Vi Bacchus Sake Bar & Bistro

★★★★☆
  • 1401 Broadway Ave

    Seattle, WA 98122

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  • 206-328-5275

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My husband and I love this place! And we are very picky... ;-) We have one more all time favorite place so far, which is La Rustica in West Seattle, but that's about it. The customer service these days is really bad...and it can totally ruin even the best food.

This place is great in all aspects. We always get a great service. Waiters/waitresses are polite and very welcoming!

We recommend this place to all our friends!

2
★★★★★

My husband and I love this place! And we are very picky... ;-) We have one more all time favorite place so far, which is La Rustica in West Seattle, but that's about it. The customer service these days is really bad...and it can totally ruin even the best food.

This place is great in all aspects. We always get a great service. Waiters/waitresses are polite and very welcoming!

We recommend this place to all our friends!

Pros: Food, Service, Location, Decor

Cons: None; we just wish it would open earlier... ;)

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I have been familiar with this cozy sushi bistro for about 4 years now and from the day I discovered it I have referenced many friends to this business to hold their parties. I am a total food connoisseur and have a some food industry back ground myself. When I found Vi bacchus, I knew it had great potential and the moment I tried the sushi at this place, I knew the chef was no amateur. So everyone else I have recommended this place to have all rave about the same thing: the food is GREAT. You find quality and skill in the food and the prices are exceptionally reasonable. Recently, I finally had a chance to organize my own party at Vi Bacchus and I was more than excited. I had a party for about 20+ people and organized the event with my planner so that things will go smoothly for the restaurant and my guests. Embarrassingly on my part, I was late to two occasions with the restaurant (the meeting to set up a menu and the actual party), but they owners were still quite accommodating. I would say, however, that more professionalism and courtesy may have left a more lasting impression on me and my guests. there were many times when my party guests felt bad to ask for anything from the waitress because she was so busy and only came by to drop off food. Since America is all about preference, of course my guests and I wanted to ask for a little more of this or that so that the food is accentuated according to each individual's taste, but it was a little difficult to do. It's understandable, though, since there was only one person working the front. The business cannot rely on the quality of food alone, though, especially when America is all about customer service so I do hope that they will make improvements in that. Nonetheless, I have no complaints and will continue to have parties and dinners at Vi Bacchus. Before judging the cold exterior the chef and waitress seem to have, get to know them! They're very nice people! I highly recommend the Crazy Horse roll, the Kara-age chicken and the Umeshu Shochu I think i spelled that right. ^^ I have an upcoming staff meeting with my colleagues (who are also foodies :) ) and I'm already planning on holding this occasion at Vi Bacchus! So please don't be turned off by the customer service as I'm sure they are still learning the etiquettes and customs as business owners and running one in Seattle :) If this place should ever close, I would be devastated as I would have to venture out again to find a decent sushi place. I understand many people stop going to certain restaurants due to poor service, but Vi Bacchus is not run by staff who do not care about their customers so keep going! I'm sure you'll witness continuous improvements and progress as I have over the many years!

2
★★★★☆

I have been familiar with this cozy sushi bistro for about 4 years now and from the day I discovered it I have referenced many friends to this business to hold their parties. I am a total food connoisseur and have a some food industry back ground myself. When I found Vi bacchus, I knew it had great potential and the moment I tried the sushi at this place, I knew the chef was no amateur. So everyone else I have recommended this place to have all rave about the same thing: the food is GREAT. You find quality and skill in the food and the prices are exceptionally reasonable. Recently, I finally had a chance to organize my own party at Vi Bacchus and I was more than excited. I had a party for about 20+ people and organized the event with my planner so that things will go smoothly for the restaurant and my guests. Embarrassingly on my part, I was late to two occasions with the restaurant (the meeting to set up a menu and the actual party), but they owners were still quite accommodating. I would say, however, that more professionalism and courtesy may have left a more lasting impression on me and my guests. there were many times when my party guests felt bad to ask for anything from the waitress because she was so busy and only came by to drop off food. Since America is all about preference, of course my guests and I wanted to ask for a little more of this or that so that the food is accentuated according to each individual's taste, but it was a little difficult to do. It's understandable, though, since there was only one person working the front. The business cannot rely on the quality of food alone, though, especially when America is all about customer service so I do hope that they will make improvements in that. Nonetheless, I have no complaints and will continue to have parties and dinners at Vi Bacchus. Before judging the cold exterior the chef and waitress seem to have, get to know them! They're very nice people! I highly recommend the Crazy Horse roll, the Kara-age chicken and the Umeshu Shochu I think i spelled that right. ^^ I have an upcoming staff meeting with my colleagues (who are also foodies :) ) and I'm already planning on holding this occasion at Vi Bacchus! So please don't be turned off by the customer service as I'm sure they are still learning the etiquettes and customs as business owners and running one in Seattle :) If this place should ever close, I would be devastated as I would have to venture out again to find a decent sushi place. I understand many people stop going to certain restaurants due to poor service, but Vi Bacchus is not run by staff who do not care about their customers so keep going! I'm sure you'll witness continuous improvements and progress as I have over the many years!

Pros: the food is great

Cons: should get more help

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Food is amazing.. We went there as two people and the waitress was more interested in nagging us to get an order in, rather than being able to answer questions.... Had to ask for water most of the time... Wanted to sit a a table that was completely open an available and she said it was reserved.. LIE.. we were there until the place closed the kitchen, no one sat there..... Asked to have one of the appetizers to go and there is absolutely no to go boxes for anything except sushi!! Even if you couldnt eat the whole thing at the restaurant they wouldnt give you a to go box ......Thats crazy talk!!!! and to close the service complaint... This was on a sunday and they advertise HALF Prize appetizers on Sundays and we had to pay full price.. All In all Very deceiving service. VERY .. I dont complaint much if at all at restaurants.. i know people work hard for their money but this was crazy bad treatment.. Im sorry. Good food. Service treatment way DOWN!!!!

