John Howie Steak, Bellevue, WA

Today S and I were in Bellevue, visiting my cousin and decided to go to John Howie Steak. We had heard many Seattelites talking about this place, so we decided to check it out while in the neighborhood. It did not disappoint!

Take a look! (My apologies for the poor quality photos! The lighting was peculiar, and I couldn’t get them to turn out like I wanted. They actually turned out worse once I downloaded the photo’s onto my computer. Just know, that the pictures don’t do the food the justice it deserves!)

John Howie Menu

Bread Basket

A variety of different breads. There were two that were really good – the cheesy round ones and the herby square ones. It was served with whipped butter on the side.

Lobster Bisque Sampler

The lobster bisque was delivered, compliments of the chef, before our main. It was about the size of a shot glass and every last drop tasted like heaven. I’ll be seeing this again the next time I visit John Howie Steak, only 20 times larger in a bowl.

16oz. Eye of the Ribeye American Waygu. Breed: Tajima-gyu, Hyogo Prefecture & Domestic Black Angus Grilled Over Mesquite Coals

Ok, so this picture just would not turn out! Regardless of what angle or what setting my camera was on. I wish it didn’t look like a black, unappetizing, unrecognizable, chunk of something, because it was scrumptious. Even if the picture turned out perfect, it still wouldn’t do the steak justice. I opted for the American Waygu, but they also had Australian Waygu and Japanese A5 100% Waygu beef. I hope to try them all! They had a sampling platter with a 4oz cut of USDA prime beef, American Waygu, Australian Waygu and Japanese Waygu for $230. I wasn’t feeling that wealthy today, but maybe next month (my birthday month) I’ll have a change of tune.

12oz. Custom Aged USDA Prime Rib Roast, Maître ď jus, Fresh Horseradish

S ordered the prime rib and described it as “juicy, tender, had a little bit of a smoked flavor, and the shredded horseradish on top was a perfect compliment.” Again, the picture does not do this entree any justice. It was melt on your mouth, delicious. You can’t tell by this picture, but it was done medium-rare: red throughout with a warm center. It was a little too bloody for my liking, but perfect for S.

Our sides:

Creamy Polenta with Wild Mushroom Ragu in a Truffle Sauce

Now, polenta is not something that we usually order but when the word “truffle” is there, you can count on me ordering it. This dish exceeded our expectations. The mushrooms were fresh, the truffle was apparent and it was really quite savory.

Creamed Spinach - with Kurobuta Bacon, Sunnyside Up Farm Fresh Organic Egg

Creamed spinach is a regular side for us, but add a sunnyside egg on top and it’s a sealed deal. I LOVE eggs and even have cravings for them. I am convinced that they make dishes better. Whether it be a burger, asparagus, pasta, rice, or creamed spinach. Add an egg, add deliciousness. Don’t judge until you try it. You can thank me later.

Boston Cream Pie - Layered Sponge Cake, Crème Anglaise, Vanilla Bavarian Cream, Chocolate Ganache, White & Dark Chocolate Lace

Since we didn’t have an appetizer, we decided that we would definitely indulge in dessert. There were plenty of choices, all of which sounded amazing, but this one in particular caught my eye. I don’t recall ever having Boston Cream Pie before, and since this one sounded so appetizing, I thought I’d give it a whirl. And man alive! Was it ever good. S convinced me that this isn’t your typical Boston Cream Pie, which is really quite a shame because this IS what I will be expecting from here on out. It was so delicious that we ordered another one to go. No, not for us (although I was tempted to keep it), but for our lovely neighbors who are aways so kind to us. The ones who constantly make us feel like bad neighbors, because they treat us that well. For example, they saved our house from blowing up when we were getting married in Mexico, deliver freshly made desserts to our house, take out our garbage every week, surprise me with cupcakes & chocolates on a regular basis, and the list goes on. Even when we went to go drop off this dessert, they had fresh scones for us to take home!! I know, we won the neighbor lottery and we’re grateful for that everyday.

Little Box for the Chocolate

Dark Chocolate with Salted Caramel and Almonds

At the end of the meal, we were surprised with these little boxes of chocolates. Such a nice little send off gift!

The Damage

Total: $172.46 (with tax, without tip)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (I can barely imagine it getting better)

It’s tough for me to give a 5 out of 5 but this was really darn close. Everything was really good and the service was excellent. The restaurant is nice inside. We had a rather loud table dining next to us which was a little bit of a distraction but our server explained to us that “the loud guy” was the man that provides John Howie with all the steaks for the restaurant. It was nice of him to give us that information, making the noise a little bit more justifiable. I would definitely go back to John Howie and try the other sides and other cuts of beef. Their lunch menu looks really good and apparently they have a great happy hour menu as well.

Plus! At the end of the meal, we discovered that John Howie is also the mastermind behind another delicious Seattle restaurant, Seastar. I will try to review it one of these days!



John Howie

1111 NE 8th Street,
Bellevue, WA 98004

(425) 440 0880

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