Pomegranate Bistro

★★★★☆
  • 18005 Northeast 68th Street

    Redmond, WA 98052

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  • 425-556-5972

About Pomegranate Bistro

Hours
Dining: Mon, 11am - 2pm; Tue - Fri, 11am - 10pm; Sat, 9am - 10pm; Sun, 9am - 2pm. POM Bakery & Espresso Bar opens at 7am daily

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We went there on Friday night. It was a chill environment, there was no wait and we were escorted to our table right away. The Salad tasted amazing and the whole menu was not too expensive.

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★★★★★

We went there on Friday night. It was a chill environment, there was no wait and we were escorted to our table right away. The Salad tasted amazing and the whole menu was not too expensive.

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Finally made it to the bistro for Saturday brunch. Went at 11 and was seated without wait although the table location was a bit awkward. Waiter arrived promptly to take drink order. I love French toast and pancakes so decided on full

3
★★★★★

Finally made it to the bistro for Saturday brunch. Went at 11 and was seated without wait although the table location was a bit awkward. Waiter arrived promptly to take drink order. I love French toast and pancakes so decided on full

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it isnt expencive its not a place you have to dress up for the dont give you to little of a entree or to big everything there is perfect. the tomato soup is the best with grilled chese on the side.

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★★★★★

it isnt expencive its not a place you have to dress up for the dont give you to little of a entree or to big everything there is perfect. the tomato soup is the best with grilled chese on the side.

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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Extremely unhappy. We have been going weekly for some time now and for the second time in a 6 month window we have been seated and left to fend for ourselves with nothing more than water. Another table was seated right next to us 5 minutes later and was immediately offered coffee, had their order taken then the waitress walked around our table to the one directly opposite of us. We were literally ignored! This happened on one other occasion. Sorry, but we won't be going back..

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★☆☆☆☆

Extremely unhappy. We have been going weekly for some time now and for the second time in a 6 month window we have been seated and left to fend for ourselves with nothing more than water. Another table was seated right next to us 5 minutes later and was immediately offered coffee, had their order taken then the waitress walked around our table to the one directly opposite of us. We were literally ignored! This happened on one other occasion. Sorry, but we won't be going back..

Pros: Location

Cons: Service, or lack of!

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Pomegranate Bistro is an Eastside gem! Their menu changes seasonally, so everything tastes super fresh. Their cocktail list is fun and inventive. Love it!

2
★★★★★

Pomegranate Bistro is an Eastside gem! Their menu changes seasonally, so everything tastes super fresh. Their cocktail list is fun and inventive. Love it!

Pros: Delicious, fresh food and to die for cocktails

Cons: Can't think of any

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went there for my birthday wiht my sisters. It was very good food . a little pricey but worth it for a special occasion. The staff was very friendly.

4
★★★★☆

went there for my birthday wiht my sisters. It was very good food . a little pricey but worth it for a special occasion. The staff was very friendly.

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I've been here twice for breakfast and it was delicious. Delicious, fresh, breakfast food, but everything with a twist. Everything was a bit different and wonderful. Good for families too.

4
★★★★☆

I've been here twice for breakfast and it was delicious. Delicious, fresh, breakfast food, but everything with a twist. Everything was a bit different and wonderful. Good for families too.

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Do you enjoy paying ten bucks for a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich? You do? Then this place is for you!

This is Troy McClure. You might remember me from other restaurant reviews such as "They Poured Water Over My Burrito" and "Why Does This Taste Like Hair?"

Pomegranate Bistro is in a really nice space with a huge windowed wall that overlooks the associated catering business. The dining room is nicely appointed. Our table was having an animated discussion--thanks in part to the very strong drinks that were ordered--so I didn't notice if the dining room seemed noisy or not.

I had the $21 fish tacos. Three fish tacos for $21. Uh, yeah. What is this, Manhattan?

I recommend Pomegranate mostly because the people at my table were satisfied with what they ordered for the most part and we had a great time. Be prepared to pay though.

Troy

P.S. The carrot cake is really a spice cake. If you know what a real carrot cake tastes like, do NOT order this one. You will be disappointed.

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★★★★☆

Do you enjoy paying ten bucks for a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich? You do? Then this place is for you!

This is Troy McClure. You might remember me from other restaurant reviews such as "They Poured Water Over My Burrito" and "Why Does This Taste Like Hair?"

Pomegranate Bistro is in a really nice space with a huge windowed wall that overlooks the associated catering business. The dining room is nicely appointed. Our table was having an animated discussion--thanks in part to the very strong drinks that were ordered--so I didn't notice if the dining room seemed noisy or not.

I had the $21 fish tacos. Three fish tacos for $21. Uh, yeah. What is this, Manhattan?

I recommend Pomegranate mostly because the people at my table were satisfied with what they ordered for the most part and we had a great time. Be prepared to pay though.

Troy

P.S. The carrot cake is really a spice cake. If you know what a real carrot cake tastes like, do NOT order this one. You will be disappointed.

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This is always my favorite place to go for fine dining with a casual atmosphere. The food is consistently excellent, and for the quality of what you get, reasonably priced. It is not cheap, but the same food at stuffier restaurants will cost you 50% more. The menu is always seasonal and made from local ingredients, and I'm consistently impressed with the caliber of cooking going on here. My understanding is that it's a catering company with a dining room, and it's clear that whoever creates the menus here has a real passion for food. Items are creative and interesting, this place is a real gem for foodies. Coffee and baked goods are also top notch.

