One of Seattle’s highlights is the abundance of fresh seafood, something that comes in handy for the city’s plentiful sushi restaurants. Shiro Kashiba — who, at 81 years old, still shapes nigiri at Sushi Kashiba at Pike Place Market — introduced Seattle to Edomae-style sushi over fifty years ago. Since then, sushi has become a mainstay of the city's dining scene, with sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi now available at sushi bars, izakayas, and kaiseki restaurants across the city. Chefs like Sushi Kappo Tamura’s Taichi Kitamura have since developed close relationships with local fishermen, learning how to source the most sustainable and most delicious ingredients from the nearby ocean.
Most recently, a nontraditional, Californian sushi restaurant (which received a Michelin star for its Montecito location) opened downtown, while Kashiba’s star apprentice got his own Bellevue omakase restaurant, further enriching the area’s sushi scene.
The following list features some of the most memorable sushi in Seattle. Eater Seattle maintains another list of Japanese restaurants with more diverse menus (which often also include sushi).
As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically. Know of a spot that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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