Good Luck.

1
★★☆☆☆

Food is amazing.. We went there as two people and the waitress was more interested in nagging us to get an order in, rather than being able to answer questions.... Had to ask for water most of the time... Wanted to sit a a table that was completely open an available and she said it was reserved.. LIE.. we were there until the place closed the kitchen, no one sat there..... Asked to have one of the appetizers to go and there is absolutely no to go boxes for anything except sushi!! Even if you couldnt eat the whole thing at the restaurant they wouldnt give you a to go box ......Thats crazy talk!!!! and to close the service complaint... This was on a sunday and they advertise HALF Prize appetizers on Sundays and we had to pay full price.. All In all Very deceiving service. VERY .. I dont complaint much if at all at restaurants.. i know people work hard for their money but this was crazy bad treatment.. Im sorry. Good food. Service treatment way DOWN!!!!

Good Luck.

Pros: Great tasting food...

Cons: Service is way down.!!!!

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I really love the atmosphere and the fast and friendly service. The sushi and sake was awesome just what I expected and leaving me wanting more.

2
★★★★★

I really love the atmosphere and the fast and friendly service. The sushi and sake was awesome just what I expected and leaving me wanting more.

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My boyfriend and i frequent this restaurant and i thought it best to give them a raving review! The restaurant is small, which allows for quick and prompt service b/c the servers can see you! The food is excellent, there's so much on the menu that we get a chance to order something different each time. The sake is AWESOME! It's a bit on the pricey side so if you go during their happy hour, you only pay half price - not a bad deal! The sushi is yummy - I highly recommend their Unagi, it simply melts in your mouth!

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and i frequent this restaurant and i thought it best to give them a raving review! The restaurant is small, which allows for quick and prompt service b/c the servers can see you! The food is excellent, there's so much on the menu that we get a chance to order something different each time. The sake is AWESOME! It's a bit on the pricey side so if you go during their happy hour, you only pay half price - not a bad deal! The sushi is yummy - I highly recommend their Unagi, it simply melts in your mouth!

Pros: Good food, great service

Cons: a bit on the pricey side, but it's sushi!

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At first glance, I wondered if Vi Bacchus had a bit of an identity problem - a posh Japanese restaurant, sporting a Greek name, housed in a former Italian restaurant, playing French electro-jazz, with both Japanese and American waitstaff, all of whom I think are bi-lingual, speaking back and forth to each other in both languages. What's going on here? (rhetorical question)

What's going on here is the true share-and-share-alike spirit of an izakaya - a place to unwind, a steady parade of food, a generous helping of drinks, and a river of conversation. If you've never been to an izakaya, a Japanese-style pub, the idea is to partake in a bit of everything. I've found that the spirit of Vi Bacchus is in nudging diners to try something new. If you're looking for value, the bargain prices will urge you towards the traditional izakaya foods, and if you're looking for sushi, you'll find bursting rolls that are wild, original creations. If you're curious about what all these strange dishes are about, simply ask the waitstaff; I've been talked into all sorts of crazy tastes I never would've tried (okonomiyaki! shochu! the Dynamite! takoyaki!).

The head chef is from the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and the kitchen staff churns out perfect plates endlessly. If you're willing to stray from the "house sake" standby, Vi Bacchus has an extensive menu of choices, and they were willing and eager to give me a personalized sake lesson to help me pick the perfect drink.

When it's slow, this is a great date place, but can also accomodate large groups. On some of the busy nights, I've found the clientle split pretty evenly between Americans and Japanese, heard excited conversations in both English and Japanese floating in the air, and a rising tide of energy as the workday is left behind. This might be the most resounding endorsement: if the Japanese themselves are heading to Vi Bacchus, maybe the rest of us should follow their lead. Kanpai!

2
★★★★★

At first glance, I wondered if Vi Bacchus had a bit of an identity problem - a posh Japanese restaurant, sporting a Greek name, housed in a former Italian restaurant, playing French electro-jazz, with both Japanese and American waitstaff, all of whom I think are bi-lingual, speaking back and forth to each other in both languages. What's going on here? (rhetorical question)

What's going on here is the true share-and-share-alike spirit of an izakaya - a place to unwind, a steady parade of food, a generous helping of drinks, and a river of conversation. If you've never been to an izakaya, a Japanese-style pub, the idea is to partake in a bit of everything. I've found that the spirit of Vi Bacchus is in nudging diners to try something new. If you're looking for value, the bargain prices will urge you towards the traditional izakaya foods, and if you're looking for sushi, you'll find bursting rolls that are wild, original creations. If you're curious about what all these strange dishes are about, simply ask the waitstaff; I've been talked into all sorts of crazy tastes I never would've tried (okonomiyaki! shochu! the Dynamite! takoyaki!).

The head chef is from the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and the kitchen staff churns out perfect plates endlessly. If you're willing to stray from the "house sake" standby, Vi Bacchus has an extensive menu of choices, and they were willing and eager to give me a personalized sake lesson to help me pick the perfect drink.

When it's slow, this is a great date place, but can also accomodate large groups. On some of the busy nights, I've found the clientle split pretty evenly between Americans and Japanese, heard excited conversations in both English and Japanese floating in the air, and a rising tide of energy as the workday is left behind. This might be the most resounding endorsement: if the Japanese themselves are heading to Vi Bacchus, maybe the rest of us should follow their lead. Kanpai!

