Kisaku Sushi Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 2101 N 55th St 100

    Seattle, WA 98103

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  • 206-545-9050

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I have been to Kisaku several years ago and enjoyed it. I also have heard a lot of great things recently about Kisaku. Sadly, our experience was not a good one for several reasons.

When we called to make reservations, the waitress made it sound like the tables in the 'front of the restaurant' and the sushi bar seats that were available (by the post) were not the best so she directed us to the more intimate back area. We arrived and the worst places in the restaurant were in the back. Never sit back there.

We ordered a wide selection sushi nigiri and rolls. The Spanish Mackerel was wonderful but the rest was ofmarginal quality. Every sushi order used rice that seemed like it had been out in the open for awhile - cool and dried out. It was like the rice balls were made early in the day so they could meet the Friday rush. If you don't have good rice, you can't have good sushi.

I am being generous to say it was a two star experience.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to Kisaku several years ago and enjoyed it. I also have heard a lot of great things recently about Kisaku. Sadly, our experience was not a good one for several reasons.

When we called to make reservations, the waitress made it sound like the tables in the 'front of the restaurant' and the sushi bar seats that were available (by the post) were not the best so she directed us to the more intimate back area. We arrived and the worst places in the restaurant were in the back. Never sit back there.

We ordered a wide selection sushi nigiri and rolls. The Spanish Mackerel was wonderful but the rest was ofmarginal quality. Every sushi order used rice that seemed like it had been out in the open for awhile - cool and dried out. It was like the rice balls were made early in the day so they could meet the Friday rush. If you don't have good rice, you can't have good sushi.

I am being generous to say it was a two star experience.

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Kisaku is amazing. I've gone at least once a week since it opened. I highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar. Nakano-san and Shimi always come up with really creative things, and all the food is always amazing. Take a minute to ask what's fresh, what's in season, and what you just absolutely must try. Definitely take their suggestions and be adventurous.
Oysters on half shells are a must to begin the meal, and if Aji Tataki is up on the specials board, you're in for a treat. In terms of cooked food, the tofu dengaku (fried tofu in red miso sauce) is sublime, and they the best calamari I have ever had in the country, no joke.
Also, either make reservations or come at less crowded times (it's easier to get in earlier, especially on week days).

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★★★★★

Kisaku is amazing. I've gone at least once a week since it opened. I highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar. Nakano-san and Shimi always come up with really creative things, and all the food is always amazing. Take a minute to ask what's fresh, what's in season, and what you just absolutely must try. Definitely take their suggestions and be adventurous.
Oysters on half shells are a must to begin the meal, and if Aji Tataki is up on the specials board, you're in for a treat. In terms of cooked food, the tofu dengaku (fried tofu in red miso sauce) is sublime, and they the best calamari I have ever had in the country, no joke.
Also, either make reservations or come at less crowded times (it's easier to get in earlier, especially on week days).

Pros: Great fresh fish. Great entrees. Great desserts.

Cons: Parking can be annoying if your new to the neighborhood.

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Kisaku is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in the Seattle area for sushi. Although they are a little bit on the pricey side, the food is definitely high quality. I would recomment making reservations.

5
★★★★★

Kisaku is one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in the Seattle area for sushi. Although they are a little bit on the pricey side, the food is definitely high quality. I would recomment making reservations.

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I have been to Kisaku a few times now and every experience is different. There is always a great variety of fresh seafood and the servers are very knowledgeable about the menu. I was a bit of a novice on my first visit and I was directed towards a few simple rolls that I really enjoyed. Be careful because it can get busy at times!

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★★★★☆

I have been to Kisaku a few times now and every experience is different. There is always a great variety of fresh seafood and the servers are very knowledgeable about the menu. I was a bit of a novice on my first visit and I was directed towards a few simple rolls that I really enjoyed. Be careful because it can get busy at times!

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Okay, I'll admit it, Kisaku isn't the "quickest" restaurant around. (That's the only reason I didn't give a full 5 stars.) You might have to wait for a table, but there's a reason for that, and that reason is because people know good sushi when they find it, and nobody wants to leave. If you're looking for some fast-food style, grab-n-go sushi, then get out of the way, head on down to Blue-C or some other "joint" and grab some hour-old fish off the fish train.

