Musashi

★★★★☆
  • 1400 N 45th St

    Seattle, WA 98103

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  • 206-633-0212

About Musashi

Hours
Tuesday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 02:30 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:30 PM Friday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM

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Musashi is really *not* a sushi restaurant. We ordered a variety of different things - and were very happy with what we got - but they do not offer a lot of what can be found in any standard *sushi restaurant* like Toyoda Sushi (in Lake

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★★★★★

Musashi is really *not* a sushi restaurant. We ordered a variety of different things - and were very happy with what we got - but they do not offer a lot of what can be found in any standard *sushi restaurant* like Toyoda Sushi (in Lake

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Musashi's is the best sushi spot in town! The sushi is always fresh with big pieces of fish. They have a lovely bento option. The service is great and the environment is very intimate. You just have to try it!

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★★★★★

Musashi's is the best sushi spot in town! The sushi is always fresh with big pieces of fish. They have a lovely bento option. The service is great and the environment is very intimate. You just have to try it!

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This place has the best and most fresh sushi ever! Their pieces are huge and they aren't overpriced! I can get 4 pieces of fresh salmon and California roll for 12-13! They are always busy, which can be annoying, but know that you are waiting for the best sushi in town!

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★★★★★

This place has the best and most fresh sushi ever! Their pieces are huge and they aren't overpriced! I can get 4 pieces of fresh salmon and California roll for 12-13! They are always busy, which can be annoying, but know that you are waiting for the best sushi in town!

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I agree with another reviewer that I cannot understand the EXTREME HYPE over this restaurant. There are always tons of people outside (probably besides the restaurant has so few tables). Have tried it several times (because I thought maybe my tastebuds were having an off day the other times I tried). The sushi is mediocre, the prices are good, but that's about it. I would highly recommend Kisaku for awesome sushi (but only if seated at the bar preferably where the owner is working).

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★★☆☆☆

I agree with another reviewer that I cannot understand the EXTREME HYPE over this restaurant. There are always tons of people outside (probably besides the restaurant has so few tables). Have tried it several times (because I thought maybe my tastebuds were having an off day the other times I tried). The sushi is mediocre, the prices are good, but that's about it. I would highly recommend Kisaku for awesome sushi (but only if seated at the bar preferably where the owner is working).

Pros: Cheap?

Cons: Cheap sushi?

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So, I'm the odd man out. I've never understood Musashi's bottom-barrel, lowest-common denominator appeal. The atmosphere is harried and frenzied, the fish is merely adequate (at best!), and there are better sushi choices all over Wallingford, or with a short jaunt to Fremont. Chinoise, Rain, Kozue, Chiso - why would someone pass these places up for overcrowded, underwhelming Musashi's? Wakarimasen yo.

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★★☆☆☆

So, I'm the odd man out. I've never understood Musashi's bottom-barrel, lowest-common denominator appeal. The atmosphere is harried and frenzied, the fish is merely adequate (at best!), and there are better sushi choices all over Wallingford, or with a short jaunt to Fremont. Chinoise, Rain, Kozue, Chiso - why would someone pass these places up for overcrowded, underwhelming Musashi's? Wakarimasen yo.

Pros: inexpensive

Cons: overcrowded, underwhelming, fish merely adequate

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This is the place to go if you want to eat sushi for value. The wait is very long since there're always starving students from nearby university (UW) and the restaurant itself is really small. There's no waiting room so doing so in Winter is definitely no fun. Finding a parking spot in the neighborhood is really hard. But if you can overcome those, then you're in for a sushi treat for cheap. I have gone there a couple of times and I usually order chirashi (various sashimi over rice) and a California roll. There are not many choices anyway. Note that if you order those at some other Japanese restaurant, it could easily cost twice as much.
Definitely will go there again when I'm super hungry and don't have much bucks in my pocket.

2
★★★★★

This is the place to go if you want to eat sushi for value. The wait is very long since there're always starving students from nearby university (UW) and the restaurant itself is really small. There's no waiting room so doing so in Winter is definitely no fun. Finding a parking spot in the neighborhood is really hard. But if you can overcome those, then you're in for a sushi treat for cheap. I have gone there a couple of times and I usually order chirashi (various sashimi over rice) and a California roll. There are not many choices anyway. Note that if you order those at some other Japanese restaurant, it could easily cost twice as much.
Definitely will go there again when I'm super hungry and don't have much bucks in my pocket.

