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“A well balanced combination of good food, attentive service, and good atmosphere.”
Review of Caspian Grill

Caspian Grill
Ranked #139 of 628 Restaurants in Bellevue
Price range: US$ 30 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Persian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 20th& 136th Pl NE
Description: This restaurant is related to its sister restaurant in Seattle, WA.
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We wanted to go somewhere 'not Italian and not continental' so we asked a friend and he said this was one of the top two restaurants in Bellevue if you like middle eastern food. It's buried deep in the middle of a strip of shops so it isn't easy to see from the street - just behind BMW and the new Park Place Motors.

First off were the smiling happy to see us staff - which set the mood for an enjoyable evening. They were a bit busy but still took the time to make us feel comfortable. The waiter was very helpful, attentive, engaging but not too much so. We followed his recommendations for dinner and as you can see, I recommend them all.

Wine was about $8 per glass for a decent red Shiraz and a salad was brought out as part of the service, as was a nice flat bread. I would have only asked for some oil had I been thinking.

We had Barberry Rice ( a rice dish with Berberis, or Zereshk in Persian (Google translate thank you: زرشک), a fruit that is rich in vitamin C and a bit acid, but really good. This is a must try.), Lamb Shishleek (medium rare) which had a good flavor with no scent, Chicken Barg Kabob (no sauce and good quality). We enjoyed it all. On the side was fresh onion and basil to compliment the different flavors.

Also, on the table is a shaker of Sumic (I Googled it سمّاق) a red fruit that has been dried and ground which is a bit tart and lemony. The server recommended it for the dishes and we want to pick some up now. It was really delicious as spice.

Finally we had the Baghlava and fragrant tea to finish off the evening. I like the Baghlava more than more typical styled Greek Baklava...somehow a little less sweet.

Dinner was just over $100 and worth it. They have Belly Dancing on Saturdays but we didn't stay figuring we'd come back next time for that.

All in all, I definitely recommend this Bellevue jewel.

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Thank Robert G
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

A nice restaurant tucked away from the center of Bellevue. Easy parking. The employees made me feel like I was part of their family as I was dining by myself. They took pride in their cooking. I cook Greek food myself, and I found this Persian restaurant to create similar items; however, with their unique spices. My chicken kabob was well marinated and seasoned to perfection. The stuffed grape leaves homemade (not out of a can), the baklava dessert was extremely pleasing to me(someone that bakes pans of it myself every year) as it had Cardamom spice which differentiates it from my traditional Greek Recipe. I am not someone who passes out compliments very easily on Baklava nor shish kabob's. I highly recommend this place to eat for a change of taste. So nice to now know what Persian food can taste like.

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Thank Kim K
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

I consider myself to be a connoisseur of Iranian food and wasn't impressed by the very average meal we had at Caspian Grill. Though the portions were large and the male servers very gracious, my koobideh was dry and tasteless and my partner's sirloin was overdone. I also thought that the rice, which I normally devour, was pasty and tasteless. It was an unfortunate experience - overall very disappointing. Additionally the female server was so unbelievably rude - glaring at me from the moment I sat down.

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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Upon recommendations by good friends we decided to try out Caspian Grill in Bellevue. You will be transported to other worldly gastronomic delights. It is not so much the exotic flavors but more on the perfect restraint in seasonings. Everything was perfectly cooked and flavored. All dishes blended well together without one overpowering the other yet each could stand on its own. The grilled food is also great for those with specific dietary restrictions. Everyone enjoyed! I would DEFINITELY be coming back.

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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Fabulously delicious Persian food very authentic ingredients used as in the far east and Indian menus that I got to experience during my college years in the early 80's in that region. The cooking styles are classic, and timeless. Mild yet flavorful, very agreeable and tasty. This is a great spot for an intimate family or couples dinner, a little difficult to locate the address and hard to see whole driving by but everything else is just perfect, it's a bit on the pricey side, otherwise an awesome experience.

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