BUT - If you're prepared to enjoy some sushi like a gentleman (or lady, as the case may be), then Kisaku is a fine choice. There's hustle, there's bustle, there's an energy present, and the fish is prepared with care and presented with flourish. On the rare occasions that it's calm, there is a quiet, refined elegance to the interior, but when it's busy (as it often is), there is a kinetic feeling to Kisaku that makes the dining experience contagiously exciting. Itadakimasu!

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★★★★☆

Okay, I'll admit it, Kisaku isn't the "quickest" restaurant around. (That's the only reason I didn't give a full 5 stars.) You might have to wait for a table, but there's a reason for that, and that reason is because people know good sushi when they find it, and nobody wants to leave. If you're looking for some fast-food style, grab-n-go sushi, then get out of the way, head on down to Blue-C or some other "joint" and grab some hour-old fish off the fish train.

BUT - If you're prepared to enjoy some sushi like a gentleman (or lady, as the case may be), then Kisaku is a fine choice. There's hustle, there's bustle, there's an energy present, and the fish is prepared with care and presented with flourish. On the rare occasions that it's calm, there is a quiet, refined elegance to the interior, but when it's busy (as it often is), there is a kinetic feeling to Kisaku that makes the dining experience contagiously exciting. Itadakimasu!

Pros: Fine, fresh fish, contagious energy

Cons: Yeah, yeah, yeah, long waits sometimes.

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I have been to this restaurant three times, but only eaten there once. Why? Because the last two times I've been there, it's taken 5-10 minutes just to be acknowledged by the host, who is too busy working the phones to talk to the actual customers in the restaurant. After finally talking to us, the wait for a table (the first time) was too long and we went elsewhere. Last night, we'd planned ahead and made a reservation. We arrived at our appointed time, and after waiting the mandatory 5 minutes to get the host's attention, she told us that, although there were two open seats at the sushi bar (where we'd reserved spots), those open seats were being held for someone arriving 15 minutes later, and that we'd have to wait for the seats they'd allocated to us, which were still occupied.

Don't reward this kind of stupidity and bad service. I admit that their food is good; that's why I gave them a second chance. I won't make that mistake again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to this restaurant three times, but only eaten there once. Why? Because the last two times I've been there, it's taken 5-10 minutes just to be acknowledged by the host, who is too busy working the phones to talk to the actual customers in the restaurant. After finally talking to us, the wait for a table (the first time) was too long and we went elsewhere. Last night, we'd planned ahead and made a reservation. We arrived at our appointed time, and after waiting the mandatory 5 minutes to get the host's attention, she told us that, although there were two open seats at the sushi bar (where we'd reserved spots), those open seats were being held for someone arriving 15 minutes later, and that we'd have to wait for the seats they'd allocated to us, which were still occupied.

Don't reward this kind of stupidity and bad service. I admit that their food is good; that's why I gave them a second chance. I won't make that mistake again.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Horrendous service

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Everyone I know loves this place, myself included. They're reasonably priced for sushi, and everything is always fresh and tasty. They do everything well--their rolls are great (they have some of their own that are unique) and for nigiri/sashimi you can get everything you'd want.
They're always packed, so make a reservation!

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★★★★☆

Everyone I know loves this place, myself included. They're reasonably priced for sushi, and everything is always fresh and tasty. They do everything well--their rolls are great (they have some of their own that are unique) and for nigiri/sashimi you can get everything you'd want.
They're always packed, so make a reservation!

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I really love this restaurant. It's a little more expensive than my regular hole-in-the-wall joints, but it's worth it. The sushi is good, the service is great, the sake is awesome! The only problem is that the place is ALWAYS busy. Make reservations or go later at night or you'll be waiting in line!

4
★★★★☆

I really love this restaurant. It's a little more expensive than my regular hole-in-the-wall joints, but it's worth it. The sushi is good, the service is great, the sake is awesome! The only problem is that the place is ALWAYS busy. Make reservations or go later at night or you'll be waiting in line!

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Disappointed. I was a fan of this restaurant but last night I went there with a group of mix Japanese and Americans, the sushi they served was worse than Kaiten sushi. Fish was king of old.
But when I passed some Japanese people sitting at the counter, the sushi they are eating looks very good.
Does this happen because we were a big group? Or they though we were all Americans who do not know the difference of best sushi and so-so sushi. The service was great and so was the desert though.

