There’s something to be said about the convenience of hosting clients or convening employees onsite, but sometimes conference-room meetings — with fluorescent lighting, cramped quarters, and that one broken chair — can feel a bit stale. In order to help you escape the doldrums of stagnant office meetings, we have compiled a list of 40 event venues across the Eastside. Consider meeting a client for a game of bowling on your own private lane or gathering team members for burgers, fries, and classic arcade-style video games before getting down to business. These options and many more are ready for whatever corporate event you have planned.

By Parker Barry, Joanna Kresge, and Melissa McCarthy

 

Ascend Prime and Sushi
Bellevue / Capacity: 450
Enjoy the stunning vista of the Seattle skyline accompanied by the Cascade mountain range as you dine on decadent steak and seafood. This space is perfect for a big classy corporate event or a casual business lunch. Reserve one of the private dining rooms or rent out the whole place, no matter what you’ll be in heaven with the sky filled views and the divine food. ascendprime.com

Bellevue Arts Museum

Bellevue Arts Museum. Photo: Zinc Photography.

Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue / Capacity: 165 seated, 450 standing
Whether you choose to hold your event in the art-adorned Forum, the open-air Court of Light, or the in-house Auditorium, the event will exude elegance if you select Bellevue Arts Museum. End the evening with group admission to the galleries. bellevuearts.org

The Bellevue Club Hotel
Bellevue / Capacity: 300
Fans of The Bellevue Club will love this urban retreat’s extensive in-house catering menu, posh meeting rooms, and sophisticated atmosphere. Guests who might be stressed after a long day of meetings can hit the gym or spa to unwind. bellevueclubhotel.com

Bellevue Golf Course
Bellevue / Capacity: 100
Whether it’s a small gathering on the green, dinner meetings at the Bellevue Grill, or company outings of up to 100 people, the Bellevue Golf Course can meet any and all business rendezvous needs. bellevuepgc.com

Cast Iron Studios
Bellevue / Capacity: 128 seated, 250 standing
Cast Iron Studios is an intimate downtown Bellevue space with wood walls, heavy metal chairs, and varied industrial accents. Book an event, and have it catered by downtown eateries Purple or Lot No. 3. castiron-studios.com

Courtyard by Marriott
Bellevue / Capacity: 270
Perfect for out-of-town conferences, Courtyard by Marriott offers more than 3,800 square feet of space. The staff provides guests with a free website to manage each group, allowing attendees to book overnight rooms if needed. Bonus: There’s a Starbucks on the premises. marriott.com

The Golf Club at Newcastle
Newcastle / Capacity: 600
This meeting space includes a boardroom; a ballroom; and the Wooly Toad, an intimate venue with lush leather sofas, poker and pool tables, and a private balcony with cityscape views. In addition, the club’s onsite golf course is ideal for unwinding or closing a business deal. newcastlegolf.com

Grand Ridge Manor
Issaquah / Capacity: 300
For a secluded wilderness corporate retreat, book an event at this country manor surrounded by wetlands and the “Issaquah Alps” — Tiger, Squak, and Cougar mountains. The re-invigorating and replenishing nature will inspire your team members with some of their best ideas yet. thegrandridge.com

Hollywood Schoolhouse
Woodinville / Capacity: 220
A charming, historical landmark with modern amenities makes this venue one of a kind. Your associates will enter through French doors and under the vintage chandeliers and view your presentations via high-tech video screens and surround-sound speakers. hollywoodschoolhouse.com

Hilton Bellevue
Bellevue / Capacity: 1,000
Clients booking meeting spaces at Hilton Bellevue are offered a package consisting of catering, audio-visual support, and a dedicated meeting planner who will coordinate room sets, meal times, and guest room arrangements. hilton.com

The Hollywood Tavern
Woodinville / Capacity: 100
The Hollywood Tavern teams up with its neighbor, Woodinville Whiskey Co., to offer a customizable event venue with country-style dining in the distillery. The copper still and 25-foot distillation columns add ambience to the already rustic space. thehollywoodtavern.com

