Joule

4.7
642 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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ZZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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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.

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

Service and food were amazing!

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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.

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

Every dish and drink was spectacular and the service was great

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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.

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MS
Seattle
31 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

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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.

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J
Seattle
41 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!!

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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 🔥.

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

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

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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.

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D
Seattle
19 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!

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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!!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Too good. Best restaurant in Seattle.

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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.

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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.

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

Perfection. Made my birthday!

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

My favorite Seattle restaurant. Every dish is absolutely fantastic!

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MD
Seattle
8 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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MN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Joule!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing food! It was a defiantly a little loud and hard to hear because we were in a large group. Our server was not great though. Instead of suggesting doing family style she insisted on it in a pretty aggressive way. When we decided not to do family and do individual plates she rolled her eyes and insisted we all get starts to share because no way are mains would all come out at the same time but the food was pretty quick and did come out at the same time for being a busy Saturday night. It was just sorta odd. But it was amazing food and defiantly worth going back.

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Portland
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time coming here and every dish was better than the one before. Outstanding creativity and flavors. One of the best meals we have had in ages and we eat out a lot!
Highly recommend.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing and service was attentive but not obtrusive. They were great about being kind to my 2 boys, even though it was a typical date night.

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was fantastic. The experience did not match the price of the meal. The wine was not good at all, the waitstaff had a very uncohesive, scattered appearance that really made you regret the amount of money you were about to spend. All of it made the taste and quality of the food seem likely to disappoint, especially when one considers that the neighboring restaurant offered a much more serene and tailored and relaxing experience. If it were me, I'd put my staff in uniforms and crack down on the multicolored hair. Then I'd dim the lights. And get a wine list that's more curated and about 1/4 the amount of options. And I'd throw out the rotting flowers at the hostess stand. The food was delicious but I'd never eat there again because I don't want to experience that much noise / annoying personalities at that price again.

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family style sharing is an awsome way to have a memorisable date! Highly recommended

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s
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and interesting fusion of flavors, but prices are a bit high for the portions.

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LR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a delightful dinner. Food was great and service was warm and welcoming.

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IA
London
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our favorite was the rice cake - good, strong flavor, as well as the kalbi steak. The mackerel was disappointing - can't taste the green curry. Kaya butter could have been more intense - I am from Singapore where kaya toast is a national dish. The black sesame was a nice mix

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F
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, and great brunch. Love the different monthly themes for the buffet. Highly recommend.

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EE
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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