Maneki Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 304 6th Ave S

    Seattle, WA 98104

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  • 206-622-2631

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Tue-Sun: 5:30pm-10:30pm

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Not bad, typical japanese foods. I've seen and eaten better japanese outside of Seattle. Old, old place, pretty run down.(even the waitresses..ha ) But, over all good place to have classic authentic japanese foods.

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★★★☆☆

Not bad, typical japanese foods. I've seen and eaten better japanese outside of Seattle. Old, old place, pretty run down.(even the waitresses..ha ) But, over all good place to have classic authentic japanese foods.

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I tried reserving a table for my wife and I twice before the same day to no avail. This place is booked a day in advance. So we planned tonight's adventure to Maneki. We were rewarded for our patience with food that was borderline perfect.

My wife got the variety dinner, which came with four pieces of tempura veggies and shrimp, four pieces of variety nigiri, tea, rice, melon, and salad. I got the black cod collar dish.

My wife's sushi is on the same level as Tsukushinbo's sushi, which is right around the corner, and that's saying something because in my opinion Tsukushinbo's sushi is the best in the Seattle area. Her tempura is awesome, and even the miso soup was delicious!

My fish came out perfect. Peel away the burnt exterior to expose the 100% succulent fish meat and fat broiled in itself. The result: heaven. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

So, for food, service, and ambiance (cozy), this place is PERFECT.

The only bad parts are the fact that they almost require reservations a day in advance and the parking is street only (or a nearby parking lot).

2
★★★★★

I tried reserving a table for my wife and I twice before the same day to no avail. This place is booked a day in advance. So we planned tonight's adventure to Maneki. We were rewarded for our patience with food that was borderline perfect.

My wife got the variety dinner, which came with four pieces of tempura veggies and shrimp, four pieces of variety nigiri, tea, rice, melon, and salad. I got the black cod collar dish.

My wife's sushi is on the same level as Tsukushinbo's sushi, which is right around the corner, and that's saying something because in my opinion Tsukushinbo's sushi is the best in the Seattle area. Her tempura is awesome, and even the miso soup was delicious!

My fish came out perfect. Peel away the burnt exterior to expose the 100% succulent fish meat and fat broiled in itself. The result: heaven. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

So, for food, service, and ambiance (cozy), this place is PERFECT.

The only bad parts are the fact that they almost require reservations a day in advance and the parking is street only (or a nearby parking lot).

Pros: Delicious and good portions!

Cons: Parking, Reservations

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Yummy!

2
★★★★★

Yummy!

Pros: everything on the menu

Cons: long wait if u don't have reservation

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awesome -- go there today.

2
★★★★★

awesome -- go there today.

Pros: cheap

Cons: none

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Enjoy this tried-and-true Seattle mainstay. Maneki has got to be one of the oldest sushi restaurants in the city, still family owned and booming. Warm, friendly staff greet you as you arrive. There's a sizable seating area in the front with two private rooms farther back and at the very back, a secret sushi bar awaits for up to 3 couples to sit at. Some might think it's not formal enough, back by the tea and drink station...but for us, it was a perfect little hidey-hole away from the din of the dining room. The sushi was excellent. The salads were creative. Ala Carte ingredients. Definitely recommend it!

2
★★★★★

Enjoy this tried-and-true Seattle mainstay. Maneki has got to be one of the oldest sushi restaurants in the city, still family owned and booming. Warm, friendly staff greet you as you arrive. There's a sizable seating area in the front with two private rooms farther back and at the very back, a secret sushi bar awaits for up to 3 couples to sit at. Some might think it's not formal enough, back by the tea and drink station...but for us, it was a perfect little hidey-hole away from the din of the dining room. The sushi was excellent. The salads were creative. Ala Carte ingredients. Definitely recommend it!

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At the end of the last millenium, sushi suddenly became really trendy. This trendiness has diluted the sushi experience, and has been detrimental to Japanese cuisine as a whole. There are half-baked "sushi joints" all over the city now, masking their mediocrity by being trying to be hip or stylish or overpriced (see: Wasabi bistro, Liberty, Oasis, etc.). A few years ago, while deciding where to go for dinner, I told some Japanese friends I wanted some "REAL Japanese food!". They chose Maneki, and before I knew it, we were treated to a steady parade of izakaya style platefuls, some of the most delicious I've had, with nary a sushi roll in the bunch. This is how the Japanese really eat, sharing plates and talking fast and drinking beers and having a ball. As one of the original establishments of Seattle's long forgotten "NihonMachi", it only makes sense that Maneki's would get REAL Japanese food right, with panache. Sugoku oishikatta desu yo!

