Go Crazy Over Well-Seasoned Meats at Shwarmaniac in Kirkland

Shwarmaniac was conceived when a chef from Washington began exploring his Lebanese background. His curiosity led him to the Middle East, where he fell in love with shwarma meat cooked on vertical skewers. When he returned to the U.S., he began experimenting with creating his own shwarma and sharing it with his friends. Then, he took it a step further by launching a fast-casual eatery so he could share his love of shwarma with a larger audience. Shwarmaniac opened in the summer of 2014, and the glowing Yelp reviews seem to indicate that the chef has touched upon a recipe for success.

Diners say you really can't go wrong with any of the shwarma dishes on the menu, although eaters seem to gravitate toward the chicken shwarma. If you don't eat meat, no problem. Vegetarians praise the cauliflower wrap, which comes crammed with hummus, romaine, onions, tomatoes, and garlic sauce wrapped in a pita. Complete your meal with an order of the highly-rated garlic fries.

11510 124th Ave. NE
Kirkland, WA 98003
(425) 803-0337

Lucia: Weekly Italian Specials

Monday through Thursday, Kirkland residents can enjoy a discounted night out at Lucia. From half off bottles of wine on Tuesdays to two-for-one pasta all day on Mondays, Lucia spoils its guests with more than its hearty Italian cuisine. You can enjoy $5 martinis on Wednesdays or $5 drink specials on Thursday evening, which is also Ladies’ Night.

Any day of the week, the Italian restaurant treats taste buds to such entrees as potato gnocchi with boneless short ribs, grilled sockeye salmon in a white wine reduction, or Lucia’s signature spaghetti made with white truffle oil fondue, homemade meatballs, and shaved black truffles. Before these elegant entrees arrive at tables, kill the suspense by biting into appetizers that include Dungeoness crab cakes, tomato and basil bruschetta, and caramelized pear onion pizzetta with gorgonzola cheese and red onion jam.

222 Parkplace
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 889-0200

Le Grand Bistro: French Dining Atop Lake Washington

Le Grand Bistro’s seasonal patios offer views that overlook Kirkland’s waterfront, while inside, the tables of various diners offer views of elegant French cuisine. Such fare includes pan-roasted chicken with truffle sauce, duck confit with lentil-potato-frisee salad, or lamb burger with coriander mint yogurt. The restaurant also features charcuterie, a raw bar with local shellfish, and a steak selection made in French and American styles. Specialty sausages are made in house along with a selection of ice creams. And speaking of dessert, Le Grand Bistro has plenty including sticky pudding, crème brulee, and dark chocolate mousse.

Visit the bar for a pitcher of house wine or a made-from-scratch cocktail mixed with such ingredients as passion fruit juices, pear sage shrub, or fresh ginger beer. During happy hour, you can enjoy deals on specific cocktails, beers, and wine while noshing on discounted fare including $6 cheeseburgers and oysters on the half shell for $1.50.

Le Grand Bistro
2220 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-7778

Acropolis Pizza and Pasta: A Taste of Mediterranean Cuisine

Since 1973, Acropolis Pizza and Pasta has been one of Kirkland's favorite family restaurants. The fare at Acropolis is Italian food along with some Mediterranean cuisine, so you can choose from gyros and grinders and also pizza and pasta dishes. The pizza's thin-crust style and can be topped with your choice of a numerous toppings, including treats like Canadian bacon, feta cheese, jalapeno peppers, and even pineapple! Craving pasta instead? Acropolis serves dishes like lasagna, ravioli, and cannelloni. There's even a menu of small sized portions for kids, making Acropolis a family friendly dining spot. With so much to offer, Acropolis Pizza and Pasta has long been a popular fixture of the Kirkland, Washington dining scene.
500 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 827-3777

Mediterranean Kitchen: Mediterranean Cuisine in Kirkland, Washington

Like Mediterranean food? Try the Mediterranean Kitchen in Kirkland, Washington. At this cozy eatery, you'll enjoy classic Mediterranean fare in a warm atmosphere. On the menu you'll find an array of beef, lamb, chicken, and seafood dishes all deliciously prepared. Choose from treats like stuffed grape leafs, falafel, spinakopita, or tabbouleh salad. Or select prawns, scallops, or calamari. And save room for dinner — the Mediterranean Kitchen's baklava is delightfully sweet! For lunch or dinner, Mediterranean Kitchen might be one of Kirkland's tastiest restaurants.
11412 NE 124th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 823-8101

