Al Fresco Dining

Bellevue has announced the launch of its annual al fresco outdoor-dining program for a fourth summer. 

The 2023 iteration of the program will run through mid-September. Alongside the 40-plus restaurants offering outdoor dining citywide, the program provides expanded dining spaces for local restaurants and eateries in the Old Bellevue area. This year’s collective on-street expansion includes 520 Bar & Grill, Browne Family Vineyards, Bis on Main, Fern Thai on Main, and Rouge Cocktail Lounge.

“Since launching the outdoor dining program in the summer of 2020, we’ve received positive feedback every year,” said city manager Brad Miyake in a prepared statement. “People love the vitality it adds to our already beautiful ‘city where you want to be.’ Not only does this program provide businesses an opportunity to cultivate that vibrant atmosphere, it also enables them to expand their capacity to serve more customers during the bustling summer months.”

The Bellevue Downtown Association has a map of participating locations for those interested in dining outside. The organization recommends contacting a business to confirm its al-fresco options ahead of time, since restaurants will be launching their outdoor-dining spaces gradually over the next several weeks.