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45th Stop and Shop and Poke Bar in Wallingford is one of Seattle's most popular places to get poke.
45th Stop and Shop and Poke Bar in Wallingford is one of Seattle's most popular places to get poke.
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Where to Try Poke, a Hawaiian Fish Favorite, in Seattle

This raw fish salad has swept the city

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45th Stop and Shop and Poke Bar in Wallingford is one of Seattle's most popular places to get poke.
| Suzi Pratt for Eater

Poke rhymes with "okay" but tastes much better. Sometimes written as "poké", this Hawaiian treat of marinated seafood has taken the mainland by storm, and Washington is one of the best places to get it.

Poke (which simply means "to cut crosswise into pieces") was created centuries ago by native Hawaiians who sliced reef fish and mixed in limu (edible algae) and a paste of kukui nuts, called ‘inamona. Now the dish is a restaurant staple typically served bulked up like a salad with a dozen ingredients, from seaweed salad to rice to pickles. Bowls most commonly use ahi tuna as their base, but at this point seem to include any fish, crustacean, or even land animal. Is it the same thing found in Hawai'i? Not so much, but clearly it works for Seattleites. Here, now, are the top places to indulge a poke craving around town.

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1. Saimin Says

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6621 S 211th St
Kent, WA 98032
(425) 656-5979
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Even if you don't live near Kent, Saimin Says is an excellent, no-frills Hawaiian diner that’s worth the drive. Its thickly chopped tako (octopus) poke is full of texture and a bit of kimchi tang, a perfect appetite builder for a juicy lau lau plate lunch. You can even wash it down with a Hawaiian Sun Lilikoi Iced Tea or Guava Nectar.

2. Big Island Poke

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235 Rainier Ave S
Renton, WA
(425) 291-7094
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The staff here are friendly (personal poke cheerleaders helping you toward raw fish victory), the prices are reasonable, and the food is undeniably fresh — what more do you need? Oh, you also need the lemonade.

3. Sam Choy's Poké to the Max

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5300 Rainier Ave S, Seattle
WA, 98118
(206) 310-1979
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Poke legend Sam Choy has been furthering the cause of Hawaiian cuisine for years — he even founded the Poke Festival and Recipe Contest in 1991. Now, in time to ride the wave he helped inspire, the godfather of poke has restaurants in Hillman City and Tacoma to complement a food truck. The velvety salmon poke in a lunch plate with seaweed-seasoned rice is a winner, as is a poke sandwich wrap for anyone feeling experimental.

4. Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

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4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-1075
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The best secret about Ma’Ono is its salt. Tinged volcanic pink and full of briny flavor, it’s sourced from the Kauai Salt Ponds in Hanapepe, harvested by a small set of families on the island, and considered sacred for generations: “Not for sale” would be a huge understatement here. Fortunately for West Seattle, the Ma’Ono family is happy to share with friends and guests. The special seasoning is sprinkled lightly over the taro chips that come with an assortment of classic ahi limu poke, miso-glazed shrimp poke, or even a creamy beef tartare poke for carnivores.

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5. Seattle Fish Guys

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411 23rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 485-7388
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With satisfyingly large portions and a sterling reputation for carrying some of the finest seafood in town, this fish market will make you think you're sitting on the shores of Lahaina. The tender tako (octopus) poke is sliced nice and thick, marinated delicately with seasoned shoyu, and blended perfectly with a side of seaweed and rice.

6. Gopoké

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625 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 799-9560
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Come lunchtime, starved office workers descend upon Chinatown's only dedicated poke spot. Run by brothers from Hawaii with fishing connections, Gopoke presents its super-fresh, flavorful poke in a whimsical setting, and the staff are friendly, attentive, and eager to please. This is a serious contender for top poke place in town.

7. Coffee Tree and Poke

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613 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

First Hill’s own little Hawaiian oasis, sleek Coffee Tree and Poke is an offshoot of nearby cafe Coffee Tree. You can still get Victrola coffee and craveable breakfast sammies, but now you have the option of a fresh bowl of raw fish, too. This is a welcome addition to a neighborhood not known for its food. Pro-tip: The spicy mayo is the right choice.

8. Poke Alice

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1000 Second Avenue, 1000 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(425) 321-4348
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It's pretty barebones, but Poke Alice quickly became the lunch break go-to for office workers in need of a fish fix thanks to quick service, helpful staff, and consistent quality. The menu is roughly in the Chipotle fast-casual presentation, with customization options to indulge personal tastes, and a second location now serves more of the lunch crowd in Denny Triangle.

