Make Reservations at These 4 Restaurants Near Lake Sammamish

Whether you live in Lake Sammamish or are just vacationing, the area comes with lots of perks, and none is more prominent than the dining scene. With such incredible culinary experiences available, a handful of restaurants rise to the top as must-eats.

Make reservations at these restaurants near Lake Sammamish

Montalcino Ristorante Italiano

For award-winning Italian cuisine, book a table at Montalcino Ristorante Italiano in downtown Issaquah. Set in an intimate dining space, Montalcino offers an excellent, upscale dining experience where they believe gourmet Italian food and fine wine are a way of life. Enjoy handcrafted dishes made with passion and precision and indulge in unique wines from around the world, including a special selection from Montalcino, Italy.

Perfect for date nights and special occasions, enjoy impeccable dishes by candlelight. Try the grilled prawns and scallops in a saffron sauce for an appetizer, the wild mushroom pasta with truffle sauce or truffle caviar pasta for an entree, or choose the filet mignon with lobster tail to complete your meal. Just remember to leave room for a homemade dessert — guests love the tiramisu!


Levitate in downtown Issaquah offers scratch-made meals with local ingredients, signature cocktails, craft beer on tap, and wine by the bottle. This gastropub is open for lunch and dinner with indoor and outdoor seating options. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to catch the game on the weekend, Levitate is the place to be! A community staple, Levitate offers delicious creations from burgers to steak and frites and pan-seared salmon meals. Whether indulging in a date night or catching a brew with friends, Levitate offers something for all tastes and palates in a casual and upbeat atmosphere.
Photo courtesy of Bai Tong

Bai Tong

Serving authentic Thai food since 1989, Bai Tong in Redmond began as a tiny restaurant. Chanpen Lapangkura, a former Thai Airways flight attendant, wanted to start a restaurant for her flight attendant friends, but it quickly became the talk of the town. Today, Bai Tong (meaning “banana leaf” in Thai) sets the standard for all Thai restaurants in the Seattle area. Offering the best cuisine made with fresh ingredients, Bai Tong serves classic dishes like Pad Thai, Swimming Rama with chicken, delectable stir-fries with shrimp, steak, and chicken, Kana Moo Krob in an oyster sauce, and Golden Egg Calamari, made with squid.

If you’re craving authentic and fresh Thai food, make a reservation at Bai Tong. They’re open for lunch and dinner.

The Matador

Located in the heart of Old Town, The Matador is a staple of the Redmond community. The restaurant’s building was an old wood-frame saloon centuries ago and has since been rebuilt to serve as Redmond’s Town Hall during the Roaring Twenties. Today, they serve scratch-made Mexican-inspired dishes, a lot of tequila, and proudly present a dining space that evokes a sense of community and adventure.

Make a reservation and sample their wide range of tequila options (they’re experts) and indulge in refreshing ceviche, al pastor tacos, grilled stuffed jalapenos, Southwest enchiladas, and family-style meals perfect for takeout. For authentic Mexican food with a unique twist, The Matador is a can’t-miss staple of the Lake Sammamish community.

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*Header Photo courtesy of Montalcino Ristorante

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