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This is a spendid place to satisfy a craving for authentic Japanese fare. The varied menu contains all the traditional items that I've come to expect from an Izakaya style restaurant. My personal favorites at Vi Bacchus include the fried chicken kara-age, the miso tofu steak and the delicious agedashi tofu.

Agedashi tofu is an item that I always order at an izakaya...it is rather like my personal yardstick to measure the quality of the food. The version at Vi Bacchus is especially delicate and flavorful. It is one of the best in the city, in my opinion.

I definitely recommend trying the seafood dish called Dynamite. The combination of seafood, hot/spicy chili and creamy sauce is unusual and very tasty.

Vi Bacchus has a nice array of beers an sakes available, including the cloudy nigori style that I love, but what really stands out is the great selection of shochu. So many Japanese restaurants in America only stock a couple shochus, usually rice-based. Vi Bacchus offers some real variety in this area, including shochu made with sweet potato and others made from barley. The sweet potato version is just lovely and perfectly accents the food.

The yakitori is always excellent too. My all-time favorite item, the chicken liver yakitori, is only offered on weekends (Friday and Saturday I believe) but it is well-worth the wait. You can order it with glazed with a slightly sweet sauce or with salt and pepper-either way it is just fantastic. The chicken skin yakitori is really delicious too.

Of course, the requisite specialty rolls are on hand. The Crazy Horse, containing shrimp and three kinds of fish plus avacado, tends to be my regular. On special occasions I get the Queen Union, which features seared tuna and a marvelously creamy ponzu/avocado sauce.

And in the best Japanese tradition, the service is super efficient and perfectly friendly and welcoming. The only bad thing about this joint is that it makes me miss being in Japan!

2
★★★★☆

This is a spendid place to satisfy a craving for authentic Japanese fare. The varied menu contains all the traditional items that I've come to expect from an Izakaya style restaurant. My personal favorites at Vi Bacchus include the fried chicken kara-age, the miso tofu steak and the delicious agedashi tofu.

Agedashi tofu is an item that I always order at an izakaya...it is rather like my personal yardstick to measure the quality of the food. The version at Vi Bacchus is especially delicate and flavorful. It is one of the best in the city, in my opinion.

I definitely recommend trying the seafood dish called Dynamite. The combination of seafood, hot/spicy chili and creamy sauce is unusual and very tasty.

Vi Bacchus has a nice array of beers an sakes available, including the cloudy nigori style that I love, but what really stands out is the great selection of shochu. So many Japanese restaurants in America only stock a couple shochus, usually rice-based. Vi Bacchus offers some real variety in this area, including shochu made with sweet potato and others made from barley. The sweet potato version is just lovely and perfectly accents the food.

The yakitori is always excellent too. My all-time favorite item, the chicken liver yakitori, is only offered on weekends (Friday and Saturday I believe) but it is well-worth the wait. You can order it with glazed with a slightly sweet sauce or with salt and pepper-either way it is just fantastic. The chicken skin yakitori is really delicious too.

Of course, the requisite specialty rolls are on hand. The Crazy Horse, containing shrimp and three kinds of fish plus avacado, tends to be my regular. On special occasions I get the Queen Union, which features seared tuna and a marvelously creamy ponzu/avocado sauce.

And in the best Japanese tradition, the service is super efficient and perfectly friendly and welcoming. The only bad thing about this joint is that it makes me miss being in Japan!

Pros: Delicious and authentic food, excellent bar offerings, friendly and efficient staff

Cons: Gets a little noisy, mainly on Sundays when all the college kids are there

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Vi Bacchus is Great... It brings back Memories of my dinners in Tokyo. Owned by a wonderful Japanese Couple, they and the staff are great. If you are looking for teriyaki this is not the place... This is the place to sip sake and Kirin Beer with your friends and taste morsels of tasty treats like sushi, and other Japanese tapas styled food. This is an eat and drink establishment with great atmosphere and furnishings.
They encourage you to stay and converse over an eclectic menu of food and beverage. There is never a reason to leave or be in hurry to finish your meal. When I am looking for a unique and satisfying place to entertain friends...I lie to come here. They treat me like family...why go anywhere else.

2
★★★★★

Vi Bacchus is Great... It brings back Memories of my dinners in Tokyo. Owned by a wonderful Japanese Couple, they and the staff are great. If you are looking for teriyaki this is not the place... This is the place to sip sake and Kirin Beer with your friends and taste morsels of tasty treats like sushi, and other Japanese tapas styled food. This is an eat and drink establishment with great atmosphere and furnishings.
They encourage you to stay and converse over an eclectic menu of food and beverage. There is never a reason to leave or be in hurry to finish your meal. When I am looking for a unique and satisfying place to entertain friends...I lie to come here. They treat me like family...why go anywhere else.

Pros: Service, food, Atmosphere

Cons: can be busy

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The menu was too mediocre and the portions were small.
Those creative sushi rools are what you often find at Koren places and not authentic Japanese style. And if you think Poki is Japanese food, it is not. It is Hawaiian and does not exist in Japan. Not worth going back.

1
★★☆☆☆

The menu was too mediocre and the portions were small.
Those creative sushi rools are what you often find at Koren places and not authentic Japanese style. And if you think Poki is Japanese food, it is not. It is Hawaiian and does not exist in Japan. Not worth going back.

