Russell’s Restaurant, Bothell, Wa

Tonight, I ventured “over the pond” via ferry to the mainland.

A couple of hours before I left, I went to to find a “last-minute deal” on Hotels.com. I found a great price on a room at Springhill Suites by Marriott Seattle Bothell (3850 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell).

I arrived at the hotel, thanks to my GPS. It is located way off the beaten path in a business park. The receptionist was very pleasant and offered to assist with dinner plans, as the hotel is about 2.5 miles from Bothell’s town center. I thanked her and proceeded to my room.

I used my GPS on my phone to search for restaurants and was pleasantly surprised to find one only a 1/2 mile away. It was called Russell’s . The description said “American cuisine in a converted barn”. 4 stars and $$. I thought, “perfect”. I expected an affordable steak restaurant/bar with peanut shells on the floor. I was decked out in less than classy sweats, so it sounded perfect.

It took me about 3 minutes to get there. There was only a few cars in the parking lot. I walked into a dimly lit restaurant. I stood by the hostess station and observed the bartender busing a table. She did not acknowledge me. I watched the waiters buzzing around dressed in formal attire, white shirts and black pants. I noticed the absence of peanuts on the floor…

About 5 minutes later, I was finally acknowledged. I was told less than politely that I would have to wait for a table or sit in the full service bar. I chose option 3, to take a menu, find a place well enough lit to see and place an order to go. I opened the menu. Wow, sticker shock! It was not $$, but $$$$. The filet mignon was $39.00. I chose a cheaper option of sea scallops for $25.00. I returned to the bar area with the menu and took a seat. I ordered to go and placed a drink order for a Malibu rum and pineapple juice. I didn’t watch the bartender make the drink. I was looking at the TV over the bar. I can tell you though it was not Malibu rum. I don’t know what it was, but it tasted like watered down expired pineapple juice with mystery alcohol. It was very bitter. I have never returned a drink before, but there’s a first for everything! The bartender did at least take it off of my bill.

My food then came out in a timely manner. It was in waxed brown box. Everything was dumped in together. Scallops, vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. No salad, no bread and the sauce over the scallops was all over my potatoes and veges, causing the potatoes to sort of melt (yeek). I returned to the hotel room to eat. It was nice to be in a more comfortable atmosphere to eat my $25.00 mush.

Overall, the food was good. It just would have been much better if the scallops and the sauce were in separate containers. For the cost, I think separating the food would have been appropriate. Perhaps my whole experience would have been better, if I would have been dressed for the occasion and had stayed and eaten there.

With those prices I doubt I would give it a second chance, even if I lived in that area.

Assessment: was not remotely like the online description, way over priced for the quality and quantity of food and  poor service.

The hotel (Springhill Suites by Marriott Seattle, Bothell)  is very nice and I would recommend, if you are okay with a hotel in the middle of an industrial park, a few miles from town.

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