Photo by:Brady Rector
Places to Dine in the Downtown Kirkland Area:
Acropolis Pizza and Pasta
500 Central Way
Famous for their Italian dishes and Greek pizza, Acropolis has been family owned and operated since 1973. A dine-in or take-out restaurant, they offer Greek pizza, hot-oven grinders, salads, and their own take on traditional Italian dishes.
135 Lake Street South
Known for expertly prepared fresh seafood from their own seafood company, and featuring locally harvested produce and Northwest wines and microbrews, Anthony's is located on the Eastern Shores of Lake Washington. This location was the first of Anthony's HomePorts, founded in 1975. Complimentary parking and guest moorage available on first-come, first-served basis. Reservations recommended.
1720 Market Street
1270 Carillon Point
Lakeside at Carillon Point, Beach Cafè is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A comfortable place where the locals gather, it's a great place for a family meal or a high-energy spot for drinks. Show up in a bathing suit and sandals or stop in after work. Beach Cafè is also the launching point for the Husky Cruise - enjoy complimentary parking at the cafè and a nice boat cruise to the game instead of the hassle of traffic. Reservations for the boat cruise are strongly recommended.
Beach House Bar & Grill
6023 Lake Washington Blvd NE
Northwest native and Owner/Chef Ricky Eng uses fresh, natural and local ingredients served up in a casual and fun waterfront atmosphere. The menu features gourmet burgers, over-sized sandwiches, fresh salads, handcrafted pizzas and northwest seafood dishes. Serving weekend breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour daily.top
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
176 Lake Street South
Located in downtown Kirkland, Ben & Jerry's is busy serving up ice cream all year 'round. Flavors vary seasonally.
Bin on the Lake
1270 Carillon Point
Located at Carillon Point, Bin on the Lake creates wonderful food/wine pairings, with over 80 wines by the glass for sampling. They offer Happy Hour twice daily on weekdays and late night Happy Hour on weekends.
The Big Fish Grill
10426 Northup Way
Located in South Kirkland, The Big Fish Grill is best known for fresh seafood with a Northwest twist. After five years of running this restaurant as "Newport Bay," the owners decided to launch the new concept of "Big Fish Grill."
Contemporary Southwest Cuisine
121 Park Lane
Cactus Restaurant has been satisfying Seattle's need for high-quality and innovative Mexican, Southwestern and Spanish cuisine for nearly 20 years. They've been satisfying this need from their Kirkland location since 2002. Menus are seasonal, and drink specials are offered nightly. Fun Atmosphere!
Chinese/Vietnamese Vegetarian Deli
102 Kirkland Ave
104 Central Way
This coffee shop and bakery serves fair trade, organic, shade-grown coffee and their own delicious pastries and desserts - baked daily. Wholesale baked goods are available for your events with just 48 hours notice.
Cefiore Gourmet Frozen Yogurt
111 Lake Street South
Naturally good, simply delicious and refreshing gourmet frozen yogurt is served up at Cefiore. Their frozen treat is real yogurt, made from all natural ingredients. Guests can choose from such tangy, seasonal flavors as Original Tart, Raspberry Pomegranate, Chocolate and more. Top your frozen yogurt with a wide variety of fresh fruit and other fun stuff.
124 Kirkland Ave
The Central Tavern bills itself as Kirkland's last refuge, claiming that “It's never too late to start wasting your day.” This local haunt features blues, rock and bluegrass entertainment Sunday and Wednesday nights, often with no cover charge.
Coffee & Cone
1 Lakeshore Plaza
Emerald City Smoothie
Emerald City Smoothie was founded in 1996 when a man turned his dual passions - for healthy, great-tasting smoothies and for helping others achieve their health goals - into a business. They offer fresh fruit, intense flavors, and nutritional boosters as a tasty reward without the guilt.
Franco's Crab Cracker
452 Central Way
The Crab Cracker features delicious preparation of the Northwest's own Dungeness crab, wild pacific salmon, and seafood in abundance with the menu changing seasonally. They have ample parking, and serve lunch and dinner daily. Reservations recommended.
