  9. The photo alone, of the Bento, does not even look appetizing to eat anyways–like it was rushed to put together. There are too many Asian restaurants & Asian eateries in Bellevue now so there needs to be other choices like Greek, French, & just other “European” foods too—the food at the food court at Crossroads mall–is just gross.

  10. GAAAAACK! Love the Grill. Not trendy, not loud, not crowded, just good food done well.

  11. This news makes me so sad! Nord Grill was the only restarant in Bellevue to serve NORMAL food. It was always jammed , so obviously people liked it. Tom Douglas Restarant’s are a dime a dozen and I don ‘t want pickled vegetables.!!!

  12. No, there is not another restaurant in the mall –where you can meet a friend and dine on excellent food and enjoy the entire time you spend there! Also watching families with small children is an extra treat! I think ” tom” would do better up on the 3rd floor!!!====”just saying”

  13. Wow, what a shame. I eat at The Grill every time I go to Bellevue Square whether it be a salad, burger or fish and chips, the food was consistently good. I enjoyed sitting at the bar for a drink as well. This new restaurant does not excite me at all. I guess I will need to eat at Mariposa and therefore shop at NM.

  14. really sad good food gone forever

  15. Love Asian food but would not go to TG’s for it. Will miss The Grill’s crab bisque. Doesn’t seem like a good change.

  16. Too bad. Keep the grill!

  17. Oh no! What about the famous Asian chicken salad?..and the good beef sandwiches?Maybe this is an answer to the quick lunch crowd. I have had so many nice lunches here and I don’t want a Bento
    Box for lunch! Are you suppose to take your boxed food and sit by the escalator to eat it?
    I am sure it will attract Asian customers; maybe that is what they are after.

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