Bellevue is a desirable destination for many. When exploring a new city, what do you search for? The best of the best. And who better to say what’s best in a city than the locals who live there. Whether you’re a long time local, new transplant, or just visiting, we hope you enjoy some of our city’s favorites. And the winners are….
Best Home Builder: Stackman Custom Homes
John Stackman is a native Bellevue resident with 35 years of experience and expertise in all aspects of home construction. John takes pride in high standards and attention to detail and involves homeowners in every stage of the process. Every expectation of the buyer is paid close attention to, ultimately achieving a home of timeless beauty.
Best Architect: Baylis Architects
For more than four decades, Baylis Architects has designed exceptional spaces for businesses, families and the public around the Pacific Northwest and Pacific states. In every project, Baylis finds the opportunities to build strong relationships with its clients, investor and tenants. The company is strongly committed to creating architecture that fits local landscapes—natural, cultural and aesthetic—and its clients’ expectations.
Best Home Decor & Furnishings: Schoener Interiors
For 40 years, family owned Schoener Interiors continues to provide quality products, exceptional designs, and excellent customer service. More than just designer furniture, Schoener Interiors offers unique accessories, custom builds and remodels, window treatments, and much more. Their highly skilled interior design team marries their clients' lives and vision with timeless style and functional sophistication.
Best Interior Designer: K. Peterson Design
K. Peterson Design is a Bellevue Interior Design Studio “creating comfortable, functional and beautiful spaces that you will be proud to call your own.” Krissy strives to make her projects feel not only beautiful but functional, and ultimately create spaces that clients feel proud to call their own.
Best Landscaper: Pro Service Landscaping
Pro Service Landscape has been providing complete residential & commercial landscaping for over 27 years. Servicing Bellevue, as well as all over Western and Eastern Washington, Pro Service Landscaping will make your dream yard a reality,
whether your yard or patio needs a complete overhaul or just a little updating.
Best Realtor: Britt Wibmer
Britt’s engaging, dynamic, and driven personality paired with her eye for style enables her to perfectly match her clients to their dream homes. She capitalizes on her experience, her Rolodex and her strong negotiation skills to help clients achieve their real estate objectives. Britt possesses exceptional marketing, communication and networking skills while providing a "Nordstrom" quality of service.
Best Real Estate Agency: Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty
In celebration of 10 years serving communities throughout the Puget Sound, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) proudly introduced its sixth regional branch office in downtown Bellevue in December of 2019. Much more than a traditional office, the Bellevue branch is a new concept in real estate—an office that acts in concert with a premier retail and restaurant venue on Old Main Street.
Best Mortgage Broker: Doug Perry Group, Wallick & Volk
Wallick & Volk is family-owned and operated. The company's business model has been solid since 1932 and is built upon the team's knowledge of the mortgage industry and unwavering commitment to its clients. The team manages its business portfolios with candor and integrity to ensure that the client’s specific needs are understood and addressed with a comprehensive and personal home-buying solution.
Best Luxury Automotive: Lexus of Bellevue
Lexus of Bellevue is proud to be an automotive leader in our area. Since opening our doors, Lexus of Bellevue has kept a firm commitment to their customers. They offer a wide selection of vehicles and hope to make the car-buying process as quick and hassle-free as possible.
Best Day Spa: Pro Club
Step into an oasis of pampering and pure luxury at the Spa at the Pro Club. From plush waiting rooms, to peaceful Spa treatment rooms, to the delicate details at each Salon hair station. Enjoy a five-star experience, whether you’re indulging in a day of pampering at their Spa or are simply stopping in for your favorite premium hair and skincare products.
Best Med-Spa: Larson Medical Aesthetics
Larson Medical Aesthetics is led by Margaret L. Larson, ARNP, MSN, FNP-C, and led by the guiding mission: “Restore your look – Restore your confidence.” Margaret is a master’s prepared nurse practitioner and is industry-certified in a wide range of cosmeceutical procedures. It has three offices in the area, in Bellevue, Burien and University Place.
