Joule

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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PT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful tender steaks with a tasty Korean twist. And the desserts are dank city

RL
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We just love Joule. The food is always creative and amazing. The service is personal. We highly recommend this restaurant.

C
Seattle
60 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Second time there and it did not disappoint. Excellent food with a unique flair. Everything was very fresh. We were a party of four and our server suggested family style which was perfect. It was the first time for the other three in my party and they all loved it. Would gladly come here again.

DL
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Three of us went for Sunday brunch and took advantage of the brunch buffet with entree for a bargain $20. A small additional charge for certain entrees in the 2-3 buck range. To be honest, I was looking for a more obvious ‘Korean cooking outside the lines’ (a line from Yang’s ‘My Rice Bowl’). But, Yang’s use of Korean elements, while subtle, really did speak up and say ‘Hey there’, trust me, you’re gonna like this’. From the buffet morsels to the entrees, the menu delivered a well-crafted, light-handed Korean influenced meal. I had the Sesame Waffle and Chicken Fried Steak. The only complaint I had - and this is true of every waffle I’ve had from iHop to Fat’s - the waffle arrives too cool for me. Butter wouldn’t melt if it were on the plate. At least I expected this. The chicken fried steak was delicious and crunchy with a moist interior, done perfectly medium rare. Another had the Coulette, eggs and cilantro chimichurri - beauty in every way. My other friend went for the Revel Breakfast (2 big slabs of bacon maybe sous vide?, eggs to order, and toast). She had only praise. On a side note, my friend really likes wine so she wanted a bold red for brunch. Our server admitted to not really knowing the wines as she mostly works brunch and wine isn’t a big request. Happy to report, our server gave my friend a taste of some wines before she chose. Class act on part of the server. We’ll be back for dinner soon. Absolutely.

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husbands birthday. The servers were wonderful, even as we probably started to become the loud bunch with maybe one too many of their delicious drinks. The food was also amazing. Highly recommend.

a
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best meal I've had in Seattle. Watch my stories on @AnastasiaMidas for the dishes we absolutely devoured within seconds. 1. Geoduck fried rice 2. Chinese Broccoli 3. Short Rib 4. Shrimp. Cocktails were delicious and the service was impeccable. I cannot wait to come back. Seriously get yourself over to Joule!

b
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was incredible but the noise level was insanely loud. At one point my friend and I started laughing because we were yelling at each other from across a small two-top table. We definitely did not stay as long as we wanted because it was so loud. We went across the street to get another drink & continue our conversation. Missed opportunity for Joule!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good and they accommodated us for my friend’s birthday but putting a candle in the dessert.

SL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal at Joule. A flavoursome combination of dishes. Service was prompt.

TO
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique restaurant with awesome vibe and interesting, creative bites. Our server was very professional and made great menu suggestions. The octopus was definitely a favorite! Great cocktails and small plates, we will certainly return the next time we are in Seattle!

k
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was expertly prepared with some unusual and tasty innovations. A very pleasant meal and evening!

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Sat at the counter and guessed what they were making. Much fun.
Creative delicious meal. The chef who cooked our steak was dialed in. So focused on turning out delicious steak after after steak that he didn’t hear me tell him what a fantastic job he was doing.
It was my birthday and I got to pick where we went. I chose Jewel, again. Great decision.

m
Seattle
111 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been awhile since I had eaten at Joule. Everything turned out exactly as I remembered: delicious interesting food, good service, and really great wine. I have always loved the space as well. I need to go back there more often!

JN
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It had been a while since I last had brunch at Joule. The food was still great, but I think the buffet selection was better in the past...? But, nonetheless it's a great place!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Seattle for consistency, quality of food, and service.

ML
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and varied flavors in a shareable small plate format. Delicious!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great experience!

GC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food.

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. My personal favorites were the cauliflower, chorizo rice cakes and the prime steak. The cocktails were also very well made and balanced. I loved the smitten.

n
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite Seattle restaurants when we are in town!

JL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Had a 1:30 reservation. Brunch is listed as stopping at 2:00 pm. By the time we got there, they had already stopped refilling to buffet menu. So we paid full price for a limited buffet. They should not charge us full price if they don't plan on refilling it after 1:30.

I understand this is to cut costs... But when customers are paying 30 dollars for brunch... You guys should not be skimping on the service....

CH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Relaxed atmosphere and wonderful unrushed dinner.

N
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We've had a very frustrating experience with the waiter arguing over the order, which completely ruined the occasion. Also the place is quite pretentious, but the food was not on par with our expectations. Will not recommend.

ND
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic, unpretentious food that has both style and substance. While it's on the spendier side of things, it's well worth it for the quality. Fantastic experience throughout, and the service was great.

g
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!

CK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

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

Z
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are the sea level 6 and we approve of Joule

DM
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch... reasonable and very tasty

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

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
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

D
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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