Kisaku

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501 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

It was OK..
Our first dinner out since covid, were 10 min late and that was kinda a problem for them not the most accommodating or friendly, menu was limited pre set where you pick app/dinner/dessert, the food was all pretty average nothing to really wow us..
Server was very nice, all of us still getting use to a new routine..
Was good to be out tho..

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LindaB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Always good food, and friendly service. A great local place.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best sushi in Seattle. We’ve been eating here for 12 years. We no longer live in Seattle, but we still make it a point to dine here whenever we come back in town. The freshest and most skillfully prepared sushi in the entire western coast of the USA.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was was great, I would highly recommend.

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Kathrine
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Long time favorite for special occasions. Food presentation got an upgrade!

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vipMichaelD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One caution note - they don’t have a liquor license - only wine and saki.

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JJdiner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious sushi, great sake choices, very helpful and friendly waiter

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LeeAB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Affordable, relaxing, delicious! Took my S/O for Valentines day and we loved the laid back atmosphere. The Nigiri is the perfect size and temperature. Highly recommended.

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CalebJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jason was amazing. We sat at the counter for our 19th anniversary and he served us the most mouth watering sushi. Such a delightful experience. Thank you and we will be back!

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BarryB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Good rice for the sushi and well-cut, fresh fish. Not inexpensive but not outrageous. Very pleased with the experience and will go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Server was attentive and friendly. Food was tasty except for when I realized I had a piece of paper towel in my sushi. They didn’t charge us for the sushi and was very apologetic. They gave us ice cream for dessert in the house. The sushi roll was excellent but couldn’t finish it after the paper towel was found.

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ClareK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kisaku allowed our group to use the back room for dinner! They were very accommodating to our group. Our only regret is we didn't order enough food. Thanks Kisaku!

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vipEricP
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Superb service

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KevinH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Did Omakase at the counter. I love seeing the chef prepare the food, and it's fun to try all the different types of fish.

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vipJt1980
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

Usually we have the very best experience here. But this time it was super disappointing. The sever was rude when we asked about the white fish we were not familiar with. She was snotty when I inquired about any belly’s the chef might have.
It was very frustrating having a reservation and being sat in front of the door while several other tables were empty.

Very disappointing

The fish was fresh and delish. But again our server didn’t want to tell us what fish was what when it was brought to the table.

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Native
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

This is a Neighborhood place that is filled with families and children in the early hours. We went at 6:45 and it was loud and lots of kids. We were seated in a small back room with only 3 tables. We stayed there because it was quiet, but the ambience was awful. Once it got really busy the waiter was less attentive, but there were lot's of staff trying to keep up. My biggest disappointment was that we said it was our Anniversary on the reservation and there was no attention given to that at all. We would have loved a window table, which was available when we arrived.
The food was just OK....edible for sure but nothing spectacular.

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ElizabethL
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

The food was lovely as usual but our server mixed up our appetizer (forgot about it and what we ordered even though we reminded him) as well as our entree (got chicken instead of fish). Both order snafus were corrected and the final food delivered was tasty. The restaurant was loud as it was full on a Sat night. Some noise buffering would be nice.

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Beth
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely lunch at Kisaku. Everything was so tasty, beautifully served, and at a very good price. There were many choices, and several adjustments were made for my companion who has several food allergies. Thank you for a fun outing.

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vipjimm
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very fresh sushi and great service!
We shall return! NEW ownership.. might be better than before... definitely better!

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vipBlackdog
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and experience

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Foody2
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Everything was pretty much great! The server wasn’t rude, but they weren’t polite either...

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RahimahC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

This is my more accurate rating system, -5 is the lowest, 0= neutral, +5 is the highest.
Safety: +5, All perfect.
Cleanliness: +4
Food Quality: +2.9
Taste: +2.5
Decor: +2.5  A bit dark
Selection: +3 
Emotional Maturity: +3  
Noise:  +3 I suppose some music of an ethnic nature would be nice, rather low in the background
Temperature: +2.5 A bit chilly on a rainy December morning.
Employees: +3 Neither here nor there, just present.
Bathrooms +4 

Sunday, 11:30 AM Reservations. Spent about $120 for lunch, 3 persons, zero alcohol or desert. Everyone was overstuffed at the end.
Parking was easy on a rainy Sunday morning, about a block away.
You know, I liked this restaurant and yet it seemed unfulfilling in some way, like it is a ship lost at sea while the crew are sleeping down below, oblivious to the rest of the world. It seems like there is an owner who just hired everyone and told them to make a lot of profit, and no one really cares. Seems they also said to use as few ingredients as possible. I believe the owner may be responsible more than the workers.

The wait staff seemed like this was just a job they wanted to get over with, like if my goldfish was serving me, lackadaisical. Even if you don’t like your job, you can still put your best out for the public: be attentive, engage, make the best of who you are interacting with, try and make the day special for everyone, including yourself. Strange to be served by girls in combat boots in a Japanese restaurant, maybe Japan has an army that now accepts everyone. I lived in Japan and there is a sense of girl, waza, a promptness to detail, expecting what is needed. Here we have the wait staff in sloppy wrinkly outfits, swimming around like gold fish, and yes they did their job, the hostess provided a fine table, the waitress was attentive and did everything right, however a restaurant is supposed to make you feel special in some way, instead of feeling like you are on a trip to the supermarket.

