North Shore Lagoon

Bothell, WA
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18607 Bothell Way NE
Bothell, WA
Opened in 2015
Mon-Thu 11am-11pm
Fri-Sat 11am-midnight
Sun 11am-11pm
(425) 398-0122

Critiki ratings

North Shore Lagoon

7.9

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by 24 people

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10

Detail
Everyone You
Decor 8.7
Drink Quality 8.2
Drink Selection 7.5
Food Quality 7.8
Food Selection 6.7
Mood 8.3
Music 7.6
Service 8
Tikiness 7.7
Tilt 8.2
Vibe 7.9

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Humuhumu’s description

North Shore Lagoon is part of McMenamins Anderson School complex, and opened on October 15, 2015. The Anderson School is no longer a school. It opened in 1931 as Bothell Junior High School, and now lives on as a collection of attractions: a hotel, a brewery, a movie theater, restaurants, bars, and with the North Shore Lagoon, a swimming pool and tiki bar.
The tiki bar is decorated in traditional style, with lots of bamboo, distressed wood and driftwood, and pufferfish, bamboo and tapa cloth lamps. The soundtrack includes Exotica classics. The tiki bar overlooks the swimming pool. There is an extensive spirits list, including over 80 rums. The tropical cocktails are made with the classic recipes, including a Mai Tai, Zombie and Suffering Bastard.
If you'd like to swim in the pool, it is open to non-hotel guests for 2-hour open swims during the day; at the very beginning and end of the day swimming in the pool is for hotel guests only.

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Missmaelaroux
Missmaelaroux has visited North Shore Lagoon.
November 16, 2017, 1:58 PM
McMenamins is a company that reclaims historical buildings in danger of being demolished, saves them by repurposing them filling them with restaurants, bars, theatres and other family friendly gathering places. It even has an Olympic sized pool. The community reached out to them hoping to have it saved. Saved it they did! North Shore Lagoon has a bit more of a multi cultural twist on a tiki bar while still maintaining the tiki mood that youd want in a tiki bar, right down to surf rock/exotica music, dim lighting and repurposed woods and bamboos as far as the eye can see from all over the world. They offer a great menu of quality food. But most importantly the cocktails- FABULOUS. My Zombie was wonderful and they have a HUGE rum selection. Noah offered me tremendous service and even gave me an oral tour though the bar telling me where all the woods and sculptures came from. I could not be more happy I drove an hour round trip out of my way to check this off of my Critiki list.
Erikmedia
Erikmedia has visited North Shore Lagoon.
August 1, 2017, 12:34 AM
My wife and I have been talking about coming here since the place opened but were put off by the negative Yelp reviews, however, tonight we decided to give the place a try and were definitely not disappointed. The decor is first rate, from the live banana trees out front to the subtle details that you will miss if you are not specifically looking for them.

We started off with two classic tiki cocktails, the Jungle Bird and the Mau Tai, both were, large, excellent and at $11 each pretty reasonable. We then proceeded to dinner, Dragon Boat appetizers (spiced pork meatballs, pickled daikon and carrot, cilantro, fried shallots and sriracha mayo all in a lettuce leaf), followed by the Thai Chop salad with chicken for my wife and the Hawaii Five-O burger for me. The burger was great, cooked exactly the way I like it, and topped with grilled pineapple, ham and mango-habanero sauce. The salad was epic, being based on cabbage rather then lettuce and was large enough that my wife could not finish it all.

After dinner was finished, we moved on to desert, I had the Kahlua Creme Brulee and my wife had the pineapple upside down cake. Both were pretty good, but the creme Brulee was not fully or properly caramelized on top so the shell was kind of chewy rather than the crisp, crunchy sugar shell on generally expects on a creme brulee.

In general we had a really great time, there were, however, a couple of negatives. The first is that it took a long time to get dessert even though the place was adequately staffed and not that busy. Secondly, my wife, who had an excellent view into the kitchen did not like that the kitchen staff were not wearing uniforms and were not using hair restraints. Finally, one of the waiters who helped us had terrible B.O. which is something I absolutely detest.

I would also like to say that Jacob the bartender was ultra-great and really worked hard to make sure we had a great time.
MrLzrd
MrLzrd has visited North Shore Lagoon.
April 23, 2017, 12:13 AM
Went to the North Shore Lagoon for the first time this evening. They've done a great job with decor and environment, and service was prompt and very friendly. They have a good rum selection and a nice selection of "traditional" tiki drinks. I enjoyed a Mai Tai and a Zombie, and a special called "Kokopelli's Smirk". All were good or better, but not over the top fantastic. Food is above average pub grub with some nods to Asian/Polynesian. The music was at a conversational level and a mix of exotica, reggae, and surf rock. There were plenty of noticeable tiki statues, and a lot of masks that were more African, S. American and Asian than Polynesian, but all blended well for an exotic atmosphere. We were there somewhat early on a Saturday evening, and most of the people we saw were there for a novelty and a night out, and didn't seem to be tiki-philes. I imagine that was true at many places during the "Golden Age" of Tiki too. Their menu has a good intro and a page in back about where their decor and such came from. Overall, a lot of love and integrity went into making this place. It is unique and interesting. We hope to return some time, and may plan a stay at the adjoining hotel, and swimming in the Olympic sized salt water in-door pool that the North Shore Lagoon bar and restaurant overlook.
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