Trove

4.3
160 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Korean
Trove, the third restaurant from celebrated husband and wife chef/owner team Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, is located on the bustling block of Pike and Summit in Capitol Hill. Following in the food-driven footsteps of sister restaurants Joule and Revel, Trove unites four unique culinary concepts in one bright and bold space. Boasting a parfait window, noodle bar, Korean BBQ area, and a beer-focused full service bar, Trove is the ultimate playground for your palate. A fresh dining experience with the same Korean-influenced soul and spirit.
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EP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in Seattle. The food is creative and delicious, drinks are spectacular and the service is top notch. I love Joule and loved Revel when it was open, but Trove is really the crown jewel in Rachel Yang's collection.

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TB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great as usual. We took our kids grandma who is generally a low spice traditional food eater. She loved all the flavors and couldn't stop talking about it for long after.

We celebrated an occasion for the family but the staff didn't seem to know. Not sure if the OpenTable note was received. Not putting it on our server who did fine.

Trove does need a bit more work on their cocktail menu but nothing that'll stop me from visiting.

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, but they were out of the dish I wanted. Selection of menu items for main entrees is limited; I. E. 3 items. They all tasted great, though, and just the right amount. Every other Korean restaurant gives those small dish appetizers free... Just like complimentary chips at Mexican restaurants. Over here you have to pay $15!
I do not appreciate an automatic gratuity of 20%. I understand that servers are underpaid and rely a lot on tips. But customers should feel that it's at their discretion so they have some control. An auto gratuity is basically an unspoken and unexpected tax that's not indicated on the menu prices... And although our server was good, I can't help but wonder how you'd motivate an unmotivated server if they know the tip is coming anyway.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a friend in town for a conference at the convention center, and decided to meet at Trove since it’s right up the street. Everything we ordered was amazing: the hansang, kimchi pancake, noodles with smoked brisket and Chinese broccoli, and the cook-it-yourself meat tower (always fun). The service was excellent as well. Highly recommend!

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CE
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Understaffed and untrained service personnel who had a difficult time handling the 4 tables seated in the entire restaurant on the night we dined. Food was serviceable but lackluster.

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LK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious! It’s not a Korean bbq place but a gourmet restaurant with Korean bbq and Asian-inspired food. The seasonings take it well above Korean BBQ fare - it’s tasty, well-balanced and, in some dishes, exceptional. For those looking for standard Korean BBQ food, you will be disappointed just as if your idea of a hamburger is MacDonald’s and In and Out, then you’d be disappointed with the cost and taste of a high-end restaurant version of a burger.

The service is top-notch.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Great MEAT

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Don’t expect “korean food”. You have to order side dishes AND rice separately, even if you order meat to grill.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent our birthday there and had a great time.

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e
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome food and one of the chef's engaged us in answering questions. Ex-marine dude. Very affable. Made us feel welcome, which is unusual in seattle. Food was ridiculously delicious. Lettuce came out late but no worries. Waitress was trying and apologetic. Wish there was Makkoli on the menu.

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ER
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the food, and ambience! A little pricey but man was it good.

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ER
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We gave Trove a try when looking for something a bit different. Overall the food was good, we just didn't find it to be something we're running back to. I recommend the cauliflower, one of their signature dishes.

The restaurant is loud and a bit cramped. If you are looking for a more intimate spot, I'd recommend somewhere else. But, if you are looking for loud, busy, and upbeat, Trove may be a good spot for you.

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SD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, cute restaurant!

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BC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food tasted excellent, especially the sauces, and it was fun to cook it ourselves. However, the portions were very small. The “modest” meat tower is recommended for two people, but that along with four additional items and drinks was not enough to satisfy the hunger of myself and my date. After dinner at Trove, I was still hungry enough a to walk into another nearby restaurant and consume an entire entree. I am not a large person, but I would recommend doubling the recommended amount of food if you are hungry and came to eat.

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JH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazeballs!!!

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D
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a group of 6 and were seated easily.
Our meal was delicious and our server was great!

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AB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious, but the service was quite poor. We weren’t checked on for at least half of the meal, while grilling meat no less! Our drinks were never refilled, and we weren’t even explained the types of sauces available. The automatic 20% gratuity didn’t even let us share our disappointment with the lackluster service.

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RP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Trove so much. I've been a number of times for a variety of occasions, everything from date-night before a play to a 10-person meal with four children, and every time it's been fantastic. The staff is so helpful in picking the right amount of food for a crew and super accommodating with dietary restrictions. I recommend this place for pretty much every type of meal you could imagine.

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A
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

My first few trips to Trove were a lot better than my last trip. This most recent time, the food didn't feel like it had as much love in it and the service was lackluster at best. We did go on a slow Tuesday night, but it felt like the ambiance and service was sluggish, on a night when they could/should have really shined. Fried cauliflower was good, but not as good as I've had it in the past--acid flavors weren't balanced very well. Meat was tough and flavors didn't feel as well-composed as they have been before. Drinks were solid and fried rice was great. Wish I'd ordered the noodles or rice cakes as I've ordered previously, maybe that would have helped. The grill-your-own situation is it's most shining feature, I think, because it allows for engaging dining. Fun for a group or occasion for that reason, unfortunately the food's flavors weren't as fun or memorable.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant ever

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not near as good as her other restaurants Revel and Joule. Things were a bit burnt, salty, just ok. Was disappointed.

