Castilla, a Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, is now open on Bellevue Way Northeast at Bellevue Square. VIVO 53 was the previous occupant of this space.
The restaurant features traditional and modern Spanish dishes like paellas, empanadas, hot tapas like garlic shrimp and grilled spicy chorizo, and more. Their chef (and owner), Clara Gutierrez Carroll, is award-winning and specializes in contemporary Spanish rice and pasta dishes using a technique that highlights the texture. She is also an expert in wine from Rueda, Toro and Ribera del Duero regions of Northern Spain.
Chef Clara Gutierrez Carroll and her husband are the owners of Castilla. Carroll’s experience as a chef spans almost 20 years.
VIVO 53 closed in July 2019. The Italian restaurant was open for about four years. They were known for their artisanal pizza, 17-foot tall wood-burning oven and large sundaes. Boom Noodle and Kaisho were also previous occupants of the space.
The Spanish restaurant and tapas bar is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.