Seattle >Food & Dining > Wasabi Bistro
2311 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.614236 -122.346047
Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sat. - Sun. 4pm - 1am
Neighborhoods: Belltown, Downtown
Phenominal as always – It's like this, I go every where in this town to eat sushi and nothing compares to the Wasabi Bistro. I keep coming back because of the consistency of everything from the food to the service. I'm there about 5 or 6 times a month and the staff treats me better there than anywhere else I go by far. This place is so unbelieveably busy and they are always friendly and attentive. I've given other places in the Bell Town area more than enough chances and the service is always disappointing. There is one place specifically that I know is considered somewhat of a rival of Wasabi Bistro, I'll just say it starts with a U, I've been there four times and the servers have always been ridiculously bad. Don't even try it. At Wasabi I recall getting OK service once but every other time has been really good. I love the rolls, gotta try the tarantula! The last time I was there was last weekend. I tried a special martini with sake that was amazing. I can't remember the name of it though. The waitress was beautiful along with the presentation of the sushi. I just think they've got it there and most people I know agree.
It takes more than soy sauce and wasabi.... whassup, wasabi bistro?? – Three of us went to WB for lunch today and were deeply saddened by the fact that the mighty has fallen. Here is a run-down of the experience:
1) Ordered two Wasabi Mary's (sake, vodka, Bloody Mary mix). Apparently, they was no bartender on shift, so the gal making the drinks sampled our would-be concoctions no less than three times, jerking her head back each time. To be sure the cocktail was undrinkable she enlisted the tasting prowess of another three servers (all of whom used the completely acceptable straw vacuum technique to sample.) Needless to say we had lost confidence in those drinks and ordered Vs & Ts and Gs & Ts. Our server made it known that she would not be chrging us for the drinks. (Gee thanks)
2) Ordered to sashimi plates (C's?) and a roll plate (A?). While the roll plate was quite acceptable, the sashimi was too thick (and mushy). This may seem contrary to popular opinion, but, yes, you can have too thick of a cut of sashimi. I mentioned this to the server in a nice way; she took the size of the cut as a positive statement on the value of their establishment. (Beware value-oriented sushi)
3) Next we couldn't help to overhear our dining neighbors say that something "doesn't taste right", "please take it away", "I feel sick", and "I need the check before I get sick". This continued to spoil our dining experience. (I think they were partially comped, as well)
I used to hold WB as among the finest sushi restaurants in town, now I will have to avoid it for personal and business lunches. I do want to say, however, that while the service was s-l-o-w today, the server had a great personality and was willing to help us find a solution to the problems we experienced. (I wonder if she kows of a good sushi place in town?)
Still The Best – I so love this place and have for a couple of years now. The rolls and sushi are amazing and the service is always top notch. The waiters and waitresses are friendly and attentive every time. They have never failed me. There are other places that have opened around town but Wasabi Bistro is still the best.
No Toro for you! – Wasabi Bistro (Seattle): Good Sushi. Great Sashimi. No Toro, but the albacore made up for it. Decent brew on tap. Friendly staff. Great happy hour prices (4?6 pm). Great portions. Kid friendly. Rice was well prepared. Fast service. Still does not even compare to Sushi Raw in San Diego.
Favorite Sushi in Seattle so far – I love Wasabi Bistro. It is in the heart of belltown. Unfortunately that means parking can be a hassle, but totally worth it in my opinion. I love their food, and the prices are not too bad. The service is good for the most part. Overall I have yet to find another sushi place I like more.
Great special occasion dining! – I took my husband here for his birthday. We were given an excellent table by the window. The service was fantastic, the food even better. The best part was when they gave us a green tea tiramisu free of charge with a candle in it and the words "Happy Birthday" written in sauce on the plate. The service was so excellent, my husband and I joked about the guys who brought us water. We would drink about 2 inches down of our water glass and then time it to see how long it took the water guys to fill up the glass. They were so on top of it, sometimes I barely had time to set the water glass down before they were there for a refill. Those guys take their jobs VERY seriously!
The only negative was the hostess' outfit. I am totally ok in general with women wearing revealing clothing but seriously. Her dress was paper thin and wet suit tight. Pretty trashy. And distracting. Not for my husband but for me! I couldn't look away. It was like a train wreck. Her attire might be cool at a strip club but not a nice restaurant. The other hostesses were just fine.
Consistently Good – I always leave very happy after dining at Wasabi Bistro. The sushi is the best and the rolls are so good. The servers have been really attentative everytime I've been there too. It's always so crowded but they do a good job. I send a lot of clients there and their reviews seem to be the same. It will always be one of my favorite places.
Great staff and management – I've been coming to this restaurant almost since day one and I've seen it change. First for the worse then for the better. When it first opened it was great, there a was quaint kind of sexiness to it then after about two years it got very bad. More and more people started coming and the staff either couldn't handle it or didn't care to. The service was ok, bad, or nonexistent. I lived in Lynnwood at the time so I stopped coming for a while. I remember alot of the servers trying to get by with their looks or personality. Of course, some didn't have a personality. At first I thought it was kind of funny but I quickly made a decision to not come to the Wasabi Bistro any more, especially all the way from Lynnwood. About a year ago a friend of mine convinced me to come back and I noticed a huge difference. Every time I've dined there since then I've had great experiences. Sure, some are better than others but consistently the staff has been helpful and attentive. They are definately attractive but it it's obvious now that service is becoming priority. I was there last week and had a great dinner. I might have a bad experience in the future but I'll keep coming back because it seems like they care, and the sashimi is the best in town. Somebody will probably have a negative experience and write about it, it's inevitable. I just want to give credit where credit is due. I do think they've had the the same furniture in the bar area for a while though, might be time for a change there. Otherwise this place rocks!
Great weekend at Wasabi Bistro – We were at Wasabi Bistro both Friday and Saturday night and our experience both times was fabulous. We spent a total of seven hours there between both nights. We ordered a few large platters of sashimi and all of it was so good. I have to say, I've been here before and I've always enjoyed it but last weekend the service was phenominal. Our waiters both times were perfect and we looked around and noticed the others were all so spot on. They have a great saketini, I can't remember the name of it but has blueberries. We'll be back soon!
We Love Wasabi – I've been coming to Wasabi Bistro for about two years now. We found this place while we were on vacation when living in San Francisco. There's nothing like this place down there. The rolls are creative and the sushi is not only fresh but you get so much with each cut. The service and ambiance are always great also. I wasn't sure if I was going to write anything but I saw a previous review that I disagree with. I know people keep returning to this place because of how it's run. I am here about 3 or 4 times a month either with my husband or my girlfriends and we are treated better here than anywhere else we go. That's why we keep coming back. I know it's April Fools Day but I would never joke about our favorite restaurant.
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