I Love Sushi

★★★☆☆
  • 1001 Fairview Ave N

    Seattle, WA 98109

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  • 206-625-9604

About I Love Sushi

Hours
11:30a.m.-2p.m. and 5-10p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30a.m.-2p.m. and 5-10:30p.m. Friday; 5-10:30p.m. Saturday; 5-10p.m. Sunday
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I always get the chef's choice of the day, and I've never been disappointed. The chef knows what's fresh that day.

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★★★★★

I always get the chef's choice of the day, and I've never been disappointed. The chef knows what's fresh that day.

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If only I had simply put a box in a Safeway shopping cart and hauled over to the fish case and asked the butcher to cut off some scraps that were past "use by date" and arrange them on my box it would have been a much better experience that walking through the door at I Love Sushi. But if you like "pet grade" tired old fish you WILL love their cut of raw fish. Just glad we did not order the fugu. And you have to pay to park.

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★☆☆☆☆

If only I had simply put a box in a Safeway shopping cart and hauled over to the fish case and asked the butcher to cut off some scraps that were past "use by date" and arrange them on my box it would have been a much better experience that walking through the door at I Love Sushi. But if you like "pet grade" tired old fish you WILL love their cut of raw fish. Just glad we did not order the fugu. And you have to pay to park.

Pros: I did not get parasites that I know of, yet!

Cons: The sushi, the service, the setting, and the general filth.

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July 4, 2009, first time at ILS. Upon entering the restaurant the aesthetics reminded me of a cross between a low-cost nursing home dining room and an old decrepit mobile home. There were very few patrons. Undeterred, based on reviews, we sat at the sushi bar and ordered. I then went to the men's room to wash my hands...the stench of old urine hung heavily in the air like a fetid wet blanket. The walls were covered in graffiti the likes of "If you want a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ call xxx-xxxx". This is something one might expect to find in a Detroit Greyhound bus station restroom - not a restaurant serving RAW FISH. The sushi we ordered was poorly crafted by a sushi chef that seemed to be a few bricks shy. In fact, he needed to be reminded of parts of the order that were missing. Towards the end of our meal four pieces of unordered sushi were placed on our trays. We assumed they were gratis - perhaps as an apology for the poor service. We each found bones in these, unfortunately only after they pierced the roofs of our mouths. Then the bill came. We were charged an additional $11 for the unordered sushi. We will not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

July 4, 2009, first time at ILS. Upon entering the restaurant the aesthetics reminded me of a cross between a low-cost nursing home dining room and an old decrepit mobile home. There were very few patrons. Undeterred, based on reviews, we sat at the sushi bar and ordered. I then went to the men's room to wash my hands...the stench of old urine hung heavily in the air like a fetid wet blanket. The walls were covered in graffiti the likes of "If you want a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ call xxx-xxxx". This is something one might expect to find in a Detroit Greyhound bus station restroom - not a restaurant serving RAW FISH. The sushi we ordered was poorly crafted by a sushi chef that seemed to be a few bricks shy. In fact, he needed to be reminded of parts of the order that were missing. Towards the end of our meal four pieces of unordered sushi were placed on our trays. We assumed they were gratis - perhaps as an apology for the poor service. We each found bones in these, unfortunately only after they pierced the roofs of our mouths. Then the bill came. We were charged an additional $11 for the unordered sushi. We will not be back.

Pros: Trip to hospital afterwards was not necessary

Cons: Atmosphere and Food

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We visited here for dinner on a Friday night recently. The service was friendly and professional. The food was not high quality. They used low-quality fish and too much MAYONNAISE.
The building and space was not well kept and very outdated- it looks like the owners hadn't put any money into it since the mid-1990's. OH, and the lighting was terrible.
We will not go back and wouldn't recommend.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We visited here for dinner on a Friday night recently. The service was friendly and professional. The food was not high quality. They used low-quality fish and too much MAYONNAISE.
The building and space was not well kept and very outdated- it looks like the owners hadn't put any money into it since the mid-1990's. OH, and the lighting was terrible.
We will not go back and wouldn't recommend.