Santa Fe Mexican Grill: Flavorful Mexican Cuisine

Family owned and operated Santa Fe Mexican Grill serves incredible food with personality. In this casual, comfy restaurant, the dishes are a cut above the rest, the portions are always large enough for next day left-overs, but the prices are still very reasonable. As you browse the menus for lunch and dinner, you can begin with complimentary chips and salsa. On the menu, you'll find all your favorites: quesedillas, enchiladas, tostadas, fajitas, along with some inventive seafood dishes made with crab, shrimp, mussels, scallops, and even octopus. A great kids' menu helps make Santa Fe Mexican Grill a fun and family friendly spot in Kirkland.

12709 NE 124th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 821-9405

Ristorante Paradiso: Classic Italian Food

Ristorante Paradiso's chef and owner hails from Sardinia, Italy, and his restaurant brings the tastes of classic Italian cuisine to Kirkland, Washington. Children and adults alike will find the piping hot buttery rolls just heavenly. Grown-ups will be impressed by the broad list of good wines at reasonable prices. The dishes at Ristorante Paradiso are a feast for the eyes, and they taste as good as they look. The delicate herbs and spices perfectly enhance but never drown out fresh ingredients like prawns, scallops, mussels, chicken, and veal. Be sure to leave room for a decadent dessert like tiramisu or lemon gelato. While this quaint setting is the perfect spot for a family night out, take-out is also available for a convenient meal on a busy week night.
120 Park Lane
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 889-8601

Lynne’s Bistro: French Fusion Cuisine

Lynne's Bistro is a one woman show, and the founder, owner, chef, reservation taker, and sometimes server does it all well. The chef's cosmopolitan background translates into a menu that fuses cuisines from around the world into some quite unique tastes. The sauces, for instance, are fragrant, complex, and unique. Diners at lunch rave about the escargot and the salmon salad with tomatoes, artichokes, and basil dressing. At dinner, some favorites are tiger prawns, signature crab cake in Lobster Beurre blanc, and roast duck. Lynne's Bistro offers an affordable three course fixed price menu. Served in a soothing atmosphere, you'll enjoy inventive dishes in an ambiance that's relaxed and expansive, with crisp white table linens and fresh flowers to help prepare your sensory palate. Lynne's Bistro also offers an extensive wine list, making it a great spot for a romantic dinner in Kirkland.

214 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 889-2808

Oto Sushi: Kirkland Japanese Cuisine

Open since 2011, Oto Sushi is a relatively new addition to the Kirkland, Washington dining scene that's made a big splash in its short tenure. Of course, Oto Sushi did have some advantages: its chef-owner learned the art of sushi in the California Bay Area, before taking his talents to the Seattle suburbs. And Kirkland diners are glad he did! Don't be misled by the simple decor: the food here is gorgeous, and full of complex and carefully curated flavors. From its tuna and salmon presentations to more exotic fish, Oto Sushi delights diners. Complementing the food is Oto Sushi's attentive service, which will make you feel welcome throughout your meal. Seeking Japanese cuisine in Kirkland? Oto Sushi might be one of the best spots in town.

Oto Sushi
11628 97th Lane NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 825-8899

Café Veloce: Classic Italian Cuisine

Café Veloce celebrates 1960s era motorcyclists who raced from cafe to cafe all over Italy. From its dark walls, hunter green seating, and glowing wood burning fire place, Café Veloce is cozy and relaxed. The hanging 1960s motorcycle with all its paraphernalia add to its charm and set a fun mood. Although the ambiance is laid-back, don't be fooled into thinking the food and drink here are ordinary! Here you'll find an array of wines and craft beers. As for the food, it's well-regarded. The olive cheese bread gets rave reviews as a starter, and the Silician black bean soup is another popular dish. There's also pasta, available with marinara, pesto, Alfredo, Gorgonzola cream, or quattro formaggio sauce. Along with the food, the service at Café Veloce is also friendly, making this a welcoming spot!
12514 120th Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 814-2972