9. Sushi Kashiba

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86 Pine St Ste 1
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-8844
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For the best upscale poke in Seattle, try Sushi Kashiba in the Market. Sushi legend Shiro Kashiba stepped out of his second retirement to establish this high-end yet surprisingly cozy location, where sashimi-grade ahi is sliced into cubes in a picturesque tower and lightly sauced with a bright flying fish roe pop of color and texture.

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10. Fob Poke Bar

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220 Blanchard St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-9888
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Poke connoisseurs are falling for this recent Belltown addition. Any hype is well deserved, as the freshness of the ingredients lives up to the name (which stands for "fresh off the boat"), and the staff is quite knowledgeable. Sure, the tender ahi, salmon, and yellowtail go great with a special shoyu sauce, but even the house rice is strangely addicting, infused as it is with matcha green tea and coconut.

11. Metropolitan Market

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3830 34th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 283-2710
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The Magnolia Met Market was the trendsetter for grocery-store poke in Seattle. Now you can find the market’s signature poke mixtures at many locations, with a build-your-own bar full of tuna, salmon, octopus, shrimp, seaweed salad, rice, and more. While it's not the most inventive or gourmet poke in the city, it is the perfect staple for many a work lunch, take-home dinner, or quick craving.

12. 45th Stop N Shop and Poke Bar

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2323 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 708-1882
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Behind the racks of candy bars and chips at this shop, there's a little poke bar, and it's driving fans wild. Seriously, this is probably the city's gold standard for poke, and everyone knows it. All the product is delivered daily by a local distributor, which removes the element of fear from convenience-store sushi. Make sure to get there early though. This place tends to run out of food before the day is done.

13. Hiroshi's Poke

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4712 11th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 588-0908
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Iconic Seattle sushi chef Hiroshi Egashira's latest venture is Hiroshi’s Poke, drawing hungry crowds for its oversized portions, friendly service, and some of the freshest fish around. Large, vibrant bowls of poke feature Hawaiian mainstays like lomi-lomi salmon (a tomato and salmon salad) alongside unexpected items like octopus kimchi.

14. Ono Poke

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10016 Edmonds Way Ste E
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 361-7064
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A poke haven for Seattle's northern denizens, Ono Poke wears its island influence on its sleeve, inviting guests to come say “Howzit” to Hawaiian owner and namesake Steven Ono. Instead of endless topping options, Ono hews to the traditional understanding of poke, serving minimal bowls of fresh fish marinated in a cool poke glaze or over a bed of rice. It might just be the closest thing to Hawaiian poke available on the mainland.

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1. Saimin Says

6621 S 211th St, Kent, WA 98032

Even if you don't live near Kent, Saimin Says is an excellent, no-frills Hawaiian diner that’s worth the drive. Its thickly chopped tako (octopus) poke is full of texture and a bit of kimchi tang, a perfect appetite builder for a juicy lau lau plate lunch. You can even wash it down with a Hawaiian Sun Lilikoi Iced Tea or Guava Nectar.

6621 S 211th St
Kent, WA 98032

2. Big Island Poke

235 Rainier Ave S, Renton, WA

The staff here are friendly (personal poke cheerleaders helping you toward raw fish victory), the prices are reasonable, and the food is undeniably fresh — what more do you need? Oh, you also need the lemonade.

235 Rainier Ave S
Renton, WA

3. Sam Choy's Poké to the Max

5300 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA, 98118

Poke legend Sam Choy has been furthering the cause of Hawaiian cuisine for years — he even founded the Poke Festival and Recipe Contest in 1991. Now, in time to ride the wave he helped inspire, the godfather of poke has restaurants in Hillman City and Tacoma to complement a food truck. The velvety salmon poke in a lunch plate with seaweed-seasoned rice is a winner, as is a poke sandwich wrap for anyone feeling experimental.

5300 Rainier Ave S, Seattle
WA, 98118

4. Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Courtesy of Ma'Ono

The best secret about Ma’Ono is its salt. Tinged volcanic pink and full of briny flavor, it’s sourced from the Kauai Salt Ponds in Hanapepe, harvested by a small set of families on the island, and considered sacred for generations: “Not for sale” would be a huge understatement here. Fortunately for West Seattle, the Ma’Ono family is happy to share with friends and guests. The special seasoning is sprinkled lightly over the taro chips that come with an assortment of classic ahi limu poke, miso-glazed shrimp poke, or even a creamy beef tartare poke for carnivores.

