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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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4.6

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4.6

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4.4

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4.0

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Our server Brian, was outstanding as was all of the staff! The food was unbelievable and we enjoyed visiting with our friends without needing to talk above the crowd. Overall great experience and we will be back!

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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Never disappoints! Wonderful atmosphere, service, wine, food, desserts. Perfect for our staff Christmas party!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service. Excellent meal. We enjoyed our business lunch very much.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We ran into John Howie with not much time and had an excellent burger! Highly recommend for steak, ambiance, great service but this trip, it was the great burger!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing as usual!
Best steak in Bellevue and Seattle!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Very good food outstanding presentation. Crazy steak selection
Very good service and made for a good time

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

The staff was very friendly and were accommodating to our 4 kids

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I was here for my boyfriends birthday... they did and amazing job in helping me make sure it was special!! Our host was exponentially awesome!

Thank you to all the staff!!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful meal as usual.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very inviting, greeted with a friendly smile and welcome, causal atmosphere nice, staff very professional, created a pleasant dining experience

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Staff was all very nice and answered all the questions we had. Everyone who served/ hosts who saw us told us Happy Anniversary and a Happy Birthday to me. Very nice. We went there a little after 5 and it was perfect. It got busy fast after that.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is generally my favorite steak house restaurant. However this time the steak Oscar was oversalted and not pleasant taste. I notified the server to inform the chef. No accommodation was made for the error in steak preparation. I may choose another restaurant for future special occasion dining

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was wonderful. Food was good but enjoyed it more on a previous visit. Was disappointed in the banana cream pie for dessert...was not worth the calories.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wonderful as always, I had a lovely birthday dinner there.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

We went to John Howie for an Anniversary.
Wonderful service. Excellent food. Fun view.

Thank you for making our Anniversary dinner special!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Outstanding service, perfectly done steaks. Several tableside preparations ( old school!) of many different dishes. A completely wonderful evening

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

John Howie might be the best steakhouse in the greater Seattle area, certainly in the upper echelon. Their wine and drink list is exhaustive (you can find bottles of wine for well north of $1,000) and their cocktails are strong and expertly crafted. Service is impeccable; the server will likely be dressed better than you. The array of steaks is bewildering, though if you don’t want red meat there are good alternatives. Their vegetarian menu is good (you’ll need to ask for it) but is rather cheesy. Unless you’re loaded ($$$), dining at John Howie is about special occasions. Very good happy hour too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We’ve dined several times at JHS, and each time we’re greeted with great front table gals, knowledgeable and pleasant servers and nothing but the best steak. If I had to pick an area of improvement, I would say to bring back the offering of black napkins to those wearing slacks or dress pants and present the knives in the case before offering your ordered steaks. The appetizers are not JHS’s forte, as we feel the many choices fall flat in comparison to the steak and dessert menu. The Japanese A5 Ribeye cooked to medium is always a crowed favorite with our guests, and the corn is a great side to pair with that, finish up with a cappuccino and a bananas fosters really rounds out the evening without feeling overly full. It also wouldn’t hurt my feelings if more draft beer offerings were made available as there are only 3 options currently.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The crab cakes we're a bit cold, the steak was good though

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We've been to John Howie before & were very disappointed in this experience, & will not go back again. The value simply isn't there. For an almost $900 bill (which included a $400 bottle of wine & dinner for 4), the service was sub par & the food was ok. Our waiter was not polished or attentive & it took a very long time to get our wine. Once the sommelier did come to our table, it was painful to wait for him to pour it - he took a very long time, it was strange. Aside from steaks & 3 sides, we didn't order anything else. For the money, & for the expectation of higher-end experience, this is not worth it. I would recommend one of the many other options in Bellevue such as El Gaucho, Ruth Chris or Daniels Broiler.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was amazing. My waiter was great. The food was pretty good but a little overpriced. My biggest complaint is the noise level was way to loud.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We went for our anniversary. Service was incredible. Food was insanely good. Not cheap, but definitely worth the cost for special occasions or for that night when you want a fantastic steak served with the ultimate perfect service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Thanks a great evening. Thomas was a excellent and professional server, Definitely made the experience great .