Pros: Nice interior, music

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Since I do not eat fish, I came here and ate rice and sake! The rice was normal rice and the saki was a fun touch to an otherwise blander than bland dinner. I loved the workers here! They made sure we were having tons of fun and changed the music for us. It would be fun to come here with a big group.

4
★★★★☆

Since I do not eat fish, I came here and ate rice and sake! The rice was normal rice and the saki was a fun touch to an otherwise blander than bland dinner. I loved the workers here! They made sure we were having tons of fun and changed the music for us. It would be fun to come here with a big group.

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If you've ever had street food in Japan then you know that Japanese food has so much more to it than the usual mix you see in America - sushi, sashimi, ramen and udon. Vi Bacchus offers such a huge variety of inexpensive Japanese street food that you can be a regular and never have the same thing twice. From takoyaki (Japanese octopus ballls) to poki (sesame flavored shopped raw tuna) Vi Bacchus has a ton of interesting Japanese food that you will enjoy sampling. Not to mention an unmatched sake menu. Vi Bacchus does offer sushi, which is quite good, but you should focus your dining experience on the exciting variety of street fare they offer - you won't be disappointed. It's as good as you can get outside of a Tokyo street fair.

2
★★★★★

If you've ever had street food in Japan then you know that Japanese food has so much more to it than the usual mix you see in America - sushi, sashimi, ramen and udon. Vi Bacchus offers such a huge variety of inexpensive Japanese street food that you can be a regular and never have the same thing twice. From takoyaki (Japanese octopus ballls) to poki (sesame flavored shopped raw tuna) Vi Bacchus has a ton of interesting Japanese food that you will enjoy sampling. Not to mention an unmatched sake menu. Vi Bacchus does offer sushi, which is quite good, but you should focus your dining experience on the exciting variety of street fare they offer - you won't be disappointed. It's as good as you can get outside of a Tokyo street fair.

Pros: Fantastic take on Japanese street food.

Cons: Diners expect sushi so they offer it, but go for everything else on the menu!

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I tried this restaurant at the recommendation of a friend, without knowing exactly what to expect ("It's like a sushi place, but better, just get one of everything..."). I'm pretty sick of Seattle's many mediocre sushi places, so I will admit I was somewhat hesitant. Turns out that all I ever want to eat for the rest of my life are the small plates they serve at Vi Bacchus.

Maybe you didn't know that the Japanese have their own version of insanely delicious fried chicken tenders called "Karaage;" or that calamari in the japanese style is not breaded but is in fact the tastiest thing you've ever eaten. Maybe you also didn't know that all of the Japanese style tapas at this place (actually the whole menu except the booze) is 50% off on Sundays. Regular prices are totally reasonable, and the quality of food is outstanding for the money.

And then there's the Shochu... again, I was skeptical, because I primarily drink alcohol in some sort of tasty cocktail preparation, never just straight up or on the rocks. Shochu is stronger than Sake, and has an incredibly clean, crisp finish. The kind distilled from barley has an earthy taste to it, and the one with coffee was surprisingly good.

Being a former Italian restaurant, remnants of the interior design just add some quirk to the place. The owner/chef and his wife are extremely warm and friendly and definitely make a really comfortable atmosphere of the place. Finally some amazing Seattle tapas without all the pretentious attitude!

2
★★★★★

I tried this restaurant at the recommendation of a friend, without knowing exactly what to expect ("It's like a sushi place, but better, just get one of everything..."). I'm pretty sick of Seattle's many mediocre sushi places, so I will admit I was somewhat hesitant. Turns out that all I ever want to eat for the rest of my life are the small plates they serve at Vi Bacchus.

Maybe you didn't know that the Japanese have their own version of insanely delicious fried chicken tenders called "Karaage;" or that calamari in the japanese style is not breaded but is in fact the tastiest thing you've ever eaten. Maybe you also didn't know that all of the Japanese style tapas at this place (actually the whole menu except the booze) is 50% off on Sundays. Regular prices are totally reasonable, and the quality of food is outstanding for the money.

And then there's the Shochu... again, I was skeptical, because I primarily drink alcohol in some sort of tasty cocktail preparation, never just straight up or on the rocks. Shochu is stronger than Sake, and has an incredibly clean, crisp finish. The kind distilled from barley has an earthy taste to it, and the one with coffee was surprisingly good.

Being a former Italian restaurant, remnants of the interior design just add some quirk to the place. The owner/chef and his wife are extremely warm and friendly and definitely make a really comfortable atmosphere of the place. Finally some amazing Seattle tapas without all the pretentious attitude!

Pros: Dishes you won't find at other local Japanese restaurants, great value

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So nice to finally get authentic Japanese dining experience and I don't mean the sushi. Vi Bacchus offers authentic Japanese (Izakaya) version of the well known "tapas" so loved by many Seattle area diners. There are many Izakaya dishes to choose from and you will not be disappointed. The large variety and wonderful taste will make you feel that you have had a full meal, but with the joy of satisfying all your taste buds. You will enjoy all the famous Izakaya plates your heart desires. From Hiyayakko (chilled tofu topped with ginger and bonito flakes), to Kalaou (seaweed tossed with sesame and citrus dressing), to Agedashi tofu, Gyoza, Ika fry, Tempura, amazing edamame, several noodle dishes, delicious well prepared vegetables, beef tataki, oysters and muscles prepared in many different ways, and Tokyo style fried chicken to mention a few.
The atmosphere is warm and welcoming especially with the vibrant characters and warmth of the owner, Takashi Nishioka (Taka) and his wife Emiko. They have an amazing talent preparing and presenting their delicious menu items. It is a great place for an intimate dinner date, or small group experience. Service is outstanding and portions are substantial.
There are many authentic Japanese beverages to compliment the food: Green tea, soft drinks, largest and best Sake selection, beer, wine, and amazing Japanese style vodka (Shochu).
If you are looking for exceptional sushi and sashimi, Vi Bacchus offers very fresh and large selection of all sorts of sushi plates. This is definitely one of the best in the Seattle area.
Best of all, their menu is priced affordably considering the overall experience and variety of foods to choose from.
I would recommend this place to all my friends, especially those who appreciate authentic eating and look for a unique experience.

