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 50 years ago behind the city’s first sushi bar at Maneki. Since then, sushi has become a mainstay of Seattle’s dining scene, with 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 local ingredients. Other chefs fly their fish in overnight from Japan.
Seattle is blessed with more than its share of high-quality neighborhood spots like Kisaku Sushi, where rolls are mostly under $10, but there are also a number of innovative restaurants specializing in omakase, or “I leave it up to you,” the sushi version of a tasting menu. This includes the decidedly nontraditional Sushi by Scratch, a California restuarant that opened a branch downtown, and a Madison Park sushi bar from Kashiba apprentice Yasutaka Suzuki.
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 email@example.com.
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