Permanently Closed - Jep's Chef House at Preservation Kitchen

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Jep's Chef House, formally known as Preservation Kitchen, serving many of the same favorite menu items while bringing in foods from around the world! Owner and executive chef Jep Coop says, 'we are a house of chefs, each with their own specialty. In this house we work together as a team'. The menu offers American traditional, Thai, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cuisines. Located in historic downtown Bothell is the 1916 Kaysner Estate. The building was originally home to the mayor of Bothell. Bricks, salvaged from Bothell Way were used to build a garage on the property. The back dining room at Jep's Chef House was once the garage and the bricks are still visible.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
American, Thai, Chinese
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Hours of Operation
Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–8:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 2:00 pm–6:00 pm
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(425) 408-1306
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Jep Coop
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Private Party Facilities
4 Private Banquet rooms,start from 8 up to 132
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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SL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We had never been to Preservation Kitchen before and saw the new signs outside and decided to try it. It was much more casual than we were expecting. The setting is a creaky, old home. The decor has not been updated so it feels a little stale and the atmosphere was awkward (very empty and silent for a Friday night.) Our server was sweet but unable to describe the menu other than saying things were "really good." My husband ordered the short ribs and was pleased. I had a Korean steak but the sauce was so spicy, they brought me a couple of other sauces to try to get through the meal. The steak was nicely cooked but bland, with plainly cooked veggies and basic mashed potatoes. Not amazing but I kind of enjoyed it. All in all, we were expecting more of a polished experience and were underwhelmed. The menu does has wide variety and there were lots of other options we could have tried that were probably good.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice and varied menu. Wonderful service. The beet and quinoa salad is excellent, and the chocolate dessert is the best ever. Friendly and comfortable.

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EB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Food was good, but we waited 20 mins for our table even though we had a reservation. And we were only seated after I reminded the host we were still waiting. Then it took an additional 40 mins to have our order taken and get food. So for an 11am reservation, we didn’t eat until noon.

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1
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

We went to Jep's for Father's Day Brunch. It was slammed. We had reservations and were sat immediately in a room where they put table together for us as we were walking in, it was an empty room at first. Service began ok with water and drinks. The tables in the room we were in filled up and it was stuffy (lack of air flow). All the tables that were seated after ours in the room received their food before us, even though we ordered before them. The server apologized many times and brought out complimentary snacks. We were seated at 10:45, we didn't get our food until after noon. The food was good (though it took 20 minutes for all the plates to arrive at the table, they were literally brought out one by one). I am sure the kitchen and other staff were completely overwhelmed. The server had part of our check dismissed, she really understood how ridiculous our experience was and that was thoughtful of the restaurant. They would have benefited from creating a smaller menu on such a busy day. We may go back someday, we were very excited to try the restaurant. We absolutely will not go on a holiday or weekend though!

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WF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We went for Father's Day brunch and the restaurant was very understaffed. It didn't seem like anyone knew which server was assigned to which table. We waited awhile to be greeted, receive drinks, and our food was slightly wrong (though not enough to request it be remade). The good news - the food was delicious.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Father’s Day brunch, so perhaps a busy day. The service was not very good, and the everything took ages. I always want to support local restaurants, but there is a lot of work to be done on the service before this place gets our thumbs up. The food was average but I think the price was fair.

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JV
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great choice for our Fr Day Brunch We will definitely be going back We were able to relax, visit have attentive service and fantastic food

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J
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Jep's is a great place! Excellent food, housed in a unique older "mansion" with a wonderful, scenic, shaded area for outdoor seating. There is also a kids' play area a bit apart from the outdoor seating but in easy view. That can make eating out with little kids fun for everyone!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Slow Service not very attentive

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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food overall is just ok. Nothing to make us want to come back. Appetizers were better than our main dishes. For appetizer we got the chicken satay and fried brussel sprouts. Both were pretty good. I got the short ribs, mashed potatoes, and veggies. Sadly, the veggies were the best thing on my plate. The short ribs, although tender, were extremely dry. The mashed potatoes were ok, but small portion. My husband got the fish and chips and liked the fish but didn't care for the (obviously frozen not fresh) fries. The fish portions were decent sized, which was good. Our server was mediocre, just did his job but nothing beyond that. He had zero personality.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Not very busy for a fabulous meal. The drink menu was nice. And the regular menu diverse with lots of choices And the drinks strong and yummy. Tried the Thai soup. Had the delicious salad. Short ribs and steak. Next time dessert.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

We live near Jep’s and really want them to be successful.
Our dinner last night was a mixed experience; the food was well prepared and beautifully presented. The server was a mess and was completely unprofessional. They missed a chance to highlight the natural coziness of the venu: a dim room with a fireplace as a focal point, but unlit. No candles on the tables, no calming ambient music. The server, in s filthy shirt and apron, looked like they had most recently been pulled from the dishroom. Our cocktails were carried to the table dripping from spills. I guess they don’t have trays to carry drinks to the table.
The server was assigned an entire room that quickly filled over the peak dinner hour. They did not return to check on our meal or suggest another glass of wine.
Next time we go we will sit on the patio and order a burger and beer...

