Seattle >Food & Dining > Toyota Tsusho America Inc
12543 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812547.720529 -122.294759
Neighborhoods: Olympic Hills, North, North Seattle
One of my favorites (so far) in Seattle. – I thought the sushi here was on par with the best places I've been anywhere in the US.
Decent sushi in a neighborhood with little else – We live in Shoreline and there aren't a lot of places up here for sushi but we like Toyoda. They are always accomodating to our 2 year old and she enjoys the noodle dish they serve before the meal. Husband likes mackeral and they do a nice job. If you want sassy rolls, go someplace else. Plain sashimi is good and the spicey tuna roll is great. Pieces are generally nicely cut - large but well served. Some places give you huge slices that seem to be hacked off. Fresh and good. Just don't expect the crazy stuff - "Queen Anne Roll" and other nonsense. Not perfect but excellent for a Lake City location.
Not one of my faves – One night my gf and I had the craving for sushi so we googled local sushi venues and ended up here. I have to say ill never return. Not sure if it was a bad nite or wwat but my total experience was pretty miserable. Probably had the worst table there which was by the entrance to the kitchen. Waitress took forever to first get me a water and never refilled it. Had kinda cheaper sushi but it was very mushy and bland. And lastly the bill seemed a lil padded or something. I just know it wasn't that great
Avoid toyoda sushi at all costs!!! – I went there twice, one time with my family, and one time with my girlfriend.
The sushi is okay, but the service is horrible. There was one time I ask for a cup of water because of the wasabi, they were too busy that they decided to drop me a lollipop and told me that it helps relieving your thirst. When I was about to leave, they turned out to be not as busy, so they came to me and gave me a cup of water, and there was some stuff flowing on the water, so I didn't drink any water in the restaurant at all. It was the worst I have ever encountered, and it will be the last one.
WARNING: I have heard my friends who used to work there saying that they would cheat on customers, too. What they do is they would end up charging you extra on your credit card or by editing your bill before you pay, so got to be cautious about it, make sure to check and recheck your bill before you pay.
Hidden Little Gem in Lake City! – Toyoda Sushi is my absolute fave! As I'm sitting here dreaming about their food I am saddened by the fact that I can't eat it for another seven months because I am pregnant! Before my pregnancy Toyoda was one of regular spots. In fact, I drove my boyfriend crazy because if I had it my way I would eat there two or three times a week! It's that good. Their miso soup is awesome and I have never ordered a roll that tasted less than perfectly fresh and delicious! I will look forward to the day when I can return there to feed my addiction. :)
Best Sushi – What can I say, then just fabulous! This small sushi joint is the the gem! I appreciate the staff's knowledge and the sushi master was the most helpful and friendly I've ever met. His specialties are like ...nothing like I've ever tasted anywhere.
Best sushi and sashimi in the greater Seattle area – We have been faithful customers of this lovely restaurant since it opened. Our dining experinces are nothing but the best, with the freshest sashimi, great sushi (especially the rolls) and cooked food from the kitchen. The food is top rated as we are international travelers and have been to many sushi/sashimi restaurants. The owners and wait staff are nothing less than friendly and extremely cordial. We will continue to call this our very favorite sushi restaurant in the greater Seattle area and our three children will carry on our traditional two or three monthly trips to Toyodas.
Parking is convenient behind the restaurant and we have never had to wait more than ten minutes. The few times we did have to wait, we were offered hot sake until the sushi bar became available. We ALWAYS sit at the bar so we can see the true art that Natchan-san displays while making our suppers.
Best Sushi for Non-Elitists – Listen, if you want to get on to a review site and be a faux expert on sushi, be my guest. But please, for everyone else's sake, stick to reviewing the dimly lit, elitist sushi bars downtown. I on the other hand, will stick to the place that serves the freshest fish, with the best people, where I don't have to sit next to a bunch of black turtlenecks. Just remember: when people know they are going to a highly reviewed restaurant, they try harder to nitpick.
Spectacular! – I've been eating here for a few years, and have tried damned near all of the sushi places in Seattle. Raised very Japanese, I've got a good sense of what is authentic and fresh, and have high standards for Japanese food. Toyoda sushi has never let me down. Their fish is some of the freshest in Seattle, and their dishes (non-sushi) have clean, fresh flavors and are well presented. I would highly recommend Toyoda to anyone who has a love of delicious, authentic Japanese food.
Mediocre at best – When we first walked in we noticed how small the restaurant was and how packed the seating is. The menu was limited and not everything was fresh. One of the things I noticed when sitting at the sushi bar was that the shrimp was prepped. I dislike my shrimp prepped because it means it's been handled and been sitting for a while; it's not fresh. Something else that I found disturbing was that the avocados have been precut. Not only were they browned, but they had gotten squished. Both the rolls and the nigiri were poorly made as it would fall apart when you tried to pick it up. The rice tasted like it was missing vinegar and wasn't cooked thoroughly... the service almost made up for the diappointing food, but didn't cut it.
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