This is not a fancy restaurant. The food is really excellent, but the dining room feels like a dressed up warehouse. The tablecloths are plastic, and there are huge windows so you can see into the enormous kitchen. The atmosphere is elegant, but extremely simple. They also do not take reservations, and it's very popular, so a wait can be expected most nights. Fortunately I live close by and will pop by to "get a table" 30 minutes before I take friends there :)

I've had nothing but good experience with the service. Always fast, and always with a smile. I just wish the wait to get a table were shorter.

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★★★★★

This is always my favorite place to go for fine dining with a casual atmosphere. The food is consistently excellent, and for the quality of what you get, reasonably priced. It is not cheap, but the same food at stuffier restaurants will cost you 50% more. The menu is always seasonal and made from local ingredients, and I'm consistently impressed with the caliber of cooking going on here. My understanding is that it's a catering company with a dining room, and it's clear that whoever creates the menus here has a real passion for food. Items are creative and interesting, this place is a real gem for foodies. Coffee and baked goods are also top notch.

This is not a fancy restaurant. The food is really excellent, but the dining room feels like a dressed up warehouse. The tablecloths are plastic, and there are huge windows so you can see into the enormous kitchen. The atmosphere is elegant, but extremely simple. They also do not take reservations, and it's very popular, so a wait can be expected most nights. Fortunately I live close by and will pop by to "get a table" 30 minutes before I take friends there :)

I've had nothing but good experience with the service. Always fast, and always with a smile. I just wish the wait to get a table were shorter.

Pros: Fantastic food that is creative, seasonal, and local

Cons: They don't take reservations, atmosphere doesn't match the food

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I've been to Pomegranate twice now and each time the service has been slow and our orders were mixed up. The food is decent, portions being on the small side. It's not unreasonably priced, but not a terribly great value. The atmosphere is a little off-putting, which really makes it not worth the price.

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★★☆☆☆

I've been to Pomegranate twice now and each time the service has been slow and our orders were mixed up. The food is decent, portions being on the small side. It's not unreasonably priced, but not a terribly great value. The atmosphere is a little off-putting, which really makes it not worth the price.

Pros: Decent salad

Cons: Slow service, high prices

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I wanted to take my family to a Mother's Day brunch and after reading some accolade reviews on the Pomegranite, I made reservations. The menu consisted of about 6 different items, all of which were priced at $28 with an 18% gratuity added. I thought it very pricey at the time since a couple of the items were just waffles or just ham and eggs, We stayed anyway because of the difficulty we would face finding another restaurant. My whole party of 6 was extremely disappointed. ALL of our food was served just barely warm. All the eggs were served scrambled, but they were not scrambled for each individual. My wife had a cold, dry $28 waffle that didn't even come with butter. My son-in-law had the shrimp quiche and I am not exagerating when I say the wedge shaped piece consisted of about 2 large bites.

If you have a lot of money and don't care about quality food or preparation, I highly recommend this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

I wanted to take my family to a Mother's Day brunch and after reading some accolade reviews on the Pomegranite, I made reservations. The menu consisted of about 6 different items, all of which were priced at $28 with an 18% gratuity added. I thought it very pricey at the time since a couple of the items were just waffles or just ham and eggs, We stayed anyway because of the difficulty we would face finding another restaurant. My whole party of 6 was extremely disappointed. ALL of our food was served just barely warm. All the eggs were served scrambled, but they were not scrambled for each individual. My wife had a cold, dry $28 waffle that didn't even come with butter. My son-in-law had the shrimp quiche and I am not exagerating when I say the wedge shaped piece consisted of about 2 large bites.

If you have a lot of money and don't care about quality food or preparation, I highly recommend this place.

Pros: none

Cons: all

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I just love this place. The service is excellent, the food is great and the atmosphere even better. I would higly recommend this restaurant to my friends and family. It's a treat.

2
★★★★★

I just love this place. The service is excellent, the food is great and the atmosphere even better. I would higly recommend this restaurant to my friends and family. It's a treat.

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I love this restaurant. I love the fresh, seasonal foods. It's exiciting to walk in and know you're going to enjoy something different, something you can't necessarily make yourself at home.

2
★★★★★

I love this restaurant. I love the fresh, seasonal foods. It's exiciting to walk in and know you're going to enjoy something different, something you can't necessarily make yourself at home.

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We brought a bottle of wine and called ahead to make sure that they would still be open by the time we got there (around 9:15). The woman on the other line said "um, yeah we stop serving around 9:30 or 10." Well, which one is it? Are we going to be served and rushed, or not served at all? The time on their front door said they closed at 10... hmmm? Feeling rushed, our server came by three times, consecutively, to see if we were ready before we even had a chance to tell her we wanted to open the bottle we had brought. She returned to tell us that corkage would be $25!!!! Purple Cafe charges $0 dollars for the first bottle, Daniel's Brolier charges $15, Ruth's Chris charges $23 and Canlis charges $35 (thye also charge around $100 a plate). These are established and distiguished places that serve an array of very high quality wines- they don't gouge, why does Pomegranate get to? I understand that restaurants want to encourage people to buy from their menu, but why would one make corkage so high that it puts people off? We decided to go somewhere else. Not because we're cheap, but smart. I've been in the restaurant and wine industry for years and this restaurant's fee is just silly. It's too bad it went this way too, I didn't even get to see if the food was any good.

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★★☆☆☆

We brought a bottle of wine and called ahead to make sure that they would still be open by the time we got there (around 9:15). The woman on the other line said "um, yeah we stop serving around 9:30 or 10." Well, which one is it? Are we going to be served and rushed, or not served at all? The time on their front door said they closed at 10... hmmm? Feeling rushed, our server came by three times, consecutively, to see if we were ready before we even had a chance to tell her we wanted to open the bottle we had brought. She returned to tell us that corkage would be $25!!!! Purple Cafe charges $0 dollars for the first bottle, Daniel's Brolier charges $15, Ruth's Chris charges $23 and Canlis charges $35 (thye also charge around $100 a plate). These are established and distiguished places that serve an array of very high quality wines- they don't gouge, why does Pomegranate get to? I understand that restaurants want to encourage people to buy from their menu, but why would one make corkage so high that it puts people off? We decided to go somewhere else. Not because we're cheap, but smart. I've been in the restaurant and wine industry for years and this restaurant's fee is just silly. It's too bad it went this way too, I didn't even get to see if the food was any good.

