Seattle >Food & Dining > Rain Modern Infusion Cuisine
2208 N 45th St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.661479 -122.332342
Neighborhoods: Wallingford, Lake Union
Avoid at all cost – I have heard great reviews of rain and decided to treat my girlfriend to a night out last saturday night. The service was appaling, it took 15 minutes after being seated to get a menu. It was impossible to talk inside, it must be the loudest restaurant in seattle. Anyhow, the food arrived and not only was it over priced it looked horrible and tasted even worse.
I would not even recommend this place to my ex girlfriend, and i really dont like her.
Raw fish in a meat market – Okay folks, let's be serious. The only reason why people like this place is because it's filled with singles and arrgessive hormonal exchanges. If what you're looking for is a place so loud that no one will notice your information-age attention span and inability to maintain conversation, this is the place for you! If you miss the homey pick up joint atmosphere of LA, make your reservation today! This is one of those places for people who don't really know food to rave about the food. I have news for all of you who gave this five stars; no matter what kind of sauce you put on fried calamari, it's still just fried calamari. Okay, so I had a reservation, and 45 minutes later we weren't seated. We finally left. (Although, I must say the owner did comp us our sake and gave us some free fried calamari.) My friends and I refer to these places as being filled with spores. Where do these people who go here come from? Do they really live in Seattle? You think you know what to expect in relaxed Wallingford, then you walk into a spore zone. It must be something about the combination of unbearable noice and cutesy cocktails that attract spores. They fly through the air until they have that plate of fried calamari to land on, then they sprout like mushrooms. If you want great sushi, Seattle is the town for you with it's plethora of cozy family run places, and more glamours upscale joints. But hey, I never really tasted the food because the atmosphere ruined my mood and appetite, so if you like spore joints, you might give it five stars too.
I don't like sushi, and I loved this place! – Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of sushi. However a friend really wanted to go and I was willing to give it a try. Someone said that maybe I haven?t had good sushi so I was willing to give it a shot.
I loved Rain! Personally I am big on texture, but the flavors got me past the texture. Finally I understood why people liked sushi. The subtle flavors got me past the texture and it finally felt like eating a delicacy. This was what sushi was supposed to be about.
We tried a variety of dishes and the only thing I didn?t like was one of the soups. I have had the same thing on the streets of Tokyo and this one wasn?t up to snuff. While it is easy to get ramen or soba noodles right, it is also very easy to get wrong. A minute too long in the water and you ruin the noodles.
When you take everything into consideration, I think we should let the soup slide. If you are going to get anything wrong, that is the thing. They had all kind of interesting rolls and a few new inventions that the people of Rain came up with. My friend would say what was traditional and what wasn?t so Rain brings in a good mix of the old and the new. Rather than the old ?Asian-fusion? cliche they fuse the old with the new. No one wants a sushi burger or some of the same old stuff coming out of other places.
If you like sushi, you have GOT to try this place. And if you don?t like sushi, this should be the last place you should try. If you can?t like it here, you won?t like it anywhere. And if you like it here, this is the only place for you.
Best sushi in town!! – We love it here! The food is all sooo great and fresh. Try their signature Rain Roll. Their Get Wet Roll is good too. The resturaunt is cozy and inviting. The only downfall is the service is very slow and we have ahd to wait an hour to get our food before. The food really makes up for it though.
Best Sushi and atmosphere anywhere! :) – You know i have never done a review before on here,but Rain makes me want to. I was introduced to Rain by a good friend and her boyfriend (they kept it as there date night hot spot) until i found out how fabulous it is. Rain's owners and waiters are very personable and there to give you great food along with great service. Every time we have been there i feel totally tended to and know i and my friends will have a good time. We have been there with groups of 4 to groups that swarm the whole place. Either way, always a good experience. We even have a lil thing we do when we are about to pound down our Sake Bombs (pound your right hand 3 times on the table saying, "Sake! Sake! uuuuuuuuuh!" haha and chug)The combinations of sauces they create are awesome! I had never tried Sushi before i had been to Rain and probably can't anywhere else cause they are so good! ha ha. Basically, Rain is awesome! Love the people, the food, and the atmosphere. What more could you want. Enjoy!