2
★★★★★

So nice to finally get authentic Japanese dining experience and I don't mean the sushi. Vi Bacchus offers authentic Japanese (Izakaya) version of the well known "tapas" so loved by many Seattle area diners. There are many Izakaya dishes to choose from and you will not be disappointed. The large variety and wonderful taste will make you feel that you have had a full meal, but with the joy of satisfying all your taste buds. You will enjoy all the famous Izakaya plates your heart desires. From Hiyayakko (chilled tofu topped with ginger and bonito flakes), to Kalaou (seaweed tossed with sesame and citrus dressing), to Agedashi tofu, Gyoza, Ika fry, Tempura, amazing edamame, several noodle dishes, delicious well prepared vegetables, beef tataki, oysters and muscles prepared in many different ways, and Tokyo style fried chicken to mention a few.
The atmosphere is warm and welcoming especially with the vibrant characters and warmth of the owner, Takashi Nishioka (Taka) and his wife Emiko. They have an amazing talent preparing and presenting their delicious menu items. It is a great place for an intimate dinner date, or small group experience. Service is outstanding and portions are substantial.
There are many authentic Japanese beverages to compliment the food: Green tea, soft drinks, largest and best Sake selection, beer, wine, and amazing Japanese style vodka (Shochu).
If you are looking for exceptional sushi and sashimi, Vi Bacchus offers very fresh and large selection of all sorts of sushi plates. This is definitely one of the best in the Seattle area.
Best of all, their menu is priced affordably considering the overall experience and variety of foods to choose from.
I would recommend this place to all my friends, especially those who appreciate authentic eating and look for a unique experience.

Pros: Service, food quality, portions, and selection.

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I've never posted a review before, but after eating my way through the sushi restaurants of Seattle, I thought I'd take a moment to comment on my favorite.

At Vi Bacchus the appetizers are delicious and varied, as is the selection of sake. The edamame is always crisp, warm and lightly salted, but never soggy or cold like at some other restaurants. For the tame of heart there are plenty of options, but for the adventurous eater there are also a few less common selections, like the spicy jelly fish.

The sushi is fresh, well-portioned, and artfully prepared. I typical prefer nigiri and hand-rolls, and these are both excellent, with good-size pieces of high-grade fish. However, the house rolls at Vi Bacchus are inventive and tasty. The crazy horse is one of my favorites, but the tempura rolls filled with still-warm cooked-to-order tempura are unmatched.

The staff is super friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere and decor is fun and tasteful. I saw a famous Japanese baseball player there with his entourage once!

Go try it tonight and I promise you'll be back for more.

2
★★★★★

I've never posted a review before, but after eating my way through the sushi restaurants of Seattle, I thought I'd take a moment to comment on my favorite.

At Vi Bacchus the appetizers are delicious and varied, as is the selection of sake. The edamame is always crisp, warm and lightly salted, but never soggy or cold like at some other restaurants. For the tame of heart there are plenty of options, but for the adventurous eater there are also a few less common selections, like the spicy jelly fish.

The sushi is fresh, well-portioned, and artfully prepared. I typical prefer nigiri and hand-rolls, and these are both excellent, with good-size pieces of high-grade fish. However, the house rolls at Vi Bacchus are inventive and tasty. The crazy horse is one of my favorites, but the tempura rolls filled with still-warm cooked-to-order tempura are unmatched.

The staff is super friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere and decor is fun and tasteful. I saw a famous Japanese baseball player there with his entourage once!

Go try it tonight and I promise you'll be back for more.

Pros: Best sushi in town, friendly staff

Cons: None

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Vi Bacchus (Vi) takes the cake for best sushi restaurant ever in my book. Taka is an excellent sushi chef (previously worked as a sushi chef at the Bellagio in Las Vegas!) and is extremely welcoming and friendly. Emiko welcomes you when you enter the restaurant and serves you throughout the night with a great sense of humor and contagious laughter. Every time I go to dinner at Vi I feel completely relaxed and at ease, you will never have a sense of being rushed at this restaurant. If you are sensitive to your environment, this place is ideal, with deep red and dark walls, high ceilings, wood tables, and eclectic yet coordinated decorations, Vi wraps you in a blanket of comfort. The sushi at Vi is unbeatable - great menu (tons to select from), fresh fish, perfect stickyness to the rice, amazing edamame, and consistently tasty. My friends and I love going to Vi for our dinner out nights to catch up, enjoy great sushi, and relax. The only dangerous thing about Vi that I should warn you about is that it's semi-addicting (must be something in the wasabi) and once you go there you will definitely be coming back for more - again and again :). I rate Vi a 10 out of 5, so if you're in the First/Cap Hill area and are looking for a sushi restaurant, I would highly recommend checking it out.

