Department Bento, located on the second floor of Nordstrom Bellevue Square, is now closed. This was the first partnership for Tom Douglas outside of the city of Seattle.

The restaurant, which opened in 2018, took the place of Nordstrom Grill, which closed in March of 2018. Douglas’ eatery allowed customers to dine by choosing between a bento box, rice bowl or salad, and then adding rice, vegetable and a main like salmon or tofu. The menu also offered beverages, sake slushes and more.

Tom Douglas has partnered with Nordstrom to open a restaurant in their Fashion Show mall store in Las Vegas. Additionally, Tom Douglas and Ethan Stowell will open restaurants in Nordstrom’s New York City flagship store later this year.

Department Bento was designed by Seattle-based Graham Baba Architects.

Nordstrom Bellevue has other food options like Ebar, Marketplace Cafe, Espresso Bar and Habitant. Habitant also offers cocktails in a lounge setting.

BELLEVUE, WA – JUNE 17: Department Bento at Nordstrom Bellevue Square on June 17, 2018 in Bellevue, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Nordstrom)

17 Comments

  1. Bring back the Grill!

  2. Finally. Now, bring back the grill!

  3. Great news. Bring back The Nordstrom Grill. It has been greatly missed!

  4. Well, it took long enough!…but at least it finally happened. As others have said – bring back The Grill !!!!!

  5. Agree! Bring back the Nordstrom Grill. It has great food and staff and is sorely missed!

  6. Bring back the Grill!!!

  7. Is finally time to bring back the grill?

  8. Is it finally time to bring back the grill?

  9. WHY ever argue with success???
    Thank the heavens this place is closing.
    Please bring back the. Nordstrom Grill!!!

  10. GRILL, GRILL, GRILL!!!

  11. Never should have tried to mess with the grill! It was nostalgic and perfect – and you can’t get elevated food like that elsewhere in the store! Bring it back!

  12. Agree… bring back the Grill!
    I’m a big fan of Tom Douglas, but this Bento concept was misguided and doomed from the beginning. Something more like Lola would have performed much better.

  13. Another sad misstep by the current generation. Where are they finding information on what their most valued customer wants ? Why not start with their Icon members ? They should reach out to some of us and just ask !
    I also admire Tom Douglas and was very excited to FINALLY have one of his restaurants in Bellevue . When I saw this venue , I found it to be a poor choice , especially in light of the fact that it was replacing the beloved Grill . Perhaps Mr. Douglas could expand into the now closed Palomino ?

  14. Bento Box was poor choice and bad idea! Glad it’s finally! Bring back the Grill, the love of Bellevue 🙂

  15. Glad it’s finally CLOSED!

  16. Yippee!!!! All my Negative feedback I posted everywhere must have done the trick along with my friends who loved the GRILL!!! I said from the start this was a costly, horrible mistake! Who was right? Oh yes, a Customer, not a Nordstroms Executive!!!

  17. Best choice ever! Such a waste of money. Updating the Grill interior at the time would have saved money and heartache. Our adult family ate at The Grill a couple times a month normally and after it closed we have eaten in the Cafe maybe 2-3 times and Habitant a couple when visiting Bellevue.

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