Pros: Wide Selection of Sushi rolls

Cons: Not high quality rolls

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Have you ever ordered a pricey meal expecting to indulge in every drop you pay for, and when it comes out, there?s barely anything on the plate?! Well that?s I Love Sushi for ya! I ordered the bento special for lunch, paid almost $20 and got a few pieces of average tasting sushi to go along with a few pieces of chewy teriyaki, cold miso soup and salad! Defiantly a waste of money when I could have gone to another place, spent less money and got more food. When it comes down to it, this place is overpriced with only average food to offer.

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★☆☆☆☆

Have you ever ordered a pricey meal expecting to indulge in every drop you pay for, and when it comes out, there?s barely anything on the plate?! Well that?s I Love Sushi for ya! I ordered the bento special for lunch, paid almost $20 and got a few pieces of average tasting sushi to go along with a few pieces of chewy teriyaki, cold miso soup and salad! Defiantly a waste of money when I could have gone to another place, spent less money and got more food. When it comes down to it, this place is overpriced with only average food to offer.

Pros: When dining, you have a nice view of Lake Union!

Cons: You have to pay for parking, it's a small place, the food is below average.

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Meals are what I call "Mini" portions. I spent $15 bucks on a bento box and got $6 worth of food. The chicken was cold and mostly fat...and it tasted like a chicken breast from Safeway that was just cooked up. This was not teriyaki chicken...it was chewy, fatty chicken with some sprinked soy sauce. The sushi was not good, and was mostly rice.

Overrall, it was not a good use of lunch money. I'll stick with the good ones from now on.

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★☆☆☆☆

Meals are what I call "Mini" portions. I spent $15 bucks on a bento box and got $6 worth of food. The chicken was cold and mostly fat...and it tasted like a chicken breast from Safeway that was just cooked up. This was not teriyaki chicken...it was chewy, fatty chicken with some sprinked soy sauce. The sushi was not good, and was mostly rice.

Overrall, it was not a good use of lunch money. I'll stick with the good ones from now on.

Pros: Location

Cons: Everything

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At least thats what it tasted like. I moved to Seattle in August and have yet to find a good sushi place other than Umi, which is quite pricey. I tried I Love Sushi the other night, hoping for the best, and got a cold eel roll and one of the worst spicy tuna rolls of my life. I took one bite, and threw the rest away. I highly recommend finding a different sushi place. Tuna should be pink, not grey.

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★☆☆☆☆

At least thats what it tasted like. I moved to Seattle in August and have yet to find a good sushi place other than Umi, which is quite pricey. I tried I Love Sushi the other night, hoping for the best, and got a cold eel roll and one of the worst spicy tuna rolls of my life. I took one bite, and threw the rest away. I highly recommend finding a different sushi place. Tuna should be pink, not grey.

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over priced for such a simple tasting food, wouldn't go back. Nothing wrong with the restaurant but everything was way too average for me to make it a favorite or to refer someone there.

1
★★★☆☆

over priced for such a simple tasting food, wouldn't go back. Nothing wrong with the restaurant but everything was way too average for me to make it a favorite or to refer someone there.

Cons: Got to pay for parking

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This place is not fancy, but the sushi is better and higher quality than anywhere else in Seattle. The location is nice especially the outside seatting on a sunny summer day. We have probably been here 20 times and keep coming back!

2
★★★★★

This place is not fancy, but the sushi is better and higher quality than anywhere else in Seattle. The location is nice especially the outside seatting on a sunny summer day. We have probably been here 20 times and keep coming back!