2
★★★★★

Vi Bacchus (Vi) takes the cake for best sushi restaurant ever in my book. Taka is an excellent sushi chef (previously worked as a sushi chef at the Bellagio in Las Vegas!) and is extremely welcoming and friendly. Emiko welcomes you when you enter the restaurant and serves you throughout the night with a great sense of humor and contagious laughter. Every time I go to dinner at Vi I feel completely relaxed and at ease, you will never have a sense of being rushed at this restaurant. If you are sensitive to your environment, this place is ideal, with deep red and dark walls, high ceilings, wood tables, and eclectic yet coordinated decorations, Vi wraps you in a blanket of comfort. The sushi at Vi is unbeatable - great menu (tons to select from), fresh fish, perfect stickyness to the rice, amazing edamame, and consistently tasty. My friends and I love going to Vi for our dinner out nights to catch up, enjoy great sushi, and relax. The only dangerous thing about Vi that I should warn you about is that it's semi-addicting (must be something in the wasabi) and once you go there you will definitely be coming back for more - again and again :). I rate Vi a 10 out of 5, so if you're in the First/Cap Hill area and are looking for a sushi restaurant, I would highly recommend checking it out.

Pros: Fun Chef, Fabulous Server, All Around Amazing

Cons: Nada

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I find so much to enjoy at Vi Bacchus. It really isn't a typical sushi bar but a "new category" sake bar with some very choice appetizers. Enjoy the wonderful rolls. They are made by an artist and have sashimi grade fish inside and covering them. It is not the cut off ends and pieces made into roll spicy tuna poki you get elsewhere. Sometimes the pieces are too big! The appetizers are varied and well executed. You will find not so common menu items and many are most unusual for the West Coast sushi bar so try them at your leisure with Nigori (unfiltered) sake. Explore the uncommon tastes of Japanes finger food in a relaxing atmosphere for dinner time.

2
★★★★☆

I find so much to enjoy at Vi Bacchus. It really isn't a typical sushi bar but a "new category" sake bar with some very choice appetizers. Enjoy the wonderful rolls. They are made by an artist and have sashimi grade fish inside and covering them. It is not the cut off ends and pieces made into roll spicy tuna poki you get elsewhere. Sometimes the pieces are too big! The appetizers are varied and well executed. You will find not so common menu items and many are most unusual for the West Coast sushi bar so try them at your leisure with Nigori (unfiltered) sake. Explore the uncommon tastes of Japanes finger food in a relaxing atmosphere for dinner time.

Pros: High quality small platters and appetizers to go with wine, Sake and spirits

Cons: Handles small groups well but not set up for large groups or busy nights

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We read the past reviews and decided to risk it and give Vi Bacchus a try.
Too high priced for a neighborhood location, but decent sushi nonetheless.
Definitely go during happy hour when they offer discounted prices on appetizers and drinks, however- their "discounts" seem to us to be what you would NORMALLY pay at other restaurants we have gone to. Aside from happy hour, many menu items are twice as much as they should be for the quality served. One of our appetizers was beautiful and started the evening out on the right foot for us.

2
★★★★☆

We read the past reviews and decided to risk it and give Vi Bacchus a try.
Too high priced for a neighborhood location, but decent sushi nonetheless.
Definitely go during happy hour when they offer discounted prices on appetizers and drinks, however- their "discounts" seem to us to be what you would NORMALLY pay at other restaurants we have gone to. Aside from happy hour, many menu items are twice as much as they should be for the quality served. One of our appetizers was beautiful and started the evening out on the right foot for us.

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We went to Bacchus thinking we were going to spend a decent amount of money on good sushi. We got seated within 5 minutes, only to wait over a half hour just to get something to drink. Then, we sat there for another hour and a half waiting for our sushi. The quality of the sushi was just ok compared to the many other sushi places that I have been to. We ended up leaving two and a half hours later and spending over $70 for mediocre sushi. I would eat sushi somewhere else.

1
★★☆☆☆

We went to Bacchus thinking we were going to spend a decent amount of money on good sushi. We got seated within 5 minutes, only to wait over a half hour just to get something to drink. Then, we sat there for another hour and a half waiting for our sushi. The quality of the sushi was just ok compared to the many other sushi places that I have been to. We ended up leaving two and a half hours later and spending over $70 for mediocre sushi. I would eat sushi somewhere else.

Pros: decent sushi

Cons: long wait!, slow service, high prices for quality

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Vi Bacchus gave me a short trip to Japan. Sushi & the other dishes are almost same to what I ate in Japan, my home country. sushi is very high quality. I'd recommend "King Capitall Hill Roll". You must be satisfied!! Go to Vi Bacchus and get the real japanese foods!!!

2
★★★★★

Vi Bacchus gave me a short trip to Japan. Sushi & the other dishes are almost same to what I ate in Japan, my home country. sushi is very high quality. I'd recommend "King Capitall Hill Roll". You must be satisfied!! Go to Vi Bacchus and get the real japanese foods!!!

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I've been to Vi-Bacchus several times since last fall. I've had chances to sit at sushi counter facing chef/ owner, Taka. This is the best way to review the quality of fish and chef's ardency in cooking. Mmmm.., he is one of the kind. He treats cooking as an art to provide well prepared food. Well, I am a Japanese businessman; therefore, I appreciate well prepared food as we see in Japan. ViBacchus is the place that I can confidently introduce authentic Japanese food to my American friends. My favorite food at Vi-Bacchus is Bacchus chicken wings with sake, amazing! In addition, nigiri (sushi) using fresh fish/ fresh kobe beef is wonderful. Once I put nigiri in my mouth, harmony of nicely cut fresh fish/ beef and well sized shari (sushi rice) pulls the sensation throughout my brain. Ohhh, I need to earn more money to experience this sensation every day.

