Seattle >Food & Dining > Ohana's
2207 First Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.612792 -122.345535
Mon. 4pm - 1:30am;Tue. - Sun. 11:30am - 4pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
Good Sushi and Relaxed Atmosphere – I can't say enough about Ohana's. The sushi is great and the atmosphere even better. The happy hours offer good deals on Pilsner drafts and California Rolls. I love the "half-baked roll" and always order Kirin Ichiban on draft. I see that they're building an outdoor deck in the front too so I can't wait for summer to roll around to enjoy eating outside. Only downside is that parking is difficult in this area.
Pupus and cocktails for the tiki-loving downtown crowd. – The Scene
The tiki-hut bar is hung with colored lights and backed by a surf mural. The bright prints on the padded banquettes and plants hanging below a skylight capture a laid-back Hawaiian spirit without going overboard. If the rough wood floor implies beach-side casual, white-linen napkins add a touch of distinctive, downtown chic.
The contemporary menu of Hawaiian and Japanese foods includes a pupu list of ahi sashimi, baby back ribs, Filipino-style spring rolls and prawn dumplings. For a classic, authentic Hawaiian dish, check out the Spam, which comes fried, bedded on rice and wrapped in nori. Raw ahi is tossed with bits of mango, cucumber, tomato and cilantro makes a sparkling appetizer of bright flavors. Baby back ribs straddle the line between fall-off-the-bone and chewy, and the sauce is mercifully un-sweet.
Relaxed, island-style environment – Before going into detail, one thing must be noted. This is not a Polynesian restaurant. Those looking for Polynesian food are going to need to continue searching (and unfortunately around here, you'll most likely have to go to someone's home..haha!). There are a few "local" plate selections, but the majority of the food is Japanese-influenced. One thing that is unfortunate these days, is that people believe that if there are tikis and leis adorning a restaurant, then the food is Polynesian. The misconception can also most likely be attributed to the description in the restaurant name.
Anyway, I have been going to 'Ohana for years now, as it used to be a very popular place to hang out throughout college on Wednesday nights. Thankfully, there is still a local-style band that plays each Wed, and for those who miss hearing local jams on the radio, you can catch a few at this time. The happy hour is a great time to go, as the spicy tuna handroll is one of my faves in the area! The deep-fried ice cream (coconut is my all-time favorite), is exquisite and has a layer of angel cake surrounding it. The lava flows are super as well.
On the down side, the Blue Hawaii's tend to be a little too sweet, and the teriyaki sauce on the spam musubi is a little too sticky and sweet as well. That's just my preference however, so I have to admit that I do have a few friends that love those two.
All in all, the bartenders are great, while the waitstaff is a little airy and forgetful. No worries, you go here for the atmostphere ;)
YUM! – Great Food! Great Atmosphere. If you are in the the mood for something different than the typical sushi place. Check out 'Ohana. Great experience.
Yummy food and great service – ...just returned from our first dinner at Ohana and the food was fantastic. The sushi was as good as any I've had in the Bay Area and the coconut shrimp was delicious.
a definite must-visit place!! – This restaurant is great! I had a great time and the food was very good. The atmosphere is really festive and fun and the chicken teriyaki and fried porks strips are delicious! The tropical drinks are very tasty and the desserts (banana and pineapple foster) are great, too. The atmosphere is just wonderful...makes you feel good. I would definitely go back! A+
Fun atmosphere – The atmosphere of this restaurant is really fun and lively, however, the "polynesian" side of the menu is lacking. I enjoy their sushi, but not their drinks or polynesian food. The service was not very friendly and the music after hours was really loud. If you are looking for a cool place to just chill with friends, Ohana's could be the place, however, if you are looking for a good meal maybe you should keep searching. On a positive note however, I did enjoy their baked something sushi.
At Happy Hour the sushi and crispy rolls were a great deal. They offered: Food and Drink specials. The bar staff is quick and friendly! No attitudes here. Fun lil place with goofy tiki decor.
Strangely good – My friend suggested the place, and a group of 6 of us went. I was a bit taken aback to see it was a fusion of tiki and sushi, but what the heck, it turned out to be good, and everyone was happily fed.
I should point out that happy hour is the best; otherwise the prices were a bit high. But the crunchy unagi hand roll during happy hour was incredibly good and so cheap.
The sushi was good, not knock-your-socks-off, but definitely tasty. Especially that unagi roll...
However, I am sure not going to order that spam, authentic or not!
A surprising treat – I didn't expect Ohana to be a great place to dine on sushi in Seattle (considering the competition); it seemed too kitschy to be taken as a serious sushi contender. I recently went there with 9 of my coworkers (with reservations). The sushi was amazing. Their crunchy spicy tuna or salmon handrolls shouldn't be missed nor should the tuna poke nigiri sushi. Their tuna appetizer of maguro wrapped in seaweed then flash fried tempura style then served on a cucumber salad was also a big hit. Overall, we had a great time and can't wait to return.
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