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About John Howie Steak

"Recently voted Readers' Choice "Best Steak" in Seattle Magazine"
Chef/restaurateur John Howie's definitive NW steak house, serving custom-aged USDA Prime steaks, American Wagyu Beef, Australian Waygu beef, Japanese "A5" 100% Wagyu beef, fresh seasonal Pacific fish and seafoods, wild foraged mushrooms, and locally sourced fruits and vegetables. John Howie Steak features two wood fired grills, mesquite charcoal and applewood that add subtle flavors to the foods. The wine list features a "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator. Enjoy classic and seasonal specialty cocktails, or the world’s finest single-malt scotch, bourbons and fine cognacs in the lounge. Two beautifully appointed private dining rooms are available for meetings or special occasions.

11111 NE 8th Street
Suite 125
Bellevue, WA 98004
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:30 - 11:00, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
112 th Ave NE

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(425) 440-0880

Website:
http://www.johnhowiesteak.com/

Entertainment:
Happy hour, which is available exclusively in our lounge takes place everyday from 3PM to 6PM and our popular “Happy Hour after dark “ is Monday – Thursday 9:00pm-11:00PM and Friday and Saturday from 10:00PM to Midnight.

Catering:
We have two private rooms available to take care of your needs. Both rooms can accomodate presentations viewed through 50" plasma flat screens, just bring in your lap top and plug in. Our Magnum room can accomodate up to 16 guests, and our Jeroboam room can accomodate up to 32 guests.

Parking Details:
Valet parking and self parking are available for John Howie Steak which is located inside the Bravern complex.Valet parking is a $7 charge with a 3 hour validation. Self parking is complimentary for 6 hours with validation.

Public Transit:
Bellevue transit center.

Executive Chef:
Mark Hipkiss

Private Party Facilities:
We have two private dining rooms at John Howie Steak. One room can seat up to 16 guests, and the second room can seat up to 32 guests. Both are equipped with Internet access and 50" plasma flat screens.

Private Party Contact:
Laurel Dosch: (425) 456-1892

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy hour, which is available exclusively in our lounge takes place everyday from 3PM to 6PM and our popular “Happy Hour after dark “ is Monday – Thursday 9:00pm-11:00PM and Friday and Saturday from 10:00PM to Midnight.

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John Howie Steak Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

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4.5

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4.0

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (71)
Good for Anniversaries (64)
Good for a Date (59)
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Happy Hour (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Bar Seating (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fun (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Cozy (9)
Scenic View (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Casual (7)
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Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

Best steaks in Seattle/Bellevue. A little pricey but you can choose to have a $50 steak or a $150 Steak.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Although our waiter was pleasant and had a sense sophisticated humor, dinner with just a salad course and main entree followed by coffees took almost 3 hours and we had to ask someone else for the check because our waiter was not to be found. I understand that some steakhouses like to give you time so that you don’t feel rushed, but this felt more like he couldn’t make it happen in a timely manner because he simply wasn’t in the vicinity. We were seated by the window and it was literally freezing! Early in the evening I wanted to politely ask if we could move but we didn’t see our waiter again for another 20-25 minutes and then I was just simply more hungry than cold. Wore my coat the entire evening - how sad because I loved my top and I was in a nice restaurant wearing my long wool coat! My steak was marginal for the value and slightly over done (probably because it was their small one, but the kitchen should be able to adjust), the specialty tableside spinach salad was good, but not great. It could have been just an off evening for my waiter and the kitchen. I would try it agin in the future but I won’t recommend it after this experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Their beef is all Prime so we all agreed that it melted in your mouth. Desserts were inventive and luscious and wait staff professional. The music was loud and outputting when we arrived but they turned the volume down. The music definitely did not fit a restaurant of this stature and was a real negative.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Had a great experience celebrating a special birthday. Service was great. Food wa great. Everything about the evening was great. Thank you to everyone that helped us in the restaurant.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent service and amazing foods!
As always we enjoyed our time very much.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I was excited to have dinner at this restaurant, having had many dinners at fine dining restaurants like Ruth Chris, El Gaucho, Del Friscos etc... I didn't find it to be up to par with these other estb.. My steak came out not right twice! And my adult beverage was not up to par as well

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful experience food was excellent and really enjoyed our server Joe! Thank you

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Outstanding food, service and ambience. Great wine list and mixed drinks. They show you all the different grades of meat available so you can see difference and choose appropriately.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything was delicious, and our server Andy was extremely attentive and efficient. They did a great job recognizing our birthday celebration at the table and the service was amazing. There’s no doubt it’s expensive, but the food is high quality and service 5 Star so for a special occasion I don’t think you’d find a better place.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious food, top notch service, great space and atmosphere. Best steak house in Bellevue.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good, except I think they should be light on the sauce, it's tasty but also really salty

