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Whiskey by John Howie, Bellevue, WA

Whiskey by John Howie

4.5
4.5
48 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Whiskey by John Howie is the Eastside’s whiskey and craft cocktail destination for guests 21+ years old. The global selection of rare and well done whiskies has been thoroughly collected for the curious to the connoisseur by Whiskey’s in house curator, Tim Lodahl. The unique menu of delightful bar bites features new and favorite tastes crafted by proprietor John Howie and executive chef Jed Laprade.
Whiskey by John Howie is available for private events. This 1,420 square foot space - which can accommodate up to 84 people for private events - features rich, dark woods complemented by dark brick and gold accents that give the room a comfortable, stylish feel. Hundreds of rare and sought after whiskey titles elegantly adorn the main wall, just above Whiskey’s open kitchen space. John Howie Catering offers a diverse range of chef-designed specialty menus that can be customized to the unique needs and style of each event.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Speakeasy, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (425) 406-7938

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    John Howie Catering offers a diverse range of chef-designed specialty menus that can be customized to the unique needs and style of each event.

  • Private party facilities

    Whiskey by John Howie is available for private events. This 1,420 square foot space - which can accommodate up to 84 people for private events.

What 48 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Eastside

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. j

    joyp

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Ambiance is nice, was quiet although there weren’t many people there on a Saturday night. We wanted a comfortable place to watch the sone rod the Apple Cup while we ate. It’s very comfortable seating and space. Nice place to meet up with a couple friends for a drink or sit at the bar before going to dinner somewhere. Or maybe grab a night cap to unwind after a dinner somewhere. No surprise an extensive whiskey selection. We had a couple mixed cocktails that appeared tiny, especially once they are filled with ice. Didn’t bother ordering another round. We were looking forward to some good food and were hungry. Food was a big disappointment considering it’s part of the John Howie collection :-( For food we ordered: - Pretzels (which I was thinking would at least be comparable to 520’s happy hour pretzel). I can heat up better grocery store frozen pretzels at home. - Shrimp appetizer, this was the best of all of the food although not enough to crave and say, I can’t wait to come back for the shrimp (not like the shrimp at the John Howie bar). -Steak flat bread was a good sized pizza. Nothing special though. All 4 of us stared at the last piece and thought, nah, not worth filling up on. -2 of the beet salads, good thing because the portions are tiny and not all that great either. -Parpadele pasta was meh, nothing special. -truffle flies was a healing serving of fries with a tiny serving size (enough for one person) of the “truffle sauce for dipping”. We had to pay more for extra of the dip which came in a ramekin. Aside from the overall atmosphere and a nice waitress, it was definitely underwhelming on all other fronts. Won’t be planning to return or recommend unless someone wanted to meet up quick before dinner or a quiet place to wind down with a night cap after dinner. The location is good and the room is nice.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    It seemed there was only 1 server for the entire restaurant. He was great, but obviously stretched too thin and having to constantly rush.
  3. TK

    TracyK

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour menu was fun and great food. I took a friend for her birthday and they gave her a special dessert that was amazing. We split the BBQ brisket flatbread and it was so great very large portion. I would go again with anyone who loves Whiskey they have a ton of offerings.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Chris was awesome! It was our first time to Whiskey but we are frequent diners at John Howie’s Steakhouse. We thought the food at Whiskey was even more amazing! We will definitely be going back.

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on November 7, 2022It's always wonderful to hear from our guests. I will share your review with Chris. Thank you for supporting us! Best, Tim L. GM

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Nice experience, however service was a little stuffy!!

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you for the feedback. Would you provide some specific details of your expereince? I would appreciate the opportunity to follow up with your server. Best, Tim L. GM

  6. d

    dimple

    Seattle

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food and ambience were great. Among 6 of us, We pretty much tried all non-veg appetizers, cocktails and desserts on the menu. The food was great especially the beef skewers and tartare melted in the mouth. Our server was nice as well I. I just felt for an upscale place, out could have a bit more finesse. The place was a bit too noisy for a lounge. Our table was wobbly that our server fixed with the old trick of adding folded paper. We had to wait a bit for him sometimes to come around. Could be to do with his workload? But I will be going again.
  7. F

    Frenchyge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Perfect location. Amazing list of Whiskies from all over the world. Service was impeccable and great choice of food. Will be back!
  8. TA

    TripleA

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did a girls night out there and had a blast. I wish they had a more eclectic menu for vegetarian food, but we made it work. Overall great drinks. Good food and lovely ambiance. I’d come back again.
  9. NI

    NISE

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    It was a nice experience! The food took awhile which was noted well by management who made effort to recognize and not charge for the key dish. Wide range of drinks selection.

