We’ve been fishing around and Seattle is swimming in sushi thanks to our abundance of great seafood and several prominent master chefs that came over from Japan. From trendy menus to more laidback atmospheres + new hand roll joints, we’ve rounded up some top spots to score sushi.
Date night dining
Shiro’s Sushi, 2401 Second Ave.
This is among the OGs in Seattle for Edomae-style sushi. The atmosphere is lively, but intimate, with dishes perfect for sharing. Don’t forget about the decadent crispy sushi rice burger, if you want to impress your date with a dare.
Pro tip: For another Seattle classic that exudes romance, try out Japantown’s iconic Maneki — billed as the oldest sushi restaurant in Seattle.
Impress the foodies
Taneda, 219 Broadway E.
Tucked into the back of a Broadway Alley mall is one of the city’s premier destinations for kaiseki, a multi-course meal that incorporates sushi + other small plates. It’s a bit difficult to get a spot at the small counter, but keep an eye on Taneda’s Instagram — new reservations are opening imminently.
Pro tip: If you’re unable to nab that rez, Sushi Kappo Tamura is an excellent, more accessible back-up plan, as is the kaiseki at Wa’z.
Celebrate with sushi
Sushi Kashiba, 86 Pine St.
Legendary sushi chef Shiro Kashiba’s grand dining room near Pike Place is the perfect spot to maki the moment special. The views are spectacular, as is the performance from the master at work, who recently had a little fun with some seasonal spot prawns — yes, they literally leap on the counter. Pretty fresh.
Bang for your buck
Mashiko, 4725 California Ave. SW
Who says sushi has to be exorbitantly expensive? Those looking for a fantastic omakase experience that costs less than $100 per person can head to this West Seattle restaurant, specializing in sustainable seafood. Oh yeah, and that sake list is on point, too.
Pro tip: Those who want to find more sustainable options with a range of prices can hit up Bamboo Sushi in the U District.
Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, 266 116th Ave NE, Bellevue
Also known as conveyor belt sushi, this style of service is popular in Japan. Sit at Kura’s bar and let the belt bring the fish to you, with ordering made easy via tablets. It’s a hit with the kiddos, too.
Keep it casual
Sugo Hand Roll Bar, 2001 Western Ave.
DYK: Sushi is historically a casual finger food? Sugo is a relatively new addition to the local scene, open now at Pike Place. In addition to a wide selection of rolls, there are also a few playful snacks, like the “norichos” made with nori chips + Beecher’s cheese.
Bonus: branch out
Kamonegi, 1054 N. 39th St.
Or maybe you’re looking to get out of your sushi-rut and try other kinds of Japanese cuisine. In that case, you must dine at chef Mutuko Soma’s Fremont restaurant, which specializes in soba + tempura.
Have a favorite we missed? Feel free to add your favorites to the map below by choosing “add point.”