Pumphouse Restaurant

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Type: Bar, Eatery

11802 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, Washington, 98005
United States

(425) 455-4110 | map

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Photo of mssechrest
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Great staff... super accommodating... Good rotating taps.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of julian
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Right off 8th Ave just East of 116th across from all the car dealerships.

A: dive bar feel, usually pretty crowded at least in the evenings. I get the feeling there are locals there because the waitresses always seem to know people by name...and I've only been 2-3 times.

S: service is sometimes a bit slow even when you're right up at the bar and the bar is not fully packed.

S: generic selection of NW beers (widmer bros hefe, redhook, alsakan amber) and the crappy usually selection of american lagers (coors, bud, blah).

F: I think I had a club sandwich here once and it was what I expected out of a club sandwich.

V: reasonable prices, but considering the selection could be cheaper.

Great Bellevue dive bar, but for real beer lovers not ideal.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I visited the Pumphouse while on a business trip to Redmond.

The waitresses were very friendly and easy on the eyes. A good selection of brews on tap...I was drinking arrogant bastrd while there. A nice selection of TVs and if you ask they will change the TV to a specific gam if they have it...very cool indeed to watch the Celtics playoff game while in Washington.

I had the fried halibut and wasn't too impressed with it. I was expecting something better...maybe seafood isn't there specialty and should of gone with a burger. Oh well a lesson learned.

Overall this was a great place to sit back, watch a game and enjoy some good beers.

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Photo of mnapier
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Sports Bar with some decent local and national crafts (and some SAB / AB / Coors) 21 and over please.

Been going into this place for over 3 years, so if this review sounds biased, I will attempt to be as neutral as possible.

Entrance, during the warmer months there is seating for well around 30 or so, else its vacant. Parking is good for around 20 or so, but there is available public parking nearby.
Wait times are on average, 10 - 15 minutes, during the more popular sports months, or during dinner hour. Seating at the bar is open to all who can find one. Seating at a table / booth is per number of people only (so if your with yourself and another you get a table for 2 and not for 4).
Beer selection, changes from Pyramid to Georgetown, from Sierra Nevada to Deschutes, while still dedicated lines of Elysian / Diamon Knot IPA as well as Widmer Hefe' as well as Stone Arrogant Bastard.
Food is pub grub (hamburgers, roast beef dip, salads, & nachos, etc.)
Overall, a nice sports bar that is a little cozy, but guranteed to find at least one non local macro (Redhook, Pyramid).

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Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Atmosphere – I really enjoyed the way that this place is set up. It’s small and cozy (capacity 85) with the bar and 14 or so tables all in one room, which is OK because this place is SMOKE FREE. It’s nicely located off the main drag in Bellevue with ample parking.

There are TVs everywhere with a sports/game schedule at the front door. It’s designed to look like a cabin, so I had a pint of Cabin Fever from the tap.

Quality – If you’re looking for Nuevo state-of-the-art fancy shmancy, leave this place off the list. Having said that, this place is extremely well built and they aren’t skimping on any of the necessities. It’s nice, for example, to get a real, thick glass pitcher instead of those cheap plastic ones. Another example: they cover the tops of their water and iced tea pitchers with plastic wrap that covers all but the spout for sanitary reasons.

Service – There were three waitresses for about 14 tables and one barmaid for around a dozen stools, and the service could not have been better. Talk about feeling like family! A lot of places advertise this, but The Pumphouse delivers. On my first visit I felt like I had been coming here for years.

Selection – Here is where the pub suffered a bit. They had about a dozen beers on tap to include some real gems like Boundary Bay Cabin Fever and The Immortal IPA from Elysian, but other than that the selection was limited. Bottle beers were equally so.

Food – I’ve only had one order here (I’ll update upon subsequent visiting) but the burger and fries were standard fare. Nothing bad, nothing spectacular.

Comments – I just happened to have plopped myself down at the bar next to Sandy, who was “off duty” waiting for her husband, Ron, to pick her up. She has been working at the Pumphouse for nine years and currently manages the establishment.

This is a very tight-knit group of locals. On any given night she can name almost anyone in the pub. The group next to us seemed especially comfortable on their stools (a couple of doctors I think from the nearby hospital along with the requisite rotund, story-telling Irishman). The same goes for the lunch crowd.

After speaking with Sandy I got the impression that she really enjoys running the place and realizes how fortunate she is to have such a regular group of folks. Newcomers are always welcome, mind you (I can attest to that), but this is a basically a room full of really good people.

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Photo of jreitman
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Pumphouse is located right off 8th street across the freeway from downtown Bellevue. The main selling point for me is the fact that it's smoke free. On top of that, they have good burgers, decent beer selection, nice atmosphere, and conveniently located and you have the makings of a great spot.

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Pumphouse Restaurant in Bellevue, WA
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