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Japonessa Sushi Cocina
Japonessa Sushi Cocina

Japonessa Sushi Cocina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.japonessa.com
  • Phone: (206) 971-7979
  • 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: Japanese, Sushi, 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Extremely fresh and very well prepared japanese food with a latin twist. We tried sweet, savory and spicy sushi rolls. Flavor combinations were balanced and not overpowering. Beautiful presentaions, too. Rice was not compressed, but stayed together. Comprehensive wine and sake list. Our server was personable and attentive without hovering. Reservations required on a Sunday night!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Went into Seattle after the Mariner's game to the Japonessa. We were 1.5 hours ahead of our scheduled reservation but the hostess arranged a table for us. We were there in time for the happy hour food menu which offered fantastic rolls and sushi at very good prices. Victor our waiter was very attentive. Put Japonessa on your list if you love Japanese food."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great sushi, friendly staff, location central to must see Seattle, offers excellent value. We ate there twice, on both ends of our 10 day stay in the city."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Love the creative sushi menu. Happy hour prices for lunch make this a fantastic choice"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Excellent and very different sushi rolls. Seems like fusion influence. Very interesting combination of ingredients. Rolls are expensive but are very large. My son and I split three rolls and were very full. Very popular restaurant near market and museum."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had someone visiting the office from out of town. Food was good and he was impressed with the price for 4 of us. I've been here many times and only had slow service once, more than a year ago. Doesn't open until 11:30, and they don't unlock the door until then. Can often be busy, so usually best to make a reservation."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Great sushi, happy hour, craft beverages and Japanese whiskey selection. Interesting deserts including a surprising Chocolate Chili ice cream. Hip, stylish ambiance. Good location near Pike Place."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We sat at the sushi bar. While the food was good, the "chefs" did not put a lot of care in making the sushi. They were concerns about pumping food out ASAP. A lot of thef fish was already pre-cut in containers ready to go and the sliced rolls were cut inconsistently (some thick and some thin, noticeably so)."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Of course, one of our favorites for sushi. The unique and extensive list of sushi rolls always pleases our palettes. The service started off a little slower this time, than usual (we sat waiting for service for quite awhile), but recovered quite well once we had a steady waiter. Nonetheless, this was an anomaly from our past experiences, so can be overlooked. The food is worth it! Go...and it is a great deal during their Happy Hour!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Sushi here is great. They have happy hour almost all day at the bar with reasonable prices. Dinner is a little on the expensive side but worth it."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food here was excellent, the service was attentive and prompt, but the kitchen was incredibly slow. It may have been a fluke, as people who came in after us were served quite rapidly, but in our cohort the delivery was a bit crazy slow. Sashimi took an hourish to arrive. Once the food got coming though, everything was really great, so that went a long ways to make up for it. I will be back, and expect to be well impressed. Tres Diablos was great, the Seattle Crunch Roll won over a non-sushi eater, and the happy hour menu looks great."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Every time I am in Seattle I come to Japonessa, consistently excellent and unique!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Quite a variety of choices, with good quality. Tasty stuff, but true sushi lovers may not be wild about the sauced sushi rolls."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "If you have a groupon that is a good way to go but Happy Hour is a cheaper way to go. The food in always great and fresh."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This place was FANTASTIC! The sushi was creative and delicious and extremely fresh. Service was good, wine was good. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Happy hours make it very affordable. The food is amazing! will definitely come back."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "1st time to Japonessa, recommended by my daughter and her husband. Well worth it, VERY fresh ingredients. The Yellow Tail was AWESOME. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We came for a birthday celebration and had terrible service. Slow and not very friendly server and no acknowledgement whatsoever of the birthday. Won't be returning and cannot recommend despite the good food."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "One of my favorite spots in the West End of Seattle. An innovative and delicious twist on the familiar Japanese fare. Took some friends from out of town and unfortunately we were a table of all women and our lack of service proved the bias..... We finally got our appetizers after the meal arrived..grrrrrr. As a former server and good tipper this is something I am really tired of enduring."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "There are many excellent choices for sushi in Seattle. Time & time again, we go back to Japonessa. It is beautiful food that tastes even better than it looks. The Super Bad Boy and the Spicy Redhead are our two favorite rolls. The sake & Japanese whiskies are a lot of fun. Sometimes the service is a little spotty--but the food ALWAYS makes up for that. We have been here probably a dozen times, and have never once been disappointed. Make a reservation, tho--or be prepared to wait!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Japonessa is one of the few hidden gems in Seattle. Outstanding rolls, extremely fresh cuts, and a wonderful wait-staff. One of my favorite stops on the West Coast."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Service in the bar was better than the restaurant. Server was inattentive and I had to call out to her more than once to get a refill on drinks."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "great unique rolls and small plates. A bit on the pricey side, but the food is great quality, and it's an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food is great. Rolls are large but might not be worth the price; however, two rolls are enough for two people to share. There is a 9 piece sashimi appetizer for $12 that is great. Service was good but they are so busy that it isn't really attentive. Note: If you might have someone joining your party, let the staff know right away. The table next to us added a person and the staff was not happy."