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I've been eating here for over ten years since I first came to Seattle, and it's still my favorite place! The staff hasn't changed at all, and they are friendly and have the "mom and pop" sort of feeling. The restuarant itself is a bit grubby, the walls covered with play posters, and the line can be an hour or two at peak times. But oh, it is worth it! I have had almost everything in the menu, and it comes down to the california roll and the individual pieces. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! One California roll (I think $5.40?) is a good lunch, and pair it with the salad or miso and it's perfect. My husband and I would never go to an all you can eat sushi place because we would be very hard pressed to eat $20 (together) of their sushi, and it tastes so good here! I've introduced many a sushi novice to sushi here. Also, feel free to ask for anything you don't see on the menu and would like. There are times I need to avoid rice, and they make me riceless hand rolls with all the yummy ingredients in it that I choose.

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★★★★★

I've been eating here for over ten years since I first came to Seattle, and it's still my favorite place! The staff hasn't changed at all, and they are friendly and have the "mom and pop" sort of feeling. The restuarant itself is a bit grubby, the walls covered with play posters, and the line can be an hour or two at peak times. But oh, it is worth it! I have had almost everything in the menu, and it comes down to the california roll and the individual pieces. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! One California roll (I think $5.40?) is a good lunch, and pair it with the salad or miso and it's perfect. My husband and I would never go to an all you can eat sushi place because we would be very hard pressed to eat $20 (together) of their sushi, and it tastes so good here! I've introduced many a sushi novice to sushi here. Also, feel free to ask for anything you don't see on the menu and would like. There are times I need to avoid rice, and they make me riceless hand rolls with all the yummy ingredients in it that I choose.

Pros: price, quality, service, mom and pop feel

Cons: the wait, not a polished atmosphere (although if it were, you'd have to pay for it)

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This has quickly become my favorite sushi place in Seattle. There is always a line (even before they open!), but it's worth the wait. The sushi is cheap, but it tastes much better than other comparably cheap sushi restaurants (e.g. Sushi Land). My favorites - Unagi, Salmon Nigiri, and Spicy Tuna Roll :). YUM!

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★★★★★

This has quickly become my favorite sushi place in Seattle. There is always a line (even before they open!), but it's worth the wait. The sushi is cheap, but it tastes much better than other comparably cheap sushi restaurants (e.g. Sushi Land). My favorites - Unagi, Salmon Nigiri, and Spicy Tuna Roll :). YUM!

Pros: Cheap, Delicious

Cons: Long wait for tables, street parking

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so-so service, few tables, pretty good japanese food though. i got the sukiyaki bowl which was pretty tasty, and the cold salad was amazing.

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★★★☆☆

so-so service, few tables, pretty good japanese food though. i got the sukiyaki bowl which was pretty tasty, and the cold salad was amazing.

Pros: tasty food

Cons: few tables, long lines at peak hours

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this place is not good. i was fine with the no frills atmosphere and despite the cramped quarters the service was good, fast and friendly. the smell of ongoing micorwaving of the unagi did get to me a little and was exacerbated by the fact that the sushi is not good. it was almost completely flavorless. fresh or not fresh, without flavor what's the point? this was the worst sushi place i've been to in seattle.

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★☆☆☆☆

this place is not good. i was fine with the no frills atmosphere and despite the cramped quarters the service was good, fast and friendly. the smell of ongoing micorwaving of the unagi did get to me a little and was exacerbated by the fact that the sushi is not good. it was almost completely flavorless. fresh or not fresh, without flavor what's the point? this was the worst sushi place i've been to in seattle.

Pros: nice service

Cons: bad sushi

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This is one of our favorites for cheap eats. The sushi is good, not great. All of the sushi looks to be prepared by Mrs. Mushashi herself who works herself into quite a frenzy during the dinner peak. The skewers are also good. Sit near the windows if you can.

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★★★★☆

This is one of our favorites for cheap eats. The sushi is good, not great. All of the sushi looks to be prepared by Mrs. Mushashi herself who works herself into quite a frenzy during the dinner peak. The skewers are also good. Sit near the windows if you can.

Pros: Cheap food you can't make at home

Cons: Long wait, and filthy Kitchen

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Musashi's does not have the ambience of a 4 star restaurant, and you may have to wait in line for your meal, but both are worth it, as they have the best sushi in Seattle, and at reasonable prices. There wasabi is nice and strong, inducing streams of tears, like it ought to. The staff is friendly and the service is prompt. The dining room is small and often crowded, but the happiness in the air from all the satisfied sushi lovers keeps it from ever feeling cramped or stuffy. There teriyaki selections are great too.