Mediocre fusion sushi...at best. great service staff tho. – I would say that Rain as one of the first breakthru sushi restaurants has come a long way...but not for the better. I had somewhat high expectations from this place as I had heard that its staff was one of veterans and had a consistent source of loyal customers. These two characteristics typically contribute to a great meal of high quality. However, I was sadly mistaken. I decided that to get a good mix would consist of a couple of apps and a couple rolls. Looking back on the order, sashimi omakase might have been a better option but i was with company that was new-ish to the raw fish experience. The tuna poke was delicious. The cuts were not as chunky as I am familiar with interms of hawaiian style pokes, but were very sufficient. The mixture of vinegar with citrus was interesting. I wish it had been saltier but that's just my preference. It was a refreshing dish to my palette. However, my company had tasted some of the fish with suji causing a wrinkle in their experience. I know pokes can't have the best cuts but the suji was extremely tough and almost bonelike in firmness. The next dish was a hamachi kama, a dish I always find to be a simple and safe choice. The presentation as expected was good and the taste was spot on. I liked the onions, which in the end I didn't eat, but I liked them there regardless. Also the spring mix in a lot of these apps is a nice consumable garnish. I ordered two rolls: Spicy Cassidy and the Tuna Mango Tango. Just FYI, I dislike deep fried sushi and didn't order sashimi which might have been the reason why my experience was so lackluster, but the rolls were the part of the meal I wish I could have just taken back. The rice was paste. it had too much water in it, it was crushed, it wasn't evenly spread, and there was too much of it. I'm running out of space, so I'll be brief. The restaurant was slow. Y rolls/rice so bad? I saw a sashimi platter, it looked way better, order that. Waitstaff was very helpful.
Awesome food, great drinks, amazing atmosphere, and an outstanding staff! – First off, I would and do recommend this place to everyone I know and talk to. I have been going to Rain every month for over a year. My boyfriend and I were told about it by my older sister and her Sushi loving friends who live on Capitol Hill; they LOVE Rain and now so do I. It?s a great place for a date, where you can drink, eat, laugh, and get caught up in all that goes on. Recently I have been sharing my secret sushi spot with friends and now they too are addicted. We go in groups of 10 to groups of 4. We all do sake bombs and indulge in the tasty Rainy Day, Tarantula, Sasquatch, and the Get Wet rolls. What is also a plus is the owners work there, serving, bar tending, and creating the masterpieces they serve. They are friendly, inviting, and good group of people. I love this place and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to have a good time while eating great food!
Good Sushi; Terrible Service – Having been to Rain before, I returned expecting a great meal. The sushi is fancy, but not overly so, and there are a lot of unusual taste combinations that really work like mango and cilantro and softshell crab and avacado. All those things held true on this visit, but it was an hour--AN HOUR! from the time we ordered until we got our food. Hardly anyone in the restaurant was actually eating sushi, and yet our waiter was running around doing what I don't know. After about 45 minutes we were offered edamame; Woo hoo! The waiter explained that things were busy, but shouldn't you expect that on a Friday night? And might I remind you that hardly anyone was actually eating. Rain seems to be founded half on a solid menu with semi-reasonable prices, and half on neon-painted walls and techno music just above the audible range. Bringing a date here, or suggesting it to a group of friends might make you a hero, or the target of some increasingly impatient stares. If this place wants to be good, it had better get its act together.
ROCK AND ROLL SUSHI JOINT!! – This place is really amazing.It gave me a feeling of being in an underground japanese joint in Japan.I enjoyed watching how everyone seems to know eachother here.I was sitting at a table near the sushi bar and everyone who walked through the door would come to say "hi" to the chefs before sitting down.I thought that was cool.It reminded me of that tv show "cheers".I think the food was really well prepared and tasty.They also have "orion beer" the only beer bottled in Japan.I LOVE THIS JOINT!! oohhh.......the server was hot!
Great FOOD! – I love this place!! My husband and I going there for our wedding anniversary at the end of the month and I can't wait! Great place for smaller parties.
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