Seattle >Food & Dining > Blue C Sushi
3411 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.649946 -122.349943
Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday noon-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-8:30 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Fremont, Lake Union
Fun & Tasty! – Blue C Sushi is a space aged restaurant concept, which may appeal to many, but I come for the food. The sushi is totally reasonably priced, and there is a great variety of rolls, nigiri and cooked food items. The even have a ton of vegan and gluten free options, which is especially great for the Fremont crowd.
You sit at a counter while the sushi passes in front of you, press the blue light if you don't see something you want, or you would like to check out. Its super fast (if you want it to be) its right in the heart of Fremont, and they have Happy Hour!!!
Blue C jumped the shark – "Blue C Sushi has jumped the shark! I used to like the place a lot, especially the Fremont location. But lately, they've been using very low grade fish and charging high grade prices. Most plates are the same ol', same ol' uninspired stuff. Recently they started an "off the belt" menu with even higher prices. I ordered the tuna poke, which was $5.25 for a meager amount of stringy tuna (lowest grade tuna) that was still VERY cold and not marinated. It seemed they had just taken the fish off ice and sprinkled some poke sauce on top. All that on limp lettuce! When I pointed it out to the server, she was uninterested at best." You could do a lot better for sushi, even in the same neighborhood.
Come for the sushi, stay for the space age bathrooms – Blue C Sushi is your standard-issue sushi restaurant with a conveyor belt and restrooms out of "THX 1138." If that's not standard-issue to you, by all means, stop in for some cold sesame noodles and Japanese cream puffs on a rainy afternoon, and see what it's about. Lunch is typically less than $12 a person, and I'm not kidding about these bathrooms.
Things are automated in there that I never thought needed to be automated.
fun for sure, but the sushi? mediocre – If you're wanting relatively inexpensive sushi in a cool grab it, gobble it atmosphere (it is great for groups), this place is a good choice... that said, it's not worth the hour plus wait it sometimes demands (all because of its location and atmosphere really). It's almost a social experiment in reality, so even as I say the hour wait is hideous, I also remind myself that people want to be there because it's got loads of people to watch as much as you watch the food flying by you...
I went there with a group, and it's a good inexpensive way of trying a lot of stuff out... however, I've eaten sushi on part with Blue C that came from grocery stores (mid-high end ones, of course)... and if I'm going to spend a whole lot of money anyway, I'd just as soon get something really fantastic instead of nibbling around on several things that all end up kind of tasting the same except a few pieces that will have something non-sushi-related tossed in for kicks. If I just want sushi, this isn't where I go by a lonnnng shot (Ototo is!)... but I enjoyed the social experience all the same and don't regret it even though it was over $25 a person (a lot for "sharing" amongst 5 of us considering I drank water!!
NOTE: this is for the southcenter site only!! Don't go here unless u like really bad sushi – I have to say there is good sushi and bad sushi (not including upscale places) and this place ranks #2 on the bad sushi establishments (sushi land southcenter being the champ at #1, i think i see a pattern). Here is a list of things that went wrong.
1) limited menu (not really your fault just a business decision)
2) ordered Genmai tea ( didn't know you guys charge $1.75 for tea) not sure if we got genmai, they guy said it was. The tea bag was very poor quality (no taste). I can't blame the tea for 100%of the taste, the water it came out in was warm/cold. We asked for hot water again and still got warm water. took about 15 mins before the water turned green due to the tea bag but it required another 15-20 mins before we could taste it.
3) Ordered a spicy tuna hand roll. you can taste the spices but there was a salty taste in both our tuna. It was salty. i love salty foods but this was bad.
4) after eating a bunch of ginger to clean our pallets, we tried the yellow tail, the taste was very acidic. strange, not sure exactly why that was.
5) ordered a spider roll and asked if it can be freshly made, waiter said yes. 2-3 mins later we received it. at first it seemed cold, so i touched it :( i hope no one ended up eating that but who knows about this place
6) scallops had no texture and it was soggy.
Here come the worst part, i still have that salty taste in my mouth ( no matter how much ginger i ate) i had to go upstairs to another establishment to order food to get that salty taste out.
Liked it the first 4 visits then I started noticing heath concerns. – Nice atmosphere. Nice place to meat friends and get together.
Food taste is good.
Then I started noticing staff reusing the plastic covers that were removed from tables that people use to put their garbage in. I reported about 5 violations to the athoritys which they said were all fixed. Went back a couple weeks later and none were fixed. I noticed two busboys hand wiping out the plastic covers without sanitizing them. The went from the table dirty to a pile that they were just wiping out. Then the issue that messed it up it for me. The busboy picked his noise with his finger and came out with a big booger, wiped it on the towel and then continued to smear the towel on the covers. They put the pile of wiped covers right on the line with new sushi.
You Can Do Better Than Blue C – If you?re looking for below average sushi at "cheap" prices this is your place. The wait was 20 minutes long for sushi that was anything but special ? no one mentioned that we could go to the bar area. Wait staff was snotty and inattentive. I?ll not be going back. I can get better sushi for less somewhere else.
Quick, healthy & friendly!! – My wife and I absolutely love this place. We have made Blue C our regular spot for a quick sushi fix. We both look forward to seeing Alison's warm smile during our weekly stop to the village- it is clear the restaurant has improved drastically since she has been the hostess! The staff is always friendly and helpful.
Immediate gratification – You can't beat Blue C Sushi for immediate fish gratification, and for value. The sushi ain't GREAT, but it's real good when you just need a fish fix. The decor at the Fremont location is pretty cool. And the conveyor belt as delivery mechanism rocks the house. The service is only okay.
What a flop! – Nice & trendy looking on the outside, unsuitable for a restaurant on the inside. Here's the truth, college hired/undeveloped waiters go around asking if you JUST want drinks and expect 15% gratuity? The cold foods you get sits on the conveyor belt but before then it comes fresh from the refrigerator, ha! The hot foods sit uncovered on the belt so everyone it passes by has the chance to breathe/cough/sneeze on it. And the Coup De Graace I found a sharp piece of rolled up clear plastic that resembled packaging tape that was in the back of my throat which I thought was a piece of their pickled ginger. Told the lady (poor excuse of a manager) in the dress that sat us about what I found and she did nothing. Paid full price with no comp for foreign object in food, and those blue lights aren't worth a damn. So enjoy!
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