2
★★★★★

At the end of the last millenium, sushi suddenly became really trendy. This trendiness has diluted the sushi experience, and has been detrimental to Japanese cuisine as a whole. There are half-baked "sushi joints" all over the city now, masking their mediocrity by being trying to be hip or stylish or overpriced (see: Wasabi bistro, Liberty, Oasis, etc.). A few years ago, while deciding where to go for dinner, I told some Japanese friends I wanted some "REAL Japanese food!". They chose Maneki, and before I knew it, we were treated to a steady parade of izakaya style platefuls, some of the most delicious I've had, with nary a sushi roll in the bunch. This is how the Japanese really eat, sharing plates and talking fast and drinking beers and having a ball. As one of the original establishments of Seattle's long forgotten "NihonMachi", it only makes sense that Maneki's would get REAL Japanese food right, with panache. Sugoku oishikatta desu yo!

Pros: authenticity, opportunity to experience Japanese cuisine beyond mere sushi

Cons: sometimes crowded, long waits

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I have gone to Maneki countless times and it continues to be the best Japanese restaurant I have ever visited. Excellent food, great service and a incredibly friendly atmosphere is what you can expect from this place. I have never been to Japan, but I do have many close friends who are from Japan, some of them sushi restaurant owners. They say that Maneki's sushi quality is at least as good and often better than any found in Japan. Until I visit Japan and try for myself I will have to believe what they say. As with any incredibly good restaurant, make sure you make a reservation first.

2
★★★★★

I have gone to Maneki countless times and it continues to be the best Japanese restaurant I have ever visited. Excellent food, great service and a incredibly friendly atmosphere is what you can expect from this place. I have never been to Japan, but I do have many close friends who are from Japan, some of them sushi restaurant owners. They say that Maneki's sushi quality is at least as good and often better than any found in Japan. Until I visit Japan and try for myself I will have to believe what they say. As with any incredibly good restaurant, make sure you make a reservation first.

Pros: The food, the service, the price, everything ..

Cons: none

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I got to try this place that my friend was raving about. We didn't make reservation but was able to be seated within 10 minutes of opening. The service was prompt and friendly. I had the Sakana dinner set which came with salted broiled mackeral, tempura, sashimi, cucumber & shrimp salad. It was tasty and very good portion. My husband had the sushi which was also fresh and big. They also have a bar for those who need to wait and drink. I would recommend this place if you like the more traditional japanese cuisine!

2
★★★★☆

I got to try this place that my friend was raving about. We didn't make reservation but was able to be seated within 10 minutes of opening. The service was prompt and friendly. I had the Sakana dinner set which came with salted broiled mackeral, tempura, sashimi, cucumber & shrimp salad. It was tasty and very good portion. My husband had the sushi which was also fresh and big. They also have a bar for those who need to wait and drink. I would recommend this place if you like the more traditional japanese cuisine!

Pros: good traditional cuisine, prompt service even when it was packed.

Cons: can be long wait if you don't make reservations

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Maneki is not a place for people looking for an Americanized experience - it's not a Belltown restaurant. It's an ID place with ID prices, and, yes, ID service. You will likely need to flag a server down (which is simple as they are all very sweet young ladies). Additionally, your food will come out in the order it's prepared and ready, rather than all at once on a giant serving tray. Like most Japanese meals, you plan for a longer meal of small bites (a bowl of rice with tuna bata yaki, or a small salad with rice vinegar, or a bite of a jojo roll...) rather than a giant single portion. It's a small restaurant, which means a reservation is a necessity (I'm not sure what the other reviewer below me meant by saying that it doesn't take reservations; I have a reservation there for tonight, in fact). Maneki's sushi is some of the best in Seattle. The regular Japanese fare is equally amazing. I've fallen in love with the generous portions, the unbelievable freshness, and the artful presentations. Every time I go there I stuff myself silly, and I've never in my life managed to make it cost more than about $40 a head. Maneki is unbeatable value, and overall the best Japanese restaurant in Seattle, hands down.

2
★★★★★

Maneki is not a place for people looking for an Americanized experience - it's not a Belltown restaurant. It's an ID place with ID prices, and, yes, ID service. You will likely need to flag a server down (which is simple as they are all very sweet young ladies). Additionally, your food will come out in the order it's prepared and ready, rather than all at once on a giant serving tray. Like most Japanese meals, you plan for a longer meal of small bites (a bowl of rice with tuna bata yaki, or a small salad with rice vinegar, or a bite of a jojo roll...) rather than a giant single portion. It's a small restaurant, which means a reservation is a necessity (I'm not sure what the other reviewer below me meant by saying that it doesn't take reservations; I have a reservation there for tonight, in fact). Maneki's sushi is some of the best in Seattle. The regular Japanese fare is equally amazing. I've fallen in love with the generous portions, the unbelievable freshness, and the artful presentations. Every time I go there I stuff myself silly, and I've never in my life managed to make it cost more than about $40 a head. Maneki is unbeatable value, and overall the best Japanese restaurant in Seattle, hands down.

