Joule

4.8
805 Reviews
$30 and under
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 1.5-2 hour time slots for parties. 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 with our available accommodations.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 805 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PearlP
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and cocktails were delicious and creative. Wonderful blend of flavors. Excellent quality.

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JulieG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place. The smoked tofu dish was so good I’m going to be craving it from now on, which is unfortunate because I don’t live in Seattle. The shrimp dish was also insanely good, as were the cocktails. The beef was a tad chewy but still pretty good. Very nice staff.

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vipEleanor
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very creative and surprisingly good. The combinations of ingredients and flavor set it apart from any other first rate restaurant in Seattle. It’s also fun to eat there and the service feels personal and welcoming.

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vipCherylc
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! The employees were friendly and helpful, the food was fabulous and timed perfectly, the setting is very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly some of the tastiest dishes we’ve ever tried anywhere in the world. Brandy took great care of us. Highest recommendation.

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Local
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine with friends. Outdoor patio with fireplace makes for a fun dining experience. Excellent cuisine.

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EricaS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

“That” steak was amazing, as were the rice cakes. Cocktails also delicious. Octopus was a fail, overly charred and rubbery. The beets were good, as were the shrimp. Beautiful deck.

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KayK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food we had eaten in a long time . Excellent quality , finger-licking deliciousness ! I am so speechless because all I can think of is when will I dine here again . Wonderful service , well balanced cocktails and food that I can still taste in my brain . Can’t wait to come back !!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was excellent, although the Mackerel was a little on the salty side. The service, however, was outstanding. The staff went out of their way to check in on us and to chit chat and made the evening feel very personal.

Was our second time eating at Joule, and we’ll definitely be back!

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vipSamO
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food seemed over sauced. At times just too salty. Their 4% service charge seems poorly thought out. Either charge the full service charge or bake it into the food price.

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Private
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It just wasn't a place for me. Was more for family style which we didn't know. My husband tried something he never had. He liked it ok enough; I had the halibut and there was a funk to it. I did not enjoy the meal myself. The waitress was nice, but not very observant as I didn't eat anything. My husband answered everything was OK though, so... Last meal in Seattle after living here 5 years, and I went and got Dicks after. Maybe if I had had the miso black cod, which wasn't on the current menu. We won't go back, but maybe recommend if you like fucky food. Very casual for how expensive. Also not my idea of a steakhouse, French, or Japanese... Food quality seemed on point. Storage boxes were tucked under the benches and visible, which looked sloppy.

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vipARM981
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very unusual and creative combinations of flavors, flawlessly executed, presented through knowledgeable, thoughtful and friendly service. Careful COVID measures that did not detract from the dining experience.

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NinaP
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was a bit disappointing. Seafood didn’t seem that fresh, and flavor combos didn’t work. Service was terrific though, and the wine, an Albariño, was very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Seattle and this spot was stellar! Amazing Food and Amazing service, 10 out of 10 would come back again any day!

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vipBarbaraandDwightloveLago
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joule has consistently kept an exceptionally high standard for years. It is our most favorite restaurant in Seattle. The entire experience is excellent with talented and friendly staff and very excellent cocktails. The food is exciting, fresh and delicious. Just go there!

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lifeisgood
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu in a wonderful outdoor setting! Food was excellent.

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Lachlan
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There are always multiple stand out items on the frequently changing menu at Joule. I have been 3 times and been thoroughly happy with each one.

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OzeChef
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out in 14 months and did not disappoint! Even though we had had take out over the last year from you all, it was great to be able to dine with you all. We have been dining with you since you were located on N 45th, and you guys are consistently solid and innovative. Best service, food and ambiance in town.

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JasonC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Short rib and halibut is a must! The service was also great!

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BrandonB
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my birthday. Food and service are fantastic.

MB
MBennett
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the wait staff helpful and friendly.

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Corinne
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Covid protocols felt safe. The food was amazing! It was our first nice dinner out since the pandemic started and it felt really elegant, safe, and welcoming.

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SandiK
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an outstanding meal in a very covid-safe environment. Outdoor seating was very nice. Food was incredible and service was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious as always, service was great and everything was clean

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great dining experience at Joule. From the cocktails
to the dessert. We had the bone marrow which was exquisite, the chorizo and rice cakes which had the perfect amount of spice, of course That short rib which was so tender and cooked perfectly which went along perfectly with the gojuchang and the black cod which like butter! The service was great; friendly and professional. Can’t wait to go back!

