A favorite to many, Shiro’s takes sushi seriously. The restaurant is small, but their following is large – good luck finding a table. Discerning diners across the country have noticed too, thanks to Master Chef Shiro Kashiba. Nods include two James Beard nominations, and profiles in a number of influential publications including Bon Appetit, The New York Times, and USA Today.
2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Tel: (206) 443-9844
2. Wasabi Bistro
Wasabi makes sushi look good – with its modern feel, and smooth finishing detail, this restaurants interior reflects its name perfectly. By day, Wasabi Japanese bistro plates some of Seattle’s most loved dishes. By night, the lounge fills as people pour into this hip happy hour hot-spot.
2311 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98121
Tel: (206) 441-6044
3. Seastar Raw Bar
Thanks to renowned chef John Howie, Seattle’s taste for modern, innovative, and beautifully executed fusion fare has been satisfied. Aside from the fabulous food, and well-executed interior, Seastar’s staff is know across the city as being some of the best in the business – making this Seattle staple a true dining experience, not just a fantastic meal (which, of course, it is!).
2121 Terry Ave, Suite 108, Seattle, Washington, 98121
Tel: (206) 462-4364
Specializing in small plates, or “Ippin,” Chiso chef Hirohiko Kirita has perfected fusing local and seasonal Northwest offerings with traditional Japanese sea fare.
A Fremont neighborhood favorite – this restaurant’s reputation has outgrown its neighborhood roots attracting patrons from across all stretches of the city.
3520 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, Washington 98103
Tel: (206) 632-3430
5. Umi Sake House
Well known for their “sophisticated twist on the Japanese izakaya style of informal eating and drinking,” Umi Sake was designed in detail to the very last bottle. With a high emphasis on interaction with their guests, Umi Sake is a Seattle experience not to be missed (the bonus being their extensive sake collection, and their fabulous menu).
2230 First Ave - Seattle, WA 98121
Tel: (206) 374-8717