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★★☆☆☆

Disappointed. I was a fan of this restaurant but last night I went there with a group of mix Japanese and Americans, the sushi they served was worse than Kaiten sushi. Fish was king of old.
But when I passed some Japanese people sitting at the counter, the sushi they are eating looks very good.
Does this happen because we were a big group? Or they though we were all Americans who do not know the difference of best sushi and so-so sushi. The service was great and so was the desert though.

Pros: atomosphere

Cons: parking

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This was a great sushi joint! We tried the chef's choice sashimi, but nigiri style. All I can say is DAMN! I recommend the chefs choose your sushi, cuz it is the bomb. The service was less than spectacular, but if you order at the right times you'll be good. The house sake is only $6 for a large carafe. The end bill for 4 was $175, and we were extravagant. ENJOY.

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★★★★★

This was a great sushi joint! We tried the chef's choice sashimi, but nigiri style. All I can say is DAMN! I recommend the chefs choose your sushi, cuz it is the bomb. The service was less than spectacular, but if you order at the right times you'll be good. The house sake is only $6 for a large carafe. The end bill for 4 was $175, and we were extravagant. ENJOY.

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Kisaku is an amazing place for sushi. The service is great and I have never been disappointed for the chefs are very creative. I highly recommend the eel box. It is one of my favorites.

5
★★★★★

Kisaku is an amazing place for sushi. The service is great and I have never been disappointed for the chefs are very creative. I highly recommend the eel box. It is one of my favorites.

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I love sushi, and I eat it all the time, and I really do think this delivers for the freshest, tastiest cuts without any of the attitude of those downtown places. Sure, you pay a bit more than some other places, but I really appreciate knowing that everything is going to be great. I like the agedashi tofu appetizer, it's a little bit crunchy and in a great broth. I also like some of their rolls, like the Green Lake roll, and their version of the caterpillar roll.

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★★★★★

I love sushi, and I eat it all the time, and I really do think this delivers for the freshest, tastiest cuts without any of the attitude of those downtown places. Sure, you pay a bit more than some other places, but I really appreciate knowing that everything is going to be great. I like the agedashi tofu appetizer, it's a little bit crunchy and in a great broth. I also like some of their rolls, like the Green Lake roll, and their version of the caterpillar roll.

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I went there for a girlfriends birthday and we had reservations at 6:30pm, but we had to be out by 8pm since another reservation was already made. basically we were rushed to order and rushed to leave by the time we were done with our food. the waitress was pretty much pushing us out. there was no time to really do anything. we ordered the chef's special and it really isn't that great compared to places like Tsukushinbo in international district or Ototo sushi. it used to be better, but over the best two years its not all that great. the dessert was fantastic though. you should definately order the desserts. the service was so poor that i dont think i'll be going back at all. although there is a japanese bakery near by and they have some pretty good bakery goods that you might want to take a look at.

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★★☆☆☆

I went there for a girlfriends birthday and we had reservations at 6:30pm, but we had to be out by 8pm since another reservation was already made. basically we were rushed to order and rushed to leave by the time we were done with our food. the waitress was pretty much pushing us out. there was no time to really do anything. we ordered the chef's special and it really isn't that great compared to places like Tsukushinbo in international district or Ototo sushi. it used to be better, but over the best two years its not all that great. the dessert was fantastic though. you should definately order the desserts. the service was so poor that i dont think i'll be going back at all. although there is a japanese bakery near by and they have some pretty good bakery goods that you might want to take a look at.

Pros: dessert

Cons: poor service,the sushi isn't worth the price,parking

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We adore this place! We sat at the sushi bar and the chef kept picking things out for us and smiling charmingly when we liked them. The salmon, hamachi, saba, and age were all great. We'd never had smelt before, but we liked it. And things we'd never gotten along with, like sea urchin gonads and fried shrimp heads, turned out to be excellent too. The sea urchin was in a small handroll of crispy seaweed and warm rice, and tasted like clams, but less chewy. My plum wine spritzer complemented all the sushi flavors, and featured a real pickled plum. The age dashi tofy was yummy (but when is age dashi tofu not yummy?). And the sweet potato dessert with red bean paste was genuinely interesting. The decor is simple & relaxing: harvest colors that become warmer as you move towards the kitchen.