Pros: Best food for the price in Seattle

Cons: ID service

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Attended a lovely dinner in one of their private rooms a few weeks back. The service was impeccable, the sushi was spot on and the sake was priced affordably. The only negative was the tempura. Yes, I know it is fried, but it was overly greasy. If you haven?t been, go!

2
★★★★☆

Attended a lovely dinner in one of their private rooms a few weeks back. The service was impeccable, the sushi was spot on and the sake was priced affordably. The only negative was the tempura. Yes, I know it is fried, but it was overly greasy. If you haven?t been, go!

Cons: Can't get a taxi at 1:30AM

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It is a traditional place with personality in the heart of the ID. The owner is an old-world lady who is kind but at times a bit gruff with the line of customers who are often late. She tries to accomodate everyone.
The food at Maneki is wonderful. The blue fin tuna sashimi is out of this world. It melts in your mouth and for $12, I almost don't want to mention it in case it becomes too discovered and changes. This place is not the best to have a million adventuroues rolls. it is more traditional Japanese. Both cooked food and Sushi are outstanding and the quality of the fish has always been super-fresh.

2
★★★★★

It is a traditional place with personality in the heart of the ID. The owner is an old-world lady who is kind but at times a bit gruff with the line of customers who are often late. She tries to accomodate everyone.
The food at Maneki is wonderful. The blue fin tuna sashimi is out of this world. It melts in your mouth and for $12, I almost don't want to mention it in case it becomes too discovered and changes. This place is not the best to have a million adventuroues rolls. it is more traditional Japanese. Both cooked food and Sushi are outstanding and the quality of the fish has always been super-fresh.

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Hmmm reading the review below makes me very angry because this restaurant doesnt deserve a review like that. First of all the person below is wrong beause this place does take reservations!!! You actually need reservations to eat here because they are booked around the clock. All you do is call ahead because they dont open until 5:30, leave a message and they call you back to confirm your reservations. They even will call you at the time of your reservations if you are not there on time! The front desk lady was actually before nice to me also. She can be very strict about people not coming on time for reservations but she is not as bad as the review mentioned below(from my experiences).

The food is awesome and there is plenty to eat. If you are use to Claim Jumper portions then of course this place is not yours but come on now.... who needs that much food? Everytime i've been here i would order one sushi plate plus one hot noodle plate and that would make me feel bloated and satisfied! The spider rolls here are $4!!! Where else can you find that kind of value? my favorite dish is the stirfry udon plate served on a hotplate. It's very delish. This place is more traditional than other sushi places so you wont get as much variety in the fancy roll sushis but what they have is really good.

So if you are a first timer here make sure to call for reservations otherwise you might have to wait long hours for an opening. This is my new favorite place!!

2
★★★★★

Hmmm reading the review below makes me very angry because this restaurant doesnt deserve a review like that. First of all the person below is wrong beause this place does take reservations!!! You actually need reservations to eat here because they are booked around the clock. All you do is call ahead because they dont open until 5:30, leave a message and they call you back to confirm your reservations. They even will call you at the time of your reservations if you are not there on time! The front desk lady was actually before nice to me also. She can be very strict about people not coming on time for reservations but she is not as bad as the review mentioned below(from my experiences).

The food is awesome and there is plenty to eat. If you are use to Claim Jumper portions then of course this place is not yours but come on now.... who needs that much food? Everytime i've been here i would order one sushi plate plus one hot noodle plate and that would make me feel bloated and satisfied! The spider rolls here are $4!!! Where else can you find that kind of value? my favorite dish is the stirfry udon plate served on a hotplate. It's very delish. This place is more traditional than other sushi places so you wont get as much variety in the fancy roll sushis but what they have is really good.

So if you are a first timer here make sure to call for reservations otherwise you might have to wait long hours for an opening. This is my new favorite place!!

Pros: cheap food

Cons: have to make reservations to get in.

