Joule

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Steakhouse
Joule, the first restaurant from celebrated husband and wife cooking team Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, is re-located in October, 2012 to the innovative, newly developed the Fremont Collective in Seattle’s Wallingford/Fremont neighborhood. From its original opening in 2007, Joule has cultivated a loyal dining fan base and captured the attention of an admiring local and national media captivated by the couple’s unique, modern perspective on Korean cuisine. Joule, the mature sibling to Yang and Chirchi’s restaurant, Revel, highlights Korea’s love of beef featuring unconventional cuts accompanied by distinctive and shareable side dishes.

Joule takes reservations for 2 hour time slots. We do our best to accommodate as many guests as we can so we ask to please be considerate of other diners at the end of your meal. If you feel that your party will require more time please let us know in the notes and we will get back to you as soon as possible with our available accommodations.
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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around!

CK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

their service was TERRIBLE. Only checked in us to constantly remind us to clear out the table by 1pm.

Z
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The shrimp and grits were good. The chanterelle omelet was over cooked, tough, without much flavor. The ala carte dishes seem overpriced for the meal size. The restaurant is very noisy making it difficult to hear one’s table mates. The service was excellent.

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very loud ambiance, thought it might be quieter, but the tables were too close together. Food was average.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Felt like servers were trying to rush us out and we had a 9 pm reservation. They didn’t need our table. We had to ask for dessert menus when he brought us a check. I thought it was their job to sell?!

JS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy online reservation. Had Saturday brunch. Monthly buffet theme was Oktoberfest, with good variety of flavors and textures. Items were restocked as they ran out. Mains (bacon and eggs breakfast and grits) and were outstanding. Scallion hash was great. Kids meal was smallish but ok when supplemented by the buffet. A different brunch buffet concept, we left very full and satisfied.

CC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had the steak and waffles. Wish it came with a side of maple syrup, I don’t normally use a lot but there wasn’t enough for me. Thin steak wasn’t quite medium rare in two thirds of it and the giant butter (?) didn’t enhance the flavor for me. If I was going to have battered beef I would have preferred a crispy ginger beef from a Chinese restaurant. Buffet items were gourmet but a lot of flies around them, they almost need those Asian mesh food covers.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I haven’t been to Joule in years even though I consider it one of my favorites. A friend was visiting from out of town so I took her. She wasn’t all that impressed. The food was good but not as amazing as I remembered and our server was pompous. The restaurant already adds gratuity so he could act anyway he wanted.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are the sea level 6 and we approve of Joule

OT
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch... reasonable and very tasty

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This is our first time there. The table and furnitures are small and cheap. The menu was just a piece of paper with small and not clear print(with wrinkles). When we ready to order, the waiter said for two people, you will need to order at least 4 or 5 dishes. We asked for the waiter’s suggestions for their most popular food and ordered accordingly.smoked tofu, tar tar beef, fry rice and octopus. The presentation of all food were fine. However the taste are the same “very salty and sour” for all kind of food. We think the poor food taste and quality do not worthy of the price they charged. They also charged 20% for tips, totally not worth it.

ND
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, and I would definitely recommend it for a date or some other special occasion. While it's a little bit spendy, it's definitely worth the price tag, as the food is superb.

OT
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The main dishes (french toast and grits) were both great. The buffet was disappointing, but since they change it every month, there is bound to be an odd one out every now and then.

CJ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, but either the server or kitchen staff forgot one of our mains. I finished my dish before my GF’s dish arrived. The automatic 20% tip is bizarre for a 2 person table, especially when you have a service issue that results in a 20 min delay to one of your main orders.

P
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The $20 weekend brunch is yummy in my tummy and easy on my wallet. The food was outstanding and the chef's counter was educational. The kitchen and staff know what they're doing here. The theme for the weekend brunch menu changes every month so we'll be making monthly brunch appointments!

S
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third time to Joule. Wonderful, inventive, delicious food every time. Sat on the patio for dinner this time. Main dining room is very boomy. Hard to hear my friends! A minor quibble, though. Joule is a jewel.

GP
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved it! Great food, the choriso dish was divine.
The only thing I didn’t like is that it was quite loud and smelly/smoky because of the open kitchen.
Maybe a bit on the pricy side as well.

