Revel - Lake Union

4.6
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$30 and under
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Korean
Revel is Korean-inspired, creative comfort food served in a hip, urban atmosphere. Chef-owners Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s “pop-up” is landing in the former home of Josh Henderson’s Vestal. Yang and Chirchi plan to move back to their original Fremont address in 2019, once the new three-story mixed-use building at that location is completed.
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1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and well-lit ambiance. Food was of varying levels. Recommend for taste the tofu rice bowl. The crab noodles have a tiny sprinkle of crab so not the best option.

G
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service planning the dinner and the meal was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

S
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our plan is to try everything on the menu that anyone would like. We had to limit our selections because there were so many wonderful choices. There wasn't one thing we wouldn't order again.

RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! We wanted to add two people to our reservation at the last minute, on a Friday night, and the hostess went out of her way to shift things around, and accommodate us. All the staff were sweet and friendly, and we were shocked to find out that our very capable waiter, had just started that night. We shared many small plates and every one of them was delicious! Luckily for me, my husband bought the cookbook! Next time we're in Seattle, I'll look forward to trying their sister restaurant, Joule.

FF
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love the food and ambiance! The service could use some help...

F
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was very salty and portion sizes on the smaller size, especially given the price. There is an automatic 20% service charge and if you bring in a birthday cake, $2 per person cutting fee. In the afternoon/evening the sunlight reflects off of the building windows across the street and shines in your eyes if you’re sitting towards the front. Servers were polite and accommodating but not particularly warm.

A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. Literally Amazing. It was an awesome experience with a large group of co-workers on a business trip.

KL
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were great! Food was amazing, wine was perfect. They openly accepted our last minute reservation change. The server was very personable and attentive.

WA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious, as always, but the atmosphere was soul-less. Far prefer the old Fremont spot which felt energetic, alive and authentic. Also, the first thing the hostess said to us when we checked in four our reservation is that we had to be out of our table by 8:45 (for our 6:30 reservation) . Of course the time was not an issue --we were easily done by 8:15 but do you really have to say that?

AS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful new space, and same great quality of food.

V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a great time at Revel. The food & service were great! We enjoyed our time and left in laughter.

s
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I liked my food and our server was great. Ambience was fine but noisy. Turn the music down a little! Overall, very good, just not outstanding.

MS
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The new location is lovely! We had a great evening- the food is as good as expected and everyone LOVED their meals! Revel will continue to be a favorite!

DS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience4

We love Revel. It's our favorite restaurant/food in Seattle. But the new location just isn't the same experience. Eight of us came to celebrate a graduation. We made a reservation for 8:30. And we were literally rushed out the door. Like they all wanted to go home instead of serve us. They even turned up the lights to send a message - Yikes! It wasn't even 10pm yet. The old location had a hip late nighty vibe. The new one must make so much money at lunch (it's smack dab in the middle of the Amazon-ville) that they don't care about a city crowd that enjoys later dinners and not being rushed out the door. I brought another family as our guest, spent a lot of money and I was embarrassed by how they treated us. I still recommend the food. The chefs are the best. But if you don't want to serve past 9pm, at least tell me that when I make a reservation for 8:30pm. I hope when it comes back to Fremont that it returns to its hip, cool, city vibe.

YZ
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour with yummy food and summery drinks. Truly one of my favorites in the city.

LC
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Creative, good tasting happy hour food and cocktails. We ate outside, service was more robotic than friendly. Though overall was ok, I did NOT like the fact that gratuity was added on for me (we were also only a party of 4). I will not be going back again.

1
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the opportunity to visit Revel on the evening prior to boarding a ship for an Alaskan cruise and the experience was excellent! Hannah's service and guidance with the menu was perfect and the food was an exciting blend of the known and the less-known! We would recommend a visit to Revel for anyone who lives in the Seattle area as well as for visitors, such as we were, who are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary and highly exceptional.

