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
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
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Great sushi and more
    PNWCanuck
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not authentic Japanese
    Canadian
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always FANTASTIC!
    Noel
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, good servers, slow food
    mbmbamfan
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best sushi on the coast!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Every time I am in Seattle I come to Japonessa, consistently excellent and unique!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting menu
    none
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    eattinghobbyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We can here after the symphony. There were four of us. We had pretty much one of each on the happy hour menu. It was such a great deal. We really wanted dessert, but decided against it because we were full for rolls and sashimi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Happy Hour
    funinissy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Sushi
    Janine
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    noeyedeer
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Happy hours make it very affordable. The food is amazing! will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!!
    Vinsanity
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, very poor service
    DCeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool concept
    ForkspoonknifeVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi as Art.
    FeChef
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite Dining
    Believey
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great twist on sushi and japanese
    Darren
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    great unique rolls and small plates. A bit on the pricey side, but the food is great quality, and it's an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    SushiLover2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Sushi in Seattle
    WASUP2000
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    Nilea
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tepid service, gimmicky sushi
    foodiescientist
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new find
    Dex66VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but pricey
    Brainsmile
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Sushi and Sashimi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Seattlesbest
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Fantastic food and the waitress did a great job with recommending drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Outstanding!
    seattlemama
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dowtown place for sushi
    RinaVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service, happy hour bargains
    queenaoife
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, poor service
    carlandbarb
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and presentation!
    blueberry
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic