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2230 First Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.613276 -122.346109
Neighborhoods: Belltown, Downtown
Best Darn Sushi in Seattle – A friend of mine took me to Umi for the first time on a late Thursday night about a month ago. He said; "it was the best he had ever had". I said; "I'll be the judge of that I've been eating sushi long before it was trendy" (18yrs). We were seated promptly and began browsing the menu and I was shocked at the selection. I had a hard time making up my mind. On top of that the prices were very good. My friend recommend the sushi sampler as a must have! We ordered one sushi sampler each (he said it was too good to share) and we also ordered some sushi rolls (very creative and tasty rolls). It was FABULOUS!!! I liked the place so much that I've been recommending it to all of my friends and requesting that we go there at every opportunity (birthdays, happy hour, and drinks). It has a great atmosphere, great prices, great selection and the BEST DARN Sashimi I've ever had! Now that's saying something considering the experience I have. Plus, it?s in the heart of Belltown! You can't beat that!!!
Bad Service, bad food – I consider myself a sushi connoisseur and enjoys trying out new sush restaurants. I did not expect Umi Sake House to taste like sushi made in Japan or even Vancouver B.C. However, I thought it would be similar to I Love Sushi or Shiro's. I was greatly disappointed with their service and freshness of their sushi. Stomach ached for two days after eating at this place. They try to reinvent classic sushi dishes but failed miserably. Being creative is good but changing for the sake of changing, you get people sick.
Called to make reservation but was told that I need to provide my credit card # so if we were late or decide to cancel, they would charge $100.00 onto my credit card. This is not something an upscale and service oriented restaurant would NOT do. Got there on time but had to wait 30 minutes for our table (you would think with a credit card hold, you get your table quicker). Service was horrible, you have to flag the waitresses down to get their attention. Placed our order but waitress forgot a few items and we had to remind her a few time. No apology from the waitress for forgetting our order since gratuities were added.
There are many good sushi restaurants in Seattle, don't waste your money here. Try Wasabi Bistro, Shiro's, or even sushiland.
Fresh seafood!! – I totally agreed why this restaurant got 5 star rating. I felt like I was eating fresh seafood back in Hokkaido, Japan. My husband and I went there both regular price hour and happy hour. Happy hour price was unbeatable and quality (and quantity) of sushi was same as regular price hour. Only thing I could ask more for would be sushi rice quality but I may be asking too much :) We tried same sake and they were excellent as well.
One of Seattle's Best – Gone is Bada Lounge, but Umi is much better. The decor is amazing, front porch, backyard, traditional seating...etc...The specialty drinks are great, Leche Lemonade is my favorite. The spicy cassidy roll is excellent, all the pan asian dishes are well thought out. The plum sorbet is to die for when dessert comes, and the happy hour is rediculous, the menu is long and super cheap. I prefer the late night happy hour. I read reviews about the wait staff being an issue and I can see where that comes from but that will be found with any restaurant, humans aren't prefect especially on a busy Friday night. I recommend going to Umi on a off day and sitting in the backyard. A true Seattle gem In my opinion.
My favorite Sushi place in the US – I travel to NY, Chicago, Cali, Florida, TX, etc, etc and have been to plenty of GREAT sushi places, but this one is my favorite. The head chef is super nice and very helpful in making suggestions. The lobster soup is amazing, the 007 roll is also amazing, and all the sushi is extremely fresh. It was so good that I ate there twice on my last trip to seattle. I cant say I have tried other places in Seattle, but it would hard to beat this place in terms of quality and value.
One of the best japanese restaurant in Seattle - Belltown area! – The makimonos are very delicious, specially bad boy roll and the ultimate dragon! However, the badboy roll is similar with Las Vegas roll at Wasabi Bistro. The calamari salad is to die for! Don't forget to go @ their happy hour and get a very very good deal. The happy hour is everyday, yes it's everyday! from 4-6pm. I heard they're also having a happy hour at night, but no minors accepted. Open until 2am in the weekend I guess. So, U have to try this one!!
Generous Happy Hour – Not the highest quality sushi but it's just fine if you pop in for Happy Hour and want to grab a bite. The happy hour prices are very reasonable and the selection of sake is quite large. The service staff was fairly knowledgeable about the sake list and made some good recommendations.
Best happy hour, classy ambiance, amazing food – I have been to Umi's several times recently and each time I am more amazed with my experience! They have the best deal for happy hour and the sushi is delicious. The atmosphere is chic, modern and relaxing. I would definitely recommend going for fresh seafood/sushi, for anything from a romantic date to a business meeting. I have been craving Umi's sushi ever since I went and now want to go there every time I eat out!
Cool atmosphere, good food. – It's a very cool atmosphere. If you're looking for good food and chic atomosphere on a budget, this is the place. The food was good and pretty inexpensive for sushi. The happy hour does have good prices on the rolls, but the happy hour sashimi was pretty expensive for what you get. The specialty rolls are good and quite big. I would go again.
SUSHI DONE RIGHT (for me)!! – I have to say that I've eaten at every single sushi joint in the puget sound area. Yes, there are good ones and bad ones. There are few great ones and I believe Umi Sake House is one of those. The food is outstanding and I am always impressed. The chef at Umi is very knowledgeable about the fish that he is serving. I am constantly learning more about the sushi world. I usually eat at Umi on thursday night because the chef has a special delivery of unique and rare fish delivered to him from Tsukiji, the largest fish market in Japan. I highly recommend this restaurant to any one who enjoys extravagant and well prepared food. The sushi from Umi Sake House does not compare with anyone else in the city!!!
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