Jep's Chef House at Preservation Kitchen
Located in historic downtown Bothell is the 1916 Kaysner Estate. The building was originally home to the mayor of Bothell. Bricks, salvaged from Bothell Way were used to build a garage on the property. The back dining room at Jep's Chef House was once the garage and the bricks are still visible.
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Thu - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM
A restaurant with an identity crisis, not only the menu, but also the interior and the whole entourage. We had a mix of old and new menu items. The Asian style new ones did not match up with our regular Thai place in the same city. The old menus were OK, but price wise out of whack. A $60 ribeye next to a $18 Pad Thai? The service was 'interesting', way to personal in our opinion and wanting to touch every one on the shoulder. On top the service came with the unpleasant smell of a vivid smoker that you can smell from a 3 feet distance. Not something that helps with the appetite.
Everyone enjoyed the multiple menu items and it was the perfect place for a larger party!
Delicious dinner (perfectly rare skirt steak with chimichuri) and wonderful service, but the topper were the scrumptious deserts. Had the bread pudding with mixed berries (to die for custard) and chocolate mousse cake with a rich cherry sauce.
Beautiful setting! Private and yet service was exceptional! Would recommend the menu ! Our meals were wonderful and very tasty!
Not great...food took 90min and it was cold and over cooked
I loved this little restaurant's ambiance. The service was good. The food was creative and some things were excellent. I LOVED the crispy brussel sprounts. The desserts were also delicious. Both my husband and I found our main courses too sweet. The mashed potatoes tasted like sugar was added. The sauce on the caramelized short rib really needed the horseradish sauce (very good) to cut the sweetness. Even my husband's pasta had a sweet undertone. It was Valentine's Day but savory dishes should be savory.
I would recommend to a friend. The entrees were very good, the sides needed a little work. I had the Argentinian steak and my partner had the Duck. Both entrees were delicious. We started out with the crispy brussel sprouts which were excellent.
Great staff and food. Good unique place to eat with a wide variety on the menu.
Nice that the atmosphere inside is much the same as when it was Preservation Kitchen. The signage outside gives a very different impression. Happy to see some of the old menu favorites. I look forward to future visits to try some of the new offerings.
And unexpected place with 5 chefs and all of their contributions well represented on the menu. Had a late brunch and our server was great!
My friend and I have had brunch in a different restaurant every month for 4 years. I always have eggs benedict and this was the best I have ever had. My friend was equally impressed by his meal. The waitress, second day on the job, was most patient with us and a great sense of humour. Fireplace ambience also charming!
The service was very friendly and prompt. The ambiance is something a kin to having dinner at a country inn. Fireplaces were glowing, lighting appropriate, and the food was reasonably priced and pretty darned good. We had the Pad Thai and each had a glass of premium wine and left with a bill around $45. Not a lot of choices in the Kenmore/Bothell area, so we were surprised to stumble upon Jep's after visiting friends in Woodinville.
Nice quite location, inside the old house. Great ambience, warm touch with working fireplaces.
Food was decent, not to pricey. We had brunch.
Overall we can recommend it to a friends.
Enjoyed a delicious brunch with friends in the lovely mansion that I hadn’t been to since it was Girard’s. Definitely want to return and try their dinner!
We used to go here a lot as Preservation Kitchen, but after they changed chefs and then owners it’s a little disappointing. The food was okay, not like it used to be. It should have tipped us off that there were very few cars in the parking lot. We ordered the mussels as an appetizer, some were so fishy tasting that I was concerned it would make us sick, there was a huge difference in color between the mussels in the bowl. I also had the pork chop and it was not cooked all the way, red inside. The mashed potatoes and veggies were good though. My sons sirloin steak was so though I had a hard time cutting it. The salmon special and the short ribs were just okay. It’ll be hard for us to spend the money to go back, for what we got. So sad!
Brunch was delicious. Lovely table at the window in near-empty room. One notable problem with the service, server should always mention up front if the kitchen if out of anything. Once we were past that, service was very good.
We had a wonderful brunch at Jep’s. We were big fans of Preservation Kitchen and found when we went to book that it had changed hands. We were very pleasantly surprised to see that the ambiance, service and food were just as exceptional as before. The Bloody Mary we had was fantastic as well! Everybody in our party of 6, even the kids, raves about their meals. Looking forward to coming back!
We were in the room adjacent the bar and found it Very Loud. Food was properly prepared and Seasoned. The one server did her best to keep up, but perhaps slightly understaffed. Overall didn’t notice much difference with the ownership change.
Great service, inside an old home, wood floors and fireplace in one of the dining areas, very cozy. We had a party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their meals. Must have the crispy brussels sprouts for an appetizer. Delicious! Our server recommended a bottle of wine in our price range and it was spot on. A very enjoyable experience from beginning to end.
Went there for a Saturday brunch and the food was just ok. I got the meat lovers omelette and the bacon wasn't very cooked, the ham tasted like out of a package,definitely did not taste like Hempler's and didn't really taste any sausage. Just wasn't much memorable about it. My friend got the regular eggs benedict and the eggs were overcooked. Mimosa's were good with the Treveri champagne which I love. Sat upstairs and once a group came in it got quite loud. They may still be trying to figure things out with new owner/chefs, but it just was a solid OK. Service was fantastic!
The staff is always very nice and attentive. The food has changed since the new owners, but it still offers really tasty options. The curry is AMAZING. I'd definitely return here.
Service was great. Food was slower to arrive than some restaurants but it was a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Food was well worth the wait.
We had brunch here and throughly enjoyed the food. Service was great. Fireplace was burning and conversation wasn't hard because it was relatively quiet. Weird choice of music, but it wasn't overpowering.
