Japonessa Sushi Cocina
Japonessa Sushi Cocina

Japonessa Sushi Cocina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.japonessa.com/
  • Phone: 2069717979
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday- 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Tuesday- 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Wednesday- 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Thursday- 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Friday- 11:30am - 1:00am
    Saturday- 12:00pm - 1:00am
    Sunday- 12:00pm - 1:00am

    Happy Hour Is EVERYDAY, from open-6:30pm in our dining area including our SUSHIBAR, and EVERYNIGHT again at 10:00pm till closing, with extending happy hour for 21+ in our bar lounge from 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Billy Beach
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: See our website japonessa.com for catering information, or contact our Catering Manager directly at catering@japonessa.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available and is free after 8pm and on Sundays and Holidays.
    SAM (Seattle Art Museum) garage is located on Union between 1st and 2nd as well as Target's parking garage.
A word from Japonessa Sushi Cocina
Located in downtown Seattle next to Pike Place Market, Japonessa houses the latest talents of renowned Chef Billy Beach. We are a sushi cocina, featuring a Japanese menu with hints of Latino flair. From traditional offerings at our full service sushi bar, to innovative rolls and exotically imagined Japanese tapas, Japonessa boasts a menu to tantalize all palates.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Japonessa Sushi Cocina reviews from OpenTable diners
212 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (133)hot spot (103)great for lunch (68)good for groups (63)special occasion (62)neighborhood gem (49)vibrant bar scene (46)late-night find (46)romantic (35)great for outdoor dining (10)great for brunch (9)scenic view (8)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Great time
    HotppersVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I decided last minute to take my wife out for dinner to celebrate the evening of a significant accomplishment by her at work. The food and service was awesome and it was a great way to celebrate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieNewbie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The Oyster Shooters are amazingamazin, along with the spicy strawberry habanero roll with spicy tuna. Great place for a date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    grouper49
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Very good food and service. Cramped tables and very expensive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuesday
    Cakes
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Went Tuesday for lunch with a group of co-workers. Graham was awesome. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Wicked Sensation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The wicked sensation is one of the speciality rolls and it's amazing! This is our second visit to Japonessa and we love it! We are from Victoria, BC and made it a point to make a reservation to now one of our favorite places to dine in Seattle. The seafood is fresh, the service was very good and all around a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crazy mix of flavors.
    SeattleLocavore
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The biggest takeaway for me was the great mix of flavors executed by the chef. All of the rolls looked appetizing, and we settled on a special King Crab roll recommended by the server as well as the King Midas. With two of us there, more than two rolls would have been difficult to manage. We also had the salmon collar because they ran out of Hamachi Kama special. All of it was quite good, and I would probably take friends or family back there for a unique twist on traditional Japanese food. The tables are pretty close to each other, and one of our benchmates was a sushi newbie, so listening to him explore the menu and pass judgment was both fun and annoying. All in all, a good experience that I would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best sushi
    LandD
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Sushi was terrific - different combinations that were sublime. Not just OK, but really good. Glad we made a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was OK
    Kennit
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Menu is confusing. The ribs dish was tough. The sushi sticks give you a lot of the same thing not variety. Miso w clams was great. Tables for 2 were too "deep" for intimacy. Somehow should have been better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service!
