Seattle >Food & Dining > Nijo
83 Spring St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810447.605052 -122.337566
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Business District
The newest addition in Japanese cuisine is situated in Seattle's famous Post Alley. We feature the freshest selection of ingredients for an array of beautiful Bento Boxes, traditional and new styles of sushi and other delicacies. Step inside and enjoy personal attention at the Sushi Bar, where the chef will delight you with impeccable choices of today's freshest fish and vegetable selections made to order, exactly the way you desire.
Our vast and diverse ranges of Sake are some of the finest chilled on ice. If sushi is not your forte there is an abundance of other choices on the menu such as Wild Mushroom Saute, Filet Mignon Tartare or Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail combination. Nijo's chef delighted the most discriminating tastes for years while employed at Cutters, Nikko, Ototo and Mikado. The ambience is hip and the restaurant offers a live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights.
good sushi, sexy, smart decor – i have always liked this place. it is a sexy first day place. you get to talk in an intimate environment with the right music and delicious bites. And, you get to talk without interruption, because, yes, the service is pretty slow. :) I guess it depends on how you look at things, eh? You won't be sorry going here, though. I like the sushi better than Shiros, I love sushi, and many other sushi places in Seattle.
Slink into Nijo – With its side street entrance and dark decor, Nijo complements the damp Seattle weather like classic film noir.
The menu is classic, fresh Japanese/American fare, but what sets it apart is the portion size. The nigiri and maki sushi are crafted well and made smaller in size, so they actually fit in your mouth,as opposed to the super-size portion many sushi restaurants favor.
They also offer a great happy hour menu. I highly recommend the wasabi drizzled Dancing Shrimp and Caterpillar Roll. The lychee martini is smooth perfection in a glass, and for $4 at happy hour it's a steal.
The service is efficient and friendly, and though the space is small, it can accommodate groups, making it happy hour friendly for those after work soirees.
Nijo is a welcome addition to the Seattle sushi scene.
Overall Great Place! – After discovering Nijo I have been ruined for other popular sushi places in Seattle. The happy hour cannot be beat, the service is quite good, and the scene is very unique. The chefs really know what they are doing and it shows with the consistent quality that they produce with each roll. I have never been one to branch out for fear of not liking what I try but every time I have done so at Nijo, I have not been disappointed.
This restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in Seattle - I highly recommend trying this place especially if you consider Umi, Wasabi, or Rain to be your favorites.
Best in Seattle! – I am puzzled by the bad reviews as this place has been better all the way around than any other places I've gone (Umi, Wasabi Bistro, I Love Sushi). I've never had slow service and one thing I LOVE about this place is that they ALWAYS have items that other places only get occasionally or run out of (certain types of tuna like Toro, etc). The quality is top notch! It is inexpensive compared with over-rated places like Umi (talk about BAD service), and the rolls are done RIGHT...rolled like they do in Japan...narrow and long so they are bite size and don't fall apart. I'm guessing some of the reviewers on here either work at other competing sushi places or they have never experienced REAL sushi like you get in Japan. I have many years of experience dining on sushi and this place is my favorite! BTW...if you just want to enjoy some DJ music, have a drink and maybe a roll or two, the bar is fun on weekends.
unacceptable – using one simple word: CARELESS.
Food was mediocre (for Seattle) and customer service non existent!!!
I read a few bad reviews before I went but since I work in the industry, I know that only bitter people actually take the time to write nasty reviews... not the case. This place will truly ruin your night!!!
Great Happy Hour selection! – We went for a Friday happy hour, between 4-6, and we would certainly go back.
-Limited selection of happy hour sushi choices, but a full and impressive selection of rolls are generally available
--Roll qualities were very good- not outstanding- but very good!
No complaints whatsoever.
Best Service Good Food – Nijo has a great enviroment with welcoming wait staff, I have my favorite and you will too. The indoor decor is great for a date or a business meeting, always clean with a modern feel to the interior finishes. Outside sitting is in an alley, not the greatest setting although they have made up for it with a water feature and other planters. The sushi cuts are adequate and the chosen chef items are usually a good pick. Great cooked menu items for those not into sushi. Happy hour is awesome with great apps and drink specials and an awesome selection of sake's. Haven't been there yet? You need to check it out, great place in pioneer square/western ave area.
Not a great Lunch Spot – Waited 10 minutes to have our order taken, then waited another 40 minutes to ask how much longer it will be, to find out it had been sitting in the Kitchen we were do back to Work so asked to have it Boxed up, 10 minutes later NO Boxed Lunch. As we were sitting waiting for our Lunch we notices SIX orders sitting at the Counter and after numerous walks around the Orders FINALLY a Waitress comes and takes them to a Table. I saw one Customer come and Sit down and left after waiting 5 Miuntes to get Served. Not a recommended Place for Lunch Hours. Very Slow and dissappointing SERVICE!
The glossy appearance can't hide a crappy restaurant – I walk by Nijo everyday on my way to work -- it looks great from the outside -- and finally thought I'd give it a try for lunch. I even waited until past 1pm to avoid any possible lunch rush. There were probably six people in the entire restaurant when I was there. Even with such low numbers, I probably sat in my chair for a good ten or fifteen mintues before a server finally made it to me. I had a bento box with sashimi and kalbi beef. The dollop of wasabi was all dried out -- it looked like green plahdoh, actually. Not good. The maguro didn't look fresh, and the salad in my bento was absolutely drenched in dressing. The best was that I overheard the couple nearest me say while paying that they didn't want to pay for the tea they ordered because they never got it. I had just ordered tea as well (from the same server), and you would think their complaint would pretty much guarantee that my tea would actually arrive. Nope. Never got it, and I couldn't remind the server because throughout my meal she never came back to check on me -- there were no servers in the dining area, period. I guess I could've stood up and gone into the back of the restaurant to look for someone, but I can't say I wanted tea that badly. There is nothing here -- food, atmosphere, service -- that would possibly bring me back. It's worth a little bit longer walk from downtown to hike down to the ID....
Tough call – they need more sushi chefs like other places. the place is only romantic when its not happy hours. I've been there about 3 times. I usually give more than one chance to a place before i decide whether the place is worthy of going again. Two of the three times, I went there, I would see fruit flies flying around. maybe meaning that they don't keep stuff fresh? poor cleaning perhaps? Its quite bothersome to have fruit flies flying around while you're eating a nice meal. I would suggest trying out umi sake house instead. they have a much cleaner place. ambience was a little better for me. maybe try it once. you might like it, I am a bit hesistant in going to Nijos again. I agree with the last review that the service is very slow overall as well as inconsistant quality of food. Like the other reviewer, I also went on a thursday evening, and the quality of the wasn't that great. Maybe its the chef? I would highly suggest Umi sake house and for traditional sushi, go to Shiros. This place is a tough call.
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