Best of Bellevue 2021

Thousands in our community nominated this year’s winners.  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: Bender Wasenmiller Custom Builders

Tradition, Quality, & Integrity. The Bender name has represented quality in custom homebuilding and remodeling for four decades. Owners Steve Bender and Henry Wasenmiller are master builders and experienced professionals known for high-quality craftsmanship, green building practices, and outstanding customer service.

Benderwasenmiller.com / @benderwasenmiller

Best Architect: Baylis Architects

For more than four decades, Baylis Architects has designed exceptional spaces for businesses, families, and the public here in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific States. In every project, they find opportunities to build strong relationships with their clients, investors and tenants. To create architecture that fits local landscapes—natural, cultural, and aesthetic—AND our clients' expectations.


Best Interior Designer: Katie Leclercq

Katie LeClercq has a hefty design portfolio within a range of mediums over the past 20 years. With a graphic design degree as her foundation, Katie is a self taught architectural designer and interior designer who oversees each and every detail within the homes she creates. Her obsession for authentic design, quality craftsmanship, and concise approach, lead her mission as she continues to create the custom homes and spaces in which she has become known for.

Katieleclercq.com / @katiehackworth

Best Home Décor & Furnishings: Selden Designer Home Furnishings

Proudly serving Bellevue, Seattle, King and Snohomish Counties, and all of the north end with high-quality custom furniture since 2015.  Selden’s experienced designers are your design advocates. They love to help you create the spaces you never want to leave.

Seldens.com / @seldensdesign

Best Home Theater: Wipliance

Advanced solutions made simple. Since 2006, Wipliance has provided smart home and commercial automation solutions for their clients in Bellevue and the surrounding areas. Wipliance specialize in custom technology solutions, including smart lighting control, motorized shades, home theater installation, and total technology integration.

wipliance.com / @wipliance

Best Landscaper: Sander Groves

Sander Groves Landscaping offers comprehensive design / build services to the Seattle region and its Eastside communities.  They take pride in their venerable reputation for distinctive design, quality installations, and exceptional service.  Their design/build approach to residential landscaping is a synthesis of thoughtfully prepared design documents with high quality construction practices. As their portfolio illustrates, Sander Groves’ turnkey approach has resulted in projects that are creatively diverse and of exceptional quality.


Best Realtor: Team Foster, Tere Foster & Moya Skillman

Team Foster at Compass have over 30 years of expertise in marketing distinctive residences and representing discerning buyers.  They are one of the highest-producing residential real estate teams in the nation based on sales volume, and named by The Wall Street Journal REAL Trends The Thousand list as one of the top-ranked agent teams in the country. Tere and Moya have represented 5 of the top 6 sales in Northwest MLS history, and are highly regarded by their clients and peers for having a high level of integrity, in-depth market knowledge, and an incredible work ethic. 

Fosterrealty.com / @teamfoster_re

Best Real Estate Agency: Compass (Bellevue)

Compass is streamlining the home buying and selling experience by building the industry’s first end-to-end software platform. Founded in 2012, Compass combines the best technology and personalized service to power all real estate activities in 100+ U.S. cities, in service of our mission to help everyone find their place in the world.


Best Mortgage Broker: Doug Perry

Wallick & Volk is family-owned and operated. The company’s business model has been solid since 1932 and is built upon the team’sknowl-edge 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 comprehen-sive and personal home-buying solution.


Best Wealth Management: Coldstream Wealth Management

Our clients’ relationships with us are one-on-one. Personal. Individual. But you always get access to the insight and expertise of a variety of specialists. The Coldstream team is something truly special: credentialed, multi-disciplinary, highly qualified and committed to continuous learning. Smart and passionate about giving you their very best.


Best Luxury Automotive: Park Place LTD

Founded in 1987, Park Place LTD is local family-owned auto dealership located in the heart of Bellevue.   They are the Northwest's exclusive official Aston Martin dealership, the oldest and largest Lotus dealership in the USA, and the Seattle area's only official SAAB store, along with representing Superformance and Spyker cars.  Park Place LTD also offers the West Coast's premier selection of pre-owned luxury, sports and exotic vehicles, a diverse inventory of vintage and collector cars, a 15-bay Service Center, and complete Auto Salon that includes the Seattle area's only All-Hand Luxury Car Wash.

Parkplaceltd.com / @parkplaceltd

Best Day Spa: Gene Juarez

For over 50 years, Gene Juarez has been committed to the mission of bringing out the best in each guest so they leave feeling better than when they arrived. Whether it’s your first time stepping through our doors or you’ve trusted us for decades, Gene Juarez is honored to build on that tradition with you.