Best Wealth Management: Jeff Crosby
Jeff Crosby has 26 years of experience as a financial advisor, and is proud to be associated with a firm known for its service and how it relates to clients. He offers comprehensive financial advice and a broad range of solutions to help his clients live brilliantly, now and in the future.
Best Fitness Center: PRO Club
With a wide array of fitness classes and state-of-the-art fitness equipment, PRO Club is much more than a gym. It is a resort-style destination dedicated to your whole health. The facilities of the club span nearly a square mile and include a regulation indoor soccer arena, professional basketball coaches, more than 170 weekly group fitness classes including CrossFit, as well as university-educated and certified personal trainers.
Best Fitness Instructor Patty Brown, Barre 3
Patty Brown considers being a studio owner a dream job by being able to work and collaborate with so many dynamic people. Whether it’s teaching barre3 classes, managing the studio, or raising her two kids, she does it all with inspiration, passion, and enthusiasm.
Best Hair Salon: Joe Bae Salon
Located in charming Old Bellevue, Joe Bae Salon offers a high-quality, warm and friendly boutique salon for ladies and gents. The salon aims to bring a salon experience while making its clients feel at home. Joe Bae Salon offers men’s, women’s and kid’s cuts, color blowouts and many more hair styling options.
Best Jeweler: Alvin Goldfarb
Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler was founded in 1980 by Alvin Goldfarb. It has continued on for five generations, with Steven Goldfarb at the helm of the family business. The essential elements of warmth, trust, individual attention and personal relationships is the foundation of the business and philosophy.
Best Private School: Eastside Community School
Inspired by the Waldorf Education method, Eastside Community School is rooted in nurturing the natural joy children take in learning with lessons, not simply based on repetition and memorization, but experienced through immersive, hands-on participation. The school offers Parent & Child classes for children 12 to 36 months old, a preschool program and schooling from grade school all the way through middle school.
Best Retirement Community: The Bellettini, MBK Senior Living
The Bellettini is a senior living community located in downtown Bellevue near the Bellevue Arts Museum, Overlake Medical Center and The Shops at Bravern. Twenty-five unique floor plans are available with clean interiors with high ceilings and are pet-friendly. Resort-style amenities are available including an on-site restaurant, 24-hour fitness center, concierge service, private town car transportation and housekeeping services.
Best Apartments: Main Street Flats
Brand new, luxury apartment community in Downtown Bellevue. Main Street Flats provides relaxed and sophisticated living. From the rooftop terraces with incredible views of the Seattle skyline and Cascade Mountains, to the social lounge with its own coffee bar and VIP room, life at Main Street Flats offers the opportunity to socialize or simply enjoy a quiet sunset.
Best Coffee Shop: Bellden Café
Bellden Café is a community-focused café specializing in specialty coffee, healthy food and sincere hospitality. Bellden is also unique because it regularly partners with and supports local charities. The staff volunteers at a given nonprofit as a team, and the café offers special food and drink items for each featured charity, donating the proceeds of those items.
Best Brunch: Gilbert’s on Main
For 25 years Gilbert's On Main has been Bellevue's only authentic deli sandwich experience, and has also grown into one of Bellevue’s favorite brunch spots. Come hungry, leave full. Even better, now they are delivering their famous sandwiches, salads, homemade soups, and breakfasts directly to your home.
Best Juice Bar: Jujubeet Café
Food that makes you feel good—that is the focus of Jujubeet Café. Jujubeet's belief that the foundation of a healthy diet is a whole, unprocessed foods has led it to taking those building blocks and putting them in a cup. The café offers a variety of proven superfoods.