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This was my first time back to this family restaurant after 8 years. First of all, they don't take reservations--understandable, since people tend NOT to show up. Second, their hostess (older woman) was rude to walk in customers--her tone, her demeanor. Good grief, these ARE customers, so she should've been more friendly and tactful vs. grouchy and pious. Third, the food, although reasonably priced, was just okay. The evening turned for the worse when the waitress went to remove our dishes. As she was removing our dishes at the end of our meal, she was bumping the dirty plates against our clean clothes--we tried to move aside and just as she took the last dish, she spilled the leftover sauce all over my clothes! There was no apology from the owners, no mention of a complimentary meal because of it. So, the idea of good business sense, has seemed to have left this restaurant's senses all together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND LET US NOT FORGET.....that this is a Japanese cuisine style restaurant, which means, lots of small dishes per person. Guess what? We had to keep asking where the rest of our meal was; if you're a person who doesn't frequent this style of cuisine, you may not even know you are missing your soup, your rice, your cucumber salad, because EVERYTHING IS ON A SMALL SEPARATE DISH. Enough said. If you go here, wear a bib, apron, and be wise to know you must check what's in front of you so you won't get cheated.

1
★★☆☆☆

This was my first time back to this family restaurant after 8 years. First of all, they don't take reservations--understandable, since people tend NOT to show up. Second, their hostess (older woman) was rude to walk in customers--her tone, her demeanor. Good grief, these ARE customers, so she should've been more friendly and tactful vs. grouchy and pious. Third, the food, although reasonably priced, was just okay. The evening turned for the worse when the waitress went to remove our dishes. As she was removing our dishes at the end of our meal, she was bumping the dirty plates against our clean clothes--we tried to move aside and just as she took the last dish, she spilled the leftover sauce all over my clothes! There was no apology from the owners, no mention of a complimentary meal because of it. So, the idea of good business sense, has seemed to have left this restaurant's senses all together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND LET US NOT FORGET.....that this is a Japanese cuisine style restaurant, which means, lots of small dishes per person. Guess what? We had to keep asking where the rest of our meal was; if you're a person who doesn't frequent this style of cuisine, you may not even know you are missing your soup, your rice, your cucumber salad, because EVERYTHING IS ON A SMALL SEPARATE DISH. Enough said. If you go here, wear a bib, apron, and be wise to know you must check what's in front of you so you won't get cheated.

Pros: Price

Cons: Service, Parking, Etiquette, Average tasting food

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I love Maneki, as do many of my friends who come over from Japan. It has traditional Japanese food, but also has several dishes that fuse the Pacific Northwest seafood and flavors with traditional Japanese. The only two downsides I can say about the place is that in the last 2 or 3 years it is getting way too popular: the wait list has grown to making it impractical to go to unless you made reservations. The other downside is that I used to go in and see that the majority of customers were Japanese, and the server spoke very little English. Because of its increased popularity outside of the Japanese community, we are seeing less Japanese patrons and the waitresses are nissei and sansei (very Americanized Japanese).

It may have lost some of the Japanese ambiance in the past few years, but the food is still very good!

2
★★★★★

I love Maneki, as do many of my friends who come over from Japan. It has traditional Japanese food, but also has several dishes that fuse the Pacific Northwest seafood and flavors with traditional Japanese. The only two downsides I can say about the place is that in the last 2 or 3 years it is getting way too popular: the wait list has grown to making it impractical to go to unless you made reservations. The other downside is that I used to go in and see that the majority of customers were Japanese, and the server spoke very little English. Because of its increased popularity outside of the Japanese community, we are seeing less Japanese patrons and the waitresses are nissei and sansei (very Americanized Japanese).

It may have lost some of the Japanese ambiance in the past few years, but the food is still very good!

Pros: Great food, feels like an izakaya

Cons: it is becoming too popular

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This is a place I used to go about once every month or two while I was still in school. I liked it a lot because the price was reasonable. Even though the place is pretty beat up, it has a warm atmosphere because of their long history.
Value-wise, I would say it is one of the better places to go for low-end Japanese food in Seattle.
Highly recommended for students and people on a tight budget!

2
★★★★★

This is a place I used to go about once every month or two while I was still in school. I liked it a lot because the price was reasonable. Even though the place is pretty beat up, it has a warm atmosphere because of their long history.
Value-wise, I would say it is one of the better places to go for low-end Japanese food in Seattle.
Highly recommended for students and people on a tight budget!

Pros: Cheap and decent food

Cons: Don't expect to get great service

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service: holla! food: holla! cuts: holla! beer: holla! locale: holla! owner: holla! full six hollas! maneki is best in west.

2
★★★★★

service: holla! food: holla! cuts: holla! beer: holla! locale: holla! owner: holla! full six hollas! maneki is best in west.

Pros: six hollas

Cons: none

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In a city where sushi is about as available as specialty coffee drinks, I choose Maneki over and over again for their extremely fresh fish selection, comfortable and traditional setting, and dirt-cheap prices. Pay a little more for the Blue fin Sashimi--it is absolutely amazing.

2
★★★★★

In a city where sushi is about as available as specialty coffee drinks, I choose Maneki over and over again for their extremely fresh fish selection, comfortable and traditional setting, and dirt-cheap prices. Pay a little more for the Blue fin Sashimi--it is absolutely amazing.