Hotel 116 Bellevue
Bellevue / Capacity: 350
Situated in downtown Bellevue and nearby I-405, the Hotel 116 is a prime location for business gatherings. As part of the Coast Hotels company, it promises excellent catering and customer service as part of the package. coasthotels.com

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. Photo: Taggart Sorensen

Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Bellevue / Capacity: 1,850
Centrally located in downtown Bellevue, Hyatt Regency offers 70,000 square feet of flexible, Asian-inspired meeting space, including a 135-seat sloped auditorium with a THX sound system and video conferencing capabilities. hyatt.com

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
Renton / Capacity: 1,000
With more than 60,000 square feet of event space, this venue can host your entire company, whether it is a small business or a large corporation, all with views of picturesque Lake Washington. hyatt.com

iPic Theaters
Redmond / Capacity: 295
In addition to its state-of-the-art presentation equipment, iPic offers a menu of fresh, made-to-order local food that can be eaten in the cinema. If the theater isn’t the right scene for your business needs, iPic’s bar with flat-screen TVs and a diverse drink menu also is available. ipictheaters.com

John Howie Steak

John Howie Steak. Photo: John Schuler

John Howie Steak
Bellevue / Capacity: 32
With the famed chef for whom this restaurant is named, you’d expect the culinary experience to be top-notch, and it is. Combine that with the rich leather chairs, warm wood tables, and views of the Cascades, and you’ll find an overall atmosphere of class for any event. johnhowiesteak.com

Kirkland Performance Center
Kirkland / Capacity: 394
This theater-style venue makes a day of PowerPoint presentations more enjoyable by offering comfortable seating, a concession stand, bar, and ushers. kpcenter.org

Lucky Strike
Bellevue / Capacity: 1,200
Whether team-building or just as break from the tired conference-room setting, Lucky Strike offers a private meeting area replete with leather seating, presentation equipment, a 20-foot-long bar, and four private lanes. If that’s not enough room, you can rent the whole place. luckystrikesocial.com

Lunchbox Laboratory
Bellevue / Capacity: 70
This quirky spot in downtown Bellevue is a nerd’s paradise. In addition to its fantastic burgers, the restaurant has an Event Lab that features a full bar, old-school arcade games, and a dance floor, all of which make the intimate space more fun. lunchboxlab.com

Maggiano’s Little Italy
Bellevue / Capacity: 250
Maggiano’s offers Italian fare that can be served family- or buffet-style during corporate events. With professionally dressed servers, stylishly decorated rooms, soft Sinatra-style music, and adjustable lighting, any business event at this venue will radiate class and sophistication. maggianos.com

Maplewood Greens Banquets and Events
Renton / Capacity: 240
Located on the grounds of Maplewood Golf Course, this venue allows guests to walk right out of the conference room and onto the links for a quick round of golf. Afterward, visitors can enjoy a cold beer at the River Rock Grill. maplewoodgreens.com

Meadowbrook Farm Si View Metro Parks
North Bend / Capacity: 375
Tired of cityscapes? Escape to the greener landscapes of the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley. This location is perfect for business retreats. Get in lots of team bonding while enjoying the breathtaking views of Mount Si. siviewpark.org

Meydenbauer Center
Bellevue / Capacity: 3,500
With space large enough for a concert or trade show, or small enough for a business meeting, it’s no wonder Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center recently celebrated 25 years of operation, during which it has hosted more than 4 million guests. meydenbauer.com

Mox Boarding House
Bellevue / Capacity: 23
Mox Boarding House isn’t just a board game store. There is a full-service restaurant, a tournament room for daily events, and smaller rooms for more intimate meetings. Host a party in the hidden speakeasy (accessible via faux bookcase), or get down to business in the library. moxboardinghouse.com

Pickering Barn
Issaquah / Capacity: 350
Pickering Barn wins over brides every summer as a go-to rustic wedding venue, but this 12,000-square-foot barn also can accommodate up to 350 guests for a corporate event. Bonus: The Barn’s dressing rooms can be converted into breakout rooms for meetings and workshops. ci.issaquah.wa.us

