Surprisingly had to wait 10min to get seated in an empty reception area making reservation on time. Then waited 25min for server to take our order after initial greet. From there, service went well. Ordered tableside Caesar and tableside wagyu. Good steak but not delicious - a little underwhelming compared to other steakhouses of the same caliber. Probably won’t visit again.
Outstanding, as usual. We had the table side Caesar salad and it was prepared perfectly. That and a Japanese Wagu ribeye was more than enough. The steak was so rich and delicious that we barely made it halfway through ... but that was okay as it made great steak sandwiches a couple nights later.
Amazing food 👍
John Howies has consistently had reliable service the was professional and polite. The food is always top notch and is a delight to eat. The only real draw back on the restaurant is the price. This location is what I would consider for a celebration, but expect to pay at least $85 dollars for a typical dinner.
My wife and I had a date there tonight for a birthday and career change. We had one starter, an entree for 2, one dessert, a soda and one $13 cocktail. The location comped the dessert for the celebration and our total bill came out to $230 without tip. Which is fairly typical for me when I go with my wife.
The only other thing to say is that this is a steak house. When I go I eat steak which raises the price, but I have gone with a vegitarian friend before and the bill was significantly cheaper, but the food was only rated alright by him and not quite worth the expense.
Food was great. Best prime rib dip sandwich I've ever had. Service was great as well
Server listened to allergy problems, special needs and requests and delivered as asked for.
Birthday celebration was great.
Best Steak I have had in years! A selection of the best Wagyu beef from around the world is featured on the menu. Being able to order a selection of 4 oz. steaks and compare the flavors of each was impressive. The Japanese Kobe was amazing and was well worth the price we paid. Food and service was perfect.
Had to ask for a waiter and was told she was “busy” but would tell her. Then host cAme a few minutes later and waited on us. Food was ok, steak a bit to red for medium. Overall one of the lower rated experiences we’ve ever had at John Howie.
Food, service, atmosphere are all excellent. A5 Wagyu is something to be experienced at least once. Suggest you be prepared for a bit of a jaw-dropping bill. Almost $500 for a party of 3 makes this strictly a very special occaison type place.
First time I have had a poor experience at John Howie.
Prior to arriving at John Howie I had a look at the menu to prepare myself for the hit I was about to take as it was my turn to take my friend out to dinner. Suffice it to say that John Howie does not cater to those light in the wallet. But that's ok, because they do provide a nice dining atmosphere. Its unusual for me to have my appetizer, salad and main course place settings set for me so that is a nice departure from the norm which is me setting the table for my son. I was anticipating the first course to arrive which were the crab cakes. I had never actually had a crab cake before so I was imagining all of those jumbo lump delicious looking cakes I see on those food network shows. What arrived was a bit underwhelming I must say. Instead of the jumbo lump I was imagining, what arrived was a thin, extremely browned on both sides, puck of what seemed more like shredded crab meat. Maybe this is northwest style crab cake, I'm not sure but definitely not what I had hoped for at 11 bucks a piece. On to the salad course. I ordered the Apple Walnut and my friend. I must say that the salad course was definitely a step up from the crab cakes. In fact, I have no complaints at all about the salad. It was light, tasty and just the right amount of toppings to greens to dressing ratio. For the main course, I ordered the Filet Oscar style. I love a good filet and who can resist bernaise? The meal comes out and there were two medium rare mini filets topped with a total of 6 Dungeness crab segments perfectly out of the shell over a yukon gold potato cake that more resembled a bed of hash browns with asparagus sandwiched in between. Filet was good, bernaise was excellent, in fact, I think it clogged an artery like all good bernaise should. Unfortunately, the asparagus was undercooked and nearly raw, and the, ahem, hash browns were so oversalted that I needed more water than I could get my hands on. All in all, a decent dinner but not $275 decent in my opinion.
we haven't been to John Howies in a few years..I remember it being an incredible place to go and get a really good steak.
The appetizers were great!! The salads were great!! The chateau briand was great abd the sides were awesome, but the fillets were not what I remember..they were tender, but not cooked to my liking. I asked for rare and got a med rare and the other fillet was ordered as medium rare and it was medium.
We ordered an appetizer and it didn't come until we asked where they were and then the waiter instead of saying sorry and comping them, said they were meant to be the center piece of the table..--we were a party of 7 and none of us said we would go back...sorry
I was disappointed with the quality of the service as well as the steaks. Both my wife and I eat at local steak houses regularly. We were told that this was one of the best. To be honest, the service was slow, food average, way overpriced for what you get. My steak was over cooked, marbled with too much fat for anyone who cares about their heart, and the bourbon list was rediculously - insanely over priced.
We will not return!
Ambience was great, well designed with good lighting.
The food tasted good but the presentation was non-existent. It was literally a slab of meat without any trying to spruce it up even though I did order sides. The sides were in a separate plate. It was like they didn't even try. It was an embarrassment of the steak I was presented.
The server was great, however the multiple hostess, the manager who brought me in was not friendly, welcoming or anything. They did not ask if I needed my parking ticket verified and I had to ask for it. They did ask the people in front of me though while I was waiting. I am pretty sure they did not verify it properly because I had to pay $12 to leave the parking lot. Also they did not ask to take my coat and the manager just walked me to my table without saying anything. It was awkward. I would never go back again to pay for over $200 for a 2 person meal shared with 3 people without drinks. The amount you pay for is not worth it at all.
Steaks are good. Steak sauces are late. Appetizers are too salty.