Best Med Spa: Skin Spirit Bellevue

With services to renew, refresh and rejuvenate, SkinSpirit Bellevue is the ultimate destination for all things face and body. Whatever your skincare goals may be, their expert medical staff will work with you to create a custom treatment plan designed to provide natural-looking results that you can wear with confidence.

skinspirit.com / @skinspirit

Best Fitness Center: Pro Club

From their wide array of fitness classes to their world‑class spa, PRO Club is designed to help you make the most of your health. Much more than a premier health and fitness club in Bellevue and the greater Seattle area – their resort-style facilities are home to the region's most experienced and skilled medical and wellness professionals, state‑of‑the‑art fitness accommodations, and an award‑winning spa, and salon. With a variety of classes and activities for kids, PRO Club is truly a health club for the whole family.

proclub.com/club / @proclubwa

Best Hair Salon: Joe Bae

Located in charming Old Bellevue, Joe Bae Salon offers a high-quality, warm and friendly boutique salon for ladies and gents. Their main objective is to bring you a salon experience to make you feel at home. With our pursuit of excellence in our craft, they expect you to leave with a smile and beautiful hair!

joebaesalon.com / @joebaesalon

Best Nail Salon: Recoop

Recoop spa was created with the understanding that for those with busy lives, going to the spa is sometimes about physical and mental maintenance not necessarily lounging for hours. They are a one stop for your regular maintenance regimen in an upscale, relaxing, modern chic environment. Recoop strives to provide a personalized experience every time you walk through their doors with a goal of leaving you feeling ”recoop-erated” and well taken care of.

Recoopspa.com / @recoopspa

Best Jeweler:  J. Lewis Jewelry

J. Lewis Jewelry’s approach is the culmination of one hundred and fifty years of experience in the retail and wholesale diamond and jewelry business. After working for a major jewelry manufacturer, founder Jill Lewis set out to create her own independent jewelry business. She dedicated herself to the idea that buying custom handcrafted jewelry and fine diamonds should be a fun, friendly and relaxed experience for everyone.

Jlewisjewelry.com / @jlewisjewelry

Best Private School: St. Thomas School

Founded in 1951 and located in Medina, St. Thomas School is a private, non-sectarian school for preschool through 8th grade students.  It is one of the most established independent schools in Puget Sound and features highly regarded preschool, elementary, and middle school curriculum that prepares students to excel at future endeavors while honoring the school's long-standing core values.


Best Day Care: Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy of Bellevue empowers and celebrates your child's imagination and their curiosity. Their “Life Essentials” learning approach and curriculum encourages children to explore and progress in their own way, and at their own pace. At Kiddie Academy of Bellevue, your child will grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Their highly trained teachers are there every step of the way to guide, nurture and cultivate your child's development.


Best Retirement Community: The Bellettini

Live richly at The Bellettini, a senior living community like no other, located right in downtown Bellevue. Timeless architecture and magnificent grounds provide an ideal retreat close to Bellevue Arts Museum, gorgeous green parks, and The Shops at Bravern.  They are also convenient to top-tier medical and health resources including Overlake Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente’s Bellevue Medical Center.


Best Coffee Shop: Woods Coffee

Woods Coffee was established in 2002 by the Herman family of Lynden, Washington. With a dream of starting a chain of coffee shops, the Hermans pooled their talents and resources to create the first Woods Coffee shop in Lynden. The Herman family now has Woods Coffee locations throughout the Pacific Northwest, two of which are in downtown Bellevue.  Their mission is to serve others, make a difference, and have fun.

Woodscoffee.com / @woodscoffee

Best Brunch: 520 Bar & Grill

Local residents, The Brazen family, opened 520 Bar & Grill as an extension of their home, welcoming guests to enjoy life. For the Brazens, it is about creating a place where it's all about the people, the food and the atmosphere. An iconic Bellevue restaurant, 520 is a place where first time guests are welcomed, locals are loyal, and where everyone knows your name.

520barandgrill.com / @520_bar_and_grill

Best Juice Bar: Pressed Juicery

A vibrant, healthy lifestyle begins with real, nutrient-rich food. Pressed Juicery’s  modern, streamlined stores are equipped with a knowledgeable staff that can help you on your wellness journey. Enjoy personalized advice and get recommendations for building daily routine that works for you.  Located in downtown Bellevue.

pressed.com/ / @pressedjuicery

Best Fine Dining: Carmine’s

From the owners of Il Terrazzo Carmine, one of Seattle’s most iconic and beloved establishments, comes Carmine's Bellevue. Carmine's Bellevue brings to the east side the same level of quality in service, food, and ambiance that has made its sister restaurant a true institution in Downtown Seattle. Upscale and elegant, Carmine's feels anything but stiff and pretentious. Good for business meetings, special occasions, or simply dining with loved ones, Carmine's Bellevue is a true destination on the east side.

