Though meals tend to bring friends together, meals peppered with magnets can push them apart. Enjoy an attractive repast with today’s Groupon to ViaVita Café & Wine Bar in Bellevue. Choose between the following options:
For $20, you get $40 worth of European-inspired dinner fare.
- For $79, you get a European-inspired dinner for four (up to a $162 total value) that includes:
- One petite cheese or petite charcuterie board (up to a $12 value)
- One small plate (up to a $14 value)
- Four Chef’s Whims entrees (up to a $28 value each)
- Four glasses of house red or white wine (a $6 value each)
ViaVita’s Chef du Cuisine, Robert Erickson, has gleaned techniques and inspiration from his many travels to Europe and leans on them to craft the French- and Italian-inspired fare that populates a constantly rotating seasonal menu. Three artisan cheeses or specialty meats huddle with jam around a toasty, fresh baguette. Cold-weather entrees include an aromatic puttanesca with tomato, basil, and anchovy or tenderloin snuggled beside roasted potatoes with a blanket of wilted baby spinach and a vanilla-perfumed demi-glace. Fine herbs fleck salmon, coy cod, shrimp, and cream in a pot-au-feu, a traditional fall stew known for its hearty yet elegant flavors and its ability to fight off winter by being poured on the heads of snowmen. Guests can also peruse the ever-evolving wine list for examples of jewel-toned libations they can sip slowly from graceful stemware while seated in delicate wicker café chairs huddled around stone tables.
ViaVita Café & Wine Bar
The inside of ViaVita Café & Wine Bar traces the timeline of a single day. Floor-to-ceiling windows cast morning light onto a display case of pastries and cheeses—an addendum to the counter that bears morning coffee orders. Nearby, granite-topped tables sit far enough apart to suggest an open, Parisian patio, but close enough together to support a cross-stream of chatter over lunchtime sandwiches. The day ends on the other side of a semicircular wine bar. There, walls wearing distressed paint encapsulate a rustic alcove, where hanging plants and Greco-Roman-style pottery evoke the dining room of a hillside villa.
The decor and seasonal menu at ViaVita Café & Wine Bar champion a European-flavored escape, where diners can stop at any time for a meal, a snack, or a glass of wine. From the crepes and omelets of brunch—served with duck-fat potatoes and chocolate-orange butter—to afternoon paninis and dinners of pan-seared Alaskan salmon, meals realized by imaginative chefs spark and fuel long conversations. Imported and domestic beers, as well as wines from small vineyards on multiple continents, complement the diverse bouquet of flavors and pair especially well with cheese and charcuterie boards. During special events, guitar music acts as a soothing soundtrack for bites, and sommelier seminars instruct patrons on how to age libations without sending them to PG-13 movies alone.