Best Fine Dining: Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
Dining at Ascend Prime is a unique experience given its size, scale, and attention to detail. For foodies, this restaurant is a must. The menu offers six choices of hand-selected premium beef highlight domestic prime and imported Wagyu, as well as lamb, venison, and grilled fish dishes. In addition, they also specialize in Sushi with contemporary rolls with bold flavors.
Best Casual Dining: 520 Bar & Grill
One of Bellevue’s favorite local spots to go for food, fun and cocktails. The 520 Bar and Grill is at once a relaxed, comfortable pub, where weary shoppers can sidle up to the bar and enjoy their favorite beverage, and at the same time a meeting and gathering place for community groups and events.
Best Take Out: Just Poke
Just Poké is a healthy local poké chain in the Pacific Northwest, with restaurants located throughout Western Washington. For the owners, Washington isn’t just a state to do business in, it’s a home to take care of, and they take pride in putting people first, working with local suppliers, using biodegradable and recycled materials.
Best Bar: Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
One of the most beautiful places to have a drink in Bellevue. Boasting 360-degree views of the Seattle Skyline, Cascade Range, Mount Rainier, and Lake Washington, Ascend occupies 22,073 square feet of space on the top level of the building. Contemporary architecture gives the space a classic yet chic feel with a lot of wood displayed throughout the design of the restaurant.
Best Hotel: The W Hotel Bellevue
W Hotel Bellevue is where green meets global glamour. Home to The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest, the hotel is inspired by yesterday’s weekender lakehouse. Located in downtown Bellevue, W Bellevue is a modern and chic hotel that redefines rugged and relaxed. The hotel offers 220 rooms, 25 suites, a business center and fitness center.
Best Boutique: Smith and Main
Smith & Main is a women’s contemporary clothing boutique carrying a curated mix of established well-known designers, distinctive up-and-coming new lines, and one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories from around the world. Smith & Main aims to provide each client with the best possible shopping experience and a wardrobe that enhances their lifestyle.
Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Frederic Stern
Dr. Fredric A. Stern has been a Northwest leader in state of the art cosmetic and laser treatments for over 20 years. In 1997, Dr. Stern founded The Stern Center for Aesthetic Surgery, PC, in Bellevue, and has been recognized with many accolades over the years.
Best Dermatologist: DeEtta Gray, Pinnacle Dermatology
Dr. DeEtta Gray established her dermatology career in Bellevue in 1997. She has acquired clinical experience through various locations on the Eastside, including the Laser Enhancement Center and Virginia Mason. In 2009 she created Pinnacle Dermatology and Skin Rejuvenation Center, PLLC. Her practice encompasses general dermatology, skin and laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology.
Best Dentist: DaVinci Dental
Bellevue’s #1 practice for new patients, Dr. Beau Keller and Dr. Andrew Keller both bring years of training, education, and experience to their practice. Through their work, they have literally changed people’s lives by rejuvenating healthy smiles.
Best Orthodontist: Dr. Gregory Vaughn, Leone & Vaughn Orthodontics
Dr. Gregory Vaughn is a board-certified orthodontic specialist and distinguished leader in the orthodontic profession. In addition to teaching locally at the University of Washington, he has lectured nationally and internationally on treatment for children, adolescents and adults. He provides a variety of treatments including traditional, accelerated and surgical treatments.
Best Chiropractor: Anita LeBlanc, Vida Integrated Health
With a deep knowledge of human biomechanics and armed with the top chiropractic and sports medicine training, Dr. Anita LeBlanc goal is to help her patients reach their full athletic potential and improve their quality of life. Whether injured or simply looking to thrive, she is focused on her patients getting better, staying better and performing better.
Best Physical Therapy: Katherine Kim, Sage Med
SageMED is founded on the premise of open and constructive communication between practitioners regarding all aspects of patient care. Whether you're visiting SageMED clinic for knee pain, allergies, or other health concerns, you can be assured that their tailored treatment plans have a well-rounded approach to your health and wellness, combined with cutting edge therapies that can give you success where others have failed.