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We visited Pmegranate for dinner on a Friday,11/30/07. We were greeted and seated without too much of a wait which was nice. The room is bright and well lit with fun holiday decorations. The menu has lots of choices - different dishes that all looked good. The trouble started with our server who was nice enough but didn't seem really tuned in. I ordered a cheeseburger, medium rare and it was very well done, my husband's fish stew was also overcooked and underseasoned. Both dishes were not hot when served and our waiter forgot my side order of vegetables. When those arrived they were both dry and greasy at the same time which is quite a feat. They were supposed to be a mix of three vegetables and only two showed up. Also not hot. Our waiter forgot to bring the drinks we ordered with dinner and by the time they finally arrived we had almost finished eating. For dessert we shared a key lime merinque pie which was pretty good. The bill came and they had charged us for an item we had not ordered or received which is no big deal but in this case was just the icing on the cake. We felt the meal was not a good value for the money and will not be going back.

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★★☆☆☆

We visited Pmegranate for dinner on a Friday,11/30/07. We were greeted and seated without too much of a wait which was nice. The room is bright and well lit with fun holiday decorations. The menu has lots of choices - different dishes that all looked good. The trouble started with our server who was nice enough but didn't seem really tuned in. I ordered a cheeseburger, medium rare and it was very well done, my husband's fish stew was also overcooked and underseasoned. Both dishes were not hot when served and our waiter forgot my side order of vegetables. When those arrived they were both dry and greasy at the same time which is quite a feat. They were supposed to be a mix of three vegetables and only two showed up. Also not hot. Our waiter forgot to bring the drinks we ordered with dinner and by the time they finally arrived we had almost finished eating. For dessert we shared a key lime merinque pie which was pretty good. The bill came and they had charged us for an item we had not ordered or received which is no big deal but in this case was just the icing on the cake. We felt the meal was not a good value for the money and will not be going back.

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We recently moved to a Sammamish neighborhood and have passed this place daily for 3 weeks. We decided to give Sunday Brunch a try. We arrived shortly after 9 am (when they open for brunch) and our timing was perfect. Five minutes after we sat down, there was a line and wait list! The decor is "industrial cozy" - high industrial ceilings with exposed pipes and vents, but the room didn't sound hollow. Bright colors abound. Huge picture windows provide a view of the enormous kitchen so you can watch the behind-the-scene action. Service from Peter was excellent. The menu provides "small plate" and "large plate" options. We had the Shrimp with grits and scrambled eggs (OMG good!!!) and the Breakfast corn tortillas with eggs and sausage. Both were very good, but we favored the Shrimp with grits and scrambled eggs. Talk about comfort food!! Hearty and flavorful with a cajun flare... a real stick-to-your ribs meal. And, of course, they make lots of baked goods. We brought home a cinnamon bun for the teen and he ate it all immediately! We'll definitely make this one of our favorite neighborhood haunts.

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★★★★☆

We recently moved to a Sammamish neighborhood and have passed this place daily for 3 weeks. We decided to give Sunday Brunch a try. We arrived shortly after 9 am (when they open for brunch) and our timing was perfect. Five minutes after we sat down, there was a line and wait list! The decor is "industrial cozy" - high industrial ceilings with exposed pipes and vents, but the room didn't sound hollow. Bright colors abound. Huge picture windows provide a view of the enormous kitchen so you can watch the behind-the-scene action. Service from Peter was excellent. The menu provides "small plate" and "large plate" options. We had the Shrimp with grits and scrambled eggs (OMG good!!!) and the Breakfast corn tortillas with eggs and sausage. Both were very good, but we favored the Shrimp with grits and scrambled eggs. Talk about comfort food!! Hearty and flavorful with a cajun flare... a real stick-to-your ribs meal. And, of course, they make lots of baked goods. We brought home a cinnamon bun for the teen and he ate it all immediately! We'll definitely make this one of our favorite neighborhood haunts.

Pros: Excellent food and service

Cons: Get there early or expect to wait

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This little place is hard to find, but once you find it, you'll never forget it. Located in an office/warehouse complex on Redmond Way, it's an unlikely place for such an amazing restaurant. Once inside, it's a very colorful, open space, with large windows into the catering kitchen.

The menu changes often, but it's a high-end twist on American comfort foods. My favorite lunch item is the grilled cheese and tomato soup. Desserts are out of this world, and there are many to choose from. Drinks are interesting and fun, and they even have a few special nonalcoholic ones for the kids.

Make a reservation to be guaranteed a seat, otherwise you might find yourself waiting for a long time on weekends.

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★★★★☆

This little place is hard to find, but once you find it, you'll never forget it. Located in an office/warehouse complex on Redmond Way, it's an unlikely place for such an amazing restaurant. Once inside, it's a very colorful, open space, with large windows into the catering kitchen.

The menu changes often, but it's a high-end twist on American comfort foods. My favorite lunch item is the grilled cheese and tomato soup. Desserts are out of this world, and there are many to choose from. Drinks are interesting and fun, and they even have a few special nonalcoholic ones for the kids.

Make a reservation to be guaranteed a seat, otherwise you might find yourself waiting for a long time on weekends.