Service and food = AWESOME! Can eat here everyday if I could afford it. :)
It was a relatively enjoyable meal. We were disappointed when there were missing menu items and when we’re given an undeniably undercooked dessert (creme brûlée was a bowl of cream with sugar crust on top). The chateaubriand was good, though a little unevenly cooked - we ordered it medium rare (some of us had medium to medium well, others had rare). The overall price was a little high; I’m sure that an equivalent meal (even before considering the issues mentioned above) could be had at a lesser price. I am told it’s best to stick to the happy hour bar menu where the overall value is much more apparent. Nevertheless - it was overall an enjoyable meal.
We met up with freind had dinner good time, loved the bacon appetizer and the bread basket my favorite was the lobster mashed potatoes Yum !!!
Thanks for a wonderful evening we will be back
It was my wife’s birthday and it couldn’t have been better. Excellent service and the food was perfect. Best restaurant in Bellevue
Hands down my favorite restaurant, not to mention the best steaks I've ever had in my life!
It is very bad that they don’t allow reservations for one person before very late. I would call it almost like a discrimination of single people. I did notice this when asked my friend to join me, but then he wasn’t able to join me and I liked to change my reservation for one person, for the same time. It didn’t work at all, not even when calling and asking table for one person? :-/
Other than this reservation problem, this place is the best restaurant in Bellevue for sure. Excellent service and selection. Superior bar etc.
I made the reservation a week in advance and have requested a table by the window in a quieter spot. When we arrive at the restaurant I was told "we can't guaranty window tables.... if you want you can wait 30 minutes..."
I dine frequently at this restaurant. This is the first time ever that I was treated like that and spoken to in such a manner.
I will take my business in the future some elsewhere.
Overall the food at John Howie is very good (some dishes unnecessarily complex, in my opinion), but the steaks are outstanding. The primary reason for the lower review, though, was incredibly slow service. They were very nice and the young man who refilled our water glasses was incredibly on-the-ball, but otherwise the service was quite slow.
This is a great restaurant. We had the London broil and it was good. The service is outstanding and they answered all questions and were accommodating to all our needs. First class service actually. The music was loud (not sure why) and we were in an area where the staff was running back and forth so it wasn't exactly relaxing. But we would go back again.
Wowzers what a fancy restaurant. Service, quality, environment top top tier - would recommend to anyone
Great food, great service and nice ambience. Will definitely dine there again.
This place is amazing! Not only is the food absolutely on point the customer service is hands down the best I have ever seen! Took my fiancé for a birthday dinner and he said it was the best dinner he has ever had!
We were celebrating a birthday and wanted to try John Howie Steakhouse in Bellevue!!
The Caesar Salad was excellent. The Cherries Jubilee was divine and fantastic way better than Trader Vic's at the Westin Hotel. Which I though was fabulous over 20 years ago, but at John Howie's Steakhouse it was superb and delicious!!! For our entree we ordered the Long-Bone Rib-Eye did not think that was very good for the value, we should of ordered the Snake River Steaks which are always the best. The wine was fabulous! The service was outstanding and excellent!!!
About half of my steak was fat.
The tiny table for two was way to small for two bottles of wine and an appetizer.
Good service,great steak and awesome appetizers. The only thing I would recommend for John Howie steak house if they could also provide steak sauce or make a steak sauce of their own.
This was my second trip to JH’s. My first trip was a terrible disappointment. However they sent me a gift certificate, which is what prompted me to return. And am I glad I did. Even though it was a super busy Valentine’s Day night, we had an amazing time! Our waiter and assistant were on point and the food was amazing! We even decided to try their bananas foster, which was delicious and always fun table side! Also don’t get me started on my 35 day aged steak that melted in my mouth as well as those amazing Brussels sprouts! Truly an amazing Birthday/Valentines Day treat!
The music was to loud and the choice of music didn't fit the atmosphere.
We had a great time, the steak was cooked just the way we wanted, ehat I liked the most was our waiter was constantly near by and we didn't have to wait long to order our food.
The food and service were excellent. As New Orleans is home, and I just fine dined there in November, John Howie Steak holds its own when measured against my N.O. bar. Of couse we ended our meal with Bananas Foster...our 3rd table-side-prepared course.
Looking forward to next meal at JHS.
Excellent in every way. Food, service and ambiance.
They are very consistent in all 3 areas.
We have been to John Howie 's before, but always for happy hour. This time we went for an early valentine dinner. The food was excellent, the drinks were excellent, and the service was impeccable! Very classy place!
There is no question that this is a quality restaurant. Food and service outstanding, no detail overlooked. We were there on a non-holiday evening, and the place was packed---bar and restaurant. Our servers were quite attentive and friendly.
We marked down on "overall" and "value" due to our bill. It is possible we missed a notation on the menu that described a service charge that would be added to the bill, but if it was present, it wasn't presented in a noteable fashion. To our surprise, a 3% surcharge had been added to the bill to pay for health care, sick/safe leave, and labor costs! When you consider you also had to pay state sales tax on this charge, you are paying a lot of extra money on top of the already-expensive bill for food and drink.
It is our belief that management is 100% responsible for caring for their staff and making them content enough that they will stick around. This includes paying them a living wage and offering enough benefits to entice them to stay employed at your place. These costs should be figured into the total cost of running the restaurant and be reflected in only the prices the business will charge in order to cover these, plus make a profit. Costs of health care and other benefits, whether mandated by the city or state, are the responsibility of the business. If restaurants are finding their costs escalading, they will need to simply raise their prices. In today's economy, it is a little easier for them to do so. Customers would much rather see a small increase in the cost of their food, than get a blatant charge for something that is part of operating expenses. We fear that soon we will be handed a surcharge for cleaning costs (tablecloths, napkins, etc), plumbing (use of restroom), and electricity (lighting, etc).
We would still recommend this place if someone is looking for a classy restaurant, but people must realize they will be paying this added charge, which we personally take an affront to.
Excellent experience from arrival. Superb service and excellent food combined with fantastic wines
A must try
Great food, service, and overall dining experience.