Chef/Owner John Howie, formerly of Palisade Restaurant in Seattle, opened Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar in downtown Bellevue, March 11, 2002.
Chef Howie was the opening chef and driving force behind the popular Magnolia restaurant. Opened in June 1992, Palisade became a landmark restaurant. During his tenure at Palisade he was invited three times to prepare meals at the James Beard House in New York City. He was featured on Martha Stewart Living Television, CBS Early Morning Show, and Northwest Cable News.
Chef Howie's expertise with Pacific Northwest fresh fish and seafood has been a mainstay of the Palisade menu. His popular annual October promotion "Waters of the World" has allowed him to experiment and discover great seafood products from all corners of the world as well.
Chef Howie's signature culinary style includes using the finest fresh Northwest products, imparting subtle flavors to the foods using unique cooking technologies and an eclectic variety of global cuisines.