    foodisgood
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Our waitress was awesome, sushi was tasty, ambience was nice. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Japonessa is a fav
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Our go-to spot for special times. Amazing food. Wait staff attentive. Every effort made to satisfy diners' wants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightfully tacky, yet unrefined.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I work in this neighborhood, so I'm always happy for a place to eat some great food, and Japonessa definitely has great food. Unfortunately, what they also have is tourists. Hundreds of loud, obnoxious, unruly, shouting tourists. I'm still searching for the perfect day and time to come and enjoy their Tres Diablos Roll and O' Toro. But mostly I just have to put up with a**holes from Kent and their screaming kids. I know they have a business to run, so I won't fault them for serving unwashed, but I can only dream that downtown will someday get a great sushi restaurant that has the courage demand the same quality from their customers as they do from their kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Sushi
    beka118
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The sushi was amazing. Probably the best I've had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth it
    teedsCVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It was our first time in Seattle and we were really craving good sushi. The first thing we thought when we sat down was how overpriced everything was on the Menu but I'm sure happy hour is a different story. Anyways, we weren't that hungry so we ended up just ordering an appy and one roll which was the Rockstar. I'll admit that the ingredients did go very well together however, it was just loads of rice and barely any scallops. I broke one roll apart and there was literally maybe two or three tiny pieces of chopped scallop. So what exactly did I just pay for? As a tourist recommendation, I would stick to eating at the unique shops in the Pike Place Market and catch as many Happy Hour restaurants as you can.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was very good. They need to work on the iced tea. Noise level was very high. I had trouble talking to the person sitting across from me
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must for happy hour
    36023ed
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Not sure I'd rate as high for the regular dinner service, but if you make it before 6:30 for happy hour it's well worth your time. A fairly extensive happy hour menu at less than half price. Tako yaki is excellent, tempura brie is odd but good, and lots of americanized rolls. My wife and I regularly make it out of there for less than $30.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit to Japonessa
    manyTastes
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The location is excellent, close to Benaroya Hall and SAM. We ordered a sushi plate and the Portobello yakisoba, the yakisoba split into 2 plates; no problem. The sushi was very good. The roll was thick, and some of the slices were too wide to eat in one bite. There is quite a variety of sushi. The yakisoba had the Portobello mushroom sliced and marinated for an interesting taste, along with pickled vegetables and the noodles in their sauce. The effect was a complicated dish with a muddled taste. We would order something more plain next time in the noodle department.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Smaugster
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I've been to Japonessa several times and will continue to do so. They have a wide and creative menu, service has always been excellent, and you can't beat their happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Service
    MJTA
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was decent, sashimi was perfect, rolls were heavier than expected (very rich), I had to remind my server for drinks twice and cancelled third one bc it never came, it took her 25 minutes to bring and close out the tab,will never be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sooo Delicious!!
    1newfoodie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have to keep this short and simple. Food=amazing! Service...could use some improvement on timing, but not terrible. The Ultimate Dragon was the best roll we tried. And the Dragon Eyes (I think that's the name) were delicious! The rolls were ample, but you only get four, albeit scrumptious, scallops. WILL COME BACK AGAIN!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make a reservation TODAY!
    Katvan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    LOVE this place! Site at the sushi bar for a more interactive environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh and Delicious
    Janine
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The sushi here is so fresh, unique, and delicious. A lot of it has a kick, so pay attention to the "pepper" symbols on the menu and you can't go wrong. Definitely give this place a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I was hoping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Rolls are TOO big for a normal mouth....so they fall apart and have to be eaten in two bites. Roll was YUMMY though. My husband is more of a true sushi person than me and loved it. Service was terrible. Set up at Sushi bar is terrible - why high seats? Why is the sushi bar near the door?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Angecakes
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The food was outstanding and the servers were very friendly and helpful. The tables are kind of close together, but we were able to move to a table away from others which greatly improved our experience. We will definitely be going back next time we visit Seattle.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Delicious, fresh sushi! I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    Allie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was great. The tables/seating is too close together. The place was very crowded and noisy. Overall, we had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but horrible service
    transplant
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Didn't get noticed at our table for the first 20 minutes. Finally got service which seemed forced. This is my go to place but not anymore.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh food, but misses the mark
    caprichosa
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I were really looking forward to trying Japonessa after seeing such raving reviews online. However, we were slightly disappointed. While the food and fish were fresh, they really missed the mark as far as flavor. We were hoping for something a lot more original and flavorful but it was rather meh. The general ambiance was really off-putting--the decor coming off as a little antsy/gothic rather than sophisticated. There were a ton of young people dining--teenagers, it seemed like, and they were loud and somewhat obnoxious. To top it off, we arrived 10 mins early for our reservation, and we had to wait to get a table despite it being early for a rez (4pm) and seeing multiple tables they could have put us at. :(