Not a place I would recommend or visit again. This was supposed to be a special dinner for my husbands birthday. Small white plates on the table had black smudges all over them. No music or ambiance. No effort made to cover the odd "old house" smell. Although soup was listed on the menu, they did not have any available on a January evening. House salad was spinach with chopped mealy tomatoes, sliced carrots, rock hard croutons, swimming in a bath of oil. Order Mac and cheese for dinner that tasted suspiciously like velveeta. Host was not overly friendly, however our server was good. Just a disappointment all around.
Good selection of starters, salads and entree's on the menu. The wine selections were mostly Washington wines and were not over priced. They were very accommodating for a gluten allergy and a nut/peanut allergy. Our server, Jenna was terrific. She knew what was available and had recommendations. The short rib was delicious, tender and beautifully plated. The wild boar ragu was well spiced and seasoned. We are looking forward to returning and trying other specialties that are being introduced on the menu. Thank you!
Mediocre food. Expensive. Wait staff tried hard but didn’t seem very experienced.
Pleasantly surprised by the new ownership and eclectic menu, especially for Bothell. I’ve always enjoyed this space over the years. The fireside dining is lovely. Argentine Steak, Short Ribs and mashed potatoes were fabulous. Ratatouille was a nice addition to the menu. I didn’t care for green beans in this dish, but the flavors were on point and didn’t seem like it was thrown together last minute. Appreciate having a satisfying vegetarian option on the menu. Well done! Look forward to trying the Duck next time. The server was knowledgeable and attentive. Busser was attentive as well. Special thanks for remembering our birthday celebration.
Amazing service and variety of food!! Love trying new things.
I had had lunch here with a friend and both service and food were excellent. We came with a large group of 14 and quite disappointed. The food was good but it took more than an hour to come out even though the restaurant was not very busy. One person in our parties special of the night was at least 10 to 15 minutes after everyone else's was served. Our waitress was trying very hard to provide excellent service but she didn't seem to be getting much support. I would not recommend for a special occasion or a large group
Took our family of 8 for dinner and it was very special
We had an excellent dining experience. Food was fabulous aand the servers were outstanding. The place was quiet enough, so we were able to discuss oour projects without shouting.
Over the years, we always enjoyed Preservation Kitchen for it's consistent fine dining quality and comfortable vintage home ambiance. Our visit on Saturday was our first since this establishment changed ownership. We were quite impressed with the diverse brunch menu and separate children's menu. They kindly delivered the toddlers orders quickly. The delicious fluffy pancakes were stacked high and the sausage links were very tasty. The brioche French toast with wild fruit compote and the omelets were superb! We look forward to visiting again soon to further explore this new concept of several highly skilled chefs with unique specialties working collaboratively. We can already tell that Chef Jep and company have something very special going on here that pays homage to the legacy of Preservation Kitchen.
Everything was great. From the food to service to roaring FP!!
I moved to a home across the highway from this place when it was the very high end French restaurant, Gerard’s Relais de Lyon. That disappeared a good 25 years ago, when the owner retired. Since then, there have been several owners/names, of uneven quality. We gave this latest version a few months to settle in, before trying it.
We went for brunch, and we will go back. While nothing felt “inspired”, the duck hash I enjoyed, and my companion’s burger, were quite good, and so were our sparkling wine cocktails. The space, in a handsome old house, is welcoming. Service was efficient, informed, and smilingly pleasant. We will be back, I am sure.
Finally got a chance to go here with my team from work to celebrate our last product release together. It met all expectations. The food was great, the atmosphere quaint, the service perfect. If you haven't checked out Preservation Kitchen yet, you're missing out.
Very nice. Excellent food and charming atmosphere. Waiter was nice. The young busboy seemed a little out of sorts.
We really enjoyed the food and cocktails! I had the duck hash, it was excellent, as was the coffee cake. I would go back for the coffee cake, side of bacon and the coffee cocktail. The cake was that good.
Our waiter was also very good, he was personable, knowledgeable, attentive and got our humor.
The only reason we were not completely satisfied was the Host, the person who sat us was the total opposite of our waiter. He was standoffish, borderline snobbish/rude. There were only two other tables occupied in the restaurant when we arrived, and the host tried to seat us in the MOST undesirable table in the place. A dark corner that had one chair in the path from the kitchen. When we asked for a different table, he acted so put out.
When I asked about brunch items, he said in a very snippy tone and I quote, "I don't know what you're talking about." My friend said, "That's strike two."
Also, the menus are printed on paper. Understandable so they can be changed/update as needed. However, our menu was very splatted with food stuffs. My friend said, "That's strike three. Now it is up to the food and our waiter."
Thankfully, our waiter and the food were superb. Only because of that will we be back, hopefully we will have a different experience with the host.
The food was really terrible - normally I love this place! My friends and I were very disappointed in the meals we ordered. I ordered the filet and asked for medium - it was way over cooked and super fatty and rubbery. It came out cold too. My friend asked for no cheese on her meal and is was covered in cheese. For the amount of money we spent it was very disappointing.
First visit under new management. First time for dinner as usually visit for breakfast. Appreciate that they take reservations. Relaxed, quiet, cozy atmosphere, so perfect for being able to visit/have conversation with friends. Service excellent. Great three course special menu. Pad Thai was delicious. Will definitely return.
We have been to Preservation Kitchen a few times, but it's been at least a year or Mir since we were last there. The ambiance was cozy and private, great service, but the food was just ok. There wasn't any sort of grilled fish or chicken on the menu, only duck.