We're from Portland, where our favorite sushi place is Masu East, which we think is very pretty, and also has an awesome head sushi chef. This place isn't as fancy-minimalist, and its rolls & drinks aren't as baroquely complex, but the food is about that good.

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★★★★★

We adore this place! We sat at the sushi bar and the chef kept picking things out for us and smiling charmingly when we liked them. The salmon, hamachi, saba, and age were all great. We'd never had smelt before, but we liked it. And things we'd never gotten along with, like sea urchin gonads and fried shrimp heads, turned out to be excellent too. The sea urchin was in a small handroll of crispy seaweed and warm rice, and tasted like clams, but less chewy. My plum wine spritzer complemented all the sushi flavors, and featured a real pickled plum. The age dashi tofy was yummy (but when is age dashi tofu not yummy?). And the sweet potato dessert with red bean paste was genuinely interesting. The decor is simple & relaxing: harvest colors that become warmer as you move towards the kitchen.

We're from Portland, where our favorite sushi place is Masu East, which we think is very pretty, and also has an awesome head sushi chef. This place isn't as fancy-minimalist, and its rolls & drinks aren't as baroquely complex, but the food is about that good.

Pros: Awesome kindly chef, palate-expanding food

Cons: Must admit I still don't like raw shrimp. Glad we called ahead and only had to wait a few minutes to be seated.

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I like it!!! I finally found a sushi restaurant than is very reasonably price and taste good. All the sushi special rolls are less than $8-can't find that around in Seattle.

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★★★★★

I like it!!! I finally found a sushi restaurant than is very reasonably price and taste good. All the sushi special rolls are less than $8-can't find that around in Seattle.

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A friend and I went for the first time today. The restaurant was clean and inviting, and the staff was friendly and accommodating. The sushi, tempura, and yaki soba were all delicious. The iced tea was alright, we suspect it was Nestea instant tea. They could experiment with better teas. Will be back though, and will tell friends to check it out! The sushi chef was very friendly and chatty, too.

2
★★★★☆

A friend and I went for the first time today. The restaurant was clean and inviting, and the staff was friendly and accommodating. The sushi, tempura, and yaki soba were all delicious. The iced tea was alright, we suspect it was Nestea instant tea. They could experiment with better teas. Will be back though, and will tell friends to check it out! The sushi chef was very friendly and chatty, too.

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This was a good spot to take a first timer to. we just started out wit the basics of veg tempura, spicy tuna, california roll, and spider. Yum!

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★★★☆☆

This was a good spot to take a first timer to. we just started out wit the basics of veg tempura, spicy tuna, california roll, and spider. Yum!

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We love sushi and my fiance and I decided to try a new restaurant recently closer to where we lived near Greenlake. I have to say that we didn't have a great overall first impression when they sat us way in the back of the restaurant in this very small cold room... I guess it would be okay if you wanted some private time with your significant other, but we felt so excluded from the life of the restaurant. Then it took our server forever to greet us and take our drink orders and by the time we got our appetizers we had been there for almost a half hour. However, despite the rough introduction, our sushi was very yummy and I especially loved the wild salmon. Desert was so good, we had the sweet potato thing with red bean ice cream (small portion..we could have probably ordered 1 for each of us)...my fiance and I chomped it down in like 2 minutes . Overall, we loved the food, but I would suggest making sure you make reservations at this place and request a spot at the sushi bar where all the action is.

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★★★☆☆

We love sushi and my fiance and I decided to try a new restaurant recently closer to where we lived near Greenlake. I have to say that we didn't have a great overall first impression when they sat us way in the back of the restaurant in this very small cold room... I guess it would be okay if you wanted some private time with your significant other, but we felt so excluded from the life of the restaurant. Then it took our server forever to greet us and take our drink orders and by the time we got our appetizers we had been there for almost a half hour. However, despite the rough introduction, our sushi was very yummy and I especially loved the wild salmon. Desert was so good, we had the sweet potato thing with red bean ice cream (small portion..we could have probably ordered 1 for each of us)...my fiance and I chomped it down in like 2 minutes . Overall, we loved the food, but I would suggest making sure you make reservations at this place and request a spot at the sushi bar where all the action is.

Pros: great sushi and heavenly dessert

Cons: long wait, fair service

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always consistent.....a little pricey but worth it because the quality is so good, and consistenly good...the owner is very nice and the place has a good atmosphere....a great date place...