Carminesbellevue.com / @carminesbellevue

Best Casual Dining: Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung was founded in Taipei, Taiwan in 1958 and then in 1972, it transitioned into a full-fledged restaurant specializing in soup dumplings and noodles.  The restaurant was soon winning rave reviews from all over the world. The tradition of Din Ta Fung continues today in its locations in the United States, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and Thailand.

Dintaifungusa.com / @dintaifungusa

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 and Bellevue Skyline, Cascade Range, Mount Rainier, and Lake Washington, Ascend occupies 22,073 square feet of space on the 31st floor of the Lincoln Square South-Tower building. Contemporary architecture gives the space a classic yet chic feel with a lot of wood displayed throughout the design of the restaurant.

Ascendprime.com / @ascendprimebellevue

Best Hotel: Bellevue Club Hotel

A premier boutique hotel, the Bellevue Club Hotel offers a luxury stay with 66 rooms and suites for those looking to stay well while traveling. Just steps from the amenities of their athletic and social club, the Bellevue Club.   Guests enjoy all the perks of being a member: from swimming, group classes, spa treatments and more.   Visitors live like locals with shopping, restaurants, and other cultural venues just a town car ride away.

Bellevueclub.com / @bellevueclub

Best Boutique: Smith & 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.  Located in old Bellevue, just off of Main Street.

Shopsmithandmain.com / @shopsmithandmain

Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Naficy Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center

Naficy Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center combines a spa-like atmosphere with a first-class surgical facility, all under one roof - creating an experience that is nothing shy of high-end treatment, professional care and real results. Conveniently located in Bellevue with easy access and covered validated parking.  They offer clients real results by real professionals with over 70 years of experience in cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments.

Seattleface.com / @naficycenter

Best Dermatologist: Dermatology Arts

Founded in 2011 by dermatologist Dr. Samir Master, Dermatology Arts has gradually become one of the most respected Seattle and Bellevue area skin-related medical practices. Friendly, caring, high-touch & high-tech Bellevue dermatologists focused on solving real medical and surgical skin problems, while discreetly addressing your cosmetic skin needs. Let us give you peace of mind through our detailed care of your skin.


Best Dentist: Bellevue Dental Studio

Bellevue Dental Studio’s goal is to deliver their patients beautiful, affordable, and long-lasting solutions. They strive to build authentic relationships over just fixing teeth and craft highly tailored solutions for each person’s smile…all in an environment that is modern, inviting, comforting, and relaxing.

Bellevuedentalstudio.com / @bellevuedentalstudio

Best Orthodontist: Leone & Vaughn Orthodontics

Leone & Vaughn Orthodontics wants their patients to experience orthodontics differently. It’s all about working with their patients to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile that they desire. They’ve developed a unique collaborative approach that allows the doctors to customize each patient’s treatment plan using the most advanced techniques.  Located in downtown Bellevue with wonderful access, and modern office design. Their clean, comfortable space allows their doctors and team the ability to create an amazing, fun, and upbeat orthodontic experience.

Landvortho.com / @lvortho

Best Physical Therapy: PRO Club

At PRO Medical, your health is top priority.   Offering comprehensive sports and physical therapy to help you recover from injury and improve performance. Cutting-edge treatments, state-of-the-art equipment, and the area’s leading therapists—you’ll experience all of these and more when you visit.  They also specialize in services that are invaluable for injury prevention and maximum performance. PRO Club physical therapy is committed to helping your body function without pain.  Services are available to members and non-members.

proclub.com/club / @proclubwa

Best Pediatrician: Allegro Pediatrics

Allegro Pediatrics is devoted to providing your family with the personal experience and quality care they expect from their own. With nearly 100 providers across 8 neighborhood clinics (including Bellevue), they are committed to being here when you need them.


Best Hospital: Overlake Medical Center

Overlake Medical Center is a nonprofit regional medical center offering a full range of advanced medical services to the Puget Sound region. Led by a volunteer board of trustees, they employ nearly 3,000 people and have some 1,000 active and courtesy providers on medica staff, including more than 200 providers who are employed by the organization. Their commitment to maintaining the highest standards in medical care is a major reason patients and their families choose Overlake.


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