5 to Try: Seattle's Best Teriyaki

Teriyaki is arguably Seattle's defining dish. A meat-rice-salad combo created by Japanese immigrants, but with no relation to anything authentic, it is wholly a creation of Seattle's taste buds. To get an idea of the full spectrum of what Seattle's best teriyaki joints have to offer, try these five places that set themselves apart from the crowd.

Updated: September 01, 2010

5 to Try: Seattle's Best Teriyaki

Nasai Teriyaki 3

4305 1/2 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

This hallway of a restaurant serves up a classic version of Seattle's best teriyaki. Catering to UW students from its prime location on the Ave, Nasai's balanced sauce, creamy salad dressing and perfect rice hit the spot.


111 15TH Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Teriyaki Madness, as it is known, sets its teriyaki combos apart from hundreds of others with an excellent cucumber salad. Strange but delicious, your combo at Teriyaki Madness will soar above others when you eat those crisp veggies.

Teriyaki Bowl

3121 E Madison St Ste 100, Seattle, WA 98112

Teriyaki Bowl relies more on a spice rub to bring out great flavor than on the traditional sauce, making it far from the classic Seattle version. Yet, you'll find the some of the best teriyaki in their spicy chicken bowl, served with a little slow burn heat.

Red Bowls Restaurant

812 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Red Bowls is the Baskin Robbins of teriyaki, with endless options of amazing combination bowls available. Choice is the name of the game here, with brown rice, sushi or Korean options all available alongside the classics.

King's Teriyaki

1831 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

This Korean-owned teriyaki stop makes its bid to be the best in Seattle by serving a few hard-to-find Korean classics. The classic combo is great, but don't miss specials like the fish salad teriyaki bowl, hwe du bop.