Joule

4.6
653 reviews
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Steakhouse
Joule, the first restaurant from celebrated husband and wife cooking team Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, is re-located in October, 2012 to the innovative, newly developed the Fremont Collective in Seattle’s Wallingford/Fremont neighborhood. From its original opening in 2007, Joule has cultivated a loyal dining fan base and captured the attention of an admiring local and national media captivated by the couple’s unique, modern perspective on Korean cuisine. Joule, the mature sibling to Yang and Chirchi’s restaurant, Revel, highlights Korea’s love of beef featuring unconventional cuts accompanied by distinctive and shareable side dishes.

Joule takes reservations for 2 hour time slots. We do our best to accommodate as many guests as we can so we ask to please be considerate of other diners at the end of your meal. If you feel that your party will require more time please let us know in the notes and we will get back to you as soon as possible with our available accommodations.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

Have your next group dinner at Joule, the Korean steakhouse in Wallingford. The huge menu has enough options to keep everyone happy.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 653 People Are Saying
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GP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved it! Great food, the choriso dish was divine.
The only thing I didn’t like is that it was quite loud and smelly/smoky because of the open kitchen.
Maybe a bit on the pricy side as well.

Y
Portland
93 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, fun drinks and great vibe. Just bring your sunglasses if you are on the patio...sun was in my eyes at sunset.

RD
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drink menu and eclectic food choices. Our waiter was attentive and very helpful on making suggestions.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

There was no fan and it was hot AF and the food was small quantities and not very good. They didn’t ask how we wanted our steak cooked and brought it super rare and bloody. Probably will never go back. Trying to hard to be boujee and not being boujee..

OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Pretty much everything on the menu is excellent, it's hard to go wrong when ordering at Joule.

The main dining area is beautiful and the noise level doesn't make having a good conversation while enjoying an amazing meal impossible.

With the exception of the hostess, whom on this visit was friendly and knowledgeable, service is detached. However, this kind of service is pretty standard in Seattle. It's the main reason that we don't dine out as often as we used to. Like a lot of people we know in Seattle (a place where cookbooks remain on the local best seller list for months), we are serious and adventurous home cooks. Why go out and feel like you're standing between your server and their completion of the Next Great American Novel or holding back their band from "making it" when you can make just it yourself? There was hope—as more establishments adopted an automatic 20% gratuity—that service would improve, but it hasn't seemed to have much effect.

Overall though, when you're in the mood for really original and delicious food, Joule remains a great bet.

HS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was wonderful, and so was the attention we got from our server. However, it was an especially hot day and we were sat near the kitchen. We were sweating for most of our meal, but the food made up for it. Would recommend to a friend.

WG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Joule had several large tables when our group of 6 arrived, which may explain our experience. It was 70 minutes between the delivery of the first entree to the last entree. Delivery of starters, entrees, and sides were in order of when the kitchen finished them, not when we’re ready for them. But waiter did warn us that dishes would not be in sequence. The kitchen did comp a dish, but that was the extent of explanation or any gesture of apology. Food was very tasty but our appetites were gone.

Gratuity was an automatic 20%, which seemed generous given our experience.

x
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The ribeye steak was quite a disappointment: chewey, full of tough tendon. The sauces were superb though.
The mackerel was lovely.

j
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Dishes rate fairly high on creativity and low on flavor. Everything overpriced.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Waitress was not pleasant at all. Food was good but not great. Did not match the high praise in my opinion.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was hot and the sun was in my eyes...even though we were sitting inside. Everything else we amazing.

ZZ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That steak with Kalbi and kimchi. Is bomb!! The bartender is cool as well

j
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They take a creative approach to their dishes and execute with high quality. We enjoyed exploring almost everything on the menu. Service was excellent.

NB
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my parents who were visiting from Louisiana because I wanted them to have a culinary experience they’d never normally pick. Having been I ordered for us, 8 items for 4 people. Everything was absolutely delicious and they loved it all. Neither eat much tofu but loved the smoked tofu salad. It’s a must when dining at Joule. Our serving was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu.

AK
Seattle
84 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Dined at Joule for partner's birthday. We had not eaten here in a long time and thought we'd revisit. We had always enjoyed it in the past. The food is not as good as I remember. The roasted cauliflower was bland. The beef tartare was fine, if on the small side. I wished it came with some toast or crackers. The geoduck fried rice was the best thing we ate. Partner wanted the duck, which would not have been my choice. Few restaurants make duck breast exciting. Joule's was no different. It was okay, a small portion with a salty escabeche accompaniment. The wait between each dish seemed on the long side. Frankly we were disappointed in this restaurant we used to love.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were amazing!

