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Whiskey by John Howie, Bellevue, WA

Whiskey by John Howie

4.4
4.4
31 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 1 time 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 31 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Eastside

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. DK

    DerekK

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 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.
  2. RZ

    RonnyZ

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and service
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. AS

    AprilS

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 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

  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. W

    Woodinvilledad

    Portland

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 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
  15. NS

    NinaS

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 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.
  16. 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!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.
  20. T

    Tori

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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.
  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. g

    greatspot

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 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

  24. JC

    JamieC

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    An overall disappointing experience, especially given the John Howie name. Servers were standing around frequently while dirty dishes sat on our table. The ambience was disappointing; we expected more of a lounge/cozier atmosphere given the whisky bar theme. Food was ok but not what we expected from the John Howie brand.

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on February 28, 2022Thank you for sharing your past experience. Would you please provide date of visit so I may speak with your service team? If you have any specific details on the food it would greatly be appreciated. I hope you spoke with a manager that evening as we strive to correct any issue in the moment so our guests leave satisfied. Again, thank you for your time. Best, Tim Lodahl GM

  25. y

    yummymommy

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I loved the look of the space. It was a very chill environment and nice booths, counter seats and tables. We shared most of the appies and they were all outstanding. Shockingly my whiskey sour cocktail was sub par - I would have expected better from a place called Whiskey that specializes in whiskey. Service was marginal also. Overall I would still go back.
  26. SJ

    SJ26

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    We’ve been to all the John howie restaurants and this one does not follow suit. Beardsley Public House does a great job for a casual experience. John howie steaks are amazing. Sea star is fabulous. This however—not so much. It took 15 minutes to get the happy hour wine that was being poured from a jug. The burger was tasty but the cheese plate had a smidgen of cheese and a lot of jam. The service was friendly but the bar is clearly understaffed and just not to the John howie standard we enjoy at the other establishments. Ps we were never offered a whiskey selection ;/). We were directed to happy hour wine and the word whiskey was never uttered. I hope it gets some of the John howie secret sauce soon .

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on February 21, 2022Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Did you speak with the manager that evening? We strive to correct any issue in the moment. I will follow up with the staff. The executive chef has spoken with his staff. Our happy hour wine is Educated Guess, Napa Valley and served from a 750ml wine bottle. Best, Tim L.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Valentine's day and had the special 3 course dinner. Everything was amazing! Will definitely be back for special occasions. ❤

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on March 13, 2022It's always wonderful to hear from our guests. We appreciate the support and look forward to your next visit. Cheers, Tim L.

  28. s

    seattle04

    Seattle

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food not so much. Both our steaks had to be sent back. Medium well = bleeding and not warm. For a $200+ meal, I expect better.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Stake came out cold, the bottle of wine was late and half way to finishing steak. The server didn’t check on us enough considering 20% tip was implied

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on February 14, 2022Thank you for the feedback. Did you have an opportunity to speak with a manager that evening? We strive to correct any issue in the moment and always want our guest to leave satisfied. Would you please provide reservation name and date so I may follow up with the staff and managers? Best, Tim L. GM

  30. NG

    NolanG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    It took 15 minutes to get a drink and more than that for a refill.

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on February 1, 2022Thank you for your feedback. I see you visited on 1/29/22 Saturday. I have spoken with management and we will follow up with the appropriate staff. Did you have the opportunity to speak with a manager that evening? When an issue arises we strive to fix it in the moment. I appreciate your time and will use your review as a learning tool for the staff. Best, Tim L. GM

  31. d

    durkastani

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience4
    While the focus on alcohol sales is expected at a place named Whisky, it still has the John Howie name so you would think that they would still know how to prepare a steak medium rare. It seems that this is not the case. Also, it took an hour after the appetizer came for the steak to even get to the table. Very disappointing.

    Whiskey by John HowieResponded on February 26, 2022Thank you for the feedback from your visit on 1/29/22. Did you speak with a manager that evening? We strive to correct any issue in the moment so our guests leave satisfied. I will pass this onto the executive chef and make sure he follows with the kitchen staff. Best, Tim L. GM

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Whiskey by John Howie is rated 4.4 stars by 31 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 1 time 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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