The French Bakery
219 Kirkland Ave
108 Kirkland Ave
After migrating from Greece to pursue their dream of opening a family restaurant, George and Froni Mangouras established George's Place in 1976. While in the early years, George's was a pizza place with evening hours, the current restaurant serves traditional breakfast and lunches with quality ingredients and a Greek flare. George's remains in the family, run by their son Pete.
Hanuman Thai Cafè
115 Central Way
Hanuman Thai Cafè serves traditional Thai cuisine made to order to ensure freshness and quality. Ingredients may be added or removed at your request. An MSG- free establishment, Hanuman can easily prepare most dishes without meat or seafood, and tofu or vegetables can easily be added to complement most any dish.
112 Lake Street South
Hector's Restaurant is centrally located in Downtown Kirkland. They are a full-service lounge with a warm and inviting dining area, and banquet facilities. With an extensive menu prepared from only the finest ingredients, with uncommon flair, you'll be sure to find a favorite dish.
Hoffman's Fine Pastries
A slice of Europe in the heart of Kirkland, Hoffman's bakes a wide variety of cakes, desserts, and pastries to suit any occasion or celebration. They also offer a lunch selection of savory soups and sandwiches, fresh salads and delectable quiche, among other tasty options.
10416 NE 38th Place
The national chain has a home in Kirkland. The steakhouse and bar features steaks, prime rib, seafood, salads, and desserts.
5910 Lake Washington Blvd NE
This small, local hamburger chain started in 1975. Discover their made-to-order hamburgers, old-fashioned milkshakes, fresh onion rings and signature fried mushrooms.
120 Park Lane
Lake Street Bar and Grill
15 Lake Street
With the longest happy hour around (3 pm to 10 pm), Lake Street Bar and Grill is an excellent party destination. There's always something to enjoy - whether it be live music, dancing, or karaoke - they're open every night but Monday, including Sunday brunch.
Le Grand Bistro Americain
2220 Carillon Point
Located on Carillon Point, Le Grand offers a broad selection of appetizers, charcuterie, soups and salads, a full raw bar menu featuring local shellfish on the half shell, and a wide selection of entrees including steaks done in both French and American styles. Le Grand is situated on Lake Washington with stunning views and two seasonal outdoor patios overlooking the lake.
The Lodge Sports Grille
107 Lake Street South
The Lodge is a restaurant and sports bar that offers TV game coverage, 52 beers and four wines on tap. A full menu is offered, including appetizers, pizzas, steaks and salads.
A family-owned business, Lucia serves upscale Italian fare at affordable prices in a modern, chic atmosphere. Live music every Wednesday and Saturday night.
Lynn's Bistro Restaurant
214 Central Way
An intimate restaurant set in the heart of Kirkland, Lynn's menu is Asian-accented French fare. The menu features escargot, French onion soup, duck breast, pork tenderloin and Lynn's signature crab cakes to name just a few. Daily specials round out the evening menu with homemade desserts adding a delightful finish. Reservations are recommended.
148 Lake Street South
Milagro Cantina offers authentic mexican cuisine in a modern southwest atmosphere, with a large seasonal outdoor patio. Happy hour is offered seven days a week.
115 Park Lane
Mi Mexico provides a casual atmosphere for traditional, fresh mexican dishes. Specials, a full bar and happy hour offered daily.
Olive You and Trevelli Lounge
89 Kirkland Avenue
Olive You offeres a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes in both its restaurant area and lounge. Trevelli Ultralounge is adjacent to the restaurant and offers a bar menu, all day happy hour and live DJ's on some weekend nights.
The Original Pancake House
The Original Pancake House is a third generation restaurant with over one hundred franchises coast to coast - the “original” Original dates back to Portland, OR in 1953. Their recipes demand only the very finest of ingredients, such as 93 score butter, pure 36% whipping cream, fresh grade AA eggs, hard wheat unbleached flour, and their own sourdough starter. Batters and sauces are made fresh in each kitchen. Try their signature Apple Pancake or Dutch Baby - you won't go home sorry, or hungry.