No bread was offered with the salad.

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SR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

This is NOT Preservation Kitchen, and judging by my latest experience can't imagine them being in business much longer..

Made a reservation on a Tuesday night for 6 people at 6:00 pm to celebrate a Birthday..arrived and the place was almost empty.. they sat us in the house part of the restaurant and the lights were off (which should have been a sign).

By 6:30 pm we still hadn't gotten our 2 drinks from the bar (A draft beer and a Roy Rogers).

The "Roy Rogers" was finally delivered (at least that's what the waiter said it was) to my 10 year old son, but it turns out it's actually beer. Yes this restaurant served beer to a 10 year old.

When I took it back to the bartender, who looks to be a kid still in college he seems confused..mumbles I'm sorry, no excuse..the bar area by the way is completely empty.

I walk back to the table to grab my family so we can leave as I don't want to eat here.. 30+ minutes to get drinks from the bar and then they serve a child beer.. no thanks.

No amount of free food or fee drinks would have made me stay.. the level of incompetence here was just too high.

By the way their food safety rating is only "Good". So to sum it up.. empty restaurant, lowered food safety rating, incompetent servers / "bar tender"...can't imagine this place staying in business much longer.

If you're still expecting the level of service and food from Preservation Kitchen you won't find it here.

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GP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ate on the deck and it was quite pleasant. Food quality good to very good. The service was attentive. I would go back.

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J
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is fantastic! I highly recommend this hidden gem!

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JB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

the food was only OK , those who had Short Rib were happy , the Pad Thai was also good, the Duck was dry and overcooked , the sauce was like it was evaporated under a heat lamp and the chard was bitter and lacked any imagination except as a colored bitter tasting layer

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WW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great Mother’s Day brunch. We had reservations & we were seated promptly. Waitress was patient & attentive. Food was great, everyone loved what they chose. My Dad & I had the classic Benedict & my step-mom had the my Baker. I also ordered coffee cake. A bit of a mix-up so it came after our entrees, instead of before, but it still tasted great.

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K
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was excellent. The host/hostess stand could still use some work. The wait staff was great and on top of everything. The rooms get a little loud even when there are few people in occupancy. Probably due to all the beautiful wood in the restaurant but it does make it hard to have conversation. Overall the experience was good.

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SF
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Interesting menu and concept. Wish there had been more vegetable choices.

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M
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

We had a lemon drop and Manhattan before dinner. The drinks were honestly not very good. Then we had the crispy Brussel sprouts - they were excellent. For our mains I had the duck breast - it was amazing. My wife had the Asian chicken salad and she loved it. We had a really good chocolate dessert as well. The restaurant was not crowded at all, but there was one very loud group and the sound carried all over the restaurant. Service was excellent. We will definitely be giving them another chance

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JD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent. We sat by the fireplace which made it even more enjoyable.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Food quality has gone done a bit in the past month

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TC
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

For a restaurant billed as a house of chefs, I was disappointed with our experience. My friend wanted to order a dish that included salmon cakes, which the server said they had run out of. My guess is that the salmon cakes are ordered in and not house-made. She liked her second choice well enough. I ordered the hawaiian rice bowl dish that featured sticky rice plus braised pork and fried eggs. The fried eggs looked like egg cracked into a fryer (crunchy ball-like hard yolked eggs) and the rice was hard (likely rice refrigerated overnight). I couldn't eat it.

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n
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We ate here for the first time for my birthday brunch. It was so cold in the room we were seated that most of us kept our coats on for the meal. The coffee cake we ordered for the hungry kids came after the rest of our food. The waitress was never seen nor came by to refill coffee. Poached eggs were hard boiled. Sausage gravy had very little sausage, so no flavor. Not a great first impression.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

So much potential but felt more like a cafe than upmarket restaurant. Our waitress was very friendly but disappointed when she came over to asked if we would like anything else (where we planned to order a final drink) and was told they are closed! This was 9.15pm on a Friday night! We then finished off the drinks we had and 30 minutes later was asked to leave as they wanted to go home. We were all quite shocked.
The food however was very nice but definitely over priced for the setting!