C
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always. The buffet is to DIE for. Looking forward to next visit.

CD
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish and drink was spectacular and the service was great

SR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The dining experience was fine, except the restaurant was very,very noisy. We had to ask the 3 gentlemen at the next table to please not shout.

MS
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was ok service poor apps came out after main course. 1st and last time going

TS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food beautifully presented. Excellent, knowledgeable service. Noise level very high. Best items were unique takes on Korean classics -- especially the Kalbi.

J
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was wonderful but would have been complemented better in a quieter ambience.

OT
Angus
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was great. Food was pretty great but rice cakes were a little over-sauced or something. Could have used a water bottle on the table. However, overall a very nice time.

KU
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everyone in the party enjoyed their food. As always the buffet had a lovely selection of different flavors to try. The music was too loud and even though we asked the waitress to turn it down it wasn't.

KH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and service. In Seattle first time. Went based on recommendation. Definitely worth it.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food at the Joule, as always, was phenomenal. My favorites are the Beef Tartar, Bone Marrow and Spicy Rice Cakes. New additions to the menu are also very good.

Service this time was a little off, but over all good. We had to ask for plates between some of the courses where we have not had to do that before.

Overall, always a favorite place to eat!!!!

CC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three days later my husband and I still can’t quit talking about how incredible the flavor combinations were in EVERY dish we tried👍
We have told everyone we talk to that they have to go try it. We can hardly wait to get back and try more dishes until we’ve covered the whole menu 😃🍽 The service was absolutely incredible. And we loved the simple, fun Decour and sitting out in the open air by the fire 🔥.

GF
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastically delicious and different food. Cool ambience. Good service. Open kitchen.

BP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious, though a bit on the pricier side for the area. The waiter I had was attentive and very friendly. I was torn between two menu items and asked for his recommendation, and he gave me a more detailed description of each item and told me his favorite between the two. I took his recommendation (the roasted cauliflower), and it was fantastic! Definitely would go back again and tell friends to check it out.

D
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely bites. Our lumpia was not hot on the inside, but very flavorful Casey was great!

p
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with great food, cocktails and wine selection. The atmosphere was warm and exciting. The open kitchen was fun to watch and it showed the dedication to their craft. Worth the trip!!!

C
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We went to Joule for a birthday celebration. I notified the server that I did not eat gluten. He told me the dish to avoid was the tofu because it had soy sauce which is made from wheat. I ordered the duck. When it came out there was what appeared to be corn bread... it was not. I ate a bite and discovered it was bread. This was not noted on the menu and he did not inform me when I ordered the dish. I told him and he pretty much rolled his eyes at me. Overall, I feel he was semi rude to me.

With all that being said the food was mostly amazing. Cheers to the chefs!

I think they could label the items without gluten to make it easier for their customers. Also, a few more vegan options would be nice.

MK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very tasty, especially the black sesame noodles. The wine pairing suggested by the waitress was quite bad but apart from that we had a great experience. The steaks were cooked to perfection!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is above average. My wife really like their seared duck breast, and I Ike the octopus better.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Too good. Best restaurant in Seattle.

AB
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each dish was a delight. Our server was spot on with recommendations. A great experience.

MT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Typically, for a Sunday brunch, you would expect the availability of food to be steady for a brunch as opposed to ordering from a menu. No less than on a Sunday especially when brunch is offered. Along with many of the other patrons, there was a period of time where the brunch/buffet table was empty, and it took awhile to have the new dishes brought out. I know other patrons to the right and left of our table were also wondering when new dishes would be brought out. At least on two to three occasions, the waiter was asked when there would be more dishes. I was disappointed because this was our first time coming here, and we came because it was supposed to have good reviews. But seriously, you cannot run out of food on a Sunday if you are offering Sunday brunch as your main option.

EP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection. Made my birthday!

m
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Seattle restaurant. Every dish is absolutely fantastic!

MD
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There was not a single drink, dish or comment/recommendation from our server that wasn't spot on. True, for our second round of beer a different local hefe came out, but it was just as good as the lager we had for the first round. We all left a little embarrassed that we hadn't been to Joule before now!

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