4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

5. Seattle Fish Guys

411 23rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

With satisfyingly large portions and a sterling reputation for carrying some of the finest seafood in town, this fish market will make you think you're sitting on the shores of Lahaina. The tender tako (octopus) poke is sliced nice and thick, marinated delicately with seasoned shoyu, and blended perfectly with a side of seaweed and rice.

411 23rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

6. Gopoké

625 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

Come lunchtime, starved office workers descend upon Chinatown's only dedicated poke spot. Run by brothers from Hawaii with fishing connections, Gopoke presents its super-fresh, flavorful poke in a whimsical setting, and the staff are friendly, attentive, and eager to please. This is a serious contender for top poke place in town.

625 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

7. Coffee Tree and Poke

613 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

First Hill’s own little Hawaiian oasis, sleek Coffee Tree and Poke is an offshoot of nearby cafe Coffee Tree. You can still get Victrola coffee and craveable breakfast sammies, but now you have the option of a fresh bowl of raw fish, too. This is a welcome addition to a neighborhood not known for its food. Pro-tip: The spicy mayo is the right choice.

613 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Poke Alice

1000 Second Avenue, 1000 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

It's pretty barebones, but Poke Alice quickly became the lunch break go-to for office workers in need of a fish fix thanks to quick service, helpful staff, and consistent quality. The menu is roughly in the Chipotle fast-casual presentation, with customization options to indulge personal tastes, and a second location now serves more of the lunch crowd in Denny Triangle.

1000 Second Avenue, 1000 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Sushi Kashiba

86 Pine St Ste 1, Seattle, WA 98101
Lara Douglass/Eater

For the best upscale poke in Seattle, try Sushi Kashiba in the Market. Sushi legend Shiro Kashiba stepped out of his second retirement to establish this high-end yet surprisingly cozy location, where sashimi-grade ahi is sliced into cubes in a picturesque tower and lightly sauced with a bright flying fish roe pop of color and texture.

86 Pine St Ste 1
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Fob Poke Bar

220 Blanchard St, Seattle, WA 98121

Poke connoisseurs are falling for this recent Belltown addition. Any hype is well deserved, as the freshness of the ingredients lives up to the name (which stands for "fresh off the boat"), and the staff is quite knowledgeable. Sure, the tender ahi, salmon, and yellowtail go great with a special shoyu sauce, but even the house rice is strangely addicting, infused as it is with matcha green tea and coconut.

220 Blanchard St
Seattle, WA 98121

11. Metropolitan Market

3830 34th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199

The Magnolia Met Market was the trendsetter for grocery-store poke in Seattle. Now you can find the market’s signature poke mixtures at many locations, with a build-your-own bar full of tuna, salmon, octopus, shrimp, seaweed salad, rice, and more. While it's not the most inventive or gourmet poke in the city, it is the perfect staple for many a work lunch, take-home dinner, or quick craving.

3830 34th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199

12. 45th Stop N Shop and Poke Bar

2323 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Behind the racks of candy bars and chips at this shop, there's a little poke bar, and it's driving fans wild. Seriously, this is probably the city's gold standard for poke, and everyone knows it. All the product is delivered daily by a local distributor, which removes the element of fear from convenience-store sushi. Make sure to get there early though. This place tends to run out of food before the day is done.

2323 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

13. Hiroshi's Poke

4712 11th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Iconic Seattle sushi chef Hiroshi Egashira's latest venture is Hiroshi’s Poke, drawing hungry crowds for its oversized portions, friendly service, and some of the freshest fish around. Large, vibrant bowls of poke feature Hawaiian mainstays like lomi-lomi salmon (a tomato and salmon salad) alongside unexpected items like octopus kimchi.

4712 11th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

14. Ono Poke

10016 Edmonds Way Ste E, Edmonds, WA 98020

A poke haven for Seattle's northern denizens, Ono Poke wears its island influence on its sleeve, inviting guests to come say “Howzit” to Hawaiian owner and namesake Steven Ono. Instead of endless topping options, Ono hews to the traditional understanding of poke, serving minimal bowls of fresh fish marinated in a cool poke glaze or over a bed of rice. It might just be the closest thing to Hawaiian poke available on the mainland.

10016 Edmonds Way Ste E
Edmonds, WA 98020

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