Purple Cafè and Wine Bar
Purple Cafè and Wine Bar is a multifaceted food and wine concept that merges casual sophistication with an upbeat metropolitan style. They feature a global wine selection coupled with a menu that blends classic American styles with seasonal northwest ingredients. The atmosphere is often described as an urban retreat with rustic elements. Closed on Sunday.
Pho Tai Kirkland
147 Park Lane
117 Kirkland Avenue
Plume creates the ultimate delicatessen experience by combining traditional and contemporary Vietnamese and French cuisine. All menu items are fresh and prepared from scratch.
Qdoba Mexican Grill
107 Lake Street Suite 200
Raga Cuisine of India212 Central Way
Raga means “notes,” and by that the owners of Raga Cuisine take to mean their notes are the spices, flavors and traditions from all reaches of India. It means that while honoring the beauty of each of these individual notes, they will weam them into beautiful music that will be heard by each one of your senses and carry you on a breath of wind to thoughts of India.
Rikki Rikki offers a wide variety of authentic Japanese dishes including sushi and sashimi, in a comfortable relaxing Japanese setting. Owner and founder Masahiro Terada was trained professionally in Japan in its classical cuisine, and has served his traditional fare to Kirkland residents for nearly 20 years.
120 A Park Lane
Chef and owner Fabrizio Loi hails from the island of Sardinia in Italy. Having graduated with honors from Italy's national culinary college, Loi brings his own special versions of traditional Italian fare to Ristorante Paradiso. The restaurant is in a wonderful quaint setting, just a short distance from Lake Washington.
St. James Espresso
355 Kirkland Ave
Named after the owner's pet Scottie, St. James Espresso features award-winning Caffe D'Arte coffee.
Santorini Greek Grill
106 Central Way
10724 NE 68th Street
Owners Tracy and Eric Larson grew up as American children in East Pakistan. When they grew up, they brought their passion for their adopted home's food to the Pacific Northwest. Shamiana's menu features cuisine from the Indian subcontinent and beyond.
80 Kirkland Ave
Billing itself as the smallest full-service restaurant in Washington state, the Slip boasts just an 8-foot kitchen that has served its loyal customer base faithfully for almost 15 years. The menu features a variety of appetizers, your choice of beef, chicken or salmon burgers, salads, and vegetarian sandwiches.
Sweet Cakes LLC
128 Park Lane
Sweet Cakes is a unique bakery serving a variety of homemade items in the friendly neighborhood environment of downtown Kirkland. They are especially sensitive to customers with wheat or gluten allergies, creating tasty alternatives for nearly 50% of their baked goods.
Thin Pan Siam Bistro
170 Lake Street South
Located in the Heathman Hotel
220 Kirkland Ave
Trellis is an upscale restaurant loyal to the farm-to-table movement. Their menu changes seasonally according to the local harvest. Wine-country inspired, their cuisine pairs nicely with the Washington state wines prominently featured on the wine list.
Vodka, Wine, Martini Bar
15 Lake Street
121 Kirkland Avenue
Named after a Tuscan hilltop town, Volterra features a bold-flavored, Tuscan-inspired menu that showcases the chef's innovative style applied to the bountiful harvest of the Pacific Northwest. Menu highlights include seasonal Tuscan ingredients, housemade pasta and charcuterie, Wild Boar Tenderloin and extensive gluten free options.
Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant
Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant111 Central Way
Cèìad mìle fàilte! Bask in the glow of a hundred thousand welcomes. Wilde Rover strives to offer an experience that is both Irish in feel and flavor. A restaurant and sports bar, they proudly show all available GAA Football and Hurling, English Premiership Football, Rugby and Australian Rules games - not to mention live Seattle Seahawks games.
232 Central Way
With the motto “hot wings, cold brew, big fun” the Wingdome aims to please. Their menu features 8 specialty wing recipes and 7 alarm levels of classic buffalo. In fact, if you can answer - and win - their 7-alarm deadly wing challenge, you'll be rewarded with your picture placed on their wall of fame and a free T-shirt.
