Food & Drink

The 10 Best Sushi Spots in Seattle Right Now

Published On 04/28/2015 Published On 04/28/2015
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We've already established that waiting in line for sushi at Shiro's should be on your Seattle bucket list, but that doesn't mean that it's the only good raw fishery in The Town. No, there are at least nine other sweet ones... the hard part is narrowing it down, which is why we've gone and done that for you already. You're welcome:

Nishino

Nishino

Washington Park
This classy sushi spot is open from 5:30-10pm, so you can plan a nice jaunt through the arboretum to work up an appetite for some of the freshest fish around. Go ahead and sit at the bar for a real chef’s table experience at a places that's building a national rep.

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Musashi’s

Wallingford
This itty-bitty sushi spot off 45th is almost never sans line… so you know it’s going to be worth it. You’d be remiss not to get the chirashi bowl, which comes with a little bit of everything, including salmon, shrimp, tuna, etc.

Wasabi Bistro

Wasabi

Belltown
Despite it's spicy name, this dimly lit Belltown affair has a sushi roll for you. From teka maki or tuna to its Dragon In Drag Roll -- which has tempura eel, cilantro, mango and is topped with tuna, mayo crab, and more -- Wasabi is certainly not afraid to change things up from your standard issue sushi fare.

Kisaku Sushi

Kisaku

Wallingford
Kisaku means frank and easy going, which you will definitely be after having a round of fresh raw fish here. Be sure to grab the Green Lake Roll, which has salmon, flying fish eggs, asparagus, avocado, and marinated seaweed.

Garden Sushi

Garden Sushi

Ballard
Seattle’s very first sushi truck, Garden Sushi is a must visit in the warmer days of the year, and is actually a legit spot for a sushi despite it's seemingly ad hoc parking lot digs.

Tsui Sushi Bar

Tsui Sushi Bar

Green Lake
You can’t go wrong with Tsui Sushi Bar’s happy hour, which features a number of its most popular rolls and sets at a much lower cost than usual. The chic spot also has several beers on tap, along with a great selection of sake and inspired cocktails.

Sushi Kappo Tamura

Sushi Kappo Tamura

Eastlake
Recognized by Bon Appétit and Travel + Leisure, Sushi Kappo Tamura takes advantage of the best seasonal ingredients the Pacific Northwest has to offer, and because sushi is obviously all about the fish, you better believe Sushi Kappo Tamura is the real deal -- executive chef Taichi Kitamura grew up in Kyoto and is all about it.

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Billy Beach Sushi & Bar

Ballard
Helmed by Billy Beach himself (also of Japonessa), this laid-back spot serves a constantly changing menu of small bites, as wells as not-so-traditional takes on Japanese classics. Spring for the sea urchin or sake brushed tuna and you won’t be disappointed.

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Shiro’s

Belltown
Though a bit has changed in the past couple years -- Shiro sold his stock and bailed ship last year -- the show must go on. Served in traditional edomae fashion -- that is to say, served freshly caught -- it doesn’t get much better than the nigiri here.

Momiji

Momiji

Capitol Hill
Standing in the dark, bustling bar up front you'd never guess that down a narrow hallway there's a serene, glass-enclosed Japanese-style garden surrounded by one of the city's more tranquil eat spaces, where they're serving an expansive fusion menu that includes things like jalapeño hamachi and salmon tartare.

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1. Nishino 3130 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

This classy sushi spot is open from 5:30-10pm, so you can plan a nice jaunt through the arboretum to work up an appetite for some of the freshest fish around. Go ahead and sit at the bar for a real chef’s table experience at a places that's building a national rep.

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2. Musashi's 1400 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Wallingford)

This itty-bitty sushi spot off 45th in Seattle is almost never sans line… so you know it’s going to be worth it. Sushi, and fish generally, in Seattle is on a whole other level than fish almost anywhere else, but it's remarkable how much you can get at this spot for the wildly reasonable price. Keep things simple with giant orders of salmon and tuna nigiri, and make sure you bring cash.

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3. Wasabi Bistro 2311 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

Taking the occasional break can do wonders (so much so that you really shouldn't need to ask others for one, Nell Carter!), as evidenced by this 150-seat sushi slinger's intense sprucing (completely remodeled interior, overhauled menu) during a hiatus that took almost one year, which seems like a long time 'til you consider Jack Black's unplanned hiatus started with Year One.

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4. Kisaku Sushi 2101 N 55th St, Green Lake, WA 98103 (Green Lake)

Kisaku means easy going, which is the ambiance you will have at this raw fish joint. Be sure to grab the Green Lake roll made of which has salmon, flying fish eggs, asparagus, avocado, and marinated seaweed.

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5. TSUI Sushi Bar 6421 Latona Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (Green Lake)

You can’t go wrong with Tsui Sushi Bar’s happy hour, which features a number of its most popular rolls and sets at a much lower cost than usual. The chic spot also has several beers on tap, along with a great selection of sake and inspired cocktails.

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6. Sushi Kappo Tamura 2968 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Eastlake)

Here, sushi is made from sustainable fish that is top grade in this town, and you pay for it. Kyoto-born Chef Taichi Kitamura trained at acclaimed Seattle sushi outpost Shiro, and Sushi Kappo Tamura is a showroom for his expertise. The simple, light space does nothing to distract from what’s important: the fish. Don’t think twice about going omakase (chef’s choice), and relinquish control to Kitamura at the sushi bar, who will carve the day’s catch into precious raw morsels. Ultimately, supreme freshness and a customer-focused attention to personal detail is what tips the scales (scales, like on a fish…get it?).

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7. Billy Beach Sushi and Bar 5463 Leary Ave Nw, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

The guy behind Japonessa brings you a new sushi bar focusing on innovative cocktails and seriously good raw bites.

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8. Shiro's 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

Master Chef Shiro Kashiba is kind of a big deal...and we mean the kind of big deal that is basically known everywhere for his sushi. Great sake and sushi are paired together for a pretty traditional experience.

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9. Momiji 1522 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Sounding suspiciously like the phonetic spelling of what people call Kenny G's mother (but actually meaning "maple tree"), this modernist sea-foodery from the sushi impresario behind Umi and Kushi Bar is, like Kenny's parents, divided in two: in front, there's a bar lit by a light installation that looks like a dramatic crushed picnic basket, and in back, there's a wood-heavy dining room wrapped around a glass-enclosed Kyoto-style garden where they're slinging a massive menu of Far East eats prepped with Near-Northwest ingredients.

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