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The 10 Best Japanese Restaurants Near Downtown, Seattle

Updated: October 6, 2021

Looking for the best sushi or tonkatsu in Downtown? These are the top Japanese venues in town. After analyzing the top sites and incorporating millions of reviews we present this list of great Japanese options. Indulge with chilled sake and delicious tempura at these fantastic Japanese gems in Downtown.

Find the perfect Japanese restaurant

Japonessa Sushi Cocina

Japanese, $$, DowntownJapanese, $$Seattle, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • SeattleMet, 2019

    29 Seattle Japanese Restaurants That Won’t Let You Down

    SeattleMet, 2019
  • Foursquare

    The 15 Best Places for Sushi in Seattle

    Foursquare

Nijo Sushi Bar & Grill

Japanese, $$, DowntownJapanese, $$Seattle, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • TripAdvisor, 2019

    Certificate of Excellence

    TripAdvisor, 2019

If you travel further

Shiro's

Japanese, $$$$, BelltownJapanese, $$$$Seattle, Belltown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • USA Today

    10Best - Exotic Japanese Culinary Adventures at Seattle Eateries

    USA Today
  • SeattleMet, 2019

    29 Seattle Japanese Restaurants That Won’t Let You Down

    SeattleMet, 2019

Maneki

Japanese, $$, International DistrictJapanese, $$Seattle, International District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Top Japanese Restaurants in Seattle That Go Beyond Sushi and Ramen

    Eater, 2019
  • SeattleMet, 2019

    29 Seattle Japanese Restaurants That Won’t Let You Down

    SeattleMet, 2019

Tsukushinbo

Japanese, $$, International DistrictJapanese, $$Seattle, International District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Top Japanese Restaurants in Seattle That Go Beyond Sushi and Ramen

    Eater, 2019
  • SeattleMet, 2019

    29 Seattle Japanese Restaurants That Won’t Let You Down

    SeattleMet, 2019

Ooink

Asian, $$, First HillAsian, $$Seattle, First Hill
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • SeattleMet, 2019

    29 Seattle Japanese Restaurants That Won’t Let You Down

    SeattleMet, 2019
  • Eater, 2019

    8 Elite Ramen Restaurants in Seattle

    Eater, 2019

Umi Sake House

Japanese, $$, BelltownJapanese, $$Seattle, Belltown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Thrillist, 2016

    The Definitive Guide to Finding the Best Sushi in Seattle

    Thrillist, 2016
  • Foursquare

    The 15 Best Places for Sushi in Seattle

    Foursquare

Migoto

Asian, $$, MinorAsian, $$Seattle, Minor
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5
  • Infatuation, 2020

    Seattle’s New Restaurant Openings

    Infatuation, 2020

Teinei

Japanese, $$, South Lake UnionJapanese, $$Seattle, South Lake Union
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Seattle Magazine, 2018

    The Best Ramen in Seattle

    Seattle Magazine, 2018
  • Eater, 2019

    The Top Asian Dumplings in Seattle

    Eater, 2019

I Love Sushi On Lake Union

Japanese, $$, South Lake UnionJapanese, $$Seattle, South Lake Union
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5
  • Thrillist, 2016

    The Definitive Guide to Finding the Best Sushi in Seattle

    Thrillist, 2016
  • Seattle Magazine, 2015

    The Best Sushi Restaurants in Seattle

    Seattle Magazine, 2015

How did these spots get chosen?

Picking the right Japanese restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We analyzed 10951 Seattle restaurants on Yelp and Google, 1095134 Seattle restaurant reviews, and 1286 lists and articles – looking closely at what Infatuation, TripAdvisor and Eater had to say – and applied our boam magic. Don’t bother looking for Infatuation - Seattle’s New Restaurant Openings, TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence and Eater - The Top Asian Dumplings in Seattlewe’ve already done so for you and included all you need to know. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips

  • Enjoy soba noodles with Sake

    To elevate your soba noodles experience, we recommend some Sake to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this rice wine brings out the true flavors of the dish.

  • Chenin Blanc and Wagu beef


    When considering how to best enjoy your Wagu beef, we would highlight how well a glass of Chenin Blanc complements the dish as it fights the fattiness with acidity.


  • The ideal pairing for flounder sashimi

    When ordering flounder sashimi, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.

Parking information

Parking can be tough around Downtown To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Japanese spot.

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