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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Japonessa Sushi Cocina reviews from OpenTable diners
212 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (124)hot spot (99)great for lunch (74)special occasion (66)good for groups (58)vibrant bar scene (45)neighborhood gem (44)late-night find (44)romantic (36)great for brunch (12)great for outdoor dining (11)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (8)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • 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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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
  • Lovely evening
    ChewLeWard
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My experience here was great. The staff were courteous and attentive and the food was very delicious. We loved the rainbow poke and a sushi dish with mango, tuna, and raspberry sauce (I think it's called paradisio tropical - sorry if I messed up the correct name). I definitely recommend this place if you crave sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our waiter didn't take our order for 25 minutes and then brought all our food out at once.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit Friday Night
    Andy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As always, great sushi and service - thanks, we'll see you again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious sushi - downtown must!
    Namastecpa
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Japonessa is consistent on all fronts: food, service and environment. Their Happy Hour menu begins when the restaurant opens so all downtown lunch goers may enjoy Happy Hour prices at lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fair
    Kseattle
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I dined at Japonessa on two separate occasions: for lunch (in the bar) and dinner (seated table). The sushi rolls are fairly large; Many of the specialties were spicy (e.g. contained spicy tuna, spicy sauce, jalopenos, etc.) which overpowered the fish. The high ceilings contribute to lots of noise when crowded and we found ourselves yelling across the table/bar to be heard. The service was 'fair'. Both times, I had to flag the waiter/waitress for the check. The sake was served 'searingly' hot rather than warmed. Although conveniently located near Benaroya Hall, the two experiences have me seeking a more pleasant and quality sushi restaurant in the downtown corridor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best
    DocDine
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Japonessa is one of the best sushi restaurants it have dined. If you like sushi, it is a must. The only detractor is the noise level. It was difficult having a conversation with colleagues.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for team lunches
    MichelleR
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Service was a little slow but the food was fresh and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative sushi
    JacquelynnVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is the place to go if you want creative rolls. Fancy, enormous portioned, cut rolls with multiple ingredients. Pricey but large enough to share. Try happy hour for lighter on your wallet fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It is a very good restaurant for Japanese food, especially sushi. They offer a wide range of raw fishes and some signature dishes. The dessert was very good. However, the price is a little bit too high for every day dining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sit at the sushi bar
    Katvan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fun way to experience the "show" that goes on in prepping the plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deep fried sushi
    TOgirl
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had the bad boy crunch roll, and the first few bits were great, but after that it was too rich. The restaurant wasn't busy but was sat way too close to a pair of women.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the creative rolls
    nickyelle
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Japonesa is one of my favorite lunch spots. I work close by and am able to get in and out within 45 minutes. The service is incredibly fast and attentive and the fish is fresh and delicious. I recommend the skin on skin roll and the Mexican ninja.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and unique sushi
    BeagleFan
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Sushi with a jalapeño flair. All of the food is beautiful and delicious. It can be very expensive ($20 for a Mr. Wonderful roll), but if you stick to the Happy Hour menu (and it's almost always Happy Hour), you can find a great sampling of rolls, sushi, sashimi, bento and the best miso soup around (only $1). This is where we always bring our out-of-town guests, to show off the heart of Seattle and then the very best sushi. Difficult to get in for lunch. The wait is typically over an hour unless you get lucky and find a spot in the bar. So DO make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always visit when we are in Seattle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    While we can find good sushi in Omaha, nothing compares to the quality of the food at Japonessa. We've eaten here every time we've visited Seattle since discovering it. Highly recommended. The only negative comment is that the noise level is always very high. We prefer to sit at the sushi bar so that we can carry on a conversation without raising our voices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Mediocre Service
    Chavey
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was good, above average really. This place has got a solid reputation and they deliver. The service was OK, a little slow and not that attentive. Our server must have been moved to another section as he disappeared for a long time, and then apologized for abandoning us. I'll go back, but likely sit in the bar as the Service in the Dining room was underwhelming
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frustrating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday. We've had good experiences here in the post but this time while the food was good the service was horrible. We barely saw our server. She didn't write down our order. She missed my husband cocktail and my roll never came out. She claims she put the order in and the kitchen missed it but she never came to check to see if it came out. It was extremely frustrating because I want to rave about this place but I can't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We ate here last year when we were in Seattle and they sent me a coupon for a free roll, so we returned and were not disappointed. Fairly high noise level, but great food. Well worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greeters for a Funeral
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My first time there and my initial thought was; is this a funeral? The hostess' looked as though they were being tortured and were very unfriendly. Not one smile or a bit of conversation..just a head nod to "follow me" and again to sit! The actual server was pleasant and did help take a bit of the distain from my mood. Sushi just ok, nothing speacial. Will definitely not be returning. There are plenty of wonderful sushi restaurants in Seattle...even the hole's in the wall offer better food and service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Sushi Place In Seattle
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    If you are a sushi fan and like variety and different kind of sushi, you have to try this place. If you like it spicy, I dare you to try Diabla Say and if you are in a mood for something crunchy and just delicious, you must try Seattle Crunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    girlmeetssushi
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    One of my favorite places to go, the only downside is most of their sushi rolls are tempura fried, it's hard to find ones that aren't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour
    woopthereitis
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The happy hour was the best happy hour in Seattle hands down. No where else can you find such great sushi at such and affordable price. I'm on a college budget and took my girlfriend there and did not feel like I was getting scammed, like some other sushi restaurants. Prices were very good, my only complaint is where we sat. For two people it seems like they just toss you aside right by the door and the menus were almost as big as the table we sat at not leaving much room for anything else. Overall, it was a great dinner though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • okay, but not okay ...
    jmrmode
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I loved that the have uni on the menu, and for my first time having it, I loved it. But I ordered the spicy bad boy sushi roll with eel, and when I bit into the roll and a bone dug right into the roof of my mouth and got lodged between my gums and my tooth. When my husband told the waiter, he didn't care, he just dropped off the check for us to pay and get out. My mouth is still hurting, and I don't think I will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and satisfying!
    karemo
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I love Japonesa. The sushi is always fresh and delicious. The sushi rolls are a good size and those on the happy hour menu are priced well. The happy hour menu also has a lot of choices. My office mates and I often go to Japonesa for celebratory lunches or with out of town visitors. I would recommend it (and have!) to anyone who loves sushi!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic as always
    Muninn
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My husband and I come here at least once a week because it is an amazing restaurant. The food is excellent, happy hour reasonably priced and the staff friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.