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this is one of my faveriote sushi joints in seattle. awesome booze drinks as well as some of the freshest fish around! enjoy

2
★★★★★

this is one of my faveriote sushi joints in seattle. awesome booze drinks as well as some of the freshest fish around! enjoy

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Maybe it's just the Lake Bellevue 3rd restaurant but I Love Sushi has lost it's Japanese authenticity!
The quality of the sushi was very disappointing. The menu is uncreative & americanized. The Decor was sad looking and poor. Our service was OK, the staff tried to do what they could with what they had. We will NOT return. Again, VERY disappointing.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Maybe it's just the Lake Bellevue 3rd restaurant but I Love Sushi has lost it's Japanese authenticity!
The quality of the sushi was very disappointing. The menu is uncreative & americanized. The Decor was sad looking and poor. Our service was OK, the staff tried to do what they could with what they had. We will NOT return. Again, VERY disappointing.

Pros: Parking was easy

Cons: Poor quality Sushi & Sashimi, even with reservations we waited more than 30 minutes

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Sushi can be absolutely wonderful when freshly made and served immediately. I ordered eel, which should be broiled and served immediately. We ordered several other sushi rolls, such as salmon skin rolls, which also should be prepared and served immediately.

Our order was delivered to our table very quickly and it was obviously - immediately that most of it was made well before we had even arrived. The objective of this restaurant is to serve quickly and get folks in and out - not serve freshly prepared sushi.

Don't recommend - also noisy. Many better sushi restaurants in Wallingford.

I DO NOT RECOMMEND - WELL BELOW AVERAGE.

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★★☆☆☆

Sushi can be absolutely wonderful when freshly made and served immediately. I ordered eel, which should be broiled and served immediately. We ordered several other sushi rolls, such as salmon skin rolls, which also should be prepared and served immediately.

Our order was delivered to our table very quickly and it was obviously - immediately that most of it was made well before we had even arrived. The objective of this restaurant is to serve quickly and get folks in and out - not serve freshly prepared sushi.

Don't recommend - also noisy. Many better sushi restaurants in Wallingford.

I DO NOT RECOMMEND - WELL BELOW AVERAGE.

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Lake Union location surrounded by several restaurants. The parking lot is a validated lot so be sure to ask the receptionist to validate your ticket. The restaurant is about a third sushi bar with a large sushi menu. Service was prompt and frequent. The sushi was very nicely presented. Tasted fresh and the special menu were plentiful. I?ve had several items on the menu and was never disappointed. Only thing I would like is a larger restruant.

2
★★★★☆

Lake Union location surrounded by several restaurants. The parking lot is a validated lot so be sure to ask the receptionist to validate your ticket. The restaurant is about a third sushi bar with a large sushi menu. Service was prompt and frequent. The sushi was very nicely presented. Tasted fresh and the special menu were plentiful. I?ve had several items on the menu and was never disappointed. Only thing I would like is a larger restruant.

Pros: Very nice presentation, Good service

Cons: Validated lot

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I Love Sushi has yet to disappoint me with the quality of their sushi. Sit at the sushi bar and order omakase for the best experience. Hands down some of the best sushi I've ever had.

2
★★★★★

I Love Sushi has yet to disappoint me with the quality of their sushi. Sit at the sushi bar and order omakase for the best experience. Hands down some of the best sushi I've ever had.

Pros: Great selection, variety, quality, freshness, beautiful view.

Cons: Seating at the sushi bar is limited! Be prepared to wait up to 45 minutes. (It's worth it!)

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This is a very popular sushi restaurant in Seattle. We were seated right as the restaurant opened for lunch and it filled up quickly. I got the Sushi A plate (I think that's the name) which is a lunch special of many different kinds of sushi plus a California roll. The restaurant is located right on the water so the view is interesting. The sushi was very fresh and tasty. There is plenty of (paid) parking available.

4
★★★★☆

This is a very popular sushi restaurant in Seattle. We were seated right as the restaurant opened for lunch and it filled up quickly. I got the Sushi A plate (I think that's the name) which is a lunch special of many different kinds of sushi plus a California roll. The restaurant is located right on the water so the view is interesting. The sushi was very fresh and tasty. There is plenty of (paid) parking available.

