Musashi

(206) 633-0212

1400 N 45th St, Seattle, WA | Directions   98103

47.661494 -122.340507

Open 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

 
Restaurants, Sushi, Japanese  more

Price: $

Tags: Cheap Eats, Local Favorite

Payment Methods: Cash, Check

Neighborhoods: Lake Union, Wallingford

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Musashi
Musashi
Musashi
Menu
Chicken, Beef, Combo, Chicken Curry, Shrimp Dinner, Steak Dinner, Special Bento, Grilled Vegetables, Teriyaki, Teriyaki... more

Reviews for Musashi

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Yummy. I'll go back! – 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 City), or others.

It's not fair to say Musashi is "the best sushi in Seattle." That's just not so. Period. That said, we thought it was really good - and will happily go back with the understanding that I can't order all my favorite stuff.

If you want the standard 'normal' American nigiri, their rolls won't disappoint you. Every single thing we got was good and fresh.

However, if you want to get more sophisticated and unusual stuff - or if you like to order common types of sushi that aren't necessarily on the menu - go somewhere that actually specializes in sushi.

We ordered (or I tried to order):

Amaebi (sashimi) and salmon (sashimi): Fantastic.

Unagi (nigiri): Nice big pieces of fish.

Hamachi (nigiri): Standard.

Spider Rolls (soft shell crab): They couldn't make this {or anything that involves tempura.}

Toro (sashimi): Also couldn't do that... Which can happen anywhere you go.

Tako (nigiri). Excellent.

Salmon skin rolls: Couldn't make that.

Ikura: Good stuff. Not too salty, which is one of my requirements for good Ikura.

Smoked Salmon (nigiri): Quite good.

Scallop (rolls): Really yummy. Not too much rice -- which is what you often get when ordering this.

The waitress was also really pleasant. My hint to finding the best sushi is to simply ask the waiter or chef what is good that day. Our waitress had some excellent suggestions (like the Amaebi).

We left sated and happy.

> Cash only. Don't go with just a visa! <

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Huh? – 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).

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Don't understand the hype – 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.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Cheapest sushi place in town – 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.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

best sushi for the price in town, but be prepared for the line – 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.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Cheap and Delicious!! – 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!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

small place, but pretty decent food – 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.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

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.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Cheap good eats – 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.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Sushi, Fins down! – 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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