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621 Broadway E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810247.624446 -122.320931
Tue-Thu 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Fri-Sat 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Broadway
great food + service – the food was super. the garlic rice is great.
even though i'm not a sushi eater (as i had chicken teriyaki), but my out of town friend wanted to go there again as he went there with other friends not long ago (as it was a favorite place with this group of friends).
the service was timely. we didn't wait too long for the food to arrive (as we were there around 6:30 pm on thursday evening). the only downside is that when a plate is cleared, they're somewhat quick to take it away. there were a couple of times where we would let them know that we're not finished, but it didn't influence our thoughts on their service.
would recommend that place.
Great food and service! – Went to Aoki's up on Capitol Hill tonight. Was a bit worried about service after reading some of the reviews. It was for a birthday party and there were 8 of us. It was great. The service was fast, the staff was friendly and we had a great time.
In our group ... one is a vegan...a few others don't care for sushi, and 3 of us love sushi. There is enough of a selection on the menu that we were all more than satisfied and the sushi was nice and fresh!
I will definitely be going back for more!
Worst Service – If you are lucky and get the food you order than you could have a very good meal. I have eaten there several times but one time was unforgettably bad. I ordered my meal thinking it was one thing and I got another. The server was extremely rude and did not care. I found this surprising so I went to the Sushi Chef Manager. He was even more rude and did not care.
I was spending the day with my daughter and this lunch threw a very disappointing taste to the day.
I expect better – Before submitting this negative review, I called the restaurant to discuss my concerns. The manager was not responsive to my comments, nor did he seem interested in doing anything about the issues that I raised.
Service was horrible.
It took more than 30 minutes to get tea and water ? the only reason we got it at that point was because we asked for it for the second time. Another 20 minutes passed before we got our sushi (the restaurant was not overly busy, nor did we order complex items or make special orders).
Due to slow service and the manager's lack of sincere regret or interest in improving things, I will not eat at Aoki again, nor will I recommend it to anyone.
Instead of Aoki, consider:
Blue C Sushi (Freemont or University Village)
Ototo Sushi (Queen Anne)
Great lunch experience – I went to Aoki with a friend for a late lunch and we were the only ones in the restaurant. The staff were really nice and never made us feel rushed (we didn't finish our meal until 15 minutes after closing). My chicken tonkatsu was pretty good, my friend enjoyed the yakisoba, and the sushi was great. I would definitely go there again!
Horrible service! – We were ignored for some time before we were able to get some attention by waving our hands. Ordering was very slow. Waited for an hour and twenty minutes to have our food served (the only reason we actually stayed that long was because we had invested in the sake we were drinking). The order that was presented was incomplete. When we asked that our order be corrected we were told that we would have to wait as long as we had already waited if we wanted any additional sushi orders. Isn't Sushi suposed to be fast food? It's too bad. This has been a restaurant that we have enjoyed in the past. I will not return. There were at least three employess standing around with nothing to do do yet there were many tables waiting for their food.
Agedashi Tofu is the only good thing – Why oh why do you have to make such good Agedashi Tofu?
Everything else about this place stinks, literally. The Tea tastes like fish, the $4 small bowl of Edamame was cold and mushy, and the backroom we were seated in was worse than a broom closet.
Aoki clean up your act and let the Agedashi Tofu be your guide to greatness.
Service Going Down Hill!! – I was a loyal customer of Aoki's for more than a year and used to love its food; Unfortunately, their service is going down hill. The last time I was there, I noticed that all of the waitresses, nice ones, were replaced with new ones. These new waitresses, all from Japan, have a severe attitude problem--they were very rude and short to particular kinds of customers. I guess they have brought their "old world" values--it's okay to mistreat some kinds of people. I was pretty upset and spoke to the owner, Mr. Aoki, about their rudeness; he did not seem to be concerned about it. Well, after all, his establishment has been around for more than 20 years with solid reputations. I won't go back until those waitresses are replaced with decent ones who understand what multiculture means.
Serenity and sushi in the heart of Broadway. – In Short
Broadway goes upscale at this long-standing Japanese spot popular with the quieter North Capitol Hill crowd. The sound system plays jazz amid modern, well-lit sushi and robata bars, and in the small, serene back dining room. Aoki's menu, with combination lunches and dinners (highlighting donburi, robata, sushi or sashimi), soup noodles and a few dozen uramaki (reversed sushi roll), has many options available all day and into the night.
A favorite place for sushi – We live on Capitol Hill not far from Broadway, so I visit Aoki probably once every couple of weeks for a sushi fix. The staff is always friendly, especially the venerable sushi chef himself, and the food is always good. The sushi is well prepared, incredibly fresh and well selected. My husband doesn't eat sushi, so he usually opts for noodle dishes such as udon instead, which are good but not quite as well executed as the sushi. The lunchtime meals are a good value.
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