The restaurants in Factoria represent an eclectic mix of flavors. Perhaps more than any other style, Japanese and Chinese eateries seem to be common finds in the neighborhood. Most places feature affordable prices, with many of the high-class restaurants located north in downtown Bellevue.
Square Lotus acts as one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in the area, with affordable prices and a large menu of options to choose from. Vegetarians particularly enjoy this restaurant for its extensive array of meals without meat or animal products. The favorite dishes here include the mango sticky rice and the pho tai. Square Lotus gets extra busy during lunchtime on the weekends and during the midday rush on weekdays.
If you’re looking for a place to celebrate in style, make reservations at Novilhos. This popular Brazilian steakhouse attracts people from all over the Bellevue area with its endless selection of tenderly cooked meats. Pay an upfront price of about $50 per person and receive endless cheese rolls, mushroom risotto and salad bar along with an impressive selection of steaks, ribs and other meats. Servers constantly circle through the tables with the freshest cuts of meat from the kitchen, so be sure to save some room to try the different kinds. The ribeye steak and the Picanha, a house prime cut of sirloin, prove to be crowd favorites. Happy hour at the bar here runs from 4 to 7 p.m. weekly, so stop by early before dinner for a bargain price on a cocktail.
Most of the best venues for live entertainment lie north, near downtown Bellevue, quickly accessible by Interstate 405. The most popular place to catch live music here is Bake’s Place, a bar that hosts live performances almost every night of the week. Go on a Thursday night to avoid a cover charge. Bake’s runs a happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
For those looking for a reliable place to hang out and grab a beer with some friends, Sideline Sports Bar should do the trick. Located near the Factoria Mall, this neighborhood pub always has something going on, with Karaoke Wednesdays, Trivia Thursdays and Beer Pong Saturdays. Sideline also serves as the go-to spot to watch sports on one of many big-screen TVs. If you’re feeling peckish, the pub serves up classic bar food such as nachos, wings and pizza to pair nicely with your Washington draft beer.