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AlexM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

My partner and I went there on a rare night out. We have two toddlers. We ordered the chefs meal for two for $120. The food was great. The first few courses came out in a timely fashion. The rest was a mess - it took 40 minutes for the next course. We ended up being there for over two hours. They offered no compensation or explanation other than sorry. So, while the food was amazing, their extreme error in service timing, and the lack of compensation for the error did not sit well with us. There are plenty of other fantastic sushi places in Seattle. If they would have offered something to recognize the ridiculousness of essentially being forgotten for 45 minutes (we did speak with the waiter during this time), we would have been more forgiving. But, we were brushed off and the concern showed by the seeming manager was not very much nor satisfactory. The waiter was sweet but seems to have forgotten to put in the food orders. Anyhow, next.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Dinner out with my husband, and my dad who was visiting and loved sushi.

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Katie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Omikase with Jason is always a pleasure and learning experience!

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bravosicilia
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Every time I go...wow!
Why do I try new place when the chef here is so creative and lands the traditional menu items with such beauty and quality?
The last two times we went I was struck by the very careful listening the wait staff did and then provided us with recommendations that were very personalized for us. The sake choice was spot on. The combo of sashimi platter and additional fresh sheet items gave us a rounded meal with much to enjoy.
Do ask for the fish collars of the day. They vary.
Do listen to their advice after telling them what you generally like. They are masterful.
Do sit at the bar sometimes- a lovely conversational exchange can be yours if you wish.

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MeiY
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our tenth anniversary and we always book the same table. They were so accommodating. We hope the restaurant will be there for a long time so we can celebrate every year! Thank you!

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beachgirl
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Disappointing: I ordered a dish I am unfamiliar with, and our server did not explain it well. The miso soup was fine; the salad was crisp and fresh, the wine was expensive. It is a good place to meet my friend who lives within walking distance, but I think Kisaku is not a good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was great! Sushi quality is high and the dinner for 2 was a great value.

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SusannahSeattle
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We visited Kisaku with 2 adults and 5 kids - it was my son’s 10th birthday dinner. The ambiance was perfect for a family and we saw many kids dining. Our server was nice but we didn’t see much of him during the meal - we had to flag him down to order more food (more on that) and get the check. He didn’t ever ask if we wanted another drink or check in on how the food was. The food was pretty good but we felt it was small portions and quite expensive, even for Japanese food. A small bowl of edamame is $5, for example. My tempura dinner - $22 - had 4 shrimp, 1 small piece of fish, maybe 5 veggies and a bowl of rice. After shelling out $200 for our bill, no one was exactly satisfied. We know Seattle is an expensive city but we expected a bit more for our money. However our son got his birthday sushi experience, and that’s what mattered in the end!

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vipMulva
Seattle
48 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Been going to Kisaku for 10 years. But this was our first time in 5 months (?). We always enjoy sitting at the sushi bar as we like to take recommendations from the chef.
The sushi has always been consistently good, but not inventive. That has changed. We had omaksae sushi and were not only not disappointed, we were wonderfully surprised! Great sushi with interesting flavors that still let the freshness of the fish and shellfish shine through.
The only hiccup was I didn’t get my water refilled until I was basically done with my meal, but the food was fantastic.

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CathyE
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for restaurant week: the menu choices were exceptional. I usually get sushi or sashimi but the Black cod is a must. New ownership doesn’t seem to have dropped the ball: I will come back and see what else this chef has in store.

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vipemilycate225
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

It took us an hour to get our food during restaurant week. It seemed like everyone was getting served before us even though we arrived first. The server acknowledged this before we said anything and she apologized. The portions of food were not appropriate for the amount charged ($35) for restaurant week. Specifically, I think the appetizer (sashimi) and dessert (cake) was about 2 x 2 inch portion. Most likely will not return to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We ordered from the dine around Seattle menu, and supplemented it with some hamachi kama & toro nigiri. The a la carte items were great. The set menu was just OK.

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Susanatsail
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meet up with family and friends! Beautiful presentation and wonderful food!

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vipCharliK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We tried the fois gras with cotton candy and it was awesome and unusual! The sashimi was also perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We celebrated my friend's birthday at the sushi bar. The service was perfect. And the extra care the sushi chef put into each piece of nigiri really came through. It was the best sushi we've enjoyed in a long while. We especially liked the umeshiso roll, benito and hamachi. I plan to bring my family back here soon.

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SusanT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience! The food (fish) was done to perfection. Can't say enough good things about our recent visit. Highly recommend Kisaku for the food and value.

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PatriciaS
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Enjoyed a lovely time there....great food, attentive staff, relatively easy to share conversation and recommend Kisaku for dinner or lunch.

Specific comments on what I ordered and ate:
My personal preference regarding the food would be to sear the black cod so it has some crisp skin around it which would give it more flavor. Its delicate and delicious as is though and my favorite item to eat there
The mushroom salad was good though had way too much dressing.
The miso soup was OK...usually fresher and more flavorful.
The green tea was perfect!
The Wallingford roll had fish that wasn't up to par...have had fresher there before.

Overall, I keep coming back to Kisaku for a variety of reasons and I'd say that its a place well worth dining at for lunch and dinner.

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Kisaku offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 545-9050.

Kisaku is rated 4.5 stars by 501 OpenTable diners.

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