Joule

4.6
599 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.
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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful! Food was delicious and surprising. unique.

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KV
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The breakfast buffet was a strange Korean-Irish combo which was not very good and pretty cold/soggy. Nothing exciting and purely just something to tide you over until your real food came. I had the waffles + chicken fried steak which was good but not the most exciting thing ever. My partner had the bao which was very different then any other bao I’ve had and was very bready. The proportions were off. Overall, it’s a cool atmosphere but food and service was very meh

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OC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Joule fails to disappoint. Excellent food and service. Definitely some of the best flavors, and perfectly executed dishes in the city. With decent portions and prices. Will return again very soon

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very yummy food, surprisingly fast service, a great choice.

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BL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome. The rib eye steak was some of the best Rib Eye I’ve had just short of José Andres Bazaar Meat in Vegas! Wonderful food. Will return again soon!

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NL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a really pleasant brunch experience at Joule! With the buffet, I was able to try a lot of different flavors without getting too full and left feeling satisfied. I enjoyed that it wasn't typical brunch food and that I was able to try something more unique. Being part Korean, the food also made me very reminiscent on the flavors of my childhood. Lastly, service was very attentive and super friendly! Thank you for a great experience!

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a
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit. Many unfamiliar dishes on the menu, but everything we tried tasted great. Steak was particularly good, as you might expect. And the bill was not outrageous. Highly recommended!

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

Seating wasn’t until 9:45. The restaurant felt like it was mid shut down so not sure why they take reservations this late. Food also came out one at a time so you couldn’t enjoy any of the dishes together. Given how late it was and we were only people still eating, that didn’t feel right. Rib eye was TOUGH AND CHEWY. Fatty which is normal for rib eye but not even chewable. Waiter was weird/odd guy as well. I’ve dined here about four times before and this visit was beyond sub par. Didn’t feel James Beard nominee worthy.

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MW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was spectacular with lots of fun flavors and combinations. Service was extremely sub par, especially for a restaurant with this kind of food and pricing. We were not paid much attention to, from needing more water and having to order more food/drinks. I would want to go back for the food, but I am hesitant due to the poor service.

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K
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were wonderful. The food is so creative and interesting. Our servers were pleasant and helpful and attentive.

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KD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have had the weekend buffet twice, and it is a nice assortment that changes monthly based on a new concept (e.g., 2019 March was "Ireland"). With the buffet, I've had the chicken-fried steak and waffles both times, which has been a bit underwhelming. We also have been a bit underwhelmed by our cocktails. We will return because we enjoy the rotating buffet selections, but I'll try a different entree and we'll probably skip the cocktails.

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JO
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Joule was extremely loud and our server was rude and unattentive. Food was very overpriced for plate size

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l
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wanted to eat here and was not disappointed. Food and service spot on!

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r
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We love your restaurant especially your menu planning and your superb food preparation. We came for your new brunch this past Sunday. The entrees were fantastic. One critique for the self serve brunch table is that it was a bit carbo forward and not enough protein. None the less delicious! And your bartender continues to impress. Thank you or a wonderful brunch.

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The brunch is an amazing deal! We went as a group of four, made a reservation, had no wait. We all enjoyed our main course (chorizo bao, french toast with (I think) garam masala cherries, something with a quarter pound of bacon, and salad with trout. Personally, the range of buffet items were just as tasty as my french toast: delightful bites with lots of different flavors. At a cost of $20 for a main course and buffet--this is a much better value than other high end brunches I have had in Fremont and on Capitol Hill. Hundred percent, will go again for brunch!

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M
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

For all the hype and press Joule has received they failed in our perspective last Thursday night.
* Food was good, but not great... potions were smallish and tastes were not note-worthy
* Service was poor...
- Ordered all items at same time and last one took 15-20 minutes (table next to us arrived after and got food before we did)
- Server did not check on us or provide status on delay
* Received bill and mandated 20% surcharge made entire experience BAD... no way to even provide feedback as team was uninterested in us as we left
* Atmosphere was super noisy...had to almost yell as we could barely hear each other talk... way too loud

We will not be going back and do not recommend Joule.

Mike

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BW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

After eating there for many years and finding the food to be excellent it was really off that night!
The octopus was burst and inedible, the rice cakes were tough and lacking the greens in them, the beet appetizer was undercooked and they were so chatty that we were having to wait for attention. So disappointing as we brought a friend for his first time. Must have been the “B” team working that night. We won’t be back

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was absolutely stunning. Staff was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

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H
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was very delicious. The joule dessert not so much. They automatically charge a 20% tip which I wouldn’t mind if we had excellent service. Our waiter wasn’t very attentive

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M
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. Been there a few times but this last visit on valentines day was not as good. Normally service is top notch but this time I felt like our server didn't really want to be working that day.