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Japonessa has some of the best sushi in Seattle! If you like spicy, this restaurant offers many creative ways to spice up their rolls with a variety of different sauces and ingredients. Also, I am not a huge fan of tempura rolls, but love the tempura rolls at this restaurant. Some of my favorite rolls include the Barcelona Sunset and King Midas. The drink menu is also outstanding. The service from the server was excellent; very professional and knowledgeable. The only improvement I could see to the experience was the service from the hostess; was not real friendly and service-oriented as I would expect."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I went for lunch during happy hour so it was pretty slow compared to their dinner rush. The food was great and the waitress was extremely nice :)"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had high hopes for this place based on other reviews and because its the PNW and Japanese. The sushi was belabored by exaggerated and gimmicky garnishes that hid the fish. Flavor combinations were awkward and the "Spanish" influences were forced and unsubtle. We had to ask three times to be brought fresh plates for the sushi rolls after appetizers. The rice itself tasted gummy. The rolls were so large that they didn't fit nicely into the mouth, given the over-decoration. I suppose this is what lots of people like, but all that razzmatazz hides the fish and rice."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "A friend recommended this place and I was pleasantly surprised at my experience. In general I am not a huge sushi fan so i didn't have high expectations but the menu was interesting and the waitress was great at offering suggestions to fit my picky tastes. I will definitely be back and am excited that I found a new place in Seattle to take friends & clients to."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I enjoyed the freshness of the food and it came out pretty quickly after ordering. But for a $20 crunch roll, I felt like it was an ordinary roll covered with a thick layer of tempura batter and wasn't worth the price. The laughing budda was amazing! Definitely worth it for vegetarians. Every roll seemed to use cream cheese and I don't really think that's a very versatile menu choice. I'd stick to the happy hour times where the price is more reasonable."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The appetizers were amazing. Both the tuna tatar and the ceviche were both fantastic. But the chef's sashimi plate that we had was to die for. The chef asked what we liked and then made up a platter for us. He them came around the sushi bar and explained what all the fish was, much of it special catches not on the menu. By far the best sashimi we've ever had."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Fantastic food and the waitress did a great job with recommending drinks"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I would eat here every day if I could! We had a few of the happy hour rolls for lunch and they were big, beautiful, and delicious! We brought our 11 month old daughter and they were very sweet to her. It might be smart, if you bring young children, to ask for their food to come out first. My daughter's avocado roll came out several minutes after all the other food and she started to get frustrated and loud in the dining room, which was a little stressful."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "It's a great location ( across the street from the Seattle Art Museum and other landmarks) and and the food is good. Happy Hour(s) are the best time to go; it's offered at the bar area and main dining room, so you're not stuck in one place to partake in HH. Prices are affordable on the regualr menu and staff is friendly. The music is abit loud and to me not appropriate for a sushi place."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Japonessa did not disappoint. Myself and a friend had a reservation for lunch in the main dining room, where the happy hour specials run from open until 6:30p. We were pleased to get four rolls and a sashimi set for around $55, with beverages. Our server (I think his name was Kyle), was wonderful, and just the right amount of attentive. I am from out of town, but would definitely return if I was in the sushi mood."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was quite good, but the service ... the hostess and the waiter ... a real disappointment ... not attentive ... the waiter was very slow, and I had to remind him to bring my drink after the appetizers were served, and the hostess seemed disinterested and irritated."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was the third time I've eaten at Japonessa. Excellent food imaginatively presented. Our waiter, this time, was excellent as well. The next time I attend an event at Benaroya Hall, I will very likely choose again to have dinner at Japonessa beforehand."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We brought family who were visiting from Pittsburgh. One of them worked for several years as a taster for the H.J.Heinz Company, so she knows food. Everyone raved about the bento box (salmon poke salad, chicken teriaki, tuna tempura, snow crab sushi and miso soup), the Skin-salmon roll, and more, followed by Lychee sorbet and tempura Brie with raspberry sauce. An unforgettable meal! (Service brought down from outstanding to very good due to order of calamari never arriving at the table)."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Japonessa offers food that you are not likely to find elsewhere. Their rolls in particular bring together unexpected combinations of ingredients to create delicious and unusual flavors. They are also beautifully presented. As we had dinner at 6, we had the opportunity to make choices from the Happy Hour menu which was a great deal less expensive than the regular menu, with many, though fewer choices. We took advantage by tasting a wide variety . Our service was great. The place is quite attractive. The noise level was lively. Not for intimate conversations but great for the 4 of us celebrating Fathers's Day!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It is a great spot for pre symphony dining. The happy hour in the dining room til 6:30 PM is wonderful. Tasty, fresh sushi at happy hour prices is hard to beat."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Love Japonessa! Frequent for lunch/happy hour at least once a week. Sushi is always fast and delicious - love the option of being able to use brown rice. The sushi came out before my miso soup and salad this past time, but not a big deal. Also told the waitress it was my friend's birthday (received a small slice of tiramisu in past), and it was not acknowledged. Overall, great place, I will continue to be a loyal customer! Heading back on Friday for my father's birthday dinner."
    Dined on 6/13/2014