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★★★★★

always consistent.....a little pricey but worth it because the quality is so good, and consistenly good...the owner is very nice and the place has a good atmosphere....a great date place...

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My wife and I visited Kisaku on Saturday with our friends who are American. Although the restaurant was packed, our server (Japanese) was very attentive and friendly. Since we wanted to try something new, I requested Chef Tasting menu ("Omakase") the day before which was $50 per person (usually Chef Tasting menu needs to be requested 2 - 3 days ahead of time, though). It came with 7 course staring with seasonal appetizer plate followed by series of real authentic Japanese foods. 2nd course was clam clear soup which was exactly the taste that I used to enjoy at high end Japanese restaurants in Tokyo. Grilled Mackarel was excellent, too. It was marinated in "Yuzu" citrus infused Miso over night and lightly grilled and served with pickled ginger root. Deep fried Monk Fish with Ponzu dipping sauce was the best Japanese food that I have experienced in Seattle in the last 2.5 years. Our friends loved the Monk Fish preparation and they were impressed with Tender Pork Belly (slow cooked Pork in soy sauce and mirin). Sushi entree plate was amazing ! Every piece of Sushi was extremely fresh. Tuna was medium fatty part with a lot of flavor. Fluke was very fresh as though it was catch of the day. Sea Eel, which is usually not available in many of Seattle Sushi bars, was perfect (not too sweet). What surprised me was Sushi entree came with Mushroom Miso Soup --- very traditional way (usually Miso Soup is served at the end of the meal with entree in Japan).

For those who want to experience real authentic Japanese gourmet, I suggest that you try this place.

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★★★★★

My wife and I visited Kisaku on Saturday with our friends who are American. Although the restaurant was packed, our server (Japanese) was very attentive and friendly. Since we wanted to try something new, I requested Chef Tasting menu ("Omakase") the day before which was $50 per person (usually Chef Tasting menu needs to be requested 2 - 3 days ahead of time, though). It came with 7 course staring with seasonal appetizer plate followed by series of real authentic Japanese foods. 2nd course was clam clear soup which was exactly the taste that I used to enjoy at high end Japanese restaurants in Tokyo. Grilled Mackarel was excellent, too. It was marinated in "Yuzu" citrus infused Miso over night and lightly grilled and served with pickled ginger root. Deep fried Monk Fish with Ponzu dipping sauce was the best Japanese food that I have experienced in Seattle in the last 2.5 years. Our friends loved the Monk Fish preparation and they were impressed with Tender Pork Belly (slow cooked Pork in soy sauce and mirin). Sushi entree plate was amazing ! Every piece of Sushi was extremely fresh. Tuna was medium fatty part with a lot of flavor. Fluke was very fresh as though it was catch of the day. Sea Eel, which is usually not available in many of Seattle Sushi bars, was perfect (not too sweet). What surprised me was Sushi entree came with Mushroom Miso Soup --- very traditional way (usually Miso Soup is served at the end of the meal with entree in Japan).

For those who want to experience real authentic Japanese gourmet, I suggest that you try this place.

Pros: Foods, Service, Thoughtfulness

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I come here all of the time. This place is awesome, but you gotta know what to order! When in doubt, sit at the sushi bar and ask the sushi chefs what they have that's fresh, good and recommended. They will not steer you wrong!

The service is attentive, the restaurant is clean and well put together, and the food is very good.

If you want a real treat, call in and order the Omakase dinner. This is a special Chef's choice prix fixe meal that comes in several price options. If you're going to have this, go with one of the "better" (more expensive options). You will be pampered in a multi-hour dinner experience that is sure to please.

The lunch specials are also a great deal. The Chirashi sushi and nabeyaki udon are my favorites - the chicken teriyaki is so-so.

Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

I come here all of the time. This place is awesome, but you gotta know what to order! When in doubt, sit at the sushi bar and ask the sushi chefs what they have that's fresh, good and recommended. They will not steer you wrong!

The service is attentive, the restaurant is clean and well put together, and the food is very good.

If you want a real treat, call in and order the Omakase dinner. This is a special Chef's choice prix fixe meal that comes in several price options. If you're going to have this, go with one of the "better" (more expensive options). You will be pampered in a multi-hour dinner experience that is sure to please.

