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 WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Japonessa Sushi Cocina reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (108)hot spot (88)great for lunch (67)special occasion (61)good for groups (51)vibrant bar scene (45)neighborhood gem (41)late-night find (37)romantic (33)great for brunch (9)great for outdoor dining (8)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (4)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • 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.
  • Latin Asian Fusion w/ hot sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Recommended by hotel concierge as Asian with a latin twist. Delicious use if cilantro in the appetizers and the sushi rolls. Thw Habenero sushi rolls were appropriately hot from the decorative sprinkles on top to the actual peppers rolled in with the tuna. Fun combo, but be warned to order extra rice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    Foodster
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything was perfect..... Food, drinks, service! Highly recommend reservations. Great for vegans too!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sushi & Jalapenos? Si, Senor!
    SquadLeaderVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After Game Dinner
    RonD
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seattle Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Healthydining21
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Love the creative sushi menu. Happy hour prices for lunch make this a fantastic choice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and different sushi
    PeterNJ
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food / Good price
    DougB
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE IT!
    elle89VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I love their happy hour prices and the quality of food! I'm also a huge fan of their Amazon Local deal because it gives you a chance to try out their pricier things without feeling like you emptied out your wallet :) That's how I found my new favorite roll and I'd be willing to pay full price because I know I love it :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic