We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Izumi

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
12539 116th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034-4310
425-821-1959
Website
Improve this listing
Add hours for Izumi and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 66 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty Japanese food in Kirkland

We have been to Izumi several times and have always loved the food. As always, we had to wait for about 20 minutes for a table for two (they do not take reservations for small parties). If one thing could be improved about this restaurant, it would be the greeting and the communication around the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
sarahann20
,
Kirkland, Washington
Add Photo Write a Review

66 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I do not want to sound snobbish but I know a good fish when I see one. Unfortunately, Izumi's images on their website belies the state of what they serve in the restaurant. It was actually the images we saw on their site that made us drive there to partake in their food. I like it when I find that... More 

Helpful?
Thank whichcitynow
Kirkland, Washington
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We have been to Izumi several times and have always loved the food. As always, we had to wait for about 20 minutes for a table for two (they do not take reservations for small parties). If one thing could be improved about this restaurant, it would be the greeting and the communication around the wait time (or a bigger... More 

Helpful?
Thank sarahann20
Level Contributor
26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We are frequent sushi goers from the northeast coast and must say this Japanese resturant in Kirkland near Seattle was quite disappointing. The raw fish / quality was okay just average but the sushi was made with too much rice. The spider roll that I ordered was more expensive than other resturant and not as good, the roll was huge... More 

Helpful?
Thank NLovswim
Seattle, Washington, United States
Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I've been here every couple of months for about ten years. I am impressed how the quality of food has been the same - fresh and consistent, even when economy was bad, not to mention same great service. Everything they serve is traditional Japanese dish - not Japanese American dish.

Helpful?
Thank Person1159
Kirkland
Level Contributor
99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

From the interior design to the large aquarium to the flamboyant Sushi chefs in full view of most tables, Izumi conveys an aura of authenticity ... and delivers with excellent food and prompt, courteous (server is bowing now) service. Price tag is a bit steep, but well worth it for a special dinner or celebration.

Helpful?
Thank Roger C
Bellevue, Washington
Level Contributor
35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

The sushi here is great, but be prepared to wait and follow the unspoken rule of the sushi chef. You must wait for him to ask you what you want if you sit at the sushi bar. This is similar to the Seinfeld "The Soup Nazi" episode. Actually, I have not seen anyone thrown out, but you may wait longer... More 

Helpful?
Thank GirlsGuideTo
New Providence, New Jersey
Level Contributor
113 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We went to this restaurant every time we visit Bellevue area. This restaurant is not big but is well known from local people. Their food is very fresh.

Helpful?
Thank tanje1
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level Contributor
21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Sushi is one of our favorite foods. This is a nice place with qualify fish and decent size pieces, but nothing to write home about. We were not terribly creative and for two sashimi dinners. Presentation was very nice, served on a boat and each dinner came with miso soup and a small salad. They did not serve ginger with... More 

Helpful?
Thank Luv2Tour2
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

Food piled up around me before I could finish each course. Salmon was perfect, as was the environment.

Helpful?
Thank Michael S
Seattle, WA
Level Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The restaurant recently celebrated its 30th anniversary; that alone is testament to how great this place is. Restaurant is busy at lunch and I'd suggest going about 11:30-11:45 am when they open or shortly after 1:00, as otherwise there will be a wait. But remember they stop admitting folks for lunch at 1:30. Owner is from Japan, via Israel, and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Hydros

Travelers who viewed Izumi also viewed

 

Been to Izumi? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12539 116th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034-4310
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Kirkland
  • Phone Number: 425-821-1959

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Seafood, Sushi

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Izumi staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?