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Very disappointed. Servers were rude, slow and messed up about 1/3 of our orders on a Sunday morning Breakfast. Menu options were okay, but I would agree with others that it was overpriced considering the quality of food as well as the poor service. What I've seen several times that I've been there is quite a cult following. The only reason I've been back is because I have friends who go and everytime they go in small groups they have great service. That might be the problem. I've gone several times in groups of 8-12, never as a couple. That said, I'll never go back. Too many chances for this place and absolutely nothing delivered on.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very disappointed. Servers were rude, slow and messed up about 1/3 of our orders on a Sunday morning Breakfast. Menu options were okay, but I would agree with others that it was overpriced considering the quality of food as well as the poor service. What I've seen several times that I've been there is quite a cult following. The only reason I've been back is because I have friends who go and everytime they go in small groups they have great service. That might be the problem. I've gone several times in groups of 8-12, never as a couple. That said, I'll never go back. Too many chances for this place and absolutely nothing delivered on.

Pros: Unique atmosphere & Location.

Cons: Parking, Service, Value, pretty much everything

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I don't know what everyone is talking about?!?! We've been there several times, with and without kids. The service is wonderful, and the food is great! We were just in last night - I was able to over hear 2 different tables requesting particular servers...they were obviously regulars! So there's a clue - it must be good! I would absolutely recommend it!!!

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★★★★☆

I don't know what everyone is talking about?!?! We've been there several times, with and without kids. The service is wonderful, and the food is great! We were just in last night - I was able to over hear 2 different tables requesting particular servers...they were obviously regulars! So there's a clue - it must be good! I would absolutely recommend it!!!

Pros: Viewing the catering kitchen!

Cons: It's a little bit of a wait for the food - but worth it!

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I normally give people and places the benefit of the doubt but this time I just couldn?t let it go. I wanted to take my mother out to a nice Mother?s Day brunch so I thought we would try a local restaurant that had received good reviews in the newspaper.. Oh boy?were the reviews wrong! As I had made reservations 2 weeks in advance, we were seated promptly, but that is where our experience started its downward spiral. The server did not offer us coffee, tea or juice that was listed on the pre-selected menu, nor explain any of the dishes on the menu. We had to ask TWICE before we received a cup of coffee?about ? hour after we were seated. The restaurant was only half full at this time so wasn?t because they were busy. We were seated on a bench seat with a chair across and two families of six with small children seated on either side of us. I have nothing at all against children, but I could hear the conversations clearly on both sides, actually reminded me a bit of Denny?s not a restaurant I would end up paying a $75 brunch tab for 2 people. The server was inattentive, never checked on us or asked us how anything was and acted annoyed when we asked the server at the next table if we would be getting dessert anytime soon since we didn?t know where our server was. I guess since the 18% gratuity is automatically included, even for a party of two, the quality of the service doesn?t matter. Not to mention the fact that they included the tax when calculating the gratuity and then added a gratuity tax on top of that, so rather than 18% gratuity you are really leaving 21.5% gratuity which is completely deceptive, especially for some of the worst service I have ever received. The food was good, but not worth the price and definitely as on overall experience it felt more like being in a brewery than the nice Mother?s Day brunch I was looking for. I will never return and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone I know.

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★☆☆☆☆

I normally give people and places the benefit of the doubt but this time I just couldn?t let it go. I wanted to take my mother out to a nice Mother?s Day brunch so I thought we would try a local restaurant that had received good reviews in the newspaper.. Oh boy?were the reviews wrong! As I had made reservations 2 weeks in advance, we were seated promptly, but that is where our experience started its downward spiral. The server did not offer us coffee, tea or juice that was listed on the pre-selected menu, nor explain any of the dishes on the menu. We had to ask TWICE before we received a cup of coffee?about ? hour after we were seated. The restaurant was only half full at this time so wasn?t because they were busy. We were seated on a bench seat with a chair across and two families of six with small children seated on either side of us. I have nothing at all against children, but I could hear the conversations clearly on both sides, actually reminded me a bit of Denny?s not a restaurant I would end up paying a $75 brunch tab for 2 people. The server was inattentive, never checked on us or asked us how anything was and acted annoyed when we asked the server at the next table if we would be getting dessert anytime soon since we didn?t know where our server was. I guess since the 18% gratuity is automatically included, even for a party of two, the quality of the service doesn?t matter. Not to mention the fact that they included the tax when calculating the gratuity and then added a gratuity tax on top of that, so rather than 18% gratuity you are really leaving 21.5% gratuity which is completely deceptive, especially for some of the worst service I have ever received. The food was good, but not worth the price and definitely as on overall experience it felt more like being in a brewery than the nice Mother?s Day brunch I was looking for. I will never return and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone I know.

Pros: Parking

Cons: Service, Gratuity Included

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I agree with the poor customer service rating. On a recent Wednesday night, two-thirds of the resturant was empty, two of the four of us were in the parking lot, "sorry we can only seat complete parties" we explaine they were in the parking lot, we were tired and hungry and couldn't figure out the isssue. As it turns out the rather snotty head waiter chose policy over customer. We walked out and went to Frankies instead, interesting thought, the Frankies wait staff was pleasant and through the course of the evening they heard what we were complaing about, their comment, we hear that a lot. Lisa, get a clue about customers!

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★★☆☆☆

I agree with the poor customer service rating. On a recent Wednesday night, two-thirds of the resturant was empty, two of the four of us were in the parking lot, "sorry we can only seat complete parties" we explaine they were in the parking lot, we were tired and hungry and couldn't figure out the isssue. As it turns out the rather snotty head waiter chose policy over customer. We walked out and went to Frankies instead, interesting thought, the Frankies wait staff was pleasant and through the course of the evening they heard what we were complaing about, their comment, we hear that a lot. Lisa, get a clue about customers!