AG
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The staff and the cook seemed tired. The food uninspired and lukewarm by the time it arrived at the table and they seem like they can’t wait to see us leavee and the place is expensive

OT
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional. The service was great and their recommendation of the fish was appreciated. Everything we had was excellent, including some great drinks.

r
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was very salty and staff weren’t very pleasant. One in particular would bring food or water and wouldn’t acknowledge anyone even when you thanked her for what she did. Kinda odd.

Z
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was as delicious as the Revel in Fremont. The atmosphere was a bit more corporate in South Lake Union. The light shade above our table was busted out and so we had a harsh LED on our table. Small plates were a bit dirty, spotty as well.

e
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Five of us went to Revel to celebrate a friend's birthday. The service was very disappointing. The restaurant was not very crowded while we were there, but we were treated with impatience and were neglected when we asked for a knife to cut the pancake we ordered as an appetizer. Since there are no utensils other than chopsticks at the table, we could not cut the pancake which came in 4 sections while there were 5 of us ( we could easily have been served a pancake cut into 5 pieces, had that been an option offered to us ). We finally had to get up and find a knife to cut the now cold pancake. We were treated with condescension when we were trying to figure out the very odd way the bill was divided up among all of us. Despite my having mentioned it was a dinner to celebrate our friend's birthday when I made the reservation, no staff acknowledged this until we were leaving and they wished her a happy birthday. Very disappointing.

TA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Sliders are super tasty

C
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was not as good as usual. Temporary location is nice but service was weirdly unsatisfying and people at adjacent tables were complaining.

ED
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful NYE meal. Will be back for more soon!

B
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Revel was better than I remembered it and I liked it back when it was in Fremont. The area around the location is a little dead, but that’s SLU after 6. The cocktails were outstanding. The service was spot on and the food was delicious. It exceeded our expectations.

FJ
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Revel. I can't wait for them to move back to Fremont so I can starting going more often again. I live for the seared tuna bowl!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Strange spot thankfully temp.

SB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Toyofuku is incredible! We love the crab noodle, the salads, and the dumplings. Try the motherload for dessert!

z
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my 2 teenagers and my 11 year old. They loved it. I wouldn’t bring small children there or picky eaters. It’s more for the sophisticated palate. We had Ethiopian Duck that was the best duck I ever tasted. It was a bit dry tho. Lemongrass noodles was to die for. And I wasn’t crazy about the dumplings but my kids loved them. Great beer available. Overall I would defiantly recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very unique presentation of Korean classics. Enjoyed by the whole party.

BL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my spouse, hosting two other couples. Each one of us loved it. Well executed and presented.

S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I have loved Reval for years, mostly visiting their old Fremont location. The food was just as good at the SLU pop up. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys Asian Fusion type food.

FJ
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Revel is one of my favorite restaurants. Always consistent and never disappoints. I am anxiously waiting for them to move back to Fremont so I can go more often again!

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried Revel with another couple and were delighted! Excellent food, with wonderful flavors. We ordered a bottle of wine- solid wine list that is reasonably priced. We will return and I plan to take- out food as well.

b
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food2service2ambience1

Food was mediocre. Waiter explained this is ‘just a pop up’. Disappointed.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service charge of 20% is included in billing, leading to a lack of service efforts. Food is very mediocre, missing flavours. The Kimchi quality is bad. Everything quite pricey for what they offer.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe was a fantastic server!

SH
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Appetizers are the way to go. Entrees were disappointing. Service was terrible. At one point I got up to service my own water and water for my table. We waited a long time for two glasses of champagne. Our party of 4, which included two young teenagers received an auto 20% gratuity on our bill....what is up with that? Not worth the hype.

LS
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first visit to Revel after they moved from Fremont. It was a fantastic dinner. We ordered several small plates from the Happy Hour menu -- delicious, and a great bargain. My son said the mandu dumplings were "the best ones i've ever had".
The salads were inventive and very good.
I think my favorite of the night was the Dungeness crab noodle dish -- seaweed noodles and red curry -- it was a hit!