2122 NE 65th St., Seattle, WA | Directions 9811547.675858 -122.304131
owner is a petty cheap woman who takes advantage of her employees – Having actually worked at Osaka Sushi for a short period of time I hope I can give some further insight into the so so food, spotty service, and most of all, the sometimes scary overly aggressive behavior of the restaurant owner. Upon being hired, my understanding was that I would be paid minimum wage plus tips once I started taking customer's orders. After only a couple days of training, I started waiting on tables as we were severely understaffed and a couple of the new recruits had quit after just a couple days because the owner was so ridiculous in her demands. Some days she would leave me completely alone to wait on the entire restaurant. Granted, the restaurant isn't that big and was often not full but I was new to being a server and working by myself with multiple tables was often frustrating and stressful. After working there for two weeks I received my "paycheck." The owner gave me my hourly wages and $20 extra because she was "so nice." She had pocketed my hard earned tips of two weeks (probably more than $150). When I asked her whether I was getting my tips or not, she said that I had to pass a menu test before I would receive any. She had not mentioned this when she hired me and denied having not told me before. I was livid to say the least and quit after a couple more days.
If you want better sushi and better service, don't go to Osaka. I would recommend Shun (by university village)
A horrible place – Foods are bad. Services are bad. Also, it's a very expensive place. I will never go back to Osaka. Of course, I will not recommend my friends to there as well. Please don't waste your time and money to this horrible resturant.
Slow service? How about *no* service! – I took my son and his girlfriend, who have piercings, here for dinner tonight for his birthday. There was no "cute couple" described by others at the door; in fact, no one acknowledged us so we just found a table on our own. Two places at our table had those plastic-covered menus sushi places have, which were larger than the one embedded in the table at my place. Seeing a stack of them nearby, I brought one over to my place to make sure I didn't miss anything from what seemed a slightly larger menu. A very grouchy woman approached almost immediately and grunted to me to the effect that the info was no different on the plastic-coated one and took it away (!) She gave us some glasses of water and never returned...and after 25 long minutes waiting, we moved briefly to the sushi bar, hoping to get some attention by being closer to the chef, who also grunted at us that it was "okay" for us to sit there (hey, big of you). But he was not about to serve us either - there was none of the usual initial flurry of attention you get when you sit at most sushi bars. Maybe they don't like people with piercings. Maybe they're just antisocial to anyone who comes in after they feel they're doing enough business for the night. I don't really care, but I have to say this is the worst I have ever been treated in any restaurant, ever. Downright rude. We left and went to Tokyo Sushi on Roosevelt and had a great meal with very nice service. If you have ages to waste, maybe this is the place for you - you may or may not get served.
DON'T EAT AT OSAKA.... – unless you support slave labor.
I knew a few girls that worked there for a few months and the owner/manager did not give them tips for the entire three months that they worked there. They were promised tips once they became full servers but that time never came. If you must go there, DON'T LEAVE TIPS at Osaka...they go STRAIGHT to the hands of the greedy owner and not to the poor hardworking kid sercing you. I am thoroughly apalled by the treatment they give their workers. If i knew how I would report them to the authorities.
Awesome sushi – Osaka has a great selection of rolls! If you like spicy, try the spice scallop roll or the spicy tuna. I don't know what they do to their spicy rolls but there are the best I've ever had and I've tried a lot of places in Seattle. Service can be a little slow depending on the night, they just don't have enough staff, but it is worth the wait. For better service, sit at the sushi bar. The sushi chef, Dave, always takes excellent care of those sitting at the sushi bar and even occasionally adds little extras to what you order, like a little ball of spicy tuna or a free set of nigiri. Other rolls that are really good here are the spider roll. hands down the best spider roll in Seattle, there is just no comparison. Other really good deals include the chirashi for $17. On the menu it only list about 6 types of fish that you will get with it, sashimi style, but in reality Dave pretty much gives you a little bit of every type of fish he has on top of a bed of rice. This dish will feed a very very hungry teenager, no problem. Other things besides sushi are the sukiyaki, and the dessert menu. Ester, the owner and Dave's wife, has put together an incredible and very unique dessert menu including my personal favorite, banana tempura and red bean ice cream.
Overall this place has great sushi are very reasonable prices. I have been going here for months every other week or so and they have never let me down. I highly recommend Osaka.
We love everything about Osaka! – We love Osaka - we eat here at least once a week. Osaka is going through a bit of a growing-pains stage so many new people have discovered this great spot for sushi, and it shows in increasingly busy nights at Osaka! The owner's could not be more delightful, Esther is charming and warm, and David makes some of the best rolls around! Another special treat is to simply ask for the freshest, best tasting fish of the day, and experience items and dishes that are not on the menu! I admit that on busy nights, sometimes the Miso comes a bit late, or we get our rolls/sushi in two waves - but the food and good times more than makes up for it. Remember this is a neighborhood family-run place - not a hi-fi joint downtown - so bring your patience and good attitude and you wont be dissapointed!
Totally miserable experience – These folks seem totally disorganized! It took them a long time to seat us, even though tables were available. Then, once seated, we were again ignored for a good long while. We finally got our order placed and proceeded to wait another long while. They forgot the miso soup and ended up having to bring it later, after the dinner. They brought one of our dinners and we had to wait a while for the 2nd one. When they finally brought it, one of the items had an ingredient I am allegic to and had specifically asked them to leave out. So their solution was to take the whole plate away, and leave it sitting, cooling down to lukewarm, in the kitchen, while nobody did anything about it. We finally had to go to the kitchen to get it back. My husband's sushi was so-so, and my chicken teriyaki was half raw. We will NOT be going back.
horrible sushi – A friend and I who regularly troll for sushi in Seattle, tried this place out and didn't finish most of what we ordered because it was so across the board bad. Although the fish wasn't off, it was mealy and tasteless as if it had been poorly frozen and thawed. The order of toro, which is usually melt-in-your-mouth was especially disappointing. The rice was watery and kind of sweet - not good at all although our waitperson insisted it was "yummy.". The rolls all had the same cinnamon-y chemical taste. Even our edamame appetizer tasted like it had been drowned.
Intimate environment, fantastic fish – I decided to stop into Osaka after passing it daily on my way to work. What a pleasant surprise. I have had sashimi many places in Japan, even rising at the break of dawn to sample the fresh catches at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, so I am not a totally novice palate when it comes to raw seafood. The offerings at Osaka are excellent. I asked for my favorite, Uni (sea urchin), and was informed that they sent it back this time for not meeting their quality standards. They proceeded to offer me some fresh Toro (fatty tuna) instead, an offer that I gladly accepted. Wow. Soft, sweet and succulent, it melted on the tongue, requiring not even the slightest nod of soy or wasabi. Delicate sounds of the shamisen wafted through the air, accompanied by approving groans from the other customers. And as if I needed more convincing as to the general loveliness of the restaurant, towards the end of the meal the owners, David and Esther, both came to my table, thanking me genuinely and heartily for visiting them. The first visit of many, I assured them.
amazing sushi, great rainbow roll, good service, quality fresh seafood – We sit at the bar every time since its cool watching the chef make the sushi, plus you get to ask him what is fresh and what he recommends. The fish is always fresh, great tasting and presented beautifully. The yellow tail, spicy tuna roll, and the rainbow roll are our (my husband and I) favorites. Parking is always on the street. The place is clean and the ambiance is intimate, not loud, the service is prompt.
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