Pros: thumbs down

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If it's just you and the girls for a ladies-who-brunch date, by all means, sit on the wee chairs, at the wee tables, in the bleeding edge bistro, get the wee brunch plates and a delicious mimosa and soak up the 'we're here at the new bistro'ness of the experience.

However, if you're taking your father out to brunch, forego this place and take him someplace where the chairs are comfortable and where there's a place for his hat by the table. This place is small.

Overall, the food was disappointing. My breakfast sopes were rock hard and arrived without the lime sour cream I thought I saw listed on the menu. When I brought it up to the waiter he said, "I think they come without it at brunch". Not having a menu handy, I let the matter drop, but on checking once I got home, the online brunch menu does indeed say that "lime sour cream" comes with the sopes.

It wasn't a horrible experience, but neither was it the best. I give this place a year or two, tops.

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★★★☆☆

If it's just you and the girls for a ladies-who-brunch date, by all means, sit on the wee chairs, at the wee tables, in the bleeding edge bistro, get the wee brunch plates and a delicious mimosa and soak up the 'we're here at the new bistro'ness of the experience.

However, if you're taking your father out to brunch, forego this place and take him someplace where the chairs are comfortable and where there's a place for his hat by the table. This place is small.

Overall, the food was disappointing. My breakfast sopes were rock hard and arrived without the lime sour cream I thought I saw listed on the menu. When I brought it up to the waiter he said, "I think they come without it at brunch". Not having a menu handy, I let the matter drop, but on checking once I got home, the online brunch menu does indeed say that "lime sour cream" comes with the sopes.

It wasn't a horrible experience, but neither was it the best. I give this place a year or two, tops.

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I am a person that eats out most nights and am well versed in fine-dining. Pomegranate Bistro offers an extensive menu full of amazing foods and mouth watering deserts. Having eaten there several times, I can assure you that every dish is exceptionally made - some with a pomegranate glaze that is devine. It is noteworthy that the Pomegranate-martini is mind blowing as well. The service is outstanding, they treat every customer like they are VIP status, and are friendly and incredibly customer service oriented (a rare quality to find). I would recommend Pomegranate Bistro to anyone that wishes to have a truly unique and delectable experience.

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★★★★★

I am a person that eats out most nights and am well versed in fine-dining. Pomegranate Bistro offers an extensive menu full of amazing foods and mouth watering deserts. Having eaten there several times, I can assure you that every dish is exceptionally made - some with a pomegranate glaze that is devine. It is noteworthy that the Pomegranate-martini is mind blowing as well. The service is outstanding, they treat every customer like they are VIP status, and are friendly and incredibly customer service oriented (a rare quality to find). I would recommend Pomegranate Bistro to anyone that wishes to have a truly unique and delectable experience.

Pros: Unique, delicious, service, parking, beautifully decorated

Cons: They need a downtown Seattle location

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I had to be convinced to have dinner in Redmond, but after a long day sometimes you don't want to have to cross the bridge for a decent meal. I met the rest of my team at the restaurant and had to wait for the rest of them to arrive (Redmond traffic can be brutal) Those of us that had arrived already had a glass of wine and were about to get a second when we were seated. All I could say was wow!! I admit that I was skeptical, but the calamari and firebread (their version of pizza) were fantastic appetizers. We decided to share most of the entrees as most of us had not been to this little gem of a location. The steak was perfectly prepared, the pork chops with the pomegranate glaze was delicious, the sopes while interesting was not my favorite, but the scallops (which I ordered) blew everything else away!!
I will say the surprise of the night was finding a bottle of Quilceda '03 for $150!!!! You don't even want to know what it is going for on Ebay.
All in all, the night was fantastic. Our server was extremely busy but still very attentive. The food, wine, and dessert was devine. If people want to DINE in Redmond they finally have a place to go. I will leave the larger portions and cheap entree prices to the restaurants in the mall. I will be back. I can see why this place is so popular.

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★★★★★

I had to be convinced to have dinner in Redmond, but after a long day sometimes you don't want to have to cross the bridge for a decent meal. I met the rest of my team at the restaurant and had to wait for the rest of them to arrive (Redmond traffic can be brutal) Those of us that had arrived already had a glass of wine and were about to get a second when we were seated. All I could say was wow!! I admit that I was skeptical, but the calamari and firebread (their version of pizza) were fantastic appetizers. We decided to share most of the entrees as most of us had not been to this little gem of a location. The steak was perfectly prepared, the pork chops with the pomegranate glaze was delicious, the sopes while interesting was not my favorite, but the scallops (which I ordered) blew everything else away!!
I will say the surprise of the night was finding a bottle of Quilceda '03 for $150!!!! You don't even want to know what it is going for on Ebay.
All in all, the night was fantastic. Our server was extremely busy but still very attentive. The food, wine, and dessert was devine. If people want to DINE in Redmond they finally have a place to go. I will leave the larger portions and cheap entree prices to the restaurants in the mall. I will be back. I can see why this place is so popular.

