Joule

4.5
567 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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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 10, 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 9, 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
51 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
1 review
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
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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 4, 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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SS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was extremely salty, one dish was so much it was hard to eat. Very, very loud! No dish was taken off the bill...one dessert given...lame:(

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V
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Joule is an adorable spot that serve creative korean/ asian fusion. The service is great, servers are polite and friendly. We didn't have great appetite so ordered only few dishes, the short rib is amazing, cauliflower is tasty as well. The thing that's the most impressive is the dessert wine. I tried the mocha one and it is really awesome. Will recommend to a friend!

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l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fave brunch in Seattle

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food took way too long but server was very nice

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and servers are always so friendly!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall the brunch was good. Hash brown was way over cooked and over priced

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JY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

To compare with last visit about 2 1/2 years ago, most of 8 different I ordered are simply very terrible.
I wouldn't go there any more PERIOD!!!

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T
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great drinks. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Unique experience, great for a small group or date night.

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WD
Phoenix
64 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I selected Joule for a casual dinner with 2 business associates. We had a 5:30 reservation. The first two of us arrived at 5:30, with the third arriving at closer to 6 due to severe rain and Seattle traffic. We had several appetizers. First of all, for the money, the portions are small. For three men to share dishes, everyone got about a spoonful of each item. The shrimp cocktail 2.0 was OK at best. The beef tartare was very tasty, but again, so small that it was almost not worth it. The Kaya toast was our favorite, white bread with a sesame butter for spreading. Nothing special, but good. As a side note, it is their "house-bread", but they charge you for it. For dinner we ordered three entrees and one side. But they all came out at very different times, absolutely staggered. This only added to the perception that every dish is so small, because three men had to share each dish individually. Each appetizer came about 10 minutes apart, then we got the spicy rice cakes, which were supposed to be an entree. They were delicious, our favorite dish, but again, three really hungry men sharing this was not enough. Then the eggplant side dish showed up. We killed that quickly, it was not enough. Then the wagyu tri-tip and the ribeye came. The tri-tip is not very larger either. The ribeye was a healthy portion, but by that time, we were so hungry that we inhaled it. In summary, this place has good flavors, but you will leave hungry unless you spend a lot of money. The service was either off that night, or they just like to stagger out the plates, which we did not like. If I was to ever eat here again, which I most likely will not, I would insist that my food all come out together. All in all, it was disappointing, as we had very high expectations. Not terrible, but a serious let-down.

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YE
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice casual high end venue, good service but disappointed with food portions. I was told by the server that it’s family style Dinning but the portions were small and definitely not family style Dinning. Food was good but nothing great or spectacular and not worth the price. Nice to try but wouldn’t come back

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n
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait to return to Joule! Everything was beyond perfect.

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JM
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having written a previous rave, I will simply add it remains the best brunch in those cities I know well: Seattle, SF, Berkeley, Oakland, Honolulu, LA, Portland, and San Diego. I defer to others about whether it is the best in the US, let alone the world.

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ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Unexpectedly unique. Nice to have set gratuity. Highly recommended.

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RC
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of Rachel Yang's preparations continues to amaze. I certainly wish the wine selection could match it...I admire the fact that she (or her wine director) want to support 100% northwest, but to hit glass pour pricing, the selections are certainly weak. In the future, we'll definitely bring our own bottles, pay the corkage and really enjoy the great food and service!

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ME
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food from start to end, great drinks menu; only reason it's not 5 stars is that we had a tough steak, which with "wagyu" in the name of the dish should just never happen! Otherwise, the seasonings and combinations of flavors and techniques were just delicious. And it's not the kind of place where you sit there and think, "We could make this at home", because you couldn't!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Joule was delicious! The brunch bar was awesome, lots of flavorful food. It was better than my main dish, which was the bao with meat inside. The bao was a little dry and I was hoping for more miso flavor, but overall it was a great meal and I’d go back.

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The brunch buffet have more limited choice than what was reported. Otherwise, still a good place for weekend brunch.

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r
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food in a casual, welcoming environment. Will definitely be back

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M
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Sunday Brunch which was a bit unusual in how it was presented. There are two parts to the brunch meal. First everyone has access to the fixed buffet of various dishes (mix of savory and sweet), and you can return to the buffet as often as you like. When we went the buffet theme was Eastern European cuisine. In addition, there is a menu for a main (medium sized portion) dish from the menu of about 10 to 12 dishes. These run the gamete from egg dishes to shrimp and grits (what I had; delicious) to waffles. The only drawback was that there wasn't a vegetarian option on the menu which I found odd. Every dish has meat or fish in it. I asked the server about it but didn't get much help. Still, if you do eat meat or fish, I think you're in for a great treat. It's a very fun structure for Sunday brunch.

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E
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional dinner at Joule. Our server was knowledgable and gave fantastic recommendations. We tried a lot of the menu and loved it all!

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EK
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super creative food prep and presentation. The flavors were unusual but great. The wait staff was so friendly and informative. There was a very friendly, neighborly vibe throughout our meal ... fellow diners as well as staff.

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F
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Grest food; horrible service. I’ve been there many times and recommended to many. Will not do so again. Food must have been sitting awhile as most was not hot. Waiter didn’t seem to even know we weren’t didn’t get most of the food we ordered. To add insult to injury, they add an automatic 20% service charge. DON’T GO! Even though the food is good, it isn’t worth the money.

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j
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is great. Good to see different dishes served

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Decided to try Joule for brunch after a recent Seattle Times article about it being a great brunch choice in the area. Overall, I was disappointed. The brunch buffet that is included with the meal was ok - the theme was Eastern European . The food selection wasn’t very big and also generally pretty “fancy” - my kids didn’t like much of it. The meals were pretty small. I ordered the steak and it was pretty fatty as well. The kids meal was a joke - it was 2 eggs, but really looked like maybe 1 at best and a couple pieces of toast. The bacon was amazing though! Also, parking is a problem - make extra time for that.

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O
Seattle
71 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice ambience, fair value. Some of the buffet items were just “OK”. The brunch entrees were more substantial and interesting. It was fun to try a variety of items, and overall I love this Chef’s vision.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wine. Lively atmosphere. Hip but not pretentious.

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to spot for a meal out. The food and cocktails are always amazing, the portions are perfect for sharing so that you can try many different dishes. Great birthday meal out with friends! Do not underestimate the burger - possibly my favorite thing on the menu.

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h
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Joule is amazing and their staff doesn't miss a beat even when the place is packed (which it has been on my visits). My "very good" rating are because the "Energetic" noise level is an understatement - it's plain loud.

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JM
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had brunch here for the first time last Sunday, and it surpassed even my high expectations based on our prior dinners there and some recent rave reviews. The price was unbelievably reasonable in light of the high quality, creativity and execution in preparing the food. While the basic menu is largely influenced by Korean cuisine, to our delight, the additional buffet this month was inspired by Eastern European dishes, and both were superb. Though we have excellent rye breads available in Seattle from Sea Wolf bakery and others, the light rye with anise served here was simply the best I have ever eaten. If it were available commercially, I would buy it weekly. This was simply put delicious food served by a very genial staff in a light and bright environment and all at a great price.

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d
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take a group to brunch - love the buffet and the breakfast.

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BS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sophisticated and casual. Great cocktails and delicious, interesting food.

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SK
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch was a fun experience. The buffet had several Eastern European dishes to try. Each was a real treat for the tastebuds. Menu items were varied and our server provided great descriptions and offered several options for our vegetarian.

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