Omikase with Jason is always a pleasure and learning experience!
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.
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!
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.
The food and service was great! Sushi quality is high and the dinner for 2 was a great value.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great meet up with family and friends! Beautiful presentation and wonderful food!
We tried the fois gras with cotton candy and it was awesome and unusual! The sashimi was also perfect!
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.
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.
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.
We took friends, seems good for families and adults.
The oysters with ponzu sauce was amazing. I was hesitant because I love a good mignonette, but the ponzu was light and really complemented the oysters well.
Service was great and quick!
Good traditional Japanese food. Kobachi salads had more than just greens, miso dressing tasty. Portions of appetizers good. Tablecloths, noise level OK early in evening, got noisier as time went on. Will definitely go again.
Maybe an off night as I’ve eaten here many times before. Fish quality was so, so at best. Sushi chef was a bit of a hard case; either pay attention to your guests or don’t and if not then have someone else take guest orders (sushi bar) don’t try to do both and fail at both.
Food was amazing as usual. We sat at the counter on purpose to have a better experience ordering but were mostly ignored by the chef. Took a while to initially order and as it was busy we understood but the people next to us seemed to get great service and were well attended to. We wanted to order a few additional items and had to wait quite a while to attain the chefs attention.
We decided to have our anniversary dinner at Kisaku at the last minute, and have no regrets! We sat at the counter and basically let the chef feed us whatever by doing omakase. They were very attentive to our special dietary needs, which was to avoid gluten/dairy/eggs for me and dairy/eggs for my husband. There were some interesting flavors like cold smoked ikura and spicy yuzu pepper mixed in, but there were no crass sushi like weird rolls. Everything was classy. The flavoring might have gotten a tiny bit redundant towards the end, & we felt like the chef was feeding us the same things to us as the couples next to us who started later, but not enough to complain. Overall it was very good, & we loved the friendly atmosphere. We’d most likely be back. The service can be a little slow, in that sometimes it takes a little effort to order additional drinks.
This has consistently been one of our favorite neighborhood spots because of the consistently delicious food and great service. This last time all of the the above were mediocre which was really disappointing. We'll definitely try again, but be keeping our eye on other reviews to see if its a trend or a one off.
Food was just ok, not great, not bad, just average. I also felt that it was expensive based on the quality of the dishes and portions.
I love omakase and my coworker referred to me Jason at Kisaku. Jason's omakase set was to die for and he did not disappoint. I enjoyed his creativity of layering multiple flavors together in each round. Everything he gave us was perfect and delicious!
I will definitely be back for his omakase. I already am looking forward to it!
We had a 6pm reservation and despite a number of open tables, we were seated in what appeared to be a small converted closet with 3 tables. We asked for a different table but were turned down. The space would have been ok if they had made any effort to make it inviting. The portable dehumidifier sitting on a spare chair at our table didn't help.
Things didn't get better. Our server didn't seem to care and made no attempt to guide us through the menu or extensive list of specials. Our food order took upwards of 45 minutes to arrive, which was much longer than our neighboring tables which arrived 15 and 30 min after us and had similar orders. Our server didn't check in or let us know when our food might arrive.
Our food was quite tasty when it did arrive. But our experience was further deteriorated by another table ordering a hot stone dish that filled the unvented closet with smoke that lingered for 30 min.
When it came time to pay, our server again didn't seem to care about us. The final let down was the delivery of the bill with no pen to sign. The server checked his pockets, found only one pen and instead of leaving it for us turned to a new group that had arrived at the table next to us to take there order first. We will not be back.
I made a reservation to sit at the sushi counter with my father as a treat for him. We were greeted at the door with a smile and brought to our seats at the counter, service throughout the night was excellent. We enjoyed being able to order individual items over the course of the time we were there, and appreciated the attention to detail and information from the sushi chef. It was a wonderful night and we look forward to heading back soon.
We came quite early so the place was quiet. This made for a very enjoyable meal. All the food was well prepared. The tuna and black cod were exceptional. The service was OK. There is a bit of an odd vibe to the place but we had good meal overall and would return.
Our friend had never been to Kisaku and lives in the neighborhood, which is why we booked a table to have dinner there. We had told her about the great food and she was excited. Maybe it was because we were in the tiny room in the back, or maybe because our server was serving half the tables, but we had such a hard time getting his attention that one of us got up to try to resolve our own needs more than once. When you have to say "the service was not like this last time..." over and over, something is wrong. I hope it was simply that someone called in sick so they were short-handed that night.
I took my two daughters for one of my daughter's 18th B-day dinner. I put in a special request via Open Table. Our waiter immediately asked "Who's Birthday it was" and then let us know we would get free dessert or apps. After our meal was completed, he brought her a cupcake with a candle in it. Even though Kisaku did not know this, but my daughter is about to start her senior year of HS in a new school where she knows no one in Seattle or in school. I wish I could have thrown her a big 18th bday party but she doesn't have any friends here. So this small gesture allowed her little sister and I to serenade her and make it a very intimate and special affair.
Very accommodating of my shellfish allergy and wished us a happy anniversary when i made my reservation, when we arrived, and when we left! We did the two person dinner and the food quality is fantastic.
I wanted to introduce a friend to this amazing Japanese restaurant in Seattle. It is one of my favorites in the city. The food and service are top-notch. My friend thoroughly enjoyed dining here. We will definitely visit again.
Get the Omakase.
The specials were fantastic. The sushi rolls were underwhelming and kind of felt like they got in the way of themselves (to much extra stuff added without much benefit). A little pricey, especially considering the small size of the appetizer servings. We will probably come back once a year or so.
Kisaku is a favorite of ours and you did not disappoint. We came in on a Monday eve @5:45. We were a family of 5 and had a small child with us. The staff were very accommodating. We were pleased with being able to come as a family and enjoyed the food and the ambiance very much.
The place is lively. The service was good. Sushi was ok.
Consistent and delicious Japanese food, but man was it noisy. Didn't help that there was a big group with screaming toddlers, but why does Kisaku feel it's necessary to pump in background rock music?
The best sushi in Seattle. Always come here when I’m back in town. Love the new ownership & chef’s as well!!!
Jason, behind the sushi counter, is the best. He has self-created items that are delicious.
Kisaku is our go to spot for special family celebrations. We have both Sushi lovers and others in our family. At Kisaku we know everyone can find some really wonderful food to enjoy. My four year old grandson was a member of the party and I noticed quite a few children at other tables during our 5 pm sitting. So Kisaku is very family friendly.