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Birthday
    Mark
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    For my daughter's 23rd birthday, she requested coming here. We made the reservation and everything was ready for us. The waiter was fun and really helpful to decipher the menu choices for a couple of us that didn't know sushi that well. A few of us ordered drinks, including the birthday girl and the two beers came out fairly quickly, but her drink took forever. So long that the waiter said if she wanted another one, he'd make it himself. I thought they should have not charged for it because it took so long. The food was fantastic and served quickly. On my reservation, I noted that it was my daughter's birthday and they even brought out a piece of amazing green tea tiramisu...nice touch. Need another bartender would be my only criticism.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Must When Visiting Seattle
    TheplanmancanVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our first experience brought us back for a second and we look forward to coming back again each time we visit Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    RebeccaM
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Although I'm newish to Seattle, I've had better sushi at Umi Sake House. I love the idea of sushi fusion and the rolls were plenty tasty, but I found that the rolls were very large and seemed to fall apart easily...like they weren't rolled tight enough. My server was nice enough, but the service itself was really slow and it seemed like it took forever to get a drink refill. I also went there around 6:00 on a Sat night and it was already really busy. You should make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was amazing, service was meh
    Trident
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    the food was fantastic. from the fried to non fried dishes i was impressed by everything. presentation, taste, atmosphere, it was all there. the time it took for the arrival of our food was amazing. only con was the service. the waitress missed two of our orders, did not bother coming back to see if everything was okay. she said she never wrote it down and tried to pin the blame on us. we all recalled hearing each other mention the missing orders but apparently she didn't. oh well, didn't have anything else planned afterwards so the extra wait for the food was no problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • service and food "ok"
    abailey
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Reservations online are quick and easy. Food tasty. But our waitress barely talked to us. A smile, sure, but didn't introduce herself, or said welcome, or read specials. After we had gotten our food she never visited our table again until we were done and asking for boxes. Food was pricey for what it was. Vegetable yakisoba for $18? I think if I was ever going to go here again it'd be happy hour at the sushi counter. Plus it was loud, the tables are so close together. Overall I liked it, but I probably will never come back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not as good as before
    disappointed
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The rolls were as great as usual but the revived salads were not as good as before. Salmon skin salad, one I used to love, was disappointing. We'll go again for the rolls but not so sure about the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best sushi in town
    sergesh
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The sushi was creative and delicious! Food was prepared fast despite quite large number of occupied tables. The waiter magically appeared every time we needed him before even asking. And brie tempura is something amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh, excellent sushi
    Ebcor
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My favorite sushi spot in Seattle. Great service, happy hour until 8 in the bar and the best rolls in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Sushi
    Dave
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We recently enjoyed a busy, noisy dinner at Japonessa. Some nice drink specials to start. My partner enjoyed a nice rib eye steak for dinner. I really enjoyed chef's omakase sushi special. Absolutely delicious! A nice wide variety of super fresh fish. Service was a bit slow, though. Our wine and sake flights arrived late relative to dinner, which detracted from the overall experience. Also, a bit noisy; it was hard to carry on a conversation during dinner. Highly recommend for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • skusa
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It had been a year or more since I last visited Japonessa. The menu seemed to have changed quite a bit. Most important, only because one of us lamented to the server that there was no obento box, were we (entire table) able to order it. The bento box was fabulous, so why not have it on the menu? Are there other great items that aren't on the menu?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but miscommunication
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was awesome, but there was a miscommunication on what bottle of sake I wanted to order. I thought I was clear by saying and pointing out what sake I wanted. When we got the check, I realized that a much more expensive bottle was given to us. I guess I could have double checked the sake once it was brought out but that usually not what you would normally do. I even verified the price to the waiter when I ordered. I didn't complain when we received the check since we drank the whole bottle, but it's unfortunate for us that the price difference was so much! Everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummmm!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The sushi was creative and delicious! The waiter had to be reminded about one of our rolls, but everything else came out in a timely manner. Friendly staff and a good drink list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great twist on sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love the signature rolls, a great twist on traditional sushi. This was our second time there, as usual, a pretty busy place, make sure to make reservations on OpenTable ahead of time! We never did receive the Miso Soup (I remember it being the best I have had) and had an extra drink on our receipt (easily corrected). Everything else was good. The server was knowledgeable of the menu and gave good advice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic