Downtown Issaquah is a happening place. Old architecture blends with the new, creating a rich and tree-line atmosphere. Classic Light posts line the streets, while small and local shops and eateries line the sidewalks. Looking to step into history? Or just a new restaurant to try? Issaquah’s downtown area has what you’re searching for.
From cafes to bistros and gastropubs to fine dining, downtown Issaquah offers a unique balance of it all.
Fins Bistro offers a seafood inspired lunch and dinner selection, including crab cakes, mussels, and black and blue ahi. Other options include pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and chicken marsala. This seafood plus steaks restaurant mixes small-town flair with worldly delights!
The Umi Café, pronounced YOU-ME, is another fusion of the young and the old. With an ambiance that appeals to the masses, they’ve created a haven for everyone to feel welcome. With a touch of culture and a dash of serenity, this restaurant whisks you away as a “poignant reminder of our childhood”. Their largely Asian-Fusion inspired menu, offers a blend of Japanese classics and American favorite – but with an extra touch. They’ve even got rice bowls and bubble tea!
A tad more casual, Flying Pie Pizza, offers that classic family-owned jibe. Located in the heart of downtown Issaquah since 1997, this local pizzeria is known for hand and homemade pizza dough (the best kind!), fresh cut vegetables, and that “everybody’s welcome” atmosphere. Gluten-free? Vegan? Or just prefer soy-cheese? They’ve got you covered!
Another local favorite includes Montalcino Ristorante Italiano. Renowned for their fine food and wine, each dish is prepared with passion and tradition, nourishing you with the freshest and most high-quality Italian ingredients. Locally owned, the family imparts the tradition of Italy with their Italian imported wines. Their menu comprises a tasty blend of unique fares with classics!
With a modern flare, Levitate Gastropub bursts onto our list. Their fresh focus serves in proper Seattle fashion, given their locally sourced and “scratch” made fares. Their menu is split between lunch/dinner and brunch, including classics like waffles, biscuits and gravy, and chicken wings, whiles their own flare is added in dishes like Levitate Benny, the Levitate Burger, and Volcano Pork Shank! Sounds fun, huh?
Rounding off lunch and dinner options is Bukhara Bar & Grill. Classic Indian cuisine comes alive with traditional Indian spices. Including dishes from all four regions of India, Bukhara offers a diverse and complete opportunity to taste the differences in region and terrain. Their lunch includes a buffet, allowing you a taste of everything, while another option is picking your known, savory favorite!
You’ll find a real dessert in Yum-e Yogurt. Their first store opened in Maple Valley, not only making it a local restaurant, just over the mountains from downtown Issaquah. This second location, in Issaquah, opened in 2013 – the following year after opening their flagship. This delightful shop boasts a quality espresso and smoothie bar, plus a delicious cold treat alongside 80+ toppings!
Whether you’re shopping, or searching for a nummy new place to eat, Issaquah’s downtown district has variety for all!
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WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND
PRISTINE AT THE LODGE
4535 Providence Point Place Southeast #404, Issaquah • MLS# 1177808
$375,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,285 Square Feet
Providence Point at its finest! Light, bright & pristine top floor condo at The Lodge. Gaze at the forest from your deck, or head to the clubhouse for fitness, putting, swimming, classes, shuttle service, or a game of tennis. Entertain friends surrounded by luxe-upgraded finishes including granite counters, maple cabinets, gas cooktop, built-ins, ceramic tile, designer lighting and coffered ceilings.
2929 76th Avenue Southeast #305, Mercer Island • MLS# 1176525
$350,000 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 800 Square Feet
This immaculate, spacious 1-bedroom is ideally located just blocks to everything in Mercer Island’s growing downtown. New Seasons, farmer’s market, Pagliacci & Mio Posto are all right at your fingertips. Easy commuting from Park & Ride w/ Express buses to downtown & the Eastside (Light Rail now under construction). Unit features 800 SF of living space that flows seamlessly to private deck w/ views of the Cascades & Downtown Bellevue. Strong HOA with low dues, no rental cap, off-street parking & storage.
SOUTH END BEAUTY
7228 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1175502
$1,595,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms • 3,380 Square Feet • 16,191 Lot Size
Nestled on over ⅓ acre of sun-drenched privacy, this home offers beautiful upgrades and all the right spaces. Elegant, light-filled gathering areas flow intuitively to the updated kitchen—its slab granite surfaces and stainless appliances make cooking a delight. Kick back in the huge, fireside family room, or spend summer days in the dream backyard with deck, level lawn & play structure. A gracious master suite with travertine bath, 3 more upstairs bedrooms, plus a main-floor den/bonus room with fireplace provide space and privacy for everyone.