The lunch specials are also a great deal. The Chirashi sushi and nabeyaki udon are my favorites - the chicken teriyaki is so-so.

Highly recommended!

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Generous portions, fresh fish, lovely presentation, pleasant service. The caterpillar role was amazing as was the nigiri salt water eel was delightful. We ordered several roles, my husband had a plate of sashimi, that he loved but the best part was the bill. I was shocked at how little we paid for several rolls and a bottle of sake. We will be going back.

2
★★★★★

Generous portions, fresh fish, lovely presentation, pleasant service. The caterpillar role was amazing as was the nigiri salt water eel was delightful. We ordered several roles, my husband had a plate of sashimi, that he loved but the best part was the bill. I was shocked at how little we paid for several rolls and a bottle of sake. We will be going back.

Pros: Generous portions, fresh, great combinations

Cons: Parking

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Kisaku regulars like to keep this amazing hidden treasure a secret, and for good reason. The restaurant is both comfortable and romantic, with both plentiful personal space and conversation buzz. The fish is fresh and portions are generous, with rolls varying from 4-8 pieces. Their tuna tartare appetizer is so good, you might have to take a minute alone to reflect on how glorious life is. I have had all types of sushi here, and the albacore, fatty tuna, and salmon are all amazing. The Wallingford Roll and Greenlake Roll are worth writing home about. The desserts are inventive and flavorful. If you can navigate your way to the restaurant, you will be handsomely rewarded.

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★★★★★

Kisaku regulars like to keep this amazing hidden treasure a secret, and for good reason. The restaurant is both comfortable and romantic, with both plentiful personal space and conversation buzz. The fish is fresh and portions are generous, with rolls varying from 4-8 pieces. Their tuna tartare appetizer is so good, you might have to take a minute alone to reflect on how glorious life is. I have had all types of sushi here, and the albacore, fatty tuna, and salmon are all amazing. The Wallingford Roll and Greenlake Roll are worth writing home about. The desserts are inventive and flavorful. If you can navigate your way to the restaurant, you will be handsomely rewarded.

Pros: ambience, freshness, variety, otoro, tuna tartare, chef nakano

Cons: i only just discovered it

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I've only been in a couple of times for lunch, but what a great place. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Great staff.... The sushi is as good as anywhere in Seattle. The Copper River Salmon was AWESOME. Everything tasted very fresh and was presented very well. Good beer, wine and sake selection.

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★★★★★

I've only been in a couple of times for lunch, but what a great place. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Great staff.... The sushi is as good as anywhere in Seattle. The Copper River Salmon was AWESOME. Everything tasted very fresh and was presented very well. Good beer, wine and sake selection.

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I'd give it 5-star, but World Class is quite a high statement. One of my favorite sushi restaurants in a town full of them. In a nice neigborhood and across the street from a good bar.

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★★★★☆

I'd give it 5-star, but World Class is quite a high statement. One of my favorite sushi restaurants in a town full of them. In a nice neigborhood and across the street from a good bar.

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This is another great Sushi Find in Seattle. I loved the Kisku Roll, and the place just has a good vibe. Keep up the good work!

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★★★★★

This is another great Sushi Find in Seattle. I loved the Kisku Roll, and the place just has a good vibe. Keep up the good work!

Pros: good food, friendly service, clean

Cons: a little pricey

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We go to Kisaku at least once every 2 weeks - the best sushi in Seattle. Ask for omakase (chef's choice) if you are adventurous - Nakano-san and his staff are skilled chefs. We are sushi-heads to be sure, and the quality of fish here compares to what you get at Nobu (NYC), Matsuhisa (LA), Bar Masa (NYC)...at fabulous neighborhood prices. A gem.

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★★★★★

We go to Kisaku at least once every 2 weeks - the best sushi in Seattle. Ask for omakase (chef's choice) if you are adventurous - Nakano-san and his staff are skilled chefs. We are sushi-heads to be sure, and the quality of fish here compares to what you get at Nobu (NYC), Matsuhisa (LA), Bar Masa (NYC)...at fabulous neighborhood prices. A gem.