2
★★★★★

I've been to Vi-Bacchus several times since last fall. I've had chances to sit at sushi counter facing chef/ owner, Taka. This is the best way to review the quality of fish and chef's ardency in cooking. Mmmm.., he is one of the kind. He treats cooking as an art to provide well prepared food. Well, I am a Japanese businessman; therefore, I appreciate well prepared food as we see in Japan. ViBacchus is the place that I can confidently introduce authentic Japanese food to my American friends. My favorite food at Vi-Bacchus is Bacchus chicken wings with sake, amazing! In addition, nigiri (sushi) using fresh fish/ fresh kobe beef is wonderful. Once I put nigiri in my mouth, harmony of nicely cut fresh fish/ beef and well sized shari (sushi rice) pulls the sensation throughout my brain. Ohhh, I need to earn more money to experience this sensation every day.

Pros: Well prepared food, fresh fish, organically fostered chiken

Cons: ?

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This place is delicious. The sushi is to die for, and the service is excellent. The prices are really cheap and you get a lot of food for such a low price. The atmosphere is good and you can have a romantic dinner or you can have fun with friends. It is excellent

2
★★★★★

This place is delicious. The sushi is to die for, and the service is excellent. The prices are really cheap and you get a lot of food for such a low price. The atmosphere is good and you can have a romantic dinner or you can have fun with friends. It is excellent

Pros: Price and the soup is amazing

Cons: Nothing

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not bad-
consiering the fact that many people that go there are students, the prices are cheap, service is good, the only downfall is that the quality of fish is average. so what you pay for is what you get

1
★★★☆☆

not bad-
consiering the fact that many people that go there are students, the prices are cheap, service is good, the only downfall is that the quality of fish is average. so what you pay for is what you get

Pros: prices

Cons: not much, parking?

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Vi Bacchus has quickly become our favorite neighborhood sushi restaurant. My wife and I love the chef's dedication to raw salmon. I'm partial to the salmon poki where bright slivers of raw onion and slippery/crunchy wakame nicely complement mouth watering hunks of raw salmon in a light sesame oil dressing. His Super Seattle Roll gives you more of what makes a Seattle Roll so tasty - a normal Seattle Roll is topped with a layer of even more salmon and avocado! There's extraordinary attention to detail in his rolls. Tempura fillings (shrimp, vegetables, etc.) are fried to order (still warm and crunchy!) before being rolled up. And the shrimp is perfectly cooked, still moist and tender on the inside. At other Seattle mid-priced sushi restaurants the tempura shrimp is often pre-cooked resulting in a cold, overcooked/rubbery, shrimp whose batter coating has long since lost its crunch. And there's a wonderful variety of vegetable rolls - a vegetarian could construct a great meal out of the Salad Salad, Cucumber Crunch, Vegetable Tempura, and Kanpyo/Avocado rolls. I don't recommend the rolls that are batter-dipped and fried like tempura. Both times, I've tried the Tempura Seattle roll, the batter was too thin, so the rice on this inside-out roll absorbed a lot of oil.

As i said before, I think this is the best sushi on Capitol Hill. I wouldn't recommend making the trip from other neighborhoods for their sushi. but they do validate parking and the appetizers are well worth making the trip if you live elsewhere. All of the appetizer/salad dishes I've had were extraodinary! I recommend the potato spring roll, the tofu steak with miso sauce, the agedashi tofu, japanese style fried chicken (boneless with a very thin batter), and the salmon skin salad. Even the garden salad is composed of ultra-fresh, pristine mesclun - better quality than at most high-end Northwest cuisine restaurants in town.

Don't miss the coffee flavored milk custard for dessert!

2
★★★★★

Vi Bacchus has quickly become our favorite neighborhood sushi restaurant. My wife and I love the chef's dedication to raw salmon. I'm partial to the salmon poki where bright slivers of raw onion and slippery/crunchy wakame nicely complement mouth watering hunks of raw salmon in a light sesame oil dressing. His Super Seattle Roll gives you more of what makes a Seattle Roll so tasty - a normal Seattle Roll is topped with a layer of even more salmon and avocado! There's extraordinary attention to detail in his rolls. Tempura fillings (shrimp, vegetables, etc.) are fried to order (still warm and crunchy!) before being rolled up. And the shrimp is perfectly cooked, still moist and tender on the inside. At other Seattle mid-priced sushi restaurants the tempura shrimp is often pre-cooked resulting in a cold, overcooked/rubbery, shrimp whose batter coating has long since lost its crunch. And there's a wonderful variety of vegetable rolls - a vegetarian could construct a great meal out of the Salad Salad, Cucumber Crunch, Vegetable Tempura, and Kanpyo/Avocado rolls. I don't recommend the rolls that are batter-dipped and fried like tempura. Both times, I've tried the Tempura Seattle roll, the batter was too thin, so the rice on this inside-out roll absorbed a lot of oil.

As i said before, I think this is the best sushi on Capitol Hill. I wouldn't recommend making the trip from other neighborhoods for their sushi. but they do validate parking and the appetizers are well worth making the trip if you live elsewhere. All of the appetizer/salad dishes I've had were extraodinary! I recommend the potato spring roll, the tofu steak with miso sauce, the agedashi tofu, japanese style fried chicken (boneless with a very thin batter), and the salmon skin salad. Even the garden salad is composed of ultra-fresh, pristine mesclun - better quality than at most high-end Northwest cuisine restaurants in town.

Don't miss the coffee flavored milk custard for dessert!

Pros: best sushi on Capitol Hill, phenomenal hot and cold appetizers, very friendly service

Cons: they are just getting started - everything is cooked by the owner. service can be slow.