124 Park Lane
A local pizza chain, they offer delivery, pick-up and catering services. You can even order your pizza online.
Places to Shop in the Downtown Kirkland Area:
The Best Kept Secret
503 6th Street South
A salesman sample store, they sell name-brand apparel and accessories at wholesale prices (plus 15%). Open 4 days a week.
92 Kirkland Ave # B
Bikini Beach sells sexy and fun beachwear for men and women.
117 Main Street
High-end consignment botique.
Kate Quinn Organics IncOrganic cotton children's clothes
431 6th Street South
Kate Quinn features stylish apparel made from the finest 100% organic cotton. They strive to care for the earth and its community without sacrificing fun and style. They sell infant and children's clothes and bedding.
140 Park Lane
Mu.shoe specializes in distinctive international and American designer women's shoes. Mu.shoe also features unique handbags, jewelry, and accessories in an elegant, comfortable, and inviting environment. Whether you're looking for the perfect shoes to match the perfect dress, or just looking for inspiration, mu.shoe is the perfect place to savor your style.
128 Central Way
At Promesse, delivering the right products, at the right time, with the right attitude is their mantra. They procure hard-to-find, high quality goods from the fashion capitals of Paris, Milan, London, and New York, as well as emerging markets like Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Madrid and Seoul. They seek to offer versatile, sophisticated merchandise that is fresh, edgy, yet timeless. They firmly believe in supporting new talent and continually recognize up-and-coming designers at the cusp of their destined fame.
219 Kirkland Avenue
Unique Plus specializes in organic and eco-friendly baby and childrens products.
129 Lake Street South
Via lago may mean “by way of the lake,” but the store is all about personal style. It's about fresh, sophisticated, utterly wearable fashion for your whole lifestyle. From work, to workout, to styled-up casual or all-out wow. Even their basics are unexpectedly chic.
46 Lakeshore Plaza
217 Central Way
Eastside Trains Inc., located downtown Kirkland, has been in business since 1983, catering specifically to the model train market. They carry all the major model railroading product lines including Lionel Classic Trains, M.T.H. Premier - RailKing, Marklin, LGB, Mantua, Atlas, and many others. They also carry a large selection of collector-item trains.
The Epicurean Edge
107 Central Way
The Epicurean Edge is a division of BladeGallery Inc, founded in 1997 specializing in handmade, one-of-a-kind knives from around the world. The store has expanded its focus to include unique, high-end cutlery with an emphasis on Japanese work.
The Grape Choice
9 Lakeshore Plaza
Both a retail wine shop and a wine bar, The Grape Choice carries a wide selection of wines from around the world, specializing in choices from the Northwest. The location is dog-friendly, and you should expect to be greeted at the door by one of the owner's golden retrievers or a friendly dog belonging to one of the store's customers.
208 Kirkland Avenue
Museum Quality Framing
316 Park Place
With professional designers equipped with the knowledge and expertise to enhance your artwork and protect your treasures for a lifetime, they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
348 Parkplace Center
Tim's Seafood boasts the freshest best variety of seafood on the Eastside. Their motto? “Friends don't let friends eat farmed fish!” With online recipes and a knowledgeable staff, you won't have to wonder what to cook for dinner.
125 Central Way
The Tobacco Patch sells premium cigars, pipe tobacco, cigarettes and accessories. Let them help you discover the finest tobacco and hard-to-find cigars.
115 Lake Street S
Barkz is a small, independent, family-owned business in downtown Kirkland, specializing in “green” retail items and services for dogs and their owners. Enroll your pup in their doggy playgroups, training classes, or even set up a doggy playdate for your pooch's favorite pals.
3 Lake Street
A high-end home dècor and interior design boutique, Bella Tesori capitalizes on the unique viewpoint of its founder, former figureskating champion Rosalynn Sumners. She brings her years of worldwide travel experiences to Kirkland, resulting in a boutique based on northwest values with a flare and splash of a global embrace.
Sur La Table
90 Central Way
The Seattle-based, national kitchenware supply chain has a home in Kirkland. Sur La Table is committed to providing exceptional customer service and a broad assortment of premium-quality products.