Food & Drink

The Ultimate Guide to Seattle's Teriyaki

Published On 04/02/2014 Published On 04/02/2014
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Sure, The Town loves its burgers, and its ramen spots, but if there's one thing we can't get enough, it's teriyaki. Just take a look around at how many restaurants in Seattle have “teriyaki” in their name (though only around 10% actually serve it). So with all those options, how do you know who's got the greatest gyoza or the juiciest thighs? With our ultimate guide to Seattle's teriyaki of course...

Chona Kasinger

Best Downtown lunch spot: Okinawa Teriyaki
Downtown
Dirt-cheap, convenient, and quick, this Western Ave teriyaki outpost (it used to be in Pioneer Square) also has decent ramen, and a section of the menu dedicated to dishes that're "Hot & Spicy". 

King Donuts

Best teriyaki shop that’s also a laundromat/donut shop: King Donuts
Rainier Beach
KD's owner thinks you'd be a fool not to go somewhere you can “eat the best donuts and teriyaki in town and wash your drawers all under one roof."  We agree. We so agree.

Best teriyaki with a side of hamburger: Orange King
University District
It’s a college student’s dream: chicken teriyaki and a double deluxe burger for under $10.

Naomi Bishop

Best selection: Red Bowls
Downtown
It's not that this Downtown lunch spot just does one dish, it's that it does it, like, 40 different ways, all of which start with rice, then add vegetables (carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.), and protein (salmon, chicken, etc.) all for under $10.

Best beef teriyaki: Teriyaki Bowl
Madison Park
Chicken teriyaki tends to be the norm, but that means you're missing out on the good stuff at TB, where you can even pile your plate with additional beefiness like short ribs.

Canlis

Best view: Canlis
Queen Anne
Apparently, you can’t be a city's signature restaurant without serving the town’s signature dish, so, sure enough, you’ll find a teriyaki tenderloin on the menu at this fine dining destination.

The best old-school teriyaki: Toshi’s Teriyaki Grill Flagship Store
Mill Creek
The only teriyaki restaurant in town still owned and operated by the guy who basically invented Seattle-style teriyaki: Toshi Kasahara.

Naomi Bishop

Best (and juiciest) chicken: Mr. & Mrs. Wok
Greenwood
They cook the chicken properly here -- on the bone -- before cutting it up and slipping it into your teriyaki combo.

Katsu Burger

Best teriyaki chicken-burger: Katsu Burger
Georgetown
The only thing better than meat? Fried meat, which is why their tempura-battered/ panko-breaded/ deep-fried chicken sandwich w/ pineapple, Japanese mayo, and teriyaki sauce (obviously) is a can't-miss.

Best salad(?!): Teriyaki Madness
University District
Think all Teriyaki comes with the same salad? Well, the zingy cucumber salad here sees your pathetic, bland iceberg lettuce w/ pre-shredded carrots in syrupy dressing and laughs in its face.

Best teriyaki chicken wings: The Attic Alehouse
Madison Park
We’ve already told you they’ve got some of the best wings in town, but did you read carefully enough to see they come in teriyaki flavor, too? Well, they do!

Best (only?) teriyaki you don't need pants to eat: Yummy Teriyaki
Queen Anne
There’s a footnote on the teriyaki quality ratings that says "if you don’t have to put on pants to go get it, who cares what it tastes like?". But lucky for you, Yummy's pretty... waitforit!... good.

Naomi Bishop

Best teriyaki you ate In college: Nasai Teriyaki
University District 
The menu. The fryer oil. The students studying at the table, the stoners giggling about pot stickers, and the rowdy SAE's crowding the counter. They all remind you nothing's really changed since college, unless you went to WSU, in which case... hahahahaha. 

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1. Nasai Teriyaki 4305 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (University District)

With large portions, stand-out teriyaki, and yakisoba noodles, this student-favorite is a no-brainer for Asian eats in the University District.

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2. Yummy Teriyaki & Sushi 4746 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 97116 (Queen Anne)

Yummy Teriyaki lets you order online and'll deliver teriyaki eats straight to your door. Combining both Chinese and Japanese cuisine, YT offers up choices like ramen, udon, chicken katsu, and more.

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3. Teriyaki Madness 2320 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (University District)

This franchise rests on the original owners' famous teriyaki recipe, and is proud to offer up a healthy alternative your run-of-the-mill fast-food lunch options that stems from fresh ingredients.

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4. Setsuna Japanese Restaraunt 11204 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (Northgate)

With a comfortable seating area and some of the crispiest, finger-licking chicken teriyaki in Seattle, Setsuna is your go-to for all things ramen, tempura, and Japanese-style seafood eats in Northgate.

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5. Mr and Mrs Wok 10000 Holman Rd NW, Seattle, WA 98177 (Greenwood)

The chicken at this Asian eatery is cooked bone-in (before being properly sliced and diced in their dishes) to preserve all of the authentic flavor. They pride themselves on being "fresh and fast", and serve up plenty of options from pork bulgagi to chicken teriyaki out of their Greenwood digs.

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6. Toshi's Teriyaki Grill 16212 Bothell Everett Hwy, Mill Creek, WA 98012

Still owned and operated by the guy credited with basically inventing Seattle-style teriyaki, Toshi Kasahara, this classic eatery in Mill Creek obviously focuses on teriyaki options, but still offers departures from the standard dishes with choices like Chicken Katsu-Don and goyza for starters.

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7. Teriyaki Bowl 718 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (Queen Anne)

Using only fresh ingredients to serve up eats like short ribs, teriyaki-everything, and all the usual starters like dumplings, potstickers and egg rolls, TB is a spot you'll want to catch.

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8. Red Bowls 812 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)

This Downtown lunch spot ups the ante with over 40 variations of rice, protein, and vegetable, many of which are served teriyaki-style, and all of which are super-high quality and mouth-wateringly delish.

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9. Orange King 1411 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105 (University District)

This place doesn't stop at delicious Asian eats like teriyaki and orange chicken: comfort food like cheeseburgers and more are also on offer at this University staple.

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10. King Donuts and Teriyaki and Laundromat 9232 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 (Rainier Beach)

The good folks at Kings have one motto: “Eat the best donuts and teriyaki in town and wash your drawers all under one roof. Don't be a fool!” And how can you argue with a place that lets you do your laundry and chow down on chicken and sugary bites all in once spot?

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11. Okinawa Teriyaki 1100 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)

Dirt cheap, convenient, and quick: the teriyaki triumvirate. This spot is also known for its top-notch ramen, perfect for a warming-bowl-of-soup kind of a day.

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12. Yasuko's Teriyaki 530 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

This classic style teriyaki shop has everything you're looking for in a divey Asian eatery: huge portions, a slightly dilapidated exterior, and eminently affordable meals.

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13. Canlis 2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (Queen Anne)

The finest of Seattle's relatively few fine dining destinations, Canlis is worth it alone for its gorgeous views of Lake Union and unusual setting inside a refurbished mid century modern home. But Canlis also brings the heat with an unbeatable version of Seattle's signature Dungeness crab cakes, and possibly the city's best steak.

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14. Katsu Burger 6538 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 (Sodo)

Japanese Katsu-style fried meats and the American-style hamburger unite to form Katsu Burger, a colorful counter-service joint. They have signature burgers like the Wabi Wasabi (grass-fed beef katsu, pepper jack, wasabi mayo, and tonkatsu sauce) and mega-burgers that practically require a strategy to eat, like the Mt. Fuji (beef, chicken, and pork patties, plus three types of cheese and bacon). If you have room, be sure to add a side of fries with nori (roasted seaweed flakes).

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