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Service was amazing, food was delicious and they made us feel important the entire evening. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had a great dinner at John Howie. Spent a bundle and a half. Table service, wine service, food from the kitchen, were all great. But I have two bits of feedback for management:
* We arrived 10-15 minutes early for our reservation. The host kept mumbling something about "tonight we are seating at 'reservation time.'" Reservation time, like it was some sacred thing. I don't know if this is a ploy to get people into the bar, or an attempt to spread out service. But at our divine reservation time, we were seated into a very quiet/empty dining room. Seems we could have been seated at that table whenever we arrived and could have waited while looking over menus. Instead, we stood in the doorway with our coats and packages, jostling among several other guests who were all waiting for their own precious "reservation time" to arrive. This may be a well-intentioned practice, but when put into practice on a quiet night like ours, it was just bizarre.
* John Howie is an a la carte restaurant, so if you order a steak, that's all you get. That's fine. It's one way to do a restaurant. But to serve a small filet mignon as my daughter ordered on a giant white plate with no garnish or anything? That was also pretty weird. She did order the carrots as a side and fully expected to see a steak and carrots on her plate. Anyway, not such a big deal this one, but when you spend upwards of $80 on a small steak, you might expect some attention to presentation detail. I should have taken a picture. The only way to caption that photo would be "ball of meat on giant white plate."
Other than these two things (and a slightly overcooked and therefore chewy lobster tail), the evening was terrific.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Waiter was snotty at first, Good thing my spouse and I were more into one another then to pay to much attention to any type of negativity. We try to keep a positive frame of mind period especially coming into the new year. New Years celebration between the two of us celebrating life, new beginnings, relationship goals and just the two of us as a whole. The ambiance was wonderful and the food was great, kind of pricey and well worth it. Great choice to impress a date :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I with our 11 year old and 8 year old went for dinner to celebrate New Year's Eve and my husbands birthday. The service was AMAZING! and anyone that says this place isn't kid friendly is crazy! First, their is a great kids menu with activities to keep kiddos busy, and our servers were so attentive to the kids and made them feel very comfortable. We even ordered the tableside caesar in which our server let the kids help him make. Friendly, great food, excellent service and definitely someplace I would not hesitate spending the dollars for dinner again!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our steaks were under cooked and under seasoned, even though they do give you three different types of salt on the table. No way was our meal worth $350 for just 2 people.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

6th straight year celebrating New Year's eve with dinner at John Howie. Food and service were both outstanding as always. We'll be back for year 7!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We are happy and genuinely satisfied repeat customers to John Howie! The menu is full of unique options that you just won't see at the gross majority of steak houses and other types of restaurants E.G. Bone-In Filet Mignons, 48oz Long-Bone-In Ribeye Steak with additional marrow bone, and one of our favorite starters, the Salad with Quail Eggs. The exploration of the array of different-aged steaks on the menu is always, for lack of a better phrase, fun! Also, The wine and spirits list is endless.

We appreciate the font-size on the lengthy food and drink menus, as a lot of steak house menus tend to incorporate text that is too small.

The staff was top-notch during our most recent visit.

The only issue we had was the air conditioning was running in the late evening of a late December day. The temperature was genuinely too cold for indoor dining. We haven't encountered this issue during the previous times we visited. :-)

This is the restaurant for the clientèle who are willing to spend the $$$ to treat themselves to a fancy (and fun) experience. McDonald's this is not!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Fun, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic service, wait staff is on their feet to help each other out. You don’t get the “I’ll get your waiter/waitress” bull. Their service is there to keep all their customers coming back for years.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Andy was magnificent. He was our waiter. The chef in the white coat was amazing, too. I'm sorry I forgot his name. Thank you so much! We felt very well taken care of.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My friend and I went here to celebrate our birthdays. We were excited to treat ourselves to a nice steak meal, but unfortunately were met with rude/unattentive staff and ill tasting food. We started with the oysters, which after the first one (the after taste was so horrific) we were unable to finish, and this comes from two girls who love oysters! We continued on ordering our steak, I got the filet oscar style and my friend got the japanese wagyu beef. We also ordered a lobster and duck fat potatoes to share. The only thing I liked about my filet was the crab included in the oscar style, the actual steak was tough and was left with only a few bites taken. My friends wagyu beef was too salty she was unable to finish this as well. In regards to the lobster it was tough and salty, so again we left everything uneaten. The potatoes (which who can mess up potatoes) were tasteless and undercooked. The only enjoyable part of this meal was the dessert at the end, which was bananas foster, however at that point we were so disappointed with the actual meal anything could have tasted good, I mean you could have brought us a mcflurry and we would have been happy. Definitely stay away from this place the food is inedible and the staff is pretentious.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Really good service and food. They went out of their way to explain things to us in a way normal people can understand. We had been there before, but the menu is so detailed. This visit was a home run. Everyone in our party had a great time and their food was cooked perfectly. Thanks!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing food and amazing service wouldn’t change a thing