Pros: Fresh fish and ambiance

Cons: Long wait, slower service

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Maneki used to be my fave Japanese restaurant in Seattle. I loved the authenticity and old school ambience of the restaurant. However, dinner tonight was quite disappointing. We ordered broiled salmon belly which came out stale and not crunchy like it used to be AND it had no seasoning at all. I had to dip it in soy sauce. The adegashi tofu was the only dish that was still good. We also had takohachi but the squids were chewy. My favorite entree, the Nabeyaki udon was mediocre, they only gave me three pieces of tempura and the broth was not tasty. All the staffs seemed new so I wondered if they had new ownership. The service seemed a little faster today. I wasn't told I have to wait 2 hours like usual, maybe because the restaurant had lost its touch! That's too bad...I guess I'll just have to hunt for a new fave Japanese restaurant in town...any recommendations???

1
★★★☆☆

Maneki used to be my fave Japanese restaurant in Seattle. I loved the authenticity and old school ambience of the restaurant. However, dinner tonight was quite disappointing. We ordered broiled salmon belly which came out stale and not crunchy like it used to be AND it had no seasoning at all. I had to dip it in soy sauce. The adegashi tofu was the only dish that was still good. We also had takohachi but the squids were chewy. My favorite entree, the Nabeyaki udon was mediocre, they only gave me three pieces of tempura and the broth was not tasty. All the staffs seemed new so I wondered if they had new ownership. The service seemed a little faster today. I wasn't told I have to wait 2 hours like usual, maybe because the restaurant had lost its touch! That's too bad...I guess I'll just have to hunt for a new fave Japanese restaurant in town...any recommendations???

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After reading the other reviews flamng the poor service, I joined just so I could point out the high points of this establishment. Yes, service is sometimes slow and the occasional language barrier is difficult but you simply do not get this kind of authenticity anywhere else in Seattle. Maneki have been there over 20 years with the original owners. Grandma is behind the bar and Jean is still taking reservations. The food is extraordinary. Old school local Japanese dishes fill the menu and the nightly specials board tells you what is fresh. There are very few places n town where you can get live prawn sashimi or live in season Uni. They also have other unique dishes like their ankimo salad and various batayaki. True, this is not a hip shiny joint. True, the service is sometimes spotty. BUT...if you love food and are not engaged by California Rolls or even simply nigiri, this is the place for you. Uncommon food at reasonable prices without all the overdressed hipsters.

2
★★★★★

After reading the other reviews flamng the poor service, I joined just so I could point out the high points of this establishment. Yes, service is sometimes slow and the occasional language barrier is difficult but you simply do not get this kind of authenticity anywhere else in Seattle. Maneki have been there over 20 years with the original owners. Grandma is behind the bar and Jean is still taking reservations. The food is extraordinary. Old school local Japanese dishes fill the menu and the nightly specials board tells you what is fresh. There are very few places n town where you can get live prawn sashimi or live in season Uni. They also have other unique dishes like their ankimo salad and various batayaki. True, this is not a hip shiny joint. True, the service is sometimes spotty. BUT...if you love food and are not engaged by California Rolls or even simply nigiri, this is the place for you. Uncommon food at reasonable prices without all the overdressed hipsters.

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Maneki's service has got to be one of biggest turn offs I've experienced in the food industry. I went in with 6 of my friends today. As I walked in and informed the lady that I had made a reservation, she hastily directed me towards the back of the restaurant where the rest of my party was at, and requested that our party leave the restaurant by 830. Not surprisingly, Our server came and started clearing our table out without asking if we needed more food/desert around 7:40. I usually give a 20% tip everytime I visit, regardless of how rude the lady at the front is because at the end of the meal I can not be more satisfied with the good food. Tonight has got to be the worst, and an 18% gratuity was added, which is less than what I usually tip so I guess that is okay. Aside from the bad services, I continue to go back, at least once a month, sometimes more than once within the same week. Their fish is always fresh. They also serve traditional cooked dishes that are not served at other places that cater to most Americans, which are all so flavourful. The price is unreasonably low for the quality of the food. I believe when eating out, you pay for the food and the service. I guess since the food is worth the money, I can ignore the fact that the service has room for improvement.

