Voting opens on downtown Bellevue's Haute Picks

Voting has begun for the 2014 Haute Picks Awards. Now through May 31, online voters can name the “Best of Downtown Bellevue” from finalists in dining, retail, service and experience categories. Voting is done at

Haute Picks is presented by the Bellevue Downtown Association to honor businesses that deliver excellent customer service and create a sense of place for those who live, work, shop and play in downtown Bellevue.

The community was asked to nominate their favorite downtown Bellevue restaurants, retailers and services online over the past month. The top three or four businesses with the most votes became finalists. Categories with four nominees means that at least two nominees tied for that category.

The online ballot will close on Saturday, May 31, and only one ballot per person will be counted. Winners will be announced in the fall issue of Bellevue Downtown magazine and at the BDA breakfast meeting from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Bake’s Place.

Categories and finalists are:

Best Cocktail (Drink and Place)

  • Strawberry Basil Smash – McCormick & Schmick’s
  • French Pearl Martini – Monsoon East
  • Parlor Apple – Parlor Bellevue

Best Place for a First Date

  • Bake’s Place
  • Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Parlor Bellevue

Best Place for a Caffeine Fix

  • Café Cesura
  • Starbucks
  • Tully’s
  • Vovito Caffe & Gelato

Best Place to be Entertained

  • Bake’s Place
  • Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Daniel’s Boiler
  • Parlor Bellevue

Best Happy Hour

  • Bake’s Place
  • Daniel’s Broiler
  • FLO Japanese Restaurant

Best Place for a Haircut

  • Gene Juarez Salon & Spa
  • Obadiah Salon
  • SEVEN Salon

Best Lunch Under $10

  • Chipotle
  • MOD Pizza
  • Tap House Grill

Best Place for Kids

  • Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Bellevue Downtown Park
  • Bellevue Square KIDS Cove

Best Place to be Pampered

  • Gene Juarez Salon & Spa
  • Julep Nail Parlor
  • Yuan Spa

Best Seafood Restaurant

  • FLO Japanese Restaurant
  • McCormick & Schmick’s
  • Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

Best Power Lunch

  • Bis On Main
  • John Howie Steak
  • Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

Best Place for Sushi

  • FLO Japanese Restaurant
  • Ginza Japanese Restaurant
  • Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

Best Romantic Dinner

  • Bis on Main
  • Daniel’s Broiler
  • John Howie Steak

Best Retail Boutique

  • Anthropologie
  • Bellevue Arts Museum Store
  • La Ree Boutique

Best Sweet Tooth Fix

  • Cupcake Royale
  • Top Pot Doughnuts
  • Trophy Cupcakes

Best Wine List

  • Daniel’s Broiler
  • John Howie Steak
  • ·Purple Café & Wine Bar

Best Workout Spot

  • 24 Hour Fitness
  • Bellevue Club
  • David Barton Gym

Best Steakhouse

  • Daniel’s Broiler
  • El Gaucho
  • John Howie Steak
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
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