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★★★★★

Musashi's does not have the ambience of a 4 star restaurant, and you may have to wait in line for your meal, but both are worth it, as they have the best sushi in Seattle, and at reasonable prices. There wasabi is nice and strong, inducing streams of tears, like it ought to. The staff is friendly and the service is prompt. The dining room is small and often crowded, but the happiness in the air from all the satisfied sushi lovers keeps it from ever feeling cramped or stuffy. There teriyaki selections are great too.

Pros: A fun sushi diner.

Cons: Not open on Mondays, so sad.

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Musashi's is so good that they usually have a waiting list to get a seat. Please don't tell you friends about it; I don't want to have to wait for the best sushi in town...I want it now!

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★★★★★

Musashi's is so good that they usually have a waiting list to get a seat. Please don't tell you friends about it; I don't want to have to wait for the best sushi in town...I want it now!

Pros: Taste, Price, Atmosphere, Quality

Cons: Short Wait, Too Much Food

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Compared to other places, this restaurant has the biggest sushi I have ever seen! It's well worth the price, however, it tends to crowd up quickly especially during lunch time. There isn't much room to move around in nor is there much parking at all. There is no parking lot. In terms of quality, it's better than sushiland, but not as good as places like Toyoda or Kizaku

PROS: good priced sushi
CONS: limited parking, limited space

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★★★☆☆

Compared to other places, this restaurant has the biggest sushi I have ever seen! It's well worth the price, however, it tends to crowd up quickly especially during lunch time. There isn't much room to move around in nor is there much parking at all. There is no parking lot. In terms of quality, it's better than sushiland, but not as good as places like Toyoda or Kizaku

PROS: good priced sushi
CONS: limited parking, limited space

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Musashi's on 45th is easily overlooked as it is squeezed on the busy 45th street that is riddled with restaurants of all sorts. However, If you pass the restaurant at 11:30am (their opening lunch time) you can't help but notice the mob of people sitting on the white plastic chairs and standing with theirs noses pressed against the glass awaiting the opening. Here is the home of in my opinion some of the greatest sushi Seattle has to offer, and for practically nothing! The restaurant is very small but offers a great miso soup and for a mere $2.60 you can buy 6 LARGE pieces of the best califronia roll in town. Take out seems the way to go because of the lunch demand, while you're there try the california rolls! Recomended.

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★★★★★

Musashi's on 45th is easily overlooked as it is squeezed on the busy 45th street that is riddled with restaurants of all sorts. However, If you pass the restaurant at 11:30am (their opening lunch time) you can't help but notice the mob of people sitting on the white plastic chairs and standing with theirs noses pressed against the glass awaiting the opening. Here is the home of in my opinion some of the greatest sushi Seattle has to offer, and for practically nothing! The restaurant is very small but offers a great miso soup and for a mere $2.60 you can buy 6 LARGE pieces of the best califronia roll in town. Take out seems the way to go because of the lunch demand, while you're there try the california rolls! Recomended.

Pros: Price, California Rolls, Quality

Cons: Size

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Come on, people, where do you get off bashing a place where 2 people can eat like a king and queen for $15!? It's not the best sushi in Seattle, but it's wonderful for a younger couple who loves to eat out, loves sushi, but can't max out our credit cards with pricier meals. Start w/ the noodle salad. All of the rolls are good, they have always done custom rolls for us so that we get exactly what we want. Very casual, and you get what you pay for, we're there at least once a month and always come back for the great flavors at an affordable price. Can be busy but there's a quick turn around time... come early or come on a week night.

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★★★★☆

Come on, people, where do you get off bashing a place where 2 people can eat like a king and queen for $15!? It's not the best sushi in Seattle, but it's wonderful for a younger couple who loves to eat out, loves sushi, but can't max out our credit cards with pricier meals. Start w/ the noodle salad. All of the rolls are good, they have always done custom rolls for us so that we get exactly what we want. Very casual, and you get what you pay for, we're there at least once a month and always come back for the great flavors at an affordable price. Can be busy but there's a quick turn around time... come early or come on a week night.

Pros: VALUE!!!, Service

Cons: busy

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The sushi here is definitely non-traditional. The seafood on top of the rice is definitely way too big so it loses the delicate balance between seafood and rice. The sushi is way to big to finish in one bite even by a 6-foot tall guy like me. (One should be able to finish a good, proper sushi in one bite and finish the seafood and rice at the same time.)

That being said, this is still the best sushi I've ever had since I moved to Seattle 1 1/2 year ago from Vancouver, BC. The ingredients are fresh and the price/quality ratio is very reasonable. (I wouldn't expect to get top quality sushi at this price anyway.) I mean, I've paid more to get worse sushi in Seattle.

