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I Love Sushi on Lake Union
I Love Sushi on Lake Union

I Love Sushi on Lake Union Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilovesushiseattle.com
  • Phone: (206) 625-9604
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 2:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Hideaki Taneda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: I Love Sushi on Lake Union offers the city's finest sushi catering. We stake our reputation on providing the same fresh, skilfully prepared sushi at your location, your home, yacht, office, or other locations. Delivery and on-site catering, as well as private chef services are always available. When you are counting on delicious Japanese cuisine for any occasion, you can count on our Zagat- and Seattle Magazine-award winning chefs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our space can truly accommodate any occasion, any time of day, at many price points with a friendly and knowledgeable staff to make your dining experience even more enjoyable for groups of 20-50 guests. Full bar and variety of sake selections are available as well.
  • Private Party Contact: I Love Sushi on Lake Union (206) 625-9604

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yale Ave N
  • Public Transit: [Seattle Streetcar] The Seattle Streetcar begins outside the Arnold Building on Fairview Ave. N and runs south through South Lake Union before ending at the intersection of Westlake Ave. and 5th Ave. near Westlake shopping center. [Bus Routes] There are two main bus routes that serve our location, 66 and 70.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a paid private parking lot and 8 free spots are available in front of restaurant. Street Parking is free from 6PM/8PM.
A word from I Love Sushi on Lake Union
Since 1992, I Love Sushi on Lake Union has been serving the greater Seattle area as I Love Sushi’s second branch.
On sunny days, enjoy the sunshine, fresh air and the water view on our lakeside patio. At night, stay warm inside, or try dining outside under heat lamps, accompanied by hot sake! The starry sky and spectacular view of the illuminated Space Needle make us glad to be here in Washington.
Upon entering, you'll be greeted by our friendly staff. Whether you're a first time sushi eater or a connoisseur, we'd be glad to help you navigate our menu, and steer you to something you will enjoy.
Great atmosphere, superb food, and fine drinks!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Diner Reviews
  • "We've been coming here for 6 years and have always had a great sushi. We always sit at the sushi bar and let Taneda-san serve up the best he has to offer. We have also been fortunate to have Chris as the sushi chef, who was trained by Taneda-san, and have been impressed with his skills and creations. We're customers for life."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Poor service. Were seated way in the back and forgotten. Had to at one point get up and find someone to ask to get our waters refilled. Our waitress forgot to deliver one of our entrees. We assumed she left the table to get it and she just never returned. So almost 15 minutes later, when she returned, we had to remind her. The entree looked nothing like the picture of it on their website - we feel they left off half of the ingredients. The sushi rolls were only okay, nothing special. We will not eat here again, nor recommend it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "In all fairness, hadn't been back in years, so don't know if this is old news. Food was decent, but those of you that know the subtleties of Sushi and Japanese food in general, may be disappointed. Staff was friendly (if not the most attentive)."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This is a really good place for sushi and the fact is it's on the water doesn't hurt either."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I have eaten here quite a bit so I was surprised when my group, which of course we had a reservation, had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Obviously there was nothing that we could have done, but as a ex-restaurant owner, you should always take care of your customers and they didn't do one thing for us which I thought was rude."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great food but they stuck us in the back room where the noise was so loud we wanted to leave."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I'm never disappointed with the food or service at I Love Sushi (Lk Union). The seafood is always fresh and the presentation is excellent. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We caught up with some friends who were visiting Seattle and staying in South Lake Union, and this was a reasonably priced restaurant in the right place with a nice view of the marina. The Sashimi and Rolls were imaginative and very tasty. We highly recommend for a catch up over lunch."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The sushi remains exceptional, which is the reason for the 5-star overall rating. There seems to be a high turnover with waitstaff lately and we did not have a very attentive one this particular night while sitting at the sushi bar...had to keep looking for him for additional drinks and water refills."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This is my go to place for great sushi/sashimi but I'm always disappointed with the service. Whenever I go I expect to wait for my server and sometimes for the food. Time to venture out for a new favorite place I suppose.."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoy good sushi, and thought this would be a great place to celebrate Valentines Day. First, you have to pay $8.00 for parking... Not a big deal, just annoying. Second, the sushi didn't have a lot of flavor and wasn't anything special. We decided to get the fried ice cream for dessert and it was really heavy and took a long time to get. Like I said, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was ok but not great. Sushi was dry, as in not fresh, not made on demand. Disappointed...."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The sashimi both in variety and freshness was excellent. The vegetable tempura was the lightest possible. The wait person was very helpful with choices. Couldn't ask for more."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We have been to this place with a group of 10+ several times and each time the food and service has been great."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Really pleasant location, love the marina feel. The food is always good but without the steep price of some sushi places. Definitely one of my favorite sushi place."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Went here for Christmas dinner, very busy but still great service. We had the Lake Union roll And the special Spider roll, both exceptional. The Hamachi Nigiri was fresh and melted in your mouth."