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JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We have been to Trove a half dozen times. The food is typically pretty good. However the service is millennial with attitude. Regrettably a common occurrence in trendy Seattle restaurants. It was painfully obvious that the various servers, greeter, bartender were more interested in chatting among themselves than paying attention to customers. An why, since the place was almost empty and not booked with reservations (based on Open Table availability) could we not sit at a grill table in the main dining room? The website is misleading: it says reservations are for the dining room or the counter. Nothing said about getting stuck in the cold drafty front side cafe because the dining room is for four guests minimum. Much better Korean bbq grill experiences at the several Mom and Pop joints out on Aurora North. Better value and they act like they are glad you're there.

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TM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food/service was great! Very creative dishes & delicious flavors. The big hit at the end was the Baked Alaska!! The restaurant is not easy to find. We used Waze to get there & it told us Trove was on the opposite corner on opposite side of street. Then the restaurant itself had extremely poor signage. It’s on a dark corner on Summit & Pike & the sign & building are not lit up. There’s no way to know where this place is unless you are previously familiar with it. Got the evening off on a bad note because it meant we had to rush because of an event we were going to. Other than that it was a yummy place! Work on your signage Trove!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Was excited to try out the food from here as I made the reservation the day before and was browsing through the menu. As soon as we got in the host led us to our table which was nice but the smoke in our area of the dining area was disgusting; it ruined the dining experience to a degree. The restaurant NEEDS better ventilation in that respect and could lead to a lot of trouble if a patron has asthma. Aside from that, the floors were greasy and slippery?My partner and I ordered the bulgogi and the bbq noodles. The presentation of the dishes was beautiful but unfortunately the flavors were lackadaisical at best. The noodles itself were probably the best part of my dish, the meat was incredibly charred. My partner's dish was decent at best but was the soupiest looking bulgogi I've ever seen. We figured we would give the desserts a chance and ordered the Baked Alaska and it was awesome, needed more Ube and less of that brown butter cake though.
-all the best, a humble visitor from NYC.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal on a pop-up night. Great service.

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TL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Such a fun place to go with friends for a fun dining experience. The only issue we have with it is the noise level is loud and since the table is big to accommodate the grill, it can be difficult to have/hear conversations across the table. Food is delicious. Cocktails were great! We had the dinner for 4 for $100 and it was a ton of food! Great value.

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SG
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Wish they sold bottles of soju instead of sake as they are a Korean BBQ place but the marinated meat they use for their BBQ is delicious.

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OD
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

My wife and I found Trove disappointing. Though they were kind and flexible when we arrived 15 minutes late for our reservation due to obscene Seattle traffic (even beyond the norm), the food was just not nearly as good as the reputation or prices would suggest. The cauliflower appetizer was quite good, and I enjoyed the pork dumplings (though my wife didn't), the octopus had nothing recognizable as octopus. The bulgogi was OK, but with several pieces of almost entirely fat, and the Trove BBQ noodles were prepared poorly and were hard in some places.

Also, though I am fine with an automatic gratuity added to the check, the fact that it is a mandated 20% regardless of whether the food and service were up to par is frustrating, particularly when the prices are already high for what you get. We would have far preferred going to a family-owned Korean restaurant on Aurora and paying half as much for a meal with less pretense.

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SR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for restaurant week and it was great. Every course was way bigger than expected and delicious. I can't wait to go back and try more things on the menu.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Trove is a completely different dinning dynamic than Revel or Joule as it's open, bright, louder, and right on Capitol Hill. The food was delicious and unique, the drinks were creative but not overwhelming, and it was a great way to spend a night out with friends.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very smoky where we were sitting. Would have preferred to sit in the back area away from the open kitchen.

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VW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Tried Trove for the first time during Seattle Week and loved every dish. I would have given 5 stars but the only thing that I didn’t like was sitting in the front half of the restaurant where there was an open kitchen and a lot of stir frying and cooking was going on, I wasn’t a fan of smelling like the food when I left the restaurant. Other than that, the food was really good.

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Because the restaurant is split into bar versus dining areas, menus are different, but we were given the wrong set of menu, therefore we weren't able to get couple things we were hoping to get. Couple servers didn't seem to know table number very well, and took dishes to the wrong tables twice in a row. The server who brought out food to us was different from the server took our orders. She blurred the name of the dishes so fast, we couldn't even understand her or ask question before she left our table. In the end, we (party of 2) were charged 20% tip automatically, but I honestly don't think the servers deserved that much tip, needless to say, the server didn't even let us know 20% tip was already included automatically. Overall, the food was okay, service was not satisfying to us, we will not go back, and will not recommend friends to go there either.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice. Great food. Pacing was nice.

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Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Out of town guests.

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s
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, fun atmosphere. Had the dumpling appetizers and the meat tower where you grill it yourself—yum!

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Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Came to the restaurant for a special occasion expecting a great evening at a table with space to hang out and have a conversation. To my disappointment, even though some things were clear on the menu, the waitress said that’s not correct. Moving on from that, the service was spotty and the table was in the front of the restaurant with a camping stove to cook on. Not only that, it was very noisy and was as if we were eating in the kitchen. The experience would have been fine if it was a casual lunch but for an special occasion, I would go elsewhere for the price it cost in contrast with the ambiance. The grill does not work with the small tables and let little room to eat. However, if your coming for lunch or a takeout dinner, this place is great!

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DS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

food and drinks were delicious! What a fun experience

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MC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

First time. Meat tower was amazing. Great kimchi. The cheddar kimchi pancake was amazing. Dislikes: Too salty of dumplings and the miso caramel dessert was not for us. All in all, great for taking someone who has never done Korean bbq. Clean, good quality meat and produce.

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a
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a good time. Food was so tasty!

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