Bellevue, Washington, is a thriving city renowned for its outstanding hospitality, world-class events, and unforgettable experiences. The Bellevue Destination Awards shine a spotlight on the incredible businesses and individuals who have made a significant impact in elevating Bellevue's reputation as a premier destination. Join us as we celebrate their inspiring journeys and discover why these award winners are the very best Bellevue has to offer.

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi: A Culinary Marvel

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi's meteoric rise to fame began with a simple vision: to create an extraordinary dining experience that would captivate visitors and locals alike. With unwavering dedication to quality and innovation, this black-and female-led restaurant group transformed their passion for exceptional food and service into Bellevue's ultimate culinary destination. Whether you're craving their signature steak, sushi, or a sky-high view of the city, Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi has it all. Let your senses be your guide and discover the magic behind the 2023 Business of the Year.

Your adventure awaits: Explore Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi and share your unforgettable dining experience with #BestOfBellevue.


Joy Carpenter: A Beacon of Excellence

Joy Carpenter's inspiring journey in the hospitality industry began over 20 years ago. Throughout her career, Joy has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional guest experiences. As the Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at Puget Sound Hospitality, Joy's passion for excellence has helped cultivate a new generation of hospitality professionals. As the 2023 Outstanding Individual Award Winner, Joy's leadership and dedication embody the exceptional customer service qualities that Bellevue is all about.

Be inspired: Connect with Joy Carpenter and learn from a true hospitality industry leader.


Rock 'n' Roll Washington: A High-Energy Event That Rocks Bellevue

Bellevue is known for hosting remarkable events, and the St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Washington is no exception. As the 2023 Event of the Year, this high-energy race series made a triumphant return to the Pacific Northwest, drawing over 9,000 registered runners from more than 35 states and four countries. Participants and spectators alike flocked to Bellevue for a weekend filled with fun, music, and excitement. The scenic urban course offered a unique way to explore the city while supporting the life-changing mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. With an estimated $6 million in visitor spending, the St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Washington left an impressive mark on Bellevue's event landscape.

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Muruts Gidey: A Rising Star in Bellevue's Hospitality Scene

Dedicated, versatile, and passionate about delivering outstanding service, Muruts Gidey is a true rising star in Bellevue's hospitality industry. As a Guest Services Associate at Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Muruts has shown unwavering commitment to ensuring every guest enjoys a memorable experience. His exceptional work ethic and positive attitude have earned him the well-deserved honor of being the 2023 Rising Star Award Winner.

Witness exceptional service: Plan a stay at Hyatt Regency Bellevue and experience first-hand the exceptional service Muruts Gidey provides.


The Bellevue Collection Dining District Promotion: A Masterclass in Marketing

When faced with the challenges brought on by the pandemic, The Bellevue Collection launched an innovative marketing campaign that showcased Bellevue's vibrant dining scene. Through a combination of print, digital, TV, and social media, the Dining District Promotion campaign brought attention to the city's diverse culinary offerings and welcomed new customers and restaurants to the area. The 2023 Destination Award winner for Best Marketing Campaign, the Bellevue Collection Dining District Promotion, played a pivotal role in revitalizing the city's dining sector.

Explore the flavors of Bellevue: Experience the diverse and delectable dining options at The Bellevue Collection Dining District and share your culinary adventures with #visitbellevue.


Bellevue: The Ultimate Destination for World-Class Meeting and Conventions

Bellevue's capacity to host meaningful conventions is exemplified by the 2023 Destination Award winner for Convention of the Year, The National Health Care for the Homeless Council. This impactful event brought over 1,000 attendees to Bellevue, contributing over $3 million to the local economy. The convention showcased Bellevue's ability to support significant events while furthering the organization's mission of building an equitable, high-quality healthcare system for the homeless.

Plan your next convention in Bellevue: Discover the incredible venues and support Bellevue offers for hosting impactful conventions and meetings. Explore our Planner’s Edge resource and submit your RFP today!

Only the Best in Bellevue!

Experience the best of Bellevue for yourself by visiting our award-winning businesses, attending our exceptional events, and connecting with our inspiring individuals. Share your experiences with the world by using #visitbellevue and let others know why Bellevue is the ultimate destination for unforgettable moments.

Embark on your Bellevue adventure today and create memories that will last a lifetime.