Pros: Quality of fish, Value, Skilled sushi chefs

Cons: Can get crowded

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Been eating here since Kisaku opened. LOVE IT. sit at the bars ask Nakano for recomendations. The kobachi is always a treat, excellent agadashi tofu, Greenlake roll, Wallaingford roll and Devil's Vegtable roll are all favorites of mine. Try the sesame passionfruit dessert . great service fresh food. always a pleasure!

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★★★★★

Been eating here since Kisaku opened. LOVE IT. sit at the bars ask Nakano for recomendations. The kobachi is always a treat, excellent agadashi tofu, Greenlake roll, Wallaingford roll and Devil's Vegtable roll are all favorites of mine. Try the sesame passionfruit dessert . great service fresh food. always a pleasure!

Pros: excellent food, excellent service, saki selection

Cons: need reservations, parking can be hard

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Kisaku has a very lively ambience and a great selection of daily specials. Specifically, their oyster on a half-shell with ponzu sauce is very delicious. If you are away from the sushi bar, you should ask the server for their fresh sushi specials.

They have very nice looking and tasty appetizers, plus home made desserts like shiso/grapefruit sorbet, sweet potato cake, etc.

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★★★★☆

Kisaku has a very lively ambience and a great selection of daily specials. Specifically, their oyster on a half-shell with ponzu sauce is very delicious. If you are away from the sushi bar, you should ask the server for their fresh sushi specials.

They have very nice looking and tasty appetizers, plus home made desserts like shiso/grapefruit sorbet, sweet potato cake, etc.

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It's a cozy neighborhood sushi restaurant with a wonderful ambience, esp. for dinner. Very fresh fish and there was a great variety. You must get the oysters on a half shell for an appetizer. Not too pricey. It's the highest rated Japanese restaurant by the Seattle Times for good reason.

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It's a cozy neighborhood sushi restaurant with a wonderful ambience, esp. for dinner. Very fresh fish and there was a great variety. You must get the oysters on a half shell for an appetizer. Not too pricey. It's the highest rated Japanese restaurant by the Seattle Times for good reason.

Pros: Atmosphere, Great food, Great service

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Kisaku has one of the most dramatic menus of fish I have seen. On our first visit we treated ourselves to omakase (let the chef pick our meal), and tasted varieties of fish we had never seen on a sushi bar! Everything was delicate, beautifully presented, and every texture and flavor was distinct and dramatic. The sake selection is superb, and the desserts are creative and reasonably priced. The service was cheerful, friendly, and attentive. Kisaku provides a dramatic meal in a lovely setting at manageable prices. This restaurant is a gem!

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★★★★★

Kisaku has one of the most dramatic menus of fish I have seen. On our first visit we treated ourselves to omakase (let the chef pick our meal), and tasted varieties of fish we had never seen on a sushi bar! Everything was delicate, beautifully presented, and every texture and flavor was distinct and dramatic. The sake selection is superb, and the desserts are creative and reasonably priced. The service was cheerful, friendly, and attentive. Kisaku provides a dramatic meal in a lovely setting at manageable prices. This restaurant is a gem!

Pros: Fish selection, friendly service, atmosphere

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I went with my father here for his birthday and was delighted by the quality of the fish. The calamari was perfect (lightly breaded, not chewy, fresh). Make reservations for a Sunday and you will be treated to live music (classical guitar). I will defitely be returning!

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★★★★★

I went with my father here for his birthday and was delighted by the quality of the fish. The calamari was perfect (lightly breaded, not chewy, fresh). Make reservations for a Sunday and you will be treated to live music (classical guitar). I will defitely be returning!

Pros: ambience, food, quick service

Cons: none

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Went there for a company anniversary. The restaurant closed itself to the public and let us have free reign. Wonderful toro, and some of the freshest hamachi this side of the Pacific. Attentive and friendly crew. 3 thumbs up!

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★★★★★

Went there for a company anniversary. The restaurant closed itself to the public and let us have free reign. Wonderful toro, and some of the freshest hamachi this side of the Pacific. Attentive and friendly crew. 3 thumbs up!

Pros: Freshness, Staff, Presentations

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Kisaku has some great sushi without the high price tag of some of the other top end sushi restaurants in and around Seattle. Their rock Shrimp and Calamari appetizers are worth the trip itself. The chefs are very pesonable and creative. A must visit for Sushi fans.