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I've been here many times and can say I've never had a bad experience! The food is outstanding. The owners and chef take a sincere interest in the quality of the food they prepare and the enjoyment of their customers. I personally recomend ending your meal with the green tea crem brule - its a great combination of flavors!

2
★★★★★

I've been here many times and can say I've never had a bad experience! The food is outstanding. The owners and chef take a sincere interest in the quality of the food they prepare and the enjoyment of their customers. I personally recomend ending your meal with the green tea crem brule - its a great combination of flavors!

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This is a great restaurant if you are really into gourmet Japanese foods with shochu. This chef shows incredible pride in the quality of each prepared dish. I love selections of chochu (Japanese votka made out of rice, potato or barly) which have a much dryer taste than that of sake. I recommend rice shochu if you like sake. Be careful though, because if you get into this drink then you will fall in love with it forever. This drink is definitely best with gourmet home style food. This chef prepares Nikujaga unbelievably well. THe way he's able to keep the potatos firm while the beef soft will just melt in your mouth. If you realy want to try delicious gourmet food from Japan, try it and find out for yourself.

2
★★★★★

This is a great restaurant if you are really into gourmet Japanese foods with shochu. This chef shows incredible pride in the quality of each prepared dish. I love selections of chochu (Japanese votka made out of rice, potato or barly) which have a much dryer taste than that of sake. I recommend rice shochu if you like sake. Be careful though, because if you get into this drink then you will fall in love with it forever. This drink is definitely best with gourmet home style food. This chef prepares Nikujaga unbelievably well. THe way he's able to keep the potatos firm while the beef soft will just melt in your mouth. If you realy want to try delicious gourmet food from Japan, try it and find out for yourself.

Pros: carefully prepared food

Cons: takes a bit long to reach the table

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I?ve eaten at Vi Bacchus a number of times and have found the sushi to be consistently quite good ? carefully prepared with fresh, quality ingredients. I don?t consider myself to be any kind of food snob, but having eaten sushi in Japan as well as Seattle, I find it comical that their sushi would be considered the equivalent of that found at QFC. We?ve enjoyed the friendly service, intimate setting and especially the food. I like the Salmon Skin Salad and the Nikujaga (one of my favorite japanese homestyle dishes). My husband likes the Kobe Beef Stew and their unique selection of high quality shochu. My children tried their Brammanje, a white coffee flavored custard dessert, and insist on ordering it every time we've eaten there. Don't base your restaurant choices on anonymous reviews (even mine!) -- try it and decide for yourself.

2
★★★★★

I?ve eaten at Vi Bacchus a number of times and have found the sushi to be consistently quite good ? carefully prepared with fresh, quality ingredients. I don?t consider myself to be any kind of food snob, but having eaten sushi in Japan as well as Seattle, I find it comical that their sushi would be considered the equivalent of that found at QFC. We?ve enjoyed the friendly service, intimate setting and especially the food. I like the Salmon Skin Salad and the Nikujaga (one of my favorite japanese homestyle dishes). My husband likes the Kobe Beef Stew and their unique selection of high quality shochu. My children tried their Brammanje, a white coffee flavored custard dessert, and insist on ordering it every time we've eaten there. Don't base your restaurant choices on anonymous reviews (even mine!) -- try it and decide for yourself.

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We had a wonderful experience. The sushi was brilliantly crafted and fresh. We ordered the soft shell crab and it came with a subtle yet delightful dressing that literally melted in the mouth. Our waitress was genuinely caring, professional and passionate about the cuisine. The happy hour sake list was a great way to try premium sakes at great value. I will be certainly returning as often as possible.

2
★★★★★

We had a wonderful experience. The sushi was brilliantly crafted and fresh. We ordered the soft shell crab and it came with a subtle yet delightful dressing that literally melted in the mouth. Our waitress was genuinely caring, professional and passionate about the cuisine. The happy hour sake list was a great way to try premium sakes at great value. I will be certainly returning as often as possible.

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Everything is amazing, friendly service, good atmosphere, and great selection of sake! Perfect for all occasions. I would recommend this place to everyone! Ask to try doing a sake bomb! I have gone here on dates and for big birthday parties and they always cater perfectly to whatever we want! You gotta check this place out! The super dragon roll is the best sushi roll I have ever had and I've had a lot! The owners are so friendly and so our thier servers. This is the place to go! I've even had lunch there and they have great combos for reasonable prices. They even have happy hour every day where you get half of most of their beverages! Check this place out, you wil walk away happy and wanting to go back!

2
★★★★★

Everything is amazing, friendly service, good atmosphere, and great selection of sake! Perfect for all occasions. I would recommend this place to everyone! Ask to try doing a sake bomb! I have gone here on dates and for big birthday parties and they always cater perfectly to whatever we want! You gotta check this place out! The super dragon roll is the best sushi roll I have ever had and I've had a lot! The owners are so friendly and so our thier servers. This is the place to go! I've even had lunch there and they have great combos for reasonable prices. They even have happy hour every day where you get half of most of their beverages! Check this place out, you wil walk away happy and wanting to go back!

Pros: They've got it all

Cons: none!

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Well I almost walked right by it on my lunch break, but was excited to see a sushi place close by my work. This place has a cool atmosphere you wouldn't expect in the huge complex that it shares walls with. It's has cool rustic tables. I am heading back to try their happy hour soon. If you live on the Hill, give it a shot.

2
★★★★★

Well I almost walked right by it on my lunch break, but was excited to see a sushi place close by my work. This place has a cool atmosphere you wouldn't expect in the huge complex that it shares walls with. It's has cool rustic tables. I am heading back to try their happy hour soon. If you live on the Hill, give it a shot.

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