2
★★★★★

Maneki's service has got to be one of biggest turn offs I've experienced in the food industry. I went in with 6 of my friends today. As I walked in and informed the lady that I had made a reservation, she hastily directed me towards the back of the restaurant where the rest of my party was at, and requested that our party leave the restaurant by 830. Not surprisingly, Our server came and started clearing our table out without asking if we needed more food/desert around 7:40. I usually give a 20% tip everytime I visit, regardless of how rude the lady at the front is because at the end of the meal I can not be more satisfied with the good food. Tonight has got to be the worst, and an 18% gratuity was added, which is less than what I usually tip so I guess that is okay. Aside from the bad services, I continue to go back, at least once a month, sometimes more than once within the same week. Their fish is always fresh. They also serve traditional cooked dishes that are not served at other places that cater to most Americans, which are all so flavourful. The price is unreasonably low for the quality of the food. I believe when eating out, you pay for the food and the service. I guess since the food is worth the money, I can ignore the fact that the service has room for improvement.

Pros: Food, Cozy environment, Reasonably priced

Cons: Mediocre service

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Maneki has decent Sushi, though if you really want top notch sushi (and are willing to pay for it) I'd recommend Shiki, Saito's, or Toyoda (up north). That said, Japanese food is so much more than just Sushi! Maneki has solid Izakaya style food -- Izakaya being Japanese bar food. Dishes like Tako Yaki (octopus puffs), Kaki Murai (deep fried oysters), Yaki Tori (grilled chicken skewers), and Hamachi Kama (broiled yellowtail collar) are easy ways to get a feel for this sort of food, and Maneki does a good job with each. The portions are very good for the prices you pay, and be sure to order a beer with the meal. I've found the service is generally decent, though I tend to go close to closing time when it is less busy.

Bottom line -- if you want top notch sushi, consider somewhere else. If you want to relax to a solid meal and a couple of beers at great prices -- this is a great place to start.

2
★★★★☆

Maneki has decent Sushi, though if you really want top notch sushi (and are willing to pay for it) I'd recommend Shiki, Saito's, or Toyoda (up north). That said, Japanese food is so much more than just Sushi! Maneki has solid Izakaya style food -- Izakaya being Japanese bar food. Dishes like Tako Yaki (octopus puffs), Kaki Murai (deep fried oysters), Yaki Tori (grilled chicken skewers), and Hamachi Kama (broiled yellowtail collar) are easy ways to get a feel for this sort of food, and Maneki does a good job with each. The portions are very good for the prices you pay, and be sure to order a beer with the meal. I've found the service is generally decent, though I tend to go close to closing time when it is less busy.

Bottom line -- if you want top notch sushi, consider somewhere else. If you want to relax to a solid meal and a couple of beers at great prices -- this is a great place to start.

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Love the tatami room seating and the friendly wait staff, but that was arguably the worst sushi I've ever had! The pieces are huge quantity, but who cares when it doesn't taste good. The rolls fell apart, the fish tasted fishy or no flavor at all, presentation was so-so, nigiri and roll slices were too big to handle.

1
★★☆☆☆

Love the tatami room seating and the friendly wait staff, but that was arguably the worst sushi I've ever had! The pieces are huge quantity, but who cares when it doesn't taste good. The rolls fell apart, the fish tasted fishy or no flavor at all, presentation was so-so, nigiri and roll slices were too big to handle.

Pros: tatami rooms, good gyoza, authentic atmosphere

Cons: poor sushi quality

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Maneki is very traditional. The waiters are impersonal, but attentive, and the sushi chef sticks to his menu. Unlike I love Sushi or the one and only Nishino's, the chef will not deviate from his menu, AT ALL. The sashimi was plentiful, and the rolls ok, but the fish was way too big for one bite (rather untypical of sushi), and overall nothing was particularly fresh, despite the fact that Maneki is about a five minute walk to Elliot bay. Not bad, but there are way better sushi places within a couple minute drive of china town.

2
★★★★☆

Maneki is very traditional. The waiters are impersonal, but attentive, and the sushi chef sticks to his menu. Unlike I love Sushi or the one and only Nishino's, the chef will not deviate from his menu, AT ALL. The sashimi was plentiful, and the rolls ok, but the fish was way too big for one bite (rather untypical of sushi), and overall nothing was particularly fresh, despite the fact that Maneki is about a five minute walk to Elliot bay. Not bad, but there are way better sushi places within a couple minute drive of china town.

Pros: Traditional feel

Cons: Freshness, creativeness, sake choices

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service is slow and not very attentive, but the quality of the food is absolutely outstanding!!!! if service is a must for you, i suggest you head elsewhere. but this place- good things come to those who wait. i've had sushi from other places and other cities, but nothing stands up to maneki's. it's no wonder they've had a loyal following since the 1920's.

2
★★★★★

service is slow and not very attentive, but the quality of the food is absolutely outstanding!!!! if service is a must for you, i suggest you head elsewhere. but this place- good things come to those who wait. i've had sushi from other places and other cities, but nothing stands up to maneki's. it's no wonder they've had a loyal following since the 1920's.