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★★★★☆

The sushi here is definitely non-traditional. The seafood on top of the rice is definitely way too big so it loses the delicate balance between seafood and rice. The sushi is way to big to finish in one bite even by a 6-foot tall guy like me. (One should be able to finish a good, proper sushi in one bite and finish the seafood and rice at the same time.)

That being said, this is still the best sushi I've ever had since I moved to Seattle 1 1/2 year ago from Vancouver, BC. The ingredients are fresh and the price/quality ratio is very reasonable. (I wouldn't expect to get top quality sushi at this price anyway.) I mean, I've paid more to get worse sushi in Seattle.

Pros: Food

Cons: Wait

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It's surprisingly hard to find great sushi in Seattle.
Musashi's I would give a solid 3 1/2 stars, better than most I've been to.
The sushi is good, and the prices are pretty good considering the bigger-than-averages slices of fish you'll get. You can drink free houji-cha tea with your meal too.
It's a very small place and fairly popular, so be prepared to wait for a little while if you go at a busy time. Also note that they're closed on Mondays.

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★★★★☆

It's surprisingly hard to find great sushi in Seattle.
Musashi's I would give a solid 3 1/2 stars, better than most I've been to.
The sushi is good, and the prices are pretty good considering the bigger-than-averages slices of fish you'll get. You can drink free houji-cha tea with your meal too.
It's a very small place and fairly popular, so be prepared to wait for a little while if you go at a busy time. Also note that they're closed on Mondays.

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My wife and I LOVE Musashi's! The menu is limited, but the food is fresh, fast, and delicious! The sushi is good but the teriyaki is amazing! Order the skewers of beef, chicken, vegetables or shrimp. They are only a dollar or two per skewer!

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★★★★★

My wife and I LOVE Musashi's! The menu is limited, but the food is fresh, fast, and delicious! The sushi is good but the teriyaki is amazing! Order the skewers of beef, chicken, vegetables or shrimp. They are only a dollar or two per skewer!

Pros: Good food

Cons: Long wait

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My family went here for a decade. It was consider top notch Sushi. Today, there are so many restaurants offering sushi and this is NOT where to go. I am disappointed that Musashi's went downhill. Our family; 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations of Japanese American from Beacon Hill, used to drive 30 minutes north to go here. Why was my sushi the size of a tennis ball? The sashimi was cut jagged and I could see bits of Tobiko from someone's California roll on my Hamachi and Maguro sashimi! 'Super size' does not belong in Sushi as it totally ruins the delicate flavors. I had to bite 3x to eat my Ikura! Nigiri is supposed to be one bite. When you are buying Sushi go for quality, not for quantity! I'm sorry Musashi, but the 5th generation will not be frequenting this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family went here for a decade. It was consider top notch Sushi. Today, there are so many restaurants offering sushi and this is NOT where to go. I am disappointed that Musashi's went downhill. Our family; 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations of Japanese American from Beacon Hill, used to drive 30 minutes north to go here. Why was my sushi the size of a tennis ball? The sashimi was cut jagged and I could see bits of Tobiko from someone's California roll on my Hamachi and Maguro sashimi! 'Super size' does not belong in Sushi as it totally ruins the delicate flavors. I had to bite 3x to eat my Ikura! Nigiri is supposed to be one bite. When you are buying Sushi go for quality, not for quantity! I'm sorry Musashi, but the 5th generation will not be frequenting this place.

Cons: , Sizes, Long Lines

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The menu is a bit limited but what they offer is very good. And the prices are very reasonable. Expect a wait to get a seat but calling ahead for take-out always an option. I wish Musashi's was open on Sundays but many Wallingford businesses are closed that day. Darn.

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★★★★☆

The menu is a bit limited but what they offer is very good. And the prices are very reasonable. Expect a wait to get a seat but calling ahead for take-out always an option. I wish Musashi's was open on Sundays but many Wallingford businesses are closed that day. Darn.

Pros: inexpensive, good food, friendly service

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I had heard rave reviews of this place from friends so I was excited to finally try it. I figured the wait would be worth it, but I wish I'd gone to one of the empty Japanese restaurants down the street instead. The fish did not look or taste fresh, the seaweed had a weird texture, and there is very little on the menu to choose from. The tuna in particular was not very appetizing. If I ever return to this restaurant I will stay away from sushi.