Red Lion Hotel
Bellevue / Capacity: 450
This downtown Bellevue hotel has 5,750 square feet of adaptable meeting space and devoted event planners to help make any meeting, large or small, a success. Forgot to print out that speech? No problem. The business center is equipped with computers and printers. redlion.com

Renton Pavilion Events Center
Renton / Capacity: 650
Located at the center of Renton’s newly renovated downtown, the Renton Pavilion is perfect for events large and small. Combine the space with food by Rain City Catering, and you’ll have everything you need. rentonwa.gov

Resonance at Soma Towers
Bellevue / Capacity: 180
This suave space is ideal for intimate corporate events. Right in the middle of downtown Bellevue, Resonance offers a wide range of amenities, from a built-in sound system to an in-house bar. resonance.events

Robinswood House
Bellevue / Capacity: 200
The historic Robinswood House is great if you’re looking for a more rustic experience. Surrounded by the gorgeous Robinswood Park, the house has an English garden and a beautiful interior filled with antiques and hardwood floors. eastsidemeetings.com

Salish Lodge & Spa
Snoqualmie / Capacity: 180
Located adjacent to the serene Snoqualmie Falls and full of warm hearths, natural lighting, and rustic Northwest-inspired décor, this venue brings the boardroom back to nature. Bonus: Fans of the cult classic Twin Peaks will love visiting the fabled Great Northern. salishlodge.com

Serial Events
Bellevue / Capacity: 60 standing, 40 dining
You and your team are in for a challenge with Serial Events escape rooms. Bring the whole office and give them a team building experience to be discussed at the watercooler for a long time. Don’t forget to utilize Serial’s dining room after you escape. serialevents.com/corporate

Sheraton Bellevue Hotel
Bellevue / Capacity: 250
The Sheraton Bellevue Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Bellevue and offers 8,000 square feet of versatile, newly remodeled space that can accommodate a corporate holiday party, a multiday workshop, or any other business function. marriott.com

Stone Lounge
Bellevue / Capacity: 250
With amenities such as in-house catering; a full bar; and extensive entertainment options like karaoke, games, and music — the work is done for you at Stone Lounge. Located in downtown Bellevue, this venue is perfect for elegant corporate events of all sizes. stonebellevue.com

Tibbetts Creek Manor
Issaquah / Capacity: 120
This picturesque, two-story house-turned-venue sits beside a quiet creek and might as well have been painted upon a canvas. In the summer, hold breakout sessions on the deck, or rent the Issaquah city park next door for team-building activities. ci.issaquah.wa.us

The Westin Bellevue
Bellevue / Capacity: 800
Outdoors-inspired meeting spaces at The Westin Bellevue give clients a taste of nature without leaving downtown Bellevue. The staff will accommodate gatherings of every size and shape by utilizing the 35,641 square feet of meeting space. marriott.com

WeWork

WeWork. Photo: Jeff Hobson

WeWork Lincoln Square
Bellevue / Capacity: 50
Share a neighborhood with companies like Amazon and Microsoft, and even take the skybridge to a variety of excellent restaurants. This location is ideal for the city explorer. It’s just a minute’s walk from museums and local parks. wework.com

W Hotel in Bellevue
Bellevue / Capacity: 500
Nothing says classy corporate like the W Hotel. The W will help you plan your event and provide you with all the equipment required for the perfect business event experience. marriott.com

Willows Lodge
Woodinville / Capacity: 140
In addition to its Northwest ambience, Willows Lodge has five acres of beautiful gardens and an onsite restaurant, The Barking Frog. Nearby is the Aerial Adventure Park, perfect for tightrope-walking team-building events. willowslodge.com

Woodinville Lavender
Redmond / Capacity: 50 inside, 80 outside
As guests step onto the grounds, the scent of lavender (whether in bloom or not) is enough to calm even the most frazzled minds. Events can be hosted indoors or outdoors among the lavender with views of the bucolic Sammamish Valley. woodinvillelavender.com

The Woodmark Hotel
Kirkland / Capacity: 250
Located on Carillon Point in Kirkland, the Woodmark features a vast array of meeting room styles and patios, each with a stunning view of Lake Washington. When the weather cooperates, the staff can coordinate group activities like paddle boarding and boat rentals. destinationhotels.com