Pros: food, quality

Cons: parking, service

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Maneki has the best authentic, traditional food that I have ever eaten. If you go, you may have to wait, but the food is worth it. The sushi is good, but the Nabeyaki Udon and Beef Sukiyaki and the Gyoza are so delicious...I love it there!

2
★★★★★

Maneki has the best authentic, traditional food that I have ever eaten. If you go, you may have to wait, but the food is worth it. The sushi is good, but the Nabeyaki Udon and Beef Sukiyaki and the Gyoza are so delicious...I love it there!

Pros: Delicious, cute bartender

Cons: Cigarette smoke

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I read the other reviews, and this may not be the place for you if you want an Americanized Japanese restaurant. Yes, there is a bar with cigarette smoke. The food, service, people, and atmosphere are very authentic Japanese, and the food is delicious. Humble, friendly, great variety, truly authentic. Ask for the sushi chef's recommendation or special. Don't skip the hot sake and Japanese beers.

2
★★★★★

I read the other reviews, and this may not be the place for you if you want an Americanized Japanese restaurant. Yes, there is a bar with cigarette smoke. The food, service, people, and atmosphere are very authentic Japanese, and the food is delicious. Humble, friendly, great variety, truly authentic. Ask for the sushi chef's recommendation or special. Don't skip the hot sake and Japanese beers.

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I frequently visit Seattle and I much enjoy one of the freshest seafood the city has to offer. Not only does Maneki have the best sashimi, it's reasonably priced too. I like the cozy small feeling of the restaurant and the food is great. It gets a bit crowded though, but that goes to show how popular it is.

2
★★★★★

I frequently visit Seattle and I much enjoy one of the freshest seafood the city has to offer. Not only does Maneki have the best sashimi, it's reasonably priced too. I like the cozy small feeling of the restaurant and the food is great. It gets a bit crowded though, but that goes to show how popular it is.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good Food

Cons: Crowded, Parking

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Maneki is by far the best sushi in town. The fish is wonderful, and the sushi rice is perfect. Whether you are on a date or celebrating a birthday party the atmospere is good. The service is prompt and friendly.

2
★★★★★

Maneki is by far the best sushi in town. The fish is wonderful, and the sushi rice is perfect. Whether you are on a date or celebrating a birthday party the atmospere is good. The service is prompt and friendly.

Pros: great sushi, friendly service

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This is the best Japanese food in town. The restaurant is popular, so make reservation.
I can feel for the review who didn't order the first pass and had to wait. Like I said, they are super busy and open for limited hours. Just call attention to the wait person.

The food is top notch, I have never been disappointed.

2
★★★★★

This is the best Japanese food in town. The restaurant is popular, so make reservation.
I can feel for the review who didn't order the first pass and had to wait. Like I said, they are super busy and open for limited hours. Just call attention to the wait person.

The food is top notch, I have never been disappointed.

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This is a great place if you enjoy authentic japanese food. In the past service has been slow, however it seems lately they have been doing a better job on the service end of things. Great sushi. Usually crowded for dinner but they do their best on getting you seated.
One bad thing is that you can sometimes smell smoke from the bar.

2
★★★★★

This is a great place if you enjoy authentic japanese food. In the past service has been slow, however it seems lately they have been doing a better job on the service end of things. Great sushi. Usually crowded for dinner but they do their best on getting you seated.
One bad thing is that you can sometimes smell smoke from the bar.

Pros: great food, good service

Cons: , no take out

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I visted Seattle for only a few days, but without a doubt the highlight of my visit was my dinner at the Maneki. The ambience is delightful and the food is superlative to almost any dining experience that has preceded it. My party of five had about five appetizers, two plates of sushi and five entrees and only spent about fifty or sixty dollars. The appetizers are fresh and delicious, ranging from safe favorites to exotic treats worth trying at least once. The sushi is fresh and offers many varieties. The entrees are very reasonable and delicious with authenticity. A must for Japanese food enthusiasts and gourmets alike.

2
★★★★★

I visted Seattle for only a few days, but without a doubt the highlight of my visit was my dinner at the Maneki. The ambience is delightful and the food is superlative to almost any dining experience that has preceded it. My party of five had about five appetizers, two plates of sushi and five entrees and only spent about fifty or sixty dollars. The appetizers are fresh and delicious, ranging from safe favorites to exotic treats worth trying at least once. The sushi is fresh and offers many varieties. The entrees are very reasonable and delicious with authenticity. A must for Japanese food enthusiasts and gourmets alike.