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★★☆☆☆

I had heard rave reviews of this place from friends so I was excited to finally try it. I figured the wait would be worth it, but I wish I'd gone to one of the empty Japanese restaurants down the street instead. The fish did not look or taste fresh, the seaweed had a weird texture, and there is very little on the menu to choose from. The tuna in particular was not very appetizing. If I ever return to this restaurant I will stay away from sushi.

Pros: Inexpensive options, Good sized portions

Cons: , Below average sushi, Small menu

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This is some of the best sushi you will find for the price. It's a little cramped if you eat in, so get take out and enjoy their great food at home.

2
★★★★★

This is some of the best sushi you will find for the price. It's a little cramped if you eat in, so get take out and enjoy their great food at home.

Pros: Fresh food, Great price, Friendly staff

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This place is awesome. I've never found another sushi place in Seattle where you can walk though the door with $6 cash in your pocket, eat really good sushi, and still have a couple rolls left that you just couldn't finish. I've been to many other more expensive sushi restaurants in this city that didn't stack up to Musashi quality. This place relies on a high rate of customers to survive at such low prices, so expect a 5-15minute wait no matter when you go. Don't expect a fine ambiance or lavish decoration, but do expect larger than average, very tasty, well-made sushi for very little money.

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★★★★★

This place is awesome. I've never found another sushi place in Seattle where you can walk though the door with $6 cash in your pocket, eat really good sushi, and still have a couple rolls left that you just couldn't finish. I've been to many other more expensive sushi restaurants in this city that didn't stack up to Musashi quality. This place relies on a high rate of customers to survive at such low prices, so expect a 5-15minute wait no matter when you go. Don't expect a fine ambiance or lavish decoration, but do expect larger than average, very tasty, well-made sushi for very little money.

Pros: Very tasty, Very cheap, Very healthy

Cons: Small (tiny) area, Hard to avoid a wait

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Everyone has been saying that this restaurant is just wonderful and the consistent line outside the restaurant would force consumers to believe it, however, this little restaurant it definitely not worth the wait. The rice pillows for the nigiri sushi are enormous and loaded with wasabi and the fish cuts were scary to look at. Maybe this restaurant needs another chance, but at this time, the only other time I would return to this one is if I was short on cash and wanted some sushi

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★★☆☆☆

Everyone has been saying that this restaurant is just wonderful and the consistent line outside the restaurant would force consumers to believe it, however, this little restaurant it definitely not worth the wait. The rice pillows for the nigiri sushi are enormous and loaded with wasabi and the fish cuts were scary to look at. Maybe this restaurant needs another chance, but at this time, the only other time I would return to this one is if I was short on cash and wanted some sushi

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It may be frustrating to wait but it's so easy to order take-out! If you order before 5 you'll be sure to get them on the phone. The food is good and definately worth the price.

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★★★★★

It may be frustrating to wait but it's so easy to order take-out! If you order before 5 you'll be sure to get them on the phone. The food is good and definately worth the price.

Pros: Cheap, Good, Take out is great

Cons: Small seating area

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Mushashi's better than most sushi I've paid 3 times as much for. If you want ambience, go to Belltown or somether rtizy establishment and get jacked for the hollow atmosphere. There's no front here. The Spicy tuna roll is above average and I like the geniune cozy Wallingford neighborhood feel. If you like to go tanning and are made of plastic - please go elsewhere, these people who run the restaurant work hard and deserve praise for the above average food they serve. And yes, the rice is fresh and not grimey at all.

2
★★★★★

Mushashi's better than most sushi I've paid 3 times as much for. If you want ambience, go to Belltown or somether rtizy establishment and get jacked for the hollow atmosphere. There's no front here. The Spicy tuna roll is above average and I like the geniune cozy Wallingford neighborhood feel. If you like to go tanning and are made of plastic - please go elsewhere, these people who run the restaurant work hard and deserve praise for the above average food they serve. And yes, the rice is fresh and not grimey at all.

Pros: Good Food, Value priced, Mom and Pop feel

Cons: Crowded but good

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Sushi doesn't have to be expensive. They serve better sushi than you can find in most restaurants that are double the price. For $10, you'll leave feeling happy and very full.

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★★★★☆

Sushi doesn't have to be expensive. They serve better sushi than you can find in most restaurants that are double the price. For $10, you'll leave feeling happy and very full.

Pros: cheap, excellent food

Cons: long wait, no elbow room

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This pleasant storefront cafe in Wallingford is a popular destination when locals crave an affordable Japanese dinner; be assured it's worth the wait if you encounter a line. Expect generous portions, as in the California roll large enough…

 

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