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My party didn't experience any problem being seated quickly since we were a large party with reservations already made. I found the atmosphere more like a nice lunch diner than a place I'd go for an expensive dinner. The clientele around me seemed to be mostly professional, upper class people. It was crowded and I can only guess it's because it's a new place in Redmond, which doesn't happen often. For now, I?m guessing its "trendy" to go there. The menu looks good but the main courses are WAY overpriced. A New York steak is $29 and comes only with a mound of mashed potatoes. I can't say if it was worth $29 since I didn't order it. They have a corkage fee of $25 which is more than some of the bottles of wine they offer and twice what most other places charge. I eat out quite a bit at fairly nice places and couldn't believe they felt they could get away with this. On the plus side, they do have small plates available which are more lunch fare than anything. They were priced more reasonably and my sandwich was decent but not exceptional. The Pulled Pork sandwich was somewhat bland however the fries on the side were good. Service was quite slow and not overly friendly. They also would not split the check. For large parties, they automatically add an 18% gratuity onto the bill which is not unusual. However, it was calculated and added to the bill AFTER sales tax was added. This is a sly and devious practice. I don't even think it?s legal! Up till then, I didn't see a compelling reason to return. After the deal with the gratuity, I don't plan to ever return. There are so many other places that are much better and treat their clientele as more than deep pockets walking in.

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★★☆☆☆

My party didn't experience any problem being seated quickly since we were a large party with reservations already made. I found the atmosphere more like a nice lunch diner than a place I'd go for an expensive dinner. The clientele around me seemed to be mostly professional, upper class people. It was crowded and I can only guess it's because it's a new place in Redmond, which doesn't happen often. For now, I?m guessing its "trendy" to go there. The menu looks good but the main courses are WAY overpriced. A New York steak is $29 and comes only with a mound of mashed potatoes. I can't say if it was worth $29 since I didn't order it. They have a corkage fee of $25 which is more than some of the bottles of wine they offer and twice what most other places charge. I eat out quite a bit at fairly nice places and couldn't believe they felt they could get away with this. On the plus side, they do have small plates available which are more lunch fare than anything. They were priced more reasonably and my sandwich was decent but not exceptional. The Pulled Pork sandwich was somewhat bland however the fries on the side were good. Service was quite slow and not overly friendly. They also would not split the check. For large parties, they automatically add an 18% gratuity onto the bill which is not unusual. However, it was calculated and added to the bill AFTER sales tax was added. This is a sly and devious practice. I don't even think it?s legal! Up till then, I didn't see a compelling reason to return. After the deal with the gratuity, I don't plan to ever return. There are so many other places that are much better and treat their clientele as more than deep pockets walking in.

Pros: Good for lunch. Good selection to pick from.

Cons: Slow service. Overpriced.

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If we had been attending a 200-person, $60 per plate dinner, I would have rated the service as efficient and the food as outstanding. Quick, no conversation, one course after another, creative dishes...However, we were attending a two-person, $261 (!!!!) Valentines Day dinner out. What are they thinking? This restaurant is in a Redmond business park -- no view, no atmosphere. The prices are ridiculous. The server was efficient, but offered only terse explanations of the wines and never a word about the courses (however, we had a printed menu card, as we would at a corporate dinner). The lobster fennel soup was incredibly salty. The first two courses were served at about 12-15 -minute intervals (again, great if you've got a party of 200 to get out the door). The baby mache salad with chevre and beets was a bit tasteless, but really, there are no other complaints about the food. Wines were the best part of the meal, and we'd have liked to hear a little more about them. We had an 8:45 seating -- maybe they were just trying to close at 10pm. There was an 18% gratuity tacked on, as well. Something we'd expect for a larger party -- not for two people. There was a clever Valentine poem printed on the flipside of the menu -- but after the service, we sort of expected it to be delivered by a dull CEO in an after-dinner speech. Lots of hype; big letdown.

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★★★☆☆

If we had been attending a 200-person, $60 per plate dinner, I would have rated the service as efficient and the food as outstanding. Quick, no conversation, one course after another, creative dishes...However, we were attending a two-person, $261 (!!!!) Valentines Day dinner out. What are they thinking? This restaurant is in a Redmond business park -- no view, no atmosphere. The prices are ridiculous. The server was efficient, but offered only terse explanations of the wines and never a word about the courses (however, we had a printed menu card, as we would at a corporate dinner). The lobster fennel soup was incredibly salty. The first two courses were served at about 12-15 -minute intervals (again, great if you've got a party of 200 to get out the door). The baby mache salad with chevre and beets was a bit tasteless, but really, there are no other complaints about the food. Wines were the best part of the meal, and we'd have liked to hear a little more about them. We had an 8:45 seating -- maybe they were just trying to close at 10pm. There was an 18% gratuity tacked on, as well. Something we'd expect for a larger party -- not for two people. There was a clever Valentine poem printed on the flipside of the menu -- but after the service, we sort of expected it to be delivered by a dull CEO in an after-dinner speech. Lots of hype; big letdown.

Pros: wines, great if you need a caterer

Cons: not a relaxing dinner, way overpriced

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We went here after hearing great things and doing some research on a fun new place to try for a Saturday night dinner for two. The decor is very colorful and bright with bright lighting. The atmosphere is definitely great here. However, there are a few things that I would look for before I return. One is that the tables are so dang close that I could hear every word of the couples sitting on either side of us. I literally felt like the lady next to me was about to jump into our conversation a few times. That's my personal pet peeve. Secondly, the food needs some improvement before I will return for dinner. While the portions were huge, the calamari and my wild greens salad were pretty standard. In all honestly I think what really tainted the experience for us was my husband's caesar salad. The dressing was honestly terrible - it tasted like watery mayo and had no garlic, pepper or lemon that we could taste at all. The croutons (bread, not the oyster ones which were an option) could break your teeth and also had no flavor, and the lettuce itself had several large chunks of the center of the head of lettuce that were just inedible. It also had baby tomatoes, which is not something that is typically in a caesar. It was just all wrong! Lastly, the server was friendly and knowledgeable but completely inattentive. Our water glasses remained empty throughout our meal, and since she never checked on us we were unable to ask for the salt and pepper we desperately wanted for our salads. In all fairness, the table next to us had a different server who gave them great service, so maybe our server was just having an off night. All in all, it's refreshing that Redmond finally has a restaurant that's new and hip and isn't part of a large chain. I like to support that but they need to get a caesar salad right and keep water glasses full. They do have a fun atmosphere and yummy chocolate mints on your way out. Hopefully our experience was just a kink that they will work out!