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★★★★★

Kisaku has some great sushi without the high price tag of some of the other top end sushi restaurants in and around Seattle. Their rock Shrimp and Calamari appetizers are worth the trip itself. The chefs are very pesonable and creative. A must visit for Sushi fans.

Pros: Rock Shrimp, Calamari

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I am picky about food, and simply put Kisaku has the best Sushi in Seattle. All of the Sushi is fresh and excellently prepared. The seared albacore is exceptional, as is the salmon. In truth, everything is exceptional. If you are adventurous, ask the chef to make you a role of their choosing. I have never been disappointed when I have done this.

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★★★★★

I am picky about food, and simply put Kisaku has the best Sushi in Seattle. All of the Sushi is fresh and excellently prepared. The seared albacore is exceptional, as is the salmon. In truth, everything is exceptional. If you are adventurous, ask the chef to make you a role of their choosing. I have never been disappointed when I have done this.

Pros: Fresh, Imaginative, Friendly atmosphere

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Although Kisaku is a relatively new restaurant, the owner, Nakano, has been serving some of the very best sushi to Seattleites for many years. His sushi art, personable service, and restaurant ambiance are just the best. If you are a sushi addict you will love the freshness and preparation at Kisaku. If you are new and trying sushi for the first time, Nakano will introduce you to it in a way that will make you want to come back soon. I highly recommend Kisaku.

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★★★★★

Although Kisaku is a relatively new restaurant, the owner, Nakano, has been serving some of the very best sushi to Seattleites for many years. His sushi art, personable service, and restaurant ambiance are just the best. If you are a sushi addict you will love the freshness and preparation at Kisaku. If you are new and trying sushi for the first time, Nakano will introduce you to it in a way that will make you want to come back soon. I highly recommend Kisaku.

Pros: Freshness of food, Counter conversation

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The food is FANTASTIC and the service is exceptional. After eating at Kisaku's, I wont eat sushi anywhere elseKisaku's is the very BEST! Kisaku's has set a VERY HIGH standard for me and my friends. We used to frequent other sushi bars, but not any more. Thankfully our friends feel the same way, and are more than happy to drive from afar for unmatched sushi, service, and ambiance at Kisakus!

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★★★★★

The food is FANTASTIC and the service is exceptional. After eating at Kisaku's, I wont eat sushi anywhere elseKisaku's is the very BEST! Kisaku's has set a VERY HIGH standard for me and my friends. We used to frequent other sushi bars, but not any more. Thankfully our friends feel the same way, and are more than happy to drive from afar for unmatched sushi, service, and ambiance at Kisakus!

Pros: Quality, Ambiance, Service

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This a great place to eat sushi. Fresh fish and great service.

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★★★★★

This a great place to eat sushi. Fresh fish and great service.

Pros: very, good, food!!!!

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We have eaten here for lunch and dinner at least a dozen times. Sometimes we go for business sometimes for pleasure; most of the time it is best to make a reservation for dinner. I love the hand rolled fried salmon skin roll.

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★★★★★

We have eaten here for lunch and dinner at least a dozen times. Sometimes we go for business sometimes for pleasure; most of the time it is best to make a reservation for dinner. I love the hand rolled fried salmon skin roll.

Pros: ambiance, value, consistent

Cons: none

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I found Kisaku to be relaxing and comfortable. The Sushi and Sashimi is the best and one of the only places with the fresh sea eel. There are so many Sushi places popping up and most are just imposters trying to capture short term success. I found Kisaku to be traditional and should be around for years to come. Great food and a cool little neighborhood too. Certainly is not Belltown, which is a good thing. Thanks.

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★★★★★

I found Kisaku to be relaxing and comfortable. The Sushi and Sashimi is the best and one of the only places with the fresh sea eel. There are so many Sushi places popping up and most are just imposters trying to capture short term success. I found Kisaku to be traditional and should be around for years to come. Great food and a cool little neighborhood too. Certainly is not Belltown, which is a good thing. Thanks.

Pros: Great food, neighborhood, relaxing

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Kisaku has a nice comfortable atmosphere, excellent fresh fish, and a nice menu of appetizers. The agedashi tofu is the best in the city.

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★★★★☆

Kisaku has a nice comfortable atmosphere, excellent fresh fish, and a nice menu of appetizers. The agedashi tofu is the best in the city.

Pros: Quality Fish, Good Service, Nice Appetizers

 

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