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DC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always an adventure, but never a disappointment in the cuisine department.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious. Knowledgeable staff. Friendly. All around great!

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D
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One phrase says it all.... "spicy rice cakes." I might actually dream about them. Of course the rest of the menu is fun, playful and full of flavor as well. Leave your diet at the door here though... There may be lots of veggies on this menu but it's cooked in lots of yummy goodness that don't quite qualify as a light meal. Lots of dairy free, gluten free, and vegan options for those with food sensitivities. The atmosphere here is bright and energetic and the drinks are solid.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience, they were able to accommodate our large party, walked us through the menu and provided great recommendations. food was amazing with every dish bringing unique tastes and quality. 10/10

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was absolutely delicious. The waiter and wait staff were extremely efficient but not super helpful in making menu selections. The noise level goes well beyond energetic to 100% in the way of the experience. I couldn’t hear the person across the table from me at all. It made for an awkward dinner that didn’t let us enjoy the delicious food.

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DB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific space with friendly staff that offer recommendations. Excellent variety of meat and vegetarian options. I'd recommend making a reservation or walk in and enjoy a cocktail around the outside fire.

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NB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The spicy chorizo rice cakes dish was outstanding! The steaks were good, not great. I enjoyed the shrimp cocktail 2.0.

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. Waitstaff informative, kind, and attentive. First time for brunch, usually only dinner. Would highly recommend both.

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AW
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is unique and phenomenal and the atmosphere is fantastic!

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A
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Joule more than any restaurant in Seattle over a 30 year period...:) It's my favorite! There are many other places that I go to as well, but Joule appeals to me time and time again for its consistency, creativity and hospitality. It's also a neighborhood gem, so it's very likely I will run into someone I know from my own neighborhood, and that's valuable all by itself. Thank you for your commitment to excellence, flavor and fun! Caroline

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S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the themed brunch. The atmosphere is perfect for catching-up with a friend or a date night.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent, nice ambience food is not too bad more of a casual dining style. Good for groups!

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Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a hard place to get a table for dinner on a Fri-Sun even if you try reserving. For the wait it took to get in, the food was worth the wait. The portion size here are like small plates to share. For our party of 2, we ordered 2 starter dishes and 3 regular entrees to share and it was barely enough to feed us. Food we ordered were curry pickled beets, kaya toast, geoduck fried rice, grilled octopus w/ bok choy, and the beef short rib. The surprise of the night was the curry picked beets, it was sour, tangy, then sweet, and savory all in a bite. The beef short ribs, kaya bread and grilled octopus was very good as well. The disappointment was the geoduck fried rice, a little fishy, not as much geoduck and flavor. Overall this was a good place for a dinner date or a night out, I'd recommend a try, and you should definitely get the beets and beef short ribs and then add a few more to share

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Overpriced and average food. Ordered the Mackerel and it was extremely fishy.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed my date for dinner on a Wednesday evening. It was not extremely busy but had the feeling of being a little tight on space.
Wine selection is appealing and not too overwhelming. Good choices available.
Our family style meal was great and met a high expectation for quality. I would have preferred if the quantity was greater, but we were well satisfied.
I would recommend Joule for a casual dining experience that is interesting and highly palatable!

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KA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy as always. This time we brought a large group and discovered that since the noise level is high, it is hard to hear everyone in the group. We just split into smaller groups for convo.

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JH
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch was fantastic. Creative spins on classic and not-so-classic dishes ("open-faced" bao? YES!). Themed buffet was so tasty and different (ours was Bahamian). Too bad it was too cold to sit around the firepit, but did that on a different occasion and it was very pleasant.

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LF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Joule breakfast is great, though they try to get you to have the full brunch and don't really tell you you can just order an entree without the buffet, I had to ask. Friendly service, delicious bacon.

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joule totally lived up to their reviews! Been waiting to come in a group to be able to try a lot of menu items and everything we tried was very well executed and tasty. Favorites include any of the steaks ( much debate over which was best), the eggplant, beets, and desserts (cheesecake and fudge cake we're truly decadent). Our server was super knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. We'll be back soon! Enjoyable night!

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CM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

well presented and very good sauces and spiced vegetables. Steaks were tough and fish was overdone

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