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "They automatically charged me a tip even though the service was poor! Very disappointing since I was taking six other guests to dinner and five of them were from out of town. It was embarrassing for me. Not good, not good at all."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "I Love Sushi is a very good place to have dinner in the South Lake Union area, but be careful because it can get quite expensive. I would totally recommend the lobster tail sushi roll because it was simply amazing!! The assorted sashimi on the other hand it was good, but the cuts were uneven."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Excellent sushi overall. The service was great, the setting was comfortable, and the food was delicious. The rolls, nigiri, and sashimi was just awesome. Especially the copper river salmon sashimi."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Generally go here for happy hour but also dinner as they have many good things to choose from. Even good dessert ... try the fried ice cream! Also had the pineapple drop martini which is yummy, and had something with midori, coconut rum and pineapple. Sweet but I like it that way. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "No better sushi around from our experience. We've been going here for 5+ years. Sit at the sushi bar with Taneda-san or the young new chef Masa-san (or is it Masaki-san?). Let them know if you want them to be creative or to stick to certain items. Service this time was excellent. On the rare occasion, we get a less attentive server (the one responsible for drinks and water). But it is easily overlooked as the sushi is the highlight. We never leave disappointed."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "Quick, Delicious and Great Service - great for business luncheons."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "We decided to dine here because it was in walking distance from our hotel overlooking Lake Union. We enjoyed several items from Chef's Special menu, including Pacific Northwest Sampler, Super Rainbow roll and Oyster shooter. Everything was incredibly fresh and sooooo good, we ended up ordering add'l items. We also liked the casual atmosphere and friendly service."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "We've been coming here for 5 years now (1-2 times per month) and have always had a great meal. We always sit at the sushi bar and Taneda-san is our favorite sushi chef (and the young Masa-san is a close second). The sushi is always fresh with wonderful texture. It's not a flashy place, but that's not our objective...our goal is to completely sate our desire for the freshest sushi and I Love Sushi never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/9/2013
  • "I had never been to this restaurant before and enjoyed it.. There are not many hot dishes but the sushi is very fresh! The employees are all very friendly also."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "My favorite place for sushi. No frills (translation: not for hipsters), just the freshest sushi and other Japanese delicacies made simply."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "The sushi and sides are more expensive than I usually pay at other sushi restaurants, but the food was delicious. We had sushi chef Chris who was excellent and very attentive."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "This is your place. It's not the most charming place and we were sat next to a group of loud people (probably spilled over from the Irish bar next door). But the sushi was outstanding. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/23/2013
  • "Excellent rolls. Great fresh sheet- Pricey but a nice evening."
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "Great place. Had a blast. Food was amazing! Service was incredible!"
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "8:00 on a Saturday night and every sushi place in the area seemed to have a 20+ minute wait! 'I Love Sushi' let us right in when I made last minute reservations, and we weren't elbow-to-elbow with the other patrons. I love a quiet dinner, and on a weekend, that's hard to find with how picky I am when it comes to sushi! Although it's a little pricey for the quality/presentation, the specials were pretty reasonable, and we left completely stuffed. The major pros would be: the real, yes REAL crab in their rolls, clever cocktails, and ambiance. The only con that really comes to mind is the nigiri; it was very good, but less memorable than the price."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "Good food but a little bit on the pricey side. I come here every now and then. Always good food and service!"
    Dined on 3/14/2013
  • "This is a great place to get sushi that does not disappoint. Yet do have many "Americanized" rolls, with either cream cheese or mayo (ewww), but they have good, classic sushi as well. I was seated with a party of 4 very quickly, ordered in the first 5 minutes, and had my sushi shortly after. The view of the water is great and the prices were very average for Seattle sushi."
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "I always enjoy this place. Good foods,service. Recomend to anyone."
    Dined on 2/27/2013
  • "I Love Sushi is consistently one of the best sushi restaurants in the greater Seattle area. The food is fresh. The presentation is excellent. The service is always very good. This is one of my favorite "go-to" lunch spots. A very nice location too - on Lake Union. It is on a marina so boat-watching (and gawking) is great."
    Dined on 2/22/2013
  • "Had a great meal, as always, at I Love Sushi. My dinner companion wasn't fond of raw fish (so why go to a sushi restaurant? you ask) but found plenty of cooked entrees to satisfy. I, too, decided to go for a cooke entree and had a wonderful piece of Chilean sea bass -- succulent and melted in my mouth. I couldn't resist a few pieces of sushi which were tasty and very fresh as expected. All in all, a great dining experience."
    Dined on 1/31/2013
  • "Fresh sushi and a wonderful experience! My friends and I have been to a lot of sushi restuarants and usually there is always something to complain about (because freshness is so hard to get right, and restaurants have to make ends meet), however our dinner turned out wonderfully sampling all over the menu."
    Dined on 12/31/2012
  • "It was Christmas Eve so I had higher expectations that usual. The food was just okay. Everything else was nice but you pay to eat good food and it was just average."
    Dined on 12/25/2012
  • "It was frankly the only place open on Christmas... Some of the rolls were just bad... we ordered tea and were told they dont leave a pot at the table... Service was good to bad and very slow because our waitress was given most of the tables."
    Dined on 12/24/2012
  • "Another great meal at I Love Sushi! We make it a point to eat at the Sushi bar whenever we're in town."
    Dined on 11/23/2012