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Shiro’s is one of Seattle’s best sushi destinations.
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11 Destinations for Sensational Sushi in the Seattle Area

Where to get some of the best sushi this winter

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Shiro’s is one of Seattle’s best sushi destinations.
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One of Seattle’s highlights is the abundance of fresh seafood, something that comes in handy for the city’s plentiful sushi restaurants. This winter, sushi chefs are making expert use of seasonal bounty like Dungeness crab, salmon, oysters and other shellfish. Shiro’s winter platters offer the best of fatty winter fish like sock-eye salmon, buri, tuna, and yellowtail imported from Hokkaido.

Sushi aficionados looking for excellent dine-in omakase experiences have plenty of places to chose from like Maneki, the city’s oldest sushi institution, Wallingford’s Kisaku Sushi, and sustainability-focused Mashiko in West Seattle to name a few. Eating out with a sushi newbie? Try Umi Sake House’s lineup of unique rolls like the Cowboy Crunch or Ladybug roll, made with sweet potato, tempura asparagus and avocado. The following 11 restaurants are some of Seattle’s most exceptional sushi destinations listed from north to south.

Added this month: Umi Sake House and Tsukushinbo.

King County requires proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours, for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. SanKai

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111 4th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 412-3417
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Star sushi chef Ryuichi Nakano opened up this Edmonds spot downtown in 2019, and it has quickly gained a loyal following. It’s now offering a wide variety of well-crafted rolls, nigiri, and sashimi for pickup through online preorders, or onsite dining (both indoors and outdoors). There’s to-go beer, sake, Japanese whiskey, and wine available as well. Delivery via DoorDash.

2. Toyoda Sushi

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12543 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 367-7972
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Lake City’s best kept secret is a family-owned charmer. Besides its reliable menu of specialty rolls and sashimi, Toyoda also serves an incredibly satisfying plate of seared hamachi tuna that shouldn’t be missed. Toyoda offers takeout only Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Orders can be texted to (206) 383-8182 before 1 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Accepted forms of payment are cash, check, Zelle, and Venmo. The restaurant is hoping to reopen for dine-in next year.

A collection of sashimi, showing yellowtail, roe, and sliced cucumber
Toyoda sushi is a popular Lake City spot.
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3. Kisaku Sushi

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2101 N 55th St
Green Lake, WA 98103
(206) 545-9050
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Hidden in Tangletown is one of the best neighborhood restaurants in Seattle. There’s a short list of signature rolls (the Green Lake Roll with salmon, asparagus, and flying fish egg is a highlight), as well as excellent sashimi and nigiri. It’s open for takeout and limited indoor dining for lunch and dinner.

A signature sushi roll at Tangletown, with a green vegetable sprouting out from each piece.
Kisaku is a Tangletown favorite.
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4. Sushi Kappo Tamura

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2968 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 547-0937
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Renowned chef Taichi Kitamura (a 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist) provides a wide variety of fantastic meal options at his Eastlake destination restaurant. It has a full sushi menu, as well as a nigiri omakase, which includes 12 pieces of seasonal selections, and brunch on the weekends. Sushi Kappo Tamura sources its seafood from Pacific Northwest producers like Taylor Shellfish and Skagit River Ranch, and has a rooftop garden that provides produce for some of its dishes.

5. Nishino

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3130 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 322-5800
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This lovely, upscale restaurant has been thrilling Madison Park for 26 years. Small plates, specialty sashimi, and the exclusive omakase meals all get rave reviews and make regulars out of neighbors and destination diners alike.

6. Shiro's

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2401 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 443-9844
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Although titular star chef Shiro Kashiba stepped down from his post here years ago, the venerable Belltown sushi spot remains an excellent sushi destination. Tuna, scallop, crispy sushi rice burgers, and black cod sushi combos are available for takeout, delivery, and onsite dining. Last year, Shiro’s debuted its impressive New Year’s platter for takeout. The platters are back in limited quantity to help ring in 2022. Available for pickup only on December 31, platters can be ordered by calling  206-443-9844.

7. Umi Sake House

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2230 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 374-8717
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This late-night Belltown destination for sushi, sake, and Japanese whisky offers an impressive list of specialty rolls, and an izakaya-style tapas menu. Try some of Umi’s Americanized options like the Bad Boy roll or 206 roll. The happy hour menu is one of the best around, and save room for the green tea tiramisu or mochi ice cream sampler.

8. Sushi Kashiba

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86 Pine St Ste 1
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-8844
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Diners have long flocked to the upscale Pike Place restaurant to watch master sushi chef Shiro Kashiba at work, with seats at the bar among the most coveted. The restaurant has changed to adapt when takeout was the only option — but its meticulous attention to detail remains, and it has reopened for onsite dining. The omakase dinner boxes include a sampling of Kashiba’s popular black cod and sake pairings.

9. Tsukushinbo

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515 South Main St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 467-4004
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Located in Japantown’s thriving sushi corridor that features the likes of Maneki and Fuju Sushi is a small family-owned restaurant without a sign. On the other side of a red-framed glass door that simply says “515” is an intimate, small dining area and a plentiful sushi menu. Tsukushinbo typically fills up fast, so it’s ideal to place a reservation beforehand by calling (206) 467-4004 and leaving your name, number and reservation request. The restaurant will call back to confirm.

10. Maneki

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304 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-2631
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Seattle’s oldest sushi bar has been open since 1904, but remains as resilient as ever. In a sign of the times, the restaurant is offering online takeout orders for the first time on its large menu of sushi rolls, udon, and sukiyaki dishes. And though it’s a shame that the intimate dine-in experience is temporarily not an option, Maneki in any form is a treat.

