Exotic Japanese Culinary Adventures at Seattle Eateries

Sometimes, the urge to have Japanese food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Seattle's best Japanese restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Seattle. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Wasabi Bistro or tell you that Toyoda Sushi gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best. Thanks to Seattle's large Asian community, this is an especially easy city in which to find authentic Japanese food crafted with care, using only the finest techniques and the freshest ingredients. Sushi aficionados and newbies alike will delight in the city's options for to-die-for rolls. But that's not where the deliciousness stops; diners also enjoy miso soup, fresh noodle dishes and an array of options that showcase the city's local seafood scene. Japanese restaurants also typically feature serene and simple decors, marked by bamboo plants, beautiful artwork and lovely hanging lanterns. Find Japanese gems in the eclectic International District, student-filled University District, funky Fremont, bustling Ballard and beyond. 



Upscale crowds applaud this lovely restaurant for a sushi bar that delivers maki and sashimi fashioned from the day's freshest catches. In addition, cooked items and luscious omakase meals are available for diners who crave something besides...  Read More

Toyoda Sushi


It's hard to keep great places secreted away, and Toyoda's reputation has, for better or worse, become public knowledge. Better for business, yes, but worse for relaxed dining, as you can tell by the crowds that descend on the small eatery....  Read More



A distinctly contemporary scene of exposed ductwork and sleek concrete walls sets the stage for one Fremont's more exceptional dining options. The restaurant prides itself on using seasonal and local ingredients as well as traditional fish from...  Read More

Queen Anne
Shiki Japanese


Chef Ken Yamamoto is the only chef in the state of Washington licensed to sell fugu, the potentially deadly (if not prepared correctly) Japanese blowfish. Whether you opt for this rare delicacy or one of the other carefully created entrees,...  Read More

Wasabi Bistro


Adopting a distinctly modern attitude toward Japanese cuisine, Wasabi Bistro has taken Belltown, and Seattle, by storm. Come for terrific happy hour specials on sake and sushi from 4pm to 6pm daily and 9pm to 1am Sunday through Thursday. The...  Read More

Dragonfish Asian Café


Serving excellent Pan-Asian cuisine from breakfast until late-night, this eatery happily accommodates a host of patrons in the Paramount Hotel. Skillfully prepared dishes incorporate the signature flavors of the entire East Asian region to...  Read More



This is a prime spot for enjoying delicious food and a buzzing scene in Ballard. The venue prides itself on serving "top quality sushi, an innovative Izakaya menu, premium sakes and creative cocktails." This venue serves starters like miso soup,...  Read More



Diners at this Ballard venue find fresh fish selections at the sushi bar, tempting cocktail creations to complement the extensive list of food and a unique LED Sakura "tree" from Japan. Maki sushi rolls range from the more traditional (rainbow...  Read More



The straightforward decor at this popular restaurant allows taste buds to focus on the culinary adventure. Among the loyal patrons are sports celebrities, business people and local sushi-lovers. They come for the terrific food and also for the...  Read More

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Chef Shota Nakajima recently closed Capitol Hill's Naka Kaiseki in order to open in its stunning space Adana (meaning "nickname"), a brand-new concept highlighting Shota's beautiful Japanese fare. Diners can enjoy his simple, clean and flavorful...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne