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Longtime lakefront café in Kirkland reopens after more than a year

Beach Café in the Woodmark Hotel is now serving dinner four nights a week. #k5evening

KIRKLAND, Wash. — After more than a year's hiatus, Beach Café in Kirkland’s Woodmark Hotel is back open to diners.

The casual dining spot on the banks of Lake Washington closed because of the pandemic, shortly after Chef Brian Doherty took over.

Credit: Kim Holcomb
Burrata and bacon flatbread with heirloom tomatoes.

“Feels great to be open, just to service guests and have some action back in the hotel, and having the staff come back to work,” he said.

The menu is seasonally based and showcases fresh local ingredients with an emphasis on seafood.

Doherty says some of his creations are inspired by the restaurant’s lakeside setting.

Credit: Kim Holcomb
Beach Cafe's patio looks out at sweeping views of Lake Washington.

"The view, the sound of the water, the smell,” he said. "It's a beautiful setting, I love being on the water. I would love to sit down and have dinner here!”

Dishes include sautéed halibut with spring carrot risotto and a pecorino crisp, smoked Akaushi striploin with chimichurri and duck fat fries, burrata and bacon flatbread with heirloom tomatoes, and smoked short rib fritters with white cheddar cheese guests can inject into them before eating.

Credit: Kim Holcomb
Smoked Akaushi striploin with chimichurri, spring carrot salad, and duck fat fries.

Dinner service is available Wednesday – Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Reservations can be made online.

The Woodmark Hotel also has weekday deals for locals. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s new complimentary fleet of beach cruisers to ride along the lake.

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