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★★★☆☆

We went here after hearing great things and doing some research on a fun new place to try for a Saturday night dinner for two. The decor is very colorful and bright with bright lighting. The atmosphere is definitely great here. However, there are a few things that I would look for before I return. One is that the tables are so dang close that I could hear every word of the couples sitting on either side of us. I literally felt like the lady next to me was about to jump into our conversation a few times. That's my personal pet peeve. Secondly, the food needs some improvement before I will return for dinner. While the portions were huge, the calamari and my wild greens salad were pretty standard. In all honestly I think what really tainted the experience for us was my husband's caesar salad. The dressing was honestly terrible - it tasted like watery mayo and had no garlic, pepper or lemon that we could taste at all. The croutons (bread, not the oyster ones which were an option) could break your teeth and also had no flavor, and the lettuce itself had several large chunks of the center of the head of lettuce that were just inedible. It also had baby tomatoes, which is not something that is typically in a caesar. It was just all wrong! Lastly, the server was friendly and knowledgeable but completely inattentive. Our water glasses remained empty throughout our meal, and since she never checked on us we were unable to ask for the salt and pepper we desperately wanted for our salads. In all fairness, the table next to us had a different server who gave them great service, so maybe our server was just having an off night. All in all, it's refreshing that Redmond finally has a restaurant that's new and hip and isn't part of a large chain. I like to support that but they need to get a caesar salad right and keep water glasses full. They do have a fun atmosphere and yummy chocolate mints on your way out. Hopefully our experience was just a kink that they will work out!

Pros: ambience, wine list

Cons: crowded, food

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Living in Seattle, I definitely did not want to cross the bridge just to go to dinner but one of my friends who lives on the east side insisted that we give something on his side of the state a try. I was skeptical - even more so when we pulled up to a business park. Bright colors and an open kitchen shock you when you walk in the door. We did not know you could call ahead to put your name on the wait list so it took about an hour for us to be seated. We had cocktails while we waited which definitely helped pass the time.
When we sat down the waiter came right over, asked us if we had to wait long and then recommended one of their signature firebread to split. It was just enough to take the edge off, but after I received my scallops entree I wished I had not eaten so much. The scallops were FANTASTIC - perfectly seared with a great sauce on the side. My friend had the steak and to fight me off with his fork. I scored a small piece - it was well worth the struggle. Unfortunately, we had to pass on dessert - we were just too full - but I will definitely be back even for just appetizers and dessert - it's good enough to cross the bridge.

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★★★★★

Living in Seattle, I definitely did not want to cross the bridge just to go to dinner but one of my friends who lives on the east side insisted that we give something on his side of the state a try. I was skeptical - even more so when we pulled up to a business park. Bright colors and an open kitchen shock you when you walk in the door. We did not know you could call ahead to put your name on the wait list so it took about an hour for us to be seated. We had cocktails while we waited which definitely helped pass the time.
When we sat down the waiter came right over, asked us if we had to wait long and then recommended one of their signature firebread to split. It was just enough to take the edge off, but after I received my scallops entree I wished I had not eaten so much. The scallops were FANTASTIC - perfectly seared with a great sauce on the side. My friend had the steak and to fight me off with his fork. I scored a small piece - it was well worth the struggle. Unfortunately, we had to pass on dessert - we were just too full - but I will definitely be back even for just appetizers and dessert - it's good enough to cross the bridge.

Pros: Great food, service and cocktails

Cons: Tough to find parking when restaurant busy - smaller place means a longer wait

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came to dinner on a rainy thursday, which made the warm, hearty food all the more welcome. restaurant atmosphere is nice and colorful - but very noisy. we were seated right away and ordered a bottle of wine. it took a while to come, and, frankly, was on the verge of turning, which was disappointing. for a starter, we split one of the signature firebread salads with chicken, napa cabbage, buckwheat soba noodles and the chili lime peanut dressing. the salad had great flavor, especially the dressing, and texture. the firebread was not good - it tasted like someone had deep friend a paper towel and then left it on the counter for two hours before serving it. our entree of new york steak was fantastic and done to perfection. the sweet potato mashers were great, and the vegetables -zucchini and yellow squash - were steamed and flavored with herbs perfectly. for dessert we ordered the coconut cream banana pie. the flavor was too much banana, when i would have preferred more coconut but we finished every bite.

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★★★★☆

came to dinner on a rainy thursday, which made the warm, hearty food all the more welcome. restaurant atmosphere is nice and colorful - but very noisy. we were seated right away and ordered a bottle of wine. it took a while to come, and, frankly, was on the verge of turning, which was disappointing. for a starter, we split one of the signature firebread salads with chicken, napa cabbage, buckwheat soba noodles and the chili lime peanut dressing. the salad had great flavor, especially the dressing, and texture. the firebread was not good - it tasted like someone had deep friend a paper towel and then left it on the counter for two hours before serving it. our entree of new york steak was fantastic and done to perfection. the sweet potato mashers were great, and the vegetables -zucchini and yellow squash - were steamed and flavored with herbs perfectly. for dessert we ordered the coconut cream banana pie. the flavor was too much banana, when i would have preferred more coconut but we finished every bite.