11. Mashiko

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4725 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-4339
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Sustainable sushi is at the core of this West Seattle spot. Although founding chef Hajime Sato stepped away from the restaurant in 2019, he left it in good hands, with a staff that carries on the ethos of carefully sourced fish with an emphasis on traceability and responsible farming practices. The seasonal menu offers a top-notch selection of sushi, sashimi, and nigiri with sometimes unconventional offerings like boar.

1. SanKai

111 4th Ave N, Edmonds, WA 98020

Star sushi chef Ryuichi Nakano opened up this Edmonds spot downtown in 2019, and it has quickly gained a loyal following. It’s now offering a wide variety of well-crafted rolls, nigiri, and sashimi for pickup through online preorders, or onsite dining (both indoors and outdoors). There’s to-go beer, sake, Japanese whiskey, and wine available as well. Delivery via DoorDash.

111 4th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020

2. Toyoda Sushi

12543 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
A collection of sashimi, showing yellowtail, roe, and sliced cucumber
Toyoda sushi is a popular Lake City spot.
Toyoda Sushi/Facebook

Lake City’s best kept secret is a family-owned charmer. Besides its reliable menu of specialty rolls and sashimi, Toyoda also serves an incredibly satisfying plate of seared hamachi tuna that shouldn’t be missed. Toyoda offers takeout only Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Orders can be texted to (206) 383-8182 before 1 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Accepted forms of payment are cash, check, Zelle, and Venmo. The restaurant is hoping to reopen for dine-in next year.

12543 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125

3. Kisaku Sushi

2101 N 55th St, Green Lake, WA 98103
A signature sushi roll at Tangletown, with a green vegetable sprouting out from each piece.
Kisaku is a Tangletown favorite.
Kisaku [Official Photo]

Hidden in Tangletown is one of the best neighborhood restaurants in Seattle. There’s a short list of signature rolls (the Green Lake Roll with salmon, asparagus, and flying fish egg is a highlight), as well as excellent sashimi and nigiri. It’s open for takeout and limited indoor dining for lunch and dinner.

2101 N 55th St
Green Lake, WA 98103

4. Sushi Kappo Tamura

2968 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Renowned chef Taichi Kitamura (a 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist) provides a wide variety of fantastic meal options at his Eastlake destination restaurant. It has a full sushi menu, as well as a nigiri omakase, which includes 12 pieces of seasonal selections, and brunch on the weekends. Sushi Kappo Tamura sources its seafood from Pacific Northwest producers like Taylor Shellfish and Skagit River Ranch, and has a rooftop garden that provides produce for some of its dishes.

2968 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

5. Nishino

3130 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

This lovely, upscale restaurant has been thrilling Madison Park for 26 years. Small plates, specialty sashimi, and the exclusive omakase meals all get rave reviews and make regulars out of neighbors and destination diners alike.

3130 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

6. Shiro's

2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Although titular star chef Shiro Kashiba stepped down from his post here years ago, the venerable Belltown sushi spot remains an excellent sushi destination. Tuna, scallop, crispy sushi rice burgers, and black cod sushi combos are available for takeout, delivery, and onsite dining. Last year, Shiro’s debuted its impressive New Year’s platter for takeout. The platters are back in limited quantity to help ring in 2022. Available for pickup only on December 31, platters can be ordered by calling  206-443-9844.

2401 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

7. Umi Sake House

2230 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

This late-night Belltown destination for sushi, sake, and Japanese whisky offers an impressive list of specialty rolls, and an izakaya-style tapas menu. Try some of Umi’s Americanized options like the Bad Boy roll or 206 roll. The happy hour menu is one of the best around, and save room for the green tea tiramisu or mochi ice cream sampler.

2230 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

8. Sushi Kashiba

86 Pine St Ste 1, Seattle, WA 98101

Diners have long flocked to the upscale Pike Place restaurant to watch master sushi chef Shiro Kashiba at work, with seats at the bar among the most coveted. The restaurant has changed to adapt when takeout was the only option — but its meticulous attention to detail remains, and it has reopened for onsite dining. The omakase dinner boxes include a sampling of Kashiba’s popular black cod and sake pairings.

86 Pine St Ste 1
Seattle, WA 98101

9. Tsukushinbo

515 South Main St, Seattle, WA 98104

Located in Japantown’s thriving sushi corridor that features the likes of Maneki and Fuju Sushi is a small family-owned restaurant without a sign. On the other side of a red-framed glass door that simply says “515” is an intimate, small dining area and a plentiful sushi menu. Tsukushinbo typically fills up fast, so it’s ideal to place a reservation beforehand by calling (206) 467-4004 and leaving your name, number and reservation request. The restaurant will call back to confirm.

515 South Main St
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Maneki

304 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle’s oldest sushi bar has been open since 1904, but remains as resilient as ever. In a sign of the times, the restaurant is offering online takeout orders for the first time on its large menu of sushi rolls, udon, and sukiyaki dishes. And though it’s a shame that the intimate dine-in experience is temporarily not an option, Maneki in any form is a treat.

304 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

11. Mashiko

4725 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Sustainable sushi is at the core of this West Seattle spot. Although founding chef Hajime Sato stepped away from the restaurant in 2019, he left it in good hands, with a staff that carries on the ethos of carefully sourced fish with an emphasis on traceability and responsible farming practices. The seasonal menu offers a top-notch selection of sushi, sashimi, and nigiri with sometimes unconventional offerings like boar.

4725 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

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