Pros: Excellent prices, Authentic menu, Delicious food

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The Citysearch reviewer must have been at a different restuarant! This place is Fabulous! I've only had less than stellar service once, and that was on a very busy evening. Usually I get a tatami room (Highly Recommended) and there are always 3 people checking to see that we have everything we need. The last person I took there informed me that he went back to a former favorite and found they couldn't remotely compare to Maneki's sushi. Try the Monk's Fish Liver sushi..WOW! And the specialties of the day/week (?) offer some unique treats.

2
★★★★★

The Citysearch reviewer must have been at a different restuarant! This place is Fabulous! I've only had less than stellar service once, and that was on a very busy evening. Usually I get a tatami room (Highly Recommended) and there are always 3 people checking to see that we have everything we need. The last person I took there informed me that he went back to a former favorite and found they couldn't remotely compare to Maneki's sushi. Try the Monk's Fish Liver sushi..WOW! And the specialties of the day/week (?) offer some unique treats.

Pros: Freshness, Tatami Rooms, Value

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On the first pass we weren't ready with our order and that ended up costing us 45 minutes to get the server back to the table. Once the sushi arrived it was the worst quality I've had in Seattle. Poor texture, no flavor and that distinct 'old' fish smell.

Never never again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

On the first pass we weren't ready with our order and that ended up costing us 45 minutes to get the server back to the table. Once the sushi arrived it was the worst quality I've had in Seattle. Poor texture, no flavor and that distinct 'old' fish smell.

Never never again.

Cons: Food, Service, Food

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The first moment we walked in Maneki Resturant, we were overwhelmed by cigarette smoke. The smoke permeated throughout the resturant so we could smell it when were eating. That gave me a big headache. The sushi was overpriced and not very tasty or fresh for that matter. The unagi tasted very mushy and the sushi rice was too sweet. We ordered Squid sauteed in butter... it's pure garbage. They didn't serve any green tea because they were out of green tea! What the F***? We also asked for water but weren't served that either. The meal came to $42, way overpriced for bad sushi.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The first moment we walked in Maneki Resturant, we were overwhelmed by cigarette smoke. The smoke permeated throughout the resturant so we could smell it when were eating. That gave me a big headache. The sushi was overpriced and not very tasty or fresh for that matter. The unagi tasted very mushy and the sushi rice was too sweet. We ordered Squid sauteed in butter... it's pure garbage. They didn't serve any green tea because they were out of green tea! What the F***? We also asked for water but weren't served that either. The meal came to $42, way overpriced for bad sushi.

Cons: smokey environment, crowded and noisy, bad tasting food

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go there at least once a month! love their wide selection of food. two must-eat items: yaki onigiri and shoikara (salted raw squid). the unagi sushi is the best in town!

2
★★★★★

go there at least once a month! love their wide selection of food. two must-eat items: yaki onigiri and shoikara (salted raw squid). the unagi sushi is the best in town!

Pros: cheap, fresh food

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i think this is one of the best overall sushi dining experiences i've had...

great place, great food, great prices, great service....

i would recommend this restaurant to anybody..

i don't have one bad thing to say about this place...VERY VERY GOOD!

2
★★★★★

i think this is one of the best overall sushi dining experiences i've had...

great place, great food, great prices, great service....

i would recommend this restaurant to anybody..

i don't have one bad thing to say about this place...VERY VERY GOOD!

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I love Maneki! The sushi is fresh, delicious, and satisfying. The service is great, the restaurant is clean, the tatami rooms are relaxing & enjoyable. If you haven't tried them yet, you should soon!

2
★★★★★

I love Maneki! The sushi is fresh, delicious, and satisfying. The service is great, the restaurant is clean, the tatami rooms are relaxing & enjoyable. If you haven't tried them yet, you should soon!

Pros: Best sushi, Good service, Clean

Cons: OK street parking

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Established in 1911, this is most likely Seattle's best kept secret for traditional Japanese cuisine. Maneki features a variety of local favorites (unagi rolls, salmon skin, etc.) to lesser known dishes such as ankimo, a tasty dish of monkfish liver in sunomono, garnished with shaved daikon. Maneki is also one of Seattle's few places serving fresh sashimi- trust me when I say uni (sea urchin) can only be enjoyed at the very FRESHEST and Maneki has never let me down.

2
★★★★★

Established in 1911, this is most likely Seattle's best kept secret for traditional Japanese cuisine. Maneki features a variety of local favorites (unagi rolls, salmon skin, etc.) to lesser known dishes such as ankimo, a tasty dish of monkfish liver in sunomono, garnished with shaved daikon. Maneki is also one of Seattle's few places serving fresh sashimi- trust me when I say uni (sea urchin) can only be enjoyed at the very FRESHEST and Maneki has never let me down.

Pros: The food is worth it.

Cons: street parking

 

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