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

We always have a great experience at John Howie. The food and service are consistently excellent. It is pricey, so we only go on special occasions. This time my son had the Japanese A5 Wagyu filet mignon and it was incredible. If you are a steak lover, you should try John Howie.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I absolutely love the service and food here. Thank you to all the staff for giving us a great 19th anniversary experience.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The steaks were cooked perfectly and seasoned well so no extra seasoning was needed. The portions of the salad and sides were huge, my wife and I purchased separate salads and probably could have shared one. We did share two sides and that was definitely enough. The Cajun corn was very good and the twice baked potato was huge. She ordered the USDA Prime filet (6oz) while I ordered the American Wagyu filet (8oz). Both were delicious. I'm not sure the extra $34 for 2oz of Wagyu was worth it. Some day I'll splurge and actually get the Japanese Wagyu, but from now on I think I'll just stick to USDA Prime unless the price difference is minimal. My wife said the bananas foster was one of the best she's had and she's had a lot, usually in Mazatlán, so that's saying something. Be prepared to drop a lot of coin at this place though, this was the most expensive meal for 2 I've paid yet. Similar in price to El Goucho and the Herb Farm.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Dined for husband’s birthday (Nov. 2017)

PROS:
-Service was excellent.
-Never worry about your water being refilled. They are, incredibly, on top of it. They do not refill your water while you are putting food in your mouth or reaching for a piece of bread.
-Waitress was professional, kind, and seemed genuine. She made us feel comfortable and made sure we were completely taken care of.
-Some restaurants will come and ask you, “How is everything?” while you have a mouth full of food, chewing, and trying to respond to them. Our waitress checked on us at the perfect times. She never came while we were actually cutting into our steak, sipping champagne, or wiping our mouths.
-MAIN POINT: the staff do not disturb you while you are actually involved with your meal. They all professionally time it at the right times.
-Waitress recommended a very nice champagne. I am not a champagne drinker, but I ended up getting 2 glasses because it tasted great.
-Lighting was ambient and just right. Not too dark compared to other restaurants where they give you a penlight to read the menu.
-Table placement is perfect. You do not notice the other tables around you and can not hear their conversations. They have booths available as well.
-Their menu pricing is pretty much the same as other steakhouses. Not bad at all. The Waygu is a bit more expensive, but it was expected.

CONS:
-Please enforce the dress code more. I view this place as an upscale restaurant, and truly believe the prices on the menu should match the customer’s outfits.
-There was a table of 4 next to us, and they were dressed in backwards baseball caps, t-shirt’s, jeans, and sneakers. They were also very obviously, inebriated and loud. I could see other guests being disrupted by how loud they were being. If you google John Howie’s dress code, you will find websites stating “business casual.”
-Fin.

That is all for the cons. John Howie is great. I would recommend this place for special occasions.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This place is everything reviewers have said and more. This was our first visit but it won’t be our last. My only complaint is there was an obvious problem after we ordered b/c it took an unreasonable amount of time for our salads to arrive. I’m all for relaxing and enjoying a fine dining experience but this was no bueno.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

One of my favorite places!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Lunch at John Howie always is a pleasure. I did economize a little and ordered the Petite Sirloin from the standing Lunch Specialties menu, cooked "as rare as is legal". Delightful. In my Open Table reservation I specified a low - starch diet and asked about vegetable options besides the Yukon Gold mashers (madness I know but at my age I have to prioritize the indulgences). Our server didn't seem to be aware of that request before I brought it up but handled it smoothly with fresh al dente asparagus; great for me as I like the spears to have a little texture. The main dining room can get rather noisy at lunch. Service was wonderful, professional and prompt. My thanks to the team at John Howie for a delicious repast!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Half a wedge salad and steak was great!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Another exceptional dining experience @ John Howie Steak. I love the food, and the staff!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

The dinner was great. It was a birthday celebration and six of us attended.

One person ordered the Waygu and Lobster tail, which was supposed to be "buttery" and it was tough. Ended up sending it back and they comp'd that meal.

Drinks were perfect. Wine was terribly over priced compared to the cocktails - but I would expect that for this type of establishment.

The food was incredible with the exception of the Waygu.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Both my husband and I thought this was just ok. Good wine selection but the food was nothing you'd really remember. Our waiter was pretty mediocre (we'd have long gaps between being able to order another drink and then getting it), and we had way more interaction with the food server than the waiter himself. Additionally, the timing of the food was weird (sauces and accompaniments would come much later). The steak was good and I loved the selection but the sauces and adds for them were cold- not room temp, but cold enough that when you put it on your steak it was instantly a cold dish (so don't waste your time with the adds because it's weird to eat cold butter or have unmelted blue cheese).
Overall I'd say this place is just a little too big.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Overall was nice, however not sure if I am the aged steak person as in to taste and after effects.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

They never fail to deliver on the exceptional. Love them for lunch or dinner

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had a reservation to celebrate a birthday. The reservation time did not matter and the staff responses scripted. 25 minutes past the reservation time even arriving 15 minutes early. Food came slow, they forgot it was to celebrate a birthday and it was not a pleasurable experience. Not what was expected of a restaurant like this.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very disappointed. 7:30 reservation, seated at 8:10, our waiter was very nice but unapologetic, won't go back, food wasn't worth the price and 20 min between app and salad was annoying. We were about to leave after waiting 30 min for main course.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Overall, their services were really great and our food were good. The only disappointed was my steak. I requested medium, but i got medium well. My steak also was a bit dry and got burn on the top of the meat.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We go to John Howie frequently and As always excellent food and amazing service!

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