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I love Sushi is conveniently located in the Eastlake area and has plenty of parking and is right on the busline. There is a huge sushi bar and the chefs are pretty chatty if you ask questions. They have an excellent selection of rolls and nigiri. I love the fried banana and mint ice cream dessert. The only negative is that it seems to have wierd hours and isn't open whenever we were craving sushi. Great lookout on the lake!

PROS: parking
CONS: hours

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★★★☆☆

I love Sushi is conveniently located in the Eastlake area and has plenty of parking and is right on the busline. There is a huge sushi bar and the chefs are pretty chatty if you ask questions. They have an excellent selection of rolls and nigiri. I love the fried banana and mint ice cream dessert. The only negative is that it seems to have wierd hours and isn't open whenever we were craving sushi. Great lookout on the lake!

PROS: parking
CONS: hours

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I really don't care for sushi, I cant get over the texture, but my sushi loving boyfriend convinced me to go to I Love Sushi with him and I was pleasantly surprised. The staff is friendly, they sushi is so fresh and there are many options. As a non-sushi eater I enjoyed the yaki soba and vegie tempura both of which were delicious. They also have a terrific bar and the view of Lake Union is gorgeous!

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★★★★★

I really don't care for sushi, I cant get over the texture, but my sushi loving boyfriend convinced me to go to I Love Sushi with him and I was pleasantly surprised. The staff is friendly, they sushi is so fresh and there are many options. As a non-sushi eater I enjoyed the yaki soba and vegie tempura both of which were delicious. They also have a terrific bar and the view of Lake Union is gorgeous!

Pros: Great food! Great Service! Beautiful location

Cons: Parking lot has very small spaces!

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I tried almost all of the Sushi place in Seattle area.
I think this restaurant is one of the best places for Sushi.

They make awsome Sushi and provide good quality of service.
It's a good place for dating especially summer season. I like to enjoy the lake view from their patio.....

5
★★★★★

I tried almost all of the Sushi place in Seattle area.
I think this restaurant is one of the best places for Sushi.

They make awsome Sushi and provide good quality of service.
It's a good place for dating especially summer season. I like to enjoy the lake view from their patio.....

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It seems this place has been around forever. It has always struck me as the kind of sushi place that is probably less than authentic, not a true Edo styled sushi bar. A recent visit, however, revealed top notch toro and other seasonal favorites such as Spanish mackerel and Japanese baby hamachi. There are other hot dishes as well but don't expect the same type of menu you might see at a full scale Japanese restaurant. Sushi is clearly the focus here.

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★★★★☆

It seems this place has been around forever. It has always struck me as the kind of sushi place that is probably less than authentic, not a true Edo styled sushi bar. A recent visit, however, revealed top notch toro and other seasonal favorites such as Spanish mackerel and Japanese baby hamachi. There are other hot dishes as well but don't expect the same type of menu you might see at a full scale Japanese restaurant. Sushi is clearly the focus here.

Pros: Sushi, Sashimi

Cons: non free parking

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One of the few places in town that often has fresh Toro on the menu. Sit at the bar and get to know the chef, order sushi how it's made to order: ask them what they recommend and the freshest fish of the day. The biggest flaw that most sushi lovers make is always ordering what they love - whether it is in season or not. There are 3 types of Maguro they consistently keep at hand of different textures and richness. Ask for more details, depending on how rich you prefer the fat layers to be (hint: do you always order the same cut of steak?). The Spanish mackerel served with Ponzu sauce is a delight to experience, when at peak perfection. The Hamachi is like butter. Venture out of the tables and create a relationship with the chef, the way it should be and you won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

One of the few places in town that often has fresh Toro on the menu. Sit at the bar and get to know the chef, order sushi how it's made to order: ask them what they recommend and the freshest fish of the day. The biggest flaw that most sushi lovers make is always ordering what they love - whether it is in season or not. There are 3 types of Maguro they consistently keep at hand of different textures and richness. Ask for more details, depending on how rich you prefer the fat layers to be (hint: do you always order the same cut of steak?). The Spanish mackerel served with Ponzu sauce is a delight to experience, when at peak perfection. The Hamachi is like butter. Venture out of the tables and create a relationship with the chef, the way it should be and you won't be disappointed.