Y
Portland
95 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, fun drinks and great vibe. Just bring your sunglasses if you are on the patio...sun was in my eyes at sunset.

RD
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drink menu and eclectic food choices. Our waiter was attentive and very helpful on making suggestions.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

There was no fan and it was hot AF and the food was small quantities and not very good. They didn’t ask how we wanted our steak cooked and brought it super rare and bloody. Probably will never go back. Trying to hard to be boujee and not being boujee..

OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Pretty much everything on the menu is excellent, it's hard to go wrong when ordering at Joule.

The main dining area is beautiful and the noise level doesn't make having a good conversation while enjoying an amazing meal impossible.

With the exception of the hostess, whom on this visit was friendly and knowledgeable, service is detached. However, this kind of service is pretty standard in Seattle. It's the main reason that we don't dine out as often as we used to. Like a lot of people we know in Seattle (a place where cookbooks remain on the local best seller list for months), we are serious and adventurous home cooks. Why go out and feel like you're standing between your server and their completion of the Next Great American Novel or holding back their band from "making it" when you can make just it yourself? There was hope—as more establishments adopted an automatic 20% gratuity—that service would improve, but it hasn't seemed to have much effect.

Overall though, when you're in the mood for really original and delicious food, Joule remains a great bet.

HS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was wonderful, and so was the attention we got from our server. However, it was an especially hot day and we were sat near the kitchen. We were sweating for most of our meal, but the food made up for it. Would recommend to a friend.

WG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Joule had several large tables when our group of 6 arrived, which may explain our experience. It was 70 minutes between the delivery of the first entree to the last entree. Delivery of starters, entrees, and sides were in order of when the kitchen finished them, not when we’re ready for them. But waiter did warn us that dishes would not be in sequence. The kitchen did comp a dish, but that was the extent of explanation or any gesture of apology. Food was very tasty but our appetites were gone.

Gratuity was an automatic 20%, which seemed generous given our experience.

x
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The ribeye steak was quite a disappointment: chewey, full of tough tendon. The sauces were superb though.
The mackerel was lovely.

j
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Dishes rate fairly high on creativity and low on flavor. Everything overpriced.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Waitress was not pleasant at all. Food was good but not great. Did not match the high praise in my opinion.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was hot and the sun was in my eyes...even though we were sitting inside. Everything else we amazing.

ZZ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That steak with Kalbi and kimchi. Is bomb!! The bartender is cool as well

j
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They take a creative approach to their dishes and execute with high quality. We enjoyed exploring almost everything on the menu. Service was excellent.

NB
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my parents who were visiting from Louisiana because I wanted them to have a culinary experience they’d never normally pick. Having been I ordered for us, 8 items for 4 people. Everything was absolutely delicious and they loved it all. Neither eat much tofu but loved the smoked tofu salad. It’s a must when dining at Joule. Our serving was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu.

AK
Seattle
84 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Dined at Joule for partner's birthday. We had not eaten here in a long time and thought we'd revisit. We had always enjoyed it in the past. The food is not as good as I remember. The roasted cauliflower was bland. The beef tartare was fine, if on the small side. I wished it came with some toast or crackers. The geoduck fried rice was the best thing we ate. Partner wanted the duck, which would not have been my choice. Few restaurants make duck breast exciting. Joule's was no different. It was okay, a small portion with a salty escabeche accompaniment. The wait between each dish seemed on the long side. Frankly we were disappointed in this restaurant we used to love.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were amazing!

C
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always. The buffet is to DIE for. Looking forward to next visit.

CD
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish and drink was spectacular and the service was great

SR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The dining experience was fine, except the restaurant was very,very noisy. We had to ask the 3 gentlemen at the next table to please not shout.

MS
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was ok service poor apps came out after main course. 1st and last time going

TS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food beautifully presented. Excellent, knowledgeable service. Noise level very high. Best items were unique takes on Korean classics -- especially the Kalbi.

J
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was wonderful but would have been complemented better in a quieter ambience.

OT
Angus
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was great. Food was pretty great but rice cakes were a little over-sauced or something. Could have used a water bottle on the table. However, overall a very nice time.

KU
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everyone in the party enjoyed their food. As always the buffet had a lovely selection of different flavors to try. The music was too loud and even though we asked the waitress to turn it down it wasn't.

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