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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Service was slow and the rolls were disappointing."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "This restaurant, like most downtown, is a bit on the pricey side for a normal dinner, but if you make it for happy hour (all day until like 6:30) there's actually some great choices that are reasonably priced. Mexican and Japanese sounds like a bizarre combination but it works, somehow. Good cocktails, too."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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
  • "One of our absolute favorite sushi restaurants of all times!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I love the Latin fusion and all of the delicious sauces. The rolls are so good and they don't typically have seaweed and they have a minimal amount of rice. The fish is so incredibly fresh it's just delicious."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This place is a bit pricey for every-day but their happy hour has incredible prices and dishes!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Make sure you have reservations for lunch. The place packs out."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Not impressa with japonessa. We didn't like the food that much. The sushi was "all right." Everything sort if tasted the same. We didn't like the noodle dish, it was ordinary. Expensive meal and not so great. Can do better. Regret we chose it for one of two nights in seattle. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "It was pretty busy, but for a reason, sushi were outstanding, absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great place! My husband and I came here to celebrate his birthday and my getting a new job. We ordered a sashimi plate, and two rolls. All were delish! One of the rolls was called a something Satisfaction...omg...that sauce they put with the sushi. I almost died! Thanks =)"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Best sushi in Seattle! Try the matador, it is pricey, BUT WORTH IT!!! Great happy hour prices, good size menu. Everything was super fresh. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great team working here. Always create a memorable experience."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The food is decent, the location is great, and the noise is terrible. If you go to Japonessa when it is busy the noise is overwhelming. Allergic to shell fish? Wait until happy hour. At happy hour you can get simple rolls without any shellfish or things like cream cheese and avacado, but the regular menu only had two rolls without shell fish. Otherwise a good restaurant with a much quieter and better selection during quiet hours (before 5 after 10)"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We booked a trip to Seattle for our anniversary and I wanted to find a sushi spot - just like our first date. Japonessa had an interesting latin flair to their sushi. Similar to an upscale chain that blends South American and Japanese cuisines, the interesting mixes of seasoning and spice made the menu very appealing. Dinner was great and the service was good as well. The only thing that could have been a little better was lighting and music. Just a touch too harsh for our romantic dinner, but not enough to detract from the meal or the restaurant in general. The place had a lively vibe overall so I can't say that it didn't work for the restaurant either. "
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Took awhile to get our drinks. The good arrived quickly but before we even had a sip of wine. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The rolls were delish and so many options to choose from!! It's a good ambience and would for sure go again!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "This is truly a gem in the neighborhood. I've been commuting from work daily on 2nd and Pike and never knew of this cool restaurant just around the corner. I found this place on Yelp and met up with friends from out of town for dinner. I would have given the food 4-5 stars - but my salad had too much dressing and I couldn't finish it. Next time I will request to have the dressing on the side and probably put just half or less of the amount. It was a great place to catch up with friends and talk while enjoying the meal. I will definitely return with my hubby and bring friends to try other dishes during Happy Hour. I love the ambience - chic and classy, and the server and overall service was great!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Golden Grasshopper and Diablo yummy house cocktails for $6! Calamari like you've never had it before! Go to regular prices for the Laughing Buddha veg roll featuring pickled veggies topped with avacado and a mango salsa - salty and sweet pairs perfectly with the wasabi! Then, the Ultimate Dragon Roll lives up to its name: snow crab inside, cukes, avacado and topped by the ENTIRE half of an eel (the tail end drapes off the roll and gently curls on the end of the plate as if to say "come hither"), a house special sauce is perfection!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014