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

As always, very good food and great service! We all tried something different then before and extremely satisfied.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

With friends

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

As usual we had excellent service. Small mishap during lunch but the waiter and management sure know how to care of you. We come here multiple times a year and it’s always excellent food, excellent service and a great atmosphere. The Kurabota Tempura bacon is to die for and everything on their menu seems to surpass all expectations. Can’t wait to go back!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I brought my two grandsons (18 & 14) here for lunch. It was their first time at John Howie and they really enjoyed their lunch. The service was excellent, something that is missing in other restaurants.

I am sure we'll be back again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went for Christmas Eve dinner - food was wonderful. Service started strong but once we received our meals, everyone disappeared. We had empty dishes sitting for 20 min. The manager walked by and took care of us. When our waiter finally appeared, he dropped dessert menus and took a coffee order. We finished our coffee before dessert could be ordered. For the expense of the meal, service should have been impeccable. I’ll cut them a little slack as it was Christmas Eve but it was disappointing.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The experience started out a little shaky in that I contact the restaurant to inquire about the corkage policy and was told that they would "monitor our consumption but the four bottles of wine for the four of us were not technically against any policy." This seemed strange to me as I simply wanted to know if they limited corkage per patron or per table. The oddness ensued when we walked in with our two bottles and the hostess immediately jumped to say that they have a $30 per bottle corkage as if to deter us from enjoying our wine with our meal. This seemed extremely tacky and inappropriate in an establishment of this caliber.
Everything from that point on was perfect. The server, Thomas, was attentive, professional, and very talented in his ability to handle two tableside services simultaneously. The Fois gras was a wonderful savory version and the salads, steaks, lobster, and sides were all impeccable. All in all this is an excellent modern take on classical steakhouse dining and I will most definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holiday. The check in was great, and we were seated after only a short wait. We had an incredible server and his support team. Food was fantastic, but yes its an expensive restaurant. We shared a Tomahawk Steak and the server carved it at our table. It was a great evening and a we had a wonderful time. i have been here before and loved it then and loved it again. I reccomend this restaurant to everyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Featured $150 48 ounce bone in rib eye was in a word awful. Stringy, improperly prepared vastly over priced. Ordered twin lobster tails for almost $100 and they were even worse. Served almost uncooked, cold and mushy. My wife still gags thinking about it. Sides , Caesar salad, Desert, Coffee were all very good. Service was outstanding throughout the entire meal. Lousy meat and lobster ruined the entire meal . We should have sent back the whole thing but already two hours in to the dinner and we had a babysitter. Oh yeah this was a special b-day dinner ruined also. Chef in charge should be embarrassed to have a meal go out that way.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

John Howie’s is good but If your looking at what you are getting for the money it’s fare at best. If you’ve been there then one knows all sides are an additional added cost. Now I didn’t order steak but I did order their Wild king salmon served as a 4 ounce piece that’s it and it was perfectly prepared and very good but it wasn’t $56.00 good. I added on a wedge salad $12.00 and shared a side of their potato patty enough for two people that was $15.00. So essentially I paid close to $75.00 for my meal. Again it was good but not excellent. There were 4 of us and we didn’t order drinks just water and no desert and walked out of there with a $500.00 bill. I’ve paid much more for a dinner out but typically when I do I’ve felt it was well worth it. Although good it wasn’t $500.00 good!!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Exceptional service. Everything was prepared well and served at the right time. We sat in a booth, so it was very private.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful experience and delicious food!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We drove ver 520 from Seattle at rush hour to have a special dinner at John Howie. It was worth the drive! We were treated graciously from the moment we entered the restaurant. Thomas was our waiter -- very polite and knowledgeable. Funny, too. The Chateaubriand was melt in your mouth tender, full of flavor. The roasted veggies served with it were equally tasty. We had bread pudding for dessert -- yum! We will definitely eat here again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Visited for our 25th anniversary. Was given an amazing table with a view. 1st class service. Food was perfect. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great place for lunch or dinner. Food is outstanding and service excellent. It is a nice treat

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

This is a place to have a great meal with exceptional service.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

absolutely reliable quality from a - z. Great salads and meat, cocktails and wines.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

It's one of Best Steak House in Seattle.
Will come again !
Must try !

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