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LoveGoodFoodinSeattle
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Dinner included old favorites such as chorizo rice cakes and matcha flan and new ones.

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vipBarbaraandDwightloveLago
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been out to dinner in one year. Joule is absolutely excellent - service, quality of food and environment. We just love this place and the excellence hasn't changed in one year. They are just one fabulous place.

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sunitg
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Joule is always a treat! Everything from the innovative menu to the friendly service is great! I'm a regular here.

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vipanniec
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joule is just the best. Period end of sentence.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The food was subpar which I was very surprised about as I’ve frequented this restaurant many times. I was also a bit surprised about the service, it was very hands off and uninspired. I know Covid has hit the restaurant industry hard and We’ve tried to support our favorite restaurants frequently throughout takeout and now that we are vaccinated through dining in house...but it is hard to justify the expense when we aren’t met with good food and good service.

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MauryG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to Joule and go when I feel like having a truly tasty dinner. The staff are incredibly friendly and attentive. The ambience is relaxing and with the kitchen in view, you can watch the magic happen.

My favorite dishes there are the kalbi burger and the spicy rice cakes. I dearly miss the kaya toast with the spread. I also miss the cauliflower with yogurt and bonito, but the radish works out ok.

I will definitely go again and recommend you go as well.

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RyanH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt, Joule is my favorite Seattle restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is friendly and professional, and the vibe is cool but laid back.

MR
vipMikeR
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place gets an A for creativity. I don’t think a single dish on the menu is traditional. Everything was new and interesting. One dish was a scallion pancake served with creme fraiche, chili oil, and salmon roe. It was great. Every dish that we had was like this. Super creative and it just worked. If I lived in Seattle, I’d be a regular.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us ordered 90% of the menu, ate about 89% of it (it’s that good!)... and it was 100% delicious. Service thoughtful and quick but not pressured (we were the last to leave). Chicory salad and mackerel my favorites. Rib eye and the rice cakes and pea shoots and tofu were other highlights— but truly everything delicious. The only thing I might skip would be the scallion pancakes but that’s because I’m into big flavors and they are more subdued, but texturally so nice. I’ve been coming here for years. Always amazing and interesting food. You will never be bored by yet another kale Caesar here (duh, it’s Korean fusion!, but you see my point). One of my all-time favorite restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Post wedding dress shopping and was perfect. I’ve been there a bunch and 2 friends who have not that loved it. I can never pass up a miso black cod, ALWAYS get the tofu “salad” the broccoli and pea greens with almond butter were awesome and my friend who what the burgers said it was insane.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joule is our go to, for date night, satisfying our rice cake cravings and for showcasing a taste of Seattle to our visitors. We absolutely love the food and drinks. Although I still prefer to sit outdoors during the pandemic, the indoor area feels airy with the design of the building and that they keep the patio doors ajar the entire evening. If you get Brandi as a server- you will never be disappointed by her warmth, menu knowledge and hospitality.

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DrewS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were absolutely wonderful. We have been here a few times (including twice since the COVID-19 reopening), and we always have a great experience.

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Amera
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Wonderful staff. Dietary restriction friendly too.

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KathrynN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, cocktails, and service were all perfect. Looking forward to a return trip!

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vipdr10596
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I really wanted to like Joile. Having read so much press about it and being intrigued by the nature of the menu I was very excited about dining here. Unfortunately and perhaps it was just my experience that evening but it certainly didn’t meet my expectations.

The starters almost universally lacked seasoning - and the texture of the signature rice cakes was lost on me. Were they intended to be gloppy? It’s a short card, so execution needs to be on point. While the plating was very nice, it couldn’t make up for the other faults IMO.

Perhaps the most challenging part was the service? There were multiple times that a dish was summarily plopped down on the table without care or anything other than a cursory description. In fact with two dishes the server never even stopped? Instead she just dropped the food as she walked by.

I respect what they are doing here and I’m certain that it could just be me or Joule having an off night? But it isn’t a place I would return to.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Joule using the Order Online button. Joule also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 632-5685.

Joule is rated 4.8 stars by 805 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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