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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly

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International District
0.8 miles from Seattle Waterfront
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Reviewed November 18, 2020

I have been many times over the years and they never disappoint. Sho the Sushi Chef is a phenomenally gifted sushi chef. As was his dearly departed father Mike before him. Sho's Sister and Mother run the front and back of house. They do an...amazing job. Their dedication is clearly evident, with their exacting attention to detail. I have overheard so, so many times this restaurant is as close as going to Tokyo as you can get. It truly is. Please come and enjoy, and experience this hidden gem. This is a local, family owned restaurant that has rightly earned many accolades over the many years. With 2020 being what it is, they are currently only offering takeout. I do not think they offered takeout before this pandemic. They have adapted, and overcoming these terrible circumstances. You cant go wrong here.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed February 28, 2020

I guess its one of those places passed on to others from those who have been lucky enough to be initiated themselves . We had large plates of sushi- fresh and hand made .My son had the chef's choice ( I forget the Japanese word...for that) and he was ecstatic. Lots of unusual things in it- I am more of a coward and stuck to what I know and love. The food was great, the service quick and knowledgable but most of all it was the hole in the wall authenticity of the place that really made it special- i felt I was in Japan which has loads of similar places. The meal was rather expensive but you got what you paid for. I also liked their tea a lot, but I'm not sure if it was a rare kind. Anyhow, you can make a reservation- but don't be late. There are always more people who want to go here than can get in-- its quite small and cozy.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed September 17, 2019

Amazing! Not sure how else to describe this place. This is one of those hidden gems that you have to actively research and look for. The address is 515 S. Main St. There is no address number on or above the door. The only way...we found this place is by looking at 513 and then 517, deciphering that 515 was the door in between the other two doors. The door is black with an air conditioning unit above it, that's all. The only indication that this is even a restaurant is by the paper that is taped to the window indicating their hours. We got there at 10:30am on a Saturday (the only day of the week they serve Ramen) and we waited. They opened and we were the first in the door. We ordered 2 bowels of Ramen and the Geoduck sashimi (if you don't know what that is, Google it, it is kind of a famous thing up here). The Ramen was the best I have ever tasted, nothing more needs to be said. This was my first time eating Geoduck and it was incredibly delicious. After all that, we got Bluefin tuna sashimi (when in Rome, right?). It was, without a doubt, the best sashimi I have ever had. This is not a cheap place, the 2 servings of sashimi was about $25 and the Ramen was about $12 a bowl. We had great service and were very happy when we left. If you have the time and the inclination, give this place a try. You will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 5, 2019

Tasty, tasty sushi! The gyoza are delicious and I could have eaten about 10 plates of them. Nice tempura, too! Wine list could be expanded (we ordered two wines and they were out of them both). This was a lovely meal.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

I love this place. Small and intimate, amazing food and the nicest servers in the city. This restaurant came highly recommended by a friend and it didn’t disappoint. Tried several dishes I had never had before. Everything was fantastic. Coming back if I can get...a reservation.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed January 11, 2019

Hope this review helps meal seekers. Don’t pick the place based on stars. Read a few low stars first, then a few high ones. Don't rely on Google or online menu nor hours, they're outdated prices and menu items, nor the high ratings with short...reviews, these have no substances, could be paid bias. Anyways, My wife heard this place has the best ramen that only serve on Fridays with limited quantities. We’ve been in the zone to search and try out the best ramen. We Google and reserved a table. To our disappointment, ramen was moved to Saturdays brunch only. The place is small but charming, service is slow, finished my water and no one took our order, finished two more waters and no food has arrived. Our taste was set on ramen, but settled for other hot items: • Edamame more salt sprinkled on than needed. Miso soup was salty, didn't finish them. These came out first, then another wait. • Perhaps to get your thirst up to order drinks. Good thing I took on water. • Agedashi Tofu is soaked in thick starchy broth, NOT our usual crunchy on the outside, firm/chewy on the inside and base in light broth. So Neh ... • Tempura = nothing special • Grilled saba = ...... not fresh ... • Grilled salmon = dried and salty • Fried chicken = perhaps the best items of our selections, a bit chewy though • Teriyaki chicken = ...nothing to write about • Salmon roll = not fresh dried sockeye salmon All this set us back $70. Good thing we didn’t order drinks and were not hungry. Well, still thirsty even with all the water we drank, perhaps MSG …. Don't think we'll come back to try their ramen, not worth the wait, the drive and Parking is nonexistence. They must be catered to the locals who can’t get out of the downtown zone for the best dining experience. And no website to keep consumers updated on their menu, hours and prices, is another sign …. Perhaps they were great once and luring meal seekers with outdated info.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed August 19, 2018

I've been too this small, No name, sushi bar at least three times. There is almost always a line!. Go as early as you can. There is always a daily ramen or special. Everything is always fresh. I've challenged the chef/owner to a weird sushi...contest several times. Her's a small list of items i've tried and liked. Fresh abalone, dorsal fin of ?? and cod sperm sacks! The last one just tasted of sea water. I highly recommend this wonderful place. As of the last time I was there, there is no sign to tell you where you are. I think they have 515 above the door. Try it you'll like it!More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed August 9, 2018

Like most others, I was a little frustrated that there's no signage to tell you exactly where the restaurant is, but we were forewarned. We had a reservation for the first evening seating (5:30pm) and even though we went through the door after several other...patrons - with and without reservations - we were seated right away. Our server was prompt, polite, and knowledgeable; able to explain the dishes easily and recommend a Japanese beer based on our tastes. Two of the three appetizers were just right, the third (chicken gizzards) were not to my liking as they'd not been stewed long enough to get soft - but they were seasoned beautifully. I'm not into sushi or sashimi but found the menu to included a wide range of hot dishes to satisfy despite not being a huge menu. We ordered a bento style meal (choice of 1 or 2 protein, with salad, tempura, and other small sides) and a chicken katsu bowl that was absolutely delicious - tender, flavorful, and filling! Our food arrived hot (where appropriate), beautifully plated, and scrumptious. Though not required, I recommend making reservations for an evening meal or go during the lunch hour (when no reservations are taken). The restaurant is small, with seating for about 35 by my rough count, so if you don't make reservations you might have to wait for a while. Even though there was a steady stream of customers coming in, we were not rushed, our bill was not dropped off immediately after we took our last bites (or before as often done, annoyingly). Overall a very nice meal, excellent service, good value for the price.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We didn’t book and arrived as they opened, a line of people was already waiting outside and helped us to spot the place as there is no signage whatsoever to show it’s a restaurant. We got the last table and ordered a mix of sushi...and rice bowls. The food and service was amazing, with a great selection of dishes available. Fully recommend booking ahead as I’ve never seen so many people turn up so early at a restaurant and fail to get a table. We saw people happy to stay and wait over an hour for a table. The food is really worth waiting for if you have to.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed June 29, 2018

Nice hidden gem, the location does not have a sign on the door. The staff was extremely helpful and the restaurant filled up very quickly

Date of visit: June 2018
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October 17, 2018|
Response from Peter B | Reviewed this property |
I don't really know their hours, but would assume they have weekend hours. I ate there on a Monday evening. It is operated by several young Japanese who seemed very interested in succeeding.
March 31, 2017|
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    • Food: 4.5
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    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4