Pros: menu selection and food flavors

Cons: noisy atmosphere

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After reading all the great reviews about this restaurant, I decided to take my in laws from out of town there. We waited over half an hour for a table, and when I realized that we were the only party left in the waiting area, I decided to inquire with the hostess. I discovered that they had seated another party that registererd on the waiting list after us. Naturally I was very upset and sought an explanation. The hostess tried to explain that she seated them first because there were three in their group and we were a party of four. Well, I didn't buy this excuse because the party that had dined at that table previously was a group of four. Then she said she wasn't sure if everyone in our party had arrived. Shouldn't she have asked me first before making that assumption? Afterall, our group was sitting together right next to the party of three that she seated, literary two feet away. I can only speculate that the other party was given preferential treatmeant because they were regular customers or friends of the hostess or restaurant staff. Either way, it was not a very satisfying reason for me. I'm sure I am not the only person who has experienced this unpleasant treament in a restaurant before, but I did not expect it from a supposedly nice, friendly neighbourhood restaurant. I am very disappointed and will not be returning any time soon.

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading all the great reviews about this restaurant, I decided to take my in laws from out of town there. We waited over half an hour for a table, and when I realized that we were the only party left in the waiting area, I decided to inquire with the hostess. I discovered that they had seated another party that registererd on the waiting list after us. Naturally I was very upset and sought an explanation. The hostess tried to explain that she seated them first because there were three in their group and we were a party of four. Well, I didn't buy this excuse because the party that had dined at that table previously was a group of four. Then she said she wasn't sure if everyone in our party had arrived. Shouldn't she have asked me first before making that assumption? Afterall, our group was sitting together right next to the party of three that she seated, literary two feet away. I can only speculate that the other party was given preferential treatmeant because they were regular customers or friends of the hostess or restaurant staff. Either way, it was not a very satisfying reason for me. I'm sure I am not the only person who has experienced this unpleasant treament in a restaurant before, but I did not expect it from a supposedly nice, friendly neighbourhood restaurant. I am very disappointed and will not be returning any time soon.

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I talked my husband into going to this restaurant when it was relatively new. It is tucked into an office park near downtown Redmond. You will be in for a surprise when you taste how wonderful the food is. The firebread appetizers are excellent. The pork chops were so flavorful. The dessert is astounding and you will be embarrassed when you find yourself finishing the huge slice of rich chocolate cake. The seating is trendy and you can watch Lisa Dupar's restaurant staff and also her catering company working in the open kitchen. Somewhat expensive but worth a trip a couple of times a year (or more!).

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★★★★★

I talked my husband into going to this restaurant when it was relatively new. It is tucked into an office park near downtown Redmond. You will be in for a surprise when you taste how wonderful the food is. The firebread appetizers are excellent. The pork chops were so flavorful. The dessert is astounding and you will be embarrassed when you find yourself finishing the huge slice of rich chocolate cake. The seating is trendy and you can watch Lisa Dupar's restaurant staff and also her catering company working in the open kitchen. Somewhat expensive but worth a trip a couple of times a year (or more!).

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It seems like there's always a wait for a table, and the restaurant will not take reservations for parties under 6 or seat you until your entire party is present. We called ahead to get our name on the list and still had to wait (on a Wednesday night!). But once we were seated, we had a very enjoyable dinner. The halibut was excellent - perfectly flavored. The experience was pretty good for Eastside dining, and I'd probably go again, but there are places comparable in quality in Seattle where it's less of a hassle to get a table.

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★★★★☆

It seems like there's always a wait for a table, and the restaurant will not take reservations for parties under 6 or seat you until your entire party is present. We called ahead to get our name on the list and still had to wait (on a Wednesday night!). But once we were seated, we had a very enjoyable dinner. The halibut was excellent - perfectly flavored. The experience was pretty good for Eastside dining, and I'd probably go again, but there are places comparable in quality in Seattle where it's less of a hassle to get a table.

Pros: great food, original menu, professional service

Cons: wait for table

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Went with a group of fifteen people, and had amazing food and service. Everything on the menu looked so good, it made it hard to choose a dish. The staff kept our drinks full and managed to bring our meal out without anyone having to wait (all our dishes were still hot!). Pretty impressive for a large group. The long, beautiful tables and high ceilings gave it an open, inviting atmosphere. I would definitely come back!

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★★★★★

Went with a group of fifteen people, and had amazing food and service. Everything on the menu looked so good, it made it hard to choose a dish. The staff kept our drinks full and managed to bring our meal out without anyone having to wait (all our dishes were still hot!). Pretty impressive for a large group. The long, beautiful tables and high ceilings gave it an open, inviting atmosphere. I would definitely come back!

Pros: can accomodate big groups, plenty of parking, great service

Cons: remote location

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Pomegranate Bistro has the best Pork Chops I've ever had, in fact, overall the best food I've had from any restaurant in Seattle / East Side. The menu is creative and changes seasonally, great specials, unique cocktails, a great wine selection and some of the most customer service oriented and sincerely friendly management & staff I've met. I've never had a bad experience and highly recommend it to anyone! Brunch on Sunday morning is amazing as well (try the firebread breakfasts...).

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★★★★★

Pomegranate Bistro has the best Pork Chops I've ever had, in fact, overall the best food I've had from any restaurant in Seattle / East Side. The menu is creative and changes seasonally, great specials, unique cocktails, a great wine selection and some of the most customer service oriented and sincerely friendly management & staff I've met. I've never had a bad experience and highly recommend it to anyone! Brunch on Sunday morning is amazing as well (try the firebread breakfasts...).

Pros: Amazing food, unique menu, great customer service

Cons: hidden away in office park off Redmond Way (can be easy to miss at night)

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Husband and wife team Jonathan Zimmer and Lisa Dupar are adept at pairing Pacific Northwest ingredients with international flavors. In their hands, Pomegranate Bistro offers twists and riffs on classic comfort food. The seasonal menu…

 

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