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JB
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was incredible. I'm glad I followed suggestions from other reviewers as the brussel sprout appetizer was the best I have ever had! Even if you do not like brussel sprouts, you must try this! Spread the word about this restaurant!

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CB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Our first time at the restaurant. We found a large bug (Beetle) on our table and showed the waitress. She picked it up and threw it outside. Didn’t say anything and now I think it may be a common thing.....? Very odd. Very poor 1st impression. Unprofessional. The bill was over $100 dollars with the tip on Easter. Does the owner know that this happened?

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K
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

This was our first visit to Jeps and it was a very positive experience. When we search for a place to eat at for breakfast our main requirement is that they serve pancakes. Jeps not only serves pancakes but they are some of the best that we have had in the Seattle area. The flavor, texture and size were all on point. They used quality meat in all the dishes that we were served (breakfast burrito, chicken fried steak, bacon, etc.) Jeps has a very nice and comforting environment. It is setup in an old home and they have left a lot of the charm of the house. Our one complaint would be the slow service. We realize that being Easter Sunday, at brunch time, things are going to run a little slower. It seemed that every step of the way we were waiting for an extended period of time (seating, water refills, receiving our whole order, and the check). Overall it was a great experience and we look forward to eating there again soon.

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R
Seattle
66 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food tasted pretty good, though the cocktails were nothing special. We visited during Restaurant Week. The crispy Brussels sprout appetizer was splendid, the only memorable bit of the meal. This restaurant is very close to our home, so it was good enough for us to return, but nothing else really called out to us as particularly exciting.

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J
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

I think with the change in ownership food quality has declined. Service was OUTSTANDING. Ambiance is still great. Such a shame as this uses to be one of my fave spots.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Good Food, Outstanding Service. Nice Atmosphere. Very Friendly Staff. Good Parking. Have tried the previous restaurants at the same location- Gerard's French Restaurant, Preservation Kitchen and now Jep's. Have never been disappointed. Will dine at Jep's again. Great addition the the many nice restaurants in Bothell. Very easy and convenient to find.

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G
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food and the service was great. Would definitely recommend the crispy brussel sprouts and the satay chicken starters. The wait staff was friendly and professional, the food overall excellent and the wine pour generous.

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M
Seattle
78 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our first visit understand the new owner. The menu had a lot to offer. The appetizer we had was enough for two to share. We had the pork loin chop for dinner and it was amazing. The staff was pleasant and very nice. The food as I said was amazing. We look forward to going back.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I had the short ribs and they were delicious and tender. The carmelized glaze really added to the overall flavor. I would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

We went there for my 25th year work anniversary. Got seated right away. Server was on top of things with drinks and appetizers. Service wasn't super fast, but we weren't in a big hurry anyhow. I ordered the steak and chips. That's what arrived: a smallish steak and an ungodly amount of homemade potato chips. It was supposed to have some sort of aioli and I reminded the waitress who then brought some kind of cheesy sauce, which wasn't that good. I wish the meal included a fresh vegetable such as broccoli or carrots. At least the steak was decent, even without sauce.

We liked how quiet it was there, compared to some echo chambers we've eaten at (Purple Cafe). We could all hear each other, even at the other end of the table. We'll go back for sure. I just won't order the steak next time.

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t
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We decided to have a family birthday dinner at Jep's. We were a party of 10, and everything was perfect. Drinks were wonderful, and each meal was not only delicious, but perfectly prepared. Atmosphere is relaxed, and lovely. Truly a jewel in the Bothell community!

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T
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Unfortunately, the place doesn’t have the same charm under new management. The menu is a bit odd with a mix of previous menu items and Thai food. We will give it a try one more time.

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SP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

It seems this place is in transition but it's a sweet setting. I don't know if it was by accident but there was no music playing and the quiet was FANTASTIC. If you decide to go with music, please please please make it low key, ambient, INSTRUMENTAL music so my table conversations don't have to compete with lyrics.

Food was good enough for the prices. The coffee cake seemed stale but the eggs dishes and grits were quite good. Needed some greens on the place -- less grits, more greens, like a side of gently massaged kale. I think maybe the food was local but I can't seem to remember. Would hope so. And as much organic as possible, please.

I'll go back.

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p
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dinner we had on friday!!! We will definitely be back!!!

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

There were four of us dining. Three of us h
Thought our meal was wonderful, sadly one meal was the salmon and it was a little dry. That was disappointing, we love this restaurant and still do. We’ll be back.

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