The Ultimate Guide to Arts Fair Eats
Your Guide to the Best Bites at the BAM Arts Fair
July 28, 29 & 30, 2023
Friday-Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday 11 am—7 pm
For 77 years, the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) Arts Fair has taken place on the sunniest weekend of the year, drawing crowds to eat, craft, enjoy live performances and appreciate the work of some of the region’s finest artists. There is so much to see and do this year, you’ll want to take a full day to enjoy the fair, and this is your guide to the tastiest spots to eat while you’re here.
The fair opens at 10 am on Friday and Saturday, and 11 am on Sunday, giving you plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast or cup of coffee before you head to the West Drive of Bellevue Square.
For Coffee and Pastries: Try DOTE Coffee Bar on the second level of Lincoln Square South for artisanal coffee creations, fresh pastries and handmade chocolates by Chef Ewald Notter. DOTE opens at 7 am on weekdays and 8 am on weekends and offers plenty of seating, both in the café and the rest of the Food Hall.
For Elevated Diner Vibes: Visit 13 Coins in Bellevue Place for all-day breakfast (or, if you prefer, all-day dinner). Get your fill of classics like French toast, chicken and waffles and a variety of omelets before heading out to the fair. 13 Coins opens at 7 am daily.
For Farmhouse-Inspired Fare: Make a reservation at The Lakehouse in Lincoln Square South, where craft cooking by expert chefs intersects with fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Start your day with fresh fruit, healthy grains, root vegetables and more from an intentional, rotating gourmet menu. Weekday breakfast starts at 6:30 am, while Saturday and Sunday brunch starts at 9 am.
Take a break with lunch from our newly reopened Lincoln South Food Hall, with quick and easy bites that can easily travel with you to the BAMboozle Stage at Fountain Court, outside of Macy’s along Bellevue Way. The Food Hall is located on the second level of Lincoln Square South.
West Coast Tacos: Meet your new favorite taco truck. Get a taco flight to try all three street taco flavors, indulge in delicious birria, and top it all off with an ice-cold mangonada.
Seoul Bowl: A new spin on Korean BBQ, Seoul Bowl’s highly customizable rice-based bowls are loaded with fresh, ethically farmed ingredients including bbq chicken or beef. If you’d prefer, grab a spicy chicken sandwich or a plate of chicken wings, both served with a side of fries.
Drip Tea: Drip Tea is a bubble tea café with a host of refreshing options perfect for summer. Enjoy fruit tea, milk tea, Vietnamese coffee, or cool off with a slushy designer blend.
Wonderbowl: Fuel up with a crave-worthy treat from Wonderbowl, packed with ingredients like quinoa, edamame, veggies and legumes. Their famous bowls are plant-based and gluten-free but can be customized to include spice-rubbed chicken if desired.
From family dinners to late-night bites, The Dining District has you covered. Make a reservation at one of these tasty spots to close out a perfect day at the fair.
For an Adventure: Visit Farzi Café, our new Michelin-recognized modern Indian Fusion restaurant located along Bellevue Way. Farzi serves a delicious rotating menu with considerable flair, putting bold and flavorful twists on classic items and debuting new dishes with pizzazz. Try their zodiac-inspired cocktails, elevated street food appetizers and their famous 35 days dry-aged rib-eye for a meal you won’t soon forget.
For a Group: Baron’s Sino Kitchen & Bar is a great spot to enjoy family-style Chinese food in a chic, comfortable environment. Their exceptional chefs use traditional cooking methods to create signature dishes like their Peking Duck, and they offer a wide range of side dishes and entrees to choose from.
For a Vibe: Stop by STK Steakhouse for a late-night bite and experience the best of “vibe dining” in Bellevue. From their mood lighting and larger-than-life artwork to strong drinks and small bites, it’s the perfect last stop after a day at the fair.