7 Spectacular Sushi Restaurants in Seattle
Craving for sushi in Seattle? Here's a list to give you a head start in trying the best sushi bars in town!
Seattle boasts some of the freshest fish and seafood, so it’s only natural that sushi restaurants, which rely on fresh raw fish as a main ingredient, would thrive in this city.
In no particular order, here are some of the best sushi restaurants in Seattle. Enjoy!
1. Shiro’s Sushi
Created by legendary sushi chef Shiro Kashiba, here at Shiro’s Sushi, experience the freshest, top-quality seafood, both local and flown in across the globe. The restaurant offers a wide array of sashimi and sushi to choose from. Can’t decide what to order? Sit at the bar and go omakase, where the customer leaves it to the chef. The omakase menu is actually the most popular.
Definitely order the fish here. Other favorites are the buttered geoduck and the big, juicy scallops.
Shiro’s Sushi Restaurant is located at 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121. Hours: 17:30-22:30. Open daily. Website: http://shiros.com
The Kisaku Roll - scallop, crab, mayonnaise, asparagus and flying fish roe, wrapped in soy paper
No fusion-sushi here, which is so popular nowadays. Kisaku focuses on the classics. This restaurant is focused on sushi and sashimi, as they don’t offer many non-sushi dishes. Favorites are the Kisaku roll, the spicy tuna roll, the soft shell crab and the sake nigiri. Sashimi is fresh, and generously portioned. The best thing is? They all have affordable prices.
Kisaku is located at 2101 N 55th St #100, Seattle, WA 98103. Hours: 11:30-14:00, 17:00-21:30, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00, Fridays and Saturdays. 17:00-21:30, Sundays. Closed on Tuesdays. Website: http://www.kisaku.com/
3. Japonessa Sushi Cocina
The Super Bad Boy
Japonessa, a Spanish word meaning Japanese lady, is a sushi restaurant with hints of Latino influence. Imagine traditional Japanese ingredients spiced up with cilantro, mangoes, and jalapeños!
Famous for its sushi rolls, try the Super Bad Boy, which has eel, crab, avocado and cream cheese. Or the Tres Diablo, which is tuna, salmon and yellow tail with a strawberry-habañero sauce.
Japonessa Sushi Cocina is located at 1400 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. Hours: 11:30-23:00, Mondays to Thursdays. 11:30-1:00am, Fridays. 12:00-1:00am, Saturdays. 12:00-23:00, Sundays. Website: http://www.japonessa.com/
Owned by Chef Hajime Sato, this quirky restaurant calls itself “Seattle’s First Fully Sustainable Sushi Bar”. Mashiko works closely together with top sustainability experts to ensure ecological responsibility of the marine life in Seattle.
The dishes are creatively named. Bestsellers include the Red Violin Roll, which is tuna and avocado with a spicy garlic sauce, the Ronin, which includes albacore with fried jalapeño and avocado, and the Dark Crystal – tempura black cod, spicy mayonnaise, and tsume.
Or you could always go omakase and let the chefs decide for you. Their menus are ever-changing anyway, so you can have a different experience each time to drop by!
Mashiko is located at 4725 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116. Website: 17:00-21:00, Mondays-Thursdays and Sundays. 17:00-22:00, Fridays and Saturdays. Website: http://mashikorestaurant.com/
5. Blue C Sushi
The “punnily”-named Blue C Sushi is a conveyor-belt sushi place that serves both hot and cold rolls, along with artisanal sake cocktails.
Crowd-pleasers include the crab gunkan and the eel and avocado roll. For people with special diets, this restaurant also serves gluten-free sushi featuring gluten-free seasoned sushi rice, and vegetarian options as well!
Blue C Sushi is located at 1510 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. Hours: 11:30-22:00, Mondays-Thursdays and Sundays. 11:00-23:00, Fridays. 11:30-23:00, Saturdays. Website: http://www.bluecsushi.com/
6. Umi Sake House
Catering to the late night crowd, Umi Sake House is an izakaya (casual drinking establishment) featuring creative sushi rolls and other snacks to go with their sake.
This writer’s personal favorite is the Hottie Roll, which has spicy scallops, salmon with tobiko and cucumber with a spicy mayo sauce. But don’t miss out on creative inventions like the Tropical Paradise, which is tuna and mango with - surprisingly, it works - a blueberry sauce.
They also serve a wide variety of organic teas. The fruit teas, such as the Peach Blossom White Tea and the Blood Orange Pu-Erh Black Tea, are the best, in my opinion.
Don’t forget to try their desserts, especially the Green Tea Tempura Ice Cream!
Umi Sake House is located at 2230 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121. Hours: 16:00-2:00am. Open daily. Website: http://www.umisakehouse.com/
7. Wabi-Sabi Sushi Bar and Restaurant
The Baked Scallop Roll
Relax in Wabi-Sabi’s Zen atmosphere while trying out their delicious Japanese dishes and yummy sushi. Wabi-Sabi Sushi Bar and Restaurant features a Hawaiian-inspired Japanese menu.
There are a lot of delicious choices in their extensive menu… where do I begin?
The Baked Scallop Roll features creamy scallops and smelt roe baked au gratin style with cucumber, avocado and asparagus. One bite, and it’ll make you forget everything! The Spicy Tuna Roll with fatty tuna, jalapeño peppers and a sriracha spicy sauce is also a must-try. And who can forget the Anaconda, which is spicy tuna with unagi sauce, salmon skin and avocado.
Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
Wabi-Sabi Sushi Bar and Restaurant, 4909 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118. Hours: 11:30-14:00, 16:00-21:00, Mondays to Thursdays. 11:30-14:00, 16:00-21:30, Fridays. 16:00-21:30, Saturdays. 16:00-21:00, Sundays. Website: http://www.wabisabicolumbiacity.com/
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