There was a time a few decades back when sushi was considered rather exotic. It was not the popular option for a dinner out with friends that it is today. The city of Seattle is more well known for great coffee. It may not seem like a sushi hot spot, but the fresh seafood options in the state are all the proof that you need to know that the sushi scene here is fantastic. In fact, there are many wonderful choices in Seattle when it comes to fresh sushi. If you are planning a trip to Seattle and would like to partake in their amazing seafood, then keep reading to learn about the top sushi spots in Seattle.
I'm just going to start off with the best sushi restaurant I know in Seattle: Japonessa. With two locations in the Seattle area, Japonessa Sushi Cocina has an amazing selection. When I visit, I start out with a cup of their savory miso soup and a seaweed salad. Their happy hour sushi set features tuna, yellowtail, salmon and albacore. If you are fan of rolls, I recommend their King Midas. It features a generous helping of their spicy tuna with cucumber and avocado, and it is topped with yellowtail, cilantro, and jalapeño. When I don't feel like eating a carb load of sushi that day, I opt in for their delicious and fresh sashimi. They have plenty of premium sake options as well as mochi ice cream for dessert which always hits the spot for us. Every time I'm in Seattle, I try to pay this restaurant a visit and then after dinner, we take a walk along the gorgeous pier.
What I recommend: salmon sashimi or salmon rolls are the best in Seattle
Location: 1400 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98101
Located on 1st Street, Umi Sake House is the place to go if you like it spicy. I always start out with their spicy king crab soup and it always warms up my belly before eating. Though they have both grilled options as well as noodles, I go with the raw bar. My favorite is their ahi tuna tower which is served with their miso mustard over rice. They have a number of sashimi options from ikura to unagi. If you can handle the spice, they boast a “Hotter Than Hell” roll which features spicy tuna and habanero sauce. If you can it make it through that roll, then be sure to treat yourself to an order of their vanilla tempura ice cream for dessert.
What I recommend: sashimi is amazing here but I love the ahi tuna tower
Location: 2230 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98121
They said it could not be done, but the fine people at Shiro’s believed otherwise: They have created a sushi burger, and I highly recommend it. It features crispy rice instead of buns and is filled with everything from salmon, shrimp and avocado to cabbage and onion. Though they have put a Japanese twist on an American classic, they also have all the tasty sushi items that people know and love. I love their softshell crab roll which is deep-fried and features sprouts, cucumber, and shiso. For dessert, try an order of their matcha tiramisu. To wash it all down, treat yourself to one of their original milk teas.
What I recommend: the sushi burgers are awesome and the rolls here are so fresh
Location: 2401 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98121
The restaurants I picked out have done a great job of letting people who visit Seattle know that they are more than just a rainy spot with amazing coffee. If a trip to Seattle is in your future, then make sure to carve out some time to indulge in some of their fresh seafood at one of these restaurants.