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on October 10, 2022Thank you for the feedback. I'm glad the manager that evening visited your table and took care of the item. We strive to create an exceptional experience and will continue to work towards this goal. Best, Tim L. GM

  10. SH

    SaraH

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are harsh food critics, but these were the best brussels sprouts we have ever had, the golden beets salad was delicious, the spicy shrimp cooked perfectly with fresh corn, and the truffle fries - oh my, with the garlic aioli - yum! Great service, loved that we could watch the chefs cook, and we got to try some new Whiskey’s. Plate sizes were generous! Great night!!
  11. LB

    LidaB

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great service and excellent drinks. Recommend the truffle fried and brussels sprouts.
  12. Z

    Zeus

    Seattle

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Basically a whisky emphasis extension of John Howe steak’s bar menu. Good food and good drink menu. Can get pricy but good selection of drams and you can cut the price by reducing the pours so you can try some unique stuff. Cool venue. Actually like it better than the steakhouse next door which seems out of place. Food pace was off when we were there as it all came at once but was tasty.
  13. C

    Chuck

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was very good; whiskey selection was pretty good but 1 oz. pours very disappointing for the money.

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on September 5, 2022Thank you for visiting Whiskey by JH. Since open, both John Howie Steak and Whiskey have done a 2oz pour for any spirit neat or on the rocks. Our flights are 1oz pour of each spirit in that category for a total of 3oz. Best, Tim L. GM

  14. AT

    AdrianT

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, what an awesome dining experience. The choice of whiskey was mind blowing. I had a scrumptious meal and left fully satisfied and grateful. Pavel was a great server and super attentive. I would fly back to the area just to eat here again. (FYI, best Whiskey Sour I have ever had).
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best selection of whiskey around
  16. DK

    DerekK

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Made a reservation to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Ordered an old fashioned and asked for a single cube of ice. The server told us they ran out for the weekend. This was 5:30 on Saturday afternoon. They Put a few pieces of ice in my drink and a very tiny cup. It was OK. I then ordered another old fashion and it came in a mug size cup completely packed with ice completely destroying the drink. The table next to us began ordering drinks and the server recommended that they get single cubes of ice in their whiskey drinks. I found it shocking that they ran out of ice for me but 20 minutes later we’re able to provide the other table with Large single cubes of ice.
  17. RZ

    RonnyZ

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and service
  18. DR

    DonaldR

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Awesome place with great whiskey. Give this place a try
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers and food are always amazing here. I love coming with my bestie!
  20. BJ

    BrigidJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic drinks and whiskey selection. Food was amazing and surprisingly unique! I recommend they order higher quality cherries for their cocktails.
  21. JD

    JoeyD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lisa our server was wonderful! Make sure to try one of their whiskey flights! We will be back soon.
  22. LA

    LoveAlderbrook

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent happy hour! Menu and service were great. We’ll be back, for sure.
  23. a

    ak18

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Not sure if the day played a roll (do only MSFT employees go here?) or if the Bravern mall is just dead, but we didn’t expect the Whiskey Bar to be a ghost town on a Saturday night. The cocktails were solid, but the ipad menus were clunky and unnecessary. The bar was maybe a quarter full. Service and food were fine, (the burger and parmesan fries were highlights) but couldn’t make up for the lack of ambiance due to the restaurant being mostly empty on a Saturday night. For context, we went to Ascend afterward for a nightcap and had to wait a half hour for a table at 10pm.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my boyfriends birthday. Everything was great service and foos were amazing
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    For a whiskey bar pretty sad, ordered a old fashion and it came with crushed ice… I Know Right…. Menu is more like a bar menu when it comes to food… and as far as the whisky menu… not bad a lot of bottom tear … and high end not a lot of middle of the road

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on July 6, 2022Thank you for the feedback. Was there a specific spirit you were looking for or could you provide me with some suggestions on middle of the road? Best, Tim L.

  26. G

    Glue

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    We were allowed in - they DID NOT STATE ON OPEN TABLE - that u had to be over 21 to eat there.and I had my 16 year old daughter we us. They need to state that u have to be over 21 on OpenTable or follow up with a phone call when reservation is made, Not WAIT until u show up :(

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on June 27, 2022I will follow up with the front desk manager and make sure staff is informing all guest who are dining at the Whiskey bar everyone needs to be 21+ per Washington State law. We have corrected this also on opentable. Thank you for the feedback. Best, Tim L. GM

  27. AS

    AprilS

    Orlando

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was good and the server was nice but we ordered several whiskeys and they were out of stock. They even ran out of the dessert we ordered. The decor is nice but the view is of the interstate. The place was not full but it was hard to hear our guests across our table.

