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2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.614779 -122.347306
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
No doubt some of the best sushi you'll find in Seattle. Go on the right night and you'll find Shiro holding court behind the sushi bar. Regulars who put their trust in the hands of Shiro are duly rewarded.
My favorite sushi bar in the city resides in a comfortable almost elegant room in the heart of Belltown. It's best to let Shiro or the chef on duty guide you through what's best from the case that day but do not miss the unagi, black cod, Shiro roll or trying one of their delectable hand rolls.
Best Sushi in Seattle – I've been going to Shiro's for about a year now, and is BY FAR, the best place for sushi in Seattle.
The trick is to get there early to get a seat at the sushi bar. The experience of just letting the chefs make you their unique concoctions, puts you into sushi heaven. And everything is so fresh. I've never been disappointed.
Highest Quality – I've enjoyed many memorable sushi experiences at Shiro's. The experience is much different when choosing table service versus the sushi bar. I always sit at the sushi bar and put myself in Shirosan's hands. He always suprises me with the freshest items of the day and continues to feed me until I cannot eat another bite. The fish served is the highest quality. The decor is nothing to rave about but who cares when the food is this good?
sushi was great but service was terrible – I can only say how good the sushi was, but how terrible the service was. It was like they didn't even care that we were there. The staff bumped into me numerous times and seemed to completely forget about us. We would have stayed and ordered more, but the though of staying there much longer was more than we could bare!
Terrible service – I've had drinks spilled on me, I've been ignored and otherwise have had some of the worst service ever.
The food is otherwise acceptable but I've cross this restaurant off my list of places to go.
Seattle's premier sushi chef has become an instititution, literally. – In Short
Since 1994, Shiro has had his own self-titled restaurant in Belltown. The sushi bar seats 11, while dining tables have room for 60. The Yellowtail is like butter; go for the freshwater eel over the saltwater--the oil content and richness is sublime. If possible, avoid peak dinner hours and grab a seat at the sushi bar in front of Shiro himself (he's the elder sushi chef with the whimsical smile).
Outstanding Sashimi – I haven't had sushi in a few months and my visit to Shiro's reminded me how much I love sashimi. This was absolutely the freshest I've tasted. The sushi rolls we had were outstanding as well. I will definitely be back soon.
Very Poor on June 4, 2006 – I ordered a broad assortment of nigiri and maki sushi. Table service was fast , so disappointment came quickly.
Only the miso soup was good. The quality of the fish, quality of preparation, portion size and presentation were all poor.
Nigiri sushi looked dry and the tuna was almost as grey as the albacore. Flavors were wan or nonexistent -- I love subtle tastes, but when the ikura is bland something is deeply wrong. The unagi was chiller-cold. Albacore was tough to chew (poorly sliced?). The rainbow roll was insipid and divided into uneven slices. Presentation was haphazard with dissimilar nigiri pieces crammed against others so that picking one up pulled the seaweed of another apart. We returned the gyoza and the asparagus salad because they tasted bad.
I would love to taste Shiro-san's food sometime after reading about him. But whoever prepared my family's meal tonight should feel ashamed.
Sushi Snob's #1 Sushi Pick – If you like sushi, put down whatever you're doing and run to Shiro! I highly recommend that you sit at the sushi bar where you will be not only educated by Chef Shiro, but delightfully entertained. Even sushi scholars will learn something new. Chef Shiro trained with master sushi chefs in Tokyo and came to Seattle early on to build the unbeatable reputation he has today. All food is fresh and full of flavor. Not sure what to order? No problem, Chef Shiro will create something and have you craving more!
Amazing Sashimi – Try the sashimi; it is perhaps the best I have ever had. I like it so much, I have been reluctant to try anything else on the menu. The service may be average and the prices high, but the food is simply amazing, for that reason I will continue to come. Try it on a weeknight if you find it too slow on the weekend.
Watching a Master At Work – I've been to Shiro's about half a dozen times, and have taken numerous colleagues who are sushi cognocenti. We all agree: Shiro's redefines quality sushi.
Sit at the sushi bar and let Shiro-san choose what to feed you. Then sit back, and watch the master work. He starts with a simple, less-challenging, type of sushi... maybe yellowtail. He watches the reaction of your party. He moves on to something more challenging. Again, he gauges what to serve based on what your party likes, how attentive they are to the food, and what's available that day.
You wanna go someplace to hammer down a California roll and get plastered on cheap sake, go someplace else. But if you want to see a master at work... Go to Shiro's and wait for seats at the sushi bar.
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