Pros: 3 types of Maguro, Spanish Mackerel, Uni - Winter Season

Cons: Parking

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not overly expensive in general, but the lunch combos are a great value! you get about the same amount of food as for dinner but at almost half the price.

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★★★★★

not overly expensive in general, but the lunch combos are a great value! you get about the same amount of food as for dinner but at almost half the price.

Pros: fresh, inexpensive

Cons: not romantic, can be crowded

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A Rare Find. Great Sushi, Friendly service. My friends and I have visited both Bellevue and Lake Union but prefer the ambiance of the Lake Union location. All staff members are efficient, knowledgable and friendly. Favorite menu items are Sashimi Salad (awesome display and flavor), Tuna Tataki and sesame crusted oysters. great happy hour value. Sometimes a wait but well worth it. Make reservations.

2
★★★★★

A Rare Find. Great Sushi, Friendly service. My friends and I have visited both Bellevue and Lake Union but prefer the ambiance of the Lake Union location. All staff members are efficient, knowledgable and friendly. Favorite menu items are Sashimi Salad (awesome display and flavor), Tuna Tataki and sesame crusted oysters. great happy hour value. Sometimes a wait but well worth it. Make reservations.

Pros: great fresh fish, inexpensive, happy hour menu

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I have been going to I Love Sushi on Lake Union for years and I love it. The sushi and noodle soups and dishes have wonderful flavor, the staff is quick and friendly and it has the feel of restaurants in Japan. The drawbacks are parking (valet and minimal street/lot parking) and it's not good for groups of 10 or more. Avoid the dinner rush (Fri/Sat after 6pm) or you'll be waiting for an hour.

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★★★★★

I have been going to I Love Sushi on Lake Union for years and I love it. The sushi and noodle soups and dishes have wonderful flavor, the staff is quick and friendly and it has the feel of restaurants in Japan. The drawbacks are parking (valet and minimal street/lot parking) and it's not good for groups of 10 or more. Avoid the dinner rush (Fri/Sat after 6pm) or you'll be waiting for an hour.

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For years I have patronized this sushi house on Lk Union. I have patronized this restaurant for years. Sushi and bento boxes always fresh and well-presented. Service is efficient, but of the "drop and run" variety.

My only complaint is that they apparently do not EVER ALLOW you to bring your own sake. We had been given a very special premium bottle from Japan for my birthday. However, when we went to the restaurant for birthday dinner, they absolutely would not allow us to drink it. So we left...

2
★★★★☆

For years I have patronized this sushi house on Lk Union. I have patronized this restaurant for years. Sushi and bento boxes always fresh and well-presented. Service is efficient, but of the "drop and run" variety.

My only complaint is that they apparently do not EVER ALLOW you to bring your own sake. We had been given a very special premium bottle from Japan for my birthday. However, when we went to the restaurant for birthday dinner, they absolutely would not allow us to drink it. So we left...

Pros: quality of sushi

Cons: , rigid BYOB

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This place used to be very good, I used to go there all the time. However, when I went there last night with my family, the sushi was just horrible. The fish were not fresh, and the taste of the sushi rolls (dragon roll, tempura roll, spider roll) were so bad. The best sushi in my book for the Seattle area now is Tuna House in Bellevue.

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★★★☆☆

This place used to be very good, I used to go there all the time. However, when I went there last night with my family, the sushi was just horrible. The fish were not fresh, and the taste of the sushi rolls (dragon roll, tempura roll, spider roll) were so bad. The best sushi in my book for the Seattle area now is Tuna House in Bellevue.

Pros: good location

Cons: expensive, taste

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One of three I Love Sushi locations in greater Seattle, the Lake Union branch sizzles with energy. Although the decor is unremarkable, the bustling dining room and lakeside location make the setting special. The sushi is ocean-fresh and…

 

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