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on June 27, 2022I appreciate you taking the time to review your recent experience. Would you please provide more details on the whiskeys you tried to order? I would like to follow up with the appropriate staff. Best, Tim Lodahl GM

  28. A

    Anniew

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I would expect more from John Howie. Food was B-, so not terrible. The server was not great. It for sure doesn’t have the same great ambience as John Howie. Seems like it was thrown together on the cheap. They have an automatic service fee that instantly turns me off to the restaurant. Lots of other great options in Bellevue. This one isn’t a win.
  29. KR

    KathyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for appetizers and drinks. Booth was a great, however, place was a little loud for a conversation across the booth. Service was impeccable, drinks and wine well proportioned and made. Waiter recommended the steak nachos - do it! So good. The shrimp appetizer was yummy as well and if you are looking for fries in volume you are in the right place. Would definitely go again, if only for the steak nachos!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Very dark and cold interior.
  31. W

    Woodinvilledad

    Portland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First visit but love other John Howe restaurants. Food was great. Brussels sprouts were awesome as were nachos. Lots of other options to try. Will go back
  32. NS

    NinaS

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Upscale bar. Staff service is what you'd expect from a John Howie establishment -- great! Manager/GM checked on us frequently. Well known for their whiskey collection so their menu is focused on this. Food is bar food, but it's kicked up a notch...or two...or three. It's not your typical bar food.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love! Had a great time… great service, great food!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We dont like the 20% service charge. It takes away from the concept of tipping. We loved the food, loved the service but won’t go back because of the service charge. We don’t like to be told what to tip plus we don’t like that John Howie controls the 20% and it doesn’t t go to the wait staff. Our server wax exceptional and we typically don’t tip a percentage, we round up significantly usually ending up around the 25% mark, but because of the mandatory charge we only pay the auto 20%. It’s such a bad feeling seeing it on the bill with entitlement. We hate this trend and won’t patronage establishments who embrace it.

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on May 5, 2022Under the 20% service charge model, this allows us to compensate employees at a higher level than in the previous years and be a leader in the provision of wages and benefits. Our staff makes commissions on sales plus an hourly wage. Taking care of our employees is important to us and we believe this structure generously compensates our staff and creates a stronger team. If a guest would like to leave additional gratuity they may on the additional tip line. Best, Tim L. GM

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Overall a great spot to grab drinks and quick bites for happy hour especially if you love dark liquor. They are kind and attentive with service which is hard to come by at many spots these days. The brisket flatbread and Brussel sprouts were our favorite. All they need to do now is expand their dessert menu. The cheesecake much left to be desired A Chantilly or chocolate mouse cake w/ice cream would have been the perfect ending

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on April 13, 2022I appreciate the detailed review. Glad you enjoyed the experience. Best, Tim L. GM

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful cocktails. food prices are good. Fried chicken was over done. Appetizers were very good. Marinated steak was odd.
  37. T

    Tori

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and we highly recommend. Fun atmosphere for date night and the best burger we ever had! Lots of fun whiskey drinks.
  38. DG

    DanG

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great ambiance and tasty food, but the cocktails could use a bit more inspiration for this type of place.

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on March 13, 2022Thank you for the feedback. What type of cocktails are you looking for? Best Tim Lodahl

  39. SL

    StephanieL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Loved Ariana our server!! I dreamt of the mushroom flatbread for days. It was unremarkable and I did not taste any truffle 😢

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on March 13, 2022We appreciate the feedback. Our chef has checked the flatbread recipe and followed up with staff. It's great to hear Ariana meet your expectation of service. Best, Tim L. GM

  40. g

    greatspot

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Decent drinks and the food was okay. We had appetizers, so did not experience entrees on the menu. They could use a bit of music, maybe jazz or chill mood. Something to improve the atmosphere, our server was fantastic, but the atmosphere was a bit dull.

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on February 28, 2022I'm glad to hear service meet your expectations. Thank you for the additional suggestions on how we could improve our atmosphere. Best, Tim Lodahl GM

FAQs

Whiskey by John Howie is rated 4.5 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Whiskey by John Howie

11111 NE 8th St 125, Bellevue, WA 98004

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bellevue

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Speakeasy, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Phone number

    (425) 406-7938

  • Catering

    John Howie Catering offers a diverse range of chef-designed specialty menus that can be customized to the unique needs and style of each event.

  • Private party facilities

    Whiskey by John Howie is available for private events. This 1,420 square foot space - which can accommodate up to 84 people for private events.

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